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The Play of Cosmic Forces in Gnosticism

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:15 pm

In response to a question I received via email:

The question of good and evil, and the generation of various kinds of spiritual beings-forces, is significantly more subtle and sublime in Gnostic Christianity and Kabbalah that in its orthodox and fundamental counterparts. Indeed! For there are divine spiritual beings-forces, and there are admixed or titanic beings-forces, and there are dark and hostile or demonic beings-forces; a vast spectrum of cosmic forces, which first and foremost are understood in a psychological context or in the context of the radiant display of Being-Consciousness-Force. In other words, though Gnosticism speaks of cosmic forces outside of us or beyond us, what appears is understood to be a radiant and magical display of our own mind, heart and life.

Thus, for example, if we were to inquire into "Lucifer" and the myth of an "angelic rebellion," it would be understood as the play of cosmic ignorance (demiurgos) and a product of our own consciousness while bound to ignorance or dualism. In the case of dark and hostile forces, forces of chaos and void, or what might be called demons, these are the darker aspects of the dominion of the demiurgos - radical ignorance which leads to radical evil. While, indeed, such spiritual beings-forces of evil exist in the metaphysical dimensions of the cosmos, only by way of our own inner demons can such beings-forces link with us or influence us; hence, only on account of our own ignorance.

Truly, whether we are speaking of angels and other divine beings-forces, or the demiurgos and archons, or of demons, we are speaking of One Life-power manifesting as all of these various cosmic or spiritual forces. According to the Kabbalah, all spiritual forces are an operation of the Holy Spirit, only in the case of the archons and demons it is a "secret" or "hidden" operation (even to the archon or demon itself). The principle within and behind this Matrix of Cosmic Forces is Elohim, and the Pillar of Severity on the Tree of Life.

The myth and metaphor of the angelic rebellion is the outermost teaching on the play of cosmic forces - the inner teaching is the process of restriction in creation and the shattering of vessels and universes in the creative process through which admixed and evil forces come into existence. The outermost teachings implies a creation imbued with free will, including the level of greater cosmic beings-forces. The inner teachings imply that they are a natural product of the creative evolutionary process, necessary for the existence of free will and the process of creative evolution itself.

Myths are generated in anthropomorphic terms in order to allow us to understand metaphysical truths within the context of our human experience, and they certainly do reflect metaphysical realities - such as entities which are other than human and that are as "real" in their dimensions as we are in our own. However, this reality is entirely relative and we do not actually find any absolute evil in creation. There is, indeed, relative evil which is quite real in our experience, yet, as a product of cosmic ignorance (dualism in consciousness), it is, in fact, a play of cosmic illusion-power in the realm of becoming.

Accordingly, at the level of Atzilut-Emanation, the World of Supernal Light, there is no admixture or darkness. Admixture and darkness enter in at the level of Beriyah-Creation, which is the level of great archons and archangels; hence the legend of the rebellion lead by certain archangels. From the level of Beriyah to Yetzirah-Formation and Asiyah-Making the balance of cosmic forces shifts from mostly luminous to mostly admixed and dark because of the progressive restriction of the Supernal Light.

What is the real message behind all of this from a Gnostic perspective? We live in a vast play of cosmic or spiritual forces, divine, admixed and dark forces, and as much as external to us, this play of forces occurs within us - mastering the play of spiritual forces within us, we master the play of forces as it appears externally. In other words, becoming aware of the play of forces, rather than remaining unconsciously compelled by spiritual forces, we seek to become conscious participants in the play of forces for the sake of the Divine Will and Kingdom. Put simply, the message is that we need to exercise our free will to choose what is good and true and luminous in our lives.

I'll be glad to extend this dialogue based upon whatever questions it might invoke, but I think I'll leave it short and to the point apart from more questions or insights it inspires in others.

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#2 Postby lleyr » Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:18 am

Greetings Malachi!

So, even though these spiritual forces exist, the specific tales of their actions in scripture are allegory and myth that represent both the whole of their influence and spiritual process that occur within us?

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Sacred Myths

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:57 am

Greetings Mark!

Yes, exactly. Sacred Myths are a way to convey metaphysical and psychologocal truths that might not otherwise be able to be spoken - a way through which we are able to relate with them and glean some understanding of them.

