A while back I got into a small row on Twitter with TRT expert Jay Campbell (you can view the exchange here).
The original topic was the subject of video games but the actual disagreement ended up being over a fairly popular esoteric idea (namely that there are levels to consciousness and presumably achieving higher levels will allow you to “see” some previously hidden level of reality).
Now, while I’m not a fan of esotericism I have some ideas many would consider esoteric myself. For example, I don’t believe all biological humans have souls, but those who do have a spiritual sense that may allow them to sense things beyond their biological ability.
The problem I have with Jay and others like him are two-fold:
First (as I stated in a subsequent reply, perhaps a bit too bluntly), is that for the most part their beliefs are the product of fantasy. We live in spiritually bankrupt times and many people are suffering from a lack of spiritual nourishment. As a result they frequently become either marks for charlatans, or more commonly, become their own prophets to feed their need for spiritual fulfillment.
And if your need for spiritual fulfillment is strong enough, your mind WILL provide it for you. This is especially common for men (or women) who have seen some success in life. Believing yourself to be limitless is a very useful trait if you want success in the material world but unfortunately it has the opposite effect in the spiritual world.
The second (and more dangerous issue) is that many of these guys use these beliefs to externalize and weaponize their negative reactions to somebody. Their appeal (particularly to individuals with high levels of Machiavellianism) is pretty obvious: if you accuse someone of being “low consciousness” or having “bad vibes”, what can they do? These are inherently subjective experiences. The accuser doesn’t have to actually answer any objections and the accused has no way to negate the accuser’s claims (not unlike the Social Justice Warrior concept of subjective “lived experience” having objective value).
Now, I definitely could have handled that conversation better (Jay subsequently blocked me and I returned the favor), but its lack of productivity doesn’t take away from the underlying issue, and I do thank Jay for putting the attention of my baleful third eye on this issue.