The Bright and Dark Mother

Above we made mention of the divine presence and power within and behind all spiritual lorces, whether divine, admixed, or demonic forces. This presence and power is God the Mothi. , for in Sophian teachings, she is the immanent aspect of divine being. Thus the Mother has both bright and dark manifestations,- she is the matrix of creation. In effect, her body is the supernal abode, the heavens, the earth, the entire domain of the demuirgos and archons, and even the infernal regions. Every...

The Wisdom of Sorrow

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Those who experience the loss of loved ones and friends, lor whom death has become a reality, are more likely to seek the greater purpose and meaning of life and, perchance, to live more fully because they know life is short and is precious. They also find that life goes on and that one cannot afford to live in the past, but must live in the present and turn one's gaze forward. Yet, mourning does not only mean the grief involved in the...

Contents

Three The Enlightenment of the Messiah The Tzaddik of the Messiah John the Baptist 34 Emergence of the Light-presence and Light-bearer 42 Four The Holy Bride and First Apostle The Exiie and Redemption of Sophia 51 The Union of the Bride and Bridegroom 61 The Mystery of Anointing and Crucifixion 66 The Bride in the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection 68 The Risen Savior and St. Mary Magdalene 71 Six The Holy One, God the Fat -, - nd God the Mother Conceptions of God 75 The Sophian Vision of...

The Union of the Bride and Bridegroom

The Holy Spirit descends upon Yeshua during the baptism. At the sane time, a prophet appears to Mary, the implication being that this a -pearance occurs in the visionary dimension, just as the image of a dove of light descending on Yeshua was a vision beheld by John. Yeshua experiences the temptation by Satan in the wilderness as he struggles to integrate the light-presence that has entered into him. While Yeshua is wrestling with Satan, Mary is struggling against seven demons bo ' 1 experience...

Creative Visualization

The practice of spiritual affirmation is further empowered by the use of creative visualization. That deeper pan of ourselves works more with images and emotions than with thoughts and words. Tnus, visualization is part of spiritual practice in virtually all mystical traditions, including Gnostic Christianity. In the Sophian tradition, this art is commonly applied to entering into conscious contact and communion with great masters and angelic beings, but it is also used in conjunction with...

Glossary

Adam Ha-Rishon The first human being, which is both male ana female, and represents the archetype of humanity, which is actualized in the human life-wave. Adam Kadmon Tfie primordial human being, which is both male and female, and represents the divine potential of the human archetype. Adept A term for an experienced spiritual practitioner who has accomplished a certain degree of self-realization. In Sophian Gnosticism. an adept who takes up the role of a teacher and guide is called an elder....

The Good News of the Bride

This is the early life story of the Holy Bride in the tradition. As mentioned above, i is an allegory of the soul ti.at becomes lost and wanders aimless in the cycles of transmigration. In fact, in the Sophian tradition, every aspect of the story of St. Mary Magdalene and everything said cf her relates directly to the relationship of our own consciousness to the Living Yeshua. In truth, our soul ic as a bride to the light-presence, and in unification with the light-presence, we enter into the...

Emergence of the Lightpresence and Lightbearer

Above, we have mentioned something of the mystery within and behind the baptism of Yeshua by John the Baptist as taught among Sophi-ans. The baptism and temptation are the fruition of a long spiritual journey begun ir. Yeshua's youth, culminating at around the age of thirty. It represents an essential light-transmission that passes between a holy tzaddik and his or her disciple when the distinction between the tzad-dik and the disciple vanishes, and there is only the One light-presence and...

Gocl the Father and God the Mother

Earlier, we spoke about Adam Kadmon and Adam Ha-Rishon, the primordial human being and supernal human being. According to the Kabbalah, this Adam is the image and likeness of God and is an androgynous being. Thus, Adam being the image and iikeness of God. we must assume God is also androgynous being. Thus, God is beyond all gender association whatsoever hence God is pure divine being, beyond all duality such as male and female. Yet Adam the androgynous being, was divided into male and female,...

