Jon Rappoport, Guest
This operation has various stages. It can be applied to issues like vaccination, GMO food, climate change, fake epidemics, elections, war—and it can be applied widely across the general subject of reality itself.
It begins with some “authoritative” voice proclaiming an idea is a fact. Well, someone has to start the ball rolling.
Very quickly, according to plan, others pick up the ball and echo the original idea. This includes both “respected” individuals and groups. Media join in.
What follows is a scramble to gain public acceptance. All sorts of approaches are used in this stage of the process:
the claim that a consensus has already been reached (which is a lie);
attacks on dissidents and critics;
warnings that refusal to accept the central idea will have dire consequences “for all of us”;
cooked and slanted scientific studies;
general reminders that the idea being promoted represents the greatest good for the greatest number;
expressions of shock that there are “still people who refuse to accept the obvious”;
new laws and regulations hammered into existence;
subsequent legalized coercion;
arguments so illogical and bizarre that people accept them, thinking they themselves must be missing the point;
relegation of dissent to the margins of “wild conspiracy theory”;
the conjoining of dissent with negative images and feelings;
the marginalizing of dissent into legal cases that wind through seemingly endless corridors of a maze;
and, of course, endless repetition of the original idea.
After a suitable period has passed, most people can’t even recall a time when the original idea was seriously disputed.
And yet…none of these strategies would succeed, unless people felt a strong need for a centralized authority that defines reality.
To put it another way, people have a quite minimal tolerance for chaos, in which there are many conflicting views on a subject of key importance.
Years ago, I did interesting experiments with small groups re chaos.
In one part of the experiment, I had the people in the group spontaneously sing a note, all at once, any note. Ten people, ten different notes would emerge.
I asked them to listen to the overall musical effect and then voice a note they believed would add greater dissonance to the group sound.
Most of the time, if I let this go on long enough, the group would tend to retreat back into “harmony,” and end up all singing the same note.
It didn’t matter which note. Everyone wound up voicing the same pitch.
This was comfortable. This was acceptable. This was “unity.”
So it is with ideas. Most people prefer that “harmony and unity.” They seek it.
Somewhere in their minds, there is a learned program that asks for consensus, a program that prefers consent to difference.
Dissonance (disagreement) registers as a negative reality.
When I had done these group experiments on and off for a few years, I began my research on what came to be the collections, “The Matrix Revealed” and “Exit From The Matrix.”
I stressed the power of individual unfettered imagination, and offered many exercises to expand the scope and range of imagination.
The program in favor of uniform consent fades and disintegrates in the face of imagination.
What we call reality is a hodge-podge of engineered acceptance.
The basic kernel of reality is the programmed desire for unity, which is nothing like the kind of unity that can occur when individuals who live through and by imagination concur and cooperate.
An individual living a life through and by imagination invents new and unprecedented Reality.
Engineered consensus withers.
About the Author
Jon Rappoport is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails atNoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.
Frank M. Wanderer, Ph.D, Contributor
What does it mean that the Soul is mature or immature?
If, during your spiritual Journey, you ask yourself the question: “What do I expect from life?” and you give an honest answer, the quality of that answer contains the response to the question of the Soul’s maturity.
The immature Soul is always full of desires, it has ambitions and objectives it intends to achieve, whether these ambitions are of the lowest order (money, power) or of the most sophisticated ones (religious devotion, spiritual self-implementation). Reaching these goals always requires time, so future is always important for the immature Soul.
If the immature Soul has spiritual objectives, than it may suspect that all important things take place in the Now, here and now, but the Soul still uses the present moment as a springboard to get to its future objectives. A mature Soul is beyond its desires and ambitions bound to shapes and forms. The realization that achieving the goals and ambitions did not bring it real happiness, made it mature. It may have brought temporary satisfaction, but not lasting happiness.
The mature Soul experienced the nature of desires, the constant variability of the world of shapes and forms, where nothing is lasting, everything is dialectical, changeable. The mature Soul is able to abandon its desires and ambitions, and becomes poor in terms of worldly property.
It is important to know that the immature Soul is only able to imitate that poverty, as it has not yet experienced wealth (whether it is material, intellectual or moral wealth), so there is still a suppressed, unconscious desire in it for those things. Until the desires are satisfied, the Soul will not have a chance to experience the nature of forms, shapes and desires, so it cannot become mature.
The mature Soul, when the question “What do I expect from life?” is posed, provides the following answer: I want to find the real center of my life in order to reach the lasting happiness afforded by the independence of shapes and forms, the joy of existence and the state of unity.
That is the only way an Soul is able to turn towards the center of its own existence! When an immature Soul turns towards spiritual goals and encounters the requirements of a mind-free state, it starts to play its mind games with which it attempts to bridge the unbridgeable gap between itself and real existence.
An immature Soul wants to live in the shapeless and formless world too, and it wants to be somebody in that world as well! As opposed to it, the mature Soul does not insist on itself, it is pleased to surrender to the process that eventually dissolves it. It gradually abandons identification with the ego (that is, itself), giving way to the recognition that the Soul is in fact a Consciousness without a form.
It is imperative that we should be aware that at any specific step of our Journey we accept the aspect of the mind or that of the Presence.
The Aspect of the Mind
The majority of the mankind is characterized by this aspect at this moment. The center of their life is the Ego-dominated mind, which guides and leads them. What is this Ego? When we are born, it is not yet there; it is developed in an interaction with our environment. We survive if we are able to separate ourselves from the surrounding world, and develop an identity of our own.
The first sign of separation is experiencing the notion of ”mine.” This elementary sense of possession is the foundation of the Ego. ”Mine” is followed by ”for me” and ”I” and ”you.” The Ego therefore separates: ”you-I,” ”mine-your.” The Ego even approaches God from this deep,unconscious instinct of possession: my God, our God etc., and we are only able to imagine God as a transcendental one.
These features constitute the framework of the Ego. The identity attached to the Ego is shaped by the answers received from the people in our environment to the question “What am I like?” The Ego is therefore a social product, and is only able to provide a false answer to the question: “What am I like?” The answers are false, because they are based upon feedback from other people and not upon our own experience. The Ego is our identification with ideas, emotions, actions and experience.
Another elementary instinct of the Ego is activity, it keeps doing something, even when it is “meditating,” it is still doing something (concentrating, it wants to achieve Unity etc.) That is why the Ego is unable to do anything with the concepts of emptiness, non-activity. In the eyes of the Ego, somebody who is passive, not doing anything is a zombie, and from this aspect it may be right, if we think of the dead emptiness created by the mind.
The Aspect of Presence and Witnessing
This aspect has become more powerful in the world recently. It means reaching beyond the aspect of the mind. The aspect of the mind is not bad, the Ego-dominated mind is not an enemy of the spiritual Seeker accepting this aspect, because the spiritual Seeker is aware that the Ego is not the real center of his/her Self. The spiritual Seeker will identify with it to a lesser and lesser extent. The spiritual Seeker will start to seek the real center, and rely on it to an increasing extent.
At that stage, both aspects are present in the soul of the spiritual Seeker, who lives in a society, meeting other people at work, and is only able to approach the other people from the aspect of the Ego-dominated mind. At the same time, however, the spiritual Seeker does not fully identify with the Ego (its thoughts, emotions etc.).
When the spiritual Seeker is alone, he/she will turn towards the center, mediates or attempts to bring the Presence into his/her daily life (naturally, after a while, this will permeate the spiritual Seeker’s connections with other people, too). This is a process that unfolds gradually in the spiritual Seeker’s life.
From that aspect quiet, emptiness and non-activity will be filled with an entirely different content, as the richess of Existence, real knowledge will be brought to the spiritual Seeker.
That will be the spiritual Seeker’s identity, where the answer to the question ”Who am I?” will be coming from. ”I am what I am! I am the Existence, the Presence, the Witness, who is not acting, only contemplating the dance of the forms and shapes.
Lao Tse asserts that the essence of non-action is the following: “Empty your soul and then stay where you are.”
About the Author
Frank M. Wanderer Ph.D is a professor of psychology, a consciousness researcher and writer, and publisher of several books on consciousness. With a lifelong interest in the mystery of human existence and the work of the human mind, Frank’s work is to help others wake up from identification with our personal history and the illusory world of the forms and shapes, and to find our identity in what he calls “the Miracle”, the mystery of the Consciousness. Connect with Frank at http://www.frankmwanderer.com/
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A team of physicists have provided what has been described by the journal Nature as the “clearest evidence yet” that our universe is a hologram.
The new research could help reconcile one of modern physics’ most enduring problems : the apparent inconsistencies between the different models of the universe as explained by quantum physics and Einstein’s theory of gravity.
The two new scientific papers are the culmination of years’ work led by Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University in Japan, and deal with hypothetical calculations of the energies of black holes in different universes.
The idea of the universe existing as a ‘hologram’ doesn’t refer to a Matrix-like illusion, but the theory that the three dimensions we perceive are actually just“painted” onto the cosmological horizon – the boundary of the known universe.
If this sounds paradoxical, try to imagine a holographic picture that changes as you move it. Although the picture is two dimensional, observing it from different locations creates the illusion that it is 3D.
This model of the universe helps explain some inconsistencies between general relativity (Einstein’s theory) and quantum physics. Although Einstein’s work underpins much of modern physics, at certain extremes (such as in the middle of a black hole) the principles he outlined break down and the laws of quantum physics take over.
The traditional method of reconciling these two models has come from the 1997 work of theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena, whose ideas built upon string theory.
This is one of the most well respected ‘theories of everything’ (Stephen Hawking is a fan) and it posits that one-dimensional vibrating objects known as ‘strings’ are the elementary particles of the universe.
Related article: 5 Thought-Provoking Quantum Experiments Showing That Reality Is An Illusion
Maldacena has welcomed the new research by Hyakutake and his team, telling the journal Nature that the findings are “an interesting way to test many ideas in quantum gravity and string theory.”
Leonard Susskind, a theoretical physicist regarded as one of the fathers of string theory, added that the work by the Japanese team “numerically confirmed, perhaps for the first time, something we were fairly sure had to be true, but was still a conjecture.”
For more information on this research, click here to read the original release.
by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
Many people believe that we do, indeed, live within a matrix of subservience, control, and conformity. Perhaps this is what some people call the “veil” while others may call it “Earth’s Quarantine”. Regardless of what other names it may be referred to, we know that our way of life has been co-opted as a means to support the few who control the many. They, in turn, are minions for their overlords as I described in the article, “Anunnaki – Are Malevolent Extraterrestrials Controlling This Planet?”
If the matrix is a hologram, then there are exit points. It may be up to us to find them or it may take some event such as the ones I wrote about in the article “The Cosmic Wildcard” to break out of this matrix.
In the meanwhile, continue working on raising your vibration because that, within itself, may be the answer. Even if it’s not, you’ll be helping to make this world a better place for all of us!
About the Author
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D andBodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration withMichelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.
by Carolanne Wright
If you believe that you are at the mercy of your genetic code, great news, you’re not. According to the science of epigenetics (the study of how environmental factors outside of DNA influence changes in gene expression), stem cells and even DNA can be altered through magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. Top scientists around the world agree: genetic determinism is a flawed theory.
Curbing the genetic victim mentality
The DNA we are born with is not the sole determinant for our health and well-being. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., discusses the important difference between genetic determinism and epigenetics in an interview with Super Consciousness magazine:
“The difference between these two is significant because this fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that our lives, which are defined as our physical, physiological and emotional behavioral traits, are controlled by the genetic code. This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims: If the genes control our life function, then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them. This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true.”
Lipton’s theory is confirmed by Carlo Ventura, M.D., Ph.D., professor and researcher at the University of Bologna in Italy. Dr. Ventura has shown through lab testing that the DNA of stem cells can be altered using magnetic field frequencies.
It’s like a time machine. You’re reprogramming somehow backward with these cells to an uncertain state in which any kind of decision is somehow possible; even the decision to become virtually any kind of cell of the organism. And just think about the tremendous potential of this discovery.
He adds that two Nobel Prize-winning scientists discovered even “nonstem adult cells can be epigenetically reprogrammed backward to a state where they can eventually give rise to neural cells, cardiac cells, skeletal muscle cells or insulin-producing cells.”
Changing DNA through intention
According to the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek, California, epigenetics encompasses far more than just DNA, our environment and life experience. After two decades of study, the researchers discovered factors like love and appreciation or anxiety and anger also influence a person’s blueprint. In one experiment, select participants were able to change DNA with positive mental states.
An individual holding three DNA samples was directed to generate heart coherence – a beneficial state of mental, emotional and physical balance and harmony – with the aid of a HeartMath technique that utilizes heart breathing and intentional positive emotions. The individual succeeded, as instructed, to intentionally and simultaneously unwind two of the DNA samples to different extents and leave the third unchanged.
Control group volunteers who had low heart coherence were unable to alter the DNA.
Healthy cell expression and a quantum nutrient diet
If we want to nourish our bodies at a cellular level (and not promote disease), the institute recommends an abundant diet of quantum nutrients. When we are stressed or negative, our biological energy reserves are diverted from the important task of regenerating and repairing the body. We can counteract this cellular starvation by focusing on genuine states of care, appreciation and love. These positive emotions enhance our energy system and feed the body, even down to the level of DNA. HeartMath calls such positive feelings “quantum nutrients.”
The institute offers several free tools that assist in creating a coherent state quickly and easily. Two examples can be found here and here.
About the author
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
In a world where the majority of people are so conditioned by an unhealthy culture that they cannot even fathom equality or the eradication of poverty, nor even perceive them as socially viable, and merely write them off as “it’s just the way things are,” it helps to have some tactics to fall back on in order to prevent our slipping back into our old ignorant ways. As the majority of the world sleeps, we, the courageously awake, must discover new ways to remain diligent. Here are four powerful (and fun) ways to remain awake while the rest of the world sleeps.
