The Secret Book Of James

The Secret Book of James occupies the first 16 pages of Nag Hammadi Codex I.     It is a letter sent from ‘James’ to an unknown addressee, containing an account of a secret revelation the Saviour gave to the disciples James and Peter. The letter is written in Hebrew, and asks his addressee not to share this writing with many; even the Saviour did not want to deliver this message to the twelve disciples, but only to two of them. 

James holds the addressee in high regards as he refers to him as ‘a minister of the salvation of the saints’ – to convey the contents to elect believers with faith received through this discourse (logos) conferring salvation upon them.

The events depicted happen 550 days after the Saviour’s resurrection, at a time when the twelve disciples, all sitting together, are writing down in books what they remember of the words Christ told to each of them during his earthly life. 

The Saviour draws James and Peter apart from the other disciples and says,      “You have been favoured through the Father to receive my sayings. The other disciples have also written my sayings in their books as if they have understood, but be careful. They have done their work without really understanding. They have listened like foolish people, and… they have not understood.” 

 The aim is for them to be ‘filled’, a gnostic term associated with reaching the pleroma/fullness, through his revelation. 

The Saviour’s teachings are expressed through a series of opposing gnostic metaphors: drunkenness and sobriety, waking and sleeping, being healed and being sick, emptiness and fullness. The Saviour uses sayings, parables, and prophecies, some of which are cryptic or veiled:

“First I spoke with you in parables, and you did not understand. Now I am speaking with you openly, and you do not grasp it. Nevertheless, you were a parable among parables and a disclosure among things revealed.”

James is receptive to the revelation, asking questions, but Peter is confused:- 

“Sometimes you urge us on toward heaven’s kingdom, but at other times you turn us away, master. Sometimes you encourage us, draw us toward faith, and promise us life, but at other times you drive us away from heaven’s kingdom.”    

The two figures represent opposing symbols of the Gnostic community and the emerging orthodox church; members of the gnostic community have no need of an intermediary (bishop/priest etc) to obtain salvation, while members of the orthodox church are obliged to follow the church dogma and doctrine in order to be saved.  

Before the Saviour leaves he says,

“Be attentive to the glory that awaits me, and when you have opened your hearts, listen to the hymns that await me up in heaven. Today I must take my place at the right hand of the Father…I shall depart from you, for a chariot of spirit* has carried me up, and from now on I shall strip myself that I may clothe myself.”

(*The ‘chariot of spirit’ is also known as the Merkaba, a counter-rotating field of light surrounding our bodies for approximately 55-60’. It affects spirit and body simultaneously and can be used as an interdimensional vehicle. The Merkaba contains all your knowledge and wisdom and can transport your spirit anywhere. It requires activation, but this only needs to be done once. For more information see Drunvalo Melchizedek’s work – he explains the process clearly and concisely.)

James and Peter kneel down to give thanks and open their hearts to heaven. After seeing and hearing angelic trumpets and a great deal of turmoil, the two disciples reach a higher place, where they can hear angels praising, rejoicing and singing hymns. Going further, James and Peter approach the Majesty – the highest God – but they are allowed to hear and see no more. 

The other disciples are keen to hear what the revelation was and James answers:- “He ascended. He gave us his right hand, and promised all of us life. He showed us children coming after us and commanded us to love them, since we are to be saved for their sakes.”

The disciples believe the revelation but are angry about those to be born. James diffuses the situation by sending them out to different places to preach the word whilst James returns to Jerusalem to “share with loved ones who are to appear.” These are future believers, like readers of the Secret Book of James.  

The letter concludes with James saying,

“I pray that the beginning may come from you. This is how I can be saved. They will be enlightened through me, by my faith, and through another’s that is better than mine. I wish mine to be the lesser.”

Scholars believe the Secret Book of James was written in a small Egyptian community, probably Alexandria, in the second century.

My cellular memory tells me the Secret Book of James was written by the daughter of Mary Magdalene, Sarah, at the Lake Mareotis community just outside Alexandria in the 1st century.

Furthermore, the ‘another’s that is better’ written in bold above, refers to her son Jude, who features in Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy.

But I am jumping ahead of myself. For now I want to stay with Sarah’s writings. They are quite exquisite..

Next blog: The Gospel of Truth (Codex I) – one of the most poetic and well written texts from the Nag Hammadi Library.

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Dialogue of the Saviour

The Dialogue of the Saviour is the fifth and last tractate of codex III. Originally composed in Greek, the only existing copy is in Coptic (Ancient Egyptian) and is badly damaged. In its present form it is a compilation of four or five different sources, but the main content of the Dialogue of the Saviour is a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, in a similar style to the Gospel of Thomas.

