The Gnostic Revival

    Less than a hundred years ago, Gnostics and Gnosticism was virtually unknown.  Only a few scholars had studied these ancient spiritual schools or churches and most of what was available to study was the comments of writers of the larger churches who opposed the gnostics.  That changed when spiritual and esoteric writers and teachers started mentioning Gnostics in a positive light.  Teachers like Blavatsky  and Papus  (Gerard Encausse) and famous psychiatrist Carl Jung .  
    The big leap toward the new awakening of Gnosticism came with the discovery and translation of the collection of ancient scriptural scrolls now known as the Nag Hammadi Library .  These new documents put a new light on Gnosticism and started a huge increase in interest.  The discovery a few years later of a second library of scrolls known as the Dead Sea Scrolls added even further to the knowledge of early Christian and pre-Christian Gnostics, particularly the Essenes.  
    While many still question the accuracy of the official translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, there is no question that they have greatly increased interest and knowledge of the Gnostics at around the time of Jesus.
    Of course, conventional scholars will thing that these coincidental events leading to a renewed interest in Gnosticism and Mysticism is just a series of lucky accidents.  Those of us who are part of it think otherwise. 


We Need Space to Grow

To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.” ~Shunryu Suzuki

    If you are a leader of a country and you want to guarantee that your people will rebel, restrict them as much as possible.  Make many, many rules to control their behavior.  Don’t let them have opportunities to grow and better themselves.  Inevitable, this leads to rebelion, yet despots still do it.
    The same applies to the leaders of a church or spiritual school.  Discipline is needed, of course, for spiritual growth, but excessive and arbitrary rules and regulations will actually stifle the spiritual growth of the members and often result in their leaving or rebeling.  Churches and spiritual schools should really only need one rule: obey the will of God.  Unfortunately, over many generations, most of us have lost the ability to communicate with God.  So the first thing a real spiritual school much teach is how to get back the ability to communicate with God and the Beings of Light.  Until then, the advanced teachers who can communicate with God have to provide reasonable rules for the others to follow until they can communicate with the spiritual worlds themselves.


Spiritual Symbols: Stairs or Steps

    Stairs and steps are similar, but not identical, and the symbology of each is slightly different.
    Stairs are generally symbolic of ascension or transcendence.  Movement to a higher spiritual level or a higher dimension.  A spiral staircase represents the movement of the sun and so relates spiritual growth to the solar orb.  Winding or twisting stairs represent mystery so , in a spiritual content, would represent the mystery or mystical schools and their teachings. 
    Steps are said to represent grades or levels in a hierarchy.  In a spiritual content, they represent the various levels of spiritual development.  They can also represent the authority of a priest, shaman or guru to help one climb the steps to heaven.  In Buddhism, the seven steps of Buddha represent the seven stages of growth to to transcend the mundane worlds and reach the seventh heaven.  Many ancient pyramids were probably build with steps because they were temples dedicated to spiritual growth.
    Dreaming about stairs generally means that you will soon be concluding some quest or goal, especially if you were near the top of the stairs in the dream.  If you are descending the stairs, however, it might mean a loss of status in a business or social setting.

    An interesting legend exists about the staircase in the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico( pictured above).  According to the legend, when the chapel was finished, sometime in the eighteenth century, the nuns discovered to their chagrin that there were no stairs to get to the upper level.  The nuns prayed to St. Joseph, who was a carpenter, to come to their aid.  On the ninth day of their prayers, a stranger arrived who said he was a carpenter and could build the staircase for them.  The stranger  quickly constructed the spiral staircase by himself, and left.  No one ever discovered who he was.  The staircase is build from a type of wood not found in the area and no one knows where he got it.  No nails were used in the construction which is clearly the work of a master craftsman and  architects and engineers who have studied it don’t know how the staircase remains standing with no central support.


Random Thoughts 6-27-2010

We have had very hot weather here in Northern Virginia the past few weeks.  It keeps me from spending much time outdoors, but at least I eat better.  In the heat I don’t want hot foods, just salads and other cold foods.

The reaction of both humans and animals to something unexpected is interesting to watch.  One day recently, when I was walking my dogs in the woods, Cocoa startled a snake that went slithering off  toward a tree and into a hole under the tree.  The natural instinct was for Cocoa to chase this animal running from him, but he had never seen a snake before and it’s weird shape and movements threw him and he wasn’t sure what to do.  He followed the snake, but kept his distance, even after it went into the hole.

 True understanding is possible only when we are fully conscious of our thought, not as an operative observer on this thought, but completely and without the intervention of a choice. “ ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life.

When a women in Florida was arrested for robbing a bank, she said that she had not planned to rob a bank.  It was “just impulse. I think everyone should have a list of things they want to do before they (die).”   ( I would have never thought to put robbery, rape or murder on my bucket list.)

A guy in Kentucky stole a utility trailer and put it up for sale on Craigs list.  The owner saw the ad, called the number and made an appointment to inspect the vehicle.  When he recognized distinct markings on the trailer that the thief didn’t have enough sense to remove, he called the police.  When police arrived, the thief tried to defend himself by claiming he didn’t run the ad.  The cops then called the number listed in the ad and the cell phone in the thief’s pocket started ringing.

The police didn’t bother to arrest one thief caught trying to siphon gas from a motor home.  The owner of the motor home found the young thief near the motor home vomiting in the grass.  It seems the thief had stuck his siphoning hose in the wrong opening and sucked out a mouthful of raw sewage.  The police figured he had suffered enough, and let him go.