Monday, April 4, 2022

Cyd Presents a Simple Explanation of the Gnostic Gospel to the 2022 Aeon Byte Astro-Gnosis Conference

In March of 2022, Dr. Ropp presented an hour-long discussion concerning how the Gnostic gospel has improved the original Simple Explanation of Absolutely Everything. It turns out that studying the Nag Hammadi and then writing my own book, The Gnostic Gospel Illuminated, added to and actually amended the Simple Explanation. 

So, if you are a long-time fan of the Simple Explanation, you will want to watch this presentation of The Gnostic Gospel Illuminated now woven into A Simple Explanation. The Gnostic Gospel finally cleared up some longstanding confusion over the difference between the "mud," or non-living material, and the "meat," or living Units of Consciousness.

Here is the private YouTube link to the presentation. The first five minutes is trying to cue up the Power Point for the talk

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio Appearance This Week

 Here is a link to an Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio program I will be appearing on this Thursday.  I'll be among the guests who will be speaking at the upcoming Astro Gnosis Conference to be held on March 20th. We will be discussing our upcoming presentations and other interesting topics.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Looking at Left and Right as Vice and Virtue

 You can listen to the essay below over on my Gnostic Insights podcast, available on most podcast platforms.  Or you can listen to it at the Gnostic Insights website at http://gnosticinsights.com .

In this essay, I look at the relationship between gnostic left and right, and political left and right.

Left and Right

by Cyd Ropp

I noticed something interesting the other day, while I was thinking about vice and virtue. In the Nag Hammadi, vice is referred to as being on the left, and virtue as being on the right. The Tripartite Tractate puts it this way:

To each one he gave a name.... Those belonging to the thought and those of the representation are called "the Right Ones" and "Psychic" and "the Fiery Ones" and "the Middle Ones." Those who belong to the arrogant thought and those of the likeness are called "the Left", "Hylic", "the Dark Ones," and "the Last."

The "thought" refers back to the Father's originating thought—that being what is called The Son. The Son is the thought of the Father, and it is this thought that starts everything. "Those of the representation" are the Aeons and those that come from the Aeons—they represent the values of the Thought, or the Son.

"Those who belong to the arrogant thought" refer to the Fall of Logos away from the original thought. Literally it refers to the departure of Ego away from Reason and Logic. As we have discussed here on Gnostic Insights, "arrogant thought" is another word for "ego." And here at gnostic insights "ego" is the imitation of the One Self we all embody and share. Ego is the counterfeit embodiment of the Son, or originating consciousness. Ego takes care of the individual rather than the whole. Ego is concerned with personal needs and desires rather than the needs and desires of one's neighbors.

You can listen to these previous episodes for an in-depth exploration of Ego compared to Self:

https://gnosticinsights.com/ego-vs-self/

https://gnosticinsights.com/i-am-not-me-the-self/

https://gnosticinsights.com/egos-shroud/

You can find these episodes and more under the CompleteEpisodes tab at the GnosticInsights.com website.

Back to the Tripartite Tractate quote—Those who belong to the arrogant thought and those of the likeness are called "the Left", "Hylic", "the Dark Ones," and "the Last."

The "likenesses" referred to on the left are the archons of the deficiency that were formed as copies of "the representations" of the Aeons of the Pleroma.  So you have Likenesses on the Left, and Representations on the Right. These Likenesses on the one hand and Representations on the other hand, reflect the values of the Left and the values of the Right. This is what distinguishes Gnostic Left from Right. Another word for these ones on the Left is "hylic," which means materialist. Another word for the ones on the Right is "Psychic," which in Gnosticism refers to those with a soul.  Although here at Gnostic Insights, we would say everyone has a soul, it's just that hylic humans don't acknowledge the soul.  And, we've had a lot of discussions about that; whether or not consciousness, which could be another word for soul, whether or not consciousness is an inherent quality that preexists or whether consciousness is like a by-product of the meat bodies that we wear, or even mathematical nodes in some sort of a grand algorithm.  One type of individual has an orientation to the material and personal needs, and the other type of individual has a remembrance of the spiritual realm. They also call the ones on the left "dark ones" and "the last." And that's because light is associated with the Father, and after the Fall—the Fall was from the light into darkness.  And the reason that those are called "the last" is simply because they are going to be the last ones to acknowledge the Father, the Pleroma, and the Son, and the Christ. They are going to hold out for their materialist worldview, which will make them last in line for redemption, by their own choice.

So, when I drew up the chart of vices vs. values in my Gnostic Gospel Illuminated book, the archonic values appear on the left side of the page and the aeonic values appear on the right side of the page.

