Humans are imaginative. Humans are inventive. Humans make stuff up to fill in the vacant spaces of our Universe and lives These fictions are proportional to our understanding of what is real. Imagination is also irrational, bias and sometimes poorly designed. There is a vast spectrum of weirdness that fills book pages.
All this came into sharp focus the day I started working in a metaphysical bookstore. The cheery Celtic harp music, 100 different blends of incense merging into the house scent, spell candles, Deity statues, books, crystals, Angles along with other sparkling and hippy crunchy spiritual sprinkles of woo woo. The experience was like some strange bootcamp where I was exposed day in and out to listen to the most bizzare ideas and conspiracies about humans, life, the after life, weird history, gray aliens, Illuminati, strange inventions, and everything kind of half baked idea about life you can imagine. Sometimes, I thought had heard it all then someone would walked through door and shared with me something so strange and odd I had to pause and just smile politely and think to my self “wacko”.
Because I had to educate my self to field questions on any manner of these topics. Being in niche retail requires such training. We were expected to be the experts. I read many books that made me question why ink and paper were wasted. I thought some of the books were so bad we had to offer a deep apology to the trees sacrificed for such nonsense. Yet, these books sold well and we were not to direct our clients towards reason and the rational. Because that was so “Left brainy” and the New age was the feely, feeling, intuitive, it's all energy, we have think good thoughts, chase the negative away and burn sage to smudge the shit out of any reasonable thing that could burst the bubble of pure love into reality. Denial was a highly prized state of being wrapped in the gritter of enlightenment, ego and inflated self importance. I was working at that time in the retail cultivation of ignorance, anti- science, cult building, fear mongering, emotional by-passing that would eventually be come the modern movements of anti- vaccine, sovereign self, anti-government, anti- science, your-beliefs-are- more-real-than-the-facts, Prosperity doctrines, conspiracy theories, etc….
It has been an endless cycle of refinement and calculate manipulation that has poison a large portion of this country to embody nonsense at the expense of reality. It is also a trillion dollar industry of books, products, gathering, festivas, conferences, gurus, exploitation of resources, traditions and people.
I have spent time in this New age world as participant and over the past few years as an observer/insider and one who has evolved my own understanding of the damages it causes to health, wellbeing and the planet. What I have decided to do is call out this corrupt industry for it's lies and damage. To the best of my ability shine light into the corners and dark place where health, wellness and enlightenment are just shells in a game of taking your money and keeping you guessing and blaming yourself for not being spiritual enough.