The Gnostic acknowledges no God as an actual being and rejects all
creeds that worships God as an actual being, thing or person.
The Gnostic recognises that God is an
unbounded knowing awareness of potentiality that is the source of all
The Gnostic recognises this knowing
awareness of potentiality as a divine knowing and divine power within all
The Gnostic recognises that knowledge is
not merely knowledge of beings that are. How can it be, since being
and beings themselves have their source in divine knowing or
The Gnostic recognises that the primordial
questing of potentiality for its own actualisation was the primordial
question through which God both knew and set free All That Is.
The Gnostic stands in wonder and terror at
the fact that any thing or being is at all, understanding this not as
the work of a divine creator but the outcome of this divine questing and
The Gnostic recognises that like God,
human beings ask questions because they are questions, seeking to
know and set free their potentialities of being.
The Gnostic is one who acknowledges the
human being as a being who is a question for themselves, and thus
essentially a questioning being.
The Gnostic understands gnosis not
as the arrogance of knowledge or of ignorance but as the awakening of
essential questioning, a questioning that quests the essence of all
The Gnostic is one who engages in
essential questioning – questing the qualitative essence of beings and
seeking those potentialities of being that are the very well-spring
of their being.
The Gnostic recognises that knowing is an
intimate inner relation to this essence, and that such inner
conjugation is the source of all true inner conceptions.
The Gnostic understands ‘love’ as this
intimate inner relation – born of the quest to know the qualitative essence
or quintessence of all things and all beings.
The Gnostic does not see the questions
that emerge in our lives as obstacles - problems to be solved, or ‘issues’
to be resolved.
The Gnostic understands questioning as the
very essence of meaningful living and experiencing.
The Gnostic does not seek the meaning of
life in experiences, mundane or transcendental, but in the questions that
all experience gives expression to.
The Gnostic does not seek experiences but
seeks to sense and distil the essential questions that their experience
holds within it.
The Gnostic does not question the
meaningfulness of life but recognises that life itself is driven by
The Gnostic does not seek
answers to the questions of life, but lives those questions and finds their
answer in life.
The Gnostic does not seek only knowledge
of Self or World but knowledge of Others and their Worlds.
The Gnostic arrives in this way at
knowledge of Other Worlds and of their own Other Selves.
The Gnostic does not seek knowledge as a
means to ultimate Self-realisation, but understands knowledge itself as an
endless process of Other-realisation.
The Gnostic’s goal is Other-realisation -
an intimate knowledge of the Others through which they become more real to
themselves, and through which we come to know our own Other Selves.
The Gnostic recognises that all beings are
in-formed and trans-formed by the knowing they bear within them, and that
knowledge is not an accumulation of ‘information’ but a process of
transformation, of Becoming Other.
The Gnostic understands that Being
Ourselves means Becoming Other.
The Gnostic does not seek Self but seeks
the Other within themselves and continues to Become Other.
The Gnostic understands that in Being the
question that we are, we Become the Answer – we discover other selves and
Become someone other than the self we knew.
The Gnostic recognises even their
innermost Self as another Being, an Other Self.
The Gnostic recognises themselves as
someone who has already Become Other, a being other than this self.
The Other Self is the Knower within, one
whose inner knowing and inner body links us inwardly with all Other Beings.
The Gnostic does not seek grace or gain.
The Gnostic does not seek God as a divine being. The Gnostic seeks the
knower or gnomon within, knowing it as an expression of divine
knowing or gnosis.
The Gnostic seeks knowledge and does so,
again, through experiential questioning – not questioning their experience
but experiencing their own questions and then finding them answered in their
The Gnostic is one whose knowing comes
from experiencing essential questions and answers with the lived intensity
of a seeking that never ceases.
The Gnostic is not content with holding
something to be true but holds himself in the truth of an inner
knowing that is an unceasing question.
The Gnostic does not ‘believe’ - for
believing is merely holding something to be true rather than knowing
it to be true.
The Gnostic understands that where
believing holds sway all questioning and all knowing cease. That is why
the Gnostic is Beyond Belief and a curse to all creeds.
All That Is
Is that not the Greatest
Mystery of All,
The two ways to
Fearfully or Fearlessly.
