Asclepeions (Ancient Greek: Ἀσκληπιεῖον Asklepieion; Ἀσκλαπιεῖον in Doric dialect; Latin aesculapīum) were healing temples located in ancient Greece (and Rome), dedicated to Asclepius, the first doctor-demigod in Greek mythology. Asclepius was said to have been such a skilled doctor that he could even raise people from the dead. So stemming from the myth of his great healing powers, pilgrims would flock to temples built in his honor in order to seek spiritual and physical healing. Signature to Asclepeion was the practice of incubatio, also known as 'temple sleep.' This was a process by which patients would go to sleep in the temple with the expectation that they would be visited by Asclepius himself or one of his healing children in their dream. During this time, they would be told what it is that they needed to do in order to cure their ailment. At the very least, they would wake up having not been directly visited by a deity and instead report their dream to a priest. The priest would then interpret the dream and prescribe a cure, often a visit to the baths or a gymnasium. Despite these methods being regarded as ‘faith healing,’ they were highly effective, as is evident by the numerous written accounts by patients attesting to their healing and providing detailed accounts of their cure.
A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid. The term 'lucid dream' was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article A Study of Dreams, though descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming.
Lucid dreaming was subsequently researched by asking dreamers to perform pre-determined physical responses while experiencing a dream, including eye movement signals. In 1980, Stephen LaBerge at Stanford University developed such techniques as part of his doctoral dissertation.
Except for Dr Sigmund Freud, no one has influenced modern dream studies more than Carl Jung. A psychoanalyst based in Zurich, Switzerland, Jung (1875 -1961) was a friend and follower of Freud but soon developed his own ideas about how dreams are formed. While depth psychology has fallen out of favor in neuroscience, Jung’s ideas are still thriving in contemporary psychoanalytic circles. Popular applications directly based on Jung’s research include the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, the polygraph (lie detector) test, and 12-step addiction recovery programs.
The basic idea behind Jungian dream theory is that dreams reveal more than they conceal. They are a natural expression of our imagination and use the most straightforward language at our disposal: mythic narratives. Because Jung rejected Freud’s theory of dream interpretation that dreams are designed to be secretive, he also did not believe dream formation is a product of discharging our tabooed sexual impulses. And surprisingly enough, Jung did not believe that dreams need to be interpreted for them to perform their function. Instead, he suggested that dreams are doing the work of integrating our conscious and unconscious lives; he called this the process of individuation. It’s easiest to think of individuation as the mind’s quest for wholeness, or that quality of applied wisdom that separates elders from grumpy old men. While not required, working with dreams and amplifying the mythic components can hasten along the process.
- Awareness of the dream state (orientation)
- Awareness of the capacity to make decisions
- Awareness of memory functions
- Awareness of self
- Awareness of the dream environment
- Awareness of the meaning of the dream
- Awareness of concentration and focus (the subjective clarity of that state).
- The dreamer is aware that they are dreaming
- Objects disappear after waking
- Physical laws need not apply in the dream
- The dreamer has a clear memory of the waking world
Barrett found less than a quarter of lucidity accounts exhibited all four. Subsequently, Stephen LaBerge studied the prevalence of being able to control the dream scenario among lucid dreams, and found that while dream control and dream awareness are correlated, neither requires the other. LaBerge found dreams that exhibit one clearly without the capacity for the other; also, in some dreams where the dreamer is lucid and aware they could exercise control, they choose simply to observe.
In her book The Committee of Sleep, Deirdre Barrett describes how some experienced lucid dreamers have learned to remember specific practical goals such as artists looking for inspiration seeking a show of their own work once they become lucid or computer programmers looking for a screen with their desired code. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold (1990) discusses creativity within dreams and lucid dreams, including testimonials from a number of people who claim they have used the practice of lucid dreaming to help them solve a number of creative issues.
Famous Metaphysican MANLY P. HALL dream life symbolism of the human being presents a variety of unclassified phenomena. The Manly P. Hall presents his unique view on the symbols of dreams. He discusses the ancient oracles, and past dreamers of ancient Greece and Biblical tales of the psyche and modern day interpretation:
Including in this course is a full dream symbolism dictionary and classic texts on the subject for further studies.
25 clock hours
As a ‘vitalist’ - one who believes in vitalism, we preach and teach that the best possible health is obtained by recognizing these principles most ancient. The word "esoteric" applies to those ancient teachings, and means intended for or understood by only a small group,especially one with specialized knowledge or interests. Every student of metaphysics is familiar with the fact that man possesses several bodies or vehicles through which he is enabled to express himself on the various planes of nature – physical, astral, mental, and so forth. These were understood during the emerging era of New Thought, vitalist movement of the late 19th century.
