An Open Letter from Highden Temple

Published to Facebook around December 2022, and subsequently deleted.

None of the statements below have been confirmed or validated by 3SC.

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Highden is a Mystery School for soul Initiation- what it is to embody Soul in community and in connection with the earth and cosmos. These schools existed in ancient cultures and we are beginning to see the re-emergence of these temples that work directly with the mysteries of the earth, body, consciousness and cosmos.  Highden was established by Bruce Lyon for this reason- a place where people could come to unfold something precious within that lives behind the outer form.

The first cycle of Highden of three and a half years saw Bruce Lyon as the main teacher who initiated the anchoring of the school and its unique contribution to the collective journey of soul evolution.  The first cycle held a level of intensity that is both inherent in soul initiatory work and also the transmission of Bruce himself which many attended the trainings to receive.

What was not in place during the first cycle was a certain level of aftercare and support for those who had powerful experiences and in some cases struggled to integrate.  We also acknowledge that we did not yet have the infrastructure in place to assist in integration after the training or to fully support the personal self with any historic trauma that was triggered  during the training

Over the past two years, Highden has changed significantly with the adoption of a new teaching team (including international guest teachers) and a greater focus on care and support both during the training and after.

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OUR CURRENT AFTERCARE SUPPORT

Highden has created a triad to support graduates of The Temple Training, specifically to open a space to receive complaints/testimonials/requests for support from anyone that has undertaken a Temple Training in Highden, Samothraki or Nikkila.

All information shared is completely confidential between the individual and the triad unless specific instruction is given to share information with those in leadership positions within the Temple Trainings.

The triad is composed of TTT graduates with professional backgrounds.

Highden offers third-party mediation in cases where someone might not feel safe connecting with our in-house triad.

We also offer participants one on one integration calls post-training and monthly zoom circles to connect back in and share.  We have a feedback form that participants are sent post-training with the opportunity to remain anonymous in response.

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TRAUMA- INFORMED

Our current teaching team at Highden includes those with professional trauma training and backgrounds in working with trauma (Social Work/ Psychology).  Our teaching team are also engaging in external professional development trainings to support a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma and somatic awareness.

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SEXUALITY AT HIGHDEN

We wish to share a little about our six-week Temple Training hosted here to clarify some of the questions about its content, in particular related to sexuality.

The program content underpinning The Temple Training is wide-ranging from astrology, cosmology, new economics, shamanic experience, mythopoetics and much more.  We explore the full spectrum of what it is to be an awake soul having a human experience.

Each day of the week is dedicated to its corresponding planet and so the content of the teaching derives from this;

Monday Moon: Earth, Body, Land.

​Tuesday Mars: Conflict, Eros, Power, Passion.

​Wednesday Mercury: Consciousness, Meditation, Study.

​Thursday Jupiter: Love, Community, Heart

Friday Venus: Creativity, Theatre, Abstract mind

On the question of sexuality within the program, we dedicate Tuesday afternoon/evening to the exploration of eros (which is not sex) in connection to the heart, body, mind and soul.

The inquiry here is how to listen and understand the intelligence of the energy of eros and dedicate it to the purpose of the soul for creativity, connection and transformation.

In relation to our protocols on sexuality within the program, our teaching team do not engage sexually with participants (current policy since November 2021) and we advise participants to also be conscious around sexuality with each other as this can sometimes be a distraction from their initiation process.

While sexuality is not excluded it is certainly not the focus, Highden is a place where sexuality (and particularly eros) is viewed as one of the many sacred aspects of what it is to be an integrated human dedicated to Soul.

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OUR RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT MEDIA AROUND HIGHDEN

We care deeply about the people who attend our trainings and are very willing to look at how we can improve what we do and to reduce any experience of harm.

Highden is not for everyone, we have an extensive interview process for all applicants and have essential pre-requisite requirements in place to attend.  While we recognise trauma may arise through the Initiation experience, we are not a therapeutic school and this is not our focus.

We have support in place if trauma does arise in some people and therapeutic practitioners to refer people to who are needing more than what is available in The Temple Training field who are both therapeutic and transformational space informed.

What we do offer is a space for initiation and deep transformation held within a community dedicated to this work.

We are unwilling to engage with groups who are activating a cancel culture against us which has so far involved harassment, defamation and unsubstantiated claims.

We are very willing to work with anyone who wants to support us to improve what we do and to contribute to Highden’s evolution as a living school dedicated to Soul and the coming times.

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