The Second Pillar
The second pillar is similar to the first pillar. As all things emanated from God so all things have the spark of the Divine within them. But in our descent into this world, we have forgotten who we are. Even in nature the spark of the fullness of God is hidden. Tornados, earthquakes, and animal killing animal hides the face of God in nature. In our own nature, we are often controlled by our emotions or physical desires (nafs) to the detriment to the values of the spirit. There are numerous religious paths that seek to gratify the ego through strange fads, fundamentalist elitism, or an “anything goes” mentality that leads to nowhere. While all things emanated from God, they are covered and hidden. The various faiths explain this through the work of Satan, Iblis, or the Demiurge. For us they are all the same. In Judaism, Satan is the servant of God to try God's people. In Christianity, he is the enemy of God and mankind seeking to kill, steal, and destroy. In Islam, Iblis is the Jinn who refused to bow to Adam and Eve. In Gnosticism, he is the ignorant one who seek to keep people ignorant of the truth of who they are. These are allegorical ways of explaining the powers, both within and without, that seek to demean, destroy, and cloud with ignorance and confusion those who could wake up. This satanic/archonic power is the power of the corporations or governments that seek to keep people believing they cannot be happy unless they have this or that..the materialism that is built on the backs of the poor and through the destruction of the environment. It is found in our own selfish desires of the soul that would keep the soul aligned with the flesh and not with the Spirit. As Gnostics we must reject this dark power whether literal or figurative, and seek instead the way of the Spirit, which is the way of love, compassion, service and even a willingness to die to the flesh, whether literally or figuratively. The ways of the world of forms is designed to keep us asleep and complacent. Those who seek the way of Gnosis must wake up and live as things really are. God is in the poor, the outcast, and hurting. God is in the lonely, the environment, and the confused. If we want to love God, then we must love them. The Thomasine Gnostic path is the path of lovers, we cannot claim to love God if we do not love our brothers and sisters. (1John 4:20) Within all things the face of God can be seen by those with eyes to see and ears to hear.