The Sunday after Epiphany: Desire for Liberation

Jesus said: The old man will not hesitate to ask a little child of seven days about the place of Life, and he will live. For many who are first shall become last, and they shall become a single one. Jesus said: Know what is in thy sight, and what is hidden from thee will be revealed to thee. For there is nothing hidden which will not be manifest. His disciples asked him, they said to him: Wouldst thou that we fast and how should we pray and should we give alms and what diet should we observe? Jesus said: Do not lie; and do not do what you hate, for all things are manifest before Heaven. For there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed and there is nothing covered that shall remain without being uncovered.

Gospel of Thomas

This is one of my favorite quotes from the Gospel of Thomas: Do not lie; and do not do what you hate, for all things are manifest before heaven.

This admonishment not to lie is especially important, as gnosis, the knowledge of oneself and of others and of the Divine, cannot be gained if there is falsehood. It is incredibly important to be honest with oneself first and foremost. If you’re honest with yourself, chances are you’ll be honest with others as a consequence.

This does not require so called ‘brutal honesty’; it does not require that one be cruel or destroy another’s hopes or perspective. It simply requires one to not shy away from those things that might be disturbing in one’s own mental landscape.

One must be especially careful to not lie about one’s actions, and to make those actions things of which you can be proud. All things will become manifest before heaven, the truth will come out in the end. The best policy is to make sure that whatever you do in the dark, you’re fine with it being found out in the light. There is nothing hidden, which will not be revealed.

When one acts this way, with their mind and their actions aligned, with the truth on your side, then you are free. Nothing can be held against you, and no lies will stand against you.

We walk in light, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

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