I often share with students that the mystery school teachings aren’t intended to be secret. The mysterious and esoteric nature of the teachings can appear like they are secret, but this is not intentional. Our teachers aren’t trying to hide sacred knowledge, indeed they’re trying to spread it! The Dalai Lama made it very clear to our Founder that this is the “time of no more secrets.”
The issue with understanding esoteric knowledge is with our own consciousness. Can we actually understand what it is that our teachers are saying? Do we perceive the information with a clear and open mind? Can we receive knowledge without prior knowledge clouding our clear vision of what is being shared? Are our ‘impurities’ getting in the way of us truly realizing the depth of what is being shared?
We can only acquire the deeper, secret teachings of mystery schools through self-discipline, concentration, and meditation that leads to insight. Upon hearing a teaching, a surface level understanding of the information is usually not sufficient for understanding the entirety of what is being shared. We must reach down into the depths of our own experience and view the information from a variety of different perspectives in order to assimilate into our consciousness the full benefit of the teachings. Experiencing the teaching in life “as lived” which is to say, in the everyday moments of our existence, is where the true (and lasting) benefits can emerge.
Gaining secret teachings and applying them for benefit in our own lives does require effort. In sitting with our mystery school teachers, we are not guaranteed learning. The only thing that is guaranteed is that if we do the work, take the actions our teachers recommend, live our life according to the principles they teach (as best as we can perceive them), then we will get results. Our spiritual progression is up to us, our teachers are waiting for us to understand what they are already delivering to us in every moment. We need to be ready to receive.
What mystery school practices do you engage in to prep yourself for deeper teachings and insights?
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As a young man, I ventured out into the world searching for truth, not for ‘spiritual things.’ I was curious about why things worked the way they did, and realized understanding human consciousness was the key to most of the things I was interested in.
In my experience, that requires a peek into the Pandora’s box of what can’t be seen, smelled, tasted, or measured. A place where relinquishing what you know is the rule, alignment with your heart is the measure, and intuition is the guide. In other words, science only tells us part of the story—the part we can observe. But how much exists in the Universe that you haven’t seen? How much exists that you can’t possibly sense with your five physical senses? How much exists that you don’t know that you don’t know exists?
We already have seen how our individuated minds pervade space beyond our physical body. This person in front of you is the culmination of generations of culture, genetics, and energetic forces that continue to shape her or him at this very moment. And because of that fact, this being has the ability to shift to a new reality, a new vibration, in any moment, at any time. That is an amazing ability! That is spectacular to see!
I went out to be a research scientist studying how the brain works and why people think and act the way they do. I found that science can’t even measure what it is we’re studying. I dove into Eastern philosophy and metaphysics, reading luminaries who were essentially the first psychologists tackling these questions as well, and I found that they produce real, replicable results! They were practicing and refining techniques that worked within various fields including: meditation, martial arts, and magick.
I wasn’t looking for ‘Spiritual’—but the irony is that in my search for truth, all roads led to the spiritual.
Over the last few years, I’ve attempted to describe, analyze, explain, and clarify what ‘spiritual’ is as it relates to my work. Three years ago, I even wrote a blog called *drum roll please* “Personal Spiritual Development.”
However…I have a dirty little secret.
The dirty little secret is that the term ‘spiritual’ frustrates me. It’s like trying to describe ‘water’ to a fish. When we’re surrounded by all things spiritual everyday, how are we to distinguish what’s spiritual from what is not?
There has to be a fundamental awareness of what’s in front of us first—we have to truly see concrete reality, objective reality (ironically) before we can see the spiritual. That’s because our minds makes up all sorts of stories to explain away what’s actually happening in front of our very eyes. And this makes it difficult to truly see the divine in action.
We give our power away to authority figures—PhD’s, government agents, news reporters, etc. rather than take the time to think for ourselves. These ‘authorities’ give us stories to explain what’s happening, and we fail to see the alternatives parading themselves in front of our very own eyes.
When we take on another’s point of view rather than observe our direct experience, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to transform our reality.
My goal is to transform lives, but I can’t do it for others. If people can’t see the results I’m creating in my life, or value what I’m able to accomplish with freedom and ease… if they have an idea about what the right way to do things is at the expense of seeing what actually works…then I’m probably not going to be able to help.
The best I can do is demonstrate what works by living my life with integrity and transparency and invite people along for the adventure than try and logic with their minds.
You’ll either want to get on this ride with me or you’ll want to stay where you’re at. Both can be true perfection—if you understand why you’re making the choice you’re making.
But do you? In a universe as vast and complex as the one we are still discovering, do you really know your place in it? Aren’t you curious about how you came to be born at this time and in this small corner of the universe?
I encourage each of you to find something you’re truly attracted to, that’s living the kind of life you want to live. Then put your stories aside and listen with your heart.