gnostic christian

Once a human being has drunk deeply enough from the cup of bitterness, and has eaten long enough from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, a new inner need develops, a powerful urge to discover the purpose of their life, the plan that lies at the foundation of their existence.

“I approached a bodily dwelling and evicted the previous occupant, and I went in. The whole multitude of archons was upset, and all the material stuff of the rulers and the powers born of earth began to tremble at the sight of the figure with a composite image. I was in it, and I did not look like the previous occupant. He was a worldly person, but I, I am from above the heavens. I did not defy them, and I became an anointed one, but neither did I reveal myself to them in the love coming from me. Rather, I revealed that I am a stranger to the regions below.”

Second Discourse of Great Seth (Nag Hammadi Codex VII, tractate 2)

The Greatest Commandment and Panentheism.

Yeshua declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. - Matthew 22:36-37

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In a lot of mainstream religions, in particular the monotheistic ones, there is the idea to trust in and love God more than anything else. Yes, of course you are to love others, but your love for God should trump everything else in the end! Do not be sad if your best friend sins and ‘chooses’ to go to Hell. That is their right to exercise their free will and you will be happy in Heaven without them because you will be with God! 

Yeah…I never got that. If that was how it worked and I got into Heaven without those I love but was still happy, then that person in Heaven would not be me because there is no way I would be without that person, or leave them to burn or be lost, without feeling devastated and Heaven being my own Hell. Then you also have the story of Abraham where he is ‘rewarded’ for being prepared to sacrifice his only son, showing that his love and trust in God is stronger than the love he has for his son. I…really struggle wrapping my head around how anyone can think that is a good lesson? How is that different from Andrea Yates murdering her children because she was convinced God told her to do it because He wanted them to enter Heaven sin-free? 

This is why I struggle with the idea of God existing outside the world and creation or as a completely separate force. I never feel ‘distant’ with God. I know there is something more ‘out there’ but God is just as much within me, within every living thing, and all around us, in every crevice of the Universe. That is the Holy Spirit, namely Sophia, as I understand Her. Sophia became one with the material world when she descended and her ascent and redemption links us forever to God and Heaven (the Pleroma or ‘Fullness’).

Christ’s commandment to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, is not to shut out reality and chain every bit of our consciousness to an outside, ethereal being. To love God is to love yourself. To love God is to love and respect the planet on which you walk. To love God is to protect and show compassion to all creatures around you who hold just as much of God in their soul as you do. 

So from my perspective it really is impossible to love God more than anything else and forsake all others if need be because forsaking or hurting someone else or the world around me is forsaking or hurting a part of God. It doesn’t matter how small that facet of Deity may be in the grand scheme of things - the pain is still real and reflected in the individual. Just as the love we share among each other and remember to give in taking care of ourselves as well is all given back to God where it came.

The Christian Mystery of Initiation

After all we have told you about the Gnosis, you know that the gospel must be taken as a mystery of initiation. We do not see historical reports in the Holy Language, but the very real activity of the person who works their way upward on the path.

The gospel, as one of the expressions of the universal doctrine, places the pupil before the requirement of producing what is essentially real. Understanding it in this way, we can liberate ourselves from the immersion in time, experienced by our fellow human beings, who speculatively look back in history and resort to affected sentimentality in sermons, music, and singing without any understanding whatsoever. That is why we approach these matters according to the new gnostic dimension and encourage one another along this path to the Mount of Olives, to the Garden of Gethsemane, hoping and praying that we may understand one another in spirit and in truth.

The Christian mystery of initiation is a very wonderful and strange story. It is a sequence of processes that cannot possibly be understood by a layman, because it requires deep insight into the sacred universal science. Understanding these processes is the grace that touches those who have been lifted up. Before the orange-red rose can unfold in the sunlight, the roots of the plant must force their way into the dark earth to obtain necessary food. In order to understand the things pertaining to the new, true, and original life, it is necessary to possess a corresponding state of consciousness. A person who lacks such a state has ears, but they are deaf; they have eyes, but they are blind. Nothing and no one can help them; they simply lack the sense organs required for understanding.

