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The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics by Stuart Douglas

Jung identified two dimensions to the shadow: one personal, and the other, archetypal.

The personal shadow consists of the disavowed parts of the individual’s personality, whereas the archetypal shadow is the rejected aspects of the human collective.

The personal shadow is our own private demiurge, and the archetypal shadow is the Gnostic demiurge and his archons.

Recovering the living soul demands that we address not only our personal shadow, but also the darkness of the collective demiurgic shadow to the extent that it touches us.

As noted above, The Gospel of Philip teaches that as long as the root of evil remains hidden, its power over us will persist.

It is powerful because we do not recognise it.

When it is recognised, in other words, when it is brought into the light of consciousness, it dies.

Philip exhorts us to dig down to get at the root of evil and pull it out of our hearts by the root. Its uprooting is in its recognition.

As long as it is ignored, it takes root in our heart and dominates us.

We become its slaves, and such is our enslavement that we are compelled to do things that we do not want to do, and are unable to do the things we want to do.

If we are not conscious of the archons within us, they fall into the shadow, and that suits the archons just fine.

From there they can carry on their diabolical activities unhindered.

Liberating the soul begins with recognizing the darkness.  ~Stuart Douglas, Apocalypse of the Reluctant Prophet, Page 142