The Fall and The Climb

The Fall and The Climb

By Jordan Cote
 

What is humanity


The pattern of fall and redemption needs its own treatise, so I will go into depth about Creation here. I use primarily Gnostic texts as source material. These are mostly Christian books that were not included in the Bible. Much about humanity can be gleaned from discussion of the 'fall' and 'redemption'.

The text of Turner affirms "the ascent is the descent". While it doesn't mean that the fall is actually ascension, but is part of it. After the descent, one can 'go back' where he began. This whole process can be thought of as ascension because, having gained experience in traversal, the place to which he returns he might even surpass.  

The story of Adam, Eve and the 'forbidden fruit' describes a 'fall'. The fruit is that of Knowledge. They obtain knowledge - but experience a falling out with their Maker. It is what some refer to as 'Fall from Grace'. They did not retain the favor of their Maker, as he cursed them. He punished all of mankind it was not limited to the beginning. The earthlings, however, at least had enough Grace to clothe themselves as they must have been feeling quite uncomfortable given the situation.

To live and to have life


In the eternal realms, the word clothing has a somewhat different meaning.

"though clothed in eternal life. He stripped off the perishable rags and clothed himself in incorruptibility, which no one can take from him."
"On garments clothing the soul, and on putting on perfect humanity as a garment, cf. Gospel of Mary 15; 18. On garments of light and life given to those who enter the bridal chamber, cf. Dialogue of the Savior 138– 39."

What does that have to do with Adam and Eve supposedly having grace and even mercy, even though they partook and 'disobeyed'? Well, humans have 'created' bodies. A body is something which can be 'put on' and 'striped off' by the soul. This makes it possible for a veritable wardrobe of clothing one can 'inhabit' or wear.

Humans - though made lower than Angels - have more potential than an Angel. This is quite clear upon cursory examination of the situation or 'human condition'. We are born into labor and we suffer death. In addition, we suffer the suffering as anxiety or fear of things that have not even happened. 



Despite this condition, the worship did not cease, and humans don't blame the Maker for all the conditions and ultimatums set before them continually. Simple requests like eating from the tree of life so they would not die are denied and he also punishes them just for asking. Humans seem to have Mercy on their Creator. It is clear humans that endure the 'trials and tribulations' might therefore be considered higher than those who have not.

The story

"The aeon of truth has no shadow < within > it because infinite light shines everywhere within it. There is a shadow, however, outside it, and the shadow has been called darkness. From the shadow appeared a power set over the darkness, and the powers that came afterward called the shadow limitless chaos. From it [every] sort of deity emerged, [one after] another, along with the whole world. So [the shadow] came after something that existed in the beginning, and then it became visible. The abyss also came from Pistis, whom we have mentioned. "

"The shadow sensed that there was one stronger than it. It was jealous, and when it became pregnant by itself, all of a sudden it gave birth to envy. Since then the principle of envy has appeared in all the aeons and their worlds. But envy turned out to be an aborted fetus, without any spirit in it, and it came into being as a shadow in an expanse of watery substance. Bitter wrath came into being from the shadow and was cast into a region of chaos."

"After these things happened, Pistis came and appeared over chaotic matter, which had been expelled like an aborted fetus, without any spirit in it. For chaos is all limitless darkness and unfathomable water. When Pistis saw what came into being from her deficiency, she was disturbed."


"And her disturbance appeared as something frightful, and it fled to her in the chaos. She turned to it and [blew] into its face in the abyss, below all of the heavens. When Pistis Sophia wanted to cause this thing with no spirit to be made into a likeness of the divine and rule over matter and all its powers, for the first time an archon appeared, out of the waters, lionlike in appearance, androgynous, with great authority in himself but ignorant of where he came from. "

"When Pistis Sophia saw him moving in the depth of the waters, she said to him, “Young man, move over here,” which is the meaning of Yaldabaoth. Since then the faculty of speech has come to expression, and the faculty of speech pertains to the gods, angels, and people. The gods, angels, and people have brought to completion what has come into being by means of the word. The ruler Yaldabaoth is ignorant of the power of Pistis. He did not see her face, but in the water he saw the likeness that spoke to him, and from that voice he called himself Yaldabaoth. Those who are perfect call him Ariael, because he is like a lion. After Yaldabaoth assumed authority over matter, Pistis Sophia withdrew up to her light."

