When the Palm Tree Garden Forums went down we suffered a loss. One of those losses was being able to access the information there. The four point plane I hold to is derived from something that was discussed many times there. It was created by Jesse aka Spark. In my opinion it does an excellent job describing some core common parts in this enigma of groups we call Gnosticism.
1) Emanations Cosmology. The heavenly and phenomenal worlds are ultimately the effect of God’s process of “emanation,” or pouring forth from itself.
2) Immanent Pneumatology. God’s spirit fills the heavenly and phenomenal worlds. God is right here, right now.
3) Gnostic Soteriology. Gnosis, which can also be called insight, plays the most important role in the salvation of the Gnostic.
4) Sacramental Praxis. Gnosis can be facilitated by symbolic ritual.