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link, mainly for my reference
Valuable advice for when you are in a recon tradition and you start getting UPG:

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I'm sorry to seem dim but what does "crack" mean in this context? It sounds like the author is talking about the drug crack cocaine but it sounds like he's saying that crack is some sort of religious sacrament to his religion. He keeps talking about taking his crack seriously and his crack addiction, ect. Am I reading this right?

Edited at 2013-04-12 01:54 pm (UTC)

By "crack", I believe the author means "Unverified Personal Gnosis" (UPG for short; ); i.e. knowledge relating to praxis, theology, etc. that does not exist in the historical sources. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unverified_personal_gnosis

I'd never run across the term "crack" for UPG before but I could get it's meaning by context; I assume that it's a term current in the author's community (Kemetic paganism), probably because one common reaction to UPG from a strict reconstructionist Pagan is "Are you on crack? There's nothing in the sources that supports this!" or words to that effect.

There is considerable tension and worse between the poles of UPG and reconstructionism in most if not all of the modern Pagan traditions that are based on pre-Abrahamic historical pagan traditions. Here's a good article on that tension/strife: http://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/map-and-compass-versus-invisible-stars/

Ahh ok, I'm familiar with UPG as it's an integral part of my own personal practice. That makes ALOT more sense than him smoking crack as a votive offering to one's Gods. I also have integrated Kemetic concepts and deities into my personal belief system. My belief system is highly eclectic. Many reconstructionist pagans would probabaly find my beliefs comical if not out right offensive. Its a mix of Gnosticism, Theosophy, quantum psychics, Hermeticism, occult science, chaos magick and a whole host of Gods and Goddesses and related concepts and ideas from a variety of cultures integrated into a constantly evolving whole that changes when I learn something new or experience UPG.

Yes. what EvCelt said. The article has two sorts of mystical experience it discusses.. the "woo woo" which I interpret to mean spiritual but not unexpected.. and the "crack" which to the layperson hearing about the experience would likely be interpreted as the poster being on some sort of drug.

Woo woo: "I meditated for an hour last night, and when I was done I realy felt at peace with the universe"

Crack: "I had coffee with Jesus this morning, and we sat and watched the birds at the birdfeeder together..."

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