Patterns of Creation: Logos and the Tree of Life in the Gospel of John

Patterns of Creation: Logos and the Tree of Life in the Gospel of John

by Stephen Pope

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Overview

This book is a radical exploration of the mystical teachings in the Gospel of John. It helps the reader to experience these spiritual truths for themselves, and go beyond the everyday mind, which is dominated by the ego and realize their eternal Being, which Johns Gospel calls Logos. By approaching the teachings in a meditative state, the symbolism contained within the Greek text opens out and comes alive in the present moment. The Gospel is not a historical document; it speaks directly to each person now and the states of consciousness represented in the stories are accessible now. The book contains guided meditations to help bring this to life for the reader. This awakening concerns our relationship with the whole of life. Spiritual consciousness means that we are aware of the sacredness of our connections to each other as fellow human beings, and to the creatures of the natural world. Christ and the Logos contain both masculine and feminine in balance; at this critical time, our well-being and that of our fellow creatures is dependent on this realization.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780991184
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Steve Pope has been a practicing mystic in the Kabbalistic tradition for over thirty years.. He has a B.D and MA in Theology and translates Greek and Hebrew Bibilical texts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 In the Beginning 3

The Tree of Life: Symbol of Living Torah 4

Reawakening to the Feminine 9

Text and Translation 10

Chapter 2 The Relationship of God to Existence 13

Meditation 28

Chapter 3 Awakening the Soul 31

$ Tipheret the Center of all Things 34

The Lower Human Nature 35

Meditation 40

Chapter 4 The Revelation of Divinity in Matter 44

Walking Meditation 53

Chapter 5 Stilling the mind: The Realization of Sacred Space 55

Chapter 6 Witnessing the Ego and Psyche 70

Chapter 7 The First Day of Transformation 89

Chapter 8 The Second Day of Transformation 105

The Awakening Soul 118

Preparation 119

Meditation: Crossing the Wilderness 120

Chapter 9 Day Three of Transformation 126

Chapter 10 The Conscious Realization of Divinity in Earth 139

The Wedding 140

Cana - the Place of Reeds 140

The Mother Goddess 142

The Goddess Bride 160

Meditation 163

Chapter 11 Clearing the Inner Temple 169

Sacred Space Within 169

Sacred Building 170

Meditation: The Inner Temple 186

Chapter 12 Union with God - Death and Resurrection 189

The Crucifixion as a Symbol 192

Beyond Suffering 194

The Triple Goddess at the Cross 197

The Day of Preparation 200

Mary Magdalene and the Resurrection of Life 205

The Darkness of Unknowing 207

Chapter 13 The Logos and the Patterns of Creation 216

Conclusion 221

Chapter 14 Historical Background to the Text 223

Pagan Philosophy and the Concept of Logos 225

Ancient Jewish Mysticism 226

Hellenized Jewish Teachings 228

The Holy Land During the Second Temple Period 229

Further Developments in Jewish Mysticism after the Second Temple 231

The Birth of Christianity: From the Founding of Christianity to the Founding of the Church 234

Divine Mother and Bride 235

The Figure of Jesus and the Pagan Sun Gods 237

Gnosis and Gnosticism 241

Chapter 15 Kabbalah 245

Attributes of the Absolute 246

The Birth of Existence 247

The Mirror of Existence 248

The Sephirot 252

The Names or Values of the Sephirot 254

Appendix: Full translation from the Greek of Chapters One and Two 260

Bibliography 271

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