In Gnosticism, to begin with, the soul has to escape from the Archons who at every stage try to block its way upward.Salvation is a developmental process. Those eligible to aspire to gnosis , or intuitive awareness of the structures of reality, can only escape the hard world through an arduous change of consciousness. Tavistock Institute. Part 149
Every life begins when a small spark of the Eternal Flame of cosmic consciousness splits off like a glowing ember of a universal bonfire. This unique spark ignites as the Organizing Intelligence that creates your organs, divides your cells, and develops you perfectly into a precious being decorated with thoughts, preferences, gifts, talents, emotions, and eccen-tricities.
Your Inner Pilot Light begins in every baby as the untainted, radi-ant, buoyant light of God/Goddess but often gets filmed over by trauma, conditioning, and the illusion of separation from the Eternal Flame from which this unique spark arises.
Although your Inner Pilot Light may grow dim as life’s inevitable challenges threaten to snuff out the full brilliance of this luminous fire, rest assured that your Inner Pilot Light never burns out. Even when you die, the spark returns to the Eternal Flame, adding the brilliance of this unique fractal of light to that which creates all life. In mystical moments, you may be graced with a glimpse through the film that veils your Inner Pilot Light, experiencing moments of enlivening ecstasy, bliss, and unity as your unique flame merges with the bonfire of all life.
Yet, this veil usually creeps back in like fog pouncing into a volley between coastal mountains off a cool ocean, cooling the luminous flames and quieting the burn back to an ember. When the fog retreats back to sea and your Inner Pilot Light flares up, you may have moments of clear vision, deep knowing, and a true remembering of the Oneness that links us all.
Then the fog rolls back in, and you may forget once again that your singular flame is also part of the One bonfire. Over time, the fog may roll in less, and the fire within you may gain fuel from the practices that connect you to the Eternal Flame, stoking your inner fire with your devotion, your discipline, your prayers, your humility, and your longing to reconnect with that which once burst you into life.
As you peel away all that is not love to allow more oxygen to fan the flames of consciousness in your original spark, as the inevitable trauma of human life heals, and as the center of your love is unveiled, this flame within you grows to fill your cells. This original spark fills your whole body until it bleeds through your skin as an invisible field of love that touches the spaces around you, lending this warmth to all who come near.
Error is created : “ Baneful , it [ self consciousness ] exempts man from entering the path of specialism truth is eternal .
Enlightenment and the Alchemy of Light Ancient alchemists worked to turn lead into gold, which was to turn heavy and base metal into metallic light. The great psychologist Carl Jung explained this alchemical process as a metaphor for transforming the dark matter of the unconscious into the pure gold of the integrated self — for turning our own internal darkness into light?’
The universe reflects an alchemical process of transform-ing matter into consciousness, which we could call the ‘al-chemy of light’. From mineral to plant, to animal, human and then to enlightened sage is a progressive evolution of the light of consciousness. This ability to extract con-sciousness from matter is the internal alchemy of light. Our lives are part of this churning process, to bring the light out of darkness, to bring our soul out of our bodily density and inertia.
Through the inner light of awareness we can discover light, truth and beauty in all things, which is to return the world to Cod without any loss of diversity. All life is mov-ing towards this alchemical transformation of conscious-ness. The process of evolution does not end with the human mind as we know it.
The mind too must evolve further to its source — which is pure consciousness or pure light transcending all material forms. We must move beyond our current dualistic thought-based intellect, trapped as it is in likes and dislikes, attractions and repulsions, opinions and prejudices to a greater unitary awareness.
This pure light of universal consciousness is what great yogis and mystics have always sought to realize through their meditation practices. The universe is evolving toward enlightenment as its true goal. Our role as a species is to bring the evolutionary process to its decisive phase in which we consciously seek enlightenment, so that the plenary light of pure conscious-ness can come forth out of the half-light of the mind. This search for enlightenment is our real contribution to the evolutionary movement.
Building upon Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave, the Gnostics generally viewed the cosmos as a vast prison house; the earth or “sublunar realm” is located at the uttermost dregs of the dungeon where prisoners are held in chains as Plato described in his Allegory, deep in a cave, where their vision is obscured, and their field of reference and knowledge of true reality radically curtailed.
Gnostic systems imagined various intermediate realms stacked up through the heavens, ruled over by “archons,” Cosmocrators, “powers and principalities” at each level, all of them serving to further separate our earth and we lowly humans from the true, untouchable, highest God.
