Mount Tabor is the traditional location for the transfiguration of Jesus Christ as recorded in the synoptic gospels. The Greek Orthodox Hesychasts refer to the uncreated light that shone not only during that revelatory event, but also during mystical practice, as taboric light. It is then in representation of the transformative moment, as represented in the transfiguration of our Lord on Mount Tabor, for which this seminary is named.
Our mystical school
Mystical methods to satisfy every heart longing for genuine spirituality
Taboric Light Seminary offers courses that go far afield from mere academic study. Our goal here isn’t to heap upon the person empty accolades, nor to reward pieces of paper that give one a false sense of accomplishment. What do we offer in this seminary? Nothing less than the end of ourselves, and the treasures of His presence as we launch out into the deep, and find that Kingdom of God within.
What we offer in these courses is something that is not for the swelling of heads, but the deepening of the heart, nothing less than divine realization in Oneness.
Our online courses present two different branches of a Christian mysticism that the author, Leon Bahrman, has himself developed and practiced after years of in depth study across multiple fields of theology, philosophy and mysticism:
1. Self Reflexive Awareness– an apophatic approach (path of negation) centering on a meditative (or contemplative) practice where our assumptions of reality, e.g., perceptions, concepts, identifications and ideals, are challenged, particularly the false ego-self being dismantled as we realize pure awareness.
The path of negation is similar to a sculptor chipping away at a block of wood, until the hidden divine Image is revealed.
2. Ma’aseh Bereshit– a kataphatic approach (path of affirmation) modeled on the first chapter of Genesis, where in a very interpersonal encounter with Christ, one is brought to the realization of Oneness through working with visionary and other mystical experiences in the heart, utilizing Hebrew letter mysticism, creating divine energy whereby a dialectical dynamic invokes transformation.
The choice between the two courses will be given the student, as one approach may not be suitable for all. Or, if the student wished to take both courses (at a special discount rate), they may practice both methods concurrently, as the author himself has done, as such a dialectical approach is beneficial for an expansive transcendence of consciousness.
Our mysticism is within the context of an orthodox Christianity. While it may seem out of place to mention an adherence to orthodoxy in a mystical school that seeks non-duality, it is important in that what poses for non-duality out there in the West tends toward monism where there’s no place for distinction.
This creates problems: first of all theologically, as it renders Christ and His saving work on the cross as a relative ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ truth; second of all psychologically, for folk who seek awakening or enlightenment, because they’re pursuing a non-dual awareness while living duality in contradiction to their beliefs, creating inner conflict and confusion. It’s as if they’re forced to lie to themselves concerning the phenomenon witnessed in consciousness, as they try to impose a monistic conceptualization on what their mind insists as undeniable.
Trinitarian non-duality on the other hand, rather than being a delusional dogmatism, is actually the answer toward what would otherwise be a monistic mysticism. We thus realize Oneness within the context of relationship, even as it is within the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And we find that it is toward this very Oneness, shared between the Father and the Son, that Christ prayed for us to have (John 17:21-23; cp. 2Pet 1:4).
The Incarnation, too, is the very key to seeing Jesus the God-man as our prime example and template for our own realization. Not that Jesus, as a man, attained unto Godhood (as is often portrayed in New Age), but rather, it was God Who for our sake, Himself became a man in order to take us up to where we in turn can thus become God. And this is the very view of the Incarnation held by the earliest of the Church Fathers.
Prerequisites for taking any of our courses:
* One must have a belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and be an adherent of orthodox Christian teachings. One may thus refer to my own Statement of Faith for any questions. This does not mean that the student has to agree with everything believed on by me, but one cannot differ concerning God as Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, and the finished work of Christ on the cross. As to disagreements in the minors there is room for difference.
* If you are taking medications that may affect you psychologically or physically, or have health problems that would be a hindrance to sitting for longer lengths of time (up to an hour or more) in meditation, or inhibit deep breathing, your participation in these courses is discouraged.
* If you have issues with diagnosed depression, anxiety or other ‘manic’ type of disorders, be sure that you’re cleared by a medical professional for meditation. Though meditation in general, and mindfulness techniques in particular (which would include what is practiced in our seminary) are shown in the most up-to-date research as beneficial toward a healthier psychological well-being.
* Have an understanding that the mystical path, whether these courses or some other related path, is a lifelong commitment, not something to be entered upon lightly- just to ‘try it out’. One must have the approach and attitude of going ‘all in’ for these courses to be of benefit. If this interest on your part is at all just a fancy, or a romanticized but surface endeavor, please save your money and my time, as these courses will be of little benefit to you.
* Understand also that this Quest is very serious, asking from yourself nothing short of all your heart, mind, soul and strength- not to me, of course, not to this ministry either, but to the Lord Jesus Christ- and in a mystical sense, you must thus be willing to ‘lose your soul’ in order to gain back your true self. In embarking on this path, you must come to know God in Oneness, this is to bring a direct end to our illusory self as separate. One must therefore count the cost in their desire to realize divine Oneness.
* While holiness and morality are highly personal, it is encouraged that one discover the grace of God in personal sanctification and transformation. We are dealing with a Holy God, and are using Holy names, and methods in our mystical approaches, and so are to take this seriously. But not by way of trying to appease God through the law or works, but in accepting His grace in already saving, forgiving, and in sanctifying us.
Optional but encouraged prerequisites
* It is encouraged that you’re a part of a greater spiritual community like a church, where you’ll be grounded in spirituality and Christian doctrine.
* It is encouraged that one be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. This is not at all intended as a divisive doctrinal issue, and disagreement would not exclude participation in these courses. While this is not the place to convince one of this teaching, having this relationship with the Holy Spirit strengthens one’s own spirit, and helps prepare them to undergo deeper mystical practices such as are covered in these courses.
* A willingness to learn the Hebrew alphabet, if not the basics of the language. This is especially important if one chooses to practice Ma’aseh Bereshit, where knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet will be instrumental. Learning can happen ‘on the fly’ as you go through the course, so what is asked for is simply a ‘willingness’- or an awareness that Hebrew linguistics will be a factor in this course.
If any wish for me to personally pray with them, or explain the baptism of the Holy Spirit evidenced by tongues as a prayer language, feel free to email me.
What to expect once you’ve registered
You will be sent a link via email leading to a more detailed page introducing you to the course or courses that you’ve selected. There are other more general themes that will be introduced that will be true of either path. These will be instructional in nature followed by actionable items that will be helpful as you embark on your mystical journey.
My assistance and role in these online self-paced courses
All materials in these two courses have been written by me, and each path is practiced by me. So while these online courses are self-paced and self-motivated, you’ll not have to go it alone.
I’ll be available to help and assist you in this journey. This may be either by email, phone call, or possibly video or Skype chat in the future. Any questions, quandaries, or obstacles in your practice can be brought to my attention, and we’ll work with them together. If you’ve signed up and paid for these courses, this assistance will be my commitment to you on an ongoing basis within reason, meaning that being self-paced and self-motivated, you go at your own speed. And while I’ll check in on a weekly basis, I will always be responsive for any help that you may need, including social media- as you reach out for assistance or motivation.
As I’m the only teacher of these courses, I can only answer on a first-come-first-serve basis, and so patience on your part is greatly appreciated.
It is my honor to present to you these courses, and to offer my assistance as needed during your journey.
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