I’ve known about Regardie for some time, and although I don’t consider myself a very avid reader of his books, I am aware of his close connection to institutions like the Golden Dawn, and Crowley himself. So, I decided to check his “final thoughts” to see what he had come to conclude at the end of his life about magic, humans and the esoteric.
What did I learn from this book?
Mostly I got references to other works. The book doesn’t go very deep into any specific axioms or techniques, but it mentions parts of the story of Regardie and the Golden Dawn that can serve as a starting point for further research. In my case, I found it interesting to read about Wilhelm Reich, and one of the next books I’ll read will probably be Wilhelm Reich in Hell, or The Murder of Christ. Also mentioned was the book Undoing Yourself by C. Hyatt, another one I added to my list.
One of the things I found useful is Regardie’s insistence on doing psychotherapy before doing actual magical work. The same thing I remember asking the Ayahuasca people in Barcelona, “how can I be sure that this won’t release any potentially negative aspects of my personality?” Don’t worry, they said. You don’t have any demons inside. I still to this day think that those people were absolutely stupid and unaware of the knowledge they were working with.
The main part of the book consists of an interview with Regardie by C. Hyatt, and the second half or so consists of introductions that Regardie wrote to other books. Those introductions, while interesting, didn’t provide much in terms of references or understanding. I would say 90% of the value of the book comes from Hyatt’s interview.
Would I recommend this book to other people?
Yes, at least the first part of it. Like I said, if nothing else, just for the amount of references and mentions to other authors and their works.
Speaking about the flesh: “Lastly, in order for it to be mastered, it must first be fulfilled and respected; no repression, no denial, no punishment, no nonsense. “
“The great mass of people are quite willing to drift along. They want no part or have no idea of voluntary forms of evolution, self-induced and self-devised.”
“So the point is, don’t bother looking for the Secret Chiefs. If you are going to be of any importance (…) they will somehow look you up.”
I don’t even remember how this book ended up in my Kindle library, but the book cover was captivating so I decided to read it. I am pretty sure the picture is fake, the proportions are a bit off. But here are my notes:
Talk about physics. Quantum mechanics. There isn’t really “matter”, only different energetic levels. Quotes about the nature of reality from Planck, Schopenhauer, Clarke. Siddhalaya. Notes on the book, translation and the so-called Masters. “If you desire the unseen essence passionately, and strive with dedication, then surely, perhaps in some moment when all the noise of the senses is stilled, you will find yourself one with true reality“. Introducing Lama Karpa, High lama of Siddhalaya. “Let each and every thought, image,word and action reflect what you most desire and nothing else.” Reminds me of something I read once about Milarepa, when he was given some food and then criticized for eating it straight away without praying or offering a song to his patron. He said something along the lines of “I do my praying and offerings in my inner spirit”. No need to share with the outside world, sometimes. “Let not your right know what your left one is doing” are the words attributed to Jesus Christ. God is found inside – not outside.
“There is no need to transform anything, only to recognize all that exists for what it really is“. We are already gods. We are already enlightened. How to reach this recognition? Stillness would seem to be a way. Stillness of the mind. “Only when the lake is still can its true depth be known. And only in that depth can the real be found“. Background of the practitioners. Story about retrieving some manuscripts. Kanji, “beyond [the author’s] ability to grasp.” The ultimate nature of reality. Call the siddha. Stopping a storm. “Energy is simply consciousness objectified. This is a key understanding“. You can stop the storm, but you believe you can’t. You know you can’t. A note on masters. “…a master is not…a teacher of information, but rather someone who facilitates another’s ability to access all the answers they require, on their own.” Reality is perception. All masters were once on the same level you’re standing on right now. A master shouldn’t tell you a lot, rather he should teach you how to find your own answers. I think about this now: my friends the Jehova’s Witnesses have never explained to me how am I supposed to live my life. I’ve been meeting with them for at least two years yet I feel they have never really explained to me the do’s and dont’s of their religion. A man is standing on an island shouting at the people on shore: Come here! Come here! And the people on shore replied: How?
The physical world as symbols. Like words on a page, the objects we see in reality around us are not the information. They are symbols of the information. If you destroy a mathematics book, are you destroying mathematics? The realization of this fact and the ability to generate images with purpose is what grant us freedom. The potential of power and knowledge. Consciousness creates everything. Your imagination is your most great tool. Matter is energy in a frozen state. Fundamental understandings. Sari and Lemia. We are creators. “If you do not impose impeccable discipline on your thoughts…you can rely on them to be random and unruly.” There is no problem without solution. Civilization must be transmitted. Culture is taught to us. I wonder: Should we seek for god in those things which are natural, not transmitted? Is good not more accessible when you examine the moving of the tides, the evolution of the stars, than when you are reading the Bible or the Qoran? The masters don’t teach you the secrets of the universe.You will be disappointed if you think they do. Instead, they teach you the secrets of yourself. And in yourself you will find all the answers. Discard old ideas, reach for higher knowledge. As you grow, you leave your old clothes behind. Advanced understanding Use affirmations to detect and transform your deepest beliefs. “Consciousness is all-that-is. I am one with all consciousness; this is my unity with all that exists- hence I stand as one with the sum of all intelligence; this is my wisdom and knowledge. I am one with all consciousness; this is my unity with all that exists-hence I stand as one with the sum of all energy. This is my power.” Kalika-Khenmetaten. Before you acquire and manifest power you need to be aware that this power exists and is available to you. Utilizing etheric energy. The individual person is awareness. The body is a concentration of energy. This energy comes through the centers, known as the chakras. But they are no higher chakras, lower chakras. Each one has a purpose. The first sphere of awareness is physical, the second is the etheric and manasic levels. A visualization to gather energy:
Sit straight. Hands on your lap. Think about the sun above you. Breath in, five seconds. Breath out, ten seconds. Repeat 7 times. Now imagine the sun again. Move your consciousness up until you arrive inside the sun’s aura. Feel the energy of the sun filling you. Imagine yourself as pure light, pure energy. Now slowly return to your body, while still keeping this idea of being a being of light. Imagine yourself surrounded by a sphere of light, generated from this powerful energy. You are a sun. Hold this image in your mind. The important part is to see the light, feel the light, be filled with light, be surrounded by light.
