Welcome to the new Hieros Institute website!

Welcome to the new Hieros Institute website, featuring much new content, new online courses, as well as unique groups and forums for members. Our aim is to bring the Hieros Institute site to an entirely new level, offering you new ways of sharing with the purpose of creating dynamic communities around shared interests, shared exploration, and shared practices.

Hieros Institute now features a journal with articles and occasional reviews, some of which are available only to members. If you’ve purchased a course from Hieros Institute in the past, you already have an annual membership for the coming year in appreciation for your support and engagement. And if you purchase one of our courses, you’ll have a one-year membership gratis. Each course has a private group to encourage developing community around shared interests.

An important reason for making this a membership site is not only that you’re supporting a unique non-profit initiative, but also that doing so limits the onslaught of bad actors that plagues any site allowing open access. And we reserve the right to remove bad actors, for obvious reasons. Here, we’re aiming higher. We encourage the development of communities around shared interests in spirituality and the sacred in contemporary life, and in such an endeavor, quality is infinitely more important than quantity. To achieve what we envision, we need your participation and contribution.

Of course Hieros is a 501c3 non-profit or charity organization in the United States, and we have an ambitious vision for coming years. Our operating income has been provided by our online courses, and we have multiple new courses in preparation on topics including sacred landscape and sacred sites, spiritual alchemy and the alchemy of communities, leadership and spirituality, and much else. Membership and course funds go directly to support our website infrastructure and projects, which in future may include fellowships and other means of supporting emerging authors and researchers.

This upgrade of our website was comparatively expensive, but we see it as an investment in our shared explorations and our shared future. Please consider donating to Hieros Institute, a unique resource for those drawn to deeper understanding of spirituality and the sacred in contemporary life.

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Knowers: A Conversation with James Cowan

James Cowan and I were friends for decades. We were introduced to one another by the British poet and literary critic Kathleen Raine, who told me that there was a remarkable Australian writer whom I should certainly meet. He and I began a correspondence that became the bond of an enduring friendship. We met at various places around the world, he came to visit me in the United States, I came to visit him and his wife in Australia, and throughout all the vicissitudes, joys, and triumphs of life, shared one another’s lives, confided in one another, encouraged each other to grow, did all that friends could do for one another. He lived fully, wholeheartedly. He said that his element was fire. What follows is a lively and thought-provoking conversation with him.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay: Remembering a Radical Traditionalist Warrior

by Christopher McIntosh

At a time when much of the world seems to be under “the shadow of a dark wing,” as C. S. Lewis wrote in his prescient novel That Hideous Strength, and when it often feels as though we are living in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, I find myself increasingly reaching out to those, past and present, who uphold the vision or the memory of a saner, nobler, more wholesome, more human and more authentic world. One such person who stands out in my mind is the Scottish poet, the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, who was my friend for 30 years and who had a profound influence on me, above all through his conviction that tradition, far from being a shackle that weighs one down, is an accumulation of lessons from the past that guide and inspire one in the present.

Spirituality and Transdisciplinarity: A Conversation Between Dr. Basarab Nicolescu and Dr. Arthur Versluis

Part One: Spirituality and Transdisciplinarity

AV: I’m sitting here with Basarab Nicolescu and it’s Tuesday afternoon on the day of the American election. I thought we could start by talking about your focus over the years on transdisciplinarity and especially on transdisciplinarity, spirituality and the sacred and how these concepts intertwine to the extent that they do intertwine. Could you start by talking a little bit about transdisciplinarity and how you became and why you became so focused on it, and how you became—essentially an intellectual activist on behalf of transdisciplinarity and what its connections are to concepts like spirituality and the sacred.

The External Gaze of the Global Shadow

The External Gaze of the Global Shadow
by Kingsley Dennis

What has materialized as our so-called ‘modern world’ can no longer be seen or considered as a ‘breakthrough’ but as in a breakdown mode, for the external outreach of globalizing forces and powers has brought humanity to a threshold. It is a threshold – a crisis point – of meaning and future orientation. It is, in other words, a period of existential crisis for the human race. René Guénon, in the above opening citation, refers to this predicament as a ‘gigantic collective hallucination.’ He is right in a general way. And yet, within the human collective, there is no longer a shared hallucination but a fragmentation of hallucinatory visions. The reality construct in which we inhabit has become a fragmentary, splintered landscape.

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The Hieros Institute Vision

When we founded Hieros as a non-profit 501(c)3 American organization, we had a vision for what it could become. And now, as we launch its new, expanding Hieros Institute online presence, live on July 4, 2024—Independence Day—it’s time for us to articulate more of that vision. 

We are all familiar with the sense that so much, culturally, seems to be disintegrating around us. As W. B. Yeats put it, things fall apart, and the center cannot hold. There are many who eloquently articulate critiques of the dominant system in which we find ourselves; and there are a few places where the brave and perceptive analyze exactly how and why social and cultural disintegration is happening. With a little effort, and some courage, you can find out a great deal about what has gone wrong, to whose benefit, and at whose loss. Not everyone has the courage, but those who do, can find their way to the truth. But knowing what’s wrong is not enough.

Beyond Materialism

Beyond Materialism

by Kingsley Dennis

The human being has to become what he thinks himself to be.
Rudolf Steiner

We are having to adapt ourselves to a new loss – the demise of an old reality. Yet we should not mourn it but rather greet the new. There is no need to suffer in this readaptation; nor does it need to be overwhelming. Yet, there will be those needing recovery time. In modern terms, the world is going through an overhaul. When viewed through the metaphysical lens, it is a transfiguration. The human nervous system will be going through a vibrational recalibration; the mind will be rewiring its neuronal pathways; and a new orientation will be arising. Lucidity will come to replace the fog, eventually.

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The Materialist Hegemony

by Arthur Versluis

Until now, you might well have never thought about how pervasive is materialism. Really, it’s only when we look at it directly and intently that we begin to see its magnitude. Its assumptions underlie virtually everything in global technological society. But at the same time, it is hidden in plain sight. Our purpose now is to explore that hegemony.

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