Gentlemen, for the past six months I’ve alluded to my new project Traditional Man, run a banner for it in the ad tower, and put a fixed-position spot for it on the front page. However, I haven’t announced it in the form of a conventional blog post, so I’d like to beg your indulgence one more time and then I will leave the topic alone as I realize its appeal is rather limited.
The site was unveiled on Christmas Day, and it will build slowly and branch off in unforeseen ways, as with any organic thing. At 25 posts the overarching themes will become clearer, even more so at 50, and a year from now, with 100 posts, the site should be a useful guide for knowing, strengthening and managing yourself at this particular moment in time, and a positive community for men.
Yesterday I put a post on Tom Davis, which whom the other night I had another epic conversation via phone about society and spiritual matters. He has really become a kindred spirit, and is one of the people from New York I miss the most. Tom elaborates on his spiritual views, which he expressed here in our lengthy Q&A posted last spring. He gives a nice terse summary of knowing God from within that should offer food-for-thought for any open-minded agnostics out there who may be reading this.
His words are something along the lines of this passage from the book “In Search Of The Primordial Tradition & The Cosmic Christ,” by Father John Rossner, Ph.D.:
It is from such primal and universal psychic and/or mystical experiences that the “cosmogenic” and “soteriological” myths and legends embodying tales of healing, immortality, resurrection, ascension and apotheosis of gods and heroes, or other forms of transcendence of bodily death or transformation of consciousness, have arisen in ancient religions, among them Christianity, and cultures. The Primordial Tradition is thus not merely an ancient system of belief and practice to be found in its entirety in any one or several historical cultures. It is, rather, a whole set of archetypical realities waiting to be discovered, at the highest reaches of the human consciousness, by all people. Similarly the lost esoteric Christianity, which often seems to elude ordinary modern practitioners of organized, “exoteric” forms of the Christian religion, is to be found — like Jesus’ description of the Kingdom of God itself — deep within the psyche (soul) of the seeker.
A number of you have reached out offering to contribute to Trad-Man, and I’d like to put out the call once more as I see myself more as the editor and organizer of this far-reaching project. If you have expertise in areas of fitness, nutrition or herbal supplements; mythology or philosophy; or have life lessons and tales of traditional masculine virtues such as honor, valor and wisdom, please reach out to me. Peace be with you, brothers. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD