We initiate ourselves into the secret mysteries of Gnosticism using our minds. Hence, the famous Gnostic saying, "To know thyself, look within." When we look within, the goal is to simply use our minds to solve problems about ourselves and our lives. To look in the mirror and correct those faults we despise and enhance the traits that make us happy. To use our brains to think with a good heart and use reason to process information we intake in the search for wisdom.
Gnosticism is also both, mistakes made in life, and lessons learned. Sublime ignorance and vigilant wisdom. Victories won and many more battles lost. The path of true Gnosis is when we think with our brains and attempt to master our monster minds in which we master our beastly selves, only then can we operate from our higher selves, whom some call our spirits or souls. This allows us Gnostics to utilize our bodies and minds in the most effective ways possible with the short time we are allotted here on earth.
This does not mean we have to be the complete masters of ourselves and our environments, and it certainly doesn't mean you have to know about everything under the sun. If you seek knowledge with a true heart and with unselfish motives, you shall find. Knock on the door with love and a smile, and it shall be opened to you in the same fashion.
Gnosis (Greek for knowledge) in its simplest form is “knowledge of thyself." Philo also refers to the “knowledge” (gnosis) and “wisdom” (sophia) of God. In its purest form is the intuitive spiritual knowledge that comes with knowing thyself. This fact we find in the biblical passage Proverbs 2.6; “The Lord gives wisdom (sophia), from his face come knowledge (gnosis) and understanding (sunesis).” Plato calls this a recollection and restoration of the views a person once had, and original knowledge that was once lost.
This process of being initiated into Gnosticism starts with seeking knowledge about yourself and the universe we live in. But it must be done with a good heart and intentions in order to reach true Gnosis.
“Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.” - Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha