The Mystery Schools Part 2: The Return

“The Mysteries, when restored, will make real—in a sense incomprehensible to you at present—the nature of religion, the purpose of science and the goal of education. These are not what you think today.” Alice Bailey In the Mysteries Part 1, I explored the history of the ancient Mystery Schools. As I finished that piece by noting, in the Ageless Wisdom …

The Mystery Schools Part 1: The History

“Because of this element of secrecy, we are ill-informed as to the beliefs and practices of the various mystery faiths. We know that they had a general likeness to one another”. Ernest William Barnes In ancient, pre-axial age cultures, from Ancient Egypt to the British Isles to Vedic India and the Himalayas, to South America, Chaldea, Sumeria, Ancient Greece, Babylon …

Ascent and Descent on the Spiritual Path

In that part of the spiritual path we can describe as ascent, of ‘waking up’, we dis-identify with the sheaths of personality: “I am not the body”, “I am not the emotions”, and “I am not the mind”. Ultimately we awaken to the Presence of the One that is the infinite consciousness, raw life-force and ecstatic love at the heart …

Remember Why You Came Here

There comes a time for us all when we see that a deeper step than ‘having a purpose’ is coming to know that we are purpose. As the tides of my soul and personality’s love affair and battle die down in the inevitability of mutual surrender, A deeper movement starts to stir, like a fountain pouring through the core of …

The End and The Beginning

Child, if you truly wish to die unto the ALL, If this really be your will, Wait till night and journey your way to edge of the jungle, Where the shrub meets the grasslands, And enter into the open plains. Find your way to a spot of great openness, No trees, no bushes, no brush, Nothing to shelter you from …

Buddhist Emptiness: Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole Than The Matrix Dared To Go

The Matrix is a deep film. Many have pointed out how it represents the archetypal journey of spiritual awakening. Neo, the main protagonist, lives in the regular world but just cannot get passed a feeling of existential incompleteness. He knows there is something deeper to reality. He has heard of a great teacher, who has the power to guide him …

Updating Religion: A Fundamental Need Of Our Time

I am writing this two days after the most recent mass shooting in the United States, in Orlando, Florida, where Omar Mateen killed 50 people and injured over 50 more in a popular gay night club. The exact motives for this tragic attack on the LGBT community, and the degree to it was inspired by religious ideology, are still being …

An Integrated Approach To Psychological Healing

Everybody has periods of suffering in life. In our personal lives, sometimes that suffering is very great, and sometimes it’s less. In humanity’s collective life, we only have to turn on the news to witness how much suffering there is in the world. As a result of this, mostly everyone carries some kind of deep psychological pain. Indeed, in my …

What Does “Spiritual Awakening” Actually Mean?

One of the gifts of our globalised postmodern society is that we increasingly have access to all the different knowledge and wisdom that different communities over time have generated on what it means to live an awakened life. This is an incredibly precious opportunity, and yet it has left the spiritual market saturated, with many sincere seekers overwhelmed by the …

A Global Spirituality Part 2 – Creating An Integrated Spiritual Practice

This is the second in a 2-part series of blogs. The first was called, A Global Spirituality Part 1 – Why It’s Good News That All Paths Do Not Lead To The Same Place. In that article I explored how different communities around the world have cultivated extraordinary insights into how the different aspects of our being and reality can …