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our Tradition

The Sophian Tradition is a gnostic path for active, spiritual aspirants who seek a deeper, mystical experience of nearness and oneness with Messiah. Weaving heaven and earth into an integral whole, this lineage offers a dynamic vehicle of enlightenment. Gnostic apostles reaching back several generations have refined its teachings and practices through direct revelation. The most significant innovator of the lineage was Tau Miriam, an Englishwoman whose breakthrough into Supernal, or Messianic, consciousness during the nineteenth-century shaped the gnosis received by her young successor, Tau Elijah. Bringing the lineage with him to the United States in the early twentieth-century, Tau Elijah further evolved the lineage for many decades before meeting and transmitting his gnosis to his young apprentice, Tau Malachi. Carrying the gnosis of this lineage ever since, Tau Malachi began teaching and initiating companions of The Fellowship in 1983. 


Oral Tradition

The secret society that was once this lineage in centuries past is now openly accessible to all. With thousands of essays online, hundreds of audio discourses on YouTube, and seven books published with several in translation, Tau Malachi has archived our tradition according to his gnostic experience of revelation. The volume, consistency, and integrity of these teachings articulate a supple, non dual reading of the gospel of Yeshua, revealed through the reciprocity between an anointed apostle and their community of companions. Like the ancient Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, our lineage is an oral tradition, founded on an extensive body of legends—or midrashim—that live between the lines of stories in canonical and gnostic gospels. These legends are vehicles revealing how holy women and men, like Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, or John the Baptist came to receive and transmit their unique knowledge of the Holy One. By seeing their lives as a process of embodiment of the Divine, we too are encouraged to enter the same gospel mystery for ourselves. The power of the oral tradition Tau Malachi is still recording depends not on historicity but our lived experience of revelation—of gnosis—today.


Living Revelation

God continues to reveal Godself to us. Written text alone, conditioned by time and place, cannot exhaust the fullness of God. By the Spirit of God, moving through anointed apostles and communities, we can know the Holy One directly. Like the prophetic assemblies of ancient Israel, Gnostic apostles innovated teachings of revealed scripture by the Spirit of God moving mouth to ear. In the same intention, our tradition of lineage holders pursue ancient and new revelations of God, not of the dead, but of the living (Matthew 22:32). For this reason, our tradition of Christianity might be too traditional or too alternative for either pole in a denominational spectrum. Our lineage rejects that prophecy and revelation ceased in the past, because such a dogmatic claim opposes the Holy Spirit and petrifies the truth. Instead, a living revelation is like the wind that blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes (John 3:8). As every human endeavor revises its knowledge in light of new discoveries, so must every embodied breakthrough evolve the gospel.

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