Welcome to the Sher Institute of Astrology and Metaphysics! We are offering astrology, meditation and other spiritual classes at different levels of experience and knowledge as well as providing a variety of consultations in the Los Angeles area.
The nature of a ‘Mystery School,’ as this type of school has often been referred to in the past, is two-fold. It is to present to the student a holistic approach that includes both physical and metaphysical models while simultaneously training that student to be able to experience both higher states of consciousness along with the ability to receive and understand higher levels of information.
The education of the student is to introduce holistic symbolic systems that describe both the nature of our multi-dimensional reality (cosmology) and the universal process of transformation that can lead a person to becoming aware of one’s nature as a multi-dimensional ‘Being.’ Examples of such systems include astrology, numerology, Tarot, I Ching, the Tree of Life, the Hebrew alphabet, and many others.
For many centuries many people have thought of astrology as a separate study which, in varying degrees was separate from other metaphysical or spiritual disciplines. But historically, in some cases behind the scenes, something different was occurring. Astrology was considered to be a sub-set of what was often referred to as a ‘Mystery School.’ These Schools, which were often very difficult to find, were designed to promote and develop the evolution of those people ready to do real work on themselves not only for their benefit, but also for the benefit of the society, culture and the world. These Schools taught certain sacred subjects such as astrology, numerology, various types of divinatory and meditative images, such as what we now call the Tarot or I Ching, and also many forms of meditation and study of sacred texts. This means that for many people astrology was considered to be a part of a spiritual or transformational Path.
This is the nature of this School. Our School’s intention is to help you begin a process that can lead to having a direct experience of the truth of one’s own nature. While this state of consciousness has been referred to by many names, such as Higher Self, enlightenment, connecting with the Divine or with one’s divine nature, what matters most is to know that an experience of this state is what will transform you, not just the study of it. The School is designed to serve those of you who live normal lives making a living and having to face the everyday challenges of modern life. You don’t need to live in a monastery and in fact, there is an advantage to working in this way. Having a direct experience of the truth of your ‘essence’ while living a regular life can assist you to integrate into the world in an enhanced, purposeful, and magical way.
I enjoy reading your newsletter and find the subject matter different than many others approach to astrology and metaphysics. My desire to become an astrologer never materialized, though I have begun studying it again since my retirement from counseling. I always thought the two fields should be combined. Current interest in Eckhart Tolle and A Course in Miracles has helped spiritually, and I have taken beginning astrology courses recently. As an INFP, my need to find meaning and purpose in life, especially now when older, is paramount.
Hi I am interested in attending your school. I love your newsletter and read it every month. I have studied astrology for ten years but also interested in many things metaphysical from Edgar Cayce to Madame Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, ext I would love to be with others who are interested in the same! Please let me know the class schedule! Thank you,
A true Mystery school in LA has been on my wish list since the early eighties when I became a dedicated student os the transformational process. I see first hand how your efforts have benefitted my daughter in the years she has been with you. I wish you the success you richly deserve.
Being part of what I call Jim’s “transformation salons” has been, well, beyond transformative. Before I arrived here, I’d done a lot of spiritual and emotional work and this has congealed it all into something applicable to the most mundane parts of my life. I”m learning about love in a way I never knew existed. I”m learning how to see life in a way that really works for me personally and professionally. Coming to class is the highlight of my every week.
Thanks for your weekly astrology blogs and also the introduction, to the Sher Institue of Metaphysics. I currently practice Native American Shamanism and follow a Spiritual Path.