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Sunday, February 4

cosmic connie

If you look over in the in the left sidebar blogroll here, you'll see Connie Schmidt listed. She goes by "Cosmic Connie" on her blog, Whirled Musings, which just celebrated its six-month half-birthday. Thanks and a big tip 'o the hat! Connie is on a mission to enlighten the masses as to the true motives of what she calls the New Wage crowd. In her recent post, Help! my paradigms are shattered, she goes after Gregg Braden, author of the the two books you see pictured to the right: The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief, and The God Code. The latter was one of the first books that got me truly worked up about the current wave of charlatan spiritual hucksters. Long before I realized that their pedigree stretches back into the 19th century -- and even into the 18th, if you begin (as many of them do) with Swedenborg. However, in that same post, Connie connects our paradigm-shattering Mr. Braden with another favorite target here at Mystic Bourgeoisie: Abraham Maslow and his so-called hierarchy of needs. Go read it by all means.

I am especially glad that "Cosmic Connie" got in touch after finding this blog. All too often, I feel that I run the risk of seeming the classic misogynist. So much of the crap I have railed against here does appear to fall out along gender lines: the Goddess "movement," Wicca, and all manner of empowering "spiritual" uplift from the likes of Marianne Williamson, Starhawk, Caroline Myss, Barbara Marx Hubbard -- the list goes on and on -- not to mention old-timers like Madame Blavatsky and Annie Besant. So it is gratifying indeed to have encountered an intelligent modern woman -- a Texan, no less! (she lives there anyway) -- who is equally disenchanted with this sort of patent nonsense. Here's to many more birthdays for Whirled Musings.