The famous movie trilogy ‘The Matrix’ is based on the idea that all of our reality is generated in a computer system of some sort, and the person who has ultimate control over this computer system has ultimate control over our reality and our perceptions. The Matrix is a computer-generated dream built to keep us under control’. If one can control one’s mind, one can, in a sense, control the totality of reality
In this context, theTrinity is the expression of an ego-driven consciousness (a supercomputer), the evil Demiurge and Archon — a projection of artificial intelligence. The Lord Archon has entrapped humanity through deceit and parasitism in a simulated world of matter to prevent human beings from remembering that they are divine spirits whose real home is the Cosmic Mind or Gnostic Pleroma. The cosmos he creates is a simulation – virtual reality projection in the simulation of a higher dimensional pattern.
The gnosis involves the revaltion of man´s true divine nature and evoilutionary origin resulting in his liberation (at death) from the enslaving material prison of body and world into the higher astral planes of spirit.
In “Gnostic Symbols of the Self” Jung equates the godhead with the unconscious and differentiated matter with the ego or ego consciousness, but in his brief discussion of the Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl he reverses himself. Matter, here in its raw rather than differentiated state, now symbolises the unconscious and the godhead the ego or ego consciousness. Jung stresses that the Hymn obliges human beings to descend to the material world in order to realize their divine, immaterial nature.
Clearly, the descent refers not, as in “Gnostic Symbols of the Self,” to the birth of the ego out of the unconscious but, on the contrary, to the re-entry of the ego into the unconscious for the purpose of raising it to consciousness. The birth of the ego described in “Gnostic Symbols of the Self” is now presupposed and constitutes the beginning rather than the end of the journey.
Matter now not only already exists rather than emerges but also symbolizes the unconscious rather than the ego, which is now symbolized by the godhead. These new equations only reverse, not solve, the problems the original ones posed. First, the return of the newly independent ego to the unconscious should be for the purpose of raising it to consciousness, but in fact the descent of the savior is for the purpose of extricating the divine sparks ensnared in matter.
The Savior’s role involves creating a cohesive force that can break the stranglehold that the Demiurge and archons have on the human consciousness. To generate that cohesion, the guiding self demonstrates to the members of the inner spiritual communities the possibility of refining their cultures by furthering the liberation of the lowly human being
Gnostics believed that God was perfect and pure, living in a realm of light, separated from matter. … In the process, bits of divinity were trapped inside the material universe. Christ was an aeon who inhabited the human Jesus in order to teach human beings to recognize and liberate the divine spark within them.
Trapped in this world and, in particular, within the body, was the spark of divine light which had originated outside the universe but had fallen into this world and become imprisoned. This is analogous to the spiritual center or Self being kept from consciousness by an ego which refuses to recognize the possibility of an authority greater than itself.
“The Heavenly Aphrodite” having “no part with Matter,” the body (these burning cheeks, this pulsing blood) becomes a “garment,” a “corpse,” a “grave,” a “prison,” a “chain,” a “burden” (because it keeps the spark of life from becoming a flame). It also becomes a dangerous “enemy,” the source of disorder, chaos, war, violence (because it disturbs the divine order). Finally a “veil,” a “shadow,” a “night” (because it obstructs our view of the Heavenly Aphrodite, our perspective on eternity).
All evil is a ccretion” it is something alien to the inmost nature of the soul, which arises in the course of its embodied life.
The powers of the Demiurge create man in order to keep the Divine Light prisoner in his body. These gods exert spiritually magnetic forces which tend to keep the soul from advancing to the higher spheres unless one has access to esoteric knowledge
he was the archon or chief of the lowest order of the spirits or eons of the pleroma: mingling with chaos, he formed in it a corporeal animated world. He created man, but could impart to him only his own weak principle, the psyche, or sensuous soul. therefore the … But the power of evil in the material body prevented the development of that higher element. The demiurge, ignorant of the highest God, could not bring his creatures to the knowledge of the true Godhead
The Archons preventing the spark of light (the divine essence of humans) from returning to the pleroma.
