Magic, Martial Arts, & Masonry: With Martin Faulks

Martin Faulks is the author of Becoming A Ninja Warrior, Black Soul Mirror, and Adepthood: Success On All Levels, among other books, as well as a meditation master and a practitioner of both martial arts and Franz Bardon’s system of Hermeticism. He is also the managing director of Lewis-Masonic, the world’s oldest Masonic book publisher.

Martin studied with the Yamabushi monks in the mountains of Japan, as well as with other teachers, and with other schools of spiritual and martial development.

In this interview, he discusses:

  • The practice of meditation and the development of the powers of the mind.
  • What’s required of a genuine spiritual teacher.
  • The four elements in initiation and martial arts.
  • Training with the Yamabushi monks (and what’s required of an authentic student).
  • The origins of Franz Bardon’s system of Hermetic self-development.

You can find out more about Martin at his website, here.

Three Ancient Greek Texts for the Warrior-Philosopher

Within the vast surviving body of ancient Greek texts, the philosopher-warrior can find a wealth of knowledge on the art of war and self-initiation through philosophy. Since the Greeks are not known to have written manuals or how-to books, but intentionally veiled their secrets and truths across multiple texts, I have carefully selected three that when put together meaningfully contribute towards both the warrior and the philosophical path. In approaching this vast topic, I categorized the material not in a chronological, but in a dramatic order. This order also follows the Platonic thought of the three parts of the human soul (appetite, spirit and reason), with the aim to cultivate the corresponding virtues (temperance, courage, and wisdom) and for the mutual harmony between soul and body. Continue reading “Three Ancient Greek Texts for the Warrior-Philosopher”

Self-Actualization Through Hierarchy: Risks and Rewards

I find myself caught between the tension of rejecting top-down societal constraints imposed by an old, privileged classes bent on control and the desire to preserve ancient principles grown up out of cultural traditions that have a long track record for developing notable individual achievement.

Hierarchy and regimentation is not something I’m a big fan of in most cases. In fact, playing by the rules and being obedient are concepts I have spent my entire life rebelling against. The thought of bowing down to an authority figure gives me the creeps. Nowhere do I feel more strongly about this dynamic of human interaction more so then in the realm of politics. The very notion of an individual or small group of powerful elites enacting a monolithic standard of ethics and moral law is the epitome of unnatural subversion against free people. It truly makes my stomach churn. These abusive and liberty corroding control systems play out in any number of other social arenas such as can be found in education, law enforcement, workplaces and within the family unit. Continue reading “Self-Actualization Through Hierarchy: Risks and Rewards”