The Gospel of Truth

Much like the relationship of various Gnostic Christian schools to the Torah and Old Testament, the relationship of Gnostic schools with the Gospels that appear in the Bible can also differ greatly. For example, it is often said that among the Cathari' the Gospel of St. John was their primary focus and was highly valued, while the other Gospels were not used. Some ancient Gnostic sects used only their own Gospels and did not rely on those that would later become canonized by orthodox . They...

The Nature of the Apocalypse

One can only wonder at the tumultuous transformations that are hidden within a chrysalis as the caterpillar undergoes metamorphosis mto a butterfly. Truly, it must be somewhat horrendous, though something of amazing splendor nrd beauty emerges from it. In a manner of speaking, whatever tumult and horror might occur in the process of metamorphosis, with the exodus of the butterfly from the chrysalis, it is as nothing before a creature of such awesome and delightful beauty. Something wonderful is...

Acquiring Gnosis

Acquiring gnosis usually involves a spiritual friendship with a Gnostic elder or tau and receiving esoteric teachings and initiation within a Gnostic community,- in Gnostic traditions, the teacher and community arc a vehicle of the light-transmission. However, the purpose of a Gnostic t acher and circle are to suppo '. one's own continuum of spiritual practice and spiritual living, through which one is able to experience th-' Living Yeshua and recognize and realize the light- 14 E< r> c....

Fragmented Consciousness Legion

There is a curious story in the Gospels of a man possessed by demons, who runs up to Lord Yeshua in a fit, frightened by the light-presence in him. When Yeshua asks the demon its name, the demon responds, ''We are Legion, for we are many. It is rather ironic from a Gnostic perspective, because when we go within and become the silent witness, the first thing we notice is that our consciousness is fragmented and divided against itself, as though there is a legion of I-thoughtS desires and fears...

The Second Adam

Yeshua stands at the center of the Gospe as the first holy person to realize and embody supernal or Messianic consciousness. Yet in the Sophian Gospel, he does not stand alone, and, as has been said, the light-presence is not isolated to him. Others among those around Lord Yeshua also embody the light-presence, more .or less, depending upon their capacity to receive the light-transmission. This becomes most obvious in Gnostic Christian traditions, which speak of St. Mary Magdalene as coequal...

The Exile and Redemption of Sophia

In most Gnostic traditions, the purpose of the divine incarnation of the Logos is not salvation of the world. Rather, it is the redemption of Sophia, who is fallen and exiled in the world. Essentially, divine wisdom is the true nature of consciousness, which is the foundation of creatures and creation, and she is bound within creatures and creation to the dominion of the demiurgos and arckons hence in bondage to cosmic ignorance. Thus, through the incarnation, Logos enters into the world to...

The Way of Self Transformation

Gnosticism is quite clear about the play of cosmic forces in creation, and the need to be conscious of the spiritual forces which we bring into our lives and the world. While, indeed, there are metaphysical and esoteric ramifications behind Gnostic teachings about the play of cosmic forces, the reaiity is very simple and clear in our minds, hearts, and lives. Whatever the reality of such psychic and spiritual forces might be, our experience of them is primarily in our thoughts, feelings, words,...

The Name of Names

Jesus is the Greek name of the Master that has bccome popular on account of orthodox traditions of Christianity. Among Jewish and Gnostic Christians, the name Ytihua is commonly used, which is Aramaic and is derived from the Hebrew name Joshua. Aran ,tc is the language the teacher and his disciples actually spoke. This is the name the disciples used for the teacher, and it is the name by which he would have referred to himself. By using this name, we draw ourselves closer to the divine presence...

The Path Of Gnosis

In most traditional forms of religion and spirituality, we are told the basic aim of the spiritual path is to overcome our selfishness and to become selfless hence to experience a self-transcendence. Gnosticism is no exception to this, for the Gnostic seeks to dispel the ego-illusion, recognizing that our belief in an independent and substantial self-exis-tence is the primary cause of our bondage to the dominion of the demiurgos and archons and to the endless rounds of the transmigration of the...

