What do you do when you take your daughter to Greece and spend a week listening to a European hit song everywhere we went? Literally, this song was everywhere and in the end, we were singing it together in the car….
I really enjoyed getting this one put together. Who would have thought it would work out quite so well?
Can you believe how much stuff we were already working with, right back at the beginning? And we understood so little… but every quest has to start somewhere, even before you realise what is happening.
From our early speculations on how the layers of history and earth energies work together, through all the intertwined stories and weirdly interchangeable symbolism that doesn’t seem to mind to which system you apply it, and whether we found both clues and answers in stone circles, forgotten chapels or the great cathedrals… it has been an amazing journey so far. And we are not finished yet…
It goes right back to that first wander along the Ridgeway…
A few years ago, I decided I would write a book that outlined an approach to life. I looked at that book earlier tonight and realised that what it has to say is even more relevant now than it was when I wrote it. In fact, this weekend, I will record a new podcast based on the book and its content. But first, I thought I’d write this blog.
It follows on from a blog I wrote called ‘Smoke and Mirrors‘ a couple of days ago as well as one I wrote a while back on being very disappointed with the advice given by part of the magical community. You see, what I learned from my spiritual practices this last however so many years is so clear to me that I cannot quite follow how anyone who has engaged in the same practices can really be political or how they can subscribe to a post-modernist left wing utopian perspective. The two things, to me, are mutually exclusive.
Once you start down a path of self exploration, magical training and meditation, it becomes sort of obvious that reality is a perception – a mirror if you will. If you take an interest in the nature of reality – and THAT is the nature of magical study – then you understand that everything is internal – of the mind. You understand that the mind works through filters or lenses built up by upbringing, what you have been taught, culture, nationality, sex, politics and religion amongst a myriad of others. You quickly grasp that your reality is likely to be substantially different to anyone else’s yet the actuality – the underlying nature of a thing – is the same. We just ‘see’ things differently as a result of all of those lenses.
As we work magically, we work to break down as many of these lenses as we can – as we are aware of. We never manage to get to the point of seeing actuality though because we cannot – we have to systemize, model and simplify in order not to have our heads explode. Even our choice of words is a clue as to who we truly are. How we are. However, we learn to understand how this all sort of works. We can talk of thought forms, egregore, tulpa and other words that are attempts to describe a truism of magic and psyche. We engage in ritual methods to reinforce imagination knowing that this is the engine wheel of creation and creativity. And more besides.
And if we have learned this and if we practice this then surely we recognize media, celebrity, politics and the like for what they are…. magical systems targeting humanity and keeping them locked up in a constant energy and attention giving game. The Matrix movie was a pretty good abstraction of this. Which pill will you take? Will you chose to play the game constantly giving your attention and energy to these things and ideas? Or will you take the other pill so that you wake up and realize what this is all about?
A few signs of taking the other pill are the ability to think critically about everything – even stuff you took for granted as fact, the acceptance of personal responsibility and the understanding that other humans need to accept that too or forever be dependent with a growing dependency at that. Once you understand what magic is, I cannot begin to understand how you can have any political affiliation at all because you are showing that you learned nothing and are still part of the system giving energy and attention to the monster. I cannot understand how knowing about the importance of free will and personal responsibility, you can subscribe to left wing mantras of more and greater dependence on central Government? It doesn’t compute!!! Instead, I think you should heave learned that teaching self-reliance, liberty and self responsibility through example and through action would be how a true magician would act.
So I have been observing the magical community very closely in recent months and years and I see true adepts and I see pretenders following politics and trends and trying to be more woke than woke. Much has been revealed in the last few years and it is rather disappointing to discover that there is a lot of sound and fury but not much substance in a good part of the magical community…… I suppose it is hard to remove politics from anything these days as there are those who wish everything to be first political. Some will accuse me of being political in what I am saying. No, I have no interest in politics or ideologies. I am interested in truth and I am interested in finding my true self and trying each day to show by example despite my hot temper……
The New You – it’s a bit dated in places with the examples and I will likely re-edit it but it does set out a way to live and to create YOUR reality and not CNN’s, Trump’s, Biden’s or anyone else’s.
