Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ : A Gnostic Christian Kabbalah At the level of Atzilut, the Sefirot exist in an archetypal state and in perfect unity and harmony with one another-without any differentiation or division between them. Hallelu Yah — Praise the Lord! We do not need to be discouraged by this in any way, however, but rather it merely becomes a cause for vigilance in our spiritual life and practice, and the cultivation of even greater zeal and passion for the Divine Life; and likewise, in this we recognize the amazing wisdom in the generation of a Sanctuary of Grace, for under the present circumstances, in the place and time where we live, apart from the Sanctuary of Grace, even for souls of higher grades it does not seem that there would be much hope for actual spiritual progress and realization. At this level this linear perspective on time seems very inadequateactually. As the realization of neshamah of nefesh draws near, religious faith dawns, that or a strong drive to humanitarian efforts — some belief in a greater good and need to seek out and manifest the experience of that good. We never stop learning and growing!
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What is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born of Spirit is spirit. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and Sophian Gnosticism for our readers who may not be familiar with you or your work?
She had a very deep, intimate experience of the Risen Christ during a spiritual retreat, and entered into an experience of what she called Supernal or Messianic Consciousness; the teachings and practices she shared flowed from this enlightenment experience, and from it our tradition of Christian Gnosticism and Christian Kabbalah came into being.
Essentially, the Sophian Gnostic Tradition is a spiritual and mystical form of Christianity, with deep root in the mystical tradition of Judaism, the Kabbalah. As we know, Yeshua, Jesus, was a Jewish teacher, mystic and prophet, and therefore if he imparted deeper spiritual teachings to his disciples they would express something of the Kabbalah; hence our focus upon the Holy Kabbalah. Mary Magdalene as the inmost disciple and spiritual consort of Yeshua, Jesus, and view her as a co-preacher and co-redeemer.
It is our belief that she is an embodiment of the same Christ Spirit, the same spiritual illumination. I came to the Sophian Gnostic Tradition as in my childhood. From my early youth I was prone to the experience of visitations of Magdalene and angelic beings in dreams and visions, and when I was eight I met Tau Elijah, my spiritual teacher and guide, and he introduced me to the Sophian Gnostic Tradition and shared the teachings and initiations with me. His teacher and guide was Tau Miriam, and like her was a living spiritual master in the West, having entered into the same spiritual illumination in Christ.
Along with becoming a Tau in the Sophian Gnostic Tradition, I have also been blessed to receive consecration as a Bishop in the Independent Apostolic Movement, so I also carry more traditional lines of apostolic succession, along with other esoteric lineages.
The focus of my call and spiritual work, though, is the Sophian Gnostic Tradition. Joined with the publishing of books on Sophian Gnosticism, or our Christian Kabbalah, and the open sharing of teachings and practices of our tradition on the internet through our main website, we have also founded an international Gnostic Church Ecclesia Pistis Sophia in recent years to represent our lineage and tradition in modern times, and to engage in a larger outreach.
I know in many mystical traditions the teachings are secret and meant to be shared only from student to teacher, yet your books seem to reveal very freely what you have been taught. What made you decide to publish so much of the Sophian tradition?
Today, through the blessing of modern technology we have the ability to teach spiritual friends who live at a distance; but still there is a play of visitation and receiving teachings in person, and there are teachings that are only given in person.
Are your students required to give up their current churches, or any common mainstream Christian beliefs? You might say we share advanced teachings of Christianity. We do have some views, beliefs, significantly different than those of mainstream Christianity, but we do not view differences as a conflict or contradiction — there is an outer, inner and secret Gospel, and for us the outer, inner and secret are completely interwoven. In our extended community, the EPS, we have some members who attend other, mainstream churches, as well as being members of our gnostic church.
Well…Gnostic Sufi Muslim? Do you believe that religion has any place in politics? Particularly, how do you feel about some forms of mainstream Christianity being lumped together with the political Right? What suggestion would you have for someone who wants to have a deeper personal experience of the presence of God in their life?
In general, this is true regardless of what faith or tradition we practice in.
Gnosis Of The Cosmic Christ: A Gnostic Christian Kabbalah
Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ : A Gnostic Christian Kabbalah