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WHAT IS A MYSTERY SCHOOL?

A Mystery School teaches the processes, techniques, beliefs and values that are required for students to follow a process of inner spiritual growth and become evolved or “enlightened” human beings. These processes can rapidly accelerate spiritual growth but have to be taught in a gradual way, gently developing the different aspects of a person (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) in a coherent way so that they become fully aware human beings. Because these teachings are powerful and can create real change in a person, it is important that they are taught appropriately and responsibly. This is the reason why they have been hidden from public view, buried behind myth, legend, secrecy and often-strange rituals.

The basic principles of spiritual development are the same the world over, and are known to both the Mystery Traditions of the East and the West. In the West the ancient Egyptians probably reached the pinnacle of esoteric spirituality teaching and practice and it is ancient Egypt that is seen as the root of the Western Mysteries. In Egypt the Mystery Schools were attached to all the main temples and were known as “Houses of Life.” These teachings were later modified and restructured to form the basis of the ancient Jewish Qabalistic system of spiritual development.

In “Helios” we teach Qabalistic theory and practice as the first step on the ladder of esoteric spiritual development, and then move on to ancient Egyptian metaphysics for further refining and developing the would-be initiate on the path of spiritual evolution.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

How will I learn is a great question!

We have designed the training to be theoretical in that it gives you all the information you need to succeed, experiential in that you have daily meditations and exercises to enable you to actually experience the processes we are teaching you, and finally to be practical in that what you are learning has to be grounded in your everyday experience of enhancing your life.

Each lesson consists of an introductory video that summarises what you are going to learn, downloadable lesson materials, daily exercises, and additional worksheets and information if appropriate to the lesson material. You will receive access to the lessons in order; upon completion of one lesson the next one is made available to you for download. You will retain access to all the lessons you have previously completed.

 

You can be supported in your learning and experience by regular online webinars and, if you so wish, individualised coaching on a one-to-one basis. So on this website you will see details of the training curriculum for our introductory level, First Degree and Second Degree trainings, which collectively we call “The Path of the Adept.”

THE PATH OF THE ADEPT

Mystery school training has traditionally been enigmatic, unpublished and students have been made to swear oaths of secrecy if they reveal any of the teaching and methods employed.

Whilst we at The Helios School of Esoteric Science fully understand the reasons for this, and have sympathy with the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded esoteric training, we live in different times now, and much of what in the past had been kept secret is now freely available in books and on the Internet.

However, as the other authentic Mystery Schools are also fully aware, it isn’t so much as the information delivered that it is important to protect as the methods, experiences and “inner plane” contacts of the school and the connections to the unseen realms that the students develop. This cannot be learnt from books and can only be gained by studying with a genuine, “contacted” Mystery School.

HIDDEN WISDOM

Hidden Wisdom is our introductory level course designed to introduce you to the Western Mystery Tradition and to the philosophy and approach of the Helios School of Esoteric Science. It is free of charge to all students who register their details and download the course.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the Western Mystery Tradition and its evolution from ancient times to the present day
  • Explain the process of personal and spiritual development from an esoteric perspective
  • Explain what magic is and how it relates to esoteric spirituality
  • Experience simple meditation and breathing processes and travelling through your own inner worlds
  • Determine whether following a course on the Western Mysteries through the Helios School Of Esoteric Science is for you

Hidden Wisdom Course Outline (FREE Course)

ModuleLessonDescription
One: Introduction to Esoteric StudiesIntroductionIntroduction to the Helios School of Esoteric Science
What will I learn?
How will I learn?
Your trainers - Dr Andy Cooper & Lynn Robinson
Get Started!
The Process of Personal & Spiritual DevelopmentThe three minds & four bodies
Development of the mental & spiritual bodies
Exercises & daily meditations
The Evolution of the Western Mystery TraditionWhat is esoteric science or magic?
The roots of the Western Mystery Tradition
Egypt & the Qabalah
The Renaissance & the Hermetic Tradition
The Middle Ages & Alchemy
The Knights Templar, Freemasonry, Theosophy & the Golden Dawn
Enochian Magic
Dion Fortune, Isreal Regardie & Aleister Crowley
Modern Mystery Schools
Witchcraft, Wicca & Druidry
Exercises & daily meditations
Module ReviewHidden Wisdom Quiz

The Free Hidden Wisdom Introductory Course from Helios consists of an introduction, two lessons with reading materials, exercises and daily meditations, and an end of course quiz. If you successfully complete the quiz you can download a Certificate of Completion.

