Sixth Level of Learning, Paper #4: Sophia

by Ariel Glad, May 21, 2020

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My spiritual eyes are opened, and I know in my heart who I am. I am not deceived by false teachings. My Spirit is awake and knows the truth.

In continuation of our explanation of the Aeons, let us briefly recap so that we all may understand better the concept of our Spiritual home.

Within the Fullness of Divine Creation, which is our Spiritual home, the Source of All emanated qualities of Itself that were to be used for Creation. As Source came to know more about Itself, what emanated from that center point of awareness can be compared to ripples in water. Each of these ripples were areas or the raw fabric for creation within these ripples. Each area emphasized specific qualities that would determine what should be created within each area. These qualities are known as the Aeons.

I will use a metaphor to describe this but understand this is not a literal interpretation. The understanding of how this exists is a concept, rather than a defined, detailed description with words.

We can think of each area as a raw and unformed ball of clay. Everything created from that ball of clay will be formed from and with the qualities (Aeons) that are in that ball of clay. As Wes wrote in the previous articles, there is some dispute as to how many “balls of clay”, or how many divisions of the Aeons, there are. This is not important to understand the concept. The concept is what we feel is important to understand. How you visualize it, understand it in your own mind, and come to know it, will be up to you.

Within these areas of creation are powers or aspects/qualities of the Source of All that naturally and harmoniously work together. They compliment each other and help the other to achieve creation when in perfect balance. All things exist within the Source of All in a state of perfection and balance.

As Source came to know Itself in more detail and defined qualities, It eventually discovered an aspect of Itself which would be at the root or foundation for all this rippling and defining, or dissecting Itself, and that was emanated as “will” or “desire to know” (Thelètos) and “the wisdom to understand” (Sophia). This is why this Aeon is considered the “last”. In a cyclical kind of movement, Source had discovered the motivation to know Itself as the awareness that It did NOT know Itself, and the paradox had been formed. This has often been portrayed as a circle, loop, serpent eating its own tail, etc.

Here is where we come to what is commonly called “The Fall of Sophia”.

AS SOON AS THIS WAS REALIZED BY SOURCE, Source emanated a quality of Itself that “did not know”. The desire to know and the wisdom to understand became a contradiction to the Fullness because it indicated that there were aspects of Source that It did NOT know about Itself.

As with all the other emanations, ripples, or areas of creation, this brought about a new area in which creation could happen according to the qualities that gave birth to it. However, this area of creation was new and different than all the ones that were “above” it. All the ones above it were existing in a state of perfection, and this one was unique because it included the quality of imperfection; something not known.

In order for Source to adequately explore the unknown or the unpredictable, this area of creation is kept separate from the Fullness so that it can remain in a state of unknown, or a state of ignorance. Should it be allowed to join the Fullness of Creation, the qualities of unknown would cease to exist, and it would be perfected.

As we dissect this specific event and formation of a new area of creation, let us understand the qualities that created it.

Sophia is not a person. Sophia is an aspect of Source, Itself. It is the Aeon or emanation that is associated with Wisdom, or the ability to learn and gain knowledge, and then to understand that knowledge in a way that is beneficial for expansion and growth. Well, the very concept of this implies and demands that, in order to gain knowledge, one must not already possess that knowledge, doesn’t it? This is why the collaborating aspect of Sophia is Desire (Thelètos). In order for Sophia to exist in Wisdom, It must attain knowledge. In order to attain that knowledge, it must have a Desire to seek out that knowledge.

THIS IS NOT A MISTAKE, and this is not an error in creation. This was neither an accident nor a “fall”. Just as all the other Aeons are perfect, as contradictory as it may seem, this Aeon is also perfect in Its imperfection because it allows the Source of All to truly explore and know everything, including the notion of NOT knowing everything.

However, in order to fully explore and examine “NOT knowing Itself”, Source was hidden within this area of creation. This area of creation does not LACK Source, because ultimately everything IS Source! What happened, instead, was that the Light of the Spirit of Source was plunged into darkness, so that all which is created within this area of darkness must, using the Desire to Seek it out (Thelètos), paired with the innate ability to understand how this may be beneficial to the growth and expansion of Source (Wisdom), may achieve a perfected state of being and be returned to the Fullness of Creation. This unique area of creation that exists within darkness has been given the name Demiurge, the Construct, the Matrix, etc. This is where our part of the story is introduced.

WE are the hidden aspects of Source that are exploring this realm of creation in order to discover who we are (Source) by using our Desire to attain Knowledge (Thelètos) and our Wisdom (Sophia). When our Spirit (or connection to that part of us that IS Source) wakes up within us, we immediately “remember” why we came here, and we begin to immediately experience and unquenchable thirst for Knowledge. This is the Desire. We then begin the process of trying to understand it, make sense of it, and figure out what it all means. This is the Sophia. Together they produce Gnosis.

In order to have this process work in the way it is supposed to, this separate and unique area of creation in which Source remains hidden from Itself still needs to maintain Its connection to the Fullness of Creation. An area exists that is both part of the Fullness and part of the Darkness. It is through this connection that we have passed through, as aspects of Source, to enter into this creation, and we must pass back through this area to return. This area has been called The Middle or The Midst by some Gnostics. This has also been called the Eighth and Ninth Heaven by other Gnostics, and the Orion Empire in the Wes Penre Papers. It is the “passage” into the Pleroma, the ALL that Is, and our Spiritual Home. No one may return to the Pleroma that has not regained their Spiritual perfection. Notice that I wrote “regained” and not achieved. This is the state of being at which we existed before entering here.

