Enhanced Darwinism


DNA provides a blueprint for how to build a human body and the DNA instructions are a product of natural selection. That sums up the evolutionary approach to humanity. Where is the human mind in this theory? It isn't there. Evolutionists are forced to argue that human minds somehow emerge from the cellular operations controlled by our DNA. This is not to underplay DNA. It is the key to all life on earth.


DNA chains can be subdivided into chromosomes and subdivided further into genes. Jung proposed that the human mind has its equivalent of genes. He called these "archetypes" and they are located in what he labeled the "collective unconscious". Many people fail to see the implications of what Jung's theory amounts to, and he himself never spelt it out with perfect clarity although he hinted at it strongly. 


DNA, he is really saying, is both a biological and psychological blueprint for human beings: it has physical and mental aspects. By studying only the physical side of DNA, scientists miss the crucial mental component. It is this component that has truly driven evolution and separated humans from apes. It's because DNA has a mental aspect that so many intermediate forms are missing from the fossil record. DNA is teleological: it directs its own evolution. It does not have a precise idea of its destination, but it intuits how to get there.


How long would it take to get from single-celled creatures in a primordial chemical soup to organisms that can contemplate the nature of the universe? How long would it take a monkey to randomly type a Shakespearean play? If it would take longer than the age of the Big Bang universe for a monkey, a creature with a degree of intelligence, to randomly type Hamlet - one play by one human being - how long would it take inanimate atoms to randomly come together to create one human being? It is not actually possible unless factors to which science is currently oblivious come into play. Assuming no external interference, only one thing can overcome randomness and massively accelerate evolution - teleology. If molecules have a vague "idea" of how to make themselves more complex, how to increase their functionality, they can make leaps that would take forever if left to chance.


Richard Dawkins provides an excellent demonstration of teleology at work in evolution (http://home.pacbell.net/s-max/scott/weasel.html). It appears that Dawkins didn't realize what he was doing since he is firmly opposed to teleological arguments. However, in his "weasel" example to demonstrate the power and speed of evolution, he uses a definite end (telos) to direct the entire process. Unlike Dawkins, we would never assert that a known end-point directs evolution. It is bizarre that an atheist biologist chooses such an argument to illustrate his case.


It must be emphasized that genes do not have "intelligence" in the scenario we are presenting. What they do have is a kind of primitive mind that obeys rudimentary rules of a mathematical nature, and it is from these building-block rules that the complexity of humanity arises. When Pythagoras said that everything is made of numbers, it was to this that he was referring. Mathematical rules are the basis of "mind". If all matter has mind then all matter is mathematical. And isn't that exactly what we observe?


Mathematics is part of the fabric of the cosmos, which is why science can describe it with such success and make so much sense of it. Mathematics is called the queen of the sciences. Physics is applied mathematics. The whole of chemistry can be derived from quantum mechanics. As for biology, it is the chemistry of living organisms, and hence is also ultimately derived from quantum mechanics. If mathematics underlies consciousness then it means that humans will one day create artificial intelligence based on mathematical rules. Even our emotions are traceable to mathematics.


Jung introduced the concept of the "psychoid" archetype (i.e. "mind-like") to describe this basic mental aspect of matter. This concept excited the Nobel Prize winning quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli who saw it as a potential bridge between physics and psychology, matter and mind. The psychoid archetype underlay Jung's alchemical concept of the unus mundus ("one world") where mind and matter interpenetrate each other.


Since genes are composed of molecules and molecules are composed of atoms (atoms being the basic, stable building blocks of our material world), it would have been more helpful if Jung had created matching concepts. He should have described atoms as being psychoid i.e. of having qualities of mind, though highly rudimentary. As atoms combine to form molecules, so atomic psychoid qualities become more complex molecular psychoid qualities. A molecule is more "minded" than an atom, a gene more "minded" than a simple molecule, a chromosome more minded than a gene. Eventually we arrive at human beings with fully-fledged psyches built up from more elementary psychoid components.


As Wolfgang Pauli realized, if the psychoid nature of an atom could be discerned then the mental nature of molecules, genes, chromosomes, DNA and, finally, human beings themselves, could be determined and calculated. Psychology would be physics from a different perspective, its laws every bit as comprehensible. This, of course, is a revolutionary concept and most scientists flee from it in horror. Yet this is the true nature of existence. Mind and matter are inseparable twins, two sides of a single coin. Scientists have been highly successful dealing with the material side. Jung was the first prominent psychologist to attempt to put the mental side on the same footing. Unfortunately, few have followed his example.


Just as a human being's physical nature affects his mental nature, so does his mental nature affect his physical nature. Humans are both psychosomatic (mind influencing body) and somapsychic (body influencing mind). And so is everything else in the material world. Conventional science - the belief system that matter has no mental aspect - is highly successful in the inanimate world because there the "mind" is little more than a set of mathematical operations that don't look mind-like at all. However, as soon as life enters the picture, science starts to struggle. Evolutionary theory is incomplete in the absence of a way for treating the increasing mental complexity, and resulting teleology, of biological systems as they evolve. Science has proved hopeless at defining human consciousness, the very centrepiece of our existence, without which science would not exist in the first place.


The problem of the "observer" is a well-known one in quantum mechanics. Scientists are baffled by how observation appears to affect the outcome of experiments. Of course, if they conceded that all matter has mind then "observation" is automatically built into the universe. Everything both observes and is observed. The strength of the observation is proportional to the power of the mind doing the observing. "Weak" minds may have minimal affect, while stronger minds will have commensurately stronger effects.


The current scientific paradigm, despite its successes, has huge flaws. It is an approximation to reality, not reality itself. Newtonian mechanics was highly successful for centuries and even now, having been superseded by Einsteinian Relativity theory, is still frequently used in many areas. In other words, a theory can be massively successful despite being wrong. Even when it is replaced by a more successful theory it can continue to find numerous applications. That's how people should view the current scientific paradigm: highly successful but ultimately wrong; useful but incomplete.


Our language capabilities are often deemed to be innate. How can that be accounted for genetically? How can unthinking genes (according to the traditional view) have any concept of language? So how can they give rise to innate language skills? But if the language of mathematics is the core of mind and if all matter is "minded" then it comes as no surprise to find increasing language capabilities in increasingly complex organisms, reaching their fullest expression in humans.


Jung compared archetypes to instincts. He said that the archetype was the instinct's perception of itself, or the "self-portrait" of the instinct i.e. if the instinct was the "physical" side of the coin then the archetype was the complementary mental flip side i.e. how we subjectively, mentally experience our physical, instinctual response. The term psychoid-gene or psycho-gene would be preferable to "archetype" since this terminology provides a much clearer idea that it's the mental aspect of genes that is being discussed.


An indeterminate amount of our mental life is unconscious rather than conscious. The fact that mental activity is taking place does not imply that we are aware of it. Usually, we're not. Our consciousness reflects a tiny amount of the mental aspect of our existence. Jung said that the archetypes existed within the "collective unconscious". This latter phrase is misleading because it seems to suggest that the whole of the human race shares a single, common unconscious whereas it actually means that just as all human beings share a common biological ancestry, so they share a common mental ancestry too. This common mental aspect is always unconscious until it is brought into consciousness, and when that happens the particular details are unique to each of us, reflecting our unique natures, experiences and environments, although the "big picture" will be the same for all normal human beings.


Jung said that the archetypes reveal themselves as images. If and when they enter our consciousness, they do so in the way familiar from our dreams i.e. as images of symbols, objects and people. Since dreams, according to Freud and Jung, are the "royal road to the unconscious", they will be a primary arena for the appearance of the archetypes when they seek to make themselves known to our consciousness. (Jung said that the archetypes are teleological; they are actively seeking to express themselves.) It's important to emphasise that the archetypes are controlling our mental life whether or not they become conscious. If they do become conscious then it is in image-form, Jung maintained. An example that's normally given is that every culture has a conception of a Wise Old Man. Figures like Merlin and Gandalf are classic examples of the type. (Note that an image of an archetype is called an archetypal image; the image is not the archetype itself, rather how our consciousness interprets it. The archetype, in Kantian language, is the thing-in-itself while the archetypal image is its phenomenal representation.) Jung himself claimed to have his own personal wise old man - his spirit guide called Philemon.


"Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. He said I treated thoughts as if I generated them myself, but in his view thoughts were like animals in the forest, or people in a room, or birds in the air, and added, 'If you should see people in a room, you would not think that you had made those people, or that you were responsible for them.' It was he who taught me psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche…At times he seemed to me quite real, as if he were a living personality. I went up and down the garden with him, and to me he was what the Indians call a guru."


(Many people have similar experiences but don't talk about them for fear of being thought mad. Jung himself was judged by some to be suffering from mental illness.)


Given what Jung said about having conversations with Philemon, It's odd that he omitted the idea that archetypes could also manifest themselves as sounds, language and voices rather than just images. After all, our thoughts consist of images, sounds and language, so shouldn't unconscious archetypes be capable of intruding into our consciousness in exactly the same way?


There are obvious parallels between Jung's archetypes and Julian Jaynes's hypothesis of the hallucinated voices of "the gods" arising in the right hemisphere of the brain and being obeyed by the left hemisphere of the brain (the bicameral mind theory). If we combine both theories, we get the following view of the evolution of human consciousness.



1)    DNA has a mental as well as a biological aspect. The biological part provides the instructions for building our bodies while the mental aspect provides the instructions for constructing our minds. This aspect of our DNA would create any innate, a-priori categories of perception or understanding such as those discussed by philosophers like Kant.


