The Inner Council framework was developed alongside traditional therapeutic practices of psychoactive plant medicines in the support of participants’ preparation and long-term followup integration. We found that by training initiatory introspective skills, including intuitive reception, regressional meditation and subjective interpretation—the ceremonial connections were greatly enhanced. We then began to notice during the mentoring sessions that inner experiences were mirroring those that we would expect to achieve within ceremony. It appeared that for those participants that were ready to connect, the unconscious is ripe and ready for communication. As we continued to explore the psycho-analytical techniques and expand the framework with our participants we recognised that we were uncovering tools with a high potential to provide intuitive insights for serious exploration of both the personal and collective unconscious.
In understanding the journeys of hundreds of participants and guiding interpretations throughout life-changing processes, fundamental patterns and self-reflections contributed to a wider and more comprehensive understanding of the subjective soul journey of initiation and thus the creation of the Inner Council mystery school.
The Inner Council offers psychoanalytic techniques that are not only a form of therapy but instruments for self-understanding. That is to say an instrument for self-liberation, an instrument in the art of living. The fundamental aim of psychoanalysis is to know oneself, the better known we are to ourselves obviously the more proper are the decisions we make. The less we know ourselves the more confused must be the decisions we make.
Studies of many academics have been reviewed in order to give substance and definition to the practices and expectations given by the Inner Council, however the content has been developed in practice and has been repeatedly demonstrated in its efficiency of application. Where academic or scientific understanding can give a contemporary validity to these practices, they are by contrast understood by their simplicity simplex sigillum veri and rooted in the most developed belief systems of human understanding and interpretation.