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Ideas with flavors

I've recently come to the conclusion that the problem I have with a lot of New Age philosophy isn't the philosophies themselves so much as the flavor of those philosophies. Ideas can have a "flavor" depending on how they're presented, the word choices of the author, and the general tone of those ideas. And a lot of New Age stuff is too... too sweet. It all "tastes" the same, regardless of the nutritional value of the ideas, all New Age stuff that I've run across is too sweet. It's like someone put a pound of sugar in sauteéd vegetables; while sweet sauces can be made to work with vegetables, in this case nobody knows how to do it right. So I can't consume those ideas because it's sickeningly sweet to begin with, and sweet isn't my preference anyway. (Both metaphorically and literally; I don't care much for sweet foods, and eat them sparingly).

I realized this in part because of a ritual I did recently, back on Sunday night. The rituals I do always tend toward darker imagery, and fire imagery as well. (Shao'Kehn {AKA Djao'Kain}, my primary God/dess, is represented by the element of fire.) Pi, our resident shape-shifter, is fond of dragon and demon forms. I'm just drawn to dark imagery in general, and it was there in spades during the ritual. It was a dramatic affair, done on a whim (the best kind of ritual), involving visualizing the fire of my soul rising into leaping, wildfire-like flames as Shao'Kehn and I clicked together to remind myself to live, to be strong, etc. She kept reminding me of my position as an avatar of Her, and thus reminding me of my divinity. There was much chanting as well. And I loved the imagery of grabbing the demon of doubt by the throat and using him as a tool in my favor. :-)
The best part: She and I left me a video note with a lot of the ideas of the ritual repeated there. So we have a video reminder! Which reminds me: one of the most common things for me to chant in ritual is "I am Shao'Kehn!" Because I *am* an aspect of Shao'Kehn. :-)

But let's go back on topic for a moment. Ideas found in New Age stuff that are good, and can be found in left-hand path (LHP) and middle-path texts as well: confidence, positive thinking. There may be others, too, but my thinking is being clouded by hunger (I'm in one of those weird moods where I'm hungry but I have no appetite).

My dislike of the flavor of New Age stuff, and my enjoyment of dark imagery, is probably why I'm drawn to LHP stuff.

It's a good thing I've come to this realization. Now I can use that knowledge in my favor, look for ideas in New Age stuff that I like and give the ideas a new, darker flavor so I'll partake of those ideas more frequently. Because the New Age versions of many ideas sound good to me intellectually, but always struck me oddly emotionally in a way that I can now identify as disgust at the "flavor" of those ideas. Take out the sugar, and make the ideas spicier! :-D

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org


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Dec. 15th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
I tend to break ideas down to their component concepts and reconstruct it into something in the context of my "universe", and my own interests. I make my own ideas from existing ones and give them my own flavor. It is a bit like what you state at the end about giving the ideas a new flavor. I do not like overly "sweet" ideas either, and I have "processed" some of the most excessively sweet ideas into ones that are much more palatable to me (and unrecognizable to their former versions). In fact I even made a point of finding ways to process nearly any idea with some substance of interest (and could find such substance in places you would not expect)
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
In some ways, we've already been doing the reflavoring of ideas without realizing it. Alex, who is a religious Satanist, is also a fan of Yeshuah ben Yosef's (Jesus's) teachings, which is more than a bit odd. But he even managed to find a reinterpretation of "turn the other cheek" that was Satanic. It's fascinating to watch him do that.

Yet, like me, he doesn't like most Christianity.

Oh, by the way, there's an entry I just made that talks about something I mentioned to you the other day. You'll need to be logged in to view it, which shouldn't be a problem as you seem to be online. http://fayanora.livejournal.com/1035953.html
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