Monday, May 22, 2006

SF Gate does an interview with a Gnostic bishop about the DV Code

And even he didn't like the book. Go figure. Here is the link to the interview, and here are a few nuggets of interest about Gnosticism in general:

What are the basic teachings of Gnostic Christianity?

There is a huge spectrum of Gnostic beliefs, so I can't speak for all forms of Gnosticism. But generally speaking, mainstream Christianity believes that we all inherit original sin. So the purpose of the incarnation [of Jesus] is atonement for that sin. This isn't the Gnostic view, however. Gnostics believe that the real problem isn't sin -- it's ignorance, because we don't know our origins, who we really are.

We also believe that everyone has the potential for gnosis. Everyone has a spark of the true light or the divine in them. The whole point for Gnosticism is to help reveal that spark so that a person recognizes it inside of himself or herself.

How do you help a person reveal that spark?

We serve as midwives for each other, so that we can each remember the light within us, and then live according to that truth and light revealed in our experience. So rather than tell them how to live, we would be more inclined to help them find the divine within them and let that instruct them.

You lead a group of Gnostic initiates. What is the teaching process like?

We have weekly meetings as a group. We also work with our new students for a period of about three years in one-to-one mentoring. Sometimes we'll take that process up again, if a person goes into advanced study and practices. We will also facilitate ceremonies and meditation circles that people can attend to draw out their spiritual experiences.

We're living in complicated times. There is a lot of upheaval, a lot of change. What does Gnosticism have to teach us about dealing with these pressures?

Gnosticism -- particularly Sophian Gnosticism -- proposes that creation is an evolutionary process. We are constantly going through change, growth and development. And everything that we encounter in the material dimension is an impermanent phenomenon. So when we are looking at the world, we know it's a continuum of change. And our way of spirituality is to move with what's happening as it's happening, to remain in the flow.

In a Gnostic view, rather than root ourselves here outwardly, we learn to go within and live within -- and to root ourselves in that transcendent being that we recognize and realize inwardly. So we're very empowered, very free to live fully here. But also we are aware that we are just travelers here.

Where are you traveling to?

Gnostics see this world as the tip of the iceberg of reality. And rather than identifying with just the tip of the iceberg, we seek to be aware of the entire iceberg -- all of these various layers and levels, dimensions of reality -- while we are here and now. And when we do this, it changes how we relate with this dimension, with this world, with this body. We know that we are more than this body, that our consciousness is beyond this body while within it. And this empowers us to embrace the challenges, to embrace the constant flow of change in our lives.

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