Everyone has their own perspective on what a spiritual journey is. From a personal viewpoint, a spiritual journey starts with a conscious decision to live a sincere, fulfilling and productive life.
It doesn't sound very spiritual - learning from the ground floor up, but it was the right approach for me.
I took my first steps preparing for my journey without realising it. I put it down to synchronicity - being in the right place at the right time. When I look back I can see I followed a trail, the result of circumstances and situations that occurred at the time.
I could have wandered off in a different direction - but I didn't. Whatever force was guiding me did it in such a gentle and subtle way there was no reason for me - Lorraine, the personality - to object and run a mile.
When I first started learning astrology at the Mystery School of Maat it became obvious that my slant on life was very different from my peers. They seemed a lot more accepting about a 'bigger picture' than myself. Many of them had a quote for every eventuality, and had studied a multitude of faiths, religions and beliefs.
I had no quotes to repeat apart from basic ones: 'A stitch in time, saves nine'!!
And I had studied nothing other than what I had learnt at school and Sunday school, and none of that had stuck in my brain.
It was starting on the ground floor getting to Know Thy Self, and examining my personality and the life I had created for myself that inspired me to up my game and be a better person. It might seem an odd way to embark on a spiritual adventure but had I been steered in the direction of meditating for hours on end I would never have stayed the course.
There was no pressure to continue with the studies by peers or teachers. People who attended the school came and went, and no questions were asked.
The classes were not for everyone. Some people complained the teachings, at that level, were not 'spiritual' enough. But they suited me. I loved the fact they were what I considered to be 'down to earth'. Had I been fast-tracked to anything deeper or more intense I would have been lost. I needed a tangible approach. Something I could grab hold of and easily understand. Vague impressions were lost on me. Endless meditation bored me. There were many times when I got frustrated with some of my more ethereal colleagues who wanted to engage in deep and meaningful discussions about dreams and visualisations. I just wanted to shout:
"Yes, but what does it mean, all this spiritual poetic stuff. In real terms, what are you talking about, and how does it relate to everyday life?"
There were times when I wasn't very tactful. The longer others took to divulge their insights, the more succinct I became in my response.
That was an important lesson I discovered about myself. Some people are able to express themselves more clearly than others. It doesn't necessarily mean that those who need more time have a lesser message to convey.
But there was still the other important factor - as far as I was concerned - to remember, the fact that we live in a material world, and most of us have to juggle finances and relationships etc. So, learning about me and how I could survive in an often alien and unfriendly world, and yet still enjoy a more productive life encouraged me to stay and learn more.
There was no obvious moment of realisation on how I could improve my life. I had no idea what my creative talents were, unlike others who knew they were healers or channellers.
I barely knew what to do with a crystal, I thought they were just pretty ornaments. The topic of angels was a mystery to me. So, learning about me, my hopes, fears and dreams for the future, was the first important step.
However, although as students we may have differed in outlook from one another, the one thing we all shared was our need to put what we had learned to good use. We felt compelled in some way to 'do something'. Otherwise what was the point of our years of studying. We all knew we had a life purpose and our common aim was to discover what that life purpose was and breathe life into it.
Therein lies the challenge that besets everyone on the earth plane regardless of faith, belief or tradition. Who Are We? Why Are We Here? What is our Purpose and Function?
We all have a reason for being here irrespective of circumstances and duration. We are all each other's teacher, and those living what may appear to be a lowly and unproductive life may be providing the most valuable life lessons for others.
It took me many years to realise what I could do to help others, and then many more to bring my goal to fruition.
What I finally came to realise was that the role I often found myself in, was the role of interpreter. It was how my abilities started to show themselves. I seemed to have a way of explaining the teachings very simply. An approach I have stuck with as my reasoning is that it saves a lot of time if people understand the message you are trying to convey straight away, rather than spending hours on deep discussion and still missing the point.
I think its really sad when people pretend they understand something rather than risk - in their eyes - of appearing to be stupid or unknowing.
We learn through asking questions and retaining an interest. The teachings of the Tree of Life that were passed onto me have continued to capture my attention for over 25 years. They offer a very different perspective on life and many popular interests like the Law of Attraction, and the work of angels, can be found under its umbrella.
The Mystery School of Maat evolved into the Order of the White Lion. The Order of the White Lion website www.orderofthewhitelion.com is a teaching site dealing with all aspects of spiritual and physical life.
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Friday, 14 August 2015
I love reading the many platitudes that pop up on social media. Some are fun and some have magnificent art work. There are squillions floating around so plenty of others must enjoy them too. They do the circuit and although many are just variations on the more well-known ones, they serve a purpose to remind us, amongst other things, that we are worthy, to use our creativity and to be grateful for everything we are blessed with in life.
For me, the platitudes remind me of what I have forgotten particularly when life takes over and I lose my sense of balance.
Most of us are going to agree with a platitude as its usually a positive statement, and we’re more likely to be receptive to the message when we’re feeling relatively ok with our life.