1.) Keep Questioning Authority to the Nth Degree
“Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.” -Bertrand Russell
Keep disrupting the disrupters. Keep dissenting in the face of those who are consenting. Stir the pot. Keep the prison you were born into in perspective in order to continuously transcend it. Daily try your best to prove Noam Chomsky wrong: “The general population doesn’t even know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.” At least admit your ignorance. That’s a huge start. It’s not your fault you’ve been ignorant thus far, because the system is set up to keep the majority of people ignorant so that the powerful few can remain in power. We are all of us ignorant about a great many things. So question everything. Question your peers. Question your teachers, especially the ones who are more interested in money than teaching. Question your parents, especially if they are trying to keep you from “taboo” knowledge, or if they are spoon-feeding you only what their relatives spoon-fed them. Question your police officers, who definitely don’t have your best interest at heart, and only enforce the law as a means to the end of protecting “privileged” property. Especially question all politicians, for power and pride have blinded them to any other course other than their being in power. Question the lot, and if they should pass your interrogation, question them again, and keep questioning them, day in and day out.
Most of all, question yourself. Interrogate yourself. Strap yourself into an imaginary chair and commence questioning your worldview to the nth degree. You are the most important authority in your life. Question your sense of the way things work. Ask yourself if you see how all things are connected, or if you simply see things the way you were conditioned to see things. Are you living with purpose, on purpose, or are you living by cultural programming? Are the lines you’ve drawn in the sand flexible and open-minded or inflexible and close-minded? Can you honestly say you are able to put yourself in another person’s shoes and think compassionately? Will you live a life of contained ownership or liberated detachment? What will you choose to create? What will you refuse to destroy? How do we move forward in a system that is designed to keep us stuck? The only way to stay ahead of change is to question that which is changing and attempt to come up with healthier answers to the way things could go. Then be proactive with those answers, while still questioning them every step of the way. Like Siddhārtha Gautama said, “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”
2.) Proactively Dismantle the Illusion and Evolve Humanity
“The revolution begins at home. If you overthrow yourself again and again, you might earn the right to overthrow the rest of us.” -Rob Brezsny
Daily dismantle the false world hanging over you, the canopy built by past generations. Hack into mainstream “reality” and deconstruct the code. Do not trade your freedom for the illusion of security. Instead, take it upon yourself to daily justify your freedom in the face of all illusions. Freedom is not a given. Freedom is a vacuum. It’s up to you how much energy you put into that vacuum. If you want to be free, then you have to prove it. You have to earn it. You have to fight for it. If you earn the right to be free every single day, then you earn the right to free others. You earn the right to dismantle the illusion propped up over the heads of the ignorant. Be compassionate, but be ruthless. Be loving and understanding, but take no prisoners. There is no place for prisoners in a truly free world. Be open-minded and flexible, but question everything to the fullest extent. Put everyone to the test. Use your hard-earned pain as a benchmark. Remember the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
But be prepared. Most people are fickle. Most people are scared. Most people are still living in the prison of ignorance that you’ve already escaped from. They will fight tooth and nail to maintain their illusions, their creature comforts, and their all-consuming hyperreality. Most people would rather be kissed with a lie than slapped with the truth, even if they say otherwise. Like Nietzschesaid, “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”They are blind to their own cognitive dissonance, which has a stranglehold on their perception of reality. They cling to what they know without even realizing they are doing so, because the unknown is scary, and most people are too scared to face their fears. Most people are cowards. Like H.L. Mencken said, “The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.” Be an outlaw if that’s what it takes to dismantle the illusion and evolve humanity. Just be smart about it and learn from your mistakes.
3.) Systematically Overcome Economic Tyranny and Psychological Oppression
“We are like people born in a cage and unable to visualize any world beyond our familiar bars.. That opinion the few create in order to control the many has seen to it that we are kept in permanent ignorance of our actual estate.” -Gore Vidal
Continually self-realize the actual estate, the actual domain, and the actual wealth of the world. Keep digging at the truth until the truth reveals itself. Then dig some more. The incessant history of so-called capitalist civilization, with its bleeding morals and too-high ideals of globalization has been nothing less than a giant vampire-squid jamming its parochial blood funnels into our frontal lobes, suctioning out wealth and pouring in diatribe after diatribe about how our neatly constructed, neatly falsified economic world, became so wonderful. But a few of us are aware that, really, it’s all just a house of cards built on quicksand guarded by a red herring. It’s all nothing more than a cartoon in the brain. Psychological oppression be damned. We’ve kicked off the blood funnels. We’ve kicked and screamed and splashed our way out of the “pink goop.” And we’ll be goddamned if we’re going back under. We’re no longer a bitch to the Matrix. From here on out, the Matrix is our bitch. It’s your job to remember that. Or if you’re just now learning this stuff, hug the hurricane, baby! Keep your mind open. Keep riding the red-pill wave down the rabbit hole and into a deeper more profound understanding of the Desert of the Real.
Continue to toss a monkey-wrench into any and all immoral systems that advocate keeping the poor oppressed while giving the wealthy everything they need to remain in power. Keep tearing to shreds any and all doctrines that attempt to keep power structures entrenched, lest power corrupt and absolute power corrupt absolutely, creating a hyper-hyper-reality from which there is no coming back from. Like Chris Hedges said, “We already live in imaginary, virtual worlds created by corporations that profit from our deception.” Plutocracy is our God. But you have the power to defy God. Blasphemy is sacrosanct in times such as these. Be audaciously cavalier. Be insouciantly devil-may-care. Disobey to the nth degree. In an immoral world it is moral to act out amorally. Be an amoral agent par excellence. Leave the powers-that-be floundering pathetically under your too-courageous feet, wondering: what can they possibly do to contain you. Then get all up in their fat faces of fuckery. Look them in their eyes, gone purple from too much power. Tell them: “I’m the New Oracle come to tell the old oracles that they have failed. I’m willing to die bringing water to the wasteland.” And then bring it. Daily. Bring it.
4.) Love People and Use Money; Don’t Love Money and Use People
“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved, and people are being used.” -Anonymous
Keep using money as a tool for achieving what you love, and not as something that inadvertently transforms you into a tool that makes money. There is a subtle difference. And only you can know it. In short: use the tool, don’t be a tool. Money should come as a side-effect of doing what you love, lest your life and the lives of those around you become bureaucratic. This will probably go against years of cultural conditioning, since the system suborns us into living bureaucratized lifestyles. So be it. Recondition the precondition. Only you can. Transform yourself into a person capable of turning the tables on conditioning. Daily undermine your conditioning: through mindful meditation, revolutionary wakeup-calls, and self-interrogation. A mind-fuck a day keeps the brainwash away. Like Chris Pyle said, “Every bureaucracy hates dissenters. They must expel dissenters and discredit dissenters, because dissenters force them to reconsider what it is they’re doing and no bureaucracy wants anybody to interrupt what they’re doing.” Dissent anyway. Interrupt anyway. Love will always be greater than money. People will always be more important than profit.
In order to be a compassionate person capable of loving other people, you have to continually remind yourself that you are not “yourself” alone. Self is an illusion, but self is also a mighty tool. You can use that tool to individuate the ego and self-actualized the soul, to become truly interdependent with the mighty cosmos as your infinite playground. You can use that tool to transform boundaries into horizons, wounds into wisdom, pain into art, and best of all: victimization into heroism. Indeed, you are not a victim of the world, you are the world. Everything is connected. Codependence leads to independence leads to interdependence, but only if you remain circumspect. Don’t let the system suck you back into using people and loving money. And if it does, learn from it, use it as a stepping stone instead of a setback, and then get back to loving people and using money again.
Use the money to undermine all power structures hell-bent on keeping economic slavery intact. Use the money to weaken the infrastructure of plutocracy, plutocrats be damned. Use the money to defy outdated immoral laws made by parochial men with a corporate agenda. Turn the tables. Get power over power. Become a force that the world has never seen before. Become a rebellious New Hero with the ability to trump fear with courage and inertia with action, while loving the world so powerfully and so courageously that you compel it to become healthier, more vibrant, more compassionate, more alive, and more humanely robust. Like Niels Bohr said, “Every valuable human being must be a radical and a rebel, for what he must aim at is to make things better than they are.” Love people and use money, in that order, and you can do nothing less than make things better than what they are.
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Bring-on Community Self Empowerment, Councils of Wise Elders and Benign Leadership
We in the West have lived with this thing called ‘democracy’ for a good few centuries now. It has been an important experiment, but one which has, in the end, succeeded in swallowing its own tail rather than leading society to a better place. Now its time is up and we have the task of putting something genuinely better in its place.
The most well known definition of democracy – but by no means the first – is enshrined in the Gettysburg Address of November 1863. It proclaims democracy as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ which – maybe for good reason – laid a strong emphasis on ‘people’.
But here also lay its weakness; people (it turned out) had other ambitions that this form of self rule was ill equipped to address. Nor did they particularly want to be responsible for deciding and managing the intricacies of the experiment that they had signed-up to. ‘The majority’, that is.
And it is this word ‘majority’ which encapsulates the failure of democracy, because, as some of us will have noticed, ‘the majority’ have never yet been possessed of the vision and wisdom necessary to move society towards a meritorious goal.
At best ‘the majority’ have created some from of social justice which was not around under the leadership of a regicide (king/queen) unless such happened to have a social conscience. Democracy thus became akin to a personal insurance policy, in which one signed-up to the policy and paid the annual cover – via taxation. In return, one got a type of guarantee that one would have certain ‘inalienable rights’, backed by ‘the law’. A law supposedly designed to support this form of self rule, but in reality providing a cosy revenue absorbing niche for the same exploitive elitist element that had been around well before the democratic experiment came along.
As it turned out, what the majority actually wanted was based upon self interest and not a vision of a better society for all. So give ‘the majority’ the right to decide upon who they wish to run their country – and the one’s they actually elect will be those who have gone the most out of their way to claim ‘to have their interests at heart’. The interests of ‘the majority’.
A society under the mantle of ‘democracy’ therefore never evolves. Instead it simply revolves around the wishes and the fears of the electorate. The wish to be ‘looked after’ and the fear of not being looked after. ‘The majority’ simply elect a bunch of baby-sitters so that they can go out and play, leaving the actual responsibility for the shape and function of society to others – mostly those who enjoy flirting with the power that has been granted unto them.
The electorate then complain loudly when things get done by those in whom they entrusted power – which fail to live up to their fawning pre-election promises. It is a constantly repeating pattern which still shows no sign of abating. It is ‘mob rule’ in action: the undirected, unaware voice of a majority who readily succumb to the powers of the hidden persuaders.
The people, when this means ‘a majority’ of the the people, have never yet, throughout the course of history, been in possession of the wisdom and vision which are the necessary prerequisites of an evolving society. A society asked to raise its level of awareness, consciousness and responsibility.
The democratic experiment is thus an entirely inappropriate tool for getting out of – and going beyond – the mess we are currently in. It is simple naivety which is on display at demonstrations where placards are held-up announcing that such and such ‘is not democratic’ : ‘TTIP is not democratic’, ‘the WTO is not democratic’, ‘tax avoidance is undemocratic’ etc.
Over the years, democracy has formed itself around an unshakeable alliance with capitalism. Capitalism is generally held up as ‘democracy in action’, particularly in relation to ‘the free market’ as a self adjusting silent voice of the people.
It is indeed in the market place that ‘the majority’ have put their faith; and left those who claim to have mastered its intricacies to operate according to the nefarious rules of competition and greed that dominate the neo-liberal global economy which is the capitalist empire’s crown jewels.
An economy where multi national corporate sweat shops in Third World countries can give ‘the majority’ exactly what they want: ‘cheap clothes’ ‘cheap food, ‘cheap cars’. That my friends, is our famous democracy in action…and those who say “that isn’t democracy” fail to realise that the majority voted-in those who condone and execute these deeply exploitive policies. Voted-in via ‘election by majority’ vote: the cracked cornerstone of the democracy experiment.
Not only this, but when challenged by someone touting the merits of communism, the answer comes “but communism isn’t democratic” thus wittingly or unwittingly, holding up the flag of democracy as though it was a symbol of a free and progressive society.
Like religion and like the Mafia, democracy has provided a formula which offers protection for those who prescribe to a skewed system of control by the few. It puts a nice gloss on that which is, in reality, a sophisticated game of double deception.
A deception which has its roots in the the electorate’s abdication of control over its own destiny. Choosing instead to play victim to a system it helped put in place.
Today, eyes are slowly opening to what it is we have saddled ourselves with. Be it under the name of Conservative, Socialist, Liberal, Republican, Democrat or whatever – it makes not the slightest difference. They are simply entertaining variations of the same theme, and that theme remains mastered and controlled by a shadowy elite which quietly pulls all the main strings of power and will allow the game to be played strictly within its own terms – and no further
So where do we go from here?
By we, I mean that smallish minority who are capable of rational thought informed by vision and wisdom.
This group cannot exert any serious authority upon the society around it, because – in a democracy – a small minority cannot form the majority necessary to becoming an elected administrative body. But at least we are not going to deny that, should a council of wise elders be at the helm of regional, national and global affairs, the world would be a different place. The value systems would be reversed. Instead of money, power and selfish self interest dominating the scene, we would have humane values , deep ethics, and genuine justice as the main prerogatives, within an eclectic, multi ethnic society.
There are still tribal societies that operate on such a system. They are called ‘primitive’ and are vindictively linked to a scary voodoo world of witch doctors and unruly shamans. Every attempt has been made to wipe them off the map – both physically and by our ‘democratic’ Western value system’s high minded judgemental view on this ancient, time tested from of ‘leadership by the wise’.
As we once again find our true spiritual footing, our thoughts naturally turn back to this form of society by the wise, because it is an organic response to our deeper, actual and non superficial needs.
No wonder the North American Indian tribes were wiped out or driven into special ‘reserves'; likewise the native South American tribes and the Aboriginals of Australia. The ‘democracy’ that supplanted them could have no truck with such deeply rooted and nature attuned cultures.
The capitalist free market needed to exploit their sacred territories and rip out the uranium, gold and all other precious metals which, while under the ground, informed the vibratory geography of their holy sites.
The supposed ‘civilisation’ which plundered the native territories, was largely a Judeo-Christian fabrication. One with a strongly Eurocentric bias and a penchant for grandeur and unashamed material wealth. Nothing of ancient tribal or pagan origins had any place in this great show of unabashed self importance. And it is from this tradition that most people reading this essay will probably have received their education – or more properly said: indoctrination.
