I’ve been fascinated with these ancient Gnostic scriptures dug up in Egypt. They’re interesting in that they describe all the strange phenomenon I read about in near death experiences and other strange literature. Take the book I referenced the other day.
As I recently talked about in a post, this books follows a prominent Yale psychologist’s journey with a trouble patient, who, under hypnotherapy, recalls past life after past life, and as she recalls past traumas from these former lives, she is cured of her psychological ailments. A fascinating and strange book. The psychologist is puzzled as this woman recalls dying in each former life, then being taken up into some light where these ‘masters’ dwell and give her spiritual lessons; afterwards they always send her her right back to live another miserable life on Earth. As you read the book, there is just so much suffering in each of her lives.
If you read these Gnostic scriptures, Jesus describes this incarnational loop de loop to his disciple John. The book is called The Secret Book Of John. It describes a great realm filled with aeons (great heavenly spirits), dwelling with the true God, which is basically the totality of existence being conscious of itself. One of these great heavenly aeons (Sophia) gets an idea to create a new heavenly being, but the other aeons of the heavens disapprove. Sophia goes ahead with it anyway and creates Yaldaboath, but things go awry. Yaldaboath has all kinds of problems and is a very flawed being, so flawed that Sophia has to hide this monstrosity away; the only heavenly being who even knows it exists is the Holy Spirit (God’s self-awareness manifest into thought). Long story short, this demiurge is the god of the Bible’s Old Testament.
Yaldaboath (who is also referred to as the demiurge), tries to usurp and enslave Sophia and then goes on to try to create his own realm. This was the origin of physicality. The demiurge proceeds to create a host of other spiritual beings who we now know as fallen angels. A big story unfolds, and I won’t go into all the details. It’s a long text. The demiurge ends up envying the heavenly beings and tries to create great illumined beings of his own, but ultimately fails. A big war breaks out. Then the demiurge along with his followers begin to scheme, and they devise a trap for heavenly aeons. They produce the physical body, made out of dirt and filth, filled with bacteria, worms, and decay, with the specific intent to torture and enslave heavenly hosts, filtering their perception of all the higher realms, and making them forget who they are. While they’re trapped, this will allow these demonic hosts to study them, learn the secret to their powers, and try to emulate them. As this war goes on, many of these fallen beings change their loyalties and want out. The demiurge responds by throwing them in this physical realm too! The aeons respond by sending down their best, who choose to voluntarily incarnate and be trapped in these rotten flesh bodies, to help others escape. The result is Buddha and other great sages. Ultimately even God’s consciousness chooses to incarnate in one of these flesh bodies, the result of which was Jesus Christ. These beings were sent in to both help the heavenly aeons trapped here, as well as the beings the demiurge created, telling them they can be reborn and get out of Yaladaboath’s realm of suffering, decay, and misery, and offering methods of escape.
Anyways, here is Christ talking about this incarnational loop de loop trap, and how to escape it. First he talks about the heavenly aeons who came down here, and what happens with them. They leave when they finally let go of any desire for physicality, basically self-immunizing themselves through incarnating over and over until they get tired of it and search for something greater. Next he talks about the fallen angels who search and connect with the Holy Spirit, they too will be free to leave and will be made perfect when entering the Pleroma, the higher realms of the heavenly aeons and God.
These texts often talk about the “artificial spirit”. The artificial spirit is the false consciousness of the physical body and our current mode of existence, created by the body and brain, which one must resist and ultimately desire no part of. When you finally desire purity and goodness more than the filthy impulses that the physical flesh produces, those pure desires will give you the strength to leave this place. Also, beings of the higher realms will be there to escort you out of here. Otherwise your desires for experiences within the flesh will pull you back here. The demiurge’s followers will come to you and they will cram you back into another body to keep you enslaved and trapped. Each time you’re crammed into a new body you will forget all that’s happened to you in the past, as this body filters out awareness of all higher consciousness, including your higher mind.
[ Jason Note: The heavenly beings who came down to help and are currently in physicality. How do they escape? ]
I asked the Savior, “Lord, will every soul be saved and enter the pure light?”
He replied, “You are asking an important question, one it will be impossible to answer for anyone who is not a member of the unmoved race. They are the people upon whom the Spirit of Life will descend and the power will enable them to be saved and to become perfect and worthy of greatness. They expunge evil from themselves and they will care nothing for wickedness, wanting only that which is not corrupt. They will achieve freedom from rage, envy, jealousy, desire, or craving.”
