Gnostic Book of Hours: Keys to Inner Wisdom

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As global communication becomes easier and our world subsequently seems to get smaller, we seek common ground on which to stand with each other. We lament that life is moving too quickly and want to hold on to something that endures. In this book, June Singer is a modern scribe of ancient wisdom, helping us discover that common ground and eternal anchor within each of us -- the divine spark that the early Gnostics taught is within every being. "Gnosis does not negate conventional wisdom," writes Singer, "Rather, it holds up to it a reflective glass that reveals the side that was hidden before. Thus, gnosis enables us to shift our perspective at will, allowing us to understand that an individual life is brief; we fall like leaves from a tree, but the tree endures, and the forest even longer. This is part of a natural process. Time and eternity exist side by side; without one, the other would be meaningless." Singer aligns her deep insights into selections of Gnostic writings from the Nag Hammadi Library with the different times of day and days of the week. She reveals for us the macrocosm of human experience in the microcosm of the passing hours and days. Reverent introspection in the moment yields recognition of the sacredness and eternity of who we are and what our lives mean.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062507969
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments XII
The Work of the Scribe XIV
Gnosis XIX
A Book of Hours XXII
Matins 1
1. Entering the Desert 4
2. More Than a God 6
3. The Womb of Every Thing 8
4. Five Gifts of the Father 10
5. How Thought Brought Forth Ignorance 12
6. The Theft of the Light 14
7. Sophia's Prayer of Repentance 16
Lauds 19
1. What Shall We Say About the Father? 22
2. He Alone Knows 24
3. Markers on the Path 26
4. The Form of the Formless 28
5. The First Adam Revealed 30
6. The Second Adam Lives 32
7. The Third Adam Gains Insight 34
Prime 37
1. The Proclamation of Sophia 40
2. The Ambivalence of the Soul 42
3. The Speech That Cannot Be Grasped 44
4. The Tree of Gnosis 46
5. The Light Hidden in Eve 48
6. Eve Betrayed 50
7. Seth the Redeemer 52
Terce 55
1. The Anguish of Ignorance 58
2. If You Are Called 60
3. Only Parts Are Revealed 62
4. The Dissolution of Form 64
5. Whom Shall We Support? 66
6. Water, Ice, and Fragrance 68
7. Possessing No Thing, Lacking Nothing 70
Sext 73
1. Finding the Kingdom Within 78
2. Living Your Truth 80
3. Body, Soul, and Spirit 82
4. Discerning What Is Before You 84
5. The Elusive Kingdom 87
6. What Will You Wear? 89
7. The Mystery at Hand 91
None 95
1. The Holy Prostitute 98
2. The Repentant Widow 100
3. Turning the Womb Inward 102
4. Waiting for the Bridegroom 104
5. The Sacred Marriage 106
6. Recognizing the Beloved 108
7. The Way of Ascent 110
Vespers 113
1. The Prince Departs 116
2. In an Alien Country 118
3. The Sleep of Forgetfulness 120
4. The Call to Awaken 122
5. Charming the Serpent 124
6. Filthy Garments 126
7. The Robe of Glory 128
Compline 131
1. Worldly Names Deceive 134
2. The Virtue of Silence 136
3. The Hidden and the Revealed 138
4. The Opposites Within 140
5. Seeing and Becoming 142
6. Resurrection Before Death 144
7. Purification by Fire and Water 146
Historical Note 149
A Note on the Illustrations 159
Suggested Readings 160
References 162
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