Yet along with its pride and arrogance, there have been some idealistic ventures in various parts of the world into territories that bear some resemblance to ‘leadership by the wise’ and these belong to the category of ‘benign dictatorships’. Fidel Castro of Cuba; Frederik the Great of Prussia; Mustafa Kamal Atutuk of Turkey; the king of Bhutan, are cited examples. Dictatorship is far less complicated than our form of democracy – but only if it is ‘benign’ can it be deemed genuinely superior.
A number of great spiritual leaders have filled this role of benevolent dictator during times of national crisis. Their followers seeing that they possess the qualities that combine love and leadership – consequently feel happy to live under their guidance. Great leaders always encourage the best to come forth in mankind, by-passing power and self prestige in favour of leading by example.
This form of ‘leading by example’ runs closer to universal spiritual principles of divine leadership than anything democracy has or can, ever come up with. When earthed and coupled with village level self determination and a council of wise elders – it probably constitutes the best role model we have to guide humanity through the crisis that is now upon us – and only likely to worsen. That is until a majority of human beings finally recognise themselves as divine entities – and therefore only answerable to the Supreme.
None the less, it is beholden for all of us who are both willing and bale to see a bigger picture, to now give serious amounts of time and energy to thinking through the basic tenets that need to be put in place so as to bring about the world that we know must replace the current crumbling dystopia.
We must, as an imperative, lay the foundations of the life to come even before the present fiasco has reached its lowest point. That is the true meaning of taking responsibility for our destinies.
About the Author
Julian Rose is an early pioneer of ecological farming, integrated rural economies and decentralised community regeneration. Farmer, writer, holistic thinker, broadcaster and activist: Julian campaigns against all attempts to sterilise our living earth and creative aspirations – and expresses belief in the power of the human spirit to awaken and direct our passion for life.
by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
In a world where everything is upside down and backwards, one must ask if malevolent extraterrestrials are controlling this planet?
Our water, air, and food supplies are all being poisoned, yet too many people are oblivious to this and are more content watching television than actually researching any of these issues.
Even worse, most people are content being economic slaves to a broken system of fiat currency and have no idea about who they are and what their true, divine purpose for being here is.
I’m not judging, just observing.
In a world where everything is upside down and backwards, I’d rather choose to question everything instead of being blindly led to the slaughterhouse by the controllers who put us in this position.
Our planet has only been in total peace for only 8% of our recorded history. This point alone raises many questions:
Who’s REALLY at the top of the pyramid?
We’ve all seen the “all seeing eye” at the top of the pyramid on the US one dollar bill:
While there are many interpretations of who this is, is it possible that the person at the top of this pyramid isn’t even from this planet and relies on us killing one another to survive on sacrificial energies?
Many people blindly believe that their country’s respective leaders hold the ultimate power, but fail to realize that these leaders are answering to higher powers. For example, in the United States, President Jimmy Carter wanted to see the UFO files and was not allowed to do so by the head of the CIA, George H.W. Bush. So if the head of the CIA is above the president, then who is running the United States?
While many people believe that secret societies (such as the free masons or the Builderbergers) control how events are being played out on the planet, these people are still being controlled by higher powers.
Some would say that the Pope is the most powerful person on the planet but even he is being controlled and overshadowed by the “Black Pope” who remains unseen and hidden from the general public.
If the Pope was the most powerful person on the planet, then why is there starvation and homelessness when he has the ability to end all of this by being the wealthiest entity on the planet?
The following is a quote from the bible, Matthew 19:21:
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
The Roman Catholic Church is wealthy enough to feed, clothe, and shelter EVERY person on this planet so why doesn’t the Pope rely on the same words in the bible that he expects everyone else to abide to?
More importantly, why does the Roman Catholic Church have so much gold?
The Anunnaki connection
The Sumerian texts are one of the oldest texts known to mankind and predate anything written in the bible or any other religious texts.
According to the Sumerian texts, the Anunnaki traveled to this planet in search of gold to use as a micro-dust to protect their own planet of origin’s atmosphere from radiation. At first, theAnunnaki mined their own gold but realized this was too much work, so they genetically manipulated the genes of the earth species eventually create the Adama race or what we know today as mankind. This explains why we only have 46 chromosomes with 2 of them being fused together while all other earth primates have 48.
This also explains why there is such a need and demand for gold in every society.
More than 350 artifacts were found in Ecuador in an old tunnel system used for mining gold. One particular artifact shows the same one dollar bill pyramid with an all-seeing eye at the top of it (below).
Under a black light, the eye takes on an interesting hue while on the bottom of this artifact, you can see a star map of Orion’s Belt along with writing that is older than any known writing on this planet. According to the research of Klaus Dona, the same writing has been found all over the world, proving that there was a pre-existing GLOBAL civilization that is much older than any Sanskrit writings.
At the 2:oo minute marker, Klaus Dona talks about this artifact:
Because this artifact shows a map of Orion’s Belt on the bottom of it, then what is the significance of it? Is it possible that our overlord(s) came from Orion’s Belt? Or, perhaps, are these Orion entities lower level overlords for the Anunnaki?
Even older Gnostic texts talk about the archons who are nonphysical entities who feed off of negative energy such as fear. This explains why you’ll never feel good after watching the nightly news or reading the headlines of any given newspaper.
Many people believe that the picture below is the pyramid of control:
What is NOT being shown are the extraterrestrials who are above them. In ascending order, you’ll find:
And it’s quite possible that there’s a “Wizard of Oz” type character controlling (and programming) them as well.
What if the Pope (or whatever Earth born entity is above him) is being threatened to keep us in subservience, control, and conformity while living in perpetual fear in order to appease his extraterrestrial overlords through sacrifices (such as every world war, 9/11, etc…)?
If you look at the various blood types and Rh values, then you’d realize that it’s impossible to have so many races and ethnicites on this planet coming from “Adam and Eve”. “Adam” is short for the “Adama race” who the Anunnaki created, so is it possible that all races were created as sub-specie experiments?
You can read more about blood types and Rh values in this article, “Does Rh Negative Blood Type Equal Alien Heritage?“.
At the bottom of the pyramid, you’ll find most of us. What would happen if we no longer conformed to our own “overlords”?
At the highest levels of freemasonry, you’ll find the motto, “Ordo ab chao” which means “order out of chaos”. This is why the divide and conquer premise is constantly being used against us, many times without us even seeing it even when it’s right before our eyes.
For example, divide and conquer is the premise behind every sporting event, yet we buy into it without questioning why. We see team names such as the New York “GIANTS,” San Francisco “Giants,” or Tokyo Giants and never question the origin of these team names. Is it possible that they ultimately represent the Anunnaki or some other extraterrestrial race of controlling beings?
Television programs such as “Survivor” or “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” rely on the same premise.
Ultimately, the end goal is fame (ego) and money (materialism) which we have bought into as a global society and cannot fathom what we would do if there was no such thing as money. Additionally, these shows pit us against one another through the divide and conquer principles.
You can find our more about the Anunnaki by clicking here.
I’ve often said, “Once the bottom of the pyramid unites (ALL of us), the rest will collapse“. This is why it’s so important for all of us on the bottom of the pyramid to come together and unite and why we need to appreciate any race that is different from our own instead of ignoring or avoiding one another. More importantly, we cannot buy into the “race wars” that our overlords are pushing upon us. As long as they keep us divided as people, we will never unite as one. In the end, the only ones who are truly preventing this from happening is ourselves.
The good news is that we are all awakening to these truths and are starting to come together as one.
This is why there seems to be such a push to keep us living in even more fear lately, as our overlords are panicking over how their plans have been aborted or delayed, such as the North American Union and the New World Order.
Astrology is an important tool in this equation. In alchemy, there is a saying, “As above, so below“. In other words, what is happening in the celestials is being reflected to our planet and in turn, to each individual.
Astrology relies on the cycles of time that repeat over and over again. When new cycles begin, we can learn from the last time we saw these celestial energies. For example, the last time Pluto entered Capricorn was in the 1700’s during both the French and American Revolutions. Pluto is known as the “Destroyer” and will tear down everything that is not in humanity’s best interests.
In 2008, Pluto entered Capricorn again and stays there until 2023. Right on schedule, we saw a collapse of the banking system in the United States, with the exception of the “Too big to fail/jail” banks. Right on schedule, we also have seen a number of revolutions all around the world. These are NOT coincidences!
Our extraterrestrial overlords are very well versed in astrology and use this as their time table as well.
It appears that our earth-born overlords are way behind schedule and are being pressured by their extraterrestrial overlords for either more sacrifices and/or a “One World / New World Order”.
As more and more people awaken and see how we’ve been controlled and manipulated for millennia, the less we will tolerate being manipulated by our earth-born and extraterrestrial overlords.
Pluto in Capricorn is OUR opportunity to create what is in humanity’s best interests. Our overlords know this and will try everything within their own perceived powers to prevent this from happening, but it all starts with the bottom of the pyramid uniting as one as well as each individual doing his and her own “inner work” to resolve any issues that keep repeating within his or her own lives.
Lifting the veil
Many people are oblivious to what is happening before their very own eyes but soon, it will become blatantly apparent as the veil lifts and more people awaken every day.
It’s obvious that whoever is in control of this planet is using us for slavery and for sacrificial reasons through perpetual wars with one another. The one thing they fear the most is the bottom of the pyramid uniting because in numbers, we have power.
Without us, they don’t exist.
Steven Lanier Addendum
Theophilos Christophorou & Helen Demetriou of The Annunaki Earth Council represent the Annunaki in the positive polarity. We have to remember that everything is expressed in 'energy and vibration." The Annunaki are obvious in their negative polarity, but there is a positive polarity in time/space that several channelers and researchers have been able to unveil.
About the Author:
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D andBodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration withMichelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.
April McCarthy, Prevent Disease
Two wrongs can make a right, at least in the world of visual perception and motor functioning, according to two University of Oregon brain scientists.
Much of what we take for granted about our inner lives, from visual perception to memories, is little more than an elaborate construct of the mind.
The human visual system analyzes the interactions between visible electromagnetic waves and the objects in our environment, extracts information about the world from them, and makes visual perception possible. Visual perception is considered a dynamic process that goes far beyond simply replicating the visual information provided by the retina.
In a two-experiment study, published last month in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, UO neuroscientists Paul Dassonville and Scott A. Reed used eye-tracker technology in a dark laboratory to test a developing theory about how the brain determines the locations of nearby objects.
In a test of perception, 20 students were asked to report whether a line was tilted left or right of vertical. Their performance in this simple task became skewed, however, when the line was shown within a tilted frame. A left-leaning frame caused the line to appear tilted to the right, and vice versa.
In spite of this well-known visual illusion, when subjects were asked to look at the end of the line they had no trouble making accurate eye movements, demonstrating an apparent difference in the way that perception and actions respond to the illusion.
Similar demonstrations have led other researchers to suggest that the brain forms two maps of space — an illusion-prone map for creating conscious perception of the world, and an illusion-resistant map used for guiding movements.
Results of the new experiments showed that accurate eye movements to the end of the line prove to be the exception, rather than the rule. When subjects were instead asked to make simple vertical eye movements, for example, those movements were affected by the tilted frame just as visual perception had been.
Sensory information reaches us at different speeds, yet appears unified as one moment. Nerve signals need time to be transmitted and time to be processed by the brain.
“In the lab, we explore the kinds of assumptions the brain makes about the world around us,” said Dassonville, professor of psychology and member of the Institute of Neuroscience. In the real world, he said, judgments about an object’s orientation are aided by visual clues that help anchor the perception of vertical, such as the view of a doorframe, a window frame or where two walls meet. In the laboratory, these cues were replaced by misleading cues of the tilted frame, resulting in the illusion.
“The tilted frame distorts our perception of vertical just as our sense of direction would be distorted by a compass that incorrectly points west instead of north. If you try to walk north using a broken compass, you’ll head off in the wrong direction,” said Dassonville. “The perceptual illusion caused by our tilted frame is analogous to a treasure map that is created using the faulty compass. The map is technically incorrect, but as long as you use the combination of the faulty map and the faulty compass to navigate around, you’ll be able to accurately find the treasure once again. The errors cancel out.”
In the experimental task, the cancellation of errors allowed the subjects to make accurate movements to the end of the line in spite of the illusion.
These new conclusions challenge the model of visual function that suggests that conscious perception of an object’s location is formed in a wholly different part of the brain than that used for guiding actions, says co-author Scott A. Reed, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology.
“We agree there are separate pathways in the brain for different aspects of visual function,” Dassonville said, “but it’s not the case that one is only about perception and the other is only about action.”
“What we found in our study,” Reed said, “is that the brain relies on a shared representation of space that is used to both make perceptual judgments about the world and to guide behavior.”
Brian C. Muraresku, GrahamHancock.com
“The man of a traditional culture sees himself as real only to the extent that he ceases to be himself. Plato could be regarded as the outstanding philosopher of ‘primitive mentality’ – the thinker who succeeded in giving philosophic currency and validity to the modes of life and behavior of archaic humanity.”1 – Mircea Eliade
The Real Hippies
What’s become of religion these days? Seriously. More than a billion people across the planet arereligiously unaffiliated. That includes one in every five Americans and Europeans, and – believe it or not – almost half of the British public. Impressive as those numbers are today, just imagine the future of the Western world. Fueling the growth of this segment, after all, is a younger generation that is either uninterested in or entirely fed up with the organized religions of their parents and grandparents. Despite being four months older than the statistically oldest Millennial (born in the distant past of 1980), I can still report the cohort’s emerging preference: 32% of Americans aged 18 to 34 choose not to identify with a particular faith. This is far more than any previous generation, including those groovy Boomers, whose comparative figure in the 1970s was an underwhelming 13%. The below graph gives due credit to the real hippies.
