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on 14 July 2006
Gnosis is essentially about the road to inner enlightenment and how to achieve it. Having read other reviews of this book I have to assume that it worked for some people but I must admit that I found it a real effort to even finish. However, I did finish it but it was with gritted teeth and disappointment at the jilted style, the factual errors and Gardiner's propensity for 're-interpreting' previously well researched theories and ideas to substantiate his revolutionary new message.
For a book purporting to be unveiling a great truth, I thought Gnosis contained an awful lot of secrecy and implication. It also seemed at times to be overly dramatic - like a conjurer trying to establish an aura of expectancy before pulling a rabbit out of the hat. His assertion of being forced to join a 'secret society' because he had stumbled across the truth sounds a lot like somebody trying to add weight to his argument because he knows the argument alone won't bear scrutiny. The fact that this story is impossible to corroborate does not help his case.
Some people will be more inclined to believe in the central theme of this book than others but the point is clearly made that if you don't 'get it' then you need to read the book again because you must have missed the point first time around - a bit condescending I thought. The "Secret Code" (assuming it exists - I haven't checked) I dealt with in my review of The Shining Ones - my views have not changed. Why draw so much attention to something you are trying to hide so securely?
There were some genuinely interesting and thought provoking issues brought out in the book but they were spoiled for me by many glaring inconsistencies and contradictions that left me trying to sort the wheat from the chaff and then wondering why I was bothering to try.
I was left wondering if he really believed what he was writing or if this was a contract filler. The overall impression that I was left with was that of a book that had been rushed out from memory on a Sunday afternoon in order to meet a Monday morning deadline.
Gardiner may well be right and his road to enlightenment may, in fact, be what humanity in general (as opposed to a select few) has been searching for all of these years. The problem for me is that, having read this book with its errors, half truths, misrepresentations and unwarranted drama, I just do not believe him.
Gardiner is capable of better.