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Darkness Does not Mean Absence of Light

Darkness and light. While we could assume one came before the other, there is no evidence to substantiate such a claim. Thus, we must invoke Hermetic Principles. Everything is dual, containing its opposite.  With this said, darkness nor light existed before the other because each contains the other. Light harbors darkness and darkness defines light. As each gives shape to the other, what might their significance be?

     Alice Bailey suggests equality and inequality. In the dark, all are equal.  Why should all be equal in darkness? The answer is quite simple, we are unable to see the flaws of others. Close your eyes and describe the person across from you. If no one is there, describe what is immediately in front of you. It’s difficult. The typical person will describe those aspects that resonate with them. Those that do not are left out. This doesn’t mean those aspects are not there, only that the one describing them is blind to them. Darkness does not erase inequality. Darkness merely shrouds inequality. Would this mean that light exposes every weakness?

     Potentially, light reveals all. If any believe this, then they are still in the dark. Light reveals only that which is exposed to it and only then if the observer is sensitive to it. For the most part, light reveals what is glaringly obvious. Disfigurement, skin tone, and garb are an extremely short list of what is glaringly obvious when we are revealed by the light. For many, that is all that is needed, and often that is too much. Light does not reveal what lays beneath the surface, just as the sun does not reveal what lays beneath the ground. What role does light play with dark?

     Darkness is akin to ignorance. Ignorance exists in two forms. The first is uninformed and the second is willfully uninformed. For clarity, we’ll define ignorant as willfully uninformed. All others are unaware. To be unaware is to have never been exposed. This would mean those who are ignorant have been exposed and have chosen not to see what is before them. If some have chosen not to see, do they remain in the dark? Before answering that, we must consider why a person may chose not to see.

     Beliefs are the filters used to comprehend the world around us. There are no facts required, only agreement because with it comes harmony. When that harmony is disrupted, people tend to be more than just offended. They are often overcome with the desire to defend their belief because without it, they become exposed.

     They say knowledge is power. However, all the knowledge in the world is useless unless one understands and can apply it. Understanding allows us to apply what we know. If we do not comprehend what we are exposed to, we remain in the dark. Some will choose to gain an understanding while others will simply ignore the information. Before we can ignore something, we must first be exposed to it.

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Alive or Dying

A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived, in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Ever since Christ came the world is created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother.


     This is taken from the Gospel of Philip, which is a collection of sayings. There is no fluid thought pattern exhibited, only an underlying current of ideology. It is wholly Christian with Gnostic interpretation. Our focus is not separation but of demonstration.


     A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived, in order that he may die. Loosely interpreted, a Gentile is one who is not Jewish, but this is too obvious. If we consider the indications of the Hebrews being the chosen children, then the term Gentile becomes equated with those who are not chosen, and because they are not the children of God, as loosely interpreted, they were never alive. We can also interpret this as being one who is asleep or spiritually dead or one who is not aware of the world and is not alive. Being alive is equated with awareness. Awareness is more than just being aware of the temperature outside, the status of our stocks, or if our lunch was worth the money. This is nothing more than information to be evaluated. Awareness is about perception and how we interpret life’s events and our relationship to them. Many are barely aware of the effect they have upon life, much less the influence they impose on others. Those who routinely get out of bed only to go work and return to bed with the occasional interlude between may find themselves oblivious. This is not life. At least, not the life being referred to.


     He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Some come to the realization there is more to life than the aforementioned routine. They know this, they believe this, but do not know how to discover this. Our ignorance is what puts us in danger of dying because it is written time and time again. Those who drink from the fount of the Living Water shall not perish. Those who desire to experience more intimately shall not come to an end. Those who believe and desire this are restless for they are trying to awaken to something new. There are two deaths. They struggle against both. The one is what we call a spiritual death. The second is physical death. When they become aware of the life around them, aware of thoughts, emotions, and the awareness of others they no longer struggle against death for it no longer has a hold on them. Death can no longer hold them because there is no fear of Death. This is what is implied, they will not die because there is no end.


     Ever since Christ came the world is created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. Christ is the light that reveals, the Savior leading us out of ignorance. When the light of life is revealed, we create a new vision, a new world. No longer do we reside in the world of darkness because a light emanates from us, attracting those like us, we become like a city adorned. The dead carried out is our ignorance of life.


