Sonntag, 3. Januar 2010

Best Buy?

I always have been a skeptic. This is why it took me a while to adjust to the term “esoteric” - but that is for another post. However, although I learned to be open to other concepts of thinking and to people’s experiences, sometimes I am having a hard time to overcome my skepticism. Like, some of the homepages of people offering services, knowledge and what else in the field of spiritual development. The “idea” or concept promoted looks good but then there is all that additional merchandising . After reading Frater AIT’s recent post mentioning astral projection, I checked out Robert Bruce. On his webpage he not only sells his courses and books, he also sells some kind of Medaillon and I would not be surprised if there are some T-Shirts as well. Or Donald Walsh. Although I never read his books and I know people who highly value them, I am turned off by the inflation of similar books. Talks with GOD; more talks with GOD; Things GOD did not say but was supposed to add…. I am exaggerating but seriously, sometimes it looks like someone initially had a real or honest idea and then realized that there is a lot of money to make. Now, I am not saying that either` Bruce or Walsh or all the others are not serious and only after the money. I just used them as examples. I also think it is legitimate to make money in the field of the search for spiritual enlightment. Just sometimes my impression is that the selling interest is higher than the sharing of knowledge aspect. The problem is that there are so many schlemiels out there who want to sell you some nonsense, that it is difficult to filter what is useful if everyone uses the same way for promotion. In that sense it would be of great benefit if there would be some samples or excerpts of what is promoted . These should be of sufficient size or kind so one is able to judge if this is what one was actually looking for3- as subjective such an determination is, As I said, I am a general skeptic.

Having said that, I will have a look on Bruce’s books as this sounds interesting enough to give it a try and also because it was recommended by people who know what they are doing (Thanks for this, this is why I love these blogs).

In L.V.X


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  2. Again, extremely valid point and I couldn't have said it better myself. I have often thought the same thing about selling mysticism. The conclusion I usually come to is that this is how they make their living, and they're trying their best to live off of their teaching alone. I guess that's where all the marketing comes from. Most of it might be the publisher's doing as well. After all, it seems like the publisher is really the entity making the most money.

    Really, though, with the slick marketing front (which always makes me leery) and extra merchandise, it's hard to take some of these people seriously. Then again, I have found that it's also hard for me to take someone seriously (in light of my spiritual development) who has a drab HTML website with all kinds of mechanical errors (spelling, grammar, etc.). It's the skeptic in me, I guess. Regardless, I acknowledge that the evaluations of both cases are woefully inadequate as criteria of true spiritual/magical worth. The real value (or lack thereof) lies in the teachings (or lack thereof) of the material presented.

    There again, how to evaluate the teachings? You addressed this in a previous post. It seems like for every system out there, there's at least one that tears it down and rails about how inaccurate and mistaken it is! What is one to do?