WHY won't Marj Coffman, Pat
Murray, Susan Wetmore, Lynne Hoffman, Jane Murray
What Are They Hiding?
Ralph De Bit, known as Vitvan, was a little known but advanced spiritual teacher (1883-1964). In the 1950’s he moved his School of the Natural Order and community of students out to the beautiful wilds of Baker NV calling it Home Farm. He passed away in 1964, and despite the enthusiasm and good will of those who carried on, there has been an elusive but steady internal decline in leadership.
Over the period of 2010-2012, a number of devoted students left or distanced themselves from today's School of the Natural Order. These long time students believe that the years of self-appointed leadership at SNO has sadly declined into a personal tax exempt retirement village.
In 2011-2012 a Reform movement was started, and ISNO (the INNER School of the Natural Order) was incorporated to ensure the integrity of Vitvan’s body of works was preserved unadulterated and made freely available for download, and fully searchable for scholarly study. ISNO successfully created the free Online Vitvan Archive (www.vitvan-archive.com).
History demonstrates an inevitable part in the life of most organizations is that they decline after the Founder passes on; still, authentic students who simply tried to look the other way through this decline finally felt such betrayal they began to ask pointed questions. SNO refused to answer their questions and refused all requests for mediation.
What ISNO offers is a fellowship of elder students dedicated to carry the vision of Vitvan forward, to mentor new students who are serious about discovery and practice of the inner work.
The following is a summary of Vitvan’s principles:
1. You are an expression of the
Power-to-be-conscious (spark of the divine is in each)
5. You are to trust ONLY your own experience;
stated otherwise, listen to your Higher Self
The other side of the coin we offer for
1. recognition of the above essentials
3. A place where people will SHARE their
internal process and not pretend to be detached, “spiritual” “higher” but
rather accept themselves in the condition they now find themselves. Open
sharing of internal struggle is not a sign of weakness but of the strength
of one who has faith in the Process that is working on them, rather than
the idea that they are in charge thru their ego
6. A place where students show sincere intellectual curiosity about the manifold ways to explore the internal process in ourselves, being focused on
a. What brings about results,
b. What works, and not clinging to dogma or a limited set of “sacred” texts.
c. Being open to new information and discovery
7. A communal spirit of co-operation and sharing in the daily tasks each according to his ability
8. If the School expresses itself in the local community it will be in support of the above essential values and the historical movement that recognizes any and every individual’s Freedom, succinctly stated as the right to own and do as you wish with your personal vehicle this Body, and the right to think and express whatsoever you choose to cultivate in your Mind, within the framework of Do No Harm to Others.
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