"The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear. It is even difficult to imagine all the horror of this slavery. We do not understand what people are losing. But in order to understand the cause of this slavery, it is enough to see how people live, what constitutes the aim of their existence, the object of their desires, passions, and aspirations, of what they think, of what they talk, what they serve and what they worship." ~ P. D. Ouspensky 1878 - 1947
I think I have come to a point in my life where I'm so done with pseudo-mysticism, New Age bandwagon, toxic positiveness, and overly commercialized Spiritual Coaching/Healing.
I just feel something is wrong here. Something is missing. No offense to my friends who are in different esoteric/mystical paths, but I think this is slowly becoming more of a "show" that aims to get people's money and attention. Delusional people and money-making scumbags are taking advantage of people's susceptibility offering things like enlightenment, nirvana, panic healing, past life regression, and the rest of the shebang. There are still some genuine people out there, but these you gotta search for and identify.
I always believe that the probable truth "might" be in the middle of two opposing ideas. If I become the Buddha/Christ this lifetime, so be it. If not, so be it. If Buddha-hood or Christ-hood is crap, so be it. If I'm wrong, so be it. If the world ends now, so be it.
Just like the Prince Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) and Mar Yeshua Ben Yosef (Jesus Christ), I will pay more attention to my inner voice. I will live my life with no regrets. Have I become an Atheist or a Secular Humanist? Absolutely not! My eyes are just wide open now. I can clearly see the rust in this industry's sugar-coated lies.
Patrick Gaffiero - A Way with Occult and Magick is not just a webpage; it's a personal journey. Each lesson is loaded with information, knowledge, and experience, as everything published has happened in some way or another. That's why every year it’s renewed, every year it transforms. Because as the one behind it grows, the knowledge and experience of life and the world grow within him.
But it is not only my experience: it is the experience that has been derived from all those around me, from the ones who have taught me something in conversation to the ones with whom I live every day and of course, the mentors who guided me through years of practice.
It is not just about becoming a guide or a guru but also being "a place" where one can see it from another perspective and find possible answers. And for this, the philosophy, full of existentialism, positivism, stoicism, and cynicism are good companions on my journey, along with the spiritual and esoteric guidance of the so-called "sinister" paths, with their full range of symbols.
I completely hear and sympathize with what some are saying. One does not observe Christianity in order to obtain salvation nor practice Buddhism to achieve enlightenment or realize awakening. We do it for the journey and for all that comes with it.
That is why I ask you not to focus on who I am, but on what I say, on what I reflect, because it can be a good reflection of what you need to know or remember, life is nothing more than an accumulation of experiences and perspectives. The way we face it lies exclusively with us.
Doubt, think, investigate, do not even blindly trust my words, because you will not find true knowledge until you have tried it, discovered it, experienced it in yourself.
Remember this is an experience, a journey, a place where you can learn from yourself. It depends on you how you see it and how you apply it, for I, who am behind it, am just a spiritual wanderer. Et Dona Nobis Pacem!
ii-wy em Hotep - Patrick Gaffiero