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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
Gnosis magazine

Considered supernatural

Though often considered 'supernatural,' magic actually operates within a traditional view of the universe, complete with a recognizable set of natural laws.
     — Jay Kinney from “Magic: What is It?”, Gnosis № 2, Spring-Summer 1986

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Impressions

For most of us, our bodies have become storage vaults for undigested impressions, for impressions too charged or painful to confront.
     — Dennis Lewis from “The Further Reaches of Self-Observation”, Gnosis № 29, Fall 1993

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Secrets

At present, books are widely available which contain the lion's share of the secret teachings that one is likely to come upon in most secret societies. Yet the lack of interest most people have in penetrating into inner realities assures that these teachings remain unperceived - and therefore 'secret'.
     — Jay Kinney from “Human Rites and Hidden Assets”, Gnosis № 6, Winter 1987-'88

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Penetration into the darkness

The penetration into the darkness surrounding God - the gulf between one's self and the All - involves the willingness to relinquish the comforting certainties of one's religion and risk heresy, if that is where the path leads.
     — Jay Kinney from “Heresies 101”, Gnosis № 4, Spring-Summer 1987

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Tired old battles

Science and religion are still fighting their tired old battles for control of the world - a cheap wrestling match which has long since ceased to interest any but the most deeply hypnotized marks.
     — Peter Lamborn Wilson from “Chaos, Eros, Earth, and Old Night”, Gnosis № 33 Fall 1994

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Dreaming

Esoteric teachings suggest that, rather than being 'illusory' compared to the 'real' world of waking life, the dream world is indeed real. Some traditions, like those of the Australian aborigines, even suggest that the forms of the 'Dreamtime' underpin earthly reality.
     — Richard Smoley from “Are Dreams for Real?”, Gnosis № 22, Winter 1992

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Heroic

However heroic the virtues of the saint may be, the scoundrel has a bit of the hero in him too.
     — Richard Smoley from “Choose Your Saints Wisely”, Gnosis № 24, Summer 1992

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Lose your own center

Don't get too concerned about fighting evil. You lose your own center that way.
     — Robert Anton Wilson
      from “Doubt! The GNOSIS Interview with Robert Anton Wilson”, Gnosis № 50

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Stranger

When we look at the Tarot for what it apparently is, we look into a mental map of the time when the Italian and French Middle Ages were poised on the cusp of the Renaissance - a time that is actually stranger and intellectually more foreign to us than we tend to think.
     — Chas S. Clifton from "The Unexamined Tarot," Gnosis № 18, Winter 1991

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Mosaics

Our energy fields often look like mosaics of pieces from family, friends, co-workers, people seen on TV, or even random strangers encountered on the street.
     — Rebecca Wilson from “The Art of Psychic Healing”, Gnosis № 34, Winter 1995

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Depreciated polytheism

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.
     — Frank Donnola from “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis № 28, Spring 1993

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More important

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.
     — Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon from “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis № 21, Fall 1991

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A new dogma

There is a danger in the New Age movement of 'open-mindedness' and 'universality' becoming a new dogma which only serves to separate 'us' who pay lip service to these ideals from 'them' who do not. Far better to be a flexible, open-minded traditionalist than a rigidly doctrinaire liberal.
     — Ya'qub ibn Yusuf from “Back to Basics”, Gnosis № 16, Summer 1990

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Right or Write

The decline of the written language

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“As long as we lie to ourselves…”

As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us. He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with that all-important business contact.
     — Richard Smoley from “My Mind Plays Tricks on Me”, Gnosis № 19, Spring 1991

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