Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mystical Sources


The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of fifty-two tractates (booklets) dating from the fourth century, but whose Greek originals go back probably to the first century. The works are in Coptic (Egyptian written with Greek letters). They represent an alternative Christianity," that of gnosticism, as contrasted with orthodoxy ("Catholic" Christianity). The works are quite profound, and emphasize the interiority of the Christ, "Christ" as contrasted with Jesus, the Goddess Sophia, celestial structures, mystical realizations, etc. (The Library was discovered in 1945.)

Yes, writing can be a very time-consuming activity, but time invested in good writing will create a work that can survive its author; some books have lasted for thousands of years. I owe a great debt to books, and the best way to "pay back" into the system is by writing. For a true writer, there is no greater pleasure than "getting lost" in the writing-experience. Since almost all mystics are "called" to teach, there is no more natural expression personally.

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