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1 Hip-gnosis Ancient transformation techniques for a New Age Presenter: Joe Szimhart

2 Joe Szimhartbio University of Dayton: BA&S1969 fine arts University of Dayton: BA&S1969 fine arts Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts1975 certif. Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts1975 certif. Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe, NM: Church Universal and Triumphant/Summit Lighthousemembership Church Universal and Triumphant/Summit Lighthousemembership Exit counselor/deprogrammer1980-present Exit counselor/deprogrammer1980-present Crisis caseworker at psychiatric hospital1998 to present Crisis caseworker at psychiatric hospital1998 to present

3 Gnosticism revisited Gnosis: Greekto know; Intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths, an esoteric form of knowledge sought by the Gnostics. Gnosis: Greekto know; Intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths, an esoteric form of knowledge sought by the Gnostics. Gnosticism: Radical dualism rooted in early Christian/Greek influences, features mythic revelation and ritual initiation, elements of neo-Platonism Gnosticism: Radical dualism rooted in early Christian/Greek influences, features mythic revelation and ritual initiation, elements of neo-Platonism Matter is a degraded emanation of spiritDemiurge/Yahweh Matter is a degraded emanation of spiritDemiurge/Yahweh Physical universe: a mistakeshould not exist, therefore physical science is a futile enterprise Physical universe: a mistakeshould not exist, therefore physical science is a futile enterprise Sex for procreation avoided; ritualized Sex for procreation avoided; ritualized Pneumatics: Gnostics, self-realized, enlightened; small percentage of humanity Pneumatics: Gnostics, self-realized, enlightened; small percentage of humanity Psychics: potential for gnosis, recruit-worthy; slightly larger percent of humanity Psychics: potential for gnosis, recruit-worthy; slightly larger percent of humanity Hylics: literally mud people with no chance for gnosis in this lifetime; vast majority of humanity Hylics: literally mud people with no chance for gnosis in this lifetime; vast majority of humanity

4 Gnosticism as radical dualism The Divine is generally thought of as transcendent, impersonal, and ultimately unknowable rather than as personal and involved in human history. The Divine is generally thought of as transcendent, impersonal, and ultimately unknowable rather than as personal and involved in human history. God did not create the world by a sovereign act; rather, the visible universe is the end result of God's (Pleroma or the uncreated plentitude) emanations of His own spiritual essence. God did not create the world by a sovereign act; rather, the visible universe is the end result of God's (Pleroma or the uncreated plentitude) emanations of His own spiritual essence. The universe is structured in layers with the visible universe at the lowest level. Salvation consists in gaining the wisdom (gnosis) that provides the information for escaping the world of matter, in which human entities are trapped on a wheel of reincarnation. The universe is structured in layers with the visible universe at the lowest level. Salvation consists in gaining the wisdom (gnosis) that provides the information for escaping the world of matter, in which human entities are trapped on a wheel of reincarnation. Commonly, Gnostics believe that humans have forgotten their divine origin as an emanation of the deity (Pleroma) and thus need to reawaken their memory by various spiritual disciplines. (gnosis from Answers.com) Commonly, Gnostics believe that humans have forgotten their divine origin as an emanation of the deity (Pleroma) and thus need to reawaken their memory by various spiritual disciplines. (gnosis from Answers.com)

5 Gnostic influence through history Oriental religionJnana Yoga, Buddhism Oriental religionJnana Yoga, Buddhism Pythagorean community at Krotona(500 BCE) proto-Gnostic Pythagorean community at Krotona(500 BCE) proto-Gnostic Gospel of John; letters of PaulGnostic elements Gospel of John; letters of PaulGnostic elements Manicheans (242 CE)radical dualism; rejected by St. Augustine Manicheans (242 CE)radical dualism; rejected by St. Augustine Paulicians (657 CE) Paulicians (657 CE) Cathars/Albigensians (11 th Century) Cathars/Albigensians (11 th Century) RosicruciansChristian Rosencreutz (1616) RosicruciansChristian Rosencreutz (1616) Freemasons (1717) Freemasons (1717) TheosophyMadame Blavatsky (1875) TheosophyMadame Blavatsky (1875) New Thought; Unity (1890) New Thought; Unity (1890) AnthroposophyRudolf Steiner (1912) AnthroposophyRudolf Steiner (1912) New Age (20 th Century) New Age (20 th Century) Carl G. Jung Carl G. Jung Self-transformation groups: est, Scientology (1960s) Self-transformation groups: est, Scientology (1960s) Bible cultsPentecostal, fundamentalist Bible cultsPentecostal, fundamentalist Ramtha School of Enlightenment (1980s) Ramtha School of Enlightenment (1980s) Dr Wayne Dyer: Intention and Source Dr Wayne Dyer: Intention and Source The Gnostic Movement: founder Rabolu1970s; Mark Pritchard/Beelzebub The Gnostic Movement: founder Rabolu1970s; Mark Pritchard/Beelzebub

6 Philosophy, exit counseling and Kevin Garvey Philosophy examines knowledge, conduct and governance Philosophy examines knowledge, conduct and governance Knowledge: gnosis, experience, science Knowledge: gnosis, experience, science Conduct: morals, behavior, psychology Conduct: morals, behavior, psychology Governance: politics, rule, management Governance: politics, rule, management Exit counseling examines cult knowledge, cult conduct and cult governance Exit counseling examines cult knowledge, cult conduct and cult governance

7 Kevin Garvey

8 Garvey and est Kevin Garveys approach was philosophical Kevin Garveys approach was philosophical Transformational cults emphasize gnosis through experience while suppressing science and reason. Transformational cults emphasize gnosis through experience while suppressing science and reason. est reduced knowledge to simplistic gnosis or it through manipulated experience est reduced knowledge to simplistic gnosis or it through manipulated experience est and similar self-transformational intensives push attitude and experience but lack applicability and extension. est and similar self-transformational intensives push attitude and experience but lack applicability and extension.

