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Gnostic Mystics and True Knowledge

“The Gnostics were religious mystics who proclaimed Gnosis, knowledge, as the way of salvation. To know oneself truly allowed Gnostic men and women to know God directly, without any need for the mediation of rabbis, priests, bishops, imams, or other religious officials. … They accepted insight wherever it could be found. Like those who came before them, they embraced a personified wisdom, Sophia, understood variously and taken as the manifestation of divine insight.

“They concluded that a distinction, often a dualistic distinction, must be made between the transcendent, spiritual deity, who is surrounded by aeons and is all wisdom and light, and the creator of the world, who is at best incompetent and at worst malevolent. Yet through everything, they maintained, a spark of transcendent knowledge, wisdom, and light persists within people who are in the know. The transcendent deity is the source of that enlightened life and light. The meaning of the creation drama, when properly understood, is that human beings—Gnostics in particular—derive their knowledge and light from the transcendent God, but through the mean-spirited actions of the Demiurge, the creator of the world, they have been confined within this world. (The platonic aspects of this imagery are apparent.) Humans in this world are imprisoned, asleep, drunken, fallen, ignorant. They need to find themselves—to be freed, awakened, made sober, raised, and enlightened. In other words, they need to return to Gnosis.” ~Marvin Meyer

Gnostic Mystics

The Gnostics were mystics in the best sense of the word. They were not court magicians. They didn’t use spells to control people. They were seekers of truth and wisdom. They were spiritual teachers and healers. That is what real mystics do.

Knowledge is Salvation

But why would the Gnostic mystics think that knowledge is the way of salvation? Does that mean only people with college degrees will be saved? Does it mean that only those who have read many books will get to Heaven? No, not at all.

The knowledge we are talking about is never found in books or in state-approved classrooms. It is not the superficial knowledge of the illusions that make up the world of matter. This knowledge must be sought out and experienced by each of us individually. It is found by looking within and looking without to higher dimensions. It is not found by lowering your frequencies to those of bugs and toads but by raising them to those of angels and light beings. All the books and teachers can do is give you hints of what you will find and where to look for that knowledge.

Know God Directly

The Gnostic mystics did want to know God directly. Many of them succeeded in doing that. But it requires following a path of spiritual growth and development that takes years. This kind of knowledge cannot be dropped on us overnight. It is so overwhelming that it can—and has—driven people mad. It has to be obtained a little at a time so it won’t overwhelm us. First, we will reach a stage where we get occasional insights from the realms of spirit. Then we are able to communicate with angels and Light Beings. Eventually, we become one with God and then know God directly. That is the ultimate goal of the Gnostic mystics.

By Any Other Name

The Gnostic mystics have been known by many names. Most people think that Gnostics came into existence in the early centuries of Christianity, but that is only true of Christ Gnostics. Long before those Gnostics, thee were the Essenes, the Therapeutae of Egypt and Greece, the Pythagoreans, and others who could easily be classified as Gnostic mystics. While historians generally don’t think those groups go back to more than a century or two before the Christian era, the Essenes claimed to go back much further.

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Absolute Truth and Sham Reality

“A direct encounter with absolute truth appears to be impossible for normal non-mystical consciousness. We cannot know the reality, or even prove the existence, of the simplest object: through this is a limitation which few people realize acutely and most would deny. But there persists in the race a type of personality which does realize this limitation: and cannot be content with the sham realities that furnish the universe of normal men. It is necessary, as it seems, to the comfort of persons of this type to form for themselves some image of the Something or Nothing which is at the end of their telegraph lines: some ‘conception of being,’ some ‘theory of knowledge.’ They are tormented by the unknowable, ache for first principles, demand some background to the shadow show of things. In so far as man possesses this temperament, he hungers for reality, and must satisfy that hunger as best he can: staving off starvation, through he may not be filled.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Absolute Truth

Truth is truth most of us say. But there are really two kinds of truth. Actually three if you accept the philosophy of those who say that if you tell a lie enough times that most people accept it, it becomes truth. One type of truth is that on the level of matter only. These are the truths that are usually the result of scientific research. They are generally true within the limits of the material universe but ignore the other dimensions of reality. They are, therefore, a limited truth. Absolute truth is that which includes the spiritual dimensions of reality. The various dimensions are not entirely separate and do affect each other. If you look at only one or two, you get a view that is limited, partial. This results in inaccurate conclusions. The most glaring example of this is the “truth” that reality is made up of solids, liquids, and gases. That truth holds up only in a reality that is pure matter. No such reality exists. When you include the spiritual dimensions, you find that the solid, liquid, gas description of matter is too limited.

For starters, matter is an illusion. It really exists, but it isn’t what we think it is. So if we say that it is solid, liquid, and gas, it is true only on a surface level. There are other levels below that. Only when you are aware of all the levels can you know the absolute truth. Only when your soul has been awakened and is fully conscious can you know absolute truth with no questions, no doubts. Continue reading “Absolute Truth and Sham Reality”

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Advanced Spiritual Man from the Stars

“This was the land from whence man came; the Great One came from Zaidor. The people who came with Nadhi were wise in the ways of the seasons and in the wisdom of the stars. The read the Book of Heaven with understanding. They covered their dead with potters clay and hardened it, for it was not their custom to place their dead in boxes.

