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> Many years before I ever knew what gnosticism was, I had a
> dream. There's this impossibly high rock "finger" jutting up from
> ground. I began to climb it. I occasionally pass human bones which
> have ossified and blended into the stone surface. There's no
> vegetation, just igneous-like rock.
> I eventually leave the clouds far below me. I'm very near the
> top. Just as the blue sky begans to darken, I find a decapitated
> snake. It's body is wiggling and the tongue continues to flicker.
> Somehow I know to stick the head back on the body. The snake then
> crawls up a narrow path to the top and into the sky. I start to
> after it. I slip on the snake's deciduous skin and fall over the
> into the gloom. Then I abrumptly woke up.
> This dream has more religious significance for me than any
> experience. No sunrise, no thought, nothing has ever been so
> or poignant. The dream remains enigmatic, yet the feel of the stone
> and the snake's cool muscular body were as real as anything I've
> touched. It's more vivid than most of my so-called memories.
> As with many, my introduction to gnosticism was Elaine Pagel's
> book "The Gnostic Gospels." I grew up in a protestant church which
> frowned on charismatic insights. I never knew the early church had
> fought against religiously significant dreams such as mine. I was
> taught that God spoke through an established canon which was then
> filtered by community standards of truth. Pagels showed me that
> direct revelation from God was historically possible.
> Was my dream a revelation from God? Ironically, the inability
> answer this question clearly makes me wonder all the more. I
> no message; there was no moral chart encoded in stone on the
> mountain. Yet, it's as if my whole body participated in the dream,
> not just my head. That's the one time in my life when I felt
> "whole". My church had claimed that only Jesus Christ could endow
> with wholeness, integrating my spiritual and carnel selves.
> I've not climbed that mountain in years, I know it's there. That's
> enough to debunk orthodoxy for me.
> I have access to an academic library which has an extensive
> collection of books on gnosticism and related topics. Still, I lack
> people with whom I can discuss the ideas I read about. Even as
> misanthropic a gnostic as myself needs a community of like-minded
> believers. That's why I'm giving this group a try. Gnosticism
> from the border town between light and darkness. It's dangerous to
> there alone. Perhalps there are those willing to go with me.
> A New Member