Let me introduce you to the thinking of Mark Stavish….
Where Have All The Adepts Gone? And Other Lessons from My Ill Spent Youth, Part Two
Last week I received a phone call from a former student. I hear from him every so many years and we speak for about an hour catching up. During the conversation he asked, “So, where the hell are all the enlightened people?” An interesting way to phrase the question, so I followed it up with, “What do you mean?” It turns out that he was searching. After having achieved many of his professional goals he was looking, in his own words, “for something to do”. That is, something beyond the day to day. This is common among people who are new to the path, but he had over twenty-years of experience in several groups as well as solitary practice.
The conversation went back and forth, with the sum of it being, he was looking…
From where I sit, we appear to live in a world of illusion – smoke and mirrors. One where the planet is burning up, there is a climate emergency, a pandemic that is killing people in droves globally, where masks are essential, and on and on and on. A world in which freedom of speech is somehow now an undesirable right wing trait along with common sense and constructive thinking. Where the media has everything dumbed down to crisp fear mongering soundbites and where my PhD in Geology is now actually a PhD in denial. In short, it is as if the world has gone mad. Up is down and down is up and if I don’t agree I am a denier. Well, sorry, I don’t and I am not alone.
I see a descent into totalitarian hell going on honestly and it isn’t a slow one either. Big Tech and the media are pushing this agenda as hard as they possibly can and it amounts to a whole bunch of lies. In areas where I have some expertise and read the actual science, there is no evidence of a climate emergency, the planet is NOT burning up, forest fires are down, significant weather events are down, CO2 is plant food and a little bit more of it has greened the planet (says NASA). But I’m a denier. Soon, I have no doubt I will be shunned by some of you and I suspect that some of you will cheer on as people like me are denied basic rights and finally put in internment camps. OK thats a bit strong but that is where it is headed….
First, people like me are called deniers, then we are de-platformed so we cannot speak freely anymore – muzzled. Next, we are besmirched, called names, we have our reputations questioned along with our motives. And then imagine when the media starts calling for us not just to be cancelled but seen as a threat. It’s already started people. In the US, the left is already demanding it. Then all those others who want to be seen to be onside – they start reporting their friends and neighbors, relatives and rivals…. the media whips up the anti-denier mob and pretty soon…… It can happen and we are already just a short step or two away.
I didn’t vote in the US election (again). I could not vote for Trump and I seriously have nothing but bile for the Biden/Harris agenda. Yet 70+ million did vote for Trump and there are calls for this half of the US population to be blacklisted, called out. We are at the beginning of a witch hunt in which people with a conservative bend or just who value freedom of speech will be persecuted. Think I am joking? Well, just pay attention to the narrative – Listen and watch.
Politics bores me. The same issues and the same arguments ad infinitum. But I now frame things like this. There are two types of people – those who look at how Government is protecting personal freedoms and freedom of speech and those who appear to want more and greater centralization of power and say and are willing to give up these basic human rights – whether they know that or not). I belong in the former camp and I am alarmed at how most Governments and politicians are in the latter camp.
Wake up …. before it is too late. And don’t tell me I am wrong… I am not. The suppression of criticism of the narrative is happening daily and getting worse.
The internet was playing up, the email account had been hacked yet again, pages were taking up to ten minutes each to load and anything that had images or video took longer. It was going to be one of those days. It seems to be a common problem and it makes trying to work exceedingly difficult as well as frustrating. It highlights just how dependant we have become on a technology that really is quite new. Society has adopted computers and the internet wholesale and within a generation we have, rather than finding a little slot within our lives into which it might fit, changed our entire lifestyle to work with it.
It is amazing when you really look at it…millions of people use the internet daily; the world, or so it feels, would simply collapse in so many ways without its possibilities yet, when my own children were young…
I wrote a quick post on my personal FB account this morning and in the end I though it worthwhile expanding upon here. Where is the Government advice?
