Gnosticism. This is the primordial form of the fallen world from which , in effect , the revolutionary tries to free himself ; and of society , which the idealist sees as a failed utopia . Gnosticism stresses the vertical dimensions. Tavistock Institute. Part 139
The Archon Demiurge forms a world to trap the fallen sparks of the gnostic alien God in the material universe.
This is the primordial form of the fallen world from which , in effect , the revolutionary tries to free himself ; and of society , which the idealist sees as a failed utopia . Gnosticism stresses the vertical dimensions.
Gnosticism—a syncretic, mystical religion that had roots in the Hellenistic pre-Christian era but incorporated the divinity of Jesus Christ and some of his teachings into its doctrines—is too complex to describe at length here, but I will attempt a summary in hopes of amplifying the Gnostic undertones I hear in Forever Changes.
In the Gnostic cosmology, the true divine God is completely removed from and alien to all of creation. Unlike in Old Testament origin myths, God did not make the universe or man himself; instead creation was the result of a separation of a portion of the true God’s Light, which “fell” into a dark void that was not part of his divine fabric.
To encase and trap this fallen Light from the realm of the true God, a false demigod, known to Gnostics as the demiurge (world-artificer), created the universe, the stars, the planets, Earth, and mankind in his own flawed image. In Gnostic hierarchy, beneath the demiurge are his world-rulers, called Archons, who are often identified with the seven known planets, and with their orbits, which form the concentric circles around Earth that serve as barriers between man and the true God.
For although physical man is the product of the demiurge and his Archons, he contains within him a spark (pneuma) of the divine true God, even if he is kept from this knowledge by the deceptions of the Archons and the physical world.
The goal of the Gnostic during his lifetime is to realize, through profound revelation, the knowledge (gnosis) of his true divine origin, and then to learn the rituals and magical formulae he will need to outwit and defeat each Archon as his divine spark ascends toward the true God after physical death. For the Gnostics, as with the Manichaeans, the material world—including the body and psyche of man—is evil, false, a prison.
Even the Christian concept of the “soul” is another layer of armor encasing the pneuma, the divine spark. For clarification, I’ll turn to Hans Jonas, who, in his definitive study The Gnostic Religion: The message of the alien God and the beginnings of Christianity, writes:
“The universe, the domain of the Archons. Is like a vast prison whose innermost dungeon is the earth, the scene of man’s life…. The spheres are the seats of the Archons, especially of the “Seven,” that is of the planetary gods borrowed from the Babylonian pantheon…. The Archons collectively rule over the world, and each individually in his sphere is a warder of the cosmic prison. Their tyrannical world-rule is called heimannene, universal rate, a concept taken over from astrology but now tinged with the gnostic anti-cosmic spirit. In its physical aspect this rule is the law of nature; in its psychical aspect, which Includes for Instance the Institution and enforcement of the Mosaic Law, it aims at the enslavement of man. As guardian of his sphere, each Archon bars the passage to the souls that seek to ascend after death, in order to prevent their escape from the world and their return to God… . Thus, as in the macrocosm Man is enclosed by the seven spheres, so in the human microcosm again the pneuma is enclosed by the seven soul-vestments originating from them. In Its unredeemed state, the pneuma thus immersed In soul and flesh is unconscious of itself, benumbed, asleep, or intoxicated by the poison of the world: in brief, it is “ignorant.” Its awakening and liberation is effected through “knowledge.” . . . As the famous Valentinian formula puts it “What liberates is the knowledge of who we were, what we became: where we were, whereinto we have been thrown; whereto we speed, wherefrom we are redeemed; what birth is, and what rebirth.”
Compare the above with de Sade’s dismissal of revolution in Marat/Sade: “These cells of the inner self are worse than the deepest stone dungeon, and as long as they are locked all your revolution is but a prison mutiny to be put down by corrupted fellow prisoners,” and with Arthur Lee’s cri de coeur on Forever Changes’ “Live and Let Live”: “Served my time / Served it well / You made my soul a cell,” and one begins to crack the Gnostic code informing, whether consciously or not, Arthur’s lyrics on Forever Changes. Take, for instance, the second verse of “A House Is Not A Motel,” in light of the Gnostic notion that man is a false creation kept ignorant of his true heritage by the sensual matrix of the Archons:
You are just a thought that someone
Somewhere somehow feels you should be here
And it’s so for real to touch
To smell, to feel, to know where you are here
A higher, unfallen deity exists in the world as a secret self, a divine spark hidden from a hostile world. His secret name is Adam, or man. Gnostic stories of an evil Genesis creator show how man finds himself thrown into an alien world that is ruled by an alien God. This god mistakenly attempts to assert his authority as the only God with none above him. The creation is frequently described as a succession of emanations resulting in a succession of lower deities. Man is seen as trapped in the world. Though his body and soul are a part of that world, a small spark of deity remains hidden within man. Human alienation is characterized by a nexus of tropes that depict humanity in bondage in a prison cosmos, the lowest dungeon of which is this world. The true man has become drunk or fallen asleep and remains so until awakened by a knowledge (“gnosis”) that is supplied by the Gnostic text itself. That knowledge is a revelation of man’s true nature.
