Welcome to the Sher Institute of Astrology and Metaphysics! We offer astrology, meditation and other spiritual classes at different levels of experience and knowledge. We also provide holistic astrology consultations and spiritual counseling. Currently we have two locations, one in Sherman Oaks and the other in Culver City. The nature and structure of our classes foster an intimate environment for students to connect not only to the material but to one another.
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. Watch our video on “The Nature of a Mystery School.”
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 tools, such as the Tarot or I Ching. They also taught many forms of meditation and studied 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.
The programs of this School combine the wisdom and intelligence of those who have come before us whether it is from millennia ago or of the last century. There are many definitions of the term ‘wisdom’, but the one that guides the development of this School is this: “Wisdom is the art and science of spiritual transformation that leads to an awakening to one’s true nature or essence. As we awaken to this wisdom we find that we desire to unite with the Divine Spirit whose nature is, in fact, our Own.” This means that the foundation of this School is one that emphasizes direct experience along with knowledge and study.
The School also is grounded in the view that the term ‘Intelligence’ needs to be redefined more than ever. It must include ‘Wisdom’ and perhaps, even equated with it. Our society needs this more than ever with our tremendous emphasis on knowledge and information as the only things that are important to seek. This School, while valuing information, seeks to utilize new knowledge in the service of the transformational process.
Finally, although it is wondrous to have a ‘peak experience’ as it can change us forever. It is just as important to learn how to stabilize in the new state so that we are able to translate that new state into our world in an integrated way. We have found that the transformation process must be a true permanent change in our way of ‘being-in-the-World.’ It becomes crucial then to focus on learning about the stages of transformational process itself so that we become able to move through them safely, steadily and with awareness. This is the fundamental ground of the educational philosophy of this School. We hope that it will be of service to humanity.
Jim Sher, MSW