“Gnostic ‘Being’ and Omniscience” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.


I have not written for this blog in quite a while. My wife Desiree Lowe-Johnson passed away in 2009 and I have been…in meditation ever since. I have come to understand some things as a result, but offer no absolutes or edicts for any to follow. I can, however, share some observations…some revelations I’ve had.

I have spent a great deal of time contemplating death (as you would imagine). It’s hard not to. It seems so…absolute. Finite. Irreversible. And yet something we all know we will experience one day. However, it has dawned on me that in death’s finality, there is something else. A connection between all things. All people. I know I will see her again, but never in this corporeal form. Not even as a spirit that I will see in heaven per se. Rather, I know I will experience her again long after this personality I’ve crafted (through daily experience) has perished, there is a part of me that is eternal, as with all of those who have passed on. They will be “known,” or “remembered” in ways that are not as local as they appear in our current state of being. I carry with me all of those I have loved…cared for…and known in countless lifetimes. Those who’s faces and names I will never be able to recall in a normal kind of way. Instead, such memory is far more…primal. More like the way a wolf remembers the moon.

But this type of memory for me helped me reflect on what death is. We see it as the end of all things because we identify with the corporeal, so it is partially true that all ends at death. But only in the personality. That part of you that is more than that. The aspect that we meet on occasion, can be tapped into. And that part of you does not end in the way we imagine it. It carries on, having grown from the experiences of life, but is not hampered by the experiential. It continues… In science, it is referred to as energy that cannot be destroyed, merely changed in form.

But just as our popular notions of death can be reconsidered, so can our popular notions of divinity. In actuality, divinity is not limited to an external god-figure. There are no separations. All is connected. And our connection to God is constant, without break or pause…or limitation (except those we impose on ourselves). Divinity is actually not about God at all. It is about us. These are qualities we have attributed to God that stem from our imagination. “God”–as I’ve defined in previous writings—is far more than these qualities that we imagine. And yet, they cannot exist without our perception of the unknowable. Otherwise, they are merely processes in nature that we see and overlook. The qualities we have acknowledged, what I’m calling divinity, are actually qualities about us that we have identified in nature (that mirror what’s in us). Even referring to God in sexual terms (“he” or “she”) is an example of this. As stated in The Matrix: Reloaded, “We cannot see beyond the choices we don’t understand.” In other words, we see that which is in the universe that is us…the rest is mystery, until we expand how we define “us” (as we, too, are much more than we think we are, and then we are able to “know” more).

Omniscience is generally defined as being all-knowing. We easily dismiss this in us because we can’t know all of the minutia that is. I can’t predict what color pants you’ll wear tomorrow…or whether or not you’ll have a job next year… or so on. But this is not what it means to “know all that is.” This is mundane and irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. To be omniscient means to know the qualities and attributes of yourself and how they work in relation to their mirrored counterparts in nature. This way, the question shifts from what’s happening in the world to more to how you engage it the qualities in you reflected in the world…and remembering that these qualities continue to expand. Omniscience has no end point. The closest thing to an end point is an acknowledgement that you know that it won’t end. That you will continue to expand is to know all. You now know that the “all” is continual expansion. So don’t focus on WHAT is expanding as much as you focus on THAT things will always expand…and you are linked to that which is ever-expanding.

The other aspect of omniscience that is noteworthy is the way that you can unlock it within. Dr. Alfred Ligon, using Marc Edmund Jones’ Occult Philosophy and George G.M. James’ Stolen Legacy has articulated seven of these keys in the following way (keep in mind that human beings have developed countless ways to initiate themselves into this self-awareness, and really should joyously celebrate—rather than fight with one another about—the myriad ways of connecting to ‘That Which is All.’) *Please note that each of these keys can be meditated on for years and yield new insights continually, so don’t consider the hurried definitions I give as fixed truths, but rather signposts to give you a direction to head for each. But somewhat like length width, and height framing a three-dimensional space, these keys help illuminate the dimension we function in in spirit AND form as self-realized, sentient human beings.

By understanding the connection between you and the universe, that everything in nature is analogous with that which is in you, you can better participate in your own life. Thus, as in The Matrix, you can reshape reality (including time) by remembering that there is no spoon, you’re only bending yourself. Put another way, if you needed to make $200 stretch for a month, you can either try to change the price of food, gas, bills, etc.; steal what you need; or change how you use such things to make it to the end of the month. The latter method is “there is no spoon” in that you changed your situation by manipulating your own nature, and thus manipulating universal forces (in this instance, the use of gas, sustenance, etc.).

We progress (transmutate the qualities of our personalities into their more mature constituents) by fulfilling the qualities of each moment/opportunity. Thus, for example, if you were in a class and never spoke, you’d deprive everyone (including you) of something to learn. More so, you’d deprive “you” of a chance to advance how much more “you” you can be.

The acknowledgement that we become wiser when we use abstract reasoning to recognize patterns in nature. In other words, nature functions in geometrical ways on each level of its manifestation. Thus, if you grasp the abstract patterns, you can anticipate what will likely be and respond accordingly. For example, if most animals in nature are hunted by a more aggressive counterpart, it is likely that such relationships probably still exist in the corporate boardroom as much as they do in any ghetto back alley. Adversely, the same principle applies to that which is spiritually uplifting in the universe…

We create the substance of our own reality by being aware of what we deem relevant. Thus, if life, to you, is drudgery and difficulty, you will find ample opportunity to reinforce that belief. However, if life is a wondrous and giving experience, you will also find ample opportunity to more fully believe this. The relevant thing? You get to choose.

Through the mind and its ability to expand and grow, we can propel ourselves from existing in our own lives to more fully experiencing them. Through intuition, sensation, thinking, and feeling we makes sense of our being, and thus have the capacity to expand on such existentiality.

In contrast to individualism, this key deals more with individuation, or, the concept of cultivating one’s self into who you choose to be, but not by separating yourself from others. Rather, through identifying the qualities of the self you choose to be, you can sculpt your being according to your measure of a connection with God.

Through initiation, a self-assigned group experience where one goes through psycho-spiritual regeneration, one can discover one’s self and learn to aesthetically express themselves in accordance with their primary drive.

Through experiencing these keys and reflecting on them, one can experience human omniscience. One can know how they function internally, and thus how to better navigate how to integrate with life’s challenges, and this is how to “know all.”

~ by Lord Amaru on August 16, 2011.

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