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Can I improve my article later on?

(Last edited: Thursday, 30 August 2012, 7:48 PM)

You can always improve your article by responding to feedback and also by making additional points later on, when your understanding has improved.

By improving your article you will receive more points as well.


How to begin the Qabbalah Course and how to proceed

(Last edited: Friday, 31 August 2012, 11:32 AM)

(The following applies when you are enroled to the Qabbalah course. If you are not enroled to the Qabbalah course, the links will not work.)

Please start the course by reading: Welcome and Introduction to this Online Course (Start here!)

Then proceed to this link.
The next step after having introduced yourself is to read the Overview of our Training
Further information on the course is given in the "How to begin?" section.

In general, the course works as follows:

Go to this page (it will open in a new window). Here you will find the contents of the course in the middle column. You have to go through everything from top to bottom, because activities in this course are conditional.
That means you cannot access an activity or resource unless you have completed the previous one. (There are some exceptions to this rule, e.g. you can always access the Technical Questions Forum.)

Please take care that you finish and submit any quiz you have started, like the introduction quiz, so that you can proceed to the next activity.

If  the quiz does not show correctly, please read our FAQ entry on this "Quiz does not work".

We wish you all the best for your studies!


Qabbalah Course: No feedback for my article

(Last edited: Thursday, 30 August 2012, 7:41 PM)

Why have I  not yet received any feedback for my article in the course?
If you have not yet received any feedback for your article so far it will surely help if you give feedback to your fellow students first, for some of them will most likely give you some feedback on your articles in turn - which is how the course is intended to work. (Please also compare the resource "What are the benefits of the forums and how forum posts are rated" that is found in the course for those enroled to it).

Why is feedback important?
The Qabbalah course is for free but you will get the most out of it if you put some effort into it yourself.
The feedback of your fellow students is designed to help you in your understanding of the lesson texts and therefore it will also help you to improve your article. Thus you will receive more points which in turn will enhance your overall assessment of the course.

Why should you respond to feedback?
If participants do not respond to the feedback they already have received, this is likely to discourage further feedback, doesn't it? Also, the feedback is a means that is supposed to help students to improve their articles - which is why high quality feedback is also rated - and isn't it a pity if it is ignored....?
(Furthermore, maybe you will find that high quality feedback is sometimes as difficult as writing a high quality article - or at times maybe even more difficult.)


When will the next unit be accessible?

(Last edited: Thursday, 30 August 2012, 8:22 PM)

When will the next unit be accessible?
Several members of BOEL are very busy in providing this course, and while the training in German language has started in 2003, and thus many teaching materials have been available and "field-tested" for years, these are still in German language and therefore have to be translated, and in many cases they are at the same time enhanced and extended, too, based on the experience gathered in the last years.
Most new texts however are written by Salomo Baal-Shem in English and therefore need a translation to German. We do all this work by ourselves and  we all have day jobs to attend to as well. So there is always much to do "behind the scenes" and much work is done, often going unnoticed.

What's more, the Qabbalah online course is available in both German and English, and since we never had any online courses before up until the end of 2010, the quizzes need to be written, translated and uploaded, and in general the technical side of online learning needs to be organised and maintained, too.
Furthermore some publications are being prepared as well  - so there are quite a lot of different tasks to be done simultaneously!
Also, with the ongoing personal training in Germany and some other new projects that we are busy with (and which are of great importance and have a legitimation in their own right) we are quite engaged in order to make available our teachings to all those who are interested and willing to learn.

Hopefully these details will help you to understand that there are sometimes delays because there is a great deal of work going on "behind the scenes" - in the same way as writing these lines has caused some effort and has cost some time that could not be put into the course forums at the same time, but now these lines are in the FAQ so that we can refer to it in the future!

Please also compare the resource "A Word to the Pioneers" which provides further information and which is accessible for all those already enroled in the course.

Is there anything I can do to support BOEL and to advance the course?
Yes, you can! For if the participants of our free online course give good quality feedback to each others "on the scene" in the course forums, then this is a great help that enables the senior students to further the course, which in turn is to the benefit of us all.

We would also like to encourage all participants in case of frequently asked questions to help us and answer these, e.g. by referring to the FAQ entries.
Thank you!



Are all participants of the Qabbalah course also members of BOEL?

(Last edited: Thursday, 27 December 2012, 12:31 PM)

No, they are not. Our free one year Qabbalah online course in the basic theory and principles of the Mystical Qabbalah and the Western Mystery Tradition is open to non-members as well.


Course or Forum?

(Last edited: Sunday, 16 December 2012, 2:42 PM)

In the Qabbalah course, the purpose is to learn and study together, however in the General Open Forum, the man focus is not on learning and study, but on meeting and discussing, and of course you are invited to participate in both the course and the forum ;-)  Please note however that  the course and the forum each serve a different purpose:

What is the difference between the Qabbalah Course and the General Open Forum?

