Karen Cavalli on The Experience

lettheminA great dialogue between Let Them In: 30 Years of Secret Experiences author Karen Cavalli and I is happening right now on The Experience. This is an interview I approached with trepidation, unsure what to make of the notion of letting them in and/or an experiencer offering guidance. What does guidance mean when it comes to alleged aliens and assorted paranormal phenomena? I feared it would end up me wading through New Age nonsense. I was wrong. In fact, I quite like Karen’s approach.

I’m always saying we have to know what we are before we can ask what the other is. Part of that might have to do with femininity/masculinity. Not male/female specifically, mind you. But just masculinity/femininity.

This is not a topic discussed on the show, but between this week’s and next week’s episodes I wonder if this isn’t something worth discussing in the future. It could be another factor (besides fear) in why some of us take the UFO/ghost “hunter” approach and some try to find deeper personal meaning in our experiences.

For now… on with the show!


Weird Confirmation of A Small Personal Experience

photo taken in Pololu Valley by author

photo taken in Pololu Valley by author

I’ve searched and searched JayVay for the account but I can’t find it. Perhaps I gave it on an episode of Paratopia or in a vlog. Or maybe I just left it on Facebook. I’m not sure–but I know I’ve talked about this publicly. I feel comfortable enough lazily asking so that I don’t have to repeat the whole story, Hey, remember that time a couple of years ago when I talked about walking down the cliff of Pololu Valley and heard a voice in my head that was me but not me tell me to take off my shoes and walk it barefoot? And remember that the lesson of doing so was that my feet just knew where to step when I got out of the way and let them walk, but if I’d intervene to find the shorter path of least resistance–that’s when I’d get hurt (step on a sharp rock, stub my toe, etc.)?

Anyone here remember that?

Now hear this. It’s the first thing McKenna talks about, before the music overwhelms. I believe it confirms what I was saying and because it does, negates what he’s saying in terms of it being an atrophied ability and the need for psychedelics to get back to that mind.


A Question For Theosophists

I am reading The Inner Life by Charles W. Leadbeater. Leadbeater is one of the pillars of Theosophy and the clairvoyant man who picked the boy Jiddu Krishnamurti out of a crowd and proclaimed him the vehicle for the Lord Maitreya. Essentially, he located and helped raise the Theosophical version of the Second Coming of Christ.

Maitreya is a spiritual entity said to be the world teacher, the bridge between spiritual and human knowledge. So that’s what Krishnamurti was raised to be and he famously rejected it when he came of age.

With that as background, take a look at these chapter headings and subheadings for The Inner Life:

Leadbeater Book 1


Leadbeater Book 2


Those are only some of the chapters, a sampling to give you an idea how exhaustive his material is. Keep in mind, this is only one of several books by the man on life, death, and everything in between. And these are like supplemental materials to Theosophical co-founder Madame Blavatsky’s voluminous works.

Here, then, is my question: What was the need of a world teacher? Leadbeater’s got it all figured out.

I suppose the same question could be put to Christians: If we look at the evidence that John the Baptist was Jesus, and that evidence is based partly on the similarities in what they preached, then why did Jesus need to exist? I mean, whether John was actually him or not, did we need a Christ at that point? Did Jesus add anything new to the dialogue outside of the need to believe in him to get to heaven? (Which is a kind of tax when you think about it.)

But, I’m on shakier ground with the Christian question because not everything is so meticulously outlined as it is in Theosophy. As I read all of the minutiae of Leadbeater’s truth claims, which have devolved into New Age claims and principles, I have to wonder what a world teacher would have had to offer and if anyone in Theosophy ever asked that question.

Really, the only new thing a world teacher could bring to the table is exactly what Krishnamurti did: Take a look around at all that has been written, all that has been said, and all that has been foisted upon you and say, “Nah. I’m all set with that, thanks.”

Then walk away.