In another Blog the question „What is an Esoteric Order“ was asked. Well, regarding the GD as it is presented in the internet, I would have to say it is a group of people, dressing in fancy costumes, using funny tools, doing weird things. Members of such an Order are obviously nuts and need medical treatment.
That is the impression one may get reading what is out there. And I am not talking about the various forums as they are not the entry for anyone who is curious about the GD, I am talking (again) about the blogs and homepages. I first should say that I am not a member of any order or group but that I associate myself with the GD Tradition. I am trying my best working with what I have and get from the various books, blogs and forums. And I have to say there is a lot of valuable stuff there. The members of the forums obviously are having real and serious discussions about the Tradition, its content, the rituals and so on. But this is not what the average person “googeling” his or her way to the GD will find and see (or is willing to go through reading) first. The entry gate is the homepages and the blogs. And what do you see there? In a lot of them it seems that the battle between orders, groups and individuals is more important than the actual discussion about the Tradition and the work itself. The googler will read this and get the impression that the members of such orders are plain silly, vain and so on. And the googler will not see the difference between the orders and groups or understand what all that fuss is about. Instead the googler will go on and check on the videos and see some weird rituals performed by funny dressed people. Now, what will that person, even if he/she is interested in the search for the light and the Great Work think? Or people who are like, or are fans of, Dan Brown?
I say that specifically you heads and members of any ”official” orders and groups have a responsibility regarding how the GD is presented to the public because your blogs and homepages are (also) for the public, otherwise you could only use some closed forums. You represent the GD and its Tradition. You need to transport the spirit of the GD as a serious path to the light or enlightment if you allow me to phrase it this way. You are responsible for keeping any ridicule from the GD or else people will see this as an association of psychotic Egyptian like dressed clowns.
I love to read the blogs and forums and I do enjoy the videos which are out there. But I am devoted to the Tradition and I am interested in the GD and what it stands for, so I have a certain understanding of what is done in the videos any why it ids done that way. I am glad and thankful that I am able to see actual temple work since I am not able to attend a real temple. I learn so much from all of you but at the same time I realize that for someone else all this must look more than just weird.
You may think that I have not right to complain and how I could dare… since I am not part of the “official” GD, may not be experienced enough to understand and whatever else. You may be right. But as I said, I am regarding the GD and its tradition as highly valuable and too precious to just be seen as some more weird esoteric nonsense. I do not want to offend any individual, Order or group here or take anyone’s side. I value all of your work and appreciate the dedication you show in so many ways. I would just wish that you would see what the side effects of some of the published words may have.