At the end of his brilliant career, mythologist Joseph Campbell concluded that what we’re all seeking is not the meaning of life, but an “experience of being alive”. Across the 200,000-year history of our species, the triggering of “powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting” states of mind has been the essential function of bona fide religion.2 Recently, our fields, stages andscreens – the altars of the 21st century – have assumed that sacred responsibility, making organized religion obsolete in a world where the full range of human emotion is available at the tap of a thumb. A half century ago, this is really all John Lennon was trying to say. When people are willing to wait in line for days (yes, days!) to get the latest iPhone or audition for American Idol, what the hell isn’t “more popular than Jesus”? But fear not. There is nothing particularly new or disturbing about that72% of my “spiritual but not religious” generation intent on reclaiming ownership of its heart and mind. Before the rise of Churchianity, in the long-forgotten cradle of Western Civilization, our ancestors were also drawn to a spiritually independent lifestyle – free from any doctrine or dogma. What united them, however, was not just an “experience of being alive”, but something they thought was the single most important event a human being could ever experience. Its participants, without fail, left permanently transformed. Before religion goes the way of the fax machine, we owe this phenomenon some serious consideration – for the sake of our ancestors, and ourselves.
The Place Where Science Was Born
At the tender age of 14, I began eight years of intensive training in Latin and Greek. Accounting as they do for 60% of the English language, I was told the mandatory Jesuit curriculum would bump my SAT scores. An appeal was also made to the Founding Fathers, who were themselves fairly obsessed with the Classics. James Madison’s opinion that Athens and Rome had “done more honor to our species (humanity) than all the rest” was by no means unique in the late 18th century. The principal drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, looked to classical literature as “the ultimate source of both delight and instruction”3 – admiration that hearkens back 700 years to the Renaissance, when the key feature of the new humanism that came to shape our Western world “was an educational and cultural program based on the study of classical Greek and Latin authors”.4 It is no coincidence the National Mall near my home in Washington DC is flanked on either end by rather explicit tributes to the Athenian Parthenon (Lincoln Memorial) and the Roman Pantheon (Capitol Building).5
Back in the day, I was particularly attracted to Greek, at once so alien and familiar. The process of learning an exotic alphabet was a little weird, especially for a language credited with seeding not only English, but so many of the institutions and disciplines we take for granted today: democracy, law, medicine, architecture and economics; not to mention philosophy, history, ethics or the very concept of a university. Our love of entertainment, sports and music goes directly back to the theaters and stadia of Ancient Greece. And it was from scratch, let’s not forget, that a handful of enterprising minds created the sciences we hold so dear: from cosmology and physics, to biology and mathematics. No one articulates this more lyrically than Carl Sagan: “And so it was here [in the Greek isles of the eastern Mediterranean between 600 and 400 BC] that the great idea arose – that there might be principles, forces, laws of nature through which the world might be understood without attributing the fall of every sparrow to the direct intervention of Zeus. This is the place where science was born!”
From the very beginning, therefore, I understood Greek as a kind of initiation into ancient systems of thought that had somehow influenced everything, then inexplicably went missing. But in a country that was so unambiguously created as the extension of classical insights and achievements, why did almost nobody learn this stuff anymore? Why had this branch of knowledge become the eccentric province of a privileged few? These questions hounded me into college, where I was given a generous scholarship to exhaust my curiosity as a full-time Classics geek.
Ancient Greek Gurus and the “Secret Doctrine”
Having already invested my high school years in two dead languages, the exploration of yet another seemed in order. My budding interest in religion was kind of leading in the same direction as other disaffected youth before me – a path if not pioneered then certainly popularized by the Beatles and my hero, George Harrison, specifically.6 His celebrity peaking just as the first wave of Eastern wisdom hit Western shores, George’s enormous impact on global spirituality is nowhere better depicted than Martin Scorsese’s 2011 documentary: Living in the Material World. My own linguistic and spiritual longings therefore coincided in an obvious next step – Sanskrit – which would open the door to millennia of Hindu and Buddhist teachings. Freshmen mornings found me chanting the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata. My introduction to Theravada meditation came over lunch. Afternoons were reserved for my old pals, Homer and Plato. Most evenings carried me into the wee hours, deciphering hundreds of lines of ancient text. It pretty much stayed this way for four years – impossible almost anywhere else but the rather liberal Brown University. For mysenior thesis, I translated a poem from an ascetic order called Jainism, which likely predates both Hinduism and Buddhism. The only appropriate way to bid farewell to these mystical, sitar-heavyyears – before selling out to a Wall Street law firm – was to hike through India with my best buddy, who has since fled Delhi to run a yoga retreat in Goa. The point being, at a time when I really should have been attending more naked parties, something was urging me head first into a distant and dusty past.
Gary Tillery’s “Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison“, Quest Books (2011).
I will never forget the moment in sophomore year when the line between East and West began to blur, sparking a whole new appreciation for those often-overlooked ancestors who birthed our civilization into being. Up to that point, my afternoon seminar on Homer’s Odyssey seemed out of place for a day otherwise dedicated to obscure breathing exercises and reading about karma, reincarnation and the chakras. One fateful day, I had happened upon a passage from the 5th-century AD philosopher,Proclus, where he makes reference to a “secret doctrine” (αππορητον θεωρίαν) hidden away in the Iliad and Odyssey.7 I was mesmerized! What a crazy idea to associate with the foundation of all Western literature. Why, rather than speaking plainly, would our very first attempt at the written word transmit a covert agenda? And what on earth could that agenda possibly be? Bizarre as it sounds, Proclus was not alone in thinking a surface reading of Homer’s epics would completely miss the point. His tradition, Neoplatonism, arose in the 3rd century AD as an effort to preserve the purest teachings of the godfathers of Western thought, Pythagoras and Plato.8 One of the early stars of this school was Porphyry, who wrote a long and complicated commentary on just a few lines of Book 13 of the Odyssey that, at first glance, are very pretty but easily forgettable.
Classicists label this passage the “Cave of the Nymphs”. The wily hero, Odysseus, after a 10-year journey through a million obstacles in the wake of the Trojan War, is finally homebound to his native Ithaca. Just before his ship touches down on Greek soil, Homer pauses to describe the extraordinary harbor that will, at long last, welcome back its native son. It houses a sacred olive tree and a miraculous cavern populated by nymphs. The hero’s patron goddess, Athena, selects this cave as a hiding place for the gold and bronze valuables Odysseus has just inherited from the friendly Phaeacians, a mysterious but hospitable sea-faring people.9 In a blatant omission that has perplexed scholars for centuries, however, Homer never fully resolves the ultimate fate of this meticulously buried treasure. Mentioned just once more in passing, it seems like a rather superfluous detail, as does the cave itself.
Following this strange episode, Athena magically transforms Odysseus into a withered, old vagabond. It makes the ambush and graphic execution of his wife’s suitors a little easier. Under the leaves of the holy tree in that curious harbor, Odysseus assumes a new identity and spends basically half the book in disguise. Reflecting on this scene almost a thousand years after its creation, Porphyry says something that should forever change how we think about the origin and purpose of Western Civilization. The translation from Robert Lamberton’s Homer the Theologianis worth reproducing:
“Homer says that all outward possessions must be deposited in this cave and that one must be stripped naked and take on the persona of a beggar and, having withered the body away and cast aside all that is superficial and turned away from the senses, take counsel with Athena, sitting with her beneath the roots of the olive, how he might cut away all the destructive passions of his soul.”10
What the hell? That sounded almost monastic, and much closer to the Eastern religious tradition than anything I had heard about the Ancient Greeks. In fact, the essence of the Buddha’s so-called Four Noble Truths were right there, staring me in the face. To summarize: (1) nothing lasts forever in this disjointed life; (2) by clinging to the ups and downs of such an existence – the good as well as the bad – we suffer and are continuously reborn; (3) this cycle of reincarnation can only be stopped by stripping away the unhealthy attention we place on all things impermanent; and (4) it is through right conduct and self-examination – in disciplines like meditation – that we can train the mind to see beyond the illusions of the phenomenal world and our physical body, thereby achieving liberation.
In the absence of any competing explanation for why Homer would waste his time introducing a Phaeacian treasure that in no way affects the plot, Porphyry’s metaphor of abandoning life’s pleasures and comforts in exchange for true peace and happiness seems fair – just as Odysseus must shed his riches, and play the beggar, prior to his homecoming. But what the Neoplatonists are suggesting is something altogether more radical. This is a philosophy in which the senses are interpreted as obscuring, rather than revealing, the truth. Porphyry’s warning to “turn away from the senses” (τἀς αἰσθήσεις ἀποστραφέντα) is pretty clear in the Greek. In fact, it could even be translated “dissuade the senses”. The apparent authority of our sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – while great for keeping us focused on “all that is superficial” so we don’t walk into each other – should nonetheless be challenged once in a while. Wonderful as they are, the senses don’t deserve 100% control over how we perceive the world. Likewise, the “passions” or “emotions” (πάθη) that accompany everyday life are described as “destructive” or, perhaps better, “plotting against” us (ἐπίβουλα). Intent on distracting us from what is essential, Porphyry gives the okay to “cut down” or “trim” (επικοψη)that annoying mental chatter.
For these quasi-Buddhists who could spot Homer’s “secret doctrine”, the Odyssey is an 8thcentury BC invitation to a worldview in which things are not always what they seem – where the reality of everything around us must be questioned.11 Like the hero, Odysseus, we are called to reassess the mere surface of things – both the outer, sensory world and our innermost being. Underneath the illusion (what the Hindu or Buddhist literature would term “maya”), the real world – our true home – waits to be discovered.
For explicit instructions on how to “dissuade” those overbearing senses and “trim” the unruly passions, we need look no further than Porphyry’s guru, Plotinus. Born in Egypt in 205 AD, this virtually unknown genius is where all Neoplatonism begins. Over the last 17 years of his life, Plotinus wrote a massive, six-part treatise in Greek entitled the Enneads (available herefor free). In a passage that acknowledges the entire Odyssey as a parable of spiritual liberation, Plotinus is quick to distinguish our journey home as an inner, rather than outer, adventure: “We must not look, but must, as it were, close our eyes and exchange our faculty of vision for another. We must awaken this faculty which everyone possesses, but few people ever use.”12 This seems like a recipe for Western meditation, in very plain and unmistakable language. And much like the Hindus or Buddhists who believe such exercises can penetrate the illusions that surround us, both inside and out, Plotinus taught his students to “awaken” (ἀνεγεῖραι)this underused “other sight” (ὄψιν ἄλλην) in order to reach “that other world”, where “everything is color and beauty” not on the surface but “right from its very depths”.13 This might resemble the world more likely encountered in dreams, where everything is experienced – keep in mind – without the aid of those alert, problem-solving senses. But Plotinus’ realm is different. His gives shape and meaning to the universe as we know it – the magical source, in fact, of reality across all times and dimensions.
In a final surprise twist, Plotinus cautions that access to this elusive kingdom cannot be “acquired by calculations” or “constructed out of theorems”.14 Logic, reason or conscious reflection will have zero impact on our ability to explore it, which can only occur through what Classicist Pierre Hadotreferred to as “privileged experience”15 – “eyes closed” (μύσαντα ὄψιν) in contemplation. The covert agenda attributed to Homer had now made itself known. What Proclus had only hinted at became crystal clear with Plotinus, as the barrier between East and West crumbled away. It occurred to me, of course, that these guys were getting carried away with their Homer – inventing a “secret doctrine” where none existed in the nostalgia for a bygone era. Was it really possible for “the place where science was born”, as Carl Sagan pointed out, to have also birthed a completely contradictory worldview? Where matter is just a byproduct of something much more fundamental. Where the senses – and everything we think we know about the world – are not to be trusted. And where each of us possesses a latent ability, which “few people ever use”, to explore the ultimate nature of reality. Imagine the implications if, for the entire history of Western Civilization, we’ve had it all upside down.
Ten Thousand Eyes
As it turns out, the Neoplatonists weren’t just making this stuff up. The idea of a non-physical world that creates and sustains the one we inhabit – accessible only by some kind of extrasensory power, some non-ordinary state of consciousness – was introduced to Western philosophy over 600 years before Plotinus’ Enneads by the godfather himself: Plato. My chance run-in with Neoplatonism had me totally reevaluating how it all began. Sure enough, scattered across a number of Plato’s 4th century BC masterpieces, the “secret doctrine” shines apparent for all to see.
“That other world” mentioned by Plotinus is trademark Plato, familiar to many as the Theory of Forms. In perhaps his most famous passage from the Republic, the so-called Allegory of the Cave, Plato establishes our physical world as the mere shadow of a more genuine reality lying just beyond our conventional awareness. This retro, three-minute Claymation video is an excellent refresher. Later in his Timaeus, Plato again refers to the sensory universe as a “copy” (εἰκόνος) or “model” (παραδείγματος) of something much more permanent and absolute.16 This perspective is not necessarily the most intuitive. It flies in the face of our everyday experience, where things seem real enough just the way they are. Plato calls “uninitiated” (ἀμυήτων) however, those who would object to his theory of everything. In the Theaetetus, he scorns those poor folks “who believe that nothing is real save what they can grasp with hands and do not admit … anything invisible can count as real”. Funnily enough, there is a term to describe this “uninitiated” philosophy, which seems to have conquered much of the Western world today: naïve realism. It is important to remember that this worldview is a choice and not a fact. It puts a lot of faith in the images formed by the brain – a gullibility that keeps magicians in business. But this kind of blind acceptance is certainly not how our civilization hit the ground running.
Anticipating his Neoplatonic disciples by hundreds of years, Plato likewise doubts the reliability of our senses. The entire body, as a matter of fact, is suspect. A memorable line from the Phaedruscompares our condition in this world to “an oyster imprisoned in its shell”.17 It is only by avoiding the “follies of the body” that we can “gain direct knowledge of all that is pure and uncontaminated,” declares the Phaedo.18 Not surprisingly, Plato insists that the same untapped ability identified by Plotinus is our sole means of achieving spiritual release from this confused, temporary moment we call life. Just like Plotinus’ “other sight” (ὄψιν ἄλλην), Plato testifies in the Republic that “there is in every soul an organ or instrument of knowledge” which is “blinded by ordinary pursuits”. Though relatively few of us seem to take advantage of this amazing faculty, once activated, it can perceive more than “ten thousand [ordinary] eyes”. Translated by some as the “eye of the soul”,19 Plato with no hesitation declares that it is our “exclusive means of beholding the ultimate truth” (μόνῳ γὰρ αὐτῷ ἀλήθεια ὁρᾶται)20 – an obvious allusion to the so-called “third eye” or ajna chakra of Hindu mysticism, considered the visionary portal to domains unseen.
