Right, I feel a need to write about all this stuff and expunge it from my mind , thus I can return to childlike naivety.
Two years ago I walked into a bookstore in London called Watkins, London’s premier esoteric bookstore since 1893!
Shelves upon shelves of the most occult literature you could hope to find, Alastair Crowley and his Sex Magick, Hermetic arts, Kabbalah, Tarot, Angels, Faeries, Ancient Aliens, UFOs, Yoga, Paranormal, Religion, Spiritually. Literally everything, literally.
I’d been through my conspiracy phase years before so was quite familiar with many of the more provocative titles and was looking for something that contained a summation of more ‘classical’ knowledge.
Many of the books were weighty specialist volumes, reprints of editions that dated back hundreds of years. ‘True and Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Years Between Dr John Dee and Some Spirits’ circa 1659 certainly sounded interesting.
However, I was just looking for something I could fit in a satchel and accompany me to a coffee shop. Not something that required it’s own stand and a discernment of ye olde English.
With that in mind I spotted a rather more conventional looking paperback, one that wouldn’t of looked out of place in WHSmith or Waterstones (British versions of Barnes & Noble).
Only the title ‘The Secret History of The World’ belied it’s ordinary appearance. Oh and the big fucking all seeing eye.
A quick read of the preface and it sounded exactly what I was looking for;
“These days the scientific, materialistic view is dominant. Sadly, to talk about any form of spirituality is to risk being mocked…Yet there are many intelligent sincere people around who are passionately interested in it - angelology, alchemy, the Cabala, yoga, the chakras - and who are interested in groups like the Rosicrucians. I have written this book to try and show how all these things hang together, that they form a coherent, cogent view of the world…one that can be set against the current scientific, materialist one.”
I won’t go into exact details of the book, we’d be here all night but it’s fair to say I was transfixed. My Ni and Ti went into overdrive! A rough overview would be;
The world become magical again, patterns of depth and meaning were everywhere. Intuitive hunches and visions confirmed. Films such as The Lord Of The Rings, The Matrix and even Star Wars were now seen in a completely new light. I was aware of a much richer underlying subtext. The Prometheus films are very good for this also.
Historically I saw another side to characters such as Plato, Shakespeare, Pythagoras, Elijah, Francis Bacon and Issac Newton.
I learned about the long standing and ancient tradition of mystery schools that have quietly operated behind the scenes of civilization since the Egyptian courts of the Pharoah.
So fascinated was I that I furthered my field of research and bought the classic ‘Secret Teachings of All Ages’ by Manly P. Hall which goes into even more detail.
Anyways, one name that kept on cropping up in the footnotes was an Austrian fellow by the name of Rudolf Steiner. He was a member of the Theosophical society, founded by Helena Blavatsky in the late 19th century, but he left to create his own group, Anthroposophy.
Many people are familiar with the name Steiner because of Steiner Schools, an educational philosophy he created. He’s also behind bio-dynamic farming, the Camphill movement, the Weleda health company and some pretty radical architecture.
Much lesser known, he was a self-confessed clairvoyant mystic, philosopher and scientist with the most ridiculous treasure trove of knowledge I’ve ever come across. Whether you believe what he says or not, the sheer output of the man is pretty staggering. Books and lectures on everything from cosmology, farming, art, music, evolution, science, technology, history, philosophy, architecture, pedagogy and medicine.
On the more esoteric side, karma, Christianity, reincarnation, the apocalypse, elemental spirits, myths and legend, akashic records, world conception, consciousness, Lucifer, Ahriman, astral worlds, soul makeup, lots of stuff about Goethe plus some thoughts on Nietzsche. You can find it all in the link below.
Even If you don’t care for the spiritual stuff. I challenge you to read his ‘Philosophy of Freedom’ if anything, this was a man of fearsome intellect. Ti par excellence.
He also designed and built this in Switzerland during the first world war.
When it burnt down in 1922 from suspected arson. He got straight back to work and built this;
It’s called the Goetheanum and was completed in 1928 and as you can see, designed to be a little more fireproof.
On the second picture you’ll see how the architecture moves front to back, from flowing curvature to more straight and angular forms. This is supposed to represent the descent of human consciousness from spiritual awareness into the more hardened material consciousness we are encased within today. It’s also why the building somewhat represents the shape of a skull.
I spent some time there last year, you should see the inside!
Why am I telling you all this again? Well because of the evolution of Human consciousness that’s why. Materialist science says consciousness is a product of matter, a freak occurrence, the end result of millions of years of a steady bit by bit construction of random particles to which we are the end product. Eventually through the 2nd law of thermodynamics, this play of particles will disband and decay into entropy and the universe will cease to exist.
One big meaningless, random, accident of creation brought to life and back again for no discernible reason. Yet while this fate may be true in a purely material sense, we can quite clearly see that for a random occurrence, the universe is governed by laws. Planets don’t just leave their positions to smash into each other, suns don’t suddenly burst into existence then disappear again, the subtle composition of our atmosphere is just right for us to breath, the nutrients that occur in natural foods are again, just right for the maintenance of our brains and bodies.
It’s clear that there are laws that govern both the heavens and the world that immediately surrounds us. Which makes the idea that this has all just happened by ‘accident’ including our consciousness, all the more peculiar. Even in theories of the most rational reductionist logic, the end answer is always the same, we are the product of the most unlikely series of events to have ever unfolded. Like rolling a six on a dice a million times over.
