Top critical review
Over rated, but of value.
on 17 February 2018
Not a bad piece of work, not too heavy, even if a big jargony in places. In fact, think I read it in four sittings.
It largely seems to be a re writing or re interpretation of previous spiritual and occult practices, combined with ideas of previous respected heavy guns in philosophy. In fact, Wilson, says the idea he is expounding "is" what they meant, b ut didn't have the language or scientific knowledge to get to.
Some interesting re looks at ideas, dogmatic in place with some pretty poor examples (at times) used to illustrate his points. He is a bit dogmatic at points and we could do with a little bit more on the concept and a little less of his political views. He tends to use people he clearly does not like, as examples of "lower" sorts. A bit of a re edit could help it too.
It seems like a lighter re interpretation of other idea and philosophies, for the average person, with enough jargon thrown in to make it seem loftier and more academic and complex, than it actually is. This is compounded by his emperor's new clothes tone and statements that the lower sort won't get his book, that struck me as a bit unnecessary and that the author was better than such cheap and obvious tricks. There is a bit too much sarcasm and sneering, these being tricks to make up for lack of substance, I have found.. as is the use of jargon. To be fair, in such an area some jargon is necessary.
I would have liked him to go a bit more in depth and methodically through the circuits. A re look at ancient and older concepts from a more modern perspective is enjoyable and something we interested in the area shoudl do.
There is also a lack of self awareness you would imagine a book that was written, then edited, would not contain i.e. the author would see where they exhibited this. The get out of "this is of course my own reality tunnel" does not get him off the hook here.
In saying that, I found it a valuable read and I will definitely take something for myself from it, I think I may re read it. It seems funny to see such high praise and some pretty reactionary attacks on the work though. They seem, largely, emotionally driven, rather than scientifically or analytically... and, as mentioned above, he has attached a certain superiority to those who praise and say they get his idea.. ironically, as he talks about this very attitude in the book.
Yes, a re read of it is in order.