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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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What Poetry Is To MeWhat is poetry to me?
Poetry is the breath,
That allows the sax,
To play sexy tunes,
And flourish flowered hearts.
The air that breezes moving,
The harp from left to right,
Creating synchronicity,
Between your mind,
And peoples shards.
The harp hands never stop moving,
They switch from the harp to the pen,
That uses open wounds, so people can
Read their blood written scars.
Hoping that when people read them,
Golden hymns are reassembled,
By the symbol of the clap.
Coming from the snap,
Sent forward from the flashback.
That’s what poetry is about.
Not the recap, but wearing the cap forward,
So when you look back, the people
Who listened, now have felt the ice caps melt.
For just a second, opened your cap,
And jumped in your pool,
To discover the rabbit hole,
In your wonderland.
To dwell in your forest,
And find which tree hole fits
Their nuts.
The basic connection between,
The Creator and Observer.
That’s all poetry is…Creation.
People think poetry is a form of literat
SHE IS SACRED GEOMETRYOn February fourteenth,
What is a lonely boy to do in school,
When the cool kids all have sweet kissing.
You notice under the cavity
It’s something sweet missing.
The casual outside window gaze,
Change to the lover phase.
The eyesight maze to look and find,
Your eye-crossed lover.
Your eyes crossed hover,
The classroom love-ground to discover.
The beating heart covered by the Hijab,
But then the radar stops.
The one across the room who looks at you,
And has all the right qualities.
Single, light on the eyes and most of all…
Perfect like sacred geometry.
Turns my beating heart to a wrecking ball.
Our 12 second smiling gaze, had me feeling like
The 12 days of Christmas came,
Ended abruptly by what the teacher sang.
“Von, Irene, PAY ATTENTION”
I refused to let Mr. Lane Math class,
Ruin my addition, of Me + Irene.
I’ve seen these class couples,
Walk through rough rubble,
And come out clean,
I’m going to make sure,
My path to this beautiful lass,
Is cat c
Black HeartDo you love America?
I love me some Merica.
A place where the air I breathe is pine fresh,
But the pine is no longer fine because of the trail,
Veiled by what we think are beautiful skies.
Which love to speak to me on my daily walks.
Crying, trying to get me to see what those planes do,
Those planes woo, swoop down seek and pursue,
And fulfill the goal for their greed.
Plant their seeds so the harsh sun can make them grow.
Is this what democracy looks like?
The Valentine’s Day jewelry gift I buy at the store.
Shapeshifts into falling spheres out the sky,
So when it drops it helps them raise their score.
Killing in the name of justice.
Leaving the defenseless in a state of hushness.
I mean,
I’ve seen some of those videos.
And Man, I thought a stillborn was harsh,
How about a still-death?
The gaze upon the bomb differs
From the gaze upon the stars,
It leaves the body with no battle scars.
We Kill People, Who Kill People,
Because killing people is wrong,
And forget the princip
MantisI’m in love with a mantis, granted the bug is small it understands me.
Crawled to me, cradled me and touched my reactor.
Told me, my blood bleeds red. Not because of the hemoglobin, but because of cranberry juice.
Each pour of it, is of immense use, don’t waste it she said; it’s the seed to someone’s spruce.
Talk to the blade and your harsh skin; it’s time for a truce.
Be like Bruce. Become water, not the cactus.
Remove the rough skin, don’t let the water spill, bartending comes with practice.
Come within, meditate, regulate, lift those bad thoughts, Levitate. Then you will resonate.
At this point yall, I thought Eliza Thornberry and Dr Dolittle ain’t got shit on me.
Sittin back spongebob grinnin, Kermit tea sippin and ultimately. Introspecting.
See, the mantis is the small voice within us that tell us to remember,
That basketball shorts and flip flops should be banned in the winter.
On a cloudy day, behind the shroud, there is a great thing in


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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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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Very welcome my friend...:w00t:
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Yes! More wonderful information about Gnostics and Gnosticism! :w00t:

Thanks so much, for sharing, David! I look forward to the next instalment! :la:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you my sweet friend... :hug:
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
You're very welcome, David! :hug:

A.N.Y. T.I.M.E.! :iconhowdyplz:
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NocturneJewel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
It does sound a little complicated to me, but I'm happy that you have such passion for your faith. :hug:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Writer
It is complicated for sure, and I am not as passionate as I was about 20 years ago. I have always felt at ease with Gnosticism, but do not talk about it much. I blend ideals of other faiths into my belief system, as I believe if true Gnosis exists, it lies within qualities that can be seen in most faiths. Thanks so much for giving this a read my wonderful friend, and hope you will read the rest :hug:
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NocturneJewel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
You're very welcome, David! :hug: :iconflyingheartsplz:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Interesting point of view and beautiful features, dear Dragon.:hug:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you dear Selina... :hug:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
:iconhugglesplz:
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xeena-dragonkizz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
How kind of you dear David, always supporting my art and putting my new piece up there!! I'm so grateful!! :hug:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
It is always a pleasure my sweet friend... :hug:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you very much including my work among these beautiful selections dear David :heart: :love:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Always a pleasure dear Canan :hug:
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PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the feature and your continued support with my artistic endeavours David :)
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Very welcome my friend...:w00t:
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful features my friend:heart:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you dear friend... :hug:
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome David:heart:
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
David, vous êtes un nouveau Ménandre ! :clap:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Merci Frantz... :dance:
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