They made a distinction between this highest, absolutely quiescent, unmoved and unmov-able true God or Godhead, and the “creator God” who had unleashed honor into the cosmos by creating an imperfect physical world subject to decay wherein subjects are enslaved. This creator God the Gnostics painted as a real tyrant, who enslaved humanity on purpose, then lied to them, proclaim-ing himself to be the only God demanding total obedience and sole adulation from his prisoners.
“Yaldabaoth in a string of Gnostic texts, a fusion of two Hebrew terms, Yahweh and Sabbaoth”. (From a chakra perspective this represent chakra one and five)
Other Gnostic writings equate the creator God with Plato’s original pre-sentation of the Artificer or Demiurge of the Timeus who, in Plato’s vision, only shaped and ordered the preexistent physical universe, following the model of the eternal forms in the Realm of perfection. But Plato’s Demiurge suffers quite the distortion at the hands of the Gnostics, who cast him as the primary player in a grand cosmic plot to torture a captive humanity. He rules over an array of archons at every intervening level, whose task it is to bar our upward passage toward Godhead.
To this end, the sinister agents of the creator God, termed Yaldabaoth in a string of Gnostic texts, a fusion of two Hebrew terms, Yahweh and Sabbaoth, Lord of Hosts, have buried our spark of divinity in the thick, viscous globs of matter that make up our bodies and the physical universe.
Our spark of divinity is drugged therein, buried, asleep, unconscious, benumbed, drunk on the poison of the world. It is imprisoned in an alien world to which it emphatically does not belong and from which it is in desperate need of escape.
This can only be effected by an outside party not, as in Plato’s original view, by one of the prisoners himself who manages to break his bonds and turn toward the light, make his way out of the cave, and lift himself up toward salvation through Gnosis, knowledge of the truth.
In Gnosticism it is only a radical outsider not a creature of this earth but a heavenly being of pure light who descends into the morass of the prison for the very purpose of liberation of the prisoners. This divine light being gener-ally termed the “Gnostic Redeemer Figure,” appears as a constant throughout Gnostic literature.
In Gnosticism this salvific knowledge entailed a knowledge of the truth, the truth about who we really are (divine) and where our true home lies (in the Pleroma, the perfect mind of Godhead), the truth about what we have become (drunk and weighed down by the physical body), where we have been thrown (prison = the earth), and where to speed back to (the Pleroma = heaven, our we home).
The true high-est Godhead is not present in the physical world, did not create it, and did not reveal his will or anything else in the Bible or any other document available to the filthy masses of the world, according to the Gnostic texts.”‘ Only his messenger has been sent, the Redeemer, to outwit the archons, awaken our sleeping divine spirit and lead us home.
Through [the Demiurge’s] unknowing agency the spiritual seed was implanted in the human soul and body, to be car-ried there as if in a womb until it had grown sufficiently to receive the Logos. The pneuma sojourns in the world in order to be pre-formed there for the final “information” through the gnosis.”
In Christian Gnosis also Cross and Resurrection belong closely together, but in such a way that the latter already takes place before or at the same time as the crucifixion ; it is the liber-ation of the spirit and the destruction of the flesh in onc. For this reason the gnostic can say in an inverted sense that Jesus came “to crucify the world”. * “Blessed is he who has crucified the world, and not allowed the world to crucify him” is the proc-lamation of the “living Jesus” to his disciples in the First Book of Jeu, and this crucifixion consists in the hearing and carrying out of what he has to impart to them as secret knowledge.
The ascent of the soul and the end of the world
The redemption guaranteed by means of “knowledge”, in the sense of an escape from the entanglements of earthly existence, is first realized by the gnostic at the time of his death, for at this moment he encounters the everlasting, rewakening fact of re-lease from the fetters of the body, and is able to set out on the way to his true home.
This process, familiar also in other reli-gions, is called the “ascent of the soul” or the “heavenly journey of the soul”. For Gnosis death is thus very definitely an act of liberation. The Mandeans used an expression of their own: “the day of escape” (or: “release”), and placed their main sote-riological emphasis in the sphere which was entered after death. With this object in mind Gnosis is primarily concerned with a man’s personal destiny; expressed somewhat differently: the eschatology of the individual, i.e. the doctrine of the fate of individuals after death, is of primary importance.
In no way does this exclude a “universal eschatology” which under-stands the end of the world in a collective sense, as is sometimes supposed. On the contrary, Gnosis is interested not only in the final end of mankind but also in that of the cosmos, for both are ordered in accordance with its cosmology. The coming into be-ing of the world, which is regarded as calamitous, has its goal in an end which restores the beginning. Our first concern however is with the “eschatology of indi-viduals”.
