Cosmic Yuppies In An Age Of “Exuberant Religiosity”
©2007 Debra Rae
rightly observed by Peter L. Berger in The
Chronicle of Higher Education, our purportedly
rational age is distinguished, ironically so, by “exuberant religiosity.”
Susan Graham Mathis agrees. A Focus on the Family publication (October 2005)
uncovers her first hand experience with nontraditional religious thought by
means of college physical education classes, special library offerings, and
adult exercise programs.
a nostalgia-free “boomer,” I bid adieu
relatively unscathed to the mystically propelled, flower-power sixties. A recent
perusal of Martha Stewart’s “whole living” magazine, however, resurrected
my recollection of that era’s trappings. Page after page blended Eastern
thought with Western ethic. It’s as if the sixties were recycled and
repackaged, now targeting an older audience—no
longer the stereotypically blurry-eyed, posy-pushing hippies of yesteryear.
in point: Just outside our local athletic club, I recently met and greeted a
charming, middle-aged man known, years earlier, as a regular attendee at
neighborhood pee-wee softball games. His “go, team” sweatshirt and baseball
cap testified to proud, hands-on parenting, as did the sparkle in his eyes while
he recounted his daughter’s achievements as a college co-ed.
a friendly gesture, David offered his calling card, billing himself as an Opti-Mystic
(not to be confused with an optometrist or ophthalmologist). Instead,
David is available by appointment for private or group “ascensions” up seven
rungs of the so-called universal ladder. However unexpected, his brand of nouveau
spirituality reflects the “exuberant religiosity” shared by growing numbers
of mid-life cosmic yuppies among us.
enough, my new acquaintance David‘s friendly image graces his home page at www.consciousness.com.
With legs crossed in what appears to
be yoga fashion, David warmly welcomes visitors to this site.
doubt with genuineness, David apologizes should any unforeseen hindrance prevent
honest seekers from “understanding and benefiting” from the esoteric
philosophy he offers. Though arcane, the essence of David’s message is
relatively simple. That being, human destiny is achieved, not according to
tenets of biblical Christology, but rather by conscious ascension through
centrifugal fields of energy called “aziums.”
symbols prominently superimposed on his chest speak to David’s other-worldly
leanings. The most universally recognized among them represents infinity (or
specific reference to optics, “infinity” by definition describes an
infinitely distant point sufficiently far from a lens or mirror so that the
light it emits falls in parallel rays. Presumably, the point at which parallel
rays take form represents spiritual alignment. This is characterized by a golden
era of pseudo-peace and brotherhood—that is to say, a sort of “heaven on
earth,” compliments of illumined “celestial humanity.”
displayed in one oval of that infinity symbol is the letter “M” with arrow,
which in hermetic thought signals union.
The other oval showcases a spiral symbol representative of pantheism,
belief that “all-is-god” (self included). Although these symbols likely
represent the Opti-Mystic’s yoking with the god-force within and without,
David insists that the process itself is no metaphor.
Not coincidentally, the spiral symbol closely resembles the Eye of Horus, son of Isis (ancient Egyptian goddess of nature) and Osiris (god of understanding or illumination). Occultists broadly accept that, through this motif, Satan imparts mystical wisdom, enlightenment, illumination. In fact, union with Lucifer is the fifth and final step in occult initiation—not a thing with which to toy.
Debra Rae is an author and educator who has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Having authored two books—the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural-Isms (the latter highlighted at the 55th Annual CBA International Convention, 2004)—Debra contributing columnist for News With Views. Debra has been a speaker on numerous radio shows aired across the nation, the Western Hemisphere, Russia, and the Middle East. This past year, she co-launched and now co-hosts WOMANTalk, a special edition of Changing Worldviews TALK Radio, for which she writes weekly commentaries. www.debraraebooks.com, www.womantalk.us, www.newswithviews.com/Rae/Debra.htm