A change on the surface is useless; profound changes are needed instead. In fact, a wish to be in a different situation seems to be common to most human beings, it being felt as a longing for happiness, for more freedom, for a more satisfactory life...
If immediate physical survival is not put at risk and once the basic physical needs (food, clothes and shelter) are provided for, then, aspirations vary. Some people may want to improve their social status, others may crave for ever higher earnings, personal or collective goals may be eagerly pursued in education, sport, the arts, politics, etc.
Yet, there might also be, at another level, a yearning for something else, for the answers to the questions intrinsic to existence: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Why do we live?
Obviously, all these different aspirations belong to the individual's inner world, to the psyche. Hence the relevance of psychological studies. Gnostic Self-Psychology provides the knowledge necessary to make a profound change.
In spite of the technological achievements in modern society, human nature is far from improving. Violence, cruelty and moral degeneration as manifestations of the inner condition of humankind are not helped by scientific and industrial development; on the contrary, they are made worse. While there has been actual progress in some fields, most of the world's population does not benefit from the progress achieved, and many are left to starvation and illness; war is as common as in former times and even more full of atrocities; crimes no less aberrant than in the past are exposed in the daily news, and social problems seem to become ever more complex, with drug addiction and alcoholism not abating.
This situation, which should be credited to the present state of people's psyche, is demanding of solution. As a result, the role of the psychologist is acquiring special relevance. Nevertheless, official Psychology seems overwhelmed and unable to trace down the root of the problem.
As a matter of fact, modern Psychology has had remarkable development. Many psychologists have gone further than just studying observable human external behaviour. Psychologists of different trends have endeavoured to analyse the insights, or "introspections", reported by individuals.
However, intellectual speculation from an outside point of view cannot provide the individual with objective knowledge of his psychic structure and a radical solution to his problems. For an essential change be produced by the individual, he (or she) must have direct and in-depth knowledge of him-self (or herself).
Official Psychology contents itself with a rearrangement of the individual's personality so that he (or she) conforms to a reference of normality. "Normality" being drawn from the standard characteristics of the population, on the false assumption that "man" is to be nothing more than what is found today. In other words, official Psychology studies man as what he seems to be. On the contrary, Gnostic Psychology studies man as what he (or she) could become by achieving his (or her) potential.
Furthermore, Gnostic Anthropology considers that the state of the present humankind is not that of authentic "man" yet. Consequently, a change is required which implies development of values and actualization of possibilites.
With the revolutionary Gnostic Self-Psychology, the individual develops the faculty of knowing his own psychic apparatus. As a result, he gets to know the psychological factors responsible for conflicts, suffering and illness. Revolutionary Psychology provides him (or her) with the guidelines for the complete removal of such factors from his psyche, which is the only alternative for a permanent change.
In order to change, first it is necessary to know oneself. This is attained by means of self-analysis, using one's own consciousness.
It is a matter of personally developing comprehension of one's life, though not intellectually, but deeply. With practice, inner powers develop that enable us to move forward along the path of the Being's Self-Knowledge.
In order to awake one's consciousness, one should become used to dividing one's attention in two parts. One should be aware of one's inner processes (thoughts, emotions, movements, habits...) and, at the same time, of what comes from the outside through the senses (other people, objects, the physical place we are at the moment...)