by John Lash
March 27, 2005
revised 16 October 2010
A Collector's Edition entitled "Secrets of the Da Vinci Code," published by US News and World Report, features a brief interview with James Robinson, general editor of the Nag Hammadi Library in English.
Correcting Dan Brown’s reference to the Nag Hammadi texts as scrolls, Robinson points out:
Amazingly, whatever the significance of their content - and we have yet to comprehend what that might be - the Nag Hammadi Codices (NHC) are the earliest surviving examples of bound books.
Close reading of these arcane materials shows that Gnostics, as teachers in the ancient Mysteries were called, were deeply concerned with alien intrusion upon humankind. Entities they called archons appear to be identical to the ETs of modern UFOlogy.
The codices indicate both Gray and reptilian types: namely, a reptilian or "drakonic" type and and a neonate type, suggested by the image of a prematurely born fetus. The former are the overlords, the latter, servile, robotic drones who obey a hive-mentality.
The NHC do not contain graphic physical
descriptions of these alien intruders, but present ample information
to profile them comparatively with the two types of ETs most widely
Their name derives from arche-, "first, from the beginning," because, according to Gnostic cosmology, they emerged at an early stage of the solar system previous to the formation of the earth. These bizarre entities may be regarded as a locust-like species of cyborgs with silicon-based bodies so designed to permit only brief forays into the earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere.
They inhabit the solar system at large,
traveling among the planets in alien-engineered spacecraft. Gnostics
texts hint that they may be compared to custodial engineers of the
inanimate clockwork mechanism of the system. Some, but not all, UFO
sightings and abductions may be attributed to them.
They infect our imagination and use the power of make-believe for deception and confusion. Their pleasure is in deceit for its own sake, without a particular aim or purpose. They are robotic in nature, incapable of independent thought or choice, and have no particular agenda except to live vicariously through human beings. They are bizarrely able to pretend an effect on humans which they do not really have.
For instance, they cannot access human genetics but they can pretend to do so, in such a way that humans fall for the pretended act, as if staged events were taken for real. In this respect, archons are the ultimate hoaxers. The trick is, if humanity falls under the illusion of superhuman power, it becomes as good as real, a self-fulfilling delusion.
This is the essence of archontic
The Gnostic view of their role closely matches the "flyers" in The Active Side of Infinity, the last book of Carlos Castaneda, who says that the flyers are,
There are numerous close
parallels between Castaneda and Gnostic
The account of how the overlord of the authorities,
To sort out and clarify what the
Sophianic narrative may have to say about the test of the archons is
a great challenge to our understanding of the Gnostic message and
how it can benefit humanity today.
This startling line alludes to the Gnostic view that the planetary system we inhabit resulted from the impact of a massive power surge from the galactic center - in mythological terms, the "fall" of the goddess Sophia.
Sweeping over a region of lifeless
atomic matter in the galactic limbs, this tsunami of core energy
produced a planetary system complete with a resident species, the
locust-like archons. At first the planetary system was a merely
whirlpool of agitated matter, like a beehive under construction with
bees swarming around it. Then it became centered on a newborn star,
the sun of our solar system.
The other planets conglomerated from vast fields of inert atomic dust, but the earth grew organically from the original plume of core energy: that is, from Sophia’s alive, animating, self-awareness, a pure torrent of galactic luminosity (Organic Light). Weird as it might sound, this view is not incompatible with modern astronomy.
Science affirms that the solar system at large is dominated by inorganic chemistry that does not support life as it occurs in the terrestrial biosphere, where organic chemistry is the norm.
This being so,
If that were so, how it could happen has
not been demonstrated or proven by science. It has been assumed as a
abiogenesis), but not proven.
The observation of the difference
between the inorganic and organic aspects of our solar system led
James Lovelock to formulate the
Gaia Hypothesis. In
Not in His Image, I show how key
points of Gaia theory correlate to the Gnostic cosmology of the
gallen goddess, Sophia.
Sophia is the Anima Mundi, the soul of
But what about the earliest known writings in any form? Archeologists tell us that cuneiform writing was invented in Mesopotamia around 3200, long before bound books appeared. The cuneiform record on clay tablets presents a fascinating repertoire of stories about human prehistory.
Cuneiform texts such as Atrahasis, Enuma Elish, and Enki and World Order, describe a non-human race called the Anunnaki,
Sitchin is well-known for densely
researched books on
the Anunnaki, whom he identifies
with the Biblical
Nephilim and/or “the Watchers” of the
Book of Enoch. These are alien
entities who “came into the daughters of men,” as Genesis says. In
short, they interbred with the human race.
