… a thought making crooked all that is straight.

Jungle gnosis

Somewhere I read about the transition in Man’s relationship to the divine from those beings more powerful than humans but limited by certain human-like failings and personality traits to an ultimate, infinite Being who is infallible and omnipotent.

(Traditional) Gnostic thought holds onto man’s direct way of relating to the gods saying that Man is too distant, too spiritually imperfect and far removed from that Ultimate Source to be able to communicate with It. As humans, when there is talk of becoming divine and being a god, it is this lower emanation of godly forms that is referred to not the original source.

These godly forms in the Egyptian religion are referred to as Neter; sometimes translated as god/goddess, it also refers to an aspect of the original Source, an emanation composed in a godly form conceivable by human minds.

The Gnostic hierarchy of being seems to me often to be quite artificial and a typical human construct that aims at forcing some semblance of order on the chaos of The Unknown.

Potentially I can see merit in using a commonly held construct from the perspective of being empowered by the collective unconscious: why cut your own path through the jungle when there is a well-worn path before you that others say heads in the right direction?

That is a crossroads in itself: trust the Path that others follow and rave about or rely solely on your instinct (and the Guardians from other realms) to guide you through the jungle and (perhaps) risk getting permanently lost… or found, maybe the others are all lost – megalomania rules!

If following the well-worn or even less-worn path were a successful road to divinity (absorption into or manifestation as divinity depending on your right- or left-sided bent respectively), then surely mankind would exhibit a greater degree of enlightenment for humankind is nothing if not sheeplike in its general tendencies and beliefs.

That’s an off-the-cuff statement because I can also see that even if some follow in word, the majority do not follow in deed and remain encamped outside the jungle …

©StarofSeshat 2011

2 responses

  1. Peace!

    As always, a thought-provoking post. An immediate response is: in one sense, we’re all on a broad path – because it just different ways of naming our shared human road towards meaning. Also, even if you work within a specific community/tradition, the path is always inherently specific, personal and sometimes, lonely – in that the adventures you get in to are always inherently yours. But then, at some point, we all have to let go of the hand-rail, so to speak. We all have seek and thus to taste ‘enlightenment’ (whatever it may be) for ourselves.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

  2. Shalom Abdur,
    The phrase “let go of the hand-rail” is spot on and not something understood by many I think. I know that at the beginning of my path I might have considered myself fairly independent and balked at the idea that I was gripping to e.g. preconceived ideas, old habits, the ideas of other-people-more-important-than-me, etc. Now I am more aware that the pitfalls are everywhere and it is a constant challenge of awareness to stay vigilant to my Path and to remain open to Spirit/God/Neter, or however you perceive “It”.
    You’ve seen over the years how I struggle as well with the idea of community versus the individual, and for me it does seem an either/or concept rather than a both/and idea – but that is my own personal bete-noir stemming from prior experience and the threat that communities (e.g. family – our first experience of “community”) can hold… Sometimes I think my greatest challenge is not to walk as an individual, but to allow myself to be embraced by community (in whatever form) …

    July 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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