BOOK II - Cosmogenesis

© Copyright Peter Crawford 2014

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Before the beginning there was κενότητα και τίποτα - emptiness which became το άπειρο - the infinite - and then there was άπειρο φως

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And the ineffable Light of the ONE was like a glittering sacred lotus - floating endlessly on the waters of the eternal night of Nuit*.

Nuit is an Egyptian sky goddess who leans over her husband/brother, Geb, the Earth God. She is usually depicted as a naked woman who is covered with stars. She represents the All, pure potentiality both as it flowers into the physical universe and as it resides beyond embodiment. She has several titles, including the "Queen of Infinite Space", "Our Lady of the Stars", and "Lady of the Starry Heaven". Nuit represents the infinitely-expanded circle whose circumference is unmeasurable and whose center is everywhere.

Such we are taught, and such we believe - because this was before the creation of the great Archons and the Hierarchies.

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And then the ONE desired to be made manifest - the act that we now call creation.
From the ONE came the further levels of being - but most important was πλήρωμα  - the plērōma which contained αἰθήρ (Foundation - برزخ )‎  where the 'Forms' could be created.

World of Forms
The 'Theory of Forms' asserts that non-material abstract (but substantial) forms (or ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. These 'Forms' are the only true objects of study that can provide us with genuine knowledge. The 'Forms' are the essences of various objects: they are that without which a thing would not be the kind of thing it is. The world of 'Forms' is transcendent to our own world (the world of substances) and also is the essential basis of reality. Super-ordinate to matter, 'Forms' are the most pure of all things, and true knowledge/intelligence is the ability to grasp the world of 'Forms' with one's mind. A 'Form' is aspatial (transcendent to space) and atemporal (transcendent to time). Atemporal means that it does not exist within any time period, rather it provides the formal basis for time. It therefore formally grounds beginning, persisting and ending. It is neither eternal in the sense of existing forever, nor mortal, of limited duration. It exists transcendent to time altogether. 'Forms' are aspatial in that they have no spatial dimensions, and thus no orientation in space, nor do they even (like a point) have a location. They are non-physical, but they are not in the mind. 'Forms' are extra-mental (i.e. real in the strictest sense of the word). A 'Form' is an objective "blueprint" of perfection. The 'Forms' are perfect themselves because they are unchanging

And then the ONE withdrew from part of the plērōma by an incomprehensible act of self emptying (κένωσις kenosis), and in doing so left an empty space known as the τόπος - Topos.
The Topos was a place of kenoma - emptiness, which is the state of imperfection, and the antithesis of pleroma.

The Topos was diferentiated by the 'planes of existence'.
These 'planes of existence', other than the physical plane, are non-material states of existence that transcend and inter-penetrate that which is considered to be, by sentient incarnated beings, the physical universe.
These subtle planes, 'worlds' or dimensions not only inter-penetrate the physical planets, solar systems, galaxies and all the physical structures of the universe, but also inter-penetrate themselves.
This interpenetration of planes culminates in the universe itself as a physical structured, dynamic and evolving expression, emanated through a series of steadily denser stages, becoming progressively more material and embodied.
The emanation was originated, at the dawn of the universe's manifestation, in the ONE, which sent out - from the 'un-manifested absolute', beyond comprehension, - the dynamic force of creative energy into the abyss of the 'undifferentiated'.

The 'abyss of the undifferentiated' is a place where all is in a state of privation and unreality.
It is the source of the material realm (Kingdom), that sentient beings refer to as κόσμος - the cosmos.
But although the ONE had withdrawn from the Topos, not all traces of the ONE were lost.
It must be remembered that nothing can have existence without the ONE, and even when the ONE is apparently absent, his erstwhile presence has left its permanent impress.
This residual presence of the ONE even after his withdrawal may be seen as the footprint-trace (ichnos) of the will of the ONE.
Therefore, the ONE's essential presence exists in all circumstances and situations, and the empty place resulting from the ONE's withdrawal never ceases to show traces of the divine brightness.
The vacated place retained the 'flavour' of the ONE, just as a bowl containing sweet-smelling incense retains the fragrance of perfume, even after the bowl has been completely emptied.
No place in the cosmos is therefore quite devoid of the divine flavour, and the empty topos might be spoken of as a mixture of good and evil, light and darkness.
It is because of this residue of the presence of the ONE that the Demiurge was able to fashion this world.

Dividing the Topos from the Pleroma was Katapetasma (καταπέτασμα), the curtain or veil, which bore upon it imprints of the secret patterns (ikons) of creation - the ineffable Forms.

The Tetra-Gammadion
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This was the ontological world of all possible existing entities.
The mighty Aeons were the creators of the Forms - the greatest Aeons creating the highest Forms and the lesser being responsible for the lesser Forms.
From the secret patterns of the Forms the creation of the material universe was set in motion by the will of the ONE - and the motion of creation was in the form of a spiralling circle - which even now is echoed, in the microcosm, in the forms of the basic particles of matter, and in the macrocosm, by the forms of the galaxies.
And now the symbol of creation is represented by the Tetra-Gammadion - the Sigil of Creation.

