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Dear Community,

Last week we explored the mysterious Philosopher’s Stone and JOY from the teachings of the Hierophant of the Modern Mystery School, Founder Gudni Gudnason! (If you had any challenges with the video link, we have it for you again below.)

But as we dug deeper, we discovered the theme of JOY rang true amongst many great spiritual leaders! Two of the greatest spiritual leaders of the planet (& Nobel Peace Prize Laureates), focus their teachings on JOY. We have more to share from these two sages, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

And since we were on this topic, we couldn’t resist and have some thoughts to share with you from Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon weaving JOY… and money!

Your weekly Chi-Do booster is available tonight, live on Zoom.

May you find the JOY within!

Modern Mystery School UK & EU Team


On Joy by Noble Peace Prize Laureates


When I was 19, having been disillusioned by religion as well as New Age spiritual practitioners, I found myself drawn to an event at the City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa (that’s right… the bottom end of the African continent). It was a conversation between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I couldn’t explain why I had to be there, other than I was pulled there.

I was expecting a pretty serious event, after all it was an imposing, austere stage with a grand organ dominating the backdrop. I settled into my seat waiting, for what? – some serious conversation about religion?

[Enter left of stage] His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu as if ‘sneaking’ onto the stage, giggling like two naughty, little boys teasing each other. In fact, throughout the entire discussion (?), of which I remember zilch, the fits of naughty schoolboy giggles is about all I remember.

Again and again, these two wonderful men appear together, giggling. It is no wonder they co-authored a book together on JOY. You may want to check out The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

To quote from the synopsis of the book: 

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships–or, as they would say, because of them–they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? … these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.

In the seven ancient mystery schools, JOY is the goal of all teachings. It is makes sense that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the head of the (hidden) Tibetan Mystery School, talks about JOY.

Talking about JOY is definitely one of the most intangible discussions I’ve attempted to have with people, and yet this is THE leading discussion of spiritual greats.

I also often feel as if people are rolling their eyes at me when I mention JOY, because of the negative experiences or traumas they have experienced or are going through. Or, they have glazed eyes interested keenly on how to increase their bank balance. The topic of JOY seems so far out of reach, or simply, irrelevant. But here it is – two men who have been through violence and oppression – two contemporary heroes showing us: we TOO can overcome ANYTHING.

Below is one of my favourite transcripts of a video between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The link that follows shares a video of their teachings about JOY.

You truly can overcome anything. This is our unique gift as humans. Don’t let anything steal your JOY for life, you have the ability to alchemically shift anything, sometimes with just a decision but always over time with tools and dedication.

— Julia Tiffin, Modern Mystery School Specialty Teacher


“[His Holiness the Dalai Lama]: Everybody seeks happiness, joyfulness, BUT FROM OUTSIDE, from money, from power, from material, from big car, from big house. The ultimate source of happiness is from within ourselves: love, kindness, not machine, not technology, not money, not power.

[Archbishop Desmond Tutu]: We find a DEEP, DEEP dissatisfaction in out and out materialism because we are made for something greater than this. We are meant for the INFINITE.”


Watch the full YouTube video


JOY & Success: A Perspective from Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon


What is true success?

Is it the balance in your bank account, the happiness in your home, or perhaps something more profound?

In this 4-minute interview featuring Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon, member of the Third Order, we would like to uncover the answer for you. And maybe, deep down, you’ve known this all along.

In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of success is often tied to material wealth. Many believe that financial abundance is the ultimate marker of a successful life. However, as Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon eloquently points out, “the first place someone would want to start is to be successful within themselves.”

Ask yourself for a moment: what is the most valuable thing in life? According to Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon, it’s Joy. “Joy surpasses everything.”

We often think we need money to buy Joy. Yet, money cannot purchase happiness, and it certainly can’t buy Joy. Joy is the result of living in alignment with your true feelings about the world. When your internal beliefs and your external expression of those beliefs are in harmony, you achieve inner peace and a state of Joy. This Joy has the potential to expand as you deepen your understanding and recognition of yourself, as God.

Money, while useful in expressing our internal beliefs externally, is ultimately an illusion. And the quest for Joy doesn’t start with accumulating wealth; it begins within. By focusing on our inner selves, aligning our hearts and minds, we lay the foundation for true Joy.

Now, what is incredible is that you have the special opportunity to actually attend a class that has distilled teachings about JOY! Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave, himself, will drill down the essence of this topic, and you will have the steps to weave JOY into your life. Learn more about this class happening in March!

— Caroline Latour
, Ritual Master Apprentice

Full YouTube video: What is true success?


Joy and The Philosopher’s Stone


Did you have trouble with the link for the uber cool video about The Philosopher’s Stone and JOY last week with Founder Gudni Gudnason?

We have it for you again in case you missed it!

Enjoy our bumper week on JOY!

Full YouTube video: The Philosopher’s Stone


Are You Ready to Claim Your Success?


Discover the Art of True Success with the Hermetic Joy Class!

Join us for an enlightening journey with Sovereign Ipsissimus Dave Lanyon, who will guide you through the profound teachings of Hermetic Joy. This unique class delves into ancient wisdom to reveal the secrets behind lasting happiness and success. Whether you’re seeking personal growth or deeper spiritual understanding, this class offers transformative insights that will elevate your perspective on Joy and how it influences every aspect of your life.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock your Joy within. Reserve your spot now for a life-changing experience!

I want in on The Joy Class

March London International Programs

Here is the calendar for our next international programs with some amazing classes on offer to bring you more magick and inspiration into your life!

Dragon Magick (Haven’t you always wanted to know about Dragons? Open to Certified Life Activation Practitioners) 14 March 2024

Hermetic Joy Class (This time only: Open to those who have done Empower Thyself!) 15 March 2024

Healers Academy (Open to those who have done Empower Thyself) 16-20 March 2024


Full March Program Calendar



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