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Gnostic Meditation

Gnostic meditation provides a window into ourselves, the discovery of a place within where an inner peace can be found.  The word "Gnostic" derives from the Greek word "gnosis" which literally means wisdom but has deeper connotations of a secret knowledge.  Gnostic meditation strives to find a place where the wisdom is achieved through deep thought and contemplation.

Gnosticism is a term associated with a religious movement originating from the Middle East and involving Christianity.  The Gnostics held that all existence emanates from one God who split into two and created a duality that eventually resulted in the creation of Sophia.   The first mention of a Gnostic school is from 388 AD, in Rome and Alexandria.  Like the God who split to create wisdom, there were many schools and branches that could be called Gnostic, all of them bringing their own unique views and theories to Gnosticism.

Though associated with Christianity, the goal of Gnostic meditation and deliberation is focused primarily on knowledge.  This is not a sect that is necessarily particular about how worship is undertaken.

Reflecting this dualism, the Gnostic view maintains that the world consists of or is explainable by two fundamental dualities.  Different schools of thought hold to different levels of this theory.  Some schools believe in an absolute dualism, suggesting two equal divine forces.  Others hold one force to be weaker and more dilute, and thus further away from God.

As it is spread out across the face of the continents, Gnostic meditation is a hard thing to define or unify under one practice.  The goal of Gnostic meditation, however, is one that surpasses most geographical divides.

Meditation, like any other devotional act is meant to bring the individual closer to divine gnosis, or knowledge of the holy.

Reflection and consideration of the nature of God and upon spiritual texts are the subjects of Gnostic meditation.  Some scriptures include the apocryphal works penned by Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve and a series of works called the Thomasine, after the School of St. Thomas the Apostle.

One aspect of Gnostic meditation is its insistence that knowledge is gained by practicing.  This is not knowledge that can be acquired through reading about it. This can only be learned through deliberation and searching.  Gnostic meditation relies on direct participation with the divine, which is not a far-away force, but an immediate one, one that can be and needs to be comprehended.

Gnostic meditation is one that encourages deep soul-searching.  Rather than relying on guides to tell the individual what to look at and how to feel, this type of meditation depends on the judgment of the individual.  This program of self-exploration is one that is very powerful.  In a world where information is thrown at us every day in ways that are becoming more advanced, the urge to seek within for answers is a strong one.

By Karen Basfield

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