In ancient Gnosticism, gnosis referred to a special knowledge possessed by the enlightened or spiritual (pneumatic) man. Gnosis revealed “where we were, wherein we have been thrown; whereto we speed, wherefrom we are redeemed; what is birth and what rebirth”
To be become free or awaken is to release and awaken the Kundalini energy and raise it through the seven spheres the archons controls or piercing the seven chakras. Without new knowledge people will become stucked and trapped in the world of low vibrational frequencies. Low vibrational frequencies keeping mankind tuned into a state of ignorance, and high vibrational frequencies leads to enlightment, liberation and to the source of Light.
Luke: 11:52 says; “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”
Time is a counterfeit substitute of eternity. The Demiurge created another six archons to help him with creation. He is totally ignorant of the Divinity from which he has fallen, and believes himself to be the only God.
The seven archons created man, whose state is doubly tragic because he is trapped in a world created by a deluded God.
However, there is a spark of hope. Something in man rejects this false world, and longs for its true home.
One sect of Gnostics, called the Ophites (from the Greek ophis, serpent) believed that the snake in the Garden of Eden was an agent of divine goodness who gave man forbidden knowledge so that he could set out on the long road to saving his soul. The chief characteristic of the Gnostic doctrine is its tendency to make heroes of the villains of the Old Testament—Cain, Esau and so on.
Man, then, finds himself in a prison; but because of the help of the wise serpent (who plays the same role that Prometheus plays in Greek legend), he has a chance of escape, through knowledge. (Gnosis equals knowledge.) Man’s true home is the Divine Light. (The concept of light plays an important part in the doctrines of Orpheus and Pythagoras too.) By the use of his will and intellect, he will eventually achieve freedom.
Knowledge was not man’s Fall, but his salvation. And although this meant primarily ‘knowledge of the divine’ (theosophy), it certainly did not in any way exclude scientific knowledge. On the contrary, Gnosticism is permeated with the doctrines of Pythagoras—his number mysticism as well as his belief in reincarnation and the soul’s pilgrimage from body to body.
The reason for this resides in the cosmology of Gnosticism. The universe is seen as Geocentric, meaning the Earth is at the center of the physical universe. The universe then is made up of concentric circles that imprison this dungeon called Earth. These circles were seen as the seats of the Archons.
The Archons are the demonic ethereal forces that seek to confine humans to an existence that is not only distant from God spatially, but distanced through demonic intervention. The Archons serve as guards that keep individuals from reaching the transcendent reality of God.
The most visible concentric circles were the orbits of the seven visible planets, sometimes named after the Babylonian names for the se celestial objects; the eighth circle was the circle of the stars that circled the Earth. These all were seen as the forces separating man from God.
Different school of thought broke down these circles into more and more complex systems, but the essential essence of them was that they worked to contain the dungeon of the Earth. The concept of demonic physical control of the universe was called heima-rmene, or universal fate. Universal fate was the motion of the physical universe that was governed by physical forces and served to enslave humanity in an eternal separation from God.
The Archons intention in creating Man was to imprison individual sparks of spiritual energy. They did so by creating humans, which are composed of soul and matter, both of which are controlled by universal fate and part of the imprisonment of this world.
Humans were shaped in the image of the Primal or Archetypal Man. Just as the macrocosm of the spheres of the universe trap humanity, the microcosm was composed of spheres that trapped God’s divine sparks in a linear human form that was mirrored after the “Archetypal Man”, or prototype design of the macrocosm.
The most important ideology of Gnosticism is the concept of salvation. This is the most distinguishing factor of Gnosticism. The first part of this doctrine is that salvation can only be achieved by revelation and knowledge of the individ-ual’s true original transcendental nature, and of the transcendental nature of God. This is elaborated on by this quote from a Valentinian (Egyptian) text: “What liberates is knowledge of who we were, what we became; where we were, whereinto we have been thrown; whereto we speed, wherefrom we are redeemed; what birth is, and what rebirth. (EXC. Theod. 78.2) 1 By understanding that one came from a transcendental spiritual reality and then was imprisoned in an evil material shell, and by understanding that liberation comes from understanding this duality of reality; one is liberated from the restraints of finite existence and achieves knowledge of one’s transcendental spiritual nature.