“The physical body will negatively effect them. They wear it as they look forward to the time when they will meet up with those who will remove it. Those people deserve indestructible eternal life. They endure everything, bearing up under everything that happens so that they can deserve the good and inherit life eternal.”
[ Jason note: I believe this passage pertains to the fallen ones who want to change their ways. They haven’t been through the purification process. They must themselves go through their own trap and self-immunize themselves]
Then I asked him, “Lord, what about the souls who didn’t do these things even though the Spirit of Life’s power descended on them?“
He answered, “If the Spirit descends to people they will be transformed and saved. The power descends on everyone and, without it, no one can even stand up. After they are born, if the Spirit of Life increases in them, power comes to them and their souls are strengthened. Nothing then can leave them astray into wickedness. But if the artificial spirit comes into people, it leads them astray.”
[ Jason note: If your goodness outweighs your desire for the things of the flesh, you will have the strength to get out of here. ]
Then I said, “Lord, when souls come out of the flesh where do they go?”
He replied, smiling, “If the soul is strong it has more of power than it has of the artificial spirit and so it flees from wickedness. With the assistance of the Incorruptible One that soul is saved and it attains eternal rest.”
[ Jason Note: Those with no idea is going on are sent on the incarnational loop-de-loop until they figure it out]
I then asked him, “Lord, what of the souls of the people who do not know whose people they are? Where do they go?”
He responded, “In those people the artificial spirit has grown strong and they have gone astray. Their souls are burdened, drawn to wickedness, and cast into forgetfulness.”
“When they come forth from the body, such a soul is given over to the powers created by the rulers, bound in chains, and cast into prison again. Around and around it goes until it manages to become free from forgetfulness through knowledge. And so, eventually, it becomes perfect and is saved.”
[ Jason note: When you’re sufficiently purified, even if you don’t understand the bigger picture of it all, at your death there will spiritual beings from the higher realms to escort you out ]
Then I asked, “Lord, how does the soul shrink down so as to be able to enter its mother or a man?
He was happy that I asked this and said, “You are truly blessed because you have understood. The soul should be guided by another within whom is the Spirit of Life. It will be saved by that means and accordingly will not have to enter a body again.
[ Jason note: Those who know what’s going on and think the demiurge’s ways are correct. ]
And I said, “Lord, what happens to the souls of people who achieved true knowledge, but who turned away from it?”
He said to me, “Demons of poverty will take them to a place where there is no possibility of repentance. There they will stay until the time when those who blasphemed against the spirit will be tortured and subjected to punishment forever.”
I’ll share one last passage from the Secret Book Of John. This time going into depth on what the “aritificial spirit” is. It’s time itself. It’s living within a physical fleshly body. It’s the unpredictability of life with all of its suffering and ignorance.
I asked, “Lord, where did the artificial spirit come from?”
And he told me:
Three Plots against Humanity
The Mother-Father is merciful
A Holy Spirit sympathizing with us.
Through the Epinoia of the Providence of the light
It raises up the children of the perfect race
Raising up their thought, their light eternal.
When the Chief Archon learned that they were elevated above him
And that their mental ability surpassed his
He wanted to put a stop to their thought
But he did not know the extent of their mental superiority
And he could not stop them.
He made a plan with his demons
Who are his powers
Each of them fornicated with Wisdom (Sophia)
And produced fate
The last variety of imprisonment.
Fate changes unpredictably
It is of different sorts just as the demons are of different sorts.
Fate is hard.
Fate is stronger than
The gods, the authorities, the demons, the generations of people
Who are caught up in it.
Out of fate emerged
Sinfulness, violence, blasphemy, forgetfulness, ignorance,
In this way all of creation became blind,
Ignorant of God above everything.
Because of imprisonment in forgetfulness
They are unaware of their sins,
They are bound into periods of time and seasons
By fate who is lord of it all.
I find all of this fascinating. In the book I spoke of earlier, where the woman (Catherine) was incarnating over and over and over, she fits perfectly into the description a heavenly being who came down to help but has now been trapped and must undergo purification by living over and over. Why do I suspect she is one of the heavenly beings who is trapped here? Catherine had no interest in anything the ‘masters’ had to say. She found their pseudo-spirituality “creepy” and wanted no part of it. It was the book’s author who was enamored with their teachings, not Catherine, the one who revealed it all.