Secret Things- Gary Hudson's Book
- Mike and I agreed that we would "review" Hudson's book independently,
nevertheless it appears that we both have less than enthusiastic assessments
Here is what I originally wrote about it:
Compared to its total content, there is very little original material in
Hudson's _The Secret Things_. The bulk of the material appears to have been
lifted directly from Mike Grondin's interlinear rendering of the NHC
manuscript and the translation which accompanies Mike's interlinear is that
The author's original material is a series of very short paragraphs (one for
each logion) that are hardly models of lucidity and cogency. Mostly they are
incomprehensible ramblings about such things as the "Internal Christ" and
the felicity of "spiritual awakening" (although there are many other equally
impenetrable concepts sprinkled about as well).
Here are a few excerpts to illustrate the general tenor of Hudson's
interpretations of various logia.
LOGION 23 "The call to awaken arises as a holy longing, a longing for
wholeness. That is the call we hear from the Inner Christ. Of the vast
multitude of souls that inhabit the earth, only a handful recognize that the
world cannot satisfy their heartache. And of those [sic] only a few will
awaken to the wholeness of being."
LOGION 72 "The Inner Christ does not manifest in order to apportion the
power of the spirit to the various senses. The Inner Christ manifests to
bring about the unity of being, the wholeness of life."
LOGION 107 "The ineffable source emanates the spectrum of that manifests
into a multitude of life forms [sic]. Of those life forms only sentient life
develops the illusion of the egoic self, which separates it from the
wholeness of being. Within sentient life, that which is aware within is
stirred by the 'holy longing' to reunite lover and beloved. Only in us
(sentient life) does the divine find itself."
Perhaps it would be possible to comb through Hudson's interpretations and
identify some coherent unity in his hermeneutic, but I certainly have
neither the time or interest to do so. I recommend that those who wish to
spend any appreciable time with this book should prepare themselves by
ingesting copious quantities of Peyote buds and Ripple wine (although
perhaps, if one's supplies of Ripple and Peyote are lacking, that the same
effect could be had merely by reading the book for an hour or so).
Summary: I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
Humble Maine Woodsman
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