The Mystical School

Introduction

The goal of the mystical school is the completed person. The completed person has added a degree of spiritual development to their other capacities. This spiritual development is accomplished through an interaction between the Master, the student and Path.

The school exists to help make the world a better place, one person at a time and is the original school/classroom without walls. Learning takes place on many levels and is directed by a Master who has completed the journey. This entire enterprise is blessed and guided by a Spiritual Hierarchy and the grace of the Path. In order for learning to occur it must be the right time, with the right people and in the right place.

In today’s spiritual market place there are many options. The student wishing to complete their spiritual journey is faced with different choices; often selecting learning experience which appeals to them, thereby missing other essential elements and failing to benefit from a complete system. Because the student thinks he/she can direct their own study or make a choice about which path to follow, the journey is often flawed from the start. While spiritual schools are similar to other forms of learning and past traditional learning experience is helpful, there are different or spiritual parameters which effect outcome. Most often the potential student is unaware of these and simply feels about in the dark.

The purpose of this discussion is to help the student understand some of the factors involved in the operation and selection process of a mystical school.

Selectivity

Before beginning, first the student must accept a humbling fact. In this area of inquiry, most ordinary rules do not apply and generally students have a limited understanding of how mystical schools operate. These schools are unlike other classroom situations or seminars that one takes. In these, if we are interested in the course of study, we apply to be accepted and meeting entry requirements, we pay our fees and begin. In some ways, these learning experiences are set-up like a business. The more students, the most gain for everyone. The assumption being, with correct preparation and desire, most students can benefit from what is being taught.

Yet, mystical schools are not set-up this way. They are very selective. You cannot gain entrance by applying for admission because you are interested. There must be an inner call which the Teacher or Master perceives in the student. This the Master does through inner spiritual cognition. This call, or higher impulse operating in the student, is the basic element which gives the school life and vibrancy; also, it is this elemental energy which the Master connects with to perceive, teach and function. In fact, the goal of the mystical process and the work of the entire school are the refinement and use of this elemental spiritual energy. The student meets the entrance requirement if this capacity is already at a sufficient level where it can be called forth and further developed. Additionally, the student must be leading a balanced life, free of limiting emotional disorder and part of the society in which they live. While spiritual capacity is in everyone, often, it is not ready to be worked on in a beneficial way. In most, this capacity is covered over by ‘the dust of selfish living’ and the student has work to do before this element can be refined by the school. To begin prematurely can harm the student and create unbalance.

Second, most mystical schools which specialize in the refinement of this higher impulse/energy are hidden. Generally, they do not take out advertisements in the local newspaper inviting applicants. Often, they do not look like schools with classrooms and buildings set aside for learning. They might take the form of a business, a professional society, be in a hospital, or a local highway department. The meetings might be held in someone’s home after work or in their office during lunch. Learning might be transmitted spiritually while the student is sleeping or while they are working. The student might be told to continue their normal routine of work and play and read a series of books. They might be directed to enroll in a correspondence course and given selected pieces to read and comment upon.

In this model, ordinary life is the classroom, the course of study is specific to the student and study is directed by a Master. Here there is a minimum of time away from others. The end product being a completed person; one who has added refined spiritual capacity and is better able to serve in their community. Students are taught to participate in the world and help make it a better place.

The Master Knows

The completed person, who is Master or Guide, is able to show the way to potential students, because they have traveled the path themselves. The Master has completed the journey that is, reached a high degree of spiritual development, and has been given permission to teach and guide others. Not everyone is needed to do this. In the spiritual hierarchy, there are many functions and duties. Teacher-ship is one function and set of responsibilities.

Most students feel they can determine a Master by the way he/she speaks, makes them feel or by the powers displayed. Yet, it is the spirit as liberated that knows the true Master. Like calls to like and the Master embraces the student’s heart, located in the Spirit- setting it free. The Grace of the Path is the enabling energy factor; acting as a nutrient to release the student’s inner spiritual capacity. Other characteristics of the Master include: an over riding concern for the student’s well being; provision of an individual course of study specific to the student which is varied with general practices for everyone; and the capacity to provide everything the student needs to reach spiritual completion.

