THE ESSENCE OF THE GNOSTICSGreetings my friends,
Tonight begins a three part series on Gnosticism and just who and what the Gnostics are. Tonight I want to talk about the cosmology of the Gnostics, and how that has evolved into the modern day Gnostic worshipers. Next Sunday I will talk more about the three men who set forth the laws and rules that govern Gnostic sects all over the world (Mani, Marcion, and Valentinus.) In week three I will discuss the Nag Hamadi library, and how it has forged a rebirth of Gnostic thinking. Finally, in week four, I will discuss modern day Gnosticism and how worshipers apply it to their everyday lives.
Let me start off by letting you know that I am Gnostic by faith, and have been so for almost 30 years. I meet with a handful of friends who are fellow Gnostics, and we discuss our faith, what we have learned from it, and share ideas for reaching the ultimate goal of finding Gnosis. Though there are some Gnostic churches across the globe, congregational worship is not desirabl
THE ESSENCE OF THE GNOSTICS PT. 4Hello my friends and watchers,THE ESSENCE OF THE GNOSTICS PT. 42 years ago in Personal More Like This
Last week we talked about the Nag Hamadi library and its profound importance as it relates to Gnosticism. Earlier this month we discussed the Gnostic creation theory and its cosmology and also explored the legacy left by Marcion, Mani, and Valentinus. Tonight we conclude our discussion with a look at modern day Gnostics and some of the sects that exist around the world.
In 1890 Jules Doinel founded the Eglise Gnostique (Gnostic Church) in France. He based his movement not only on Gnostic beliefs, but on those of the Cathars. Clergy in this church were both male and female, with the males being called Bishops and the females Sophias. In 1907 a man named Jean Bricaud expanded the church and its doctrine to include more christian overtones, renaming the church Eglise Gnostique Universelle (Universal Gnostic Church). This church is still active in France, Martinique, United States, and the Ivory Coast. I believe that if it weren't for the Frenc
THE ESSENCE OF THE GNOSTICS PT. 3Hello to all of my friends and watchers,THE ESSENCE OF THE GNOSTICS PT. 32 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have dozens of friends here in deviantART from the country of Turkey, and it breaks my heart what is going on in Istanbul right now. It all started with developers wanting to tear down and destroy a historic park called Gezi Park in Istanbul. This would be the equivalent of developers wanting to tear down Central Park in New York! The citizens of Istanbul went to Gezi Park in the thousands to protest this, and Police in riot gear showed up and beat them back with tear gas and water canons. Over 4000 injuries have been reported, with casualties that could be in the dozens. Some have lost their eyesight from the teargas, and others are being detained by police without due process of law. The Turkish people remain undeterred in their fight to save Gezi Park and to fight for their freedom and the right to have their voices heard. Join me in praying for them, and supporting them as they continue the fight. The following link is from a friend
No Turning BackI'm trappedNo Turning Back4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
There's no possible way to get out
And it's not just mentally anymore,
It's physically too.
The pea-green walls are closing in on me.
I'm in open air,
But I can't catch my breath.
One may think of this as a hotel,
But it's a prison
A prison hiding under the name of "hospital".
I hate that word.
People don't realize just how much.
It's a death trap,
Looking completely friendly on the outside,
But once one breaches the outer wall,
The inside becomes clear.
They'll hold you 'til you die,
And then you emerge a zombie,
Forever doomed to walk this planet,
With no hope of ever turning back...
Crimson LoveMy heart is broken, beaten and batteredCrimson Love4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Shattered like the most delicate of glass roses
It lies next to you in your bleak and desolate grave
The solemn hole you fell into when you took your final breath
Our life was sound, our love pure
Then we watched our walls come crashing down
As fate intervened in the form of reality
We heard the death clock's chilling chime
I'm left forlorn in this tragic world
I try to live but all in vain
It's not living without you
All that's left are my memories, my illusions, my delusions
The ominous blade, a reassuring friend in which I trust
Glistening with the tears I cry for what could have been
It slides so lovingly into the empty void of my once beating heart
An incredulous and overwhelming sense of relief
I lie in a pool of crimson love
Smiling as I fall from grace
Now we can be together forever
In the land of perpetual darkness
Single LifeSo, here I am again. Listening to sappy love and steamy sex songs with my eyes all leaky and my body all cold. It's been so long since I haven't had anyone next to me in bed that I'd forgotten how empty it really was. I feel like a child in this king size beast. Tissues fill up a majority of the space; all wadded up, stuffed full of misery and dejection. Ugh. I hate how melodramatic I am, but sometimes it just seems better to sit in the dark and eat my weight in chocolate than act like a rational adult and push through.Single Life4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I shouldn't be so bitter; I had ended the relationship after all. A good thing, really. Derek was an asshole. He had never listened to me, never held my hand when I was hurting or let me cry on his shoulder. He forgot our anniversary and Valentine's Day and my mother's birthday and my birthday. I am really glad to be rid of that prick, but at the same time I wish I had someone to cling to. Anyone would do, except Derek. I swallow down another Milano cookie, the cure to
Gay, why yes I am-1Not a GirlGay, why yes I am-14 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I am not a girl.
That was the first realization that hit me
Before I wanted to play with dolls
Before I wanted to kiss boys
That I was not a girl.
After that I understood exactly what was wrong with me.
I was a boy,
That was the biggest problem.
Boys could not be Girls
Like Dogs could not be Cats.
It was not supposed to happen
But I wanted to be a girl!
I wanted it and I prayed for it
But they told me God doesn't listen
To Boys who want to be Girls.