There are always things you can do during an epidemic. You can take steps to bolster your immunity for example as I am doing. But then, I realised that all the information I am getting about how to do this is coming form ‘alternative’ sources. There is no advice that I know of from Governments or from the mainstream media. In fact, quite the reverse, they seem intent on getting us all sick. Let me explain.
Here are a whole bunch of things we can all do to boost our immune systems and stay healthy as possible…
Take vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, C and Zinc, Magnesium and so on. You can also check your diet and ensure that the food you are eating is healthy and itself provides these nutrients. Avoid fast food and poor diets,
Get plenty of fresh air and exercise,
Get 8 hours of sleep per night,
Avoid stress and use meditation, for example, to relax or even some nice music.
See. Just an example of common sense things to do. Yet, have the Governments or mainstream media told us this? No. In fact, they have basically pushed us in the opposite way as follows..
Stay at home under lockdown – ie no sunlight for vitamin D and little exercise, poor diet and stress,
Avoid other people – increase in stress and mental stress meaning more cortisol and reduced immunity,
Wear masks everywhere meaning no fresh air but your own exhalations, damp masks prone to bacterial and other infections, improper mask, improper fitting of masks, using masks for longer than the recommended 20 minutes before exchange and wearing masks when it is unnecessary – reduction in immune system and risk of infection and illness,
For vulnerable people – locked up and isolated causing stress and mental issues like depression,
Shut down of gyms and wellness – obvious really but inability to relax, destress and inability to visit tanning salon for vitamin D boost if you wanted to,
Constant churn of fear – reporting daily deaths rather than survival statistics, talking about new, more dangerous mutations, causing people to resent others who follow the above or have issues with the lockdown and so on – causes stress
I stood outside my son’s bedroom, bundled up against the cold that was dropping a few meagre snowflakes on the morning. Camera in hand, I was snapping away happily when I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the window. The double glazing caught a pair of misaligned reflections, within which was caught yet another reflection from the infinity mirror on the far wall. You could see both the garden outside and the inside of the bedroom too; the one indistinguishable from the other to the eye that caught only the two-dimensional image on the glass.
At first glance, the eye saw what the lens sees, a single flat image. It took a few moments for the mind, filled with its knowledge and experience of the three-dimensional world, to begin to tease apart the various overlapping images and make sense of what they eye was seeing. I was conscious of…
Back in 2005, I wrote an autobiographical account of my experiences with a school of esoteric sciences published by Thoth. It didn’t sell that well but it got good reviews and was put on the school reading list by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. I thought that was that to be honest. Then, in 2013ish, a few people said I should write a ghost story book and perhaps expand on some of my own experiences that I had outlined in the Thoth title. The idea seemed a good one (I had published several business books, poetry collections and a novella in that period).
So, in 2014, I self-published My Haunted Life. It was a collection of the strange things that had happened to me. Part ghost story, poltergeist activity and just weird stories like the time a voice shouted at me to stop my car (as I recounted on the Anthony Peake Consciousness Hour recently). The strange thing was that the book sold…… To date, it has sold 1620 copies. Not too bad. It is rated an average of 4.1 on Amazon and one Amazon customer posted this review…
“My Haunted Life is a compendium of strange (but true) stories of the paranormal by G. Michael Vasey that evokes an era where as teenagers we would sit huddled together in a neighbour’s darkened lounge late into the night (usually after a Hammer Horror movie), and listen entranced while one of the group would eagerly frighten the others with tales of the paranormal experiences of a friend or relative.As someone around the same age as the author, who grew up in similar circumstances in the north of England, then there were always aspects of the book that would resonate with me. Each paranormal experience is told in an engaging and relaxed style, as if the author were casually chatting at a dinner party, thereby creating genuine interest and fascination in his stories, rather than simply trying to scare the kids around the camp fire. He is not afraid to ridicule himself at times, such as when the source of an unexplained noise and movement turns out to be a cow rubbing against a rope, nor is he afraid to express his fears at being ‘a sensitive’.The book doesn’t drip with suspense – the narration is more thought provoking than scary and for readers looking for a quick ‘he’s behind you’ fright with a happy ending, then this is probably not the book for you. However, if you have an interest in the paranormal and an open mind, then I would recommend My Haunted Life. It’s a book that makes the reader ask questions – and that can only be a good thing.“
Since it did quite well, I hatched a plan to write a follow up using a few more of my own experiences and those of people I knew – friends and family. I called it My Haunted Life Too. I recall that a couple of days after its release, we drove to an Austrian ski resort for some skiing and on the way, I began to feel unwell. This developed into a very bad stomach flu so I spent the 3 days in bed while my ex and our daughter skied! The only thing that cheered me up was to find that the book was officially #1 in supernatural on Amazon.co.uk while I was there!