The Aeon Sophia resides in this “Midst,” in order to provide these aspects of Source/Spirit to this area of creation. She is both IN and OUT of the Fullness or the Pleroma so that She may provide the necessary Spirits that come from Source (which is She, just as We are aspects of Source) to participate here. To distinguish between this outer aspect of Sophia and the aspect that is still in the Pleroma, this outer aspect has been named Zoë Sophia. She must remain in this station or position until all aspects of Spirit have been retrieved and may return back to Source when this task is completed. This was illustrated and referred to as The Experiment in the previous levels of learning, in which aspects of Source through the Divine Feminine entered here to participate.

This area of creation WILL be completed and finished and ended. It was not designed to last forever by Its very nature of existence. Ignorance, by design, can never go on indefinitely in beings who are motivated to learn. Gradually, Ignorance will be replaced just by experience alone; UNLESS something prevents that from happening which cause the participants lose their motivation.

Something IS happening to make that Ignorance continue and linger on and on and on…

There are overseers to all the areas of creation to observe the magnificent creations that are generated within their own areas of creation. These overseers are “formed” out of the qualities in the area they oversee. They act as participants for Source to explore these various levels and attributes of creation. So, too, this unique area of Unknown creation, or Ignorance, has overseers, who are made or created with the qualities that form this area. What formed out of the “clay” or fabric of creation for this area was an overseer who is the manifestation of Wisdom and Desire, but because this area of creation exists in Ignorance or Darkness, the combination of these two aspects of Source exist in a state of imbalance or what we have come to know as POLARITY/OPPOSITION rather than collaboration or balance, which is what is needed in order to attain perfection.

In simple terms, a creation manifested that is the embodiment of Source NOT knowing that there is a Source. Ignorance. Therefore, all of what “He” creates does not know Source. Everything that is created within this Matrix is made by “Him”. The overseer who was given charge over the Demiurge/Matrix is called by many names. The Gnostics called it Yaldabaoth. In the previous levels Wes called it and Lucifer. The Bible calls it Jehovah/YHWH.

The reason I am writing “Him” in quotation marks is to call attention to that this overseer is neither only male nor female, but BOTH. He is androgynous and he is capable of presenting himself as with only masculine or only feminine or both qualities. He is mostly given the male pronoun to distinguish him from the Divine Feminine aspect of Source, but there are many times where he is representing the feminine archetype. Just like all Aeons above him, he also possess qualities or powers to “reproduce” (“masculine and feminine”) and emanate Aeons, but to distinguish this creation from the Spiritual home of the perfected Aeons, they are given the name ARCHON, and we will use this word as well. This will be explained in detail through this series.

Sophia carries a heavy burden to remain in her position of both IN and OUT of her Home in order to keep the connection open for us to return. There is such faith in us to return home! There has been help for us coming here in order to motivate us to complete this process. They KNOW how dark it is. They KNOW how difficult it has become. We ARE being helped as much as possible, but there is a self-responsibility that we must be willing to participate in regarding the process of returning home. Now, do you understand why no one in a spaceship will come to get us? Now, do you understand why this matrix has not just been destroyed already? The way home is NOT on a spaceship. Where we come from, things like spaceships do not exist! WE come from a spiritual realm where we cannot imagine the beauty and perfection that exists. Guess what? That is ALSO within each of us! It is through WAKING UP to this knowledge and understanding it that you touch base with that Source that is in you and you finally KNOW who you are and what you came here to do.

We will let you digest this article and ponder over it to allow you to form your own concept of this in your being until it becomes a KNOWING. For some of you, this has already inspired you to contemplate the Gnostic texts on your own. This is GREAT! One question has been asked about how to know what is truth and what is deception, because the texts contain both. Just as we have been given help, we have also been given diversions. Our next article will be a slight and brief diversion to illustrate to you exactly how to tell the difference so that you may know for yourself without relying on anyone to tell you. After that has been written, we will continue with explaining the nature of the Demiurge and this matrix. 

We can NEVER make this area a perfect creation because it exists in a state of disharmony (suffering) and ignorance (darkness). It is not our purpose to change this area of creation, it is our purpose to perfect ourselves and therefore come OUT of this area of creation and return to our Spiritual home. (This was referred to as “graduation from the Experiment” in the Wes Penre Papers and the Penre/Glad videos and articles.) Because of the nature of its very design, which is darkness or ignorance, it will continue to expand and grow with the qualities that it was created from and continue to become darker and darker, more ignorant, and more difficult, the longer it is allowed to continue. This area of creation was never going to be allowed to continue. It was always intended to end.


The Secret Gospel of John (long version) (different interpretations)

The Tripartite Tractate

The Sophia of Jesus Christ

The Wes Penre Papers

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4 thoughts on “Sixth Level of Learning, Paper #4: Sophia

  1. This is delicious. Thank you Wes and Ariel for assisting me connect some final dots! I looked into the Gnostic texts a few years ago in great detail, then tabled it when I discovered your website. Having spent many hours on the WPP, you cannot imagine the glee I got when I saw the 6th paper bring me back around the Gnostic texts. This journey has been both maddening and delightful.

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  2. I will have to read/listen to these pages a number of times. You are stretching me Ariel and that hasn’t happened (like this) in a long time. Thank you. For me the challenge has been over-familiarity with the “problem” disharmony-suffering and ignorance-darkness. This probably means I know the context better than I know myself-the self. Interesting. Thank you both!

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