My Apparent Lack of Esoteric Wisdom

Monday, September 27, 2010
Posted in category Fluff

I really hate vegan-yoga-meditation-new agey, crystal healing, supernaturalist, Age-of-Aquarius, pseudo-consciousness raising fluff bullshit. I just had to say that. Something in my email box provoked me to say that tonight.

Have you ever been to Sedona, Arizona? My folks used to live out that way, so I visited often. It’s a fun, clean, quiet town that has yet to be overrun by trash tourists – which is a good thing. And the natural beauty is splendidific. But it’s one of those places where the yin and yang congregants hang out. The website of the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association states that the town has a

spiritual reputation as a Mecca of healers, psychics, spiritual counselors, massage therapists, energy and body workers, reiki masters, yoga classes, light workers, shamans, mediums, clairvoyants and channelers.  Sedona is a place of wisdom, enlightenment, beauty and transformative opportunities.  Retreats, metaphysical book stores and classes provide spiritual learning experiences.

And then there’s the vortexes, which are “a giant magnet of energy that is either positive or negatively charged. Positive charged vortexes have feminine attributes: nurturing, calming and tranquil or yin. Negative vortexes are masculine, active, energizing or yang.’

Good God – thinking about all that crap is a waste of energy.


UPDATE: Comments from Skip Oliva:

Back in 2000, I was freelancing for a political news website and I covered the nominating convention for a group known as the Natural Law Party. It was an actual political party, of sorts, built around promoting Transcendental Meditation as a solution to all of America’s problems. And they were damn serious. Their “national defense” platform actually spoke of training a few hundred people the art of meditation, and they in turn would create an invisible shield to protect the country from foreign attack

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12 Responses to My Apparent Lack of Esoteric Wisdom

  1. Steve Haag says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve been an avid bicyclist for 25 years and wish that others could experience its many pleasures. There is nothing quite like the FEEL of the road from beneath my two wheeler. The senses come alive as the endorphins kick in during rides through country roads. I often get quizzical looks from the SUVers as they power past me in their climate controlled cocoons. Their minds are dulled by the creature comforts and toys that must surround them or be within easy reach. Give me the FREEDOM of the road. Let my mind wander as the hills roll by. Let me hear nothing except the spinning of wheels over ribbons of asphalt. Let me know the peace that the quizzical lookers never experience or understand.

  2. Iluvatar says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Oh Shiite.

    What a complete downgrade to Transcendentalism by the likes of Thoreau!

    Can we say yucko? Or yucca?

    Best bet, is to hook up w/ some Indians out there and imbibe on their peyote + mezcal (and eat the WORM!).

    Trust me, if it doesn’t kill you; it will make you stronger (someone very popular said this a long time ago – can anyone guess who? test question).

    But should you survive, you will get a very good grounding in reality!

    In a very hard way…

    Carlos Casteneda was NOT wrong – you are going to go somewhere!

    While I can’t speak to Sedona, I CAN speak to the desert SW – I see true value in the Indians past procedure into adult inauguration – as well as the medical doctors.

    Sort of been there…

    Don’t look at a mountain or a forest in the same way anymore…

    And oh hey? What was talked about above, -does NOT constitute spiritual awareness – KAY???


    Work is involved!

  3. Iluvatar says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    And that AIN’T the yin & Yang either!

    They’re stealing stuff!


  4. Iluvatar says:

    September 28th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Oh cripes

    I completely forgot J Krishnamurti’s phrase “SEE the tree”

    Doh! (scrambling downstairs into the basement, looking for all of his old books, clop, clop, clop)

    Can I get back to you on that one?

    Rip, tear, throw (ow! my hand!), rip, throw…

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    September 28th, 2010 at 6:34 am

    “climate controlled cocoons” — great description!

  6. M. Terry says:

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I work in the area quite often. We get a kick out of the nutz out there.

    The place has a real draw for cultists of all sorts. There was an uproar a year or so back when one of the big-dollar life coaches managed to kill several people in a bastardization of a sweat lodge ceremony.

    And the Dahn Yoga (another bastardization of yoga that appears to be a cult) clan is nearby – just outside of Cottonwood.

    One of my yoga instructors wouldn’t go over very well in Sedona – she carries a Glock, and just purchased a combat 12 gauge shotgun.

    But then – maybe it’s not really yoga if we’re not spinning crystals and practicing near a “vortex.” I guess where I live it’s more like redneck yoga.

    What’s really fun is to open carry a 44 mag and carry a “Freedom of Choice” tee shirt emblazoned with all sorts of EBRs while in Sedona. The crystal waivers almost all swoon when they see that.

    I’m leaving again tomorrow morning for the Sedona area. Better put on the “I (heart) Yoga bumber sticker and drape crystals from the rear-view mirror in preparation. Gotta get my head right.

    Unfortunately, I still can’t compete with the maroon I saw a while back in a giant 2 wheel drive SUV sportin an “Obama/Biden” bumber sticker next to a “Stop the War” bumper sticker driving like an asshole in Sedona. We about choked on our nonfat soymilk lattes when we saw that.

