Gnosis is the Spiritual (Divine) Knowledge
of a Enlightened Human Being
(One that has Re-membered to their Divine Self). Within the cultures of the term's Provenance
(Byzantine and Hellenic) Gnosis was a Knowledge
or Insight into the Infinite, Divine and uncreated
in all and above all, rather than Knowledge
strictly into the finite, natural or material world.
Gnosis is a Transcendental as well as Mature Understanding.
It indicates direct Spiritual Experiential Knowledge
and Intuitive Knowledge,
Mystic rather than that from
Rational or Reasoned Thinking.
Gnosis itself is obtained through Understanding
at which one can arrive via inner
Experience or contemplation such as an
Internal Epiphany of Intuition and External Epiphany
such as the Theophany.
Gnosticism encourages Non-Attachment
and Non-Conformity to the world,
a "Being in the world, but not of the world";
a lack of Egotism; and a respect for the
Freedom and Dignity of other Beings.
Essentially Gnosticism as a unifying mode
of knowledge and self-redemption inverts
the scheme of traditional Christianity by displacing
salvation from an external act of history to an internal
process of redeeming Self-Knowledge as Self-Realization.
Suffering, therefore, whether circumstantial or
through the pain of conscious growth, is from a
Gnostic perspective not an "evil" consequence of "sin,"
but rather the amoral paradox of necessary evil,
the cathartic potential of which transforms the individual through
erasing the Gnostic sin of Ignorance as the Unenlightened Self
(Denial of the Divine Self).
The various Gnostic systems vary
in terms of detail, but the basic elements common
to them all are, firstly, the belief that the Self is Divine,
"Spark of the Heavenly Light"
imprisoned within the Darkness of Matter,
and a myth of a pre-mundane fall which
is counteracted through the saving "Gnosis" of an awakening to
the Self's True Identity.
The Christian Gnostic
"At the heart of Gnostic Christianity,
as taught in the Sophian Tradition, is the view of Yeshua (Jesus)
as a Human Being who embarked upon a spiritual
or mystical journey and became Self-Realized or Enlightened According to the Sophian Gospel he was not born Christ,
but became Christed by the reception of teachings
and initiations from his Spiritual Teachers and
engaging in Spiritual Practice and Spiritual Living.
It is said that Yeshua was, indeed,
the incarnation of a Great Soul (ONENESS) and that he
had accomplished the Divine Labor (Ascension) of Self-realization
or Enlightenment in previous lives.
Nevertheless, an Incarnate in the world as a Light-Bearer,
he had to sojourn the Path to Enlightenment
as any other Human Being.
In so doing he became a living example
of the Path to Self-Realization or Enlightenment
and was empowered to teach others how to attain
Messianic (Christ) Consciousness
"Yeshua is not separate or apart from Ourselves
but rather represents the Divine Potential
that is within each of US
Anyone who is willing to receive the Teachings
of the Ageless Wisdom and to undergo Spiritual Initiation,
and who is willing to apply him or herself to Spiritual Practice
and Spiritual Living can attain Messianic
"Though the Wisdom Teachings speak of True Gnosis
as a state of full Self-Realization or Enlightenment,
it is not a Fixed or Static State, but is, in fact,
a dynamic state of Ever-Becoming into the ONENESS
the Goal is the Path itself (returning to The Source).
The Gnostic Gospels
Until the discovery some Fifty Years ago
of a collection of ancient gnostic texts in Nag Hammadi,
Egypt, most of what we knew of gnosticism came
from orthodox Christian attacks against it.
With few exceptions, the Gnostic writings
had been lost to the ravages of time
or rather, to be more precise, they'd been
suppressed by the ancient Church
as the work of Heretics.
With the recovery of the Nag Hammadi texts,
we can now study the Gnostics in their own words.
We can compare their teachings
with orthodox accounts of those teachings,
and the theological debate between
orthodox and Gnostic Christians can be
considered anew, with something closer
to equal footing given to each side.
Nothing of the sort had ever happened
in the history of Western religion,
and there's good reason to assert that the
Nag Hammadi texts are a more significant, if less famous,
discovery than the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Many of the Gnostics knew Jesus (Yeshua)
not so much as the historical Messiah of the New Testament,
who rose from the dead and ascended unto heaven,
but rather as a Personal Spiritual Interlocutor,
or even as a potential for transcendence
in the Christian's own soul
(Returning to the Divine Self).
According to the Gnostic Gospel of Philip,
whoever achieves Gnosis becomes:
"No longer a Christian, but a Christ
You saw the Spirit (Self), you became Spirit (Self).
You saw Christ, you became Christ.
You saw the Father (The Source),
you shall become Father (The Source)"
Another text found in Nag Hammadi,
The Gospel of Thomas, has the following:
Jesus said, "I am not your master.
Because you have drunk,
you have become drunk from the
bubbling stream which I have measured out....
He who will drink from my mouth
will become as I am:
I myself shall become he,
and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."
(Meaning he is not the one to look towards,
it is the Christ within you that you look for.
Becoming your Divine Self is what He taught,
and the knowledge of your Divine Self makes
you Re-member your Divine Self.)
In writings such as these, the Gnostics
undermined the singularity of Jesus.
Saying that Enlightenment is not to seek for Jesus (Yeshua),
but to seek for the Christ in your Self.
In their scriptures, it was not so much that
God had become man in the Christ,
but rather that each Man
could become a Christ through the Gnosis.
The Gnosis, a kind of innate knowledge of
one's own true essence, of one's own divine origin
as a spark fallen from the deity,
could make of one a literal soulmate of Yeshua (Jesus).
The Holy Trinity: