The Mystery of Good Friday

In the Netherlands there is a discussion going on about the position of Christian feasts. At the same time there are discussions about the values of our Western Culture and how to explain them to newcomers. These two are not separable, the fundamental values of our Western Culture are based on myths and legends,: on Jewish and Christian stories, and on the myths and legends that predate them.

Myths and legends are metaphors that explain important patterns in the lives of individuals and cycles in social communities. Degrading these patterns as the sole property of just one religion or sects is throwing away the baby with the bathwater. But few people understand these fundamental legends; they need to be explained.

Let me give an actual example; today it is Good Friday. Years ago I faced some extremely difficult personal circumstances. In order to sort things out, I talked to one of the wisest people I ever met. After having explained the situation I was in, I asked him what was his opinion about my situation. He answered; ‘You are at Gethsemane my dear!”
‘Ohh, that sounds so not-cool. Does this mean that I am about to be hanged?’
‘Not only that. You will need to answer every question to yourself about how you got yourself in this position. Before they hang you, they will deny you, betray you, and condemn you. People will try to stand up for you, but they will not be courageous enough to pull through.’

From this man and from these events I learned that Gethsemane is a place in your personal life. The stories of the Mysteries are not about Jesus Christ or some other guy from the past. They are about me and you!

Today it is Good Friday. At twelve o’clock at noon the Crucifixion will take place on the mythical levels. In the Otherworld there will be a solar eclipse that will ‘reveal all the Secrets of the Universe’. The Mysteries of the Sun-at-Midnight will become visible for everyone ‘who has ears to hear’. And I will commemorate those events that took place years ago, where my ‘crucifixion’ took place. Where I needed to enter into the deepest realms of the Inner Worlds in order to find the Light that was captured there, and bring it back into the World.

The Legends of the Western World hold an inner wisdom that is not surpassed by any modern psychological explanation. They need to be recognized and explained, to become internalized wisdom. Only then we can explain the values of our culture to newcomers and safeguard the building blocks of our civilization.

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The power of imagination

In occult circles there is an interesting discussion going on, fueled by the need of scientific proof for esoteric assumptions and claims about historical legacy. First of all I want to state that I think scientific evidence for historical claims is very important.

At the same time I want to emphasize to protect a crucial aspect of the spiritual traditions: the power of imagination. Loosing that power would mean: throwing away the baby with the bathwater! The world i-magi-nation contains the word ‘magic’. The definition of Magic is “The art and science to create changes in consciousness”, causing changes in your life. That very art is endangered when the scientific movement within the occult community would tip the balance at the cost of the power of imagination!

The power of imagination is underestimated in mainstream society. In medicine, doctors talk derogatory about the ‘placebo effect’. Some of the illnesses that people suffer from, are located ‘between the ears’. Meaning: you have a psychological problem rather than a physical one. Expressions like ‘this only exists in your imagination’, or ‘he has an overactive imagination’ are no compliments.

At the other hand there are complete industries, whose only business it is to charm you by influencing you, using  imagination. First of all, think of all the arts: here the use of the imagination is purest. In its most positive form, arts use the power of the metaphor to create awareness about society and enchant by beauty. Soon it becomes dubious, and degrades in shades of grey.
For example in the fashion industry: from the genuine wish to create beauty the industries degrades into cosmetic operations on healthy people, and is co-responsible in causing eating disorders in insecure adolescents.
Think of companies who constantly try to influence you to buy their products and even pay scientists for a favorable outcome of scientific research.
Think of politicians who try to degrade their opponents by associating them with ‘nazis’ or other fearful archetypes. All these industries use the power of imagination to enchant you, so that you make choices that are beneficial for them. They do that by creating mindscapes.

A mindscape is a landscape in the mind. By a mindscape you define who you are, what you believe in, what motivates you and what stimulates you to action. Propaganda and marketing companies do that by videos consisting of powerful images, combined with melodies and spells. They abuse the powerful techniques that belong to religion, shamanism and magic. We are less and less protected by ‘beliefs’ embedded in the spiritual traditions, that – with all their failures – at least give us a structure of human values, personal development and stewardship over the planet.

Mindscapes in the imagination can also be are extremely important psychological and magical constructs, to observe the unfolding events around us. Creating powerful mindscapes of our own, makes us more independent and protects us against the ongoing propaganda surrounding us.

For this reason:  I consider it to be the job of modern magicians, to raise awareness in the audience, for this side of  a reality that we  are living in, or captured in. And when necessary: alter that reality and choose a better one!

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Ina Custers van Bergen
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I teach Magic

For those who don’t know me yet, let me introduce myself. My name is Ina Custers-van Bergen. From 1975 on I started both my career and my mystical training. My path started at art school and I worked as an independent artist for years, creating exhibitions and working for festivals. As a hobby dancer I learned how to perform for an audience. As a mystic I started doing yoga and got really involved in Zen Buddhism.

