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WHY TRAIN WITH HELIOS?
The Helios School of Esoteric Science is unique!
Here are just some of the reasons why training with us can change your life!
- Strong emphasis on personal development and APPLYING what you learn
- The focus is on you becoming the emotionally mature and spiritually connected person you really WANT to be and CAN be!
- Comprehensive training designed and written by experienced learning professionals and initiates in High Magic and the Western Mystery Tradition
- Fully integrated and internationally recognized training towards certification as a Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Collaborative learning with peers via online webinars and private school forums
- Helios is a “contacted” Mystery School and its “Inner Plane” contacts provide guidance to the initiates and strengthen the group mind (egregore) of the school for the safeguarding of students
Explore our website for the details of our training curriculum and what you can expect to learn if you join us and take the first step onto the Path of the Adept.
WHAT ARE THE MYSTERIES?
The traditional established religions typically offer a view of the world that people are flawed in some way and in order to redeem themselves they have to follow the path offered by the one or other of the mainstream religions. The only way to salvation is through the priest and the church that acts as an intermediary between the individual and god. This outward, public approach to spiritual development is known as exoteric.
Esoteric spirituality is closely tied to the idea of perfecting ourselves through our own inner work so that we can transcend our ordinary mundane states of being and to reach god in this lifetime, rather than afterwards! In other words, we all have the potential and the capacity to become our own priest or priestess.
This inner work and the teaching and processes used for esoteric spiritual growth have been largely hidden from public view, but lie at the heart of both the mainstream religions and the so-called “Mystery Traditions” of the ancient world. Sufism in Islam, Qabalah in Judaism and Gnostic Christianity all represent the esoteric side of the mainstream exoteric religions of the West. All of these traditions evolved from the earlier ancient Mystery Religions of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece.
It is these ancient “Mystery Teachings” from Egypt, Greece and early Israel that form the basis of what has become known as the Western Mystery Tradition, and is what we teach here in the Helios School of Esoteric Science.
WHAT IS NLP?
NLP stands for “Neuro Linguistic Programming” and it is a complete system of emotional and mental development and psychotherapy that was originally developed in the 1970’s in California by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.The name derives from the fact that neurology (the brain), language and how we do things and process information (strategies and sequences) are the key components of human subjective experience. In fact the original subtitle that Bandler and Grinder gave to NLP was “The study of human subjective experience.”
The neurological system regulates how our body functions, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of beliefs we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their relationship affects our body and behaviour (programming).
The founders of the Helios School are all NLP trained. For us it is the most effective, usable and powerful set of personal development tools that we have found to date. It is the perfect complement to magical training. It is true to say that for each of the founding initiates of Helios, not one of us would have been able to lead the kind of lives we lead, have the kind of relationships we have and the spiritual experiences we have had if we had not had the powerful tools of NLP to help us along the way.
This is why we are so committed to it as a system of emotional and mental development: not from some academic interest but from our own, real-life personal experience over the last twenty or so years. This is a tried and tested system that we know is effective, simple and safe.
The system of NLP training is in three levels: Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainer. These levels neatly mirror the three degrees of magical training and so we have weaved the NLP training material into the magical training curriculum of the Helios School.
WHAT IS MAGIC?
Magic is both an art and a science. It is probably the oldest science although its true history is lost in the mists of time. We can certainly trace magical practice back to the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. The ancient Egyptians themselves said that their lineage goes back to the lost continent of Atlantis, an ancient high civilisation that had, at its peak, perfected the art and science of magic and used it for the betterment of its citizens. In later times of Atlantis, the priests who practised magic became corrupted with their power and eventually Atlantis sunk beneath the waves in a series of great cataclysms.
Magic is the ability to use the power of our mind, linked to the unseen powers of the inner worlds, to create changes in physical, manifested reality. It is the study and the exploration of the “unseen realms,” those parts of creation that are not manifested in physical reality and are now starting to be identified by modern quantum physics and cosmology. From a spiritual/magical perspective these “unseen” or “inner” realms are accessible through the focused use of the creative imagination and this is a key part of the Mystery School teaching. These changes can of be any form – healing, manifesting things, attracting people, changing the weather, etc.
This is what we offer within the Helios School of Esoteric Science. Combining ancient spiritual wisdom with modern psychological approaches, we provide a truly holistic approach to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development.
WHAT IS INITIATION?
Initiation is a much-misunderstood process, and it is very important that within the Helios School our students fully understand the meaning and the purpose of initiation. It is different within “Helios”and its parent, withdrawn order (The Fraternitatis Alexandrae) than it is within many other magical orders.
The magical rite of initiation is held to be one of the most ancient of rites, and marks the psychological crossing of a threshold into new territories, knowledge and abilities
The first thing to say is that initiation is NOT a badge of honour or progress. It is not awarded simply because a student has reached a certain point in the course. It is an outward recognition of the inward emotional, mental and spiritual development that a student has achieved. It is truly an outward sign of an inner grace bestowed.
So where does this “inner grace” come from? This is a state of being, a subtle yet detectable energy shift within an individual that indicates that this person is ready for initiation. The processes that lead up to and “initiate” this shift of energy are subtle, but they are the result of sustained and dedicated personal and spiritual development work.
Within “Helios” we believe that initiation is a sign of a true Adept of the Mysteries – someone who is technically skilled at magical practice, has a high level of mental, emotional and spiritual development AND who is demonstrably able to apply this knowledge and skills within their daily life. It is not enough to be an “armchair occultist!” We strongly encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills towards enhancing the quality of their everyday lives and the lives of those people around them. This is really what a magical life is all about. After all, if we cannot use what we learn to enhance our experience of living daily on the Earth plane, what are we here for?
Initiation is a gradual process of emotional, mental and spiritual development leading to subtle energy shifts which, when noticed, indicate that you are ready for this level of development to be formally recognised through a magical ritual of initiation. This ritual is different depending upon the level of degree that is being conferred: First, Second or Third.
The actual rite of initiation is designed to raise the level of vibration of the subtle energy bodies of a person. If a person is not adequately prepared for this process, the results can cause previously unresolved emotional issues to surface and require healing. This is not necessarily a comfortable process! This is why we focus so much on preparation through emotional clearing and mental development as part of the training and preparation towards initiation.
With most schools of the Western Mysteries there are three degrees of initiation: First, Second and Third. They are given different names in the different strands of the Mysteries, but for now we will simply use these titles. The esoteric and spiritual meaning and implications of these three degrees of initiation are examined in detail throughout the training we offer.