Gnostic mysticism

Gnostic Mysticism and the Teachings of Jung

“By developing his system of depth psychology, Jung incorporated certain aspects of the Hermetic tradition. The progressions from Gnosticism and alchemy were seen by him as ‘manifestations of unconscious archetypal elements not adequately expressed in the varying forms of Christianity’. … He saw one of the most important aspects of of the individualization process (the journey toward Self) as the union of opposites. …

“Such a union. Leading to androgyny, would also account for the Gnostic stories about the love and union between Christ and Sophia. … The unions are ‘sacred marriages’ in the drive towards perfection. G. S. Mead makes the point that:

‘Hermes … is practically one of the very numerous permutations and combinations of the Sophia mythos—one of the many settings-forth of the mystic lore of love of the Christ and the Sophia, or Wisdom., of the Son of God and his spouse or sister, the Holy Spirit. … But when we say Gnostic we mean much that is also Hellenic mysticism, and therefore much that is also Hermetic.” ~Bernard Simon

Jung and Gnostic Mysticism

Carl Gustav Jung is one of he most famous psychiatrists and psychologists. He was also a philosopher and student/teacher of mysticism. Especially Gnostic and related teachings. Any student of mysticism or spiritual growth would do well to read some of his books. He coined the word “Synchronicity” for apparent coincidences that are not coincidences at all, but meaningful.

Your cleaning out a drawer and come across an unusual type of battery that you don’t even remember having. Your tempted to throw it away, but decide to put it aside for a while. An hour later, the battery in some device dies, and it needs the battery you just found. That’s an example of synchronicity.

Jung was also big on archetypal symbols and their meaning. I used to write often about the spiritual meaning of symbols, but I don’t do it much anymore.

Gnostic Mysticism and Alchemy

Yes, Gnosticism and alchemy are related, just as Gnostic mysticism is related to the ancient mystery schools of Egypt and Greece. Real alchemy wasn’t about changing base metals into gold. It was about changing the dull consciousness of the average person into the golden Christ Consciousness of the fully awakened. This is what all the Gnostic groups and mystery schools were doing. Continue reading “Gnostic Mysticism and the Teachings of Jung”

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Midnight Madness in Mystery Schools

“An ancient initiate once said that the living are ruled by the dead. Only those conversant with the Eleusian concept of life could understand that statement. It means that the majority of people are not ruled by their living spirits but by their senseless (hence dead) animal personalities. … It was believed that at midnight the invisible worlds were closest to the Terrestrial sphere and that souls coming into material existence slipped in during the midnight hour. For this reason, many of the Eleusinian ceremonies were performed at midnight. Some of those sleeping spirits who had failed to awaken their higher natures during the earth life and who now floated around in the invisible worlds, surrounded by a darkness of their own making, occasionally slipped through at this hour and assumed the forms of various creatures.” ~Manly P. Hall

Ruled by the Dead

Mr. Hall provided an exceptionally short answer to the question of why the Eleusinians said the living are ruled by the dead. Lets elaborate.

First, it is true that most people are ruled by their primitive animal personality, not their spiritual higher self. This is generally not their fault. We come into this world with that primitive self fully conscious, but the spiritual self dormant. The spirit cannot rule while it lies dormant. And few people even try to awaken it. Largely, that is because the powers that be don’t want it awakened. Governments and dark spirits can control the sleeping ones better than those few who awaken. For that reason, they make all effort to stop anyone from engaging in a spiritual awakening process.

Secondly, we are often ruled by the dead because we let our thinking and behavior be controlled by the beliefs of our ancestors. We do have to learn from our parents, of course, but when we teach our young we must be sure to let them know what is definite truth and what is simply opinions and beliefs passed down from generation to generation with little or no proof. Continue reading “Midnight Madness in Mystery Schools”

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Knowledge, Wisdom, Mystery Schools and Gnostics

“Compare this esoteric tenet with the Gnostic doctrine found in ‘Pistis-Sophia’ (Knowledge = Wisdom), in which treatise Sophia Achamoth is shown lost in the waters of Chaos (matter) on her way to Supreme Light, and Christos delivering and helping her on the right Path. Note well, ‘Christos’ with the Gnostics meant the impersonal principal, the Atman of the Universe, and the Atma within every man’s soul—not Jesus.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Mystery Schools and the Gnostics

It is true that there is much in common between the Gnostics and the ancient mystery schools. His should not be a surprise. There is only one truth. You can make up all the false “truths” you want, but that doesn’t make them real. Mo matter who taps into the fountain of wisdom and truth, what they find there is the same. So while superficial ceremonies may have differed, the teaching of all the ancient schools were identical.

Knowledge and Wisdom

One of the tenets that is found in all the ancient spiritual schools, and a few modern ones, is that wisdom comes from truth and knowledge. Not just any knowledge. Not the knowledge found in books. Only the knowledge accessed from spiritual realms by an awakened soul can truly qualify as wisdom. Opinion can never be considered wisdom. Continue reading “Knowledge, Wisdom, Mystery Schools and Gnostics”


Ahura-Mazda and Persian Gnosticism

“According to the Persians, there coexisted in eternity two principles. The first of these, Ahura-Mazda, or Ormuzd was the Spirit of Good. From Ormuzd came forth a number of hierarchies of good and beautiful spirits (angels and archangels). The second of these eternally existing principles was called Ahriman. He was also a pure beautiful spirit, but he later rebelled against Ormuzd, being jealous of His power. This dis not occur, however, until after Ormuzd had created light, for previously Ahriman had not been conscious of the existence of Ormuzd. Because of his jealousy and rebellion,Ahriman became the Spirit of Evil. From himself he individualized a host of destructive creatures to injure Ormuzd.

“When Ormuzd created the Earth, Ahriman entered into its grosser elements. Whenever Ormuzd dis a good deed, Ahriman placed the principle of evil within it.” ~Manly P.Hall

Good God,Bad God

Many people think that the idea of their being a good creator and an evil one is a concept of the Christian Gnostics, but the idea existed long before Christianity. Ahura-Mazda and Ahriman are among the oldest dating back over three thousand years. Their story is very similar to that of the Christian Gnostics with their God and Demiurge.

Ahura-Mazda or Ormuzd

The good God, the one most of us simply call God, is known in this ancient faith as Ahura-Mazda. Because He was good, he created good things. That including a hierarchy of good spiritual beings called angels. He created other good spiritual beings simply called Light Beings. Man was originally a good spiritual being. Being good beings, these creations could not eat other beings to survive. They needed another source of energy or “food”. Ahura-Mazda provided that in the form of Light. This was a special spiritual form of Light that provided life energy to the creations of Ahura-Mazda. Continue reading “Ahura-Mazda and Persian Gnosticism”