Re: Question Series #1 - Identity and the Divine Spark
- Hello elmoreb
On 04/10/04, you wrote:
> The divine spark, in my opinion, is like the Fathers stamp of
> approval. It allows us to take our place in the pleroma where we
> belong, instead of being held in the hylic ( material) world along
> with any hell or heaven manifestations the creator god has cooked
> up. Basically, in orthodox terms, the "divine spark" is the "holy
> spirit." In none of the texts ive read does it mention that your
> individuality is lost at death. Can anyone explain this better? Im
> not very good at explanations.
The fruits of your experience and what you learn that are worth
keeping become one with that divine spark, but your personality with
all its foibles is lost, unless it has become a perfect reflection of
the divine. Jesus personality probably remained intact, which is why
he was able to resurrect (spiritually, not materially even according
to Origin and Clement, BTW). I'll be lucky if 1/16th of it makes it
Mike Leavitt ac998@...
- At first, I felt that my fears were justified after reading the two
replies to my question. But further reflection showed me that some
of these fears are unrealistic and reflect my adversion to change.
I feel my answer or partial answer can be summed up in this phrase:
"To travel the path is to enter the crucible and come out changed on
the other side."
This is a play on Leto's statement to Stilgar at the end of Children
of Dune which uses some heavy mystical messages. Specially near the
end. But it suits my purpose.
We are constantly changing. And following the path causes us to
change in a particular manner. I will not be the same person a year
from now(hopefully) though there will be memories and experiences
(which I am not sure are good things to lose after physical death)
but bad habits and traits need to be pushed aside or controlled since
these can be barriers to continuing on to further enlightenment and
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mheinich" <mheinich@y...> wrote:
> I am a real newbie when it comes to Gnostism. My knowledge is
> limited to Ehrman, some beginning readings of the Gnostic
> and the articles on www.gnosis.org. There have been some questions
> that have been popping up for me with no apparent answers. I
> I would share them with you in a series of posts. About one
> every day or every other day. Some of them may seem to be very
> simple to you but to me, they leave a hole.
> Question #1
> Where is my identity or my "true self" in the "divine spark"?
> In the orthodox view, it is our souls that are saved and our
> bodies are left behind. This implies that our mental and
> identity, our sense of self continues on. I do not see this in the
> desciptions of the spark. This seed of light starts to sound like
> some sort of etheral organ that once I die, continues on. What
> me, well, "me" is left behind. If what I am is left behind then
> is the point? And this may sound like a harsh way of putting it
> Why should "I" care? The seed may continue on but "I" died along
> with the physical body.
> If reincarantion or the destruction of the "divine spark" happens
> instead of entry into the "All", then how is my "awareness" going
> know this?
> It is described like another entity is living inside of me that I
> suppose to nuture and grow but will eventully replace Me.