“Those who came with the Great One were cunning craftsmen in stone; they were carvers of wood and ivory. The High God was worshiped with strange light in places of great silences. …

“They made eye reflectors of glass stone, which cured the ills of men. They purified men with a strange metal and purged them of evil spirits in flowing fire. …

“Who taught men the secret of writing and numbers, and the measurement of the years? … Who taught the preservation of the body? That the soul might commune with the living, and that it might be a doorway to the Earth? Who taught that light is Life? Who taught the words of God, which spoke to men and hid things from them which stood in the place of Truth for those with understanding? … Who taught that beyond the visible is the invisible, … and all things are linked together in one?” The Kolbrin Bible (Man:1:12-26)

The Land From Whence Man Came

This and the many other questions in this chapter and book of the Kolbrin Bible are not answered. That is probably intentional. The questions are asked to make us think and solve the problems ourselves, given that anyone reading this is probably a spiritual student with sufficient knowledge to figure it out.

Starting with this beginning question, we will find many conflicting answers if we limit ourselves to the physical realm. Does it mean the very first man as represented in the allegorical tale of Adam and Eve? Does it mean the former home of those who were the ancestors of the spiritual group that wrote this book? Neither of those questions can be answered with anything but speculation. But if we go beyond the physical, we come up with a different and definitive answer.

Before man was a physical being, he was pure spirit. As such, he lived in advanced spiritual dimensions higher than the physical one. Whether that dimension was heaven itself, or a lower spiritual one doesn’t really matter. The point is that it was a land of spirit, not matter. So the answer to the question is that man came from spiritual realms, and the purpose of the question is to remind us of that fact, for so many have forgotten it.

Advanced Spiritual Men, Wise In the Wisdom of the Stars

That these people were wise in the ways of the seasons and the stars can also be interpreted in the same two ways, physical and spiritual. Some would interpret it in a physical sense and say that it indicated these people came from the stars. In other words, they were aliens who came from another planet. In fact, many interpret the Kolbrin Bible overall as being about aliens from other planets come to earth. That is an interpretation that is based on a universe that is all matter. Yet the Kolbrin Bible clearly has many references to the spiritual. When we interpret this in a spiritual way, we get something very different.

The sun and the stars act as gateways or portals between the physical realm and the spiritual ones. Not that you can physically travel to those dimensions by going through the stars. It is more that the higher realms communicate with the lower ones using spiritual light that travels down to physical worlds through the stars including our sun. So saying these people who originated in the realms of spirit are “wise in the wisdom of the stars,” means that they have spiritual knowledge and spiritual wisdom. It has nothing to do with aliens.

Cunning Craftsmen

People who have advanced spiritual knowledge are not just able to function better on a spiritual level, they are also better on the physical. Generally speaking, they are more creative and more artistic. A materialistic person might be a carpenter. The spiritual one is the architect. Materialistic people might turn clay pots on a wheel. The spiritual one designs unique pots when he does the same. Not only unique but also following the laws of divine proportion and harmony1.

In more recent times, such people designed the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe. They also designed many ancient buildings such as the pyramids of Egypt and the great buildings of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. In fact, most great artists and designers are at least partially awakened spiritually.

Reflectors of Glass Stone

Saying that these advanced spiritual people made reflectors of “glass stone” doesn’t sound very impressive. It is, however, very meaningful when you know about the light from the spiritual sun and how to use it to awaken the soul.

The term glass stone doesn’t make much sense since glass and stone are two different things. I believe that what it means is a type of stone, perhaps Obsidian, that they polished until it was as smooth as glass. These primitive mirrors were used to reflect the light of the sun onto the eyes. This had two benefits over looking directly at the sun. First, you are less likely to damage the eyes because they don’t reflect all of the light. Second, the reflected light is polarized which makes it function better for the purpose of awakening the soul.

Who Taught Men?

This chapter then continues by asking a long series of questions. Who taught farming? Who taught writing and mathematics? And on, and on. Many questions, but no answer is given. The answer doesn’t need to be given. The materialistic person would not accept it and the advanced spiritual one already knows it. The answer is the light of God that come to us through the spiritual sun. This light doesn’t just warm us. It also doesn’t just provide energy to awaken our spiritual faculties. It carries information, knowledge. This information and knowledge is absolute, always true and reliable. While it is primarily for spiritual use, physical use can be made of it within limits. No, not for learning the winning lottery numbers! That is a misuse. But the ancient shaman could tell people which mushrooms were safe to eat and which were poisonous. The ancient architects knew how to make building that were not only attractive, but last thousands of years. So the answer is that God taught men by sending truth and knowledge through the spiritual sun. And since we are now in the age of the Sun of Righteousness, that is more true now than ever.

