Readers' comments and articles

What readers are saying about Occult Mysteries

We receive many emails from our readers. Some ask us questions which, if we have not answered them in our articles, may be added to our Occult FAQ or are answered privately. Some readers contribute their thoughts in the form of articles or short stories (see sidebar). Many more write simply to say 'thank you', and these form the majority of the comments we publish below.

We take no personal credit for these kind words, or our readers' contributions. As we say on our About page, we have simply attempted to gather together some fragments of the Ancient Wisdom and present it in a modern way. 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 and openness we publish the negative comments we receive as well as the positive ones. 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. Some comments have been grouped together under a common heading when they all refer to a particular article or subject. Older comments are archived.

Readers' Comments

General comments

I felt it right and appropriate to reach out to say thank you for this website. Thank you for the tireless and meaningful work that you do to enliven, enlighten and uplift. Like many other readers, I was lost in the 'occult jungle', a lost child of God searching for meaning, answers, and above all, a path back home. Rare it is in the modern times to find like-minded people; people whom long for something deeper and know that this existence is transient, and chasing material dreams is but a fantasy at best and a hellish nightmare at worst.

After being caught in a new-age web of deception, I followed the call of my higher self, leading me to this website and to occult study. I finally feel I have found my home. I no longer feel alone, with each uplifting and soul inspiring article, I feel ever closer to my brothers and sisters.

I realise that even feeling alone is all but an illusion, for we are never alone.

I do wish I had found your website a tad sooner, for your articles on Covid-19 and the vaccine proved very useful! In many ways they affirmed that I made the right choice in following my intuition, and not listening to the opinions of others. Something we should ALL seek to do.

I found a plethora of useful practical information regarding meditation and study, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Astral Conversations series, I am sure I am not alone when I say a lot of those experiences resonate on a personal level!

Though the incline may be tiresome, the mind weary; though the lower mind may cling to what 'used to be', the path lights up for each one of us whom longs to see the glorious truth, whose heart is no longer satisfied with an ignorant existence, but for those who long to be of real service, and to begin the journey back home.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

(Reader from the UK)

"I've been visiting your site for a few years now, and I should be punished for going this long without expressing my deepest gratitude. I thank God for your incredible efforts. If this website was collected into a book, it would easily be one of my top five most important books. The Internet is a dark place, but this website is the Light it desperately needs... even if it doesn't get the attention it deserves.

"The authors of the articles and dialogues are incredible writers, and the book recommendations have been incredibly valuable, too. In particular, the works of Franz Hartmann and J Michaud (among others you have recommended) have had a huge impact."

(Reader from Canada)

Lack of LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Your Site?
"Not only do you refuse to take a stance on the morality of homosexuality with the rampant bigotry in today's world, the word "transgender" is nowhere to be found. There is, however, one match for "transgenderism", a disparaging term found in an introduction that seems to have been written by some sort of right-wing extremist. This person claims that modern children know all about "transgenderism" and diversity by age 10, but know nothing of true morality.

"I arrived to this website curious and looking for answers, and what I've found has convinced me that there is little value to be had here. The fact that you host such hateful nonsense on a dot org domain is most shameful.

"You even go so far as to call suicide "foolish". I imagine you answered the question of the morality of suicide with the best of intentions, but even so it is a disgrace to all who have lost loved ones to suicide. It was truly disappointing to discover your website, for it is not inclusive of people like me nor my friends, and thus has no true value whatsoever."

(Reader from the Utah, in the USA)

We have published this comment because it affirms far better than we ever could everything that is wrong with the world and the reason we launched this website over ten years ago. We have provided links to the articles the reader mentions.

"I am writing this message to express my heartfelt thanks for the wonderful and inspiring work you have committed towards this website. After years and years of reading, researching, self enquiry and study I have finally managed to stumble (although I am certain that no action ever happens without due cause) across this Library of wisdom.

"No amount of financial, sensual or material gift can bring me the sublime joy I find just sitting and being in the company of these words of truth and wisdom. In the deepest core of my being, the words resonate within me. I recognise them as I would recognise my own children however on a conscious level I have to filter so much of what I have been taught or conditioned.

"I do not deny (and am deeply grateful) for the value of effort of those before have handed to me, for if it were not for their guidance (truthful or erroneous), each step would not have led me to your doorstep. I am only at the dawn of my personal journey towards awakening. At this stage I am no different to a curious child exposed to the world for the very first time. Please kindly accept this message of gratitude as a sincere commendation (though I know that praise or slander will never shift the eternal truth). I am overjoyed to have found this site and I feel as if I am in the company of my real family."