The text starts with a monologue the Saviour delivers to his disciples about the theme of rest and the time of salvation. The Saviour tells them,

“Now the time has come, brothers and sisters, for us to leave our labour behind and stand at rest.” He adds,

“For whoever stands at rest will rest forever.”

These words imply salvation has already come – a common theme in Gnostic texts. The Saviour also notes that he too has already come and opened the path for those who are ‘chosen and alone’. (cf Gospel of Thomas 49).

Conversely, the second part of the monologue refers to salvation yet to come at a future time, and the soul must still go through the archons’ dreadful places after ‘death’ so as to attain the realm of truth. Gnostics believe the archons, guardians of the spheres, try to detain the soul in its ascent. The Saviour implores the souls to neither fear the cosmic powers nor linger as they pass by.

The actual dialogue of the Dialogue of the Saviour begins with the Saviour addressing his disciples, although only three of them are named; Judas, Mary (Magdalene) and Matthew, with Judas and Mary being the most praised in Gnostic literature. Judas asks the most questions (16), Mary 13, Matthew 11 and at other times the disciples as a whole (5 times). 

But Mary Magdalene receives the highest accolade of all from Jesus:- 

“Mary said, ‘So, the wickedness of each day is sufficient. Workers deserve their food.     Disciples resemble their teachers.’  She spoke this utterance as a woman who understood everything.” 

Some traditional sayings of Jesus are included in the Dialogue of the Saviour, together with frequent reminders of the Gospel of Thomas. For instance,   “And I say to you, let one who has power renounce it and repent, and let one who knows seek and find and rejoice.” (128,23-129,19).

In fact, there are 14 sayings which are similar to those in the Gospel of Thomas, which is unsurprising if they are penned by the same person.

The following question from Judas refers to ‘the way’ reminiscent of the Gospel of John:-

“Judas asked, ‘Tell me, master, what is the beginning of the way?’ 

He said, ‘Love and goodness. If one of these had existed among the rulers (archons), wickedness would never have come to be.’”  

The gospel concludes with this message from Jesus:-

“Work hard to rid yourselves of anger and jealousy, and strip yourselves of your works, and do not… (around twelve lines missing) reproach,… for I say to you,…one who has sought having found true life. This person will attain rest and live forever. I say to you, watch yourselves, so that you may not lead your spirits and your souls into error.” 

The Dialogue of the Saviour makes no reference as to either the time the dialogue took place (before or after the Saviour’s resurrection) or where, but scholars are agreed that it must have been written in the 1st century as there are references to the Gospel of John.    My cellular memory tells me Mary Magdalene wrote the main dialogue.

This concludes my extracts from codices II, III and IV from the Nag Hammadi Library. If you would like to read them in full, they are available online at www.gnosis.org

Of the 11 tractates, I have written blogs on the ones that appear in Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy; The Secret Book of John, The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Philip  and The Dialogue of the Saviour from codices II, III and IV of The Nag Hammadi Library. 

They were all penned by Mary Magdalene whilst she was at Lake Mareotis in Alexandria, Egypt.

Of course she wrote much more, which I will come to later, but for now I want to turn to the writings of her daughter Sarah..  

 #gnostic  #naghammadi #divinefeminine #Saviour 

The Gospel Of Philip

The Gospel of Philip is the third tractate of Codex II from the Nag Hammadi Library. It is a collection of sayings, parables and meditations. Many of the sayings in the Gospel of Philip have something of the poetic enigma of Eastern philosophy about them:

‘The Master went into the dye works of Levi, took seventy-two* coloured cloths, and threw them into a vat. He drew them out and they were all white. He said,

“So the son of humanity has come as a dyer.” 

(*72 is a traditional number of nations in the world according to Jewish culture.)

The Gospel of Philip portrays this world as an illusion, where we ‘stray from the real to the unreal’.

The contrast between the material plane or illusion,  and that of the Pleroma (‘fullness’ or totality of divine powers) is described in a number of sayings, quite beautifully in this one:

Those who sow in winter reap in summer.  

Let us sow in the world to reap in summer.

Winter is the world, summer the other realm.

And also most eloquently in poetry:

A donkey turning a millstone walked a hundred miles.

When it was set loose, it found itself in the same place.

Some people travel long but go nowhere. 

At twilight they have seen no cities or villages.

One of the major themes of the Gospel of Philip is the reunification of soul and spirit in a heavenly union (or syzygy), reminiscent of the myth of Sophia and her eagerness to rejoin her spiritual companion, the Logos.

The author focuses on the symbolism of marriage in a mythical way. Marriage is a symbol of the Pleroma (Fullness), of the divine; representing knowledge and truth, as opposed to ignorance and falseness of the world – a symbol of freedom. Marriage is meant for free men, not for slaves:

 “Animals do not have a wedding chamber, nor do slaves or defiled women. The wedding chamber is for free men and virgins.”   

