By now many MOTO readers will know about Nick Farrell’s invitation to the Secret Chiefs* to prove themselves to him, thus clearing up the matter of their putative existence once and for all. It’s a wonderful idea. Personally, I really DO hope some super-human dude or dude-ess shows up and rock’s Nick’s world. As I mention in this post, if such beings really existed the world would be a better place.
The issue, of course, goes way beyond the Golden Dawn. There are Theosophical folk right here in Perth who are convinced there is a Master hiding out somewhere near Hyde Park (Perth). I’ve met them, and they are lovely, sane people, not remotely as whacko as the average magician. Sadly, all the ‘papers’ this being has given folk over the decades have evaporated away after being read. Such is the problem of ectoplasmic data storage.
Anyway… a bit of a cut and paste from myself on Facebook recently:
If the Secret Chiefs exist they are choosing (up to Nick’s invitation) to remain SECRET.
Therefore we cannot say anything about them with CERTAINTY.
Those folk who (claim to) have met them all appear to be unable to prove they exist, in the same way I prove my work colleagues exist to my partner – by inviting them around to dinner.
Knowing this, there is NO POINT in folk who (claim to) have met them talking about the Secret Chiefs.
They just look stupid, cos they can’t prove their existence. I feel for these folk, I really do. The most compassionate thing to do is to encourage them to learn the fourth power and REMAIN SILENT. They simply cannot win this game without proper evidence. And if the Chiefs refuse to give it and forbid them to reveal it – well… poor bastards is all I can say. In their position I’d zip my lip :)
Because all we are getting is second hand subjective info. A court of law would not even look at this as ‘evidence’. And nor should we.
Pointing to documents, meditations, techniques etc and stating they are ‘the work’ of the SCs is equally flawed as evidence. The value of the documents, meditations etc, is dependent on the docs themselves, not claimed authorship. Especially if the originals evaporate or apport back from whence they came once copied. This material may be awesome or crap, but the determining factor is the material itself. Not claimed authorship to someone who will not put up his or her hand and say, “well, yes that’s mine! Good ‘ennit?”
If we think something is better JUST cos it’s from a Chief, we are being foolish. If we think something has come from the Chiefs just ‘cos someone says it has… well…really?
Until we have something all parties can look at solidly, like Nick’s possible future meeting (no doubt it will be recorded), or their forenames, surnames, addresses, documentation, the Secret Chiefs function as a MAGICAL MYTH.
Myths serve valid spiritual functions. But they also become dated and sometimes problematic. The Secret Chiefs myth has no legs anymore and serves to inspire few modern magicians. I therefore await the SCs as solid, concrete shared space-time FACT – which is what Nick is looking for.
Now, Nick is thinking through all the ramifications of this, posting merrily along daily – see this post for example. While I agree with the broad sweep of what Nick says, I have minor differences on some things. Take gender, for example. Nick thinks Secret Chiefs can’t be women. However, the obvious counter for that is the Chiefs never sent a woman or manifested ‘lady parts’ before because they wouldn’t have been taken seriously as a leader/authority prior to the milk-water attempt we have at gender equality today. Still, it’s been over thirty years since Maggie floated to the top of British politics, so there’s really no excuse for it anymore. Heck, if there’s a serious chance the next Doctor Who could be a woman, so can a Chief :)
I actually expect no-one will show up. And I expect us cynics will be smug about it all. However, having learnt a few things after nearly thirty years of hanging around mystical weirdos with large amulets, I expect those to whom the Chiefs are real will not have their belief swayed much either. At this point it would be really nice to think all MOTO readers have read, understood and digested Tanya Lurhmann’s Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft, particularly her discussion on ‘interpretive drift’, which explains why we generally sensible occulty folk end up altering our perceptions to fit our magic. That’s a bit much I know, but do read the book – and don’t curse the author; she’s had enough for one lifetime :)
Anyway, I think the big ‘interpretive drift’ explanations of why no Chiefs will show are that either (A) Nick is not evolved enough, (B) he’s pissed the Chiefs off, (C) his own limited perception will stop him seeing the Chiefs right in front of him or (D) it’s just not cricket to ask for proof, is it?
So in a probably vain effort to nip the interpretive drift off at the pass, I’ll counter these things right now BEFORE the no show. Hey, it may make some folk THINK :)
(A) Nick is not evolved enough. Really it’s hard getting around this one, but not impossible. If a putative, secret and unknown entity has some sort of sense – like a Geiger counter – that only shows them ADVANCED souls, then by definition they may not even notice poor Nick on their night time astral sweeps for new recruits. We cannot argue this point with those who accept (or have met) Chiefs who have such a sense. Only the ‘good un’s’ are known to them. So this is a handy and dandy concept for those mired in interpretive drift seeking to explain a future no show; Nick wasn’t even noticed. All good, however if, and only if, the Chiefs do not interact temporally and publically. Since the earliest days however, the Chiefs have been known to write for newsletters and books, giving messages to specific folk, correcting their erroneous thoughts. These days their words are on blogs, and therefore they have a temporal and contemporary interaction. And Nick IS known enough to be noticed. :)
(B) Nick’s pissed the Secret Chiefs off. This one only flies if you think (A) the Chiefs are churlish enough to hold a grudge, which by definition they are not, or (B) they’re stupid enough not realise what a ‘conversion’ of someone like Nick Farrell would mean in the modern occult community. As Nick points out groups would cease and members would have to find Chief contacted groups, thereby exposing many more people to these advanced souls and their teachings. So, the Chiefs would have to be dumb to pass up that chance, which by definition they are not.
(C) Nick’s own limited perception will stop him seeing the Chiefs right in front of him. Now, if anyone wants to adopt this position, it IS unassailable. It is however also meaningless. I could posit the existence of a advanced Super-Bunny whose factum earth is a guy called Warren Burroughs, but who can only been seen by those of advanced Lapine consciousness. Everyone else misses out on her Cuniculosus Wisdom, no matter how hard she bounces in front of them and tries to get them to notice her. Plus, as we know the Chiefs can manifest quite solid matter – at least for a time. I suggest that even if Nick is so dumb witted he can’t perceive them, they apport or manifest a few pages for Nick’s webcam to pick up and record. Modern technology – a Master’s best friend :)
(D) It’s just not cricket for Nick to ask for proof. Now there is a precedent in the Rosicrucian tradition that can be seen to support this point of view – all the nobles who thought they’d be chosen and demanded entry to the Chymical Wedding were refused, while humble and unassuming CRC was invited. However, this refers to a spiritual dynamic, not an invitation and proof in the physical world, which is what Nick is attempting. Do not confuse the planes, good folk :) Of course, we’ve heard this concept of not demanding proof before – it’s a central part of many Christian faiths. Magic however, is very different and even the very devout Dion Fortune asked, and received physical confirmation from her (non-physical) Masters.
No doubt, I’ve missed something. Please comment away if I have, and let’s be open to what actually happens. It will be fun. Thanks. :)
BELIEVE NOTHING OF WHAT YOU HEAR, AND ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE
* To avoid confusion, I use the definition of the Chiefs described in this article. I am not talking about angels, inspired messages, walk-ins, astral busy-bodies, talking cats, or other sources of wisdom available in the day-to-day world.