Templar Skills Training Program Practical Working Knowledge for Applied Skills of all New Templars
Every chivalric or monastic Order is ultimately defined by its teachings. The culture of membership, and the missions and role of an Order in the world, are entirely characterized by the doctrines preserved in its unique body of knowledge. Without a distinct tradition of teachings, an Order would be reduced to a mere fraternity or social club, limited to form over substance, and status over merit. Pursuing humanitarian missions alone, without a body of sacred knowledge giving deeper meaning and enhanced effectiveness, an Order would simply be a non-profit charity like any other, with no reason for nor claim to chivalric knighthood and damehood.
The backbone of true Chivalry is a commitment to principles of traditional values, which must be developed through knowledge. As most concisely expressed by the psychologist Doctor Gordon A. Eadie in 1945 AD: “If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for anything.” This folk wisdom originates from Templar heritage, in the inspiring quote attributed to Saint Joan of Arc: “Every man gives his life for what he believes. … Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing.” (Maxwell Anderson, Play: Joan of Lorraine, 1946 AD)
In world history and literature, Knights are most famous for being highly skilled warriors and professionals. One of the main attractions of knighthood was receiving advanced skills training, to become part of a world-class force for positive change. Chivalric training was also desired and much sought after for mastery of nobiliary and courtly culture, elevating a person’s character to that of a true Gentleman or Lady, transforming the individual into a pillar of civilization.
Such skills have always been deeply rooted in principles of justice and wisdom, requiring educational training. Those knightly skills, primarily continued through the knowledge base of the Knights Templar, effectively carried civilization out of the brutality of the Middle Ages into the uplifting spirit of the Renaissance.
The Order of the Temple of Solomon continues its core tradition of educational skills training, drawing from the full depth and substance of Templar heritage, which the Grand Mastery diligently and continuously restores from the historical record. This gives all Templars the benefit and advantages of many centuries of the collective wisdom and experience of our ancestors since 1118 AD. That body of Templar knowledge, in turn, carries the most ancient sacred wisdom tracing back to the beginning of recorded history ca. 10,068 BC.
What makes a person a “real” Templar is knowing everything that the original Templars traditionally knew, and taking positive action to apply the related skills for the benefit of humanity. For that essential purpose, the Templar Skills Training Program ensures that all modern Templars will know everything that authentic Knights and Dames must know. Only such knowledge training enables all Templars to develop the expert skills for advancing humanitarian principles to uphold the pillars of civilization.
Practical Knowledge as Skills for the Modern World
Templar knowledge is not about studying things from the past – It is about recovering and restoring the best aspects of the heritage of humanity in the present. Templar studies are not about being an expert in history – It is about expertise in the time-tested solutions to the problems of the modern world. Templarism is not about anachronistic tradition for its own sake – It is about the relevance of a living tradition as a way of life for real impact on modern civilization.
Just as the original Knights Templar restored and applied ancient sacred knowledge to advance humanity from the 12th century, the modern Templar Order applies those same traditions to revitalize civilization in the 21st century.
Even the military departments of world governments officially acknowledge that modern warfare primarily involves “information warfare”, often described as the “battle for hearts and minds”. Increasingly, public policy and even religion is actively undermined and corrupted by the suppression of factual Truth. In this modern era of propaganda and disinformation, the Truth preserved in the Templar Skills Training Program serves as the most powerful weapon in the “arsenal” of modern Templars, as spiritual warriors of sacred activism for upholding human rights.
As most famously expressed by the Victorian era British playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 AD: “The pen is mightier than the sword. … Take away the sword – States can be saved without it!” (Play: Richelieu, Act II, Scene II) The same concept is found in the New Testament: “Take… the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17), and “The Word of God is… sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12) As with most cornerstones of civilization, this traces back to the Templar sacred knowledge from the Ancient Magi Priesthood, originating from the Assyrian Teachings of Ahiquar ca. 650 BC: “The word is mightier than the sword.”
As the 16th century Sir Francis Bacon famously stated: “Knowledge is power” (Meditationes Sacrae, 1597 AD). The 19th century American politician Horace Mann confirmed: “Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.” The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan elaborated: “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society.”
