Some things that really caught my eye:
A prayer of the apostle Paul (author unknown): "My redeemer, redeem me,for I am yours, one who has come forth from you. You are my mind; bring me forth. You are my treasure; open to me. You are my fulfillment; join me to you!" (p. 100)
From the gospel of Philip: "Faith is our earth, in which we take root; hope is the water through which we are nourished; love is the air through which we grow; gnosis is the light through which we become fully grown." (p. 131)
"Heracleon explains that most Christians tend to take literally the images they find in the Scriptures: they see God as the creator who made this present world, the lawgiver who gave tablets to Moses on Sinai, the divine father who begets Jesus. But those who experience God's presence come to see these traditional images of God for what they are--human creations. One need not reject such images, Heracleon says, since they provide an essential way of pointing toward divine reality that words cannot express; but one may come to see that all religious language--and much other language--consists of such images. Whoever realizes this comes to worship God, as Jesus says, "in spirit and in truth." (p. 163)
"The Secret Book [of John] suggests that the story of Eve's birth from Adam's side speaks of the awakening of [a] spiritual capacity. Instead of simply telling about the origin of woman, this story, symbolically read, shows how the "blessed one above, the Father" (or, in some versions of the text, the "Mother-Father"), feeling compassion for Adam, sent him
'a "helper"--luminous epinoia
["creative" or "inventive" consciousness] which comes out of him, who is called Life [Eve]; and she "helps" the whole creation, by working with him, and by restoring him to his full being, and by showing the way to ascend, the way he came down.'
Thus Eve symbolizes the gift of spiritual understanding, which enables us to reflect--however imperfectly--upon divine reality." (p. 164)
I haven't fully digested this last, which suggests all sorts of things about the relationship between humanity and wisdom, but ultimately it seems to suggest that the "fall" is entirely fortunate, that without Eve, without spiritual understanding, we would not want to be as God--and that that desire, to be as God, knowing good and evil, is a good desire, one that we need, one that ultimately brings us closer to our source, to our true being. I can't go on about this now, but it's really juicy.