Have you ever thought about your relationship to those that came before us? We’re talking about more than your family heritage or bloodline; ancestry can extend beyond one’s own personal family to encapsulate the vast expanse of the human endeavor. We can connect to each other through the preservation of traditions that ignite our souls from within. In this way, we can create stronger support systems across our human family, and forge futures within Lineages that resonate with our soul’s mission during this lifetime.
That said, let’s start with an acknowledgement of our family heritage. For, this can be foundational for the way we relate to our human ancestors at large. Building a relationship with our bloodline is an integral piece of the personal puzzle; if there is any resentment or unresolved tensions in the family bloodline, this can result in stagnancy and potentially blood clots. Not healthy. The circulation of healthy blood (through our relationship with our own bloodline) is a personal experience. We’re not suggesting you pick up the phone and attempt to make amends with your Aunt Gertrude who betrayed your Father’s trust, whose resentment you continue to let live through you to this day. Instead, consider this an invitation to explore what forgiveness feels like, as you connect with Aunt Gertrude (for example) and her humanity.
Keys for Harmonizing Familial Heritage
→ Forgiveness : acknowledging any harm done to you or by you, knowingly or unknowingly, and forgiving and releasing it.
→ Restoring Connections : Incorporating family totems into your altar or homespace, writing a letter to a family member, exploring some traditional music from your family’s country of origin.
→ Create a Vow : Invite yourself to identify a value or two that you hold, within the realm of families and communities. Create a vow for you to live that value and embody it every day.
Alright, so once some of the keys mentioned are used to unlock some dormant spaces in our bloodline relations, we can begin to expand. Widening the scope of our human family, we recognize that there are myriad families to which we all belong. So, in our process of personal development, it’s essential that we forge new paths while sustaining a healthy relationship with one’s own bloodline.
At the end of the day, it’s an exciting idea to think about making our ancestors proud. Regardless of your family heritage and what role your ancestors have played within the complexities of the human historical milieu, it’s likely they were doing the best they could with the resources they had available to them. Acknowledging the growth and trajectory of your personal journey, it may be that you’re ready to extend your reach beyond your family bloodline. Exploring human traditions that have been part of our evolutionary history is an exciting and empowering path to walk. Regardless of your heritage, you can unlock higher expressions of your DNA. And this, dear friends, is very exciting!
What are the Mystery School? Great question.
Give me ten minutes & I assure you that after reading this, you’ll feel empowered with more information than you have right now. Let’s go over what these mystery schools are and what role they play. For most of us, the Mystery Schools, their practices and their teachings, remain an enigma. That’s all changing now! The gates of access are open to those bold enough to enter. Full disclaimer; this is just the tip of the iceberg! Let this ignite within you the curiosity that can take you further into the burgeoning world of magick.
Do you ever wonder…?
→ What is Magick all about?
→ How many different forms of Magick are there?
→ What types of Magick can I practice?
Seven Mystery Schools
It all began thousands of years ago, when schools began to formulate in order to protect universal knowledge and the secret principles that underlie all life. In essence, this knowledge empowers humans with untold powers and abilities to create their own reality and build the life they truly want to live. The teachings are oriented toward the development of human consciousness and the attainment of the ‘Adam Kadmon’ or divine body of light.
With this body of light, we are in the fullest expression of our being and can live in the universe like the gods!
Currently, the Seven Mystery Schools on Earth include The Tibetan Mystery School, the Japanese Mystery School, the English Mystery School, the North American Mystery School, the Australian Mystery School, the Romanian Mystery School and the African Mystery School.
Real Magick Is Steeped In Tradition
All in all, Mystery Schools preserve the rites and rituals from different magickal traditions. Since these schools are located all around the globe, the rituals vary based on locational placement, cultural influence and energetics contained within the area. So while there are differences among them, they’re all seeded with the same basis of universal laws and knowledge. For example, every school has a version of the Life Activation which activates your divine potential and restores your original spiritual blueprint.
Ultimately, these schools are responsible for maintaining the purity of their teachings to ensure every generation after has access to the same power and wisdom contained in these traditions; it is through their care that the traditions are preserved throughout many generations. Nurtured by the seven traditional lineages, the effectiveness and power of magickal protocols and rituals are preserved and protected. Inviting initiates into the practice of guardianship is a valiant offering, and one that hasn’t always been easy. It’s now safer than it ever has been to study these teachings; there were times when the magickal teachings of these schools had to be kept under wraps, behind closed doors and protected from threat. The tireless work of these schools has meant that these teachings still exist, and in our modern time, we’re all encouraged to revere these traditions and invite them into our lives to whatever extent that we feel inspired.
