Even more importantly though, has been the ability of this group to demonstrate upon the physical plane what it means to apply the teachings fully in working together, in unison, as a group of individuals, each and every one of whom demonstrates the one objective and one purpose; namely, group endeavour leading to group-consciousness -- the ultimate and definitive journey of the true warrior.
This was the start of the retreats run by Théun Mares.
Théun, assisted by his man of action, Russell Braithwaite, started running these retreats in 2000. At the beginning, there were four retreats per year, in March and September, held in two centres, England and the United States. In order to support the apprentices in the period between retreats, Théun also developed an e-forum in which he gave ongoing guidance to those who were sincere in wanting to learn to become warriors. Initially, because of the practicalities involved, as well as the restraints on Théun's time, there were three groups belonging to this e-forum: the UK group, the North American group, and the Russian group. However, as the apprentices started to gain a greater understanding of the teachings, Théun amalgamated the three groups into one.
In order to accelerate the apprentices' progress in learning to work together in an inclusive, rather than in an isolated, manner, Théun started to encourage apprentices from the three groups to attend retreats on a student exchange basis. This proved so successful that Théun was very soon able to stop the retreats in North America and hold only the retreats in England, which meant that all his apprentices now travelled to the same retreats. The consequences of this were not only that the apprentices benefited enormously from collectively calling forth far more in-depth guidance from Théun, but also that they started to foster amongst themselves the very real feeling of being, and working together as, one group of apprentices.
The results achieved by the formation of the group
In the eight years that Théun ran these retreats, he consistently increased the level of self-discipline and ruthlessly instilled in his apprentices a very deep-seated and real sense of impeccability and integrity. Needless to say, these have fostered in the apprentices a much deeper understanding of the teachings, and as a result, have inspired in them a genuine love of living the Warrior's Path, the effects of which have resulted in that sense of camaraderie and closeness which comes from sharing in each other's battles and challenges. Today the apprentices working within this group regard themselves as much more of a family in nature, rather than just another group of apprentices.
Content of the new website archive
An inevitable result of such a large group of people calling forth guidance on a daily basis is that the e-forum Théun formed for this group now holds a vast amount of Toltec material that is of an individually-tailored nature, and which does not appear in the books written by Théun. Examples of such material not in the books are; detailed teachings on concepts such as how to work with one's Direction (Easterly Dreamer, Man of Action, etc.), how to work with one's Predilection (Stalker or Dreamer), as well as how to work with one's Shortcoming and the expression of that shortcoming. But by far the most valuable aspects of the teachings contained in this archive are the examples of dedicated apprentices calling forth the guidance they need in learning to live the impeccable and power-filled life of the true warrior.
Therefore contained in this archive are the many examples of apprentices calling forth guidance on particular challenges they have faced in their lives. Also contained in the database are articles written by the apprentices of Théun demonstrating their understanding of the guidance, how they applied the guidance, what results they achieved, and what they learned as a result of all this.
In addition the archive also contains the substantial volume of teachings from the courses that Théun wrote for the Institute for the Study of Man, headed by Elizabeth Schnugh, a highly-experienced teacher of the Toltec tradition, as well as all the teachings he imparted to Elizabeth personally in teaching these courses to her.
This website contains all of the above-mentioned material and much more. Needless to say, this material is augmented by having the books written by Théun available online for the apprentices working with this website. Although the books in themselves remain an extremely valuable source of the Toltec teachings as presented by Théun, the material contained in this website forms the most valuable tool possible for the sincere student of the Toltec teachings who wishes to understand how to apply the teachings, as presented in the books, in a truly meaningful and practical way to his or her everyday life.
What this website offers apprentices
This teaching facility is unique, in that it enables students to find the answers they are seeking through working with the vast amount of teaching material contained in the database of this website. Should students using the database not find the answers they are seeking, they are able to call forth guidance from the group who worked for many years under Théun's guidance.
What adds even more to the unique nature, as well as the practical value of this teaching facility, is the fact that the group who worked under Théun's guidance is comprised of professionals from all walks of life. These members of the group are experienced enough in the Toltec teachings to be able to offer apprentices using the teaching facility expert guidance from the Toltec perspective, in a wide variety of professional areas, should they need it.
Everything you will experience on Toltec Legacy is not a virtual reality. Instead it is a reality, albeit a reality different from the common perception of reality, and is the culmination of the work of generations of Toltecs and their apprentices across millennia. So too are the people behind the Toltec Legacy website. The contents of the website are likewise based upon the real experience of real people treading the Warrior's Path.