World 3 October 2007 A 'conscious' revolution Being alive does not mean simply going through the motions. One must learn to live consciously and i Print HTML 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. › O come all ye faithful 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. Subscribe More Related articles How science and statistics are taking over sport Baby you’re a rich man: the impossible madness of Paul McCartney’s life Is our obsession with class propping up the powerful?