For example, the myth of the angelic rebellion tells us that great cosmic beings-forces also have free will and tells us that there may be many different kinds of spiritual beings-forces. After all, there are several different stories of angelic beings that fell to the Dark Side. The story that appears in Genesis of the Fallen gave rise to many other legends - each is a perception of a seer (prophet) of the play of cosmic forces.

At the same time the same myth speaks clearly about our own states of consciousness - what happens when our consciousness is fragmented and divided against itself. When all levels of consciousness are not aligned and in harmony then our consciousness falls into a lower vibration and psychic conflict occurs.

Thus, these stories give is glimpses into metaphysical dimensions, as well as psychological dimensions, and ultimately we find that the metaphysical and psychological dimensions are completely interconnected.

We often use the term myth in the teachings to remind that we should not take the stories in a completely literal fashion. Yet by "myth" we do not mean that they are untrue or fanciful, but rather that they are true in a symbolic way and on an inner level. Thus, as Gnostics we view all scripture as mythical - hence symbolic, and look for the inner and secret meaning. While, perhaps, there are some historical facts in scripture, the point of the scriptures is to teach metaphysical and psychological truths, not history.

On the note of "Lucifer" and the "rebel angels" he is said to lead, what is interesting about this name is that it literally means "Light-bearer" and in ancient times was among the names applied to Venus, the bright morning star. One cannot help but think of Prometheus who stole the "fire of the Gods" and gave it to humankind. What is also interesting is that, in the teachings, the arch demons are said to be the wrathful manifestation of the archangels - hence the appearance is relative to the observer whether bright or dark.

It is quite common for Gnostic Schools to play with the sacred myths and to view and contemplate them from diverse angles seeking deeper insight into the hidden wisdom they contain. As we are not bound by the typical orthodoxy of creed and dogmatic doctrine we are quite free in this way.

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#4 Postby JoAnn305 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:39 pm

Hello

Is this topic perhaps the interplay between the ideas of revelation, insight, and intuition?
By that I mean the value of each of them depending on your understanding of what is cosmic and what is spiritual?

Or are these words distinct meanings of totally different objects of thought?

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#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:26 pm

Hi JoAnn!

Yes, these ideas are an interplay of revelation, insight and intuition. One might say that they are the mind's interpretation of something beyond the mental being - hence spiritual and supramental.

The terms cosmic and spiritual as used here, basically mean the same thing. Though, there certainly are spiritual beings-forces that are not exactly "cosmic," but all certainly are expressions of something on a cosmic level. I tend to go back and forth with these two terms merely to shift the angle of view and perhaps to facilitate some deeper insight in the process.

Good to hear from you... :D

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#6 Postby Rebekah » Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:13 pm

Shalom!

According to the Sefer Yetzirah, angels cannot contain both good and evil; it is only in the physical that good and evil can exist together, and it is only in the choice between good and evil that humanity can exercise free will. So it seems that 'angelic rebellion' is ultimately a play of divine forces enabling us to exercise free will through the various spiritual energies we draw to ourselves.

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#7 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:36 pm

Greetings Rebekah!

That is very well put - the play of cosmic or spiritual forces is all about the facilitation of free will and the process of creative evolution. Quite simply, without admixture and evil the Divine Plan could not be brought about. It is with this insight that Mekubalim teach us that even demons are a secret operation of the Holy Spirit bringing about the Divine Will and Kingdom.

If this is confusing to us some times, then at those times we are looking at it from our ego, or from a strong self-grasping at name and form; in other words, as are forgetting the person of Light in us and the Light-continuum, our Bornless Nature. Only then is it confusing why admixture and darkness must be part of the structure within and behind creation.

After all, in order to have a powerful hero or heroine in a good story there must be an equally powerful villan! :wink:

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#8 Postby Coop » Sat Jul 17, 2004 6:14 pm

I've found it helpful to look at phenomena once considered 'psycholigical' in terms of cosmic forces. Noticing these forces allows us to get out from under their influence. It then also becomes evident that we can use free will to learn to attract the forces that are beneficial to us.

Both psychology and gnosticism see healing as a cornerstone toward evolution. My question is ... what is it we are healing? Is it ego that is wounded? Is it the energy behind our personality display that needs healing?

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Wholeness of Being

#9 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jul 18, 2004 10:41 am

Greetings Coop!

Healing implies wholeness of being. First and foremost it seems that we are healing fragmented consciousness - restoring our consciousness to an integral state, and linking the various levels of consciousness through the presence of awareness. Thus we find in the teachings that Raphael, the "healing power of God" is associated with the direction East (Tiferet) and the Way of Knowledge (Awareness).

