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Initiation and the Gnostic Revival with Gabriel D Roberts – Free Radical Media

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In this installment of the Free Radical Media podcast, the Free Rad crew speaks with author and thinker Gabriel D. Roberts. Roberts. He is the author of such books as “Born Again to Rebirth” and his latest, “The Quest for Gnosis,” as well as writing for such publications as VICE Magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Disinformation. Roberts discusses his personal, spiritual journey from strict Christianity to what he describes as a “more fluid worldview,” with a heavy focus on Gnostic philosophy. He also discusses his latest book, a collection of interviews with such minds as Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Dr. Rick Strassman and many more. An enlightening and engaging conversation.

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William T. Vollmann’s Letter of Recommendation: The Gnostic Scriptures

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William T. Vollmann by Øystein Vidnes (CC)

I’d guess that there’s more than a few disinfonauts who are William T. Vollmann fans. You might also be interested in the Gnostic scriptures. An enterprising editor at the New York Times Magazine has put the two together, securing an essay from Vollmann about what he terms “an amorphous set of beautifully and transgressively alternative Christianities”:

Have you ever wondered whether this world is wrong for you? A death, a lover’s unabashed indifference, the sufferings of innocents and the absence of definitive answers — don’t these imply some hollowness or deficiency? For my part, the wrongness struck when I was 4 years old. I was at my grandmother’s house, and I saw a cat torture a baby bird.

Hoping to understand the purpose of our situation, I visit possessors of maxims and scriptures. Most of them are kind to me. I love the ritualistic gorgeousness of Catholic cathedrals, the matter-of-fact sincerity with which strangers pray together at roadsides throughout the Muslim world, the studied bravery and compassion in the texts of medieval Jewish responsa, the jovial humility of the Buddhist precept that enlightenment is no reward and lack of enlightenment no loss, the nobility of atheists who do whatever good they do without expectation of celestial candy — not to mention pantheists’ glorifications of everything from elephants to oceans.

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Daniele Bolelli: The Drunken Taoist Takes On Gnosis

The following is from the new book, THE QUEST FOR GNOSIS, available now.Dan22

Mr. Bolelli is the author of the book, Create Your Own Religion: A How To Book Without Instructions. His perspective on life, death and everything in between has always intrigued and inspired me and I just had to have a talk with him for The Quest For Gnosis.

GDR: So… you’re called the “Drunken Taoist.”

DB: Sure.

GDR: Why is that? What’s the story behind that?

DB: Um… Drunken Taoist I guess, you know how in kung fu movies you’ve got the old drunk guy who looks like crap and always manages to defeat these burly, strong, younger, better, faster attackers and nobody can quite figure out how. The Drunken Taoist is the power of weirdness: It’s an unorthodox approach, that no one can quite figure out why it works, but it does.

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The Sacred Mysteries of Quetzalcoatl

Behold, I send you forth as sheep [neophytes] in the midst of wolves [the profane]: be ye therefore wise as serpents [magicians], and harmless as doves [mystics]. Matthew 10:16

English: Quetzalcoatl, God of Wisdom

Quetzalcoatl, God of Wisdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via Gnostic Teachings

Unquestionably, the theme of Quetzalcoatl is transcendental and deserves to be reflected upon profoundly.

First of all, I have to emphatically state with complete clarity that Quetzalcoatl is not a myth.  Unquestionably Quetzalcoatl is the great Word, the Platonic Logos, the Demiurge Architect of the Universe, the Creator.

When we study Quetzalcoatl, we then discover that within it there exists the same Cosmic Drama of Yeshua Ben Pandira (Jesus Christ).  Quetzalcoatl carrying his cross on his shoulders reminds us precisely of the Martyr of Calvary.

Thus, indeed, Quetzalcoatl is the Logos; he is what is, what was, and what will always be; he is the life that palpitates within every sun. 

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Giordano Bruno: Rebel Monk

Disinfonauts! I recently had the once in a lifetime chance to go to Italy and pay homage to one of my personal heroes. While in Rome I visited the site of the immolation of Giordano Bruno, a man who was once a monk who then followed a new path that resurrected many Gnostic and Hermetic ideas. I made this video to pay homage to his memory in hopes that we will all remember to live our lives with passion, integrity and a willingness to fight for what is true and good in this world.

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Physicist Discovers Computer Code Embedded Within the Equations of String Theory

In an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, physicist James Gates describes a digitally-encoded error checking algorithm embedded within the fundamental equations of String Theory:

Gates’s ideas are laid out in more depth in a 2010 article for Physics World. He believes that these theoretical findings, if validated, may be evidence that we live in a simulation. However, if there are algorithms encoded in the fabric of reality, is it not also possible that they might have emerged as a result of some natural selective process–a kind of cosmic DNA, if you will?

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Where The Intellect Leads The Heart Can Suffer

Fear of the unknown can be as common as knowing that the sun will set and rise once again. Chaos can be an ally, but can also bite the rear if given too much credence. Sometimes a person may feel the need to know, or the need to have some illusion of control over something they cannot possible know or control. This can have the potential of not only hurting the person also others, indirectly or directly. To Illuminate this, I share a story about a man who helped six children, and how the those needy for control have harmed themselves and others.

Via SALON:

“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’”

Someone posted a photo of his house online.

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