Gnostic Doctrine

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Spiritual Awakening

Awakening




Why do people need to be awakened?

For Yahweh hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes” (Matt. 13:14, 15: Isaiah 29:13, 14; 9, 10). This is the divine definition of world’s condition at the time of Christ’s second appearing

So what is sleep?

Sleep It means not knowing, the state of having forgotten, Forgetting or Forgetfulness
 
Awakening: "Awakening," to Gnostics, means remembering what we always knew, but somehow forgot. Specifically, remembering we are meant to think like God and being able to do so again because we understand the Christ message. (Deirdre J. Good, Reconstructing the Tradition of Sophia in Gnostic Literature, p. 51.)

awakening, spiritual--Becoming conscious of the things of Spirit, or God.

In the New Testament, pistus refers to a rational understanding rather than belief. Paul's use of the word pistus/faith implies an intellectual awakening; "both the NEV's 'awakened by the message' and the RSV's 'faith comes from what is heard.' This accent on hearing, as an event, which awakens faith, is central to Paul. It is not reducible to hearing sermons, nor simple oral communications, though it embraces both…hearing [from the Greek word Akoe] implies that the gospel must be articulated [understood]." (229) See Jm 1:25, Titus 3:4.

Simply said, resurrection is reaching nonjudgmental attitude
 because here you awaken to your true perfect Christ-self.

Spiritual Quickening
--An inflow of divine vitality into the body, which follows the affirmation of Truth. To quicken is to make alive. The quickening of the Spirit in the mortal body makes it eternal and incorruptible, not subject to death and corruption.

Spiritual quickening is a waking up of the whole man to the full consciousness of what he is in the sight of God. The sense man is only half-awake, going about in a dream and thinking it is real life. The word of God is quick, and when it enters into a man he stands upright on his feet, his divine understanding, and he knows and sees himself as he is. He is wide awake, alert, quick, and powerful.

"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (Rom. 8:11).

The Gospel of Truth

WAKING UP AND COMING TO KNOWLEDGE


What, then, is that which he wants such a one to think? “I am like the shadows and phantoms of the night.” When morning comes, this one knows that the fear that had been experienced was nothing.

Thus they were ignorant of the father; he is the one whom they did not see. Since there had been fear and confusion and a lack of confidence and double-mindedness and division, there were many illusions that were conceived by them, as well as empty ignorance—as if they were fast asleep and found themselves a prey to troubled dreams.

Either they are fleeing somewhere, or they lack strength to escape when pursued. They are involved in inflicting blows, or they themselves receive bruises. They are falling from high places, or they fly through the air with no wings at all. Other times, it is as if certain people were trying to kill them, even though there is no one pursuing them; or they themselves are killing those beside them, and they are stained by their blood. Until the moment when they who are passing through all these things—I mean they who have experienced all these confusions—awaken, they see nothing because the dreams were nothing. It is thus that they who cast ignorance from them like sleep do not consider it to be anything, nor regard its properties to be something real, but they renounce them like a dream in the night and they consider the knowledge of the father to be the dawn. It is thus that each one has acted, as if asleep, during the time of ignorance, and thus a person comes to understand, as if awakening. And happy is the one who comes to himself and awakens. Indeed, blessings on one who has opened the eyes of the blind.

The spirit came to this person in haste when the person was awakened. Having given its hand to the one lying prone on the ground, it placed him firmly on his feet, for he had not yet stood up. This gave them the means of knowing the knowledge of the father and the revelation of his son. For when they saw it and listened to it, he permitted them to take a taste of and to smell and to grasp the beloved son. (The Gospel of Truth)


Those who are trapped in mortal mind are asleep. Error has thrown a blanket over their minds so that they do not perceive the Reality in which they live. They experience only the dreams and illusions created in their own minds. When morning comes, dreamers perceive that their fears were unreal. They were running from illusions created by their own minds. The sleepers of mortal existence are in the same condition. When they awaken to the Reality of their Parents, they will perceive that the terrors of mortal existence were as unreal as their dreams. The Reality is that which the Parents represent. It is that in which "we live, we move, we exist." The nightmares of mortal existence appear real, and they are experienced as real, but when we awaken from those nightmares, we renounce them for the insubstantial illusions that they are. Gnosis appears, enlightening our minds with the dawn of understanding. Every mortal has passed through the time of sleep when we were trapped in ignorance of our Source, but those who awaken to perceive who they really are and where they really exist find themselves immersed in the joy of Divine Life. The Redeemer and his Consort descended to open the eyes of those who were born blind. Every mortal was born blind, but only those who refuse to see remain blind when the Light of the Redeemer begins to penetrate their darkness.


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