Free from the archons or rulers’ domination and the burden of sexual desires. Heavenly marriage is also a symbol of chastity, since it is spiritual and not carnal. 

This marriage is a mystery, and belongs to another dimension:-

“It is not fleshly but pure. It belongs not to desire but to will. It belongs not to darkness or night but to the day and the light.”

Through spiritual union male and female will become one, so there will no longer be male and female but a unique being.  This union repairs the damage of the separation of male and female, which occurred when the female element fell into matter, according to the myth of Sophia. This separation led to death. The Gospel of Philip amplifies this with the story of Adam and Eve – when they were joined to each other in paradise, they were in a condition of unity and knowledge. Once they separated into two beings, they fell into ignorance and death. It is Christ who eliminates the separation:- 

“Christ came to heal the separation that was from the beginning and reunite the two, in order to give life to those who died through separation and unite them. 

The Gnostic view of the resurrection differs markedly from the orthodox position. The Nicene Creed states that Jesus ‘suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again.’ This resurrection is bodily, which will one day be experienced by all.

The Gnostic view regards the Resurrection as something that is not physical at all, something which is ‘better than the flesh’. It is a necessary experience for the Gnostic believer to undergo, but it is a raising from the death of ordinary consciousness to the life of gnosis. 

The Gospel of Philip advises the spiritual seeker while we are in this world it is best to acquire resurrection for ourselves. The gospel makes it clear that the resurrection happens before death, not after it:

Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing.

These ideas would have been shocking to the early orthodox Church, but the recurring theme of women, or one woman in particular, was a real problem. Mary of Magdala…  

“Three Marys walked with the Lord: 

His mother, her sister, and Mary of Magdala,

His companion…

The companion is Mary of Magdala. Jesus loved her

More than his students. He kissed her often

on her face, more than all his students,    

And they said, ‘Why do you love her more than us?’   

The saviour answered them, saying to them,    

‘Why do I not love you like her?’”

No wonder the gnostic gospels were condemned as heresy..

#divinefeminine #gnostic #marymagdalene #naghammadi #sophia

The Gospel Of Thomas

Arguably the most famous Nag Hammadi text, the original Greek version of the Gospel of Thomas was discovered at Oxyrynchus in 1897. Unfortunately it was in fragments, so not until the complete Coptic text was unearthed at Nag Hammadi in 1945, did scholars realize what they had in their possession. It is the second tractate of Codex II in the Nag Hammadi library.

Although the Nag Hammadi Coptic version dates from the 4th century, the original Greek version could date from 50, making it even earlier than the New Testament gospels. This makes Gnosticism a valid spiritual – and Christian – tradition dating back to the time of the Apostles.

The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of 114 sayings of Jesus about salvation and life. In contrast to the New Testament gospels, which focus on the crucifixion and the resurrection, the Gospel of Thomas presents a figure of Jesus who does not die for anyone’s sins on the cross and does not rise from the dead on the third day.

The opening line is:  “These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote them down.”

Didymus (Greek) and Thomas (Aramaic) both mean ‘twin’. Scholars believe Judas Thomas is Jesus’s twin brother, but I believe it refers to Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ spiritual ‘other self’’. The interpretation of these saying can lead to salvation and life. Saying 1 states:- “Whoever discovers the interpretations of these sayings will not taste death.”

Jesus is portrayed not as the worker of miracles, healer of the sick or the raiser of the dead, but as a spiritual teacher: “Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds. When one finds, one will be troubled. When one is troubled, one will marvel and will reign over all.”  The emphasis here is on the personal nature of spiritual life: the journey of self-discovery involves inner turmoil – simple but not easy.

It is the disciple who has to walk the spiritual path, not Jesus. Saying 70 :- Jesus said,

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you will kill you”.It is not Christ’s death on the cross – of which no mention is made in the Gospel of Thomas – that will save, but regular spiritual practice and observing a moral code, outlined in Saying  6:

His disciples asked him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet shall we observe?” Jesus said, “Do not lie, and do not do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered that will remain undisclosed.”

Jesus advises his followers to be ‘passers by’ and not get embroiled in the world of those who don’t have the ears to hear the word of gnosis, and who busy themselves by proclaiming their own apparent righteousness. Saying  74 :  He said, “Master, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the well.”

These dogmatically religious people do not see reality as it is actually is, as Saying 113 suggests: His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?”

“It will not come by waiting for it. It will be not be said, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘ Look, ‘there it is’. Rather, the Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see it.”

