Thursday, December 24, 2009

As the minstrel said, GOD IS INSIDE YOU

The illustration is from a recent article in Science in which the authors sought to discover the activity in subjects' brains associated with thinking about their god. The slide demonstrates that areas already known to be associated with social perception, imitation and self-perception were activated. This is similar to what the gnostics in the First Century of the current era were writing and teaching until they were silenced by the increasingly powerful Roman Church.

For example one of the writings in the Nag Hammadi collections advises seekers to abandon the search for God and the creation and other such matters. Instead, look for him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and says, "My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body." Learn the sources of sorrow:, joy, love, hate . . . If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself.

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