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Guidelines for Inner Practice

This brochure gives an overview of the school’s teachings as well as an insight into the philosophical foundation on which the work is based. When I sent the text “The Inner Path” (page 6) to some people for feedback,  amongst other responses I received an answer from a student that he felt stupid when reading it.

This is the condition we meet on the inner path time after time, because we increasingly “know that we do not know anything”. And that is just fine. Conscious Not-Knowing can by no means be equated with stupidity, as we have learned. Rather, this state is a prerequisite for the conception of true knowledge and our soul’s unfolding on the inner path.

Thus I would like to encourage the reader to receive these pages not-knowingly, even if that might mean not understanding a certain amount through the thinking mind. Not-Knowing resembles the open and curious state of mind of a child that truly wants to learn about itself and the world. As the text “The Youngest Part of the Soul” (page 20) describes, I attribute high value of Inner Work to the rediscovery of the forgotten, suppressed child – the youngest part of our soul.

Human beings who can look at the world through the innocent eyes of a child live in natural awe and respect towards the wonder of the divine creation and rejoice in their existence.

Content

Preface p. 3
Introduction p. 4
The Inner Path p. 6
An Inner School p. 9
Inner Work and Meditation p. 10
The Holy Trinity p.13
The Enneagram p.16
The Youngest Part of the Soul p.20
Psychic Healing p. 23
Philosophia Perennis p.26
Fifteen Years of Inner Practice p.29
Images and Quotations p.30

In this 32-page booklet you will find „a comprehensive insight into a university of spiritual wisdom teachings“ (excerpt from the preface). 
 
The booklet can be ordered for € 3,- plus shipping at: order@advaitamedia.com or here >

Extracts from the booklet

Preface

Observing human beings, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince would perhaps look at them in such a way: In their red-hot heads woolly thoughts of mostly ordinary content ceaselessly spin, while their hearts are cold and empty, and the buried spring of vitality in their pelvis is trickling away rather than surging forth. The ordinary human being puts up with it grumblingly, suffering dully.

Introduction

In 1995 I founded the Enneallionce – the Alliance of the Nine Lions. Initially its main purpose was to spread the teachings of the Enneagram – a superb map of the human subconscious. The Enneagram of Character Fixations has consistently proved useful in Inner Work and demonstrated its great benefit for seekers. Over time, Inner Work expanded to cover all essential themes of humankind, yet the Enneagram has remained a map through the inner maze of human being and lends the Inner Work of Enneallionce its structure to this day. During the past fifteen years the Enneallionce has developed into an inner school for integral practice with the Mystery School at its core. The school accompanies people on all levels of the inner path. In 2010 the school found its home with the opening of Gut Saunstorf – Place of Stillness.     

This brochure gives an overview of the school’s teachings as well as an insight into the philosophical foundation on which the work is based. When I sent the text “The Inner Path” to some people for feedback,  amongst other responses I received an answer from a student that he felt stupid when reading it.

This is the condition we meet on the inner path time after time, because we increasingly “know that we do not know anything”. And that is just fine. Conscious Not-Knowing can by no means be equated with stupidity, as we have learned. Rather, this state is a prerequisite for the conception of true knowledge and our soul’s unfolding on the inner path.

Thus I would like to encourage the reader to receive these pages not-knowingly, even if that might mean not understanding a certain amount through the thinking mind. Not-Knowing resembles the open and curious state of mind of a child that truly wants to learn about itself and the world. As the text “The Youngest Part of the Soul” describes, I attribute high value of Inner Work to the rediscovery of the forgotten, suppressed child – the youngest part of our soul.

Human beings who can look at the world through the innocent eyes of a child live in natural awe and respect towards the wonder of the divine creation and rejoice in their existence.

OM C. Parkin, 
Gut Saunstorf - Ort der Stille, January 2013

The Inner Path

We enter the inner path with the means of linear thinking that is available to us and that we have learned. This form of thinking, which we have identified as I, has created order in a world that appears to be full of incongruous contradictions. Now the world is either happy or unhappy, right or wrong, good or bad. By means of this judging, thinking, order, which strives to tell apart the opposites experienced, we are now attempting to walk the inner path. Thus it is utterly understandable that we are seeking to choose the right way and walk it in the right fashion. When we have found the right teacher who teaches us in the right way, it requires great effort to behave correctly towards him, follow his directions correctly and learn exercises correctly. Meanwhile the profound suspicion that we could indeed be doing it wrong, or that even the teacher could be wrong, can never quite be soothed. Others who are taking another path are possibly doing it wrong whereas another teacher would possibly be more right for us. So the doubt stays with us as a long-term travel companion.
 
One day we happen to come across a text of a great mystic and teacher of wisdom and we read: “Realize God, who you are Yourself, now, immediately and without any conditions. You are already who you are, now and always.” We are deeply moved, whereas our thinking mind is irritated. Our inner space-time-continuum is upset. Something within us understands and yet we do not really understand. Seemingly insuperable contradictions open up:
How can I a walk a path when I Am That Now?
How can I become what I already Am?
What then is the point of doing Inner Work on the path?

