A 'conscious' revolution

Being alive does not mean simply going through the motions. One must learn to live consciously and i

Gnosis aspires to restore inside each one of us the capacity to learn how to live consciously and intelligently. This is not possible if we do not work on ourselves, if something does not die in us (we are referring to the mystical death). The three factors for the revolution of the consciousness are birth, death and sacrifice.

In every authentic transformation there exists death and birth simultaneously. Each one of us has a mistaken creation in our interior; it is essential to destroy the false, so that a new, truer creation may arise.

"If the seed does not die, the plant can not be born"; when the death of the "Ego" is absolute, that which must be born is also absolute. We must, therefore, destroy the causes of ignorance so that authentic wisdom is born within us.

The mystical death refers to the death of the psychological egos. Egos are defects in human psychology and cause negative behaviour in human beings. The negative energy of the egos manifests in this world in the form of hatred, greed, jealousy, lust, envy, gluttony and laziness.

The egos cause unsocial actions, selfishness, crimes, wars etc. We need to observe ourselves objectively to find out what is negative within us and what needs changing. Change is not possible without internal observation first.

Once a mistake has been recognised we can begin to eliminate it from our psychology with personal effort and help from our Inner Being. Nobody can change us, we need to change ourselves.

If after some time one does not understand the Doctrine of the Many “I’s”, it is due exclusively to a lack of practice in self-observation. When somebody gradually practices interior self-observation, he discovers for himself little by little a crowd of people, a lot of selves which live in his personality.

The Birth of a human is initiated with the creative energies of a loving couple. The creative energies are powerful. They do not only create a human but also regenerate us physically and spiritually.

It enables us to experience the reality of other dimensions beyond the physical world. Everybody can learn how to use and control the creative energies. This requires conscious management of the energies, and love and honesty which come from the heart.

Sacrifice means working for humanity, and this is for instance represented by the work carried out by the Gnostic Institute of Anthropology, the members of which receive no renumeration for the delivery of the esoteric teachings, but nevertheless sacrifice their time and effort to do so.

Giles Oatley lectures in forensic statistics, data mining and decision support systems for crime detection and prevention. He has also worked in the care sector for several years with adults with challenging behaviour and severe learning difficulties. He chairs the Gnostic Institute of Anthropology.
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“They should be on bended knee apologising”: Chris Williamson warns Corbynsceptic Labour MPs

The MP for Derby North on his return to Parliament, why Labour won in marginal seats, and how party unity could have led to a Labour government.

At 5am on election morning, Chris Williamson was ceremonially tearing up some binbags. Two dustbin liners had been taped over the gold and green “Chris Williamson MP” sign on his Derby North constituency office since 2015. When it was announced that he’d won England’s most marginal constituency back from the Tories, he headed down to the old office with his team, and they tore the binbags down, dust raining upon them.

“Those black bin liners taped round were like a reminder whenever you glanced up that, one day, it’d be nice to pull that off,” he grins. In his two years away from the Commons, having been beaten by 41 votes last election, Williamson had been using the office as an advice centre.

Before then, the former bricklayer had represented the Midlands constituency from 2010 to 2015, having served as a local councillor – and twice as council leader – for two decades.


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Now he’s back, and squatting in a vegan-friendly café along the river from Parliament as he waits to be given an office. His signature flatcap sits on the table beside a glass of sparkling water.

“I’m not a fan of that place anyway, really, it’s horrible and oppressive, and not really fit for purpose,” he says. “That’s the slight downside. It goes with the territory I suppose. If we could move out of Westminster, that would be nice – somewhere like Birmingham or Manchester or Derby even – the centre of the country, isn’t it?”

“New Labour’s dead, buried and finished”

Perhaps this distaste for the bubble is to be expected, as Williamson is an ardent Corbynite. I followed him on the campaign trail before the election, and he was championing Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and leadership on every doorstep. It seemed a rather brave move among many undecided voters at the time, but has now been vindicated. You can almost tell from his trainers, crumpled polo shirt and contended expression that Williamson is supremely comfortable in the most left-wing Labour party since he became an MP.

“New Labour’s dead,” he says, his eyes twinkling. “No doubt about that. It’s dead, buried and finished. It's a regrettable chapter in our history. Historians will think ‘my God, what were they doing?!’” he cries.

Williamson believes he won due to Jeremy Corbyn’s character, the manifesto, a “fantastic” local campaign, and an “outstanding” national campaign. He thanks Momentum activists rallying so many people that they often had 20 teams canvassing simultaneously in his seat. And he praises an online campaign that targeted different demographics – Ukip voters in particular would mention his videos.

“If they’d been more supportive then we’d have got over the line”

“We targeted some elements of our campaign to specific cohorts,” he says. “For example, we did a message online to people who had supported Ukip previously about how a Labour government would genuinely take back control, take on the corporations, bring back the utilities into public ownership – rather than controlled by international, global corporations many of which are ripping us off.”

Williamson adds that young people were enthused by the pledges to scrap tuition fees, abolish zero-hours contracts and raise the minimum wage. He also saw Tory voters switch, attracted by a policy programme that he describes as “common sense” rather than radical.

He admits that people warned him to “disassociate yourself from Jeremy if you’re going to win” when he began campaigning. But he tells me he would “have sooner lost than gone down that road”.

But he has strong words for those who were more sceptical, saying they “let down their members” and lamenting that “if they’d been more supportive over the intervening period, then we’d have probably got over the line”.

Williamson calls on all the Corbynsceptic MPs to apologise: “They should be down on their bended knees and apologising, in fact. Not just to Jeremy but to the entire Labour movement.”

However, he believes his party is “more united” now than it has been for the 41 years he’s been a member, and is happy to “move on” – expressing his gratitude for how much warmth he’s received from his MP colleagues, “given how critical I’ve been of them!”

It may be Chris Williamson’s time in the sun – or the “sunshine of socialism” as he puts it, quoting Keir Hardie – but he does have jitters about his majority. It is 2,015 – the digits matching the election year when he was defeated by the Tories. “It’s a reminder that we lost then!” he laughs.

> Now read Anoosh on the campaign trail in Derby North with Chris Williamson

Anoosh Chakelian is senior writer at the New Statesman.

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