About our Esoteric School
The Melbourne Gnostic Society is a specialised school of esoteric knowledge where students learn the teachings of universal Gnosticism. These consist of meditation, esoteric yoga, consciousness, psychology, self-transformation, esoteric anatomy, the Hebraic Kabbalah, alchemy, sacred sexuality or tantra. Likewise, Kundalini, clairvoyance, psychic powers, dream yoga and astral projection (also known as out of body experiences or lucid dreams). Also included, spiritual initiation, tarot, runes, astrology, Buddhism, the great world religious scriptures, and many other spiritual subjects.
So we study the wisdom of both east and west in a comprehensive, didactic way, unlike many other forms of spirituality that focus on one specific religion alone. Certainly, at the Melbourne Gnostic Society, we draw upon a wide body of resources for a very specific spiritual practice: that of radically transforming our consciousness, so as to reunite with divinity and procure the alleviation of suffering for all sentient beings.
Thus Gnosis is a vast and profound science for actualising deep, lasting internal change. As we seek to demonstrate in our lectures, this knowledge has been present throughout all mystical traditions. We study the nature of the complete human being through a variety of perspectives and subjects. Because each religion compliments, educates, and guides through the rich diversity of inner principles and forms. Through study and practical exercises, one identifies, comprehends, and intuits the universal thread connecting all religions. Which is the experiential wisdom of an awakened consciousness.
What is a Gnostic
An esoteric school is one that through its teachings introduces its students into the knowledge of and experiences of that which is often hidden from the senses and the common knowledge of society.
Firstly, by the definition of esoteric we find “that which is understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest”. Such a school would then take the yearnings – the sincere interest of its students – and initiate them into the practical realisation of its specialised knowledge: the mysteries. These are available to all to unveil for themselves, but only those of sincere interest seek to unveil them.
Additionally, a true esoteric school inculcates the necessary qualities in its students to gradually arrive at profound spiritual realisations. Which is the same as journeying deeper into oneself to encounter as revelation, the interior Divinity.
So an esoteric school is one that teaches the tradition – the lineage of teachings passed down unadulterated by previous spiritual masters, and provides the practical methods for realisation and revelation.
By means of a deep understanding of the inherited knowledge, an esoteric school maintains itself. By the dedicated application of this knowledge, an esoteric school renews and adapts itself to better help humanity in the state in which it finds itself.
Moreover, the heart of an esoteric school is the love for the light and the love for humanity. Because through the light we better serve and help our fellow man.
Lastly, the end goals of true esoteric schools is to clearly lay down the way back to the Divine origin of man.
Origins of the Gnostic Teachings
Gnosis is called the ‘Doctrine of the Synthesis’. It synthesises the most essential aspects of all of the ancient mystery schools, religions, and esoteric systems of the past and present into one doctrine. Yet Gnosis is not a derivative of any one of these systems. It predates all religions and systems, and is not the property of any individual or group.
Gnosis today is the modern form of an ancient system of learning which has existed through the history of man’s presence on Earth. This wisdom was not available to the public, but revealed only to those who had been initiated into the mysteries.
The Gnostic teachings, as taught in Gnostic centres around the world today, come from the writings and practices of a modern day teacher, Samael Aun Weor. He synthesised the precepts of philosophers, mystics, and adepts of all times into a comprehensive system of knowledge and instruction. To sum up, Gnosis, as unveiled by Samael Aun Weor, contains a synthesis of all the ancient mystery schools.
The contemporary Gnostic Movement has spread rapidly since it began in the 1950’s in Colombia. Today, gnostic centres can be found in many countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.