Back in the 1980s I worked at an exclusive residential club in London. Its status was such that many of the world’s most famous and influential stars were frequent visitors and often stayed for months at a time. It was, as they say, ‘the place to be seen’. From that experience I was able to observe both sides of the fame game – the glamorous and the sordid.
The stars have always symbolised the zenith of human potential. In ancient myth a mortal man or woman deemed worthy by the gods could be raised to immortality in recognition of heroism and virtue; their reward was a place amongst the pantheon of the gods as a star or constellation. The fascination with humanity’s mythic origins has continued throughout the generations and still provides the inspiration for many of our popular movies today.
A star radiates power which extracts the cosmic intelligence from matter through the gravitation of its power lines. Fast forward to the present day and the desire for fame replicates this cosmic process as the impulse to emerge as a shimmering light in the world. Initially the light of an aspiring celebrity can be dim or barely existent. With perseverance and exposure to the public, the light receives a surge of power and begins to glow with enhanced luminosity. At a critical point the light becomes self-sustaining, paving the way for events and circumstances to support the gathering power at the centre. Naturally, not all aspiring stars reach their full potential, and many fade and die when obsolete, both in the heavens and in the fickle world of showbiz.
There is a distinction between the light of a famous celebrity and the light of self-knowledge. The light emitted from the celebrity is sustained by external forces that fix their particular position within a segment of the human subconscious. For an individual in the spotlight who is continually subjected to the scrutiny of the public, the effect can be extremely disorientating. The psychic interference created by the focus of the masses can cause a reflex action in the celebrity’s subconscious and polarise the personality, resulting in mood swings and erratic behaviour (a common symptom in famous people). Behind the scenes alcohol, sex and drugs are the usual palliatives to offset personal insecurities arising from a disconnection with the creative source. In contrast, spiritual light is a self-sustaining energy, similar in essence to universal stars.
Elvis Presley, probably the most famous entertainer who ever lived, was worshipped by millions all over the world. From a worldly perspective his fame brought him everything money could buy. Although his death at 42 is largely attributed to obesity and a poor health regime, these were merely effects of the continual psychic emanation of billions of people around the world. Just as stars are perceived in the cosmos to explode or disintegrate, so many famous celebrities replicate the process of decay and decomposition of their original splendour. Elvis, unable to support the expectations of his legions of fans, put on physical weight to offset the emotional projection of those who craved more of the excitement and delirium they experienced at the start of his career. The King was no longer able to deliver – he was starved of reality and, having taken fame and stardom as far as anyone could, withdrew from the world stage with his legacy immortalised in the human psyche.
After death the continual interest and fascination with any famous celebrity establishes a discernable psychic presence. This presence can intensify or fade, just as in the living world, through the interest and exposure to each new generation. The mass appeal and fascination with dead celebrities such as Elvis, or more recently Kurt Cobain, is the ultimate glamour associated with the celebrity culture. Not everybody can be famous or a star in the entertainment industry; but every man or woman has a place in the great body of mankind since we are all gathering stars.