Mysticism and the Grail

Mysticism Of The Grail

Mysticism and the GrailJoseph of Arimathea took from the Vessel a host made in the likeness of bread. As he raised it aloft there descended from above a figure like to a child, whose countenance glowed and blazed as bright as fire; and he entered into the bread, which quite distinctly took on human form before the eyes of those assembled there. When Joseph has stood for some while holding his burden up to view, he replaced it in the Holy Vessel. -The Quest for the Holy Grail, trans. Pauline MatarassoJoseph of Arimathea comes down to us in history as the man who claimed the body of Jesus and buried him in his family tomb. But legend gives that he collected the blood of Jesus at the crucifixion and journeyed to what is now Glastonbury and founded the Abbey there, linking him to the Arthurian legend. The vessel or chalice he used is the vessel used at the last supper and is forever known by its proper name, the Holy Grail.

Initially, we see that the vessel is like a chalice aligned with the biological body. The base is the chest housing the heart, the container itself as the human skull holding the brain and the stand is the neck where the throat acts as a conduit between the head and heart. The mind is for knowledge which in turn gives to wisdom, what the Veda’s call the highest path to enlightenment. The heart is compassion, altruism, love, and intuition. It is not easy to resolve conflicts between the head and the heart. They emerge as the initial pair of opposites that can achieve harmony with life and thus able to move in a centered direction.

In an act of transition, a child descends all aglow as fire which burns away Mysticism and the Grailhuman frailties, resulting in immortality, the immovable spot of a flame in Buddhist teachings. The child enters into the host which in turn takes on human form… a virgin birth, the body of the Christ. The host is bread, golden fields of wheat, a life nourishing substance in the temporal world. This child is lost to us by the illusion that is Maya. We must go back to the innocence of a child but with the wisdom, we’ve gained from living.

This wisdom is given in the form of dreams, both in the waking state and in deep sleep, a rich mythology of archetypes and symbols laced in synchronicity so that life can make sense of itself, just as Theseus laid thread down so he could find his way out of the labyrinth. It tells us we too can find our way out by utilizing the thread of wisdom.

Who is this child? Plato’s daimon, Buddha nature, the Christ within, Shiva’s dance, Jung’s Telesphoros… conductor to our dreams. Its fire like glow… the light of enlightenment burning through the dark regions of the universe all obstacles on our way to the sun. Our imperfections melting down opposites into a whole centered life in temporal form. It burns brighter as we embrace each epiphany in life. We entered into the bread, within the holy vessel to find our daimon by embodying our quest… Thus our labor is held high, seen by those who can appreciate the secret knowledge which abounds everywhere but discovered by so few.


*Photos of Glastonbury Abbey courtesy of Pixabay                                                       


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18 thoughts on “Mysticism Of The Grail”

  1. Beautifully written post JC albeit hard work for many of us ‘ordinary’ folks.😊
    I do believe that at times the child is wiser than the adult but try to always carry all those ‘versions of me’ inside to create an harmonious whole.

    Maya…,I looked it up and found this “Maya (IAST: māyā), literally “illusion” or “magic”,[1][2] has multiple meanings in Indian philosophies depending on the context. In ancient Vedic literature, Māyā literally implies extraordinary power and wisdom.[3] In later Vedic texts and modern literature dedicated to Indian traditions, Māyā connotes a “magic show, an illusion where things appear to be present but are not what they seem”.[2][4] Māyā is also a spiritual concept connoting “that which exists, but is constantly changing and thus is spiritually unreal”, and the “power or the principle that conceals the true character of spiritual reality”.

    My head is spinning so I return to my morning breakfast with Helios gently warming all.

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      1. Thank you so much, James Hillman used that spelling in his book, The Acorn Effect. For him, the Daimon isn’t a demon but it’s what is most unique in each of us like an acorn. we each have our own acorn or Daimon that makes us an individual.

        Like a puzzle, we can see how religions are saying the samething.

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    1. Thank you Miriam, yes Maya is basically the temporal world that we see, the illusion. I have always loved to see the connectedness in religions and mysticism really opens that up. Ancient Egypt and as far north as Odin and Poetic Eddas were basically practicing the same outline in their religions.


  2. Is it Celtic Mysticism? I like the way you join the three major religions into the Glastonbury legend. Your work has a professorial ring to it. You seem to have done a vast amount of research on everything you produce. From Greek to Roman, Celtic to Arthurian, Hindu to Buddhist to Christian. This one was very informative, yet entertaining as an invention of your imagination, an explanation coming from your personal sphere of enlightenment. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Yes, it’s mostly Celtic. Their influence appeared throughout Europe… Rome, the Germanic states and down to the British Isles and France. I’ve always been interested in mythology and religions and that led me to Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. Both of them connected all the dots for me that religion, spirituality, literature, poetry and all the arts are connected. James Joyce and Thomas Mann knew this and their novels are rich in this. Kerouac also was deep into this. This may be why I write like a scholar and throw a bit of myself into the mix I’m conjuring up. It all like a pot of gumbo, everything can go in it. Thanks for reading my work… jc

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      1. That is a meaningful answer, JC. I’ve tried reading Magic Mountain but didn’t get past the spa/resort feel of the story. I wasn’t sure it would get allegorical so I left it. I’ve read Jung’s work on Anxiety and saw a lot of myself there but saw it simply as a diagnostic work. I may have to revisit these two. Thanks!

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  3. I think you already must know that I LOVE it when people see the commonalities in all of these teachings. But just in case, I’m saying it again 🙂 This really does get to one of the purposes of living a physical life.

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    1. I knew you would know what I’m talking about; they have so much in common then why is there so much distrust? Someone told me religious hate is just an excuse for something deeper like the want of power and fame but religion is an easy target to rile people up.

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      1. Ya know…my husband and I talk about this all the time. I’ve concluded that neither can concede to similarities because that would mean one of these is “wrong.” So it might be a bit of power…the person who can “believe” the hardest that his/her religion is right wins (in theory) lol…not funny, but this thought has made me laugh.

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  4. I have always loved to see the connectedness in religions and mysticism really opens that up. you’ve given us much to consider, JC – thank you for reminding us of the wonderfulness we all have inside us 🙂


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