THE PORTAL OF THE MYSTERIES

In “Helios” the Path of High Magic and alchemy includes studying the ancient Jewish mystical system of Qabalah, the Tarot and the magic and metaphysics of ancient EgyptThe Qabalah is considered by may to be the “mainstay” of the Western Mysteries, and it is certainly one of the “magical building blocks” that all students of the Western Mystery Tradition would do well to achieve competency in. The Tarot is closely linked to the Qabalah and First Degree students learn to become competent with the Tarot both for their own spiritual development and for divination.

The First Degree offers a comprehensive training in the basics of the Western Mystery Tradition including the Qabalistic System of spiritual development, the Tarot and full Certification as a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (attendance at a final certification workshop is required at additional cost to the monthly membership fee).

The focus is on the gradual and coherent development of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, enabling all aspects of the student to reach full maturity and hence develop fully into what Dion Fortune describes as “More than human.” The course consists of twelve individual modules, completed sequentially, each module building on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous modules.

Students can choose how they follow this training: there are three membership levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold), each offering different levels of support and member benefits such as monthly webinars, individualised email support, discussion groups for each module and, for those students able to dedicate themselves to a “fast track” to personal and spiritual growth, individual monthly Skype coaching sessions with Dr. Andy Cooper, the Founder of Helios. More details can be found on the membership sign-up page.

The full training curriculum is detailed below:

Helios First Degree Course Outline

ModuleLessonDescription
One: Introduction to Esoteric Studies1The process of personal & spiritual development
2The evolution of the Western Mystery Tradition from its early roots to the present day
3Review of progress so far
Two: The Tree of Life1Introduction to magical practice & the Qabalah
2A deeper look at the Tree of Life
3The paths and magical images of the Tree of Life
4Review of progress so far
Three: Personal Development & Magic1The NLP Communication Model
2The Presuppositions of Magic
3Spiritual development, initiation & sensory acuity
4Emotional clearing, representational systems & Pathworking preparation
5Review of progress so far
Four: Tarot Alchemy1The Importance of Tarot in Western Magic
2Enhancing Experience of the Inner Worlds & Working with the Tarot Major Arcana
3Tarot Research Project
4Review of progress so far
Five: Practical Ritual Magic1Magical Ritual I: Introduction To Ritual and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP)
2Magical Ritual II: Creating Change Through Practical Ritual
3Magical Ritual III: The Rose Cross Ritual
4Review of progress so far
Six: The Involutionary Path1Pathworking on the Tree of Life: From Kether to Malkuth, The Involutionary Path
2Preparation for Initiation as a Priest/Priestess of the Mysteries. The meaning and purpose of Initiation.
3Review of progress so far
Seven: Practical Tarot Magic1The Tarot Minor Arcana
2The Tarot Court Cards and the Tree of Life
3Divination with the Tarot: Three Card and Six Card Spreads.
4Magical Ritual IV: Design, Write and Perform Your Own Personal Tarot Ritual
5Review of progress so far
Eight: Qabalistic Magic & Mysticism1Reconnecting with the Sephiroth: Meditation in the temples of each Sephiroth
2Introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet.
3The Astrological Correspondences of the Tree of Life
4Daily Pathworking on each of the Letters (“Illuminations”) Aleph – Nun plus Ritual V: The Nun Ritual
5Daily Pathworking on each of the Letters (“Illuminations”) Samech – Tau plus Ritual VI: The Aleph-Beth Ritual
6Review of progress so far.
Nine: The Evolutionary Path1Introduction to the Four Worlds and the Tetragrammaton.
2Pathworking on the Tree of Life: The Evolutionary Path.
3Magic and Quantum Physics
6Review of progress so far.
Ten: NLP Practitioner Training1Introduction & Presuppositions of NLP
2Sensory Acuity
3Submodalities
4Rapport & Representational Systems
5Anchoring
6Strategies
7Language Patterns
8Reframing
9Time-based techniques
10Introduction to self-hypnosis
11Review of NLP Practitioner Training
Eleven: NLP Practitioner Certification1NLP Practitioner Certification Workshop
4Review of progress from beginning to end of training
Twelve: Initiation1Only for those invited to take Initiation. Preparation for Initiation.