Visualization practice. Through visualization you gather the energies necessary for your image to manifest. Focus on only one purpose at once. Factors that influence this technique: 1) Realization of the fact that images create your reality 2) Conscious and unconscious beliefs 3) Mastery of thoughts and inner images 4) Strength of your intention to create the reality desired 5) Creating the necessary conditions in the world to allow your idea to manifest 6) Available etheric power 7) Certainty of the success of the visualization process 8) Clarity of the thoughts and images 9) Consistency of these thoughts and images 10) Detachment from the result.
(I had a small insight. The step 10, detachment, creates a void. When you drop a big stone in the water, it displaces the water, but it soon rushes back to fill the void, because the energy levels had increased outside the empty space. Water is pushed to the side, but there is a reaction to push it back. Same with images. When you visualize, you create an image and feed it. When you detach yourself from it, it starts to starve. Desperate, it will start to look for places where it can go to feed itself. It will go to places or energetic levels which are most similar to its energetic imprint. Like a magnet. Then it will probably merge with those energetic levels, kinda like a little cell in agar.io merging with a bigger cell. How does that bring you closer to that result? You detached from it, how does it find you back? Maybe it doesn’t need your awareness to find you back? It if’s a visualization of yourself, then it already has your let’s say “energetic address”. It doesn’t need you to agree, it just manifests itself. I’m not sure. The first part makes some sense. )
You can visualize a movie screen, and then imagine that you are watching a video of yourself, doing what you want to do, or getting what you want to get. Imagine the angle, as if you were watching video that someone recorded with their cellphone’s. See yourself looking at the camera, smiling and waving in recognition. (Psychocybernetics would take this one step further and tell you to put yourself into the video, as the main character. See the guy holding the camera which recorded the video you just saw. Smile and wave at the camera. Now see around you, you have what you want. PS: Wine seems to make it easier for me to visualize things). Reflctions on the teachings. The goal is to awaken the adept from the dream of reality, to reality. But there is no dreamer: the dream is dreaming itself, distracted from itself by itself. Only consciousness is real and eternal: The consciousness of the living universe. Planck, Schrodinger, Einstein, Bohr, Pauli, Wheeler. “There is no matter as such” Max Planck. “In truth, there is only one mind” Schrodinger. “We inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening” Wheeler. Afterward to U.S. edition.
Part III: Additional Material Anthology
Foreword. Excerpts from different books. True experiences with a sorceress of the four portals. Zhang zhung culture. Miwoche and the B’on religion. (note to self: read the diamond sutra. Resume your Lamrim meditations). Table of contents. Kriyasakti. Materializing ice. “I held the ideal of tea in the Universal until it became formed to a lower vibration”. A game of spiritual hide and seek. A great master speaks, immense power of the ancients revealed. Table of contents. About the life of Kalika Khenmetaten. “Each man is already a prince, each woman a princess; they need only to bring that recognition into awareness to realize their inherent ability“. To use these powers, you need to know they exist, and now that they are available at your disposal. Encounters with the celestials, the living part of a timeless legend. Egypt. Earth’s first civilization: Antarctica, 55 million BC. Ancient civilizations. The author has included material from a fake news website about NASA finding ancient structures under the ice in Antarctica. Here’s an example:
“As of now we can only speculate as to what these features are, but the launching if ICESat-2 in 2018 could lead to other major discoveries“
I tried searching this quote online. 4 pages of results, most of which are websites linking the same article on worldnewsdailyreport.com that is no longer there. Very unreliable information.
“Extensive evidence supports the theory that an advanced, non-human species created a civilization including complex structures on the Antarctic continent approximately 55.5 million years ago“5
Evidence is lacking.
Excerpts from Quantum Consciousness, Psychokinetic and Extrasensory Powers. Nothing new or worth mentioning. Excerpt from A Chronicle of Power. Description of the village of Siddhalaya. Village that, as well as many other things in this book, appears mentioned nowhere else on the Internet. Nothing worth mentioning.
The latter part of the book was very disappointing. Quotes and excerpts from other books. In the end, here’s what I learned from this material:
Energy is caused by consciousness. This idea makes some sense. Imagine you want to move your arm. How do you do it? First, you need to be aware of what you want. Then, somehow, your brain creates the electrical impulses necessary to move the muscles. But consciousness comes first. So, different levels of consciousness might be able to originate different types of energies.
Accepting that these powers are real and at your disposal is one of the requisites to be able to use them. And even if you think you accept this fact, your brain might have its own ideas about how the universe works and what you’re capable of. You might need to work on your subconscious as well as your conscious.
Your brain is always at work. If you don’t make it work towards your spiritual ascension, it will work towards something else and hinder your growth. Make of every experience a spiritual experience.
Would I recommend this book to other people? No. Reading online reviews it seems these and other books by the same publishing house suffer from the same problems. Disjointed information, filling material, and unreliable sources. I’m not sure if I want to buy or read any more of the author’s books. Maybe the ones the publishers offer freely from time to time.
As a side note, all the pictures of “Staff” for this publisher are fake. Adds injury to insult.
Let me talk to you about two more books I read last month
Missing 411 – David Paulides
First of all, I read Missing 411 by David Paulides. I think the version I read was the “North America and Beyond…” book, there isn’t just one book about this 411 stuff. What’s it all about? Well, in these books the author is compiling many cases of people disappearing under what he considers to be “strange circumstances”. Case after case fill the volumes, cases involving young children who disappears almost right in front of their parent’s noses, children who are sought for by hundreds of people, with no results. Children who sometimes reappear in places that had been searched, children that sometimes appear dead, laying on their face. Sometimes, adults disappear too. Experienced hunters, hikers, some with a history of mental problems or with some form of physical disability (old age, hearing problems, etc). There is a huge amount of cases, and soon I came to feel a bit tired and exhausted from reading more or less the same story over and over. As a compilation, it is probably extremely valuable for the researcher that needs a good catalog of these cases through the years and the land of Northern America. For the reader looking to tie the loose ends on this phenomenon, it won’t come as useful really. I read around 100 pages, then skimmed ahead and saw that it was pretty much the same, so I didn’t finish it. I might have missed one or two important cases, but overall I’d say the first 50 pages are enough to make up your mind about whether or not you believe in this stuff. I do. So I put the book down.
