A Day in the Life at the Alexandrian Mystery Schools
Michael has told us that many working groups were formed during the Alexandrian mystery schools between approximately 350-100 BCE. At a Michael group session in 1997, Victoria asked if Michael could tell us more about what daily life was like in the schools. Here is what Michael had to say:
"Usually students lived together in small but adequate quarters, woke early and met in that ancient city's equivalent of today's coffee shop for a glass of wine, some bread and perhaps cheese, then met with their mentors, who were all practitioners of the arcane arts and sciences. Most of the mornings were spent studying with these masters in small classes of seven to 14 students. These students were mostly between the ages of 14 and 20 years. The students all studied the use of herbs in the healing arts; astrology, shamanic arts; ancient and modern spiritual paths; healing spells; hypnosis and, believe it or not, a way to treat several forms of mental illness through psychotherapy (remember this was not used again until late in the last century, and then imperfectly). Also remember that, in addition to a great library, Alexandria in that time was the home of a renowned university."
"There was a short break for lunch, then during the afternoons, the students studied at the university with mentors there, and were exposed to the usual curriculum of mathematics, languages, history, astronomy, and other sciences. All students were expected to be fluent in Greek and Latin, as well as two other languages. You have to remember that Ptolemy was a Macedonian Greek, and even though Alexandria was in Egypt, it was primarily a Greek cultural center. Classes went until dusk, when the students broke for dinner. Dinner was usually some soup, more bread and cheese, another glass of wine, and perhaps a small piece of meat."
"In the evening, they were encouraged to discuss the day's lessons with their mentors until almost midnight, when they were finally allowed to go to sleep. There was no leisure time as there is today. On school holidays, the students took part in games, which were athletic challenges, such as the discus throw, the javelin throw, jousting, wrestling, and sword play. Those who were studying the arcane arts and sciences were asked not to divulge any of what they had learned to their fellow students at the university, for even then, in that enlightened City, there were 'guardians of the faith', who would have branded as heretics anyone who did not pay homage to the currently favorite Gods and Goddesses."
"What went on in the individual classes was generally left up to the mentors. Students spent six years in this fashion, then became apprenticed to the masters, again in small groups of seven or fourteen, and there they spent the next ten years perfecting their art. Despite the hardships that these students endured, they loved their school, felt privileged to be there, and were dedicated to their craft."
"Training of Druids was just as arduous and just as long, so this introduction was of immense value to all of you who later became Druids. You had, quite simply, learned how to learn. This is something that all fragments must master before the end of the mature cycle. Younger souls learn how to pass examinations; mature and older souls learn how to learn. There is a very important distinction here that can be valuable to all of you.
© 1997, 1999 Sarah
Chambers and Victoria Marina-Tompkins
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