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THE ESSENCE OF THE GNOSTICS

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 2, 2013, 10:36 PM
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Greetings my friends,

Tonight begins a three part series on Gnosticism and just who and what the Gnostics are.  Tonight I want to talk about the cosmology of the Gnostics, and how that has evolved into the modern day Gnostic worshipers.  Next Sunday I will talk more about the three men who set forth the laws and rules that govern Gnostic sects all over the world (Mani, Marcion, and Valentinus.)  In week three I will discuss the Nag Hamadi library, and how it has forged a rebirth of Gnostic thinking.  Finally, in week four, I will discuss modern day Gnosticism and how worshipers apply it to their everyday lives. 
Let me start off by letting you know that I am Gnostic by faith, and have been so for almost 30 years.  I meet with a handful of friends who are fellow Gnostics, and we discuss our faith, what we have learned from it, and share ideas for reaching the ultimate goal of finding Gnosis.  Though there are some Gnostic churches across the globe, congregational worship is not desirable to most Gnostics, as it is known that ones salvation is the sole task and responsibility of themselves.   That means no Priest to guide you, and no Bishops to chide you.  No Missionaries to beseech you, and no Nuns to teach you.  You, and only you can save yourself.  I know that may sound confusing now, but by the end of this month, I am hoping that all of you reading this series will understand it, and know why this must be so. 
There has always been the Pleroma, which one should not think of in spatial terms.  The Pleroma is the center of divine life, or heaven if you will.  Think of all the planes of existence that could be, and the Pleroma would be the plane in the middle, where all other planes converge.  In this Pleroma exists two ruling Gods, both the father and mother of all beings.  The male half is called the Monad,  and the female half called the Ennoia.  It was through their union that the Archetypes were created, Mind being the male part, and Truth being the female part.  The Archetypes, through their union, created thirty more paired beings, and these were called the Aeons.  It was only the Mind that could speak with and comprehend the great gods Monad and Ennoia.  One of the great commands was that no Aeon was to create or do anything without the partnership of their other half. 
The youngest of all the Aeons was called Sophia (wisdom).  She had a burning desire to create, and without the help of her other half she gave birth to a flawed being called the Demiurge.  This enraged the Monad and the Ennoia, and as a punishment the Demiurge was cast out of the Pleroma.  To amuse himself, the Demiurge began to create his own universe and kingdom, of which one of those places was our Earth.  Because the Demiurge is a flawed being, everything he creates will be flawed.  We, as human beings, are flawed because the one who made us is flawed. 
The Monad and the Ennoia saw what was done, and out of pity, they instilled into each and every one of us a soul.  As long as we could find our way to the Pleroma, we could be a part of the diving light.  The Demiurge was not going to let us go so easily, as he considered us his creation.  He created his own Angles and Demons to keep watch over us, and to blind us with the trappings of the Earth.  As long as he could keep a person from finding the Pleroma, they would be doomed to be reincarnated and continue to live and die until they achieved Gnosis and found their way to the Pleroma. 
The Monad and Ennoia have sent prophets along the way, to try and teach us how to find and achieve Gnosis.  One of these prophets was the man called Jesus.  This is the cosmology and creation theory of the Gnostics.
Almost all Gnostics believe that the Gods of the Old and New Testaments are not the same.  I go along with the belief that the God of the Old Testament is the Demiurge or the Flawed God.  The Old Testament God kills women and children, destroys every living thing, inflicts diseases, and would kill young boys just for lighting the wrong incense in the holy tent.  In stark contrast, the New Testament God demands civility towards one another, would never kill women and children, wants to save everyone,  not destroy them, and is big on forgiving mistakes.  Some Gnostics believe that the New Testament God is Sophia, and others believe it to be the Monad.  I do not know who I believe the New Testament God to be, but I know in my heart that it is not the God of the Old Testament. 
That is it for this week.  Next week we will talk about the three men who gave Gnosticism its doctrines. 

