The Philosophy of "Weird Shit not Bullshit"

Weird Shit not Bullshit is a phrase I stumbled across one day to express a particular attitude and approach towards esoteric and spiritual subjects like the Tarot, meditation, mindfulness and magick. I had become frustrated by the woolly thinking, and impracticality, which seemed common in the realm of spirituality and 'mind, body, spirit' and I therefore tried to introduce a more down-to-earth, light-hearted, and clear thinking approach to these things.

Weird Shit was the term I adopted early on to describe the things I had become interested in which did not fit into the general pattern of ‘normal life’. I found none of the existing terms felt right, or they were too loaded with associations I was uncomfortable with. The supernatural, the occult, magic, psychic phenomena – either they were too restrictive, in that they excluded things I was interested in, or they were too broad in that they included things I thought were clearly ridiculous.

So Weird Shit was the term I adopted. It basically means all those things that are a little beyond the normal – things that fall beyond the realm of the hard materialist world view. It summed up what I'd become interested in, but without suggesting they are all necessary the same kind of thing. It also suggests one shouldn’t take them entirely seriously.

As for the Bullshit – well, as soon as you become in the least bit interested in the weird shit, the bullshit will turn up. I was slow to express my interest in spirituality for exactly that reason. So much twaddle has been written and spoken about the magick, spirituality and unconventional experiences. It is a field that, unfortunately, has a fair share of people who seek simple answers to complex questions, or, hold tight to the first explanation that fits their emotional needs… whether valid or not. Incredibly important parts of human experience are being massively over-simplified, and unfortunately this has made it far too easy for mainstream culture to dismiss all spiritual movements as self-deluded woo.

However, as my interest in Weird Shit has steadily evolved into a more serious and sustained spirituality practice, as I've grown up a bit and found I don't have to rail quite so hard against those who are wrong about things, as I've seen more and experienced more, I've come to value the spiritual insights and experiences I've had even more greatly. I've come to understand that the study of the spiritual is about clarifying and deepening your personal relationship with reality. It's about discovering who you are and how you relate to all else that exists. And that there is nothing more worthwhile or rewarding than that.

So about ten years ago I have created Weird Shit, not Bullshit – as a way of exploring ideas about spirituality, tarot, magick and anything else Weirdshit that took my fancy. Since then I've moved forward, my understanding has shifted and changed, and this site continues to evolve as well. But throughout I've tried to keep the ideas I've shared clear, useful and not too serious. I will continue to discuss these ideas and pass on my own experiences, things I've done and things I've learned. And hopefully continue to earn a little money through my passion whilst I do so – I offer Tarot reading, coursestalks, and personal development coaching so if any of them catch your interest do get in touch.