A number of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas are especially cryptic, with a need for creative interpretation. The stakes are high. Those who find the true meaning are promised they will come to realize they are children of the living Father. Or as Jesus puts it in Saying 108:- “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to that person.”

The language of the concluding Saying 114 may appear shocking, but on further reflection another interpretation springs to mind:-

Simon Peter said to them, “Mary should leave us, for females are not worthy of life.” Jesus said, “Look, I shall guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter heaven’s kingdom.”

At this time women were insignificant and men formed the legitimate body of the community, but as Jesus accepted and promoted women I do not think this should be taken literally.       Rather, the female symbolizes what is earthly and perishable, the male what is heavenly and imperishable. So what is merely human (female) must be transformed into what is divine (male). In order for Mary Magdalene and Mary Salome to become disciples of Jesus they must transcend their human nature and so ‘become male’.

The Gospel of Thomas is a stark, beautiful, poetic document of wisdom, penned by Mary Magdalene in Alexandria, worthy of being one of the most celebrated texts from the Nag Hammadi Library.

Next blog: The Gospel of Philip, tractate 3 from codex II and one of the most stunningly original texts of the Nag Hammadi Library.

#jesus #marymagdalene #gnostic #naghammadi 

The Nag Hammadi Library

In December 1945, three Arab peasants made an astonishing archaeological discovery in Upper Egypt. Muhammad Ali and his two brothers were riding their camels to the Jabal al-Tarif in order to gather sabakh, a soft soil used to fertilize their crops. They unexpectedly hit a red earthenware jar, almost a metre high. Muhammad hesitated to break the jar, fearing the jar might contain a jinn, or a spirit, but he recalled stories of buried treasures, and his love of gold overcame his fear of jinn. He smashed the jar with his mattock, but when he peered excitedly inside all he could see was a collection of old books – thirteen papyrus books bound in leather.      These would become known as the codices of the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of early Christian and Gnostic texts.    

So why were these texts buried? The Nag Hammadi texts, and others like them, were denounced as heresy by orthodox Christians in the middle of the second century. Possession of such books was made a criminal offence and copies of such books were burned and destroyed. It is thought the Nag Hammadi texts were buried by monks from a nearby monastery in the 4th century.

These diverse texts range from secret gospels, poems and descriptions of the origin of the universe, to myths, magic and instructions for mystical practice. 

I stumbled across these gnostic texts whilst writing Apostle to Mary Magdalene and felt inspired to write two books, Mary Magdalene’s Legacy and Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy. I can recommend Marvin Meyer’s book or they are available to read for free on www.gnosis.org

CODEX I (also known as the Jung Codex) 

The Prayer of the Apostle Paul 

The Secret Book of James

The Gospel of Truth

The Treatise on the Resurrection     

The Tripartite Tractate

CODEX II 

The Secret Book of John

The Gospel of Thomas   

The Gospel of Philip           

The Hypostasis of the Archons 

On the Origin of the World 

The Exegesis of the Soul  

The Book of Thomas the Contender

CODEX III

The Secret Book of John      

Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit (The Gospel of the Egyptians)

Eugnostos the Blessed     

The Sophia of Jesus Christ     

The Dialogue of the Saviour

CODEX IV

The Secret Book of John  

Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit (The Gospel of the Egyptians)

CODEX V

Eugnostos the Blessed

The Revelation of Paul 

The First Revelation  of James    

The Second Revelation of James

The Gospel of Judas

CODEX VI

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles  

The Thunder, Perfect Mind

Authoritative Teaching   

The Concept of our Great Power  

Republic Plato (heavily modified with gnostic concepts)    

The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth – a Hermetic treatise

The Prayer of Thanksgiving – a Hermetic prayer            

Asclepius 21-29 – another Hermetic treatise

CODEX VII

The Paraphrase of Shem 

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth 

Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter  

The Teachings of Silvanus    

The Three Steles of Seth

CODEX VIII

Zostrianos      

The Letter of Peter to Philip

CODEX IX

Melchizedek               

The Thought of Norea        

The Testimony of Truth

CODEX X

Marsanes

CODEX XI

The Interpretation of Knowledge

An Exposition  

Hypsiphrone

CODEX XII

The Sentences of Sextus 

The Gospel of Truth    

Fragments

CODEX XIII

Trimorphic Protennoia     

On the Origin of the World

Although the gnostic gospels are assigned to the apostles, scholars are unable to agree on who actually wrote them.

In Mary Magdalene’s Legacy, I reveal that Mary Magdalene wrote Codices II, III and IV. Mary Magdalene also wrote the Gospel of Mary.

Her daughter Sarah wrote Codices I and V.

In Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy, Codices VI – XIII were written by Sarah’s three children, Mary, Anne and Judas.