My continued prayers to my friends  Mia, Chas, and Shell :pray:

To my friends and watchers I wish you a wonderful and prosperous week ahead... :icontimmy64plz:

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Squirmin' HermanI met a boy in science class nobody seemed to like.
His clothes were torn, his face unclean, all wished he'd take a hike!
Teacher called upon his name and said: "Now define vermin."
He squirmed and squirmed there in his seat, now he's Squirmin' Herman!
Then one day I noticed that his seat was left unsat.
No one seemed to care and yet I wondered: "Where's he at?"
After class I asked the teacher if she knew his plight?
What she told me 'bout him has me crying every night!
Seems his mother left him when he was a child of two.
His father worked a stressful job and came down with the flu.
He had no health insurance and so tried to work it through.
Sad to say he died last week and left poor Herman blue.

I decided on that very day I'd find that boy and then,
tell him that I'm sorry and that I want to be his friend.
Kids like Squirmin' Herman need assured that they're okay.
I'm hoping that I get that chance, tomorrow or today!
The Popsicle Man
Summertime is always so much fun for me,
'cept the day I trashed my bike and skinned my knee.
No one there to help me so I cried: Poor me!
But then I heard that jingle and I counted to three.
Oh, I never wanna miss out on the Popsicle man,
cruisin' down my street in his shiny white van,
Calling out my name like nobody else can,
no, I never wanna miss out on the Popsicle man.
Hot Wheel cars and puppy dogs and candy canes,
sure don't ease the hurt of this broken arm pain.
Today marks the seventh straight day of this rain,
But then I hear that sweet sound comin' down a' my lane...
Oh, I never wanna miss out on the Popsicle man,
cruisin' down my street in his shiny white van.
Calling out my name like nobody else can,
no, I never wanna miss out on the Popsicle man
Oh I never will forget about the Popsicle man,
momma told me once she thought his name was Stan.
Trying all the flavors was my single game plan,
no, I never will forget about the Popsicle man,
no, I never will forget,
no, I never
My Night Out With Poe
Riding on the midnight rail train, snoring madman drives me insane,
while in the distance city lights entice us ever onward.
Try to sleep but him so noisy, wishing I was back in Boise,
not to mention silly raven, acting like my hat's a haven.
"Awfully hot in here," I stutter, suddenly in walks a maven,
asking why I'm not clean-shaven?
Oh, how I wish I could relate, this dismal trek to his home state,
though in reality the tale would bore you to your grave.
This Edgar dude is not my friend, he's not someone I could defend,
his raven bud's a ghostly sort, mug's always got an odd retort.
"Nevermore," he's always shrieking, wond'ring if he's drunk on port,
pleading with him to abort.
Whistle blowing train is stopping, guess we're here my ears are popping,
oh good gosh to no surprise the moon is full and reddish.
Raven hops on Edgar's shoulder, wishing I was feeling bolder,
howling wolf off in the distance, questioning this mad existence.
"Chilly night," is all he offers, pressing on in
When will we learn?
a babe found in a garbage dump one wintry rainy day
he'll never get the chance to live and love or run and play
... when will we learn?
the needle wasn't sterile when she stuck it in her arm
when she was young she dreamed of one day living on a farm
... when will we learn?
the pastor took the little boy on holidays abroad
the scars it left upon his heart destroyed his faith in God
... when will we learn?
the battle raged with all it's might ten thousand fell as one
or maybe it was 15k that died under the sun
... when will we learn?
they beat to death a homeless man and said they just were bored
their parents hired lawyers that the average can't afford
... when will we learn?
the officer approached the youth with dreadlocks and a knife
shot him there right through the heart and took away his life
... when will we learn?
the boss shot down the scheme that sent pollutants to the sea
but secretly he gave the nod and thus it came to be
... when will we learn?
so many ills upon the race of m


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WrathFan99 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Dude , I`m a Neo-Gnostic Valentinian Atheist ! :)
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Writer
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WrathFan99 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks , man ! :)
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Rhiannon104 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Oh can't wait to read all these.  I've been away so long..Have missed you :heart: :hug:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Hi Rhia,

I have missed you too.  I hope all is well.  It would be wonderful to have a fellow Gnostic read these.  Big hugs and kisses for you dear friend... :hug:
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Rhiannon104 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Yip! Seems there are so few of us LOL.. :glomp:
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NearlyInvisibleMind Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:I love the work of Sarah Jane! Breathtaking :clap:
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NearlyInvisibleMind Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconyaayplz: Thank you so much for featuring my poetry in your "Poetry Corner" :rose:...:tighthug:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Very Welcome...
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Victorian-Dandy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for including my Elgar portrait in your feature David.

And an interesting journal as always.
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