The word “Tradition” is a technical term as we use it here, and it has a special and narrow meaning. Words, though, necessarily based in everyday reality, can never capture the essence of a different reality, so any such definition will necessarily be incomplete. It is possible, though, to directly experience this other reality with the right kind of training and preparation, even though modern civilization is the antithesis of Tradition.
The Doctrine of the Two Natures
To begin, it’s necessary to understand the doctrine of the two natures, which states that there is a physical order of things and a metaphysical order of things; a mundane realm and a spiritual realm. There is a mortal nature and an immortal one; there is an inferior realm of “becoming” and a superior realm of “being.”
Generally speaking, there is a visible and tangible dimension and, prior to and beyond it, an invisible and intangible dimension that is the support, the source and true life of the former. [This knowledge] has always been present as an unshakable axis around which everything revolved. [This] was knowledge and not “theory.” [The] man of Tradition was aware of the existence of a dimension of being much wider than what our contemporaries experience and call “reality.” (Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World)
The word “Traditional” signifies a culture, or even just a sect within a broader society (or an alliance of some kind?), which retains, or has regained, awareness of this higher dimension of existence, for such awareness was commonplace, even universal, in much of the prehistorical era of human history. We remember such times as the Golden Age, or the Days of Yore.
The connection between the two natures or these two worlds was maintained by human beings, who were both alike and quite different from us. Coming from the higher levels of existence,
the spiritual influences themselves act in every traditional organization through human beings as intermediaries and as authorized representatives of the tradition, although the tradition is really “supra-human” in its essence. (Rene Guènon, The Reign of Quantity & the Signs of the Times)
“Initiation” is the process of learning to be such authorized intermediaries again, which implies having permanent awareness in both levels, and partaking of both orders of being. In our work, the special term “The Few” is given to both these spiritual influences and their human intermediaries, for in truth they are the same.
The Fool’s Journey
The Fool’s Journey is a map and a plan of action for realizing the Traditional worldview within yourself; for becoming such an intermediary, which we simply call an Agent and Companion of the Few. Our aim is to give you the ability to regain the awareness of the spiritual or sacred realm. A direct awareness of it and of the beings who exist there—beyond our ordinary senses, but not beyond our reach or our intuition and subtle senses, which we aim to sharpen and expand.
What is Tradition?
- It is a worldview based on the existence of realms and beings higher than the individual; a trans-human realm that is the foundation for the mundane world we are usually aware of. Traditional civilizations, enclaves, sects, or individuals are aware of these realms and act in concert with them. In the Fool’s Journey work these higher beings are called the Few. Those who seek awareness of them are called Fools. Those who have achieved this awareness—at least some of the time—are called Agents and Companions of the Few.
- It is based on a reality beyond the purely human world, although some humans embody it openly.
- It embodies a spiritual center, and a conscious awareness of it, capable of revelation and inspiration.
- It is an awareness and sensibility not of the rational order, e.g. it is non-physical, metaphysical, and transcendental. It is apart from what we understand as the human condition.
- It embodies an awareness of the Union of all life, and our variable and potential positions in the spiritual hierarchy that constitutes it.
- It is a worldview that is more symbolic than literal.
To become part of this “Tradition” is to become initiated into it, which specifically and only means to establish a conscious bridge between the ordinary realm and the spiritual realm.
Here are a few examples of “Traditional” groups and systems:
- The Sufis, both past and present.
- The Hermetic tradition.
- Plotinus and to some extent Plato.
- Spiritual alchemy (which is solely an inner endeavor, and is not concerned with physical, laboratory operations of any kind other than metaphorically).
- Tantra yoga and related systems, as long as these are based on non-physical reality, not merely physical reality.
- The Tarot cards, but only when understood as the map of a spiritual journey of enlightenment, as in our Fool’s Journey material. We call this the Fool’s Tarot. Learning about it, and gaining facility with it in a direct way is taught in Fool’s School, which is run by The Freeya Alliance.
In the Traditional view, humans are mortal gods, and gods are immortal humans. (These latter are some of the Few.) The trouble is, we, as humans, are terrible at being gods and goddesses. Most of us have no awareness of this possibility. That’s why part of our work is called “Remedial God and Goddess Training.” Our aim is to hook you up with the Few so you can get good at the tasks that await you.
About the Freeya Alliance
No one—including us—can tell you what your tasks might be. They all have one thing in common, though, and that is they all involve being of service to something greater than yourself, for the Few have an agenda that integrally involves us. Their agenda is to complete the tasks of the years and the ages, for which they need our help—your help.
We hope you’ll become an ally.