This is Part One of Bullshit Saturday.
Two weeks ago a flyer dropped through my letter box. It advertised the Indigo Spiritual and Holistic fair. I decided to go. This may seem a surprising decision given my very clear declarations here that religion is bollocks along with alternative (not) medicine. I thought it would be a good idea to try the dark side and visit, to see what actually happens at these events.
I struggled a little bit because I had to pay to get in the fair. This money would go towards organising more of these things, but my paltry GBP1.50 entrance fee probably would be much among the total takings.
I was actually excited about this. I wanted to see what manner of stuff is said and sold here. I also find it utterly fascinating just how much the human brain can deceive itself.
This fair took place in a small village hall. There were stalls and talkers in the main hall, the healing room was off to the side and there was also a room where talks were taking place. I will point out now that anything I quote in this communication will be a direct quote form a leaflet. I did not have the guts to actually talk to anyone, next time I will. I felt as though I had a massive arrow above my head saying UNBELIEVER or worse SCEPTIC. I was an explorer in a strange new world.
There were four workshops planned for the day. They were titled:
- Aura drawings
- Colour Therapy
- Guided Meditation
- Tropic Skin Care
These seemed quite awesome. It would have been brilliant to attend some of these but not this time. I felt like a fish out of water. Next time maybe. However, a few words on each might be worthwhile. Aura drawings – bullshit, colour therapy – bullshit except that we each like certain colours, guided meditation – possibly bullshit, need to listen to the claims they make, tropic skin care – seems ok apart from some of the website claims.
Tropic Skin Care
Their website makes the following claim:
Our products contain the purest naturally derived ingredients and are free from harmful toxic chemicals.
ALL make up and creams are free from harmful toxic chemicals. It’s the LAW.
Maz provides information about colour therapy. I didn’t go to the talk but I did pick up a leaflet and I will quote from it now.
Did you know . . . . . Kylie Minogue painted her bedroom pink – the colour of love – to aid her recovery from cancer.
Now, I’m not sure I am surprised. A woman paints her bedroom pink. I would be interested to know how many women with pink bedrooms or who wear pink clothes or pink anything had died from cancer. Kylie also had a load of proper medicine. Also, pink is the colour of love. How very fortunate. How do you find out what colour represents which thing? Is it tested over time with a control group? How much pink do you need in your life? What shade of pink?
Here website is here, I have read it. Maz has an advance colour therapy diploma from the British School Of Yoga, not a basic diploma. Perhaps she knows more colours. Also she reckons she defeated her breast cancer through giving up medicine:
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 it was a major turning point in my life. My decision was to refuse all surgery and non-naturalistic treatment. I had previously worked as a Script Supervisor for TV and film, but when I was told of the ‘dis-ease’ in my body I immediately started to look at my life and make significant changes.
Note her use of the term dis-ease, alternative practitioners love it. I am glad she is cured but I question her choices. I would also like to know more about the extent of the cancer and what her physicians thought, we only have her word for it. I am now about to get inot full on rage mode having noticed something on her website.
I clicked on the tab that said read more about colour therapy.
Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths, and thus each colour has its own particular wavelength and energy. Each colour of the rainbow resonates with the seven main chakras in the human body, and understanding these colours and chakra relationships can be used to restore the balance of energy within the body according to where it needs it most.
Not quite rage yet, but if you invoke chakras then you are talking bullshit. It’s the next bit that is most disturbing.
What is colour therapy used for?
Treating cancer illness and disorder
This is wrong more ways than I can count. It is illegal to claim to cure cancer and she does not claim that. She does claim that colour therapy can treat cancer. I wonder what evidence she has to make those claims? She can fuck right off. Even more so that at the bottom of her page it says the following:
Marilyn Humphreys makes no claims to diagnose, treat, prevent, mitigate, or cure diseases with any advice or product(s). Any health related information for educational purposes only. None of the information should be misconstrued as medical advice. The ultimate responsibility for your choices and their effect(s) on your health are yours and before applying any therapy or use of herbs, supplements, etc. you should consult your health care provider.
She has just told us that she refused medicine and cured her cancer. She makes claims that colour therapy will treat cancer. She can stop saying this shit for her own financial gain. I’m going for a breather before writing any more on here.