Birth of the Mystic

In the Sophian teachings, Yeshua is conceived through the union of Joseph and Mary, and though indeed a great soul angl spiritual prodigy, he is not born Christed. The stories of immaculate conception and virgin birth arc considered myths meant to convey mysteries of the Christos or as allegories of the divine grace integral to the awakening of the soul and the journey to Christ consciousness. The whole idea of being born in a barn among animals is quite symbolic, for the very nature of our...

Enlightened Selfishness

W'n3t we are talking about may be called - nlightened selfishness, which cultivates the sense of sen along a very different line than that of the unenlightened condition. In the unenlightened condition, we practice a selfishness that seeks our own prosperity, success, health, and happiness apart from any genuine concern for the welfare and well-being of others. However, by going within and living within, we discover our innate interdependence and interconnection with others, with life, and with...

Meeting the Beloved

Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. (Exodus 20 8-1 I) The Shabbat in Sophian Gnosticism is not a religious duty or obligation, but rather is a spiritual practice. It is in this sense that Lord Yes'nua spoken of the Shabbat when he said, 'The sasbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for . sabbath,- so the Son of the Human One is lord even of the Sabbath. '' Likewise, in the Gospel of St. Triomas, Yeshua says, If you do not fast as regards the world, you svill not find the...

The Origin of Cosmic Ignorance

On the most basic level, if one seel.- o find the cause of cosmic ignorance one will not be able to discover its beginning. Potentially it has always existed, just as the potential of enlightenment has always existed. In fact, the potential of the unenlightened condition and enlightenment are one and the same. In Sophian tradition, rather than speaking literally of a beginning of ignorance, all teachings on the origin of the demiurgos are meant to point to the way ignorance is put to an end...

The Mystical Journey

As one learns to go within, to live within, and to abide as the silent witness, it is truly remarkable. One leaves the tumult of the surface consciousness behind. Going deeper within, one finds a center of peace and joy that is beyond pain and pleasure, illness and health, and even life and death. The deeper one is able to go within, the more the presence of awareness widens and deepens to include all movements of consciousness in what can onl be described as a luminous and spacious field of...

Mother Mary

Among orthodox churches, Mother Mary is revered as the Mother of God the Mother of Christ, but not as God the Mother. Put bluntly, viewed as a mere intercessor between human beings anc God, she represents a rather tokenistic inclusion of the divine feminine in some forms ot Christianity. In those forms ol Christianity that revere her. there is no trui coequality among men and women, especially among the clergy. Womanhood, for the most part, remains sorely oppressed. Among Gnostics, the views of...

The Torah and Old Testament

In Judaic tradition, the Torah, or law, is the first five books of the Old Testament from C nesis to Deuteronomy. Following are the writings and the prophets that form the rest of the Old Testament. As one reads and studies the Old and the New Testaments, one cannot help but be struck by the radical difference there appears to be between conceptions of God. In fact, if one did not know better, one might feel that these two parts of the Bible represented the revelation of two very different...

The Hammadi Library

Over the course of the past three hundred years there have been numerous finds of ancient sacred literature. While on the surface the circumstances of the most significant discoveries seem coincidental or random chance, one cannot help but think of the terma' tradition in Tibet. In Vajrayana Buddhism, it is believed that enlightened masters of the past buried and hid special wisdom teachings for future genera-s. When it is time for a terma to be found, enlightened beings and intuition guide a...

Sacred Relationship

Do not commit adultery. (Exodus 20.14) In Gnostic Christianity, our sexual energy and relationship are considered sacred and holy. Lovemaking between committed partners who love, respect, and honor one another is considered a sacrament of life and a direct reflection of the sacred dance between Lord Yeshua and Lady Mary Magdalene the Bridegroom and Holy Bride. Thus, among Sophians, intimate and personal relationships are considered a great blessing to be cherished and cultivated. Orthodox and...