This information came to me from my cellular memory and has been independently verified by a kinesiologist.

The Nag Hammadi Library extends to a mighty 800 pages and I am often asked which gospel one should read first. I always say the Gospel of Mary (see blog dated 22 October 2019), as it is short, but more importantly, written by Mary Magdalene.

I would like to share the highlighted tractates with you on my blog as reading the texts will communicate with your soul and change you on a cellular level – this has been my experience anyway! Their power and beauty is unbelievable.

I have already discussed the Secret Book of John (see blog dated 22 March 2021) so my next blog will be on the Gospel of Thomas.

#jesus #divinefeminine #sophia #marymagdalene #gnostic #naghammadi

The Flower Of Life

…and our Holographic Universe.

The ancient Flower of Life image is found on temple walls all over the world. In Egypt, it is found inside the Temple of Osiris and under the Great Pyramid.

The Flower of Life belongs to sacred geometry which believes that all life is part of a divine, geometric plan. From the invisible atom to stars in our galaxy. 

The Flower of Life is the primal language of the universe, pure shape and proportion. It reveals the harmonic energy patterns by which nature creates and designs. These geometric codes show parallels between patterns in flowers, snowflakes, shells and even the stars in our galaxy.

 Looking at the symbol has an emotional effect on the observer, whether they are conscious of it or not. It communicates with our soul.

It is called a flower because it represents the cycle of a fruit tree. The fruit tree makes a flower, which turns into a fruit; the fruit contains a seed, which falls to the ground, then grows into another fruit tree. Just 5 miraculous steps represent the cycle of life. 

In the middle of the Flower of Life are seven interconnected circles which if you take them out and draw a circle around them, would create an image called the Seed of Life.

Another image in this pattern is the Tree of Life:-

They fit perfectly together, one directly over the other.

“As above, so below. As within, so without. As with the universe, so with the soul.”

This is a quote from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. No one from the modern world has seen this brilliant green, crystalline stone covered with Phoenician text, but some believe it holds the secrets to the universe.                       

Our cells consist of molecules. Molecules consist of atoms. Atoms consist of electrons in constant motion around a nucleus.      This is similar to our understanding of our universe, with planets revolving around the sun.

In the Secret Book of John, the seven archons are linked with the seven planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Sun, Mercury and Moon. These planets have influence on our personality – of course we know the study of this is astrology.

It appears that the ancient texts, including the Secret Book of John, described not only the nature of our creator, but the flow of reality from eternity/spirit to nature and back in parable. 

So, the myth of Sophia has challenged quantum scientists to look at the universe differently.  Sophia is considered to be a frequency which manifests into certain humans and the material realm.                                                                                                                                                In other words, Sophia is the flow of reality from eternity into nature and back. 

The pleroma is linked to another frequency. 

The manifestation of Sophia may be representative of fractal energy – fractal energy fills the gaps between the symmetries of the very large and the very small.

Fractal energy has a very deep relationship with the golden mean ratio (GMR).   GMR establishes that ‘the small is to the large as the large is to the whole.’                                            Or, as above so below..                                                                                                                                                  This ratio has been venerated by every culture on the planet. We can find it in art, music composition, in our DNA and elsewhere in Nature hidden behind the Fibonacci sequence.

Science has proven that the presence of an observer in an experiment can change the outcome. This leads one to the conclusion that consciousness is all there is in the universe. Everything else is an illusion. In the words of Albert Einstein,                                                    “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Furthermore, the universe is a type of hologram.  The principle of the hologram is that each part contains within it the information that codes for the whole – all information exists non-locally. Everything is connected.

Swiss physicist Nassim Haramein published a paper in 2013 on ‘Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass’. He predicted the radius and mass of a proton and the information of all protons in the universe was represented in one single proton. In other words, a hologram. Furthermore, the hologram tiling was an ‘edge to edge tetrahedral array.’ The tetrahedron is derived from the Flower of Life symbol!

Haramein believes that ancient civilizations had contact with advanced civilizations – advanced physics on gravity and space time which we are only beginning to understand now. The answers are inside all of us within the holographic grid/ information network. Masters were highly connected with themselves and nature. They found a path to that information by connecting to the whole structure.                                                                    Everyone could do this.     

After I wrote this blog my evening meditation was surreal. It was beyond words. I became part of the whole universe- there was no separation. We can travel everywhere without going anywhere – the sky is not the limit!     It is just about awareness, going inside and tuning into the holographic connection with everything.                                                                       As Ratu Bagus would say, what are you waiting for?

#floweroflife #holographicuniverse #sophia

The Secret Book Of John

The Revelation of the Mysteries Hidden in Silence

As described in the Introduction of ‘Mary Magdalene’s Legacy’, in December 1945, three Egyptian peasants accidentally dug up an earthenware jar containing 13 ancient papyrus books. The peasants were bitterly disappointed, hoping they had found gold or treasure; well they had, just a different kind of treasure.