For these compelling reasons, the “crown jewel” of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, and the centerpiece of its membership experience, is the Templar Skills Training Program, providing practical working knowledge for applied skills in the modern world.
Authentic Tradition of Templar Skills Training
Beyond the chivalric aspects of “warrior-monks”, the historical Order of the Temple of Solomon was also a major center of education. Despite the prevailing illiteracy of the medieval era, the Order provided many functions of a “university”, promoting scholarly studies and various skills training:
The Temple Rule of 1129 AD presents “studious purification” by learning as part of the essential merits of being a Templar (Rule 1), and describes “lovers of Truth” seeking purification through scholarship “by refined and studious hearts” (Rule 6). It specifically commands to all Templars, “during periods of time, [to] study universally” by scholarly studies, “that you forego the deceiving world and despise it” (Rule 9).
Genuine Templar tradition requires a brief period of intensive study of the Templar Skills Training Program for all who join the Order. The Temple Rule mandates that before admitting a new member “the Rule shall be read to him” (Rule 11), a somewhat metaphorical statement indicating general Templar knowledge training. It requires that new members “shall be put to the test according to the wisdom of the Master”, indicating the importance of a process of in-depth skills training, to demonstrate practical working knowledge of Templar heritage, principles and wisdom (Rule 14).
Authentic to historical Templarism, the modern Order provides a robust package of training materials to all new members. This includes in-depth educational explorations of key historical documents of the Knights Templar, with new translations of some very rare medieval texts, which have been diligently restored by the Grand Mastery supported by a cooperating university.
Templar Skills Training Program – List of Materials
The Order of the Temple of Solomon possesses the full depth and substance of the body of sacred knowledge from the original 12th century Knights Templar. As an ongoing priority mission, this knowledge base is continuously being restored by the Grand Mastery. Restoration involves organizing and compiling archive materials into relevant topics, verifying and authenticating content from primary sources of the historical record, researching and integrating supporting academic source references which confirm or clarify historical facts, and packaging each topic into a useful educational book or practical manual.
The resulting materials of the Templar Skills Training Program are provided to ensure that all new members of the Order will know everything that Templars need to know, to most fully appreciate, enjoy, and benefit from serving as a Sergeant, Adjutante or Temple Guardian, and for later elevation to Knight or Dame of the Templar Order.
Spirituality from the Temple of Solomon: Authentic Templar spirituality is an integral part of most of the skills training materials, just as it is an essential aspect of Templarism. Most of these works either (A) reveal how certain traditions of Chivalry originated from the Ancient Priesthood of the Temple Solomon, or (B) show how spirituality of the Ancient Priesthood continued through medieval Templar traditions. All spiritual teachings are firmly rooted in archaeology, presenting direct primary sources and evidence of beliefs and practices. The brief descriptions provided here attempt to give some basic indication of the spiritual aspects addressed in each work.
Updates & New Releases: All training materials which are sufficiently restored and packaged are provided to all new members when they join the Order. Ongoing membership subscriptions and private donations support the continued restoration of additional materials. Templar members are notified of all updates and new releases of materials, as and when they become available, through the Templar Network communications channel, primarily by email. Notice of new releases is also provided in the periodic Knightly News newsletter of the Templar Order.
Size of Training Collection: The total collection of training materials (including the official website) consists of approximately 1,135 pages of proprietary academic educational works (which would be over 2,270 pages in standard printed book size).
Estimated Study Time: The complete body of practical applied knowledge can be effectively studied during a period of 4 – 8 weeks part-time (or possibly 2 – 4 weeks full-time).
Convenient Download Format: Although there are future plans to eventually publish all materials as hardcover “collectors edition” university textbooks, to become available in bookstores for the general public worldwide, all Templar members will be provided electronic PDF file versions, for practical convenience of mobile portability. This system allows all members private access to preview copies of all works, in the most current updated versions, long before they are published for bookstore distribution.