The wound from which we suffer is the ego, thus it is by transcending the egoistic condition that we bring about our deepest healing.

We may also speak of this in terms of the soul in the Kabbalah, for our ultimate healing is the activation and unification of all five aspects of the soul of Light. Though the soul of Light is a unity, because we are relatively unaware of the deeper or higher parts, in effect, this soul is "fractured." Thus, in the process of self-realization we mend this fracture and restore the fullness and wholeness of the soul of Light.

It is, indeed, important that we consider the teachings on spiritual forces in a psychological context, as it is on a primarily psychic or psychological level that we encounter the play of cosmic or spiritual forces. However, we would not mean to suggest that these beings-forces are purely psychological phenomenon, at least not in the context mudane psychology would have us believe. Psychology and Kabbalah certainly agree that life is all about self-transformation. Considering so many peoples need for therapy it is also clear that most people are aware of the need for tikkune-healing and seek that tikkune-healing to the best of their understanding it. Psychology can certainly be helpful and play an important role in this process - though it is a very young science of mind compared to Kabbalah.

If we were to speak in the most simple fashion of complete healing, would that not be a conscious unification with our Source or God? This seems to me to be the very essence of healing, hence the healing power we have seen in the Anointed.

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#10 Postby maid marion » Sun Jul 18, 2004 4:40 pm

shalom malachi!

this diologe of the myth of lucifer seems to be symbolically representing what happens as a resuly of dualistic consciousness. it seems that in the midst of this kind of fragmentation one runs, and forgets the soul of light in one, and only if one chooses to do so, one may remember and return to divine fulness.

you said that the inner level of this myth is that dualistic consciousness is a natural product of evolution and creation and is indeed nessesary for evolution. this reminded me of the myth of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, and how one way of veiwing this was that elohim mwnt them to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. it has also been said that this was the first act of free will. it's almost like, in that moment when they eat of the fruit they become truly human, being able to embody both light and darkness and being able to walk in both worlds. it is then interesting to contemplate free will ion this context, because we know that there were humans walking the earth before Adam and Eve came there, yet, eating of the fruit was the first act of free will. this then sujests that free will only comes into being in one when one has has a glimpse of the firey intelligence. because if one is completely ignorant, how could one choose really? whereas, when one has had a glimpse of the firey intelligence, one is no longer ignorant, rather one now has a responsibility and is able top choose to follow the soul of light in them or to turn away.

I am curious if another possible way of contemplating this idea of running and returning in the myth of lucifer is that his namw means light bearer, is this suggesting the contemplation of one in whom the firey intllligence has been sparked, and this one enevitably will run and miss the mark(sin) at some points in the journey, and then return. is this story focusing on the running part of the process?

also, the fact that, as Elder Rebekah pointed out, the Sefer Yetzirah states that angels and demons cannot exist in a state of good and evil but must be either or. this seems to suggest that another way of contemplating the myth of lucifer could be that lucifer was always evil and represents those aspects of the mind heart and life that must be cut off. this reminds me of the time of Noah, which seems to be speaking of the same thing, where the people strayed and forgot the Lord, but Noah was told to build the arch and he and his family survived the flood. in this story, can Noah and his family represent the soul of light and the people that drown, represent the ego and dualistic consciousness?

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#11 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jul 19, 2004 5:32 pm

Greetings Maid Marion!

In much the same way that Samael carries dual connotations of both a postitive and negative force in the Kabbalah, so does the name "Lucifer" in Gnosticism. For example, in a certain Gnostic tradition Lucifer is associated with Venus, the bright morning star, which according to the Melchizedek teachings transmits the energy-intelligence of the Dog Star, Sirius, in our solar system - thus the term implies a vehicle of the Light-transmission of the Order of Melchizedek, and has various subtle meanings. For this reason, in the tradition I'm speaking about, during a certain time of year a specific ceremony of initiation is conducted in which, as part of an invocation and instruction it is said: "Hail Lucifer (Light-bearer), Our Day Star, herald of the Eternal Dawn (or alternatively, herald of the Day of Be-With-Us)." This has subtle implications of the Holy Star that lead the magi to the Christ child in legend, and to the idea of the elder races which frequently appears in Christian Gnosticism. Quite obviously, the intention is not a profane usage as though invoking the "devil." The intention and meaning is completely positive and is esoteric in nature. Here is neither the place nor the time to go into greater detail, however, as this subject requires the foundation of teachings to put it in is full and proper context.

