“I am first thought, the thought that is in light. I am movement that is in all, she in whom the realm of all takes its stand, the firstborn among those who came into being, she who exists before all. She is called by three names, although she exists alone, since she is perfect. I am invisible within the thought of the invisible one. I am revealed in the immeasurable, ineffable things. I am intangible, dwelling in the intangible. I move in every creature. I am the life of my afterthought that is within every power and every eternal movement, and in invisible lights, and within the powers and angels and demons and every soul in Tartaros, and in every material soul. I live in those who came into being. I move in everyone and I enter them. I walk upright, and those who sleep I awaken. And I am the sight of those who dwell in sleep. I am the invisible one in all. I counsel those who are hidden, since I know the whole realm of all that exists in it. I am numberless beyond everyone. I am immeasurable, ineffable, yet whenever I wish, I shall reveal myself. I am the head of all. I am before all, and I am all, since I am in everyone. I am a voice speaking softly. I am from the beginning. I am in the silence that surrounds every one of them. And the hidden voice is in me, in intangible, immeasurable thought, in the immeasurable silence.” ~Three Forms of First Thought
The First Thought is not just in the light, it is Light. The first thought is the beginning of creation. Although that is not exactly true. Because of the limits of human language and understanding, we talk in terms of a first thought and a first being, but can there really be such things in a realm outside of the limitations of time and space? Still, it does aid our understanding to speak in such terms, even if they are not accurate. We can’t ignore the spiritual realms simply because we cannot really understand them on a mental level. Studying them can help us awaken our spiritual faculties which do understand the spiritual and the infinite. The human soul can understand because it is a spirit, it exists outside of time and space.
Movement in All
The First Thought is, of course, also the First Movement. How could it be otherwise? The first thought must move, must do something, or it wouldn’t exist. Thought is creation and the movement is creation in action. Many people have forgotten, or perhaps never knew, that thought is energy and energy does work. So thought must move, must do work, must create. That is its nature.
This particular Gnostic tract refers to this firstborn as “she”. This may upset some people who insist that God and Christ are male. But sexual terms like he and she have no meaning on a spiritual level. Spirits are not male or female, yet they are both. If you can’t grasp that, you are thinking in terms of matter. You need to stop thinking that matter rules the universe, and the laws of matter are the laws of the universe. Matter is an aberration, not an advancement. It is a disease that needs to be cured. So its limitations like male and female don’t exist in the higher dimensions of spirit.
Whether you wish to call the Firstborn “she” or “he” really doesn’t matter. It is Christ. It is the first creation of God and the creative force of God. Don’t think a child in the sense of offspring. While that may be true in a sense, Christ is not a miniature of God, but an aspect of God. The first creation must be the power of creation, and that is Christ, the Firstborn.
She and I
The quote can be difficult to follow because the writer flips from talking about She to saying “I” do this or that. While it may be improper English, it does seem like both are referring to the same thing. So she is invisible within the thoughts of the invisible One. Which means that she has no body other than that which exists in the First Thought of God. Invisible to the physical eyes, that is, but not to the spiritual eyes of the awakened soul. She is also revealed in the immeasurable things. In other words, by her creations, you know her. So what are the creations of Christ? Everything spiritual, nothing material. Immeasurable things are spiritual things. They are immeasurable because they are not limited by space. They are everywhere and nowhere at the same time because those terms have no significance in spiritual worlds.
She moves in every creature. That is to say that all beings of spirit are filled with the Christ Force. Some also have the creative force of Christ as well, though in a more limited form. But what about material worlds and material beings? Everything material, Whether considered a living being or not, has a spirit. So since all spirits come from Christ, there is a bit of Christ in all creatures, in all forms. Even rocks and rivers have spirits. Native Americans understood that, but most of us have lost that knowledge. We need to get it back. We also need to understand that since all things and beings have a spirit, and all spirits are alive, everything is, at some level, a living entity.
Counsel for Those Who are Hidden
The Firstborn Christ, usually through the angels and the Light of the Spiritual Sun, counsels all who seek the truth. But why those who are hidden? I think this may be a misunderstanding by the author of the quote, or perhaps an error in translation. I think it really means that we are counseled on the things that are hidden, the hidden knowledge. So why is the great knowledge hidden? Partly, it is because such knowledge is dangerous in the hands of violent and greedy people. Mostly, however, it is hidden because we have moved so deeply into matter that we are unable to see it without assistance. Fortunately, there are many spiritual beings willing to help us awaken to the truth and Divine Knowledge. That is the wish of God and the Firstborn.