אֲשֵׁרָה‎ - Asherah
יהוה - Yaweh
One of the lesser 'powers', an Archon, set himself to be pre-eminent, however.
This Archon, in much later times, created his own people, the Jews, with whom he made close contact.
The Jews called this Archon יהוה (Yaweh), the god of Edom, whose consort was אֲשֵׁרָה‎ (Asherah, who is linked to the neter Hathor), the Semetic mother goddess.
The Jews declared the Archon יהוה to be their one god - not knowing that there was no 'god' excepting the ineffable ONE.

This Archon - whom we call δημιουργός, the Demiurge, - formed the Material Realm (formed - not created - only the ONE can create) from the plane of Foundation, (the Astral Plane) where the ineffable Forms were the template for all the possibilities in the Material Realm (Kingdom).

The demiurge is a concept from the Platonic, Neopythagorean, Middle Platonic, and Neoplatonic schools of philosophy for an artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe. The term was subsequently adopted by the Gnostics. Although a fashioner, the demiurge is not necessarily thought of as being the same as the creator figure in the familiar monotheistic sense, because both the demiurge itself plus the material from which the demiurge fashions the universe are considered to be the product of some other being - (the ONE)
The word "demiurge" is an English word from a Latinized form of the Greek δημιουργός, dēmiourgos, which was originally a common noun meaning "craftsman" or "artisan", but gradually it came to mean "producer" and eventually "creator". The philosophical usage and the proper noun derive from Plato's Timaeus, written circa 360 BC, in which the demiurge is presented as the creator of the universe. This is accordingly the definition of the demiurge in the Platonic (ca. 310 BC-90 BC) and Middle Platonic (ca. 90 BC-300 AD) philosophical traditions. In the various branches of the Neoplatonic school (third century onwards), the demiurge is the fashioner of the real, perceptible world. 

The vision of the δημιουργός, however, was only able to perceive the Forms as in a clouded, distorted mirror, and the glory of the πλήρωμα (the fullness of the eternal Forms) was hidden from him and denied to him.
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The demiurge, using as models the reflected distortions that fell on his domain, sought to duplicate the divine originals.
In this manner he fashioned the world of nature (physis), whose main elements are time (chronos), space (kenos) and change (rheos).
Out of space was formed matter (hyle), and from this the demiurge formed, from the distorted patterns on the Katapetasma, the cosmos and all living creatures including, on this world, man.

These in turn assumed identity and brought into being a new hierarchy of entities on the material plane.
Time likewise was made in imitation of the 'eternal present' prevailing in the plērōma.

Pleroma (Greek πλήρωμα) generally refers to the totality of divine powers. The word means fullness from πληρόω ("I fill") comparable to πλήρης which means "full", and is used in occult theological contexts: both in Gnosticism generally, and by St. Paul the Apostle in Colossians Colossians 2:9 KJV.

The objects and creatures in the sphere of the demiurge are mere caricatures, like the impress of imperfect seals and the fruit of misshapen ideas.
They are as illusive as shadows and incomplete.
That is why the cosmos is spoken of as counterfeit (antimimos), and the demiurge called the 'ape of God' (Lat. simia Dei).

Realm of the Qliphoth
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This cosmos includes the natural, physical dimension in which sentient beings live, as well as dimensions, invisible to many, of incorporeal beings.
Sentient beings share the cosmos not only with the material elements, with plants and animals, but also with the etheric and astral entities in the non-material planes, with the  qliphoth, with spirits and daemons, and all the powers and principalities dwelling under the dominion of the Demiurge - ' the god of this world' (2 Cor. 4:4)

The Qliphoth (Heb. קליפות) (literally "shells" or "husks", from singular: קליפה qliphah "husk") are the representation of evil or impure spiritual forces.
The Qliphoth are negative or entropic unnatural force in the Universe which drive people towards death, self-destruction, and suffering, because this is what the Qliphoth crave to provide them with the life force.
The Qliphoth are the forces responsible for the lack of the continuation of human evolution. The reason behind this is that the Qliphoth, who can easily exist in the Great Void due to their "nature", feed off of Entropy.
The main way that the Qliphoth receive energy from people in general is through the viral 'meme' that is called Ego. We are all infected with the dissonant meme Ego, and as a result, we are all feeding the Qliphoth. What the Ego does is divert our energy away from ourselves, and the knowledge of ourselves, and towards the Void within us, which is linked somehow to the Void where the Qliphoth dwell

When the Demiurge had completed his work of imitation (mimesis) he became blinded by arrogance.
He announced to his creatures, 'Thou shalt worship no other god; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God' (Exod. 34:14).

We saw this imperfect creation, but we allowed it to be, because the ineffable ONE had permitted this copy of his πλήρωμα, and who can question the actions of the ONE.

We know, however, that all created sentient beings, and even the Powers, Dominions, Thrones, Dominations and Archons sense that they, and the creation in which they find themselves, is lacking in completeness, fullness and perfection.
They feel always their imperfection - as poor copies of the eternal Forms.
All sentient beings sense the perfection that they believe, and the great Aeons know, certainly exists, and it is the source of all the strivings and the hopes of those sentient beings - for their true reality must inevitably exist in the πλήρωμα, the great Fullness - which is the world of the ineffable, and eternal Forms created by the ONE.

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