Ina Cüsters -van Bergen (Roermond, *1957) is a Dutch Magistra, Mystic, Reiki Master and international author. She is the founder and director of studies of the first internationally recognized school for applied hermetics in the Netherlands: the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight.
The Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight has a direct initiation lineage to Theodor Moriarty, Dion Fortune, Ernest Butler and Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki.
Ina Cüsters -van Bergen uses 'Unifying the Two Lands' as her magical motto. This ancient Egyptian motto was used by the ancient Pharaos to connect upper and lower Egypt. Ina Cüsters van Bergen choose this maxim as her motto because it summarizes the work of the Magister: connecting the spiritual and material realities.
Ina Cüsters van Bergen started her spiritual development at an early age. At the age of seventeen she started practicing yoga and zen buddhism, she worked with the material of Fritz Perls, Eva Pierrakos and practiced the bio-energetics of Alexander Lowen. During her search she visited a range of eastern and western traditions, until she got to know the work of Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki of the Servants of the Light School of Occult Science (SOL). After having registered for the study programme she developed into supervisor and later to European coordinator.
The foundation of the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight
The Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight was grounded by Ina Cüsters van Bergen in November 2003. At that moment - when she finished her study - she was authorized by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki to found a European daughterschool in the Hermetic Mysterytradition; the Temple of Starlight.
Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki tells about this:
"Ina Cüsters -van Bergen knows exactly what she is talking about. She has been fully trainied in the Sacred Science (Magic) and finished the complete curriculum. She has worked with others and knows how to avoid the pitfalls that are waiting for the light-hearted. The Sacred Science is a demanding study, she asks time, effort, dedication, and patience"
From 2005 the Temple of Starlight started the process of becoming independent of the motherschool Servants of the Light and became a fully independent school in 2007 with Ina Cüsters van Bergen as the director of studies: the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight. This was the foundation of a school in direct lineage with the GD, the famous English magical order, that produced world-famous magicians and mystics. The Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight is in the first school for practical Hermetics in the lineage of Dion Fortune, founded in the Netherlands, and this makes her unique.
The school is internationally recognized by influential members of the Hermetic community, one of them is Gareth Knight, the keeper of records of the Fraternity of the Inner Light, who is the editor of the legacy of Dion Fortune:
"Now, in a further turn of the spiral path, I have the pleasure of witnessing the work of Ina Cüsters van Bergen, which develops linearly from all that has gone before. She presents for the twenty-first century the age-old principles of the Western spiritual tradition […]. May her work prove a guide to your aspiration and a lantern to your feet."
The Temple of High Magic (De weg naar de oude mysteriën)
In 2007 Ina Cüsters -van Bergen debutes as author and specialist of the tradition with 'De weg naar de oude mysteriën' ('The Temple of High Magic'). The book is a sound introduction and a survey of the Hermetic Mysterytradition. At the same time it is a practical workbook. The book is received with positive reviews by the international colleagues, in inter alia the 'Inner Light Magazine', the quarterly magazine of the Society of the Inner Light. In 2010 the translation 'The Temple of High Magic' is published in the United States.
The Mystery of the Sea (Het Mysterie van de Zee)
In 2014 Ina publishes her teaching novel, a story about a process of spiritual awakening and all the challenges and insecurities this process entails. In the dialogue between the main character - Jason Adams - and the spiritual teacher - Melusine Lefay - the practical implications of the Hermetic Philosophy are explained. The Mystery of the Sea is a late-night-page-turner that is already compared to Paulo Coelho and Dan Brown.
Speaker and Trainer
Momentarily Ina Cüsters van Bergen works fulltime for the spiritual community. She publishes in in spiritual magazines, lectures, leads training courses and gives workshops and Temple Retreats in different countries. She uses techniques like mystery drama, pathworking, mantra, working with thoughtforms, energy-exercises, vibration-exercises, healing and auto-hypnotic techniques, and combines them with modern techniques like NLP, family constellations, hypnotherapy and regressiontherapy.
Ina Custers van Bergen advocates the professionalizing of Hermetic schools and orders that practice the Hermetic Mysterytradition. To this end she raised in 2012 Axis Mundi Academy. Also she is strongly committed to formulate qualitity standards in Hermetic education and the development of training materials, in order for the almost forgotten Mysterytradition to become accessible for the modern western society.
1 David V. Barrett, Secret Religions, 2011, pp. 238 - 239.
2 Gareth Knight, History of White Magic, 2011, p. 158.
4 http://www.templeofstarlight.eu/content/ina -cüsters-van-bergen-magistra-and-director-studies
5 http://www.templeofstarlight.eu/sites/default/files/06. Interview with Ina Cüsters -van Bergen en_0.pdf
6 http://web.archive.org/web/20041213094043/http://servantsofthelight.org/aboutSOL/lodges.html#daughter; http://web.archive.org/web/20090118223651/http://servantsofthelight.org/aboutSOL/lodges.html
7 Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Inleiding, in: Ina Cüsters -Van Bergen, De weg naar de oude mysteriën, 2007, pp. 15
8 David V. Barrett, Secret Religions, 2011, p. 238.
9 Ellic Howe, Magicians of the GD. A Documentary History of a Magical Order, 1887 - 1923, 1978.
10 Gareth Knight, Foreword, in: Ina Cüsters -van Bergen, The Temple of High Magic, 2010, pp. xi-xii.
11 Review: The Temple of High Magic. Initiations in the Western Mystery Tradition by Ina Custers van Bergen, in: Inner Light Magazine 03/2010.
12 Paravisie februari 2011 Ina geeft les in hoge magie - Ik wil de zwarte band onder de spirituele scholen zijn blz 59-61
13 Ina geeft les in hoge magie - Ik wil de zwarte band onder de spirituele scholen zijn. Interview met Ina Cüsters -van Bergen, in: Paravisie 02/2011, pp. 59 - 61.
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