Ego or the false self, the “counterfeit spirit” or mind that causes separation from God, is the primary weapon of the negative power in his deceit of souls
God, the tyrannical and presumptuous archons rule the cosmos like a vast prison, enslaving humankind and preventing at death the return to God of the “pneuma” or “spark” in the human soul, the slumbering portion of the divine substance.
To this purpose all our body regions are permeated by nerve substance which represents the active spiritual principle.
That this is so is due to the presence of a divine spark which slumbers in every human breast and which needs only a breath to fan it … “God lives in you; in movement, in brightness and in sound you may behold the eternal forward motion of the spirit.
There is in the soul of every being created in the image of God, an instinctive craving after a higher life ; an upturning toward that which is spiritual ; an effort of the mind to grasp the invisible, and seek it as a permanent good. In the deep darkness of the night, a volcano burst forth, and on the city, in its slumbers, poured its torrents of fire and death.
The sun is but a spark of fire, A transient meteor in the sky; The soul, immortal as its sire, Shall never die. Our soul is immortal. It derived its being from God. It is born never to die. You are a soul; a something which can think and feel independently of the body, and will exist when the body is dead.
” Man is an immortal being—mortal, as to his body, but immortal in his soul. The soul of man is allied to angels is allied to God. The soul of man is an immortal principle to which consciousness always attaches. The soul of man is an indestructible essence—an emanation from the Deity—a spark of the Divinity. Man is a partaker of the life of the LORD God—a participant in the immortality of God.”
a divine spark or self trapped in matter
Immateriality was divine and wholly good. Matter was irredeemably evil. The cosmic predicament was that pieces, or sparks, of divinity had become trapped in matter. Human souls lay trapped in bodies.
They saw the material world as the product of evil forces, though scattered fragments of the higher spiritual realm had tragically become enmeshed in this dark world. Trapped in matter and subordinate to the powers of destiny, human beings were slaves to powerful cosmic forces, or archons—”rulers”—a subjugation which could be overcome by liberating the inner spark of the divine within the individual believer. This was achieved by learning the mystical practices, spells, and words of power which would allow the initiate to ascend to the highest spiritual realms of light and truth.
To the Greek way of thinking influenced by Plato, all tangible matter is detestable. This realm of substance we inhabit on earth is but a substandard shadow of the perfect realm of pure idea or thought. Humans, then, are divine sparks trapped within prisons of fleshy matter, and death is a liberation. Freed from its captivity in the realm of substance, the mind can fly to its true home in the realm of idea.
Salvation comes by the soul’s escape from the body. Soul and body are essentially opposed. The soul is a spark of the divine trapped by the creator in matter. Self-conscious liberation of this spark unites it with the realm of God Consciousness.
We yearn for an escape from the prison of history. We long for what Eliade called the Eternal Return, a mythical, timeless era outside of time, before history, or after it (there is really no difference). Linear, historical cultures are trapped in history in much the same way that each individual is trapped in the time frame of his or her life. Every life has a beginning and an end; we are pushed along, inexorably, by time from the moment we are born to the moment the plug is pulled and the sheet drawn up.
We are spirit trapped in matter and must find our way out.

The goal with liberate the light – is to free the trapped divine sparks from their encapsulation of matter. This tension between the divine light, the sparks of God, and the grossness of matter is what is causing the corruption of the world.
How does one free the divine sparks? Because if we could free all the sparks, we would restore the original act of creation.
The powers of the Demiurge create man in order to keep the Divine Light prisoner in his body. These gods exert spiritually magnetic forces which tend to keep the soul from advancing to the higher spheres unless one has access to esoteric knowledge

The Gnostics thought that Evil was not so much a negative quality – an absence – as a positive one. They believed that the world that resulted from the emanations of God (which they called aeons) was a purely spiritual world, which they called the Pleroma. The material world – which included the human body – was the creation of a Demiurge, a rival of God. Some of the radiance from God, sparks of the divine, had become trapped in parts of this material world; in a human being the Soul was one of these sparks. If it were to be freed from the trap or prison of the material world and to rejoin the purely spiritual world, it needed a special and esoteric knowledge or gnosis – hence the word given to this philosophy.