2)    Evolutionary changes in a species occur when gene mutations create new genes that then succeed or fail according to natural selection. If a gene is successful, it will start to gain a widespread presence in the gene pool; if not, it will steadily disappear. The odds against a gene mutation leading to a good outcome are enormous (there are far more ways for a gene to go wrong), yet it appears that gene mutations are much more successful than would occur by chance. If genes aren't randomly mutating but are actually being crudely guided in some way, that would explain a higher than expected success rate of gene mutation. This would be possible if genes had "minds" - not sophisticated minds, but minds all the same that are able to intuit the nature of their environment and vaguely steer a mutation in a direction more likely to prosper. Many mistakes are still made, but not nearly many as would occur otherwise. In other words, Darwin's hugely successful and influential theory of evolution by natural selection is only partially explained by conventional gene theory. A fuller account would talk instead about "psycho-genes" - genes with minds, genes with teleological aspects. These other aspects are not yet susceptible to scientific study. Until they are, the current implementation and understanding of Darwin's theory will remain approximate, and leave scope for attacks by Creationists and Intelligent Design proponents. (What we are saying here has nothing to do with Intelligent Design except in the sense that genes have a rudimentary intelligence that, very primitively, allows them to design themselves in a certain way, thus reducing the number of mistakes and the chaos that would ensue from endless random gene mutations.) What we are describing here could be described as Enhanced Darwinism or Psycho Darwinism, based on psycho-genes. It is obviously hard to differentiate Psycho Darwinism from conventional Darwinism since there is no currently known scientific means for distinguishing "guided" gene mutation from random gene mutation. Sophisticated statistical analysis might be able to show that the odds against humanity randomly evolving from a primordial chemical soup rather through a guided process are astronomical, but that would not constitute firm proof of Enhanced Darwinism, though it would be strongly indicative. (There are many wildly different philosophical interpretations of quantum mechanics. These interpretations, although presenting radically different and contradictory views of the nature of reality, are all fully compatible with the currently available experimental results. In other words, the experimental evidence cannot be used to support or dismiss any of the candidates even though they have practically nothing in common. Quantum mechanics is the most successful scientific theory ever and yet not one of its super-intelligent practitioners can actually say what it means. No observation can prove one interpretation over another. The same is true of Darwinism versus Psycho Darwinism. Both are entirely compatible with all known experimental results and no observation could prove one over the other, yet they present radically different models of the fundamental nature of existence. Which will you choose?) 


3)    The mental aspect of genes, it must be emphasized, is unconscious and applies to everything, plant or animal, that contains genes. The difference between ourselves and all other gene-based organisms is that we have a highly developed consciousness. Consciousness arises, ultimately, from the detailed instructions provided by the unconscious mental aspects of our DNA. As our consciousness grows, those unconscious instructions (which are intended to explicitly guide our consciousness) break through into our consciousness as images, sounds, language, voices and intuitions. There are no other ways in which they can manifest themselves consciously.


4)    The bicameral mind - the precursor of our familiar modern-day consciousness, would have had a much more obvious "archetypal" nature than it has now. Thousands of years ago, human beings would have been accustomed to archetypal beings such as Jung's Philemon appearing to them and telling them things, especially in times of crisis when urgent, potentially life-saving advice was required. In those times, the unconscious would have been throwing out a constant stream of voices, images, sounds, hallucinations and intuitions - archetypes manifesting themselves as best they could. Arguably, it is because of this ancestry that so many human beings are, in the present day, highly submissive and tolerate being treated badly: they are used to being ordered about and dominated by the voices and "gods" in their minds. (The members of the Old World Order have effectively taken the part of the "gods" that used to bark orders at people via the right hemisphere of their brains.) Jung says that archetypal images tend to have a numinous, sacred quality, making them seem part of the divine order. (Atheists might argue that it is precisely this transcendent, otherworldly nature of archetypes breaking into our consciousness that underlies humanity's "fake" religious experience.) Our modern world is full of strange phenomena that are completely ignored by science since it has no theory for dealing with them. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Psycho Darwinism not only refines standard evolutionary theory, it also offers the prospect of permitting many of the psychic phenomena that have long fascinated humanity to become amenable to scientific study via "psycho-genes".


5)    Consider the two sets of genes that are involved in our instincts for "fight or flight". Imagine that the two archetypes corresponding to these different sets of genes manifest themselves, in the case of "fight", as a military man barking out orders, or, in the case of "flight", as a runner speeding away as fast as possible and saying, "follow me". Our ancestors wouldn't have wasted time thinking. They would simply have done what they were ordered to. There is a condition called latah where victims, if they are caught by surprise (i.e. subjected to a sudden, unexpected stress) feel compelled to act out any command they hear. They can be aware that they are being ordered to do ridiculous, shameful things and yet they nevertheless carry them out to the letter. They also compulsively imitate motions of others, and if several people are present they might try to imitate all the different actions being performed. This can lead to severe injury as they manically twist and turn, trying to imitate several incompatible actions at once. It's as if they have been spontaneously hypnotized. In every way, this is consistent with the theory of the bicameral mind. Latah sufferers are perhaps the closest modern example to what our bicameral ancestors must have been like. Another good example is Tourette's syndrome. Most sufferers are left handed (implying that their right brain is more dominant than their left) and Julian Jaynes speculated that, under stress, the vestigial bicameral mind breaks through and is responsible for the uncontrolled obscenities (originating from the primitive, unregulated language areas of the right brain) that erupt from sufferers of the condition.


6)    If complex behaviors of survival value are somehow mentally encoded in genes, what else might be encoded? Perhaps we have genetic material that seems to serve no biological function at all, yet the reason it's present in our DNA is that it's providing archetypal data, perhaps of a very sophisticated kind. Imagine that great mathematical, scientific and engineering instructions are embedded in our DNA - "unconscious" instructions, but accessible in the right circumstances. Imagine that mysterious ancient feats of engineering such as Stonehenge and the Pyramids were constructed according to such knowledge. Perhaps all the great secrets of human history are encoded in our DNA. It turns out there is indeed a vast amount of seemingly functionless DNA, estimated by some to be as high as 95% of the total. Richard Dawkins says in The Selfish Gene "…it appears that the amount of DNA in organisms is more than is strictly necessary for building them: a large fraction of the DNA is never translated into protein…If the 'purpose' of DNA is to supervise the building of bodies, it is surprising to find a large quantity of DNA which does no such thing. Biologists are racking their brains trying to think what useful task this apparently surplus DNA is doing." Dawkins goes on to describe this "junk DNA" as a "parasite, hitching a ride in the survival machines created by the other DNA." In fact "junk DNA" is a storehouse of incredible, unconscious knowledge that can be accessed by the right people in the right circumstances via the mechanism of Jungian archetypes. Think of the remarkable and seemingly incredible abilities of autistic savants. Their awesome abilities in specific areas are the direct consequence of their condition fortuitously giving them full access to certain archetypes largely denied to the rest of us because of our "normality". Imagine if we could tap into those same archetypes without sacrificing our normality. Imagine the talents and powers we might unleash, ones that could transform human civilization. Imagine that an ancient society already once mastered such powers - the race that "myth" says populated Thule and Atlantis.


7)    In The Selfish Gene, Dawkins defines a "meme" as a "unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation." He gives examples of pop tunes, ideas, catch phrases, fashions etc. Memes are produced by our consciousness, enter the meme pool and then prosper or die. They aren't of course genetically encoded: no one is suggesting that pop tunes are biologically transmitted to the next generation. Jung proposed something infinitely more radical. In effect, he said that unconscious mental units of information could indeed be encoded genetically and transmitted biologically, probably in so-called "junk DNA". It can't be stressed strongly enough that it is not conscious ideas that are stored in this way, but unconscious instructions that can only manifest themselves "through a glass darkly" in human consciousness. However, if these dimly glimpsed instructions have sufficient impact on the conscious mind and prove sufficiently useful to the recipient to the extent that he sexually prospers in life then, slowly but surely, these unconscious instructions start spreading throughout the gene pool and are potentially accessible by anyone who has inherited the right genes. For the avoidance of misunderstandings, it is crucial to re-emphasize that we are saying that archetypes are unconscious mental patterns, not conscious ideas, stored in genes. They can influence conscious behavior and, if they prosper, they will spread through the gene pool, and, if not, they will perish. These ideas are not too far removed from the area of study known as sociobiology. Jung's "collective unconscious" is really a reference to all the unconscious mental instructions encoded in core genes that are common to all human beings. He defined an archetype as "an irrepresentable, unconscious, pre-existent form that seems to be part of the inherited structure of the psyche." His is a scientific theory but one, unfortunately, that is not yet susceptible to scientific study, just as the unconscious mind is not. Even the conscious mind defies scientific understanding.


8)    Genes underpin human biology and psycho-genes underpin the unconscious human mind. (We are talking about genes and psycho-genes as though they were different entities. They are of course exactly the same: psycho-genes are genes whose mental utility rather than biological functionality is being highlighted.) There was a time, not so many thousands of years ago, when humans were barely more conscious than apes. Then came the bicameral mind - the bridge between ape "consciousness" and modern human consciousness. The bicameral mind was controlled by unconscious archetypes that dominated the right hemisphere of the human brain. These archetypes seemed, to the incipient consciousness of the left hemisphere of the human brain, to manifest themselves as gods giving life or death orders. This was the Archetypal Age when psycho-genes dominated the human mind. Never was man more religious than at this time. The "gods" were practically hard-wired into human minds. Atheists would contend that this constitutes evidence that our religious experiences are psychological delusions, but the counter argument is that this religious mentality did not come about by accident: the psycho-genes that underpin the religious experience were successful in the ferocious environment of natural selection because they reflected the real order of things. Paradoxically, the mainstream religions of today are disastrous in religious terms. They provide nothing of the certainty that our ancestors enjoyed. Every day, our ancestors had the most profound encounters with the gods, arising from their own unconscious. They were steeped in the divine. What feelings they experienced, what wonders they beheld. The world was bathed in the glow of the sacred. How unfortunate most of us are today to be denied that numinous light.


9)    The bicameral mind was eventually replaced by the modern conscious mind, although bicameralism is still present in the unconscious. Our conscious minds block most of the bicameral visions and transcendental experiences of old. It's as if we have cut ourselves off from the gods, as if evolution were telling us that we are children no longer. Now the gods wont come easily to us. If we want the divine, we ourselves must become gods.


