a sacred place to stand
“The whole planet is a miraculous temple in cosmos and our bodies are synergistic and interdependent wonders intimately connected in the great web of life.”
- Bruce Lyon
Perhaps the most important imperative for humanity in the current era is the restoration of a sacred relationship with the earth as a living being. The whole planet is a miraculous temple in cosmos and our bodies are synergistic and interdependent wonders intimately connected in the great web of life.
Modern temples are places where our inner and outer worlds coalesce; where we pause and nod to the mystery; where we live, work, eat, play and make love in a sacred manner. They are places where human beings are a seamless part of nature, dancing with the earth as a lover. The Maori have a term for this kind of place – turangawaewae – a sacred place to stand.
Below is a video outlining the modern day temple mystery schools, and how to know when you're called to one.
"Highden is to be a place of love and freedom. A temple for the new era. It can't be founded on old values and structures."
- Bruce Lyon
Highden Temple is a modern day mystery school in Aotearoa, New Zealand, where ecstatic union with our inherent divinity is embodied and taught. It is a home for ceremony and magic. Here we are growing sacred community where a culture based on love, freedom and life force is practised. A residential community will gradually be built up over time as resonance brings people who resonate together into each others arms.
Highden is an Edwardian Manor built in 1898 surrounded by rose gardens, green fields and a piece of piece of protected ancient wild forrest. Built for a member of parliament as a country seat, Highden also served for fifty years as a seminary for novitiate priests in the Catholic Church. Today, the themes of leadership and spiritual education continue, updated for a world in need of a universal and embodied approach to life, love and sacred relationship with the Earth.
There is a large 28 stone mandala around the property marking the equinoxes, solstices, and other astronomical and astrological alignments, making it also a time-temple reflecting the relationship with Cosmos.
Twice a year Highden hosts a residential immersion called The Temple Training. This six week programme is designed to cover all aspects of conscious sacred living. It is suitable for those who have already made considerable progress on their path of liberation and embodiment. It provides the opportunity to demonstrate together the next step forward in the anchoring of the modern temple. It is not just a workshop but the actual living experience of being part of the source code of creative, loving, shamanic, ecstatic community.
"This training is the deepest and most integrated soul initiation process I’m aware of in the world, and is run by Bruce Lyon with a team of international collaborators. It focuses on what it means to truly embody your soul in community with others and in connection with the earth and cosmos. It is held at a location in New Zealand called Highden Temple, which is an emerging Mystery School – one of many coming in around the world where human beings can come, remember the love that they are, claim their power, and learn to live that in their every day lives – emotionally, sexually, intellectually, physically and spiritually. “ Jon Darrall-Rew