Today I will be working at the development of the tarotcard the Fool. The Cave of the Fool is connected to Air of the Wise. I always associate Air of the Wise to the Golden Breath. The Golden Breath is an experience; you experience it at those moments, that it is as if a golden glow illuminates everything that is valuable to you. When this happens, life is good, mysterious, meaningful and beautiful. It is a sign of health; did you know that the psychologist Maslow investigated this? He called these moments ‘peak experiences’, and stated that the more healthy people are, the more often they have peak experiences. Magicians know that you can train your mind to luxate peak experiences at will.
I am very happy with wat came with the post. I ordered some super high quality prints of my tarot card The Fool. The images are printed on alluminium and are going to serve as votive images in my second Magical Treasure Box.
QUESTION TO YOU;
I am very curious; what are your sources of inspiration and power? For me personally it is digging into the old mysteries and live them. Every day – no matter what I need to do – I spend half an hour to meditate upon the old Wisdom Texts and I integrate the outcome of my realisations in my life.
DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS?
I experience these moments as true divine gifts: suddenly the world shows its beauty. I have those moments when I am writing, when I am creating art, in ritual, outside in nature. ..
Do you recognise this, when the doors of beauty open? I am really curious to learn how you experience this or what happens to you when those doors are locked…
Dear Steve and SOL, I have a special message for you :-), watch the video below …
As I wrote earlier, the emphasis on historical research causes us to underestimate the influence of art in modern magic. Nowadays …we regard the great myths as fantasies and children’s stories. But these great stories of the past and present are full of applied magic and teach us about the superpowers one can activate during the process of magical development.
The eastern traditions talk about the ‘Siddhis’, in Western Magic these powers belong to superheroes, who teach us about superpowers that every human being can access. You read about them in almost every magical story: powers like invisibility, telekinesis and the capacity to heal from a deadly wound. The power of these stories is that they stretch the imagination in situations where you could do with these superpowers. They influence the subconscious mind and cause you to recover from even the toughest challenges.
The subconscious mind is the hidden steering mechanism of our entire being, the part that determines all automatic body processes and unconscious choices you make in your life. The superheroes from the magical stories teach this important part of your being. The capacity to relate to the superheroes enables you to unlock these super powers in times you need them. Magic is the art to access these superpowers and unleash the superhero in you.
Do you want to take a look behind our temple doors and learn more about magic and mysticism? Read more here (in Dutch).
In a previous blog I told my most important tip for a spiritual training: Find a spiritual trainer who works within a tradition. But there are some pitfalls along the way. How to avoid these?
When you take your spiritual quest seriously, you don’t want to waste time and money by getting lost on an vague market!
A lot of spirituality that is offered resembles a film set. The appearance is wonderful, but behind the front door, there is no deeper knowledge. As a spiritual seeker you can get lost here, going from one setting to the other, and disappointed leaving the set time and again. Many people end their search thinking than that it’s all fake.
Why is there so little knowledge about spirituality?
Both in the Eastern and Western traditions the temples were always closed. You could only get access by successfully passing the first test: ‘To Know, To Will, To Dare and to be Silent.’
‘We shed no pearls before swine‘, was the overall view, and only the ones who showed the right character, got access to real knowledge. That knowledge gives power and should not end up in the wrong hands.
Searching Platform 9 ¾
The Eastern temples started from the 70 ‘s to give out their knowledge. The Western Temples open their doors for about twenty years now. Finding a Western Mystery Temple is difficult when you don’t know the criteria to distinguish fake from genuine. It equals searching for platform 9 ¾, without knowing it exists. That is an impossible task, you cannot conjure (yet)?
Stop seeking, start finding.
- Research whether there are older books available about your area of interest, books from before the 1960s. Between 1850 and 1960 the first adepts published since long time. They are sometimes thick incomprehensible books. The issue now is not that you understand the content, but to find out whether they exist, and that your learn to know the names of people who wrote them.
- That generation trained students to grow into adepts. This generation adepts distributed knowledge about the practical techniques, through workshops and training seminars. Their names became public between 1950 and 2000.
- Today, the next generation adepts has started to build training institutes, they are professionalizing the spiritual training.
For a seeker this makes it easy to identify where potential teachers have trained themselves, and what level of training they hold. There are big differences between teachers. Based on this information you can make your choice, so that you become a finder.
PS. Platform 9 3/4 is the place from where Harry Potter left for Hogwarts School. It is located at Kings Cross Station in London.