The teacher speaks to his student:
“You know you cannot do anything
to get to where you assume Enlightenment to be.
And you know you have to do everything that has to be done.”
For each of the nine types the Enneagram precisely shows at which cross points or junctions the inner journey becomes difficult or can even stagnate. Those who are experienced in guiding inner processes (own processes or others) know how strong psychological barriers can impede or slow down the spiritual ripening process of a human being. The Enneagram names hidden mental-emotional forces which were previously unknown and inaccessible to the human being. Getting in touch with these forces can set free the energy a human being urgently needs for the exploration of his inner world and his inner path. For certain the Enneagram is one of the most powerful instruments in Inner work available to seekers today.

The Youngest Part of the Soul: The Free Child and the Little Tyrant

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said:
“Speak to us of Children.”
And he said:
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”

Khalil Gibran

These beautiful words by Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet are an ode to the freedom of the soul as it wants to give itself to the world through every child. Every child in its being is a free expression of creativity, joy of life and purity. Yet very early on the ignorant parents’ minds begin to take possession of the child’s free soul, calling it “education” or even “love”. The parents love their child in a natural way, but their love is not free. So the child soon develops the same confusion, mistaking mental-physical possession for love.

Whether he likes it or not, the adult human being distorts himself inwardly just as his parents have taught him. (“I never wanted to become like my mother!” “You have become exactly like your mother!”)

The consequence is a growing inner separation between the aspect of the soul we call inner child and an inner adult who carries strong despotic features; an inner separation moulded through mutual incomprehension.

Inner Work is dedicated to the natural, integral self-unfolding of the human soul. The integration of the inner child is an important key in this, a key that can open many inner doors. This is why in the school the cycle of Inner Work begins with the youngest part. In the comprehensive sense the mind is as capable of realization as its weakest link in the evolutionary chain. And this weakest link is the child.

Psychic Healing

Q: OM, what is psychic healing?

OM: Healing by psychic power.

Q: To what area is the gift of psychic power in you related?

OM: Almost exclusively to the mental area. I cannot look into the physical body. There exist psychics whose psychic power is related to the body but they cannot see the mind.

Q: What does it mean – “to look into the mind”? What do you see in the mind of a person in the process of psychic healing?

OM: Exactly this: I look into the mind of a person. I receive information from his subconscious that is essential for his healing at this moment.

Q: What kind of information could that be?

OM: Subconscious attitudes, concepts, but also memories of the past, trauma that has been suppressed. Sometimes it is also about transmissions of the mind that reach far back into the family history and were passed on in a line, for instance the line of the mother.

Q: When you see phenomena from a person’s mental world, how does that heal exactly?

OM: The mental body is the highest energetic body of a person. In this body as well as in any other body there are contractions, energetic knots that I call fixations. I describe mental healing by comparing it with acupuncture. A mental needle is put on a blind spot, the knot dissolves and the energy moves again. The more precisely a needle is placed the stronger is the power of healing. It is a moment in which something dead is transformed into something alive.

Philosophia Perennis – the Eternal Philosophy

The term philosophia perennis was shaped by the Italian bishop Augustinus Steuchus in the 16th century. In his book De perenni philosophia libri X (Lyon, 1540) he describes the philosophia perennis as “… those basic truths, which are present in all cultures at all times, and which taken as a whole, should represent the one science, stemming from the one principle, God.” (Intelligence of Awakening, endnote 12)  
Many spiritual schools of modernity do not believe in the existence of one objective truth that could be grasped by human consciousness. They follow constructivism, which claims that any reality is “constructed” according to individual or collective (cultural) conceptions that revitalize every truth. Like all “isms”, which all constitute ideologies and mentally limited perceptions on very different levels (e.g. social-ism, athe-ism, Catholic-ism, alcohol-ism), they relate exclusively to a distorted construction of the world by the thinking mind and deny the existence of the absolute, even the existence of an “absolute-relative”. An earnest researcher of the inner, an inner scientist, encounters, no matter from which culture or which time he originates, the same developmental stages, basic structures and modes of operation in the thinking mind.
As there are universal truths regarding the human body (e.g. 208 bones, five fingers per hand, two kidneys), there are also universal truths regarding the thinking mind (trans-personal, trans-gender, trans-cultural, trans-epochal), which, however, are discovered only in a certain depth of abstraction.

Fifteen Years in the Inner School

“When I came in contact with the Mystery School I perceived an inexplicable, deep and frightening attraction towards the teacher, OM, and the teaching he embodied. All this conveyed to me a taste of sincerity and depth that I would never have associated with spirituality before. I came from the world of New Age and was seeking extraordinary, ecstatic and elevating experiences, of which I had already had many (Sina Bernasconi).

 

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