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My background covers the sciences and philosophy (mathematics and logic in particular -- and no, don't bring your math homework to me; I will ignore it), spirituality (this is a vague word, so I will simply call it 'esoterics' -- although this too is vague, as there is a particular branch of Esoterics I specialize in, which I will not discuss right now), and I have also interests in economics, psychology, occult arts (including magic), literature (Tolkien [a surprisingly deep fellow indeed], Bulwer Lytton, Shakespeare) and some peculiar things here and there. This covers both my academic and recreational background. That being said, however, there is only one superior method of inquiry that is the essential one: the esoteric method. Esoterics is superior to science (not to mention philosophy) and even superior to the so-called 'exact' science of mathematics. I am being objective about these matters, and I would appreciate if you could throw out your personal, emotional predilections for the duration of our time together.
The occult (from the Latin word occultus "clandestine, hidden, secret") is "knowledge of the hidden". In common English usage, occult refers to "knowledge of the paranormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable", usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that "is meant only for certain people" or that "must be kept hidden", but for most practicing occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. The terms esoteric and arcane have very similar meanings, and the three terms are interchangeable.
It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, the teachings and practices taught by them, and to a large body of current and historical literature and spiritual philosophy related to this subject.
Originally posted by inval
reply to post by burntheships
I am aware that scrutiny and skepticism is a valuable tool in rooting out hoaxes and the like.
reply to post by Initiate
Before I continue: Look at the world around you, and ask yourself, "what is my world filled with? What is it, that I receive from my media, my political leaders, my family, friends, co-workers...? Is it attraction, or is it mainly repulsion? Who could benefit from this the most? Me and my family, or those, who have a vested interest in harvesting my lowly repulsive vibrations for their own purposes? Hmmm."
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by burntheships
I don't know if Initiate is simply missing my posts, or ignoring them entirely. Either way, s/he has failed to provide a complete background giving us read to take him/her seriously. You'd think that would be the first step, right?
Secrecy is a part of their gig, right?
What am I missing here?