To dispel any doubt that Plato was the George Harrison of the 4th century BC, deftly packaging Eastern spirituality for a Western audience, note the concept of karma embedded in thePhaedrus. Plato makes “some ancient guilt” or “wrath” (παλαιῶν ἐκ μηνιμάτων) responsible for families passing misfortune from one generation to another. Not exactly what you’d expect from the people who gave us logic and rationality! Finally, no guru would be complete without a shameless advertisement for reincarnation. Plato’s other well-known episode from theRepublic, the Myth of Er, features a fallen solider who comes back from the dead to share his incredibly vivid account of the afterlife. The resurrected Er speaks about the process of reincarnation at length, for which there are no less than three ludicrous words in Greek: metempsychosis, metensomatosis andpalingenesis. As Plato concludes in the Timaeus, the only escape from this wheel of death and rebirth is to conquer the same “destructive passions” that Porphyry warned against – the ups and downs, the “pleasure and pain” (ἡδονῇ καὶ λύπῃ), inherent in all “desire” (ἔρωτα).21
Ancient Cultural Internet
If Plato had written in Sanskrit instead of Greek, first off – the “secret doctrine” would be indistinguishable from esoteric Hindu or Buddhist scripture. And second, you would never guess this was the father of all Western thought talking. We live in a make-believe world, imprisoned by the body, and the only way out is a hidden power we all have but never learn about? The ultimate reality – the stuff that really counts – is invisible? Karma, reincarnation and the chakras are all credible? By the time I finished college, that old line between East and West made absolutely no sense whatsoever. What made even less sense was the fact that mainstream, Western academia never addressed what I thought was a mind-blowing realization. I was never taught to read Homer in the manner of Proclus, Porphyry or Plotinus. And while the Allegory of the Cave and the Myth of Er certainly came up in my Plato seminars, the focus was always honing our grammar and vocabulary skills, and never the totally neglected but amusing fact that Western Civilization was evidently founded by a bunch of hippies.
It was in the years following, while I was supposed to be practicing law, that I realized Plato wasn’t just making this stuff up either. By the 4th century BC, in fact, he was simply the latest in a long line of mystical philosophers alluded to in a 2nd-century AD fragment by Numenius, who informs us that the “initiations [emphasis mine] and doctrines and cults … established by the Brahmins, the Jews, the Magi, and the Egyptians” were indeed “harmonious with Plato”.22 Given all the above similarities, the case for an Indian influence on Ancient Greek thought seems beyond dispute.23For our connection to North Africa and the Near East, groundbreaking scholarship by just a few Classicists has amassed the evidence for what a recent article in The Guardian dubbed an “ancient cultural internet” connecting “a series of networked cultures in multi-voiced conversation”. A quick glance at the titles alone offers a great snapshot of this exciting line of research: Martin Bernal’s Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization; M.L. West’s The East Face of Helicon: West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth; Walter Burkert’s Bablyon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture and The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age; and most recently, Tim Whitmarsh’s The Romance Between Greece and the East. Rather than a “Greek Miracle” where Western Civilization springs fully-formed out of nowhere, Burkert sets the prevailing view: “we can agree that it was there [Asia Minor, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Palestine and Egypt] that the first high cultures developed and spread their achievements to neighboring regions.”24 While it might seem obvious for younger nations to have learned from those who came before, like any good offspring, this is actually a long-overdue concession in the study of Classics. Either way, a much more accurate picture of our classical past is finally emerging from all these “tangled roots”. And it’s a picture that sets the stage (with all due respect to Dan Brown) for solving the greatest riddle of our civilization: where the hell do we come from?
The Psychedelic Sacrament
We can rest assured that the our Ancient Greek ancestors – the very same ones who laid the foundations for almost every critical aspect of our society today – were not entirely off the mark when it came to tackling life’s biggest questions. They were a diligent and practical people in all respects, whether physical or metaphysical. They faithfully preserved an enormous wealth of ancient wisdom it was their unique position, in the Mediterranean of the first millennium BC, to inherit and then pass along to Western Civilization. The “secret doctrine” traced from the Neoplatonists to Plato himself, back further through Pythagoras and a number of other pre-Socratic philosophers to Homer in the 8th century BC, brings us face to face with those “high cultures” in the Fertile Crescent and India whose pivotal role in our story is only now gaining appreciation. This was a world with far less distinction between East and West, or religion and science, than exists today. Way before any of our modern religions – including Hinduism and Buddhism, or Judaism, Christianity and Islam – a common initiation rite culminating in an ecstatic visionary experience linked many of the Bronze Age cultures that flourished after 3,000 BC: from Ancient Egypt to Sumeria, from Crete to the Indus Valley Civilization. Over the succeeding two thousand years, these were the civilizations that eventually gave rise to the “ancient cultural internet” from which Homer and Plato were able to download, in the words of Graham Hancock, “a ‘science of the soul’ developed through thousands of years of inquiry and experimentation and applied with high precision to the fundamental questions of life and death.”25
In the end, this explains Plato’s preferred definition for his trade: “true philosophers make dying their profession.”26 What could be more fundamental? It was not was from piles of books or heated debates that Plato came to his conclusion about the need to awaken the “eye of the soul” in order to see clearly through this, our carnival world of smoke and mirrors.27 It was from an experience! As a matter of fact, it was a highly ritualized and carefully programmed experience which brought the initiate to death’s door and back, complete with unshakeable knowledge ofexactly what happens when we die and renewed appetite for making the most of our precious, fleeting moment under the sun. They saw something! And whatever it was, it changed them forever and made naïve realism a complete joke. 28 They were reborn into a new vision of who we are and what life is all about. This should come as no surprise. The Greek word for “doctrine” in the “secret doctrine” (αππορητον θεωρίαν) has nothing to do with an actual, written teaching. Derived from a Greek root meaning to “see” or “behold” (θεωρίαν) Lamberton clarifies: “rather than a fixed and unchanging ‘doctrine’, [the secret doctrine] seems to refer to a mystical and privileged ‘contemplation’ or mode of seeing”.
To awaken Plotinus’ “other sight” or Plato’s “eye of the soul” – our “exclusive means of beholding the ultimate truth” – all signs point to our hippy ancestors engaging the unrivaled technology of the natural kingdom. The psychoactive properties of the many plants and fungi at the Greeks’ disposal did not escape the obsession of these early scientists.29 While Hadot’s “privileged experience” can be cultivated in any number of ways, including meditation, the most reliably fast-acting across the ages has been through psychedelics (a beautiful Greek word meaning “that which makes visible the contents of the psyche”), the significance of which will have to be explored in future discussion.30
Prior to the celebration of the Eleusinian Mysteries in the Fall, the enigmatic Lenaia festival took place in January. Rosemarie Taylor-Perry theorizes that the purpose of this ceremony was to add herbs and psychotropic plants to fermenting wine which would later be imbibed during various rituals in the Greek religious calendar. Likely additives are thought to have included: “absinthe, belladonna berries, cannabis, datura flowers, mandrake root, [or] poppy sap or straw”. The above shows an artist’s rendering of a vase currently housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, where women are clearly depicted adding some kind of herb, plant and/or fungus to the pithoi (storage containers) of sacred wine. source: “Lenäenvasen” by August Frickenhaus, Zum Winckelmannsfeste der Archäeologischen Gesellschaft Zu Berlin (1912), p. 12, available here
But by the time they made their way to our Greek ancestors from lands south and east, the sacred rites consisted of seven months of detailed instruction, followed by nine days of elaborate procession and fasting. A recreational activity this was not. Only then were Plato and the rest of Athens’ greatest minds like Sophocles and Aristotle “initiated into that which is rightly named the holiest of mysteries” and allowed “the blessed sight and vision” as a grand finale to all their effort (as attested in the Phaedrus).31 For nearly two millennia, these so-called Eleusinian Mysterieswere the most popular initiation rites in Ancient Greece. They welcomed not just the elite but any Greek-speaking pilgrim, male or female, to participate in its secret rites. The great initiation hall at Eleusis, 11 miles northwest of Athens, was officially administered by the state for a time, testifying to the centrality of this experience in the society we have come to idolize and imitate in so many other ways. This was not a fringe movement by any means.
An Unknown Upper Paleolithic Ancestor
But how far back does this confrontation with death reach? With the authenticity of my feminism in deservedly serious jeopardy, I am relieved to finally highlight the scholarship of the first woman to appear here, Mary Settegast. It is frankly embarrassing how men, both ancient and modern, have cornered the market on these topics. It seems only appropriate that as we examine our pre-literate roots (before writing came on the scene in Egypt and Mesopotamia around 3200 BC), Settegast should lead the way with her phenomenal Plato Prehistorian: 10,000 to 5,000 BC Myth, Religion, Archaeology. In a remote and nearly forgotten episode of our archaic past, just as the Paleolithic was giving way to the Neolithic, something extraordinary has been tucked away, awaiting inspection. An “Upper Paleolithic culture, probably Anatolian, of which hardly anything is known”32 seems to have been in possession of the “secret doctrine”. Exclusively by word of mouth, they managed against all odds to convey the sacred rites by which it was communicated past the boundary of the last Ice Age – 11,500 years ago – where they suddenly show up at theCatalhoyuk site in modern-day Turkey in 7,500 BC.
For the obvious reason that there are no records of this event, where linguists must concede their specialty to archaeologists, the unbelievable antiquity of the spiritual roots of Western Civilization has never been properly considered part of the Classics curriculum (nor part of our history in general). This is prehistory, after all. As a result, few aside from Settegast have ever explored the possibility that the initiations of Ancient Greece trace back in an unbroken, continuous line to the hunters and gatherers of the Paleolithic eastern Mediterranean. The evidence is certainly there, however, for “a thriving center of cult life, one whose shrines were enriched by decorations and statuary which recall the later mystery religions of Iran and Egypt, as well as the Aegean and Anatolia”. Indeed, the findings at Catalhoyuk are seen by Settegast to “suggest that the freeing of the soul in life, the rebirth of the living individual onto a higher plane of being, was the goal toward which the Catal[hoyuk] rites were aimed”.33 We seem to have a match!
Rather than scrapping together a miserable existence, our uncivilized forebears in Asia Minor may have been busy perfecting a ritual that would somehow survive 7,000 years, to be assimilated by a huge swathe of the Ancient Greek world. Only slightly east of the place where democracy and the sciences first came to light, Catalhoyuk – the land of Homer and the Trojan War – couldn’t be better situated. But if a smoking gun is going to emerge anywhere to prove the merits of this theory, my bet is the on-going dig at another site due east named Gobekli Tepe(90% of which remains unexcavated). First opened in 1995, the presence of a ritual complex in the 10th millennium BC has already been confirmed – making this, per the Smithsonian, “the world’s first temple”. Topographic scans have indicated that additional structures waiting to be unearthed could date even further back to 13,000 BC! Was Gobekli Tepe the brainchild of the same unknown “Upper Paleolithic culture” behind Catalhoyuk? Are these the true spiritual ancestors of Western Civilization?
If a Stone Age people really did manage to transmit those secret rites in the absence of written language for thousands of years, then the visionary experience that was their core can properly be termed the longest-surviving religion the world has ever known. Ironically, no one’s ever heard of it. It does not have a name, and perhaps it never did. But if any religion is going to recapture the hearts and minds of a spiritually thirsty generation, this is the one! When the mysteries finally showed up in Ancient Greece – across the most improbable expanse of time – Plato and his disciples were keen to seek admission and initiation. Amazed and transformed by their glimpse of immortality, the creators of Western thought ensured that the tireless efforts of our Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic ancestors did not go to waste. Under penalty of death for exposing the big secret, they nonetheless committed their visions to a language which almost nobody understands today. It was worth the risk for our species to retain memory of the single most unique event a human being could ever experience. This was a serious and cherished experience that worked for their world, and no doubt works for ours – the spitting image as we are of so many Ancient Greek institutions and disciplines. Our society can no longer afford its unexplained ignorance of the “secret doctrine”, something so integral to our founders’ worldview. To dismiss this religion is to deny our birthright, and to totally misinterpret the whole point of Western Civilization. Unlike any other in the history of our planet, this religion has stood the test of time. It is our collective responsibility to acknowledge its influence in our past, to reincorporate it into the 21st century and – in continuing imitation of our ancestors – to carry it forward to those new worlds being birthed in this solar system and beyond.
About the Author
Brian C. Muraresku graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 2002, with a concentration in Latin, Greek and Sanskrit. He obtained a law degree from Georgetown University and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005. Muraresku has been practicing international law for 10 years, while maintaining an obsession with the mysterious spiritual foundations of Western Civilization. He lives in Washington D.C. with his lovely wife, Pilar, and enjoys dancing to Bob Marley with their energetic 14-month old, Julieta. He can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video - There’s been lots of attention about the exacerbated economic inequality in America, when comparing minimum wage to the wages of policy makers and corporate leaders. This inequality is exasperated by close ties between government institutions, law makers and corporations, creating a society that seems to value corporate interests above man or Earth. Is this situation unique to the US economy? Perhaps not.
The NGO Transparency International discovered in a recent study that over 400 members of European Parliament (MEPs) earn EUR6-18 million per year from corporate “second jobs”, leaving lots of room for conflict of interest. Below is a short video about the findings of this study. Are fair policies possible when you have so many corporate “millionaires” making policy decisions?
Edgar Cayce, known as the ‘Sleeping Prophet’ once stated, ‘The Earth is catching up with time’ but what does this mean? Terence McKenna’s Timewave Zero theory is based on the premise that time is spiraling towards the singularity. Ian Xel Lungold believed that creation is speeding up because there’s less time. Are these three theories related?
Cayce was born on a farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky on March 18, 1877 where as a youth, he was learned the ability to absorb information by sleeping on his school books. At the age of 21, he developed an unknown type of throat paralysis to which doctors could not find a cure. Using the same hypnotic technique from his youth, Cayce diagnosed his own medical issue and restored his voice. He also discovered that he could do the same for others through a self-induced hypnotic state of consciousness.
Cayce performed this service, which would soon be known as the Cayce Readings. While in a hypnotic state, Cayce could answer virtually any question about anything, but his generosity would eventually lead to health issues. When people used his talents for ego or materialistic reasons, then Cayce’s health would deteriorate.
