Learning Dedicated to Life
Educating Mind, Body,
Heart, and Soul
individual Spirit and uplifts all of Humanity.
GAIA Learning Center
Educational Branch of
Temple of the Goddess
"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what
makes you come
alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Rev. Howard Thurman
the under pinnings of all great religious teachings there is a consistent
imperative to seek enlightenment, knowledge or gnosis. This imperative of
becoming enlightened or a knower is expressed in many languages by many
religions and the individuals who achieve this state of being are “knowers.”
Pagans and Christians call these individuals Gnostikoi; to the Muslim
they are revered Arifs, the Hindu acknowledge the wise Gnanis,
and Buddhist emulate the beloved Buddhas. (Timothy Freke, Jesus
and the Lost Goddess)
Too often this
imperative of seeking knowledge has been tainted and polluted with the idea
of “seeking the truth” which inherently implies one way, one thought, one
belief with each religion believing they have a unique claim on the truth.
This path has led to the slaughter of millions of people in the name of god
demands that each individual seek their own path of knowledge, discover
their own truth, become their own
spiritual authority. These autonomous
seekers are generally free spirits who question everything and accept
nothing until they have discovered it within their own hearts and
consciousness. They have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and
enlightenment. Pagans are not generally dictated by culture or tradition
but seek out the commonalities which lie at the foundation of all. They
believe at the core of these commonalities lies the heart of oneness.
This idea of oneness
is the philosophy of Immanence which is the belief that the world and
everything in it is alive; that the Creative Life Force that courses through
us also exists in everyone and everything. The Earth is a living
being, an organism made of an intricate WebWork comprising oceans, air, animals,
rocks, and plants-all dependent on one another. This is also true of the
Moon, whose lunar pull controls the ebb and flow of tides on Earth. It
applies as well to the Sun, Stars and Planets informing us of the
interconnectedness of the entire Universe.
Rooted in the
philosophy of Immanence is the respect for the uniqueness of each strand
that comprises the “WebWork of the Universe.” This respect translates to
each individual and their unique expression of the Divine, as well as the
unique path of each person. The unique expression of each individual
grounded in a philosophy of respectful connectedness is the framework of
learning at the GAIA Learning Center.
It is our goal to
provide for each student an opportunity to explore and develop their
greatest creative and spiritual potential. The integrative perspective
provides an all-inclusive education for the body, mind, heart and soul. Our
goal is to address the totality of each person and the context of their
lives: relationship to self, others and the Divine; work; personal
expression; service; and community.
The emphasis on
self-awareness, personal responsibility and spiritual autonomy requires that
each person discover, experience and seek out the truth for themselves.
This challenge of self-realization empowers the individual to go beyond any
limits previously known. The educational experience at GAIA Learning Center
will provide new teachings that are a catalyst for change, especially in the
realm of religious and spiritual thought.
We believe each
person has a special destiny to find and we offer the tools to help them
find their unique expression of the Divine and to recognize and define their
personal call as a Priestess and Priest. Our students are eligible for
ordination after successfully completing all ministerial requirements.
If you would like to
explore teaching opportunities at the GAIA Learning Center, please contact
us at GAIA@TempleoftheGoddess.org.