     When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother. As Hebrews, we were the children of God, but did not know God. Foremost, we must be clear, we are not talking about ethnicity but in a nature of symbolism. We knew only our Mother and received nurturing for our Father was elsewhere, meaning that God dwelt outside of us. We had no father and were impotent. As Christians they gained a father. We must be careful. If we continue with the mainstream thought of Christians as followers of Christ, we lose the meaning. If we see Christians as followers of the teachings of Christ, then they have become part of the Light. We now have something much deeper. Gnostic teaching suggests the Light is both male and female and unifies the two. As beings of the Light, we gain the ability to multiply, to increase, to create, to become aware. Esoterically, Mother is the highest aspect of receptivity. Female energy is emotional energy and left to its own leads to confusion. Only with male energy, intelligence, is it able to fulfill its nature, which is to complete, to nurture. Christ taught us the Father resides within, and through this teaching we are able to unify Mother and Father, becoming the Son. The Son is of Father and Mother and is able to nurture, which is to influence. Male energy acts upon female energy because it is receptive. As orphans, we were left in confusion because we did not understand. We, like those who are filled with emotions and know not what to do, lacked the ability to apply them intelligently. Through intelligence, we gain experience and are able to use our emotions wisely. We must also beware of intelligence without emotion, for it lacks understanding. As orphans coming to the Light, we gain understanding.


     Religion is never about the obvious once the cover has been drawn back. Once revealed, we are obligated to seek hidden meanings, even if those meanings reside with us. We are being introduced to a different interpretation of the term Christian, which is about a different experience of life. There is the common life witnessed by all, and there is another life just beneath or above.

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Divine Glory

Consciousness is said to be the seat of real life. We will refer to this expression as something other than the functioning of the body. We may think of consciousness as the formation of thoughts and feelings, or emotions, followed by action. The application of consciousness may be linear or logical, a lack of substance, esoteric, or philosophical. These refer to how we may experience life, from moment to moment, chaotic, or meaningful. Each must travel these paths. People may move from one to another, while others may appear to be stuck on a single pathway.


     The experience of life begins as an intensity of sensation, emotions, and brief encounters of deep awareness. The desire to immerse ourselves in these events often cause us to separate from the true nature of life, self, and the Kingdom within. We shall describe the true nature as one of fellowship, nurturing, and harmony. We shall also suggest this is the path of discovery of the Kingdom within.


     Many have spoken of returning from whence we came, however, if we are to subscribe to the Natural Laws, our purpose is not to return from whence we came, but to continue to progress and expand, to become like the Father within, ever expanding. While teachings are often of detachment from the physical and emotional aspects of being, we are suggesting the refinement and merging of physical and emotional being. We do this through experiential means. We do this through expansion of awareness of life. We accomplish this through the exploration of thought and emotion. Our emotions are rife with messages if we take the time to explore their source. It is not the event that trigger emotional responses of behavior, it is the perception of the event[1] that gives rise to anger or joy. How we evaluate our surroundings, those who are about, how we chose to view the world, all are the source of acceptance, indifference, or opposition.


     Our insistence for separation and division veils the Divine Glory within. Yet, it is this separation and division we must comprehend before seeking unification of self and community. Through experience is wisdom developed and through wisdom comes Divine understanding. Within resides the Divine Mystic and the Divine Occultist, neither of them is superior to the other. They are Divine. The Mystic experiences Divine union through purification, illumination, and unification of self. The Occultist experiences Divine union through concentration, meditation, and contemplation. These are the tools of preference.


     The religious experience we aspire towards is subjective, only the individual can experience this. Yet, in its highest form it attains union with all life, with all creation. Passionate desires become aligned with the ultimate goal, to perceive love through the transcendental experience of creation. Nature evolves towards greater heights of existence, of experience, through the simple act of sharing. To evolve, we must be kind; we must nurture all.



Quackenbush, R. L. (2001). Comparison and contrast between belief system theory and cognitive theory. The Journal of Psychology, 123(4), 315-328.

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[1] (Quackenbush, 2001)

Faith is to Receive

     One of the many verses that easily comes to mind in the Gnostic Gospel of Philip is that Faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe; but it is so that we may love and give, since if one does not give in love, he has no profit from what he has given.[1]


      Love gives, it is the active energy of the Universe. It is also known as the initiator. When love gives, it nurtures. When we nurture another, we are giving love. Faith is to receive love. Faith is associated with trust or belief. We don’t believe that is what is implied. No one can receive anything without faith. It's not trust. Anyone can receive without trust. We do so with caution. Again, that is not what we believe Jesus may have been implying. Think about it. What conditions must we meet before we can receive?


     There are two great energies in the Universe, or more precisely, there are two great powers in the Universe. They are yin and yang. They are completion and initiation. They are active and passive. They are influence and reception. They are love and faith. Before we can receive anything, we must first accept. No one can give without love. No one may truly give without being nurturing. Anything else is a form of bartering. No one can receive anything unless they accept what is given. Once conditions are attached to what is offered, they are no longer receptive. Conditions are a form of bartering. If love is to nurture, then faith is to be nurtured.


