I warn, to be very wary of ANTI-GNOSTICISM and ANTI-ILLUMINISM, rather than encourage it.
Seek the GREAT KNOWLEDGE of Old. Do not be like the common people in their opinions. Yet, do not lose faith in them.
Especially in yourselves. They nor yourself can help it. There are days I have very little faith at all I will make it. This is all difficult and new to me, but I am not incapable of providing some advice. Try or not, there is a hidden path in nature and a soul in nature, and there is hope for emancipation at its end. By dwelling in contemplation of its nature, you may come to know your own potentiality and capacity for good in a world where darkness seems to prevail. But, if you sincerely decide to aspire to it, call to your mind, only within of all you have gone through in this life, and be prepared for the challenges to come; for the wise say, either you accomplish the goal or perish. Francis Bacon’s words of wisdom still hold, and this is that, “Knowledge itself is power.”
An old oracle teaches us:
‘DIRECT NOT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE EARTH; FOR THE PLANT OF TRUTH IS NOT IN THE EARTH.’ ASPIRE TO PIETY, VIRTUE, WISDOM, EQUITY. HAVING BECOME SERVANT OF THE BODY, EXPLORE THE SOUL, THAT YOU MAY RISE AGAIN TO SACRED REASON