The other day, Gloria Riser, a professional psychic, whom I have known since 1990, created the “Mystics, Madmen & Muses” group on Facebook, which you can find by going to Facebook and typing that title into the Search space, and pressing Enter.
Or, try this link:
This back and forth with Gloria preceeded the group being created.
It’s set. Blank slate to write on. I set it up as secret. If you want it open, or private, I’ll have to check how to change that and let you know then what to do. Or you’ll have to temporarily put me back in as an administrator so that I can figure out how to do it.
Secret groups do not show in FB group listings. You can’t run a search and find it.
Private groups can be found via a FB search. The list of members shows, but the posts can’t be seen by anyone but members.
Open groups… show up in searches and anyone can view the member list as well as all posts. Not a good idea given the crazy stuff FB is doing with members info.
what kind of crazy stuff is FB doing with members’ info?
Basically selling, trading, giving it away. Anything in your profile. Anything you post in an open forum. There’s no privacy or protection. A private group might be a good choice, because people could find the group and request to join, but not see posts, until they become members.
for a very long time I have been in public forums, it seemed, still seems, the angels preference with me, my sense all along it was for other people to read, use, that some people were simply vehicles to put different perspectives before a much larger audience …
so, I will sleep on it again …
I’m sure that if all the group is to be about are your writings and members’ comments about those writings, Open group would be ok. But for mystics to share deeply and intimately of their inner experience, most will want some shielding via Private or Secret group. Particularly so for any who are employed in a capacity where something they might share could be used against them. Or even with regard to personal associations where some “other” might use shared info against the one sharing in this kind of group. Maybe there needs to be an Outer Circle Open group and an Inner Circle deep sharing group that is protected via the Private or Secret setting.
mystics don’t think like other people … I will sleep on it
Why give FB any action at all, if privacy is the concern and/or you don’t like FB’s business practices? Me, personally, the wider the circulation for what I am moved to put on FB, the better. I’m not trying to make money, but simply am putting out perspectives I don’t see getting put out by anyone else, anywhere; not even in the past do I see those perspectives. I’d love to have other mystics weigh in, and I’m fine fielding what they, or anyone else, contribute.
People who wish to discuss mystics/mysticism, who want anonymity, can set up new email account with a fictitious handle, and use it to register and weigh in at the “mystics, madmen & muses – an attempt to start an online discussion about mystics today and yesterday” post at www.goodmorningbirmingham.com. That post and comments to it are viewable by anyone else who goes to the website. And, there can be an open and viewable by anyone “mystics, madmen & muses ” group on FB.
Well, I think then, set the group to open and see what happens. Jake tried allowing people to set up separate anonymous accounts for private sharings in his forum and it didn’t work. So then he locked that part of his forum to secret so that only those who are logged into the private area can view those sharings, even though the other part of the forum is wide open for anyone to view. Your experience may differ. I understand you are wide open. But I would wager that if you’d like to gather mystics who will share intimately of their experience, there will need to be established a safe area for them to do so.
I just made a test comment to the more recent post at www.goodmorningbirmingham.com. Under that post now, it shows that one comment, on which I was able to click not logged into the website as administrator, and it opened and showed my name and the test comment. Here’s the info form people who wish to make comments at the website have to fill out:
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I’d like to have mystics who are willing to share their experiences with the general public, which, my experience, seems really uninformed about mystics and mysticism. I’m going to suggest interested parties check me out at the Birmingham website, because I am viewed by lots of people as pretty ornery and hard to get along with, and worse.
Here is the launch comment at Mystics, Madmen & Muses on Facebook:
The name of this OPEN FB discussion group came about when Gloria Reiser heard “Mystics, Madmen & Muses” in her thoughts.
My hope in starting this group, which Gloria set up, is to encourage mystics to share their experiences with the general public, because, my experience, the general public knows little, if anything, about mystics and mysticism, which, my experience, at its deepest levels transcends religion and is in direct communion with the Unknowable, which I personally happen to call God because I was raised in Judeo-Christianity and that appellation is what I’m used to calling the Almighty, The One, The All, Great Spirit, or whatever is responsible for Everything.
The angels who run me ragged told me, many times, that there is only one God, who goes by many names, more names than there are stars in the heavens. The angels also told me, many times, that human beings try to remake God in their own image, to reduce what is unknowable down to something they can imagine and control, which never has worked, and never will.
I am not very smart about computers and the internet, nor about FB. But I think anyone interested in joining this FB group can send me a FB message and let me know, and their handle, and I can bring them into this FB group. Pseudonyms are okay.
Because I am viewed by lots of people as pretty ornery and hard to get along with, and crazy and worse, I suggest anyone interested in participating in this group check me out at www.goodmorningbirmingham.com, one of my websites. In particular, I suggest reading these posts at that site, listed in the reverse time order of publication:
“honey catches more flies than vinegar, and other mystical ponderations”
“mystics, madmen & muses – an attempt to start an online discussion about mystics today and yesterday”
“in search of a new pope, and a few slightly more important “religious” considerations”
“Yes, the early humans were genetically altered by ancient astronauts, but don’t get sidetracked by that lore”
“unexpected past life regressions induced by old Birmingham childhood acquaintance”
Some of the pages, and earlier posts, at that site might or might not also be of interest.
It’s easy to log in and comment on posts there, at the bottom of any post. Public comments do not show the author’s email address, although on the administrator’s part of the site, I do see email addresses.
I leave you with this pic, which I like, even though I myself never related well to that mystic.