Many are taking advantage of the free college that is now available in some European countries. Taking advantage of the free and infinite education provided by the spiritual sun is far more important.


1 – See my previous post on divine proportion and harmony by clicking here.

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Self-Awareness in All Beings

“Are we to think that a being knowing itself must contain diversity, that self-knowledge can be affirmed only when some one phase of the self perceives other phases, and that therefore an absolutely simplex entity would be equally incapable of introversion and of self-awareness?

“No. A being that has no parts or phases may have this consciousness; in fact there would be no real self-knowing in an entity presented as knowing itself in virtue of being a compound—some single element in it perceiving other elements—as we may know our own form and entire bodily organism by sense perception: such knowing does not cover the whole field; the knowing element has not had the required cognizance at once of its associates and of itself; this is not the self-knower asked for; it is merely something that knows something else.” ~Plotinus

Self-Knowing

Plotinus is asking a common question that plagues philosophers and other even today. That simple question is this: How do we know ourselves? The typical answer is that we have two “selves”, and one knows the other. Some say it is the soul that is looking at the mind. Others say it is the subconscious mind observing the conscious mind. Either way, it is one part of us looking at another part. Plotinus is saying that if that is correct, then we really don’t know ourselves at all. We know the self that is observed by the “other”, but what of this other that is observing? Is that our true self? Are both the one observing and the one being observed our self? It does get confusing. If one part is always the observer, and the other part, the observed, then only the part that is observed is ever known. That part which observes is never known.

Another theory is that the observer is universal consciousness, while the observed is the individual mind or ego. This theory makes the most sense to me. The universal consciousness would naturally be able to observe the individual, but the individual would not be able to observe the all. It is much like saying God can know us even though we don’t really know much about God.

A Singular Being

Plotinus says that a simple being with a simplex nature can’t have one nature that observes the other. This means, according to most, that such beings cannot have any self-awareness. Plotinus disagrees with this. He says that even a simple creature that doesn’t have those two “selves” that can look at each other, can still be self-aware. Until recently, science denied this.

Science has always said that animals cannot have any self-awareness. They can feel pain, they can react to the world around them, but they are no aware. But in the last few decades, we have learned a lot about animals that is surprising these scientists. In terms of self-awareness, there have been several cases that have shown that animals do have it. At least some of the more advanced ones do.

In one case, an elephant is seen reacting to its reflection in a mirror. We laugh at dogs and cats that do this and think it is another animal they see in the mirror. That, however, is exactly what the scientists expect. An understanding that is is a reflection of themselves implies a degree of understanding what “self” is. You have to have some self-awareness to understand that what is in the mirror is yourself. The elephant that was observed reacted as expected, at first. He thought it was a different animal. But after some experimental movements and gestures, the elephant became aware that the reflection in the mirror copied his movements. It was clear that he soon realized it was himself, and lost interest. That is self-awareness.

Having Fun

While I haven’t heard a scientific opinion on this, it is my personal belief that an animal that clearly likes to have fun must have a certain degree of self-awareness. An animal might find that activity brings it joy, but without awareness, it could not understand that repeating the same activity would have the same result. Yet many examples of animals having fun are available.

In one that amazed many, a crow is seen enjoying sliding on a roof. The crow carries a jar lid to the top of the roof, jumps in it, then slides down. He repeats that activity several times.

 

He is having fun, he is aware of it. This one was also amazing because it demonstrated a crow using a tool: the jar lid. Until recently, using tools was supposed to be one of the things that separated man from animals. Now we are finding examples of animals using tools, do that idea must be rethought as well.

Another popular example shows a dog sliding on a hill. She carries the sled to the top of the hill, jumps on it, and slides down. Repeating the activity several times and is clearly enjoying it. She is aware that the activity is giving her joy. That is self-awareness.

 

In a similar activity with a dog, we see one that is having great fun with a machine that throws a tennis ball. This dog not only chases the mechanically thrown ball, but carries it back, drops it back in the machine, and jumps around in anticipation waiting for the machine to throw it again. This dog is not only reacting with joy to what has happened, but he is also reacting with joy to what he is expecting to happen in the future! That is definitely self-awareness, even if somewhat more limited than human self-awareness.

 

Self-Awareness in Plants

I guess the question that remains now is do plants have any self-awareness? Obviously, plants have a much lower level of consciousness than animals. That would imply that if they do have any self-awareness, it is much less than animals. But I don’t think we can rule it out entirely. Since one theory of self-awareness is that it is the universal consciousness that is observing the individual consciousness, that universal consciousness must be observing plants as well as humans and animals. And there is evidence that such limited self-awareness does exist. Recent studies have shown that when a tree is attacked by plant disease, it sends out a chemical warning to other trees in the area so they can build up their protection and avoid getting the same illness. Now it can be argued that it is simply a reaction by the plant with no actual awareness involved. But we don’t really know for sure. And all life is part of that one Universal Consciousness.

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