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Jun. 29th, 2007 | 10:03 am

Every once in a while I get the mad, insane urge to create a modern day Hellenic mystical tradition. I think of how, given my background in studying and/or practicing in various modern day mystery schools and mystical practices, this could be doable. Could lead to things like Hellenic mystery schools down the road, even.

Then I remember the following:

1) Me creating such a trad alone is a recipe for disaster
2) Me creating ANYTHING in the Hellenic community is just asking to rebuild the pedestal and crank it up a few feet
3) Me with my schedule and life probably wouldn't have as much time to this as I would like

#3 would be solved by #1. #2 is inevitable. I can't sneeze without #2 happening.

I have ideas for a mystical tradition for Apollo. It involves a syncretic approach and is flexible in regards to training. It goes something like this: the goal would be union with an ideal, namely that of balance. How does one achieve that balance and where would that balance be reflected? Well, there's mind-body balance, energy balance, balance between yourself and the world around you, et cetera.

Here are the spheres along with suggested ideas for implementing each:

Mind-body: exercise programs, yoga, certain forms of meditation
Energy balance: Tai Chi, Reiki
Balance between yourself and the world around you: meditation, contemplation--specifically what they call "contemplative prayer"

Add in a healthy dose of Pythgorean and Neoplatonic philosophy and I think we have something here.

This is all shit I'm thinking about creating and implementing within the Inner Circle of the Order of Apollo. The more *original* practices such as various rituals, forms of meditation, et cetera we can come up with over the long run, the better. The idea is to learn what works in the spirit of attaining what we want and then as time goes on, be able to tailor it more specifically towards Apollo--and of course, be able to have something concrete to teach others.

Some practices, however, stand perfectly fine on their own. There is utterly no reason to create a "Hellenic" version of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is Tai Chi, period. I can see, however, eventually starting up an energy healing tradition devoted specifically towards consecrating yourself as a healer of Apollo and attuning yourself to that energy.

Things like this are why I am dangerous and need to stick to just writing vampire pr0n.

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from: theophania
date: Jun. 29th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
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What about joining Outside Cheiron's Cave in Hercules Invictus. They have an oath of silence and everything. I sent in mine last night, and though I'm not allowed to reveal anything that happens from now onward, I'm sure it'll be exciting and it could be at least some of what you're seeking. Come to think of it, much of what you're saying sounds like HI in general. You write porn? is it dark erotica of some kind?

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from: eternalhearts
date: Jun. 29th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
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She was part of the first clas, which is why she is running the Order of Apollon. OOC is not a mystical tradition per se, but a course for the Heroic Path.

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from: theophania
date: Jun. 29th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Forgive my ignorance, but I know next to nothing about mysticism. Thank you for this explanation. Glad to know I was somewhat correct, in that she was in one of the classes. Sorry Kyrene, that we're speaking about you in the third person.

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from: eternalhearts
date: Jun. 29th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysticism

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from: pinkvinylangel
date: Jun. 29th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Where shall we send the offerings of Wine and Chai, oh great Kyrene who must be obeyed :cue Valley of the Dolls music: :P

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from: luciaofthegrove
date: Nov. 14th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
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you know I don't recall reading this way back in June (I am going through my friends pages that I haven't heard from in a while from their journals to see if I missed anything).
Despite leaving the Order of Apollon I still work every day to understand the god and my relationship to him. It is slowly arranging itself into a sort of mysticism in itself.

Myself I have incoporated alot along the realms of the musical, poetic, light/darkness etc, so this was interesting to read even if reading it considerably later than it was written.

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