The archonic values on the left are the inverse of the Aeonic virtues on the right. So, for example, if on the Right, the value is loving, then on the Left, the value is hateful and spiteful. If on the Right the value is patience, then on the Left the value is impatience and wrath. Mercy vs. ruthlessness; freedom of will vs. enslavement and coercion; joy vs. depression; truthful vs. lies; prudent vs. reckless; humble vs. arrogance; justice vs. unfairness and capriciousness; temperance vs. gluttony; charitable vs. greedy... you get the point. You can find the entire chart on page 26 of The Gnostic Gospel Illuminated book by Cyd Ropp.

What I noticed the other day, is that Left and Right are also worldwide political patterns. And, whereas the personal labels deal with one's own life choices, the political labels deal with how the government names and then accomplishes its goals.  This morning I looked up differences between the values and methods of the Left and Right political bodies. And here is what I read:

the Left favors                                       while the Right favors

equity                                                   equality

constraint                                              liberty

prohibition of hate speech                     free speech

technological oversight                         privacy

universal governmental assistance         self-determination and responsibility

Bigger Governments                             Smaller Governments

race and class distinctions                     color-blind society, one nation under God

relative values depending on circumstances    universal absolutes

gender as a social construct                   biologically determined gender

secular government and society             secular government, religious society

greatest threat = environmental collapse          evil

all cultures are equal                             some cultures are superior

 

What I was wondering about Left and Right, was if the moral values a person holds also determine the political values they hold. And, to a large extent, it appears to me that they do. The social policies of the Left seem to favor exterior control over interior control. The bigger governments favored by the Left not only cost more in taxes to pay for them, they require more coercion to enforce their will in order to get the job done. Big government favors mandates and the use of technology to monitor and compel these mandates. People who disagree with the government's edicts are denied the right to speak their dissent out loud, and continued dissent can cost forfeiture of their freedoms of movement and association as well. Political prisoners are those people who disagree most strongly with those in power. Any and every tactic is justified if it advances the goals of the Left—lying about the status quo, or about history, or about scientific facts come to mind. In the service of achieving Leftist goals, anything goes. And the further Left you are on the Left-Right spectrum, the deeper and stronger is your affiliation with this "whatever it takes" approach.

On the other hand, the more one tips the scales to the Right side, the more you see values such as freedom of speech and other liberties, smaller government, and more emphasis on privacy, self-determination, and personal responsibility. These values are also in line with the virtuous side of the Left-Right spiritual divide. Of course, there may be wolves in sheep's clothing, posing as Right types while secretly holding onto Leftist memes and goals. In this case, you actually have Leftists posing as Rightists.

Extremism in either the Left of Right direction both encourage archonic interference in human affairs, as they represent the person's strong attachment to power and control over self and others. Power and control over humans is much to be desired by the Demiurge and its archonic helpers. Anytime one favors an authority pulling the strings and forcing behavior upon the citizenry, you have Leftist values at play. This is Demiurgic. Inversely, anytime one favors personal responsibility and self-determination, you are embodying Aeonic virtues.

Now, the interesting thing about these Left vs. Right lists is that both sides were established by the Aeon known as Logos. The TripartiteTractate says that those on the Left are put into ruling positions here on earth, and work in direct cooperation with the archons of the deficiency. They are not evil, but rather they provide order  through three means: beauty, threats, and lust for power. Here's the quote:

"Also over those who belong to the likeness, he set the word of beauty, so that he might bring them into a form. He also set over them the law of judgment. Again, he set over them the powers which the roots had produced in their lust for power. He appointed them as rulers over them, so that, either by the support of the word which is beautiful, or by the threat of the law, or by the power of lust for power, the order might be preserved from those who have reduced it to evil, while the Logos is pleased with them, since they are useful for the organization."

Those on the Right operate in a different way. Those on the Right carry an active remembrance of the Father and the Pleroma, and this is used to lessen their grip on this material existence. Here is what the Tripartite says about it:

"However, to those of the thought he revealed the thought... in order that they might also bring forth an impulse for diminution from their attraction to evil, so that they might not any more rejoice in the glory of their environment and be dissolved, but might rather see their sickness in which they suffer, so that they might beget love and continuous searching after the one who is able to heal them of the inferiority."

Both the Left and the Right have a lust for power as a result of the original Fall and the never-ending battle with the material forces of the Demiurge. The Tripartite Tractate also says that both the Left and the Right are respecters of authority and hierarchical chains of command. In other words, neither the Left nor Right promotes anarchy.

