Recently I wandered over to Adelaide, South Australia to give moral support and a public lecture for the founding of the first Australian lodge of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light. One of the most gratifying experiences I had was people reflecting on the clarity of my talk – an overview of the western esoteric tradition – even folk who were not members of it. This makes me happy, as one of the biggest problems in western spiritual systems is the language. A lot of it is anything but clear.
Now we have recently had a lovely (and in some parts of the earth, spectacular) ‘blood moon’ eclipse. From my blog news feed it seems by and large the magical community did not make a big fuss about it all; they simply got on with the job. Yes, some nice comments and photos on social media, but that was about it. Not so the New Age folk. This is an example of several similar things that ended up in my Inbox:
“Spectacular event of magnetic proportions awaits mankind’s entrance through the gateway of creation once more. Thorough the gateway of creation of the flower of life and the eternal essence of being.
The structural component grids of the aforementioned genesis of creation has been recalibrated with the new frequency of being and new set of accords has been instituted into the physical institutions and representations of that which humanity believes to be.
For through the representation of the highest octave of being, you shall begin to see candid facts of eternal angelic guidance and the flower of life and the eternal flame of the violet, manifest into your daily activities through the truth of that which shall be bestowed upon you by those who hold the books of the ancients, for the books of the ancients carry the informational decree of eons past.”
St Bob once wrote that most ‘spiritual’ writing is like a politician’s speech; it feels vaguely inspiring and uplifting as you go along, but if you reflect on it at the end, precious little actual information has been delivered. And so it is with this piece of channelled wisdom. As I asked when reviewing a disturbingly new age Golden Dawn book, what by all that is holy is this supposed to mean?
I can’t actually pin any real meaning to these paragraphs at all, at all. Now part of the problem is of course the nature of the subject: spirituality is a slippery fish and essentially subjective. It is hard to write about without sounding like a plonker. However, that is no reason not to try. Defining terms is always a good place to start, otherwise gods knows if the author (in this case some Ascended Wotzit or other) and reader actually understand the words the same way. But the biggest most disturbing aspect of these paragraphs can be summed up by contemplating these words:
“The goal of electromagnetic forces is to plant the seeds of intuition rather than yearning. By flowering, we believe.
This circuit never ends.
Soon there will be a condensing of learning the likes of which the universe has never seen. The planet is approaching a tipping point. The reintegration of fulfilment is now happening worldwide.
Flow is the healing of potentiality, and of us. You and I are messengers of the cosmos. Faith is the driver of freedom.”
Why? Because the above paragraphs were written by a soulless computer, as part of the ‘New-Age Bullshit Generator’ project. Literally created by a godless algorithm. Yet they sound like the words of Ascended Masters promulgated by the New Age and dodgy parts of the esoteric community. Think on it.
Far be it from me to question the validity of individuals’ New Age experience, but really guys, as a community, when you produce drivel that can’t be discerned from a computer generation, you’re letting the side down… eh?
I still get lovely compliments and questions regarding my book, By Names and Images, and to each new questioner I ask them to let me know if anything is not clear. So far, on the whole, so good. I hope that my future writings are as clear; if I ever write like an Ascended Master, euthanasia is encouraged. Thanks 🙂