Spirit Mysteries is an online, membership-only Mystery School containing hundreds of hours of courses and thousands of students across the world.
Just like Eastern Orthodox is the Mystical branch of Christianity, Sufism is the like for Islam. Sufis exist throughout the Muslim world, as both Shia and Sunni.
The purpose and focus of Sufism is the quest for knowledge of God, also simply known as the Truth, realized in a series of inner states or experiences. Where religion is the external manifestation of the pathway to God, Sufi – meaning mystic, is the Inner path. It was originally influenced by the ascetics of the Eastern Christian tradition, and they also emphasized the importance of renunciation of worldly things, a celebration of poverty and inner purity.
Sufism originated back with the Prophet Muhammad, a profound mystic, who it is said to have taught his son in law, Hazrat Ali, the techniques and inner truths of this mysticism. After this, Sufism truly came to rise roughly 100 years after the founding of Islam and came as fear of increasing materialism within the Islamic faith. They believed that become...
Sunni is Arabic for “custom” or “code of behavior,” and Sunni’s are those who follow the code of behavior established by Muhammad, Allah’s final prophet and founder of Islam, as a complement to the teachings of the Qur’an.
Sunnis define themselves in terms of practical conformity to Islamic law as agreed by the wider Islamic community to be the authentic practice of the Prophet, who is believed to have led the perfect life. The Sunna is embodied in the Hadith, sayings transmitted by the Prophet’s followers, and interpreted by jurists who then codify it in Shari’a. This is the “way of life” that guides Muslims in all aspects of their daily living.
There is no central authority in Sunni Islam, and its teaching emerges from a complex system of jurisprudence – pioneered by al-Shafi’i in the 9th century. This establishes the sunna by deferring to the Qur’an and hadith alongside the analytical tools of...
Taoism, by its very name, flips the nature of a religion upside down. Instead of teaching a Philosophy or Dogma which in reflection defines a person, such as “Christian” or “Sufi”, Taoism teaches a truth; The Tao is undefinable. It then follows this up by teaching that each individual can discover the Tao in their own terms. A teaching like this can be very hard to grasp when most people desire concrete definitions of life.
Taoism is more than a philosophy or a religion, but a mystical way of life, a system of belief, attitude, and practices set towards the service and living to a person’s own inner nature. The path of understanding Taoism is simply accepting yourself. Living life and discovering who you are. Your nature is ever-changing and is always the same at the same time. Instead of trying to resolve the various contradictions in life, instead, you learn to accept your nature. The Tao, sometimes translated as “the way,” refers to an...
Theravada Buddhism started 25 and a half centuries ago, 19 days after the Buddha passed away. It is the more conservative of the two major traditions of Buddhism, and the original doctrine of Buddhist teachings. Today, it is strongly practiced in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, but is also known in smaller communities around the world. The word Theravada comes from Thera meaning Elders, and Vada meaning Doctrine, thus, the Doctrine of Elders. It is a name for the School of Buddhism that draws its information strictly from the Pali Canon, or Tipitaka, which most scholars accept as the oldest record of the Buddha’s teachings. The later sutras that emerged from Mahayana Buddhism are simply not recognized.
The focus of Theravada is based largely on the 4 noble truths, and the 8 fold path. While the 4 noble truths were previously covered in the Mainstream Buddhism video, the 8 fold path are 8 qualities to develop in one’s life: right view, right resolve,...
Voodoo is a fusion of religious practices from Africa that is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions. It has been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. There is no single founder of voodoo and there is no determinant date for the origin of this spirituality.
It did come to America with the advent of slavery and would play a huge role in bringing freedom to the slaves. However, because of the fears of the European and American Slavers, the idea was spread far and wide that the practice was a primitive, barbaric practice based on superstition and spectacle. This was an attempt to suppress and distort a legitimate and unique religion. When slavers brought these people to the Americas, the Africans brought their religion with them, and voodoo continued evolving from there.