"The Logos knows the agreement in the lust for power of the two orders. To these and to all the others, he graciously granted their desire. He gave to each one the appropriate rank, and it was ordered that each one be a ruler over a place and an activity. He yields to the place of the one more exalted than himself...  There are kings, there are lords and those who give commands, some for administering punishment, others for administering justice, still others for giving rest and healing, others for teaching, others for guarding.

"Over all the archons he appointed an Archon with no one commanding him. He is the lord of all of them, that is, the countenance which the Logos brought forth in his thought as a representation of the Father of the Totalities. Therefore, he is adorned with every <name> which <is> a representation of him, since he is characterized by every property and glorious quality. For he too is called "father" and god" and "demiurge" and "king" and "judge" and "place" and "dwelling" and "law."

"The Logos uses him as a hand, to beautify and work on the things below, and he uses him as a mouth, to say the things which will be prophesied.

"The things which he has spoken he does. When he saw that they were great and good and wonderful, he was pleased and rejoiced, as if he himself in his own thought had been the one to say them and do them, not knowing that the movement within him is from the spirit who moves him in a determined way toward those things which he wants."

This long passage I have just quoted from the Tripartite Tractate is saying that the fallen Aeon known as Logos left behind an imitation of the Father Above in the form of the Demiurge. And it is this Demiurge that puts the Archons in power over earthly rulers. And it is the Demiurge that speaks to the prophets as the voice of God. But the Demiurge is not God, but rather the imitation of the Father above, and the Demiurge does not realize this because he has amnesia of everything that came before the Fall.

And, as previous episodes have pointed out, the methods of the Demiurge are not the methods of the Father, and the goals are not the same. For, whereas the Demiurge is all about control of this material world and those of us who reside here, the goal of the Father is about love, remembrance of our Aeonic inheritance and ultimate abode, and redemption from evil. And, whereas the Demiurge requires coercion and the exercise of power and strong control to effect its agendas, the Aeonic side of the divide operates through cooperation and the Simple Golden Rule of working together with information, assistance, and love for the betterment of all. The Left is not evil, so much as it is attempting to instantiate Paradise without benefit of the Aeonic virtues.

So the next time you wonder if you are serving the Demiurge and its archons or if you are serving the Aeons, the Son, and the Father, look to the list of vices and virtues, look to the policies of the Left and the Right, and determine for yourself which path you are on.



Saturday, December 25, 2021

The Infancy Gospel of James posted on Gnostic Insights podcast

 You may enjoy listening to my Christmas podcast episode over on Gnostic Insights. For this episode I read The Infancy Gospel of James outloud. This gospel is not particularly "gnostic;" it is more along the lines of an early Christian fable of the nativity that we haven't heard before.

For instance, did you know that Mary was raised as a vestal virgin in Herod's Temple in Jerusalem? Did you know that Mary was betrothed to a much older widower, Joseph, when she was 12? Did you know that Mary and Joseph got into a world of trouble when Mary turned up pregnant at age 16?  Did you know that a Hebrew midwife performed a pelvic exam of Mary after the birth of Jesus to see if she was truly still a virgin? There's plenty more we have never heard, from this banned gospel. 

Go have a listen. Hopefully you will enjoy hearing it. It's my Christmas present to you.

The Infancy Gospel of James: Mary and the Birth of Jesus – Gnostic Insights

Onward and upward!

cyd



Friday, December 10, 2021

Are you listening to the Gnostic Insights Podcast?

My Gnostic Insights podcast is worth listening to! I am putting most of my effort into Gnostic Insights, posting at least once per week. There are now well over 50 episodes to listen to. If you begin at the beginning of the podcast and work your way forward through all 50, you will find yourself in a "master class" of Gnostic cosmology and insights.

All episodes are alive and actively dispensing information there at the Gnostic Insights home page. When you visit Gnostic Insights you will find two menu tabs at the top of the page with all episodes listed in order of their posting.

Under the menu tab called "The Gnostic Gospel Primer" you will find the first eight episodes of Gnostic Insights, which lays out the gnostic cosmology according to the Tripartite Tractate of the Nag Hammadi scriptures. Begin at episode 1 and then carry on listening to all eight episodes in order. The episodes follow a logical progression, designed for your understanding and developing gnosis. If you follow these episodes in order of their presentation, you will not get lost.

