Most people in the Golden Dawn community are already aware that New Age marketer, Robert Zink, has created a New Age/Golden Dawn hybrid Mr. Zink named the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn.
New Age Marketer Robert Zink
I personally do not see anything wrong with this. After all, the Golden Dawn community already has a "Regardie" Golden Dawn order, a Thelemic Golden Dawn, and even a Buddhist Golden Dawn. Why not a New Age Golden Dawn order as well?
As a marketer, one really has to give Robert Zink credit. He is most adept at "rebranding" anything successful in the New Age community by giving it a new name and twist to make it his own. In this way, "The Secret" became Robert Zink's, "The Guarantee" (theguarantee.info), Reiki became "Ruach Healing" (ruachhealing.com), and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) became Robert Zink's "Neuro Linguistic Alchemy" (personal-magic.com).
All of this is really rather cute and clever marketing to which I have no personal objection whatsoever. Where I do object, however, is when Robert Zink crosses the line to use the Hermetic and Golden Dawn traditions for "get rich quick" schemes.
|R. Zink Posing as Mathers|
For example, on his Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn website Robert Zink rebrands S.L. MacGregor Mathers' portrait with his own image, as self-proclaimed "Guardian of the True Golden Dawn Tradition." I really see no major harm in this either, despite the grandiosity.
What I do object to, however, is on Robert Zink's EOGD membership page where Mr. Zink claims he can make you a "full Golden Dawn initiate" from the comfort your armchair without ever leaving your living room. All you need to do is send Mr. Zink $200 and poof - you will become a "full 'Astral' Golden Dawn initiate. This kind of nonsense not only cheapens the Golden Dawn tradition. It gives us all a bad name, despite the rebranded "Astral Initiation" Mr. Zink invented.
Most readers of this blog are aware that the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, and our outer order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn have for years been promoting a vision of the Hermetic tradition that transcends the published Golden Dawn material.
We hold that the aim and purpose not only of the Golden Dawn, but of the entire Hermetic tradition is "Soul growth" in the energetic sense. We also have been teaching how Hermetic Inner Alchemy is a most powerful means of cultivating our energetic natures, in transmuting the matter of our physical bodies (lead) into pure Solar energy (gold), with the aim of achieving conscious immortality.
Many of you have have followed the debate about these things for some time now here on this blog, and have also read the recent discourses of Master R.C. You have also witnessed first hand the difficulty to clearly communicate these notions to a broader public - as well as what a marvelous opportunity for spiritual development they actually represent.
I therefore trust that you can as well understand my disappointment that Robert Zink has now decided to rebrand even Inner Alchemy for yet another of his New Age schemes.
On his Miracle Mentoring website, Robert Zink recently wrote:
You can learn the secrets of inner alchemy to begin turning any area of your life from lead to gold. The results are incredible for the sincere seeker of alchemical transformation who craves a life filled with miracles...
- Build a profitable business
- Become a millionaire
What? Become a millionaire with Inner Alchemy?! I am greatly saddened to read such nonsense. Why is it that every single time something more about the Hermetic tradition is made public, it is immediately turned on its head and PROSTITUTED by someone?
Since ancient Egypt, Hermetic alchemy has rightfully been called "The Royal Art" of Kings. Inner Alchemy, although it requires great physical discipline and personal sacrifice, is not merely the art of physical transmutation. It is also nothing less than the SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY. For good reason, the methodologies of this most arcane of occult sciences have remained most carefully guarded secrets of the Western esoteric tradition.
To witness the Royal Art of Inner Alchemy, the arcane science of energetic evolution and conscious immortality, rebranded as "how to become a millionaire" - shames me to be associated with Mr. Zink in any way, which sadly I am since we each lead Golden Dawn orders.
Never before have the vast differences between Robert Zink's approach to the Golden Dawn and mine been so readily discernible, as well as between what we each teach in the orders we lead.
The HOGD/AO and I teach "Soul growth," the development of your energetic nature, with the aim of eventually attaining conscious immortality.
Robert Zink, on the other hand, teaches that the true purpose of Inner Alchemy is how to ...
... GET RICH QUICK!
As I said at the outset of this article, I have nothing against the notion of a hybrid New Age-Golden Dawn order. If Bob Zink wants to become the Tony Robbins of the Golden Dawn, that is his own business. This stuff no doubt has a market out there - good for the part-timers and the gullible ...
... But all this has nothing to do with magic or with the Golden Dawn - And this certainly is nothing for serious seekers!
The difference between what Golden Dawn students learn from Robert Zink - rather than from the HOGD/AO and myself - has never been clearer.
- David Griffin