Thus, an alien “interbreeding program” is central to the Anunnaki narrative.
This is also a key event in the "reptilian agenda." Indeed, it may be considered the foundation myth of that agenda. A foundation myth is a story that legitimates a social or cultural custom or order. It is worth noting that the Anunnaki script is the foundation myth of theocracy, rulership by the gods or descendents of the gods.
theocrats claimed descent from the reptilian alien race.
How amazing it is that the oldest known writings and the earliest surviving books both tell the same story!
The cuneiform tables and the Nag Hammadi
books both describe an alien intervention scenario. To my knowledge,
no attention has yet been given to this remarkable coincidence.
The trained seers of the Mysteries had a
definite fix on the Anunnaki, including a view of their origins and
motives, and within that view, they took a critical approach to
intervention. In short, they deconstructed the Sumerian narrative
and exposed part of it to be a fabrication, a lie.
We are not told the source of the story, who authored it. By contrast, we know that the NHC texts come from Gnostic sects of the pre-Christian Mysteries. Although the authors remain almost all anonymous, we know them as having been participants in that ancient tradition of spiritual education, the Mystery Schools.
The resident seers of those organizations took special interest in a panoramic view of human evolution, with particular attention to interference from non-human channels, but they did not report that the human species has been engineered by alien forces.
Several passages in the NHC describe the "alien interbreeding program," yes, but always treating it as a failed venture:
This is one of several riveting passages that show Eve, the primal woman who represents the human race, outwitting the archons.
Another text describes how Eve leaves
her “phantom image” for the archons to defile, but they are unable
to access her body, i.e., human genetic structure. If the Gnostics
knew what they were talking about, and were not themselves merely
fabricating a tall tale, the Archon/Anunnaki race did attempt to
interbreed with humanity, but failed.
That possibility must be allowed, but can it be investigated?
Consider this: actual alien intervention in human genetics would have an effect, obviously, but equally so would a false claim of intervention were it taken for real. The physical and evolutionary effect of genetic intervention would, however, be impossible to trace without samples of pre-intervention DNA to compare to modern DNA.
So, even if it is literally true, the
cuneiform story cannot be confirmed, or refuted, scientifically.
To get an idea of what can happen when people believe a false story, consider the panic reaction to Orson Welles's radio program, "The War of the Worlds," announcing an invasion by Martians.
The invasion was a fiction but it produced a massive panic, as if it were really happening.
War of The Worlds
Orson Welles - Radio Broadcast 1938
This famous stunt (regarded by some today as a government- backed psi-ops experiment on the public) exemplifies the archontic power of HAL, simulation.
The power of a HOAX happens to be
extremely strong in human reality, due to the gullibility of our
species combined with our high imaginative talent, i.e., the
capacity to live our mental fictions and inventions.
But what if they are not provided?
If you are presented, say, with a fake terrorist alert, you will be strongly inclined to react as if it were real unless you have preponderant evidence to the contrary.
Psi-Ops (Psychic Operations) tactics use the dynamic of the subconscious mind, unable to discern fact from invention, to subvert the operations of the rational mind, thus breaking down and overpowering the capacity for discrimination and choice.
Trick someone in that way and you have
them in control, under your "authority". Although in fact you
command no real power of them, the fabrication taken for real
commands the mind and actions of those so duped. In the aftermath of
the 9/11 terrorist events, many people around the world have had
occasion to consider the archontic power of simulation.
Gnostic seers appear to have understood that the interventional power of the archons is pure fakery, like the special effects of the Wizard of Oz. But for humanity, imagination is powerfully real and directs our purposeful behavior in a crucial way: we have first to imagine a goal or objective in order to pursue it. Presented with a decoy in place of a real objective, we will pursue the decoy and adapt our behavior to a false set of events.
The Sophianic story about the testing of
the archons may refer to the risk of pursuing fake objectives, such
as a "war on terror," when we fail to apply our intelligence to the
quest for a true version of events.
The intervention story tests human credulity and poses a riddle:
The “Reptilian Agenda” propounded by David Icke and others is an extrapolation of the Sumerian cuneiform story.
If the Gnostic critique of the Anunnaki script is correct, this would amount to the unwitting perpetuation of an ancient hoax. Icke and others such as Michael Tsarion and Jordan Maxwell appear to be completely uninformed about Gnostic teachings on the archons. If so, they cannot benefit from the critical commentary of those veteran seers and clairvoyants, the initiates of the Mystery Schools.
