Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Secrets of the Blind God


"And when she saw her desire, it changed into a form of a lion-faced serpent. And its eyes were like lightning fires which flash. She cast it away from her, outside that place, that no one of the immortal ones might see it, for she had created it in ignorance. And she surrounded it with a luminous cloud, and she placed a throne in the middle of the cloud that no one might see it except the holy Spirit who is called the mother of the living. And she called his name Yaltabaoth.  [...]  And when the light had mixed with the darkness, it caused the darkness to shine. And when the darkness had mixed with the light, it darkened the light and it became neither light nor dark, but it became dim.  [...]  Now the archon who is weak has three names. The first name is Yaltabaoth, the second is Saklas, and the third is Samael. And he is impious in his arrogance which is in him. For he said, 'I am God and there is no other God beside me,' for he is ignorant of his strength, the place from which he had come."

     - The Apocryphon of John


In Gnostic lore the entity known as the demiurge is often depicted as a mistake, an aberration  willed into existence by the momentary imaginings of the mother goddess Sophia.  In the legends he has many names, but the one that concerns us here is Samael.  The name literally means the 'blind god', and the themes of blindness and sight run through much of the Gnostic lore, as well as mysticism in general.  What does it mean for mankind to be sighted, and indeed what does it mean for a god to be without sight?  Samael is often depicted as a seducer and destroyer.  In Christianity Samael is often an angel conflated with Satan, and shares certain resonances with the popular depictions of Milton's Lucifer from Paradise Lost.  Remember that in Christian theology Lucifer was a title meaning 'Lightbringer', and not technically a name.


It is my belief that everything in the universe is connected by gossamer filaments of information and knowledge, interlinked threads of sentient meaning.  Furthermore it is my belief that magick is the manipulation of those threads by an imagining sentience.  Is there a limit to sentience, to consciousness?  How many spirits, souls or personalities dwell in the visible and invisible universes?  Is the phenomenon of sentient consciousness truly infinite, as the mystics, shamans and visionaries have claimed?  If so, then perhaps this is our intimation of a powerful and holy secret.  That stories live and imagine just as we do, that they are somehow self-aware.  Is it possible that Gnosticism is at some strange and secret level concerned with the alchemical properties of Light?  In modern times the fields of theoretical mathematics and Quantum Physics seem to hint at the stunning and bizarre properties of such Light.  It is simultaneously a wave and a particle and seems to be capable of non-local communication, beyond the remit of what we think of as the Space-Time Continuum.  


But if these are further intimations that consciousness is alive and sentient in ways we do not yet fully comprehend - then what kinds of entities might exist within and beneath our mythologies?  Is it possible that many of the entities we refer to as gods, aliens, faeries, demons and angels are creatures existing in unseen realms who have fashioned their sentience from pieces of stories?  And often, from stories others have told about them - specifically, the stories we humans have told?


If there is any literal or symbolic truth to these notions, if myths and legends are capable of achieving some kind of self-awareness through the near-mystical quantum properties of Light, then what kind of being is Samael, the blind god?  This question becomes even more interesting when we consider his resonance with Lucifer, who many consider to be the fallen Archangel of Light.

Just who or what is designing and engineering our realities?



Are we all in fact living within the strange imaginings of a degenerate and sightless myth, a myth that has become aware of itself as a discreet entity?  Are we living in Samael's City of the Blind?



There are various kinds of sight.  We can see through the context of music, emotion and insight.  We can see with our physical eyes, but we can also see with our inner eyes.  Or, as the mystics often called it; our Third Eye.  This point of imagining sentience is our connection back to Sophia, back to the source.  It is our window into the eternal force that animates us, and provides all we know of joy and love.  Samael would have us forget Sophia; raped and slain by the patriarchy, a victim of the ultimate matricide.  But Sophia is not dead.  She is the sentient capacity for life.  



But perhaps the blind god, like an animated cosmic golem or tulpa, needs stories in order to survive - in order to maintain its own self-awareness.  Perhaps that is why his Archons have enslaved us.  So that he can gather our eyes and feast on our sight.  Are we as spiritually sighted as we perhaps once were?  Have we lost some crucial aspect of our vision?  All the war, unacknowledged genocide and pathology going on in our world right now is proof of the loss of some valuable internal sight.  We have lost our way, groping around in the shrieking darkness.  


And Samael, the one who knows much of light but cannot generate it himself, devours our light instead.  Do we live within him, or does he live within us?  Or both somehow?  Are these notions more than just haunting speculations?  Just why are we here on this Earth, and where might we be heading?




So what does it really mean to be sighted or blind in a Gnostic spiritual context?  I would offer my own belief that to be sighted is to have full or at least partial access to the transformative power of the imagination, as well as access to the knowledge of who and what we really are.  I believe that humankind is a race of powerful Vessels - originally designed by Sophia herself to be carriers and reliquaries of the Innermost Light; the power of the infinite in its purest form.


In order to once again reach this purpose, our destiny, we must seek a way out of the darkness.  We must rediscover who and what we are in order to put an end to the blindness.  We cannot allow ourselves to be the blinded food for our stories any longer.  We must become discerning storytellers once again.  Dear Reader, know this: the cognizance and application of your true identity is a quest for life and meaning and art.  It is a quest for your emancipation.  Close your physical eyes, breathe and find the stillness.  Eventually, with enough relaxed diligence, your third eye will begin to flutter.

2 comments:

  1. Really loved the vids, especially Mr. 12:00! Great use of the Gnostic texts and wonderful discussion of the 'divine' qualities of light. I personally appreciate you introducing and exploring these concepts, and feel more people should contemplate these mysteries.

    This has truly inspired me! I'm absolutely buried in my studies lately (not complaining) and have just been itching to blog...now it feels like my fingers are on fire. During my forced hiatus I have really tuned in to your recent work...it always fires me up, and I must applaud you once again. Whenever I get bogged down, I can always come to Amid Night Suns and watch some rocking videos and stimulate those neurons even more with the thought-provoking prose. Each time I contemplate your art, I have a transformative experience. Thank you Raj.

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  2. Thank you, Raj. This post is a revelation. I have been flirting with Gnosticism/ hermeticism/ alchemy for some time, but haven't known where to start.

    You've inspired the first step for me, which is to admit that (as a storyteller) I am a creator.

    Now...to decide where the story progresses from here.

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