However, when a trauma takes over a platitude on its own isn’t always enough. A platitude reminding a bereaved person about detachment is not very helpful. Sometimes they can make us feel worse.
When I need a bit of extra help, beyond a platitude, I turn to the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life offers more than positive reminders to help me on my way, it provides a simple structure, in a way that I can easily understand, to help me follow through with the positive affirmations so they don’t become something I just acknowledge or pay lip service to.
Its very easy to pay lip service. We often don’t even realise we are doing it.
Faith in a greater force and bigger picture can hold us together. It doesn’t matter what faith, belief or religion we choose, we often just need more than a positive statement. We need something that prepares and guides us through the dark days, inspires us to plan and attain our goals for the future, and helps us to recognise our strengths and weaknesses so we can help, not only ourselves, but others along the way too.
When I read platitudes that remind me to “think positively” I think of the teachings of the sephirah Hod (personality mind) that go one step further and explain how our thoughts create images in our mind and how they can manifest in our everyday life.
With platitudes on “Self Worth” I think of Netzach - the sephirah of Feelings and Love - and remember that it is my responsibility to put bottom lines in place so I don’t lose my self respect and allow myself to be treated like a doormat.
All the sephiroth (areas) on the Tree of Life offer insights on different aspects of life.
So, for those occasions, when a simple platitude isn’t enough, there is always, for me, the Tree of Life to fall back onto. It is my prop, my faith and my spiritual tool. It covers all aspects of life and spirituality. From living on the earth plane and playing the game of life, to connecting with the universal force and just being.
So, the next time a platitude isn’t enough and you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps it’s worth exploring the Tree of Life - a different approach that may be able to help :)
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Saturday, 1 August 2015
25 years ago, when I first started to study at the Mystery School of Maat, it was to learn about Astrology. Friends of mine had started a course at this ‘amazing’ place and told me I would love it, so I signed up and went along. It was the beginning of something incredible.
I wasn’t actually looking for spiritual enlightenment - just a hobby.
The moment I stepped through the doors I felt I had entered something very different. The building was alive it felt, and on more than one occassion the hairs on the back of my neck stood fully on end!
My fellow students were - from my perspective - odd. I was a square peg in a round hole and it was only because I had made the effort to get there, that I stayed.
I’m very glad I did. I remained feeling somewhat alien from everyone else for quite a long time but it was ok because what I was learning was utterly fascinating.
I had no idea that behind the astrology, tarot, inner light, karma classes etc. was a school teaching Qabalah - the practical Qabalah - to be precise.
Once I had completed all the courses I was asked if I would be interested in continuing to study only now the teaching would be on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
I had never heard of the Qabalah or Tree of Life before entering the School of Maat but I had absolutely loved what I had learnt so far so decided to stay and complete my training,
It was the start of something wonderful. Before, had someone tried to talk to me about angels or crystals or healing, I would have cringed.
With the training that I received everything started to make sense, and I could see more of the bigger picture, and understand better how everything interacted and connected.
I was probably one of the most challenging students the teachers had to deal with. I constantly questioned everything. But it’s through asking questions that we learn.
We started at the base of the Tree of Life - unlike many other Kabbalah schools which focus on the top at first - and explored the sort of life we had created for ourselves, the way we took action to get what we want, and examined the way we behaved.
We moved on to what was called the level of the personality: emotions, thoughts and feelings, and examined those.
Next we focused on connecting with the soul (personal spirit guides were covered in the level of the personality) and looked at karma: personal, family, national and racial. Then we looked into our picture of life to see our place in the bigger picture.
The journey continued until we reached the top of the tree and then we started again, at the bottom, this time going deeper.
There are worlds within worlds with the Tree of Life. Its vast, yet beautifully simple.
What my training has done for me is propel me forward and given me confidence and courage to explore and pursue my life’s interests.
Spiritual enlightenment cannot be handed on a plate, we have to work for it. Once you start to expand your thinking there is no going back. You cannot undo awareness. There was no question that I would not continue. There was a restlessness inside me now that wanted to keep learning and endeavouring to understand. I studied at the school for over 15 years.
What I have received is like a degree in life. It's made me a better person. A more productive individual. I was given the tools to help myself and that is what I have done, and will continue to do, as well as help others to do the same.
Myself, and the thousands of others who trained at the School of Maat can never thank our teacher, Jenni Shell, enough for devoting her energy to passing on the ancient wisdom of Qabalah.
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015
The Tree of Life is a spiritual tool and guide. Each sephirah (area) on the Tree of Life offers different insights to help us in our everyday life.
The Tree of Life has many levels. There are Worlds within Worlds.
We can meditate in the Inner Temples, find answers to our problems, and overcome challenges.
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015
The Qabalah is a body of information. The word ‘Qabalah’ is Hebrew and it means to receive inner wisdom.
The teachings have previously been passed down through the ages by word of mouth and are more often known as Kabbalah as it comes from Jewish origins. Although the subject is the same, the word Qabalah is more regularly known by those of non-Jewish background linked to the Western world.