Some of Cayce’s predictions include the beginning and end of both the First and Second World Wars, the lifting of the Depression in 1933, the deaths of two presidents in office and as recent as 2011, the sinking of Japan.
Some of Cayce’s other predictions included earth changes: “Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the Great Lakes will empty into the Gulf of Mexico.”
The concept of time
Go to the 12:21 marker of this video:
Terence McKenna is best known for his Timewave Zero program which is based on the I-Ching and reflects time as spiraling towards the singularity which will create a new age of human entity.
Ian Lungold works on an entirely different premise with a similar result. Lungold’s work is based on the Mayan cycles of creation (referred to as the Underworlds) and culminates with the belief that everything that could possibly happen, will happen at the same time.
What does this mean?
Time is linear and is only relevant to this planet. A day on Earth is calculated by the amount of time it takes for our planet to fully rotate on its axis. A day on Mars is similar, but different because it takes Mars approximately 28 hours to revolve on its axis as it orbits around the sun, proving that time (as we know it) is only relevant to this planet. When we cross over to the other side, time, as we know it, no longer exists.
Is it possible that all three men are correct in their suppositions? As the Earth is catching up with time, are we heading towards the singularity where everything that’s possible will happen at the same time?
Only “time” will tell.
We find ancient doomsday prophecies in several sacred books, scripts and legends worldwide. Some of these prophecies challenge our beliefs and trust in the future. Will the world as we know it end completely? Will humanity cease to exist? Will our race be replaced with a new one?
The Native American Rainbow Prophecy offers an intriguing and different view of the future world.
The rainbow was a very important symbol to many ancient cultures. Native America Indians regarded the rainbow as a sign of the great mystery and the future.
Prophesies and stories of many nations, from the Hopi and Zuni in the Southwest to the Cherokee in the Southeast, from the Cree in the far north, the great Sioux nations of the plains, to the Mayan people of the far south, the Rainbow was a focal point of spiritual belief. According to Native American beliefs, under the symbol of the rainbow, all races and religions will unite to spread the wisdom of living in harmony with each other and with all creatures.
“As Native Americans, we believe the Rainbow is a sign from the Spirit in all things. It is a sign of the union of all people, like one big family. The unity of all humanity, many tribes and peoples, is essential, ” Late Thomas Banyacya, Spokesman, Hopi traditional elders, Hotevilla said
The Cree, Hopi and Sioux Indians speak about mighty Rainbow Warriors that will inhabit our planet in the future and they will come in time of the great awakening.
A Native American prophecy tells us that “when the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again.
They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.”
The Cree tribe tells of an old woman named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health, making the earth green again. They would be mankind’s key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.
According to Manataka American Indian Council, “the “Warriors of the Rainbow” would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or “Elohi”. They would teach them how to live the “Way of the Great Spirit”. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is “Sick”.
These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path light with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four corners of the Earth.
Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature and the Great Spirit.
They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life – the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitude of life.
Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.
The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.
The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way – not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their “quality” and not the amount of money they had obtained.
This certainly sounds like an ideal future, but it is possible to create such a wonderful world? Native American Indians are convinced we have the potential to change and become better people.
“We have the opportunity to build a Rainbow bridge into the Golden Age. But to do this, we must do it together with all the colors of the Rainbow, with all the peoples, all the beings of the world. We who are alive on Earth today are the Rainbow Warriors who face the challenge of building this bridge, “Brooke Medicine Eagle, Daughter of the Rainbow, Crow and Lakota said.
“There is truth in the prophecies of the Rainbow and the Rainbow people. People from all of the Americas will unite with people from all the other nations, and they will realize that we are all Family, brothers and sisters. This is not my personal vision, but the cosmic vision presented by all the elders, a vision that we all share,” Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez, Maya Elders Council, Guatemala said.
Many ancient cultures speak of a Golden Age and the changes that we must face. According to Hindu beliefs, we are currently living in the yuga of “Kali”, the Goddess of Destruction. The god we worship is now black. Native American legends tell that Rainbow Warriors will return in bodies of different colors: red, white, yellow and black. Do the colors merely have a symbolic meaning, or has in fact our planet, during every world epoch, been assigned to an extraterrestrial being, a god, whose primary task was controlling and guarding the Earth? Since these extraterrestrial beings probably have various skin colors, it is only natural that humans would say a white, red, yellow, or black god.
Many people believe that we are the verge of a mass awakening of global consciousness that will usher in a New Global Golden Age for mankind.
Will humanity be able to change and save planet Earth or are we doomed as a race?
Can the Rainbow Warriors save us like the prophecy tells us or will this planet be destroyed and later inhabited by a new race of beings?
In5D Addendum: I find it interesting that the word “Elohi” is used by the Manataka American Indian Council. In the bible, in Genesis (The Genes of Isis) 1:26, it says, “Let US make man in OUR own image”. The “us” and “our” are the Elohim.
by Muneeb Kazi
A new warning has come to NASA from the Inuits. They are warning that the change in climate is not due to global warming but rather, because of the Earth shifting a bit.
The Inuits are local people that live in the Arctic regions of Canada, the United States and Greenland. They are excellent weather forecasters and so were their ancestors. Presently they are warning NASA that the cause of change in weather, earthquakes etc, are not due to global warming as the world thinks
They state that the earth has shifted or “wobbled”. “Their sky has changed!”
The elders declare that the sun rises at a different position now, not where it used to previously. They also have longer daylight to hunt now, the sun is much higher than earlier, and it gets warmer much quickly. Other elders across the north also confirmed the same thing about the sky changing when interviewed.
They also alleged that the position of sun, moon and stars have all changed causing changes in the temperature. This has also affected the wind and it is very difficult to predict the weather now and according to them predicting weather is necessary on Arctic.
All the elders confirmed that the Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted toward the North.
This information provided by the Inuit Elders has caused a great concern in the NASA scientists.
by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
A recent video provides tangible proof of what the Intuit Elders have been saying all along. Our magnetic north and south poles have been moving along very swiftly, especially in recent years. It is hypothesized that one of these poles will end up somewhere near the Bermuda Triangle and the South Atlantic anomaly when the flip occurs.
It is not yet understood what this means for humanity, but I’m quite sure this would, at the very least, affect all migratory animals and insects, along with all compasses and GPS systems and satellites, thus affecting all airlines, cars, and maps that rely on that technology.
Magnetic records have revealed that the last magnetic pole shift occurred approximately 780,000 years ago while a magnetic pole shift, on average, occurs once every 200,000 to 300,000 years.
When any animal or insect is affected by a major change or mass die off, we’re ALL affected.
One of the lessons we came here to experience is how to learn from the cycles of time. Unfortunately, we don’t have any records of what happened 780,000 years ago and how it affected mankind, along with all other living species on this planet.
It’s quite possible that we’re receiving extraterrestrial assistance in preventing a catastrophe from happening because the last pole shift should have occurred over 400,000 years ago. As evidenced by numerous paintings throughout history, our planet has been visited by extraterrestrials for thousands of years, if not longer.
I live near the Gulf of Mexico and have no fear about a magnetic pole shift and what will happen. I also have no plans on moving anytime in the near future. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, so once you realize that you never truly die, there’s nothing left to fear.
About the Author
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D andBodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration withMichelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.
Meme - The following two illustrations show the relationship of the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood – and the emotional connection with the physical human body. The ancient Taoist practice teaches that the physical organs are connected with the emotional and energetic layers of the human body. Thus cultivating certain emotions, either positive or negative, and expressing certain sounds will affect our physical well-being.
There are no doubts by now that most readers have heard that in the USA there is much concern about everyone being vaccinated with booster shots, regardless of age! Seea previous article I wrote about that.
Well, if there ever were a vaccine that should scare the living daylights out of everyone, it is the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, of which there are three:
Gardasil® manufactured by Merck & Company (approved June 8, 2006)
Cervarix® manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (approved October 16, 2009)
Gardasil 9® manufactured by Merck & Company (approved December 10, 2014)
Literally, the HPV vaccines have been life-changing for many young girls and women – and definitely not for the better. One group of vaccine safety advocates, SaneVax, is dedicated to tracking, documenting, and exposing the harms HPV vaccines have done not only in the USA, but in other countries of the world.
Their website has an amazing array of information, but the most remarkable first-glance information is the “HPV Vaccine VAERS Reports Up to Mar 2015,” which blasts very unsettling statistics regarding only HPV vaccines:
However, that striking number does not represent the exact number of HPV harms since the CDC admits that VAERS reports actually represent 10 percent, or less, of all vaccine adverse reactions/harms.
If that be the case, then there is a possibility that as many as 382,170 females could be harmed from the HPV vaccines. OMG!
The above data come from reports made to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System(VAERS), not some fictitious public relations agenda. Those 71,317 HPV-vaccine-induced harms are verifiable as being submitted on behalf of individuals who have been harmed by a corporate manufacturer’s product for which pharmaceutical corporations have no legal liability for damages caused. How outrageous a situation is that in the USA, especially since the Vaccine Court dismisses almost 3 claims for every vaccine damage claim awarded?
Back in October of 2013 I wrote this article about vaccine damage claims paid: Compensated: 3,387; Dismissed: 9,651.
As of fiscal year 2015, Claims Compensated: 4,026; Claims Dismissed: 9,882. 
Even former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, MD, wrote an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) June 2, 1993,vol.269, No.21, p.2785, wherein he stated the incredibly sad facts about how few adverse event reports actually are made: “only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA.” It seems that MDs and healthcare professionals, who should know better, are the worst offenders at not reporting vaccine adverse events. Based upon Kessler’s admission, could the real—or closer to factual—HPV vaccine adverse reactions be 382,170?
Physicians apparent lack of professionalism regarding reporting adverse vaccine events may stem from their dogmatic beliefs that any reaction patients experience from vaccines only are “coincidences.” The graph below shows just how negligent the medical profession is in reporting pharmaceutical, including vaccine, adverse reactions. Can that be considered “medical malpractice”? Why is adverse event reporting not mandated under law for the medical profession just like vaccines are mandated for people to receive them?
“The blue bars are direct reports, submitted by health professionals or the public — about 4% of the total submitted in 2010. The remainder are submitted by manufacturers.”Source: Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) andhttps://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/gold-mine-or-dumpster-dive-a-closer-look-at-adverse-event-reports/Can you imagine any other manufacturer getting away with such product liability malfeasance like vaccine makers do? The word malfeasance is a legal term applying to public officials’ culpability. The U.S. Congress is to blame for giving vaccine manufacturers a “Get out of Jail FREE” card on vaccine product liability.
And yet, no one wants to correct that gravely flawed “no-fault-vaccine-liability” gift-program the U.S. Congress gave to Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers!
Is there any wonder why the public is overly concerned about and refusing to get vaccines? Rightfully so! Take a perfectly healthy child to get shot up with up to nine (9) vaccines at one doctor’s visit and the kid never is the same afterward. Who, in their right mind, except Big Pharma executives and their medical acolytes, wouldn’t question, be scared, or refuse to have their child damaged for life? There ought to be a law against damaging a child with vaccines! VAERS proves it happens more than we know! Kids aren’t the only ones; adults experience vaccine damage, e.g., Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) .
Since the U.S. Congress, federal and state health agencies are doing nothing to investigate the problems with vaccines and their toxic ingredients; are kowtowing to pseudo-science or what more realistically is “consensus science”; and introducing/passing oppressive resolutions  advocating increased vaccine schedules, concerned citizens have taken it upon themselves to expose the criminal activities going on in the name of medical science. The HPV vaccines are the perfect ‘poster child’ for that, since those vaccines account for a good number of the VAERS reports being made.
However, in countries other than the USA, there are totally different tactics being taken by national governments, even to suing vaccine makers and stopping vaccination programs. Here are some examples:
The Colombian Controversy Continues
HPV Vaccines and the Supreme Court of India
Japan: Committed to HPV vaccine Safety, Efficacy and Need
French Petition against HPV Vaccines
AAVP asks Spanish Health Ministry to Ban HPV Vaccines
UK: Parliamentary meeting of families with girls injured by HPV vaccines
I think readers can get an idea that there is world-wide concern, plus legal actions instituted against the HPV vaccine manufacturers, but nothing is done in the USA where there is the most damage confirmed as per the CDC VAERS reports! Furthermore, the U.S. media actively refuses to report vaccine ‘politics’ in other countries. Why? For more information about HPV vaccine issues in other countries, readers may want to look through SaneVax’s Press Releases here.
The most amazing and admirable mission of SaneVax is its presence in countries around the globe, as stated in SaneVax: Who we are, What we do, Why we do:
SANEVAX has an international presence in the countries of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Zambia, United Kingdom, and United States of America. We are known in 157 countries around the world.
SaneVax has been instrumental in helping injured HPV vaccinees attain justice in their respective country’s legal system.
In November 2014, a 15 year-old survivor of HPV vaccination, living in El Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia, became the recipient of the first judgment issued by any High Court in the country in a case regarding complications occurring after HPV vaccination. In this landmark decision the court ruled that the fundamental rights of this girl and her newborn daughter must be protected by Colombian health authorities.
One has to question why is there such a total disconnect between legal systems in the USA and other countries? The problem in the USA is Congress and the lobbying system that makes “money talk” and deprives every individual of his/her right to self-determination regarding toxic vaccines, or when one is harmed by any of Big Pharma’s vaccines—as is the case with HPV vaccine damage in the USA.
The Vaccine Court in the USA often is referred to as a ‘kangaroo court’. There’s a total legal disconnect in the USA that would never be permitted either in industry, i.e., automotive, manufacturing, etc., or in foreign countries’ health and legal systems.
Probably nothing says how or why that disconnect operates so effectively than the money official lobbying records report. According to OpenSecrets.org, from 1998 to 2014, Pharmaceuticals/health products gave “cool aid” totaling $3,036,664,697 – that’s $3Billion plus! Now, there ought to be a law against that, not laws taking away people’s rights to prevent toxic poisons being injected into them and/or their children. That’s what Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich did and a justified war was fought about. How come every U.S. citizen now is faced with forced chemical inoculation? Shouldn’t we remember the Nuremberg Code?