These books became known as the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of early Gnostic texts. The 13 books, or codices, contain 52 tractates. The Secret Book of John is the only text to appear in three copies and therefore considered to be the most important (no other text appears more than twice).

No one knows who wrote The Secret Book of John, or where it was written, but as all four copies were found in Egypt, it is reasonable to assume it was penned in Egypt.  I have my own theory as to who wrote it..

The Secret Book of John tells the story of the devolution of God from perfect Oneness to imprisonment into the material world. 

The subtitle, The Revelation of the Mysteries Hidden in Silence, refers to there being no words to describe the nature of God – he is completely ineffable – too great to be expressed in words.

The opening words are:-

“The teaching of the saviour, and the revelation of the mysteries and the things hidden in silence, even these things which he taught John, his disciple.” 

It starts with a narrative between John, son of Zebedee, and the ascended Jesus.    It then moves into mythical form, describing the full development of the mind of God – the pleroma or ‘fullness’. One aspect of God’s mind, wisdom – Sophia – seeks to express herself within the playing fields of creation in the form of humanity.     Sophia’s individual effort has disastrous results. Sophia creates an image which is not the full mind at all, but a monster named Yaldabaoth (Demiurge).

The fallout from this cosmic error occupies the rest of The Secret Book of John. Yaldabaoth creates a world based on his inadequate corrupted knowledge of the higher realms of God’s mind; earth and all living beings on it. This is an artificial world, a bad imitation of the real world. Yaldabaoth is a false God, who gnostics compare to the judgemental God of the Old Testament. Yaldabaoth also creates seven archons or rulers, demons who dominate this artificial world and imprison humanity in the material world.

To return Wisdom’s stolen power to God, a plan comes down from the pleroma. Yaldabaoth will be deceived so that he blows his power into a creature who will in turn restore that power to the higher realms. The divine realms are clearly revealed to Yaldabaoth and his demons, and they create a being based on that revelation. That being is Adam; he gains life and mobility only after Yaldabaoth’s power is blown into him.

The higher realms of God send down mental power symbolized as Eve to assist  Adam; as this is a myth they are both symbolic beings and not real people. Yaldabaoth and his demons scheme to imprison Adam and Eve in the material world, but the higher realms send down revelation to assist them.

The book concludes with a three-part hymn wherein revelation, called Providence, comes into the world to release us from bondage, for we are all Adam and Eve.                                    We are a living mythology..

Once again, as it is in mythological form, Providence is depicted as a person. In effect, Providence is the self-knowledge or gnosis that leads people to freedom from this material world. Possibly the most important sentence in the book is:-

“She taught Adam about the way he could ascend, which is the way he had descended.”   

The ending is optimistic; we remain forgetful of our true nature, but the Holy Spirit will eventually descend to everyone in this life or in a life to come.   We will all be eventually restored to the pleroma, the whole and united mind of God from where we originated long ago.

Personally, when I first read The Secret Book of John three years ago, I struggled with understanding it. But a myth is more than a story, it is a statement made in symbols. A symbol speaks to the soul, even when the mind does not understand. When a symbol touches the soul, there is a change, whether you are conscious of it or not.  

I recently returned to The Secret Book of John and my experience this time has been quite different. Layers of cynicism and resistance have fallen away, as I have come to appreciate the beauty and versatility of a myth to convey concepts way beyond language.                         My heart and soul never lie and they tell me this is the Truth.

In Mary Magdalene’s Legacy, I reveal that Mary Magdalene wrote codices II, III & IV whilst she was at the Lake Mareotis community she established in 33.

The Secret Book of John was her first transmission from Jesus – she assigned it to the apostle John as she knew no one would listen to anything a woman wrote!

If this appears all ‘pie in the sky’ to you please bear with me..

In my next blog, I will discuss how relevant this text is today and how these ancient texts contain advanced physics we are only just starting to understand. 900

#creation #gnostictexts #gnosticism #marymagdalene #sophia

The Gnostic View of Creation

Gnosis is a Greek word which means ‘insight’, an intuitive process of knowing oneself. And to know oneself, is to know human nature and human destiny.

All religious traditions acknowledge the world is imperfect. Few are able to account for all the pain and suffering that exists in our world.

Gnostics believe the world is flawed because it was created in a flawed manner. Gnostics believe there is a true, ultimate and transcendent God, who is beyond all created universes and never created anything. The basic gnostic myth refers to Aeons, intermediate deific beings who exist between the ultimate true God and ourselves. The Aeons and the true God comprise the realm of Pleroma (Fullness), the totality of divine powers.