:Falling:They call it depression.:Falling:4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
But most of them don't know it.
They know but textbook definitions.
But I know it because I face it everyday.
It's when darkness clings around you.
Turning off every light that you've ever known.
Blankets of fear settle around you.
It's when you've burned down every bridge,
That you have ever struggled to build.
Knowing that you have to start from scratch,
It's putting up new walls after you've been hurt.
Everyone say put up windows,
it make life easier, except for the fact.
It's easy to build walls instead of windows.
It's drowning so far under water.
The world pushing you farther and farther.
Trying to scream, only to take in the feeling.
Feeling of suicide.
It's falling into a bottomless pit.
Rushing by, not a chance to breathe.
Only a single thought is able to be brought to mind.
How bad will it hurt when I hit bottom?
They call it depression.
Call it what you will.
They only know a textbook definition.
Call this the true definition.
Bound By LoveAngel of night come from the sky above.Bound By Love4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Clad in light; Searching for thy true love.
Look to the skies;
Diamonds Sewn in the darkness of night,
Leading your blind eyes to a goddess!
Standing still like a statue upon the Earth.
Horns of darkness tempt your gentle soul.
Beauty dipped from darkness depth
Waiting to be cleansed by heavens light.
Forbidden love -
Angel and Demon Goddess' United from tortured lights;
Gods who tear, rip, and prod - separated by war of blood.
Two beings said to be torn apart,
Yet loves bond cleanses even the darkest taint.
Heavens pure light, enshroud your love.
Features crack away. Darkened wings purified -
White feathers breaking free from their shadowy darkened bay.
Goddess be free! Love break the shackles of hell.
Darkest of creatures, purified, a love that knows no bounds.
Clouds rip apart as Angels peak from above.
Storm clouds dissipate from a gentle, pure love.
Just to say Good-byeI can't stand to see you in painJust to say Good-bye4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
At the very sound of my name,
I can't take you away from here,
Although I would if I could.
I burned up the sun,
Just to say good-bye...
I left him here,
Because that's the best I can do
but you still have all of me.
I don't want to leave you now
I need you here with me,
but I know that can never be
We all die sometime.
Today is my time
And I don't want to say good-bye,
But at least I got to see your face,
Though you may not know me.
I've been there.you know that feelingI've been there.4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
that nobody cares?
I've been there.
you know that situation
where someone seems to think
that you're lesser than they are?
I've been there.
you know those situations where
everybody wants to help
but don't quite know how?
I've been there.
you know that place
where nobody notices
or wants to help?
I've been there.
you know those overall feelings
that nothing is okay,
that something bad has happened
and there isn't a way to fix it?
I've been there.
you know that thought,
flitting around in your mind
that friendship is just an illusion?
I've thought that.
you know those people
who drive you insane
"I know how you feel?"
I know how you feel.
so if you ever find yourself
in that place again,
thinking that nobody understands,
thinking that nothing will change,
I'll be there,
because you are.
(so send me a note if you feel the need, 'cause I'm back in the business of helping (: )
Gay, why yes I am-2 ParentsGay, why yes I am-24 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
They are the people who rule my life.
Dad with his
"Son, you needa man up"
Mom with her
"Thomas, you needa give up"
Oh, they know.
I know they know.
But I can only guess
What they'd do
The truth were slammed down their
Self righteous scowls.
What if I shouted?
"HEY GUYS I'M INTO GUYS!"
What if I screamed?
"HEY GUYS, NOT ONLY THAT,
BUT I TOTALLY WANT TO BE A GIRL TOO!"
Think they'd pat my back
And offer to pay the medical bills?
Think they'd say,
"WELL, WE WANTED A GIRL ANYWAYS!"
And everything would work out
All inspirational-movie like?
That'd be great.
Too bad the odds of that happening
Are as likely as me waking up one morning
And realizing the whole boy thing
Was actually just a horrible nightmare,
Courtesy of too much eggrolls before bed.
It's better to
Pretend to not be
What I only am.
So that I can stay under
The reign of
Because, isn't having them
Better than having
Prayer for the faithfulThe blended whiskey passes my lipsPrayer for the faithful4 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
As I sit, in this fallen world of Eden
A world that accepts the worst in men
And watches angels cavort with demons
I slam my tumbler on the flaking varnish
The world has no knowledge or care for me
Though, I know the world and it's ways
Let it be known, I have no care for thee
And how helpless am I? The bartender smiles
As I thank him for filling my glass
Sat on a stool, an insignificant fool
Returning his smile as I part with my cash
As I sip, I scoff at the irony
As the eyes of the world adjust to the fading light
Shrugging its shoulders at the plight of others
As day is consumed by the darkest of nights
Woe. All that is left to say of this life
At times I regret my involvement of this Earth
And with all the ignorance, merriment and mirth
I envy the faithful and hope their faith has some worth
Concealedher emotions are concealed,Concealed4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
obstructed by the barrier
she puts up for the world to see.
cause if they can't see
the strain in her eyes
they won't know what
she carries on her shoulders.
her friends no longer inquire,
since the only response,
was a constant
denial of pain.
and she weaves secrets
like a spider weaves silk
don't get caught
in their own webs.)
her echoing heart says
to let a door open
so that maybe
the agony won't crush quite so much.
but she's scared to
let the light in,
cause she knows it'll cut through
consists of affliction
to cause it to cease.
she'll stop her ears with
and let the moonlight blind
that if her senses
maybe it isn't reality after all.
and maybe if she fills in
the spirals on her fingertips,
she'll leave a bigger mark
on the world.