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Angels and Aliens: Gnosticism and Archons.

Posted on 20 October 2015, 16:18

Recently, I have been reading Not in His Image by John Lamb Lash, a book about Gnosticism, the origins of Christianity, and how we have all been fooled by some alien entities known as Archons.  Lash is a prolific writer on all things Gnostic and, apart from the book, his website is full of lots of stuff a truth-seeker might find interesting.

What I found fascinating is that a number of scrolls found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, between 1945-47, date to the 1st and 2nd century and are Gnostic texts and, while they are in the Christian vernacular, they read like science fiction.

The Gnostics, a group of Shaman dating back to the pre-Christian era, posited that this world we find ourselves in was created in error and that the Old Testament God is a Demiurge, not a creator. He/is was/is a low level alien imposter known as an Archon who convinced himself and us that he was/is God.


After fashioning our universe he/they/it moulded the human form but without success because they couldn’t create anything, because they hadn’t originated in the Pleroma (the Godhead). At this point the higher ‘God/s” residing in the Pleroma intervened to rectify the error and in doing so infused the lifeless human/s with the divine spark (soul), which made us superior to our original maker, in that we became part of the Godhead, and therefore immortal, providing we find the divine spark which is within us (the kingdom of God) which we all eventually will.

The Archons cannot kill us (though maybe they can destroy our bodies) but they can and do deceive us into thinking we have no divine spark, in a bid to hide our true nature.

In the 21st century we read about alien entities intruding in our lives and alien abduction stories appear to be moving from the fringe into the mainstream. Could the Gnostic seers have been describing 2000 years ago what many abductees/experiencers claim to experience today?

Here is a passage from The First Apocalypse of James (NHC V, 3), (found at Nag Hammadi) a revelation dialogue in which an unnamed teacher (the “Lord” or “Master”) confers secret knowledge upon a Gnostic named James:

The Master said: James, behold, I shall reveal to you the path of your redemption. Whenever you are seized and you undergo death-pangs (mortal fear), a multitude of Archons may turn on you, thinking they can capture you. And in particular, three of them will seize you, those who pose as toll collectors. Not only do they demand toll, but they take away souls by theft.

Now, when you come under their power, one of them who is the overseer will say to you: “Who are you, and where are you from?”

You are then to say to him, “I am a child of humanity and I am from the Source.”

He will then say to you, “What sort of child are you, and to what Source do you belong?”

You are to say to him, “I am from the pre-existent Source, and I am the offspring of the Source.”

Then he will say to you, “Why were you sent out from the Source?”

Then you are to say to him, “I came from the Pre-existent One so that I might behold those of my kind and those who are alien.”

And he will say to you, “What are these alien beings?”

You are to say to him: “They are not entirely alien, for they are from the Fallen Sophia (Achamoth), the female divinity who produced them when she brought the human race down from the Source, the realm of the Pre-Existent One. So they are not entirely alien, but they are our kin. They are indeed so because she who is their matrix, Sophia Achamoth, is from the Source. At the same time they are alien because Sophia did not combine with her like in the Source (her divine male counterpart), when she produced them.”
When he also says to you, “Where will you go now?”

You are to say to him, “To the place when I came, the Source, there shall I return.” And if you respond in this manner, you will escape their attacks.

(NHC V, 3. 33 - 34: 1- 25. Translation from NHLE 1990, pp. 265-6 and Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis, p. 174-5.)


I am by no means an expert in alien abductions or Gnosticism but I do find the two subjects interesting, and I wonder if the two subjects are really just one subject?


Having looked over Lash’s “metahistory” site, I am very concerned that anyone has published his work or is reading it, let alone recommending it.

For a glaring example of his lack of sanity, scholarly rigor, and anything a thoughtful person could take seriously, here is what he had to say about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (where the Higgs boson was famously found): “The Hadron supercollidor may be a Talmudic prayer wheel intended to agitate the qliphoth. Whatever is the dementia behind its design and purpose, CERN is where scientific delusions collide with the incoming wave of Correction, the reality of Supernature.”

The man doesn’t even bother to spell correctly, despite cascades of erudite-appearing expositions of etiologies and linguistic connections. In connection with the LHC, he also implies that the whole thing is a Jewish plot, and complains of physicist David Deutsch being Israeli!  That alone should be enough to warn readers away.

Nearly every paragraph is a digression from whatever he was discussing a moment before.  His mind seems to jump about like a mountain goat.  He appears unstable and delusional.

I’ve taken the time to write these comments because so many people are taken in by charlatans or loons like this who unleash floods of incomprehensible terms to make themselves sound like they’re saying something worthwhile. On a quick scan, a reader might not notice just how crazy this material is—but a few seconds longer makes it all too clear.  Don’t waste your time!

Elene, Sun 17 Jun, 00:41

Just happened to come upon this, a few years after it was written.

Um, seriously?  The Gnostics had their fingers on a great truth, I would say, but their teachings are poetic and metaphorical.  What’s described here is not a matter of being beset by actual physical beings.  It is truthful but not literal.

I’m quite confused as to why you would say that the Gnostics were shaman.  Shamanism is specifically a system of communicating with spirit beings to gain their aid in healing or other pursuits.  It has particular ways of going about this.  If the Gnostic religion included such methods, it’s news to me, and I’d like to know more about it.

Elene, Sat 16 Jun, 22:38

Thank you, Dougie.

Jon, Wed 21 Oct, 11:32

Good to see you flexing yourfingers (and expressing your thoughts!), great stuff.

Dougie, Wed 21 Oct, 09:07

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