GNOSIS is based
not in the understanding of the mind but in the

sensibility of the heart. In its
ancient form, it was concerned with a

radical dualism that envisioned
an alien God who is transcendent to

this universe, over and against
the many gods and goddesses who are believed

to reside in and to exercise a
measure of control over the world we live in. The

transcendent God, also called “Spirit,”
is revealed through fragments of light that

exist in human beings and that
form a bridge between this world and the dwelling

place of the Most High, whose
realm is beyond the cosmos or any part of it

that we are capable of exploring
by rational (scientific) means. Only through

revelation or, to use the
contemporary term, intuition, is it possible for us to gain

access to gnosis. Thus it may be called “inner
wisdom.”

Gnosis speaks through
individuals, to each according to his or her own

nature. Paul’s letter to the
Corinthians (1 Cor. 12:8-10) puts it this way: “To one

is given through the Spirit the
utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance

of knowledge according to the
same Spirit, to another faith by the same

Spirit, to another gifts of
healing by the same Spirit, to another the working of

miracles, to another prophecy, to
another various kinds of tongues, to another

the interpretation of
tongues.”

 

The hidden river of gnosis is
part of the universal stream of ideas that runs

beneath the surface of human
consciousness. The intent of the ancient writers

as well as of our own
contemporary search for meaning springs from the same

source—namely, the desire to
liberate the sparks of divinity that have been

embedded in the natural world
from its beginning. These glimmer—sometimes

in the wisdom of old crones,
sometimes in the precocious questions of an innocent

child.

 

–June Singer

A Gnostic Book of Hours: Keys to Inner Wisdom

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