John Lash: Not in His Image
Not in His Image was published in November 2006 by Chelsea Green, a publisher dedicated to the practice and politics of sustainability. Some of you may know of Chelsea Green through their books on solar heating, earth and straw bale houses, organic gardening, and other topics relating to ecology and alternative living, going back over more than 20 years. With John Lash’s book, CGS is challenging the ideology and beliefs that threaten survival on this precious planet and presenting John’s careful recovery and restoration of the Gnostic myth of the earth goddess, Sophia, who we today call Gaia.
This series of ten talks, which ran from February through June 2007, were interviews with my collaborator and longtime friend, John Lash, about his book.
– Joanna Harcourt-Smith
The Interviews with John Lash
February 8, 2007 – Introduction and overview of John’s book on the Sophianic
vision of the Mysteries and the future of belief.
February 22, 2007 – The second interview deals with the virus of Salvationist religion.
March 11, 2007 – The third interview deals with the telestai, shamans and seers who created the classical civilization of Europe and the Near East.
March 21, 2007 (Spring Equinox 2007) – The fourth interview features a special talk on the Goddess Sophia and the reclamation of pagan wisdom as a path of sacred ecology.
April 05, 2007 – The fifth interview deals with ET and the Archons. The second part of the Sophia story describes the bizarre cyborg species produced by Sophia’s plunge, and their effect upon humanity.
April 26, 2007 – The sixth interview is about the Challenge of Heresy. John will describe the campaign to destroy the Mysteries, and explain why Gnostic teachings were regarded as so threatening – and still are today. This talk also considers the distortion and disinformation around the subject of Gnosticism, making it difficult to approach for most people.
May 7, 2007 – The seventh interview is about Magdalen and Jesus. A discussion of the two key figures in the New Testament, with insight on the Gnostic identity of both. Compares the Dead Sea profile of Jesus with the Nag Hammadi writings, and considers the Pagan background of the Magdalen figure.
May 27, 2007 – The eighth interview is about the Enigma of the Mesotes. An intimate discussion of one of the most baffling and universal mystical experiences known to humanity. John explains his special view of the Mesotes, or “mediator,” and how it complete changes our view of Christ.
May 30, 2007 – The ninth interview is about Gaia and Sophia. A discussion of the parallels and correlations between the Sophianic vision of the Mysteries and modern Gaia theory. Combines scientific and mystical viewpoints on evolution.
June 6, 2007 – The tenth interview is about the Healing Myth. A summary of Gnostic teachings on the Sophia, with emphasis on the healing effect of Her Story, the divine power of the Organic Light, and the quest for a new image of humanity.