I always felt like there was something greater to life; the problem was that I did not know what that “something” was and how to tap into it, and so I ended up falling into the fold of the mundane.
Without realizing it though, I had been slowly searching through various spiritual systems to try and understand what it was I was looking for. Then, after coming across the teachings of Gnosis, my life took on a whole new meaning and perspective. Gnosis has given me the tools to understand what that “something” was, and to explore it in a deep and quantifiable way. Its simple techniques have brought forth a strong yearning to find the spiritual within, to uncover the truth about life & death, about my past & future, and to uncover what many spiritual traditions and sages have been trying to teach humanity throughout the ages: how to bring about a real change & peace within.
My experience with The Gnostic Movement, both as a student of the various courses and as a teacher has been quite extraordinary. From the very first course I attended, a course on Astral Travel and Dreams, I gained so much knowledge about myself and about the possibility of directly finding answers to the very questions that have baffled me all throughout my life. The course itself was an incredible experience – it was amazing to find a room full of people, bustling with enthusiasm at the possibility of discovering whether it is possible to have a conscious experience out of the body; a warm community where people shared their experiences and encouraged each other to attain experiences through the various practices taught; a knowledgeable and experienced instructor who helped me so much along my learning process; and a load of practical exercises provided, which enabled me to gain many valuable mystical experiences and teachings. Needless to say, I stuck around for all other courses offered, and have found them as enjoyable and as profound as a student as I do now as a teacher.
Beyond the teachings and experiences I was acquiring through putting Gnosis into practice, I was also getting to know many people within The Gnostic Movement interested in the same things as me, and I was making many new friends, amongst whom I also met my remarkable husband. The thing that really stood out to me in this group of Gnostic friends was this sense of union, a brotherhood of sorts that everyone was working towards establishing. Unlike my old acquaintances, there was no competition in this group – everyone was united with this common aim of acquiring something spiritual within, and I wanted that in myself as well.
I was also very impressed with Mark Pritchard, Belzebuub, whom at the beginning I only knew as an author of the courses. He was not yet a well known public figure at the time, so I only knew him through his writings. I was very impressed with his no-nonsensical approach to subjects that can typically fill pages of flowery and over-embellished spiritual matter. He laid it all out so simply and yet there was power in his instructions too – a peaceful strength that you picked up on when reading the weekly readings. The techniques that he taught made me feel and understand that these spiritual subjects are not just things to read, but something I could really put into practice and achieve for myself. Later on, when meeting him in person, I was even more impressed with his character – so peaceful, honest, humble, strong, and most importantly so normal!
It reminds me of a part on one of the Gnostic Gospels where Jesus is disguised as a merchant selling pearls:
“And having said these things, he cried out, “Pearls! Pearls!” The rich men of that city heard his voice. They came out of their hidden storerooms. And some were looking out from the storerooms of their houses. Others looked out from their upper windows. And they did not see (that they could gain) anything from him, because there was no pouch on his back nor bundle inside his cloth and napkin. And because of their disdain they did not even acknowledge him. He, for his part, did not reveal himself to them. They returned to their storerooms, saying, “This man is mocking us.”
~ The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
I am so grateful today to be sitting here and sharing this experience with others. I feel that I have been given something truly wonderful, a precious gift, that “pearl” that Jesus spoke of—something that cannot be taken away by anyone, try as they may.