Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I have been asked on a number of occasions to give my definition of Gnosticism, an Esoteric belief system that has it's origins in about the 3rd Century BC and stems from the writings of a sage called Hermes Tresmegistus who wrote the 42 volume Hermetica.
In essence it is about self discovery and seeking the Divine from within.
Many of the early followers of Jesus,were Gnostics who believed that his teachings were not meant to be taken literally,but in an allegorical sense.
Jesus was what we would today call an Adept,seeking to guide people to the Kingdom of God,through self exploration.
Starting by knowing oneself and working through a number of levels to attain closeness with the divine.
We are all part of the mind of God, is one of the fundamentals that must first be grasped and the rest is a personal journey that only you can take.
Gnostics are not specifically Christian.
Other faiths have adherents to the Esoteric path,in Islam they are called Sufis and in Judaism you have the Caballah.
Re-incarnation is one of the principles within the Esoteric,so past lives are important areas of
study for the Gnostic.
I can recommend a good book for those wishing to investigate this subject further,from a laymans point of view.
The Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black