Pohaika Wahine, you said, "... there is a link to an ancient path of wisdom shared by many cultures and religions as well as "ways of life"...." --> This is a key teaching — all religions come from the same set of original religious teachings. "...right now I am fully imersed in the Torah which strikes a cord deep within my soul ...." --> I have learned a great deal of similarity between the Torah, Hinduism, and Buddhism. There is a great deal of symbolism in the Zohar and Sephiroth. I am fortunate to see how they all fit together. "...the emerald tablets which speak to "as without, so within" or some would say "as above, so below"...." --> This is a key idea in my belief system — the idea that everything in the universe is in a state of continually unfolding. "...the Kumulipo - the deep darkness, the teacher, the source...." --> I like your idea that the Darkness is the same as the teacher, for this is a key teaching in my belief system. "...when we return to the ancient ocean (kaaumoana) we return within ourselves...." --> I agree! I would add that this ocean is the only Reality, and the rest is only an illusion. "...the energy must cycle through the seven energy centers in the body...." --> I agree. "...he uses the outer form only as an instrument but does not identify himself with it? The body is only the robe of the self." --> My belief system spends a great deal of time preparing us for the day we no longer have a physical body, an astral body, etc. "...the poem of dzyan tells us how to move into the darkness and begin to see with our inner eye ...." --> Christianity says we have a firmament which separates us from the Darkness, and Theosophy calls it a "wall of fire." Does your belief system have such an idea?