On the other hand, "Lucifer" is the dark counterpart of the archangel Raphael, and can be spoken of as the arch demon of the Eastern Quarter of the Sacred Circle. Of course, in the tradition, such arch demons are typically interpreted as wrathful manifestations of the same presence and power as the corresponding archangel. This usage has distinctly negative connotations. Thus, as you can see, this name can have different meanings when it appears in teachings, some times connoting a negative force, and other times a positive force. This seems to reflect something about the true nature of creation - most things seem to have both a bright and dark side, which is something many schools of Gnosticism play heavily upon in their language and teachings.

Noah and the story of the flood seem to reflect a most basic idea on the surface - the distinction of those who learn to go within and cultivate an interior life and those who live only on the surface. If I'm reading your post correctly, this seems to be exactly what you are pointing at.

The dialogue as to whether or not angles have free will becomes extremely complex in Gnosticsm and Kabbalah - there are contradictory teachings about this. Some teachings propose angels do not have free will, while others clearly indicate that they do. It has been said that coming into contact with human souls and the material world angels acquire free will. Likewise, it has been said that there are two kinds of angels, one of the qualities distinguishing them is that one kind has free will and the other does not. These two ideas express how certain adepts and masters resolve this apparent contradiction in the teachings - and those who are more familiar with these luminous beings on an experiential level tend to agree. The difficulty is that in any discussion of angels we are speaking of beings-forces that are non-human and purely spiritual in human and material terms - thus our expressions are inherently limited and flawed. It is just not so simple and linear as "they have free will" or "they don't have free will" - it is more like and/both rather than either/or is the correct answer.

Let's ask another interesting question in connection with this: What is the difference between an angel of wrath and a demon?

These are the thoughts that emerged at the moment...

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angels and free will

#12 Postby charlie » Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:40 am

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.

at each level of descent the tzimtzum and shattering seems to create more 'pieces'. that says to me that each level above is more archetypical of the one below. in this sense, looking at it upward from a human perspective, it appears that similar energies within many people give an angel its existance.

since forces that are spiritually distant from each other can only co-exist in humans/asiyah, it would seem that we are made up of various combinations of these more archetypical forces. the nature of our existance is what gives us free will. I think there are at least a couple different ways of enacting free will... in one sense we can choose between opposing forces, A or B. in another way we can simply choose a thing without necessarily having an opposite that is present and not chosen.

it's been said that angels have a purpose, and that this purpose is the only thing that they do. from an angelic point of view, this purpose is simple, but from a human point of view it is archetypical and includes a broad range of manifestations.

since they are not separate from us, then I'd say that they have free will through us. to them, their purpose is simple and static. the specific ways that we invoke and use these forces affects our evolution and this evolution would seem to include that of angels.

what is the difference between an angel of wrath and a demon?
hmmm... the wrathful emanation of a tzaddik might at first seem harsh, but when I really look at what she's pointing at within me I can see the love that drove her and the benefit of her wrath. I suppose it's not so different with an angel of wrath. a demon, however, seems to cause harm through ignorance. the difference between the two would seem to be the difference between awake and asleep.

that's a lot of arrows... did I hit the mark? did I at least hit the target? :lol:

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#13 Postby Brother Christopher » Tue Jul 20, 2004 8:46 am

Greetings and Shalom,

In response to the question : What is the difference between an angel of wrath and a demon?

I'm reminded of the story of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai with Moses and the Children of Israel. Upon Moses descent from the mountain he response accordingly with Wrath to the children of Israel. It seems the wrath and anger that is produced is an intergral event that it connected with the choices that the children of Israel had already set into motion. It seems in this context an angel of wrath is still acting from mercy. However, from the perspective from the children of israel, the angel of wrath may have appeared like a demon to those not moving with the tikkune. Also it seems that a demon is self-destructive and will eventually cause its own demise so to speak....

Those are my brief thoughts....

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#14 Postby Maid Marion » Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:33 pm

Greetings!

In response to the question asked of the difference between an angel of wrath and a demon. It has been said before that angels of wrath are demons who have been bound to the service of the light continuum. whereas, a demon is not serving the divine will or divine kingdom at all. it is rather like the teachings of Lilatu in the tradition, we learn that Lilatu is not acting out of ignorance or hatred in her destruction, rather, it is out of compassion that she destroys, and it is only those who are not pure in themselves and who fear her, or ones who do not know her that see her as wrathful and terrible. In this way, there seems to be a profound difference between an angel of wrath and a demon.