THE JOURNEY OF RA: SECOND DEGREE

The Second Degree is of three years duration, and is based on the ancient Egyptian system of metaphysics and spiritual development. Students who embark on the Second Degree Course will have completed the First Degree training and have received their First Degree Initiation from the Director of Studies. This is not a training that can be dropped and picked up as other interesting things move in and out of your life! Following the Second Degree Training requires a commitment from the student to follow the entire training, and membership includes coaching and mentoring.

The Second Degree Training increases the intensity of the work and demands dedication and commitment. It takes the student on a transformative journey of emotional, mental and spiritual development following the journey of Ra, the ancient Egyptian creator god as he travels through the twelve hours of the Duat of the Underworld. This is the very same journey the initiated priests and priestesses of ancient Egypt would undertake, and the process has been researched and recreated from the ancient texts with assistance and promptings from the Inner Plane contacts of the school whose lineage goes back to the ancient mystery school of Heliopolis and Alexandria.

In addition to this transformative and initiatory journey through the Duat, the Second Degree students will be required to attend workshops for energy healing practice and initiation. The Second Degree Training also includes training and certification as a Master Practitioner of NLP. It is expected that all students following the Second Degree Training will reach initiation and become a modern day priest or priestess of the ancient Egyptian Mysteries. The full curriculum is as follows (subject to change, as it is currently in development by the Director of Studies and other senior initiates of the school):

Helios Second Degree Course Outline

ModuleLessonDescription
One: Introduction to Egyptian Mysticism1Introduction: The requirements For the Second Degree
2Egyptian Cosmology & Metaphysics
3The Gods of Ancient Egypt
4The Egyptian Book of Life
5Review of progress so far
Two: Egyptian Magic1Introduction to Egyptian Magic
2Practical Egyptian Ritual
3Honouring the Gods
4Developing Your Own Personal Practice
5Review of progress so far
Three: Energy Healing1Concepts and principles of spiritual healing
2The Helios System of Energy Healing
3Practical Workshop and Healing Initiation
4Healing Practice
5Review of progress so far
Four: The Twelve Hours of the Duat1Introduction to the Twelve Gates of the Duat
2Hour 1: The First Gate: He whose name is hidden
3Hour 2: The Second Gate: The intensity of flame
4Hour 3: The Third Gate: The Mistress of Nurturing
5Hour 4: The Fourth Gate: One of Action
6Hour 5: The Fifth Gate: Mistress of Continuity
7Hour 6: The Sixth Gate: Throne of Her Lord
8Hour 7: The Seventh Gate: Gleaming One
9Hour 8: The Eighth Gate: Fiery Heat
10Hour 9: The Ninth Gate: Exalted In Veneration
11Hour 10: The Tenth Gate: Sacred Gate
12Hour 11: The Eleventh Gate: Hidden Entrance
13Hour 12: The Twelfth Gate: Sacred Power
14Review of progress so far
Five: Master Practitioner of NLP1Review of NLP Practitioner Material
2Quantum Linguistics: Milton Model & Meta Model
3Meta Programmes And Values
4Advanced Patterns of NLP
5Strategies
6Sleight of Mouth
7Logical Levels
8Advanced Patterns of Hypnosis
9Coaching for Success
13Review of progress so far
Six: Master Practitioner Certification1Practical Evaluation & Certification Workshop
13Review of progress so far
Seven: Integration1The Three Pillars of a Second Degree Initiate: Magic, Healing & NLP
2Personal integration project
3Supervising students in Helios
13Review of progress from beginning to end of Second Degree Training
Eight: InitiationOnly for those invited to take Initiation (and therefore Certified Master Practitioners of NLP). Preparation for Initiation.

BEYOND THE PILLARS OF WISDOM: THIRD DEGREE

The path of the Third Degree Initiate is demanding, and requires nothing less than the commitment of the Initiate to teaching the Mysteries and passing the torch on to the next generation of spiritual seekers. This commitment is called the “Unreserved Dedication” and making it will commit the initiate to not simply their current lifetime as a teacher of the Mysteries, but a dedication to the Mysteries and the Light for future lifetimes too.

