At a certain point in a person's spiritual development, they must become aware of the holographic reality of the Divine Pattern of Creation that is replicated into every aspect of the Whole. In a holographic pattern, the reality of one level has parallel qualities on all levels. The Gospel of Thomas states: (5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you..."
). What you are actually perceiving is a reflection of your own mind. Which is reflected in the Delphic Oracle in the words: "Heed these words, you who wish to probe the depths of Nature: If you do not find within your Self that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. If you ignore the wonders of your own House, how do you expect to find other wonders? In you is hidden the Treasure of Treasures. Know Thyself and you will know the Universe and the Gods."
As enlightened mystics and visionaries, the authors of the scriptures understood the above reality as explored at http://AnInconvenientTruth.org
. And they used the allegorical language of the Soul in which this world of shadow-images ( http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org
) is composed -- which is why the Gospel of Thomas states to "Recognize what is in your sight..."
, because what you think you see is a reflection of your own condition of mind and thinking. When you look at the scriptures you think you are perceiving Jesus -- but what is being presented is an allegorical portrayal of your own mind that is being reflected back to you. And when you are going to use the scriptures for their intended purpose as the Key of Knowledge ( http://KeyOfKnowledge.org
), the rule is that once a person, place or thing is used in the scriptures, the reference is no longer to anything or person external to self -- but is portraying an aspect of your own mind. As an example, the Gospel of Thomas states: “The disciples said to Jesus, We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader? Jesus said to them, Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being"
-- and as explored at http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org#James
, unless you personify within your own mind and being what is portrayed in the name Jacob/James, then you will never understand either your own self, or any aspect of the life you are living. And this is also true of when the scriptures utilize the name Jesus as a final pattern and reality of mind that you must bring about within your own Self. And this is also true of all the rest of the names, places and things portrayed in the text of the scriptures.
In the Fourth Fatal Mistake in the article on the Key of Knowledge ( http://KeyOfKnowledge.org#fourth
) the Church Father Origen makes reference to Paul's portrayal of the scriptures as the "letter that killeth [and] Jewish folktales" (see 2 Cor 3:6; Titus 1:14)
when read literally, and writes with respect to using the scriptures as the Key of Knowledge:
“But all the narrative portion, relating either to the marriages, or to the begetting of the children, or to battles of different kinds, or to any other histories whatever, what else can they be supposed to be, save the forms and figures of hidden and sacred things? As men, however, make little effort to exercise their intellect, or imagine that they possess knowledge before they really learn, the consequence is that they never begin to have knowledge".
What does this mean? What it means is that "...all the narrative portion [of the scriptures], relating either to the marriages, or to the begetting of the children, or to battles of different kinds, or to any other histories whatever", do not at all pertain to historical accounts of man's more distant past -- but rather, to the Forces and Laws that are presently working within man's own mind and being. Why? How could Origen who was called the prince of Christian learning second only to the Apostles themselves, state that the historical interpretation of the scriptures is "worthless"? And that what is presented in the written text as marriages, the begetting of children, and the many various wars and battles are not at all historical -- but rather, an allegorical portrayal of the Forces and Laws working within one's own mind and being?
What Origen states is true -- and when you read of a marriage or the begetting of children or any other portrayal of what appears to be history, is in reality presenting the Realities, Laws and Forces of your own Mind. And this includes Jesus, the Virgin Birth, the twelve disciples and even the crucifixion. Unless you bring what is allegorical portrayed in the scriptures about within your own mind and being, then you will fail to bring about the necessary subsequent stages of birth that will permit you to enter Into the Promise of Life. If you read the scriptures as historical narratives in the manner of the Jews, then you will have thrown away the Key of Knowledge.