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Lets Talk Dead People!

Jesus students said to him, "Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel, and it was you that that they talked about." He said to them, "You have thrown away the living one who is in with you here and now, and have spoken of the dead."   Gospel of Thomas 52

I love the story of the man who goes to the sage.  He tells the sage he wants to be her student.  The man tells of how he has spent years studying the writings, read the commentaries, practiced the required practices.  The sage offers the man some tea, and he accepts.  The sage begins to pour the tea but overfills it watching it overflow.  The man cries out, "Stop!  Stop!  The cup is full!"   The sage whispered, "So too with you, how can I fill your cup when it is already full of yourself."

How easy it is to cling to things that are good!  For example, the scripture that is primary in my life is the Gospel of Thomas.  But it is not gnosis itself.  It is a finger pointing at the moon.  How sad is…

Shhh! The Dead Are Taking A Nap!

Jesus' disciples asked him, "When will the final rest for the dead happen, and when will the new world come?" He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has already come, but you don't realize it."  Gospel of Thomas 51

The disciples in this passage are asking about final things.  The final resurrection and a new heaven and a new earth.  Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas is at times very different from the Jesus in the New Testament.  Here Jesus does not speak of a future rapture, Armageddon, or end times.  He says the ending and new beginning is already here...you just cannot see it.  What does this mean?  I believe that he is saying that though you may feel imprisoned in the body and its limitations, and tired of this world's corrupt systems of control, you the real you is a spark of God.  The real You is limitless and free.  If you would realize this, you would experience the prison walls dissolving and the world of forms (kenoma) that seemed a pris…

Where the Heck Did You Come From?

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Jesus said, "If some say to you, 'Where did you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by its own power, established itself, and appeared in our image.'  If they then say to you, 'Is this light, you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.'  Gospel of Thomas 50

It is funny that I have read the Gospel of Thomas numerous times, and have not really meditated on this saying.  And yet in this saying is a central teaching of Gnosticism.  It seeks to answer the spiritual question people ask themselves all around the world.  "Where did I come from?"  "Why am I here?"  We ask ourselves.  Jesus the teacher teaches his students the answer to that question.   Our source is in the light.  We may call this light God or the Godhead, though in a way this light is beyond words or personalization.  The verse comes to mind from the Gospel of John where it…

What Is That Up There?

"Jesus said, "If your those who lead say to you, 'Look, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will get there before you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will get there before you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you. "  Gospel of Thomas 3a

I was meditating on this verse tonight.  The verse itself was triggered by something I heard someone say.  So I used my imagination to visualize this verse.  I pictured a well meaning friend pointing me to some religious goal.  (whether that goal is correct practices, enlightenment, salvation, the best religion, the right interpretation)  Religion can become another pitfall if the individual is not careful.  This clinging to a certain image of god, of belief, ritual, even scripture if clung to, too tightly, can be a trap.  This verse that I meditated on spoke to me that no scripture (including the GoT), no practice, no dogma is an end in an of itself.  It is only…

Desert Rose- Hidden Teaching of Gnosis?

I was looking at the lyrics of one of my favorite songs-Desert Rose by Sting.  I was struck by how this could be a song to Sophia.  You find allusions to her in ways in the song....the rose (Mary-Sophia), the allusion to Eden, Logic (Logos), waking up, realizing nothing is as it seems, garden in the desert (pleroma in the kenoma).  Look at the lyrics and decide for yourself.  

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my ga…

Celebrate Holy Wisdom!

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Sophia!
You of the whirling wings,
circling, encompassing energy of God:
you quicken the world in your clasp.

One wing soars in heaven,
one wing sweeps the earth,
and the third flies all around us.

Praise to Sophia!
Let all the earth praise her!

-Hildegard of Bingen

The Thomasine School of Thought

Introduction to the Thomasine School


     The Thomasine School of the Universal Church of Autogenes (TS for short) is a Wisdom tradition within modern Gnosticism. Having a foundation of those ancient texts that have been labeled “Thomasine”, we find within them a teaching of gnosis, and an understanding of Jesus that is distinctly Eastern akin to the roles of spiritual teachers in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Taoism. A student of this school should have an excellent understanding of the Thomasine writings, particularly the Gospel of Thomas that he or she may be able to make the connections with other eastern religious traditions.

Thomas and the Gospel of Thomas

     One can find Thomas mentioned in the Gospels of the New Testament. There is also a tradition that Thomas traveled to Syria and India after the death of Jesus teaching what he himself had experienced. Parts of Greek versions of the Gospel of Thomas were found in Oxyrhynchus Egypt around one hundred years ago. These can be d…

Modern Thomasine School of Thought

Introduction to the Thomasine School

The Thomasine School of the Universal Church of Autogenes (TS for short) is a Wisdom tradition within modern Gnosticism. Having a foundation of those ancient texts that have been labeled “Thomasine”, we find within them a teaching of gnosis, and an understanding of Jesus that is distinctly Eastern akin to the roles of spiritual teachers in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Taoism. A student of this school should have an excellent understanding of the Thomasine writings, particularly the Gospel of Thomas that he or she may be able to make the connections with other eastern religious traditions.

