In the Spirit of Nonsense
This week, I popped into my local store and decided to peruse the magazine aisle.
Ah ha! Spiritual! Yes, I will try that for a change.
Everything happens for a reason right? So there must be a reason why I parted with 3.1 of the finest British pound coinage?
Absolutely, categorically and unequivocably to write about what I was presented with.
As I scanned the pages, my internal consciousness replied with a large dose of droll, “nope, nope, nope, nope…………” In fact, 98 pages of “nope”. My spirit was distraught, deflated, and quite frankly, floored by the sensationalized, tabliod-esk print from a ”Spiritual Magazine”.
Perhaps I am being a little unfair. Perhaps it is just my own personal preference, coupled with a general distaste of national rags, celebrity gossip mags and talk shows (think Jerry Springer or Jeremy Kyle).
However, for me, I think the vagueness and incompleteness is the most prominent annoyance. For example, a step by step guide on how to connect with spirit omitted grounding, protection, meditation techniques and closing down. It seems a little green with a smattering of ignorance, to assume that every reader is aware of such things. It is not as simple as sit down, think of a mountain, go into trance (presuming everyone knows what “trance” means) and meet someone from the spirit world. It can take weeks, months even years of practice to establish a link, yet this particular article is describing a stroll in the local park in the safest place in the universe. I would have liked to have seen it written with a higher degree of detail and responsibility, yet the two page spread was emblazoned by Photoshop images, leaving little room for any words of substance.
I work in an all female environment, amongst avid novel and magazine readers. One particular colleague always buys a magazine, 1000% worse than the one I purchased, and leaves it in the communal area for all to read. One lunch time, whilst walking through the office, I heard roars of laughter as the magazine was passed from desk to desk. In the interest of discretion I will not go into the in’s and out’s of the particular article in question. Nevertheless, I found it fantastical and quite frankly cringe worthy.
I sound completely ungracious given the readership, of such publications, is huge. However, that is the point. The general, skeptic population are quite within their rights to poo-poo alternative, spiritual beliefs and the work of lightworkers across the globe, if they where to scrutinize such an incredulous periodical. My colleagues already believe I am a mad witch with a crystal ball, yet I have never practiced Wicca or gazed into a glass orb in my life!
What it boils down to is perception. No, it should not matter what others think about your specific belief or practice. But what I do object to – having first hand experience in these matters – is an editing team twisting the spiritual aspect to such an extent that it no longer resembles the original story, or its warm intention. Or not exercising personal responsibility by printing incomplete or misleading articles, in order to condense the pages and boost sales.
On the plus side………….It makes me want to be a better writer, to try to cater for all levels, to explain my chosen subjects fully, from both sides of the spectrum, and to lend a functionality, meaning and objective to my articles.
(I do hope I manage to fulfill my principles…………!)