9 Hip-Hypnosis and self-suggestion Power of suggestion: Émile Coué Power of suggestion: Émile Coué

10 Émile Coué: Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux

11 Affirmation and self-suggestion gone awry Create your own reality: Leonard Orr and Rebirthing Create your own reality: Leonard Orr and Rebirthing Rebirthing in the New Age by Sondra Ray & Leonard Orr (Celestial Arts, 1977) Rebirthing in the New Age by Sondra Ray & Leonard Orr (Celestial Arts, 1977)

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14 The Ten Commandments by Leonard Orr VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery The superficial definition of adultery is sleeping with a guys wife or a womans husband without their permission. Adultery really means adulteration of your own thoughts. If you adulterate the First Commandment, then all you can do is commit adultery. As long as you honor yourself as God you are not adulterating because everything is OK. Because if you are God, you can decide that you are married today and that you are not married tonight (so you could sleep with another woman) and then you could decide you are married again tomorrow…If you are God, you have a right to do that. However, the other people are Gods also and when you mess around with other gods like this the consequences can be very heavy. The superficial definition of adultery is sleeping with a guys wife or a womans husband without their permission. Adultery really means adulteration of your own thoughts. If you adulterate the First Commandment, then all you can do is commit adultery. As long as you honor yourself as God you are not adulterating because everything is OK. Because if you are God, you can decide that you are married today and that you are not married tonight (so you could sleep with another woman) and then you could decide you are married again tomorrow…If you are God, you have a right to do that. However, the other people are Gods also and when you mess around with other gods like this the consequences can be very heavy.

15 Ramtha School of Enlightenment Finding Enlightenment: Ramthas School of Ancient Wisdom by J. Gordon Melton (1998) Finding Enlightenment: Ramthas School of Ancient Wisdom by J. Gordon Melton (1998) Chapter 3: Modern Gnosticism Chapter 3: Modern Gnosticism

16 Be all you can be: Army slogan Be all you can be: Army slogan Attitudinal Healing: Gerald Jampolsky and A Course In Miracles (sin, error, illness are illusion) Attitudinal Healing: Gerald Jampolsky and A Course In Miracles (sin, error, illness are illusion) Endura of the Gnostics: consolamentum or sacrament of fasting till dead Endura of the Gnostics: consolamentum or sacrament of fasting till dead

17 Cathars10 th to 12 th century Objection to the Cathars was not strictly theological in as much of what the Cathars taught and practiced had a very destabilizing effect on society. The dualism of the Cathars was also the basis of their moral teaching. Man, they taught, is a living contradiction. Hence, the liberation of the soul from its captivity in the body is the true end of our being. To attain this, suicide is commendable; it was customary among them in the form of the endura (starvation). The extinction of bodily life on the largest scale consistent with human existence is also a perfect aim. As generation propagates the slavery of the soul to the body, perpetual chastity should be practiced, by all Cathars, at all times (glasgowgnostic.com) Objection to the Cathars was not strictly theological in as much of what the Cathars taught and practiced had a very destabilizing effect on society. The dualism of the Cathars was also the basis of their moral teaching. Man, they taught, is a living contradiction. Hence, the liberation of the soul from its captivity in the body is the true end of our being. To attain this, suicide is commendable; it was customary among them in the form of the endura (starvation). The extinction of bodily life on the largest scale consistent with human existence is also a perfect aim. As generation propagates the slavery of the soul to the body, perpetual chastity should be practiced, by all Cathars, at all times (glasgowgnostic.com)

18 The Gnostic Movement/Gnosticweb Roots in Gurdjieff and Theosophism Roots in Gurdjieff and Theosophism Victor Manuel Gomez Rodriguez (Columbian/Mexican: ) aka: Samael Aun Woer Victor Manuel Gomez Rodriguez (Columbian/Mexican: ) aka: Samael Aun Woer Joaquin Amortegui (Columbian: ) aka. Rabolu Joaquin Amortegui (Columbian: ) aka. Rabolu Mark Pritchard (Welsh: born 1934, a current leader) aka: Beelzebub; Belzebuub Mark Pritchard (Welsh: born 1934, a current leader) aka: Beelzebub; Belzebuub International: Hundreds of branches mostly Mexico, Latin America, Greece, Spain International: Hundreds of branches mostly Mexico, Latin America, Greece, Spain

19 Belzebuub

20 references The Gnostic Religion by Hans Jonas (1971) The Gnostic Religion by Hans Jonas (1971) Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism by Kurt Rudolf (1987) Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism by Kurt Rudolf (1987) The Tree of Gnosis: Gnostic Mythology from Early Christianity to Modern Nihilism by Ioan P. Couliano (1992) The Tree of Gnosis: Gnostic Mythology from Early Christianity to Modern Nihilism by Ioan P. Couliano (1992)


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