This is why we speak of sublunary consciousness and gnostic consciousness and, also, of two absolutely distinct types of people, showing not only spiritual and moral differences but also bodily differences. The differences between these two types are at a given point so basic, that finally they can no longer live in the same world. Each type needs a different life-field, a different respiration-field, a different vibration-field. This is why, in the history of the world, we witness from time to time a parting of the ways between the earthly human type and the human type belonging to the new field of life. The Holy Language calls it the separation of the sheep and the goats, of the righteous and the unrighteous.

bluemoonsnowqueen  asked:

Hello, could you help me with research into Celtic traditions and heritage and faith specifically in how true Gnostic Christianity (Jesus & the Goddess and the Jesus Mysteries) are connected to Faerie Faith and Faerie incarnation? Is there anyone in the Highlands of Scotland who would know about this or are there any books on the subject? Every blessing.

You mention several distinct groups.  As far as I know there isn’t a direct relationship between ‘Celtic Christianity/Catholicism’ and Gnostic Christianity, and if you mean the Faery Faith that’s propounded by Kisma Stepanich…well, it’s not very accurate at all in its understanding of Irish language or myth.  (Here’s a book review of Faery Wicca explaining how.)  If you’re looking for something that more accurately reflects Gaelic history and lore, I would avoid those kinds of books.

I’m not sure what you mean by Celtic heritage and traditions, which covers a broad range of religions and cultures; if you’re looking for Scottish polytheism, then our “Gaelic polytheism” tag here and the resources on this page may be useful.

If you want more information on belief in fairies, I’d recommend The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries, which collects that information, but it’s purely anthropological rather than a practical how-to.  @visardistofelphame has resources on the fae on their index page here.  The Cailleach’s Herbarium is for traditional Scottish witchcraft.  I don’t know of any connection with Gnostic Christianity there, either.

However, an element common to Irish and Gaelic polytheism and folk practice involves getting to know your own land and being in right relationship with it, even if it’s not Ireland or Scotland.  Many spirits tend to get lumped into the general category of ‘fae,’ so depending on your goal, it may be worth looking up information on local land spirits and local cultus to see about fostering a Gaelic practice in essence if not in technicality.

I hope this helps.  If you have further questions, let us know and we’ll do our best - just make sure you have specifics.  :)

- mountain hound

Don’t let people make you feel bad for your religion/spirituality/lack thereof

  • Don’t let people make you feel bad for believing in God
  • Don’t let people make you feel bad for not believing in God
  • Don’t let people make you feel bad for believing in multiple Gods
  • Don’t let people make you feel bad for believing in the afterlife
  • Don’t let people make you feel bad for not believing in the afterlife
  • If you believe entirely in science
  • If you don’t believe entirely in science
  • If you believe in ghosts
  • If you don’t believe in ghosts
  • If you believe in only one thing
  • If you believe in more than one thing
  • Don’t let people make you feel bad

Additionally

  • It’s ok to identify yourself as a certain religion but not believe in everything about that religion
  • It’s ok to identify yourself as not having a religion but still believing in something spiritual
  • It’s ok to identify yourself as “spiritual” and not identify in what you believe in at all
  • It’s ok to believe in things written in a book from thousands of years ago
  • It’s ok to believe in things written in a book from yesterday
  • It’s ok to pray to whoever you want to pray to
  • It’s ok to have statues/paintings/jewlry/anything of a spiritual figure you believe in
  • It’s ok to use rituals that make you feel closer to your spirituality (prayer, confession, divination, celebrating holidays etc)
  • It’s ok to believe in magic and things that are not traditionally considered “religious”
  • It’s ok to combine religions- you can believe in parts of Christianity without being Christian, you can believe in parts of Buddhism without being Buddhist, you can believe in parts of Wicca without being Wiccan, just as long as you legitimately believe it
  • It’s ok to believe in a religion you were not born into
  • It’s ok to believe in a religion that originated countries away from your own
  • Religion is not exclusive to certain people
  • Religion is not exclusive to certain people
  • Religion is not exclusive to certain people

Important:

