The Gnostics were a group of early Christians who explored the mystical, hidden side of Jesus’ teachings. For the Gnostics, these teachings weren’t meant to be a system of belief, but a practical guide to enlightenment and inner change. The Gnostics devoted themselves to meditation and spiritual practice, seeking a mystical experience—the discovery of the divine spark within themselves. This experience of the divine within is called Gnosis, a word that means knowledge. But unlike intellectual knowledge, the knowledge of the Gnostics was intuitive, imaginative, and experiential. It was self-knowledge, the starting point for spiritual transformation. Many scriptures in many cultures and religions have described this knowledge symbolically, but ultimately, every Gnostic strives to discover Gnosis for themselves.