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by charlie
Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:16 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Differentiation
Replies: 13
Views: 7773

hi malachi and mark! this topic comes up for me quite a bit and in a variety of ways. please excuse any clumsy use of words on my part ;) in some ways it seems that this individuation is key to the whole 'point' of this life experience. something akin to how human dna differs slightly from one to an...
by charlie
Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: lucid dreaming
Replies: 8
Views: 5840

shalom! good point, shane. it seems like it works the other way as well, developing lucidity while 'awake' seems to carry over somewhat into the 'dream' state. but... what is it that becomes lucid? equally interesting, what is the source of the 'dream'? some would say that the physical body/brain is...
by charlie
Thu Jan 13, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: lucid dreaming
Replies: 8
Views: 5840

hi coop! seems that it might be not so different, except that the body isn't safe in bed, so that makes the whole flying around part a bit complicated. I wonder... if you discover something about the one dreaming this dream, what effect would that have when you are in bed having a lucid dream? then ...
by charlie
Sun Jan 02, 2005 9:29 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Ethics and Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 13596

greetings all! in genesis god said 'let there be light', and this happened before the sun and moon were made. if all things are created within and from this light, then an animal doesn't seem so different from a vegetable, rock, cup of water, or a breath of air. I remember reading a story (I think i...
by charlie
Sat Dec 25, 2004 3:28 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Mochin Gadlut, the Big Mind
Replies: 9
Views: 7308

the big mind

I've been wanting to discuss some of these very things that seem to have 'coincidentally' been arising in forum discussions lately... the co-incidence lies in how recent posts have a lot to do with my recent life, and it always seems to be that way, whether I read the forum every day or just once a ...
by charlie
Thu Nov 04, 2004 7:08 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Authentic Morality
Replies: 4
Views: 4236

this brings to mind a story/conversation with a friend about imposed/introduced consensus morality... imagine a homeless person who's been sleeping wherever he can, finding food wherever he can, etc. then someone offers to let him stay in a dirty small chicken coop. to the homeless person, the chick...
by charlie
Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:46 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Way of Work
Replies: 10
Views: 7851

in some eastern traditions practicioners will do some form of sitting meditation for awhile, then get up and do a walking meditation for a short time between sittings. this moving meditation reminds me of the way of work. it may sound like a corny cliche when someone says 'be one with the stone wall...
by charlie
Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:17 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Aeons in Gnosticism
Replies: 15
Views: 9373

shalom everyone! yes, malachi, it makes sense... and because it seems to make sense pretty easily, I suppose 'going with the flow' demands further exploration ;) the only way I seem to be able to 'get' this is by seeing time as both linear and nonlinear. there appears to be a linear sort of progresi...
by charlie
Wed Jul 21, 2004 1:19 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Play of Cosmic Forces in Gnosticism
Replies: 29
Views: 24188

angels and zohar

hi malachi! what that brings to mind almost immediately is something that I'm exploring, but questions aren't forming verbally as well as I'd like. it's been mentioned that our thoughts, words, and deeds invoke certain spiritual energies. it's also been said that our thoughts, words and deeds create...
by charlie
Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:40 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Play of Cosmic Forces in Gnosticism
Replies: 29
Views: 24188

angels and free will

hi everyone I seem to remember something about how our words, thoughts, and actions can both invoke an existing spiritual being-force as well as create such a force. it seems like the way they are invoked, and/or perhaps the combinations of energies that are invoked might 'create' a new being-force....
by charlie
Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:28 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Ethics and Enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 13596

spiritual teachings on ethis vs. dogmatic doctrine

hi malachi and phillip it seems that spiritual teachings on ethics generally describe broad principles that can be tested and applied within oneself in a wide variety of ways. dogmatic doctrines, however, seem to often relate to more specific life-choices such as sexual preference, choice of clothin...
by charlie
Mon May 24, 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: 108: Tikkune of the Aeons
Replies: 2
Views: 5484

in the first year or so that I knew my tzaddik many things were said about "addressing the issue directly". it seems to be in this directness, this firsthand experience, that information is transformed into knowledge. simple words, but of course simple isn't always easy. for a long time I used to wo...
by charlie
Mon May 24, 2004 4:19 pm
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: saying 116 & purification
Replies: 3
Views: 6178