Modern investigators continue the quest for a deeper understanding of Man's nature and constitution and they have noted the more recent developments in psychology and parapsychology that underlie the information revealed here. This information is scattered over a very large number of books and articles down through the centuries. So this course approaches it from a more scientific basis.
One useful concept is to view the bodies, layered in Zones:
Zone 1: Physical Body
This is the innermost, or "lowest" zone that composes your comprehensive anatomy. It is your 'normal' physical body. Most believe this is all there is to who you are, but we believe it is in reality only a small, even ephemeral part of your identity.
Zone 2: Etheric Body
A component of the human non-physical anatomy. It is an exact in all details replica of the dense physical body. It is part of a system that somehow vitalizes and controls the physical body.
This is the first non-physical zone of your anatomy, moving out from Zone I, or your physical body. It closely mirrors the structures of your physical body and is unique as it encompasses those aspects of your anatomy that allow the interface between your physical body and your BioForce flow. It serves as a bridge between the physical and non-physical. This transition is likely uniform across your body and occurs at the subatomic structures which compose the atoms of your skin.
Zone 3: Astral Body
This zone, referred to by others as the Astral Plane or Emotional level, as all of the outer zones, are directly involved in the development of the personality of the person. It is said that much of our non-traumatic illnesses arise from issues captured at this level. Much of humanities emotionally-based drive arise from influences in this zone.
Zone 4: Mental Body
Zone IV, or the Mental layer, is another important zone of transition in our comprehensive human anatomy and functioning. As Zone II is a transition layer from the physical to the non-physical, so to in Zone IV is there a transition from lower order BioForce or energy to higher order BioForce. This zone is the source of our intellectual processing in our mind. It is also a transition from what has been called intellectual mind to one that is more abstract. Finally, those aspects of our 'Soul' arise from Zone IV as a mingling of higher and lower aspects of ourselves, of which it serves as a bridge. In Zone IV we see the beginning of our utilizing higher order insights and wisdom in addition to the concrete thoughts of memory and imagination. These higher aspects our ourselves are reflected in what has been called our Spiritual Mind, the lowest aspect of our Spiritual Triad.
Zone 5: Causal Body
We transition from our lower personality-based zones to our more spiritual self in Zone V, often called the Intuitional or Buddhic Layer. It also contains what is referred to as our Spiritual Triad and strong influences of what we would call love and intuition which drives us to demonstrate compassion and leads to what has been termed the Spiritual Love aspects of ourselves.
The information found on this website is based on observations, hypotheses, and theories about human anatomy and physiology and is designed to support, not to replace, the relationship between patient and healthcare provider and the medical advice they may provide.
The word astrotheology (or astro-theology) comes from the Greek word astron, which means “star,” and the word theology,
which means “the study of God.” Since ancient times, man has worshiped
deities associated with the heavenly bodies—the stars, moon, and sun (Zephaniah 1:5)—and this practice is called “astrolatry.” The term astrotheology
is more specifically applied to a religious system based on the
observation of the heavens. Astrolatry is usually polytheistic, while
astrotheology allows for monotheism. In fact, some clerical scholars combine astrotheology with Christianity.
True theology looks to origins in the stars, moon, and sun; sees proof of God’s glory; and worships Him for what He has made (Psalm 19:1). Arguably, astrology is the origin of all the world's earliest religions. It is not our desire to convert or harm anyone or their faith, but historical studies matter especially if we love God and desire to know as much about Him as possible in our lives today. Taking this course of study is purely voluntary for truth seekers.
The Gnostic First New Testament, which today can be reconstructed by the
study of the attacks of the early Church Fathers on Marcion and these early Gnostic
Christians, goes a long way in helping today's student see just what was
believed about "Christ" in the first century before the rise of
Roman Christianity and the production of their edited Second New Testament. The "Gnostic" understanding of "the
Christ" will be lost to the world by the fifth century and forced underground by Roman Christianity and their military might. These
earlier Gnostic Spiritual Masters will be almost persecuted out of existence by
Rome and the divine and sacred knowledge will be later, more or less removed by Rome in their Second New Testament. Lost to the
world would be these ancient teachings save that by such luminaries as Manly P. Hall whose teachings (audio lectures) are part of this course of study.
25 clock hours
Signs and Symbols in Anointing of the Sick & Infirmed
Anointing of the sick, known also by other names, is a form of religious anointing or "unction" (an older term with the same meaning) for the benefit of a sick person. A sacrament is an outward sign established by the ministry and teaching of Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. It is practiced by many Christian churches and denominations.
Anointing of the sick was a customary practice in many civilizations, including among the ancient Greeks and early Jewish communities. The use of oil for healing purposes is referred to in the writings of Hippocrates.