Facing or Fleeing the
Fact of things BEING.
The Great Wonder.
That things are.
Not What, How or
‘Why’ they are.
THAT they are.
That they ARE.
THAT things are
Has no ‘Why’
For an answer.
Those who ask ‘Why’
Do not know that
Their very question
Is a fear of the THAT.
The Great Fear.
The thought of nothing
Being at all.
It takes Fearlessness
To confront the Great Fear,
To face the Great Question.
To wonder…to just
Consider the possibility
Of things NOT Being.
Only such fearlessness
Can open us to the
That All That Is,
We cannot BE the beings that we are, unless
We recognise the true ground of our Being.
That ground does not lie in What, Who or How we are.
It lies in THAT we are - in BEING as such.
Our Being can have no ultimate ground in
Any thing or any being that ever was or is,
For any such thing or being is grounded in
Its own ISNESS or BEINGNESS – in BEING.
We cannot BE the beings that we are, unless
We recognise that BEING is our ground, and
That BEING, as simple BEINGNESS
Has NO Ground, no Why.
The truth of our being is that
BEING alone is our ground, and that
That ground is in turn a Groundless Ground,
A Ground with no Ground
In any being that ever Was or Is.
Only through Gnosis,
Only through Knowing
The TRUTH of our Being
Can we truly BE the beings we are.
The truth that BEING is a Groundless Ground
That it is therefore an Abyss.
That it has its only Ground in
The Abyss of NON-Being.
Only they who can bear
The Truth of BEING
Can truly BE the beings.
For it is the Truth of BEING
That bears forth all beings.
And lets them BE.
The Meaning of BEING is to BE.
BEING, we can feel the Truth of BEING
Shining forth through every single being.
Filling us with the Meaning of ITS Being;
The shimmering, quivering radiance of its own
Unique way of BE-ING,
Of standing out and EX-isting,
Of being borne forth and of
Bearing itself forth as a being.
Beings – not owning but Enowned by BEING.
GNOSIS - not knowing but Enknown by its Mystery.
By the One that is No One.
How then can we comprehend this One that is No-One,
That withdraws from our every attempt to grasp it as
Some One, as any being or ‘god’ that WAS, IS or
How can we comprehend this One
That is not One among Many,
This One that has no Other, for
All That Is IS its Other, just as IT is its Mother?
How can we comprehend the sheer Otherness of this ‘God’?
“The totally other over against gods who have been, especially over
against the Christian God.” A ‘God’ whose very withdrawal from
presence AS a being, Is the condition for the presencing of ALL
beings – their BEING.
Only as that ‘God’ who, in withdrawing from presence, withdraws
INTO presence as All That Is, All Who ARE.
Only as that ‘God’ who, in withdrawing from presence, First
MAKES ROOM for beings to BE, first clears a Primordial ‘space’
of BEING in which they can BE.
Only as “The Open”; that primordial “Clearing” in which All
beings first come to presence and come to BE, and in which they
can shine forth and ring out as what and who They ARE.
Only as the “The Unground”; that bottomless “Abyss”
Into which the very BEING of beings withdraws.
Only as that ‘God’, which in making Room for beings to be,
Not only withdraws from BEING, but draws us with it,
Draws us deep down into the dark womb of all beings:
That Womb which IS only because ‘to be’ means ‘to dwell’.
To be ever borne and sent forth from it,
Whilst never ceasing to abide within it.
That Womb which first makes Room, clearing and holding open
The primordial space for beings to BE; that womb also receives
ME, as it receives YOU, receiving All That Is into the All-
Encompassing Space of its Embrace.
“A space is something that has been made room for, something that
is cleared and free, namely within a boundary…A boundary is not
that at which something stops, but as the Greeks recognised, the
boundary is that from which something begins its presencing …
Space is in essence that which lets into its bounds.”
The One that is No One is what most fully takes us into itself and
Into our own source as Beings; letting us into its infinite bounds.
It is what both receives and draws us OUT into the vast, quivering
Expanse of The Open, and at the same time draws us deep down
INTO that which first holds it open; taking us back to our true
Home - that Great Mystery in which we Dwell,
And through Dwelling, ARE.
Mountain Landscape with Rainbow
-Caspar David Friedrich-