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.

 

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….?