The continuing saga of Jami Lin and the Blender School of Feng Shui
Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn’t make you spiritual. It’s right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to “beef with broccoli.” —George Carlin’s New Rules for 2007
|What She Says||Reality Check|
|In explaining spiritual feng shui, I often paraphrase Kabbalistic thought (Kabbalah: an alchemical system of universal knowledge with roots as far back as Babylonia). …As I delved further into the depth of this statement, even greater truth was revealed. Through many consultations, I have recognized a direct correlation between the energy centers of our bodies, known as the chakras (from age-old Hindu philosophy), and the bagua.||What on Earth is “spiritual feng shui”? That’s not taught by the traditional masters, including the ones whose names Jami Lin loves to mention. It is a New Age product, another panacea purchased by the spiritually hungry hordes.Jami Lin invented her “spiritual feng shui” just as she invented her idea of aromatherapy. How else to explain the bold claim (without corroborating evidence) of a “direct correlation” between two very different cultures, a spiritual belief and a cultural icon?Extraordinary claims like this require just as extraordinary evidence.Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok explains:
Kabbalah existed before alchemy was invented
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, who wrote the definitive book on Sefer Yetzirah (the oldest book of Kabbalah), says in his Introduction that the work was referenced in the first century CE but tradition attests its existence in Biblical times.
“So ancient is this book,” says Rabbi Kaplan, “that its origins are no longer accessible to historians.” (p. ix)
After the ancient Sefer Yetzirah the next book on Kabbalah, Sefer haBahir, was first published in 1176 at Provence, France.
Rav Kaplan also explains the three types of Kabbalah:
Sefer Yetzirah has always been considered a book of “mystical meditative insight.” (p. x)
Pagans invented alchemy and borrowed from Kabbalah
Alkimya is an Arabic (and pre-Arabic) word of Egyptian origins. Kamt, quemt, or chemi, all refer to Kemit, ”the black land”: Egypt.
Georg Luck notes alchemy was
Hellenistic magic — “a Greek creation on Egyptian soil,” says Luck — came into the form we recognize only around the first century CE. Hellenistic magic spawned alchemy and ritual magic.
Greeks borrowed the word magic from Persians “to describe religious rites totally foreign to them, totally different from their own, and therefore suspect” —”one person’s religion may be another person’s magic.” (p. 135)
Ritual magic ripped off Jewish and Egyptian culture
Ritual magic appropriated native Egyptian gods (like Thoth) and deities of other religions, because they were seen as repositories of magical powers. The gods were borrowed because they sounded exotic and their rites appeared exotic to the Greeks.
Alchemy is a rip-off of magical Kabbalah and sympathetic magic, marketed as a worldwide system of knowledge
This is not a respectful or accurate definition of Kabbalah. It is also circular logic to say Kabbalah is a system of knowledge based on alchemy. You just read that alchemy is pagan sympathetic magic that borrowed heavily from magical Kabbalah.
If Lin knows what Kabbalah really is, she will not admit it
Jami Lin denies the history of Kabbalah and the opinions of rabbis and scholars of Kabbalah. Her invention infers that this profoundly Jewish knowledge is a pagan rip-off (as in alchemical system). That is cultural theft and disrespect.
She cannot reconcile her definition of Kabbalah with any of Rav Tzadok”s definitions, or indeed the definitions of most Jews on the subject. She has to ignore the assertion that Kabbalah is the secret innermost chamber of the Torah. It is the only way to keep selling her New Age version of Kabbalah, which concocts a connection between “the bagua” — which one?— and the chakras.
By mixing Indian thinking with Jewish esoteric wisdom Jami Lin created a shaatnez, which in Jewish teachings is an unholy mixture, a spiritual crime.
Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok reminds us that
The chimera that Lin invented is a spiritual morass with deeper implications.
|Even more widespread, similar practices that have been established in many cultures worldwide cannot be ignored.||This fatuous pronouncement is one of many communal reinforcements popular with the McFengshui crowd. Someone said it once at a McFengshui convention and now everyone says it.
No one questions whether it is true — the faithful can be led to believe just about anything
Lin and her cronies would be challenged to name two other cultures with “similar practices” that are “even more widespread” and to provide details. They bank on their victims knowing even less than they do. They expect customers to passively absorb whatever bovine byproduct is fed to them.
Where to pick up weird ideas
How does the McFengshui crowd invent these ideas? They read only lunatic-fringe books and similar websites, they attend conferences with other cranks who make things up just like them, and they avoid anyone who might challenge their ideas and pontifications.
McFengshui people nurture clients who prefer faith-based reasoning, because that is what they prefer. Besides, they don”t know how to answer questions posed by evidence-based reasoning.
|Briefly, from observing the natural laws, all universal geomantic traditions evolved into methods by which environment can emulate the rhythm of nature so that man could live within its harmonious abundance.||The term natural laws relates to a Western understanding of the world based on absolute truth. It is an outgrowth of Western religious philosophy.Gunther Stent, writing in “The Dilemma of Science and Morals” (Genetics, 1974; Sep;78(1):41-51) points out that concepts of objectively valid truth and “natural laws” are foreign to Chinese culture and philosophy.An online dictionary of philosophy says the term natural laws is ambiguous because it refers to two logically independent theories.
The moral theory says that moral laws that govern human behavior are in some way objectively derived from the nature of human beings; this was the thinking of Thomas Aquinas.
The legal theory holds that the authority of some legal standards derives at least in part from considerations of the moral merit of those standards. In all types of natural legal reasoning, moral standards are used to determine the authority of legal norms.
Who likes to talk about “natural laws”?
The primary definers and promoters of the philosophy of “natural laws” are:
Lin loves meaningless word salad like “Methods by which environment can emulate the rhythm of nature,” although environment IS nature and therefore the “rhythms” are synonymous. We are living in the environment — an envelope of life that exists on this planet.
It is just more more Blender School nonsense.
The unsettling backdrop to Lin’s concoction: she repeats (nearly verbatim) the millenarian and messianic yearnings that Norman Cohn revealed in Cosmos, Chaos, and the World To Come and even more disturbingly in The Pursuit of the Millennium.
Jami Lin finds my analysis and pitches a fit.