Gold mine or dumpster dive? A closer look at adverse events reports
Six Times More Measles Vaccine Adverse Reaction Reports Than Measles Cases in 2011
Lobbyists Now Spend More on Congress than Government Does
About the Author
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)
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Meme – The pineal gland pyramid below shows how lucid dreams can enable us to contact another form of intelligence, which the ancient Egyptians considered to be associated with the star Sirius. In essence, one’s lucid dreams are one’s personal stargate.
“‘I learned that just beneath the surface there’s another world, and still different worlds as you dig deeper.’ – David Lynch
If you’ve ever sensed the flimsy, thin veneer of what parades itself as the good ole US of A, and felt a bit like you’ve been sold a fake, then David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is a series you must see. More like an initiatory experience than a mere television series, Twin Peaks functions as a hilariously terrifying vision of the real America lurking in the seedy underworld beneath the façade of white picket fences, much like the picturesque severed ear on the beautiful lawn in his celebrated 1986 comedic horror, Blue Velvet. Twin Peaks might even properly be titled an esoteric dark satirical soap opera. There are countless reviews, essays and analyses of Lynch and Twin Peaks, but almost all miss the complex system of symbols and hidden meanings that relate directly to high level occultism.
Before we go there, we must discuss set and setting: Twin Peaks is aptly described as quintessential Lynch. Fans often speak of scenes being “Lynchian,” but nothing stands out with that epithet better than this surrealist, neo-noir melodrama that magically captures the spirit of America itself. Differing from later Lynch focused on Hollywood (which is itself the Inland Empire),Twin Peaks is more akin to his 1990 film, Wild at Heart,in its presentation of America in miniature. Like later Lynch films, however, Twin Peaks does share its deeper occult symbology with films likeLost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. In this analysis, we will delve even deeper into that unique place, the subconscious dreamscape of Lynch, and decode the scenes and images many still find mystifying 25 years later.
Worth mentioning before delving into the narrative itself is Lynch’s preferred style. Part horror, part neo-noir, part comedy, part melodrama and part soap opera, the Lynch/Frost collaboration collates a vast array of Hollywood classics, from Hitchcock “doubling” to Otto Preminger’s 1944 noir classic, Laura. Parallels between the myna bird from Hitchcock’s The Birds, and the hard-hearted detective who finds himself taken with an apparently murdered Laura, abound, and Lynch intentionally includes countless parallels to sprinkle his work deriving from the Golden Age of cinema.
As we enter the world of Twin Peaks, protagonist Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) arrives to investigate the enigmatic murder of popular high school blonde babe, Laura Palmer (played by Sheryl Lee). Based on an unsolved murder from Twin Peaks co-director and creator Mark Frost’s hometown, Laura will function as the focal point for the show’s arc. However, as Agent Cooper unravels the actual story of Laura’s demise, the truth involves a much wider conspiracy than originally conceived. With his unorthodox divinatory methods of solving crime, Cooper astounds local law enforcement with the concept of utilizing synchronicity to associate similar names with inanimate objects in a game of rock toss. This odd practice will configure Cooper as both a classic pulp detective figure along the lines of Sam Spade, but also grant a mystical side from which he will draw to peer into the psychosphere. Couliano writes, citing Eliade of the shaman in descriptive terms that capture the spirit of a Lynch work:
“Mircea Eliade defined shamanism not as religion properly speaking, but as a “technique of ecstasy,” a system of ecstatic and therapeutic methods whose purpose is to obtain contact with the parallel universe of spirits and to win their support in dealing with the affairs of a group or of an individual.” (Out of This World, pg. 38)
As I commented in previous analyses, Lynch, through Cooper, is drawing on a highly complex and deeply rooted eastern notion of formal and essentialist association that extends beyond immediate space and time. The stage is thus set for Cooper to be much more than a clever detective, but rather we see the emergence of his role as an other-world traveling shaman. Later in the series, his spiritual “gifts” are noted by Native American deputy Hawk and General Briggs, where Cooper is eventually revealed to be the one who can travel to, and call, between the worlds, fulfilling the role of the magician from the series’ famed tagline below, “fire walk with me.” This is the role of the shaman I described in reference to Lost Highway, citing Levenda’s analysis:
“In Twin Peaks, it is the light in the morgue over the place where the body of Laura Palmer had been kept, and which is then visited by Mike, the one-armed man, who recites the famous poem:
“Through the darkness of futures past
The magician longs to see;
One chants out between two worlds
‘Fire walk with me.’”
There, in a strange little verse, we have the key to unlocking the mystery not only of Twin Peaksbut virtually all of Lynch’s films: the suspension of normal laws of time (“futures past”) and the idea that the magician lives “between two worlds.” The suspension of normal, linear narrative event in favor of a dreamlike, hallucinatory set of images that are taking place all over the fourth dimension is part of Lynch’s appeal as a director, and part of what makes his films so frustrating to the filmgoer. His realization that there are two worlds, and a place to stand between them, is what contributes to his aura as a modern, twenty-first century initiate of the Mysteries, for that is what “mystery” films are: elucidations of the core Mystery behind reality.” (Sinister Forces, Vol. 3, pg. 151).
And this forms the solution to Lost Highway, as well. The shamanic and magical elements are here in full force, as Fred is a character trapped in different psychical worlds that seem to unfold and envelop other psyches, as we will see.”
Interpreting Twin Peaks accurately involves understanding the notion of “twilight language,” or Sandhyabhasa. It is my contention that Twin Peaks should be read in this way, as if the series itself were a yogic text, and this is natural given Lynch’s (and Agent Cooper’s) preference for eastern meditation. Indian scholar Vijay Mishra comments on the ambiguous semiotic discourse involved in twilight language as follows:
“Tantric texts are often composed in an intentional language (Sandhyabhasa), a secret, dark, ambiguous language in which a state of consciousness is expressed by an erotic term and the vocabulary of mythology or cosmology is charged with Hathayogic or sexual meanings. According to Eliade…it is translated “enigmatic language” and Max Muller called it “hidden language….All the works of Sahajayana are written in the Sandhya bhasa…of light and darkness…partly light, partly
darkness; some parts can be understood, while other parts cannot.” (Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime, pg. 221)
Cooper’s methods of reading dreams and visions and omens becomes an insight into the metaphysics of Twin Peaks, which are very much in line with the presentation here at JaysAnalysis. From the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, we are given the impression that Laura’s spirit has summoned Cooper from the FBI to come and investigate. Consistently through the series Cooper receives messages and clues from this spirit realm, or what might accurately be called the aether or astral realm.
As he sleeps, his higher self enters this realm and communicates with an assorted cast of shades, ranging from Laura Palmer, a young version of David Lynch, a midget known as “The Man from Another Place” (played by Michael J. Anderson), and a giant. Channeling these entities, Cooper gradually unravels the twilight language script behind the wooded Washington city, and we, the viewers, embark on the same initiatic journey of decoding the script as Cooper.
From reading the simulacra within simulacra, Cooper begins to discover the secret of Twin Peaks involves the black market, where town tycoon Ben Horne organizes and controls local prostitution, gambling and drug running through his private club, One Eyed Jacks. The nomenclature here is significant, as town oddball Nadine only has one functioning eye, and later dissociates to a younger version of herself, as well as possessing excessive strength. Nadine functions as a comic foil to Laura, but her initial psychosis and dissociation to a different persona is a key to Laura Palmer, as we will see.
One Eyed Jack’s the locale of Ben Horne’s (played by Richard Beymer) control of vice, with connections to larger criminal mafia organizations personified in the characters of the Renault brothers. Horne’s network includes the legitimate face of several businesses in town, from the Great Northern Hotel, to Horne’s Department Store, while secretly there is a nearby casino and cathouse. While not directly involved in the occult, Horne is the archetypal 80s businessman, who had no direct involvement in the murder of Laura Palmer. While briefly accused of the murder, the reality surrounding Laura is much darker and complex.
Cooper discovers through the eventual disclosure of Laura’s secret diary that she had been raped since age 12 by her father, Leland (played by Ray Wise) and a spirit named “Bob.” Bob is a former killer who has become a demon in the afterlife and possesses individuals such as Leland, and later Windom Earle, to commit crimes such as pedophilia and sacrificial murder. I have detailed the reality of this frightening process of dividing the psyche through trauma here, and for a comprehensive understanding of what has happened to both Laura and Leland, I recommend reading that essay. Concerning alters and the split psyche, I noted:
“Considering specifically the fragmentation of the psyche, the extreme versions appear inthe diagnoses of MPD/DID and schizophrenia, with the unifying factor being sever trauma, often in childhood. Trauma later in life appears in “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,” with the same patterns of dissociation and fragmentation and psychosis often appearing. What is almost never discussed, though the evidence surfaces daily, particularly with former military and pop star circles are the realities of ritual abuse. Having read several works on the subject, ritual abuse appears frequently in these cases, yet goes unmentioned in the mainstream. This tide appears to be changing with the case of Jimmy Savile and his network, as even the mainstream media has been forced to report on the avalanche of officials involved in occultic and ritual abuse.”
Not only is there a black market of prostitution and the luring of young girls into porn, there is a cult that exists amongst Twin Peaks’ elite that formerly met in secret for ritual magick ceremonies. As the thread unravels, the spirit of Bob serves as the foot soldier for the Man from Another Place, organizing an occult marriage ceremony for the girls offered by Leland and other cult participants. Starting with drugs and porn, the girls are lured into prostitution and even hints of snuff films emerge.
Behind the cult is the real dark power behind Twin Peaks, the Black Lodge. In-between worlds, the Black Lodge bears a striking resemblance to irregular forms of masonry, known as Black Lodges, where dark arts are performed. The Black Lodge is also mentioned in Crowley’s novel,Moonchild, and the reports of Lynch asking his actors to speak and walk in reverse for filming the astral scenes in the lodge may have Crowleyan undertones, as well. All of this is told in striking detail in Twin Peaks, as Cooper’s visions demonstrate a human sacrificial component. In other words, Bob is a demonic force subservient to the Man from Another Place, whose lust for “fun” involves rape, pedophilia and murder. Also consistent in the narrative is old men who have their way with young girls, hearkening to the pedophilic.
In possessing individuals for the purpose of carrying out these acts, Bob captures the pain and misery stored in the “blood” of his victims and pours them out as a sacrificial offering to the Man from Another Place. In perennial demonology, this concept has many precedents, as the maleficent spirits feed on the pain and misery of the victims, parasitically. Writer Justine Smith at SoundandSight.com comments from an aesthetic perspective:
“Then, of course we have Bob. For those unaware, the town of Twin Peaks is similarly populated by a spirit lodge that travels or is somehow engaged by electricity. One of its members, perhaps its leader is Bob, who menaces Laura throughout her life. She claims that he has raped her since she was twelve and is similarly violent. In this scene he is not only a stark contrast to the pink-childlike bedroom, but he is searching for her hidden diary. The fact that he mirrors her reaction is another mode of doubling commonly found in surrealist work, it suggests a deep connection between them, however unwilling. Finally, we have the end of the scene where Laura’s father exits the house. Having already entered that space we are fairly certain that he wasn’t there before. Is Laura’s father and Bob one and the same?”
The answer is yes to Smith’s question. Specifically in the case of Laura, we find her youthful trauma from Bob/Leland has caused her to psyche to split into alters. This is revealed in the show explicitly, and more clearly in the film, where Laura demonstrates a duplicity of good girl/bad girl, detailing in her diary the trauma she was unable to cope with from her father’s own personality splits. Leland, just like Laura, was subject to a dual personality, with Bob eventually taking possession.
This is strikingly revealed in the driving scene in the feature film, where Leland encounters Gerard/Mike wearing the cult ring, functioning as a “trigger” for Laura and Leland to dissociate. Not only was Laura lured into the exploitative field of prostitution, she had been subject to ritual abuse. In this regard, the symbology of the ring suggests both the goat and the demonic, with inverted horns, as well as a ring, which in another sense is a group or cabal. It also displays the different planes of existence and the portal between the two peaks, in a three-tiered sense of White Lodge, earth, and Black Lodge.
What almost all researchers have missed is the crucial imagery at the police station, where in the background Cooper and Sheriff Harry Truman have pieced together ritual magick sigils. Presumably connected to the crime scenes and former FBI Agent turned psychopath, Windom Earle, the ritual magick sigils are explained in a video of Earle describing tapping into the left-handed path power of the dark side, through the Black Lodge. The sigils in Twin Peaks are in fact sigils from Goetia, or the Lesser Key of Solomon, which specifically relate to the invocation of demons. Scorched engine oil throughout the series is a reference to the oil sludge found at Galstonbury Grove, the site of the forest portal which includes a reference to Arthurian mythology.
Earle arrives to capitalize on the dark forces in Twin Peaks, seeking the portal to the Lodge in the woods. Hovering over a pool of black, viscous oil, the portal is the site of ancient ritual practice, where gods and demigods are invoked. Lynch seems to be saying here that America is a land of primeval fallen forces that rule our present reality from just behind the veil. This is also the significance of the consistent red veil imagery, accompanying any entrance to the Black Lodge, and the planetary and astrological conjunctions that determine the opening of the portals to the next world. “Fear,” Cooper says, “opens the door to the Black Lodge, and love the doorway to the White.”
Also revealed in this association of dubious characters is Major Briggs, a military mystic whose belief in the supernatural leads to classified connections with Project Blue Book, and the military’s UFO research. In reality, Project Blue Book was a cover story for advanced technological testing of aircraft, yet even here we have a curious association, as Major Briggs’ classified work involves occult research. Briggs seems to be an approximation of the kind of real programs Jon Ronson describes in his Men Who Stare at Goats, where high level military and special forces soldiers participated in occult activities through the First Earth Battalion.
Also relevant are the recent stories of high level ritual occultism and Satanism involving the Presidio and U.S. military elite. With the associations of high level military, ceremonial magick and ceremonies conducted on the west coast in the wooded groves, Bohemian Grove comes to mind, since one of the more famous taglines for the show is “The owls are not what they appear.” Lynch seems to be hinting that the real power structure in the soap opera charade that is America is actually subservient to dark forces beyond our plane of existence. Subservient to the demonic, the hypocritical face the establishment puts forward to cover the nefarious mirrors the dual level of reality in the world of Twin Peaks, and the spirit world of the Black Lodge that undergirds it.