In the Qabbalah Course there are several units which offer you teaching materials that introduce and elaborate on important basic aspects of magic, Qabbalah and the Western Mysteries. These texts are written by Salomo Baal-Shem, and they are a part of the theoretical training of the outer court of the Brotherhood of the Eternal Light (BOEL) during the first year of training.

When you participate in the Qabbalah Course, you are asked to read these lesson texts and discuss them with your fellow students.
This means that students write articles about the topic of each unit and about further aspects of the subject and share their insights in order to deepen their understanding.
In the Qabbalah Course there are senior BOEL students who give support and guidance, if necessary.

Just as it is common-place in other courses, e.g. at university, we ask participants to refer to the lesson texts when they write their articles and their feedbacks on the articles of their fellow students.This is an excellent opportunity to share your thoughts and your opinion on the teaching materials with like-minded people.

The General Open Forum:
If you would like to write about off-topic subjects as well, or if you do not wish to study in the Qabbalah course, but would like to meet like-minded people nevertheless, then you are welcome to participate in our General Open Forum, for this is the right place to do so. In the General Open Forum you can discuss with other participants all the subjects and topics on magic, ritual, Qabbalah etc. that you would like to share. In the General Open Forum, we will not discuss the course materials, of course, for you can do so in the course if you so wish.



(Last edited: Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 11:47 AM)

If you wish to become a member of the Brotherhood of the Eternal Light, we ask you to apply for membership. Please read the information about our Correspondence Course on our website. Then fill in the questionaire and send it to the email address provided.

If you have any questions that are not already answered on our website or in our FAQ, you can ask them in our General Open Forum in the section "Questions about our Courses, our Training and our Work".

Please note that our free one year Qabbalah online course in the basic theory and principles of the Mystical Qabbalah and the Western Mystery Tradition is open to non-members as well.

Within the Qabbalah course, you will recognize BOEL members by the members' sign beneath their avatar (profile picture). Within the General Open Forum, you will recognize members of BOEL by the appropriate additions to their nicknames as described in the "Rules, Policies and general Information" in "3. Names and Titles".


Navigation or: Where am I?

(Last edited: Thursday, 12 April 2012, 4:49 PM)

To find out in which forum or course you are at any given moment, please have a look at the upper area of your computer monitor.
Directly underneath the seal of the BOEL you will find the words Brotherhood of the Eternal Light Courses
and beneath that, please find a line which looks like this:

  • Home/ Site pages FAQ English

This indicates you are on the entry page of our learning and community platform. The entry page allows you to log into your account and to access our international and German courses and forums as well as to reread our "Rules, Policies and general Information" that you agreed to when you registered with the site.

If you browse our General  Open Forum you will find the line "General Open Forum" beneath the seal of the BOEL and beneath it you will see a line that looks like this:

  • Home /► My courses/ BOEL-Forums

if you browse our free one year online course in the basic Theory and Principles of the Mystical Qabbalah and the Western Mystery Tradition, you will find the line Qabbalah and the Western Mysteries beneath our seal, followed by a line beneath which looks like this:

  • Home/ My courses/ Qabbalah Course/ General/ Introduce Yourself!

To navigate through our websites, you can use the Navigation column found at the left side of your computer monitor.
The Navigation column is titled "Navigation" and is found directly underneath the line starting with

  • Home/ ... ►...



Tags / Alphabetical list of keywords and phrases: what is it for?

(Last edited: Sunday, 4 November 2012, 1:01 PM)

The alphabetical list of keywords and phrases on our homepage is a so-called
"tag cloud". Tags consist of any single word or any phrases that are added by our forum users either to their "interests" (in their profiles) or to their blogs in the identically named input field. Tags have to be separated by commas in order for the system to realise which words belong to a single tag. (When you use any other punctuation mark this will not work.)

Tag clouds are used to visualise information. If there are any keywords or phrases that were tagged by several forum users they show up in bigger letters. In this way the size of the letters grows or diminishes according to the number of users who tagged it. A tag cloud is therefore a so-called weighted list. By looking at the tag cloud you can see at a glance which tags are most important to our users, and which are less important.

If you click on any of the tags displayed in the tag cloud you will be shown all forum users who tagged this keyword or phrase and you will also be shown all blog posts that contain this keyword or phrase.



How can I subscribe to the One Year Online Course in the basic Theory and Principles of the Mystical Qabbalah and the Western Mystery Tradition?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 12:29 PM)

In order to subscribe to the One Year Online Course in the basic Theory and Principles of the Mystical Qabbalah and the Western Mystery Tradition click here:


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