Moreover, they do not question Sitchin’s weak points: namely, his inability to confirm the return of Nibiru, the home planet of the Anunnaki, by astronomical science, and his failure (or refusal) to describe their physical appearance.
Most ET speculators who follow Sitchin
assume the Anunnaki are reptilians: for instance, R.A. Boulay
Flying Serpents and Dragons
- an excellent book, by the way, and more deeply researched
than Sitchin in some ways.
Here again the Mystery teachers offer wise counsel concerning the reptilian factor in human evolution. According to the Gnostics, the serpent in the Garden of Eden was a benefactor because it advised the first humans to eat the forbidden fruit that opened their eyes to heightened or paranormal perception.
The Reality of the Archons says explicitly:
This passage identifies the psychophysical energy known in Asian mystical practices as kundalini, the serpent power.
This electricity-like spiraling energy belongs equally to the cosmos, the earth, and the human body, integral to our corporeal and spiritual make-up. It has been universally equated with goddess divinities or shaktis. Raising kundalini is the aim of yogic practices that have persisted for thousands of years.
The serpentine power is also the form of divine energy-intelligence witnessed by countless people who have undergone ayahuasca trance.
Veteran shamans assert that this
serpentine power is an actual dynamism of nature, a supernatural
creature to be encountered in the altered state of ayahuasca trance,
over and over again. Sacha Mama, the great serpentine wisdom
goddess of the Amazon, is identical with the Rainbow Serpent
of the Australian Aborigines. Countless other examples and parallels
of the "female spiritual principle" could be given.
A serpent is a reptile, but not every reptile is a serpent. An iguana, a salamander, a monitor lizard from Indonesia - these are reptiles, but not serpents. No one mistakes a lizard for a garden snake. The snake exhibits a particular legless morphology of the reptilian class of creatures, distinct and separate from other reptilians.
But where in all the accounts and
analyses of the reptilian agenda, does anyone make this obvious
distinction? Nowhere. So far.
In all esoteric systems, eastern and western, the serpent is the agent and symbol of wisdom - Sophia. In Asia and the Western Mysteries, masters of the coiling energy were called "serpents of wisdom."
They were teachers, healers, and guides,
theocrats or tyrants who claimed
descent from alien serpent gods. Gnostic initiates and their
counterparts in the ancient world never claimed to be descendents of
off-planet deities, as theocratic rulers did, citing the Anunnaki
Eve, the instructor, did not merely eat
the forbidden fruit presented by the snake in Eden. She herself is
an instrument of the serpent power. The role of this power as a
teacher, healer, and visionary guide to the human species is
immeasurably great, and the record of its presence stands out
everywhere in ancient mythology, mystical and esoteric traditions,
and indigenous lore.
To confound the divinely endowed serpentine power integral to our biopsychic functions with the alien reptilian menace is grotesque, a ridiculous error. The difference between the two is as clear as day, once it is pointed out. No one doing research into ancient esoteric and mythological lore could fail to note that difference.
Yet David Icke gives no indication of doing so anywhere in his writings and talks.
He dwells on the reptilian menace as the
problem facing humanity, but ignores the serpentive endowment
provided for the solution to that very threat. He explains in detail
the fight-or-flight impulses of the
R complex or reptilian brain
without a word on the serpent power that resides in the spinal
column, informs the subtle anatomy of the chakras, and enlivens the
entire network of the autonomic nervous system.
The Gospel of Philip describes the
use of the serpentine power Kundalini to repel
alien intrusion. Mystery teachings on sexual mysticism
and anointing of the human immune system with Light can be found in
my commentary on that text in the
Nag Hammadi reading plan.
Unfortunately, most of the chatter on the reptilian agenda ends up providing hype for the scaly intruders, who are enormously overrated, I would warn. Gnostics taught that the signature of the archons is HAL, the Coptic word for "simulation."
They warned us in no uncertain terms to distinguish between what the archons can actually do, and what they merely simulate with the alien technology of VR, virtual reality.
These cosmic cousins of ours may be lolling in perverse delight at bringing humanity down to their level, turning us into monsters of aggression and conformity, slavish control-freaks. If they prevail it will be by tricking us to annihilate ourselves.
What if arch-CON power looming over us
depends upon the
CON we perpetrate in our own minds, giving our
power away to them?
There has always been an intrepid corps of enlightened warriors who resist the alien game on this planet, but current discourse on the reptilian agenda, led by David Icke, fails to recognize the nature of the Mystery cells as bastions of resistance. Imagination fuelled by kundalini gives total immunity to alien intrusion, Gnostics taught.