:D I was hoping the threefold nature of baptism would come up in this! as usual, your reply was perfect and added clarity while it connected the dots. there are a host of questions arising. the one that is in center stage is about the three mother letters and how they relate to the threefold nature ...
by charlie
Mon May 24, 2004 12:38 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Tallit
Replies: 12
Views: 9229

tallitot

hi malachi! since such things can be powerful symbols, I was wondering about colors and designs that are often on tallitot. in our Tradition, would a person have just one that had specific colors and design for that person? or would they have several, each relating to a specific sort of work? I can ...
by charlie
Mon May 24, 2004 11:32 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: saying 116 & purification
Replies: 3
Views: 6178

saying 116 & purification

116. Mary said, “God the Father entered in through the image of the Son, but the world was overwhelmed by the great supernal glory. Therefore, the Son imparted the Mother Spirit and God the Mother has entered in through the image of the Daughter to nurture the little ones until they grow wise. The l...
by charlie
Thu May 20, 2004 1:48 pm
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: zohar online
Replies: 0
Views: 4123

zohar online

an unabridged english translation of the zohar is freely available at http://www.kabbalah.com/k/index.php/p=zohar/zohar all you have to do is give them an email address and create a password. thus far I haven't recieved any spam from them. somewhere on their website they mention something about havi...
by charlie
Thu May 20, 2004 11:53 am
Forum: Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Topic: Acquiring a New Soul
Replies: 9
Views: 10254

hi malachi and sunny! the thing that continues to stand out to me is 'soulmate'. the idea of spiritual names, such as malachi and rebekah, seems to be quite connected. such names are certainly much more than a simple noun or designation... words can't really explain what I'm seeing so far.. kinda li...
by charlie
Sat May 01, 2004 8:24 am
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: a third of their power
Replies: 3
Views: 8501

a third of their power

yeshua goes on his mission into the aeons and takes a third of the power from the archons, etc. this brought to mind rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was dar...
by charlie
Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:35 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: Illusion
Replies: 4
Views: 3734

sure sounds interesting. I'll take a step into this topic. in a way, it seems like the illusion is in how we 'hold' a view of things. like any opinion of a thing is an illusion in the sense that it's just an opinion, not the thing itself. beyond that, we could talk about how this 'object' consists m...
by charlie
Mon Apr 19, 2004 9:06 am
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: Heimarmene
Replies: 1
Views: 12242

Heimarmene

greetings, Malachi ! I'm reading along as Rebekah transcribes the text of Pistis Sophia, leaving out the commentary. thus far, I am up to [21] where Mary is first speaking to Yeshua. one question keeps coming up every time I read the word 'heimarmene': what exactly does this mean, and is it at all r...
by charlie
Sat Apr 17, 2004 11:52 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Mirror of Prophecy & Vision
Replies: 14
Views: 9670

hi jason and malachi! the stories and things that such people share might be quite moving, but that seems to be a tool of whatever force is behind the person's apparent 'gift'. someone such as john edward might not necessarily have other than good intentions, and is likely ignorant of the true natur...
by charlie
Thu Apr 15, 2004 7:20 am
Forum: Pistis Sophia
Topic: The Rite of Baptism & Pistis Sophia
Replies: 5
Views: 9021

I haven't yet started to read Pistis Sophia yet, but these interactions sure seem to be giving me the 'eyes to see' when I do begin reading it.

thanks
by charlie
Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:50 am
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Saying 7
Replies: 15
Views: 16858

hi rebekah! hmm... the tricky part of that seems to be in how these admixed forces would sometimes have us believe that we have this 'mastery of the mind, heart and life' long before it is truly so. it seems that if our inmost desire is to know the Light, that it provides us with the means for const...
by charlie
Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:39 am
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: Gnoticism and Pop Culture(at the movies)
Replies: 1
Views: 2489

one of the things I noticed not long after I met rebekah was that I started to notice elements of gnosticism in all sorts of places. I wondered if it was that the world was changing or if it was just that I had 'eyes to see' such things. the answer seems to be both, in a way. the 'test' was to re-re...
by charlie
Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:25 am
Forum: Mysteries of the Bible & Gnostic Scriptures
Topic: The Patriarchs and the Twenty-Two Hebrew Letters
Replies: 5
Views: 5593

it sure sounds right to me, especially when you brought up the 12 sons of jacob, 12 tribes, 12 astrological signs, 12 gates through which we enter this world (asiyah). to go the other direction, i am really wondering how atzilut would fit in here. i get the feeling that there is really something pro...
by charlie
Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:38 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: saying 4
Replies: 9
Views: 10391

#27 brings a couple things up, and I want to add more 'ingredients'... first, my favorite story: a man came home from work one day, and almost immediately his daughter wanted to play with him. the man wanted to relax for a bit. he found a picture of the world in his newspaper and tore it out. he tor...
by charlie
Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:10 am
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: The Aeons in Gnosticism
Replies: 15
Views: 9373

