Pt. 6 - Kundalini, 'Wisdom' & The Serpent
(Continued from Pt. 5 - SOPHIA: ('Wisdom')
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In Part 5 of our study on The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young, we discussed the character of Sophia met briefly in the book.
In The Shack, Sophia is portrayed as wisdom - as God's wisdom, in fact. However, Sophia is in actuality an occult concept and is the Greek and occult goddess of 'wisdom', not God's wisdom.
The female deity of Sophia also has a connection to the 'Serpent' through Gnostic and occult Wisdom traditions. Sophia is linked to the 'Serpent Power' within known as Kundalini in Yoga and Hinduism. The following definition of Kundalini is from the Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia:
"Kundalini (Sanskrit for 'coiled'), is an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force, or Shakti, envisioned either as a goddess or else as a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine. When Kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess, then, when it rises to the head, it unites itself with the Supreme Being."
In Secrets of the Serpent: In Search of the Sacred Past, researcher and author Philip Gardiner posts the theory that mankind's history began with a cult that worshipped snakes and serpents. His documentary uses mythology to make its case. He posits that Serpent worship was widespread in ancient tradition. And so it was, from the fall of Man, and will be to the end of the present age. (Rev. 12:9 - "...that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan.")
Many methods were used by ancient man to access this Serpent Power within and his own 'internal world' known as Kundalini. However, there is danger in this as Gardiner informs us, "This access into the 'internal world', if uncontrolled, can cause serious mental problems. Even today, the Kundalini experience, linked to the 'road to enlightenment' can and has caused psychosis."
He continues, "The snake was worshipped and revered across the globe in ancient times and in every instance, the practice and rituals of worship were the same and based on the same core 'truths'. Early Gnostics, 'Ophites', worshipped the Serpent for his 'wise' attributes. They drank from the ritual cup of their 'good serpent'. This was an early Eucharist Ritual."
"The connection of the Serpent to Gnostic and occult wisdom traditions is seen through the hidden female deity symbol of Sophia. This is all based around the belief in the 'Enlightenment' experience through the inner serpent which was quite simply expressed as the access to the core center of reality." (Like Mack's experience in the cave near the Shack.)
"This process is revealed in the balancing out of two serpentine elements or energies known together as the Kundalini which itself means 'Coiled Serpent'. (As in the 'Caduceus', the wand of Hermes, or Mercury.) The wisdom of the serpent was seen as the internal dialogue within man whereby he must unite the male and female principles of himself in order to be whole" (As seen in the 'Yin' and 'Yang' principle in Taoism.)
However, the Bible states that, "The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom." (Prov. 9:10) Indeed, as Philip Gardiner himself said so succinctly, "It's time to decide where our true history lies." Does our history lie with the 'Serpent', or with the one true God of the Bible? How about our future? Yes, many cultures did worship the Serpent, but truly the Serpent is the one "...who did deceive the Nations!" (Rev. 20:3)
See Pt. 7 - 'PAPA': The First Person of the 'Trinity' of The Shack
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