Nevertheless, the mysteries of alchemy continued to influence Goethe throughout his life: he gradually came to understand this craft to be an allegorical system, that it was studied by the ancients and medieval scholastics to contemplate the spiritual and physical aspects of the universe. As the years progressed.
Goethe began to use alchemical imagery in his writings, encoding his works in an esoteric allegorical code perceptible only to the attentive initiate. As mentioned in previous chapters of our study, alchemy is generally perceived to be an ancient quest for the knowledge of how to turn base metals into gold and to procure the elixir of immortal life, marvels that could be accomplished with the discovery of the ‘philosopher’s stone’.
These simplistic descriptions are misleading, for alchemy in its original context was more than the search for earthly wealth— it was an all-encompassing philosophy, a ‘Great Science of Knowledge’ that allow man to comprehend his world and the unseen realm of the Divine. Alchemical traditions first originated from the classic pagan and Gnostic ideologies of the creation of the universe. Aristotle taught that the cosmos was formed by a ‘Prime Mover’ who arranged the four elements into their respective order, all bound together with a mystical fifth element, the quintessence. Gnostic doctrines (2 to Pcentury AD) were derived from the gradual inclusion of Egyptian, Persian, Greek and other oriental precepts, thus a more complicated belief system in the duality of spirit and matter emerged. The ancient Gnostics acknowledged the existence of a great immortal spirit-entity or deity who is unreachable and incomprehensible.
A series of lesser ‘gods’ generated and proceeded from this Being by ’emanation’. In certain Gnostic myths, the last of these lesser divinities was Sophia, or Wisdom, but she desired to attain full knowledge of the First Absolute Being, and with this illicit desire, she corrupted the process of emanation, begetting the evil spirit-entity called the demiurge. The world of corporal matter, including the human race, was then created by the demiurge. who reigned with legions of archons (rulers) in the planetary spheres.
The physical world was often considered ‘evil’ and corrupt by the Gnostics for it was ruled by rebellious archons, while the upper sphere, remained the kingdom of the good entities. The uppermost sphere of Saturn was believed to form a boundary between the lower physical world and the higher spiritual realm.
However, the Supreme Being did not desire the eternal destruction of the human race, and thus sent into the physical world divine ‘sparks’ fragmented from Itself that all became confined in matter: a form of the ‘quintessence’ or ‘divine spirit’ in Creation—an internal cosmic map leading man back to that union with the Supreme Deity. Thus, according to Gnostic ideas, humans were a combination of both worlds, a body and soul formed from physical matter, while simultaneously possessing a third spiritual element called the manna, or ‘divine spark’ that displayed the divine origins of man.
Humans remained trapped in the physical world unless they received divine knowledge of their true nature through mysterious messages imparted to a chosen few, whose sacred duty it was to transmit this knowledge, or gnosis. to their brethren. However, knowledge of the physical universe and how it worked was also essential if mankind could hope to overcome this ‘trap’ of corporeal matter ruled by the evil archons, not only to obtain spiritual salvation, but also to attain a certain degree of peace and harmony while on earth. A considerable measure of Gnostic cosmology was adapted from the teachings of Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-475? BC), a Stoic philosopher who believed the physical realm also operated according to the laws of life and death.
It was born in the element of fire, and progressed through the various elements until it would suffer ‘death’ by fire, but as it dies, it leaves a ‘seed’ from which the cosmos is reborn. To initiate this growth, a universal ‘male’ and ‘female’ element was required to form a cosmic union, i.e. the ‘divine’ with the ‘physical’, an idea that would be included into the craft of alchemy.
Thus, the regeneration of the universe was an eternal series of cyclical ages that proceeded and returned through the divine clement of fire. The Gnostics symbolised this eternal circle with the ourobouros, a snake or a dragon biting its tail to form a ring, which became an important image in the ‘science’ of alchemy.” As time progressed, many writings recording the various processes in attaining gnosis were compiled, and eventually attributed to the legendary Hennes Trismcgistus. One of the most famous and comprehensive of these texts concerning alchemy is the Emerald Tablet, which mystically explains how to obtain this knowledge to unlock the secrets of the ‘quintessence—the key to understanding the union between heaven and earth:
This is the truth, the whole and incontestable truth,
Without one word of falsehood.