As Earle attempts to concoct his own ritual by sacrificing Cooper’s love, Annie (played by Heather Graham), Earle specifies that it must be done in the Grove in the magick circle. Entering the circle leads to the aether, where symbolically the death of the Queen fulfills Earle’s simulacrum of utilizing playing cards. The playing cards also hearken back to One Eyed Jack’s, where fortune and fate are personified in the series as elemental spiritual forces of nature. This focus on the elemental spirits is the reason for the Log Lady, whose sphinx-like intros to the show provide consistent clues to the overall narrative.
The Log Lady plays a minor role, but her comments on synchronicity, symbolism, and clues that point to forces of nature (Logs are wood, and thus the association with the hotel and the forest). In the background of Twin Peaks we thus have a mix of the elements of the classic world: air, earth, fire, water and aether. This elemental focus explains why Josie is trapped in the wood of the Great Northern Hotel, while others meet their demise in direct association with fire or burning exhaust and oil (Laura’s death). In the ancient world, and equally true of the ancient far east, nature was not a collection of chaotic atoms bouncing around, but a vivid landscape populated by countless spirits, angels and demons. It is this kind of world Lynch wants to be the backdrop forTwin Peaks.
The infamous climax of the series features a Cooper who has lost his way through fear, with the real Cooper trapped in the Black Lodge, and Bob possessing Cooper’s body. Cooper’s curiosity and desire for knowledge of the beyond, and in particular the dark side, would lead to his demise in much the same way as Fred Madison in Lynch’s Lost Highway. Where the series began, with the possession of an initially good man, the series ends, with Cooper as a vessel of evil. What I described of Madison in Lost Highway is relevant in regard to Agent Dale Cooper:
“Lost Highway is therefore a non-linear, Neo-noir occult psycho-drama that looks at the dark side of the Hollywood underworld, where mafia, porn, crime and the occult are interwoven into a story about one man’s psychic journey down a lost highway of his own stream of consciousness and thought. As the viewer travels with Fred Madison down this road, we are brought back to the very point he began, and the cycle starts again. Packed with dualism, illusion and mystery, Lost Highway is about life and the dark side of our own inner underworld, the subconscious, which Lynch mystically links to others’.
If we fail to realize the reality of these evils, such as possession and the mysteries of the subconscious, are we liable to be trapped like Fred in our own madness? His name itself is a clue –“Madison,” symbolizing his descent into madness, as “Alice,” Renee’s alter, brings to mind Alice in Wonderland and alternate worlds and personalities. Was Alice a victim of mind control like Fred, or were they both willing accomplices of evil? Will the obsession with the Hollywood celluloid videodrome and its cousin, the now omnipresent surveillance society, bring us truth, or more likely a descent into madness, depersonalization and dissociation like Fred? Either way, Lynch is forcing us to examine that at base, reality and the psyche are still mysteries to be decoded.”
In the series finale’s strange ending sequence, Cooper discovers Bob has possessed Earle and has organized the last round of murders. Earle tries to steal Cooper’s soul, but Bob steps in to claim his rights on Earle’s soul. Cooper confronts the his unconscious shade self as well as facing up to his responsibility for past deaths. Cooper ends up trapped with Annie and Laura in the Black Lodge as a demonic Bob/Cooper takes possession of Cooper’s “vessel.” Worth noting here is that in the feature film, Laura’s initial journeys into the dreamscape/astral realm result in an encounter with Annie, who says she is “with Laura and Agent Cooper.” And as was the case withMulholland Drive, electrical phenomena and static charges tend to accompany the manifestation of other-worldly spirits. The Black Lodge members appear to travel through electricity, and manifest in physical form like the Cowboy in Mulholland.
In conclusion, the return of Twin Peaks seems to have even been predicted through Laura in the Black Lodge 25 years ago. Amazingly, Laura tells an aged Cooper “I’ll see you again in 25 years,” hinting that it would return. With the recent announcements of Showtime picking up the reboot, we can expect an even deeper foray into the unconscious – both of Laura and Cooper. Whether the show returns or not, with the original series and film, we have an amazingly precise window into the real America, a land haunted by the primal, elemental spirits of the past, and controlled by a cult that adheres to these ancient beliefs. The American power elite really are like Ben Horne, subservient to preternatural forces they cannot control, and behind this veil of obscurity lies an occult elite, whose power seems to derive from a Black Lodge.
“I’ll see you again in 25 years.”
George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence Guest
How Do You Beat the 1 Percent? Start by Learning Their Favorite Moves…
Gandhi confronted a number of adversaries in his day, including a world empire. He sometimes called them “a worthy opponent” — one that used shrewd strategy to try to defeat his movement. Even though Gandhi was deeply concerned with ethical issues, he didn’t think that taking a moral stand excused him from the need to strategize. That meant paying attention to the moves coming at him.
In keeping with my last two columns on this subject (see part one and part two), here are five more of the economic elite’s favorite moves, as it seeks to maintain dominance in the United States and elsewhere.
Create a lesser-of-two-evils choice
When the nonviolent campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline upset the “done deal” between Canada and the United States, a flurry of discussion took place among environmentalists. A prominent expert took to the airwaves to argue that, since the Alberta tar sands oil was going to be extracted anyway, wouldn’t it be better to have it transported by pipeline rather than dangerous railcars?
Many liberals bought her argument, overlooking the assumption beneath it: “the Alberta tar sands oil is going to be extracted anyway.” They (and the environmental expert) fell into the trap; they failed to notice that the very framing of choices supported the elite’s goal and created an environmental disaster.
The current energy debate in Philadelphia is over whether to accept a new vision of the region as a fossil fuel “energy hub,” enlarging pipelines for Marcellus Shale natural gas and North Dakota fracked oil, gearing up Philadelphia’s refineries and tanker shipping, and stimulating petrochemical manufacturing. Here the framing is: Would you rather create new jobs and expand our tax base to support our schools through this exciting vision, or stick with the status quo left by past deindustrialization?
At the moment, the Philadelphia climate justice campaign fights for traction because the choice appears to be between the lesser of two evils. There’s not a vivid climate-friendly vision for economic development with an abundance of green jobs. U.S. political culture habituates the public to “lesser-of-two-evils” choices, and overlooks the question: who sets up this framing? If we follow the money the answer is obvious, and raises the next question: Why leave vision work to the 1 percent?
Put on the good-cop/bad-cop routine
For a long time the 1 percent has supported a division of labor for the two major political parties. The Republicans focus on meanness and repression, while the Democrats focus on compromise with progressive movements and co-optation. This division of labor works well for the economic elite, because they win no matter what party is in power. The track record of the Democrats, even when they control both houses of Congress and the White House, supports the ever-increasing wealth and control of the elite, while distracting movements from more effective options for exerting grassroots power.
Interestingly, the division of labor between the parties grows sharper as the 1 percent faces the potential political dynamite of a growing wealth gap. At times when income distribution in the United States is a bit closer to equality, bipartisanship in Congress is frequent. When income inequality becomes more extreme, the parties distance themselves from each other. Partisan polarization generates drama, as we saw during the health reform days early in the Obama administration. The healthcare reform coalition carefully avoided drama, disregarding the lessons of the civil rights movement on what actually works to bring about major change. The vacuum was filled by Tea Party Republicans, whose drama of course upstaged the reformers and resulted in the loss of a public option in the Affordable Care Act. Tens of millions of Americans still have no health insurance, while the private health care industry reaps additional profits paid by taxpayers.
The emotion of drama comes from somewhere. The Republicans give voice to the growing fear and anger of millions who feel, and are, oppressed. While it’s odd to hear millionaire white male Republicans speechify about how pushed around and marginalized they are, the narrative plays well among white, middle class older men who now recognize their relative powerlessness.
Extreme and outrageous behavior among Republican office-holders is helpful to the Democrats, who look ever more rational and “grown-up” even while failing to deliver major gains for labor, women and environmentalists.
On the ground, this means that any progressive grassroots campaign that looks as though it has legs can expect overtures from Democratic Party operatives to “help.” It feels great, especially for people who have been marginalized, to “have a seat at the table.”
Results are something else. In Wisconsin, a powerful grassroots direct action campaign resisting the 1 percent’s attack on labor was co-opted a few years ago by the Democratic Party, and went down to defeat. On the macro level, anyone can spend 20 minutes on the Internet comparing the United States with the Nordic countries to see how allowing ourselves to be co-opted has worked out for us.
Make it vertical, then lop off the bottom rungs
This move beguiles middle class groups committed to measurement and the rational use of scarce resources. In Pennsylvania, a historic system of 14 state universities exists separate from the better-known Pennsylvania State University. One of the 14, for a variety of reasons, is booming, giving the opportunity for the elite to apply its verticalizing strategy: first “reward” the prospering one by loosening its link to the other 14. This step encourages a couple of others to seek the same status, over time supporting the urge to rank the 14 from “best to worst.” It then becomes easier to abandon the “worst-performing” schools. Fitting into the racist narrative is that the oldest historically black college in the country, Cheyney State University, will be on the chopping block. (Full disclosure: I’m a graduate of Cheyney.)
Verticalizing not only enhances competition and back-stabbing, usually a good thing in the eyes of the 1 percent, but produces an attractive (to them) bottom line: less overall public funding going to the schools that are left standing.
Set up a study commission
This move has enormous appeal as long as we forget about the reality of power. The governmentally-sponsored study commission is a graveyard for good ideas that threaten the economic elite. It also drains off the talent and brains of progressive intellectuals who could instead be working for a people’s movement, generating the vision that such movements too often lack.
Discredit the truth-tellers
Like the other strategy tools employed by the 1 percent, this move does not always work. The failure of this move in the case of Edward Snowden is instructive. Enough people stood up to defend Snowden as a whistle-blower such that the combined machinery of media and the White House didn’t fully work. This shows why activists should be careful not to exaggerate the power of the economic elite. When a radical voice is attacked, activists need to be ready to go on the offensive. At the height of the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s, for instance, U.S. civil libertarians in Philadelphia rented the Academy of Music and filled its 3,000 seats for a speech by a U.S. Communist Party leader who had been indicted as a criminal for violating the Smith Act.
There are many ways to counter the economic elite, depending on the specifics of the situation, but all are enhanced by preparation and going on the offensive. Not everyone who cares about justice loves strategy, but those who have a knack for it can join progressive movements and lend a hand.
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George Lakey co-founded Earth Quaker Action Group which just won its five-year campaign to force a major U.S. bank to give up financing mountaintop removal coal mining. Along with college teaching he has led 1,500 workshops on five continents and led activist projects on local, national, and international levels. Among many other books and articles, he is author of “Strategizing for a Living Revolution” in David Solnit’s book Globalize Liberation (City Lights, 2004). His first arrest was for a civil rights sit-in and most recent was with Earth Quaker Action Team while protesting mountain top removal coal mining.
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by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
Despite marijuana being classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, GMO conglomerate Monsanto was recently approved for a patent on marijuana (U.S. Patent No. 6630507).
At one point in time, you could actually be arrested for NOT growing hemp, as mentioned in the article, “ The Marijuana Conspiracy“:
REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.
The United States Government, through the Department of Health and Human Services, filed a patent for cannabis to be used as a neuroprotectant and antioxidant in 2003.
Because medical marijuana is now considered medical treatment in the United States, the terms for it being a Schedule 1 drug have been violated.
A Schedule 1 drug means that:
Government admits marijuana cures cancer
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently reported that “recent animal studies have shown thatmarijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”
Cancer is a $162 billion per year industry. According to Dr. Leonard Coldwell, there are over 300 cures for cancerbut because this industry generates so much money, none of these will see the light of day.
In the end, it shows how the government is pushing the eugenics/depopulation agenda as our air, water, and food supplies are all being poisoned and the government is doing nothing about it.
The future of marijuana
With Monsanto getting their greedy little fingers into the marijuana industry, one can foresee how nasty and dangerous additives will be included in this new form of frankenweed. Damaging health effects will most likely become the reason to abolish all other forms of marijuana, with Monsanto blaming natural growers of marijuana for health problems that their Frankenweed will inevitably cause. This excuse will also be used in further government regulations and taxation of marijuana.
Marijuana and hemp have been proven to be one of the most versatile cash crops ever known to man as they could:
As we’ve seen with the comparison between organic food and Monsanto’s GMO’s, organic food has substantially more nutrients and substantially less health detriments, so why would anyone want genetically modified marijuana?
by Mateo Sol
There is an underlying power, energy, essence or consciousness that births, energizes and sustains all of creation and the universe in its many manifested forms and appearances, and it is to this underlying power everything returns.
This basic energetic undercurrent of existence is shared by all of life, with various manifested life forms emerging from it, and vibrating on different levels. It is this basic energetic undercurrent that is called ‘Spirit’.
Spirit can appear in many different shapes and forms within a universe that is harmonious, as it works in an inter-relational flow. This means it can create and recreate itself without the limits that exist within time and space – in other words, it is ever growing. This means that in our very nature, we are all ‘Spirit’ because we all are composed of this innate living energy, or ‘Kawsay Pacha‘, that is manifesting itself.
Spirit consists of frequency manifested in that which moves and vibrates, for example: plants, animals, stars, water, stones, earth … and everything else that we can perceive, as everything is composed of a frequency ofenergy vibration. As we have seen above, even consciousness is within this realm of Spirit. This consciousness is perceived in all spiritual traditions as completely whole, undivided, and the source of all creation. This wholeness, this state without division, this Oneness is part of all aspects of creation.
At some point during our physical manifestations as Spirits we slowly started to become aware of ourselves, and a spark of ‘Soul‘ was ignited within our physical bodies, giving birth to our spiritual journey towards ‘Becoming’, or, the Soul’s thirst to reunite with Spirit. It it during this period when we start developing a Soul, that we are capable of consciously experiencing the universal Spirit that so many enlightened masters have talked about.
Our Souls, in turn, are purified and refined each time they return to existence, and through lifetimes of conscious development grow older and wiser. This, to me, is the essence of Soul Ages.
In the end, our Souls play a big role in our lives. It is our Soul that provides us with a kind of inner voice, a moral compass of compassion and direction that guides our lives. It is our level of Soul sensitivity, or intuitive feeling,which remind us that there are deeper things in life and more that we can see, experience and become. And it is our Soul that suffers when we don’t nourish it with meaning, purpose or spiritual significance.
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