Sophia (Wisdom) is one of the aeons who, from her own volition, emanated a flawed consciousness called the Demiurge. The Demiurge then created Earth and all living things which are also flawed.   In effect, humanity is the product of a cosmic error!

Sophia

The Demiurge was also the creator of the Archons or rulers to keep humanity in order.

Demiurge

Human nature mirrors the duality found in the world; consisting of a perishable physical component made by the false God, the Demiurge, and a fragment of the divine essence from the true God, referred to as the divine spark, or the I AM.                                                        The gnostic’s mission is to liberate that divine spark.

Human beings are often unaware of this divine spark within them. The Demiurge and his Archons are intent upon keeping men and women ignorant of their true nature and destiny. All our earthly attachments keep us enslaved to these lower cosmic rulers. Death releases the divine spark, but unless the individual has attained gnosis prior to death, they will reincarnate back into the physical world. 

Fortunately, Messengers of Light, or Avatars, have been sent from the true God to assist us in our quest for gnosis. Jesus is considered the main saviour figure by gnostics. 

In the gnostic texts Jesus speaks of illusion and enlightenment, not of sin and repentance. Instead of redeeming us from our sins, he comes as a guide to aid our spiritual understanding. When the individual attains enlightenment, Jesus is no longer their spiritual master – they become equal.

Gnosticism encourages us to become a ‘being in the world, but not of it’, a lack of egotism, and a respect for the freedom and dignity of all other beings.

In the fullness of time, with conscious effort, every spiritual being will be reunited with its higher self and be able to enter the Pleroma.

Most gnostic texts are written in mythical form to convey a deeper, underlying meaning. A myth is not only a story, it is a statement made in symbols. The language of the unconscious is symbolic. A symbol speaks directly to the soul, even when the mind does not understand. When a symbol touches the soul there is a change. Every myth takes its origin in inspiration, from the Latin inspirare, a message from the spirit, the breath of life. The spirit speaks from the cosmos, and gives us answers to the unanswered. Meeting this spirit fulfils a destiny way beyond our material world and these texts are trying to show us the way.

The gnostics believe Jesus only imparted advance teachings to the spiritual elite while withholding them from the uninitiated.

In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said,     “I disclose my mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries.” 

In my next blog, I will be discussing The Secret Book of John, considered to be the most important and valued gnostic text from the Nag Hammadi Library.

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Akhenaten And The Essenes

Akhenaten’s consciousness was very high and he aimed to teach immortality in his mystery school– during his reign he achieved this with 300 of his followers – almost all women. 

When you become immortal, your memory remains intact and you are conscious from them on. It means you stay in the body as long as you want (unless you are murdered) – when you want to leave, you leave. This is the Egyptian definition of eternal life – continuous unbroken memory.

How did Akhenaten do this? Well, nothing was written down in the mystery schools for fear of misuse and harm to the uninitiated.

According to the Bible, there were two trees in the Garden of Eden – the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is associated with immortality. After Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge, they are driven out before they eat from the Tree of Life:-

The Lord God said,The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to eat from the tree of life and live for ever.’” Genesis 3:22

Botanist and pharmacologist  Dennis McKenna has identified Acacia Nilotica, found in Egypt, as a possible Tree of Life. Its bark contains large quantities of DMT, the most powerful hallucogen known to man. DMT is also a natural brain hormone made in the pineal gland, associated with spiritual transcendence. A potential route to immortality?

Acacia Nilotica

Akhenaten became very unpopular with the authorities as he had dispensed with both the priesthood and the military (he was a pacifist and refused to go to war) so they murdered him.  The authorities were so fearful of Akhenaten they removed all evidence of his existence. Fortunately, in the last century, archaeologists have unearthed remains and pieced his life together.   

Akhenaten foresaw his own fate and knew his life would become encoded in the akashic records for eternity. His legacy was the 300 students who had achieved spiritual immortality.  

These 300 students later migrated to Masada, Israel and formed the Essene Brotherhood. The 300 became the ‘inner circle’ and others who joined later became the ‘outer circle’. 

Mary mother of Yeshua, was one of the 300, and Joseph was part of the outer circle. 

Around 200 years before the birth of Yeshua, the leader of the Qumran Essene community had a vision; an Angel told him that a great Avatar, the Messiah, would come to Earth through the Essenes. But for this to occur, they must follow certain disciplines in order to create a physical body capable of withstanding the powerful vibrations of the Christ Spirit, as well as a group energy powerful enough to open an ‘energy vortex’ into this space-time dimension through which Christ would enter.

The Essene communities were the doorway, Yeshua was the Avatar.

