“Within the Apocryphon of John, A Gnostic text, there is a myth that can be easily deconstructed so that the structure can be found and the logical model discovered. The main focus of the story is pre-creation, for great care is taken to name many of the beings created by Yaldebaoth and to explain the nature of the universe before the creation of the physical world. Adam and Eve’s difficulties are also discussed and ‘for those who have ears to hear’ it provides a matrix for life within the world.
“Before the material world came in existence, according to this text, there was Light:
“he is immeasurable light, which is pure, holy (and) immaculate. He is ineffable, being perfect in incorruptibility. He is not in perfection, nor in blessedness, nor in divinity, but he is far superior. He is not corporeal nor is he incorporeal. He is neither large, nor is he small. …
“From Light there came a series of Emanations, non-corporeal cosmic beings in male-female pairs. Within the Light itself there were three especially important beings: the Father, the Mother and the Son. Beneath the trinity, there is a kind of creative ‘soup’ consisting of Water, Darkness, the Abyss, and Chaos (four common elements of many pre-creation stories) within which the Trinity exists.” ~Bernard Simon
Truth of Myth
I’ve said this before, but it needs to be repeated since the tale in the quote is called a myth. A myth is not a fairy tale. It is not fantasy or the hallucinations of a deranged mind. It is truth given in the form of an allegorical tale. This is done partly to make it easy to remember and partly to hide the true meaning from those who would misuse the truth for materialistic ends.
To many, it seems a contradiction to speak of a time before creation, even if you limit it to before creation of the physical universe. But it isn’t a contradiction. There was existence before matter and there will be one long after matter is gone. For simplicity, we can simply call this the spiritual universe. In reality, it is more complicated. There are, in fact, nine primary dimensions of reality. Three of them are primarily matter, six are mostly spirit, with the top two or three being all spirit. Those spiritual dimensions exist without the limitations of space and time, therefore, they existed long before the universe of matter limited by time and space. But even these dimensions, except for the highest, were created also. Therefore, to say they existed “before creation,” means before the creation of the physical universe. In truth, these spiritual dimensions are the only real creation. The physical universe is a distortion of spirit. It is a kind of cancer or tumor growing out of the realm of spirit. And as with any other disease, it needs to be cured, and it will be cured.
There Was Light
Mr. Simon says that before the creation of the material universe, there was Light. This Light cannot be something physical if it existed before the creation of the physical. Therefore, it had to be spiritual light. Simon then starts talking about this Light as if it were an entity, an intelligent being. While he doesn’t say it, this being could only be God. So he is equating God with Light.
God is associated with Light in virtually all religions. God is the source of Light. God is the creator of Light. The first creation was light, but the spiritual Light existed before creation. But it is unusual to say outright that God is Light, yet it is true. It is also true to say that God is the highest level of consciousness. But Light is the carrier of knowledge and consciousness. So consciousness is God, Light is God. It is all the same thing.
On the other side, the Devil, Satin, or the Demiurge, the creator of matter is also the head of the realm of Darkness. But nowhere does it say that darkness existed before creation, only Light. It was the creation of matter, illusion, and lies that created darkness. Remember, darkness isn’t really a thing of itself. Darkness is simply the absence of Light. So the world created by the Demiurge is missing some—perhaps most—of its natural, Divine Light. That is what makes it dark.
There are many who say that light cannot exist without darkness. That is simply untrue. Fire can exist without water. White can exist without black. Light can exist without darkness. In fact, until the Great Fall symbolized in the Bible by the story of Adam and Eve, what existed was a world of Light without darkness. And the universe that existed before creation will return as this fallen realm is transformed back into its original form. We can aid in that transformation, if we choose. To choose to help makes one part of the Chosen of God, the Bringers of Light. Make the smart choice.