 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaldabaoth
A name for the Ruler, Maker or Creator. Also called Demuirge.
Usual name of the same. Jehovah.
Another interpretation of that name, meaning Lord.
Also a member of the Egyptian Pantheon.
Surprisingly, another one of his names is Satan.

"He said, “I am God, and there is no other but me.” When he said this, he sinned against all the immortals who speak forth, and they watched him carefully. When Pistis saw the impiety of the supreme ruler, she became angry. Without being seen, she said, “You are wrong, Samael”— which means “blind god.” “An enlightened, immortal human exists before you and will appear within the forms you have shaped. The human will trample upon you as potter’s clay is trampled, and you will descend with those who are yours to your mother the abyss. And when your work comes to an end, all the deficiency that appeared from truth will be dissolved. It will cease to be, and it will be like what never was.”"

The void


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenoma
"the kingdom of this world, the region of matter and material things, the land of shadow and darkness. Here is the empire of the Demiurge or Creator, who is not a celestial Æon at all, but was born in this very void over which he reigns. Here reside all those phenomenal, deceptive, transitory things, of which the eternal counterparts are found only in the pleroma"

At some point, the demuirge was supplanted by one of his offspring. Sabaoth, who rebelled against his father and turned to Pistis Sophia. He was made Ruler of Heaven and Earth. But the 'chief creator' still seems to have been the Demuirge. And his other offspring - the archons - remained as wicked deities.

Faith and Expectations



Many perform or undergo 'sacraments' such as baptism for the forgiveness of sins. The origins of baptism trace back to priests to keep their selves and garments clean for ritual sacrifice, where they would burn some kind of 'animal' on a special altar. This is referred to as burnt offering and it is mentioned in the Bible 260 times.

One of the more popular examples of ritual sacrifice is Abram and his son on top of a mountain. Since a lamb or a ram was supplied by the 'Lord' it is supposedly ok.


Why would God provide something for his own appeasement. The animal meant nothing to Abram so it does not even reasonably qualify as a sacrifice. The only thing perhaps sacrificed was his dignity when he lied to and drew a blade on his son.

Later he took the blade to himself and all his sons and servants, namely, circumcised them. This extreme act, which he performed, is referred to as the Lord's covenant ('agreement') with mankind. He was promised that his own descendents would be numerous as the stars, and held in great renown. But how can one man make an agreement with God on behalf of everyone else, in a way so that it is only he who benefits from it? 

People are afraid that the LORD might punish them for merely requesting their own existence, autonomy or free will. Maybe they don't want it, maybe they would rather be able to deliver a constant stream of supplications in prayer. As if it wasn't the LORD who knows what's best for them.

Virgin sacrifice


And Sodom and Gomorrah were set to be destroyed. Abraham's newphew Lot who was said to be righteous offered his engaged virgin daughters up to the men of these cities when they said they desired the angels who escorted him. The angels were capable of defending themselves as demonstrated when they levelled the entire metropolis (Lot knew it in advance). 

Jephthah the Gileadite offered his daughter up to the 'Almighty' as a 'burnt offering'. He did not offer her up out of reverence, rather, in exchange for being able to slaughter many people. Having his prayers answered he 'devastated twenty cities' and set off to have his only daughter, a virgin, burned up on an altar.

Truth and Belief


Knowledge of self and (the real) God is called gnosis. This is obtained by searching within, where the spark of light of God resides. Within the body, within the soul. Because of bodily needs and the ego, this is not an easy task. There are distractions, temptations, reincarnations, and terrors potentially blocking the path. Even though a Dark god (or Dark angel) has made it so we cannot progress, we might find our true home and be purified and empowered by means of some mode of astral projection when called by God.