The Master exists because of the student’s need. Both benefit from this interaction and form a strong bond. This is a spiritual bond and the Master’s primary responsibility is to show the student their own latent inner capacity and how to refine it. Without a Master few would reach higher; getting lost in the mire of self-deception, struggle for spiritual powers, and false teachings.

The Master can teach in any format. All things have an aspect of the Divine and the Master is able to show this to the student. Depending upon the culture and the needs of the people, the format will vary. In our culture, psychological, self-help, improved health and scientific vehicles are currently being employed.

Filling the Emptiness

Deep within, the student has a hunger, an emptiness, which can only be filled by the Light of Eternity. This ‘great hunger’ leads people in all kinds of directions and has been described as a burning desire, restlessness or unease. It is an inborn spiritual need and most people try to fill this primal hunger with secondary phenomena. Because of this action, they are never truly satisfied and rarely accept the primal emptiness for what it is. Sadly, many spend much of their lives never satisfied, seeking a variety of secondary phenomena, always looking in the wrong direction.

The Master calls to those students who are able to perceive this unease as a spiritual need. These students because of an inner sincerity, or latent degree of spiritual capacity, quickly connect with the Master’s call, thereby defining the inner hunger. This initial caress, felt in the heart, is an initiation by the Master into the mystical school. Spiritually, the Master caresses the student with the Light of Eternity and the student is accepted. This is an inner knowing which both the student and Master share; it is life changing and becomes the yardstick for future experience. The essence of the school and its course work is to refine the capacity to perceive this spiritual energy. The student is taught this through the initial spiritual caress.

In the journey to spiritual completion, the learning is without end. Many are the spiritual experiences and lessons. Quickly, the student learns these experiences and higher capacities are provided to make the student a better person who is more fully equipped to serve their community. This is a natural, gradual process of learning and the student is expected to maintain all areas of daily life- becoming more responsible. Spiritual responsibilities are in addition to other duties.

In this school, rarely, is a student asked to live apart from others and or not participate in the affairs of the world. If this occurs, it is for a short period and to teach something specific. All human capacities, skills, and abilities are needed to make the world better. Spiritual capacity is one aspect of a healthy, more complete life; serving as center from which other capacities emanate.

Spiritual Hierarchy

The Path consists of the Master, students, Spiritual Hierarchy (of which the Master is part) and the inner essence or energy. In this realm, the inner essence is most like the Universal Mind or Consciousness. Some call this Consciousness, the Light or God. This Consciousness is the very substance of the universe and gives life and direction to all living things. It is all loving and kind; giving life and vibrancy to the Path. Without this sacred essence all would wither and die. The Spiritual Hierarchy guards this essence and reflects it daily into the world. This is the very fabric of life.

Within each soul there is a spark of this Consciousness which connects us spiritually to all things. It is this essence, or heart, the Master calls to and awakens. When this consciousness is fully awake the student is completed and able to consciously participate in their own higher destiny and the higher destiny of the universe.

The Path exists to help each student reach completion and ensures the spiritual evolution of the universe. Each traveler must choose to embrace the Light and help others. This action cannot be forced. In part, it is the duty of the Spiritual Hierarchy to ensure that opportunity exists for students to awaken and protect the planet from spiritual harm.

Right Time, Right Place and Right People

In order for individual spiritual learning to take place, this learning must occur under certain conditions. These conditions include: right time, right place and right people. This alignment of factors precludes everything else and is contrary to the way things are taught in most other schools. The model of working daily on a subject is useful in some forms of learning, but is limited within the context of spiritual learning and higher knowledge.

In the ordinary classroom, the closest we come to spiritual learning or cognition is the ‘Aha!’ experience. Ordinarily, this learning experience occurs after a period of readiness and preparation. After the student has been struggling with a problem, suddenly, when the correct combination of factors align, the student grasps what he has been working on-‘Aha!’ From a spiritual perspective, this experience can be described as a holistic understanding of what is being taught. This coming together occurs on different levels of consciousness simultaneously.

