Readers' comments and articles

What readers are saying about Occult Mysteries

We receive a great many emails from our readers. Some ask us specific questions, many of which get added to our Occult FAQ (frequently asked questions). Others have contributed their thoughts in the form of articles and short stories (see sidebar). Many more write simply to say 'thank you', and these form the majority of the comments we have published below.

We take no personal credit for these kind words, nor for the articles and stories we receive from readers who have been inspired by our articles to send us their contributions. As we say on our About page, we have simply attempted to gather together some fragments of the Ancient Wisdom taught by the great Occultists, Teachers and Philosophers and present it in a modern way. The credit is theirs, not ours, though we are deeply touched by the kind things readers write and the elevated thoughts they send to us. Surprisingly we receive very few unkind emails. Whether this is because we seldom attract the wrong kind of reader or the inherent laziness of the inept and quarrelsome, we should not like to say! However, in the interest of balance we publish the negative comments we receive too. We have answered some comments where we felt a response was required or helpful. These are shown in a box below the reader's comment. Most recent comments are shown first. For ease of reading some comments have been grouped together when they refer to a particular article or subject.

Readers' Comments

General comments

"This week I have sent emails to The Order of the Golden Dawn and to the main Rosicrucians AMORC. Both are worthless to me. Time and time again during my searching for the truth your website kept coming up and after finally looking at the rest of your website, instead of just your book list, I have come to the conclusion that you guys seem to be the only ones who have solid information and have not fallen into the very many traps along the way that come with seeking the truth. So I just said all that to complement you in the highest respect I can."

(Reader from the USA)


"I have just come to find your site recently and I felt the need to sincerely thank you for everything! I was so caught up with the flights of fancy that every conspiracy theorist drools over, but still kept searching because in my gut I knew that I hadn't yet found what I was searching for.

After powering through what is probably half of your content in 24 hours I have cleared so much of the cluttered junk that I had believed out of my mind. Having worked on the fluidity of my belief structures from a very young age, I am lucky it was so easy to discard what has no purpose for me to be able to restructure my beliefs to best prepare for learning truth.

I'm over being fed drivel that is just there to feed our want for excitement and fantasy. Which I guess I am grateful for in one sense as it has made reading truth here much easier to recognize. Thank you again!"

(Reader from Australia)


"I am another lurker! I think I have always been a searcher of truth and knowledge since a very young age. I was raised as a Christian but there were several things about the Church that I either couldn't grasp, did not believe or did not understand. How you could only go to heaven after asking Christ into your heart? How did Jesus really become a God? How could a loving God possibly be the same one who could destroy people because they made him angry? There was another aspect about the Church that I could never really accept and that was the hypocrisy that I saw from the members.

"I quit going to church because I didn't want to deal with the hypocrisy and the tenets of a faith that I could not believe in. I still had lots of questions and I studied the history of the Church and world civilisations as voraciously as I was able. I started reading about world religions and pagan religions and any other information of an occult and/or esoteric basis. I have always been a believer in a God or Divine presence. But I did not truly know how to explain it when I didn't believe in Christianity any longer. And Christianity did not provide any answers. I secretly looked to Wicca or Goddess worship as a means of finding my answers, but I know now that it was only a stepping stone to where I am today. It wasn't until the last 10 years that I finally began to put the coincidences and information from my life together to grasp the answers I was seeking. Your website has been like a breath of fresh air. It has finally provided me true answers and knowledge that I have been looking for, I feel, all my life. Thank you for your information and the truth that you have provided to a lost and searching soul."

(Reader from the USA)


"I just have completed an overview of the site and my first pass of the on-line studies course. I am in deep appreciation for this comprehensive creation. I had written a poem which included a thought about what felt to be similarity of magic and mysticism and then googled the two words together. I did not expect to ever see such a broad and roomy portal as this! Thank You for your Extension of Wisdom, Love and Light!"

(Reader from the USA)


"Like many of your readers I have been in the 'occult jungle'—perhaps I still am. I began with Yoga until I encountered the word 'God', a concept that was 'taboo' for me at the time. As a child I was told not to think too much about God. The Church and God meant the same to me and I regarded the Bible as a fairy-tale with no scientific basis fit only for the superstitious. Despite this, I still searched for divine truths that were not connected with the Church and not as alien as the Indian teachings were to me. Unsurprisingly, this time I stumbled upon Wicca. After wading through many books and avoiding rituals, because I still couldn't find the entire meaning I sought, I sold all my books and led a happy life.