Here are my impressions on the stuff being sold at this fair. I walked around twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Again, I didn’t ask any questions, maybe next time. Also, I didn’t buy anything. I did have a cup of tea, but I bought no products.
Here’s my notes from wandering and writing what I saw being sold:
- Crappy stone/semi precious stone jewellery
- Motivational quotes on place mats
- Pictures of unicorns, angels and wolves howling (lots of purple)
- T Shirts
- Hippy hair braids
- Angel statues
- Angel mugs
- A “real” witch selling herbs and stuff
- Broomsticks and models of witches and wizards
- More angels
Lots of people had their faces painted, mostly because there was a face painter there, but this did add to the hippy atmosphere. Also, quite a few women had flower loops in their hair, it must have special properties or something.
There were people giving readings and I should do this next time. It seemed to be about GBP20 for the cheapest option but I am utterly fascinated with what they might say. The readings ranged from a psychic to someone reading runes, another with tarot cards and another with a computer telling you your life plan from your date of birth. This is all clearly bollocks but I am intrigued.
Another stall was offering aura photography and interpretation. Maybe next time but it is pretty interesting. Oh, by the way, you would think that if these people can capture the “aura” then science and medicine would use it so much for diagnosing and treatment. Hold on, what’s that you say? My doctor has never asked about my aura? Of course he hasn’t because your doctor knows bullshit when he sees it (or doesn’t). If your doctor mentions an aura to you, get up, leave, say “thank you” and never go back.
I am going to mention some of the leaflets I picked and
ridicule appraise them.
Angels For You
This lady has psychic abilities and is priced “very reasonably”. Her leaflet claims she can perform “reiki” and use “Angelic oracle cards” along with her being guided by the “Angelic Realm”. Her website is here. She doesn’t really make any specific claims in her website but she will:
answering questions with my pendulum
Such power should only be used carefully I am sure. Oops, I just found something amazing:
We also offer Crystal Healing; we place crystals on different parts of your body, corresponding to chakras, constructing an energy grid, which will surround you with healing energy.
I love the idea of an energy grid. It sounds like the National Grid, mini pylons spread over your body to align your “energy”. So, if you want to impress people explain what the actual definition of physical energy is:
The capacity for doing work.
This means that anything that has an energy can be used to power something, however small, and, more importantly, it can be measured. See that, MEASURED.
This woman was giving readings from her computer. I expect that she has a program that spouts loads of saved Barnum statements once you enter a date of birth and where you were born. Apparently this format of soul reading originates from “The numerology of Moses”. I am not going to look this up.
Your soul plan is a blueprint for your life, a map to guide you on your own life path. Later the leaflet explains that our
Soul contract which, on a deeper level, we chose before conception.
So, before your father’s sperm entered the egg inside your mother your soul contract was in place.
This woman also offers reiki. Of course she does. But more importantly she offers the
Usui Skiki Ryoho Technique
I don’t know how many types of reiki you can have but apparently there is more than one. Not only all this but also Mindset Therapy.
Here’s an idea of her costs:
- Souls Intention Reading 1 hour £40
- Souls Healing Session 1 hour £30
- Full Souls Intetion reading 2 hours £75
- Mindset Therapy 2 hours £50
Perhaps I am in the wrong business. But then at least I have measurable outcomes.
This chap is a witch. Yep, full on witch with spells and shit. He will undertake a reading and include a spell for GBP30. If you want just a spell then that’s GBP15. He also offers apprenticeships, for £140 you can enrol in the full course that covers the following:
- Introduction to Ancestral Magic
- Witch Lore & Craft
- Spell Craft
- Prosperity & Abundance
- Cursing & Dark Casting
Because nothing says caring that learning how to curse. Luckily this man will also remove curses. He also goes no to explain what witchcraft is and offers the following disclaimer:
Both of these belief systems crossover into one another and there is no right or wrong way to practise the craft. These are both general explanations and in no way a reflection of anyone’s personal beliefs.. Simply follow your heart and be open to anything that the universe presents.
So, no right or wrong way to practise something that has no measurable outcome. I’m glad about that.
I have so much material I will spread this over a few communications. I also hope to attend some more of these fairs in the future. They are enlightening [but not how people there would think].