Month: January 2018

The Multicolored Feathered Horus

In our modern worldview people can easily be manipulated, because they think there is only one truth possible, based on ‘facts’. But people are emotional beings who experience the world differently based on feelings.

Trying to find our way in a confusing world we point our fingers towards others, using old monotheistic concepts of virtues and vices, convicting the other when he or she has a  different opinion. On the background still runs the idea that there is only one truth, leading to a unification by one God.

The Vision of the Mysteries

But this concept causes a lot of friction, the question is; ‘Who is right?’ Whose worldview is the ‘Truth’? The antique societies had a much more intelligent concept. The Egyptian Mysteries worked with a spiritual concept they called the Multicolored Feathered Horus; the God of Light is clothed in all the colors of the light. This creates respect for different roads of development, different opinions, different concepts of Gods and even different Gods and Goddesses.

In our modern times this ancient concept becomes important again. In our age of globalization we need to work with worldviews deriving from different cultures. We need spiritual concepts that allow for different, even contradicting concepts to peacefully coexist and contribute to a better world.

Purification

We live in a world of complementary forces. Opposition not ‘evil’ but necessary, because it creates a dynamic that causes development. Opposing forces test principles, products, ideas and everything grows. This principle used to be called the Tester;

Every concept or building block in our societies improves, when opposing forces discuss, challenge and shake up awareness about the repercussions of new inventions and new ideas. Because of this continuous challenge that takes place both in our souls, in our relationships and in our society, we grow, make better choices and find more sustainable solutions. This principle is called Purification. In the old days Purification was an essential part of spiritual development. According to this principle there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, there is only increasing wisdom based on more knowledge because every new development is severely tested by opposing forces.

What about evil?

In the concept of the Mysteries evil is defined differently. When for example, you continue to use poison in spite of the fact that you are killing all the bees, then you do evil. This is a severe matter, because when the bees become extinct, the entire world will suffer from a food disaster. Things are called  ‘evil’ when three ingredients are present:

  1. It is a matter with severe consequences.
  2. There is consciousness about the gravity of the situation.
  3. There is a conscious choice made of deliberate continuation.

The world-famous mystic and occultist Dion Fortune defined ‘good’ as all the forces that contribute to evolution. She defined ‘evil’ as the opposing forces that lead to evolutionary decay.

Meditation

To attune yourself to the forces of growth and evolution, you can calibrate yourself to patterns that are connected to evolution. In this way these forces will increase in you. To this end you can meditate on the image of a Spiral of Moving Light.

When you like these types of meditations, you could consider enrolling into the Solo Magical Training.

 

 

 

In LVX
Ina Custers van Bergen

The necessity of grounding

In esoteric circles people love to share their knowledge with their peers. Not everyone understands the dynamics of the spiritual principle they are lecturing about. In this way some strange esoteric myths developed over the years. One of these myths is about the necessity of grounding.

It happened years ago, but I remember it vividly; I visited a healer who told me that I was not properly grounded. How he noticed this? I had cold feet and that was because I did not absorb earth-energy properly. That was the cause of my issues. I was flabbergasted and immediately knew that I had been given a complete silly advice.

Do people sometimes tell you that you are not properly grounded? Or did you tell this to someone else? What is being grounded, and what isn’t?

What is ‘being grounded’?

Being grounded means that you are able to translate the fruits of your rich spiritual life into your daily life: into your work, your family, and it reflects the choices that you make.

When you are properly grounded, you ask yourself questions like:

  • Does my day job reflect my your spiritual mission in life?
  • Are the products that I use produced in a sustainable and ethical way?
  • Do the products that I buy help me to realize my spiritual vision.
  • Do you give worth to things that you consider worthwhile?
  • Is my own behavior an example for my vision of how to  interact with people in my environment?
  • What do the events that happen in my life tell me?
  • What lectures do I need to learn?
  • How do I become a better version of yourself, so that you become a more effective channel for the divine?

Being properly grounded means that you not only reach for Heaven, but that you are also rooted in the Earth, and you are actively contributing on making Earth a little bit more like heaven.

 

Magnum Opus

Western Esoterism is not only focused upon Heaven above, but also actively working at the realization of the Heaven inside and the Heaven on Earth.

