Amazing Truths: Supernatural Part 2
Amazing Truths Supernatural, Part 2: What’s special about people now?
Since we’ve followed the idea of Nietzsche’s Übermensch, the super man toward which we stretch to escape the legacy of our ancestors, has our music grown sweeter? Or is there more discord?
Does the zeitgeist let us genuinely respond to the appeal of angels Shakespeare illuminated? Do we still believe we have the grace to mingle with heavenly cohorts?
Supernatural, Part Two is from my book, Amazing: Truths About Conscious Awareness
We know it’s not true. Tamping down idealist expectations is fed to us in heaping amounts every day. It’s as if derision’s antibiotic and hope a disease.
Television reminds us how small and ineffective we are, how pathetic and trivial our ambitions.
We sit still for it, vicarious doses of video life, addicting as any of Marx’s opiates. Maybe it’s the best we have left.
Maybe we haven’t the ambition to hone ourselves like fine sculptures but went over to feckless collections of pebbles instead.
I blame Nietzsche for discrediting the legacy of evolution. Toss Shaw in too, for fanning the flames.
At least Nietzsche had the decency to go bonkers…
A trend in the last decade is the growth and visibility of New Age ideas. Most — love, oneness and inner peace — are hard to define. The popularity of The Secret, whatever else anyone thinks of it, exposed a craving for more.
When a chance to satisfy a need religions don’t handle well arrived, an eager audience listened, absorbed and accepted.
What makes the phenomena intriguing is the lack of serious mainstream backlash.
You’d expect mockery, debunkers trotted out by the national media. It didn’t happen.
Negative reaction was minor, believers in the “law of attraction” cast as selfish and deluded, even cultish. But the criticisms weren’t aggressive.
A cultural relief valve opened, releasing pressures built up by persistent, colorless conformity and control. The suddenly popular law of attraction -–which, if true, must always have been — was rolled out by Esther Hicks. She spoke for a “nonphysical teacher,” Abraham, explaining how reality works.
The Abraham-Hicks operation repackaged an older idea. Now, they helped make it a smash hit.
Esther and Jerry Hicks emerged as law of attraction rock stars. It’s hard to imagine a more likable couple. Detailing the wildest claims, they sat before television audiences they were as ordinary as the joys of knitting.
Amazing Truths, Supernatural: Abraham Hicks
Esther and Jerry, whose mantra, “Life is supposed to be fun,” also decorated the rear of the “monster bus,” looked and acted like beloved grandparents.
But if the story tested anyone who gave it much thought, it benefited from seeming harmless.
In simple, self-deprecating, even funny stories, Esther told audiences about nonphysical beings. The came from a spiritual realm and took over her body, persuading her to share their teachings.
Meanwhile, Jerry’s acted as facilitator. A third party with a gift for asking great questions, taking notes and making recordings.
After a period of adjustment, Esther routinely called on Abraham as needed. Seminars and book writing, — the bestseller, Ask and It Is Given. What Abraham taught, according to Wayne Dyer: “You get what you think about, whether you want it or not.”
“No exceptions,” Esther, speaking for Abraham, would add.
Simple to preach, maybe, but not when the preacher is nonphysical, one-hundred speaking in the same odd voice. But Esther Hicks, made it easy, relaxed, confident, even playful.
It came naturally.
Esther and Jerry, in real life, were warm, genuine and optimistic. And Esther looked a lot like Shirley MacLaine. They were unpretentious, able to have a laugh at themselves and their circumstances.
The public seemed ready for an uplift…
Whether listeners fully accepted “talking to dead people,” as Esther called it, the teachings resonated.
Besides, there were no serious clinkers or whacky claims, nothing to attack.
Abraham talked about lives listeners recognized as like their own. Their teachings taught taking control, responsibility for your own happiness or unhappiness.
Consistency made a difference and so did resonance. Experts turned advice into a profession. Advisors knew better than clients. When a Dutch uncle played such a role, it earned trust. But now a diploma and certification demanded it.
Take your pick, God, the Divine, Source or infinite energies…
Professionals diminished individuals, describing a culture built around positives and negatives, rights and wrongs, but the participants were not capable enough or, more accurately, educated enough to figure anything out for themselves. Age old methods that somehow failed.
Diminishing individuals, also an inevitable result of a passion for higher education, saturated America after World War II, the pledge from our parents that they’d give us “the things we never had,” higher education being one of them.
Oddly, having heard so many pitches that grew through the 1960s, I don’t recall higher education being identified with any value other than increased income. Nobody seemed to think it might be an enriching experience as learning about the world and how to think had once been seen. Higher education aimed better consumers. The past denigrated, one net effect a cultural disempowerment of individuals.
Then, into an unidentified gap stepped New Age teachings that connected people intimately with, take your pick, God, the Divine, Source or infinite energies. And it was an old, always been there flavor of spiritualism. This was spiritual adrenaline. It made intuitive sense.
The Übermensch, softened up and pliable.