“Martinism” is a common name given to a secret mystic theosophy, concerning the origin and destiny of man.
The source of these teachings is shrouded in the antiquities of history, but was concieved and shaped into a coherent philosophy and spiritual school by three distinct individuals, giving rise to the name “Martinism”: Martinez de Pasqually, and his two students and friends Louis-Claude de Saint Martin and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz.
The Work of the Martinist
“Always remember that Man is the masterpiece of creation, which the Eternal emanated in his image and likeness. Let this penetrate your souls undying nature, and separate gently your celestial and imperishable core from all foreign alloys that may have formed within you.”
-Jean-Baptiste Willermoz 1730-1824
O.·.R.·.C.·.. teaches the martinist tradition in its three branches through initiations, mentoring, self-studies, meditation, magic and inner alchemy.
These esoteric disciplines arms the initiate in his spiritual quest, and lead to the revelation of what the tradition calls the One Mystery – the individual gnosis of one’s true nature.
Martinism is an initiatory tradition where the ritual work unifies and unfolds the teachings through active participation in its mysteries.
In the inner life of man, there are forces, movements and powers that words struggle to convey, but that may be expressed with ease and precision by the wordless; through action, gnosis and silence.
Life and death, love and hate, mind and emotions are so permeating facets of being, that man throughout history created myths to express and mirror himself in them, out of the desire to perceive their meaning. All of this we regard as expressions for our longing to understand our origin, essence and meaning
Myths give rise to symbols; life is a light in the darkness; death a cold corpse, rebirth a shooting rose. Love is a warm but devouring fire, the mind a two-edged sword. –It may divide what is whole, but also pierce falsehood and illusion.
This language of images, speaks to something deep within us, beyond time and culture. When we reach the abyssal origin of our being, a dialogue begins with ourselves, that we do not manage to partake in when it is drowned by the noise, fleeting images and empty sense-perceptions of daily and mundane perception.
Through a series of initiations, termed as degrees, the seeker goes deeper and deeper into him or herself, and gradually uncovers aspects of ones being that are the roots of the unrest, distress and existential restlessness that permeates the life we are all born into.
Through the language of myth; of experience rather than words, the tradition seeks to tell that all men, in the time before time, was in a state of perfect clarity, self-understanding, gnosis, rest and harmony, that now seems lost. But still persists in the sacred silence, in the hearts of all men and women.
Through the rituals of initiation, we press deeper down into ourselves, lift the illusory veils that sustains our oblivion of the lost light, and one stand face to face with the truth about who one is.
The light we all carry drive the shadows of the night away, and the inner sun rise from the darkness: Enlightenment.
This is the path of self-gnosis, where the order cannot tell the seeker who he is, but give the symbols, tools and community needed on the road to self-conquest: To become who we are.