The second book I read was “The Search for Omm Sety”. This is the story of an English lady who fell on his head when he was young, and from this moment on she started having visions and memories about a past life she lived in Egypt as a temple girl in the city of Abydos. She apparently had very detailed knowledge about the Egyptian life, and helped archaeologists discover places that were covered with sand. I was drawn to this book because of something that the ghost of Seti I told this woman, and that is that he was able to come back and visit her thanks to some skills he acquired when he was alive, as a worshiper of Set. This book seemed to reaffirm the possibility that some people have lived past lives, or if they don’t, at least that they seemed to be able to tap into the memory bank of those people who did lived those lives. And the pharaoh Seti I talking about his power to come back from Amenti really intrigued me, me who believes that if we train hard enough when we are alive, we will be able to maintain our consciousness after we die. This was a lovely book, not so much about the old Egyptian lifestyle (which I wanted to read more of) but rather about the personal experiences of this woman who claimed to have been reincarnated.
I recommend Paulides’ book as a way to familiarize yourself with the missing people cases, and the second one if you like Egypt or are interested in reincarnation .
Notes for the book Egregores: The occult entities that watch over human destiny. Find it on amazon here.
1. Tibetan Buddhism and the Reality of the Egregore
Among religious traditions, it is Buddhism perhaps the one which has the most organized and down-to-earth approach to eggregores. Blavatsky. David-Neel. Curiously (for me at least) David-Neel’s trip to the east started when she came to sing in the Hanoi Opera House (es por ella que estoy en Hanoi? Me pregunto). My Journey To Lhasa. Tulpas and Tulkus. Magic and Mystery in Tibet. The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects. Tulpas are temporary visions, Tulkus tend to be more powerful and lasting (I think some reincarnated masters are known as tulkus as well. See for example Tulku Rinpoche). Initiation and Initiates in Tibet. The theory is that the constant worship and attention given to these tulpas and divinities give them real existence (of some sort). The Brihad Aranyakopanishad says whosoever worships a deity with the thought in his mind ‘He is another, another am I’ does not know; like a beast, he is used by the gods. As verily many beasts maintain a man, so every man maintains the gods.
Egregores and politics: Dorje Shugden. The Kadampa school. Was Shugden a prisoner? Employing spirits to protect the sect, as spiritual slavery? Pharaohs are immortal through the worship and offerings of their disciples. Book The Search for Omm Sety, in which it is described that Pharaoh Seti lived in a spiritual realm, thanks to certain practices he mastered while he was alive. Maintaining the egregore of your ancestors. Familiar egregores.
Separating yourself from a group egregore. Even buddhists are not protected from falling into sectarianism (my buddhism is better than yours).
2. The hermetic Orderr of the Golden Dawn and Related Egregores
Human masters that achieve enlightenment and come back to guide adepts. The White Brotherhood. Occultism gave them new names, but they were already known as the Saints, or the Righteous Men of the Kabbalah, or the Hidden Imams, or the Immortal Xian Daoists, the Boddhisatvas in Tibet, etc. Some of them without enough spiritual strength might adhere to an egregore to be able to influence the physical.
The egregores described as the father of the Nephilim by Eliphas Levi. Book The Great Mystery. Mouni Sadhu. Meditations on the Tarot. For Sadhu, Egregores have a physical body that is the sum of the bodies of all the people who feed the egregore, as well as mental and astral bodies. The egregore is, then, the sum of all these elements. By destroying the followers, the egregore is fortified in the spiritual realms. Martyrs are benefitial for the egregore. Plures efficimur, quitiens metimur a vobis: semen est sanguis Christianorum. Because everything is connected, Sadhu encourages people to work with their own weak Kabbalah, their own symbols, prayers and rituals, in order to limit the influence these other egregores can have on your life.
Meditation is identification with an object of attention. When researching evil matters, beware of attracting evil to yourself. Robert Masters and his book Swimming Where Madmen Drown. While researching for Eros and Evil, he began to experience things that were similar to the topics he was researching. Similar experiences from James Wasserman and his Necronomicon edition.
Political currents as egregores – national socialism. Some people argue that all egregores are evil, because they are not the ultimate egregore, the egregore that is “not an egregore”: God. Tomberg, in Meditations on the Tarot, claims that all egregores must be evil, because they are thoughts that have been enfolded. Nothing good, he seems to claim, can come from enfoldment, but rather from radiation. The good energies would first radiate and put themselves at the disposal of the good entities, rather than come together to form a new creation.
To be silent means not to engender demons. One is only holy once “good and evil agree upon it”. Spiritual snobbery. People are not attracted to the truth, but rather to the fantastic. “Evil does not need to control everyone, it just needs to keep as many people as possible distracted from progressing on the path”. The Mind Parasites. If you influence the King, you don’t need to influence the entire Kingdom (I believe this is another reason in favour of power decentralization: if your president is corrupt, your whole country will suffer, because the power is in the hands of a few).
Zener cards, telepathy. Mind Control. 1) Telepathy works best when emotions are involved 2) Telepathic abilities vary from individual to individual 3) Distance, Time or Age are not a factor in expressing or experiencing telepathy. Robert Ambelain’s Practical Kabbalah. Studying these currents might cause a person to end up joining with it, even if they initially had no intention to. Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius de Loyola. Burning the members of the egregore is better than shedding their blood (as blood is the life). Secrecy is important, so that the high initiates can direct the egregore. Certain passive support is required.
Egregores fight each other in the spiritual planes. Politics and the Occult. A culture subjected to invisible tension and changes might eventually manifest them on the physical level. (“It’s only a movie” sometimes people say. Even works of fiction cause change). The Reenchantment of the World. Occult organizations are the most open about the existence and use of these egregores, but they appear in many other associations (politics, sports, celebritties).
