An esoteric Christian stream you may have never heard of + A beautiful active meditation: Daniel Joseph and Aki Toshimitsu on AEWCH 223 talking about Daskalos and the Researchers of Truth!

23 May

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Here is a episode four in a series of on occult & esoteric christianity, an evolving tradition that offers vitalizing insight into how to move forward.

Across these episodes, I’ll be talking about various streams and fruits of occult & esoteric christianity, as well as some of its key figures. Rather than presenting the typically dogmatic, dominating, and totalizing christianity — which is always in danger of being seized by people, especially conservatives, with power — this series will present a different and truer form. Open, wounded, individuated, and powerless; a tradition that relates to other spiritual paths without seeking to control or diminish them.

The first in the series, AEWCH 220, featured Rev. Jonah Evans, and the second, AEWCH 221 featured Rev. Patrick Kennedy, the third, AEWCH 222, was a conversation about Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno) with spiritual researcher and writer David Lorimer.

While I’ve gone to a handful of Christian Community services and am relatively new to Peter Deunov’s work, this episode features a stream of esoteric christianity and a figure I am more familiar with,: Cypriot healer and esoteric teacher, Stylianos Atteshlis, better known as Daskalos. I studied with the group that carries out Daskalos’s work, The Researchers of Truth, and two of central figures in the group, Daniel Joseph and Aki Toshimistsu. Daniel was last on the show way back on AEWCH 67.

Daniel is the author of three books, including Swimming with the Whale: The Miracles, Wonders & Healings of Daskalos & The Researchers of Truth. Aki teaches meditation and guides people in Japan through Daskalos’s teachings. They both appear on the Researchers of Truth podcast, which hasn’t updated in awhile, but has a wealth of information and wisdom. They also hold events and seminars that you can find here.

In addition to a deep and loving conversation about the esoteric christianity of Daskalos and the Researchers of Truth, Aki offers a beautiful and active meditation at the end of the episode. Obviously, don’t be driving, and also be somewhere that you can encounter the meditation without interruption. It is rather intense and profound.


For more on Daskalos, you can read The Magus of Strovolos: The Extraordinary World of a Spiritual Healer, which provides an excellent introduction to Daskalos. Unfortunately, the follow up books by the author are, according to multiple witnesses and testimonials, mostly fabricated after the author had a break with Daskalos and the Researchers of Truth. So stick with the first book. You can also read Esoteric Teachings or other books by Daskalos, which are on the Stoa series website.

Daskalos said that his healing came from God, and that’s the same as people practicing in the Powwow or braucherei – the Pennsylvania Dutch healing tradition – including AEWCH 199 guest, Robert Phoenix. There’s quite a bit to learn about esoteric christianity and healing in that episode, as well!

If you’re interested in more from Daniel and Aki, go to the Researchers of Truth patreon, where you can support their work and get access to more lectures, Q&As, and meditations. Daniel is also the author of Diving With The Whale: Experiences & Revelations with Daskalos & the Researchers of Truth.

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