10)    Where archetypes rule the unconscious, memes rule the conscious mind. Memes are arguably far more important than genes now and control the future of the human gene pool. In the past, archetypes were in control, but they have given way to memes. Richard Dawkins said that humans are gene survival machines. He's wrong - they're meme survival machines. In a million years from now, humans will still be fascinated by Plato's philosophy or Beethoven's Ninth Symphony i.e. by particular memes. While many genes may have vanished from the gene pool in that time, Plato and Beethoven will still be going strong in the meme pool. Other meme collections will have completely vanished or will be close to the vanishing point - this is the certain fate of false religions such as Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It is now possible to understand that the point of genes and psycho-genes (archetypes) was to create scope for memes. Genes and psycho-genes are the path to memes, but memes (human culture in all of its forms) are vastly more important. If genes were at the centre of the human condition, a "red in tooth and claw" struggle would be taking place amongst humans as they vied to be top dog and command the best resources. Nietzsche asked where this struggle was. "Civilisation" - a meme construction - has done away with it. Contraception - a product of memes - actually prevents genes from coming into existence. Genes rely on sex for reproduction. Memes don't need sex; they need minds. Memes can control the reproduction of genes; genes have much less influence over the reproduction of memes. So which are the more powerful? People with defective genes who would have died in infancy can now live for decades thanks to modern medicine. Again, memes have trumped genes; they have made genes survive that would otherwise have perished. They have artificially altered the gene pool. When famines happen in Africa, aid from other countries can help to save lives that would otherwise have been lost. Again, the gene pool has been shaped by memes rather than natural selection of genes. Memes have left genes far behind. Memes, not genes, are dictating the future of the human race. We are the only species for which this is true, hence we are the most special animal in the animal kingdom. Biology, in human terms, now takes a back seat. Psychology is where it's at these days. Psychology is the study of why some memes are more successful than others. The natural selection of memes is now the cornerstone of human evolution. Cultural evolution (the arena of memes) occurs at a much faster rate than biological evolution. This is a feature entirely absent from the animal kingdom.

11)    Meme evolution is accelerating. The internet allows memes to spread around the globe in hours. People can become famous overnight. Their reproductive chances could be vastly improved by a stroke of internet luck. The trouble is there's no guarantee that good ideas will prosper and poor ideas perish. The world is awash with trivial, dumb, junk memes. As they proliferate, there's less and less room for good memes. They're pushing them aside. Someone could provide the solution to every problem of the human race and be completely ignored because most people are too busy finding out the latest news regarding Megan Fox. Satan and his archons love the world of memes. It's their message that most seduces the masses. The world has never been in bigger trouble than it is now. Junk memes are everywhere. Good memes are rapidly dying off, their place in the meme pool being taken by trivial nonsense.





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We have been given permission by "Liz" to use her account of a "Third Man" encounter. This example has all the hallmarks of extreme stress conjuring a "guardian angel" archetype into consciousness, which then gives instructions regarding what to do. It's like a personified survival instinct:


"Years ago, on a lunch break from work, I walked into the middle of a bank robbery. First, I didn't believe what was happening, then as I realized I had walked into a shoot-out my vision narrowed and time slowed to a crawl.


Bullets were flying between the police and the robbers. Two young guys with guns had walked into the bank and when the robbery went sour, they took two hostages and dragged them to their car. The police had just arrived on scene, a helicopter zooming in from above, officers in cars, on foot, and I .... walked right into it. 


In those big frozen moments when I was flooded with terror and everything stopped, I saw/felt the Angel materialize next to me. The Angel told me to stand exactly where I was and not to move, even if it looked from the outside as if I should move to save myself. One of the bank robbers leveled a shotgun at me and as we locked eyes, I saw him consider whether or not to fire. I did as the Angel said and never moved. The bank robber lost interest and pivoted the gun away. 


I wanted to bolt when that shotgun was leveled at me. It was the natural thing to do. The wise thing was to move - run - somewhere anywhere, but the Angel said no and I did as he said. The man with the gun, I still remember his face - should he fire at me or no? But then it was as if a veil came down over his eyes and he didn't see me anymore. He turned his attention away and was dead within minutes. My Angel was gone the second I was out of danger. Then I started to shake. Then it hit me. I came out of the experience unscathed, but suffering from survivor's guilt for the deaths of others (two bank robbers, two hostages). 


It's hard when your Angel kicks in but it seems that this does not occur for those around you. Why not? I have been scrupulously protected in the most outrageous situations, and yet I see others in terrible distress, suffering, fear and death. I know I'm not so special that I should enjoy such amazing protection, so there has to be a mechanism. What is the mechanism? How does the Angel kick in? I've spent most of my adult life looking for answers.


Julian Jaynes' ideas about the bicameral mind became one of my Most Favored Angel Theories about 15 years ago (I suspect trauma "reconstitutes" the bicameral mind). John Geiger's brilliant book, "The Third Man Factor," pulls the evidence together from multiple sources, outlining conditions which seem to cause the "Angel switch" to flip to the ON position.


I was raised a Buddhist so Angels and the like were never part of my belief system. I just use that term for convenience. "Angel" may create conflict in the minds of people who haven't yet had the experience because the idea is fraught with religious expectation - stained glass wings, nimbuses, beatific facial expressions - re-framing the experience as the Third Man is brilliant. A "Third Man" conveys the easy detachment and instant recognition inherent in the contact far more effectively than does the term "Angel." We humans are so close to our Third Man that when he (or she) appears we don't think it's anything extraordinary - in the moment. In his actual presence, it's the most natural thing in the world."


Liz's vivid and evocative description of her encounter with her guardian angel is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many reports of such guardian angels, and these angels are often more enduring than Liz's "emergency" angel. The key to this phenomenon may be a concept called "reification". This means taking an idea and making it into a thing - a real, tangible concrete thing ("res" is the Latin for thing.) "Liberty" becomes a statue in New York, "patriotism" becomes the Stars and Stripes flag, "treason" becomes Benedict Arnold, "justice" becomes the Supreme Court. Virtually every human concept is commonly either personified or turned into a sacred object. Anyone who mistreats the Koran - a book - has insulted Allah, apparently. An American who burns the flag insults the whole nation. If someone blew up the Statue of Liberty it would be regarded as an act of war against American liberty. This craving of humans to objectify concepts is remarkable. The reason for it is that people cannot readily form emotional attachments to abstractions. (For the same reason, a cold, intellectual presidential candidate will always lose to an idiot with the personal touch.) People can, however, invest their strongest feelings in objects, and other people in particular. The archetypes typically enter consciousness as symbols, objects, animals and, especially, as higher beings: gods. They never enter consciousness as abstract concepts. They are always reified. The reification need not stop at mere images of gods; the gods can become fully realised. They can seem like living and breathing entities, just as Philemon did to Jung. They can speak and, remarkably, they can say things that the person reifying them is convinced that he himself did not know. Some novelists have claimed that their fictional characters have taken over, so to speak, and written the books for them. Again, these characters seem to know things that the authors themselves didn't know. Aleister Crowley claimed that a being called Aiwass dictated The Book of the Law to him.


There are two realistic ways this might happen. 1) People absorb far more information during their day-to-day lives than they are consciously aware of. The characters or archetypal beings that appear to them have access to this great repository of unconsciously detected knowledge and are able to regurgitate it. 2) The collective unconscious is a kind of storehouse of human knowledge and can be accessed by these characters or archetypal beings. Either way these beings will seem better informed than the person experiencing them. Another point to consider is that these characters and archetypal beings, by simulating real people of flesh and blood, help us to empathize with others, and in fact it may be from here that empathy originates.


Many people scoff when they hear about the face of Christ or the Virgin Mary appearing in a slice of toast or the bark of a tree, but in fact what is happening here is that believers are finding in these reified images a trigger for the release of an archetypal response from the unconscious, one that is specifically religious in nature.


Reification is said to be caused by the "abstractive operator" within the brain's inferior parietal lobe. It is an extraordinary phenomenon because it can make ideas and elements of the imagination seem every bit as real and tangible as anything we have actually encountered in our lives. We could go to our deaths swearing that something that existed only in our minds was objectively real. But no one other than Jung saw his guiding spirit Philemon. Many paranormal experiences are actually instances of reification. Ghosts are usually reified imaginings. Feelings and thoughts of strangeness, mystery and the uncanny can, in the right environments, take on a quasi-reality. The widespread experience of "alien abduction" is, in the vast majority of cases, another example of reification. People, under stress, encounter in their dreams an archetype of otherness - the alien - and their minds translate this archetypal image into the context most familiar to the modern mind thanks to Hollywood movies, science fiction books and conspiracy theories; that of an alien encounter. They reify the archetypal image into a "real", solid alien and then believe in its existence without question. Virtually none of the alien encounters claimants have failed lie detector tests. Why would they? - they think it really happened. (The alien archetype has a close relationship with the archetype of the higher self since the higher self is often initially perceived as alien.)


In The Matrix, Morpheus says to Neo, "What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel; what you can taste; what you can smell and see; then real is simply electrical signals being interpreted by your brain."


The truth is we inhabit an interpreted world, a world of our own mental construction. What do we mean when we ask why the sky is blue? In fact, if every human had inherited the genes for colour blindness, no one would be asking why the sky is blue. The sky isn't blue. There aren't blue-coloured photons whizzing around. We don't know what colour the sky is or even if it has a colour at all. We know that photons of a certain frequency are scattered more by the atmosphere. These photons are interpreted by those with colour vision as being blue. But that's all it is: an interpretation. Colour is a useful construction, not a reality. The reality is hidden. For all we know the universe, in itself, may be transparent. The whole of existence could be invisible and be just a vast nexus of vibrations of different frequencies. Humans, permanently viewing the world through human goggles, will never know the truth until they escape from their human bodies.


Jung said, "All that I experience is psychic. Even physical pain is a psychic event that belongs to my experience. My sense impressions - for all that they force upon me a world of impenetrable objects occupying space - are psychic images and these alone are the immediate objects of my consciousness. My own psyche even transforms and falsifies reality, and it does this to such a degree that I must resort to artificial means to determine what things are like apart from myself. Then I discover that a tone is a vibration of air of such and such a frequency, or that a colour is a wave-length of light of such and such a length. We are all in truth so enclosed by psychic images that we cannot penetrate to the essence of things external to ourselves. All our knowledge is conditioned by the psyche which, because it alone is immediate, is superlatively real. Here there is a reality to which the psychologist can appeal, namely, psychic reality."


Our world is in danger of being highly unsubstantial. Reification makes it solid for us. The trouble is it may even solidify entities that should never be considered solid at all.


The most interesting examples of reification are the ones involving more than one person. At "holy sites" - such as Lourdes - one person can have a vivid religious experience where they reify an archetype. Others are then infected with emotional contagion and, following the first person's lead, summon up their version of the same archetype. This is labelled "Archetype Sharing." Collective experiences of the Virgin Mary are especially common. In a sense, these episodes are similar to those involving alien abduction, except they are more obviously religious in nature.