4. Pop Culture and the Creation of Egregores
Jean Dubuis advocated a solitary path to minimize external influences. Jacques Vallee and Passport to Magonia. Multifaceted UFO phenomenon. Slenderman. “What I cannot do alone, many others can do for me”. Lightning the Eye of the Dragon. The I Ching and its power to predict the future. What we focus on, that is what we become. What our children focus on, our country will become. Julius Evola and his Revolt Against the Modern World. Evola used the term egregoroi to describe a spiritual elite. The Illuminati. Standing amid a world of ruins. Riding the tiger. Idols that replace spirituality. To die trying, or to die with the dissolution of the modern world. The Kali Yuga as an age of ignorance but also as an age of great potential for those who survive it. Mind games: The guide to Inner Space, a collective meditation to materialize a Group Spirit.
5. The Lovecraft Circle.
Lovecraft, the Cthulhu Mythos and the fictional Necronomicon. Kenneth Grant, who accompanied Crowley in his last years. Many of our most influential figures today are hardly historical (Padmasambhava, Jesus, King Solomon…) Could books also take a life of their own? Robert E. Howard and Conan the Barbarian. The Lovecraft Circle of writers. Howard related how the character of the Cimmerian just “grew up” in his mind, and how he felt not like as a creator, but rather a simple teller of a story which had actually occurred. Arthur Machen, a member of the Golden Dawn (although only for a short period of time). “The Bowman” a story written by Machen, took a life of its own. Relating the ghostly aparition of soldiers that protected the British men, soon there were reports of people who claimed to have seen exactly what the story was detailing. Through repetition of the story, a thoughtform appears to have been formed and given reality.
Fiction and reality at some point seem to come together.
6. The Egregore of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC)
Appeared in 1915. Manuscripts issued to loyal members, aimed to transform the reader through pathworking (pathworking = guided meditation). Harvey Spencer Lewis and his early mystical experiences. A warning on the fictional character of his revelations. “The real facts and TRUTH must be veiled and the FICTION exploited because fiction seemed more plausible than truth…TRUTH makes us free only when untruth has exhausted its power to enslave us”. The Cathedral of the soul or Celestial Sanctum, built using meditation and contemplation. Some magazines from the order had drawings of political figures and a word that the readers needed to meditate upon. For example, in February 1978 the drawing was of Queen Elizabeth, and the word was SCALE.
“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third” Napoleon Hill. William S. Burroughs, The Third Mind. Burroughs claimed he was possessed by a third mind, an Ugly Spirit. Guru Yoga, “what would Jesus do?”. Thelema, “Do What Thou Wilt”. Chaos Magick, “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”. Goetic organizations.
7. Freeing Oneself from the Influence of Egregores.
What do we want to achieve by associating ourselves with an egregore? Do the goals of the egregore align with our own goals? “Know Thyself”. Each person needs to find their own reasons for staying or leaving the group. As emotions wane, so does our association with the related egregore. New Age, Steampunk, etc etc. All thesse groups have an egregore of the stereotypical member. Something that you can identify with, but also something that can be marketed.
Therapeutical Blasphemy. The Theosophical Enlighhtenment. Sangharakshita and the Priceless Jewel. Blasphemy should be done as a therapeutic measure, not out of spite or cynicism. The collective egregore might limit individual growth. Buddhist outer, inner and secret refuges. Similarities with deprogramming. Bringing demons to the light of consciousness. We take on the humanity’s sins like Jesus, to transform ourselves and the world as a whole. Symbolism of the cross. Spining left to banish. The Nature and Use of Rituals for Spiritual Attainment. The ritual of the cross as a way to switch from a state of nature to a state of grace.
Invader armies occupy themselves with destroying the symbols of the defeated. Fire is supposed to be most effective for this purpose. “And not even their names or signs remain”. Forgotten egregores might be easier to manipulate that live, active ones. Magical tools. It is the preparation of them, and not the tools in and of themselves, which give the magician power. Destroying them might also be like destroying an egregore, a liberating experience. Consciously joining a good egregore -though some consider all egregores to be harmful- might be better than letting yourself be dragged subconsciously by one. Think happy thoughts, lest some negative thoughts find your mind vacant and decide to rest on it. Do not be Distracted. Have defined forms in your consciousness. Exercise your body.
Deprogramming. Emotional pain. High school cheerleading as a cult. Military service. It is a difficult process. Suggestions: Place everything associated with the egregore away. Think about what would you do with your new space, or new time, or lack of friends (if the egregore was a social collective). Examine how you feel, what you think. Experience new things. Do things that were before frowned upon by the egregore (within reasonable limits). Seek other points of view.
Conclusion. Ideas and their consequences.
It’s important that we are aware of how much we are influenced and participate in one kind of egregore or another, through information bombardment. There is no good, there is no evil. These are constructs. It’s important to understand the power of suggestion.
Appendix I – Personal Accounts of Disengaging from an egregore.
Here a short story is told about a person who left a buddhist group after 27 years of involvement. (Quick thought about the buddhist monasteries I have visited. The more they build them, the bigger they get, the more I dislike them. A thought occurred to me: The more you put Buddha out into the world, the more he disappears from your heart). Buddhist extremism. If you’re not ready for the Buddhist dharma then you’re considered unworthy. The preconceptions around buddhism: it is not a religion, the native buddhists do it better, etc. Soldiers of dharma.
Another experience with egregores. An organization where higher members died before the age of 65. Blood diseases. Chest pain felt when the leader died. Many other members suffered health problems and had troubles later in life, probably due to their association with whatever organization this was (not specified).
Another experience with a secret society, ran by a Chief. This chief was the only person who was in touch with the “secret chiefs”. This chief had obtained his abilities as a medium after a psychotic break. Eventually the members they decided to contact the secret chiefs behind his back. But now, instead of having new imperators to put the school back in its tracks, they ended up with a second secretive group who held the exclusive right to access these chiefs.
Appendix II – Revivification of an Egregor
Reviving the Roman Empire using Mussolini. A meeting in the night. War in Italy. Nothing that seems worth mentioning.
This book teaches you that it is important to consider the power of ideas not just as human constructs, but actually as entities that gain power and some form of consciousness purely from the attention that people give to them. The abstract is gaining foot in the fight against the real, and more and more we see that people focus more attention on things that are illusory and not real (the idea of a country, of a super-star, of a social movement). Some people are exploiting this to their benefit, and in this era of easy and cheap flow of communication, it is worth spreading bad ideas purely to gather energy and resources from those weak of mind who are not aware of the existence of these entities. They float above us, like fisherman sitting on a boat, waiting for us to bite the hook.