According to their beliefs, and much like Shinto, there are thousands of Spirits that interact with humanity. These Spirits, called Lwa were once human. Some of them are...
Wicca is the most commonly known strain of New Pagan faiths, also known as Contemporary, Modern, or Neo-Paganism. It is a group of new spiritual movements influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various historical pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe. The underlying basis surrounding all of them is that humans should live in harmony with nature.
Within Modern Paganism, there are many diverse sets of beliefs, practices, and texts, but none that are followed by them all. For this reason, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make a claim describing what “Modern Pagans” believe. To this group, the diverse practices are considered as denominations, and further, not all members of these faiths or beliefs even self-identify themselves as Pagans, Wiccans, or what have you.
The very word Pagan was a title given to them by Catholics in the 3rd century AD when the Roman state declared them heretics and killed anyone who did not convert to Christianity. The word Pagan...
The Faith of Yoruba is comprised of the traditional religious concepts and practices of the people found primarily in southwestern Nigeria and the adjoining parts of Benin, and Togo, commonly known as Yorubaland. It is a vibrant way of seeking inspiration and energy from deities, ancestors, and other beings so that people can live fulfilled lives. The essence of it is a divine journey to the inner self and to God-consciousness. The tenants revolve around this: Oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the potential of the human essence.
In the Yoruba faith, there is one supreme God, named Olodumare, also called Olorun, who is the creator of all things, and responsible for the creation and upkeep of what he has made. Yoruba is Animistic in nature, and thus many of God's creations are Spirit Deities which inhabit different aspects of life and reality. They do the supreme work of Olodumare and keep and maintain the cosmos in perfect order and harmony.
The Aloe vera plant has been used for centuries for its diverse healing properties. It grows all over the world, primarily in tropical climates. The usage of aloe dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, and even earlier. Aloe is mostly made of water so it’s perfect for things like:
Burns, bug bites, scrapes, blisters, and other skin irritations.
Extracts of aloe are also found in many commercial products to help with moisturization.
One of the many uses of Aloe is that it can help heal acne scars by moisturizing then naturally tightening the skin pores. It can also be bought as a liquid to add to your drinks. Doing this helps create a slippery substance in your intestines which helps push food through and into waste. It can be added to an enema to have the same effect, just from the other end. If you buy an actual plant, you can cut off the leaves and sort of skin them, using the gooey insides for smoothies or even in different food recipes.
If you’re experiencing...
Amber may look like a gemstone, but it is actually a fossilized tree sap.
It became widely known thanks to the film Jurassic Park, in which dinosaur DNA was preserved inside of a mosquito inside of some Amber, and harnessed to recreate them in the modern world.
Historically, many Archaeologists have found beautifully carved pieces of it in Graves dating back to 2000 BC and before. In fact, many of the artifacts made from amber did have insects within them. These were probably thought to have magical virtues, as they were carved into talismans, worn to ensure safe and abundant hunting.
The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians held it in very high esteem. They believed it to cure just about everything as well as to protect the wearer from all harm.
The Greeks were the first to make note of Amber’s ability to hold static electricity when rubbed, this is reflected in the name they gave it, Elektron, the word ‘electricity’ is derived from this original term for used...
Apple Cider Vinegar is a unique type of vinegar made from apples. The first recorded use of vinegar dates back to around 5000 BC, when the Babylonians used date palms to make wine and vinegar as food preservers or pickling agents. Since then, we have used vinegar for a variety of things, from salad dressings to a chemical-free house cleaner!
It is incredibly acidic, its main ingredient is Acetic acid, but what’s so magical about this liquid is that it alkalizes your body upon consumption, even though it’s very acidic, to begin with. When your body digests ACV, it gets oxidized and turns alkaline. This can help your body shift from being acid-based to alkaline-based, which is very useful for those switching to a more plant-based diet.
Apple Cider Vinegar has become extremely popular over the past few years, especially in the health-conscious communities. Many studies show its alkalizing nature can greatly help our bodies, especially if our PH balance is too acidic.