(Reader from the UK)

"I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for sharing this incredible resource! I have been on a search for spiritual truth that has lead me to have a peek down many paths, some "new age" and some ancient, but ultimately what has felt most true and pure to me, as you say throughout the site, have been the words of ancient mystics and philosophers (such as the Corpus Hermeticum and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali). I really appreciate the work you put into writing these articles and sharing so many resources for the serious occult student.

"Also, having seen online so many peddlers of commercialised and watered down misinterpretations of ancient mystical wisdom (always available for a price!), it is so refreshing to find your site which offers this information with no tricks or gimmicks, just arising from your own passion and in service and generosity to the sincere seeker."

(Reader from the USA)

"Time and time again you (and guest writers of course) publish absolutely fantastic writing — literally keeping us readers from going insane. These are such brainwashed times but your articles are such a cause of comfort and hope to me and I applaud your steely determination to speak out against cheesy hysteria, lies and mis-information — with plenty of wit thrown in for good measure!!"

(Reader from the UK)

"When I first started studying your website I thought this is nonsense, later I thought it was brilliant and gave me new life, then I realised I had gain nothing of actual use, except 'hidden knowledge' which puffed me up in my pride, now I see the error and falsity of your website and Blavatskian Theosophy in general. Blavatsky cannot save you, You cannot even save yourselves. Blavatskian Theosophy is a fruitless pursuit. To study it is to serve the flesh.

"The true Theosophia is death to the who you are, your personality, your flesh, the natural carnal fleshly man, and life in Christ. There are no words to describe it. You cannot fill books with its interpretation. You can only live it. Theosophia is the Kingdom of Heaven. It is Reality.

"I request that you take down your website and stop asking for money off people. You have until next Sunday. I pray for you all."

(Reader from the UK)

We feel this reader is the one who needs prayer, or possibly a psychiatrist as we have never charged a penny for access to our website or the rare books we have made available for download completely free of charge. We publish this comment as it is typical of the intolerance of those troubled souls who are fatally drawn to the occult but lack the humility, courage and faith to let go of their prejudices and preconceptions.

"Your study course was the start of my journey and opened my eyes to how ignorant I was (and still am). Nothing on this planet can compensate you for your contributions, but please accept my deepest and sincerest thanks."

(Reader from the USA)

"When I look back on my short life (as I'm only 18), I can see that somewhere along the road there has been a divergence, or rather a radical change in direction. I have stepped off the path of misery and spite, and onto the path of hope, wisdom, and love. Although, still struggling to maintain peace sometimes, and still feeling guilt for my former way of living, I am transformed.

"The point of change began when I stumbled on to your website and began reading my first few articles. Firstly, thinking this was some kind of strange cult, I clicked off, but by some strange intuition I kept coming back. Now this site has become a great fountain of wisdom and knowledge for me, and has lead me to other places of the same character."

(Reader from the UK)

"I just had to say thank you so much for the brilliant article on the Mystery of Love and also for John Temple's afterward. It is the most beautiful description of the different types of love. I was so inspired that I ended up reading the part about motherhood to my nephew's wife, she being a young mum of two little princesses. She said it was the most beautiful affirmation of motherhood that she had ever heard. I'm hoping they will find much soul food on your beautiful website."

(Reader from Australia)

Comments about the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

I was thoroughly excited when I saw that your newly published article was going to be on the Book of the Dead! It was an immense treat to read and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I look forward to parts two and three as you delve deeper into some of the chapters.

Your interpretation and elucidation of the story of Osiris and Isis also fills my heart with joy, and you really have revealed so much about the occult interpretation and symbolism behind this story and I hope it shines upon and within all your readers as it has for me.

(Reader from Ireland)

Comments about Climate Change

Excellent article on Climate Change. I think the first time I truly questioned the official story was after learning about the "Mini Ice Age" in my European History classes. Curiously, the "Medieval Warming Period" was never mentioned and I learned about it for the first time in David Pratt's excellent articles. Suffice to say, anyone with common sense would conclude that the weather is a complex and intelligent system that goes through cycles, much like the Sun, Kosmos, etc. and that the Sun has way more to do with everything on planet than we give it credit for. Alas, people focus on a single note and claim it is discourse yet ignore the beautiful music in front of them. Shame.

I also find it a shame that so many men and women my age (I am 35) and younger (in the USA especially) have succumbed to the doomsday predictions of "guess workers." I can't go a minute without hearing "we won't have water" to "the earth is going to be uninhabitable." Now, I am a proponent of cleaning up the earth and it's oceans. Unfortunately, electric cars and reducing our "carbon footprint" is not going to help. Sadly, I hear more about this dross than about pollution. If only they questioned why THOSE are the best options rather than cleaning the waste left behind by greedy corporations and their fellow man.