The Wisdom of Forgiveness

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Gospel We must mention a very simple and powerful principle which is alluded to in this Beatitude. Whatever you want to receive, generate it within your own consciousness and life, share it with others, and you will receive it a hundredfold. One need only do so freely, without reservation or any vital demand. This is a function of the law of cause and effect, based upon the law of affinity. Every action invokes an equal and corresponding...

Going Within and the Silent Witness

Being centered within and experiencing actualization seems to come from outside the constant parade of temporal events, from somewhere far deeper than the surface consciousness. We experience it s a presence of awareness that pervades.j.id illuminates the condi ned world of our ordinary experience with a sense of wholeness and connectedness. This presence of awareness ntegrates our mental, vital, and physical consciousness so that they act harmoniously together in the present moment, and this...

The Way to Success

As human beings, we do, indeed, desire success, and we generally desire it in the present, not so much in the future. Our life is in the present, and our capacity for future success exists for us in the present moment as a potential. If we can look and see that potential and tap into it in the present, we can and will attain success now that otherwise would oniy come in the distant future. It is a fundamental fact that the actuality of the future is the thought of the present. What we initiate...

The Earthly Mother

Another common invocation heard in the Sophian tradition is, Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother, Spiritual Sun and Holy Spirit. and this points to specific teachings that appear in the oral tradition. According to these teachings nature is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, wh h continuously labors to bring about higher and more refined forms of life hence the revelation of the Spiritual Sun or Christos in life. Likewise, nature and this organism called earth, are viewed as the manifestation...

The Life of Abundance

You shall not covet. . . (Exodus 20 17) If one rea ls the whole commandment, the original language is obviously outdated. Now, along with not coveting one's neighbor's wife, we would include one's neighbor's husband, and we certainly hope one's neighbor does not have any slavesl Quite clearly, we can translate th < into modern terms cars, big screen television, career, boat, barbecue, and everything of the kind, including the dog, kids, cat, and canarv Covet nothing that belongs to someone...

The Creative and Manifesting Power

Although the essence and nature of consciousness is very simple, the manifestation of consciousness is very complex. There are various levels of consciousness, such as the mental, the vital, and the physical. Within these levels, there are various gradations, ranging from the ordinary state of consciousness to universalized states of cosmic consciousness. There are outer and inner manifestations of every level, and within ant beyond these various levels and gradations is the supernal or...

The Wisdom of Passion

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Gospel of St. Matthew 5 6) The idea of hunger and thirst is a powerful one. If a person has not eaten for some time and i as had nothing to drink, the person's mind will be filled with thoughts of food and drink, and the person's only desire will be to satisfy this need. To a person who is truly hungry and thirsty, nothing else in the world matters until her or his des . satisfied. Here, Lord Yeshua says that...

Christian Gnosticism

Just as the term Gnosticism covers a broad range of spiritual and mystical traditions, so also does the term Christian Gnosticism. Vv'hen the word Christianity is brought up, most people naturally think of it in terms of the Roman Cathblic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant branches and the various religious sects that have come to represent them. Yet, before the formation of orthodoxy and the religious institutions with their established dogmas and creeas, Christianity was an amazing spectrum of...

The Woman of Light and Whore of Babylon

Two significant feminine images appear in the Book of Revelation.- the Woman of Light who gives birth to Messianic consciousness in the Second Coming, and the Whore of Babylon who is depicted as riding upon the Great Beast. According to Sophian tradition, both are personifications of Mother Sophia, the wisdom nature that underlies ail consciousness. The Woman of Light is that bornless nature of consciousness realized, while the Whore of Babylon is the same bornless nature completely obscured by...