In the Churches generally, the oil used (called "oil of the sick" in both West and East) is blessed specifically for this purpose.
Anointing of the sick should be distinguished from other religious anointings that occur in relation to other sacraments, in particular baptism, confirmation and ordination, and also in the coronation of a monarch.25 clock hours
AstroTherapeutics II - STELLAR MEDICINE
STELLAR MEDICNE [TM] [aka - Medical astrology] is an ancient medical system taught and advocated by Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, and considered a necessary part of medical practice throughout the middle ages. It associates various parts of the body, diseases, and remedies as corollaries of the position the sun, moon, planets, and stars, within the twelve astrological signs of the ecliptic at the time of birth. Each of the astrological signs (along with the sun, moon, planets and stars) is associated with different parts and functions of the human body. From a natal horoscope chart, calculated based on the precise time of birth, the planetary positions are able to anticipate medical disorders, psychological proclivities, defects of character, and anticipating appropriate remedies, environment, and lifestyle to live a harmonious life.
As author, clinician, and researcher, I made an exhaustive review of Dr. Cornell’s Encyclopaedia of Medical Astrology since the early 1980’s. This formed the basis for today’s Stellar Medicine, now a modernized system of medical astrology based in part to the advent of computers which generate astrological charts within seconds, and my clinical re- examination of this ancient art and philosophy in my Nevis Island clinic to date. In the early 1990’s, I compiled an extensive database of planets in signs, planets in aspect, and planets in houses, which can automatically generate a stellar medical report. As of 2013, Cornell’s textbook is now being re-compiled into a voluminous Encylopedia, word searchable, and has contributed to a revised database which now generates a 60+ page stellar medical report on an individual, based on date of birth, time of birth, and geographic location.
"In my years of practice as a physician, I have, by the use of Astrology, been able to very quickly locate the seat of the disease, the cause of the trouble, the to me when the patient began to feel uncomfortable, as based on the birth data of the patient, and this without even touching or examining the patient, and my intense desire to get this knowledge and wisdom before students and Healers in a classified form, is the reason for this Encyclopaedia. . . . When once you have discovered the cause of the disease, and understand its philosophy and the relation of the patient to the great Scheme of Nature, the matter of treatment I leave to you, and according to the System and Methods you may be using." (pg. 502, Encyclopaedia of Medical Astrology)
Contrary to popular perception, central to the activity of today’s medical diagnosis is divination, defined as: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of the supernatural. An omen is a phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil, as in a prognostication: the action of foretelling or prophesying future events. When a medical doctor examines your blood, analyzed by a laboratory (and not him or her), looks over an X-ray, he or she ganders at pieces of paper or film and tries to predict, according to your present indications, signs, and symptoms, to determine your fate. I find equally useful to examine a map of the heavens at the time of birth of the patient and disorder in question. The natal horoscope, combined with a progressed chart, however, also better predicts outcomes and preventative measures - physical, remedial, environmental and psychic. Stellar medicine is a language which can reveal universal good (bonum universale).
Diagnosis is defined as the ‘art or act’ of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms. The skilled doctor makes diagnosis as an art, while the quack simply acts. Art is the expression or application of human creative skill, intelligence, and imagination. Central to diagnosis is inquiry, the taking of signs and symptoms, examination of blood and urine, palpation, and confirmation by today’s radiology and laboratory. Biopsy, the removal and microscopic examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes, is examined by a pathologist, is often an outcome of pathologic diagnosis. Pathology, the study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences; is central to today’s prognostication of a patient’s mortal outcome, leaving little to no room for divine intervention.
Stellar Medicine gives us cues and signs for divine intervention. To study astronomy is to learn about the anatomy of God, to study stellar medicine is to learn about God’s physiology. Stellar Medicine is not used to solely determine fate, but to learn ways to avoid it with human freewill, education, and consciousness. The Stellar Baptism, your horoscope birth chart, reveals a destiny you should avoid, not a fate of which you are victim.
Stellar Medicine ascribes to the concept of the great chain of being developed by Plato and Aristotle whose ideas were taken up and synthesized by Plotinus, Neoplatonists and thus early Christianity. Plotinus in turn heavily influenced St. Augustine's theology, and from there, Thomas Aquinas and the Scholastics (1100–1500). The chain starts from the Order of God and progresses to the stars, planets, and downward to angels, the sun, the moon, kings, princes, nobles, men, women, wild animals, domesticated animals, plants, precious stones, precious metals, and other minerals. All beings are linked in God’s domain by correspondences, corollaries, and the positions of the stars and planets. This theme is equally found in Taoism and other great religions. The Great Chain of Being was an important theme in Renaissance and Elizabethan thought, and had an under-acknowledged influence on the shaping of the ideas of the Enlightenment and played a large part in the worldview of Christendom and of 18th century Europe. It also had at this time an impact on theories of biological evolution.