I have never understood the intense passion and self-righteousness of these individuals. Perhaps if they thought for themselves, it would put their minds at peace. As always though, I greatly appreciate you presenting the facts and I pray that this has helped those in doubt, which I have no doubt it has.

(Reader from the USA)

Comments about Shamanic Medicine

"This article echoes much of my own experience but it seems Amber fell even deeper into the occult jungle than I did ! Luckily I only took part in one Ayahuasca 'ceremony' and that was enough to put me off after being both mentally and physically bruised after the ordeal. This did result in further questions and the eventual discovery of real esoteric teachings. I can understand how this plant medicine culture within the New Age can be such a dangerous trap, especially in today's world. Amber's story is very fascinating as she's been through the grinder of pretty much the whole New Age and came out the other end it seems!"

(Reader from the UK)

"Thank you for this important article. I have wandered the occult juggle of New Age charlatans. I never tried any drugs, but I experienced the "intoxicating" influences of the 'shamans' or 'master' (depending on the title they liked to use), which can be as addictive as any drug. In my case it kept me on a path that was destructive and actually made my problems worse while the 'shaman' made me believe it was a 'spiritual' reason for it..."

(Reader from Norway)

"Thank you for this very interesting article and these shared personal experiences regarding issues that are becoming increasing popular even though something feels 'off' to my intuition. In the article, I noticed that these substances make the individual more of a medium rather than being the MEDIATORSHIP over all the elements. This feels extremely repulsive and for a good reason, as H. P. Blavatsky stated: 'Mediumship is the opposite of Adeptship; the medium is the passive instrument of foreign influences, the adept actively controls himself and all inferior potencies.' "

(Reader from Finland)

Comments about The tale of Oisín

"I was quite touched by Seán Mac Gréine's story of The Tale of Oisín because it showed to me the importance of keeping Faith despite the seemingly chaos that may happen around and within ourselves, for as Seán's story helped me understand that suffering is beneficial for ourselves and others which leads to Truth and Wisdom. Oisín's Wisdom to overcome 'the stratagems of Gwarthawn' reminded me of the resemblance of Hermes laws of Virtues to overcome vices from your Spiritus Hermeticum series. Please say my appreciation to Seán as he has inspired me to re-call Humility, Patience and Faith together with our studies that can be applied to our everyday lives."

(Reader from Switzerland)

Comments about Spiritus Hermeticum

"I am really enjoying this series of articles and I look forward to each Sunday that you publish. It is easy to understand that this series is your most 'unpopular' but for your regular readers, and I am sure they echo my sentiments of thanks and enthusiasm. You are shining a light on those books of Hermes that so many students of occultism are led to in the beginning, and now with a bit more experience you are helping us to see the dross in them as well as helping to amplify the light that is within them based on the ancient occult teachings that help us to reach out to the Light ourselves."

(Reader from the UK)

"I really loved your new article on the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. Your interpretation of the seventh book of Poemander was truly beautiful and inspiring. I loved the dialogue between the Master and Disciple and found it very moving. The Divine Pymander by John Everard is one of my favourite works but I know I will return to this article again and again just to read that dialogue.

(Reader from Ireland)

Comments about The lost doctrine of Reincarnation

"Having just finished reading one of your articles on reincarnation, I felt I just had to say this was one of the most wonderful discussions of the subject I have ever encountered. A lot of what you said I believe I have known since I was very young. But I was very impressed by your detailed citation of sources, including scriptural, and the info in the sidebar (evidence of people/children who recalled past lives).

"Although I always had an intuitive knowledge of the reality of reincarnation (or metempsychosis), as well as some "evidence" of my own—despite this I've never tried to study the topic in-depth, especially in terms of other people's anecdotal evidence; not because it wouldn't be interesting, or valuable, but I think I have been worried about becoming upset or overly emotional. Hence I appreciated your summary very much. It provided enough info to strongly support the overall points you made, but in such a succinct way that I don't feel overwhelmed.

"I loved your discussion of Biblical material because a few years ago, I remember I also thought (in reading the New Testament) I found all these references to reincarnation! Yet I had never encountered anyone else who 'picked up on' that—including among people who I might once have assumed really "knew" their Bible. I am actually thinking back on one (doomed) attempt at discussing reincarnation with a Christian theologian. They seemed to imply that reincarnation was a slightly 'primitive' concept, part of a 'fatalistic' Far Eastern/Buddhist mentality, with nothing more to it than that!