I hear a lot of people who long to have ‘something more’ in their lives. They are unable to explain what exactly is lacking; but there is that longing, that desire to get more from your life than working, eating and sleeping.
In order to experience this mysterious depth you need to develop some skills that are potentially present in everyone. Developing these senses for the mysterious depths in life is comparable with learning to play a musical instrument or to start a sport: in the beginning it is complicated to get the hang of it and you can easily get lost in the chaotic offers on the social media. A lot of people don’t realize this. Out of ignorance they choose the most easy way and find … entertainment and fantasy.
Searching a genuine and trustworthy training
On the internet the lame help the blind and answer FAQs, thus adding to the confusion. You can find superficial and simple exercises everywhere, but how to get to the life changing experiences which are described by mystics and magicians? And the most important question is ‘Can I get those experiences myself?’
The answer is: YES you can! Assuming that you train your potential talent in a systematic way. These methods have been passed on over generations in spiritual traditions.
Profundity you learn in a spiritual tradition
Spiritual traditions consist of the knowledge that our ancestors discovered in all previous centuries. Generations before us have discovered how a spiritual development unfolds in stages. They figured out where you need to start, how to build further, how to get intensification and growing depth, how to use the training to improve your daily life? A spiritual tradition leads you through these phases. Within a tradition the teachers know in what stage you are, and how you can proceed safely and quickly. A spiritual training is similar to learning a skill or a craft; the more work you put into it, the better you get … as long as you learn from craftsmen.
Surfing on the internet you will discover a lot of different types of spirituality in a superficial way. When you want to go deeper, you need to choose a tradition. With the help of a proven method you will discover the hidden beauty and the depths of your soul.
Ina Custers-van Bergen
Years ago I was trained in a spiritual organization by a teacher that was loved intensely by the students. I found that a privilege, and I learned very much. Then the time came to continue my journey. With all the spiritual fruits I had harvested, I raised the Temple of Starlight as an independent training institute. It is PARTLY based on the teachings of my previous school, but also on my work as coach and therapist in the past.
Because of this background I implemented some fundamental changes, which are often misunderstood by the community. I want to explain my vision in a series of short articles. The first important difference in vision is:
SPIRITUAL WORK IS NOT A RACE.
There is no winner holding the cup and being applauded. There is no end goal, only personal improvement. That means that the route through the temple is not a race for the top, it is not a competition. The initiation degrees are no diplomas but a recognition of a specific INNER STATE of development, that can be achieved by every individual by inner WORK.
A spiritual trainer helps you to find that inner state of grace, by offering feedback and exercises you need to get to the next level, and helps you preventing losing time by making you aware where you walk astray.
When you start, you begin at that point in your live where you are NOW. Spiritual training aims to improve the quality of that NOW by transpersonal methods, that have been passed on since ancient Egypt, and were always adapted to the Spirit of the Time when the ages passed by.
That means that a teacher cannot be a guru. A healthy institute is built around the needs of students. That is why I don’t call myself a teacher, but a trainer. This also implies that there is practical work involved. Practical work that needs to be done by the trainee and that needs to be overseen by those who reached the inner states of richness you want to achieve. The more you put into it, the more you will benefit and harvest the fruits.
WORSHIPPING OTHERS OR BLAMING OTHERS ARE LOSER SCRIPTS!!!
Spiritual training is about YOU, how you improve your life with the help of ancient methods. It is about how you use the experiences life offers you to grow. Worshipping others, or blaming others are parts of the same coin; they are loser scripts!!! The Mysteries are about training yourself to a state of inner richness, that enables you to meet your own needs and even surpass them and help others to achieve the same.
By worshipping or blaming others you give away your power, in the hope someone else rescues you; you get stuck in the victim role. The Mysteries are about KNOW YOURSELF. Spiritual work is most of all WORK.
THE MILK OF THE GODDESS
In our modern days we can buy everything instant and ready. Seekers for spiritual enlightenment start their journey and expect to get Milk from Goddess with a consumerism attitude. They look for teachers or products who personify Her warm embrace, in the hope that it brings that spiritual state of inner richness, completeness and safety. They will end up disappointed and bitter. Why? I will reveal Her biggest secret; the Goddess does not spoon-feed, she helps you to raise your inner child to provide for yourself.
MY QUESTIONS TO YOU
What are your expectations from the spiritual path? What do you want to achieve for yourself and why do you think spiritual development is the answer to that question? I love to hear from you.