Gnosis is conscious knowledge, intuitive, imaginative and inner knowledge. It is knowledge of the heart, the knowledge we acquire through our own experience as opposed to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis is conscious, and not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. Gnosis is not an intellectual wisdom but rather a knowledge experienced through feeling, through an embodiment, and knowledge from the unconscious. It is the tradition that gave birth to our most respected philosophies, sciences, arts, and religions. Although some people believe the term gnosis is related only to certain groups active in the Middle East some 2,000 years ago, the reality is different. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew “da’ath,” the Sanskrit “jña” or “vidya,” and the Tibetan Buddhist “rigpa” or “prajna” (pra + jna: “before knowledge,” “root knowledge,” “profound knowledge”).
“I know! I don’t need to believe.” C. Jung