Mark Stavish, the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, is a life-long student of esotericism with over 35 years experience in comparative religion, philosophy, psychology, and mysticism with emphasis on Traditional Western Esotericism. His articles have appeared in academic, specialty, and mass market publications specializing in spiritual studies, making Mark one of the leading authorities in Hermeticism today.
In addition to being a member and officer of several prominent Rosicrucian and Martinist societies, Mark served as the Director of Research for the Occult Research and Applications Project, of the Philosophers of Nature (PON). The Philosophers of Nature was founded by Jean Dubuis in France in 1979 and for twenty years was the leading resource for practical information on mineral and plant alchemy, as well as qabala. ORA, a statistically based research wing of the American branch of PON performed detailed exploration into the validity and practicality of various traditional esoteric methods. Original research from the ORA Project was published in the organization’s journal, The Stone.
Topic: The Crossroads at Midnight: Traditional Spirituality and Psychic Research
This presentation will examine the role of traditional Western esoteric practices of the Hermetic schools and their historical relationship to psychic research. The function of a personal spiritual practice, cosmology, quality of partners and co-workers, and the overall importance of ‘psychic hygiene’ for longevity and stability, thus allowing an integration of various traditions into modern research are the focus.
Psychic Contamination: The Role of Purification Practices in Psychic Research and Daily Life
This workshop will provide an overview of basic Hermetic cosmology with an emphasis on the various subjective and objective phenomena that researchers may encounter, along with the dangers inherent in psychic research. Focus will be: What is psychic contamination? How do we recognize it? How do we avoid it? Along with the importance of traditional practices in psychic research to maintain health and stability. Methods of purification focusing on the mind-blody energy systems will be presented including Inner Fire, or Tummo; The Middle Pillar, Spagyrics and Alchemy.