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Wrathful Angel of Demon...

#15 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jul 21, 2004 1:01 pm

Greetings Everyone!

It seems that all of these thoughts are on the mark.....what a delightful array. Perhaps we could add this to the stream of thoughts: A wrathful angel seeks to draw us nearer to God, our source, and a demon seeks to draw us further away from God. Of course, this affect/effect seems largely subject to our own state of consciousness.

Above we mentioned that there are two kinds of angels - the Zohar speaks of them as those whose existence is brief or temporary and those whose existence lasts the duration of the entire cosmic cycle. What thoughts or insights does this teaching from Zohar invoke?

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#16 Postby Coop » Wed Jul 21, 2004 1:11 pm

Dear Malachi,

If there are two kinds of angels -- those whose existance is brief or temporary and those whose existance lasts the duration of the entire cosmic cycle -- perhaps the temporary angels are called into being by people who call on the type of assistance these particular, temporary angels provide. Perhaps through our manifesting power, and our desire to draw on certain qualities of cosmic forces, these beings are created by us.

Perhaps the enduring angels are brought about by forces that are needed to shape the entire cycle of the cosmos.

Those are my thoughts.

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angels and zohar

#17 Postby charlie » Wed Jul 21, 2004 1:19 pm

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 these energies as well.

would the ones that we create be the ones that are brief and those we invoke be the more 'permanent'?

if that is so, then would a group of people(whether a family, ethnicity, society, etc.) sharing certain thought-types create such an angel or demon that lasts a bit longer than the lesser ones created by an individual? would these group-created beings-forces only last as long as there was a member of such a group around to maintain its existence, or could it outlast any belief/reinforcement of it based on the amount of energy and/or level of belief associated with it?

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#18 Postby Guest » Wed Jul 21, 2004 9:56 pm

Shalom Malachi!

In scripture, there are two wells that are quarreled over. And we have learned that these wells that are quarreled over imply these two types of angels. these two wells are also associated with the levels of the soul of Ruach and Nefesh, because these are the two parts of the soul where there is the most confict between good and evil. this seems connected to the teaching given that an angel of wrath seeks to draw us nearer to God and a demon seeks to draw us farther away from God. It seems like it is this quarrelling within oneself that creates the demon, because it is dualism that creates and sustains evil. In Genisis we learn that the phrase, "and it was good" was not said on the 2nd day, because on this day evil was created. In Bereshith, The Zohar says that angels were created on the first day. I'm curious if this has something to do with the teaching that angels cannot have both good and evil, and they cannot live in asiyah and yetzirah at once, likewise they have one mission. I'm also curious why these two types of angels are associated with the wells that are quarrelled over? because at first it seems rather contradictory. in that, there is this dualism in the wells, but angels do not seems dualistic at all. regarding these two types of angels, I was also curious if the difference between these two types of angels has to do with the nature of their missions. that the ones who live longer have a mission that is more cosmic, and the ones who live for a shorter duration of time if thier mission is more centralised, less cosmic.???

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Duration of Existence

#19 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jul 24, 2004 8:43 am

Greetings Everyone!

Yes, indeed, those angels which are said to be temporary are angels generated by created beings, and they may also be said to represent spiritual patterns behind created things. They certainly do relate to the entities created by our thoughts, emotions, speech and action - the level of concentration and vital charge determining the duration of their existence. Thus, it stands to reason that those created by a group or collective consciousness would have greater power and a longer duration of existence. Under certain conditions it is possible that such angels or demons could exist longer than those who generated them.

What is interesting is that those angels said to have a cosmic existence correspond with Being and those that are said to have a temporary existence correspond with Becoming. As we know, Being and Becoming are, in truth, inseparable - thus these two kinds of angels cannot be separated either. Somehow they are intimately interconnected.

Those which have a cosmic existence provide a certain stability and consistency in the matrix of creation, while those which have a temporary existence (relatively speaking) facilitate the flow of continual change. It is really quite an awesome and luminous vision to behold!

Indeed, the mission of the permanent angels in this universe is cosmic in nature, while the missions of those that are temporary are, shall we say, more specified or specialized.

