Sane Spirituality: A Practical Guide to Seeking Enlightenment Without All The Nonsense

Greetings fellow Seeker of the Light!

We are a website focused on light working, spiritual development and esoteric exploration. We are not promoting any religious ideology and are open to all, including atheists. You are free to practice or believe anything you like. That’s not our goal. We are here to help people understand “new age” concepts, free from much of the pseudo-science, religious overtones, and made-up nonsense. Some of what we teach is of a deeply intimate and sexual nature. If you are offended by human sexuality, you will probably be offended by what we discuss. I invite you to explore our site, read our articles, leave comments as you desire. If it helps you, wonderful. If not, that is wonderful too. Namaste – Bandor

In 1931, one of the pioneers of the spiritual movement, Violet Firth, aka Dion Fortune, published a book called Sane Occultism. This was a collection of her thoughts and beliefs from over a lifetime of work in a wide variety of occult, esoteric and spiritual groups and systems. She spoke very directly about the nature of the path of seeking Light and how the path is littered with garbage. Her books served as a guide through the lies, fantasies, and misinterpretations to help the traveler find the truth and achieve success while maintaining their sanity amid a world of made-up nonsense. In the intervening 80+ years, we have learned much more about our spiritual nature, but the amount of garbage along the path is greater than ever before. Sane Spirituality pays homage to Dion Fortune’s work while bringing it forward into the modern age.

 “An immense mass of verbiage has gathered around the Sacred Science since Mme Blavatsky drew back the curtain of the Sanctuary, and the Theosophical Society sought to popularise the ancient Mystery teaching. Imagination, freed from the bonds of proof, has had free rein, and scoffers have found ample material that was legitimate game for their comments.

The pseudo-occultism of the present day, with its dubious psychism, wild theorising, and evidence that cannot stand up to the most cursory examination, is but the detritus which accumulates around the base of the Mount of Vision. All such worthless rubbish is not worth the powder and shot of argument; in order to form a just estimate of the Sacred Science we must study originals, and try to penetrate the minds of the great mystics and illuminati whose works bear evidence of first-hand knowledge of the supersensible worlds.” – Dion Fortune, Sane Occultism, 1931.

Sane Spirituality is a guidebook through the perils and pitfalls of the road to enlightenment. It seeks to help seekers protect themselves from charlatans, false profits and idiots to glean the truth and find their own path to their Higher Self and unification with the Universal Light that is inside us and all around us.  We will do our best to debunk the nonsense and filter out the bullshit so that we can help you find the things that work and avoid the things that don’t.

It is somewhat ironic that in a field that is supposed to be about improving our species and becoming better, more enlightened beings, free from the limits of our egos, that so many so-called enlightened people are the most egotistical, self-centered and arrogant people on the planet. It is also ironic that a movement that proclaims that we should disregard the superstitions and fantasies that make up the underpinnings of traditional religion, only replace them with new superstitions and fantasies. While telling you to ignore made-up bullshit, they feed you new made-up bullshit and tell you to believe it instead!

So many people on this planet are not independent thinkers. So many of us just want to follow others and to be told what to think and what to believe. The New Age movement is no different. It is filled with books, blogs, videos and podcasts that just regurgitate the same bullshit. If enough people repeat the same false information and buy into it, then sooner or later that bit of bullshit becomes doctrine. That’s the state of the esoteric world in 2018.

How can we find any truth at all when the truth is buried under thousands of years of imagined fantasies? The answer is very simple, but hard to implement. Over time, we hope to help everyone find the truth and how to achieve success in their spiritual pursuits, free from the nonsense, made-up fantasies and rantings of con artists and nuts.

There are some simple rules to follow:

  1. Don’t believe anything you read in a blog, book, internet, group, chat room, or anywhere, including here.
  2. Anything that sounds silly, is generally silly.
  3. Don’t accept pseudo-science as science.
  4. Don’t accept channeled revelations as reality.
  5. Don’t do anything because someone says to.
  6. Don’t listen to me.
  7. The only way to know if something is true is to see for yourself. Experience is the greatest teacher and validator of truth.
  8. Don’t believe your own experiences, as you will lie to yourself. Then, if you believe your own lies, you’ll tell them to others. If enough people believe you, you’ll get your own YouTube channel. Sooner or later, you’ll write a book or get your own TV Show. You’ll end up strung out on drugs, dating hookers and bilking people of billions in donations.
  9. Take nothing very seriously, especially here.
  10. Spiritual paths are like diets. They all work, for a while. But, the best diet, that is guaranteed to work for everyone is eating fewer calories than you burn. The same is true for spiritual development, practice and experience are the guaranteed ways to grow.

So, hopefully, you can tell that Sane Occultism will be taking a light-hearted, humor-infused way to get its point across. We have to be able to make fun of ourselves. Rule #9 is really the most important one. Being able to master it is a great key to spiritual development.

I look forward to following this path forward together. Let’s wander the path and find the Light, keeping each other out of the bogs and quagmires. Use the comments to provide your thoughts and feedback and help us stay true.

Yours in Light,


Spirituality Defined

Spirituality means many things to different people. Some equate it with the observation of religious practices. Others feel it is less about religion and more about a personal relationship to divinity or to nature. But, what does the term mean to us here at Sane Spirituality? Let’s define it and put it into our common vocabulary so that we know what it means in relation to everything we’re going to talk about.

