Who We Are
We are a global, online community advancing a spiritual path based on the Elven spiritual viewpoint represented within the Middle-earth stories of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien (including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) collectively known as the Legendarium.
Since 2005 as a core team (who are now the hereof trustees) we have been doing so as Tië eldaliéva (T-e), meaning “path of the Star People“. Established in 2005, and receiving 501 © (3) tax-exempt status in 2020 and as documented by Dr. Markus Davidsen, T-e is the preeminent spiritual leader within the Tolkien-based Elven spiritual community.
Many of us are mystics, some of us are exclusively devoted to the T-e, and some of us embrace the Path as an adjunct to our principal devotion to Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Wicca, Judaism, Baha’i, Zoroastrianism, or other spiritual traditions. We are based in San Francisco, serving the Elven(-centered) community by advancing the practical experience of Elven spirituality.
Tië eldaliéva and Yána eldaliéva: A Charitable Trust and a Church
Presently, T-e is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States as both a 501 © (3) charitable trust and a religious organization legally fully qualifying as a Church.
The official designation of our charitable trust is Tië eldaliéva Elven Spiritual Path & Sanctuary Charitable Trust (operating as Tië eldaliéva Elven Spiritual Path Charitable Trust). We serve to govern and fund our mission (fulfilling the founding Donors’ Directive to establish a legitimate Elven Church and a supporting Charitable Trust) advancing religion, the arts, education, science and charity on the behalf of all persons drawn to, and interested in exploring the spiritual dynamics of Elven life and culture.
As a church, we are Yána eldaliéva (Sanctuary of the Star People which, whilst s’elf-identifying more as a religious order, may be generally regarded as the world’s first legally-recognized Elven Church.
What IS Elven Spirituality?
Vibration, and resonance; to help you to understand the basic Nature of Elven spirituality, let’s talk about vibration, and resonance for a moment.
A tuning fork that is the frequency of a guitar string, when placed near the string, will cause the string to vibrate along with it. The principle of that phenomenon is called sympathetic vibration – how the string is sympathetically vibrating with the tuning fork.
Sympathetic vibration makes sympathetic resonance possible: think about Ella Fitzgerald breaking glass with her voice, which may be the the most poignant demonstration of that principle. On a much more subtle level, in the context of meditations aligning the mind with higher levels of Consciousness, sympathetic resonance may affect a gnostic experience. The individual gnostic experience of the imaginal planes of existence, particularly in Elven contexts (typically accessed by reading fantasy literature) is the general basis of Elven spirituality.
The specific basis of Tolkien-based Elven spirituality is the gnostic experience of Endamar (Middle-earth) – we highly recommend Dr. Becca Tarnas’ very illuminating video there.
Inside Tië eldaliéva Elven Spiritual Path
We draw our inspiration, and spiritual, moral, and ethical living direction from the Elven content within the Legendarium. Frequently, the Legendarium’s answer to the questions, “What would the Elves do?” and “What does the Legendarium say?” inform our critical (personal, and administrative) decisions.
Rather than being anything that resembles a Real Life Role Playing Game, we are as serious and sincerely devoted to the Elven Spiritual Path as devotees of all Love-based and Light-based religions may be.
However, rather than the Elven Spiritual Path being a religion per se we cultivate it as a path of spiritual inquiry, applying the sacred content that the Holy Spirit reveals within the Legendarium towards practical and holistic personal advancement; and communal edification, empowerment and enlightenment.
The Legendarium’s theological framework is decidedly monotheistic. However, whilst fully embracing and asserting Endamar’s monotheism, we are a panentheistic spiritual path, rather than monotheistic or pantheistic.
We are not a cult, but by mandate and governance open to the general public.
If you’re curious about or perhaps even interested in exploring this Path, the best starting point is to become familiar with the Valar who embody the Divine Holy Spirit (the Flame Imperishable and the Secret Fire) and the Elves who are in relationship with the Valar. The collective root of that familiarity is the first two sections of The Silmarillion: Ainulindale and Valaquenta.
Whom Do We Serve?
In one word: we serve Love.
The primary beneficiaries of Tië eldaliéva Elven Spiritual Path & Sanctuary Charitable Trust are all members of the general public who personally resonate with Elves and/or Elven culture in some way or another.
More specifically, our (Trust) Directive arises from those who resonate as, and/or with the Quendi, a demographic that is particularly relevant to Tolkien-based Elven culture. We serve to enable the general public to become more familiar with the spiritual dynamics of the Quendi as represented by the Legendarium via the regular information we provide about our Solar and Lunar Observances.
Ultimately, we provide a reliable, systematic process by which the individual may directly establish a dynamic personal relationship with the spiritual beings Tolkien identified as the Valar who principally underscore, inform, and illuminate the Elven spiritual experience.
Ours is a Great Sacred Work–We Need a lot of Help to Fulfill
We have humbly undertaken a Great Sacred Work, for all life on Earth. We’ve established a full-bodied sacred tradition akin to well-established religions, albeit totally new and different from them all, because its fundamental Nature and Light are authentically Elven.
Frankly, in order to fulfil our Directive, we require a lot of people and brick & mortar resources. Our fully up-and running-got all the peeps we need to get the Job done – projected Annual General Operations Budget (AGOB) is $1M USD (one million dollars; $10M for a 7-year growth budget).
We graciously receive a modicum of funding from members, and we anticipate receiving revenue from merchandise and book sales as well. However, we invite (and hope the initial brunt of the funding for our AGOB will come from) wealthy Tolkien-loving patrons (including state leaders, entertainers, entrepreneurs…) who may both perceive the immense and enduring global value of the Elven Spiritual Path and the value of their underwriting our operations with endowments, enabling us to spend most of our time actually doing the Work instead of trying to raise funds just to keep the bills paid.
Join us; or Simply Support Our Vision, and Enable us to Serve!
Membership & Monthly Support Options
Membership in Tië eldaliéva is free. To join, simply subscribe to our email list and you’re aboard; it’s that easy.
Otherwise, if you’d like to join to help us to grow and grow yourself to become a teacher of the Elven Spiritual Path: please join our Patreon page and become a Patron!
Patrons who wish to support Tië eldaliéva and/or Yána eldaliéva by bequeathing real estate or other capital contributions (including higher end financial instruments) may contact us to initiate communications. Please review our Needs & Wishes page for details.
All material contributions to Tië eldaliéva and/or Yána eldaliéva are completely tax deductible! The ripple effects of even your smallest degree of participation and/or support serve to uplift, to empower, and to enlighten countless others.
Thank you for stepping foot upon the Elven Spiritual Path today: you are welcome to stick around if you’d like to do so!
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo! (A star shines on the hour of our meeting!)
We hope your visit has been inspiring and hope to welcome you again. May that starlight bring you peace, well-being and prosperity.
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