That which is above is the same which is below.
And that which is below is also that which is above.
These are the miracles consummated in the One.
And, how all things are derived from the One, through your mediation, Also, all that is created by the image of this One Thing through adaptation.
The Sun is your father; your mother the Moon.
The wind transports it into your belly, and the Earth nourishes it.
It begets all the marvels of the Universe. Your power will be complete when you return to the Earth.
Separate Earth from Fire, the subtle from the vulgar, Gently and with great ingenuity, Ascend from the Earth to the Heavens and return to the Earth.
Combining the superior powers with the inferior. In this manner you will achieve the glory of the Universe, And all obscurity will flee from you.
This is the power of all powers, For this goes beyond all subtle things, And penetrates all solid things.
In this way the world was created.
And in this way turns to new works.
And so this is the process. For this I am called Thrice Greatest Hermes
For I am the master of the three principles of Universal Wisdom.
This concludes what I have to say Of the work of the Sun.'”

At first, this tablet would appear to ask the initiate to seek and acquire secret magic powers, for example, to learn how to ascend to Heaven, and other similar impossible feats. However, the text is not that fantastic in application: Hermes advises the alchemical philosopher to discover how to ‘adapt’ the elements of the earth to build models of the universal forces to observe the cosmos, and extract the quintessence. By observing the celestial forces at work on earth, a philosopher comes to an understanding of the ‘One’ or Supreme Deity and how the created can reunite with the Creator. The key to divine union and harmony would be the discovery of a ‘bridge’ between the two realms symbolised by the extraction of the quintessence, that the corrupt matter of earth could transform with

this divine clement and be ‘reborn’ in a state of perfection—in other words, alchemy was an elaborate visible parable for spiritual contemplation. Let us examine this concept further.'” When it is stated “what is above is also below”, it was understood by alchemists that the heavenly kingdom was mirrored on earth and represented by the planets, metals, plants, life forms, and so forth. Recreating the cosmic forces by artificial means and applying them to these various substances, one could observe the process of transformation from corruption to perfection. Thus alchemists identified or invented various procedures to isolate and observe the circle of life at work in the physical realm, which are usually seven in number, presumably to symbolise the seven planetary steps of the geocentric Macrocosmos ascending to that realm of the spiritual kingdom. These may differ in order depending on the perception of the philosopher:
1) Calcination. Process of burning the materials to white ash, considered a procedure of purification, symbolises the secret fire that destroys all corruption. Represented by the planet Saturn.
2) Dissolution: The ashes, usually calcinated plant material ‘sal sails’, is dissolved; part of the symbolic process of “dissolving” the corrupt body and “solidifying” the spirit, i.e. separating the “Garth” from “Fire” according to Hermes. Represented by the planet Jupiter.
3) Separation: The process of separating the ‘male’ and ‘female’ elements as they are not in harmony. Part of removing the “subtle from the vulgar”. Represented by the planet Mars.
4) Coniugation: The “marriage” of materials, for example the ‘male’ (Sun) element of sulphur combined with the ‘female’ (Moon) element of mercury, to produce the ‘child’= salt. This trinitarian process was used in gold alchemy.
5) Fermentation: Symbolises the putrefaction of death. Represented by the planet Venus.
6) Distillation: An invention of the alchemists to liberate volatile essences, the vertical spiral tubing represented purification of the spirit and soul as they ascend to heaven and return to earth. Represented by the planet Mercury.
7) Solidification: Solidifying the materials and collecting it in the alembic once distilled. “Dissolve and solidify”—the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ is perfected.
In theory, the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’, or the extracted quintessence, was a corporeal allegory for a foundation or corner stone, in turn symbolising the attainment of wisdom—this is the reward Hermes Trismegistus pronounced, the dispersal of the darkness of ignorance: “And all obscurity will flee from you. This is the power of all powers

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