Then a career switch became necessary and after a new education I started to work in psychiatric healthcare; I worked therapeutically at very complex situations and settings, worked as a manager of the closed section of a psychiatric hospital. Mystically I got involved in Bioenergetics, Pierrakos, Leary, Perls. I got interested in alternative therapies like Regression therapy and Timeline therapy.

In the psychiatric setting I learned a lot about alternate states of consciousness and how people can get off the rails when they are not able to manage their hypersensitive skills. I decided to learn more about expansions of consciousness like Psychism and how to use alternate states of consciousness to remove blockages to help people developing their talents.

This caused me to search for an education in Magic, because in Magic there is knowledge about a lot of interesting techniques to create and influence the subconscious mind and thus causing beneficial changes in your life. I became so interested and involved that gradually my profession changed from therapist to full time magician. This led in 2003 to my initiation as Lineage Holder of the Western Mystery Tradition. My lineage is different from f. e. the Golden Dawn. I chose the lineage of Dion Fortune because she was a therapist and in her writings and teachings there is that deep understanding of how the subconscious mind works; that part of the mind that determines our actions without us being aware of it.

I was trained and initiated as Lineage Holder in the SOL by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. From her I learned how to integrate the arts and devotion as an undividable parts of magic! Magic works when you use devotion, trance and flow. Art is a method to get into that flow. So in this way my old love for art became fully integrated in my magical practice.

In 2007 I had developed an independent curriculum from the SOL that was mature. It was time to leave the mother-organization and the Temple of Starlight became an independent school.

Teaching challenges in a different way. You learn even more as a teacher. I found it necessary to take modules at university to educate myself better about the ancient historic sources of the Western Mystery Tradition. I also took post-PhD classes to link ancient magical techniques that I learned previously – like mesmerism and spell-work – with modern methods like NLP. I got a license as hypnotherapist, deepened my knowledge as system-therapist by training in family constellations, and made myself smarter in studying past-lives regressions.

Meanwhile I studied the ancient Western Mystery systems, such as ancient Egyptian Magic, Mesopotamian, Greek, Celtic, Nordic, Kabbalistic magic, and the patterns of Astrology and Tarot.

Today is my birthday and I will be 60 years young and still learning. The reason why I write all this down is that I want to make a statement:

As lineage holder of the Western Mystery Tradition I don’t teach any ancient or modern religion or philosophy. It does not matter to me whether the ancient Gnostics were dualists or not. I use ALL my knowledge about therapeutic techniques and art, from magical and mystical sources, both historical and modern. I use all sources of the Western Mystery Tradition as a wellspring of inspiration to teach and train people to use all these techniques for their health and personal growth. I am not a historian scholar, I am a magician!

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Frogs logics

It is silent in the frog pool, nothing happens there. Frogs live in murky muddy pools with standing water. But when there is no flow, the plants start to rot and the air begins to stink!. The problem with this particular pool is: there is no light there! Thus the frogs organize a board meeting and decide to send an explorer into the wide world to look for a solution bring life into the pool.

The upper frog – let’s call him Toad – volunteers to leave the pool. He crosses the reed fields to search for light and flow. Bravely he crosses the meadows and hops to the city, carefully avoiding dogs and cats. The city is but a desert of stone, full of stressed people. Dark clouds gather together when poor Toad desperately jumps further and further from home, in search for light.

Suddenly he sees a very sunny and bright place. He decides to knock at the temple doors where the Mages work. His tiny little brain starts to work like a little engine: “What if I steal some of their light!” The idea is so appealing that it sends shivers through his green slithery body. He decides to buy their course in Magic of the Light, in the hope this will enable him to take some light home to the frog pool.

Poor, poor Toad, he got really disappointed, because everyone knows it is not possible to steal light!!! True illumination does not come from reading books. True illumination comes from the inside out! It is the result of a good heart, compassion and hard work. On top of that, Toad finds out to his horror, that he cannot not bear the light! His eyes hurt, his stomach cramps together; he lived too long in a murky pool … On top of that his groins hurt from hopping for sooo long and travelling so far … He realizes that he has no option but to return to his pool as quickly as possible, without having achieved his mission.

Jumping back through the reed fields, the consequences of his failure painfully dawn on him. He realizes that, returning to the pool without any results whatsoever, would mean a big Mark of Infamy on his ego. His eyebrows rise, his heart shrinks. The next realization makes him shriek: “This can backfire on me; it can cost my position in the pool!!!”