"Then the wheel of fortune took a turn for the worse but I found consolation in 'A Course in Miracles' (ACIM). As I read the book the concept of God began to gain credence with me. Although I wanted to start the training, I still looked for critical voices against ACIM on the Internet. The dangers associated with the 'solipsism' which characterises much of the 'New Age' rhetoric in the book held me back from starting the course.

"My further procrastination then led me into the strange world of conspiracy theories which encouraged me to research what the occult was really all about. During this search I came across your website and I am amazed at how long I have been reading it!

"I am currently enjoying The Golden Star and working my way through your Occult Studies Course. In addition, I make time each day for meditation, though not yet as 'thoroughly' as I would like. Nonetheless it has helped me a great deal to allow new ideas and inspiration to enter into my thinking."

(Reader from Austria)


"Your article on lurking finally gave me the confidence to reach out and not only ask you questions that have been lingering in my mind over the past 6 months, but to also say thank you for the service and road you have been providing to those who are genuine seekers after truth."

(Reader from the UK)


Whilst I am blown away with your website I had made up my mind last week everything on the Internet was regulated and there would be no real wisdom to be found on the net as the Government would not allow it. I am like others who have made comments on how wonderful the knowledge is that you have put on your site. I feel like I have really, really found home."

(Reader from the UK)


"English is not my first language. I've been on the search for wisdom and self-improvement for as long as I can remember back to my childhood and almost killing myself for being too weak and blind. For the first time I really feel something inside me and things make sense and all that by reading only a couple of your articles. So, I in the depths of my heart, I thank you."

(Reader from Estonia)


"Just a quick note to express my humble gratitude for this magnificent website. I have been reading your wonderful articles for many months now and always come away with my spirits lifted and my mind fed. I love the humour sprinkled throughout, particularly, of course, the discourses between Bombast and Flitterflop. The Quest of Ruru had a profound effect on me, as did The Golden Star. Your articles are informative to say the least. I could go on and on with my enthusiastic praise, but will simply say, with all my heart, thank you. Your work is deeply appreciated."

(Reader from the USA)


Comments about Astral Conversations

"Bombast and Flitterflop have given me hours of joy and laughter, and also answered many questions and reaffirmed some beliefs I held. Only yesterday I read a news article that appeared to promote the benefits(?) of ayahuasca for people with drug addictions and people with psychological problems. I was completely stunned that they would openly do such an irresponsible thing. I also came across a website where a woman brags about the benefits of ayahuasca and how mother(?) ayahuasca helped her with her personal problems. After listening to some of her interviews I feel that her troubles have only begun.

"I feel sorry for all the young people that are duped into drug taking. There are many conspiracy theorists who promote ayahuasca use as a way to activate the pineal gland and have mystical experiences and somehow be free of this world. But how can a person get free if they destroy their navigational equipment with drugs and wrong thinking? Leading oneself astray through wrong thinking is one thing, but leading tens of thousands of other people astray through ones own wrong thinking is a debt to humanity that seems to me very difficult if not impossible to repay. I pray that the above-mentioned ayahuasca numpties will soon see the Light and share the Light with their misguided followers. I also pray that many people will be guided to your beautiful website and have the benefit and privilege of learning true Wisdom. Even if they only have a good chuckle at the adventures of Bombast and Flitterflop it will be a worthwhile visit."

(Reader from Australia)


"I truly enjoyed reading 'Astral Conversations' and cracked up quite a bit throughout the reading, starting right from the beginning with the names chosen for the two endearing characters. You got to love Bombast and Flitterflop! I think T-shirts should be made in their honour with 'I am such a Bombast' at the front, and 'Flitterflop? Oui, c'est moi!' at the back."

(Reader from France)


"Tripping out with Shamans' is a fantastic, well researched and convincing article. If my past idiocy helps lead some people to the truth from reading it I'll be happy."

(Reader from the UK)


"Thank you so much for Out to lunch with Tibetan Lamas. I was almost brought to tears of revelation and joy reading the commentary on 'the cult of the masters'. And the humour and wise words contained within the main article was much appreciated."

(Reader from the UK)


"I am thoroughly enjoying Bombast and Flitterflop's all too familiar musings. Many of your readers must be as worn out as I am with all those benevolent ETs, channelers, secret space programmes, upcoming ascensions and DNA activations. Not to mention space lizards!!"

