Gnosticism Explained strives to provide a reliable, accessible, and engaging introduction to the type of early Christianity known as Gnosticism, with scholarly sources cited throughout.
Owens illustrates how in the first volume of this "last quartet"—The Psychology of the Transference, published in 1946—Jung employed a sixteenth-century alchemical text to provide context for what is in fact a statement about his own experience with love recounted both in his private journals and in Liber Novus.
Hippolytus summarizes this condition of non-being, which transcends all being from the original treatise as follows:
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As part of this same process, the Gnostic texts were excluded from the increasingly formalized “New Testament” over the course of the fourth century. In 367, Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria compiled the first-ever list that contained exactly the twenty-seven books that comprise the official New Testament to this day. This list was contained in a letter that was sent to all the churches under his authority, and in which he proclaimed that “in these alone the teaching of godliness is proclaimed. Let no one add to these; let nothing be taken away from them.” In the 390s, Athanasius’s list was ratified by synods elsewhere in the Roman Empire, effectively conferring official status on it.
The reason is shocking but factual. Early in the development of Christianity, one form of the Christian church decided other gospels, other than the four they favored, should be silenced and eventually gave the Festal Order in 367 C.E. that they be destroyed. Unbelievably, it was decided they shouldn't even be heard. One major factor was they reveal that even the earliest disciples and apostles had differences of beliefs among themselves. This was not acceptable to this church that believed Christianity should be one voice. These gospels make it clear that these other disciples express a great faith in Jesus, even as Lord and Savior, but they did not conform to the beliefs of a church that was becoming politically powerful in the second century in the Roman Empire. Their story is almost unbelievable but is well-documented.
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The manifestation of First Space, aspect " C " is seen by some as the lower or middle Pleroma ( note: The Most High Father, aspect " A " was not manifested yet ), is also seen in; the Bridal-Chamber, as well in the regions of the First Commandment and up to the regions of the First Mystery which is the Mystery of the Father. Within the Veil, within the First Commandment say: " To Love God above all things, and thy neighbour as thyself " then the Sixth Mystery, which is the manifestation of Second Space, aspects " D and E ": The Spirit is strong, but the flesh is weak. Do not fall into temptation ", think Karma, Soul incarnation and reincarnation. The soul, sex, temptation, downfall and regeneration are found hidden within the Sixth Mystery. see: Pistis Sophia and Mysteries.
9:26. And after sixty-two weeks Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny him shall not be his. And a people, with their leader, that shall come, shall destroy the city, and the sanctuary: and the end thereof shall be waste, and after the end of the war the appointed desolation.
Thus, the Gnostics had just as much of a claim to representing “real Christianity” as did anyone else at the time. There was no official, shared standard of “orthodoxy” or “heresy” – just different personal understandings and opinions.
 Pétrement, Simone. 1990. A Separate God: The Origins and Teachings of Gnosticism. Translated by Carol Harrison. Harper San Francisco. p. 171-180.
After delving in the Gnostic tradition, it becomes apparent that the writers of their texts are writing about an inner figure clothed in the narrative of an exterior leader of the faith.