Gnostic traditions have a habit of forming lineages, lines of succession, through which the spiritual charge and secret knowledge are passed. Those are good things. They preserve methods for intensifying the spark’s activity within its coil and, when things go really well, provide connections to spirits who have been doing this sort of work for a while. Some of those operate in plain sight while others operate in a more sub rosa fashion. Some of these traditions are well aware of the gnostic nature of their work while others have had it comingled and confused with other things. And so it goes. As these gnostic traditions form the more stable vehicles of gnosis, they have also played a large role in shaping our ideas about how gnostic work should operate.
Overall, that isn’s too much of a problem so long as the core of the work remains intact–getting yourself straight and getting on with the business you are charged with and helping others do the same where you can. Sometimes, though, it gets a little muddled and folks start to get really focused on being part of this or that tradition (with the ‘real’ stuff) or about finding the just-right teacher (who ‘really’ knows) for them. When those become primary, the gnostic work suffers, though the business of it may thrive.
Gnostic lineages do have valuable tools, there are good teachers among them, and if they work for you, you should work them. However, gnosis isn’t about teachers or traditions, so if you are constantly talking about those rather than the work, you are headed in the wrong direction.
Figure out how the heck to operate the magic ape suit. Sometimes there are folks who with that, who have faced or are facing challenges and opportunities that are simpatico with your own. Sometimes, there aren’t and you have to muddle through as best you can. Sometimes folks can help you a little bit but then you have to do a whole lot more on your own. There is no magical formula for the process–if you find what works, hold to it.
I get peevish when someone starts telling people what they should and shouldn’t do spiritually in painful detail, especially when they are pontificating, especially when it starts to look like a ‘be just like me and it will be alright’ sort of talk. Obviously, if you feel called to testify and let someone know that you think they are taking a wrong path, stand up and be counted. If you practice divination and/or mediumship and receive messages that are to be shared, then share away. Those sorts of messages, though, are almost always in reference to this or that particular situation and person, not some general state of affairs (i.e., not a ‘let me speak to all the X’ out there).
Even with the specific and clear message, though, you should check yourself frequently. Do you say more than you need to because you just can’t help yourself? Are you committed to proving someone wrong or winning them over to your way of doing or thinking about things? As a general rule, we are grubby little jerks and even the best of us can be tempted by the lure of power and authority. Damn, we take to that like ducks to water.