Just seemed obvious to me that when you take everything back to source there is no purpose - the eternal is the Absolute - it is therefore, a self-contained-interconnecting-system. You might say It's purpose is to be what it is already being - though that hardly constitutes a proper purpose. It has a paradoxical nature - all purpose arises from the 'One' but the 'One' in and of Itself has no purpose. This Universal Intelligence appears to be spookily (some might say supernaturally) clever. It's actions are spontaneous expressions of the universe - intricate as a snowflake: It is the Supreme Mystical Light that weaves the whole universe out of itself. It exists, in all things, everywhere in every time.
'Endlessly reversed entropy' - how does that work? You read some fascinating stuff my friend.
Even if what you say is true and we live in a universe that 'runs on reversed entropy' - you can only trace its actions back to the 'Big Bang.' Before then the laws of physics break down. This said - the Unknowable Supreme State existed even before the 'first Big Bang'.
'no knowledge any of us can trust. The accuracy of Empiricism depends on the efficiency of the brain and individually we have no yardstick to measure it. We have to trust it.'
Paraphrasing Wittgenstein, he said - the hardest thing in the world was not to delude yourself. So true. And yet Christ said, with a 'mustard seed' of 'faith' we could move mountains.
Perhaps, the mystagogue is able to communicate or transmit information through a human interpolator. As we said earlier, the word comes from the Greek for teacher - it is therefore, a teacher of mystery. Is it any wonder that the word puns in the English language with 'my story?' If you are saying the mystagogue is 'hands on' - then I would agree - it seems to be a mouthpiece for pure subjectivity. As we discussed earlier that subjectivity is causeless, so anything it says can only ever be an approximation. I feel both the Greeks and the Roman's understood this, indeed, you find paradox and riddles littered throughout their literature. In this respect, they were not so far apart from Zen.
Anything you say about truth is a lie - this was the teaching of the Great Pythagorean colleges. Socrates a lover of wisdom said, he knew 'nothing.' How very true.
The mystagogue maybe an 'empirical' phenomena - but can we trust what it says? Perhaps, it is a talking phantom, a mirage?
'How can we tell when we're self-delusional?' The Buddhist's might be able to help you on that one; basically it comes down to this - the 'acquired personality' is a product of society and is thus, a repository of that culture's ideas and norms. It is also a reflector of that culture's insanity. I fear delusion is a matter of degree - some societies are more sane than others, while some are plain crazy. Take your pick, there are plenty of mad cultures on earth.
To answer your question - depends how delusional society is - usually, that is a good yardstick to measure our own delusions by. De-conditioning our minds and unlearning everything we have learned is a prerequisite for knowledge. We must realize we have no thoughts of our own - any thought we have arises from a 'group-mind' that surfaced for evolutionary and survival reasons. 'Beyond, Beyond...' as the Great Tathagata said, before he passed through the 'Gateless Gate.' As Christ said: ' For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.'
Few find the 'life' Christ talked about, because a delusion being what it is, is more often than not; impossible to see through!
Sadly, delusion is the nature of us Human's - however, it is not the nature of the universe - which is divine and perfect as it is. Put your faith in that and you will see that all is well. Life is a perfect balance, held in tension between two extreme polarities. The mystagogue holds the scales, which way they tip is anyone's guess.
If the mystagogue exists outside of conventional laws of time and space, then it might not be constrained by conditioning; one would then expect it to possess a truly authentic voice - perhaps, a flare for brilliance? Useful to tap, if you are a poet in need of inspiration.
I think you have some fine ideas Nigel - this cycle of poems promises to be your best