It is important to make yourself aware of what egregores you’re part of, because most likely than not, you are. For example, you might think “people from my country are X”, and you might not be a nationalist, but you still have certain ideas about what it means to have been born where you were born. Challenge those ideas. Challenge the image of yourself. What would you never do? Is it really that bad if you did it only one time? What groups do you belong to? What do you identify as? WHO REALLY ARE YOU?
Only confronting your own demons you will cast light upon yourself
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Continuing with the trend of “aliens from our space” (instead of, you know, outer space), these are my notes for a classical work on the topic of “folkloric aliens”. That is, the theory that aliens have more in common with leprechauns and the lady virgin of Fatima than with Yuri Gagarin or astronauts exploring the cosmos.
This book is fascinating because it puts together a good number of reports that seem to demonstrate the power of the author’s argument. I, at least, am convinced.
Chapter 1: Visions of a parallel world.
1952 – Discovery of the sarcophagus of Palenque and the mayan astronaut. Supernatural beings in religion. “It is only the wind, making the stars sway“. Japanese UFO history, and the phenomena linked to social revolution and population uprising. Beings that come from the sky, or from another contiguous dimension. Biblical cherubim, or the sadaim, daimonas. Paracelsus himself describes these creatures in detail. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elemental (Oh, noteworthy: the statue of Undine rising from the waters. I just find it very attractive. Hot lady.) Reports of strange creatures observed through our history. French villagers in 1954 saw two beings wearing what appeared to be diving suits and huge helmets, standing next to a huge machine/device that they quickly boarded, disappearing when the witnesses attempted to approach them. Beings with huge heads often appear in these reports. Human eyes, small stature, huge heads. And they sometimes paralyze the witnesses with a ray gun or another tool they use to point with. Witnesses which, by the way, are not necessarily unreliable. More often than not, they are respected individuals, not buffoons. Why are these images part of our development as a race?
Chapter 2: The good people.
Encounters with…space cakes? A man is given three wheat cakes by italian-looking creatures who disappear on a saucer-shaped object which was hovering on his yard. Fairies in Ireland have also been giving people food. The Gentry, the fair people. UFO nests are magical circles? Scandinavian legends talk about elf-dans, the circles where the fairies dance. Sometimes, as in a particular ufo landing that took place in the US, the creatures ask for earth materials. A bag of fertilizer. Information about agricultural techniques. Just plain clean water. Or animals. “We are peaceful people. We only want your dog”. In Scotland, they are the sleagh maith, the good neighbours. The Secret Commonwealth.
Chapter 3 The Secret Commonwealth
More reports of creature sightings. There seems to exist a clear parallel between the ufo reports and the stories about fairies, dwarves or mound people (see: New Views of the Origins of the Tribes and Nations of America, by Barton). I am thinking now, where did Crowley said that thing about “today they call them angels or demons, tomorrow they will call them something else”. Is that even a real quote from Crowley? Back to the book. The author states what he calls “my basic contention: the modern, global belief in flying saucers and their occupants is identical to an earlier belief in the fairy-faith“. Some classifications put these into one of four groups. These groups being: The angels, the demons, the dead and the elemental spirits.
Were these beings simply legendary visions based upon a real race of pygmies? Did a race of short dark-skinned people really existed? Dwarves? Picts? Conall Gulban and the amhusg. The mothman. Springheel jack. Glowing red eyes.
Chapter 4: To Magonia… and back!
The Benny and Betty Hill story. A french lady attacked by black hands without arms. Soldiers carried away by the clouds, taken by the wind. People that have been taken by the fairies. Sometimes, they return with gifts. Sometimes, it is gold. The fairies also sometimes exchange their babies for one of ours (us, humans). A changeling. Of interest for us is the fact that changelings appear frequently in German fables – see German Changeling Legends. Time seems to pass slowly for those who visit fairy land. The story of Rip Van Winkle, with similar legends appearing in other cultures. For instance, the story of Wang Chih, holy men of the taoists. In his case, it was not just hours that have passed, but rather centuries. He was entertained by two men playing chess in a grotto, and when he finally returned home there was nothing left of the world he once knew.
More creature sightings, in Argentina and Brasil. In 1957, Antonio Villas-Boas was carried by four men into an egg-like craft that hovered above his tractor. He was then introduced to humanoid blonde woman with whom he had intercourse. Soon after, he was given his clothes back and left in a “waiting room”. The witness tried to steal a clock, but he was pushed aside by the creatures. They then give him a tour of the ship, lead to a metal ladder and told to get out.
Outside entities mating with humans. It’s been recorded in ufo stories, fairy abductions, and even in the Bible. Often it is written about angels taking brides from among the humans. Even the gods seem to have a predilection for our females. “Women, saith the Apostle, should pray with their heads covered, because of the angels“. In Scotland, succubi or Leannain Sith tempt the youth. Familiar spirits are mentioned often in medieval occultism. A good number of witches were cast into the fire due to their association with the lascivious familiars.
Frater Sinistrari, born in Italy in 1622, relates the story of a married woman who found herself the target of constant temptation by a succubi who would appear as a most fair young boy with blonde hair and a blonde beard. He started to act more violently when he saw the lady didn’t reciprocate his attentions. He stole her jewels, took her baby and deposited the cradle on the roof of her house, or upset furniture and cutlery. In one occasion, an entire dinner table with plates and food disappeared, with another one appearing in its place, also filled with foods, but from another world. The guests were able to eat this food nevertheless and satiate their hunger, before it disappeared and in its place the original table was seen.
In medieval times, a great amount of literature was produced dealing with the particulars of copulation between humans and demons or spiritual creatures of an evil kind. In classical literature, some of the most well-known heroes are born from these copulations: Romulus and Remus, Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus (according to some authors, that is). The book of Genesis says that “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair“. Of their children it is said that they “became mighty men which were of old, men of renown“
Chapter 4: Nurslings of Immortality
Knock, Ireland. August, 1879. Figures in a meadow: the virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. John. The figures were so life-like that a woman tried to hug the Virgin’s feet, but her arms only were able to grasp the air. Holograms? Then, miracles begin to take place. Healings are also associated with the UFO phenomenon. The virgin of Guadalupe.
