Collecting the little victories along the way is good advice for any reasonably complex goal, of course, because the universe has an irritating habit of actually making you earn anything worth having.
However it’s especially important for the Big Things like coping with grief or recovering from addiction.
Spiritual illumination? Definitely a Big Thing.
And it’s a Big Thing that needs a large collection of little victories for two reasons.
The first: because the path can so easily fall away from you. Sometimes it can just be a look or an offhand comment by someone on a BBC panel show.
The second: most of the world seems very interested in tearing down what you are earnestly trying to build. As a community we have a tendency to do this to ourselves, with some frankly unhelpful and drearily periodic name-calling of late. But in the wider sense, just having the audacity to take the reigns of your own spiritual destiny opens you up to near-universal derision.
Which is why I get such a thrill when the transdimensional freakshow that is our beloved occult world scores one in the face of dismissive orthodoxy. It compels me to share these little victories. I get a lot of them from Cat, so if you too are a transdimensional freakshow news hoarder, I suggest you follow him wherever he goes. (Online only. He may eventually grow to resent you waiting outside his house or going through his bins. He hasn’t mentioned it to me yet so maybe I’m wrong there?)
Here’s what I mean:
This is a great editorial from the Fortean Times exploring the implications of positive psi research results for science in general. To put it in schoolyard terms, we were right and they were wrong and now they have to move to another part of the playground because we’re setting up our base right where they have recess. Bam.
An Ayurvedic healing root really can prevent cancer cells from spreading. Bam again (though I freely admit that calling Ayurveda “occult” is possibly unhelpful). My father had cancer surgery early last year. I forwarded this link to my mother the psychonaut so she can nag him into buying some. One of her closest friends has a much more serious/terminal case of a cancer that is so odd her results were delayed for two weeks because her oncologist took them to a conference, put them up on the big screen and basically said “anybody know what the fuck that is?”
When you’re off the map you’re off the map so you may as well try low-probability solutions right? Which is why I’m suggesting my mother the psychonaut (bam alert) gets her friend really, really stoned regularly because of these amazing results. Bam. How my terribly middle class mother would procure THC is merely an amusing side-effect.
But why not? If you are suffering from a cancer no one has ever seen before take the ancient Hindu root and get really stoned. The rules of play have been suspended -which is when we all get a sudden urge to take up sport.
That’s enough of the little victories. Here are a few more things I have brought along for our own humble version of transdimensional freakshow show-and-tell:
The analysis is terribly entertaining. Like Madonna, Gaga is at her best when she is exploring something she can confidently speak about from her own transformative experience, namely the whole Italian-American/Catholic/guild/Madonna-whore thing. Her Catholic imagery is unbelievably sophisticated, I wish she’d do more of it and less of that other stuff.
So yeah, it’s fun analysis but the artist herself is quoted at the top of the article as saying it’s not religious, it’s cultural. Same as Madonna. In both cases their creations are so impactful because they are masters at wielding an extremely potent set of metaphors that have been baked into them since birth.
Pretty sure I got that one through Lunatic Culpepper. (Also highly recommended.) Sorry if it was someone else.
Because, like we have discussed in the OAT series, we are economically insignificant now. That has unbelievably dire implications for how much politicians are willing to pander to our silly little concerns about dishwashers and how much it costs to fill up our imported car.
Thanks to Cat for that one.
Because it was the most widely available cleaning agent. Because our eighteenth century ideas of what cleanliness was and wasn’t built much of our energy cleansing/clearing beliefs. Also as a fun sidebar you get the origin of the “airing dirty laundry” phrase. As a boring sidebar I was asked if I wanted to manage that magazine but I chose a different (bigger) one instead.
This is right up my alley. You know how I feel about repeated failure, probability enhancement and chaos itself.
Want to get rich? Fail often, fail fast, don’t have a plan. I love that blog. I call him my “boy Penelope“. Obviously not to his face. I’d just blush like a 1950s Oklahoma schoolgirl if I met him.
We all know this. And it has nothing to do with the enduring magical target selection metaphor. It really is just about bees. But also religion and magic and other slightly-less-awesome-than-bees things.
(Idea for later: Find someone who can make Rune Soup a crest or coat of arms that has a bee and a shark on it. Also find out what “awesome” is in Latin.)
Wheeee! This is so much fun. It’s a slider that overlays maps of London going from today back to Victorian times.
A five part documentary series. I think I found this through Lunatic Culpepper as well. Sorry again if I didn’t. Usually I’m more diligent with my squirrelling but it’s impossible for me to be any more busy right now.
Scroll down to the bottom until you get to the ever-amazing Geraldine. You’re welcome.