The Gospel of Philip says:- ‘Three women always walked with the Master: Mary his mother, her sister, and Mary of Magdala, who is called his companion..’ and ‘Mary (Magdalene) understood him above all others.’

In my book ‘Mary Magdalene’s Legacy’, after the crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea took Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary and her inner circle to Alexandria, Egypt where she set up an Essene community at Lake Mareotis. 

This is where Mary Magdalene carried on the teaching of the Law and transmitted Yeshua’s teachings – the Gnostic texts which later became known as the Nag Hammadi library.

So what is the link between Akhenaten and Yeshua? They were both very high consciousness, energy masters, pacifists, taught the Law, and murdered by the authorities. 

My cellular memory tells me they were the ‘same energy but different body’. 

Undoubtedly there is someone with a similar level of consciousness alive today..

History tends to repeat itself and truth is stranger than fiction..

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The Essene Tree Of Life

Man has been aware of invisible forces in the universe as far back as records exist. All cultures have used symbolism to express man’s relationship to these forces. This mystical symbol which has been imbedded in almost all religions and teachings is called the Tree of Life. The tree is believed to have healing properties and its fruits grant immortality. 

In Buddhism, the Tree of Life is known as the Bhodi-tree and is believed to be the Tree of Enlightenment. It was under this tree that Buddha reached enlightenment so is seen as a very sacred symbol.

In Judaism, Moses (1391- 1271BC) is considered their most important prophet and credited as being the giver of the Law of One when he came down from Mount Sinai, Egypt in 1313 BC, with two tablets of stone.  

However, remember Akhenaten from Mary Magdalene’s Legacy and my blog dated 6 November 2019? He was the first Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 1351-1334BC. He also taught the Law in his Law of One mystery school. So Akhenaten may have pipped Moses to the post, but more on him and his connection with the Essenes later.

The Law governs all that takes place in the universe, and all other universes. The Law creates life and it creates thought. The sum total of life on all the planets in the universe was termed the cosmic ocean of life. And the sum total of currents of thought in the universe was called the cosmic ocean of thought. These two cosmic oceans formed a dynamic unity of which man is an inseparable part. Every human being is an individualized part of the unity. This unity is the Law, the Eternal Light. 

The abstract idea of the Law was incorporated into the symbol of a tree, called the Tree of Life. It portrayed man as a unit of energy, with thoughts and emotions constantly communing with the totalities of energies in the universe.  

The Essenes added to the Tree Angelology – the Science of the Angels. The Essenes petitioned the assistance of these angelic Ones in all aspects of everyday life.

The Essenes were aware of dark forces but only recognized the positive and constructive forces in the universe. The Essene Tree of Life represented 14 positive forces, seven of them heavenly or cosmic forces, and seven earthly forces. The Tree has seven roots reaching down into the earth and seven branches extending up towards heaven, symbolising man’s relationship to both earth and heaven.

The centre branch represents God, the centre root Mother Nature. The seven roots represented earthly forces and powers; Mother Earth, the Angel of Earth, the Angel of Life, the Angel of Joy, the Angel of the Sun, the Angel of Water and the Angel of Air. The seven branches represented cosmic powers; the Heavenly Father and his Angels of Eternal Life, Creative Work, Peace, Power, Love and Wisdom. These were the Essene angels of the visible and invisible worlds.

Man, in the centre of the Tree, was surrounded by the heavenly angels above and the earthly angels below. 

They also understood each heavenly force to have an earthly force corresponding to it. These corresponding heavenly and earthly forces were placed on the Essene Tree of Life diagonally opposite, one above and one below man. This made it clear how inextricably linked we are to all the forces, cosmic and terrestrial, and how essential it was to be in perfect harmony with each and every one of the forces and angels. This required constant, conscious, daily effort, but was considered the most important activity in life. Attunement to the angels was known as Communion, every morning and evening. 

In addition, at noon each day of the week, they prayed for peace – the Sevenfold Peace. Peace with the Body, Peace with the Mind, Peace with the Family, Peace with Humanity, Peace with Culture, Peace with the Earthly Mother and Peace with the Heavenly Father.

For years I have struggled with meditation and my monkey mind but the Essene Tree of Life has transformed it.

I visualise myself seated in this large oak tree which I can see from my bedroom window, nestling in an egg shape at the base of the trunk. I feel like I am in Mother Earth’s womb – the safest place in the world. I give thanks to the angel of the day and drop into my heart (I explain this fully in ‘Apostle to Mary Magdalene’ under ‘Unity Breath’). A timeless place of love and peace where I escape my judgemental mind, and the words I hear are from my soul voice, my truth. It takes practice, of course, but I take heart from the Essenes who quietly and selflessly dedicated their lives to others.

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