In this book you will not find techniques and modalities of therapeutics, since, as Cornell aptly states, once you know what's wrong, there are many different ways of successful treatments. These subjects are covered in my other voluminous books and courses. This book however, excels in assisting diagnosis which becomes the key to reading the patient's astrological chart, or the decumbiture (the time of the start of illness). This diagnosis is not given in current medical terms, for example ‘if the symptom is X, then the astrological cause is Y’. The stellar natal chart only shows the ‘promise,’ the tendencies to illness, defects of character, the habits, etc. It is an aid similar to properly taking signs and symptoms, interpreting a medical laboratory report, viewing radiologic pictures, but the final determination however, rests with the doctor and his knowledge base of diagnosis, prognostician and therapeutics.
You can order from us, a full natal medical report of your horoscope, some 60+ pages, which is generated by computer by my database. Program available to enrolled students.
25 clock hours
Faith healing is helping the suffering through spiritual means which can be brought about by religious faith through prayer, anointing, and rituals that stimulate a divine presence and power toward correcting disease and disability by integrating body and soul. Belief in divine intervention in illness or healing is usually related to religious belief, but that is not required. In common practice, faith healing refers to ritualistic practices of communal prayer, anointing, and gestures (such as laying on of hands) that are used to solicit divine intervention in initiating spiritual and literal healing.
Lesson 0: The Nature of Our Healing
Lesson 1: Faith Healing
Lesson 2: Spiritual Healing
Lesson 3: Anointing of the Sick
Lesson 4: Therapeutic Touch
Lesson 5: Healing as Sacrament
Lesson 6: Methods of Effective Prayer
This School presents, perhaps for the ﬁrst time, a concise and scholarly examination of the history and principles of major traditions of esoteric healing. We begin with this COURSE with a brief conceptual overview of esoteric religion and related healing practices, summaries are provided for ten major esoteric traditions, including descriptions of beliefs and practices related to health, healing, and medicine. These include what are termed the pagan traditions, kabbalistic tradition, the mystery school traditions, the gnostic tradition, the brotherhoods traditions, the Eastern mystical tradition, the Western mystical tradition, the shamanic (indigenous) traditions, the new age tradition, and theosophy.
Next, commonalities across these traditions are summarized with respect to beliefs and practices related to anatomy and physiology; etiology and the classifications of disease; pathophysiology; and importantly the therapeutic modalities.
Finally, the implications of this survey of esoteric healing are discussed for clinicians, practitioners, and medical educators.
Esoteric healing traditions today are extant and widespread, called by many names, yet all having historical roots and are a sacred part of humanity. This school was formed to preserve these beliefs and modalities; recognizing them as religious practices whether practitioners of these arts wish to recognize it or not. Failure to recognize or understand their links and commonalities has caused a considerable weakening of their therapeutic potential. Hence their secularization and popularization has deteriorated their vitality.
Serious studies into the more esoteric approaches to healthcare provide considerable importance for anyone professing some form of skill or aptitude in most all of the so-called alternative and complementary medical vocations (secular or religious). It is apparent that the themes of the vital energy, the elements, the etheric anatomy and etiologies are very similar. If their observations and teachings were fictitious and pagan, one would have to ask:
• Why did so many variant, medical traditions, at separate times in history and diverse geographic locations, arrive at so similar conclusions?
• Why did the theme of vital energy so animate so many medical traditions, and why did western science seem so adherent to crush its foundation in favor of chemical medicine?
• Why did the theme of the elements, whether four or five, survive for so many thousands of years, and interlace itself not only in human anatomy (the humours), but cosmogeny (astrology) in general?
This School (Therapeutae) proposes that humanity must retain the ancient esoteric teachings for posterity. It appears now, as in times past, that there are but few mature minds in the world; and thus it was that the philosophic-religious doctrines of today were divided to meet the needs of these two fundamental groups of human intellect--one, the mature and philosophic; and the other, immature, materialistic, and incapable of appreciating the deeper mysteries of life. To the discerning few, entering this School, we reveal the esoteric, or spiritual, teachings, while the unqualified many receive only the literal, or exoteric, interpretations. In order to make simple the great truths of Nature and the abstract principles of natural law, the vital forces of the universe were personified in times past, becoming the gods and goddesses of the ancient mythologies. While the ignorant multitudes brought their offerings to the altars of deities representing the procreative energies, the wise recognized that these marble statues were only symbolic concretions of great abstract truths.
Healers are invited to make this a study.
- Teacher: Allie Litterer