Then, after completing the Primer, go to the menu tab called "Complete Episodes Library." There you will discover an extremely rich trove of gnostic thought. If you go in order, from the top episode, called "Ego vs. Self" and continue down the ever-lengthening list of podcast episodes, you will be able to understand the material. If you jump to the middle or the end, I can't guarantee that you won't get lost. I record these episodes in a particular, logical order, and many of the terms and concepts depend upon your having listened to the preceding episodes.

The purpose of Gnostic Insights is to help you remember the gnosis that was placed in your mind and heart prior to your birth. I am not trying to wow you with my mystical brilliance or academic credentials. I am doing my best to keep the language simple and understandable for anyone to grasp. The concepts may be foreign and deep, but if you listen with an open heart and mind you will get it. I promise.

You may also write to me with questions or comments, using the contact form there at Gnostic Insights. I would love to hear from you! There, you also have the opportunity to help support Gnostic Insights with a donation. I would so appreciate that.

Onward and upward! See you at the top!

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Message from a Catholic Archbishop Concerning the Worldwide Health Crisis--Reprint

 This Catholic Archbishop sounds the alarm against the true meaning behind the pandemic and the untested, dangerous jabs.  Reprint below:

Archbishop Viganò Writes Stunning Letter On Vaccine Program

Tyler Durden's Photo
BY TYLER DURDEN
WEDNESDAY, NOV 03, 2021 - 04:21 PM

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written a stunning letter to America’s bishops in which he makes several astounding claims about COVID-19 jabs and the Church’s role in promoting vaccines.

Viganò asserts that vaccines normally go through years of rigorous testing, and that the lack of such a process in the case of COVID-19 jabs represents public health authorities conducting “experimentation on the entire world population.”

The Archbishop referenced drug treatments that have proven effective in fighting COVID without the risks of vaccines, noting that such drugs have been discredited by global health bodies and the media.

“It must be reiterated that there are effective treatments which cure patients and allow them to develop permanent natural immune defenses, something that the vaccines do not do,” he wrote.

“Furthermore, these treatments do not cause serious side effects, since the drugs that are used have been licensed for decades.”

“International standards specify that an experimental drug cannot be authorized for distribution except in the absence of an effective alternative treatment: this is why drug agencies in the USA and Europe have prevented the use of hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, hyper-immune plasma, and other therapies with proven effectiveness,” he added.

Viganò goes on to state that the vaccines proving ineffective in preventing people from getting and passing on the virus means they can’t even be called vaccines.

“In fact a “vaccine” is defined as a medicinal preparation aimed at inducing the production of protective antibodies by the organism, conferring specific resistance against a specific infectious disease (viral, bacterial, protozoal). This definition was recently changed by the WHO, because otherwise it would not have been able to include anti-Covid drugs, which do not induce the production of protective antibodies and do not confer a specific resistance against the SarsCoV-2 infectious disease.”

The Archbishop went on to assert it was a moral “duty” to refuse inoculation given what we now know about the vaccine program.

“Worldwide, the number of deaths and grave pathologies following vaccination is increasing exponentially: in only nine months these vaccines have caused more deaths than all vaccines in the last thirty years. Not only this: in many nations – such as Israel for example – the number of deaths after vaccination is now greater than the number of deaths from Covid.”

Viganò went to to assert it would be “immoral and unacceptable” for Catholics to take the vaccine given revelations by Pfizer executives that the jabs contain material from aborted fetuses.

The Archbishop expressed his fury at other members of the clergy and Pope Francis himself for facilitating a “crime against humanity” and “satanic action against God.”

Viganò pulled no punches in outlining the wider agenda at play.

I realize that it may be extremely unpopular to take a position against the so-called vaccines, but as Shepherds of the flock of the Lord we have the duty to denounce the horrible crime that is being carried out, whose goal is to create billions of chronically ill people and to exterminate millions and millions of people, based on the infernal ideology of the “Great Reset” formulated by the President of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab and endorsed by institutions and organizations around the world.”

Viganò previously wrote to then President Donald Trump asserting that the COVID-19 pandemic is part of a plot to impose a “health dictatorship” and that Trump is “the final garrison” in stopping this agenda.

Last year, we also highlighted how Cardinal Raymond Burke warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited by proponents of “The Great Reset” to “advance their evil agenda.”

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

As Below, So Above: Inferring the Transcendent

Here's an episode of Gnostic Insights podcast that I uploaded this week, on October 29th. Pretty good essay on the relationship between us and the realm above. You can access the episode here, or you can read the script below.

