That we have the capacity of being filled with awe ties in so perfectly with our capacity to become inspired or filled with spirit. Indeed, they are two aspects of the same component of the human psyche. We tremble with joy in the same manner that we tremble with fear; trembling being the key physical response to that which can be evoked within our consciousness.
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Awe, Wonder & Glory
1. Gnostics do not ‘belive’ in God or the Divine. We place no faith in what we call the superstitious specter of a supernatural being.
1A. There is the egregore created from so many people, for so long, putting the enery of their faith & belief into this spector & creating its egregore.
1A1. This is how faith & belief can be so powerful; that it really can move mountains.
1A1a. The price pad for this is a confirmation of falsehood.
1B. But also it is natural to accept the praeternatural beings of the world around us; fairies, leprechauns, i.e. good & bad angels.
1B1. This may be more an anthropomorphication of our own psychic sensibilities.
1B1a. these we project outwards.
1B2. The child does this easily with an innate fear of the dark.
1B2a. That child always resides with us.
2. Gnosis, meaning: to know, means we know God, and that we have then, no reason for blind faith. Rather, any fiath we have comes from the consistency of our experience of the Divine.
2A. One can have faith that the sun will rise tomorrow, as it has done for millions of years.
2B. Experience of the Divine comes from our sense of aw & the wonderment of life.
2B1. It’s an innate apprehension of consciousness, as it is anextenal connection withthe stars of the night sky.
2B1a. The above & below.
2B2. It evolves out of our infance, when every object was a marvelous discovery and every action on our part was wonderful.
2b2a. That this is an innate sensibility in the human psyche is significant.
2B2a1. We start with knowing ourselves.
3. Joseph Campbell said to ‘follow your bliss.’ Don Juan siad to ‘ttavel a path with heart.’ In these statements we find tht first, we must cultivate a sense of wonder & awe; a perception of the numinious that we can call the Divine.
3A. This can’t be taught or in any evangelized.
3A1. ‘Convert not, argue not over much…’ AL
3A1a. People need to find Gnosis & the sense of awe that inspires it of their own accord.
3B. The impracticality for wordly integration needs to be considered.
3B1. The Gnosic is individualistic, though not necessarily anti-social.
3B1a. Yet individualism & even any outward expression of wonderment can be threatening to the ‘sleeper’ who has adjuted to the ‘lowerst common denominator’ in our society.
3B2. It is a mistake for thoise who think that Gnosticism is a rejection of worldly values.
3B2a. The Gnosic can pursue as ‘full’ a lefe as any one else. Perhaps in such awareness’ the Gnostic indeed, becomes more fully human.
3B2a1. Indeed such individuals can be leaders & role models.
4. The praxis of Gnosticism may be described as the continuous applicaton & investigation of our innate sense of aw & wonder.
4A. This gives us a sense of he Divine for us to pursue.
4A1. Art, prophecy & mystical ecstasy become direct expression sof this, as well as love & passion.
4A2. We also seek embodiments of this through heroes & incarnation of the Divine.
4A2. Messiahs – Mohammed, Moses, Jesus
Demigods – Krsna, Buddha
Victors of Struggle – ‘champions.’
4A3. The Qabalah gives us a theoriectical frame by which to develop a science.
5. The Glory of the Divine or the glorification of the Divine is a psychic porjection of awe & wonder onto the mythological being of the Divine.
5A. This can also be applied to natural phenomena.
5A1. Lightening, Eclipses, the Starry Gnosis & other archetypal phenomena.
5B. The ‘fear of God’ can be a by-product of awe.
5B1. God conquering evil.
5C. Glory applied to a vision of the Divine:
o Vision of Krsna is Transcendental
o Vision of the Burning Bush of Moses
o Transifuration of Jesus