When I first began exploring the left-hand path, I saw the phrase “herd mentality” used in many forums. It is a simple enough concept that describes a group of people who do not think for themselves and are thus, easily led. Coming from a Southern Baptist background, I could see remnants of herd mentality throughout the format of Christianity and other organized religions. It is easy to see when other people/groups are part of the herd. The hard part is looking at yourself in the mirror and admitting that you are part of the herd.
As I exposed myself to different left-hand path philosophies, I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself. There are reasons why organized religious groups gain loyal members, and imagining myself as part of the same magical tradition that was practiced by early Western occultists or ancient Egyptians was just enough fantasy to wet my appetite. I can say that the prospect of holding membership with a group of people who you consider to be more enlightened than everyone else was once very appealing to me. I imagine that it is to others as well. You are welcomed into something grand, embraced by the essence of greatness, and essentially seduced by the romanticism of it all.
After being a member of such organizations, I began to see a pattern. It wasn’t as if I were hit over the head with a baseball bat, but more along the lines of being shown a series of images that reveal truths not previously accepted. I say accepted because I was aware for quite some time before I actually allowed myself to believe the truth — I was part of the herd. It wasn’t easy to admit, but it was necessary in order for me to flourish. I suppose the experience of being immersed in magical systems that point fingers at other magical systems for committing the ultimate occult “sin” — herd mentality — aided me in accepting that I had fallen into the center of the same pit. I don’t think many people want to climb out of that pit. Most prefer to continue along the path of delusion, rejecting common sense in favor of their “privileged” insight.
The most important thing I have learned thus far on my Draconian journey is that my journey is mine and does not stem from a list of do’s and don’t. My journey is singular, yet, that does not mean that I cannot share my journey with others. It does not stop me from engaging with kindred souls. I searched for many years before I found other practitioners that were healthy in mind and spirit. I treasure them!
The left-hand path isn’t about joining popular organizations. It isn’t about feeding our human condition. It is about peeling away the layers of Self and exploring the depths of our Being all the while showing respect and devotion to the ancients who guide us. There is a path especially created for the purpose of attaining godhood. It is the most direct, the most sincere, and the most successful path of any other. It is the path of the Draconian Self.