(Reader from the UK)


Comments about the books of J Michaud PhD

"I found The Teachings of Li Wang Ho difficult to read. I had difficulty getting past the 'white devils'. But I forced myself to read it. The more I read, the angrier I became. I saw the whole book as a movie in my head. At first reading it just seems like a whole lot of mumbo jumbo, meaningless (in the everyday world) quaint sayings and gross hypocrisy from Mr Li Wang Ho and his elevated students and his annoying suffering student Lu Shun. To preach about the evils of wealth and luxury and opulence and fame while living in the lap of wealth and luxury and opulence and fame seems a tad hypocritical. I had such a strong negative reaction to the book that I shocked myself especially since all the other books by Dr Michaud had such a strong positive reaction on me.

How could this be a book by Dr Michaud (the Rembrandt of writing)? So I read it again and again (grudgingly). Then I had to have a little think about it. I tried to see the story as a Alchemical tale. Don't misunderstand me, the book is beautifully written, truly lovely and filled with light. It's just that upon first reading I tripped and fell over the 'white devils' and that set the tone for my warlike brain. The door was firmly slammed shut on the higher faculties and my unreasonable reasoning mind dissected the story with a pair of scissors. It's like having two people arguing in one's head. One person is saying 'calm down , there is a deeper meaning' and the other person is angrily rebuking the other 'get lost you and your book!' So I will need to read The Teachings of Li Wang Ho many more times to be able to derive any benefit from it. Oh well I will have to look at it as a puzzle to be solved."

(Reader from New Zealand)


"Thank you putting Dr Michaud's sublime works on your site. I searched high and low for these ever since a treasured friend leant me their copy of The Quest of Ruru. It is such a pity these books are almost totally ignored. I recommend them to lots of people but most are only interested in having their own preconceived ideas confirmed and quickly go back to whatever fantasies they follow."

(Reader from Norway)


"I thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for this site. The Quest of Ruru is most divine and touches my soul in ways I can't describe and I only dream of having an experience like that."

(Reader from the USA)


"The Quest of Ruru, is the best book I have ever read. I really had to fight back the tears and it moved me in ways I have no words for."

(Reader from the USA)


"I have just found your website last evening and I am so moved with gratitude that I am forced to write you. My husband passed away two months ago and I have been so filled with grief and sorrow. I've wondered why and contemplated if I was intended to end my very life by my despair. But in the limited reading I've done on your website, I find the following, in The Quest of Ruru, it is said that: "grief is the Key of the Gods with which they unlock the portals of our Minds, so that we may behold the higher things of the Spirit, which is true Bliss; while in earthly things lies hidden the evil worm of unhappiness." Despite my beliefs in yin/yang, I had never thought of my grief leading me to what I've always aspired with no earthly idea of how to obtain. I am so glad for your website, your work, your teachings, your efforts and your kindness in making this public. Thank you."

(Reader from Spain)


"I just want to thank you for your wonderful website. I wanted to learn what the occult really was, and I was really surprised and touched by you contents. I have read all five books by Michaud, and I wanted to thank you for putting these amazing books for the seekers to read. My life has been full of much doubt and many questions and I now know that all was a preparation to find your beautiful website, which I found because something inside told me to; I was researching about esotericism and such subjects and about the left hand path, but after reading some of their content I was pushed away from that and searched what occultism really is from your website."

(Reader from Mexico)


"I'm about 3/4 of the way through Symphonie Fantastique and am gaining some understanding of this amazing piece of work. I fear this is the kind of book one could read over and over and still miss parts of the story.

"I have been studying the occult (not practicing, I don't feel I know enough to try and feel strongly this isn't something one shouldn't try out of curiosity) for several years now as well as studying religions and their origins. I find it sad that for the most part, the people of the world have turned away from some of these teachings whilst blaming either corruption of religious leaders or the wars that happen under the guise of religion. Nearly everyone I know agrees that the ten commandments are actually a pretty good set of rules, but devalue them based on the above.

"I have read a lot of new age literature and none of it has sat particularly well on me, the lousy explanations, vague insinuations and outright greed that is displayed by most of these practitioners who promise to divulge if you can only pay them £19.99 for it... It all seems like the rot that has infiltrated our planet, material crap that takes us further from the truth. I will be reading through the rest of your site with much interest."

