The Academy

The Spiritual-Arts Academy is first and foremost a center for growth, evolution, and wholeness. Centrally, the Spiritual-Arts Academy provides classes which offer a guided path to self-discovery and self-awareness, acquisition of the tools and techniques for spiritual development and self-knowledge, and spiritual healing tools and methods that both serve oneself and serve others. Secondly, the Spiritual-Arts Academy provides workshops for the purpose of providing direct benefits to the participants through healings and background knowledge over specific subjects. Thirdly, the Spiritual-Arts Academy provides Open Healing Evenings as a service to the community. 

The Spiritual-Arts Academy is by nature a creation of the Higher planes that has manifested in the physical plane. The leadership of the Academy is a stewardship of the consciousness and reality that exists within itself. The Academy, though a unique creation in itself, has characteristics of various institutions: mystery schools, schools of intuitive development, spiritual and psychic healing schools, Aikido Dojos, and even the original Academy of Plato. This Academy serves to provide a Way to the greater work, a path to self-development, and a special space in which to explore, share, and experience. 

The heart and soul of any organizational identity and unity of individuals - whether it be nation, society, religion, or school (exoteric or esoteric) - depends upon its philosophy, vision, and instruction, both stated and lived. Click the Tabs below to become acquainted with Spiritual-Arts Academy Philosophy, Vision, and Classes and Training. 

  • Philosophy

              Why am I here? … to grow, evolve and become whole 
    A significant existential question that many people hold is "for what purpose am I here", or simply "why am I here in this life". Simply, I would say that "we are here in this incarnation to grow, evolve and become whole." Learning lessons, too often just a mind activity, is insufficient unless it translates into these qualities of growth, evolution, wholeness. Growth and evolution is not just the domain of the spirit, but rather all aspects of who we are. 

              By facing our challenges responsibly, we mature to the higher qualities of our being and thus live the mystery of the life that is us 
    reasonable pair of questions that many people ask are: Why is it that we need to deal with karma (incomplete past energies or intentions)? Why cannot everything be pure bliss and happiness? Basically the answer to this is: to give us an impetus to navigating this journey of growth, evolution and wholeness. By facing and confronting our challenges, in a pure and responsible manner, we are given the opportunity to mature. Maturity - an excellent word for the outcome of growth, evolution, and wholeness - is the most beautiful quality of living a mortal life in time. And as we mature on all levels, we receive a greater opportunity, a gift, of experiencing the higher qualities of life: happiness, bliss, love, understanding, higher wisdom, etc. The key here is not "how spiritual we become", but rather how well we accept and act upon these challenges, these "assignments" that the universe has given to us, with a true sense of awareness and commitment to our responsibilities. Knowing this is not always easy. And the nature of these assignments is that they are not problems to be solved, which implies that they are external to us, but rather that they are the "mysteries to be lived", implying that which is really occurring is within us.

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    For the sake of a single verse, one must see many cities, men, and things. One must know the animals, one must feel how the birds fly and know the gesture with which the little flowers open in the morning. One must be able to think back to roads in unknown regions, to unexpected meetings and to partings one had long seen coming; to days of childhood that are still unexplained, to parents whom one had to hurt when they brought one some joy and did not grasp it (it was a joy for someone else); to childhood illnesses that so strangely begin with such a number of profound and grave transformations, to days in rooms withdrawn and quiet and to mornings by the sea, to the sea itself, to seas, to nights of travel that rushed along on high and flew with all the stars—and it is not yet enough if one may think of all this. One must have memories of many nights of love, none of which was like the others, of the screams of women in labor, and of light, white, sleeping women in childbed, closing again. But one must also have been beside the dying, must have sat beside the dead in the room with the open window and the fitful noises. And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves. Not till they have turned to blood within us, to glance, and gesture, nameless, and no longer to be distinguished from ourselves—not till then can it happen that in a most rare hour the first word of a verse arises in their midst and goes forth from them 

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    Rainer Maria Rilke

    By truly living our life, our soul purpose shall be revealed.
    We each have incarnated with soul purposes. The more we pursue our highest paths, the more this soul purpose shall raise into awareness. Often, what we instinctively do or steps we take through inspiration are based upon our soul purpose even if we have no rational reason for doing it. So it is not about discovering your soul purpose so that you may know how to live your life and pursue your journey; live your life and pursue the path that comes before you, and your soul purpose shall be revealed. "You are the answer!"