Traditionally, spirituality refers to a religious process of re-formation which “aims to recover the original shape of man,” oriented at “the image of God” as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world. In modern times the emphasis is on subjective experience of a sacred dimension and the “deepest values and meanings by which people live,” often in a context separate from organized religious institutions. Modern systems of spirituality may include a belief in a supernatural (beyond the known and observable) realm, personal growth, a quest for an ultimate or sacred meaning, religious experience, or an encounter with one’s own “inner dimension.” – Wikipedia

The definition provided by Wikipedia does a pretty good job of encompassing what we mean. For us, spirituality is not about religion. Religion is about myth, ethical teachings, moral laws and the worship of one or more deities. Religion requires faith and belief in God and adherence to the doctrine of that religion.

Spirituality is really the pursuit of inner personal growth, developing a deep knowledge of and relationship with your Higher Self, overcoming the control of your ego and becoming one with the source of all energy and light. This does not require a belief in “God”, though having some concept of a higher power or universal source can be beneficial to achieve results.

Spirituality usually requires a belief that we are not just our physical bodies. That inside of us, that we can experience a connection to some higher aspect of ourselves and to the Universe. This can be an understanding in scientific terms that all matter in the universe, and thus everything about us, is made from a common energy, with no relationship to divinity. It can also be a deeply-felt reverence for God or Gods. It can also be anything along the infinite spectrum from atheist to devout believer. Whatever your religious belief, the techniques of Sane Spirituality can work, if you take the time to learn them.

There are many different types of spiritual techniques. Some of them are:

  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Forms of Yoga
  • Tantra
  • Qabalah
  • Tarot
  • Ritual
  • Magick
  • Sex Magick
  • Sexual Practices
  • Astral Projection

We will explore these and other techniques and systems in time, here at Sane Spirituality.


Bandor Tyrell

My name is Bandor Tyrell and I am the founder of Sane Spirituality and the author of most of the articles and content contained within. I have been a seeker of spiritual truth, on the quest for becoming one with my Higher Self, in one way or another, for the past 30 years.  I have studied an eclectic mix of esoteric topics over the years and have been a member of numerous organizations and groups.

I became fascinated with the occult and tales of mysteries and the supernatural as a boy. My mother was a self-proclaimed “witch” with a sizable library, filled with tomes including things like astrology, numerology, ghosts, UFOs, witchcraft, demonic possession, Tibetan Buddhism and human sexuality.

My arrival in this world was a painful time for my mother, as my 13-year old brother died, shortly before my birth. Then, I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck and was momentarily dead, having to be resuscitated. This left me with a purple birthmark over the majority of my face for the first six months of my life. The two events left my mother with the need to be overly protective of me, which saved my life on more than one occasion.

At age 7, I lived in a  haunted house and regularly saw ghosts and spirits. At age 10, I nearly drowned. The only thing that saved me was the voice of my mother yelling at me as I lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of a lake. She urged me to fight against the growing darkness and to swim. In response, I moved my arm and struck an older boy on the foot. He dove down and grabbed me, pulling me out just as my father drove up to our swimming spot in the family station wagon. He was clutching a hand-drawn map of the location that my mother had scribbled on a napkin when she frantically convinced him that I was drowning and he had to go to me. He was the only person at the vacation home who knew how to do CPR.

Around the age of 10 or 11, I had a classic “near death experience” and it opened me to another level of perception of reality, with the profound knowledge that there is more to life and this universe than we can perceive through our five senses. I have spent the rest of my life trying to learn how to experience the same joyful bliss and union with the Universal Light that I had felt at the bottom of the lake without having to die to do so.

I graduated High School and went to college, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering, with focus on computer technology. I was drawn to religious and spiritual topics, studying Buddhism, Daoism and even exploring the Satanic Church of Anton LeVay briefly. This lead to my first exposure to magick and yoga.

After graduating and working as a software engineer for a few years, I took a sabbatical and moved to Kyoto, Japan where I entered a Buddhist Monastery to study Zen. After four months, I gave up and left Japan, but developed an obsession for the country that led me back again to live and work for several years. I also began my studies of Asian martial arts.

While in Japan, I became exposed to the Kabbalah and Practical Magic. From there, I joined multiple organizations involved in Rosicrucianism, Hermetic Qabalah, Ceremonial Magick, forms of Freemasonry and Gnosticism.

Upon my return to the United States, I founded a school of metaphysical studies that evolved into a temple for a variation of the Golden Dawn system of magick and was initiated over the years into three separate practicing magical organizations. I also became a student of spiritual alchemy and the Chemical Wedding. My interest has led me to a profound understanding of the role of sexual energy and sexual expression in both eastern and western forms of spiritual and magical practices.

On the professional front, over my career, I have held many different roles, at corporations, consulting firms, multiple startups and small companies. My skills include software design, development and architecture, graphics art, 3d modeling, and art production, game design, teaching, and executive management. I am a published author, with numerous books and magazine articles to my credit.

In the past 10 years, my focus has been on the creation of virtual worlds and using the media of virtual reality to explore the hidden mysteries of the universe and the self. During that time, I completed a Masters and Doctorate of Divinity, focused on the truth underlying all religions.

I am not a guru. I am not an expert. I am simply a seeker of the Light, no better than anybody else. What I do have is practical experience with a wide range of phenomenon, religions, spiritual and magical systems. What I have realized is that under all of the trappings of the different systems is one universal “Unified Theory” of spiritual enlightenment. My goal is to help synthesize the various teachings and strip out all of the myth, fantasy, superstition, and extraneous data to arrive at a concise, precise model and set of practices to help achieve a heightened state of awareness, enlightenment, and consciousness.

To become one with the Universal Source of all things and to experience the bliss of communing with our Higher Self and the loving Light of creation and sexual union is our birthright. The differences that separate us as humans are merely window dressing and the nuances of cultural perceptions. The truth is universal and is singular. There are many roads that lead to it, but in the end, there is only one destination.

Let us walk the path together and bring Light to everyone.

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