The following is the current list of training materials which have been recovered and restored to date. The indication “Current & Available” means that the topic is in active use for Templar membership. The indication “Under Restoration” means that the topic is mostly developed, and undergoing final restoration and packaging, to be available soon to all members.
Introduction Stage – Official Website as a Free Book
The real “Introduction Stage” of the Templar Skills Training Program is actually the official website of the Order of the Temple of Solomon. It is not merely an “online brochure”, and thus not simply a “website”. Rather, it presents a complete online book, freely and publicly giving the most essential Templar knowledge to the world, at a university textbook level of detail and quality. Therefore, all new Templar members are reminded and strongly encouraged to first make sure they have studied all of the website content, as the foundations for the next levels of the Skills Training materials.
Public Templar Materials: The total website content on the Knights Templar (if printed) is approximately 283 pages.
For a shorter study of Templar Essentials (only approximately 90 pages), it is best to begin with these key topics: Introduction, Foundation, Survival, Restoration, Legitimacy, Chivalry, Nobility, Knight & Dame Elevation.
First Stage – Foundation & Survival of the Order
First Stage training concentrates on the major historical documents which prove the true foundations, and the legal bases for survival and restoration, of the 12th century Templar Order.
These materials (approx. 190 pages) include a detailed study of the following rare documents, with major new translations from Old French and Latin, and other improved translations from Latin, all authenticated, with comprehensive academic commentary:
The Temple Rule of 1129 AD (Full Study, 107 pages) as the founding Charter of core principles and values of the Templar Order, and as a Papal Decree confirming its inherent sovereignty and independence. Spiritual aspects include recognition of the Templar Priesthood, emphasis of the Divine Feminine, the discipline of meditation, and a little-known rule allowing interfaith membership.
(Current & Available)
The Templar Papal Bulls (Brief Study, 17 pages) vested in the Order, consisting of Omne Datum Optimum of 1139 AD as the permanent grant of Ecclesiastical Protection of independent sovereignty as a Templar Principality, with the supporting Papal Bulls Milites Templi of 1144 AD and Militia Dei of 1145 AD, confirming independent sovereignty of the Order. Spiritual aspects include recognition of the Templar Priesthood.
(Current & Available)
The Chinon Parchment of 1308 AD (Brief Study, 23 pages), exonerating and vindicating the Order from all charges by the French Inquisition and reconfirming its communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Spiritual aspects include evidence of Templar esoteric teachings and working with energy centers along the spinal column, and evidence of Ascension wisdom.
(Current & Available)
The Suppression Papal Bulls (Brief Study, 18 pages), which actually explain the survival of the Templar Order, consisting of the primary Papal Bull Vox in Excelso of 1308 AD, with the supporting Papal Bull Considerantes of 1312 AD, both of which merely politically “suppressed” the Order “not by definitive sentence”, and reconfirmed the Chinon vindication, supporting the continuation of the Order.
(Current & Available)
The Branches of the Templar Order (Brief Study, 30 pages), restoring the authentic 12th century practices for establishing and operating branches of the Templar Order, as Commanderies, Priories and Preceptories. This gives all Templars an understanding of the historical models and practical methods for the Order advancing its humanitarian missions worldwide.
(Current & Available)
Second Stage – Codes of Chivalry as a Way of Life
Second Stage training concentrates on the core doctrines and principles of the Templar way of life, anchored in the medieval Code of Chivalry, as the authentic Templar lifestyle and professional discipline for practical Chivalry in the modern world.
These materials (approx. 100 pages) include meticulously reconstructed editions of the following rare historical doctrines, made possible by new authenticated translations of the Temple Rule directly from Old French and Latin, with comprehensive academic commentary:
The Code of Chivalry of 1066 AD (Full Study, 36 pages), presented in the most concise format for convenient reference, with penetrating insights into practical application of its underlying principles, resulting in the first popular summary as the Universal Code of Chivalry suitable for use in the modern era. Spiritual aspects include upholding the principle of Faith of all religion in the esoteric battle of good over evil.