(Reader from the UK)


Comments about our occult studies course

"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting this website and your occult studies course up for me to stumble upon. It has truly been my guiding light for the past few years. There have been times when I stray from the path, following this or that teaching. After a while, without fail, I get disillusioned with those teachings and come back to this website to be reminded of the simplicity and truth of the teachings contained herein. Words cannot express my gratitude."

(Reader from the USA)


"Now that I am in my late 40's it is nice to find your website and be reintroduced to these teachings. I hate that it took this long, but everything has its reasons. I have truly enjoyed your occult studies course and the addition readings that I try to check into daily. I am currently reading the Michaud books which should keep me busy for awhile. Thanks again for your kindness and dedication of time and energy to providing this information to people like myself. I am unable to express how grateful I am."

(Reader from Canada)


"There is so much information out there that it's so hard to sort the true from the false. Reading your occult studies course is like a veil has lifted and I can see clearly. So many of the answers I have been searching for all my life are right there and to my surprise I find I understand everything."

(Reader from New Zealand)


"I want to thank you for showing me that there are truly educated idiots out there. You people wouldn't know enlightenment if it smacked you in the face. You're religious idiots that think getting closer to a possibly fictional deity is enlightenment. You people are liars and you know nothing."

(Reader from the USA)

The only part of this comment that we can fully agree with is that we know nothing. The rest of this reader's remarks speak for themselves!

Comments about the books of Franz Bardon

"Who are other then somebody cutting Bardon to ribbons explain what you have done for else what hocus-pocus you Franz Bardon was a magician that was a real life man that could pull disease off others what secret teachings do you have to pass on to others."

(Reader from the USA)

This comment also speaks for itself. Or rather it doesn't, as the reader appears to have as tenuous a grasp of English spelling and grammar as they do of the work of Franz Bardon. You can find rather more coherent and sensible comments about the Czech occultist below.

"The big drawback for me in Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics is the lack of a Teacher or Mentor, without which I became convinced I was never going to get very far following his system. In the words of a very wise and highly capable Initiate. "If you are learning from books, you are a Neophyte." Don't take this wrong, I'm the lowest of Neophytes, but it is a point that all Initiates have agreed upon and why a Teacher is stressed by these same Initiates. Bardon himself had students, so it is obvious that Bardon stressed the importance of having a Teacher. He didn't just throw them a copy of Initiation into Hermetics and say: "here you go, this is all you need," because a Teacher can do things for the Aspirant that he can't do for himself. This is the main reason I gave up on Bardon and why I agree with much (but not everything) you say in your article."

(Reader from the USA)


"I would like to thank you for the work you published regarding Franz Bardon's work. I am a person in the quest of occult knowledge, science, and wisdom. I came across Bardon's book, Initiation into Hermetics, as a young kid. Growing up my thirst for spiritual elevation accrued and so, I decided to research Bardon's work and actually bought all 4 books. His language has certainly been quite convincing overall which strengthened the appeal of his work.

"Oddly enough, I have had these books for over 3 years, always wanted to get started 'on the path to initiation' but something always held me back. Recently, I convinced myself to get started but doubts regarding his credibility and authority built up. And, divine providence led me to research these two subjects to confirm my commitment which is how I came across your article. Thank you again for disallowing, through your work, any ill fate that I could have encountered had I pursued his work."

(Reader from the USA)


"Thank you for your well written piece on Franz Bardon. I myself walked this path for around ten years. It never 'sat' well with me, and my dream time became a maze of numbers and words to dazzle. I do look forward to reading more of you pieces. Again, many thanks to you."

(Reader from the UK)


"When I first encountered Bardon's Der Weg zum Wahren Adepten in the late 70's after wasting years on teachers like Steiner, Dion Fortune and others I was bowled over. But I quickly became disillusioned as I worked my way through his other two books and realized he was peddling pure black magic thinly disguised with pious platitudes."

(Reader from Germany)


Older general comments

"Some common theme seems to be that the occult knowledge and the true powers behind is only available to the sages, mages, initiated, enlightened, the prime rib or the wise, the big man on top of the chain of adepts so to speak. You get my point. That knowledge is forbidden to be shared with the public to whom the name vulgar are commonly given. The coarse, the violent and the ignorant and stupid. If that knowledge is shared with them there's no telling what they can do with it. I mean they can start wars and cause poverty and misery, am I right? Well pardon and excuse my French but that's cowardly and extremely arrogant and selfish. I apologize deeply for taking liberties, my anger is foul and it comes from a place of deep disappointment."

