The book Patterns of Creation is a Kabbalistic exploration of some of the core themes found in the Gospel of John. The book is full of meditational practices that allow the reader to connect directly with the living experience of the teachings. It brings out the sacred geometry of the kabbalistic Tree of Life which was embedded into many of the stories within the Greek Gospel text and restores the power of the Divine Feminine teachings through the figure of Mary Magdalene.
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Patterns of Creation illuminates the ideas contained in the Greek – Aramaic text of Gospel of John, so that the untranslatable geometric figures of Logos and the Universal Tree of Life, may become for you, the reader, the living reality they point to, beyond their use as symbols.
The aim of Patterns of Creation is to help you experience these spiritual truths contained within the original Greek – Aramaic text of the Gospel for yourself. It contains my original translations and meditative exercises to help you go beyond the everyday, unconscious mind, centered around the ego, to realise your eternal essence. John’s Gospel calls this formless essence, which exists within the heart of every human-being, Logos (usually translated as Word). The exercises help bring this into your daily life, so that you gain a deeper connection with the Eternal Presence that contains and connects every living thing within the great circle of life.
Spiritual awakening is freedom from fear and all the needless suffering that we inflict upon ourselves, each other, and all the creatures of the natural world. To awaken to the greater spiritual awareness is to realise our natural state: all life is sacred, and we are intimately connected with the whole of life.
There is One Universal consciousness, out of which, every form of life is continually emerging and into which they are continually dissolving. This Universal Consciousness is here within you now, an infinite creative potential, the timeless, formless essence of who you really are. To awaken to this deeper reality we need to learn to step out of the unconscious thought streams that dictate so much our lives. To Be, here, now, as a conscious witness, is to meet life fully, where the boundaries of inner and outer dissolve into a unified whole of non duality and no-mind.
These realisations have come out of my years of meditational practice and academic studies, and through the workshops and seminars I have shared with others.
These realisations do not belong to me; they have come through many people in a shared meditative space. Nobody can claim a spiritual realisation for themselves alone; they come through us but they can never be owned or added to our ego identity.
The realisation of Eternal Presence in such shared space takes us beyond the thinking mind, and all religious interpretations, dogmas and doctrines.
“Patterns of Creation brings the reader into the creative power of the present. Written with great clarity and considerable scholarship, this book achieves its aim, that of awakening the reader to a greater awareness of the spiritual consciousness that exists in each of us, enfolding us within the greater circle of life of which so many people are largely unaware.”
— Natasha Hoffman, Author, with Hamilton Hill, of Let the Standing Stones Speak (O-Books)
“The author’s overarching perspective and focus is the ceaseless unfolding of being into becoming, through the Logos itself; and that the ‘perennial wisdom’ must be constantly experienced and enacted if it is to bear fruit. His words have real substance, and a clarity and simplicity that enhances the content of the book and makes it readily accessible to a wide audience. I believe this is a much-needed book with a much-needed message that will not disappoint, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.”
— Ingrid Walton MA Lit. Hum. (Oxon.); Dip. Information Science (City) Translator of Classical Greek and Latin texts.
“Steve Pope is a marvelous Teacher, Scholar and Mystic. This book provides a modern way of approaching ancient Biblical texts and a practical roadmap to spiritual awakening. Through clear and penetrating insights, Steve helps the reader discover the deeper meaning hidden in the western mystical teachings.”
— Rev. Dr. Megan Wagner, PhD, Author ofThe Sapphire Staff, Provost and Director of Spiritual Psychology at The Chaplaincy Institute in California, USA.
This is a serious text on a serious subject and as such it is not light reading but you don’t have to be a Kabbalist to appreciate this really fascinating and enlightening book. Nor do you need to be particularly religious. All you really need is to want to understand more about the truth of existence. So often when I’ve looked at the Bible and struggled to put meaning to the stories, I’ve wished I had a teacher who could help me, using language I was familiar with. This book does just that and more. It goes far beyond explanations, allowing you, through the guided meditations to actually experience the teachings of the Gospel of John in a direct and personal way. It does this within the framework of the Kabbalah and The Tree of Life, showing you in an accessible way, how the two are intertwined. It truly brought the teachings to life for me and that is far more than I had hoped for when I began reading. There is so much information in this for anyone wanting answers and the stories, when explained, contain so much wisdom. It really is teaching at its very best.
— Sara Geller (reviewer for Goodreads.)
Subtitled ‘Logos and the tree of life in the Gospel of John’, this remarkable and profound work takes the understanding of the gospel to a new level. The author is a practicing mystic in the Kabbalistic tradition and also a translator of Greek and Hebrew texts. This scholarship comes through very clearly in the text and commentary. The Logos is understood as the essence and unity of Life, and is designed to awaken the reader to the greater consciousness that exists at the core of our being. To this end, the author provides not only a narrative illustrated geometrically with the tree of life, but also a series of meditations to help the reader enter more deeply into the meaning of the gospel and the stillness within. The later chapters explore union with God in the symbol of death and resurrection, and there is a fascinating separate chapter on the historical background to the text. Some readers will know that the Gospel of John is the esoteric gospel and that it is not meant to be taken literally, as many fundamentalists have done. There is also a chapter on the symbolism of the Kabbalah and a full translation from the Greek of the first two chapters of the gospel. Readers interested in deepening their knowledge of the Gospel of John should make a careful and contemplative study of this book.
— The Scientific and Medical Network (United Kingdom).
Steve Pope’s book has been many years in the writing – I’ve been lucky to have known Steve for more than 20 years now and have attended some of his workshops. This has been a true labour of love. The end result is more than worth it. Steve has taken the entire prologue of the Gospel of John and translated it in the mystical terms that most likely would have been used at the time (when the oral tradition was much stronger than the written one – 95% of people did not read or write). Together with these beautiful translations, Steve has placed the teaching fairly and squarely in the 21st century, showing us how ancient wisdom is still valid in the modern world. He also includes simple meditations. It shows that the teaching of Jesus (and the mystical teaching of the time) is all-embracing AND it shows it with Biblical text and translation. This is incredibly valuable in the modern world where the fundamentalist will quote the Bible at the spiritual believer. Without wishing to encourage ‘Bible tennis’ it is wonderful to have contemporary but clear alternative translations to work with. The book takes a wider brief than just the prologue – giving a clear and concise view of the life and times of the people who wrote the Bible, and a sensible and not over-complicated guide to the Kabbalistic tradition. I won’t give it away, because the whole book is worth reading, but Steve’s translation of Jesus’ ‘well-known phrase, ‘I am the way the truth and the life…’ made me go ‘Yes!’ and feel a tremendous sense of relief and joy. Highly recommended.
— Maggy Whitehouse, (Author of Kabbalah made easy. Axis Mundi Books)
Note: Based on original ‘launch’ blog post for the book.