Abstracts of Each Text

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Abstracts of Each Scriptural Text

1. The Holy Mythos. “So were the things that are told in this book reflected in the hearts of maids, that all might read them and draw closer to She that acted them.” (1:10:25.) The Holy Mythos presents a fundamental cosmology of the Filianic faith. It is a story of the primordial beginning, of the creation, of the fall and redemption of the world. This is to be read as an eternal narrative, rather than a historic fact specific to a certain time or place, as wherever and whenever the Holy Mythos is read, all the “spirits of the earth’s children were gathered at the sacrifice.” (1:10:16.)

2. The Crystal Tablet. “Every crossroad is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning.” (2:1:4.) The Crystal Tablet is a primary writing of moral teachings. The principle behind it is that every moment is an opportunity to choose, and there is a choice that brings us closer to the perfection in Thea. It is a guide to living, which calls us to live every moment as a resplendent creation.

3.1. The Teachings of the Daughter. “Forget not the power of words, for a word has all the power of a thought, and a thought has a power to move the earth and the heavens.” (3:1:20.) The words and thoughts are where the true change occurs. The Teachings of the Daughter is about mindfulness, and the mastery of one’s actions.

3.2. The Light. In the first half (verses 1-21) it shows a path of twofold love, the love of Thea and the love of maids. In the second half (verses 22-47) a parable of cave-dwellers illustrates the state of this present world in need for the true light. Ultimately, living the path of twofold love is a path of light in the darkness, and the Daughter of Thea was sent so that we may find our souls before the worldly fire dies and the darkness comes.

3.3. The Mantle. “Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me. Be sheltered in the folds of My garment.” (3:3:4.) This short text comforts those who meditate upon it. It calls those who are weary of this world to contemplate upon the presence of Thea in the darkness and silence.

3.4. The Secret of the World. “And this is the secret of the world which the world would hide from you: that all things lie within the souls of maids, and only the Thea is without.” (3:4:24.) The world is never perfect, and even the most beautiful is riven with kear. The Secret of the World teaches a path of liberation from the imperfection and illusions of this present world.

3.5. The Sermon of the Apple Seed. “Therefore when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres, contemplate first the seed of truth, and let your thoughts unfold from that seed.” (3:5:22.) Just as the material manifestations unfold from the essence, our thinking must grow from the higher, spiritual, truth to the lower, material expressions. Worldly discourses are speculations that can often be distractions. But there is one word that conquers every danger, and that word is love. (3:5:45-46.)

3.6. The Three Loves. They are the love of Thea, the love of self, and the love of maids and of all creatures. Those who perfect these three loves have attained perfection, for these three loves are the summation of all virtues, and those who possess the three loves are beyond kear. These loves are not merely three, but is in truth one, the love of Thea. From these three loves comes life in superabundance.

3.7. The Veil of Matter. “For matter is like to a veil that darkens the eyes, giving them to see only a little part of the things that lie about them.” (verse 11.) This text makes an exposition of the basic Filianic cosmology, following some ethical precepts at the beginning.

3.8. The Way of Simplicity. “What is your truth if it cannot be shared with a child? For in the eyes of eternity, how little is the space between an infant and the wisest of the world?” (3:8:47-48.) This text is a collection of practical spiritual and moral teachings for everyday living.

3.9. On Our Mother’s Love. “For She who created you also loves you, even to the end of the age.” (verse 2.) This very short text calls readers to return to Thea without fear.

3.10. The Child. This short illustrative narrative depicts a conversation between Kore and a mother of a child. “The radiant soul of your child shines forth upon the world because she is in My arms, yet you would have held her from Me. If your child is hungry, do you not give her good nourishment? Why, then, do you starve her soul and give her not the food of the Spirit?” (3:10:3-5.)

3.11. The Temple of the Heart. “Know well your own heart, and the thorns that grow therein; for without that knowledge shall you rarely pass through into the temple, nor shall you cultivate the flowers of the Spirit which alone make life sweet with their fragrance.” (3:11:10-11.) This text, with a highly visual metaphor, speaks of the heart as a microcosm that is a temple of the spirit, and it speaks of kear as thorns surrounding the temple.

3.12. Foolish Maiden. "But she who lives for the things of this world, where shall be those things upon her death? Shall they not be gone into the earth, even as her body? And like the foolish maiden, shall she not be without raiment or sustenance, and without a haven where to lay her down?" (3.12.11.) This short text puts temporal desires into perspective of eternity.

4.1. The Clew of the Horse. Presenting the world as a spinning wheel with Thea as the unmoving centre, it teaches us to govern the mind in the still purity of the Spirit. “She who has no beginning or any end; She who stood in the heart of chaos and made all things harmonious, She who bears the worlds within Her hand; a maid who knows Her is truly free.” (verse 45.)

4.2. Heart of Water. “The heart of water is not proud, she trusts not in herself. She seeks neither power nor authority, for there is no authority except in the Spirit My Mother.” (verse 13.) This text speaks of the authority, its sources and its legitimacy; and the virtue of obedience and harmony that comes from obedience.

4.3. Pillar of Light. “But you, My children, of all the world, you alone have power to choose; and thus you are called maid, for maid is she that has the power of choosing. Fix then your will upon the truth and your heart upon the Spirit My Mother, for by your love the world shall be redeemed.” (4:3:19-20.) “Hold fast to the truth, for the truth is a pillar; a steadfast pillar that all the world cannot shake.” (verse 29.) The material world is transient, but Thea is the steadfast pillar. This understanding guides the choices one makes.