Thus all men , being descended from the first man , bear a spark of light within themselves , a spark which is imprisoned in matter , in the body . But the world of light is attempting to win back the imprisoned , alienated spark of light (Christ Consciousness or Buddha).
The earth is surrounded by seven cosmic spheres, each of which is ruled by one of the Archons. Within the human being too a sharp distinction is drawn between body and spirit. Each person has a divine spark (pneuma), which comes from the divine world of light and has fallen into this world. The Archons try with all their might to keep these sparks imprisoned on earth and in humans, so as to prevent them from ascending to the divinity, of which they were originally a part. The divine spark or inner person is asleep, but must awaken and be liberated by means of knowledge (gnosis) both concerning God and humanity and its world. This knowledge is gained when an envoy from the world of light manages to get past the Archons to wake up the inner person and give him or her gnosis, by means of which he can ascend and force the Archons to let him through.
In ancient Gnostic texts , archon was applied to a parahuman world – governing force that imprisoned the divine spark in human.
Although the various Gnostic cosmogonies differ slightly in details, they share the core concept of the duality of worlds. In all Gnostic systems, the “true God” resides in the “realm of Light,” while the soul, or “divine spark”, is imprisoned in a body on Earth in the evil “realm of Darkness.” The soul is enclosed in seven “vestments” or “soul-garments”. The only escape is to acquire self-knowledge and to ignite the divine spark.
In creating the material world they have imprisoned the sparks of light and therefore caused the divine plan of the true God to be thwarted.
Within each soul there is the spirit or divine spark . After this divine substance fell to Earth , the Archons deliberately created human beings in order to imprison the spirit . The divine essence is unconscious of itself – ignorant – until it awakens and begins its journey to the crown chakra, piercing every chakra, one by one, one after one until it reaching total illumination, and opening the thousend lotus flower, and this represents the full or total enlightment and new Being is born.
These Beings have then found, developed the famous Philosopher´s Stone. With these powers these Beings can create miracles and wonders people haven´t seen for thousends of years.
The Archons have been working successfully for thosuends of years to prevent anyone reaching higher spheres. They clevery target every awaken soul with spriritual, psychological and politcal warfare strategies to create all forms av havoc and obstucles in awaken souls.
Along with the archons the Hypostasis also describes a veil that exists between the world above and the realms below. “And the shadow came into being beneath the veil; and that shadow became matter; and that shadow was projected apart.” With the application of the veil thus began a program of mind-body control– or soul enslavement which involved keeping humankind distracted by material problems and concerns, imprisoned by its own fear of death, of mortality, and ignorant of its true, divine nature. Hence the soul became “entangled in the darkness of matter,” confined to bodily identification.
Primarily the illumination Jesus provided Mary Magdalene concerns the secrets of the divine particle’s origin, the nature of the matrix in which it is trapped, and the means by which it can ‘ascend’ to its destination, the Merkaba. Its destination is union with the Deity in the Empire of Light.
The only way to acquire this knowledge is through divine revelation. A messenger from the Empire of Light brought this gnosis to humanity. The Gnostic texts make clear that this messenger is Jesus, usually called “The Savior.”
The knowledge delivered by this messenger is comprised of “mysteries” which enable the spirit of the illumined to pass through the astral barriers that impede its path to the Empire of Divine Light. Once the spirit has received gnosis, it is prepared after leaving the body to shed its soul-garments in its quantum journey through the halls and holes of the universe and to return home to unite with the intelligent and Divine consciousness substance from which it originated.
As we will explore further, the spirit’s shedding its soul-garments is similar to Mary Magdalene’s having seven demons ejected from her by Jesus in Luke 8:2. In the Gnostic texts the Gospel of Mary and the Pistis Sophia Mary Magdalene is presented as one of the few people in Jesus’ life to receive the flash of gnosis he delivered from the Empire of Light. Hence, she is one of the few people to receive the secret of the alchemical transformation of the human into an angel.
Salvation for the Gnostics meant escape from the demiurge’s trap through awakening the spark of the divine
For the Gnostics, our bodies were prisons that inhibited the flourishing of the divine spark that lay deeply embedded within each person. Human bodies and the body of creation were defective and needed to be overcome in order for the divine spark to spread and find salva-tion. The liberation of this spark, accordingly, could be found only through secret knowledge, or gnosis, that allowed the spark within us to rise to God and be reunited with its Maker. For Gnostics salvation meant a shunning of the body, as humans, through knowledge, cast aside bodily shackles in order that they might flourish. The Gnostics were suspicious of the body, relegating it, in the end, to destruction. Some early Christians saw affinities with a gnostic understanding of redemption and their own recognition of the fallen nature of all humanity.