    OK – I made up the part about the lattes.

  7. M. Terry says:

    September 28th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    BTW here’s a link to the grotesque Dahn Yoga statue of “Mago” that was recently (thankfully) dismantled outside of Cottonwood :

    The Dahn Yoga clan imported a gaggle of enlightened, soy-poisoned, brain damaged New Age crystal waivers from California to bleat, chant, moan and scourge themselves with dirty wattles collected from a vortex tour while this Disneyesque abomination was being dismantled.

    Now if they’d used TNT to dismantle Mago it would have been more fun. Maybe the Catholic church in the adjacent property should have constructed a hundred foot plastic Jesus. I bet the New Agers would have loved that.

    Maybe the Dahn clan should have constructed a giant plastic Magoo.

    Here’s a link to the sweat lodge deaths:

  8. Aaron says:

    September 28th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Personally, I’d take the Natural Law Party’s plan over the current neo-con/Demopublican plan of world-hopping militaristic globalism. At least with the NLP’s idea, we’d not be wasting tax dollars making the world hate us. :)

  9. Iluvatar says:

    September 28th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    @ M Terry:

    That rocked & I am LMAO.

    Dude, reconsider the mezcal/peyote thing at some point.

    Folks might be idiots (there) but the terrain is NOT.

    Just a high Mojave (California) desert rat babbling here…

    There IS soemthing to connect to – it ain’t the people, it’s the earth…

  10. Iluvatar says:

    September 29th, 2010 at 12:27 am


    @ All:

    Have been watching 2 GREAT movies of late (didn’t I just say I was an extreme introvert just recently – Duh!)

    Great way to get your power back!

    Ridley Scott is way over the top in these 2:

    1) Kingdom of Heaven (starring some great actors), &

    2) Robin Hood, just released on DVD this week.

    His concepts of freedom are not far off the mark here and are well worth watching. The latter movie introduces the concept of the Magna Carta against the king.

    Sound familiar? Duh? Where do you think we are RIGHT now????

    It is all about ownership of OUR GOV – by us!

    And if you watch the latter movie, take strict attention regarding how Robin (Longstrider == Hood) discusses the concept of FREEDOM & LIBERTY (Thank-you Ridley!!)

    My view?: “The King is Dead – Long Live OUR FREEDOM!” Screw the “Long Live The King” follow-up – imho…

    PS: NO ONE answered the test question correctly (*prior post*): Answer?: Nietzsche!!!


    Get free brothers, take good care… (typos exist – hand man…)

  11. Iluvatar says:

    September 30th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Do you want to know what got me REALLY scared??


    I’lll tell you.

    It was reading a Shambala book on the Jewish mystics (which I also lent to my neighbor). Then a book on the Sufiists (Moslem mystics).


    It is really scary reading what they wrote AND THEN MY AGREEING w/ everything they say (to include: being TOTALLY in LOVE w/ god!!!)

    And this WITHOUT EVEN having some time to break in to my Library books on Meister Eckhart (s’posed to be my retirement reading, Doh!!) – wherein his difficulties w/ Christianity forced him to create the concept of a “GodHead” rather than just a god.

    Folks, there are 2 comments that are germaine here:

    1) religion, in general, (ALL religions) can basically be put on the exteriior of a wheel w/ spokes on it (like a bicycle wheel!!). At the exterior, is where we are as “religious children”. As we move towards greater degrees of spirituality, we simply move closer to the center of the wheel, a step known as “spiritual” maturity. At the very outside, we are “children”, midpoint – we are “adolescents”, & center “adults”/mystics.

    For ANY VALID religion (cf. commnets below), positive progress leads to ONE PLACE – THE CENTER. All mystics I have read differ from each other NOT AT ALL!

    And that includes Christianity, Islam, Jewish, Buddism, Taoism, and Vendata Hinduism.

    WOW! WOW! Ain’t that cool???

    All we need to do is head to the “hub”! And we will be there!

    Stop screwing around getting lost in the insanity that is your LOCAL reality!

    My many conversations w/ my work colleagues, wherein I describe the “wheel” concept, they get it rather quickly – so can we all.
    2) Now this embarrassing, I have forgotten point # 2!

    But I have not forgotten a really good piece by Wittengstein, wherein he pointed out that TRUE religion is ALWAYS PERSONAL. Your views towards a god-concept must make sense to YOU. YOU need something that YOU BELIEVE IN. Hence, personal. If we agree to that precept, then how can organized religion EVER be REAL or apply to YOU?

    That is argument #1 against Christianity. Alan Watts had the the 2nd argument – it can be found on page 11 of “Behold The Spirit” – how the notion of a god that was totally transcendent causes an alienation of man from his god. This is quickly resolved when we realize that we ARE god & he is US and he is everything.

    Coolio! Hey god, want to party??

    (LOL + big wide toothy grin here; ignore the “damned” typos – my hand is busted…(pun intended))

  12. cousin lucky says:

    September 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I Want To Enjoy Their Town For Three Months This Winter As long As They Pay My Expenses In Full. Please Let Me Know Who Is Going to Accommodate Me!!!

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