A modern day Mystery School providing the only magical and esoteric training to fully address emotional, mental and spiritual development, integrating the ancient spiritual wisdom of the West with the latest psychological techniques from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
The purpose of “Helios” is to create training in the Western Mysteries that truly enables students to create fulfilling and magical lives for themselves and those they love. To enable students to identify their purpose in life and to live that purpose as fully as possible. The vision of the founders of the Helios School of Esoteric Science is to create initiates who are worthy of that term. Who truly bless the Earth upon which they walk and who carry the Torch of the Mysteries on to the next generation of spiritual seekers.
The Helios School was originally founded as The Academy of the Opened Ways in 2009 by Andy Cooper and a small group of fellow initiates from the Servants of the Light School of Occult Science (SOL). Andy had first conceived the idea of creating a new daughter school of the SOL in 1998 during a conversation with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, the Director of Studies of the SOL. He felt that the ancient teaching needed a new, modern and refreshing method of presentation, incorporating everything that is good from the traditional ways plus new approaches from the personal development and corporate learning worlds.
It was to be another ten years of study, research and hard work before the school finally started to take shape. During this time Andy Completed his Ph.D in Esoteric Studies with the American Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. His research was into creating a new training in the Western Mystery tradition based on using the NLP behavioural modelling techniques developed by Robert Dilts to model famous, currently living practising magicians and to elicit the values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that enable them to be effective magicians. Having done this, Andy created a training programming using key concepts from NLP and hypnosis to install these values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours into his students. This is the core research that informed the design of the current helios First Degree Training.
In mid 2008 the Academy of the Opened Ways was created with the blessings of Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, the Head of the Servants of the Light school and it received a charter signed by Dolores formally acknowledging the Academy of the Opened ways as a daughter school of the Servants of the Light. The First Degree Training was launched in early 2009. Between 2009 and 2012 we incorporated all of the feedback from the initial group of students, restructured and expanded the original training, added in the core Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) personal development content and re-launched it for a wider audience. In acknowledgement of the restructured and redesigned training and with promptings from the inner plane contacts of the school, we renamed The Academy of the Opened Ways the Helios School of Esoteric Science.
Helios was the original name of the mail order esoteric book service that first launched the “Helios Course” in the early 1960’s. The Helios Course soon outgrew its roots in the Helios book service and evolved into the Servants of the Light School of Occult Science (SOL) in 1974. So by taking the Helios name (with the blessings of both the original founders of the Helios Book Service and the SOL) we are implicitly acknowledging (and honouring) our origins in the early 1960’s through the pioneering work done by Gareth Knight and Ernest Butler, the original authors of the Helios Course.
At Helios we are always incorporating feedback from students in our training content. Hence in 2015 we decided it was time to refresh and restructure the training content and make it available to a wider audience through a much improved delivery infrastructure. Web technology has moved on considerably since the first Helios website was launched in 2012, and we are now able to offer the suite of Helios training through a web-based learning management system, creating a significantly enhanced learning experience. More details can be found on our training pages.
We retain the “Opened Ways” name and original logo that you can see here for the inner order of the school which students are admitted to upon completion of the Second Degree training and receiving initiation into the Second Degree of the school.