Category Archives: Gnostic tradition

The Secret Teachings of Jesus

The Life and Times of Jesus,  that was the title of a philosophy course I was expected to teach in the late 1970s at Golden West College. The Dean wanted to counter the fundamentalist Christian influence of Chuck Smith’s wildly … Continue reading

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The Trauma Vortex

When the US Army veteran gave me a crystal filled pyramid inscribed with a spiral, I put it in my car. Months later I was using it as a paper weight. It held my appointment book open, so the wind … Continue reading

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Socrates’ Mantra

We know nothing about what Socrates thought, except through the written work of Plato and Xenophon. Socrates was a talker, not a writer. In the Apology of Plato, Socrates claims he has an inner guide, a daimon, a belief shared … Continue reading

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The Caput Aureum and the Medicine Lake

The end product of the alchemical process is the caput aureum, or golden head. This stage of consciousness is also “round, it is the wholeness, and it is transparent stone. Which consciousness is like this, inflexible, hard, detached, immortal, and … Continue reading

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How to find the inner “I”

I met Richard Smoley at a Lecture at Krotona Institute in Ojai, California.  He mentioned his book, Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition, (2002) and I recently read the following passage which provided the existential key to a … Continue reading

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