10 - Secret Societies and the Links to the Enlightenment

One of the most profound enigmas of the existence of secret societies is and has always been why people join.

  • Why do people find these groups so interesting?

  • What is being sought?

There are the usual and obvious answers to these questions:

We are all searching for enlightenment in our own way, and each person finds it in different ways - hence the need for so many kinds of secret organizations.

This has been called a void that we need to somehow fill; an emptiness within each one of us that calls out for a higher being or state of consciousness.


Some psychologists believe that this is an evolutionary aspect of our lives, that within us there is a constant urge to improve and a deep-rooted hope. This hope makes us strive for more and, thus, we become the strongest and fittest of the species - hence evolution.

But, there is a truth in this that has missed many. There is a void within us, quite literally. This void is the lack of the true enlightenment experience. There actually is a higher state of consciousness. If it were not so, then the feeling and emotions that drive people towards rediscovering it would not be so strong and so universal.


It is not - and I have to state this each time - the kundalini, which is a troubled and yet beautiful human electrobiochemical reaction.


To follow this ancient Hindu concept to the letter is, in the first instance, next to impossible because texts do not exist, and secondly it is highly dangerous and can easily lead to psychosis and other forms of mental problems. It is one aspect of the true inner wisdom, but not the only aspect.

Over the millennia, the secret societies, and, indeed, some religions of the globe, have attempted to bring us back to this state of consciousness, but they have, more often than not, utilized it for their own gain - power. How do we know this? A quick study of the secret societies of the globe will show that the enlightenment experience has been used in every single occasion to draw people in and keep them.

From as early as the 11th century, an enigmatic group known erroneously as the Assassins emerged in Persia. They take their name from Hashish (hashish-im, “hashish takers”), a trance inducing drug thought by many to help the leaders control the minds of the subverts. The name was originally an insult.

In one famous apocryphal statement of folklore, Hasan, son of Sabah, the Sheikh of the Mountains and leader of the Assassins said to an official of the emperor’s court,

“You see that devotee standing guard on yonder turret-top? Watch!”

The sheikh made a signal and immediately the devotee threw himself off the mountaintop precipice to his death.

“I have 70,000 men and women throughout Asia, each one of them ready to do my bidding.”

In the first instance, this is amazing control over the mind of another individual.


In the second, it implies that the Assassins were much older than this early appearance, with 70,000 devotees cast throughout Asia. No society can set up that many devotees over night. It would take many years to cultivate this kind of following, and it would also take a lot of convincing - unless there were an easier method of control, that is!

As if to mimic or follow an older institution, the Assassins went through a cycle of initiation based upon seven levels. This relates entirely to the seven chakra points of initiation in the close-by Hindu tradition - a tradition based around the energy of the serpent. It was at the seventh level that the Assassins reached the “great secret,” that all mankind and all of creation were one, and that everything was part of the whole.


This great secret included being part of the whole and understanding its creative and destructive elements (order and chaos).


The Ismaili (Assassin initiate) could therefore make use of this great power held within him. They firmly believed that the rest of mankind knew nothing of this power, with the exception of the other societies.


The power came through the use of the drug hashish and clever ritualistic involvement - making the Ismaili feel part of a greater good, as a “chosen one” - a feeling Adolf Hitler would later use to gain control of the German people. There was, however, an eighth level that was slightly separate, and this taught that all religions and philosophies were false, and that the only thing that mattered was fulfillment of this greater power, which lay within.


Contrary to popular belief, the Assassins were not just Muslims; they were not under any category that is currently known other than secret society. It was only later on in their existence that they had to turn to Islam as a means of survival, and even then they granted themselves special privileges that allowed them to alter religion at will.

The Assassins are (rightly) always linked to the Knights Templar.


These groups had dealings with each-other and a mutual respect. There are even monetary dealings between the two groups. Could it be that the Templars understood this greater secret and brought this “Holy Grail” of enlightenment back to Europe with them? It appears so, as we saw in the tales of Arthur and Robin Hood.

The whole process certainly relates to the serpent energy or fire of the ancients around the world, which was related to the serpent cults I revealed in the Serpent Grail. But there is another piece of evidence that relates to this. The second Grand Master, Buzurg-Umid (Great Promise), situated himself at Alamut, otherwise known as the Viper’s Nest.


There are further links to the Templars in that Buzurg-Umid actually made a deal with King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, a man closely connected to the Templars. In 1129, the Templars and crusaders actually allied with the Assassins to take Damascus. This is an indication that the Assassins were not just Muslim and were even prepared to take on the cloak of Christianity, should it bring them further power.

The secret rituals of the Templars and the accusations made against them would relate entirely to the cult of the Assassins.


The question has to be asked,

did the Templars utilize the same mind-controlling techniques as the Assassins?

There is evidence to suggest that the Templars, in connection with the Assassins, actually understood the use of drugs, especially for the relief of pain. In his book Sex and Drugs, Robert Anton Wilson indicated his belief that the Templars used hashish, and learned the use from the Assassins.