As Below, So Above: Inferring the Transcendent

by Cyd Ropp, Ph.D.  for Gnostic Insights Podcast

The manner by which we are mining gnosis here at Gnostic Insights often involves using analogies between what is known and what is less tangible—"as below, so above" provides a handy tool for inferring otherwise undetectable aspects of the spiritual dimension. If we start with the premise of a singular consciousness that pre-exists everything that came after it, then we can follow the genesis of our universe from that consciousness step-by-step. In today's episode, we are going to map aspects of our human personalities onto the Gnostic Gospel to see what we can infer about ourselves down here below and about the forms of consciousness above.

So, what do we "know" by now?  We generally begin at the beginning and build outward from there. So we start with consciousness. We know that all life forms are conscious, and we infer from that a ground state of consciousness, and that we call the Father. The Father, or consciousness itself, is not the same as having thoughts. It is simply self-awareness. This is the no-thought state that people seek through meditation.

Then we say that consciousness, or the Father, or what we call in the Simple Explanation—the Metaverse—had a thought. This thought is a ripple in consciousness that rises out of the undifferentiated state of no-thought. The Gnostic Gospel calls this thought the Son. The Son reflects the consciousness of the Father in a circumscribed form. Circumscribed means contained, like drawing a circle around something. Yet, the Son is not lesser than the Father, because there is no size or distance here; and there is no time or space in the eternal omnipresent.

The Tripartite Tractate says that no sooner did the Son arise, that it had its own thought which differentiated into every possible thought, like rays of light shooting out from a central star. The Son mirroring the creative act of the Father gave rise to himself in the form of countless thoughts. These thoughts became aware of themselves in the same manner that the Son became self-aware. The moment they became self-aware, they named themselves. And the moment they named themselves, they sorted themselves into a hierarchy of relationships with one another.

These thoughts of the Son are called Aeons, and the hierarchy into which they arranged themselves is called the Fullness of God, also known as the Pleroma. The Aeons consist of names, stations, ranks, duties, and locations. This is another way of saying that the Aeons form a kind of geometry of functions and forms that all know where and what and who they are in relationship with each other. Within the hierarchy of the Fullness, all Aeons have their own identities as well as their self-assigned locations and functions. Everyone knows who they are and where they stand in their intermingled ecology. Each Aeon occupies a unique place and perspective within the union of the Fullness. No one is left out and no one is more important than any other Aeon of the hierarchy.

The Fullness reflects the entirety of the Son. They co-exist and overlap. The Son wears the Fullness as a garment, and the Fullness wears the Son, in the same manner that our own bodies can be said to be a garment for our souls—our bodies contain and co-exist with our selves. The Fullness is a singular entity composed of countless Aeons, in the same way that our bodies are singular organism composed of countless cells.

The Aeons sat in a unified state. "All for one and one for all!" is their motto. Their main function is to love and to be loved. They love each other; they love the Son. The Aeons love the Father and gave constant glory to the Father, so happy were they to be alive. The Aeons yearned for communion with the Father for they recognized themselves as the fruit of the Father. In the same manner that blood flows throughout our bodies, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every cell, the Holy Spirit of the Father's consciousness flowed through the Aeons of the Fullness, constantly feeding them love.

Although the Aeons dwelt within the single body of the Fullness, they were each an independent self. Their immense variety required them to work together and remain in full agreement, for only through their union could they approach the Father's greatness. It was only in their unanimity that they reflected the perfection of the Son, and only the Son had direct access to the Father. If they were not in complete agreement, then they could not add up to the Fullness of the Son.

It was through giving glory to the Father that the Fullness remained unified as one body. Giving glory means focusing upon an object with adoration and love. The Tripartite Tractate tells us that there was a simple set of rules that insured the unanimity of the Fullness. In order to remain aligned with the Father, the Aeons needed to glorify only the Father and never themselves. The Aeons were not to glorify their neighbors, neither those beside them nor those above them. They were not to glorify the Fullness as a whole. Rather their focus was to remain upward, giving glory only to the Father. Furthermore, each Aeon was to give glory from its own location in the hierarchy, with its own talents and capabilities, and not borrowing the talents of its neighbors.

I know we have covered this territory before on Gnostic Insights. But bear with me and we will soon be able to relate this information to ourselves and our lives here below.

Our universe began with the Fall.

The Tripartite Tractate calls the Aeon-who-Fell, "Logos." That is a significant name. Logos is defined as the principle of order and reason. If we think of the logos within ourselves, we would align logos with our mind's reasoning capabilities, including the ability to apply logic and make inferences.