So hopping home, Toad broods over a plan. He is exhausted, his skin is full of blasters, he almost got roasted by the light. His ego is severely wounded. Then, again, a flash of insight makes his day. “If I cannot steal their light, then let’s bring them down to our level!”
Hopping home he broods out an evil plan for his escape …

At his return at the pool all the frogs joyfully greet him. Hopeful; will Toad have found a solution for their suffering? As a hero they receive him. They throw a party where Toad can shine and reveal his new found wisdom, that will redeem them all. Severely hindered by his wounded groin, Toad tries to stride in, but lame he climbs the stage they have prepared for him. He takes out the course book he bought at the mages from his rucksack. He coughs to call for a silence, to make his great announcement:

“Dear Fratrefrogs and Sororfrogs, I have conquered the elements, I have visited the Mages of Light. Let me reveal to you; the Light does not exist. I have found proof.” Toad opens the course book: “Look here, I found typos in their course book! Since we have no course books of our own, and thus no typos, We Are Better! Let’s battle those bastards and bring them down!!!”

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Mages and Mind Control

Yesterday I wrote an article about Frogs and Mind Control. Today let’s talk about Mages and Mind Control: On the internet frogs create a lot of fuzz about the “dangers of cults”. Some generate a lot of fear, about the “risk of being manipulated”. They cause people to shrink back from the places where they can learn Mind Control.

If you belong to those alarmed people, I have news for you: everyone is being manipulated. Turn on the news and you are manipulated. Listen to the local gossip of the neighbor, who gives you her version of the truth …

Look at the advertising campaigns of big companies: they are all designed to manipulate you. Listen to political campaigns, and you are being manipulated There is a complete industry build around manipulation and influencing people. Big data are gathered and facts are analyzed: to decide even the color of the ties politicians should wear, to communicate trustworthiness, or to send a militant message.

Manipulation is programmed in designs of packages around every product in the supermarket; they are real talismans that send you messages: buy me, and your dandruff will disappear, buy me and your pimples will shrink and everybody will love you from now on!

So what kind of Mind Control do you learn in a magical school? You learn to control your OWN mind. The meditation exercises are especially designed to develop an inner world that you build yourself, that helps you to stay autonomous in a world of manipulation. They help you to build an “inner kingdom” that makes you aware of the patterns of human behaviour, so that you can easily see through the mass manipulation around you, and decide on what YOU want to achieve in your life!

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Frogs and Mind control

Yesterday I was walking with my husband in the environment of Rotterdam. It is a very watery area, where nature produces large waving reeds and willows border the countless little fens. Spring was everywhere around, and after having seen the first bumble bees I clearly heard the typical noises of frogs. People who know me, know that I have an affection for frogs, so I went to the pool to check it out.

And yes, there they were, ribbiting around on the first surfacing waterlily leafs. “Aren’t they a bit early for mating this year?’ my husband asked.
“Oh that won’t happen, these are the old ones of last year, they will not have offspring because they are infertile. They are just rehearsing an old song.”
“Can you understand what they are talking about?”

Now I am a bit of an expert in animal languages. I talk with cats and crows, and as I said; I am quite fond of frogs, so I listened very silently at the conversation, and then I started to laugh, and the more I overheard the conversation the more hilarious it became; “They are discussing mind control!”
My husband raised his eyebrows: “Frogs ribbeting about mind control?”

“Yes, they discuss a local Mage whom they accuse of Mind Control, but they don’t see that they are but puppets on the string of the evil sorceror who is feeding these ideas into their minds. But remind me that mind control is an interesting topic, tomorrow I will write an article about the benefits of the Magical Art of Mind Control.”

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The Scarlet Harper

In my dream I hear the soft tones of harp strings being touched. I follow the enchanting sounds and open the Door to the Dreams of Love. My soul body reacts immediately and stretches out to a long lost friend in a solar flare of love. Where are you, whom I call the mother-of-my-heart? Why is it impossible to meet in real life …?
The spirit hands of my soul try to reach out to caress. My golden heart is completely open and pulsates love over the Web of the Deep. My ghost hands touch and caress her while my soul dances on the enchanting music of the Scarlet Harper.

Then I wake up, in the realization that I cannot reach her in real life. Our roads went in different directions. My soul shrinks and shrieks in the realization that my dream is ‘not true’. My heart is bleeding.

But then the music of the harp comes back and I hear the soft voice of the Scarlet Harper: “Don’t be sad, celebrate that this extraordinary love will never end. In spite of all that happened, this intense heart relation still connects you over the Web of the Deep. At every time the facts of life touch the strings of this deep love, I will play my Scarlet Harp for you and you will know that this soul alliance is still there. Don’t be sad, light a candle and celebrate the wonderful capacity of your heart and soul to experience such a deep love.”

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Ina Custers van Bergen
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