I may be using the word inaccurately, but I'm sure that if I am you will let me know... something subtle within me has moved from reading all of this. in a way, it seems as if, at the highest level, there is only one aeon. it seems as if tzimtzum acts as a prism of sorts, and creates a wide spectrum...
by charlie
Sun Mar 07, 2004 10:57 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: saying 4
Replies: 9
Views: 10391

hi sunny! your words, as always, are both beautiful and revealing. you say 'I wonder' but as soon as I read what you are saying I say 'duh' or 'oh yeah' and see truth in them and wonder about how much more depth there is to explore there. your name suits you quite well. you are like the sun penetrat...
by charlie
Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:17 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Mirror of Prophecy & Vision
Replies: 14
Views: 9670

that brings to mind some personal experience. when I was much younger, some friends and I were using an ouija board. the 'messages' were quite specific and later verified as completely accurate. half of this 'message' was just seeing what was, and the other was a 'prediction'. it is so plain to me n...
by charlie
Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:00 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: logia 9 and 94
Replies: 3
Views: 6358

logia 9 and 94

9. Mary once said, “Do not concern yourself with the darkness in the world, but banish the darkness that is in you, because it will bind you and destroy you if you do not cast it out of you.” 94. Mary said, “You cannot destroy the evil inclination, but if you bring it into the service of the good it...
by charlie
Tue Mar 02, 2004 12:06 pm
Forum: Spiritual Experiences, Poetry, Prayers & Inspiration
Topic: tzaddik
Replies: 0
Views: 3602

tzaddik

I take a peek into her world
then she turns mine upside down
who does whe think she is?
showing me the way to do what I most want to
to be what I most truly am
she says 'I am no one'
but I say 'you are everything to me'
she says 'then I am you'
I say 'but I am nothing'
she says 'exactly'
by charlie
Tue Mar 02, 2004 9:31 am
Forum: The Secret Gospel of Mary
Topic: logion 107
Replies: 5
Views: 7443

logion 107

107. Mary said to her companions, “There is light and fire in your breath, and if you cleave to the Risen Savior and breathe as the Savior breathes, you will discover it. When you discover it your whole body will become filled with fire and light and you will be transformed into the image of the Liv...
by charlie
Thu Feb 12, 2004 9:11 am
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Saying 47
Replies: 18
Views: 19376

I think sunny is right, most of us are out of our minds :) evam's post really brought up the 'living' part of Living Wisdom Tradition. I've noticed that every tzaddik or teacher in the tradition has a very unique style... not everyone is born a teacher, there is still the whole childhood development...
by charlie
Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: The Word
Replies: 10
Views: 7783

hi malachi! your post seemed to bring up a new view of some memories. I seem to remember an old jewish man talking about how he held the view of the coming of the messiah as an internal thing, and that all the scriptures were to be 'taken internally'. he said that he didn't deny that Jesus had this ...
by charlie
Tue Jan 27, 2004 8:40 pm
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Not tasting death
Replies: 3
Views: 7355

there seems to be quite a bit in malachi's reply that has to do with recent non-duality conversations. but still, I found it quite interesting that michele mentioned something about 'us' not tasting of 'others' death. I feel like there is something in there that we could explore more deeply that mig...
by charlie
Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:35 am
Forum: Gospel of St. Thomas
Topic: Logion 66
Replies: 7
Views: 10071

stone

it seems that this logion is connected to psalm 118 there is so much just in this single word eben-stone, and it seems that many (perhaps all) uses of it in scripture seem to be speaking of the same thing and with the same depth. looking at the father's son and the present moment and a few other vie...
by charlie
Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:54 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Transformation of Seven to Twelve
Replies: 6
Views: 4804

7 and 12

then again, sefer yetzirah has a few mentionings of 3, 7, and 12... hmm of course, one could manage to work in almost any other number in there. I'll try to stick to 7 and 12 in the future of this thread. I don't quite get your references to 'birth, death, and rebirth cycle' and 'divine feminine and...
by charlie
Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:57 pm
Forum: Christian Kabbalah
Topic: Transformation of Seven to Twelve
Replies: 6
Views: 4804

transformation of 7 to 12

in many traditions there are 7 centers (or chakras), and most people agree that there are approximately 5 senses. there are other expressions of the 5/7/12 relationship, and in a lot of them it seems as if the 5 are rather obvious and the 7 are kinda hidden. but when you put them together (or realiz...
by charlie
Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:26 pm
Forum: Gnosis and Gnosticism
Topic: attachment & aversion and spiritual practice
Replies: 3
Views: 3290

attachment & aversion and spiritual practice

these spiritual practices that we do are so weird. it has been said that 'practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent' and I can see that saying at work. Silent Witness can be a formal sort of thing, where you specifically set aside some time to do it, but it seems that the 'goal' , 'pu...

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