Also, in another way, spiritual learning is unlike other forms of learning. You cannot gain spiritual knowledge simply because you want it and will work hard to get it. While these traits are useful in many things, in this endeavor, this mind-set will only slow you down. You cannot get there with linear thought- it only takes you part of the way. Holistic and spiritual thought have a different set of rules-like those mentioned above.

Higher cognition and intuitive perception develop naturally and gradually over a period of time. With the guidance of a Master, there is a period of preparation and a slow building of impacts; until the student is able to independently perceive on their own.

Spreading a Legacy of Mystical Wisdom for Health and Well-Being

Ever wonder where good physical health and emotional well-being come from?

Especially when we don’t have them, we long to know how to get them back.

Although scientific research can provide many answers, it can’t reach into the subtle realms of the metaphysical and mystical.

But during much of the 20th century, a renowned Greek Cypriot did just that. To some he was known as the “Magus of Strovolos.” To others, he was just a humble civil servant with an amazing grasp of languages, religions, human nature and the ability to heal serious illness.

He was called “Daskalos” (“teacher” in Greek) because he offered regular, daily lectures in a shed-like building behind his home for many years. He would speak of many truths to help people understand how they need to live their lives, and offer healing as well. This was his calling as a modern day Christian mystic.

As his reputation spread, more and more people came to him to get relief from physical and emotional ailments. He tirelessly helped them all.

At the end of the 1980’s, a young American university student of Sociology travelled to Cyprus to attend a few of Daskalos’ lectures. He soon realized the greatness of these teachings and became an assistant to the master.

During the next five years, Paul Skorpen dedicated his life to learning all he could from Daskalos. They became close companions as Paul helped him travel to wherever his teaching commitments would take him; countries in Europe, North and South America.

When Daskalos died in August, 1995 it was a crushing blow to many – especially his most dedicated student and dear friend Paul. After a period of mourning and finalizing projects, Paul and his wife-to-be Birgit left Cyprus and settled in southern Germany.

To spread and further develop the teachings of Daskalos, they founded the Theosis Institute of Mysticism and Healing in 1996.

As time went by, people would ask Paul if he could heal as Daskalos healed. Actually, he was unsure, but had been so closely involved in Daskalos’ work for so long, that he knew he had to try.

People did become well as Paul applied what he had learned from the master. But Paul understood also that there was even more to learn. He sought out further inspiration from the Holy Scriptures as well as Eastern medicine.

As his understanding of the healing process deepened, he was able to help more people, with deeper problems to lasting health and well-being.

His wife Birgit is also a teacher, author and key contributor to developing the work of the Institute.

Knowledge of the work being done by this dedicated couple has spread throughout several European countries and the US. Their contribution to our understanding of life, health and well-being is substantial.

They offer us all a chance to better understand ourselves and how we can attain – or regain – good health and a fine sense of well-being.

May their work – and the legacy it is built on – continue enriching the lives of students and healers they have trained, for many years to come.

The Mystic Inlet

Mystic Inlet

So here I was this morning. I’d finished my morning rituals at the Cloistered Closet, my 4th floor studio apartment, and was reminded of the homework task my shamanistic teacher had given me. I was to mingle with nature and earth daily.

It was early and rather chilly, but I put on my super-sized bathing suit under my shorts and hooded red-white-and blue sweatshirt and headed out for the Lake. Anticipation started fluttering in my breast. I passed my favorite cabin with the fern and moss covered roof that happens only in the Northwestern woods. I knew I was nearing the Lake and beyond it the Harbor. And beyond that the Cove. I live to reach the Cove most days. It’s become the place I return to because I desire to. There’s something very powerful about free-will choices. It’s intoxicating and creates the vitality needed for Life lesson encounters.

Something was different about today related to my recent seduction with Tears and Fears. Well, I put it out of my head and kept walking down my path. I’d gone a bit too far down the road. I’d just slightly passed the way I use to get to the Cove. I was turning around when I spied an overgrown archway. I grew curious. My core started to enlarge. My second Chakra started humming. I grew alert and attentive as my senses all heightened like a deer as she approaches the meadow.

