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I am very lucky. My Husband is very supportive of my pursuit of Gnosis. He has no interest in it himself, however he made the effort to investigate it and to learn about what it is that interests me, because he loves me.

He was open-minded in his approach. He read the books and took one of the courses. He tried the practices, came to the Gnostic Center, and even attended a couple of retreats (in fact one of which ended up being our honeymoon). He incorporated the techniques of awareness and self-observation into his daily life and found them to be beneficial, so much so he even gave the book ‘The Peace of the Spirit Within‘ to a friend who was deploying to Iraq because he thought the techniques would help him there.

After all of that, my Husband decided Gnosis wasn’t for him. After looking into it he thinks it’s a worthwhile pursuit and experienced first-hand how the practices can benefit one’s daily life (and on occasion still uses some of them). But he is simply not interested in esoteric pursuits. He doesn’t particularly care what’s beyond this physical world, doesn’t care what is beyond this life, isn’t interested in the meaning of it all and doesn’t care to awaken. He is a true Agnostic; he doesn’t believe or disbelieve in the Divine, and while he is open to the possibility, it is simply not important to him to find out.

For me, a person with such a yearning to investigate and know these things, I find it perplexing that someone else can have no such desire. How could you not!?! But I guess he sees my point of view the same way. I wish he was interested, but the choice is his. That’s free will and I can’t impose my will upon him.

I call him “my clay man”, he loves his clay world. He loves his physical pursuits and his physical goals. He is always talking about things that I consider mundane, but I listen with interest and engage in his conversation, and I support him, because I love him. We support each other, and that is so important.

Unfortunately some people aren’t as lucky as me. There are many who have spouses or family that don’t support their Gnostic pursuits, and some that are even against it. They haven’t taken the time to really investigate what the inner work is all about, they haven’t explored the practices, and haven’t approached it with an open mind. As such they don’t understand it, and as it often happens when someone doesn’t understand something, it can be strange and even foreboding to them.

You see, a Gnostic life is very different from the way mainstream society operates. Gnostics value spiritual richness, seeking to investigate esoteric mysteries beyond the physical world through practices such as meditation, astral projection (aka out-of-body experiences) and studying dreams. Material wealth is of little value, and physical desires are a distraction which keep one locked into ‘the wheel of life’. A Gnostic strives to be in the present moment, observing one’s thoughts and emotions instead of being governed by them. Once what is within is seen and understood, one can begin to slowly change with the goal to become more spiritual – to reach enlightenment.

In stark contrast, society values material wealth, worldly pursuits and physical pleasures. Success is measured by what you own, how much money you make and/or how powerful you are. The masses seek pleasure and avoid pain, and live their lives driven by desires, emotions, reactions and perceptions, largely unaware of how their psyche operates. Further, they are even unaware that they are unaware!

For this reason it can be very difficult for a person who decides to pursue a Gnostic way of life. People don’t understand why you no longer wish to go clubbing or drinking, or why you lose interest in material pursuits. They think it strange that you stop engaging in their gossip, bitching and complaining, and can’t comprehend how you can be calm and peaceful in situations that solicit emotional reactions in them; why you stop acting the way ‘normal’ people do.

One of my Gnostic friends had to completely hide his esoteric activities from his family and practice in secret and isolation. He lived in the Philippines, which is largely a Christian/Catholic culture that is also very superstitious. His family likened practices such as meditation, mantras and astral travel to that of witchcraft or devil worship.

He discovered Gnosis by way of a dream, but it was like no other he had ever had. He received a spiritual teaching in that dream, and when he woke he knew it was something real and something he had to investigate. He got on the internet and searched and searched until he found Belsebuub’s teachings, and immediately he knew this is what he was shown in his dream.

He didn’t know anyone else who practiced Gnosis, and so he began to practice on his own, in secret, with no support from anyone around him. He practiced diligently, and through his practices he began to investigate the esoteric side to life and received mystical experiences. He tried to broach it with his friends and family, but quickly learned from their reactions that it was not something he could share with them.

He studied all the material and became an advanced student, and the only support he had was that of the on-line community (which is where we first became acquainted). Then in 2008 I had the good fortune of meeting this remarkable young man in person when I spent two months in the Philippines with work.

Every weekend he would travel a great distance from where he lived to come and see me, and while the rest of my work colleagues would go shopping and partying, I spent all my time with him. We would talk about Gnosis and esoteric things and shared our experiences. We would take awareness walks together, do meditations, concentration practices and mantras, and he was SO happy to have someone else he could relate to and practice with.

He told me about his challenges and how difficult it was for him to practice Gnosis in isolation, and lonely. He was extremely close to his family and wished he could share it with them, but there was no way they would understand or accept his way of life. So he began to pray to the Divine to send someone so he wouldn’t be alone in his spiritual quest; a teacher, someone who would start a Gnostic center there in the Philippines so he could be with other Gnostics. And while I was not a teacher and was only going to be there a short time, I had just begun the teacher’s course, and our time together meant so much to him that he believed his prayers had been answered. I felt so much compassion for him, and admiration for his strength and determination.

I am very lucky. My Husband is very supportive of my pursuit of Gnosis, and I couldn’t imagine how difficult it would be not to have his support.

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One Sunday morning in 2006, I was sitting in a cafe in Melbourne Australia (my home town) enjoying the company of friends. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a small flyer on the noticeboard, advertising a ‘Free Course in Astral Travel and Dreams.”

It’s amazing that I even saw it… it was quite a distance away in the most obscure spot, hardly noticeable from where I was. But it was as though my gaze was guided there… and I saw it. I was drawn to it. I got up and took a closer look, and with keen interest I wrote down the details. Was it fate? Destiny? Divine help? Perhaps.

So I took the course, and 6 weeks in I had my first out-of-body experience! I went on to take all the courses offered by The Gnostic Movement. And without a doubt, they changed my life.

Attending the Melbourne Gnostic Center was SO rewarding; meeting with a wonderful group of like-minded people, learning about amazing esoteric things that previously I had no idea about, sharing profound spiritual experiences together, and watching each other grow and change as a result. I made many dear friends there, and together we helped each other and generated so much group strength.

But I moved away in June last year to be with my husband in the United States. And it was hard. On my own it was a struggle to remain motivated and focused towards my spiritual practices. I joined the on-line classes which helped, but it just wasn’t the same as meeting in person.

Then life threw us a curve ball. I couldn’t find a job, and my husband lost his. And Arizona is currently not the place to be if you are unemployed, not in our fields anyway. Our lives descended into uncertainty.

We were in a dire situation, but as with all dire situations it opened up a great opportunity. My husband knew how much I missed the Melbourne Center, so we agreed to move to San Fransisco where  the Bay Area Gnostic Center can be found (and better employment prospects!)

They say everything happens for a reason, and I was thrilled! But just when things were looking up…

… out of the blue he was offered a job in San Diego, 8 hours away from the only Gnostic Center on the West coast. With no income and no prospects, we had no choice but to accept. My elation quickly turned to disappointment… ah the ups and downs on the swing of the pendulum of life.

What I was forgetting though, was that everything DOES happen for a reason. Unbeknown to me, a new Gnostic Group was launching in L.A., within 2 hours driving distance of my new home! Was it fate? Destiny? Divine help? Perhaps! (It’s ironic how we protest about the situations in life that we find ourselves in, yet those situations are the very things that we need, on many levels).

So earlier this month I found myself posting up flyers in cafe’s around the L.A. area, advertising the launch of the new courses here. And hopefully others will be drawn to them, just like I was back in 2006. Could all this be part of their fate? Destiny? Divine help? Perhaps!

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