This is not an unreasonable assumption, given the links. There are links to be found in the Templar rituals and beliefs with much of the Middle Eastern religions. There is even Sufi influence, with the Golden Head of the Sufi being implicated as the Baphomet of the Templars.


This Golden Head, as Idries Shah points out in The Sufis, was implicated as the,

“worship of a mysterious head [which] could well be a reference to the great work of transhumanization that takes place in the aspirant’s own head.”

This was the idea that one’s own humanity was transmuted into gold through the enlightenment experience and thus the secret of alchemy is revealed - virtual kundalini.

Also, the initiate ritual of the Sufi involved passing through a doorway of two pillars. This entrance symbolized the portal into a world of illumination, knowledge, and enlightenment.


The illuminated eye of god set within a triangle.

A symbol used later by the Illuminati

If it is true that the Freemasons emerged from a font of Templar knowledge, then this could be one of the origins of the twin pillars of the Mason guilds.


It is also similar to the twin pillars that pilgrims to Mecca must pass through (Safa and Marwa).

Parsi (Persian Zoroastrianism) influence is also seen in the Kusti ritual. Each day they would tie a sacred cord around their waist. The fact that the Templars were accused of holding a ritual with a sacred cord closely resembling the practice of the Zoroastrian Kusti, indicates a tradition of knowledge going back through thousands of years.

These traditions can also be seen in that great Roman religion of Mithraism, in which the initiate was marked with the sign of the cross on the forehead. This was to signify the sun and the place of illumination, the very same as that of the Hindus, ancient Egyptians, and tribal Americans to name a few.

Much of this ancient and supposedly secret teaching was passed in what is known as Gnosticism. All Gnostics cannot be drawn into one bag, but there is a general theme - that of illumination and enlightenment. The methods are now familiar to us.


Many believed that, through a frenzy, they could achieve the ultimate state, and others believed that, by fasting and mediation, they would be drawn closer to God. The results were the same: a deeper understanding of themselves and the belief that they were in touch with God.


This ecstasy would invigorate, and, similar to being in a Nexus, the initiate would constantly want to re-achieve this state, thus keeping him in the fold. The experience being so very real to the religious mind that they truly believed they were in communion with God. And this is why I constantly draw a line at the kundalini, because it has dangers that its proponents not only refuse to see, but can’t see because of its very nature!

The various methods used to access this altered state are very ancient.


The ritual abstinence from food was as old as man. Practiced in the rituals of Eleusis, of which Plato himself was a member, the initiate would undergo a prolonged period of fasting, followed by a period of waiting. This increased the sense of anticipation and heightened the mind, which would create the event in his mind before it actually occurred. No leader could ask for more.


Eventually, the initiate was lead into the temple, where he enjoyed a ritualistic meal and, thus, great effects were produced in the body with increased levels of sugar in the blood, the mind almost in a trance state. There was whirling like the dervish, sleep-inducing drinks, and play-acting by the great and seemingly powerful priests. Sacred objects and sacred words were then, at this point of heightened state, revealed.


The age and breadth of this system of indoctrination can be seen in the closing words, “Cansha om pacsha,” a Sanskrit term.


Indeed, it is accepted by scholars that these rituals emerged in India from the ancient Brahmins. Strangely, these rituals also involved a sevenfold cord that marked the passing of the initiate.

As Aristotle wrote,

“Those who are being initiated do not so much learn anything, as experience certain emotions, and are thrown into a special state of mind.”

This “special state of mind” was a plasticity of the initiate that the priests could bend and manipulate to their own ends; just as the Old Man of the Mountain manipulated the Assassins.


The initiate truly believed he or she had visited other worlds.

All these methods and means of manipulation were passed on through time into all manner of modern secret societies.


In the High Priesthood of Thebes, a society first revealed in Germany in the 18th century, it was written of the initiate:

He was led to two high pillars between which stood a griffin driving a wheel before him. The pillars symbolized east and west, the griffin the sun and the wheel the four spokes of the four seasons.


He was taught the use of the level and instructed in geometry and architecture. He received a rod, entwined by serpents and the password Heve (serpent), and was told the story of the fall of man.

(Enquire Within, The Trial of the Serpent)

The symbols within this initiation are now obvious and ancient.


In the initiations and rituals of witches, similar themes are found. Whirling, dancing, and a general build-up to frenzy would bring the participant into a trance state - known today as catharsis. This was helped along with drugs, such as the “ointment” used by the witches to help them fly and which contained hyoscine. The leader would then guide them through a set-piece ritual of words and incantations leading to complete mind control.


With such control, as in many religions, the participant would often give up his or her own family and friends. This is the origin of what we call in modern times a cult, and it can now be realized just how hard it is to break out of a cult.

This awakening of the mind through ecstasy is, on the one hand, a release from the norm and a breakthrough for the mind into a freedom state, but on the other hand it is a dangerous tool, used by many cults, secret societies, and mainstream religion to control and manipulate the masses for their own ends.


It may be that some have nothing but good intentions at heart, but history has shown, repeatedly, that greed is all-powerful and can take the soul of many well-meant groups.

The lesson is, be careful in what and whom you believe.

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