With 18 ratings on Amazon.com, it has an average of 3.5 by virtue of a few highly negative reviews. Nonetheless it sold very well and remained in the best seller lists for a while. It has sold 1550 copies to date. Mel, writing a review on Amazon said “Just as good as the first My Haunted Life. Can’t get enough of it.” The two books seemed to put me on the map as well and in no time I was getting invites to guest on podcasts of various sorts which only helped keep the momentum up. I also learned the value of a good cover image….
I like to do things in threes, so I immediately started asking friends and relatives for more stories and these duly appeared as My Haunted Life 3 but this one didn’t do quite so well – possibly because I was telling other people’s stories. However, it has sold around 800 copies to date and it did briefly enter the best seller lists as well. Its 9 ratings average 3.8 and reviewer PS Winn said “I enjoyed this collection and felt the author did a great job of making the reader stop and think about just how close the other world is to this one. The tales are believable, mostly I think because they are eerie without being horrific and the author isn’t trying to scare you to death. Rather the reader is left with a few goose bumps and may think twice about any close encounters they may have written off as mere coincidence. I think this book will appeal to a lot of readers and I urge you to grab a copy.”
There was one final extension in the series in the Summer of 2015 when heeding criticism of the books being short, I combined them all, added a little more material and put out My Haunted Life – The Extreme Edition. This one hasn’t done so well but it is a compilation of previously published material so its added sales of around 350 copies but mainly paperbacks. The last story in the book is my favorite story of all and it ONLY appears in this book. The collection was rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 – higher than any of the individual books.
Will5967 writes “G. Michael Vasey is not only a prolific writer, but a genuinely good story teller. His knack for writing ghost stories in particular is evident in this “Extreme Edition” of his ‘My Haunted Life’ series, which is actually a compilation of the first three, previously released volumes. New material has been added, of course, so this edition is definitely a good place to start if you haven’t yet read the author’s previous work. The first third of the book is probably the most interesting, but then again, there are actually somewhat (though of course arguably) better stories recounted in the latter two-thirds of the book. And although this certainly isn’t the scariest collection of ghostly encounters I’ve ever read, what really makes this particular compendium stand out from similar efforts by less competent writers is just how truly personable, engaging, and thoughtful the author genuinely comes off as being. Of course there are the usual typos, word omissions and the like, here and there, but absolutely nothing too distracting overall. And really, even if this isn’t actually the most terrifying collection of paranormal tales you’ll ever encounter, it’s certainly a lot of fun to read just the same. What’s more, Mr. Vasey’s fascinating ideas about the paranormal, and his musings about the very nature of Life and existence itself, are terribly interesting and thought provoking, to say the least.“
The next step turned out to be starting the My Haunted Life Too website where I collect YOUR stories and encounters with the paranormal. This website is quite popular and has provided many book ideas since….. I also started during this first series not to just write the stories but try to understand what was occurring and in doing so, I started to build a set of ideas and theories about the paranormal that I think has set me a bit apart from other story tellers.
As many of you will know, I was a guest on the Anthony Peake Consciousness Hour on Sunday and that was quite the chat! During the broadcast, Anthony referenced how scary my books were a couple of times and so I asked if he would mind me making a short promotional video using his words. He kindly agreed. So here it is – it is very short but thanks to Anthony Peake for this endorsement!