Friday, July 07, 2006

Plant Metaphors for Gnosis & Episteme

Plant Metaphors for Gnosis & Episteme

Here is a graphic to go along with the third GnosCast podcast. It shows some of the different combinations possible of Gnosis and Episteme, using plant metaphors.
  • The one on the left shows what we aim for, rooted in Gnosis, growing into Episteme and flowering into our lives.
  • The next is where we so often are, having episteme and seeking Gnosis.
  • The third is the situation where you have Gnosis, but it hasn't developed into an understanding and expression yet.
  • The last is rigid belief planted where Gnosis should grow.


Sir Francis said...


Like that graphic. Would you be so kind as to consider posting a larger version of same, perhaps suitable for printing so I can show to others, or at any rate easier for this sprouting seed to make out with less than good vision?

Rev. Troy said...


Sure. I'm just limited in size due to the blog layout. Now, clicking on the graphic will take you to a much larger image.

If that one doesn't work well enough, let me know.

Spiritual Emergency said...
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Roger Kuhrt, PhD said...

Let's share a parable:
Counting on the Truth -- A Parable

Copyright 1993 Thomas J. McFarlane

Ages ago, before humans knew counting, there was a man who preached that the world was number and that it could be counted, and that there is one true science of counting. He showed people how to add, subtract, and even multiply. After he went on, wandering off into the mountains, a cult grew up around this doctrine and people spent their Sundays counting rocks, communing with the divine order of things.

One day some cult members got word of another strange cult across the mountains that also had similar doctrines of counting. Some members made the journey and heard the doctrine of this other cult. To their amazement, these people were counting wrong! This whole cult was engaging in totally different rituals and had very different rules about adding and subtracting and multiplying their numbers. It was blasphemy!

They began to argue with these people, showing them their "true" science of counting. But these other people insisted that their counting was the true doctrine. Anger grew, until finally fighting broke out between them. They threw rocks at each other. It was a holy war. They were even counting the rocks as they threw them. The one group was throwing them, shouting 1,2,3,4,5,... as the rocks flew. The other group was throwing their rocks shouting 1,10,11,100,101,...

Appalled by such insanity, many people declared such counting cults as irrational. This counting knowledge obviously had serious epistemological problems, they said. These people were claiming to have verified two conflicting doctrines. They think "I tried it, it worked for me, therefore it's true." The subjective nature of their knowledge clearly shows that it is not a true science, but arbitrary belief.

Meanwhile, the visionary wandering counter, whose teachings had become the doctrines of these cults, was relaxing under a tree in a far off land, enjoying the summer breeze, and marveling over the beautiful unity of counting, and the wonderful diversity of manifestations it takes.
Ah, Diversity within all systems of Episteme!

cheerfully, ROK