The Sacred Dance

According to the Sophian Gospel, when Yeshua took Mary out into the wilderness, she asked him to instruct her in the Gospel of truth. Over the course of five days, he taught and initiated her into the outer, inner, and secret teachings of the Gospe and revealed to her the true nature of the divine kingdom that the kingdom existed within a person to the degree a person is able to bring forth his or Ser soul of light. Among these teachings and practices, it is said that Yeshua spoke one hundred...

Soul of the Lightbearer

On the most basic level, from a Gnostic perspective, the purpose of the divine incarnation is the revelation of who and what we most truly are in oar inmost being revelation of the person oi light and the light-continuum. Unless this truth was made known to us, how would the bonds of cosmic ignorance be broken If we were not shown the image oi our true self, how could we be empowered to activate our divine potential and consciously aspire to attain Christ consciousness From the Gnostic point of...

Son of the Human

If one reads the sacred texts of Christian Gnosticism that appear in the Nag Hammadi library, one will find many different cosmological and metaphysical teachings attempting to reveal the deeper mysteries of the Messiah. This is common to all Gnostic Christian traditions all have elaborate and in-depth esoteric teachings of cosmology and metaphysics behind them. It is a mystical language of myth and symbolism among initiates that allows active contemplation and meditation through which inner...

Sopoian Gnosticism

The Sophian tradition of Gnostic Christianity is among the lineages that existed orior to the discovery of the Nag Hammacli iihrary,- hence it is a pre-Nag Hammadi tradition of Christian Gnosticism. Its known histoi goes back to the late seventeenth century Europe, when it is said ro have existed in Germany, France. Great Britain, Spain, and Italy, its known history emerges with the dawn of the Rosicrucian enlightenment in Europe, which Gnosticism has been said to significantly influence....

The Risen Savior and St Mary Magdalene

Previously, we mentioned that, typically speaking. Gnostic Gospels begin where orthodox Gospels end most Gnostic Gospels represent teachings and initiations given by the Risen Savior following the Resurrection. Likewise, many oral traditions are said to arise from St. Mary Magdalene, as the Risen Savior appeared more to her than to any other apostle, and inwardly, she was completely unified with the Living Yeshua, essentially being the female embodiment of the Christos. Thus, within the oral...

Wisdom of Humility

Blessed are the meek, for '.hey will inherit the earth. Gospel The idea of inheritance connotes the idea of a son or daughter who receives the estate of his or her parents, and thus alludes to us as children of God children of oui Heavenly Father and our Earthly Mother, as Sophians would say. In Psalm 24, wc find the saying, 'The earth is tne Lord's, and all that is in it . . . and Here, in this Beatitude, we are to .- i is our inheritance. This forms the ground of a good contemplation, for it...

The Play of Cosmic Forces

The process of the One becoming many gives way to a play of cosmic lorces in creation. In the play of cosmic forces, there are divine, admixed and demonic forces a whole spectrum of diverse forms the One life-power assumes. In the previous chapter we mentioned the correspondence of the divine names Yahweh and Elohim with the Father and Mother, respectively, and the involvement of the Divine Mother with the entire array of spiritual forces in creation. Thus, while the name Elohim indicates the...

The Sacred Unity

I am the Lord your God, who led you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery you shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20 2-3 The Hebrew word for I am used in this verse is Anoki, and it alludes to what is considered the essential divine name in the Torah which was spoken to Moses at the burning bush Ebeieb Asher Eheieh. This may be translated as, I am who I am or I am that I am, or I shall be that I shall be. Anoki is also related to the name of Enoch, which is a word meaning...

The Living Yeshua

Thomas begins with the statement These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Diuy-mos Thomas Judas wrote down. The Gospel then continues And he said, 'Whoever finds the intc prctation o. these sayings will not e gt pc-rience death.' The name Living Yeshua is common among Christian Gnostics and Gnostic writings and is always used to denote the Risen Savior or Risen Christ. A study of the various Gnostic Scriptures in the Nag Hammadi will reveal...