Airships seen all over the US. Captain James Hooton reported that he had seen the ship landed, and was able to approach it and speak with one of its occupants, who was doing what appeared to be repair work. The machine, very much mechanical, took flight and was gone in no time. In another case, in 1897, Constable Sumpter and Deputy Sheriff McLemore, witnessed a couple of perfectly normal looking individuals, one man with a long beard and a woman with an umbrella. They were standing by a big cigar-shaped object, and the aeronauts even offered the gentlemen a ride to bring them to a place safe from the rain. They refused, however, saying they “preferred to get wet“.
These objects are described as even having anchors. One of these objects was dragging a rope which caught on a rail. A man descended the rope, but upon finding people waiting under it , he decided to just cut it and depart with the ship.
What if all this was a plot to manipulate people, to make them believe in things which just keep them preoccupied? More reports about sightings. Holograms theory. An elaborate hoax on the human race? Are we being used to breed some form of hybrid species, to help beings in another dimension advance their own evolutionary line? Why the presence always of this sexual component – the aliens want to breed with us. All of this is, at least until now, pure speculation. Is a religion on the making? Are these modern UFO incidents the preamble to a new mythology?
Currently, most of the organizations that try to resolve this mystery just group a huge number of people around themselves. Big sums of money and time are spent just keeping these groups alive. While not much real research is done, or the results are often fruitless. Instead, we should focus on small groups, working hard to report and classify local incidents. First-hand reports, gathered fast, published fast. Shared with every other group. Theories: 1) the whole thing is purely a mental creation of our own brains. Somehow, we manage to bring our dreams into the real world. 2) Mental entities use our brains to manifest dreamworlds into our real world. 3) Some other intelligence uses these dreamworlds to have fun, or try to teach us something. Or manipulate us?
Facts: 1) Since the 1940s there’s been an increasing number of reports. Of an increase variety. 2) the saucer myth is remarkably similar to the fairy-faith lore of some European countries. 3) The entities reported by the witnesses are usually fairly “biological”. They look slightly different to us, but still humanoid. 4) The behaviour of these entities is ridiculous and borderline absurd. 5) Apparitions follow the same model of religious miracles which have been for long been put aside in a different category.
The author believes these propositions to be true: 1) An advanced race coexisting with humans might behave in such a way that we would consider to be absurd. 2) If we don’t acknowledge our ignorance about the nature of time, our theories and explanations will remain forever incomplete. 3) The UFO reports contain all the signs of a new mythology in the making, perfectly suited to be used to manipulate society.
In which the author includes a very extensive list of UFO reports, from 1868 to 1968. Of great interest for the serious researcher. A nice catalog for the reader, it reinforces the idea that these incidents are not isolated cases of “wackos” getting lost in the night. It would seem that there is a solid reality behind these reports.
What did I learn from this book
Well, I have to say that although this doesn’t seem like an illogical idea once you meditate upon it, the truth is that it had never occured to me to try connecting the reports of modern alien abductions with old reports of european fairies, or with religious experiences such as the one that took place in Fatima. When you start paying attention to the small details, it turns out that there are more things in common than one would expect. It seems very much likely that all these incidents are part of the same category of experiences, owing their origin to the same source. What is this source? That is the part that is not yet understood by us. Is it noise, or is it purposeful? What is talking to us, what is reaching from the other side?
My personal interest would be: how can we establish some reliable channel of communication? Or, can we contact these entities willingly, if they truely exist? Would it be wise? Can we talk to them, and have them explain to us more things about our universe? Can we obtain knowledge to build a better world?
Here’s a book I had trouble putting down. I’m a sucker for strange ideas, crazy explanations of daily life events, and theories which border the insane.
John Keel is the author of the now famous Mothman Prophecies, a book in which I first realized that there are very strange things taking place in our world. If only half of what Keel writes about is true, then it seems we are and have been visited by alien entities for an unclear purpose, entities whose reality, purpose and modus operandi go against everything we would consider rational.
In the beginning, there was nothing. The spirit of god floated above the waters.
And then, Charles Fort wrote his Book of the Damned. Thousands of people across the world read about mysterious objects that fell from the sky, lights that accompanied volcanic activity, and appearance of creatures that belonged in old mythological folklore, not in our highways and mountain deserts.
John Keel analizes and develops Fort’s ideas, refining them it even further: The strange, the oddities, are coming to our world not from Jupiter, Alpha Centauri or Zeta Reticuli. They are part of our world, simply existing in a separate dimension, a different vibration, or some kind of parallel earth which we can’t perceive because of our limited understanding. Isn’t the spectrum of visible light only a small fraction of the entire range of wavelengths that fly around at any given moment?
Ok, so here we have a clear example of how limited our understanding of the universe really is. If we only believed what we can see with our eyes, we would not know about x rays, infrared, radio signals…what other things can we not perceive from our human perspective? What is our brain really capable of, what is our collective brain network capable of?
Hungry lights in our skies
UFOs are not something new. Strange things in the sky have appeared in almost every age of our human evolution. The gods came on their chariots, and demanded sacrifices. We are property, Fort said. The ancient mayan gods, or the summerian gods, or the chinese divine kings, all required from humans labour and gold. And blood. One of the things that has always intrigued me is the fact that sacrifices and pain were always part of religious adorance. The film trilogy Matrix made the whole world think about this possibility: we are here only to provide a service to other entities. In the film, humans provided energy to the machines which kept them under a simulated reality. Conspiracy theories involving reptilians or “illuminati” sometimes blame them for large-scale conflicts such as terrorist attacks and warfare. The attacks of september 11th are sometimes thought to be a sort of ritualized sacrifice, with an undetermined -to us- purpose. Some say that it was a blood sacrifice to make the gods happy, some others wonder whether the powers-that-be are not required, in exchange for power and wealth, to carry out periodical executions to feed the hunger for energy of some discarnate entity which supposedly they’re working for.
