This is Volume One Number 35,
March 7, 2004
In this issue: The Gospel of Mary - Part Eleven
Gospel of Mary - Part Eleven
[ I'm using "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by
Jean-Yves LeLoup (ISBN 089281911-1) as my text for
this series of articles on the Gospel of Mary. ]
The text for this week is Page 17 verses 1 - 6.
(Caution: Long but very important Gnostic lesson
concerning alchemy and the Tree of Life.)
"I left the world with the aid of another world; a
design was erased, by virtue of a higher design."
This is the rest of the answer the Soul gave to
Wrath. Remember Wrath had oppressed the Soul with
Darkness, Craving, Ignorance, Lethal Jealousy,
Enslavement of the Body, Intoxicated Wisdom and
Guileful Wisdom. The Soul became free of these
torments and left this world by aid of another
world. By leaving this world a design was erased
by a higher design.
This is pure Qabalah and to understand it we need
to study a little Qabala. Wrath, you may recall,
was the fourth climate which the Soul encountered.
Those four climates were probably the last four
spheres on the Tree of Life. The first climate
would have been encountered when the Soul
descended down from the World of Water, the
Creative World where it resides into the World of
Fire, the Formative World where the Ego resides
and thence into the World of Earth, the Manifested
World where all the false faces of the Ego, the
Personas, reside. From here the Soul would have
pulled the Personas up from the World of Earth,
the Manifest World, into the Ego. All of the
Ego's Personas would come together into one as the
Ego sheds one mask after another. When the
Personas come together we become a genuine person
and we're ready to unite with our Ego.
But this is a long process. The first step is to
encounter the First Climate where we identify the
"real" part of each persona and discard the rest.
Then we pull all of the "real" parts together into
one "real" persona. (Keep in mind the persona is
a mask and it's truly not "real.") So the Genuine
Persona, the one remaining when all others have
merged into one, faces the Formative World of
Water in the ninth sphere. We've succeeded in
answering the challenge of the First Climate.
We're now ready to pass the Veil of Ignorance and
travel into the ninth sphere which is the
Foundation of the World, the matrix upon and
within which the World of Manifestation is built.
In this ninth sphere, resides our astral body, our
emotional body. Here the Genuine Persona faces
all its emotional issues, all of them. This is
the second climate. Once these issues have been
resolved the Genuine Person moves into the eighth
sphere, the intellect. Here the Genuine Persona
will face all its belief systems, prejudices,
judgments, attitudes and negative thoughts. This
is the third climate. In the Gospel of Mary we
read that the "Soul" had descended and is now
rising. Yes, as our Genuine Persona rises our
Soul, the Grandparent of our Persona, also rises.
What we do here directly affects our Soul. As the
Genuine Persona rises it faces Craving in the
Second Climate and then rises to face Ignorance in
the Third Climate.
One of our most difficult emotions to identify and
resolve in the Second Climate is Craving. It's
amazing the things we crave without any
realization of those cravings. It's even more
amazing to identify our little emotional quirks
Absolutely the most difficult issue to resolve in
our Intellect, far more difficult than attitudes,
prejudices, judgments, negative thoughts and
belief systems is the Ignorance that underlies all
of these. But the Soul is freed from the Third
Climate and rises to the fourth. The Fourth
Climate is our personal World of Fire. It's here
we set in motion all the desires, intentions,
passions, and expectations for our life. Here we
find darkness as we descend further into matter.
Here is the root of all our cravings. Here we
reside in the World of Illusion on the manifested
side of the Veil of Illusion known as Paroketh.
This is the root of our Ignorance. Here we
prepare to descent into matter like a worm
descends into the soil and is enslaved by it.
Here is the root of our petty but self-destructive
jealousy as we compare ourselves with others and
find ourselves wanting. Here we delude ourselves
into believing we are our Egos and that we're
better than others. These are our "Intoxicating
and Guileful Wisdoms."
"I left the world with the aid of another world"
describes how our Soul, residing above our Ego in
the Creative World, comes down into the Formative
World and assists in the first alchemical marriage
- the marriage of our "genuine persona" to our
"ego." We've pierced the Veil of Ignorance, "a
design was erased by virtue of a higher design."
The false mask of our False Self, the Ego, has
been erased with the help of our Soul. We now
reside in the Formative World and continue to
maintain a body in the physical. We are "in this
world but not of it."
The Gospel continues: "Henceforth I travel toward
Repose, where time rests in the Eternity of Time;
I go now into Silence." This announces our goal
as we travel up the Tree of Life. We travel to
the top where "Repose" resides in the sphere at
the top of the Tree.
We'll continue our discussion of Page 17 in the
next issue. But, can you see why such teaching is
not in the best interests of an organized
religion? Our persona made it's assent through
the Four Climates in the World of Earth and Fire
without the help of the Church. It was the Soul
that made this possible, not the priests. It was
the Soul, not the Church. It was the Soul that
helped the Persona marry the Ego in the first
alchemical marriage. It was not the Church and it
was not the priests of the Church. It was our own
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