"So I found your 'de-coding' of certain phrases in scriptures extremely refreshing. I myself don't have anything approaching the depth and breadth of knowledge of the author (or authors) of the article, and I hadn't constructed a proper case about reincarnation and the Bible. . .so this was also very educational!"

(Reader from the UK)

Comments about The Magic of Egypt

"I wish to offer my congratulations and praise on your new article, The Magic of Egypt. Your short article is packed with a wealth of information, intrigue and beauty, and the last paragraph of your introduction is one of the most beautiful I have ever read, not just regarding Egypt, but on any subject. It is clear that the writer has a genuine love of Egypt, and clearly sees and remembers the sights, sounds and lives spent in that marvellous age of wonder. Their imagination and love is passed on to us through these memories and words that may well rouse past recollections in our imaginations. I share in your hope that this article will open the eyes of your readers to the majesty and wonder of Egypt, and as I can only speak for myself, I tell you that you have inspired and helped me to see and remember the wondrous Light and Beauty once again while I read through your article."

(Reader from Ireland)

Comments about The Adept and the Imp

"Thanks for this beautiful story. It has really helped me change my view. I have always thought that if I had enough money I would be able to help humanity and be of service to my fellow men and women. But I had the wrong idea of helping people, the story and the afterword made it very clear. 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'. I would have walked through a dangerous path. I will no longer chase riches to be able to help people. You made me realize that this is not the way to do good. The adept is even offered the whole world—the opportunity to end all earthly suffering. But he refused, knowing that through suffering humanity evolves and without a change in the way of thinking everything would remain the same. I will continue to make money as I think I have a talent for it and really like business, to sustain myself and my family and choose to do good through little and anonymous acts that change the cause directly instead of the effect."

(Reader from South America)

Comments about the books and teachings of Franz Bardon

"I wish only to express my genuine gratitude for your article on Franz Bardon, as every other source bar a few one star reviews were pushing me toward acquiring a copy of his Initiation Into Hermetics. I am reading the classical Hermetica, after being disappointed and disillusioned in more modern texts, and I am finding a wealth of truth, so I have been looking for further reading. I wanted to state clearly and resolutely that I am one of those few, mentioned at the end of the piece, who found the article and have been wholeheartedly convinced against his works; where so many others had expressed their delight and excitement in learning his 'teachings'.

"Thank you, for that and the tremendous work gone into this website. Finding that article has lead me to find this website, so for that reason, I am very grateful to Franz, and far more grateful for you/your team and how much serious and genuine effort has gone into what I now can see is an invaluable resource. I am not the kind to ever write reviews or send messages like this, so please understand just how genuinely overjoyed the discovery of this site has made me. Keep up the good work, please. I am finding more and more on this website that I myself have warned others about, and even more that I had been seeking second opinions on for years."

(Reader from Australia)

"I stumbled upon your site while searching for information about Franz Bardon, as I had started using his book Initiation Into Hermetics as a means to begin to familiarize myself with the Mysteries and hopefully work towards becoming an Initiate myself. After spending nearly a year with the book and being continually confused by some of his explanations and exercises, I've realized the uneasy feeling I've had while working through the steps is a direct result of the "half-truths" you allude to in your article. For that I am sincerely grateful! To be clear, I have learned some valuable insights from Initiation Into Hermetics, but as you said, none of it was knowledge that couldn't be found from older, more enlightened sources."

(Reader from the USA)

"A good friend has just started to become interested in Bardon. They sent me links to videos, asking for my opinion and assessment. The videos are presented by suspiciously young people, males in particular, promoting him with great enthusiasm. (Red Flag #1: when young males are excited it's usually testosterone related.) One video speaker even talks, with a smile no less, about conjuring elementals to do one's bidding—isn't that fun?!

"I was taught by a trusted source 40 years ago these little elementals being the equivalent of gremlins after being doused in water (my description) from the lower/astral realms. I don't actually know if they are real, but do I want to find out? Anyway, I follow the path of wisdom and truth, looking for fallacious remarks to dissect people as well as through understanding human nature and information. You pointed out in the article regarding Bardon that he alludes to the sexual aspect in spirituality. Red Flag #2. I know that when on the true spiritual path, sex has its place in union of love between two people, not for the path of getting to spirituality. In fact, if it's emphasized as a secret avenue, you can bet that avenue's secret is another path altogether, while hijacking spiritual terms to make it magically appear legitimate. My favourite term to use is 'Bullshit.'

"Your article was very well thought out and well written! Great analysis on Bardon. I will be perusing your website little bits at a time since there appears to be too much to read for one sitting. I'm happy to have found this site, purely by accident as the first link on a Google search, which caught my eye by the title. I totally enjoy the humour!"

