After viewing my Facebook profile several people have asked me why I am listed as ‘Tibetan Buddhist’ and have I given up the Western Traditions?
The answer to the second question is, no. The first answer can be found searching recent blogs on the Golden Dawn (or clicking here). Even a quick review of the results will show why I cannot stomach being associated with this community. Of course, at this point any reader on the side of the various GD ‘factions’ will be nodding their head and think I am speaking about the others.
While still moved, held, blessed and loved by the Golden Dawn, as I always will be, I am increasingly having to admit its failure as public spiritual path. Let me be a little clearer on this.
The historical Golden Dawn came into being as heir and holder, through inspiration and inner contacts if not charters or commissions, of several strands of the western esoteric tradition. The Golden Dawn / RR et AC “system” of spiritual development, even the published version, is beautiful and potent beyond measure, a gift from the One for the redemption of our souls. The outer organisational form and structure that held this powerful tradition soon split under the pressure, just as the outer ego or lower self would split from receiving an Adeptus Minor initiation too early. The reasons for this failure are many, including the personalities involved, but I suspect the main reason is the failure to adhere to traditional Lodge structures of leadership and power.
In any case the tradition thereafter splintered into many parts. As I have mentioned before, one of these parts quickly recovered and held the authentic tradition within a more robust ‘container’. They are what I consider the real Golden Dawn and are to be contrasted with the other forms which were characterised by two main traits: the explicit or implicit rejection of the demands of Christianity and public revelation. These two traits have become more pronounced over the years since 1903, so much so that we now have online Golden Dawn courses open to all comers and such oddities as the Thelemic Golden Dawn.
The various Golden Dawn blogs, websites and forums that so distress me are the result of people whom I sure started out with healthy motivations. After all no one has any ambition at the start of their spiritual quest to eventually evolve into a leader of an international Order who throws slander around with as much gusto and glee of a pissed-off orangutan chucking his faeces at rivals. So how does this happen? The main purpose of the Outer Order (the Golden Dawn) is to balance the candidate so they are harmonious and able to move towards surrendering their ego in the Inner Order. Virtually all of the material I find offensive, childish and just plain silly is written by Inner Order Adepti. How is this possible? Why has the transformation of the ego not occurred?
The tradition itself is not deficient – of that I am sure. I have felt and been transformed by its grace and beauty. I have seen people within secret Orders slowly, over the years changed and transported from self-focus and limited views to unfolded paragons of love and compassion.
I am therefore led to conclude that there is something deficient or skewing the spiritual transformation within the various public Orders. And the only thing I can see that all share, besides the traditional rituals and practices (which work), is that fact that they are public. Is there a clue in this? Certainly , the original Golden Dawn was fostered and birthed in an era of secrecy, following the lodge tradition. Maybe the tradition simply cannot be practiced in an open milieu? It definitely, to my mind cannot be practiced with innovations, created solely by public Orders, such as astral or self initiation.
These are open questions. I do not know the answers. But I could not, at this time, with honesty recommend any public Golden Dawn Order to some seeking spiritual unfoldment. If you have answers or suggestions, please post a comment, though I respect your right to reply to me privately. Thanks. 🙂