More about Bees

Today I am contemplating the quality of the materials I am going to use for my products in the Magical Treasure Boxes. I am looking at my stock of beeswax. This is such an interesting material; by choosing this for some of the items, I support the bees and the people who take care of them. The question I am asking myself is: ‘Can I avoid the use of lesser quality materials such as palm oil?’ The demand for palmoil is one of  the reasons why big companies are cutting down rain forests and cause gorilla’s to loose their natural habitat.

The choice of materials is a delicate balance between availability, quality and price. But it is also a statement. If it is true that big companies are overtaking the power of governments, then you vote as a consumer in the supermarket, with your wallet: instead of at the elections. This is something I am very conscious about.

I think the temples should pay attentention to environmental issues because we work with nature symbolism. We read about the ancient methods of producing products where spirituality and sustainability was an integrated part of the production of goods: Ora et Labora, pray and work at the same time.

Yes we can use the cheep paraffin tealights in our ceremonies, they also produce beautiful light. But where and when is it possible to make better choices? Maybe we need to do this step by step, research what the better choice is, and if affordable make the nature friendly choice.

So I decided to approach this issue with a little affirmation in my head:

I MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE CHOICE
UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES I AM IN,
AND TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE

I am very curious to hear from you if you recognize this dilemma in your life and how you deal with it?

 

 

The Mission of the Bee Folk

I hear the call of the Queen Bee
and I awaken from my slumber
‘It is time to start our collective mission
to feed the Hungry Ones with Milk and Honey’

The Golden Veil

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.

The Child from the Deep Waters

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.

One by one I peel off the protecting foil and I take them to my altar to consecrate them. After I have done that I put a wax seal on them and sign them.

 

Inspiration comes from the Deep Within

Awaken from the dull state:
Collect your peak moments daily,
as if they are precious flowers.
This will turn your life into a place of beauty,
and you become aware
Of the Presence of the Spirit of the Deep.

Ina Custers-van Bergen

 

 

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How to create your way?

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.

The Doors of Wonder

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…

Superheroes and superpowers

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).

Are you a Seeker or a Finder?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.