New Dawn Magazine No. 142
from NewDawnMagazine website
But when you think about it, the
metaphor is a disturbing one.
The spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff
told a parable about a lazy shepherd who got tired of having his
sheep run off, so he hypnotized them into thinking they were men or
lions. Then they no longer ran off but stayed around so that he
could shear or kill them as he liked. (Again we encounter a
shepherd, this one more explicitly malevolent.)
His main point is that man, in his state
of waking sleep, is at the mercy of forces that may well not have
his best interests at heart - forces that will extract energy from
him regardless of his wishes.
But there are plenty of others who have
cast doubts on the motives of the spiritual powers that control our
Originally it appeared in 1988. It has never been published in a conventional sense; I first read it years ago when I was editor of the esoteric journal Gnosis and there was a spiral-bound copy lying around the office.
From my sources, I gather that he lived
in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, the time when he put his
book together. He has been featured in
an Internet interview, and there is
discussion group devoted to his
This was the name of a seventeenth century English coterie that was devoted to esotericism, philosophy, and the nascent discipline of science; it is usually seen as a precursor to the Royal Society.
Unlike the scientifically minded
gentlemen of Britain, the Invisible College of Griffith's
vision consists of disembodied spirits who claim to have inspired
the Rosicrucian and Freemasonic movements of the early modern era;
more recently, they were behind the civil-rights movement in America
and the psychedelic revolution of the same period.
The Theocrats, in the cosmology of War in Heaven, are parasitic astral entities who devour the souls of the recently deceased.
The normal course of the soul's evolution involves repeated reincarnations on earth. But these incarnations, as we well know, can be extremely unpleasant at times. The Theocrats have avoided this disagreeable option by maintaining a semi-perpetual existence on the astral plane, fed by the souls they eat.
Their strategy is simple.
To make this vision even more
disturbing, Griffith (or his guides from the Invisible College)
contends that practically all of what we think of
as religion is nothing more than a
As a result, the Theocrats had to refine
and update their methods of mind control.
Ancient Carthage, the great rival of Rome for domination of the Mediterranean, was one example.
When the Romans decisively defeated Carthage, they razed the city and sowed the ground with salt. Salt is traditionally a substance used for purification, and some have said the Romans did this to cleanse the land from all the human sacrifice that had taken place there.
Aztec civilization, which in many ways was superior to its European contemporary, was another example: for all its might, it was destroyed by a few hundred Spanish adventurers on horseback.
If this were true, it would cast a weird but revealing light on what I have characterized in the accompanying article as the religions of the Age of Aries.
They were so obsessed with animal sacrifice - which otherwise seems to be rather a pointless activity - because the Theocrats wanted it.
To solve this problem, the Theocrats invented fourth-stage religion - the religions that most of the world knows today.
These religions are essentially those of
what in the
accompanying article I have called the
Age of Pisces.
Originally the Buddha was different:
But his later followers, who distorted
his teaching into a religion based on faith in Buddha, became
subservient to the Theocrats.
There have been few more disturbing
portraits of the religious history of humanity than this.
They, along with some enlightened human souls who have managed to avoid the Theocrats, constitute the Invisible College.
While the Theocrats have been sending telepathic suggestions to their unsuspecting followers on this plane, saying that all you have to do is believe in the Theocratic gods and trust them, the Invisible College has been transmitting the opposite message:
They inspired the Rosicrucian and Masonic movements of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the accompanying impulses toward democracy, freedom of thought, and even atheism.
After all, it is better to believe in no
God at all than to open yourself up to a parasitic astral
This effort has led to a reaction by the adversary - "fifth-stage Theocracy," which,
Some groups originally inspired by the Invisible College are co-opted by the adversary.
It's not possible here to go further into Griffith's bizarre but fascinating vision.
But there are some things that keep me from dismissing it entirely. The first is the collective madness of the human race - its pathological desire to rage and destroy, its hatred of its benefactors and its insane worship of its most vicious victimizers.
There is a point beyond which we cannot explain this by mere mammalian aggression - which, as a matter of fact, does not have such destructive properties in other mammals. Psychology and sociology have no explanations for this mass insanity and show little interest in finding them.
If there were such entities on the
astral plane trying to control and manipulate us as Griffith says
they are, this behavior would at least be comprehensible.
It is true that, in the West at any rate, mass hypnosis by low-grade religion is losing its hold. But no sooner has this happened than we see a whole new series of mechanisms for putting people back to sleep - the "electronic mind control" that Griffith mentions.
It is very hard to go into a public
place and see people bewitched by their laptops and smart-phones
without wondering if something like this is going on.
And while I suspect there are low-grade
spiritual entities that very much resemble the Theocrats described
here, I am not so convinced that they explain everything about human
In the first place, make a conscious effort to develop your own psychic powers during this life.
In the second place,
In other words, those accounts of near-death experiences are true - but they're not to be taken at face value.
That's probably a sound
rule of thumb
for all spiritual experiences - no matter how good or bad they seem.