Your Life As A Mystery School
Mystery schools once existed throughout
the Ancient World - Greece, Egypt, India, China, South America.
These spiritual centres provided a place where students could
receive a mystical education by progressing through a series
of spiritual trials and initiations. The goal was to provide
seekers with the highest levels of spiritual realization -
to understand the deep truths of existence, the cosmos and
human life. Initiates of the Mysteries were credited with
wisdom, as well as great magical and occult powers.
The main method of teaching the Mysteries
was through myths - stories with deep mystical and psychological
symbolism; for example, the Greek and Roman Myths. In reality,
these stories possessed two different levels. On the mundane
level, the myths could be seen as simple entertaining tales
with light moral undertones. For most people, this is how
they would be received. These were the Outer Mysteries.
However, for those with eyes to see and
ears to hear, there existed the Inner Mysteries.
Students of the Outer Mysteries would
be carefully observed. Some would show signs of recognition
- a clear ability to see beyond the superficial level of the
stories to the more profound meaning. These few would then
be selected for further initiation into the Inner Mysteries.
They would serve under the tutorship of the Master (Hierophant)
of the Mystery School and be taken to ever deeper levels of
The teachings were hard. The initiation
ceremonies were dramatic and frightening - seemingly life
and death situations where the student was exposed to his
deepest fears and temptations. Perhaps the mythological stories
would be enacted in the depths of a dark cave to the sound
of loud gongs and frightening flashes of light. Frankly, nobody
really knows. Initiates were sworn to strictest secrecy, even
unto death, and these matters were never written down.
Thanks largely to the efforts of organized
mainstream religion throughout history and the world, the
Mystery Schools have mostly vanished on the physical plane.
However, they still exist on the spiritual level. More excitingly,
they can come alive right now for YOU in a personal way -
through a profound study of your own unfolding life.
Prior to your birth, imagine that the
spiritual part of you - known as the Higher Self - made some
decisions. It determined precisely the lessons and experiences
you needed to undergo in order to learn, grow and perfect
yourself in all ways. It then chose exactly the right parents,
and the right time and place for you to be born. Ever since
your birth, it has been orchestrating ALL the events and people
in your life to perfectly present you with all the challenges
and lessons you most need in order to develop yourself. From
this perspective, nothing happens in your life by chance.
Everything has meaning. There are NO accidents.
What is the goal of all this? What is
the purpose of your life from this perspective? It is no less
than to become a Spiritual Master over as many lifetimes as
THIS is the perspective of your life
as a Mystery Story. The Master Teacher of the Mysteries is
your Higher Self. Through the trials of ordinary life, -through
perceiving the mythic dimensions of it - you are presented
with the lessons you most need to learn in order to perfect
yourself in all ways.
It is a theory which cannot be definitively
proven. However, as the great mystical teacher, Paul Solomon,
once said, life works far better and makes more sense if we
assume it is true, even if it is not!
The Mystery School perspective is very
similar to the way in which we regard dreams. Modern Psychology
postulates that every person, object and situation in our
dreams has deep symbolic meaning. They are created by a part
of our mind that understands and thinks only in symbols. The
challenge is for our waking consciousness to then make sense
of all these meaningful symbols.
This is EXACTLY the same situation that
is presented with our waking lives from the Mystery School
perspective. In a sense, as long as we participate in life
unawares, we are still asleep. As soon as we realize and actively
participate in the Mystery School lessons of our lives, the
sleeper awakens to progressively greater levels of awareness.
If your life is a Mystery School, everything
that happens to you is by design. There are NO accidents.
Every person who enters your life, every situation whether
joyous or tragic, every challenge you face, is there for a
specific reason. From this viewpoint, you have to stop blaming
your parents all the time for the way you turned out. After
all, you chose them!
Like King Arthur, Perseus, or Odysseus,
you are the hero of your own personal Mystery Mythology. The
events and characters in your life are the colorful fabrics
of which your story is woven.
People and circumstances that you perceive
to be enemies and trials are in fact your greatest teachers.
In the Mysteries, the initiators could appear to the student
as demons or monsters - evil forces that had to be overcome
before any further progress was even possible. These were
in truth archetypal forces within the pupil's own psyche that
needed to be wrestled with and brought under control before
any further progress could be made.
Yet, once the lesson had been learned
and the demon overcome, it revealed its true form - as an
angel of light. As the Dalai Lama once said, we need to be
grateful to people who mean us harm, for it is only through
conflict that we can grow. From a Buddhist perspective, there
is even more need for gratitude to enemies: they are actively
harming themselves, incurring massive negative karma, specifically
to benefit you! And they don't even know it!
How does this apply practically? Well,
have you noticed that certain scenarios - work difficulties,
relationship problems or whatever - keep cropping up again
and again for you? The reason is that if you refuse to learn
a lesson, it will simply repeat again later until you do.
Please don't think that you can go on to the advanced lessons
until you have mastered the simple ones.
It will not happen.
Wherever you go in all the world to escape
a lesson, you take yourself with you! Thus, you can be sure
that your Higher Self will simply orchestrate events to present
the exact same lesson/challenge until you finally get the
Moreover, remember this. The Higher Self
regards your body as perfectly expendable! After all, if you
refuse to learn the lesson in this life, it can simply provide
you with a new one and the same lesson can start over where
it left off!
In summary, viewing your life as a Mystery
School is immensely beneficial. It provides you with a powerful
spiritual perspective. It makes sense and meaning out of all
that happens to you, enormously increases your chances for
growth, and helps you work towards a firm purpose that transcends
yourself. The goal of becoming a Spiritual Master.
Copyright 2000, Asoka Selvarajah. All
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