Spirituality is not an excuse for escapism. It is a system where you can develop yourself esoterically, psychologically and materially, in a way that contributes to making this world a better place. This is called the Magnum Opus, the Great Work. Because you transform yourself by the spiritual process, you transform your life and spiritual forces will materialize through your work. That is grounding!

 

In LVX
Ina Custers van Bergen
Magical Order Temple of Starlight

Do you want to do the Great Work, and better yourself and the world, than the Solo Magical Training might be something for you.

 

Magic isn’t real, or is it?

The famous Paracelsus thought that epilepsy could be cured magically by grinding the horn of a unicorn in a mortar. That is quackery, isn’t it?

For a very long time, important magical books of great scientists gathered dust in the libraries of the World. The magical grimoires from the Middle Ages until the Renaissance lie mostly undiscovered and undervalued in the cellars of our museums. The presumption is that this material is not worthwhile being translated and studied.

The difficulty of these books is that in order to understand them one needs to train different areas of the brain. In our time, the rational side of the brain is trained continuously, the creative part is often neglected. Among the specific skills of the creative brain are all the arts, but also prayer, meditation and ritual. In ancient times these skills were considered to be crucial to understand the reality, to generate healing and receive insight and inspiration about the Divine Nature of the world surrounding us.

Ora Et Labora

These processes were investigated and described by ancient scientists; to understand the books of the Mediaeval Alchemists, Magicians and Astrologers and to benefit from the results of that training, one needs to follow their methods. They searched for the Divine Principle and Pattern of Creation in each and every appearance. Only by following the same methods we will understand the magical connection Paracelsus discovered between epilepsy and a lightning strike, and why he wrote that the cure of this disease was to grind the horn of a unicorn in a mortar.

Everything present in the greater World is not more and not less, also present in the human body. Similar kinds of wood, stone, herbs etc. that are present in the outer world are also present in the human, only not in the same appearance as in the elements…

Whoever is capable of recognizing the appearances in the human body – thus: this is the sapphire in the human, the Mercury, the Cypress, the Flos Cheiri etc – he has studied the book of the human body and seen through it.

Paracelsus

Fortunately the Magical Grimoires are gradually being taken seriously again the last couple of years. But to extract the pearls from the material, it is necessary to push aside the rational mind for a minute, and to train the spiritual side of the brain; to make a shift in consciousness to an ensouled world, and then you will experience that magic is no superstition, but really works!

Meditation

The nature of reality is not material but spiritual. Matter is crystallized consciousness. The Spiritual Vision on reality learns us: God is comatose in stones, asleep in plants, dreams in animals and is awake in humans.

 

In LVX
Ina Custers van Bergen

If you are interested in developing these meditation techniques then read more about our Solo Magical Training.

 

The Deep – a place that …

The Deep … a place that is not a place.
A force that reacts on our behaviour, desires and dreams.
The Deep organizes the world around us,
creates events based on blockages, suppressed emotions and fears
on wishes, dreams and ideals.

A world loaded with … Magic

A world in which unknown forces cause the next events to happen,
A world loaded with … Magic.
When you know how that hidden creative force works, you can master its rules.
Then the Deep will illuminate the wasteland around you,
reveal it’s enchanting beauty
and unlock its hidden mysteries.

David Bowie on Magic

Bowie writes about his experiences with Magic, and tells joking that it actually works 😉

Q: “So were you involved in actual devil worship?”

A: “Not devil worship, no, it was pure straightforward, old-fashioned magic.”

Q: “The Aleister Crowley variety?”

A: “No, I always thought Crowley was a charlatan. But there was a guy called [Arthur] Edward Waite who was terribly important to me at the time. And another called Dion Fortune who wrote a book called ‘Psychic Self-Defense‘. You had to run around the room getting bits of string and old crayons and draw funny things on the wall, and I took it all most seriously, ha ha ha ! I drew gateways into different dimensions, and I’m quite sure that, for myself, I really walked into other worlds. I drew things on walls and just walked through them, and saw what was on the other side!”

-David Bowie, interviewed in NME, 1997

 

The Book of the Caves – Tarot project

As you know when you follow me on Facebook, I am currently working on a tarot deck.
This is a long term project which will develop gradually. During the process of the making, I will publish images of the cards and audio files with related meditations. If you want to listen to the meditations and follow the creation of the Tarot Deck, follow me at the @Western Mystery School group on Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter.

In LVX
Ina Custers-van Bergen