by Moreh

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions and their answers, for those who whish to know more about the Foundation.

What is the aim of the Inner Garden Foundation?

  • In a nutshell: the practice of the Art of both external and internal alchemy. This is such an intricate Art, that it is difficult and very time consuming to explore it completely on your own.
  • Although much will come as a personal revelation, the exchange with likeminded souls has proven beneficial in many brotherhoods and monasteries around the world.
  • Some experience may be exchanged in classes or online meetings, some as real life workshops and ritual/initiations, and some stuff lends itself well for notes, research papers, or written lessons.

Why a Foundation?

  • A nonprofit Foundation exists as a legal entity in its own right and separately from its founder(s). Incorporation puts the nonprofit's mission and structure above the personal interests of individuals associated with it. This is the key to continuity. When personal interests are transcended, this is the basis for a durable organization.
  • There is also the advantage of a nonprofit organization as a sturcture within income may be generated for example by publishing books or to solicit (charitable) donations from the public or its Partners.
  • By Dutch law a Foundation does not need to serve a purpose of general interest or public charity, and no government authority is involved in the creation or authorization of a Foundation. That way the Foundation can be set up for the benefit of its Partners and associated researchers now, and those that may be involved in the future, without the requirement to release things to the public domain.

What is so important about continuity?

  • It is very important with regard to the Art of Alchemy, because the Art is so intricate and deep, that it takes many years to penetrate even the smallest secrets of the Art.
  • Many groups in the past have split off and the knowledge became lost or fragmented. So many alchemists took their most valuable secrets to the grave. A deepening knowledge only comes after years and years of study. Some comes as a personal revelation, a lot is just trial and error and lends itself perfectly for sharing within a brotherhood.

What does the name Inner Garden refer to?

  • It is an hieroglyph of the Hermetic Monastry between which walls the members of the group share their experiments and wisdom.
  • It is also a symbol of the Inner Sanctum, the Tabernacle, the Inner Temple, the Open Entrance to the, Closed Palace of the King - its geometry reflecting the Tree of Life.
  • We'll add a quote from Fuclanelli:” the physicochemical nature of the fruit of the garden of Hesperia, fruit whose late maturity can only rejoice the sage in his old age, at the sunset of a laborious and painful career. Each piece of fruit is the result of a progressive condensation of the solar fire by the secret fire, a word incarnate, a celestial spirit embodied in all things of this world. And the assembled and concentrated rays of this double fire color and animate a pure, diaphanous, clarified, regenerated body of brilliant brightness and admirable virtue.”

Why is Inner Garden also referred to as a brotherhood?

  • The group operates in a framework and in accordance with values of traditional hermetic brotherhoods: it is based on friendship, a Code of Honour (like an ethical or chivalric code) combined with a code of secrecy. It should be noted that the term brotherhood does not mean women are excluded. Women are equaly welcome.
  • There are things that can be learned and experienced in a brotherhood that can not be learned through books or the internet.
  • In accordance with alchemical tradition, every member is encouraged to train at least one student, who could one day be his or her successor and pass on the Lamp of Hidden Wisdom.
  • In accordance to traditional hermetic brotherhoods, any Partner of the Foundation may prove his or her skills by going through a series of grades and thereby access more and more knowledge.

What is the use of a code of secrecy?

  • Knowledge in the wrong hands can be detrimental for one's fellow men. Knowledge with regard to transmutative and rejuvenating agents could potentially destabilize society, or endanger the safety of the practitioner.
  • It is difficult to protect this knowledge in any modern way. Copyright does not apply to traditional knowledge. Any reinterpretation or revelation of traditional knowledge in the form of ideas or processes is also difficult to protect. At best, some writings of the Foundation can be protected by modern day copyright or even patent if one would be willing to go through the hassle.
  • Therefore the Foundation relies on the age-old tradition of a Code of Honour, that is requested of anyone that wants to be part of the knowledge exchange within the Foundation.

What kind of members are there?

  • There is a distinction between people that are not yet a member (Candidate Partners), and people who are a full member (Partners)
  • The combined body of Partners govern the Foundation. Every year a meeting is held to decide upon the direction of the Foundation, its aims, and how to spend its funds.
  • The legal Board consists of a number of Partners in charge of administrative matters. Consultation of Partners is idealy a part of the decision making proces.
  • The structure of governance resembles a benevolent oligarchy by form, and a meritocracy by ideology. According to this ideology the Board holds a function as a steering committee and is authorized to take decisions, but the Board tries to activate and include Partners of the Foundation that can contribute relevant knowledge and perspectives on the basis of merit.

What is the difference between a Candidate Partner and a Partner?

  • The distinction between Donators / Candidate Partners and (Full) Partners is that Candidate Partners have limited access to the group's knowledge base, primarily through their Proctor.
  • The Candidate Partners and donators are outside the courtyard/tabernacle, but may receive training or talk part in some research projects. For Candidate Partners a charitable contributions are welcomed, in exchange for the training or knowledge, but it is not a requirement.
  • There is no fixed rule as to what a Candidate Partners can or can not do within the Frame of Inner Garden. Candidate Partners are encouraged to contribute in any way they want to the group.
  • Partners are selected and invited by the Board on the basis of their value for the Group in terms of alchemical knowledge/practice in the broadest sense (inner work, labwork, wisdom).

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