My feet hit something hard. I looked down and there in this undergrowth was a set of ancient stone steps. I followed them. They opened into a secluded inlet off the Cove. It didn’t look like anyone had traveled this path for centuries. The underbrush was thick, but there were so many fat ripe blackberries bombarding me I began to grow gentle and soft in pleasure. All my senses were being attacked by awe and pleasure in Nature and Earth. Alongside the inlet lay that Field I’d heard about where ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing don’t exist.

I took off my shoes and socks and went barefoot in the dew laden clover. My travels led me deep into peace and conversations with Nature and Earth. They spoke Truth. I listened. They led me to the water’s edge. Water Lilies were everywhere unobstructed by reeds or any signs of humanity. As I stood there hesitating, trying to decide where to put my notions and preconceived ideas down… a magnificent dragonfly zoomed by me.

He caught my attention because of his astounding color and grace. He was neon royal blue. His body looked like an enameled-beaded barrette. He had two sets of humming-bird gossamer wings. His head was three times the size of his body. Although he could not flex his head, his immense eyes did the talking for him. He darted like a minuscule helicopter back and forth, in and out, near and far in my aura. He was blatantly seizing me up. He had much to tell me. He kept meeting me at eye level and just hovering into a dead standstill in front of me.

I could feel that telepathy area above my left eye temple start to glow and nag at me like it does when someone is trying to talk with me in mental telepathy genre. Dragonfly somehow, without words, was putting his thoughts into my conscious mind. He was telling me he was my omen guide. I was to enter the realm of the Creator’s Magical kingdoms at once. He assured me he would be ever near me to help show me the Way on the path ahead of me.

He became frantically active just above Lake Wisdom. He wanted me to see something about the water as I can almost hear and understand him. But mostly it’s vibration sound, not yet ideas. Soon. I’ll crack that language barrier code soon.

I looked down concentrating with gentle intention into the water of wisdom. All of a sudden I saw things I’d never seen before. The water began to shimmer and vibrate.I stood on the bank, wondering if I could feel this shimmering. I couldn’t unless I walked in. I looked again and saw it was Life that was teeming in there. Creatures and living things I’d never realized were there. It was as if I could see into other concurrent dimensions and yet still remain where I was. An odd feeling. A huge revelation. I looked again.

What I thought at first was a smooth clear lake, was not what it appeared to be. There was constant motion in the calmness. The water was rippling in waves about one inch apart. There must be an underground spring that’s vibrating the still waters into thousands of glass ripples. The idea that there was only ONE current was also askew. Paying closer attention to Creation allowed me to see there were many different currents blowing the pulsing ripples in all directions at once, thus giving the water the Illusion of stillness. The dragonfly revealed much to me. I allowed it.

It was at this point I crossed over the swinging footbridge of reality and came to a major Life Lesson conclusion. I decided I’d hesitated enough. I know this cove is magical. I know the Harbor is safe. I know I’ve found this Inlet because it’s mystical and my entry point into merging with Beyond.

Shedding my last vestiges of my old unfamiliar clothing, I drew breath from a Harbor breeze. I glided into Lake Wisdom at the Mystic Inlet in the Cove of the Safe Harbor. I’ve done it. I’ve joined the Ancients that inhabited this secret place centuries before me.

The water feels like cold mercury. It’s purer than anything in my past experiences. I’m not comfortable being in here all alone. Fear tries to grip my heart. It floated in on a current.The Lilies block Fears hold. I’m grateful. The dragonfly appears and hovers near me darting back and forth trying to pull me out into deeper waters, where I can do more than side-stroke in the shallows. I know what he wants.

I know I’ll go farther, but not today. I can feel my heart growing faint. I can feel seaweed start to tangle in my legs. I want to enter this Water of New Life Choice fully prepared. I’ll come again tomorrow. How I wish I weren’t alone. Perhaps I’m not.

There is much for my master wizard and shaman teacher to show me. I have much to learn. I’m now ready.

The End