(Reader from the USA)

"I practiced Franz Bardon for almost 9 years. I reached to the eighth step. Then after a while I noticed there is a small voice in me telling me to avoid it. Finally in 2005 I brought it to an end. I knew everything you explained in your article because I heard this same small voice telling me everything you explained. Bardon is very, very misleading and dangerous. Right now I know I am on the safe and right path. I wish I had known your website 15 years ago."

(Reader from Canada)

"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 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)

Comments about Occult symbolism

"This is a simple thank you for your wisdom and insight into the mysteries of this world. I am a professional musician who was raised in the religious Midwest of the US and grew up with the biblical stories in my bones. In college I started to learn of other religions and really question my beliefs. I became a vehement atheist and tried to convert others with a verve that was only matched by when I was hoping to convert others to Christianity.

"All through my twenties I gave religion very little respect and became part of the new atheist movement. Only after having children did I come back to reflect on how important my upbringing was. People like you and the knowledge that you seek to impart is so needed in this world and I am truly grateful for the time and care you have put into your words and research on this website. I coincidentally came across your website while doing research for my upcoming production of Die Zauberflöte.

"Consequently, your insights into the true meaning of Mozart's opera are absolutely invaluable to me. I have been searching for years on how to best interpret this opera. What is sad to me is the fact at just how ignorant nearly everyone is to the type of information and truths that you are dispensing. As I said I have only recently come back to my spiritual side and it is because of people like you and the wisdom I have gained that have allowed me to become a more unified persona. I feel that your wisdom is needed in a very mainstream way and that more and more are seeking the knowledge that you are giving. Thank you again and I hope that your website will be discovered by many more truth seekers in the days that follow."

(Reader from the USA)

"I have been reading your Story of Atlantis article and on the Critias part of the article I started to think that maybe the whole description starting from this paragraph is an allegory for humans.

"First of all they bridged over the zones of sea which surrounded the ancient metropolis, making a road to and from the royal palace. And at the very beginning they built the palace in the habitation of the god and of their ancestors, which they continued to ornament in successive generations, every king surpassing the one who went before him to the utmost of his power, until they made the building a marvel to behold for size and for beauty."

"The road is a reference to our connection to the divine and God. The palace can be a reference to the higher mind and its evolution through reincarnation. The ornamentation being what we learn through each and every of our different lives, each king the new life and each life being wiser than the former one until the "building" is ready to proceed in the path of evolution.

"I am not sure if I am right, I have been trying to practice the identification of allegories and metaphors on different texts."

(Reader from South America)

We have nothing to add to this reader's interpretation which is correct in every way. We hope it will encourage other readers to really THINK about the concealed meaning in sacred texts and myths of all kinds.

Comments about Astral Conversations

"I found you because I had recently learned a bit about the Law of One, and feeling a bit skeptical about it I did a little research and found that so many of the things 'channeled' in the Law of One material are beliefs held by the Aetherius Society (or messages also channeled by its leader) yet no link between the two is mentioned in the Law of One material, which seems odd to me. Some believers may consider this proof of the truth of those channeled messages, or someone feeling a bit more dubious (like myself), might consider the Law of One channeling to be heavily borrowed material without referencing a source. In any case, I just googled the two and found your astral conversation talking about channeling, which mentions both. And surprisingly, I didn't see many, if any, other resources online that make that connection. And then down the rabbit hole I went on your site!"

(Reader from the USA)

"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 'Masters of Mischief' 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)

You can read a personal appreciation of the writings of J Michaud PhD by a grateful reader elsewhere on our website.

Comments about our Occult Studies Course

"This course has been an immense eye opener for me. And I am left humble and grateful that I 'stumbled' upon your site. I think that the most important thing I have learned from this course is how little I know about anything, and that I truly wish to study Occult Science for the rest of my remaining days.

"Another important thing for me is the way it has changed my everyday life. The concept of being of service to my fellow men and women has become important for me in a new way. It is such an immense task and I feel that I barely understand a fraction of what it means and what it implies. I realised that 'being of service' to the poor man living on the street by giving him a cent or two might not be so hard, but 'being of service' to my children or to my husband when my patience is tested, that is quite a challenge.

"I do not know if I have understood a bit of this concept correctly, but I think that a part of 'being of service' is about being able to control my lower self when I am involved with people. I can see the difference in the reaction of my children and my husband in the cases where I am able not to react with anger or impatience. I can't help but think that this in some way also helps them to be more in contact with the positive forces instead of the negative conditions. And if I can see what my actions are creating then part of my service to my fellow men and women must be to strive to act in ways that lifts them up. I look forward to learning a lot more in the years to come."

(Reader from Denmark)

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