When the gnostics reach the height of experience, they testify without exception that they do not see anything in existence except the real one.
For some, this is an intellectual realization. For others however, it becomes a matter of affective experience; plurality vanishes for them altogether:
- they are absorbed into pure unity, losing their intellects completely, stunned and bewildered
- they are no more conscious of anything other than the real one, nor even themselves
- one of them said: ‘I am truth!’
- another said: ‘Glory to me, how great I am!’
- a third said: ‘There is none in these clothes except the real one!’
- unification in the language of metaphor, and
- in the language of reality, affirmation of unity.