What is up with The All?

The Father is singular while being many. For he is first and he is unique, though without being solitary. How else could he be a father?…That singular one who is the only Father is in fact like a tree that has a trunk, branches, and fruit…The only Father and God in the true sense, therefore, is the one who has been born by no one, but who, on the contrary, has given birth to the All and has brought it into being. (from The Tripartate Tractate, Part One; The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg.62.)

According to one angle of my multifaceted and ever-growing understanding of the Gnostic myths of creation and the nature of our universe, the Father is the All; all is the Father.

…the aeons existed eternally in the Father’s Thought, and he was like a thought and a place for them…he is a spring that is not diminished by the water flowing from it. (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg.65.)

The Aeons, being “like a drop from a spring, like a blossom from a vine” (Ibid. pg 66) are, in this sense, parts of the Father. Another gnostic text reads that the Father procreated with Forethought (Pronoia) to give birth to the aeons. Likewise, does it not state in the book of Proverbs chapter 8:22-31, Wisdom says:

Adonai made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works. 23 I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth’s beginnings… 27 When he established the heavens, I was there. When he drew the horizon’s circle on the deep, 28 when he set the skies above in place… 30 I was with him as someone he could trust. For me, every day was pure delight, as I played in his presence all the time, 31 playing everywhere on his earth, and delighting to be with humankind.

The Aeons are, in this sense then, as if they are fragments of the entirety of the Father. Alone, they are only a portion of the whole being; but, together, they are Entire. And, in all this, the Father is not diminished in himself, and always has more of himself to give.

The Aeons, therefore, are also able to procreate and, in a sense, “fragment” themselves — the Tripartate Tractate (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg. 67) describes it thusly: “…just as the marvels of silence are eternal births–births of mind–so also the faculties of the word are spiritual emissions…in the same manner that the Father exists, so do those who have issued from him also bring forth all that they wish…by mutual help, for they have been helping one another in the same way as those unborn.”

Now, without going into too much further detail (for the Nag Hammadi texts seem to explore the events of creation in increasing complexity as they unfold), essentially, it is by the “youngest aeon’s” attempt to procreate while in deficiency in regard to her knowledge of the existence and fullness of the Father that gave birth to an aeon or being without soul — as an “aborted fetus” (as texts such as On the Origin of the World, Ibid pg. 199, describe this being). This deficient aeon, then, presumed that none existed before him — that he alone simply popped into being! — and proceeded to procreate (as was ingrained in his very nature) and create a material system or universe after the nature of his own deficiency. And thereby darkness, jealousy, fear, and the like were woven into the very fabric of what we see.

This all can seem very mystical and magical!

But, what can one take from these concepts? If the nature of Myth as Allegory is to paint the greater picture of what we are and where we belong (and so forth), then what do these notions passed down to us from our ancient forefathers tell us about ourselves?

For me:

  • The Universe (whether physically or metaphorically speaking, it doesn’t really matter), is of a nature that procreates according to its very fabric of being.
  • The Aeons are all reflections of the Father, and we (being offspring of the Aeons’ thought) are also reflections of the Father.
  • We are all a part of The All.
  • We are all a part of each other.
  • We are all different, see the world differently from each other, yet we are all facets and parts and fragments of the All.
  • Therefore, we are all important to each other, and interconnected one to another.
  • Spiritually, psychologically, we can derive strength from this view. The All is in us, and we are in it. When we meditate and ground ourselves, we connect with this All-Consciousness. We are not alone, and we are not lost or blind when we are connected.

Let us walk with mutual respect, open-mindedness, and trust in this All-Consciousness to guide and brighten our paths!

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