from JulianWebsdale Website
Even modern science accepts that behind the structure we know as the material world is a web of energy, and the interactions between different types of energy create the semblance of solidity we call matter.
Thought, then, as a form of energy, has the same power.
This is why in so many traditions there
are admonitions about controlling the thought process, while
thinking and doing are still different things, thinking does have
These thoughtforms exist beyond simply when they are thought - they take on an independent existence within the mind of the thinker. They then influence memory and condition our perceptions of everyday life.
We may want to see these thoughtforms as only existing within the psyche of the neurotic or unstable, and yet all of us have our lives conditioned by the thoughtforms we have created in the past.
For most people they never see the present unfiltered, all experience is sieved through thoughtforms created from childhood, and even beyond through past lives.
Thoughts however go much further.
As documented in much modern research on Memes, thoughtforms can become like viruses of the mind. They can spread throughout groups, families, nations and indeed the world and are passed through the deeper levels of the unconscious we all experience.
Rumors, tales and urban myths are all memes or thoughtforms. While they may be primarily passed by the printed word, internet, media, etc., there is a time when they reach a certain "saturation point" and then become part of the collective unconscious.
This is exceptionally dangerous as negative and violent forms can control groups and crowds creating mob violence and aggression. These group-minds are really thoughtforms out of control, and are known in the Gnostic Tradition as Archons.
There are multitudes of Archons dwelling
both within our minds and within the collective unconscious.
The Archons are the products of mankind enlivened by fallen spirits and fed by our own emotions. They can control and influence individuals, collectives, even nations and governments.
In Gnostic literature these Archons can so increase in power that they become Dominions, forces which control whole groups of people; even races and countries. People of many religions think that they are worshipping the I-AM; however they are actually feeding a false god, an Archon they have created from their own ignorance.
This happens all too often and is why
the esoteric tradition is imperative.
When these groups develop, their thoughtforms take on a life of their own and, not being connected to the "real" energies of the Great Chain of Being, they soon sour and become a nexus for the manifestation of fallen entities from the astral worlds.
These fallen spirits work out of step with the universe and invigorate these forms so that they become independent, discrete fields of energy within the astral world (Archons). They grow from Archons to Dominions and rule from their astral kingdoms. Their poor and unfortunate worshippers think they are following the "true god" but are actually feeding monsters created from mans suffering and ignorance.
Many of these forms feed on suffering, while others feed on pleasure, and they amplify the emotions of their members to gain more and more sustenance.
In some sense they are truly "spiritual vampires", and without esotericism, all religions and traditions succumb.
The imagery of Archons is very strong in Gnostic literature, and because it has become mixed with tales of cosmological dualism, many have come to believe that the Archons are the result of a cosmic error or fall.
The reality is that there was no cosmic error, just a misinterpretation caused by ignorance.
Yet at the same time this ignorance has created a doorway through which fallen forms can enter and it is these Archons, or whatever we call them, which keep us from appreciating our own misperceptions. Indeed, it is through our own permission that they enter the earth sphere.
This is the idea which gave birth to the "fall of man" tradition.
Since man in his ignorance created
fallen thought forms and allowed fallen entities to enter into the
earth stream, then ultimately man is responsible for the present
condition of his planet, his culture and his soul.
The thoughtforms allow these entities to interface with our own unconscious. They can change form according to the language of the culture through which they communicate and, being a mixture of our own thoughtforms and "fallen" spirits, can mimic our own hidden desires and needs.
While in Medieval periods we may have had demons, incubus and succubus, in the present we have aliens, UFO abductions and medical experiments by creatures we cannot see. In the modern mode, these Archons are sometimes called "ultraterrestrials".
However we must realize that these forms are spiritual in origin.
Although there are many other races within our universe, it does seem that a percentage of UFO sightings and experiences reflect our own fears, terrors, needs and desires and hence have an Archontic origin.
So when we read a description of Gnosticism such as that found in the classic text The Gnostic Religion by Hans Jonas, we must appreciate that the seeming cosmic dualism is actually a dualism between the real and the unreal, between the light of the higher worlds and forces which have been created through ignorance.
They are like "monsters from the Id", they seem real enough and since the physical world is shaped and formed by our perceptions, they are for all intents and purposes real.
The only way for us to escape Hiemarmene (universal fate) is to realize that we have created the prison bars ourselves.
While the Archons and the Demiurge are creations of man's ignorance, they are used by the fallen spirits as a source of power.
This is one of the major problems with
the Archons we create - they attract forms and spirits which are
themselves in ignorance and hence follow them.