Jan Cox mentioned, and this is a rare instance where I believe he was not the first to say this, but he said, that gold creates the market for the counterfeit. Without there being such a thing as real gold, there would be no demand, for fake, or inflated, currency. His point was, probably, that the existence of so many many so-called spiritual groups which are really just hero-worship, or herd mechanics, their existence proved that the "spiritual quest" was capable of real answers, real accomplishment. The existence of most religions then, their bizarre idea that creeds and crowd activity constitute a worthy path, serve to prove the reality of that quest which insists on originality -- that the teacher can only set up a situation where he helps students by pointing towards something real, something they must see for themselves, they cannot be spoon fed it, or read about it. And so it is that the secret cannot really be spoken of, without damaging the hearer. They have to see it for themselves. And struggle to keep on remembering a certain reality. But that the secret exists, the glittering proof is everywhere.