  • It’s not ok to call someone crazy for their religion
  • It’s not ok to tell someone they’re going to hell for any reason
  • It’s not ok to force your own religion on someone
  • It’s not ok to tell people science disproves their religion- yes, believe it or not, this is not ok
  • It’s not ok to tell people that religion is all there is
  • It’s not ok to tell people that science is all there is
  • It’s not ok to tell someone they aren’t allowed to believe in something just because they were born believing something else
  • It’s not ok to tell someone they’re not allowed to believe in or worship the same religion that you do because they’re of a different race, ethnicity, country, or personal history: I know certain religious rituals are sacred to certain ethnicities and that is not what I’m saying, I’m saying it is not ok to tell someone “You aren’t ___ so you aren’t allowed to believe in this god/spiritual figure/type of after life/type of spirit” how they worship is one thing if the religion is native to a different country/ethnicity/history BUT STOP TELLING PEOPLE THEY AREN’T ALLOWED TO BELIEVE IN __ BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT FROM __ THAT IS NOT OK

Conclusion: As long as someone is not actually causing harm, you do not have a right to judge, criticize, or try to “disprove”/“discredit” their beleif system

That is wrong

That is not ok

S. T. O. P.

Happy Spring Equinox!

As a ChristoPagan, today I meditate on the ascension of Lady Sophia, as She travels through the seven lower realms of the Archons and escapes from their clutches, following the light of the Lord as He shines every brighter. I see Sophia symbolised as the Magdalene, cleansed of the seven demons, and finding the light of gnosis within Her. She stands tall and magnificent beside Our Lord. The Christos’ presence grows strong on the earth and makes all life flourish. 

Blessed be the Lady and all who behold Her wisdom. 

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Luke 21:25-28

We are not the body.
We are not what we want.
We are not the emotions we feel.
We are not our thoughts or the mind.
We are not our instincts.

We experience these things.

That which experiences all these things,
and is beyond all of these things,

That is what we are.

In Gnosis, we call it the Being, the Essence, the Consciousness.

In Buddhism it is known as the Buddhata.

In Christianity, Jesus called it the, “I AM,”

Which means, “I AM (the Innermost Being).”

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Self Identity.

Who are you ?

Goddess religion in TLOZ

I’m playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at the moment and I’ve always loved how in Hyrule they either worship a Triple Goddess (Din, Nayru and Farore) or a singular Goddess (Hylia). All of them are referenced in this game but NPC’s still tend to refer to “the Goddess” in passing which makes me think if Hylia is supposed to be the supreme goddess and the other three are different forms of Her, much like the female Trinity revered in modern goddess religions. 

But then again in Skyward Sword I got the impression that the Triple Goddesses were the higher beings and Hylia would be similar to the Daughter as She dwelled among the people before taking on human form as Zelda. It’s interesting how these games take place centuries apart and it shows how religion, myths and ‘legends’ (get it) are changed and remembered differently over time.

Regardless it’s interesting how the only time a male god is mentioned, to my knowledge, is in reference to Ganon trying to claim divinity and he’s obviously evil. Not to say anything against the divine masculine because, on the other side of it, you have Link as the main character and hero. Yet he’s different from a lot of typical ‘masculine’ heroes. His appearance is rather androgynous, he never speaks and his silent mannerisms are usually quite…well…adorable! He never seems to boast or make advances on women; he’s rather shy and taken aback most times. But he’s still strong and courageous which are attributes not bound to gender. He works in union with Princess Zelda who is nearly always connected to Nayru, the goddess of wisdom. She seems to always be the one moving the chess pieces of the story but also has her flaws but finds redemption in the end. So if we were to contrast the three main characters with Gnostic mythology then Link would be the Lord Christ as the Saviour, Zelda as Lady Sophia and Ganon/Demise as the Demiurge. He’s not necessarily ‘Satan’, he’s just a fool trying to achieve power and control - and in games like Wind Waker there are glimpses of humanity there buried beneath the darkness.

Anyway, I’m just waxing lyrically about my favourite geeky thing in connection to my faith with no real point. Normal programming will now resume!