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Author: Mitch Horowitz

“Akashic records,” accessed while in a trance state in his Los Angeles living room. Cayce, like Blavatsky, equated akasha with the Scriptural Book of Life. This was an example of how Cayce harmonized the exotic and unfamiliar themes of his readings with his Christian worldview. In a similar act of

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

insofar as their rebellious attitudes do not imply radical rejections of the whole system but rather lay claim to corrections within it. Metaphysical rebellion is rather “a claim, motivated by the concept of a complete unity, against the suffering of life and death , and a protest against the human

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are provided by the conventional faiths, and have a tendency to be highly suspicious of traditional religions and authorities, even disaffiliated from them. They feel that they have personal control over their religious life and may protest the religious and cultural establishment. They are deeply

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the main motifs of that life is aspiring to an ethical education, correct self-understanding, and taking care of one’s own soul, which is described as an “inner” camp, city, or temple. 21 The exhortation shows a modified Stoic understanding of virtue from “the way of living in harmony with nature

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Author: David Brakke

Epinoia or Afterthought, Wisdom can thenceforth appear as Afterthought or indeed as Life, Zoē. 34 Afterthought, Wisdom, Life—they are not the same, and yet they are. Alternatively, in the Gospel of the Egyptians, the divine self-originate Word (Logos) becomes fused with the Adamas to create a single

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In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Author: Bas van Os

is used in the more familiar sense of emotions and strong desires. In the 2007 The Nag Hammadi Scriptures , therefore, Pearson gives a remarkably different translation: But when they are full of passion, this is their motivating idea: “If we give ourselves up to death for the sake of the name

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the sake of recruitment and earning a living. Privatization creates a space for groups to turn their deviance into social capital, that is, any feature of social life that benefits and enables the group to more effectively empower group locomotion or momentum in the pursuit of shared objectives. 88

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For many readers, the phrase “tree of life” will immediately evoke thoughts of the garden of Eden. Charles Echols has situated this tree for us among other life-giving trees and plants mentioned in a variety of ancient Near Eastern texts, and Amy Balogh has explored the iconographical context

In: The Tree of Life

—the central goal of his spiritual life and thought—corresponds far too closely to that found in Platonizing Sethian tractates to have developed independently, and that the essential features of his mystical doctrine are foreshadowed in a wide variety of Gnostic thought. We are therefore ineluctably drawn

In: The Platonizing Sethian Background of Plotinus’s Mysticism

might conform to some of the conventional topoi of philosophical paideia in late antiquity, 33 the account of his pre-Ammonian depression and restless seeking does not sound like the story of a man who already in his youth was attaining regular union with the One and thus living the “life of the

In: The Platonizing Sethian Background of Plotinus’s Mysticism