If you’re interested in learning more, reach out and ask! I’m here as a resource for you and am enthusiastic about sharing the different practices and traditions of The Modern Mystery School.
Enter Into the Darker Half With Joy
It’s time for the autumnal celebration of Samhain (pronounced Sah-win), an ancient Celtic celebration that is now recognized worldwide. This pagan holiday was consecrated as a means of acknowledging the change in seasons, as we shift from the late fall harvest into the colder winter months, marking the end of the Celtic calendar.
Since the ancient times from whence this celebration originated, it’s believed that communication with our ancestors and loved ones is made easier during this time. This threshold of seasons has been said to lift the veil between realms, and allow for us to communicate more clearly with the other side. How might you celebrate this thinning of the veil, you might ask? Let’s explore a few ways you can celebrate Samhain this year, and enter into the darker half of the year with joy in your heart and ancestral support by your side.
Connect with Community
Gather ‘round, y’all! Whether it’s your friends and neighbors, your family members or your distant relatives over a zoom call, it’s time to gather together and share a moment of grace. This gathering can be around a fire or a shared meal, however you and yours choose to gather, be sure to leave some space for those that have transitioned (creating a spirit plate for deceased if you’re sharing a meal, and leaving a space to sit around the fire if you’re gathering in that way).
find a surface to dedicate to an altar. Gather together any family heirlooms, photos or other items of meaning associated with deceased family members. This could include anything that represents your heritage and your ancestry. Along with the items, you can arrange some candles & as you light the candles on Samhain, you can call out the names of your bloodlines, family members, deceased loved ones and express your love and well wishes for them. Be sure to take some time here, and allow yourself to be present to whatever unfolds.
take some time to walk in nature. Notice the changes occurring around us; this beautiful planet we call home is preparing for winter. We are not apart from nature, we are nature; notice any aspects of self that are also ready to be laid to rest as we enter into the dormancy of the winter months. Perhaps you’re able to sit by the trunk of a tree for a moment, contemplating this invitation. The tree can be a receptacle for you to offer up those parts of you that are ready to ‘fall’ away and return into the organic recycling system of energy.
shake it up a bit! Choose an area of your home or office that is due for a new flow of energy. You could also choose an area of your life if that speaks to you. Tap into both chaos and order as you reorganize the area. Put on some upbeat and motivating music and get to it! Examine every nook and cranny, release what’s stagnant and identify energetic patterns that are looping in non-beneficial ways. Invite new patterns as you celebrate the new flow of energy in this space!
Ancient Future Vision Board
have a crafty night with friends or solo! You can do this old school, with magazines and newspapers, or you can put something together on your computer using digital images. After calling in your ancestors and acknowledging their presence in your life, invite them to guide your vision for the year ahead. Create a tactical depiction of what you’d like to see over the course of the next year, how you’d like to feel and what you’d like to call into your life. Have fun with this!
Alright, enjoy your Samhain and be sure to keep your pen and journal close. You never know when important messages will be gifted to you from the other side; ensure you’re ready to receive them! Enjoy the celebration and feel the support by your side as we enter into the colder, darker months of the winter to come.
This time of year is all about balance. We’re invited now to notice where we are in balance and where we’re off kilter. Once we become more aware of how we are in this Autumnal threshold, we can then restore our balance accordingly, in order to move into the colder months with stability, steady feet, a happy heart and a nourished body.
In the Northern hemisphere, Mabon corresponds to the Sun’s alignment with the equator, which results in an equal duration of daytime and nighttime. Light and dark are balanced.
Traditionally speaking, this was a time where all the hard work of the summer months became readily available for survey; we could take stock of all our progress (back in the day this looked like a successful crop, well-fed animals, and the security of knowing you and your family have enough food for the winter months to come).
Celebrating Mabon & Inviting Balance
Let’s have a look at modern applications of this ancient tradition, which has been celebrated in many different ways by cultures from all around the world, including Chinese, Northern America, Greek and Bavarian.
The common denominator within all the different iterations of this holiday has to do with a celebration of rest after a bountiful harvest. Oftentimes the summer months translate to a lot of fruiting; we get involved with many projects, new and old relationships build and develop, and our creative fires are stoked by the long summer days.
The seasonal shift that Mabon represents, occurring at the Autumnal Equinox, is presenting an opportunity to tie up any loose ends, clear up any clutter that has accumulated over the last few months, and prepare for the winter months ahead, so that they can be peaceful, restful and energetically clean.