There is also a fascinating phenomenon whereby a reified archetype conjured by one person can be directly experienced by another. This is very rare and occurs most commonly where the two people involved are extremely close to each other, such as mother and daughter or identical twins, and is much more likely if both are highly intuitive to the extent that they might be described as psychic. An extremely powerful psychic - of the type that would have been regarded as a sorcerer in an earlier age - is also capable of experiencing another's reified archetype. The two parties both hear the same things being spoken by the archetypal image and can have independent conversations with it. A third person with no psychic abilities who arrived on the scene would see and hear nothing other than two human beings having a strange conversation with each other. In other words, an extremely real "vision" experienced by two people who both completely agree on the details of what happened is still by no means "real" in the sense that others would agree with. It would be regarded as a hallucination, albeit an exceptionally elaborate and powerful one. 


The myths and legends of ancient times still fire the human imagination. These are classic examples of archetypal images of the gods entering our consciousness, being reified and then being treated as real beings that have real and wondrous adventures. The gods of Mount Olympus were summoned into existence by this mechanism. (People are welcome to speculate on what other gods have come to us via this route.) This does not mean that God is imaginary, of course, but it does help to explain the huge variety of gods that have appeared across the world in many different cultures. These gods are how the Jungian archetypes of the religious experience manifest themselves in the human consciousness in different places and times.


Of course, most people these days do not have vivid encounters with archetypal figures from their unconscious. Even if they dream of them, they quickly forget the dream. Most of us are too locked into our memes and our conscious preoccupations. We have cut ourselves off from the world our ancestors knew so well. Those of us who want to encounter our higher selves must learn the techniques to break through to this mysterious, hidden world. That, fundamentally, is what Illumination is all about, and is what preoccupies the Illuminati. The Illuminati seek unio mystica - the mysterious, transcendent union with god.


Jung was steeped in the legends of the Holy Grail and Faust. He was also a keen student of Eastern Mysticism, Alchemy, Gnosticism and Hermeticism. Although he remained outside the world of secret societies, his phenomenally strong intuition gave him remarkable insights into many of the core teachings of ancient secret societies, and the Illuminati in particular. Members of the Illuminati made contact with Jung, but deemed him too eccentric to be formally recruited, though they did help him with some of his ideas and steer him in productive directions.


For those outside secret societies, Jung's collective unconscious is one of the truly great ideas whose true worth has never been properly recognized beyond New Age circles. Anyone who understands this key concept has made huge strides towards understanding not only themselves, but also the entire nature of the universe.


Jung's primary focus was on reconnecting the individual with the gods i.e. with the archetypes of the collective unconscious. He wanted all of us to find our inner divinity.





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Soul Contact


One of the great secrets of human existence is that everyone has an in-built kit for communicating with their higher self, their divine spark. The problem for most people is that they don't know what the protocol is for contacting the soul. Computers on the internet can't communicate if they don't obey the "TCP/IP" protocols: no messages can be passed, browsers won't locate web pages, nothing will work. In times of crisis, great stress or exceptional circumstances, people can inadvertently stumble on the right protocol for a few moments and enjoy the astonishing experience of encountering their soul. These are "epiphanies" and often they become the centerpiece of people's lives.


They can lead to religious conversions (e.g. St Paul on the road to Damascus), great spiritual revelations (in the case of prophets), bursts of immense creativity (artists), and great intuition and insight into intractable problems (scientists). Those who have such encounters with the soul are often desperate to make them happen again, and search in vain for them for the rest of their lives. Some particularly intuitive people, often labeled as "psychics", can make more regular contact, but again they have no conscious idea of what they are doing and their contact is not reliable. It should also be highlighted that "soul contact" can lead to psychosis in some people who are not properly prepared. The experience simply overwhelms them. 


Only one person outside the world of secret societies has managed to gain a profound insight into establishing meaningful contact with the soul. That person was Carl Jung. Raised as a Christian, he was keen to establish a credible yet transcendent psychological basis for Christian teachings. He said, "Christ is in us, and we are in him! Why should the activity of God and the presence of the Son of Man within us not be real and observable? Every day I am thankful to God that I have been allowed to experience the reality of the Divine Image within me. Had this not been granted me, I should indeed have been a bitter enemy of Christianity, and of the Church especially. But thanks to this act of grace, my life has meaning, and my inward eye has been opened to the beauty and the greatness of dogma. I am enabled to see that the Church is my Mother, but that the Spirit of my Father draws me away from her into the wide world and into its battlefields. There I find, day in and day out, that the light is threatened with extinction by the 'prince of this world', the suffocating darkness of unconsciousness."


Gnosticism and alchemy heavily influenced Jung, so it should not be imagined that his ideas concerning Christianity were those of an orthodox believer: he would certainly have been burned at the stake as a heretic if he had espoused his ideas in earlier ages.


We have taken Jung's ideas and added them to those of Freud and Julian Jaynes to produce a scheme in which people may be better able to understand themselves and where they fit in, psychologically speaking, with their soul. This material is far from easy.


Soul contact, even if you know the right protocol, is still the most challenging and difficult activity you can undertake. There are no guarantees. Each of us is on a personal journey. Each of us has our own monsters to face, our own demons to confront, our own trials and tribulations to overcome. It's a fact that most of those who embark on the quest for the Holy Grail fail. We don't make any promises to anyone. We don't say "Believe" and all of your problems will be solved. The world is far more complicated than that. All we can do is steer you in the right direction. That's all anyone can do and anyone who says differently is a liar. Then it's up to you to discover if you are one of the rare few who can enjoy the infinite good fortune of being able to make full soul contact, the greatest achievement of all.

Most of us go through life on autopilot, tuned to the wrong channel. We need to scan for new frequencies - above all for our own personal hero channel. This is a magic channel that takes us to new and extraordinary worlds, landscapes of endless possibilities and new beginnings. From there, we can bring back to this world incredible stories, knowledge, elixirs and treasures. We can educate, inform and heal. We can become the shamans, the gurus, the bold adventurers, the fearless explorers who cross the edge of the world into the Unknown Country. Only we are brave enough.


Psychologically, the hero's task is to allow his ego to perish so that his Self may be born. Whereas the ego is limited, narrow in its outlook, afraid of change, the Self is expansive, fully part of the cosmos, brimming with energy. It represents a whole new way of being, higher, more connected, more adventurous. The confines of the old ego are obliterated.


The Self can soar to new, unimagined heights. It can see the farthest horizons. It can enjoy new, glorious vistas and panoramas. When you are your Self, you walk with the gods. You have moved your centre from the mortal world to the immortal.


Everyone has access to the hero program, but few choose to activate it. Only those who do can become psychically whole. Only they can establish their true identity as complete people who have fully integrated all of the different strands of their life. They are the people who can defeat their inner demons, transcend their apparent limitations, aim for the highest stars that surround the throne of God.


It's time to become a hero. Beyond that there is only one more stage…


To become God.



Ego versus Self


No one is ever hailed as a hero for selfishly and relentlessly pursuing his own self-interest. It's extraordinary that celebrities and the super rich are treated as human heroes and gods when, judged by their greed and narcissism, they do not possess a single altruistic quality. These are people who have tirelessly worked to glorify themselves, to win and preserve the adulation of the masses, to show that they are "superior" to every ordinary man and woman. These are in fact the worst type of anti-heroes: those who are in it absolutely for themselves. They are creatures of the ego.


Psychologist Carl Jung contrasted the Ego with the Self. The Ego is the centre of consciousness and gives the individual his sense of identity and purpose. The Ego is what we imagine ourselves to be, yet we are entirely mistaken. The Self is the centre of our psyche, our real centre. It's where our true identity resides. Jung said, "The Self is not only the centre but also the circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; it is the centre of this totality, just as the ego is the centre of the conscious mind." (Likewise, the ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles, a Grand Master of the Illuminati, said, "God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, and its circumference nowhere.") The Self is nothing less than the soul, the divine spark, the higher self, the imago Dei itself: the Image of God.


We must go on an arduous quest into our unconscious to find who we really are. No task is more difficult. Only heroes can succeed.



The Hero's Soul Connection


Most people hold absurd ideas about the soul. The "soul theory" to which they subscribe arises from discredited "holy" texts of ancient religions that have demonstrably failed the test of time. Just as Abrahamic texts contain the ludicrous idea that the earth is an immovable object at the centre of the universe - contrary to all known scientific facts - so they make assertions about the soul that are equally untenable and incredible.


Modern scientific and psychological theories are absent from traditional soul theory, implying, if such theory is correct, that the soul has no connection with modern science or psychology. An intelligent person could no more believe this than believe that the earth is flat or orbited by the sun.


A select few secret societies such as the Illuminati have always had teachings consistent with modern thinking (though obviously not expressed in the same vocabulary) and have taken the trouble to continually update ancient ideas to suit contemporary thinking. Religions that are locked into sacred texts - the inviolable words of God, allegedly - have no room for manoeuvre. With each passing year they become more outdated and preposterous, thus proving that no God authored them. Imagine how anachronistic the Torah, the Bible and Koran will be a million years hence. Future humanity will laugh at them and wonder at how these crackpot theories ever managed to flourish. They claim to present eternal verities, but their "truths" haven't even survived two millennia with any credibility.


One of the central aims of the Illuminati is to show how the soul theories of the established religions have been comprehensively refuted by science, and to reveal what the authentic character of the soul is. The soul is not some spooky, anti-science entity that exists in some weird dimension defying definition. To understand the soul, it is necessary to understand the true nature of reality, and that is best done within the framework of philosophy, science and mathematics. Religion is not at odds with these subjects. Instead, it is the final meaning that emerges from them, their logical and inevitable culmination.


The conflict of religion with science is caused by "holy" texts being regarded as indisputably true when of course they are incontestably false. God is not contradicted by science, he is defined by it. God is the ultimate scientific concept. By the same token, he is the supreme expression of philosophy and the final and definitive meaning of the universe. He is the personalisation of the particle physicists' mantra that anything not forbidden is compulsory. If it is not forbidden for the evolving cosmos to attain an apex of consciousness in one being then it will definitely do so.


The soul is our connection to God. In other books in this series, we will reveal the scientific nature of the soul, but the current focus is on the connection of the myth of the "hero" to the quest for the soul, and how this is intimately related to the relationship between consciousness and the unconscious.



