The word “gnosis” can refer to the knowledge we acquire through our own experience, as opposed to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis is conscious, inner, intuitive, experiential knowledge, imaginative knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew “da’ath,” the Sanskrit “jña” or “vidya,” and the Tibetan Buddhist “rigpa” or “prajna.” Gnosis is knowledge of the heart, and not analytical thinking. It is the knowledge of how to extricate oneself from this world. Gnosis is not an intellectual wisdom. It is knowledge experienced through feeling, knowledge from the unconscious.
“I know! I don’t need to believe.” C. Jung