One of the more playful criticisms I’ve heard levelled at those who are traditionalists is that they are narrow-minded; rather than accept all the wondrous things the modern world has to offer, these ‘sticks in the mud’ simply won’t budge their views on what they consider to be right.
Perhaps there has simply been so much change in recent times that many have ceased to ride the tiger of modernity and simply raised the drawbridge on everything except that which we are comfortable with. A line in the sand has had to be drawn through necessity, lest one’s sanity be swept away on a tidal wave of strangeness.
However if one looks to nature and the great cycles of time, it will be seen that winters of stillness do not last for long before the growth of spring begins anew. The microcosm of this are the seasons and the macrocosm are the various ages of man’s awakening, from Wolf Age through to Golden Age.
At present, the trajectory is an upward cycle of awakening and slowly things are beginning to be revealed. This can be considered in different ways; for example there may be an action of revealing akin to the magician pulling back a curtain, but this requires one to give power to another (i.e. one is reliant on the magician to do the revealing). Another way to view this revelation is in regards to a changing of one’s own perception. The thing we are viewing does not change, but it is seen differently.
Consider the Covid narrative. One view is that a living virus jumped from an animal to a human and replicated. Another view is that there was a laboratory leak of a genetically engineered virus. Yet another view is that it was the seasonal flu.
One could go further and consider that seasonal flu is not an invasive, live virus but a natural bodily detox akin to leaves falling from trees in autumn. And further still it might be pondered upon that those who experience bad flu are most in need of detoxification due to toxins consumed, breathed or irradiated with.
The example above should simply be considered in the context of my argument of awakening rather than any statement of fact. The point being that one thing is observed by many and yet, depending on one’s perception, a variety of layers of reality can be seen. If one then declares with utmost certainty that the truth is now revealed, he should then consider the age in which we live. This is not the Golden Age. We are ascending out of an age of universal deceit.
Not too long ago, the idea of moving pictures being broadcast through the air and played out on a screen would have been considered phenomenal, impossible or incomprehensible. Let us go with the idea of ‘incomprehensible’.
It is said that in the Golden Age, man is able to fully understand divinity. But at present, we are not able to do so. This is why the gods are anthropomorphised. At some level, we acknowledge the existence of the divine beings, yet we are unable to fully comprehend them. Creation is not denied, but it is not understood. And even if one encounters an atheist, still they will have difficulty in explaining existence in purely material terms.
Consider the atheist-scientist with a high intelligence quotient; if he is asked what keeps the atmosphere of earth in place, he will reply that it is gravity. Yet gravity is not completely understood. In pressing further, the scientist may say that gravity exists in things which have mass, and always attracts. Yet he also says the universe is expanding.
The man of spiritual wisdom may ignore the ideas of gravity and mass and say that the universe is breathing, while the teen science-fiction fan may be certain that we are plugged into the Matrix.
So what can the traditionalist deduce from all of this? If great minds such as Rudolf Steiner and Julius Evola, or William Blake and Friedrich Nietzsche have all pondered the nature of reality in their own way, what conclusions can the present-day traditionalist come up with that these men of great esteem did not?
Answering this question is missing the point.
Before fully forming ideas, one must calmly accept a number of things; firstly, that we are in an upward cycle of the New Awakening; secondly, that things are revealed due to one’s own perception of reality; thirdly, that all the answers lie deep within us and thus the questions we look outwardly for answers to can be found by looking inwardly.
This is not to discount the great writers of traditionalism; reading such books is a part of the awakening process.
One question that may arise is, “What if I am completely wrong about everything?”
To that I would simply say that deep down, you already know. If your conscious, waking thoughts and actions are harming your inner self, it will become apparent and will manifest in various uncomfortable ways.
Hold to the values of tradition – both time-honoured family tradition and the great Evolian Tradition. But be aware that perception will alter over time and the multiple layers of reality will become apparent as one awakens. Be prepared for this and accept it.
Finally, it should be known that all is going to be okay. During the Wolf Age, man is in the grip of the ego and fear is abundant. But as one attains glimpses of the fact that we are also multi-layered, and that our true self is something bright and godly, then the antics of those dark forces which work against our ideals will not be able to dictate our thoughts and actions any more.
To read a book is to know, to understand at a deep level is to ken. To know and to ken are two layers of reality.