In terms of the cosmic angels, the archangels, we might ask a question. It is said by the Masters of Faith that angels have only one mission at a time. Yet, when we learn about the archangels we find that they have vast dominions and appear to have multiple missions. How can we resolve this apparent contradiction? :wink:

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Job & Satan

#20 Postby Phillip » Mon Jul 26, 2004 8:37 pm

You know, upon contemplating this complex issue of these forces that may or may not "always" be good or evil, I consider the "accuser" in Job who seems to be one of these cosmic angels, and so even if he's "evil" is he really "evil"? I mean, we hear of the great beast and Leviathan in this story as well, both praised above Job, one of God's most loyal servants, and yet we also have an allusion to Job's attainment of a very high grade with the offering by his friends being given to JOB, not God, implying a unity. So I often wonder about this tale and what Satan is, and if the personifications speak of a display of energy that really doesn't necessarily occur in this way, but plays itself out in these terms when it descends to our level of being. But then what occurs when we ascend to a higher level of being, is Satan really what he appears on this level of being? Does the essential nature of the energy of the blessing Job receives at the end of the tale differ from the curse he receives at the beginning of the tale? I would propose not. I wonder if this "accuser" of Satan is merely a cosmic principle of unification which in operation at our level of being creates what appears as fragmentation, destruction, chaos and this "troubling" experience that Job experiences. For these events continue to occur unti he his fully thrown into a crisis. He receives the first "curse" and accepts it without question, without a difficulty, but the issue only comes to resolution after he faces the lord in a state of being troubled, until he is truly shaken. It reminds me of the Gospel of Thomas, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over all." Isn't this what happened to Job?

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#21 Postby Coop » Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:03 am

Oftentimes the results of a labor are greater than simply accomplishing a task. Say your mission is to build an orphanage. You are a master carpenter, you build a solid foundation, your walls are straight and true, the roof beam strong. You've completed your job -- the building is finished. Mission accomplished.

But your work creates space for others who have missions of their own. Teachers come in to give their time to teach the kids. Doctors and nurses who want to bring good into the world come in to care for the children. Adults without children hear of the work, and come and adopt the children, gving them good homes. And the children, receiving this attention and care, grow up and go out into the world and do good, too.

The act of an archangel may be narrowly focused, but the results of the work may create space that invites others to do good as well. Action and reaction.

I'm reminded of a saying arising from the scientific world, that if a flower blossom falls to the ground on Earth, a storm begins to brew on Jupiter. So, perhaps the actions of archangels have far-reaching effects, even if their mission is to accomplish just one thing.

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#22 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:33 pm

Hi Phillip and Coop!

Yes, indeed, Phillip, from a transcendent view the dualism of good and evil would seem to vanish. Perchance one discovers that this demon called Satan or Samael was but the shadow of God or dark face of God, something which disappears in the Supernal Light.

Now, as to the dominion of archangels and the appearance of multiple missions, perhaps all are the expression of one and the same mission on a cosmic level in Beriyah, but appear multiple at the level of Yetzirah and Asiyah. For example, take Raphael, the healing power of God - healing can assume many and diverse forms, from the physical to the psychic and spiritual, and respresent the restoration to a state of integral and whole being, including the restoration of the greater metaphysical structure to the state of Sacred Unity. Thus, all dominions over which it is said that Raphael presides are all expressions of "healing," this one cosmic mission. This is the resolution the sages of wisdom have offered - quite an interesting contemplation.

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Re: The Play of Cosmic Forces in Gnosticism

#23 Postby michellejune » Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:21 pm

"While, indeed, such spiritual beings-forces of evil exist in the metaphysical dimensions of the cosmos, only by way of our own inner demons can such beings-forces link with us or influence us; hence, only on account of our own ignorance."

Hello Friends,
Do we all have "inner demons" in the form of actual entities/beings? From the Gnostic point of view, is the self-purification part of the preparation for initiation the ridding of these entities, similar to a spiritual exorcism? Is that what the "double" is? - Does the lower soul contain entities or is it our own untransmuted side?

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Self-purification

#24 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:13 am

Greetings Michelle!

If we look into the Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) and contemplate and meditate upon it, rather than something external to the Master, the Opponent (Satan) appears to be the egoistic self attempting to direct the Divine Power awakened in the Master towards its own ends; hence a temptation of the evil inclination (the Desire to Receive for Self Alone). This egoistic self or self-cherishing gives rise to greed-lust and fear-hatred, and these are the cause of all admixture and evil. While we may speak of a play of cosmic or spiritual forces apparently external to ourselves, and there is truth in this, yet, apart from these three roots of Ignorance, and the various forms of negativity they engender, admixed and demonic forces have no link to us and no power over us.