Such a commitment has life-changing implications for those close to you, your family, friends and quite possibly your career. It should not be taken lightly. Often times people see initiations to be collected like awards for good behaviour or for achieving “things.” This is NOT the case. They are “an outward sign of an inner grace bestowed” and with them go responsibilities that are not to be taken lightly.

For many people who walk the path of the Third Degree there is an inner knowingness that this path has been walked before in previous lifetimes, and often awareness of this previous learning and knowledge starts to become available in their current life. There have been times over the millennia when the Light of the Mysteries has very nearly been extinguished, and it is a heavy responsibility that Third Degree Initiates choose to accept.

The training fully equips initiates to teach the Mysteries, and besides a detailed and tailored magical and spiritual training, the student agrees to attend training for, and become certified as, a Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

The details of the spiritual training at this level are withdrawn and available only to initiates who choose to take on this responsibility. Suffice to say the training is of both Egyptian and Atlantean origin.

MONTHLY WEBINARS

Monthly webinars are included in the membership fee for all students who are on the bronze, silver and gold membership plans. Each month we run a webinar on a topic relevant to the training, and students have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter, who is an experienced initiate of Helios. These webinars will be recorded for replay later, and available to bronze, silver and gold membership plans for later viewing.

Topics include:

  • The history and development of the Western Mystery Tradition
  • The ancient civilisation of Atlantis
  • The Magic of ancient Egypt: Gods, Goddesses and temple worship
  • The purpose and structure of ceremonial magic
  • The origins and structure of the Tarot
  • Tarot practical magic
  • The meaning and purpose of initiation
  • The Priesthood of the Mysteries in a 21st Century world

PRACTICAL RITUAL MAGIC WORKSHOPS

From time to time in North America and the United Kingdom we will offer practical workshops which fall into two broad categories: teaching workshops for learning new knowledge and practicing skills, and experiential workshops which are les about teaching and more about the practical experience of a Priest/Priestess of the Mysteries.

There have been many excellent books written on practical ceremonial magic in the Western Mystery Tradition yet there are very few easily accessible training courses on the basics of performing effective ritual magic.

This series of five, one-day workshops presents a rare opportunity to study with an experienced practitioner of the art and science of ritual magic. The final workshop enables you to put into practice all the skills learnt throughout the course.

Practical Ritual Magic Workshop Programme Outline

WorkshopTitleContent
OneIntroduction to RitualThe Western Mystery Tradition
What is ritual magic?
The purpose of ritual
The different ritual traditions: Egyptian, Greek,    Qabalistic, etc.
Personal preparation & study
Meditation & Ritual Magic
Introduction to pathworking
Evening Ritual
TwoPractical Ritual WorkThe temple set up
Making and using magical tools
Temple behaviour and etiquette
Openings & closing
Using the voice in ritual
Use of music in ritual
The officers of the temple
The role of the guardian
Evening Ritual
ThreePractical Egyptian RitualThe Egyptian Pantheon
Working with the Egyptian Gods & Goddesses
Structure of an Egyptian Temple
Energy flow in Egyptian ritual
Invoking Egyptian gods
Evening Ritual
FourPractical Qabalistic Ritual Introduction to Qabalah
Working with the Archangels
Structure of a Qabalistic Temple
Energy flow in Qabalistic ritual
The Qabalistic Cross
Opening & Closing
Evening Ritual
FiveIntermediate Ritual WorkThe magical personality
Group Minds & Ritual
The Assumption of Godforms
Clearing and consecrating sacred spaces
Working with the elemental kings in ritual
Psychic Protection
Astrology & Ritual
Ritual: Rite of Aquarius
SixPractical Temple WorkingReview of ritual basics covered so far
Practical exercises: openings, closings consecrations, invocations
Opening the astral temple
Pathworkings & meditations
Use of tarot in ritual
Practical ritual working: Egyptian, Qabalistic, Atlantean and Tarot rituals
There will be some homework to do between workshops, and each workshop builds on the ones preceding it. Participants will receive a detailed course handbook for each workshop containing the material taught and the rituals performed. These practical workshops are offered either as a series of six-one day workshops on a monthly basis or as a three weekend series (depending upon location and needs of the students).