Welcome to Gnosis Tasmania
The word “gnosis” is of Greek origin and refers to a direct, intuitive knowledge that is gained through personal experience, practice, discipline, and comprehension. In other words, it is not just theoretical or a matter of belief, but a knowledge that is gained through direct personal experience.
At its core, gnosis is about discovering and understanding the fundamental truths of existence. It is a journey of self-discovery that leads to a deeper understanding of the universe and our place within it. Through the practice of gnosis, we can gain insights into the nature of reality, the purpose of life, and the underlying spiritual forces that govern our existence.
The Gnostic Society (Tasmania) is a community that is dedicated to exploring the Gnostic tradition and sharing the knowledge and insights gained through this practice. Their weekly courses consist of talks and presentations that delve into the principles and practices of gnosis, including meditation practices and techniques for developing intuition and self-awareness. These courses are designed for individuals who are interested in exploring the spiritual mysteries of the world and developing a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the universe.
Gnosis is a living tradition that seeks to realise the full potential of human beings through the exploration and application of universal principles of self-discovery and inner development. These principles are drawn from various fields of knowledge, including the sciences, philosophies, arts, and spiritual traditions of human culture throughout history.
By putting these principles into practice in our daily lives, we can experience genuine, immediate, and lasting transformation, leading to greater freedom and happiness.
The Gnostic Society Tasmania welcomes everyone to participate in our introductory classes, which are held at different locations throughout the year. Our classes are designed for both beginners and advanced students, and consist of a lecture and a guided meditation practice that lasts for two hours per week.
We believe in making our classes accessible to all, so we offer them on a donation basis. If you are interested in joining our classes, please contact us to be added to our waiting list and to receive updates on upcoming courses.
Gnostic teachings have been around for thousands of years and are based on spiritual wisdom that emphasizes the importance of personal experience and knowledge. Meditation is a key practice in Gnostic instruction, as it helps individuals to connect with their inner selves and the divine.
At its core, Gnosticism is a belief that we are all part of a divine consciousness, and that our true purpose is to seek knowledge and understanding of this consciousness. Through meditation, individuals can quiet the mind and focus on their spiritual growth, gaining insight and wisdom that will help them on their journey towards self-realization.
One of the benefits of Gnostic meditation is that it can be practiced by anyone, regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs. The techniques taught in Gnostic schools are simple and easy to learn, and can be used by individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Another benefit of Gnostic meditation is that it can help individuals to find inner peace, even in the midst of challenging situations. By learning to focus their attention on the present moment and cultivate mindfulness, individuals can reduce stress and anxiety and develop greater resilience and strength.
In addition to formal meditation practices, Gnostic schools encourage students to practice mindfulness throughout their daily lives. This involves being present and aware of one’s thoughts, emotions, and surroundings, and developing a deeper understanding of oneself and the world around us.
A history of Gnosis
Gnosis is a term that refers to knowledge or wisdom, particularly of a spiritual or mystical nature. The roots of Gnosis go back thousands of years, with evidence of its teachings found in many ancient cultures around the world. The teachings of Gnosis have been passed down through various esoteric schools and mystical traditions throughout history.
One of the earliest known references to Gnosis can be found in ancient Egyptian texts, where it was called “Ma’at.” This knowledge was associated with the goddess Ma’at, who was the embodiment of truth, balance, and justice. In ancient Greece, Gnosis was known as “Gnostikos,” which means “having knowledge,” and it was associated with the philosophers and mystics who sought to understand the nature of the universe and the human experience.
During the time of Jesus, Gnostic teachings began to emerge within early Christianity, and many of the Gnostic texts that have survived were written during this period. These texts, such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary, present a different perspective on the life and teachings of Jesus than the mainstream Christian scriptures.
In the centuries that followed, Gnostic teachings continued to evolve and spread throughout the world. In the Middle Ages, Gnosis was associated with various mystical and esoteric traditions, including alchemy, Kabbalah, and Hermeticism. In the Renaissance, the Gnostic teachings of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians were rediscovered and studied by philosophers and scholars.
In the modern era, Gnosis has continued to evolve and adapt to the changing times. Many contemporary spiritual teachers and seekers have embraced Gnostic teachings as a means of understanding the spiritual dimensions of life and achieving inner transformation.
Tradition, Revelation, and Gnostic Spirituality
In Gnostic spirituality, tradition and revelation play important roles in the journey towards self-realization and spiritual growth. Revelation, which is the sign of the divine presence within each individual, urges cooperation in achieving inner self-realization. The long and hidden tradition testifies that the way revelation is shown to each soul is always unique, according to the soul’s own psychological condition.
Tradition, on the other hand, can be expressed externally or internally. Externally expressed tradition is imposed by humans to preserve selfish interests, while internal tradition is given by the persuasion of the spirit itself. Inner tradition quietly builds through the galvanizing and gathering of efforts, while external tradition is like a noisy river that sweeps away everything and destroys it.
Esoteric tradition crystallizes all its efforts in the precious jewel called the Philosophical Stone, which allows the soul to exist in both the absolute and the relative worlds. In contrast, exoteric tradition collects its treasures in the world of three-dimensional forms, with the subsequent consequence of the loss of the soul. Real tradition does not have a physical succession, as it is not transmitted through race, creed, religion, or political and social issues. It has no interest with respect to the ambitions and fears of this world other than to follow an enduringly probatory path to be assayed against the gold of the spirit.
Legitimate Gnostic revelation has its basis in Self-Gnosis, which is always immediate, direct, and intuitive. It radically excludes intellectual operations of a subjective kind and has nothing to do with the experience and assemblage of primarily sensorial data. Self-Gnosis or self-gnostic recognition of the Being is savioristic, as knowing oneself is to have achieved identification with one’s own divine Being.
In Gnostic spirituality, tradition and revelation work hand in hand towards achieving inner self-realization and spiritual growth. Revelation is the sign of the divine presence within each individual, while tradition serves as a guide towards the path of self-realization. Through Self-Gnosis, individuals can achieve identification with their divine Being and experience the manifestation of the Being within them.