The Tripartite Tractate says that Logos was the final Aeon produced when the Aeons sorted themselves into their hierarchical arrangement of the Fullness of God. This Aeon, Logos, contained within itself not only the ability to reason, it also contained all of the traits and abilities of the Fullness, wrapped into a single package. In terms of the Simple Explanation, we would say that Logos was the perfect fractal of the Fullness, carrying within itself all of the knowledge and functions of all of the other Aeons.

The Bible's Gospel of John identifies this Aeon called Logos as the Son, but this is an error, according to Gnostic cosmology. As we have just laid out in the cosmology, the Son is the first fruit of the Father, and the Son is the father of the Fullness. The Aeon who Fell is but one Aeon out of the Fullness. Yes, you can see how Logos reflects the Son, being a fractal of the Fullness of the Son, however, it is only a fractal, an iteration of the Son in a lesser form, not to be confused with the Son, who precedes it and is more exalted than the Aeons. The Aeon called Logos carries fractal copies of all the Aeons within itself, but these aeonic copies are not each self-aware in the way the Aeons themselves are self-aware. The aeonic copies contained within the Aeon known as Logos are not themselves conscious; they are merely fractal reflections of the hierarchy, but lacking the consciousnesses of the Aeons. By way of analogy, think of the fractals of the imitation like two-dimensional reflections of a three-dimensional world as seen in a mirror; a resemblance of the Aeons only on the surface, lacking the depth of consciousness and thought.

The Tripartite Tractate tells us that the Aeon known as Logos yearned to reunite with the Father, as did all of the Aeons. But rather than sitting with the others in the Fullness, giving glory according to the rules of unanimity,  Logos had a thought that deviated from the rules. Logos had its own, singular, bright idea. This idea came to be known as the "presumptuous thought" in Gnostic cosmology.  "Presumptuous" means "failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate." What Logos decided to do was to reach out to the Father all on its own. In other words, Logos mistook its own personal will for the will of the Fullness of God. Logos mistook himself, you could say, for the Son. It is this presumptuous thought, borne out of misplaced love for the Father, that caused the Fall. This presumptuous thought was the original sin.

Christianity continues to make the same error of identification that Logos made. Logos is not the Son; Logos is the Aeon-Who-Fell.

Logos separated itself from the Fullness of the Son when it took action on its own. This action of leaving the Fullness to strike out on its own is the first act of the Ego. The Ego of Logos brought about the Fall.  This action of Ego is the true nature of the Fall—not a human being handing another human being forbidden knowledge in the form of a magic apple. The Fall is birthed by the Ego acting outside of the Will of God, which is to say, Ego putting itself on the throne and making decisions on its own.

And this is very true of our own personal human psyches as well. When Ego displaces Self at the center of our Unit of Consciousness, as we call it in the Simple Explanation, then we are allowing our self-centered Ego to run the show. Ego displaces the One Self we share with the Fullness and the Son.

And it's all downhill from there. Logos Fell and broke apart into poor, weak imitations of the Aeons above. And, because they were no longer arranged in the orderly ecology of the Fullness, the imitations lacked places, functions, and names, throwing them into a disordered state of chaos. The imitations of the Aeons were not self-aware in the manner of the Aeons whose figures they mirrored, and this lack of consciousness manifested only disturbance, upheaval, and confusion. These phantoms of the deficiency did not reflect in any way the glory of the Fullness, the Son, or the Father. They were feeble, small, and unruly. There was no cooperative will among them. There was no Golden Rule.

Here is how this is described in my book, The Gnostic Gospel Illuminated, pages 20 and 21:

"Presumptuous thought and arrogance replaced the wisdom granted by the Father, and Logos lost himself to ignorance and oblivion. Everything he produced as a result fell disastrously short of his intended glory.  The imitations produced as a consequence of the Fall lacked the ability to reason. Their only thought was for themselves, arising as they did from division. They thought they were all there was, and they admired only themselves, not realizing they were but dark shadows of the Aeons of the Fullness.

"Because Logos had been reaching for the heights when he fell, the imitation of the Fullness that emerged from the Fall kept trying to reach the unreachable. Only now, what had been a desire of the Aeons to reunite with their Father became an upward striving for power. Personal ambition eclipsed the Father's will." 

And, by way of analogy, so it is with all of us. When our Ego holds the throne of our Unit of Consciousness, as we would say in Simple Explanation terms, when our Ego is put in the center rather than the Self, then we experience the same sort of self-centered ambition and the only drive becomes power. When the Self sits at the center of our consciousness, rather than our Ego, then our Self is in full alignment with the One, with the Son, and with the Fullness.