Much has been written about the practical Qabalah and Tree of Life.
It is easy to see why people may think it is too confusing or for a chosen few only. It is also easy to understand the reasoning that with so many other spiritual options to choose from, why should Qabalah be separated out - what has Qabalah got that cannot be found elsewhere?
So, what is the practical Qabalah and Tree of Life all about, and why would anyone want to study this spiritual tool and guide?
Let us begin with what the Qabalah is not. It is not a religion and yet it embraces all faiths, beliefs and traditions. Qabalah recognises the value in everything and teaches that there are no rights or wrongs, just different perspectives. The Qabalistic route is walking the path that is right for you, and not concerning ourselves with how others are walking their path, or making judgements.
The Qabalah is more a Way of Life
The practical Qabalah has many levels. However, if we start at the beginning - at the base of the Tree of Life - and take the teachings one step at a time we soon discover they are beautifully simple and very effective.
The teachings expand awareness on all levels and encourage us to look at our Self, our life and the Bigger Picture in a different way. They highlight where our strengths and weaknesses are, and start to bring out the Real You.
It has been said the Qabalah is too complicated. The Qabalah is very complex, spirituality is a huge topic, but it is also breathtakingly simple and if we start at the beginning then like a jigsaw the pieces start to fall into place and our understanding of it grows – the mental pennies start to drop.
The teachings are mapped out on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is like a spiritual road map. On a practical level it guides us from one area of life to another. The idea is to identify our dreams and successfully bring them into manifestation. The spiritual journey mapped out on the Tree of Life can help us to find ways of leading a life that is more in tune with the true nature of who we are.
How many people are not happy?
How many people spend much of their time just trying to survive? How many are in relationships that are not equal or working in jobs that do not bring fulfilment, and creative potential remains undiscovered and unused. The practical Qabalah is simply about tapping into that creative power.
The Bigger Picture is an ideal world full of creative individuals leading more fulfilling and happier lives.
The Tree of Life works very much on a practical level. The teachings start by encouraging us to look at the life we are leading and the private world we have created for ourselves. The focus is on being grounded as well as spiritually aware. It looks at healing and the importance of being self-sufficient and learning how to Heal Self. All aspects of healing are included as well as paying attention to what is going on and recognising help that is available spiritually.
Self-discipline and self motivation are two essential requirements. These two qualities are necessary if we want to make positive changes in our life. Life is meant to be about experiencing new things and learning new skills. The aim is to become as the Shepherd and not the Sheep; to be Master of our own life.
So you can see there is nothing airy-fairy about the Qabalah and there is no need to limit ourselves. Qabalah embraces many things including healing, angels and crystals.
Paying attention to the sort of images and attitudes occupying our mind is another very important aspect to Qabalah. Our feelings affect the way we think, and the way we think influences the type of experiences we draw towards us. Many people, without realising it, are handing over their power every time they react to something in a negative and unproductive way. The Qabalah helps us to peel back the layers and get to the core of who we are and how we tick. So many things influence and affect us and unless we get to grips with our weaknesses, then like an Achilles heel, they will continually bring us down and prevent us from tapping into and using the creative power available to us, and drawing what we want into our lives.
The aim is to always make choices and decisions that are right for us. This is the art behind Qabalah – raising awareness and operating on a higher level. It is easy to spot someone who works from a higher level rather than someone who is operating purely from a subjective stance. We may not be in control of what others say or do but we can be in control over how we behave and what we say. How many of us are though? An emotional reaction often catches us unaware. It is like a habit, we don’t think about biting our nails or twiddling with our hair, we just do it. Our emotional reactions are governed by the state of our subconscious and further investigation into how we react and respond helps us, through becoming more aware and understanding the triggers, to take control of our emotions and avoid behaving in ways that are unproductive and even destructive.
We also have to be realistic about our expectations bearing in mind that expectation can be the Mother of Disappointment. How well do we deal with disappointment? The Qabalah helps us to hope rather than expect, and to be mindful of the fact that there is a Bigger Picture, and if we want to move forward on our journey through life we might have to accept that what we think we want may not be in alignment with the Will of our Soul.
Qabalah encompasses many different things that can help us in our daily lives. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when looking at a picture of the Tree of Life because there is so much information that can be linked to it: Angels, Archangels, colours, chakras, healing, symbols, perfumes, plants, crystals, karma, astrology, tarot, fate and destiny – these are just some of the things the practical Qabalah includes, but if taken one step at a time it is easy to see the benefits and truly exciting to see how everything interacts and works together.
Qabalah and the Tree of Life raises our Awareness.
Awareness that helps us to recognise doorways of Opportunity leading to choices and possibilities that may otherwise never see the light of day.
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Saturday, 11 July 2015
Thursday, 9 July 2015
The sephiroth Geburah and Chesed - on the Tree of Life - can now be explored using our practical Qabalah workbooks, available in paperback format, from Amazon UK (Amazon US) and The Order of the White Lion website:
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