What Are Esoteric Studies?
Esoteric philosophy offers a practical understanding of “that which is hidden” – the invisible, subtle dimensions of existence that surround and infuse the dense material world. This includes the nature of the Cosmos (the greater life, of which we are a part) and the dual nature of human consciousness.
It provides a framework for discerning the difference between the “higher” nature of the Soul or Self (which is inherently aware of our relationship to all of life, and whose qualities include compassion, inclusivity, wisdom), and the expression of the small self or separative personality. Using well-defined, proven, and safe techniques to integrate Soul and the personality, individuals deepen their alignment with higher levels of consciousness, becoming true change agents as conduits of Spirit in a world that very much needs higher vision and upliftment.
“There is a growing network of men and women all over the world who embody a vital spirit and are becoming an increasingly potent force for transformation in human affairs. No matter in which field they are active, they are inclusive rather than separative, they seem to be in touch with the ‘soul of humanity,’ working as they do from that inner center of union and synthesis that transcends outer divisions. Men and women who are aligned with this higher consciousness, in whatever nation, race, religion, place or position they may find themselves, inevitably become transmitters of a wider vision, dedicated to the well-being of humanity (and the planet.)” (Standing in the Stream: the Way of Discipleship booklet, School for Esoteric Studies)
Our coursework is a synthesis of eastern and western spiritual traditions and is focused on the Ageless Wisdom teachings as presented in the books by Alice Bailey, supplemented by reading material from Agni Yoga, the Bhagadvad Gita, psychosynthesis, theosophy, and the Upanishads, and others.
It is understood that the Soul is the true Teacher, and the School offers materials and coaching to facilitate what is always a very individual process. The work is non-sectarian and conducted by correspondence (email or postal mail), maintaining strict confidentiality between the student and those who guide his or her work through regular, personalized commentary. There are no grades, and the student’s progress is measured against his or her own highest potential.