The Tripartite Tractate says that the best part of Logos was horrified by the chaos it had created and fled back to its brethren in the Fullness, abandoning the broken imitation.  So let us consider what of Logos was left behind when the best part of the Aeon abandoned the deficiency. The answer would be Ego. The Ego of Logos had no remembrance of the Fullness or the Father, for the Self that fled to the Fullness was the sliver of consciousness that remembered the Father. The Ego of Logos, abandoned below, continued to believe that it was all there was, having forgotten the true nature and source of consciousness. The Ego of Logos did not remember love or the life of the Pleroma. As the best part of Logos had vacated, the Ego of Logos took over management of the Fallen deficiency. We know from both the Bible and from the Tripartite Tractate that the God of this universe brought order to the chaos, forming the heavens and the earth.

However, since the creations of the Fall lacked self-awareness and intrinsic order, they needed to be ruled with an iron fist. Lacking aeonic cooperation and unity, the imitations of the deficiency required their every move to be directed by the Ego of the Fallen Aeon. The God of this cosmos is known as the Demiurge in Gnostic studies, a term it borrows from ancient Greek philosophy. The Demiurge is described as an artisan-like figure responsible for fashioning and maintaining the physical universe. In the Bible, the God of this universe is known as Yahweh, or Jehovah.

Unfortunately, this God, the maker of the heavens and earth, is not the same as the Father above, as we have seen from the Gnostic cosmology. This Demiurge is a slight-of-hand misdirection from the true source of life and light. This is one reason I like to begin these discussions with the Father, and show the relationship of the Father to the Son and the Son to the Aeons of the Fullness, in order to demonstrate that this is not the same Father as the one we were taught to consider the Almighty. The God of this earth and of this material universe was created out of Ego, during the Fall. This God is the fruit of the original sin. This is definitely not the God Above All Gods, who is our right and proper source of consciousness and the glorious focus of our devotion. This Demiurge, who calls himself the Father, is not the Father Above. This Demiurge is only the Egoic manifestation of one Fallen Aeon.

And again, to make an analogy to our own psyches, our Ego is often mistaken for the Self. But, it is the Self that is the true reflection of the Father and of the Fullness of God. The Ego is merely a Fall away from the Self; and when you fall away from the Self, or the Fullness of God, you mistake your own Ego for Truth. But it is not Truth; it is a reflection of the world. It is a reflection of those things around us in the material world that are created by the Demiurge.

The manner by which the Demiurge becomes the God of this universe is logically self-evident, considering the Gnostic fable I've just shared. The reason for the Fall is that Logos forgot about the rules of cooperation and unanimity that allowed the Fullness to sing their song of glorious praise. Presumptuous thought brought the Ego of Logos to the forefront and replaced its spirit of cooperation with self-centered ambition and lusting for power.  In terms of the Simple Explanation, the Universal Unit of Consciousness became shrouded by the Ego of the Demiurge, and the Self of Logos retreated to the Fullness to lick its wounds.

Left on its own, what the Demiurge lacked in terms of the cooperative structure of the Fullness, it made up for with brute force. The Demiurge was able to create order in the material world by a system of bondage and close supervision. The Demiurge took the disordered material of the quantum foam and caused it to level up in a manner reminiscent of the aeon's Golden Rule. Particles to atoms, atoms to molecules, molecules to elements, elements to minerals. But where the Golden Rule uses the principle of reaching out to others to willingly hold hands and share information, assistance, and love for the betterment of All, the Demiurge uses strings that bind and entwine from a central source, giving no choice in the matter. The Demiurge fills in the lack of consciousness within the deficiency with its own egoic power and plans. The Demiurge is a tyrant who exercises complete domination.

We who are conscious here below are not simply puppets of the Demiurge. The Gnostic Gospel explains that Logos and the Fullness sought a solution to overthrow what had come into being through the Fall. The Aeons fashioned a fruit that reflected their own lives, and imbued this fruit with life and a memory of the Fullness and the Golden Rule of Cooperation. This fruit was sent into the deficiency, our universe, one at a time, from the smallest and most humble to the largest and most complex. It is these life forms that inhabit the universe, and they are called the Second Order of Powers. Born from a good, cooperative thought, the Second Order Powers work in harmony and love, for they had come forth from the harmony and love of the Fullness and the Father.

The life forms of our universe are a melding of the Fullness of God, with all of the consciousness and cooperation that comes from the Fullness, with the material controlled by the Demiurge. This marriage of the Fullness to the Demiurge creates an arena of constant conflict and striving, both within ourselves and with our neighbors as we strive with elements of Self and Ego, Above and Below, virtue and vice, freedom and tyranny. We find ourselves in a "never-ending war" with forces and principalities beyond our control as we balance our lives between the powers of the Demiurge and the powers of the Pleroma. In the course of battle, most of us have forgotten our aeonic inheritance.