In the Beginning

To the Gnostic Christian, the Gospel is a living myth and ongoing divine revelation that continues to unfold in his or her own experience, and will not come to fruition until the Second Coming. Likewise, while it appears that the spirit of prophecy is dead among orthodox and fundamental movements of Christianity, in Gnostic Christianity it remains very aiive. This reflects the Gnostic view that creation is an ongoing process of evolution, which in essence is a continuum of actualizing and...

The Role of the Demiurgos and Evil

As indicated ibove, what Gnostics mean by the demiurgos and Satan is a natural part of the creative process in which free will is imbued into creatures and creation. In the Sophian tradition, it is viewed as part of the divine plan. The purpose of free will is an individuation of souls or consciousness through an involution that opens the way for the evolution of unique and individual beings. Essentially, everything begins in an unconscious unity and, through the process of creation, the...

Ordo Sanctus Gnosis

Malachi Eben Ha-Elijah is a modern mystic. His journey on the spiritual path began when he was a young boy, when he encountered a tau of the Sophian tradition of Gnostic Christianity, Tau Elijah ben Miriam. He received the oral tradition of Sophian Gnosticism from Tau Elijah, and has been a student and practitioner of Gnostic Christianity for over thirty-fdur years. In 983 he founded Sophia Fellowship as an expression of the tradition, and has been teaching and initiating others into Christian...

The Apocalypse and Armageddon

We may speak of the Apocalypse in terms of a radical leap in human evolution on psychic and spiritual levels, and perhaps even in terms of a radical leap in material development and evolution. According to Sophian teachings, what this evolution actually represents is an acceleration in the consciousness of humanity, sparked by an influx of supernal light and the corresponding activation of a fiery intelligence the incarnation of the light-bearer in humanity. The aim of this acceleration of...

The Sophian Vision of

In the Kabbalah, there are three common terms for God that rek.' directly to the Sophian vision of God. These terms are Am, Am SoJ and Ain SoJ Or. Ain literally means no-thingness, Ain Sof means the infinite, and Ain Sof Or means the infinite light. These three terms are behind all Sophian dialogues about God and Godhead, which is to say the divine within creation and the divine transcendent of el ation. Because Ain or No-thingness is within all three of these terms, we must look into this term...

Living Gnosis

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GNOSTIC CHRISTIANITY Llewc'lyn Publications Woodbury, Minnesota Living G'.uiS A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity C 2005 by Tau Ma lac hi All rights reserveu No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever, including Internet usage, without written permission from Llewellyn Publications except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical artcles and reviews. Book design by 'oanna Willis and Connie Hill C. -vtr esign by Gavin Dayton...

Gnosis Secret Knowledge

Through our brief contemplation of the name Yeshua and the name Yahweh, we have come into contact with esoteric knowledge'' or gnosis, which would be called outer knowledge among Gnostics. If a - -r-son were to meditate upon the teachings given, look deeper into the names of Yeshua and Yahweh and have a direct and personal spiritual experience of the mystery symbolized by these names, he or she would acquire what Gnostics call inner knowledge. Outer knowledge and inner knowledge among Gnostics...

The Tzaddik of the Messiah John the Baptist

Yeshua may have had any number of spiritual teachers, both incarnate and disincarnate. According to all authentic wisdom traditions, all who have attained full self-realization have, to one degree or another, relied upon a spiritual teacher. In the Sophian teachings, it is said that Yeshua had three principle spiritual teachers, though only one was his holy tzaddik, which is to say his true spiritual teacher. One taught him the law, I I Tzai ik. a Hebrew word literally meaning righteous one, is...

The Sophian Gospel

Essentially, what we are exploring is the Sophian Gospel, which is a weave oi oral tradition and the written Gospels that appear in the Bible and, in modern times, has a'iso become interwoven with Gnostic Gospels that have been discovered over the past two hundred years or so. What characterizes the Sophian Gospel is the inclusion of St. Mar ' Magdalene in the Christ revelation. In effcct, including Lady Mary, a hidden Gospel appears within and behind the written Gospels the Gospel of Sophia...