Re: Simon Buxton?
- That is more or less what I had heard. Thank you for your
contribution. Since I'm in the UK (where Buxton teaches) I get to
hear of him and the horror stories around him a fair bit. His
invented pedigree (a 'bee shaman'!) enable him to make a lot of
money from his courses, which are just new age enough to fool an
idiot minority - and for him to attract a few 'female admirers'. I
hear he's shacked up with one now, as he was a year ago (a different
acolyte) so I wonder how long the current one will last. Till he
gets more women on his courses in 'sacred sexuality' I guess...
--- In email@example.com, "dctr_gd" <dctr_gd@y...> wrote:
> Buxton is a fraud, you are correct. His book was not even written
> him. It was ghost-written by someone else, based on his self-
> important Don Juan fantasies, and Buxton then even cheated the
> writer out of his promised fee. The book itself was rightly torn
> pieces by Shaman's Drum in issue 67, which devoted 10 pages to it,
> calling it a fairytale of 'fantasy shamans' and exorting readers
> to go near it.
> Some of the reviews at Amazon are equally telling:
> "I don't believe this to be non-fiction. This isn't to say that
> fiction doesn't have value, but honestly, "The Path of Pollen"??
> that some kind of joke? Did anyone REALLY take this seriously?...
> Also, just as a side note, I LOVE it when authors get their
> (or, in some sad instances, make up various accounts by
> themselves..) to come on and write reviews for them. You can
> tell when they do that by the FIVE STAR reviews coming from
> reviewers who, gee golly, have never reviewed anything ever
> And the honest reviews, the 2-3 star reviews, come from other
> reviewers who have a couple of pages of reviews (or, at least more
> than ONE review) . Mmmhmm. I guess I should have known, since
> Medicine Eagle, the plastic medicine woman who has been conning
> people out of money for years wrote a small recommendation blurb
> the back cover. Silly me."
> "not trying to knock on Mr. Buxton. For all we know, he could be a
> very sincere individual, who, for some reason, stumbled upon a
> completely undocumented form of Bee-Shamanism in Europe. A place
> which is WELL known for it's anthropological documentation of folk
> customs. Yeah. Riiiiiight."
> "This story had great promise but literally fell apart half way
> through. I consider it either a misguided set of sex fiction or a
> really weird sex cult."
> Overall recommendation: avoid Buxton like the plague. As an
> of Harner and with Brooke Plastic Medicine Eagle on his side, you
> already know his pedigree. It stinks. So does his book. And so
> his work.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jergonsacha"
> <jergonsacha@y...> wrote:
> > I noticed some comments about Simon Buxton at
> > ers_.html, which weren't flattering.
> > Particularly a course of his which "concerns the poetics of
> > operating outside of time and space, moving from one secret
> > to another, encountering the power of the fire serpent, the
> > of nether-worlds, the gods of nature and the nature of the
> > As the author of Daily Ablution adds "Would-be nether-world-
> > tunnelers wanting more information concerning the advanced
> > will be disappointed, as "little may be said of the work for it
> > largely ineffable." One certainty is that it requires "working
> > the petroglyphic self, beyond the rational mind".
> > Another post is about Buxton's book, The Shamanic Way of the
> > which Shaman's Drum debunked a few months ago as a work of
> > claiming to be fact, a la Castaneda: "I'd take my hat off to him
> > I bothered to wear one - making money from credulous fools who
> > desperate to know about "The Shamanic Way of the Bee" is as good
> > way as any".
> > Mr Buxton claims to be the UK Faculty for culture-plunder
> > Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies but does anyone know
> > anything else about him, apart from the fact that his courses
> > his book look like flowery rubbish designed to part the gullible
> > rich from their cash?