Today a yearning for living naturally is on the increase. This craving for a strong, peaceful and healthy Nature is an inevitable symptom of the present age and the counterbalance to the inorganic civilisation we erroneously describe as culture. This civilisation is the creation of humanity, who high-handedly and without consideration for the true workings of Nature, has created a world devoid of meaning and foundation. Now she threatens to destroy him, for through his behaviour and his activities he, who should be her master, has disturbed Nature's inherent unity.
Viktor Schauberger, 1933
Antiquatis Institute is dedicated to assisting people develop their spiritual aspect of life, to become more ethical and to learn to live in rapport with natural processes. There are many paths to the spirit, and the Institute does not dictate any specific path—our belief is that ANY path that helps a person connect or reconnect to the spiritual and ethical side of life is a good thing.
We do, however, make use of some tools to provide a common basis of communication in different disciplines, which include studies of fitness and health (for the body), basic psychology (for the mind) and philosophy (for the spirit). In order to address the interrelationships between these systems, a system of theory that was developed by Dewey B. Larson in the 1950s is used; it is called the Reciprocal System of theory (RS) and describes the physical and biological universe as a reciprocal relationship between space (yang) and time (yin), being a modern, scientific interpretation of the ancient Taoist concept of yin-yang. With our technical and industrial society, the ability to attach concepts and equations to yin-yang philosophies has proved very useful in creating a simpler way to understand the different expressions of the Universe.
The eventual goal of the Institute is to create a self sufficient, monastic community where people can live and work together, where the primary goal is to find out what man can achieve when he brings the body, mind, soul and spirit together in rapport, and report those findings back to the world at large, through books, multimedia, lectures and instructional courses. Sort of a “hands on” approach to consciousness, where you learn by doing, rather than just talking or listening.
As Bertrand Russell said, “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” I'm not saying that it is wrong to want or need “possessions,” but it does not have to be the sole, driving motivation of a person's life. I think washing machines are great. They allow me to spend more time in my spiritual studies and assisting others, and less time scrubbing socks. (And I've lived a good part of my life without many of the modern conveniences, so I know just how much more effort it takes to get simple things done.)
In 1973, I saw a musical called, Lost Horizon, that was based on the book written in 1933 by James Hilton. It showed a small, utopian community, hidden away in the Himalayas, where the only law was “be kind to one another.” The society was based on just two, simple principles: compassion and moderation. I really liked that idea, and that film has been a guiding influence on my entire life. Although mankind may not be to the point where such a community could work on a global scale, there is certainly room for a small community based on such a philosophy—and that community is the goal of Antiquatis Institute, what we are calling the Kheb Monastery.
The Monastic section of Antiquatis is devoted to a "Virtual Monastery," an online resource where people can learn some of principles and techniques behind leading an ethical and spiritual lifestyle, as a process of self-discovery.