(Reader from the UK)

It is pity this reader either hasn't read our explanations of the reasons for secrecy in occult matters or understood them. However dreadful the effects of the misuse and abuse of some scientific discoveries have been and are, these only destroy bodies, whereas the misuse of occult knowledge destroys the mind and even the immortal Soul.

"English is not my native language and I found it easy to read and understand the information. Since the discovery of this website I feel I'm on the right path. Finally, for the first time in many years I feel I'm making progress. . .Your website is like a hidden treasure between all the bad info on the Internet."

(Reader from Belgium)


"The biggest gift for me (and there are a multitude) is that each time I revisit your articles they keep offering me something positive."

(Reader from the USA)


"I've been visiting your website for quite some time now and wanted to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating it. As an individual who has suffered significantly from a heavy heart and burdened mind due to certain past events, it means the world to me to have access to such beneficial study materials."

(Reader from the USA)


"I wanted to start with a sincere thank you. When I was a teenager, I was invited to my math teachers house. There she introduced us to purity and truth. The event I remember most was a golden lasso of light extending out from me and encircling her as a blessing, then returning to my throat area. She was later removed from the school for being "too close to the students". I lost the thread and have been searching ever since.

"I truly cannot find the words to describe how thankful I am for the most beautiful website I have ever come across. I absolutely love, and appreciate everything that you guys do."

(Reader from the USA)


"Congratulations on 4 years of running your wonderful website! Before I found occult mysteries it was as if there was a void deep within my spiritual life, I searched through all sorts of religions and new age numpty with no lasting satisfaction, it wasn't until I found your website that I finally felt I had found some real genuine teachings that I could assimilate in my life!"

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(Reader from the USA)


"I have learned more genuine information on this site, than in any book I have ever read. Your words ring true to the deepest depths of my being."

(Reader from the USA)


"What you are doing with this site is great! You are true servants of God and your diligence has awakened this fellow brother from ignorance."

(Reader from the USA)


"I would like to say thank you for your website. It has truly been a blessing to discover it and I'm greatly appreciative of the time and effort that you must put in to these articles for the genuine seeker's benefit."

(Reader from the USA)


"I would like to extend my thanks to Mr Temple on the article about Easter, it's an eye opener to thinking people!"

(Reader from the USA)


"I was close to pretty much giving up on "spiritual" stuff and coming to the conclusion that the truth cannot be known until I found your website."

(Reader from the UK)


"Thanks for providing this fantastic website which is like a ray of light in a storm of utter clutter. I have found myself laughing and nodding to a lot of the information presented here as it explains pretty much exactly my journey up until this point."

(Reader from the UK)


"My whole life I have intuitively known that something existed beyond the veil but until finding this site could not articulate it. You have changed my life. I never expected to end up believing in God."

(Reader from the USA)


"When I found your website I admit that I cried like a child who has lost the way and found someone who can help it find the way home. After I read your article Searching for Truth by John Temple I felt like my heart bloomed with bliss. Thank you for making such a holy and beautiful website."

(Reader from the UK)


"I stumbled across your website and wanted to thank you very much for the love and dedication provided via your website to those seeking reliable information and resources. It's greatly appreciated. Your honesty and directness is a breath of fresh air, quite frankly."

(Reader from Australia)


"Your website is a refuge of sanity and tranquility. I come back to your articles time after time when I need clarity and perspective on all the mad things—and mad teachings—in the world today."

(Reader from the Czech Republic)


"I'm not new to occult studies, as I have been reading on and off for quite some time. The thing about your articles are they get right to point and mention things in a clear and concise way, there's no nonsense or beating around the bush."

(Reader from the USA)


We don't bite!

If what we have to say in our many articles resonates with you, and you have been 'lurking' for a time, don't be afraid to contact us. Tell us about your personal search for Truth in your own words. Put any questions that are not answered on our website to us. Or simply share what you have gained from reading our articles. In this way you may help someone else to take the first steps on their own path to the Light. You have nothing to lose but a little of your time, and who knows what good seeds it might sow in other minds and hearts who will have you, yes—YOU—to thank for stretching out a helping hand. We really don't bite—honest!!

 

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