The good news is that the Gnostic cosmology doesn't stop there. In order to restore memory and reason to the Second Order Powers, the Aeons of the Fullness, every one of them individually and all of them collectively, gave glory in unison to their Father while praying for a helper to bring peace to the Deficiency and forgiveness to Logos. Out of their focused prayer, a unique fruit emerged, one that contained all of the capabilities and powers of the Fullness along with all of the love and eternal qualities of the Father.

In Simple Explanation terms, the Christ is a perfect and full fractal of the Father and the Son, all rolled up into One perfect form. 

Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth was both perfect Man and perfect God incarnate. Christian Gnostics believe the same. Here is the more complete explanation of who Jesus was:

It is said that Jesus was conceived without sin, because he carried within his body the perfection of Man and God. This would mean that Jesus’s DNA was perfect and true to the original DNA formula for humanity, hence the importance of the virgin birth that imparted that perfect DNA to the baby.

Jesus was also without negative karma in his soul, as his soul was the soul of God.

The components of Jesus’s body were also without sin, as the cells and flesh that became Jesus were in fact the Aeons of the Fullness incarnate. As Colossians 1:19 says, “For God was pleased to have all his Fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

This one sentence from Colossians contains the entire Christian Gnostic gospel. Because Jesus brought along the entire Fullness of the Pleroma when he incarnated, every aspect of the Father and the Son came to material instantiation on earth. In this manner, the eternal God experienced the finite life of us Second Order Powers and all of the struggles between birth and death that plague us all.

Here is how the Tripartite Tractate describes it:

“They gathered together, asking the Father with beneficent intent that there be aid from above, from the Father, for his glory since the defective one could not become perfect in any other way, unless it was the will of the Pleroma of the Father, which he had drawn to himself, revealed, and given to the defective one. Then from the harmony, in a joyous willingness which had come into being, they brought forth the fruit, which was a begetting from the harmony, a unity, a possession of the Fullnesses, revealing the countenance of the Father, of whom the Aeons thought as they gave glory and prayed for help for their brother with a wish in which the Father counted himself with them. Thus it was willingly and gladly that they brought forth the fruit.

“And he made manifest the agreement of the revelation of his union with them—which was his beloved Son... the one who is properly called ‘Savior’ and ‘the Redeemer’ and ‘the Well-Pleasing One’ and ‘the Beloved,’ ‘the One to whom prayers have been offered’ and ‘the Christ’ and ‘the Light of those appointed,’ in accordance with the ones from whom he was brought forth, since he has become the names of the positions which were given to him. Yet, what other name may be applied to him except ‘the Son,’ as we previously said, since he is the knowledge of the Father, whom he wanted them to know?

“Not only did the Aeons generate the countenance of the Father to whom they gave praise, but also they generated their own; for the Aeons who give glory generated their countenance and their face. They were produced as an army for him, as for a king, since the beings of the thought have a powerful fellowship and an intermingled harmony. They came forth in a multifaceted form in order that the one to whom help was to be given might see those to whom he had prayed for help. He also sees the One who gave it to him.”  [Tripartite Tractate, sections 85—87]

So, you see, the mission of the Christ, as stated in Colossians, was to redeem all of creation, including the fallen Aeon who founded our material universe. Because the Christ came to redeem everyone, the body of Jesus came to earth with every one of the Fullnesses on board. For every fallen spirit, the Christ brought their own personal and recognizable Savior. The function of Jesus as an earthly, human savior, is to demonstrate to us that we can all be redeemed and resurrected out of the mud and death and into everlasting life. The Jesus figure is presented as our exemplar of how we may all rise, every one of us, including the Demiurge itself. In Simple Explanation terms, the Christ brought the correcting formula for all of our spirits and souls, each unique and personally formulated to meet our individual needs. The baptism of the Christ washes away the mental and spiritual confusion brought on by the endless war with shadows of the Fall. 

Gnostics are apocalyptic, as are Christians. There will soon come a day when the Deficiency ends. On that day, a new economy will unite Heaven and Earth, and all souls will find their joyous place in Paradise. The only forms banished to the outer darkness will be the shadows and phantoms of the Fall, which did not exist within the Father from the beginning. These shadows are not real, and they have no home with us in Paradise, and the light of the Father will evaporate them.