Comment Bump Up from the Mike Clelland interview of Laura Bruno

This is a comment bump up from the post of Mike Clelland’s interview of me on Whitley Strieber’s Unknown Country. (You can read what I had to say about that interview here.)

The comments are all very supportive and excited, until September 7, when reader William C says:

Michael, forgive me, but I cannot believe you take all these New Age practitioners seriously and give them a public forum. Lyme disease is a horrible disease. To equate it to some sort of spiritual awakening is almost obscene. But hey, I was trounced on Whitley’s forum for not being a New Ager, since I guess that is a prerequisite around here. Really sad.

Something led me to pop over to the interview page today, and I happened to see the comment. I felt it important to reply there, and also to share the exchange here, for clarity:

I’m sorry you feel that way, William. I can assure you that I in no way trivialize the horrible experiences of my Lyme clients. I nursed my (then) husband through Chronic Lyme, and I also survived my own infection with Lyme. It IS a brutal, existentially crushing disease, and I do not take that lightly.

The emails I receive from people who’ve read my writings on Lyme disease, as well as comments from clients with advanced, Chronic Lyme, share a sense of relief, a “clicking in,” profound gratitude, and a feeling of finding the blessings and especially the Meaning within the trauma. It’s like Victor Frankl’s ability to survive his concentration camp experience by finding meaning.

Those I know who have completed the “initiation” for lack of a better term, are living deeper, more joyful and meaningful lives than they ever imagined they could prior to Lyme. That in no way invalidates the journey or the scars they acquired along the way, but those soul wounds also triggered much deeper healing and inner peace.

I realize how from a superficial look, other people would consider me a New Ager, but I am actually NOT a proponent of New Age fluffy luv-n-lite. I find it toxic, disabling and disempowering, but I’ve learned not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Some tools and concepts, taken much deeper, can heal in profound and loving ways. “Know thyself” is powerful advice and balm, and sometimes it helps to have someone reflect that self back to you. I consider this sacred work, and I wish you well.

Peace,

Laura

UPDATE 9/9/19 Comment Bump Up from the comments to this post on my blog:

I define “New Age” as diluted and distorted Mystery Teachings that people swallow because of the “truth signature” while not discerning that there may be poison and lies tagging along for the ride. At its worst, luv-n-lite callously victim-shames and/or spiritually bypasses opportunities for real growth. True Love and True Light nurture and heal, whereas New Age platitudes act more like a sugar rush and/or superfoods laced with toxic heavy metals. Not a fan!

15 responses to this post.

  1. Bravo!

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  2. Thanks, Bo! I’ve been trying to articulate that concept in my Metaphysics of Lyme book, but until now, no one has challenged me on that topic. I just intuitively sensed people would. My addressing it in the book kept sounding stilted and overly rational, because it was only a theoretical, preemptive reply. William’s challenge, and my heartfelt reply says exactly what I’ve been meaning to say all this time. So thank you, to William C! 🙂

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  3. What you have gone through is nothing short of a “near death experience” sans a technical death. I pay a lot of attention to the stories that such experiencers bring back from the brink.

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  4. Thanks, Bo, and actually there have been many closer to death experiences, especially last year. Four opportunities to walk out.

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  5. Posted by Linda Grobe on September 8, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Wonderful, thoughtful response, Laura.

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  6. A connected question: how should we define “New Age” these days? It seems to be one of several terms that has been lately twisted by a number of people into meaning something other than what it has meant the last 30 years. (Like “liberal” has been twisted, and “socialism” doesn’t mean at all now what the dictionary says it actually does.) Feel free to invoke maya or the kali yuga if you like 🙂

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  7. Thank you, Linda!

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  8. @ eckxforthehall, I define “New Age” as diluted and distorted Mystery Teachings that people swallow because of the “truth signature” while not discerning that there may be poison and lies tagging along for the ride. At its worst, luv-n-lite callously victim-shames and/or spiritually bypasses opportunities for real growth. True Love and True Light nurture and heal, whereas New Age platitudes act more like a sugar rush and/or superfoods laced with toxic heavy metals. Not a fan!

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  9. When did you begin to call this all the “New Age?” In my evolution, I’ve always come to see New Age as meaning non-religious spiritual material, albeit with a certain dose of “woo-woo” ungroundedness. Later I became aware that New Age was being used as a new thing: the latest belief system for traditional Christians to belittle. Mystery school teachings were always separate from both of these for me. Though I must say I have a certain tendency to lump all the old “occult” teachings in with newer stuff, under the New Age umbrella when I want to refer to anything that excludes traditional organized religions. —child of the 70’s

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  10. Child of the 70’s here, too. I have always had a gag reflex with luv-in-lite and a certain kind of shimmery metallic (how it feels to me) pseudo Aquarian energy. It has always felt very manufactured to me, and I later learned that the CIA did a lot to start the New Age Movement. Interestingly, I have also always had a gag reflex to the CIA and their programs they try to use in gifted kids. I didn’t know it was the CIA at the time, but I knew to reject it, to not let them into my mind or let them know what I could do with my mind. I was targeted, but I always followed inner guidance to “flub” the psychic tests.

    It’s a very big rabbit hole, but the CIA was also very connected with the Maharishi and how the hippie movement got co-opted into the synthetic psychedelic drug and anti-war movement, which basically ruined the peace message and energy.

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  11. Labels nearly always get co-opted to become simplistic pejoratives.

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  12. Yep! Very true, indeed.

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  13. You’ve hit some kind of nerve with this topic, Laura. Or it’s just the time for it. I agree with half of what you say about the CIA, but I’m loathe to embrace them as the cause for basically ALL of the problems on Earth. I don’t think it’s possible any “they” could’ve done everything “they” are said to have been behind. We need to get over this and look at ourselves, at our blind acceptance of authority figures and maybe our very nature as humans. I would however accept that there is a dark force that manifests here as the CIA, there as the arms dealer, over there as the religious zealot, etc. Oddly enough, it’s easier for me to believe that there is an Evil “system” of darkness that takes everything that we allow it to have, and that we are in the midst of a war between light and lack-of-light, if you will. If we yell “CIA!” it becomes like crying “Wolf!” We will never be able to trace the exact connections of the dark’s tentacles, their very nature seems to be of the invisible realm—the lack of light.

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  14. Oh, I don’t think everything is the CIA, but it’s a fact that the CIA was involved in the things I mentioned. I’m thankful for my gag reflex. It has led me very well, even when faced with extreme pressures to conform or submit to things that “seemed” good or fine … then later proved otherwise. You do you, but this has worked very well for me. 🙂

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  15. “To light a candle is to cast a shadow…”
    ― Ursula K. Le Guin

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