Over a year ago Jed contracted dengue fever and commented on the forum that he had a virus and was taking a few days off. One of the forum members exclaimed ‘You, YOU are the virus!!’
That was accurate and to the point. Jed leaves hooks in most people he communicates with; the vast majority keep coming back for more. It also ensures his anonymity and loyal silence. The mechanism is not new, but is greatly enhanced by the mystery surrounding the real man behind it all. How does that work?
“If you got it you wouldn’t be on this forum”. Jed asserts that you would lose interest and not care much about whatever he has to say.
This sets a certain criterion for ‘proving’ that one has finally arrived at grand Emptiness. People need validation. To receive validation they begin to conduct themselves in a certain, ‘spiritually correct’ way. I even know of someone who once knowingly faked ‘it’ (not connected to Jed). By walking away with a silly grin on their face and repeating the mantra of ‘do not care’ Jed’s followers unconsciously try to prove that here they are, all ‘enlightened’ and in a state of equanimity. But ask yourself if you REALLY do not care about anything in this world. Is that true?
“Fuck it all”. That’s the one Jed himself advocates, and it also inserts a mightily big hook.
Exhausted and frustrated from looking and finding exactly nothing, the followers simply give up the ghost. They haven’t seen Reality for what is, they haven’t gained any Clarity as to the true state of affairs, but so much energy was spent on ‘looking’ into the empty space that they give up and walk away. Most do not fully understand what was done to them, and at this point they do not really care.
They will be back. Months and perhaps years later. Jed’s forum is full of such ‘returnees’. The cycle will start again. They will eventually shell out some money in an attempt to end the misery.
“Do not think of the pink elephant”. Works really well with inquisitive thinking types.
Jed says ‘There is nothing. Relax, breathe, let it all be’. From the other side of the gateless gate this is certainly true. But when one is running along the enlightenment track at a neck breaking speed, like a train without breaks… ‘What do you mean – relax? I am trying to relax, but it’s not working! Help!’ Saying ‘relax’ to someone who can hardly breathe tends to have an opposite effect, which hooks them to hold on to the helping hand. Jed’s hand, of course.
“Don’t trust anything I say”. This is a beauty of a statement and is very powerful. A man who says this – can surely be trusted!
I took this advice close to heart simply because my personal b.s. detector works around the clock. This is what I wrote in my early days on the forum:
You say trust no one, it’s a different kind of trust, isn’t it. I trust by ‘going in’ and seeing what transpires. Not by clinging on to every word someone says, the inner filter takes care of it.
There are more hooks. What transpired is complete inability of humans to apply a critical mind coupled with (and this is really important) own intuitive gut feeling. The overwhelming majority of human beings had those flushed out of them by the Hive Mind somewhere in their formative adolescent years. They cannot think for themselves in any MEANINGFUL capacity, which results in confusion and robs them of indisputable Clarity.
Jed is very aware of this, his audience is not. Most will keep their neck breaking drama journey on an adult children’s train. Only a tiny minority will eventually see there was nothing to see at all.