Thought cannot attain to this, for thought reaches only to the nous, and is itself a kind of motion.
The nous is indivisible; the soul may preserve its unity and remain in the nous, but at the same time it has the power of uniting with the corporeal world and thus being disintegrated.
From this contact came Ialdabaoth the Demiurgos, who in turn produced six powers and with them created the seven heavens and from the dregs of matter the Nous of serpent form, from whom are spirit and soul, evil and death.
That is the office of the purifying virtues, by which the soul is freed from sensuality and led back to itself, and thence to the nous.
If they were diverse, he argued, there must exist above them some higher or common element or being, in which case this would be God, nous, or the original matter.