The Great Beyond


All paranormal activity, everything out of the ordinary, everything that transcends our everyday experiences, everything that is uncanny and spine tingling, comes from the unconscious. Our contact with the divine originates there.


Our ancestors, who possessed a primitive consciousness in comparison with ourselves, were much closer to the "gods" and felt their presence in a direct way every day thanks to the "bicameral mind". This was a concept proposed by psychologist Julian Jaynes, based on the fact that the human brain has two hemispheres ("bicameral" is an adjective meaning two-chambered). Jaynes said, "At one time human nature was split in two, an executive part called a god, and a follower part called a man." The god was a hallucinated voice that arose the right hemisphere and was obeyed by the man in the left hemisphere.


If Jaynes' hypothesis is right, voices and images of the gods were an ever present reality for ancient humanity, part of their immediate awareness.


As humanity switched from this bicameral mind that was in such close touch with the immortal gods to the modern conscious mind of mortal men, our sense of the divine shrank spectacularly. But the bicameral mind is still with us. It's locked in our unconscious, the layer immediately beneath consciousness, and from time to time it breaks through, particularly in times of high stress. Our unconscious mind is a repository of astonishing gifts and knowledge that mostly stay just beyond our grasp, forever tantalizing us.


Secret societies such as the Illuminati have dedicated themselves to probing the unconscious, to illuminating the darkness in which so much transcendent knowledge resides. To put it simply, the unconscious is the realm of the divine while consciousness is the arena of our petty, trivial, daily lives.


The conscious mind is tiny in comparison with the unconscious. It's a filtering and focusing mechanism to convert the vast, unwieldy and potentially overwhelming unconscious into a sharp, practical tool. The problem is that we now regard consciousness as primary and the unconscious as a mere oddity, as an alien entity that we ignore as much as possible because it would be too disturbing to really think about what it is and how it influences us.


In fact, it is the unconscious that is primary while consciousness is merely a useful device that allows us to engage more successfully with the material world. All religiously minded people agree that this material world is not our destiny, so consciousness is of little use in defining the meaning of our lives. Only the unconscious can help us. All transcendent states are connected with the unconscious. In order to make contact with the divine order, nothing is more critical than escaping normal conscious states.


Fasting, meditation, drugs, extreme exertion, extreme isolation, extreme pain, extreme tiredness, extreme prayer - they are all designed to bring us to a state where we can break free of the grip of our consciousness in order to release our unconscious. That is no accident. Consciousness is a restriction, a barrier, an obstacle. It holds us back from becoming who we truly are, from attaining gnosis. Its evolutionary purpose is to help us navigate the material world, not the spiritual one.


Consciousness lends itself to materialism, scientism, consumerism and the pursuit of the petty comforts and joys that we see all around us. It's strongly connected with the Jungian categories of extraverted sensing, thinking, feeling and intuition, while the unconscious is mostly concerned with introverted intuition, thinking, feeling and sensing.


Jung, when he introduced the concept of the collective unconscious, gave the modern world its first access to what ancient secret societies knew; that the unconscious is the store of all that is most profound in the human condition. It was known as the "horos" by the ancient Illuminati, the horos being an intermediate, boundary region between the world of the Demiurge (the false God) and the realm of the True God. It prevented entry to the higher realm, hid it, and ensured that only the meritorious could pass through it from the lower to the higher realm. It was regarded as a region of infinite paradox that was everywhere and nowhere. It was both a cosmological feature and an aspect of the mind.


Freud rejected Jung's idea, failing to grasp its significance. He was an extrovert, lacking Jung's extraordinary introverted intuition, a gift so extreme that many people concluded that Jung was schizoid. Freud stuck rigidly to his limited concept of the personal unconscious, unique to each individual, but it was the collective unconscious, transcending the individual, that offered a radical new way for people to understand their true nature.


The collective unconscious, according to Jung, is populated by archetypes, which can be thought of as mini psychological programs that run in the interface of the unconscious and consciousness when triggered by certain events, just as reflexes, instincts, immune responses etc. are akin to mini biological programs triggered in specific circumstances.


One crucial constellation of archetypes is concerned with the "hero" and is designed to bring it to life in all of us. Every nation, every culture, every tribe in every period of history has glorified the hero. The vast majority of novels, plays and films are stories about heroes. Ancient myths and legends are about gods and heroes; ordinary people are entirely absent except when they interact with gods and heroes. Fairytales and folk tales revolve around heroes and heroines. The word "hero" is liberally used in all parts of our society.


Why should all human societies have such reverence for the hero? Why are there no societies that reject the hero? Why is the concept of the hero so deeply ingrained in the human psyche? Jung's answer - that it's a fundamental archetype - is persuasive. We are all attuned to the hero. We all love stories about heroes. Everyone wants to be a hero. And yet most people fail dismally. Why?


Christopher Vogler, in his influential book The Writer's Journey, describes the trajectory of the hero. His work was inspired by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and Campbell, in turn, was inspired by Jung.


A special and unique program exists within us all - the Hero Program. We just need to activate it, and Vogler and Campbell tell us how to do it. It needs courage and determination, of course, and those are not qualities in great supply these days. We live in a superficial world dedicated to cheap pleasures, junk entertainment and permanent distraction. Arguably, it has never been harder to be a hero, and the harder it becomes the more our culture desperately saturates itself with images of the hero. But the "heroes" of today are a joke. David Beckham earning £25 million per year is no hero, yet he is presented on huge billboards as a heroic figure. Ditto Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bono and all the rest of the freak parade of celebrity.


Heroism is now a commodity to be bought and sold, a "brand" to be advertised and promoted. Heroes, in the past, were people who put their lives on the line for their communities and fought against overwhelming odds, often for no reward. Now they are super rich men and women who do impressions of heroes in movies, or who perform well in major sporting events.


Everything that is most sacred gets defiled and trivialized in our contemporary culture. We need to get back in touch with real heroism. That can never happen in a capitalist system that uses "heroism" as a mean of selling baked beans, beer, razors and video games.


Ironically, we have perhaps never been as skilled at portraying heroism as we are now, but it's all show and no substance. It's a simulacrum of heroism, an imitation, a cheap impression. We inhabit the fraudulent world of ersatz heroism.


Nevertheless, it's worthwhile to consider the presentation of the hero in the movie The Matrix. This conforms almost exactly to Vogler and Campbell's formula.


Archetypes that typically appear in the Hero's story are: the Herald (the character or situation that issues a challenge to the hero), the Mentor (the hero's wise guide), Allies (the hero's helpers), Enemies (the hero's opponents), the Shapeshifter (this person does not keep the same "shape" i.e. shapeshifters have an unstable identity and are often liars, con-men, hypocrites, informants or traitors; they introduce doubt into story), the Shadow (the hero's ultimate enemy - usually himself if he did but know it; the version of himself attracted to the wrong path), the Trickster (a character who plays jokes on the hero and cuts his ego down to size), Threshold Guardians (those who control entrances, exits and staging posts through which the hero must pass on his journey; can be good, but are often bad), Anima/Animus (the hero/heroine's love interest), Persona (the hero's mask to the world that he wants to shed), Ego (the hero's false self that gets in the way of his quest for his Higher Self), Aurum (the hero's fantasy self based on narcissism), the False Claimant (a character who questions the hero's credentials, or claims he was the real hero and the hero is in fact an impostor), and finally, and most importantly, the Self (the hero's apotheosis).


In The Matrix, Neo is the Hero, Morpheus is the Mentor, Trinity is firstly the Herald (giving Neo his challenge and announcing his need for change) and then his Anima, Cypher (the traitor) is the Shapeshifter, Agent Smith is the Shadow, the Oracle is a Threshold Guardian (like the Sphinx, she presents the hero with a riddle before he can continue his journey).


Neo: the Ultimate Hero


These are the steps that make up the "hero program":




Departure, Separation


World of Common Day (Ordinary World)


Call to Adventure


Refusal of the Call


Supernatural Aid (Meeting with the Mentor)


Crossing the First Threshold and entering the Extraordinary World


Belly of the Whale




Descent, Initiation, Penetration


Road of Trials (Tests, Allies, Enemies)


Meeting with the Goddess


Woman as Temptress


Atonement with the Father




The Ultimate Boon (Reward; seizing the sword)





The Refusal of the Return


The Magic Flight


Rescue from Without


Crossing the Return Threshold


Master of the Two Worlds (Resurrection)


Freedom to Live (Return with the Elixir)




The Ordinary World


This is our day-to-day life: mundane, boring, routine, repetitive, uninspiring, tedious. We are numb, on permanent autopilot. The most important element of this life is conforming to what society expects of us. We exist rather than live. We are stuck in stasis. We are nowhere near fulfilling our potential. The status quo reigns. This is a spiritual wasteland. It's the world of the persona, the public mask we wear. We are desperate to be acceptable to others. We are too scared to be ourselves, to be individual.


Many Hollywood movies introduce the would-be hero as an underpowered, vaguely depressed, unsatisfied, confused person stuck in this ordinary world.


Neo in The Matrix is literally asleep when we first see him. A message appears on his computer screen telling him to wake up. He is then instructed to follow the "white rabbit". When Trinity first meets him, she tells him that they are watching him. We next see him arriving late at work where he is clearly unhappy with his job and his tedious, uninspiring, corporate boss. This is Neo's ordinary world, and it's a very familiar one for most people.


Neo's "outer" problem is the Matrix itself. His inner problem is that he doesn't know who he is; he isn't fulfilled; he's aware that something is wrong with the world and doesn't know what it is. He can't commit himself to anything until he discovers the truth. It's obvious that something will have to change. Both the simplest and hardest thing to change is ourselves.


Call to Adventure


The hero encounters something unexpected: a problem, a challenge, something that makes him realise that his complacent and undemanding position in the ordinary world is under threat. We are all in this position. We are all being called, but most of us aren't listening. We don't want to hear it. It demands too much of us. We lack the courage. We'd rather watch TV or play video games or go the shopping mall.


In The Matrix, the message telling Neo to wake up notifies the audience that Neo will soon be pulled out of his ordinary world. His initial encounter with Trinity confirms it. Morpheus then contacts him and we start to comprehend that Neo's ordinary world is anything but ordinary. (In fact, the opening scene of the movie showing Trinity's reality-defying fight with the police and the Agents revealed instantly that there was something very wrong with this world. Most of us are denied this clear insight into the truth that sits beneath the surface.)


