Gnosticism itself actually predates Christianity, going back to pre Christina Mystery traditions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. Essentially, these Mystery traditions represented inner- and secret wisdom that was only disclosed to those who were found worthy and who were initiated, and thus were considered to be among the "chosen" or "elect." Aspirants of the ancient Mystery traditions would engage in study and contemplation of their traditions' sacred teachings, the corresponding spiritual practices, and spiritual life. As they made progress, they received initiations of one form or another, and spiritual and metaphysical mysteries were revealed to them—the inmost secret mysteries being revealed through an actual state of divine illumination or an enlightenment experience. At the very heart of these Mystery traditions was the belief that spiritual knowledge and understanding could ultimately come
Our only by way of direct and personal experience—specifically, through a conscious evolution of oneself towards the noble ideal: divine being.
The term "Gnosticism" has become a title used for a plethora of spiritual and mystical currents within and around Christianity during its critical formation in the first few centuries following the death and resurrection of Jesus, currents that include pagan forms of Gnosticism, Jewish and Christian Gnosticism, and what some have argued include even Euddhist and Hindu influences from the East. In the way this term has come to be used, it includes a vast specmim of spiritual and mystical traditions, some of which predate the Jesus movement, others which occur simultaneous with it, as well as many that were directly pan of the original Jesus movement. If there is one thing all of these various spiritual and mystical traditions have in common, it is this: salvation or enlightenment ii the result of a direct and personal spiritual or mystical experience—hence gnosis.
"Gnosis' is the Greek word for 'knowledge," akin to the Hebrew word Da 'at, which also means "knowledge." As this word is used among Gnostics, gnosis does not denote knowledge as we typically would think of it in our modern language—something intellectual or associated with the reasoning mind alone—nor does it denote information gathere-l from outside of oneself. To a Gnostic, gnosis connote spiritual and intuitive knowledge acquired from within oneself and one's own mystical experience. It is a knowledge gained through a holistic intelligence of the heart and soul, mind and body—a "knowing directly." In the ultimate sense, gnosis is a state of divine illumination, and indicates the embodiment of a higher state of consciousness than is typical in the ordinary person. In the broadest sense, Gnosticism is an accumulation of teachings that are founded upon gnosis, or a spiritual path that leads to gnosis, and a Gnostic is a person who has acquired gnosis him-or herself.
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