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.

 

Experiencing the Mysterious

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.

In LVX
Ina Custers-van Bergen

PS. When you want to know more about the spiritual training in a Western Mystery School, read more about it here or you can email me.

The Vision behind the Temple of Starlight

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.

In LVX
Ina

 

Frog logics

Are you curious to learn how frogs try to reach Illumination? Then read my parable … enjoy!

It is silent in the frog pool, nothing happens there. Frogs live in murky muddy pools with standing water. But when there is no flow, the plants start to rot and the air begins to stink! The problem with this particular pool is: there is no light there! Thus the frogs organize a board meeting and decide to send an explorer into the wide world to look for a solution bring life into the pool.

The top frog – let’s call him Toad – volunteers to leave the pool. He crosses the reed fields to search for light and flow. Bravely he crosses the meadows and hops to the city, carefully avoiding dogs and cats. The city is but a desert of stone, full of stressed people. Dark clouds gather together when poor Toad desperately jumps further and further from home, in search for light.

Suddenly he sees a very sunny and bright place. He decides to knock at the temple doors where the Mages work. His tiny little brain starts to work like a little engine: “What if I steal some of their light!” The idea is so appealing that it sends shivers through his green slithery body. He decides to buy their course in Magic of the Light, in the hope this will enable him to take some light home to the frog pool.

Poor, poor Toad, he got really disappointed, because everyone knows it is not possible to steal light!!! True illumination does not come from reading books. True illumination comes from the inside out! It is the result of a good heart, compassion and hard work. On top of that, Toad finds out to his horror, that he cannot not bear the light! His eyes hurt, his stomach cramps together; he lived too long in a murky pool… On top of that his groins hurt from hopping for sooo long and traveling so far… He realizes that he has no option but to return to his pool as quickly as possible, without having achieved his mission.

Jumping back through the reed fields, the consequences of his failure painfully dawn on him. He realizes that, returning to the pool without any results whatsoever, would mean a big Mark of Infamy on his ego. His eyebrows rise, his heart shrinks. The next realization makes him shriek: “This can backfire on me; it can cost my position in the pool!!!”

So hopping home, Toad broods over a plan. He is exhausted, his skin is full of blasters, he almost got roasted by the light. His ego is severely wounded. Then, again, a flash of insight makes his day. “If I cannot steal their light, then let’s bring them down to our level!” Hopping home he broods out an evil plan for his escape…

At his return at the pool all the frogs joyfully greet him. Hopeful; will Toad have found a solution for their suffering? As a hero they receive him. They throw a party where Toad can shine and reveal his new found wisdom, that will redeem them all. Severely hindered by his wounded groin, Toad tries to stride in, but lame he climbs the stage they have prepared for him. He takes out the course book he bought at the mages’ from his rucksack. He coughs to call for a silence, to make his great announcement:

“Dear Fraterfrogs and Sororfrogs, I have conquered the elements, I have visited the Mages of Light. Let me reveal to you; the Light does not exist. I have found proof.” Toad opens the course book: “Look here, I found typos in their course book! Since we have no course books of our own, and thus no typos, We Are Better! Let’s battle those bastards and bring them down!!!”

 

Our debute at Dutch National TV – Iedereen Verlicht – NPO2

Voor mensen die de uitzending van onze samenwerking met NPO2 televisie gemist hebben: hier kun je de opname voor het programma Iedereen Verlicht nogmaals bekijken.

For everyone who wants to see our cooperation with the Dutch National Television (NPO2), here is the video. It will be translated to English soon.

 

The Dance of the Opposites

People constantly try to influence us. In families, in social environments. In electiontime you only need to push a button of some digital screen and the same heads pop up, starting to convince you to vote for them and they try to touch you emotionally. Between religions and philosophical groups the same thing happens; if you belong to ‘the others’, the opposition makes you look bad, mad even dangerous … It is tearing apart, damaging and does not bring anyone any further.

To make sure to get you on their side influencers make look their opposer look as dark as possible. That does not mean that the people who oppose your ideas ARE demons, it only means that the opposing forces are no longer dueling in a fair way. Why does this attract such a public? Why does it touch you? These battles between different ideas or interests are not fought on large podia, on television or on the internet, but right in your heart! The opposers are aspects of yourself and fight inside of you. They represent conflicting aspects of you: they personify your dark and your light sides. In their battles they activate your deepest trauma’s and your most sacred beliefs. They cause you to balance between hope and fear. When the battle of the opposites becomes really nasty only one party loses, and that is the LIGHT.

The past days I have been sitting and meditate how I can maximize my contribution to the Light for the situation I am in at the moment. What choice offers the best fundament for the long future? Or step into middle of the battlefield where the crisis is biggest now….?

 

The Battle for your Mind

Nowadays the Power of Magic is ridiculed by the media and by the masses. But this in itself is a dangerous development because it puts people to sleep while the biggest battle that we will be facing in the coming decennia is starting right now; the Battle for your Mind!
I will explain you why. Magic is the science of influencing and manipulating the powers of the subconscious mind. It has always been used to help people grow, to heal and to educate societies, to waken people up to higher values of life.

Nowadays this power is ridiculed and has come into the hands of advertisers and propagandists. They use our computers and our television screen to broadcast certain ideas into your mind by advertising campaigns. The place of entities is filled with products like M & M’s that jump from your kitchen closet right on your plate. Magical spells are disguised as jingles and songs that link feelings, desires, images together. Like mantras they enter into your subconscious mind at the moment that you are vulnerable; when you rest on your couch after a long day work and open your rest-brain to relaxation and entertainment.

I am very curious to learn if you recognize this because we need to wake up here to reclaim the freedom of our minds.

 

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

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.