Thomas and the Gospel of Thomas
One can find Thomas mentioned in the Gospels of the New Testament. There is also a tradition that Thomas traveled to Syria and India after the death of Jesus teaching what he himself had experienced. Parts of Greek versions of the Gospel of Thomas were found in Oxyrhynchus Egypt around one hundred years ago. These can be dated to ab…

The Word and Wisdom

The Secret Gospel of John and several other texts mention the consort of Sophia, Holy Wisdom.  He is described in the Secret Gospel of John as Logos, word.  Logos, from which we get the word logic, is the consort of Sophia.   It is interesting that in the New Testament we find the Logos becoming flesh in Jesus, in a way that rings from the description of Holy Wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures, with her making her tent among men.  Paul describes Jesus as the Sophia/Wisdom of God made flesh.  I do not think the Logos/Sophia are separate beings but are one.  There is wisdom, and wisdom expressed or spoken.  They are both wisdom.  There is Higher Wisdom, such as the value of compassion and lower wisdom...if I do this, then this will happen.  The Word and the Wisdom are one.  Jesus, and in my opinion many other great people, have been filled with the Logos and/or the Sophia.  I hear the words of Gandhi and hear the Logos/Sophia...the same with Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy D…

Great Book on Sophia

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For all of you who want to know a bit more about Sophia and any possible links with Lilith, the Black Madonna and the goddess spirituality movement, let me recommend a book:  Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God by Caitlin Matthews.   Or you can click on the link under the picture and go to Amazon.  Enjoy!
Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God

Modern Gnosticism's Relationship With the World

Ancient "Gnostic" sects looked at the world in various ways.  Some saw it as garbage.  Others as almost like a prison.  The Gospel of Thomas that says, "he who has found the world, has found a corpse," also says "lift a stone I am there, split a piece of wood and there I am".   I have wrestled with the views.  It almost caused me to leave the modern Gnostic movement because of this.  Until I looked at the Eastern faiths.  Hinduism looks at the world in several ways simultaneously...it is "lila", God's play.  It is maya, illusion.  It is the body of God.  They have sacred rivers, trees, and stones, that are worshipped as aspects or faces of God.    Buddhism in some ways agrees with Gnosticism.  "Life is suffering." They say.  And yet they hold all life sacred.  They point it is useless to hang on to things....all things are impermanent. 
My personal philosophy is somewhere between these two.  This is what I believe the Gospel of Thom…

Wisdom's Call/Sophia's Call

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Proverbs 9:1-6

 1 Wisdom has built her house;
       she has hewn out its seven pillars.

 2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
       she has also set her table.

 3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls
       from the highest point of the city.

 4 "Let all who are simple come in here!"
       she says to those who lack judgment.

 5 "Come, eat my food
       and drink the wine I have mixed.

 6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
       walk in the way of understanding.


A special thanks goes out to Thalia Took for permission to use this image.  She is the creator of the Goddess Oracle Cards.  Her website can be found at:  http://www.thaliatook.com/

The House of Wisdom

For anyone interested in The House of Wisdom, Sophian devotional group, here is the link of the Yahoo group:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the_house_of_wisdom/

This group is for anyone who wants to discuss Sophia from a devotional standpoint.

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Did We Ever Leave?

The story of Sophia is one of a fall...a descent.  She created something outside the Fullness (Pleroma).  Yet Sophia means Wisdom.  I cannot imagine, Wisdom, a facet of the divine essence making a mistake.  Was it all part of the hidden wisdom of the Monad?  What if the temporal exists simply as a blanket to the eternal.  What if God is hidden in everything?  What if we are simply God coming to know him/her/itself?  I don't think Sophia's actions were a mistake....but rather a myth telling of her descent from the timeless into the temporal.  Like a loving Earth Goddess, her seeds are planted within everything.  She whispers to us, "Wake up!"  Will we blossom into the fullness or simply cling to the temporal.  Will we "see eternity in a grain of sand"?

All praise Sophia, Queen of Wisdom!
All praise the black Madonna, her skin the color of the richness of the fertile soil!
She who descends and ascends again!
Awaken us to the living gnosis of who we are and where …

Entering this Mystery

When I first read the Gospel of Thomas, I was perplexed.  In all honesty, I could not "grok" the meaning of the various logions.  Only through regular reading of the text, commentaries, and such did I begin to grasp what could be said.  What is interesting is that all this time I missed this: 
"Jesus said, 'I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways.'"  (GoT 28 Translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer )

I find almost the same thing in Proverbs 1 and Proverbs 8; Matthew 11:16-19//Luke 7:31-2.  Sophia/Wisdom made flesh in a living teacher.  Now don't get me wrong.  I believe th…

The Way of Wisdom

The Gospel of Thomas is a Wisdom Gospel.  Its logions read like Zen koans.  The Thomasine School is shifting into a mystery school, using the GoT and other Nag Hammadi texts to awaken to a living gnosis.  The shift will be more Sophianic and utilizing verbal wisdom rather than just textual.  The teachings  are passed on and the story of the Mother will be told and better yet experienced within this school.