“A Federal Reserve Bank is a regional bank of the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States. There are twelve in total, one for each of the twelve Federal Reserve Districts that were created by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.” – From Wikipedia
“The number twelve frequently occurs among ancient peoples, who in nearly every case had a pantheon consisting of twelve demigods and goddesses presided over by The Invincible One, who was Himself subject to the Incomprehensible All-Father. This use of the number twelve is especially noted in the Jewish and Christian writings. The twelve prophets, the twelve patriarchs, the twelve tribes, and the twelve Apostles – each group has a certain significance, for each refers to the Divine Duodecimo, or Twelvefold Deity, whose emanations are manifested in the tangible created Universe through twelve individualized channels.” -Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
In the ancient mysteries there is a ritualistic procession which describes the path from confusion and despair to enlightenment and exultation. This process places the individual, or groupings of individuals, such as nations, on a journey of hardship and suffering, only to come out the other end liberated and illuminated.
It is perhaps symbolic of the birth into the material world and onset of suffering and confusion which ensues. When the righteous path is followed through life the spirit is able to rise up out of the ashes of despair and ignorance, and become one with the universal power of creation.
Or so the story goes.
In the song Carry on Wayward Son, the band Kansas sings:
“Once I rose above the noise and confusion, just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion, I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high.”
Patience with the process of initiation in this life is a key element of the journey itself. When we reach too high, and too far, we falter and fall victim to the entrapments of the false self. Most stumble through this life never realizing that life itself is an initiation.
When we come to understand, and accept the reality that life is an initiation, the pieces begin to fit and purposeful meaning fills our hearts and minds with a quiet wisdom which does not need to be spoken. Continue reading