This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Show sympathy without delving into personal histories

The simple fact that counsel is being sought is usually a sign of acute spiritual distress (if such a term is permissible). It is necessary to keep that in mind at all times and, as a result, to show as much sympathy as possible toward the person in this situation, however confident they might act. It is helpful to learn about the spiritual condition of the seeker, and attentiveness to small signs and the motivations behind questions will provide the necessary insights; but we must insist that imparting spiritual counsel in the relationship here envisioned is not at all similar to the function of psychiatrist or therapist. You are not ‘counselling’ in that sense and at that level. For the therapist, what the client is asking for is freedom from a given emotional affliction or advice on aspects mental hygiene and the correction of mental disorders. In that context it is absolutely necessary to delve into the experiences, traumas, and general background of the client. It is not the same for the upaguru, for in these cases what is asked for is knowledge of the highest order, and while this is knowledge ‘oneself’ it is only this in a secondary way: primarily it is knowledge of the Self, and the goal is to convey this knowledge without interference of any lower orders.

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