(Current & Available)
The Templar Code of 1150 AD (Full Study, 41 pages), as the authentic code of the Templar way of life, which has never before been published, carefully reconstructed from the core doctrines of the original Temple Rule as amended ca. 1150 AD, resulting in the first popular summary of the Templar Code suitable for use in the modern era. Spiritual aspects include dedication to the ancient origins of religion, emphasis of the Divine Feminine, the discipline of meditation, and a focus on sacred wisdom.
(Current & Available)
The Templar Investiture Ceremony of 1190 AD (Brief Study, 20 pages), an original full ceremonial version of an authentic Templar Investitute, meticulously reconstructed from accounts in the historical record, filled with wisdom teachings from the doctrines of the Code of Chivalry and Templar Code as a way of life.
Third Stage – Rules of Nobiliary & Courtly Society
Third Stage training concentrates on the customary rules of courtly society as influenced and preserved by the Templar Order. These rules continue to be strictly used by legitimate historical Royal Houses, Orders of Chivalry, ecclesiastical and even governmental institutions in the modern era. Accordingly, they constitute the international standards which descended from and embody the original 12th century Templar traditions. Working knowledge of the rules of courtly society thus help modern Templars to best interact with other legitimate historical institutions, and train Templars to become a living embodiment of the finest traditions of good conduct and good values, leading by example.
These materials (approx. 375 pages) consist of meticulously reconstructed editions, based upon detailed studies of certain rare documents, in the form of convenient reference manuals, with comprehensive academic commentary:
The Rules of Courtly Dress & Regalia of 1672 AD (Book, 114 pages), heavily illustrated, presenting the 14th century rules and protocols of chivalric regalia, as codified in the 17th century and established as the international standard system in 1921 AD. It provides explanations of all relevant dress codes, restoring a complete working system of regalia for the Knights Templar tradition in the modern era. Spiritual aspects include Ancient Priesthood origins of chivalric and nobiliary regalia.
(Current & Available)
The Rules of Courtly Etiquette of 1682 AD (Book, 225 pages), illustrated, presenting the ancient rules and protocols of courtly etiquette from 2,400 BC, as restored and practiced by the Knights Templar from 1118 AD, established as the French international standard system since ca. 1682 AD, as taught by the 19th century masters of Victorian courtly society. It provides explanations of traditional courtly conduct in all relevant situations, restoring a complete working system of etiquette as Templar skills for the modern era. Spiritual aspects include the Ancient Priesthood origins of the culture of courtly society and the esoteric concept of the Holy Grail, ancient Egypt as the source of the first rules of courtly etiquette, revealing details of the ancient Egyptian Djedhi Priesthood as the origins of Templar spiritual alchemy, and sacred wisdom teachings of etiquette as the collective practice of social spiritual alchemy.
The Rules of Nobiliary Titles of 1769 AD (Manual, 36 pages), presenting the 12th century rules and protocols for correct use of chivalric, nobiliary, ecclesiastical and official titles, as reconstructed and established as the international system in 1769 AD. This results in providing the first popular codification of the proper use of titles for the modern era.
Fourth Stage – Templar Culture & Heritage
Fourth Stage training concentrates on supplemental materials of general, esoteric or cultural interest, which are of significance and importance to preserving and representing the authentic cultural heritage and traditions of the Templar Order.
These materials (approx. 210 pages) consist of proprietary academic research of rare and diverse source materials, in the form of comprehensive educational works:
The Secrets of Knights Templar Symbology (Book, 187 pages), heavily illustrated, as a comprehensive exploration of esoteric wisdom in the diverse and rich history of the Templar Order, revealing much of the Ancient Priesthood from the Temple of Solomon. Spiritual aspects include esoteric symbols of the ancient Magi and Egyptian Djedhi Priesthoods in Templarism, sacred knowledge of the pineal body as a key to divine communion, the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, and spiritual alchemy.
(Current & Available)
The Sacred Music of the Knights Templar (Brief Study, 21 pages), explaining the famous Gregorian-style “Templar Chants”, as were actually sung by the 12th century Knights Templar, with new authenticated translations from the original Latin.
(Current & Available)
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