The path of the soul to the kingdom of light or to “rest”, as this objective is often desaibed, is the same as that which the soul traversed at the beginning. Taking up the words of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus it is recorded in one section of the Three Stelae of Seth: “The way of ascent is (like) the way of descent”, which refers here to the elevation to the pleroma achieved by prayer.
The redeemer must also tra-verse this path, and so both are frequently likened to each oth-er: the redeemer prepares or shows the soul the way; he has, as the Mandeans say, “established the path”. However, gnostic theology here faces an initial problem of conflicting interests.
Only rarely is the ascent of the soul accomplished automatical-ly, but requires help and support.
The reason for this lies in the existence of the powers which rule the world, the Archons, who try to impede the soul’s return in order to prevent the perfect-ing of the world of light and thus protract the world process.
The description of the menace to be encountered on the jour-ney is a central theme in numerous gnostic traditions, as is also I that of the overcoming of these obstacles. At this point magic and cult intrude for a number of gnostic schools, media which really run counter to gnostic self-understanding, but which do show that such practices also have their own decisive impor-tance in Gnosis.
One must not rely only on the saving nature of “knowledge” and the “natural” redemption process, but on palpable elements, like protective and distinguishing signs and symbols (“seals”), magical sayings and death ceremonies. – ‘
The ascending soul, after it has crossed the “barrier of evil”, i. e. the firmament, by traversing the “eternally chained gates of the Archons” has to acquire the favour of each of the guardians of the planetary stations by prayers of entreaty. The address to Astaphaeus (= Venus) is an example: “Astaphaeus, lord of the third gate, overseer of the primeval source of water
In Gnosticism, to begin with, the soul has to escape from the Archons who at every stage try to block its way upward.
Salvation is a developmental process. Those eligible to aspire to gnosis , or intuitive awareness of the structures of reality, can only escape the hard world through an arduous change of consciousness.
Each was under the sway of its own ruler or “ archon. ” These rulers were originally the heavenly bodies themselves , upon whose supposed sway over mortal destinies the whole trade of the astrologer was founded, but they resembled … In any case the only way of escape lay in the possession of Gnosis or knowledge.
In the Gnostic system of belief, history was conceived of as a permanent conflict between the Gnostics and the forces of evil. The latter, ruled by the demiurge and his acolytes, the archons, all of whom keep the rest of mankind under their sway, unceasingly sought either to destroy the Gnostics, who were born from the pure “other seed” of Seth.
Through the body and soul man is subjected to the power of the Archons; only the spirit can be awakened by knowledge.
Humans are unfortunately caught in the middle of this cosmic drama with the light attempting to reclaim its lost sparks and the darkness trying to enslave the sparks. What all of this entails for free will is that only two groups: the offspring of Seth or of the true light, and the “psychical,” have any free will. If you feel that you are not of this world and you come to gain acquaintance or gnosis with your inner or higher self and with its heavenly origin, then you have some free will and at that point it is your sole objective to escape the terrestrial hell that you find yourself currently enslaved in. It is unclear how one knows whether or not they are a “pneumatic” who automatically ascends back to the pleroma or a “psychic” who must choose the correct ethical path.
At each sphere there waited its ruling Archon (playing the role of the old Babylonian planetary gods ) , ready to turn back any escaping soul.
Christ has restored to the different regions of the world the elements which were in it ; to the inferior region, his body, which remained in the tomb; to the sublunar region, the psychical element ; to that of the great archon, the element which he had taken; to the Holy Spirit, the divine truth which animated it ; finally, what he had of the third essence, has ascended the firmament to consummate itself in the absolute. Jesus is the type of the true Gnostic ; be enlightens men in order to lead them to salvation. Faith is born of a sudden illumination. The gospel is the knowledge (gnosis) of what is above our world.
Like the body , the soul too is a creation of the Archons, who endowed it with their own evil natures. Only the pneuma, the divine spark consisting of Lightsubstance, is pure. In the vast upheaval which preceded the creation of the world, particles of this Light – substance became entrapped in the material universe.
The human body was formed specifically to hold these particles and prevent their escape. Salvation thus … Ignorance is thus the Gnostic equivalent of sin . The escape … Archons and make possible the passage of the pneuma through the seven spheres ; he himself leads the way
The escape from ignorance is knowledge, which leads to salvation. Enlightment (or gnosis lead to liberation and salvation). Therefore, “Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment”, and is the the archons disappointment. The archons controls the three lower physical chakras. When humans overcome these the first chakras theyt overcome the abyss (the ego-mind prison). “The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.” When people open their fourth chakra or their spiritual heart, then it will crosses the abyss.
Salvation thus consists of liberating the pneuma from its bodily prison so that it may ascend to God.