This inflection point in the seasons is a ripe invitation for ritual and celebration; here are common and accessible ways to honor this festival:
→ Apple harvesting (or supporting your local farmer by stopping by a farmer’s market for some apples) and including them on your altar (honoring the balance and harmony that the apple represents as a symbol; the ancient Biblical and modern technological implications of this fruit cannot be ignored!)
→ Creating a culinary treat for a celebratory feast with friends
→ Dedicate an afternoon to cleaning your external world; perhaps this is a portion of your living space, or your car if you drive one. Call on the practice of cleaning the outside to correspond with a cleaning on the inside.
Whatever way you’re called to honor the shift of seasons, be sure to celebrate the balance between light and the dark; honoring this balance will help to restore harmony in your life and, in turn, the lives of those you relate with.
At what points throughout your day do you feel the most alive? What moments are your energy levels and your mood at a high level? These moments, for the most part, are often moments where all of our ‘bodies’ are engaged and activated; our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies are online and present in our experience.
Can you think of all the moments throughout your day when you tend to your physical body? Chances are, you commit a lot of time caring for and nurturing your physical form. This extends beyond just a work out; through basic processes of nourishment and elimination, movement and hygiene, we care for the needs of our physical bodies on a day to day basis.
There are aspects to these processes that can be up-leveled. If we are, in fact, becoming more mindful of the way we show up on our paths toward embodying our Highest Selves, then it becomes increasingly important to see the importance of every moment, every instance, every beat within the symphony. For it’s within each beat that the grand orchestra reveals itself!
Every moment is significant; there is nothing that is insignificant. In that way, a meal can become a prayer. A bath can become a purification ceremony. Everything is visible to the eyes of our Highest Selves; the more we think, feel, and act in alignment with our Highest expression – the more spiritually fit we become.
Optimizing Agility and Building Resilience
Staying spiritually fit means showing up to the interdimensional gym. We don’t need to be intimidated by the heavy lifters and the bench press; simply starting with some subtle squats and jumping jacks will do just fine. This gym is the non-physical space where our non-physical Selves can come online, to make use of our gifts from Spirit, and strengthen the muscles of agility, adaptability and resilience. Strengthening these muscles increases our ability to stay flexible amidst great change, meet any given moment with access to clarity and clear thinking, and make decisions from a place of poised inner trust and empowered choice.
A class we teach designed for training student to effectively use their energetic muscles on a daily basis is called: Spiritual Intuition Class.
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The Spiritual Intuition Class introduces the practice of using your psychic senses to get the answer to anything, anywhere, anytime, even under difficult circumstances.
How do some people just know what to do in any circumstance? Did you know that everyone has psychic senses? Are you using yours? In ‘Spiritual Intuition,’ you’ll learn multiple exercises you can take with you anywhere to develop your psychic gifts. With practice, you can access and develop different types of psychic senses innate to being human, so they never again go to waste in your life. What are you waiting for!? Let’s practice!
Benefits of Spiritual Intuition:
- Improve your self-confidence
- Develop the full range of your psychic abilities
- Clarify ambiguity with nothing more than your own inner wisdom
- Increase your intuition and spiritual gifts
Attendance at Modern Mystery School classes always means you’ll have a real experience of the energies we are working with. In this class, you will receive a student manual with the exercises we are using so you can do them yourself. After a discussion about how psychic senses work and how they can be developed, Matthew will lead you through these exercises so you know how to do them.
By attending this class, you will:
- Be able to identify the 5 psychic senses
- Describe some of the characteristics of how each one works
- Perform an exercise to develop each psychic sense
With questions regarding the class – contact me, otherwise if you are ready to activate and strengthen your intuition – register for Spiritual Intuition Class: https://spiritintransition.as.me/MMS-Classes
We are living in extraordinary times. In some respects, COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in a world already overwhelmed with it.
Many have wondered, “when do we get back to normal?” Many are beginning to wonder, “Will we ever get back to normal?”
There is some comfort in the idea that this pace of change could be temporary. Indeed, there have been times in the past where the pace of change has increased dramatically for just a moment in time, tempered by longer time periods of relative stability.
Paleontologists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge even created a theory to describe this evolutionary cadence of change, called “Punctuated Equilibrium.”
Gould and Eldredge’s “Punctuated Equilibrium” theory states that each catastrophe is followed by an explosion in the number of new species, at “a rate faster than can be accounted for by Darwinian mechanisms.”
Evolution has not been gradual
In other words, evolution is not gradual, as the Darwinian perspective promotes. These scientists suggest that evolution actually results from a much longer period of relative stability that is periodically interrupted by catastrophic events—not unlike COVID-19.
Do you feel like we’re in a catastrophic event? Or is this just a miniscule blip on the radar judging by evolutionary standards of time? Comment below and let us know what you think.