There is no hint of this solution coming
from David Icke in his recommendations for facing the reptilian
He has conflated the ancient agenda of hierarchal mind control with the teachings and practices of the Mysteries. This is dead wrong, and not supported in any way by historical evidence.
There is not one single fact or reference in ancient history that shows the Mysteries in that light. By tarring adepts of serpent wisdom with the same brush as the reptilian-inspired Illuminati, Icke grossly misleads his readers. By intention? I would say not. Rather, by lack of qualification in handling the material on sacred mythology and ancient esoteric traditions.
Lately, perhaps, he may be taking a different view.
His recent book, Human Race Get Off Your Knees, contains one sentence that qualifies his previous wholesale condemnation of the Mystery Schools as Illuminati think tanks:
Well, fancy that, matie.
According to Zulu shamanic teachings imparted to him by Credo Mutwa, Icke now asserts that "humans are from Orion" (p. 312).
The claim that the human genomic template (called Anthropos in Gnostic writings) is nested in the Orion Nebula, and the crucial role of predatory felines in humanity's effort to right our course and align with the planetary animal mother are distinctive elements of the visionary practice developed on this site. And until now these two features have been unique to this site, as far as I know.
Is Icke now borrowing some insight or
thematic material from metahistory.org? That is up to him to say.
Consider his most recent book, where he describes his experience in an ayahuasca trance.
Apparently, a disembodied voice pronounced to him a flurry of New Age platitudes about cosmic unity and divine love. His account of "The Voice" he heard after taking ayahuasca runs against the testimony of South American shamans and Western initiates of the ultimate snake medicine.
Testimony on the repeatable and verifiable core of this experience is clear and consistent:
Isn't it odd that when Icke has the
opportunity to meet, at first hand, the benign serpentine presence
that he so scrupulously ignores in his expose of the reptilians, he
entirely misses the chance?
Those glistening forty-foot coils are a little hard to overlook. I assume that Mr. Icke is reporting honestly on his ayahuasca session. Apparently, he experienced nothing of the sort. That would make his session a glaring anomaly, an exception to the many accounts of ayahuasca trance initiation.
But in all fairness, it does take some
people a number of sessions to break open and fully surrender to the
awesome presence of the great medicine snake.
It would be irresponsible to ignore the
deconstruction of those accounts found in the Nag Hammadi Codices.
No ancient court was without a "Chaldean" or psychic medium, if not a whole team.
Is it surprising that psychics advising
the theocrats would produce a story to please their masters:
specifically, a story making the tyrants out to be descendents of
“gods" and, at the same time, slaves (albeit privileged ones) to the
higher race that claims to have created them? This message is
schizophrenically ambivalent, and as such totally consistent with
the split-mind bias of channeled material and the mentality that
They suffered a false sense of grandiosity based on the illusion of being chosen by the off-planet father god, Jehovah, whom Gnostics identified with the archon overlord, a nasty reptilian called Yaldabaoth.
The same observation of duping can be applied to the egomaniacal patriarchs who founded the first city-states in the Near East.
They bought the Anunnaki script hook, line, and sinker because it fed their pretensions of descent from superhuman masters, and legitimated their enslavement of the general populace. The story telepathically received by their advising soothsayers was highly appealing because it provided a divine mandate for their schemes of world domination.
La plus ça change... The more it changes, the more it stays the same.
The picture of global realpolitik is not
much different today. In fact, it's identical, and Icke is really on
target on that point, but he misses the Gnostic warning about
archontic fakery. Now as way back then, reptilians may appear to be
running the show, but this can be so only if human complicity, and
credulity, enable them to maintain the illusion of power they do not
If the cuneiform stories are the product of psychic channeling in ancient times, they are no different than tales of Ramtha coming from J.Z. Knight. How reliable is such material?
The scant material surviving in the NHC reflects the record of trained seers who worked in teams over millennia to explore the supernatural and investigate the prehistory of the human species.
The Gnostics who detected the archons were experts in parapsychology who had a cosmic perspective centered on the divine intelligence of the earth.
They learned directly from disciplined trance instruction giving them access to the planetary mind. They incorporated their learning in thousands of books and founded spiritual universities where they served as the teachers and vocational advisors of the ancient world. The preserved in imagination and practice the connection to the divine source of our species, the Pleroma, or galactic center.
How reliable is that, compared to
spoonfed revelations coming from a psychic medium?
The first step in confronting the
reptilian menace is to set the story straight and see the
disinformation in the cuneiform scenario, to name the game of alien
deception, as Gnostics themselves did.