GNOSTICISM

...[a knowledge of] who we were, what we became, where we were, whereinto we have been thrown, whereto we speed, wherefrom we are redeemed, what birth  is, and what rebirth is..."  (att. to Theodotos)

Learn who it is within you, who makes everything his own and says "my god, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body..."

...there is in everyone [divine power] existing in a latent condition...This is one power divided above and below, generating itself, making itself grow, seeking itself, finding itself, being mother of itself, father of itself,  sister of itself, spouse of itself, daughter of itself, son of  itself---mother, father, unity, being a source of the entire circle of existence.  The Great Announcement

...[She is]...the image of the invisible, virginal, perfect spirit...She became the Mother of everything, for she existed before them all, the motherfather...The Secret Book

....from the nine Muses, one separated away.  She came to a high mountain and spent time seated there, so that she desired herself alone in order to become androgenous.  She fulfilled her desire and became pregnant with her desire.  Apocalyse of Adam

....Desiring to conceive by herself [apart from her male counterpart] Wisdom became the great creative power from whom all things originate, often called Eve, Mother of the Living.  But since her desire violated the harmonious union of opposites, what she produced was aborted and defective, and so originated the terror and grief which mars human existence. Att. toValentinus

I am androgynous.  [I am both Mother] and Father, since [I copulate] with myself...[and with those who love] me...I am the Womb [that gives shape] to All...I am Me[iorth]ea, the glorty of the Mother.  Trimorphic Protennoia

I am the first and the last.  I am the honored one and the scorned one.  I am the whore, and the holy one.  I am the wife and the virgin.. I am the mother and the daughter...I am she whose wedding is great, and I have not taken a husband...I am knowledge, and ignorance...I am shameless, I am ashamed.  I am strength, and I am fear...I am foolish, and I am wise;...I am godless, and I am one whose God is great. Thunder, Perfect Mind

[The creator]. becoming arrogant in spirit, boasted himself over all those things that were below him, and exclaimed, "I am father, and God, and above me there is no one."  But his mother, hearing him speak thus, cried out against him, "DO no lie, Ialdabaoth..."(quoted by Irenaeus AH 1.30.6)

Grant Paradise to be the womb; for Scripture teaches us that this is a true assumption when it says, "I am He that formed thee in they mother's womb" (Is. 44:2)...Moses...using allegory had declared Paradise to be the
womb...and Eden, the placenta...   (att. to Simon Magus)

...heaven and earth have a shape similar to the womb...and if...anyone wants to investigate this, let him carefully examine the pregnant womb of any living creature, and he will discover an image of the heavens and earth.  (att. to Sethian Gnosis)