The Essene Gospel of Peace is an ancient manuscript divided into four books filled with the customs, practices, and way of life of a spiritual community that was visited and taught by Jesus. The text records the teachings he imparted to them. The manuscript is said to have remained concealed in the Vatican library for centuries, until the linguist Edmund Bordeaux Szekely came across it while studying there in 1923, and translated it.
Note that the text comes from a region and period where the historical Essene communities were known to exist, and thus has been attributed to them posthumously by scholars. The manuscript never identifies the community as Essene however, and that term “Essene” has become a broad label for a range of spiritual communities that lived in that time and place, some of whom were sun worshippers. It’s most likely the specific community behind these texts were a sect known in their day as the Sampsæans (meaning Sun-worshippers) who apparently converted to Jesus’s esoteric teachings.1
The following excerpt is taken from Book 1, where Jesus is recorded describing the process of spiritual learning that can take place during sleep. He teaches that dreams offer a way to commune with “the Heavenly Father” who will send “his unknown angels” that can “teach you many things concerning the kingdom of God” during the night.
“And God will send you each morning the angel of sunshine to wake you from your sleep. Therefore, obey your Heavenly Father’s summons, and lie not idle in your beds, for the angels of air and water await you already without. And labor all day long with the angels of the Earthly Mother that you may come to know them and their works ever more and more well. But when the sun is set, and your Heavenly Father sends you his most precious angel, sleep, then take your rest, and be all the night with the angel of sleep. And then will your Heavenly Father send you his unknown angels, that they may be with you the livelong night. And the Heavenly Father’s unknown angels will teach you many things concerning the kingdom of God, even as the angels that you know of the Earthly Mother, instruct you in the things of her kingdom. For I tell you truly, you will be every night the guests of the kingdom of your Heavenly Father, if you do his commandments. And when you wake up upon the morrow, you will feel in you the power of the unknown angels. And your Heavenly Father will send them to you every night, that they may build your spirit, even as every day the Earthly Mother sends you her angels, that they may build your body. For I tell you truly, if in the daytime your Earthly Mother folds you in her arms, and in the night the Heavenly Father breathes his kiss upon you, then will the Sons of Men become the Sons of God.”2
Please note, more practice excerpts will be added as and when we find them. While we recommend the practice in this excerpt, featuring a passage from a text does not mean we can vouch for the entire contents of a text.
Jenny Resnick, Jordan Resnick, Justin Norris, and Vida Norris contributed research to this article.
Note: The Sampsæans were described in the contemporary accounts of the ancient historians Philo and Epiphanius. See a summary in “On Some Points Connected With the Essenes” written by J.B Lightfoot in 1875. Lightfoot, a Church Bishop and theologian, labels the form of Christianity they practiced “spurious”, likely because it contained Jesus’ more esoteric teachings that had been rejected by the Church.
Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (translator and editor), The Essene Gospel of Peace, http://www.essene.com/GospelOfPeace/peace1.html.