Phillip Medhurst

Wisdom from a Gnostic Sage

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20_66 Headpiece to Proverbs by Harry Brockway

Wood engraving by Harry Brockway (British b. 1958) in The Reader’s Digest Bible (illustrated edition) 1990

21_66 Headpiece to Ecclesiastes by Harry Brockway

Wood engraving by Harry Brockway (British b. 1958) in The Reader’s Digest Bible (illustrated edition) 1990

The Apocalypse Revealed 3

In the beginning Wisdom (Sophia) proceeded from God and created matter, energy and time (Proverbs 3:19-20, 8:22-31). Matter had rudimentary structure and time existed as sequence, but neither was purposeful. It was only when God spoke His Word that the order of the days of creation commenced. The Alpha of that Word was Light. Light was the prime creation. This “Light” was not the light we see: rather, it was the Light by which we see light (Psalm 36:9). The light we see came into being when the light-emitting bodies were formed on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14). Rather, the first Light was (and is) spiritual consciousness, the Gnosis which ordered Sophia’s creation and which is conscious both of itself and of its Creator.

Sophia

 

Conceived immaculate, I nonetheless

Wished for a thing exclusive to myself,

And so I exercised effective will,

With freedom to elect as I desired.

Engend’ring Self, therefore, I hatched a god

Out of the womb of all that made me “me.”

 

But who I willed was not immaculate:

He marred the vision I had once enjoyed

While contemplating all reality.

He gazed at his reflection on The Deep,

And when he saw it, thought that it was good,

And said, “I AM. There is no god but me.”

 

I heard the idol’s bombast. In this way

I knew what kind of thing the upstart was,

So turned again in sorrow to my Source,

And caught a spark which turned to living flame

Fed by the fuel of Love. That fire took shape,

And all religion tries to emulate

 

Appeared. No seeing eye could ever then resist

The Light transcending every faculty

By which these words are imaged on true hearts:

“The One is one (there is no other One) –

Unsigned in any mortal register,

And self-subsistent, without any peer.

 

Thus none can speak of One except this Word

Proceeding from the Gnosis – I am He.”

On meeting Matter’s realm this testament

Fell to The Deep as incandescent drops

Into that space and time where nature’s laws

Are fetters from which none can be exempt.

 

 Yet what descended still remains unquenched

Although bemired within this tomb of clay:

Knowing the beginning and the end,

From whence it came, and whither it must go.

A distant beacon for that Light, I send

What light I have, what wisdom I dare show.

 

 

On Reading Psalms and Holy Verses

Proverbs 1:31; 9:5 

If I could grasp at Truth at all,

In a fine feast of hymnody,

I’d eat my fill; but my own fall

Has made of it a parody.

Beyond my reach, it’s only ash

I savour now, from Dead Sea fruit.

My lot bewailed, my teeth I gnash,

As I grub up fell’s shrieking root:

My birthright sold, my mess it makes.

Sin’s fruitage taught what Adam knows:

With swine the prodigal partakes.

I’ll go, then – glean where Wisdom sows.

Sophia’s fare – her wind-doled meat –

Her manna won’t to poison turn.

With new-washed hands I’ll take, I’ll eat,

Refresh my soul, and lesson learn.

Spiced with sagacity Faith’s songs

Will whet anew my appetite:

Then grown upright and done with wrongs

I’ll taste a fresh and chaste delight.