    As we become attuned to the many levels of our existence, our life becomes enriched.
    One's existence in not constrained to a single location, level, or consciousness. We are most aware that we are having a conscious life in the body and that we have a center of consciousness that we see as ourselves. Most are also aware that we have a dream life. But we, as a Being at the level of individual Identity, have aspects of existence "beyond" and "above" the physical plane. And the life we lead during this incarnation is significant not only for that aspect that exists within the physical plane but also for all of the other aspects which reside outside of the physical plane. Thus we have existences on the astral, mental, and causal planes, and within the higher mind, illumined mind, and further. We have, or better stated, we are a higher self, and we have (we are) a god within. As we attune to these other levels of our own existence, life and the experience of life has the possibility of becoming enriched. 

    To live truly, from the soul, is to transcend living from ideas and concepts.
    There are levels of existence in which transcend Identity into states of Oneness. Mostly, this is the beyond the comprehension of the individual Mind. One may have ideas or concepts of such a state of being, but ideas and concepts are not the reality. To live from ideas and concepts is to live from the mind which is in duality; in evolution, one may begin to live from the soul in non-duality.

    Creation happens first in the Higher Realms. We have the potential to work in these realms.
    In creation, events first occur in the higher realms, such as the mental plane, and then migrate through the different realms, and perhaps bodies, until they manifest in the physical realm. There are levels within ourselves to potentially work within these higher realms, and there are forms of sentient beings that live in these realms alone. Angels are one such example, though some of these have the possibility of traveling to other realms, including the physical.

    Within the Universe exist Laws, Higher and Lower. One may work directly with these Laws. 
    Within the universe are the existence of Laws, both Higher Laws and Lower Laws. These Laws essentially provide order to the Universe. The Higher Laws are the metaphysical laws while the Lower Laws are the physical laws. In the higher realms, it is possible to activate these Higher Laws, and they will work things out perfectly in accordance to all the Laws. An evolved individual may activate these Higher Laws directly, or an initiated individual may have a Power, such as the Angels of the Higher Laws, that has the capacity to activate the Higher Laws. In the advanced Spiritual Development classes of the Spiritual-Arts Academy, class Participants are connected to Angels of the Higher Laws. When working with the Angels of the Higher Laws only karmically correct and higher destiny operations are allowed.

    Life has its highs and lows. Both are important and each has its function.
    Like the tide, life, by nature, has its ebbs and flows. The art of Astrology is used to observe and predict these in a person's life. Both are important in a person's life. In the high tide, much creation may occur, often in an outward manner. During the low tide, an individual partakes in the inner work of growth and evolution. And during very low tides, which may be seen as times of adversity, inner initiations and huge growth steps may occur. Though often accompanied by physical or emotional pain, this the time that an individual becomes more than he or she was before. The deepest of these have been called "the dark night of the soul".

    Each individual has unique gifts which he or she may bring to the community.
    The US Native American tradition has an expression called "Original Medicine".  Each person arrives to this planet with his or her unique gifts. When each member of the tribe brings his or her original medicine to the circle of the tribe, then the tribe becomes strong. Implicit within the Spiritual-Arts Academy is a philosophy that both recognizes and honors the uniqueness of each individuals own spiritual path, and what each brings to the community.

    All true learning is learning through direct experience. Teaching is nurturing direct learning.
    We can not really teach anybody anything of consequence. But what can done is to nurture an individual into an experience of learning, and in the self realized experience, the individual attains something consequent. The whole nature of the instruction in the Spiritual-Arts Academy is to enable Participants to have experiences of value.

              Gentleness allows for the presence and influence of Spirit.
    Gentleness in the activation of the process is vital. No process in forced or induced by any external means. When there is no force, than the individual will not surpass his or her limits, even if the the processing is deep. It is only what the individual himself or herself, as spirit, allows. The less force that is applied, the lower the resistance to the experience shall arise. And without resistance, modest impulses may yield significant movement, but only within the limits of the individual. 

              Inner abilities naturally arise as an individual evolves. 
    As individuals grow and evolve, their inner abilities naturally begin to open. So the potential for clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience arises naturally when the individual is prepared and ready. And this is not determined by some outside person, but by the nature of the individual himself or herself. An individual may be assisted in releasing blocks and repairing the inner apparatus, and may be supported by being with others whose abilities have open, but all appears at the right time. 

