Sophia: Knowledge of Transcendent Unity

Jan 21, 2021

THE MYTH OF THE DIVINE SOPHIA 

by Stephen Kobecky

In the Gnostic myth of how the world works, Sophia, the feminine personification of wisdom, lives happily with spirits of light (especially her twin brother), in the unified limitless potential of her Father's radiance, created by the twin powers of Depth and Silence.

She's so dizzy with love for the Creative Source that when she sees a brilliant shimmering light below, she flings herself down into the darkness, mistakenly following what she believes to be her Father's radiance, fooled by a mere reflection. There, in the abysmal unrealized potential of the world, she is trapped – separated from the light, the spiritual realization of Gnosis – the knowledge of transcendent unity.

There, the powers of the underworld have their way with her, using, abusing, and exploiting her, until all she knows is sadness in the struggle to return herself up to the light she has lost, but not forgotten. She gives birth to a bunch of bad boys, demigods called archons, including the worst of them all, the demiurge who becomes the creator of this world, infecting it with pride, ignorance, fear, and his lust for power and pleasure.

But Sophia remains present, and in her resurgent power she brings great beauty and spiritual potential to the earthly realm and its inhabitants. Witnessing the irresponsible creation of the world by her errant offspring, Sophia conceals Consciousness in the body of the demiurge’s first man, "Adam," and then brings it into the world as "Eve."

Finally, Sophia breaks free and ascends back up to the true light of life, raising humanity with her ever so slightly. But she refuses to abandon the sad world of humans, and so she divides herself, keeping a part below, ever present and available for the enlightenment of all.

Here, we may call that Gaia – the consciousness of the world.

Back up in the celestial realm of spiritual light, Sophia rediscovers Gnosis by joining her twin brother in a "marriage" of reunification, balancing the masculine ego of unrealized potential, and uniting it with the sacred feminine – made ever more powerful by adversity – into an androgynous whole. A complete person, full with the knowledge of the transcendent, unified light.

The myth of the Divine Sophia, feminine personification of wisdom and the pure embodiment of Unity Consciousness, illustrates our human journey from darkness to gnosis. Sophia is our universal guide for holding the light of humanity.

This is a story about the resurgent power of self-remembrance and the resultant spiritual realization of Unity.

As she falls (in the abysmal unrealized potential of the world, she is trapped – separated from the light), she experiences deep sadness and a longing to return to the light which she has lost but not forgotten.

The power of the Ego (underworld) has its way. Sophia is violated and abused, and then gives birth to a cataclysmic situation: “demigods called archons, including the worst of them all, the demiurge who becomes the creator of this world, infecting it with pride, ignorance, fear, and his lust for power and pleasure.”

The underworld is life as we know it. The demiurge in the story reflects the situation in which Our Divine Will is sublimated to the ego. Pride, ignorance, fear, and lust for power and pleasure are normalized. We are in a world upside down; the hologram of our inner dilemma creates the world in which we live. 

However, there also rests a deep wisdom within us (Sophia) that has not forgotten and compels us toward emancipation from this crazy life on planet Earth. Our separation, fear and suffering drive us to seek wholeness. Our search takes many directions as we grope in the dark; seeking things that often do not bring freedom and happiness.

By missing that mark, we refine our aim. 

This myth delineates the quest for freedom and spiritual realization through remembering ourselves back to unification. Sophia shows us the possibility of embodying our spiritual nature here on earth. Not unlike the search for the Holy Grail, our trials and tribulations, darkness, and separation reveal the contrast. That darkness compels us to find the light. We learn to “remember” ourselves back to wholeness and break free of the Ego’s grip on reality.

Finally, Sophia breaks free and ascends back up to the true light of life, raising humanity with her ever so slightly. But she refuses to abandon the sad world of humans, and so she divides herself, keeping a part below, ever present and available for the enlightenment of all.

Here, we may call that Gaia – the consciousness of the world.

Back up in the celestial realm of spiritual light, Sophia rediscovers Gnosis by joining her twin brother in a "marriage" of reunification, balancing the masculine ego of unrealized potential, and uniting it with the sacred feminine – made ever more powerful by adversity – into an androgynous whole. A complete person, full with the knowledge of the transcendent, unified light.”

Sophia divides herself, keeping part below and available to the enlightenment of all.

Through Self-Remembrance, we embody both the light and the darkness; a marriage of opposites. We incorporate both the masculine and feminine aspects of humanity; a duality brought into singularity through this union. 

Gnosis comes from the rejoining of Sophia’s disparate parts.

In Transcendent Unity Consciousness, the earthly self conjoins with the celestial realm of spiritual light, where one experiences the unity and diversity of all things. Ego takes its rightful place and this freedom among a certain percentage of people gains strength; formulating a new collective. We birth unrealized potential into reality and co-create a new world.

In that new world, we will no longer seek dominion to mask our insufficiency and fear. False powers will not instill fear in order to maintain dominance. The collective Unity Consciousness eliminates lack of connection, empathy, and so we will no longer dehumanize groups of people. Our higher station of consciousness will allow us to be both human and divine, like Sophia, and allow us to recognize that in all living things.

Sophia is the power of remembrance that awakens us from the dream. 

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