The word "tradition" has come to mean something fixed and unchanging in our modern use of it, so that, in speaking of tradition, many often think of a fixed doctrine and creed—hence, religious dogmas. In Gnostic Christianity, however, the term 'tradition" does not imply anything static or fixed at all. Rather, it implies a living transmission of wisdom or enlightenment. Essentially, a Gnostic tradition represents a body of spiritual teachings and practices through which initiates of previous generations have been able to enter into direct and personal experience of the Living Yeshua and thus acquire gnosis. The things and practices are methods through which others have recognized and realized the Christos within themselves and thus attained a state of self-realization of one degree or another. 'Tradition" therefore represents the collective knowledge, understanding and wisdom of those who have entertained the mystical journey to Christ consciousness before us.
In the tradition, an elder (adept) or tau master) is an initiate who has acquired Gnosis of the Living Yeshua and who embodies something of Christ consciousness. Thus, an elder or tau represents a living presence of enlightenment, as do all Gnostic initiates to the degree that each encounters the Living Yeshua and embodies something of a higher consciousness. Essentially, a Gnostic tradition represents a living lineage of adepts and masters who teach and initiate others, just as Lord Yeshua and Lady Mary taught and initiated Hisciples in the first circle.
Obviously, as this living transmission of wisdom or enlightenment passes from one generation of initiates to another, it grows, evolves, and tends to assume whatever form is necessary to the time and place in which it appears. Thus, the Gnostic circles that arise, even within the same tradition, can be quite different. While they may share the same mystical and symbolic language and have the same basic foundation of esoteric teachings, there will always be teachings and practices unique to each Gnostic circle. This is especially true because in Gnosticism the spiritual experience of each individual is highly valued. Thus the form any given Gnostic circle assumes is based upon the enlightenment experience embodied in the elder or tau of the circle and the enlightenment experience as it unfolds in her or his spiritual companions. A Gnostic tradition tends to constantly change or transform and represents something vibrant and alive.
Consequently, it can be somewhat difficult to speak to outsiders of a Gnostic tradition. Firstly, because no single individual could possibly represent the whole of the tradition, however enlightened she or he might be, and what is actually meant by a tradition is far too vast to be spoken, let alone written. Secondly, because the tradition is actually an experience of living gnosis or enlightenment, and outside of the experience itself, whatever might be said is but a dim reflection—something conceptual rather than experiential. Gnosticism is experiential, not 3 • ed set of dogmas and creeds to be conceptually leaned. Therelore, to truiy understand a tradition of Gnostic Christianity, one must seek to become an insider, which is to say one must go to school and acquire Gnosis of the Living Yeshua—hence seek direct and personal experience of the tnith and light.
This typically means that one must encounter a Gnos:ic teacher and participate in a Gnostic circle (community) through which one receives sf 1 ■:! teachings and instructions in spiritual practice, alcn: with corresponding spiritual initiations. However, as we see in the case of St. Paul, the light-transmission" is not confined to a physical teacher or physical circle, but ¡7 in some cases occur independently of an incarnate teacher and circle. As we also see in the case of St. Paul, though, he was sent to an initiate following his experience of the Living Yeshua. It is very rare that contact with r living lineage is unnecessary in the process of self-realization. Because of this, most authentic Gnostic traditions place emphasis on an actual contact with a living lineage of the light-transmissior and the receiving of a spiritual education.
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