What is the purpose of the Modern Gnostic Order
The purpose of the Modern Gnostic Order is to show people, who are seeking it, the path of Gnostic Initiation as a path of fundamental renewal and with the support of a community of fellow members.
When was the Modern Gnostic Order founded?
When was the Modern Gnostic Order founded ? The beginnings of the Order date back to 2017 when David S Cowan founded the Modern Gnostic order of the Rose Cross began the spiritual work on Facebook and the website of the same name after various high counting posts on the Facebook group the Mystical Order of Gnostics. I decided to proceed on the spiritual path with the order independent of other groups.. The school is now more commonly referred to by the name The Modern Gnostic Order and the website Gnosticawakening.com.
What type of school is the Modern Gnostic Order?
The Modern Gnostic Order is a gnostic spiritual school, which has its roots in early Christianity , Hermetic Egyptian Mystery schools, Kundalini Yoga, Monistic Metaphysics and traditional Non duality of India.
Does the Modern Gnostic Order pursue political goals?
No political goals are held or pursued.
What are the pillars of the Gnostic teachings in the Modern Gnostic Order ?
From the perspective of the Modern Gnostic Order besides the physical world there is a higher world, the world of spirit and beyond the sphere of the eternal God. Therefore, the Gnostics speak of two nature orders and the Divine. The divine nature order is not on another planet, but exists in the same space as this world, but on a singular dimension hidden behind the material world. Man is, from the Gnostic view, a dual being. Mortal man is born from the material world. He is clothed of the immortal spirit, which comes from the higher nature. . The energy field around a person which also surrounds the entire material man, is called a “microcosm and also universal mind”. It is the life task of man to awaken his sleeping divinity and restore the lost contact of the soul with its spiritual dimension. This is done through the power of purification and Nous. The Bible calls this process “born again of water and Spirit” (John 3:5). The Gnostics speak about the great metamorphosis of man, the “Transfiguration”, and suggest the revealing of the original divine soul with the spirit as an “Alchemical Wedding”. By this Gnostic and Christian Initiation man regains his share of the nature of perfect life.
What importance does reincarnation have within the Gnostic teachings?
The teachings of the Modern Gnostic Order explain that the mortal personality of the human being does indeed reincarnate. This is why there are so many obstacles for the aspirant and modern gnostic to remove before he/her can attain freedom.
Gnosis teaches that ignorance of the divine is the cause of the life and death cycle. Mans confusions and doubt are due to not recognising that God is everywhere and in all things. As the pupil and modern gnostic progress the ignorance is gradually replaced with Gnosis, the knowledge of the eternal soul.
How is the Gnostic spiritual path practiced?
Gnostics give the spiritual development in their lives increasingly a primary place in their lives and aspire to a lifestyle that is led by the Light of soul and spirit instead of the selfish ego. This Light never forces anybody, but radiates when man opens himself up for it the right way. The Gnostics go their path in a community of like-minded people. By sharing contemplation and focusing on the objective of the soul revival a spiritual force field is formed that strengthens the individual and leads to living knowledge about the individual steps of the path.
What does Gnosis mean?
The word “Gnosis” comes from the Greek word for light of knowledge. On the path of the modern gnostic, Gnosis is the inner realization of the Light power of God. This uncreated Light becomes an inner experience and a spiritual life force for the pupil on the path. Gnosis is an inner experience of God and therefore never a dogma, but a living knowledge. It reveals in different ways, according to the respective historical periods and phases of human development. Also, the experiences of the seeking individuals are different.
What does Initiation mean to the Gnostic?
Initiation means to awaken in a higher state of being and consciousness. What this means in detail, depends on the particular starting point of the individual, because there are several kinds and many levels of initiation. In previous eras the initiation schools mainly worked on the individualization of man and his self-responsibility. This stage has now been reached for humanity as a whole. In this respect, man in the 21 Century respect has come to the end of a long evolutionary path of becoming conscious in matter. This path cannot lead deeper. Today, at the beginning of the Aquarius Age, a new level of initiation has to be found and passed. The goal of this level is overcoming the bondage to the matter by the birth of a new consciousness which is led by the Light of soul and spirit. The work on the self-centered personality is no longer on focus. The goal of Aquarian initiation is the rebirth of spirit, soul and body to a completely new state of human.
What do the Gnostics mean with the term “Spiritual School”?”
He, who wants to follow the path of the Gnosis must be willing to learn from scratch. The application of the spirit forces that are active in the Modern Gnostic Order, the pupil gains an inner knowledge of its existence, the meaning and purpose of his life. With this knowledge, he must find his way and walk in freedom. Therefore, there is no “teacher” or “guru” inside the school, and no atmosphere of performance and competition. The path unfolds in the pupils themselves in different stages.