The call to adventure gives us an indication of what the stakes are in the story. What is the dramatic question? What issue will be resolved for the would-be hero? In The Matrix, Trinity tells Neo at their first encounter that he is being watched and is in danger. She says that she knows why he hardly sleeps, why he lives alone and why he's on the computer night after night searching for "him" (Morpheus). She says that she was once in the same position. When Morpheus found her, he told her that she hadn't really been looking for him, but for an answer. "It's a question that drives us," she says to Neo. "It's the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did."


Neo then asks the central question of the movie, "What is the Matrix?"


Trinity replies, "The answer is out there. It's looking for you. It will find you, if you want it to."


This is the perfect call to adventure. We know that by the end of the story, Neo (and us) will know what the Matrix is and we will have gained profound knowledge about the true nature of our world. We are primed to go on a great quest, with Neo acting on our behalf.


Refusal of the Call


When we get the call, we can often be apprehensive, even afraid. Few people welcome change. They are scared of the unknown and set in their ways. Although they are dissatisfied, they are in a comfort zone and are reluctant to leave it. Maybe everything will fall apart if they do something new. In The Matrix, Neo is receptive to change, but not receptive enough to take the literal leap of faith that Morpheus asks of him to escape the Agents who are pursuing him.


"This is insane," Neo says. "Why is this happening to me? What did I do?" As he tries to reach the precarious scaffolding Morpheus has pointed out, he says, "I can't do this." Through fear and doubt, he has failed to accept the call. He is too reluctant to change his ways, to leave the ordinary world, to believe in himself and his talents.


Everyone is called, but most refuse the summons. They are stuck in the comfort zone. When they are old and the opportunity has long passed, they will do nothing but regret their failure to act at this sacred moment.


In films, the refusal is always used to increase dramatic tension. We know that the hero will, sooner or later, take up the gauntlet. Often, fate decrees that there are no exits from the adventure. Sooner or later, every way out is sealed off and the hero has no choice but to face the life and death issue.


"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." -- Seneca


Supernatural Aid (Meeting with the Mentor)


 In most stories, the would-be hero meets an older and wiser figure who helps him to overcome his reluctance to act, and prepares him for what is to come.


The term "Mentor" originates in Homer's The Odyssey. Mentor was the loyal friend of Odysseus, charged with raising the hero's son Telemachus during the long years when Odysseus was engaged in the siege of Troy and then the arduous return home, during which he was cursed by the gods.


Merlin the wizard is an archetypal Mentor figure, providing wisdom and supernatural aid to King Arthur. In Star Wars, Obi Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Knight, is Luke Skywalker's mentor and supernatural helper. In The Matrix, Morpheus performs the same role for Neo. He explains to Neo the true nature of reality - that the minds of humans are locked into a computer simulated fake reality while their bodies are imprisoned in a grotesque real world where they are used as batteries to provide energy for machines. Morpheus shows Neo that because "reality" is a simulation (a dream), it's possible to transcend the rules of the simulation and do things that seem supernatural, such as flying, having super strength and super speed, like a super hero.


In more down-to-earth stories, the mentor will be wise and experienced, but will have no special powers. In the world of secret societies, adepts guide initiates. Initiates graduate through various degrees to gain access to the most secret knowledge of the society.


Most people never encounter a mentor and this is one of the reasons why they fail to respond to the call to adventure.


Crossing the First Threshold


This is the moment when the would-be hero finally seizes the moment and crosses from the ordinary world into the extraordinary world. He has picked up the gauntlet and moved from passive to active. He is no longer prepared to sit and do nothing.


Most people never cross this threshold. To them, it's a chasm that cannot be bridged. The OWO are masters at making this gulf seem infinitely wide. Many of their efforts are directed at making the ordinary world sufficiently comfortable and trivially pleasant to dissuade anyone from wishing to leave it. The zombie masses have little inclination to step out of the comfort zone. They will spend the rest of their lives engaged in the usual distractions of junk food, junk entertainment, shopping malls, sporting events, and gazing at images of themselves, their friends and family on Facebook in a narcissistic haze.


In The Matrix, the first threshold arrives when Morpheus presents Neo with the red and blue pills. The blue pill will take him back to the ordinary world while the red will take him down the rabbit hole and into the extraordinary world. The rules and limits that exist beyond the first threshold are unclear. Do they even exist? This is the Great Unknown. Fearful people will turn back at this stage. They will take the blue pill and go back to normality.



Belly of the Whale


This represents a partial death then rebirth of the hero. There is a clear separation between the hero's old self and new. He dons a new mantle for what lies ahead in the special world. The belly of the whale is a universal womb image, and within it is where the hero undergoes his first radical metamorphosis.


In The Matrix, Neo, after taking the red pill, finds himself naked like a newborn baby in a pod filled with the equivalent of placental fluid. His body is connected by wires and tubes, like weird umbilical cords, to a mechanical tower containing a host of other pods. There are countless other towers and pods, forming a vast, horrific farm where humans are harvested for the energy their bodies provide.



Road of Trials (Tests, Allies, Enemies)


The hero now encounters allies and enemies, and is subjected to ordeals as his transformation proceeds. He often fails in some of his tasks because he is struggling to come to terms with his new way of living. In The Matrix, Neo meets the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar who will be his allies. He fails many of his training tests, particularly the jumping exercise where he must leap between two skyscrapers without falling. He is told about the Agents - the sentient computer programs that protect the Matrix. These will be his most daunting enemies.


Meeting with the Goddess


The hero finds transformative love of a type he has never experienced before. It represents an encounter with the hero's anima: his idealised image of a female. (A heroine would, correspondingly, meet her animus figure.)


In The Matrix, Neo starts to develop a profound relationship with Trinity.



Woman as Temptress


The hero is drawn away from his task by temptation, often lust. In Gnostic terms, the lure of the physical world entices the soul away from the spiritual path. Many people who have reached this far fail at this point.


Neo, so in love with Trinity, does not encounter any temptress.



Atonement with the Father


The hero confronts whoever controls his destiny, usually the most powerful person in his life. This is often a father, or father substitute: a dominant figure of some kind.


In The Matrix, Neo meets the mysterious, all-knowing female Oracle who tells him what his future is. This is a critical moment.




The hero reaches a higher state of being than hitherto. He feels more fulfilled than ever before.


In The Matrix, the boy who bends the spoon impresses Neo. He feels he is gaining a greater understanding of this world. The Oracle tells Neo that he has "the gift" but is not "the One". It's as if he's waiting for something, maybe the next life (this is a reference to reincarnation). Neo feels relieved since he did not believe that he was the Chosen One, despite what Morpheus told him. The Oracle tells him that either he or Morpheus will soon die, and Neo resolves that he will sacrifice himself to save Morpheus. He is content with this decision. His life has meaning now.



Reward; seizing the sword


This is what the quest was all about. The hero takes possession of what he came for.


In the case of Neo, he now has a detailed understanding of the Matrix, he loves Trinity and he is no longer the person he was at the beginning when he was too scared to take a leap of faith. He is willing to sacrifice himself for others.


The expression "seizing the sword," relates to actively and aggressively taking the prize desired in the special world (in tales of old, it was often a magic sword or kingly broken sword, or the sword of a hero, or a father's sword).


The Refusal of the Return


Having achieved his goal, the hero may not wish to go back to the ordinary world. For Neo, no such possibility exists.


The Magic Flight


The hero takes the precious gift back to the ordinary world, but is again chased and harried by enemies who wish to prevent his escape. Often, he attempts to use "magic", special gadgets (as in James Bond) etc, to raise obstacles in the path of the chasers and fend them off.


In the case of The Matrix, they are tracked and trapped by the Agents and heavily armed SWAT teams and, despite their attempt to use their "magic" powers to escape, they fail. Several are killed and Morpheus falls into the hands of the Agents.


Neo and Trinity put their own lives on the line to save him, showing that they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the community. They deploy their full "magic" powers in order to rescue him.


Rescue from Without


The hero may need help to get him back to the ordinary world, particularly if he has been injured or weakened by his quest.


Neo is eventually killed by Agent Smith but is resurrected (or one might say reincarnated in his old body) by Trinity's kiss and her overwhelming love for him.



Crossing the Return Threshold


When returning to the ordinary world, the hero must work out how best to use what he has gained to help the community.


In Neo's case, he is now "the One" and can manipulate the Matrix at will. He effortlessly defeats Agent Smith.


Master of the Two Worlds (Resurrection)


The hero has become a messiah-like figure who has mastered both spiritual and physical reality.


In The Matrix, Neo has suffered, died, and been resurrected. He has attained apotheosis and is effectively the Saviour in this world. He can now realistically overcome the controller of the Matrix.


Freedom to Live (Return with the Elixir)


The hero is released from fear of death and has the maximum freedom to live. He has returned home with new powers, new talents, and transcendent new knowledge. By his own efforts, he has raised himself to a higher level and can now help others. The elixir may be an object - gold, a grail, a sacred stone, a miracle drug, treasure, or it can be a spiritual quality such as love, self-understanding, enlightenment, happiness, contentment, health, fame, wealth, power, peace, success, knowledge etc.


In Neo's case, it's knowledge of how to overcome the Matrix and allow the trapped human beings to escape and lead meaningful lives. He can bring everyone to gnosis.


Neo is a representation of an ultimate hero: a Chosen One, a Messiah. He undergoes a descent into the underworld (down the "rabbit hole" and into the dark underground world of the human resistance to the controllers of the Matrix.) This is equivalent to a journey into the caves of the unconscious, the heart of darkness.


His mentor Morpheus initiates him into the "mysteries". His persona (his mask for facing the world) is dismantled as he realizes that what he thought was reality is false and fake (symbolizing that most of us are false and fake in the world we inhabit). He becomes a man of the ego rather than one of the persona i.e. he has graduated to a higher level of consciousness by removing his mask. He encounters his anima in the shape of Trinity and she helps to guide him towards his true Self. (His relationship with Trinity allows him to penetrate ever further into the dark recesses of the unconscious.)


