Isiac high priest and interfaith minister Fr. Brandon E. Williams has returned to Ashland, hoping to resurrect an ancient and esoteric faith. Williams, an acclaimed painter and author, left Ashland more than a year ago to embark upon the final part of a spiritual odyssey that answered a calling he received over a decade ago.




"I've been studying and practicing religion since I was a young age, and as a young teenager, I received a rather unprecedented and mysterious calling to resurrect the faith of the ancient Egyptian Goddess Isis, which has been dormant for 1,500 years," Williams said. "I spent the following decade doing necessary historical work and necessary spiritual work as well as often times trying to run from this calling. At length, I came to terms with the fact that this is the essential purpose of my life. When you get called to do something like this, ultimately you can't run from it."




A patient and charismatic spiritualist, Williams &

a man of calm and contemplative demeanor &

has put a lot of thought and research into his spiritual progress, which he hopes shall inspire others.




"In addition to resurrecting ancient tradition and communicating to the world its profound relevance to the modern Western society, another primary passion of mine is to bring Westerners back in touch with their own indigenous traditions which pre-date Christianity," he said. "(Such traditions) have a unique power to speak to the Western psyche."




Once a monastic of the Hindu/Buddhist tradition, Williams spent two years in a monastery learning of Eastern arts. Upon his return, Williams became a counselor for teens and other wards of the state in Southern California. Helping others find themselves has become a lifelong passion of Williams.




"Counseling and specific spiritual directorship is something that always comes naturally to me," Williams said. "The variety and intensity of my own spiritual experiences makes offering that service seem even more natural to me and, as a priest and an ordained interfaith minister, it's a part of my work."




Williams, in addition to working as a counselor, is a published author and a trance-healer in the Kemetic modality. His first published work, "Isiacism &

the Ancient Faith of Isis Reborn," is available at local bookstores. An introduction to reconstructed Isiac theology, Williams hopes the book will serve as a gateway into the things he believes for the layman.




Williams has been working on his book for nearly 10 years, endeavoring to create a concise introduction to the fundamentals of Isiacist theology, covering the eclectic ground in a more philosophical and academic sense.




"One intent was to demonstrate the profound relevance Isiacism has for the modern world," Williams said.




"As a non-exclusivist, non-patriarchal and non-monotheistic Western mystical tradition, Isiacism has the unique ability to speak to the hearts of Westerners in a way that I believe is much needed today, and to heal the psycho-spiritual trauma that has been inflicted upon the Western society for the last 1,700 years as a result of the West adapting Christianity and attempting to force an exclusivist tradition into a pluralistic cultural context," Williams said. "Some of this trauma includes the religion-based wars and a loss of our own indigenous stories, traditions and ancestry, be they Celtic, Norse, Mediterranean, etc."




Williams is quick to point out that his interest in philosophy and desire to counsel people is not an exclusive attempt at converting. He said his experiences with so many different faiths as well as the depth of his own search for meaning has given him an appreciation for all faiths, which he hopes to embrace while helping others find their place in the world. In addition to reaching out to others through academia, Williams spends time walking about in his black cassock, hoping that people will find him approachable.




The priest brings to mind the W. Somerset Maugham writing about the ease in being holy upon a mountain, but finding salvation within the societal world being as difficult on a razor's edge. Yet, returning to Ashland affords Williams the opportunity to do just that, as he works on his new historical and philosophical books, as well as publishing an anthology of poetry and integrating himself within the lives of those in need.




"What haven't I gotten out of this journey," Williams said. "The old Western alchemical term, 'The Great Work,' indicates the full actualization of one's purpose and potential. So, that is my way of saying that this is my final embracing of what I see as my Great Work."




Reach Williams and learn more about his faith, his book or his counseling at isiacism@gmail.com or call (714)-614-4699 or check out .