In the Sophian teachings we speak of the Demiurge and archons, and we speak of Satan and demonic forces; the distinction being one of gradation – the Demiurge and archons are admixed or titanic forces, while Satan and his minions are dark and hostile forces (akin to the shadow of the Demiurge). This acknowledges various gradations of the diverse forms of negativity: selfishness, pride, arrogance, jealousy, envy, greed, lust, fear, anger, hatred, avarice, gluttony, apathy, insecurity, doubt and the like; whether these are inner manifestations of the archons or demons is purely an issue of gradation – the term “demon” represents extreme manifestations of negativity. Generally speaking, however, we may say that any form of negativity in consciousness, whether gross or subtle, is an “inner demon” from the perspective of the Gnostic practitioner; hence a klippah (husk) of darkness.

If we understand the egoistic self as the Adversary or Opponent (“Satan”) and the various forms of negativity generated by the egoistic self as demons or husks of darkness, then without a doubt at the outset of the mystical journey we have a need for self-purification, and, indeed, this need remains throughout our journey, so long as we are in the material body and world. The story of the Temptation and the Passion teach us this – a continual vigil of self-purification is necessary, coupled with a perpetual self-consecration.

Many approach the spiritual path and are not able to listen and hear this aspect of the teachings, and do not tend to the work of preparation for Initiation – hence, they do not fully engage in an active self-purification, coupled with self-consecration. The result is that when the Gnostic and Light Transmission is engaged they experience sever obstructions, or if by chance the Serpent Power awakens sever side-effects follow. Indeed, on account of this many would-be seekers never truly pass through the Gate of Initiation or, if passing through, soon fall from the True Path.

The need for self-purification is reflected in the outer form of Initiation into the Christian stream of the Light Transmission by baptism and the process of self purification that precedes it – confession and repentance. The outer form of the Initiation is called the Threefold Rite and is composed of baptism, chrism (anointing) and the wedding feast (Eucharist). Baptism placed at the outset of the Initiation teaches us the need for self-purification (hence the mystical death that precedes rebirth in the Holy Spirit).

Confession is the process through which we shine the Light of Awareness on whatever shades or shadows we might find within us, and thus is a letting go of negativity – which naturally and spontaneously liberates the holy sparks bound in these husks of darkness; repentance is our uplifting of those sparks by turning to the True Light (Christ) and cleaving to the True Light – our choice for the Desire to Give in place of the Desire to Receive for Self Alone.

There are many practices of self-purification taught in our lineage – the most common is the Giving & Receiving Practice, the instructions for which appear elsewhere on our website.

We may consider the process of self-purification from the perspective of the Way of Transformation taught in our tradition: the generation of spiritual self-worth or what is called “divine pride.” Essentially, it is the dissolution of our self-identification with finite name and form, and the personal history associated with it, and in its place the generation of a new self-identification with fully evolved and realized being (Christ). This is the wisdom of spiritual baptism, for going down into the water the old and unenlightened self dies and a new self is born in Christ; and this is the foundation of many spiritual practices in the Tradition – the Partzufim Meditations are an example of this wisdom applied to spiritual practice.

The generation of spiritual self-worth is coupled with the cultivation of spiritual humility – a dynamic surrender to the Mother Spirit (or openness and sensitivity to the Mother Spirit).

So, yes, you are perfectly correct – the work of preparation for Initiation is self-purification. It is an essential principle of the spiritual life and practice found in all authentic wisdom traditions.

In terms of the “double” I cannot speak to this, for the term is not used in our lineage. When I have encountered this term in the teachings of other schools I have found it to have different meanings, ranging from ideas of an “astral body or self” to some sort of “astral shadow-self,” and I have heard of it applied to many other ideas as well, some of them being extremely unusual and esoteric. Because we don’t use this term in our teachings we have no definition for it. I can say, however, that it is the subtle body of consciousness we wish to purify, and if this is what a person meant by the term “double” then it would apply – for it is the subtle body of consciousness that retains the impressions of karma, whether positive or negative.

Here we come to another way we might interpret “inner demons” – hence, as negative karmic patterns.