As for consciousness being the product of the brain, which by logic it would need to be if one is to believe in materialism. There is a big problem, none of the main characteristics of the mind can be seen, observed or proven to exist in physical matter alone. Whilst the structure of the brain is comprised of matter, the mind it’s self, which we believe to almost sit inside the brain is nowhere to be seen. Cognitive effects can be seen of course, such as when certain areas of the brain light up when a person is engaged in a particular thought or emotion. Neuroscience equates these ares of the brain as being responsible for the creation of such phenomena, people who suffer brain damage and experience impairments support this. However we could equally state that these areas of the brain are like programmed receiving channels on a television or radio. They are designed to receive a specific frequency of data that they are best able to decode. If that receiver is damaged, the information can no longer be ‘channeled’ and thus the resulting impairments become evident. Now many of these brain functions are supported via the exchanges of neurotransmitters and chemicals, yet the point still stands, just because you can remove or add chemicals and change the characteristics of the individual you still can’t derive the salient aspects of the mind to such chemicals. Were the works of Shakespeare contained within dopamine, serotonin or noradrenaline? A mix perhaps, he got lucky.
Take ‘Intentionality’ for example. Intentionality is the ‘aboutness’ or meaning of a mental state, the ability for a mind to refer to something outside of itself. Ink on paper has no meaning unless it is conferred by a mind which wrote or is reading it. These words I’m typing now only have meaning because you, a conscious mind are observing them and imparting a meaning to them. Matter can’t impart meaning, nor can meaning be observed in matter alone. A mind has to always be present. The meaning of matter can only be derived secondarily to it by a mind. Therefore matter can’t be the entire cause of the mind because matter isn’t the source of meaning.
Which leads me onto the alternate way in which to view the world, the view that has been long held throughout human history by some of the most influential and noteworthy of figures, and also many who you’ve never heard of. Make no mistake, this worldview is held and practiced by some very powerful people, right up to the present day.
This way of seeing the world is called Idealism and esoterically speaking it differs from the commonly accepted meaning.
Idealism is different from materialism by a single distinction. It might not seem like much, but the ensuing ramifications are pretty huge. Instead of thought being the result of matter, thought or an ‘idea’ has to first be present for matter to even exist.
The premise is easy enough to understand, If I want to create anything, I have to first hold the idea in my mind. Then I can get busy creating something in material form. In fact before I can do anything consciously, a thought has to first appear in my mind, where does that thought originate? Did I think it into existence or did I merely notice it?
The worldview of esoteric spirituality is that everything in material existence is a product of a spiritual thought that impresses itself into the material world. Therefore human thought itself has its origins in the spiritual. Big changes in human development arise from these thoughts being fed into our collective unconscious from immaterial origin. Its also why the imagination is more important than knowledge, as Einstein understood.
Human consciousness seems to slowly change over time and give rise to new civilizations and developments, not to mention attitudes.
2000 years ago it was perfectly normal to fill a Colosseum and watch other human beings hack each other to death, now that would be unthinkable, instead its to watch a ball being kicked around. It’s a gradual process.
This evolution of man is carefully governed by spiritual forces over epochs or ‘Yugas’ there are four yugas of development that a species goes through, this is referred to as a planetary cycle, and lasts over 4 million years. A species can go through several cycles until the desired evolution of consciousness is achieved, the planet can no longer can sustain life or the species destroys itself it some cataclysmic war or event.
The Yugas represent the cyclical descent of humanity from spiritually aware beings of perfection into materialism and spiritual decay and eventually back again. The reason for this? Its threefold, as everything spiritual seems to be, a trinity.
- The development of your soul
- The wider development of Humanity or whatever species
- The eventual journey back to the absolute or God, before doing it all over again.
If your an immortal soul you gotta do something to pass the time, oh and this development is not just limited to the physical, it continues in the spiritual universe too. It’s not as simple as Earth, Heaven and Hell.
Basically you get to both participate in and experience the cosmic creation as means for your soul to develop in a way it couldn’t in the spiritual realms alone. Part of this development involves becoming completely separated from spiritual awareness. This is the only way that man as a species can develop his own sense of “I” and use his free will upon this planet. Its during this period where we take our development into our own hands rather than waiting for signs from the Gods as ancient man would have done. Only ancient man had a radically different consciousness to ours, they saw the kinds of things that now you’d have to ‘trip out’ to see, hence why everything from a tree to a stream was attributed as having a spirit and considered sacred.
The first Yuga is the golden age, the age of Human perfection upon Earth. The garden of Eden if you like.
The Second Yuga is when things start to fall from grace somewhat, fractions develop, emperors rise, wars take place, the weather becomes more extreme.
The Third Yuga is where disease starts to appear and human lifespans start to radically decrease, although humanity is still vastly different from what it is today.
The Forth Yuga is the ‘Kali Yuga’ and is essentially ‘our age’ it started around 3000 BCE and lasts 432,000 years it is known as the dark age. Its where humanity is at its furthest point away from ‘God’ and at its most degenerate. Although it has to be said that even within a single Yuga there are smaller cycles of evolution, some negative, some positive. Some predict a mini golden age to happen at some point within this Yuga.
Here are some prophecies about the state of humanity during the Kali Yuga from the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit account and source of the Bhagavad Gita.
-People will have thoughts of murder with no justification and will see nothing wrong in that.
-Lust will be viewed as socially acceptable and sexual intercourse will be seen as the central requirement of life.
-Sin will increase exponentially, while virtue will fade and cease to flourish.
-People will take vows and break them soon after.
-People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks and drugs.
-Gurus will no longer be respected and their students will attempt to injure them
Many people believe we are heading into the new golden age now, and that an awakening is happening. Others, such as Steiner paint a bleaker picture and identify mans increasing reliance on technology as the biggest hurdle in his spiritual evolution.
In fact it’s what he has to say about technology that interests me the most because it certainly makes you look at our ‘progress’ in a much different light, one that seems to become more evident by the day.
Anyways I’m not asking you believe in any of this, merely offering you a different point of view to consider.
Till next time!