Re: Theos-World Hunt Williamson
Sep 10, 2004 01:26 AM
Thanks for your kind comments and the additional information you give. It
is an interesting perspective and I am sure it will be most interesting to
read relating to a unique vein of the reappearance of the Gnostic in the Western
Peoples. Do you trace the groups you mention to leFevbre?
When I lived in Hollywood I had a couple of Gnostic mentors that got me
interested in the topic, one was a man named "Andy" who was also a Theosophist
and a Member of the Pasadena Lodge. The other was a close neighbor and friend
of Andy's whose name was Chapman. They made cryptic references to "The Duke of
Palatine" from time to time.
My exposure to the Gnostic in LA was meeting Dr. Stephen Hoeller, at that
time he had a very small Church in a low income part of LA on the near west
side, it could hold about 50 people. He once let me have a copy of their
"Liturgy" they used at their services.
One remarkable person I was impressed by was a "Bishop" in his Church from
the No. Cal. area, San Jose I think, a lady named Rosa Miller. I attended a
Lecture she gave and was stunned to hear her context of speech and word form.
The Lecture was about the Gnostic Light. I was aware of a special energy she
exhibited as she spoke and the usage and manner of her terms and words could
only be found coming from "One Who Knows" through a direct experience of the
Perhaps the Gnostic impetus in the modern era could be due to a general
unfullfillment of Catholics that came to arrive over the advance into the
Industrial Age and a weariness with the Church of Rome from a perspective of an
inner desire to experience more in the Mystical sense of Spirituality that
presages the discovery of the Nag Hammadhi Library. I always have valued G. R. s.
Mead's "Fragments of a Faith Forgotten" and His "Echoes of the Gnosis" series as
well as his other contributions on the Gnostics.
Well, as far as being "Bishops" outside of any mainstream Church, in the
Pistis Sophia the Bishops (Guides of souls) when receiving the souls of the
departed of the Earth, they perform the function of binding them, removing their
memories, and then sending then down once again into new receptacles. So
perhaps in this sense of "Guide of souls" they appropiate the function for
I hope you can find the time to finish your work in this mentioned area,
it sounds like it will be a significant contribution that so many could benefit
My best wishes and regards,
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