Guiding Principles

These are represented by the symbol above.
This was designed by me after a meditation when I saw this floating in the air in front of me, and immediately felt that I should paint it on paper, and use it in my spiritual and healing work. This was before I had the idea of starting a Mystery School. 
When I looked into the meanings of its component parts, I realized that it is actually a pretty good representation of my core beliefs, gained from more than fifty years of spiritual research and training. These beliefs are the founding principles of the Othereye Mystery School. 
It is also a powerful symbol in its own right, and can be used for protection and healing, drawing on the energy of the source symbols. 
I have called it AZIMA or ‘The Great Symbol’, from the Arabic name ‘al azima’ meaning someone who is strong, great or powerful. This is also a feminine name which refers to the crucial place of the feminine principle in the cosmos. 
There are four principles:
1. The universe is infinite and whole, composed of an endless cycle of renewal. Transcendence and balance is achieved by the fusion of opposites. This is the meaning of the Oroborous. 
2. The four-petalled flower represents all life, beauty, harvest and the wholeness of creation. We are each as unique as each individual petal, and we are all connected to each other in our heart centre. In turn, each of us can radiate energy out from our heart centre to others and the whole universe. 
3. The universe is composed of differing combinations of the energies represented by the four elements: earth, water, fire and air, together with the animating energy of spirit. All these elements form the basis of manifestation. This is represented by the pentagram. This also refers to the five-pointed star of Ancient Egypt, which represents their concept of the five soul bodies, the different aspects of our being which need to be in perfect balance for us to achieve health and well-being. 
4. The Eye of Ra was used by the Ancient Egyptians to represent the Sun, both as a symbol of authority and to represent its destructive power. The Eye was worn by the Pharaohs as a symbol of sacred and royal authority. This can be used as a symbol of protection and personal power.
The Eye also refers to the wadjet, the eye of Horus the Elder, representing exalted human potential - a theme echoed in the pentagram, the uppermost point representing the higher self or the human spirit. 
We each have a divine spirit, which gives us our own personal power of self-transformation, and this connects us to God:

‘The self is a part of God and our means of knowing God. This self is not the ‘personality’ – a word that comes from the Greek word ‘persona’ meaning mask. It is the Higher Self or ‘Genius’ that lies behind the mask of the illusionary ego-self. The Genius appears to us as a spiritual guide. It is our ‘conscience’, meaning ‘with knowledge’. The Pagan sages recognized this wise inner teacher as their true identity and so saw themselves as immortal gods, not transitory bodies and personalities. More than this, they discovered that the Genius is the one Consciousness that lives through all beings – the soul of the universe’

(T. Freke et al, ‘The Wisdom of the Pagan Philosophers’)