The Order of The Historia Illius Itineris International
The Historia Illius Itineris functions as the practice and study group for the advanced teaching material developed by Andrew T. Austin.
This teaching material is of sufficient complexity that it cannot be taught in a normal workshop fashion, but rather requires study and repeated review in order to be understood sufficiently.
Following the model of initiatory orders, the material is organised into three degrees and for each degree, there are ten meetings that are organised around a psychodramatic event (“initiation”). Members of the order are organised into lodges and are required to provide some key pieces of work in order to progress to the next degree. This work is then shared in a central library known as “The Body of Knowledge.”
The material in The Body of Knowledge is organised by degree and by member contributions and is distributed throughout the order.
Additionally, all first degree members are required to create Le Divinae Motum Orbis and participate in at least three initiatory events for new members in order to advance to the second degree.
“The Historia constantly challenges me to open my eyes and mind and think outside of the box. It has enriched my world by bringing me in to contact with some amazingly creative people who have become great friends.” L. M. United Kingdom
“The HII has helped me grow strong in my position in life, it’s given me the tools to see beyond the veil. It gives me lessons in leadership, teaches me acceptance and patience. The Historia has allowed for me to expand my mind beyond everyday mundane to sample the realms of my unconscious. Most of all it gives me a security that I am never alone and that there are other people like me.” S.E. United Kingdom
“Wondering who you are when your light goes on? The Historia structure and its members will help you shed light on this, and much more.” M.d.W. Netherlands
“It gives me joy and energy. Coming together with like minded people or rather with people who like to challenge themselves and each other intellectually in the field of metaphors, myths, and stories.” R.H. Netherlands
The material and degrees are organised as follows:
1st Degree. The Orientation: In which we find where we stand.
2nd Degree. The Journey: In which we learn where we are going.
3rd Degree. The Construction: In which we learn what we create.
Appendant degrees: these are one or two-day events and involve a combination of psychodrama and workshop teaching with some pre-study material. The appendant degree events are open to any member of 1st degree and above.
The 1st Degree core study papers are as follows:
- Active and passive forces within metaphor.
- Breathing and Meditation in Metaphor.
- “Container Club” – working with negative social and cultural conditioning.
- Container metaphor principles and structure.
- Directions of Time.
- Working with Dreams.
- The Golden Ratio and Symmetry.
- Identifying with Obstructions.
- The Knowledge of The Lamp.
- Patchworking Exercises.
- Story and Parable Creation.
- The Compass.
Details for the material that comprises the second and third degrees are available to initiated members only. Currently there are lodges under development in Brighton, Harrogate, Newcastle, Tel Aviv and Bangalore with additional lodges planned for Stockholm, Boulder, Tokyo, New Delhi, London and Utrecht.