The redemption, as it's told, culminates in obtaining eternal life (from some 'fruit') and a drinking (of 'living waters'). The church may claim that they (routinely) use the water of life to perform baptisms, and that this water is the Holy Spirit... if it was then we would be drinking it and obtaining eternal life already. 

The "sojourn" from unity (pleroma) down into the kenoma and back gives the individual souls the opportunity to become one of those who "truly exist", or in other words to reach the level of the authentic existents of the Aeon Barbelo. This is very far from and unlike this World. It is not what is called Heaven, it is beyond heaven. It is the domain of our beginnings. There are said to be baptisms at each stage of the ascention portion of the journey. These baptisms are followed by a chrism, and a coronation. It could occur out of body or in a trance, while living, "after" life (or, between lives).

Unexpected magnificence 



"For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."

Note that Grace is credited for this by the Catholic Church proper. In an Effort to 'Clarify' the meaning of their own Catechism, they do not 'write off' theosis nor divinization as heresies. It is sad though that most 'believers' will simply go into panic mode upon the mere mention of becoming God and call the person referring to it as a heretic. 

So while the Catholic Church says the highest attainment is 'participating' in some of God's attributes (goodness, holiness, and love), they say other attributes are not obtainable (omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and absolute simplicity).

Meanwhile,
Priests do not ask God to consecrate the eucharist. Instead they say that it is their body and blood, but it is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, because they are Jesus Christ.


Perfection seems to be a daunting task, and maybe it is. But it costs more in the long run to not heed your authentic self. 

"Resurrection is essential. Many do not believe in it and few find it, so let us discuss it in our treatise."

This is seemingly how one will know whether they are perfect. That is therefore tantamount to undergoing 'resurrection while living' and not 'after death'.


"Since we are visibly present in this world, we wear the garment of the world. From the Savior we radiate like beams of light, and we are sustained by him until our sunset, our death in this life. We are drawn upward by him, like rays by the sun, and nothing holds us down. This is the resurrection of the spirit, which swallows the resurrection of the soul and the resurrection of the flesh."


Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition, pp. 568, Turner J.D.:
"enter the circle of those devotees by an act of repentance ("change of mind")"

This text has several examples based on the Gnostic source material, such as Marsanes. They have out of body experiences and are taken to higher places above even Celestial planes. To the Mormons, the Celestial sphere is the highest level attainable by Man. But to Gnostics, this is still part of that which is called simply 'Nature'.

To escape from it and to ascend further is the Gnostic's primary concern. After the soul leaves Nature he descends and comes back into the body. This is still spiritual ascent (root word for ascetic) because after returning and having been spiritually resurrected, he can then serve to be an encouragement and guide for others as proof that it is possible.

Conclusion


To leave the world and come back in such a way is spiritual resurrection where gnosis has been aquired as direct experience. It isn't something someone can perform like a ritual. Rituals are inseperable from expectation. People expect God will do something specific if they do something special for God.

But cleansing ritual is performed as if the passing of time does not continually change the present. That is, the present becomes past, it is then nothing more than what is any human memory or thought, no matter how many people have it. This sounds like Grace. Paradoxically, Ritual behavior resurfaces the past memories and thoughts by the act of trying to 'get rid' of them. 

But dreams are like proof of the transience of this world. The past is like a dream remembered before the memory of it fades. While in the dream, one does not think, "I am dreaming". Likewise, in daily life one does not think, "this isn't real".




"The names of worldly things are utterly deceptive, for they turn the heart from what is real to what is unreal. Whoever hears the word “god” thinks not of what is real but rather of what is unreal."

He went on to say, “Do your best to save what can come after [me], and seek it and speak through it, so that whatever you seek may be in harmony with you. For I [say] to you, truly the living God [is] in you, [138] [as you also are] in God.”

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