Over at the Gleamings From the Dawn blog Morgan has been busy with a series of thoughtful and frank blogs on the GD. I missed most of these when they appeared cos I was on holidays blissing in the country. However, I did smart-phone reply to a couple of emails sent to me about the topics in general (why people don’t comment on blogs surprises me. Most bloggers don’t actually bite).
One of the questions concerned the ongoing back and forth bantering in the GD community and when would it stop. I replied it will never stop so long as any group, Order, teacher or faction seeks hegemony over others. Now on the surface no group outwardly states they are seeking this, but as I have pointed out before, the political jockeying over legitimacy and lineage does in fact attempt this. So for 2012 I see little change in the outward GD discourse. That said, as Nick Farrell has pointed out the GD community is actually more friendly and collegiate than it appears in the blogs and websites. Nick says eight different Orders gave him a hand on his latest book, sharing info and wot all. I agree completely with Nick – even my own little efforts on MOTO have brought me online friends and unsolicited sharing of original documents and information. Most people, even GD magicians, are nice people. 🙂
Now, I suspect if I ever sat down with Morgan and his Secret Chiefs (if they gave me a seat) we would disagree as much as agree on the finer points of the GD and magic. However, I think the essential agreement we would have is that it is fine to disagree. Now again, no Order or teacher is brazen enough to say otherwise. However, as Morgan has pointed out the reality is sometimes quite different and the resulting avalanche of accusations and abuse shows this (I’ve read too many Marvel Comics recently – apologies for the alliteration). As I have posted before, the rhetoric of binary choice being touted these days is alien to the GD and a sign of attempted hegemony. When on Facebook I maintained that one can always choose a third path, not one of the extremes (Neophyte ceremony anyone?), I was compared to an archetypal villain 🙂
Still I sometimes feel sorry for those GD folk who argue from a classic Secret Chiefs, hidden masters perspective. You see, within that paradigm the Chiefs are all wise and compassionate Masters, having perfected their humanity and lower passions. The more one approaches their exalted status, the more one becomes a little more like them, transforming base emotions and petty human feelings etc. In this paradigm those of the higher adept grades are more developed, more wise and more spiritual than those of us below them. Logically this should be even more so for someone who is the Chief’s self declared amanuensis or has them round for tea.
In the hurly burly of internet discourse this puts such people at a disadvantage. If they get angry and abusive or petty and paranoid they automatically call into question their own advertised spiritual attainment. On the other hand folk like Morgan, Nick and Pat Zalewski who have never promoted themselves within this paradigm of spiritual and moral development can say what they like, how they like. They can do the virtual equivalent of pulling their pants down and shaking their bums at whoever pisses them off (not that they ever would). Not so the spirtually exalted GD folk… they need to remain calm and nice 🙂 Of course, if these folk were really that cool, they would never even be tempted to be anything other than calm and nice. I’ve seen my Tibetan teachers roused by passion but never approaching anger, even in the face of extremity. Mostly they are sad at the state of consciousness the other folk must be in to do such extreme things.
The interesting thing though is that it seems those folk who promote the spiritual-development-Chiefs are often the most petty and silly on the net. Just look in the past MOTO comments for examples. As soon as a spiritual-moral paradigm 7=4 dude descends to name calling or lies they call into question their attainment. It must be hard for them, but even harder for their intelligent followers who have to somehow deny or reconcile the obvious non-attained actions of their attained leader. Again and again. Without such denial or forced reconciliation of course, the whole spiritual point and edifice of the Order comes crashing down like a house of cards. I learnt this the hard way at 19 as my supposed 7=4 Chief had a nervous breakdown when the boyfriend of an underage street kid he was intent on bonking took umbrage in the form of a knifepoint threat. Glad I learnt it so young…
Oh well, Happy Secular New Year MOTO folks 🙂