Since starting this course it has taken me on a journey. I found a new partner who is spiritually minded and a Reiki healer and we have become engaged. I have also given up alcohol and feel more comfortable in my sobriety.
I have used some of the tools now in my new business. I have coached 2 people who were suffering and I guided then to do meditation and look for the answers from within.
I have started some great workshops where I do guided meditations and have used some of the techniques such as the roses and golden sun to aid me in this. I really needed the grounding cord information for this work. I believe that meditating is where we will get all our answers. I also use the Angel cards which always give people great answers. I have a larger scale workshop planned in a few weeks in the local Hairdressers and have had to ask for some help from my friend a Reiki healer and another who is into Angel cards to assist me. I will be doing a lot of goal setting and getting people to create there future and I will be opening and closing the evening with guided meditations.
Everything in this course I could relate to. I have steered away from Reiki and working with healing energies as I feel it is my path to work with the mind. I do more work with the subconscious mind. I use the meditations, affirmations, positive thinking and creative visualisation. Forgiveness is also something I apply to my work now. I believe we create everything and if we don’t forgive this will fester and becomes an illness.
I must say there was really nothing in this course that I didn’t believe in. I had some knowledge of some of course but it was fabulous to read it through in a different perspective.
I would like to thank ULC for everything they have given me. And I wish you all the love and joy you could wish for.
Rev. Yvette White
Submitted by Ernest Kayorie
After the completion of the extensive and sometimes tedious reading associated with the course, I would like to state that this has been an extremely informative course. While the subject is very interesting, it can be off setting because of the numerous definitions and oftentimes convoluted concepts. In many ways, it has involved learning a new vocabulary. She uses many resources to present the various topics and information important to a proper understanding of the subject. The most important part of the course for this writer was the summation because it brought together many of the ideas presented throughout the course.
The idea that Gnosticism was and is a distinct pre-Christian movement certainly makes sense and comparisons between Christianity and Gnosticism should be based on that concept. Oftentimes, one gets the distinct impression that Gnosticism was and is viewed as a aberration of Christianity. This belief system attempts to relate the story of man’s origin and how the known universe came to be. It also relates how that universe continues to unfold. This explanation is no different than the accounts in the Book of Genesis or any other creation story/myth with all variations on how the universe came to be.
Gnosticism presents ideas on the never ceasing potential that exists within man. It states that man strives for union with that part of him/her that is divine and immortal. The belief in the limited aspect of deity that was represented by the Jewish god, Yahweh was challenged by Gnostic wisdom because it saw man has a being of perfection who was simply attempting to return to or remember its rightful place in the universe. Gnosticism presented a lofty alternative to the small/petty cultural deities who were prone to human emotions. Who says we don’t create gods in our image?
The fact that this search for gnosis (wisdom) was existent at the time of the writing of the gospels and was prevalent throughout the known world is not surprising. Traditions tracing their origins prior to anything Christian (Hinduism, Buddhism) share their secret wisdom with those who are able to understand. What that truth entails is expressed differently in every culture and, at the same time, it shares commonalities which are self evident. The teachers of wisdom and the seers who share the responsibility of bringing this secret knowledge to those who wish to hear were certainly familiar with the ideas presented. The fact that some of these Gnostic ideas influenced the writings that found their way into the canon of the fledgling organization that was to become the “Church” also should not be surprising. The placing of what came to be known as Gnostic thinking on heretical lists is also not surprising. The knowledge presented within Gnostic texts was not for the commoners. It was too heady and convoluted and also it gave too much potential/power to everyman. Gnostic thinking continued to have influence throughout the growth of western thought and is certainly a factor in establishing our ongoing quest of finding out who we truly are.