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It is increasingly evident that the majority will always follow mediocrity; the pretty pied piper leading them with hapless smiles to their own demise; the lower astral realm and its inhabitants keeping them trapped with beautiful lies.
There is nothing wrong in seeking an escape from reality – it’s been a major preoccupation of humanity since time began. But when the storyteller starts to believe in the myth of their own tale; when they become so identified with an archetype that they begin to think that they *are* it; when self questioning ends, and self aggrandaisement begins; and when selling delusion becomes a perfectly valid career move… then yes, we have a problem.
An elderly magician told me 15 years ago that the Third World War would be a war on Consciousness. Certainly our minds are colonised; and perhaps nowhere more so than among New Age spiritual seekers who declare themselves to be ‘Free.’
How free are we if we willingly place our minds, our emotions and our intuitive faculties into New Age memes and fads? Are we really ‘free’ or have we simply been marketed to so successfully and for so long, that we only believe that we are?
New Age platitudes are not going to give anyone what they really seek. Bingeing on New Age ‘spirituality’ may feel more ‘holy’ than watching an action film or drinking a few beers for the 21st century consumer; but it is still just entertainment.
What are the motives behind New Age ideas? Personal gratification and self-deification, or wonder at and humility before the glory of God?
Entertainment is not ‘Spirituality,’ and spirituality, with its traditional motifs of self sacrifice, abnegation, surrender, awe and suffering, is anything but entertaining. It is usually what comes when there is nothing left; that is why it is linked with rebirth and death.
To accurately assess spiritual teachers, healers, clairvoyants, Orders, groups, churches and helpers of any kind, requires discernment. As a wise man said long ago; We shall know them by their fruits. A worthy spiritual teacher, clairvoyant, healer or guide will receive and transmit genuine, useful testable, applicable, empowering guidance and advice. They will not encourage dependency, but will help us to develop our own connection, personal power and discernment.
They encourage us to be the best we can be, while keeping a tight reign upon our indulgences. (They never indulge us.) Even if they give difficult information, they do so with compassion. They never use fear or shame tactics, make veiled threats, or feed primeval fears. They do not speak with false sentimentalism or infantile language , and they do not seduce using physical or personal charms. They never dishonour us by telling us what we want to hear.
A genuinely gifted healer, whether psychic, spiritual or magnetic, can be identified because they make effective and lasting changes in the people they heal. Put simply; people get better. Tumours go away, burns are soothed, blood clots disappear, hearts start beating normally again, vitality is returned, the nervous system is restored, and movement comes back to paralysed limbs. All of these effects and more have been observed throughout history, and I have seen each of these in my own personal experience.
There are many people in the world with phenomenal abilities, but just as virtuoso pianists are rare, so are people with virtuoso abilities. However, they do exist.
I have had the Gift of hereditary clairvoyance, precognitive dreams, healing ability, psychokinesis, telekinesis, telepathy, and other such things since I was 6 years old…and can say from my heart that along with such abilities, come great disabilities, and there is always a price – a price which all true clairvoyants, healers, empaths and mystics know about, and which is often hard to bear.
Charlatans don’t suffer this cost; hence they can blatantly flaunt their wares in the market place without suffering the anguishing loss of integrity that a genuine Sensitive feels so acutely; when even the smallest disingenuous act is felt like a weal.
In the ancient mystery schools, admission was based on merit, not on money. And in today’s genuine mystery schools, the process is the same. If we can access something as supposedly sacred as a spiritual path purely by means of money, then is it really worth the price? The cost of contra-initiation is much more than gold, and finding the way back onto the right path again can take lifetimes.
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