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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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Ignorance is BlissWhy speak of words that will trouble the souls of whom I love dearly?
Perhaps some words are better unsaid
I hear the devils in my mind tossing those words around and slamming them in to my skull as if they're made of steal than just fragile harmless letters
It's such a mystery to me that there isn't even a crack in place .
When it actually feels like every bone within me is shattered
Oh those words.. To keep them all locked inside is slowly breaking me apart
I want to scream on top of my lungs
Yell at this cursed life that has chosen me to suffer
Have I done something wrong to deserve this torment?
How can I redeem myself?
Or have I already been sentenced to suffer forever alone?
Great wonderful amazing things perhaps only happen once in a life time
I feel like I'm warped in pleasure for not having to believe in that fairytale anymore
Yet it kills me everyday not to believe in such a thing
As more time goes by the more dead I become
Speak out loud, raise ur voice, and will be here to
The Bipolar FogDrowning in the crowded mess inside my skull
Can't seem to pass the fog that has taken a grip in every piece of my brain
The room of reason and logic is locked away
And the room for mistakes and recklessness is a wide welcoming door
MelodiesThought that I finally did it
Throw out all the dreams and hopes
Of the soulmate that will never come
It is my heart alone, it won't be shared
Sing me all the melodies you want but it won't follow
Yet I stay up at night
When all my act is done and gone
I cry in regrets for the ones that i didn't sing along
Fake smileWith needles and threads I sew to make this smile remain
a fake smile indeed but thats what it takes
to be treated normal once again


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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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