Sumerian Woman at the Well

from the GOSPLE of MARY TEXT

When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms.

The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, and the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.

They asked the soul, whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space? The soul answered and said, what binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome, and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.

I was released from a world, with the aid of another world; a design was erased, by virtue of a higher design. Henceforth, I travel towards repose, where time rests in the eternity of time, of the, I go now into silence?

Who is this man?

The icon of a woman communicating with the Lord was inspired by the woman at the well story, where Christ tells the Sumerian woman everything she ever knew about herself. John 4:5-42. The Savior is offering the water of Wisdom to the Sumerian woman, urging her to recover her true spiritual nature, and return to the place of honest self reflection beyond the constraints of time, matter, and false morality. She may have wondered who was this man who could have known her past. The Samaritan woman heard His voice and received His word, leaving her water jar at the well and ran to tell those in the city:

Come and see a man who knows human hearts. Can He be the Christ we expect?

Who has great mercy? Come and see Him who knows what is hidden.”

The conversation from the Gospel of Mary text above also inspired the icon. The forth power took seven forms, a different set of seven sins, not the familiar ones from catechism. Christ is the soul who speaks about darkness, desire, ignorance, excitement of death, love of flesh, foolish wisdom of flesh and wrathful wisdom. Wow! These conditions of the human spirit come from an ancient Gnostic tradition yet sound very contemporary, they sound like attributes being explored by psychologists and those who study the mind and human behavior. Perhaps if the Gospel text was looked at by scholars, scientists and the minds of modern man, we would find an expanded noetic dimension Christ was attempting to reveal to us.

This one encounter with Christ at Jacobs Well transforms this woman into a disciple, partner and evangelist.“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John 4:14). In one sentence the focus is shifted from everyday life to everlasting life. She is wise enough to inquire, listen and receive another truth Christ ( in this case the soul) gives to her. Her self awareness becomes the product of knowing God (in this case the soul) through conversation, question, and reflection. The text is not written in any style like that of the bible but it alludes to a kind of map given by Christ for healing; she is released from her doubt, from the lies she believed about herself. She is freed and released from the bondage of self/ego, she is awake.

According to the orthodox bible;

The Sumerian woman in the story becomes the first woman to testify to the advent of Christ. She was given the name of Photini, meaning ” the enlightened one ” (same name given to Buddha). She went to Carthage with her two sons and 5 daughters to preach His gospel and was later martyred. It is also believed Photini was martyred by being thrown into the Jacob’s well where she spoke with Jesus earlier in the story, the well portrayed here in the icon. Magnificently ironic isn’t it! Hebrew Women and Sumerians as well, martyred in this era for inquiring about spiritual matters or perhaps about life in general which may have contributed to why their absence from scripture is undeniable.

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