Frank takes a sceptical look at occultism and esotericism and asks, what is their connection with meditation.
Apparently, on the 21st of December we entered the age of Aquarius.
Astrologers have been lining up to deliver earth-shattering news like “It`s the beginning of a new age of peace and brotherhood” or issue slightly darker warnings: “The upset that Pluto has caused is not going to go away, even if the pandemic will be brought under control. Limitation in material circumstances will become a permanent part of life for many of us” , as if such information about the future couldn`t be easily gleaned by a quick read of the daily news.
This stuff all comes under the broad umbrella that is “New Age thinking”, which postulates that the world has an esoteric or occult, hidden side to it that can be accessed by those with the spiritual abilities by using a variety of techniques and practices. These are often channelled or accessed intuitively from a higher source or by following a system of instructions passed down by past adepts of the subjects.
In the Oshosphere, apart from astrology, we have the karma mechanics of Human Design telling us what kind of model we are driving and how to get our spiritual crankshaft going. Then there is the Enneagram which can enlighten us on such important matters such as why Donald Trump is like he is: Because he is a typical 8 (whereas Biden is a classic 5). We have Arjuna John Hogue endlessly churning out `predictions` that are about as accurate as a guy tossing a coin.
Despite the flakiness of all this, groups of people who, with no apparent sense of irony, identify as `truth-seekers` lap this stuff up without question.
My sense is that this kind of occult/esoteric thinking chimes perfectly with the current post-truth political climate and the rise of the conspiracy theory as higher truth. Whatever you `feel` is right must be right because you feel it. Simple. Any difficult questions are simply ignored, derided and dismissed. In this, Trump becomes a perfect icon of newage consciousness. Pretty much a guru. (There literally exist gurus who support and promote Trump , but I will not go into that here).
I guess it comes down to whether you have an investment in these esoteric systems and ideas. If you make money out of them, teach them, promote them, get a spiritual identity out of interacting with them or just simply go along with them because the people you know do. All of which smacks strongly of the Emperor`s New Clothes or simply another form of conditioning and group-think.
Osho alternated from speaking for and against occult/esoteric ideas throughout his life.
He never equivocated in this way about the centrality of meditation.
My question is:
What has occultism and esotericism got to do with meditation?