I know one of the things that can make the gnostic turn uncomfortable for people is that they fear it turning paranoid, or, perhaps, fear themselves turning paranoid. Once you start noticing that all the lines don’t quite converge like you expect them and that some may converge in ways that are disillusioning, it’s easy to start expecting more and more of the same. It’s easy to start expecting more and more of the same defensively, too, so you don’t have to undergo the hard reality of disillusionment again, just your favored simulacrum of it. But we don’t have to get stuck in that, we don’t have to go down that road. We can hold to awareness and in doing so discover that it isn’t just disillusionment all the way down.
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