It’s my pleasure to welcome Neil Kramer, author of The Unfoldment, to the blog today. I haven’t read a book as thought provoking as The Unfoldment since Sonia Barrett’s The Holographic Canvas. This is like the first Matrix movie in its capacity to jolt my mind into thinking about my reality. This book is for those who want to break out of an unsatisfying life and are not afraid of finding the truth. So without further ado, let’s get started.
To begin with, please tell us, in a nutshell, what the Unfoldment is.
The Unfoldment is first and foremost an act of will to recognize oneself as a significant and sacred force in the universe. It then becomes an on-going practice of bringing greater truth, power, and magic into one’s daily felt experience of life.
Neil, much of what you talk about in your book is nothing new: that everything is energy, that the world we live in is an illusion/ a matrix/ a game, that governments throughout history have employed psychological conditioning to control the masses, that most people live lives of quiet desperation. So, what is unique about your book?
Is the rose that blossoms each spring new and distinct? Or is it something old that we have seen before? The story of the wisdom of humankind is an old one, with peaks and troughs continually rising and falling over different terrains. What is fresh and unique about The Unfoldment is how it explores the particular resonances of our situation today. I map the metaphysical, cultural, and political energies, and show how they influence us at an intimate level. Then I show how to liberate the mind and empower the spirit for a more natural evolution. I do not tolerate pessimism or self-indulgence. I am a champion of the human soul and I help people to claim their own world-changing power.
How did you come to gain all this spiritual and philosophical knowledge in your own life? (Are you, or were you, a member of a secret society?)
From the get go, I didn’t buy the mainstream view of reality. As Valentine Michael Smith might say (from Stranger In A Strange Land), I felt a wrongness in it. So I set out to find the source of that wrongness… and then my whole spiritual adventure kicked off. It was a good thing. As for my membership in various groups, I have shared with many different gatherings of spiritual people, some of whom may fairly be described as keeping themselves to themselves.
What are two of the most important secret teachings that you can tell us about?
Your self is a mask that you look through; and, we die every day.
For the beginner to the unfoldment process, what books and people do you recommend studying to start off with? What about those who are more advanced?
Newcomers and old-timers alike, the individual must place total faith in their own capacity for discerning what is relevant in any given moment. No-one knows what’s best for you. No-one. When you find a particularly resonant teacher, that resonance arises from the conscious parallel that you share at that time. That will change. If it doesn’t, you’re standing still. It’s not possible to recommend books and teachers to people I don’t know… but I can say that two thousand years of European mysticism has been a bountiful source of wisdom for me, so go and check that out for a hell of a good ride.
Neil, thank you for being with us today. For more information about The Unfoldment be sure to read the review here.