  • Vision

              What is a Vision?
    What is a vision? A vision is a view, a dream, of what someone or something can grow and evolve to be and based on that vision of the future, a sense of what that someone or something now is. It is peppered with ideas, loves, concepts, feelings, intuitions, and sometimes directed by higher guidance. In some ways a vision may be idealistic and perhaps even unattainable, but it does provides picture of a reality or a shared reality which sets the direction of the path of growth and development to both consciously and unconsciously pursue. In that, it provides a drive, a power, a trust, and a self acceptance of oneself as an individual or as a member of a group. A vision has both the capacity to set and empower a course - journey on a path - and to become sentient, a living being not unlike a guardian Angel. And to grasp a vision is to make an individual more than ordinary, to feel the touch of our divine nature, to make life fuller. But visions must be grounded and be enlivened by Spirit and the higher qualities of nature, for otherwise they may become fantasies and delusions which may lead to unfortunate developments. And the visions themselves are not stagnant but grow and evolve in themselves over the flow of time and space.

              What is the Spiritual-Arts Academy?
    The Spiritual-Arts Academy is an existence in the higher realms that is now manifesting in the physical realms. Its intention is to serve as a place and space for individuals to manifest their soul purpose -  individually and within a conscious community - and to grow, to evolve, and to become more whole. It provides a place of exploration of the greater Mysteries and a Way to the greater Work within both the macrocosm and the microcosm. It enables Participants to become more themselves; to develop their true presence and awareness of purpose; to discover their own spiritual truths; to develop their capacities for healing both of themselves and others on a professional level; and to develop their capabilities to share and assist others as Spiritual teaches and Spiritual-Arts Academy Instructors. And it provides a place to share in the journey. Additionally, the Spiritual-Arts Academy provides a structure to enable service to others through workshops, individual healings, and open healings. Though the Spiritual-Arts Academy is unique in itself, it does possess characteristics of other institutions: mystery schools, schools of intuitive development, spiritual and psychic healing schools, Aikido Dojos, and even the original Academy of Plato.

              Of Participants and Instructors. The Free Will and Individual Journey of the Participants is fully Respected and Supported.
    Those who partake in the classes are called Participants, not students, and those who present the information are termed Instructors. The Instructors do not teach material, but rather lead the Participants through experiences, and in this manner are Instructors of the Way. Participants are enabled to grow in their own unique directions and thus discover their own unique abilities, talents, and callings. Participants maintain their own free will as to how they wish to partake in the Academy. There is no formal membership and no obligations written or implied. One may come when so inspired and leave without explanation. One may partake in workshops and classes outside of the Academy, and explore whatever in life he or she chooses. One's own journey is respected however it may flow, whatever decisions are made, and whatever difficulties may arise, simply because it is one's own journey.

              What the Academy shall become depends on what Participants bring into the Academy and who they become within the Academy.
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    he Spiritual-Arts Academy is self-evolutionary. The Academy shall grow and develop based on what the Participants shall bring into in the Academy and who and what they become within the Academy. The Spiritual-Arts Academy is eclectic in its sources of information embraces the ancient wisdom's as well as that coming from more recent Spiritual Explorers from the East and West, psychological investigators, and others. But as the Spiritual-Arts Academy is evolving in the physical plane, it is also evolving in the higher realms. And as the Spiritual-Arts Academy evolves in the  higher realms, more becomes available in the physical realm.  

              Participants' awareness evolve through personal experience and observation of the processes of others.
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    he Spiritual-Arts Academy enables self-discovery. The Participants' awarenesses evolve both through their own experiences and what they observe in the processes of fellow Participants. Through this way, Participants ultimately discover the "magic" in themselves, in others, and in the world around them. This serves to enhance the quality of one's Life itself.

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    “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    The Academy exists to support the individual. Each individual needs to be true to himself or herself. 
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    Academy exists to support the individuals; Participants do not exist to serve the Academy. Participants may be very involved in the classes and other activities or may live their life more distant. Each individual needs to be true to himself or herself in his or her own path, and the nature of the requirements in his or her phase in life.  