Yes, really. Religious stories from South America, Africa or the Middle East always seem to involve this common theme: we are here to work for the gods. In ancient times, the gods walked around us. They were the giants of the bible, they guided the ancient peoples, taught them agriculture, astrology, the wisdom of the heavens. But they didn’t do it for free. Controversial author Zacharia Sitchin claims that his intepretation of the summerian texts reveals that the human race was genetically created by these gods, who demanded from us that we mined the gold that they required for their planets. In Colombia, indians crafted jewelry from gold, elaborate necklaces and rings that they later simply threw into the waters of lake Guatavita. Why? For the gods, apparently.
Yes, my bad.
I would say the main ideas of this book are:
Ancient civilizations have existed, civilizations of which we have no clear knowledge and which possessed a degree of technological sophistication that we today would not attribute to them, given how far back in human history they existed.
All the records we can collect from these civilizations appear in our most ancient religious texts, which were written thousands of years after the actual facts, and by then these real entities were idolized as gods and worshipped as creators. Maybe they did engineer our species to serve a purpose, or maybe they simply used their knowledge to subdue humans and force them to labour in their behalf.
Parallel to this idea, we also have the idea that modern UFOs and ancient stories of burning trees and fire raining from the heavens have more in common than we think. Of a rather psychic and not physical nature, incidents of alien abduction, strange sea serpents or even mediumship have all in common with the sightings of the children from Fatima, or the visions from Moses and his burning bush. All through our history, the unknown has been visiting us with relative periodicity. And it adapts, it changes according to our needs. Before, it was the gods. Then, it was the fairies. Then, it become the UFOs. Soon, it will change again, reborn as a new fear emerges in our collective consciousness.
Would you recommend this book to other people?
Quite definitely. While I would not call myself a true believer, I have to admit that recently I have been exploring the theory that UFOs are coming from inside us, from inside our consciousness, perhaps messages from entities which belong to a different realm of existence, and which manifest through our physical brain, getting entangled in whatever thoughts we have as individuals and as a collective. We no longer see aliens that wear scuba suits, the alien has evolved alongside our society.
It makes more sense to me to believe that this phenomena of UFOs and other oddities in our world come from the same world, but a separate plane, than the idea that the visitors come from different planets or galaxies altogether, that they decide to materialize in front of truckdriver Joe who is then subjected to inordinary medical examinations and sometimes even forced to procreate with female humanoids to spread our seed to the most distant corners of the cosmos.
If there is anything that I have to criticize is the final chapter where the author paints a very grim image of the present world – or as present as it was back in 1988. “People are shooting each other for parking spaces!” he says. It seems more dramatic than necessary, and the author failed to see the irony in his closing statements and the fact that he himself included some examples of failed doomsday prophecies that plague our historical archives. No, I don’t think we are that bad, mister Keel. I think in fact we are in a better position in these days than we were 100, 1000 or 10.000 years ago.
That doesn’t discredit the theory of inter-dimensional psychic aliens, but it’s something that the book could have done without.
The book, as a series of sentences (probably good for google searches)
Charles Fort – Hochstetter syndrome – Pyramids around the world – Strange tools carved in ancient times – Ancient advanced races – Lightning from the gods – Animal mutilations – Are we a farm? – Cryptozoology and ufo sightings – How to serve man – Aliens own the earth – Artifacts left by the ancients – Wilhelm Reich – Missing historical records – Are we engineered? – Millenia-old stone carvings – Brainwashing and hypnosis – Seances and alternate realities – Drunk interdimensional travelers – The rise of new-age thinking – A doomsday message
I have wanted to become more profficient at reading the Tarot cards, because it seems like a cool game and I’ve had a certain success reading cards for other people. It seems like a good way to offer help to those who are not heavily involved with spirituality or self-discovery, because with the help of the pictures from the cards I have been able to figure out personal details from the querent’s life, and they have most of the time confirmed that what the cards were telling me was indeed taking place in their lives.
When looking for modern tarot readers and experts, one of the most outspoken figures is Alejandro Jodorowsky, a multifaceted artist who has been involved with practically anything that has to do with creativity: music, theater, cinema, literature, comics, shamanism…one of his most popular ideas is psychomagic, a technique in which one tricks the mind into believing certain things have happened when they actually haven’t. A sort of mental theater where one performs an act prescribed by Jodorowsky, and act which is rich in symbolism and which, it seems, shortcuts our brain into changing following the symbols and associations that the ritual contains.
What you won’t find in this book
This is not a book filled with instructions. It is not a book that explains how to read the tarot, or how to performs or create acts of psychomagic. If I recall correctly, not a single act of psychomagic is detailed in the book, or if it was, it definitely did not leave a strong impression that I would remember it, only a few days after finishing this book.
What you will find in this book
This is a book about Alejandro Jodorowsky. It’s a book about his life, how he lives, a book that contains testimonies from people who know Jodo and who attest to his extreme goodness and remarkable, inspirational way of living. It’s a book that contains testimonies from five or six different people about how he met Jodorowsky, how he helped them and how they have come to admire him.
You should buy this book if
You are interested in learning more about the personal details of Jodorowsky’s life, and understand a little more about his life philosophy and his ideas. Not so much if you’re looking for information about the art more than about the artist. It’s a book centered on the life person of Jodorowsky, not on his work.
What did I learn from this book
In regards to psychomagic or tarot, pretty much next to nothing. Jodorowsky’s life doesn’t really interest me a big deal, because I don’t believe I will ever have the opportunity to meet him. For all Icare, he could be a terrible person, disrespectful and noisy, dictatorial and racist. What I wanted to learn was about his knowledge and techniques, not about his life. I always try to separate the art from the artist so in this case I think this book didn’t cover what I wanted.
Wondering whether I could achieve trance states using sound and breathing instead of psychedellic drugs, I ended up reading a copy of Cave and cosmos, a book by Michael Harner. Harner seems to have became somewhat famous for having written The Way of the Shaman, a book in which he apparently introduced a framework of techniques and practices which many shamanic traditions shared around the globe.
I can’t talk about the style or the content of Way of the Shaman, but I will tell you what I learned from Cave and Cosmos.
Traveling with the spirit.