He and his companions suffer betrayal (Cypher takes the role of Judas) and Morpheus is captured. Neo risks his own life to rescue his mentor then ensures that Morpheus and Trinity return to base safely. Agent Smith then finds him. Trinity wants Neo to run, but he stands his ground. This represents his confrontation with his shadow, with all the deadly contents of his mind that will sabotage and destroy him if he gives them a chance. This is the supreme struggle. After heroic resistance to Agent Smith's extraordinary power (representing the power the shadow wields over our lives), Neo is killed. All the while, his knowledge and awareness have been growing. By his self-sacrifice he has shown that he is ready to leave the plane of ordinary humans and ascend to the divine realm. His old self (governed by the ego) must die so that he can be resurrected as his new, true self (governed by the Self).


Trinity's unconditional love and her transcendent kiss of life help him to make the final transition (symbolizing that we usually need the support and love of others before we can fulfill our potential). Neo immediately reincarnates in his former body and re-commences his fight with Agent Smith. This time, he defeats him with consummate ease. He goes inside Agent Smith's body then explodes from it in a dazzling burst of light: divine light has dispelled the shadow. Illumination has destroyed Neo's shadow and everything that was holding him back from realizing his Higher Self.


We are part of a community. We need others to maximize ourselves and, in turn, we must help others to maximize themselves. We, and our community, advance together. In our contemporary culture, the Power Elite, the Old World Order - the dynastic families that rule the world - care only about themselves. They have no interest at all in helping "the masses" to rise to a higher plane. In fact they actively oppose such a transition since if the masses were of higher calibre, their power over them would be threatened.


The Matrix ends with Neo calling the Demiurge directly from a telephone box, while an onscreen message says "carrier anomaly". Neo says, "I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change." A new onscreen message appears: System Failure. Neo continues, "I came here to tell you how it's going to begin…I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you, a world without rules and controls, without borders and boundaries. A world where anything is possible."


He then soars into the sky…a man flying into the heavens like a god.


Neo's final message is exactly that of the Illuminati in relation to the Old World Order.


It's the task of all of us to be an anomaly, an error, in the Demiurge's system of control. He can control everyone else, but never us. We will be the malfunction in the Old World Order that brings about System Failure, the complete collapse of the Demiurge's tyranny, the end of the Old World Order.


And then we will have a world where "anything is possible."





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The Unheroic Ego and the Transcendent Self


The Ego is turned towards materialism and the ordinary world while the Self is turned towards spirituality and the divine realm. In comparison with the Self, the Ego is extraverted while the Self is introverted. The more extraverted we are (i.e. the more we orient ourselves outwards rather than inwards), the less chance we have of reaching our Self. Those who have a strongly introverted, intuitive nature are those most likely to succeed in their quest to find their soul.


The Ego is locked into the Demiurge's materialistic world while the Self is our divine spark that connects us to the divine order.


We must move from the culture of the Ego (the arena of anti-heroes striving to be egotistic gods worshipped by the masses; the Satanic path of self-love, selfishness, narcissism and dominance over others; the over-rational mind that is mired in scientific materialism and rejects the spiritual aspect of life; the delusion that "consciousness" defines us) to the culture of the Self (the arena of true heroes, striving to raise everyone up to divinity, to form a community of gods; the path of the True God, of love of all, selflessness, self-mastery rather than mastery of others, of deep humility).


The greatest irony is that the masses slavishly worship and glorify "God" when, in fact, the True God is perfect humility and would never welcome being worshipped. Nothing is less god-like than the desire to be worshipped. To crave worship is to be a creature of an out-of-control ego. It is Satan who demands worship, and his followers (all of those so keen to bow and prostrate themselves) are Satan worshippers, nothing more and nothing less. The ceremonies of the Christians, Muslims and Jews where they debase themselves in their desperation to glorify Satan are grotesque and nauseating.


You should reject any religion that demands that you bow, prostrate yourself, pray constantly, restrict what you do on certain days, read a "holy" text over and over again to the exclusion of all other texts, wear certain clothes, avoid certain foods etc. These are nothing but ways of controlling you and no genuine religion would have anything to do with them. True religion is all about knowledge, liberation and salvation.





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The Soul Mystery


The soul is not some bizarre thing that exists in a weird dimension beyond the reach of science. It is not your consciousness, your ego, or what you regard as your identity. It is, however, every bit as extraordinarily mysterious and inaccessible as if it were in some alternative reality.


It resides at the heart of your psyche, at the centre of the collective unconscious that connects you to the whole of the human race. To reach your soul you must confront and embrace the contents of your unconscious mind. It's the greatest challenge of all, which is why so many questers fail. It often requires many lifetimes before you succeed. Reincarnation is an extremely complex subject that has nothing in common with Eastern notions of karma. (Other books in this series describe what reincarnation truly is.)


Yet although the soul is not easily reached, it is still within our grasp. We have an inbuilt archetypal program for managing it: our "Hero Program". All those who succeeded in finding the Holy Grail were heroes. All the great figures of ancient myths and legends were heroes. Even our cynical, cheap, junk, contemporary society is always seeking heroes. The hero is so important to the human psyche because it is the hero archetype that allows us to bridge the chasm between the Ego and the Self, between the centre of consciousness and the centre of the unconscious, between the mortal and immortal, the human and divine, the Demiurge's world and that of the True God.


Are you hero enough to succeed in the quest for the Holy Grail, the quest for your own soul? Some people think that if they join the Illuminati, their problems will be at an end: they will be told exactly what to do by those who have achieved illumination. Anyone who thinks that has no chance whatever of succeeding.


The "Hero program" is a more colourful and vivid version of Jung's so-called Individuation process, but it serves precisely the same need, for the Ego to be replaced by the Self as the focus of our psyche, for the vast unconscious to be brought into consciousness. You need to be a hero to reach the Self. After all, you are overcoming the greatest obstacle of all - yourself. No matter what the world throws at you, you have the choice, the freedom to do something about it. It may be staggeringly difficult, but that's why you need to be a hero. And if you're not a hero then what are you?


The hero's journey is the one you must undertake to be a human being who has lived to the fullest extent. This is your personal Grail quest. Most fail, but at least they tried. The worst are those who don't try: the Ignavi, the despicable ones, Nietzsche's Last Men.


Why do people flee from heroism? Low self-esteem, lack of ambition, cowardice, apathy, easily distracted by trivial pleasures - you name it. The greatest ordeal is to confront ourselves, to get rid of the all the bullshit we construct to protect our self-image, to smash down our ego defense mechanisms. We are all wounded but we can all try to heal ourselves. We can succeed if we pour our heart and soul into it.


We all have a lesson to learn. It's associated with our personal "secret", and we assuredly all have one. The Hero Program allows us to confront it, deal with it and move on to a higher level. Jung recognized that the task of an analyst was to discover a patient's secret because it was this secret that was preventing the patient from living properly. In this regard, the analyst is equivalent to the archetypal mentor. He helps the hero face the greatest challenges. He prepares him for the ordeal. But, ultimately, it is the patient and not the analyst who must do battle. The hero must find his shadow and deal with his secret wound, like the spiritual wound of the Fisher King. He must recognize the persona - the mask he wears for social acceptability - for the fake appendage it is and bring his true self into the external world. He must come to terms with his anima - the ideal of female perfection in his own mind - and recognize it for what it is: a way of compensating for qualities lacking in him. Finally he must reach into the deepest recesses of the collective unconscious and seize his Self, the archetype of archetypes, the divine spark itself. These are the steps of Jung's individuation process, and they are precisely the same steps that the hero must successfully accomplish.


When we make contact with our divine spark, we can retune to a new frequency, so to speak, and receive messages from the divine order. Our world is transformed. We have become our Higher Selves. We are like Neo as he flies for the very first time.


The Illuminati provide ten degrees of ascending difficulty for reaching the soul. Many members of the Illuminati never reach the last three mystery degrees, so being a member guarantees nothing. Why should reaching the soul be easy? Why would anyone think that? It's the culmination of a whole life's worth of dedication to the task. And not just one lifetime…many. Wouldn't you rather watch TV, go out for a drink, chat, shop, play some music, go on Facebook, do a few hours of video games (see if you can reach level 33 of that hot new release)? Most people don't have the guts, the dedication, the imagination. They love heroes, and they even fondly imagine that they are in some way heroic, but they are not. They are deluding themselves. Heroism is far beyond most people. They are so easily distracted from their goal. Like the Ignavi, they commit themselves to nothing. Like Nietzsche's Last Men, they seek petty comforts and joys. They are the masters of trivia. They always turn away from serious endeavors because they would prefer to fritter away their time. The Old World Order rely on it. Satan and his archons take if for granted. That's why they think they will never be defeated.


The hero, like the great ancient gods, suffers, dies and is resurrected. He must meet death before he can be reborn and transformed. He must sacrifice something like an old habit or belief; something that is blocking his progress. His task is to go from the humdrum, ordinary, boring world to the special, exciting, extraordinary world and bring back secret knowledge and special powers that raise him and his community to a higher level. He comes back renewed, stronger, better, and promoted to divinity.


"There are things known, and things unknown, and in between are The Doors."


Jim Morrison


 "Things known" - consciousness, the material world, Ego.


"Things unknown" - the unconscious, the spiritual world, Self.


"The Doors" - the secret doors of human curiosity leading to the possibility of expanded consciousness and communication with the divine order.


All hero stories are about the hero going through the mystical door from the known to the unknown world, the ordinary to the extraordinary world, from consciousness into the unconscious, past the threshold guardians who test the hero and block his path. He must endure ordeals that would break lesser souls then return with secret knowledge that expands the boundaries of the known world. His quest involves a confrontation with death and brings about, at the very least, a symbolic death of his old self. Every story needs a teacher, a mentor, to prepare the hero for death. The hero's supreme goal is to find his Self, to become complete and whole.


We have a divided psyche - consciousness versus the unconscious, the Ego versus the Self - and that is the cause of our problems. When we heal our psyche by bringing the Ego under the control of the Self, by illuminating the unconscious contents of our mind that had previously haunted us, we reach a higher state of being. We are unique in the animal kingdom for having this Ego/Self split in our psyche. It's our task to try to reconnect the two.





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Why are souls so difficult to detect? The answer is simple: they can easily be mistaken for other things that we would fully expect to see, things that exist in the world all around us all of the time, things that fully exist in the objective, scientific world rather than in some weird and undefined other dimension. Our world is full of light, so how, for example, would you ever see a living light entity, capable of continually changing its form since it's not tied to rigid shapes of the type we are familiar with in the material world, and know it for what it is? You would always interpret it as something else. Is a "trick of the light" just that, or is it as glimpse of a light soul?