If everything transpires in consciousness, and our thoughts and emotions manifest as entities that are as “real” in their dimension as we are in the material dimension, then, indeed, there are divine, admixed and dark entities within the inner spaces of our consciousness: beings-forces corresponding to our own thoughts, words and deeds. Thus, whatever we might say of a play of cosmic or spiritual forces external to us, the same may be said for the play of psychic and spiritual forces internal to us – and in the fruition of Christ Consciousness we find that the boundary between “external” and “internal” vanishes: there is one unified field of Being-Consciousness-Force, which is metadimensional in its manifestation.

May the Mother Spirit purify us and consecrate us, amen.

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#25 Postby Vessal » Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:10 am

I think you are AWESOME TAU MALACHI..........
I have been a seeker my whole life,,You know feeling like something was missing and desperately seeking to find that part of my soul that seemed lost?
I tried to struggle and learn on my own,,,,but it seemed I was a prisoner to my life trying to set a world of prisoners free..and yet when I saught G-d with all of my heart,wisdom wispered but she was so hard for me to hear until one day I began to focus on Love and the two greatest laws as Yashua had given,,,.That we love the G-d with all of our being and love on another as we love ourself,,,,,,focuseing on that did more for me than anything else ever had,,......but I drifted because its hard to live and dwell with those imprisoned,,,,and yet set your self free and yet I desperatly missed that something that I had tapped into...I have started reading your book the Gnostic Gospel and its so familiar to me like that which I had tapped into when I saught to be a liveing vessal of love..There are no Gnostic or truley spirit filled teacher or liveing apostles of God around here that I know of...and so Im seeking to learn from You will you pray for me my life and everyone around me please.May God please send an apostal of the liveing God here
I am a vessal seeking to be filled with the spirit of the liveing G-d.That all that I am,,will dwell in the light and love of the liveing G-d.

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Greetings

#26 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:45 am

Greetings Vessal!

Thank you for your kinds words.

If you would like to share your actual name with me, we would be glad to uplift you in our prayers - one's name is the talismanic link through which a vital connection can be made. If you do not wish to do so in public you can send me a private message by looking me up on the membership list of the forums.

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#27 Postby Vessal » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:03 pm

Thank You Tau Malachi! Im so glad you responded I cant even talk LOL did you get the message I sent?and did you need my full name or just the first?
I am a vessal seeking to be filled with the spirit of the liveing G-d.That all that I am,,will dwell in the light and love of the liveing G-d.

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Got it!

#28 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:16 pm

Yes, I got the message and recorded your name for my prayer list.

Blessings & shalom! :)
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#29 Postby Vessal » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:17 pm

BLESSINGS AND SHALOM TO YOU TOO! :D
I am a vessal seeking to be filled with the spirit of the liveing G-d.That all that I am,,will dwell in the light and love of the liveing G-d.

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#30 Postby Vessal » Sat Jun 11, 2005 7:16 pm

Tau Malachi I thought you might like this!

Dear God do you hear me when I pray?When Im down upon my knees with tears upon my face,,Do you know about those things that trouble me so,
Have you seen the times Ive cried .
pleading with you for my life

just to be something more than I can make it be,,Do you know how many times I have felt I'd give it all away,,just to make this world ok,,

Do you know how it brakes my heart everytime I hear,theres been another bomb another blast,,and the fighting going on feels like it will for ever last,,and I cry sometimes more than I can bare,,
.
But when Im knowing you,and I see all that I have,it feels like this could be Heaven if only it werent so like hell,,God I love you,,,You know,,but sometimes I wonder do you hear me when I cry when I pray and plead with you,Save the little girl next door,her life has been so hard and I know she's not really ok even when she smiles,,because I know the hell she holds behind those eyes,,,
And you know the people all around me I see?Its like there precious souls trapped in lives just like prisons to there spirits there slaves to there lives,..And I want so much to make things better set them free so they can live,,And I struggle,,,struggle with the things Im dealing with,,,And I know everything would be alright if only they could see, the beauty that I see there in you,,and its there in them too in there spirits deep with in,,,if only they could see,,,
oh Lord do you hear me now?Will you take my words and take it in your hands and give wings to my prayers as you answer them.....And if You hear me right now,,With all my heart im telling you,,I love you,And I know you love me too,So why cant we share that love with this world,,so in need cant we please?...If you would tell us all just one more time just how much you love us all,,I think everything would be just fine.
Lord do you hear me?
I am a vessal seeking to be filled with the spirit of the liveing G-d.That all that I am,,will dwell in the light and love of the liveing G-d.


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