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Trapped

One of the premise in many of the Nag Hammadi texts is that humanity is trapped.  We are trapped in this temporal body, in this temporal world that acts as a type of prison in that it lulls us asleep from our divine nature as sons and daughters of God.  Folks may hear a similar teaching in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and even some of the more "orthodox" branches of Christianity.

     Still reflecting on the movie, The Life of Pi, I cannot help but ponder this in a modern Gnostic context.  God is wholly other as the tiger in the movie.  The demiurge and the archons were all around in so many forms.  And yet God was there as a Savior but not one that is "safe".  Rather God stripped away every chain that bound the man.  God demanded that every rag be left behind so that knowledge of the real may be known.  Nothing changed and yet everything changed.  This reminds me of the Zen saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.  After enlightenment, ch…

The Life of Pi

((Possible Spoiler Alert))

I enjoyed some time with my mom over Thanksgiving.  This is the first Thanksgiving without my dad, and I wanted to help her appreciate his memory without drowning in grief.  One of the things we did was go see the movie, "The Life of Pi".

I have to say I was totally in love with it.  I saw in it an allegory of the spiritual life.  Pi as a child had a child's faith that even then would not be limited by any one religion, God was just too good and there was so much good in the world's religions that made sense.  But religion in an of itself, can only help you lay a bit of a foundation for the spiritual life.  It is when everything begins to be stripped away that spiritual depth is really driven home.  How we respond is everything in the journey.

In the movie, the tiger, to me, was God.  God who is not cutsie, but is ferocious and not tame.  A God who seems to be utterly beyond.  And so the relationship really seems to grow.  Agreements are made…