Re: Hello. I'm new here.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "annie" <annielu38@z...> wrote:
> My interest in finding the opposite entities lies in the crucialAnnie, your comment reminded me of a past discussion:
>importance of balance, which I think is key to all that exists.
>Balance of dualities.<
This goes to the crux of the Gnostic understanding of our ineffable,
infinite source and might also begin to address IgnisApocryphOn `s
question, "How is God viewed?" (#10083).
Here is one passage of description regarding the unknown "perfect
invisible virgin spirit" from _The Secret Book According to John_:
"It is not corporeal, it is not _incorporeal_, it is not large, it is
not small, it is _not_ quantifiable, nor _is it a creature_. Indeed,
no one can _think of it_. It is not something among _the existents;
rather it is something_ far _superior to these_: (yet) _it is not as
though it were `superior'_; rather its characteristic is not _to
share_ in eternal realms (aeons), or in spans of time. For whatever
shares in _an eternal realm_ has been prepared _beforehand_."
Now, to confuse you even more, we live in this temporal world of
opposites as you recognize,... and there is yet another kind of
duality the Gnostics experienced (corruptibility and
incorruptibility), as seen in their emanation systems:
- Hi Cari,
A quick reply to your post...
Thank you for your words of encouragement! I'm very glad to be in
this group and feel better about staying here. Some members have made
me feel welcome, however I wasn't sure about others. Now that you and
PMCV have explained things (which I had't thought about) I will
continue to ask questions, without feeling a little awkward. =)
["You are right that a foundation is most important, and sometimes in
order to answer your questions, we might need to first take a few
steps back to ensure that there is understanding regarding material
used to answer them. So, sometimes reading materials are suggested
or other times, basic assumptions are challenged (for instance, those
that might be a result of preconceptions learned from your previous
Yes, I agree!! BTW, the suggested reading material has been very
helpful, although I'm still trying to digest it all. =)
["Don't worry if your lines of discussion are different from others.
There are bound to be silent members reading out there who might very
well relate to you and possibly be encouraged to even drop in and
write a post of support. Who knows."]
Good point. This is one of the things I hadn't thought about.
["In any case, it disheartens me to see your self-deprecation here.
So, ask away. So far, I've seen lots of responses to your posts. :-)"]
PMCV and you have helped clear the air. Now, I do feel confident
knowing where I stand. And, yes there have been LOTS of (awesome)
replies to my posts.
Be on the look out for me (and my questions). =)