the modern mystery school

International Lightworker Lineage + School for Advanced Spiritual Training


The Modern Mystery School offers advanced spiritual training utilizing the tools, techniques, and traditions passed down from person to person since ancient times. This school traces its lineage back over 3,000 years to the time of King Salomon the Wise, who created the conditions for the amazing changes we can see around us in the world today. The Modern Mystery School supports us as we to come together to heal ourselves, our communities, and to reach toward self-mastery in this lifetime. Each student is invited to join us on a path of self discovery and spiritual progression, and can choose to focus on a specialty that suits their unique gifts and talents.

Starting the Journey

The journey of self discovery is the most rewarding adventure someone can embark on. Our students know this from experience, and we’re happy that you’re interested in learning more. But our guess is that you are probably wondering what a mystery school even is.

There are a few facts about a real mystery school someone should know. There are many imposters and groups that claim they’re a mystery school, but they lack a few essential elements. The Modern Mystery School itself has been likened to a University for the Soul, where the curriculum focuses on awakening and developing your highest potential, and on attaining divine awareness.  We go beyond merely teaching; we help our students refine conscious potential, build focus, and activate their innate powers through a series of programs, classes, initiations, ceremonies, and sacred meditations.  Specifically, we train students on how to expand awareness and tap into the power to bridge spiritual energies into the physical world for healing and total transformation. Our teachings are about true service.

However, in doing this, we must stress the importance of initiation, instruction, and lineage. These are keystones to a true mystery school; without them, one simply can not undertake such a wonderful journey with total success.


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How Our Programs Are Structured

We know that, all too often, people are enticed by a “do it at home” program, or anything that is quick and easy. With something as important as knowing ourselves, though, you as a prospective student should understand that the work takes discipline, structure, and focus. It also takes time. After all it takes work to develop that essential relationship with ourselves that most of us aren’t even aware we don’t have.

Because of the vital importance of the self, our classes are based on in-person instruction. They are developed and taught in such a way so that you aren’t left without understanding an idea, or with loose ends that haven’t been tied. We want students to ask questions. We also love students to interact within their training. It’s all about inspiring you to reach further, jump higher, and understand more.


What makes us different?

A mystery school, traditionally, is an ancient school with closely held wisdom and teachings that have been preserved over the course of history. The Modern Mystery School (MMS), as such, traces its lineage back over 3,000 years to the time of King Salomon the Wise. It is one of the original mystery schools ever to exist on Earth.

Being ancient, our focus is on the mysteries; life produces so many of them: life and death, who and what is God, how does this universe work, etc.. Perhaps most important is helping you to crack the mystery of the self. We work to fill the gaping hole of absent knowledge for our students, in the hope – proven time and time again – that they will completely shed the old self and emerge empowered, knowledgeable, and at peace with the world. We do this not just through training but essentially through experience itself.

Visit the official Modern Mystery School website to find out more about our philosophies, lineage, community, and further opportunities for study and training.

Our Lineage

Founder of The Modern Mystery School, Gudni Gudnason, with Co-Founders of Activate Austin, Vanessa Nova + Aaron Zeigler, 2017

In order to distinguish the legitimacy, integrity and authority of a true mystery school, lineage is one of the key factors.  The lineage of the Modern Mystery School (MMS) dates back to the times of King Salomon and has therefore, over 3,000 years of history and lineage. While the mystery school tradition is much older than that, the lineage of the MMS and its teachings can be verified and traced back to the teachings of King Salomon himself.

The Founder of the Modern Mystery School is Gudni Gudnason. For over 35 years, Gudni has studied in various mysteries all over the world including at the Mystery Schools of Tibet, Romania, Africa, as well as Egypt, India and others. He has been initiated into and obtained priesthood in various magickal traditions including Celtic, Norse and Egyptian among Kabbalistic and Hermetic in the Western Esoteric Traditions.

In 1997 Gudni was summoned to step into the leadership of the North American Mystery School and to open its doors to the public to serve as the only open Mystery School of the 7 great lineages, thus transforming a once secret society to the open-door organization you know today as the Modern Mystery School.

The Current Lineage Holders

In the tradition of the great mystery schools, there are now 3 key holders or lineage holders of The Modern Mystery School who hold the highest initiation, Ipssissimus.  In 2017, Ipssissimus Dave Lanyon and Ipssissimus Hideto Nakagome received this honor and the responsibility of shouldering the legacy of the Lineage of King Salomon alongside Founder Gudni.

This also allowed for the establishment of the Council of 12 Women, who will ultimately decide the direction of the school and administration.  This has been immensely important for the anchoring of the feminine energy on the planet and restoring a balanced flow of masculine and feminine energies in leadership.

What Our Students Our Saying

“How cool is it that we all get to “go to school” and train with a bunch of amazing LIKE MINDED Gods & Goddesses and actually help each other grow and align with a bigger purpose? That is pretty amazing to me to think about. Whenever I’m in Modern Mystery School programs I think to myself, “Yay more spiritual family !” — and there’s never worry about if you will find your group or not, or if you will be accepted.  The “older kids” in later grades just want to help you move forward, not bully you – or whatever old feeling I used to have going to school… I am pretty honored and grateful about that.”

– Jordanlehn, Modern Mystery School student, photographer, artist, Life Activation Practitioner & Ritual Master Apprentice