the first gate the eye of the Soul
“Help Nature and work on with her; and Nature will regard thee as one of her creators and make obeisance.
And she will open before thee the portals of her secret chambers,
lay bare before thy gaze the treasures hidden in the very depth of her pure virgin bosom.
Unsullied by the hand of Matter, she shows her treasures only to the eye of the Spirit – the eye which never closes,
the eye for which there is no veil in all her kingdoms.
Then will she show thee the means and way, the first gate and the second, the third, up to the very seventh.
And then, the goal; beyond which lie, bathed in the sunlight of the Spirit, glories untold, unseen by any save the eye of the Soul.”