Your scholars and religious leaders
have taken the keys
of knowledge and
locked them away.
They have not used them
to enter in, nor have they allowed those desiring
it to do so.
You, therefore, must be
as subtle as serpents and
as guileless as doves.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
It’s tedious to weed the labyrinth,
walk a few steps, winding
into some designated middle,
flick the bit of green
from its grip on reddish stone and
pocket it for the compost pile.
Every now and then I look up—
how much further
what’s for lunch?
I swear the path in
is longer than the path out
but maybe that’s a good thing...
I laugh when I see a chickadee flit
over the lines and curves
gracefully into the center.
A moments jitterbug and startle
and she is away again.
I used to write like that in kindergarten—
no respect for lines at all.
Journey through Logos:
Yeshua is incredibly sensitive to the power that knowledge of reality holds—it can topple kingdoms, unseat the wealthy and lift the whole of humanity into relationship. One of the best ways to control any population and maintain personal wealth and power is to control information and knowledge. In this case, though, even the scholars and priests have not “entered in”, not used the wealth and knowledge that is at their disposal to examine their own behaviors and ideologies. They have become the worst gate-keepers, blind to even what they are so rigidly guarding. This is one kind of trouble—the traditional ways to get at the truth are not ways at all.
The technique of seeing into reality at the level of the heart requires us to stay earthy, with our belly’s low to the ground, winding our way in a spiral that takes us to the core of what is hidden. Or, with wings of trust and grace, we might slip like a feathered arrow into the heart of truth. The snake and the dove are both paths that allow us to find in spite of the apparent blockade on knowledge.
I am aware, too, that the serpent might hint at what guarded the Tree of Knowledge in Paradise and the dove was often a sacrifice at the temple, as well as the bird who let Noah know that land had been found. They are ways to gnosis that have their own shadow sides, and their use here may well be a warning about the trouble we will find as we begin to live into Finding. Many of the Trouble logions require us to practice a razor-edged discernment that can have overtones of loneliness or the warrior, depending upon our natures.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return” (Compare to the way the scholars and priests hoard their gifts in order to maintain power and control.)
“He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone's heart.”
In what ways could the doors of the knowledge be barred across your own heart by what you have learned from others? Rest lightly in meditation, breathing a sense of light and breathing out your gift of light back to the world, imagining the doors to Truth swinging gently on loose hinges.
Trouble arises in us when we begin to understand that what we thought were our sources for searching and finding Truth may have their own agendas and immature understandings, and that we must approach the Truth more intuitively and on our own.
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