     For us to receive, we must believe in love. Thus, we have declared that faith is a belief. It is a belief in love and love demonstrates faith. Yet, if we do not give in love, if we do not give to nurture another, then there is no treasure to gain. Many believe if we give in love, we build our treasure in heaven. If we seek to serve others, to nurture others to build a treasure house in heaven, then we have nurtured falsely. To have nurtured falsely we have bargained for gain. When we attach conditions to an act or a gift, we are bartering for spirituality. Is there such a thing? To truly give in love, to truly nurture, we must let go of expectations of recompense or the belief that what we give will return in another fashion.


     Faith receives without expectation. Love gives without expectation. Expectation is a limiting factor and is difficult to avoid. We are taught, what comes around goes around. This sets up a level of expectation that is difficult to let go of. We must rely on the Spiritual Law of Acceptance. This is to receive without conditions and to give without conditions. This is the message.



The Gospel of Philip. (1984). In W. Barnstone, The Other Bible (pp. 87-100). San Francisco: Harper Books.

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[1] (The Gospel of Philip, 1984)

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Dead or Alive. Slave or Son.

The slave seeks only to be free, but he does not hope to acquire the estate of his master. But the son is not only son but lays claim to the inheritance of the father. Those who are heirs to the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the dead. Those who are heirs to what is living are alive, and they are heirs to both what is living and the dead. The dead are heirs to nothing. For how can he who is dead inherit? If he who is dead inherits what is living, he will not die, but he who is dead will live even more.[1]


     The slave seeks only to be free. The question is, are we slaves, and if so, what are we slaves to? We are slaves to rigidity. In Galatians, Paul announces that we are slaves to doctrine, we are slaves to the law. It is our rigidity of thought that makes us slaves. A slave has one, maybe two important qualities. A slave belongs to something such as a person, an organization, an institution, a belief, etc., or they work excessively hard, which may be the same as being owned by an institution or organization. We may also be slaves of a subtle nature such as to the expectations of others, lifestyle, desires, etc. The point is we are slaves by choice. We work diligently, collecting those items that bring us comfort, misery, and boredom.


     As slaves, we cannot hope to acquire the estate of the master. Who is our master? Obviously, the master is who or what has enslaved us. If it is religious doctrine, then the religion is master. The practice of religion is not what has enthralled us, but the doctrine and the belief associated with it. We can become so caught up in doctrine that we miss the underlying insight that is being expressed. If our master is living up to the expectations of others, it is not they who are our masters because it’s we who are the slave master. It is our need to be seen, to be recognized, to be liked.


     What is the estate we should not desire? What is it they possess? Doctrine possesses beliefs, which are intangible and of little worth except for what we place upon it. Desire possesses nothing but want and suffering because there is nothing to grab a hold of. Our Masters, it appears, are worthless. The only thing of value they possess are us.


     The son is not only a son but lays claim to the inheritance of the father. We’re not talking about offspring or some other form of address. We are talking about those of Light or Spirit. Only those who recognize and commune with Spirit are sons because they are of the Spirit. In the Secret Book of John, Spirit is referred to as unity, and Light is intelligence and the only way to gain intelligence is through experience and experience is also about awareness. Thus, son refers to the Perfect Being, which is the intermingling of male and female energy. The Perfect Being is the mystery of initiation and completion. They are of a unified power that is both active and in repose. As Perfect Beings we are predisposed to receiving Spirit. The Spirit is All and that is what is inherited.


     Those who are heirs to the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the dead. Heirs are those who partake in something. The dead, in this instance, are those whose awareness is narrow. They are only aware of daily life, which is often the mundane journey of sensuality, divisiveness of thought, and bliss through deliberate ignorance. They partake in that which has enslaved them, which is nothing, leaving them to inherit nothing.


     This is different for those who are alive or aware, for they inherit both, what is living and dead. They have experienced being dead in spirit, they have experienced sensuality, divisiveness, ignorance, etc. and they have achieved an awareness that allows them to surpass these experiences because they are aware that this too is a part of the life experience. For to be alive is to be aware of Life. To be aware of experience, to be mindful. They do not live in the present; they experience the present. They know Mind can become obsessed with the past, but they are only memories, just as the future is only a deceptive possibility, a dream. Both hold nothing but expectation. Through experience we are unified with ourselves and inherit what is of the living and of the dead, for Spirit unifies.


     If he who is dead inherits what is living, he will not die, but he who is dead will live        even more. Many confuse not dying with immortality. This is incorrect. One who is dead cannot experience the moment because they are not aware of the moment. Their focus is not on experience but of something else. Once we have discovered that life only exists in the present, we must strive to understand that it is the present that is experienced. When this has been discovered, they will not die but will live even more.


     In Galatians, Paul talks about being enslaved and free. They are states of awareness, just as being dead or asleep and alive or awake. It is the experience and the awareness of the experience that frees us from enslavement, and it is experience that is our inheritance.



The Gospel of Philip. (1984). In W. Barnstone, The Other Bible (pp. 87-100). San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

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[1] (The Gospel of Philip, 1984)

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