“Man has no enemy equal to the unenlightened mind. It is this unenlightened mind that has built up this vast structure of terrestrial selfishness, discord and greed. The false light or lower mind is the emblem of the beast and the number 666. The beast, consequently, is the uninspired mind which is opposed to the inspired or Divine Mind.
This monster of the lower mind, this leviathan that swallows Jonah, this creature that comes out of the sea of illusion, this beast with the crown on his head —- all this symbolism refers to the unenlightened human intellect.” ~ Manly P Hall
The following words are from British author and philosopher, C.S. Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis). Like me, Lewis was baptized into the faith as a young child but later fell away from the Church in his adolescence and young adult years to become an atheist (agnostic).
At age seventeen, Lewis wrote to longtime friend Arthur Greeves, “I believe in no religion. There is absolutely no proof for any of them, and from a philosophical standpoint Christianity is not even the best.” (more…)
33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemasonic philosopher, Albert Pike had written about the meaning of the square base of the Great Egyptian Pyramid, “The Gnostics writes claimed that the whole edifice of their science rested on a square whose angles were: Σιγη, Silence; Βυθος, Profundity; Νους, Intelligence; and Αληθεια Truth.” (See Morals and Dogma)
“One of the ultimate goals of Gnosticism is to understand who we are by knowing whence we came. The Gnostic journey we take is one that takes us back to who we were so we can move forward to who we will become. We know ourselves from the past.”
“A Gnostic is a master at deconstructing the words that make up the very fabrication (invention, concoction, falsification, lie, untruth, fairy story/tale, cock-and-bull story; white lie, half-truth, exaggeration) of the Matrix (womb of the Great Mater/Mother – darkness) in which we live.
To truly see the light of the truth of the world, we must realize (use real eyes) that our inner Lucifer (fire, phosphorus, spirit) must rise like the serpent (kundalini, central nervous system) on the Tree of Life (DNA) using the logos (reason) to reach Golgatha (place of the skull) in order to become illuminated saviors (messiahs, Christs) of ourselves.”
‘As Gnostics, we do not seek the light to believe, we seek the light to know. To know is what separates us from the crowd whose opinions are based on false beliefs formed from lies spoon fed to them by false prophets.”
“Ego = Outer perception, not intuition. Endeavors to keep you anxious, worrying, fearful — weakens mental/intuitive resolve. Always wants to be in charge, twists logic and second guesses to induce uncertainty and fear. Goal is to weaken the individual and courage of convictions and induce a mental state of fear and insecurity.
Weakens the will and make susceptible to instant gratification. Institutions are created in the likeness of the ego, are to a degree an extension of the ego. Signs that your ego is driving the bus: feeling insecure, controlling, judgmental, tired, self-conscious, conventional.” – By Michael Jaco, 24 Year Navy SEAL