Posted by: shawnjohnston | December 1, 2007

Advent Sunday

Seek, all of you, after the Light, so that the power of your Soul that is in you may live. Do not desist from seeking by day and by night, until you find the purifying mysteries of the Light which refine the body of matter and make it a pure Light very refined. Do to all men who come to you and believe in you and listen to your words what is worthy of the mysteries of the Light, give the mysteries of the Light and do not hide them from them. For he who shall give life to a single soul and liberate it, besides the Light that is in his own soul, he shall receive other glory in return for the soul he has liberated.
– Book of Sophia

Advent, originating from the Latin adventus meaning “coming”, is the season of preparation for the coming birth of the Divine Child. It serves as a separated space of time where we say to ourselves, “Shhh! The Light is coming! Release, surrender, prepare: the time has come again.” We prepare for this new cycle through repentance of our sins, reflection on the lessons learned over the past year, and resolutions for the righting our path for the year to come.

It is a time of focus on the inner work of cleansing and purification, of re-dedication to the Light so that we may fittingly celebrate the birth of the Divine Child and the re-emergence of the Light in the world again. Advent has its roots in our Pagan past, where candles were lit in honour of the dying sun and in anticipation of its rebirth at the Winter Solstice, a time of the year where the days cease getting shorter and the hope of spring and the return of life is renewed.

As Gnostics, our awareness is rooted in our gnosis, and in this darkest time of the year, we retreat to the Sacred Flame within us, to reflect and meditate on the cycles of life and learning. We benefit greatly from this period of mindful and deliberate preparation as it allows us to fully appreciate when the Light arrives once again. It is a reaffirmation of our path and of our faith that God is ever with us. It is an awakening of the Light of Gnosis in the seat of our soul.

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