The higher meaning of Gnosis is knowledge from experience, especially experience of divinity or that which is beyond the five senses. The word Gnosis does not refer to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis is conscious, experiential knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew דעת “da’ath” the Arabic mari’fah, the Tibetan rigpa (knowing), and the Sanskrit “jna.”
The Greek word Gnosis refers to the knowledge acquired through the experience of the awakened consciousness, as opposed to knowledge that we are told or might believe. Genuine Gnosis is the knowledge universal to all humanity that frees the consciousness from suffering. Gnosis – by whatever name in history or culture – is conscious, experiential knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief or theory. The Gnostic student seeks to acquire their own direct experience of the light (the Truth) by means of awakening the consciousness and eliminating obscurations to perception. The method to accomplish this task has been called:
Gnosis (Greek) knowledge
Jnana (Sanskrit): knowledge
Daath (Hebrew): knowledge
Dharma (Sanskrit): righteousness, law, truth, teaching
Torah (Hebrew): teaching, instruction, law
The term psychedelic means “mind-manifesting” which implies that all potential states of mind may be manifested under the influence of psychedelic states of consciousness induced by a wide variety of techniques namely deep meditation, dancing, chanting, drumming, fasting, tantric sex, and using herbs and ethnobotanical agents solely or in combination with other techniques. If normal consciousness moves in a straight line along a spectrum of many possible states, psychedelics represent a unique and reversible destabilization of this linear spectrum where consciousness can assume multiple points of consciousness simultaneously. The emergence of multi-state consciousness represents a system that has destabilized from the linear output and has become nonlinear and exponentially complex. Thus, in psychedelic perception, the linear functions of consciousness diverge into a complex nonlinear state where multiple perspectives and analytical outputs may be experienced simultaneously. This destabilised state of nonlinear complexity is where new information is generated in the human mind.
The Psychedelic Gnosis is a novel doctrine derived and emerged by multidisciplinary observation into various mystical systems from all over the planet whether East or West. The term “Psychedelic Gnosis” has been officially coined by Gnostic Serpent Community.
Today by the advent of the Internet we have incredible access to the ocean of collective information from all over the planet. In other words, through our technological efforts we managed to recollect our collective memories and dreams into a connected network where we can easily access any type of information from science to spirituality. The situation has now changed on many levels for humans, no more room for knowledge and information possession or secrecy in the sense that we used to have in human societies. Now, the Internet made it possible to find the most esoteric and occult information even for free on various weblogs and online books. This is a golden opportunity in human history, the time that we can remember our forgotten truth and re-establish our missing link to our true nature.
However, having mere access to the infinite source of information ain’t something positive itself, since it could even bombard our consciousness with unnecessary inputs which can hurt our psyche-complex in many ways.
As Edward Wilson once said
“We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”
Putting up the right information is an ability that comes from one’s state of consciousness. In order to perceive the truth underlying things, sometimes we need to experience and perceive things from altered states of consciousness or in other words, different frequencies of the same wave! This is the source of gnosis or true knowledge. This is an ability to refine knowledge into wisdom or spiritual understanding.
The Psychedelic Gnosis doctrine is a multidisciplinary approach toward the exploration of human psyche and higher states of consciousness. As mentioned above, this could be achieved through a wide variety of techniques found within different cultures around the globe. However, a person who wants to acquire a good understanding of the foundation of psychedelic gnosis doctrine should go through the self-initiation process first. The self-initiation stands on two great pillars;
1. Studying the elemental world; while the methods are quite diverse in different parts of the world, this is the very foundation of every mystical system.
2. Practicing deep meditation and experiencing the elemental world through deep contemplation on primary elements; It is of great importance that one experiences the elements deep within one’s psyche.
The process of self-initiation is actually of the highest importance, especially for those who are pursuing the psychedelic gnosis path. Without having a firm and unshakable foundation, one would face serious challenges experiencing astral dimensions. The primary five elements of nature namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Akasha (Space) are the primary principles governing our waking consciousness ( In Chinese wu xing these five elements are Fire, Water, Wood, Metal, Earth). The pentagram of western occultism, Chinese wu xing, Tattwas in Hinduism, etc. is all the same archetypal means through which mystics were practicing the art of transmitting their consciousness through the basic principles of nature.
Self-initiation is about studying the very fundamental principles governing our psyche complex at every moment. It is about studying the physical manifestation of our life force or what in eastern esotericism known as Prana.
“The flow of the “prana” currents in the body is the same as the energy of the sun acting in Nature as a whole and is needed by every cell for its function and life in the human body. This “prana” function is the real physiology, because it supports all sensory and motor functions in the body. “Prana” is the river of life, as the vital current of the body, in its five-fold action. It is the distributor of the Life Force throughout the body. The “tattwas” (elements of earth, water, fire or warmth, air and ether) are the fields and structural tissues of anatomy. They support the “life winds” of “prana” that flow through the house we live in and call our body, the temple of Being on this earth.” – Randolph Stone