The objective of the Modern Gnostic Order is not to perfect the mortal personality but the realisation of the hidden essence.
How is the Modern Gnostic Order funded ?
The Order and Gnosticawakening.com , is funded by the founder. It is a non-profit organization.
How is the community built up internally?
The 0rder is run intirely by the founder and is composed of members from various nationalities.
How to become a member in the Modern Gnostic Order?
Membership of the Modern Gnostic Order is open to anyone genuinely interesting in being connected with the School and its philosophy, and wishing to become more familar with its teachings and activities.
You may apply for membership in writing, or on the Order website, giving your contact details so that you may be kept informed of activities for members. You must be aged at least 18 years, to ensure that your decision to establish a connection with the School is yours alone. Further information about membership is available online on the website.
Your experience as a member will be enhanced by your participation in chats and meetings for members, but this is by no means obligatory, nor do you have to meet any other requirement to be a member of the Order.
What kind of membership does the Modern Gnostic Order offer?
There are two options. Interested people may opt for a loose connection by means of membership or for those who feel ready to walk the path shown by the Order active pupilship is possible.
Pupils of the Order pursue the path of purification, which includes the purification of all aspects of the personality being – the physical, etheric, astral and mental bodies.
Are men and women equal in the Order?
Yes, men and women perform tasks, functions and responsibilities equally.
Is it easy to resign from membership?
Resignation from the Order is easily possible at any time. It only requires an informal written statement which is immediately met.
How is the relationship to other spiritual communities?
Since the very beginning of human history there is a divine effort to rescue humanity from the boundaries of death and lead them to immortal life. This effort has always found its expression in accordance with the respective cultures and time periods in different religions and spiritual mainstreams.
From the perspective of the Gnostics it is understandable and justified, that even with the proclamation of the Christ doctrine and the following of Christ, there are a variety of communities, referring to the different states of human consciousness.
More about Initiation
Initiations are as old as the earliest civilizations.The ancient Egyptians learned that the performance of various acts, and the use of certain objects, helped to facilitate instruction, so that mystical ideas were more easily impressed upon the minds of students.
Dramas of impressive ceremonies consisting of music, spectacular lighting, processionals, chanting, and colorful ritual robes became an unforgettable experience to each participant. These mystery-dramas were somewhat like the modern passion plays. In ancient times, the word mystery did not have the same connotation that it does now. It did not mean “strange” or “weird.” Rather, it referred to a unique gnosis—that is, knowledge which was to be revealed to the candidate for initiation.
In fact, in ancient Rome the mysteries were called initia. The initiates were called mystae. The Latin word initiare meant “to inspire,” and initium meant “beginning” or “training.” Thus, candidates for initiation were introduced to an inspiring knowledge that was to make an emotional or psychic impression upon their consciousness as well as to add to their knowledge.
In a dramatic way, the initiation sheds illumination upon certain subjects which otherwise may not be thoroughly understood and appreciated. Further, the mystical aspect of initiation arouses your psychic and emotional response concerning the subjects you are about to study and produces an awareness, a state of consciousness which otherwise could not be achieved.
Gnostic initiations are rituals designed to mark the milestones of a student’s progress on the mystical path. In these beautiful rituals, mystical laws and principles are demonstrated in a dramatic form, in order to both inform and inspire the Gnostic student.
Initiation rituals may be performed at home during your study period; or you may receive these initiations in a more comprehensive form in Gnostic Temples. However, no rite or ceremony, no matter what its form or how it is conducted, is a true initiation if it does not do the following:
cause you to engage in introspection, that is, to turn your consciousness within, to look upon yourself;
engender within you a feeling of aspiration and idealism; and
exact from you a sacred obligation or promise which you make to yourself that you will try to fulfill your aspirations.
Participation in initiation rituals does not, in itself, make you a true initiate, and Gnostic students are not required to participate in rituals.
You become a Gnostic initiate only through your own efforts, merits, and preparation.
This means that as you progress along the Gnostic path; it is through your personal work that you will advance; and everything that you can become, you will become through your own patience and perseverance.
Even in antiquity when seekers traveled thousands of miles to reach ancient temples so as to be initiated and receive instructions from the Masters, they understood that true initiation—meaning illumination of consciousness—would come only when they were prepared or ready on the inner plane, whether or not they were in a temple or proceeding through a ceremony or ritual at that particular time.
What was true centuries ago is still true today. However, it is possible to accelerate this inner preparation, and this is the purpose of Gnostic initiations.
Founded in 2017 by David Cowan.
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