aloha_gary wrote:thank you for your post, forgive me but I am perhaps missing something here. In what way doe this post relate to ITLAD or to esoteric philosophy?
I'll try to put this in better context....
In my observation, all traditions, organizations, forums, or anything having to do with with 'esoteric philosophy' have a way of devolving into power struggles. Or perhaps they were power struggles to start with, and time and events just made this more apparent. You mentioned Blavatsky for instance. I've read Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, though I no longer own these. Ostensibly Blavatsky's teaching is about reason, and truth. And yet, where her teaching conflicts objectively with natural history, rather than finding how to reconcile the two, or admitting she doesn't yet know how to resolve all contradictions, she attacks the credibility of science. And so its a fight. Theosophists become alienated from the mainstream worldview, other people become alienated from occult philosophy, and Theosophical societies have been mostly destroyed by weak thinking and infighting.
In his February message Anthony said that his experience in relation to these forums has gotten ugly also. And so the curse continues, for whatever reason. I don't think that exposing himself too much publicly is at the root of the problem. He has a psychic relationship with everyone who reads his stuff whether he wants that or not. And doubly so since the Daemon is almost a personification of that kind of connection.
At some point, through the course of such experiences, a person will ask themselves, why, what's it all for? What is driving the struggle, why can't we just share what know and move onward to new and deeper ideas? There is resistance, where is the resistance coming from? To what extent is it outside of us, and to what extent is it rooted in our own motives? My post was intended as food for thought for anyone who grapples with this issue, which seems to me to be everyone, eventually. I admit that I didn't provide much context though.
I've read parts of The Daemon, but I loaned it out to someone who I thought would get more out of it. Other than that I haven't read Anthony Peak's books, so I'm not qualified to discuss them in depth. I do however have an ongoing conscious relationship with a daemon, and have had many experiences such as are discussed in relation to that. Let's suppose I were to read all of Anthony's books carefully multiple times, such as I have done with many books that are in more of a Theosophical vein. My thoughts and experiences are not going to be 100% a subset of Anthony's or anyone else's, just as his understanding and experience is not a subset of mine. So there will be conflicts, or disagreements. To me those conflicts are gifts, because they show us the limitations of our ideas, where they fail. As we explore in relation to them we get new ideas, and break new ground. Our experience becomes richer, and we become more than we were before. So if my perspective clashes with Anthony's in some particular, will this be viewed as an opportunity for constructive discussion? Or will it be viewed as an assault on what Anthony has built, which must be defended at the exclusion of engaging squarely with new or contrary ideas. From what I've seen, disagreement is tolerated here. But I haven't posted more because I haven't received much in the way of constructive interaction either, despite having put some time and thought into a number of posts.
To whatever extent your question was aimed at getting me to elaborate on my point, thanks for the question!