The basis of this work is the belief in the reality of a spirit world, be it really spiritual or simply a mental space, the foundation of this book is the idea that using our imagination and external tools such as drugs or drumming, human beings can reach altered states of mind in which they can perceive, or see, to different degrees of precision, sounds, faces, other spiritual entities and have entire experiences altogether. So basically, that we can just imagine things and visit a neighboring plane of reality in which things exist independent of our subjective perception. A world of spirits, if you will.
In this world of spirits humans encounter entities that have their own ideas, their own plans and prejudices. In africa they are the spirit of the Tokoloshe, in siberia they are the spirits of the animals and mountains, in Vietnam you find them as the spirit of the ancestors of kings and queens. But all around the world, in all cultures and traditions, we see a very similar set of practices. We seem then forced to come to the conclusion that there is something, a certain knowledge and a certain reality that accompanies this knowledge, surrounding these spirits and inhabitants of the other world.
The world above, and the world below.
After laying the foundation for this spiritual traveling, we then have to analize what kind of places we are able to visit in these other worlds. Where are they, first of all? Above, and below. And right here, among us. An unknown number of worlds, of unknown size, inhabited by mostly unknown entities. How we start our imaginary travels determines where we go. If we go down a rabbit hole, or a hole in the trunk of a tree, we might end up in one of the many underworlds. Xibalba, Tartaros, the final destination is determined by our cultural expectations. Or we might decide to climb the highest tree in a familiar mountain, to find ourselves in the clouds, talking to enlightened buddhas, or any of the archangels, devas or residents of Olympus. Entities of the upper realms can heal, teach and give advice. Entities of the lower realms can destroy, curse or manipulate gross matter. But above and below are only two ways of looking at the world. We could also consider the existence of a middle world, or many middle worlds. Even if these worlds are real, it seems difficult to understand how are they organized or what rules they follow.
Meditation is the main technique used by shamans, meditation understood as using your imagination. Imagination understood as that which you see with your eyes closed.
Using a drumbeat, or listening to a recording of a drumming session, you let your mind wander around. You visualize a place you want to go to, and then use symbols to estimulate the appearance of spirits that you want to talk to. If you want to talk to animal spirits, or to talk with “evil” (mind the quotes!) entities, you want to go “down”. Hell is down, the underworld is under, caves were always the gateways to the world of the deceased. If you climb a tree, or use the rainbow as a launching platform, you visit the high realms, high as much as they are the residence of those spirits who are related to peace, serenity, and wisdom.
It seems that there is no need anymore for formal initiation into cults, religions or any secret societies in order to acquire the knowledge that the spirits have to teach. Buy a drum – no, just download an mp3 file for a drumming session, take a deep breath and lay down with your eyes closed and a firm intention to visit with your imagination the place where you will find the spirits you seek. It’s never been easier. Talk to the spirits. Today, yourself!
Another quick read from academia.edu. This time, related to videogames and spirituality.
Summary (of what I understood, but not necessarily of what was written)
Spirituality has become a marketing strategy not only for gurus and astrologists but for videogame companies as well.
A videogame is a fantasy world. The promise of being someone else, at times a higher version of oneself, entices people to spend hour after hour sitting in front of a monitor staring at a virtual world.
Marketing campaigns aim to monetize escapism: people are weak, live boring lives, have boring jobs. In a videogame, they can be heros, warriors, powerful healers. It doesn’t matter that it is only a virtual scenario, the feeling is that it is real.
Most of these videogames are set in fantastic, ancient realms where magic and wizardry are still part of daily life. Knights in shiny armor, druids that shapeshift, evil wizards that haunt the mountains and forests. A few percentage are set in futuristic worlds, but it seems to be that most people still operate under the assumption that the old world was better and more magical and perhaps meaningful than our modern technological world.
New economies are based on experiences rather than products. You can’t just sell an item, you need to also give the user the experience of being the owner of such an item. You join a group of people who also own the item, you don’t operate in solitude.
Games also offer the user the option to play with spirituality without the need to believe in spirituality. The player doesn’t need to believe in the videogame gods to ask for their help or use their spells. It is magic, without tears.
I don’t really remember when did I register for an academia.edu account, but I must have agreed to receiving notifications constantly because I began receiving daily emails about papers and documents I might be interested on reading.
And you know what? They were right! Although they’re basically just spamming me, the website seems to host articles that genuinely pique my curiosity. “Oh, this looks like a cool read! I’ll try to remember reading this when I get back home.”
Of course, I never remembered once I made it home. I just wanted to smoke weed and forget I had to use my brain. Until yesterday, when I had enough time to spare and I decided to sit down and actually read one of these papers. I chose this one:
Crowley was a more influential figure than people actually credit him as being.
And…that’s it? Really the article goes into detail about Crowley’s life, his books, his friends, and his crazy antics, but I think the conclusion of this paper is that Crowley has played a very significant role in the development on new religious movements like Wicca or Ritual Magic (he is claimed to have been one of the most, if not the most, influential member of the O.T.O). Hell, even the spelling of magic as magick is apparently Crowley’s doing. I know how important the O.T.O. was in the development of modern occultism, along with Crowley’s own society, the A.A. I am by no means an expert in esoteric affairs, but those two are big names in the universe of modern spiritual movements – not so religious perhaps, as many of these occult societies are reactionary and establish themselves as contrary to organized mainstream religions from which ironically they inherit a lot of their mythology and modus operandi.
Crowley came into our world amidst an increasing interest in sexuality, a reaction (there goes that word again) against victorian norms and ideas of what was pure and clean. Generally after a period of darkness or occulting, history prefers to move in the opposite direction. Force people to keep their body a secret, and you can rest assured that the next movement is going to be precisely about being as revealing and naughty as possible. Drugs, sex, rock and roll…Crowley had it all.
I don’t want to write unnecessary words as I’m not a writer, so I will keep this summary short. This document doesn’t introduce much new material regarding Crowley’s life, but it is a good compilation of facts and trivia about the beast. I would certainly recommend it to people who are interested in ritual magic and western esotericism, specially if they also want to learn where these ideas came from, and what kind of person was Aleister Crowley.
Ultimately though, don’t forget this is all about practicing.