THE FOG – Gospel of Gnosis
The Gospel of Truth
The Gospel of Truth was acquired by the Carl Gustav Jung Institute in Zurich in 1951. It was intended as a birthday present to the famous psychologist. For this reason, this codex is typically known as the Jung Codex. The author of the Gospel of Truth is attributed to Valentinus who was one of the most influential Gnostic Christian teachers of the second century A.D. He founded a movement which spread throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Despite persecution by the Catholic Church, the Valentinian school endured for over 600 years and its influence persists even today.
The Gospel of Truth
“Those whose name he knew in advance were called at the end, so that one who has knowledge is the one whose name the Father has uttered. For he whose name has not been spoken is ignorant. Indeed, how is one to hear, if his name has not been called?”
“Having entered into the empty territory of fears, Jesus passed before those who were stripped by forgetfulness, being both knowledge and perfection, proclaiming the things that are in the heart of the Father, so that he became the wisdom of those who have received instruction.”
The above passages refer to an awakening brought about through the acquiring of knowledge, and the dismissal of that which is not real, namely fear. Fear is not real because it does not come from the Father. That which is not light is not from the Father. Having this knowledge one does the will of the one who called him, he wishes to be pleasing to him, he receives rest. Each one’s name comes to him. He who is to have knowledge in this manner knows where he comes from and where he is going.
As we assess the current state of Global affairs this passage is even more relevant for us all today. How many of us know where we come from or where we are going. For our part St Francis Church of Holy Light is a very poor and small parish. We do not have the resources which other church’s or institutions possess. As such we cannot help the masses but we can make a difference to some. We can approach the gospel from the individual perspective of Christ consciousness. We can stimulate the healing light of gnosis which resides within each and every one of us so each of us can try as best as we can, within our given state of grace, to live the enlightening gospel of gnosis.
The Starfish Story
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. He then said, “It made a difference to that one”!
As more and more people live their lives according to this starfish principle we will be introduced to something deeper and more socially relevant. For instance starfish have a decentralized neural structure permitting regeneration. Some species of starfish are able to reproduce asexually. Some species of starfish have the ability to regenerate lost arms and can regrow an entire new limb given time. This starfish view of the world can open our eyes and awaken the psyche to new models of community living. This new model of self-regeneration is the decentralization of power and wealth.
This idea of decentralization is becoming a more relevant and practical way to interact within our global community. Decentralization does not recognize man made boundaries much the same as pollution or the movement of refuge’s do not recognize these same man made boundaries. To see how this new starfish approach to individual and global affairs can become a reality we only have to look at the example of the decentralized organization of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is a leaderless community which has evolved into a worldwide fellowship of recovery from alcoholism. In this same fashion decentralization can rescue democracy from political pathocracy. So what is pathocracy?
A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people.
St Francis Church is an autocephalous decentralized Church. What this means is we operate much like AA. We are a consensus church which follows a naturally occurring life system which is decentralized and concerned for the greater good. Our goal is to promote union through the equal sharing of resources and wealth. In our opinion any system which does not promote the common good is doomed to eventually exhaust itself. And once exhaustion sets in implosion and collapse follows. Throughout humankind we have seen this cycle of collapse repeat it’s self over and over again. So what needs to change? This is where we need to examine the science of ponerology.
In theology, ponerology (from Greek poneros, “evil”) is a study of evil. Major subdivisions of the study are the nature of evil, the origin of evil, and evil in relation to the Divine Government. Knowing this helps us create a language to identify all the smiling faces of greed. It gives us a vocabulary that puts evil into a context which normal people can understand and relate to. This will allow normal people like you and me to take power away from psychopathic elitist who use charm to persuade us to fight their wars and sacrifice our lives to keep them in positions of power. Understanding this language normal people will be able to relegate corporate pathocracy to positions in society which can no longer cause injury to the common good. In short charming psychopaths in suits will no longer be able to create conflict and then drain the economy through public funded bailouts.
Once we acknowledge that sociopaths and psychopaths exist and are naturally drawn to political life on Wall Street we can fight back. Not by burnings or inquisitions. But by embracing these dysfunctional personality types and not electing them to places of power. They must be permitted to live their lives outside of the power structures of normal people. In other words we don’t let them run Corporations, Banks or the Federal Reserve. After all what would you expect of a psychopath who is given this type of power. As the story goes, why would a man who befriends a poisonous snake be surprised when the snake bites him. So let us now turn to the antidote to this venomous ponerology.
Agathology is the Doctrine of the Good. It is comprised of normal people who bond together and create sharing communities and consensus governments. These new visions are but relics of the past which were never given a chance due to the overwhelming immaturity of the human race. But as we humans mature we can also find kind innovated methods to reinvent ourselves. We can awaken to new business models which foster connectedness not confrontation. Once we humans wake up to gnosis we can also wake up to new ways of doing business and new ways to share the planet with all of life’s inhabitants.
Mother Earth is calling all life on this planet to a place of rest and love. And where do we find this loving rest? It is through the gift of gnosis. And where do we begin to experience this gnosis? We begin by living the gospel of gnosis. So in plain language we must live the good news of the awakened life. And how do we wake up? We wake up by experiencing the divine healing along the many pathways of life. These pathways will bring the soul on a journey which is personal and continuously evolving.
For once you look into the eye of gnosis your life will be changed forever. Once you see the truth there is no turning back to the fog of the past. There will become only one option. More liberating truth of gnosis at any cost. For the true cost of living a life without gnosis becomes unbearable. The seductions of a world full of illusion are no longer an option. So as you look into the eye of gnosis you will conquer fear and become more aware of the unlimited greed of mortals.
The good news tells us that if we give a man a fish he will eat for a day. But if we teach a man to fish he will eat forever. This is what it means to awaken to gnosis. As we wake up to gnosis we can sustain our souls forever on the divine nourishment which comes to us from the selfhood of Christ consciousness.
So let us all become fishers of men by experiencing the healing grace of divine self-awareness. Let our future priest and priestesses be filled with the self-knowledge of gnosis. Not the self-delusional pathocracy of dogmatic greed.
It is always interesting to see how history treats its social visionaries. For example, throughout most of his life, the writings of Thomas Paine inspired passion, but also brought him great criticism. He communicated visionary ideas to common farmers as easily as to intellectuals. He had a grand vision for society. He was staunchly anti-slavery, and he was one of the first to advocate a world peace organization and social security for the poor and elderly. But his radical views on religion would destroy his success, and by the end of his life, only a handful of people attended his funeral. So I will end this blog with the quote of a man who dared to challenge the religious establishment of his day.
“The World is my country,
all mankind are my brethren,
and to do good is my religion.”