              The formation of a Conscious Community of Like-Minded Individuals arise naturally from the Academy.
     The Spiritual-Arts Academy serves as a fertile ground for the formation of a conscious community. Within the community, Participants discover other individuals of like mind and like heart with whom to share growth, exploration, support, and social activities. Friendships tend to grow outside of the structure of the classroom in a totally natural way. But being part of a conscious community does not obligate the Participant to any form of action. One selects those with whom he or she wishes to share and socialize. And should one decide to end his or her active role as a Participant in the Spiritual-Arts Academy, he or she remains fully welcome to partake in the community.

  • Classes & Training

              Our focus is on people. Participants enter into a direct contact with Source in order to receive knowledge, information, and tools in his or her own distinct way. 
    Within the Spiritual-Arts Academy, our focus is on people. Instruction is not an act of presenting material, but rather an enabling of the Participants to enter into direct contact with Source in order to receive in his or her own distinct way. Special Initiations are performed so that each Participant may attain direct contact with the wellspring of knowledge, information, and tools. And though possessing a commonality, what one Participant attains may be unique and different from any other. This is due to the nature of the Participant as a Spirit, the journey he or she has traveled this life, and the journey traveled through many lives. 

              Participants have the opportunity to discover and explore their own unique gifts, talents, and abilities, and to evolve in alignment with their own highest path of destiny. 
    In the Spiritual-Arts Academy, Participants have the opportunity to discover and explore their own unique gifts, talents and abilities, and to evolve in alignment with their own highest paths of destiny. Concurrently, all Participants in the class engender the growth, evolution, and learning in all others, sometimes by action but often purely by presence. And so "as we heal we become healed, as we support we become supported, and as we assist in the growth of others, we ourselves grow." As Participants progress - as an act of Spirit - knowledge, information, and tools transform from being possessions of the Participant into becoming aspects of who he or she is. 

              Individuals partake in the classes as Spirit, learning as Spirit, growing as Spirit, and becoming as Spirit
    We participate in the Spiritual-Arts Academy classes not just as mind or body, but fully as Spirit. So we learn as Spirit, grow as Spirit, and become as Spirit. Thus the nature of the class is that we partake as equals, no Spirit being greater or lesser, and the role of the Instructor is to lead the participants into experiences that will engender the process of growing, evolving, transforming, healing, and entering into realizations. 

              The information provided in the Spiritual-Arts Academy classes is derived from a variety of  sources. 
    The information provided in the Spiritual-Arts Academy does not come from any single source or philosophy, but rather from many sources. Deep respect and appreciation is afforded to each Spiritual Explorer, such as Sri Aurobindo, Rudolf Steiner, Franz Bardon in their writings, or Rev. Joseph Martinez and Micahel Tamura in their teachings. Methods that may be based in psychology or therapy, such as the work of John Bradshaw, may be employed and transformed into the tools of the higher realms based on the Workings of the Higher Laws. And very often, information comes directly form the higher realms through the Work itself.

              The role of the Instructor:
    In his or her role, the Instructor is senior in the class space and responsible for setting the class energy; making connections with the higher realms; maintaining a balance and harmony in the class; ensuring that the class environment is safe, protected, and supportive; making sure that each individual Participant has space not only for himself or herself, but also for his or her process; and seeing to it that the class subject matter is brought in in a manner that activates the appropriate experiences. The class itself is not the energy of the Instructor, but a composite and confluence of all who attend and have brought himSelf or herSelf into the class. Thus we find that every class is unique, even when working with the same subject material. And though the Instructor is senior in the class space, the Instructor does not invoke experiences for the class alone, but also for himself or herself, always being a participant in the experience itself.

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    “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”  

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    John Steinbeck


    A Spiritual-Arts Instructor is a Craftsman. The path of becoming an Instructor begins as an Assistant Instructor, then Associate Instructor, and finally full Instructor. And each Participant is viewed as an "Instructor in the making". 
    The development of Instructors in the Spiritual-Arts Academy is based on an ancient model, that of the craftsman, and similar to the form used in Universities. Thus the most senior individual is the Instructor. This is equivalent to the master craftsman. The Associate Instructor is equivalent to the journeyman while the Assistant Instructor is equivalent to the apprentice. As one grows in the Way of the Spiritual Teacher, digests the growth experiences, and develops an inner realization of the Way, the individual shall naturally attain his or her Instructor space. And every Participant from the moment he or she enters the Spiritual-Arts Academy classroom, is seen as a full Instructor in the making.

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. 

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Howard Thurman

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