Souls are nothing like what you are told about in religious studies at school. Souls are light. If people opened their eyes - really opened them - they might start to see what is all around them.





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The Death of the Ego and the "Birth" of the Self


In Jungian terms, the Self, the centre of the Psyche is the key to being a whole human, to maximizing human potential, and ultimately to becoming God. The Self is the imago Dei, the image of God. It transcends normality, overcomes the boundaries of the ordinary, and allows us to perceive how everything is fundamentally interconnected. It's our apotheosis. The individual's entire centre has moved: from humanity to divinity.


A god always helps the group. The Self is concerned with the community and society while the Ego is concerned with selfishness and itself. The Self is the hero leading his people to safety while the Ego is Narcissus transfixed by his own reflection in the pool.


Jung's individuation process is a strategy for success, happiness and fulfillment in life. It's a practical model for leading a good and noble life. It revolves around personal growth, around becoming consciously aware of our true self rather than our false self - the Ego - with which we wrongly identify, thus alienating our Higher Self. The Self is far beyond the Ego, far more mysterious, and links us to the divine order. The key to self-development is for an individual to rise high above his ordinary self, then look down and see how limited his personal perspectives and conscious ideas are in comparison with the vastness of the collective unconscious that stretches all the way back to the very origins of the human race, and then to the roots of existence itself.


Our Ego is only a small part of who we are; a surface phenomenon, the tip of the iceberg. We have roots that stretch as deep as human history that are never seen or acknowledged, but it is these roots that nourish our soul. We have to escape from the tyranny of the Ego, from the delusion that this is who we really are. Richard Dawkins is someone locked into the Ego, with no idea of a greater, nobler and transcendent reality. His rightful condemnation of mainstream religion has tragically led him to cut himself off from the wonder and awe of the authentic religious world. Over and over he defends a narrow, sterile view of the human race, locked in a mindless process of pointless, mechanistic evolution that strips all meaning from human existence. That is what happens to those who become obsessed with a superficial "self" and see it as the only reality. The more they defend their position, the more they distance themselves from their true Selves.


The hero must undergo a symbolic showdown with himself (via his Shadow), endure a Crisis (a turning point), a Climax (point of maximum emotion) and a Denouement (a final outcome). He must be separated from his previous existence, must undertake a descent into an underworld or special world where he will be tested by an ordeal, be initiated into new and profound knowledge and return with this new knowledge to his original world. A person who returns at a higher state can keep repeating this process as part of a dialectical improvement.


The hero is aiming for an epiphany where he clearly sees the essence of things, and is reborn as a god. He desires self-realization, self-actualization, new insights, new perceptions…gnosis. He wants to undergo an apotheosis and begin again, this time as a god.


The Shadow is the primary obstacle to heroism. It contains all the undesirable, petty, lazy, apathetic, cowardly aspects that sabotage our efforts to make the most of ourselves, to express our true and highest nature. The encounter with the Shadow is our supreme ordeal.


"If man hasn't discovered something to die for, he isn't fit to live."


Martin Luther King


The Shadow


All conflict is psychological. The wars, the cruelty, the inhumanity that have afflicted the human race throughout its turbulent history are products of a few simple psychological laws. Tragically for the world, the governments of nations comprise self-serving politicians rather than high calibre psychologists.


We live in the Shadow World, where the hidden contents of the human mind pour out in an endless torrent of callousness, violence, selfishness, greed, degradation and narcissism. That flow could be stemmed easily, simply by teaching people where it all comes from. But there are those in high places who have no desire to change anything. They love the sewers that humanity wades through. They want to watch us being debased and brutalized. We are the damned, the inmates of a planetary mental asylum. Humanity is the creature of the diseased unconscious. The toxins spill out everywhere, turning the atmosphere into pure poison. We can scarcely breathe because there's so much pollution. We are the undead, a vampire species sucking each other's blood and never seeing any true human face reflected in the mirror.


Yet we could easily escape from this twilight world and step into the sunlight. We need to demand that the political class that has failed us so dismally is swept aside. In their place, we would place meritocratic psychologists whose remit is not to manipulate how much money we have but to optimize the contents of our minds. "Psycho government" is government of people's minds, by people's minds for people's minds. If we cure the problems of the human mind, everything else - the arena of conventional politics - falls into place. Think of the trillions of dollars that would be saved if jails, police, armies, navies, airforces, nuclear armaments, conventional armaments, secret services, intelligence services, criminal lawyers, law courts were all rendered obsolete. With that money, the world could be altered beyond recognition. What are we waiting for?





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Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote that the Emperor Caligula concluded that either emperors were gods, or men were beasts. How else could the infinite distance between them be explained? The same logic is used by the OWO. If regular men and women are human then they must be gods in comparison, and rewarded appropriately. If they themselves are ordinary then regular men and women must be sub-human who deserve only the worst treatment. Either way, the financial gap between them must be made as vast as possible.


But we play along. We promote celebrities and the super-rich to the status of gods. They are the heroes of our culture, the people we want to be. We yearn for their lifestyles, their power and influence, their fame and prestige. We are in a pathological relationship of mutual dependency with them. The more they steal from us and widen the gap between us, the more we admire them, the more we want what they have. It's a form of the Stockholm Syndrome - we start to take the side of our oppressors, those who have kidnapped our minds. We vote them into power. We do nothing to challenge them. We let them walk all over us.


Human beings have an archetype named "Aurum" (the Latin for gold, although fool's gold might be more appropriate). It represents our craving for a personal earthly paradise. It's our fantasy version of ourselves leading the ideal, golden life. (Collectively, it represents our ideas about fabled Golden Ages of the past, the days of the Garden of Eden, Shangri La, Camelot etc). We project it onto others, onto those who have we want, those who are what we want to be. They are the golden people and we would give anything to be like them. We hero worship them, love them. We'll give them whatever they want. Advertisers relentlessly exploit this strange obsession, this mental illness regarding celebrity, that afflicts so many of us.


The Aurum archetype is all about temptation. Every human must learn to overcome it. It underlies our pathetic, childish worship of celebrities and the super-rich. It's what Mephistopheles offers. If we accept, we have sold our soul, just like the members of the Old World Order. They are the legion of the damned. They are legion for they are many.


Clausewitz said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. In fact, war is the discontinuation of psychological self-awareness.


Society must remove its mask. Nations must drop the mask. Hypocrisy is ingrained. Individuals have to face life more honestly. The institutions that promote hypocrisy - particularly mainstream religions and political parties - must be abolished. Our masks grip our faces so tightly we can barely breathe. Only when we strip away the masks can we bathe in the light of consciousness and taste clean air. 


We will always have a dark side, but we need to learn to live with it, deal with it and understand it. Society will be much healthier if we diminish the power and ubiquity of the mask, and let the shadow find channels of expression. Best of all would be to harness Nietzsche's concept of sublimation, to take the dark energy of the shadow and direct it into healthy areas and works of creativity. Our bodies and minds would be healthier, our culture elevated.


Nietzsche despised Christians because they hated human nature. (Sex, to a Christian, is pure sin. Pleasure is unacceptable. Alcohol is the drink of the Devil. The Christians deny their desires, renounce them, denounce them, exterminate them.) Nietzsche also hated those who overindulged their desires, who surrendered to every temptation. Sublimation was his answer to both problems. Humanity could raise itself by converting primitive drives and desires into higher pursuits - art, philosophy, science, creativity. Killing the passions was no good, and nor was submitting to them; they had to be alchemically transformed from base desires to noble ones. Physical lead must become spiritual gold.


Nietzsche admired the ancient Greeks because they were able to have great Dionysian festivals where they celebrated sex and alcohol. The rest of the time, having got the passions out of their system, they could devote to the great culture for which they became world famous. Isn't that what we need too? - new festivals of Dionysus a few times a year; Sin for Salvation. Letting it all out, so that it no longer haunts us. Then we can seek to re-direct our passions to higher goals. It is the opposite of Christian self-hate; it's the opposite of endless indulgence; it's periodic excess in order to allow the release of prolonged creative passion.


The self-haters and the sin-obsessed create monstrous shadows that crave the greatest debauchery. The over-indulgers create shadows that are neurotic, paranoid, rule-bound. Both extremes are dangerous. Sublimation, the middle path, is where harmony, balance and creativity lie.


Nietzsche advocated a union of Dionysian and Apollonian forces. Dionysus provides group ecstasy and intoxication. Apollo provides contemplation, art and reason for the cultured individual. Balance is provided when Apollo harnesses Dionysus.


Nietzsche said that Greece lost its way when Greek tragedy, under the influence of the playwright Euripides, started to lose its Dionysian energy and become too Apollonian. With the rise of Socrates and Plato, Greek philosophy also became massively over-rational. The world turned increasingly Apollonian and cast an ever-greater Dionysian shadow of horror and terror. The solution is to bring back Dionysus. When it is an explicit and well-understood part of our culture, it will no longer cast its shadow. 


The more the shadow is repressed, the more power it acquires, the more it grows, the more dangerous it becomes. If we let it grow too strong, it overwhelms us. The War on Terror is a struggle between collective shadows. A proper understanding of psychology could resolve all conflict and lead to "Crime Zero: War Zero", the condition of no crime and no conflict anywhere on earth.


Of course, there are real enemies as well as projected shadows. Satan, his archons and the OWO are all too real. Yet understanding our shadow in all of its manifestations can enable us to defeat them. If we diminish the shadow, we increase the light.


Satan is the shadow director, the orchestrator of the poisons present in the unconscious. He thrives on imbalance, on unconscious desires and unspoken fears. To defeat him, society has to attain harmony, proper balance between men and women, young and old, different races, different religions, different nations, different economic systems, different political systems.


The New World Order is based on sublimation and psychological balance. It is about defusing the shadow, both individual and collective.


The True God is unique: he has no unconscious. He is fully self-aware. Every aspect of his mind has been brought into consciousness, every "issue" resolved. Satan, the counterfeit God, on the other hand, is controlled by his unconscious. He has almost no true self-knowledge.


Gnosticism, the pursuit of the highest, transcendent knowledge, is fundamentally psychological. Knowledge grows as more and more of the unconscious is illuminated by consciousness. When we understand our minds fully then we know the mind of God.


The Imago Dei - the image of God - is within us, at the centre of our unconscious, at the precise centre of our psyche. That is what we must find if we wish to succeed in our quest for the Holy Grail.