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To be a student of gnosis means not only to accumulate second-hand knowledge about ‘Gnosticism’ or to study ‘Gnostic Gospels’. To be a student of gnosis means above all to be a student of one’s own being and other beings - to heed their message or gospel. A teacher is simply a most dedicated of students. The true teacher of gnosis therefore, must be the most dedicated student of their own being and of other beings – seeking to know them directly from within and thereby also learning from them. As such a student, I have come to know directly – through ‘gnosis’ - the essential truth of ‘gnosticism’. This is the truth that (1) the human being is but one human embodiment of their inner being, and that (2) the inner human being is not the personal, human self we know but a ‘trans-personal’ and indeed trans-human being. It is the inner knowing of this being that links us to our own larger soul-being - our ‘oversoul’, ‘aeon’ or ‘entity’ (Seth) - and through it to the divine knowing or Gnosis that is God. The inner human being has been named historically in many different ways:

As the knower or gnomon within us.
As the daemon (Heraclitus / Socrates).
As Allogenes (the ‘other’ or ‘stranger’).
As the ‘Alien Man’ (the Mandaean gnostic tradition).
As ‘a spirit’ or ‘power’ that enters us through Baptism (Christ).
As the unity of the individual soul (jiva) and Shiva (tantric gnosticism).
As the nagual – the power of ‘silent knowing’ within us (Carlos Castaneda).
As the saviour or Christ within us, redeeming us from ignorance.
As the ‘inner ego’ (Seth / Jane Roberts).

I will call it simply ‘The Being’, symbolised here by Uwe Nolte’s Luzifer.


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