Monday, May 22. 2006
It’s a German neologism from the twentieth century: weltanschauungskrieg, or “world-view warfare”. It’s what we English-speaking people refer to as “psychological warfare”, but the German is much more apt because it implies a “clash of civilizations” more than merely psyching someone out.
And that’s what’s happening now.
I’ve been silent for a long time (again) due to many factors, among them preparations for the upcoming third – and final – volume of Sinister Forces. This one is subtitled “The Manson Secret” and boasts a foreword by Paul Krassner. This volume gives the show away, and ties together the various maddening threads of the previous two volumes. Once you’ve read Volume Three, you can go back and re-read the first two volumes with a greater, and hopefully deeper, understanding. It is a difficult theme, no question, because it calls into doubt our entire “world-view” concerning American history, the separation of Church and State (ha!), and the underlying campaign of psychological warfare that has been visited upon us by the very people we used to trust.
Another factor has been the unexpected death of a close friend of mine, Judith McNally, to whom the third volume of Sinister Forces is dedicated. I’d known Judith for more than 35 years, and her passing was a shock to all of us who knew her. A former editor of Filmmakers Newsletter – who interviewed such luminaries as actor-director John Cassavetes, among others – she went on to greater glory as the personal assistant, researcher, and factotum for a famous American author, in which capacity she was notorious among the Manhattan publishing world. She also briefly worked for Praeger Publishing, a company that has since been exposed as a CIA front; a revelation she considered amusing. Considering that I worked for the Bendix Corporation (which trained troops in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and functioned as a CIA front for many years all over the world) as well as a certain Israeli banking firm – both companies which have been identified by the LaRouche people as tentacles of the world-wide British Intelligence-Jewish-Masonic-Satanic conspiracy, or something – we pretty much had the Illuminati nailed between the two of us. Now I’ve got to control the world by myself. It’s a dirty job, but … well, you know.
Another factor is the ongoing investigation of Colonia Dignidad. I was privileged in the past few months to have been in contact with the family of Boris Weisfeiler, the American math professor who went missing in the Andes Mountains in 1985 after being taken to the Colony by Chilean security forces while he was on an innocent hike in the forest. Eyewitness testimony reveals that he was tortured and killed at the Colony, reason unknown. Due to a general physical similarity between Weisfeiler and myself, it is a possibility that he was initially mistaken for me: a possibility that now is being considered by the Chilean judge in charge of the case. A cache of documents has been uncovered at the Colony, including dossiers on their “enemies”, but these documents are not being made public at this time … and may never be. There may very well be evidence in those documents of American complicity in the torture and interrogation of Chilean political prisoners in the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup of September 11, 1973, hence the backpedaling by Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice on this issue.
Yet another factor is the news. How can I compete? The National Security Agency has built a database of every phone call ever made in the United States in the last few years. The man who oversaw that program is President Bush’s nominee for head of the CIA to replace Porter Goss. There is an investigation underway of Porter Goss’s hires at CIA, since some of them seem to be implicated in all sorts of unsavory practices. The Watergate Hotel has re-entered the picture, replete with poker-and-prostitute parties. Hmmm … let me see. Domestic spying, an unpopular war, a President who claims he is above the law of the land, and the Watergate Hotel. Does anyone remember Richard Nixon?
And now … The DaVinci Code.
To my mind, a poorly-written cut-and-paste job that hobbled together all the best bits of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. For those of us who have already been down that road, there was no suspense or surprise in Dan Brown’s book: we knew the secret from the first page. I confess I stopped reading after the first few chapters. Truth, after all, is not only stranger than fiction it is a good deal more entertaining. It’s the fallout from this movie that interests me, however.
There has been a rash of documentaries on the History Channel in the past week or so that detail some of the controversies surrounding the Knights Templar, the Freemasons, Opus Dei, and all the other heavy furniture of The DaVinci Code. The programs were rather misleading; one had to watch all of them to understand how. Interviews with Freemasons and Masonic historians would have us believe that there is no worldwide conspiracy of Masons; fair enough. They portray the Masonic Society as essentially a charitable organization with no hidden agenda. Okay. Then, they proudly discuss the history of the American Revolution and how the Freemasons were an essential element in the inspiration and success of that venture; how Masonic lodges throughout the Colonies were a vital factor in bringing together the various factions of North and South in a concerted effort against the British; how European Freemasons such as Lafayette and Pulaski were enlisted into the fight; etc. etc. The dichotomy between the above two positions makes my head hurt. It’s as if the Masons of today are saying, “Okay, we were a worldwide conspiracy then, but not now.”
Actually, what is at stake here is something else, something far deeper which none of the documentaries dared to address. The Freemasons who helped to found this nation included men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and even Paul Revere. Their ideal – their dream – was to create a nation that owed no allegiance to kings or bishops but which was organized along scientific and rational lines (hence the separation of Church and State in our Constitution). Ultimate authority in the new country would be reason and compromise – the rule of law and not of personalities. They fought a revolution for these ideals and we have been fighting to preserve these ideals ever since.
What we have now, however, is a spiritual and political crisis in this country. We are being told that one religion takes precedence over all others and that Christianity – in particular a form of Evangelical Christianity – should determine the character and the laws of the land. The current situation would make the Founding Fathers spin like grieving gyroscopes in their graves.
What’s an American to do?
Do we throw our support behind the Freemasonic ideal, or behind a questionable form of Christian conservatism? Are these our only choices?
Are we truly witnessing a power struggle between the Christian Right and the secret society of Freemasonry … the latter which seems positively glorious by comparison?
The central theme of The DaVinci Code is the purported marriage between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, and the idea that they had a child and that this child and its offspring represent a bloodline that exists today. The Catholic Church, and other Christian groups and Church historians, insist that there is no evidence that such a liaison ever occurred, and therefore ridicule and castigate the book and the film as blasphemous, at worst, or simply bad scholarship at best. In all the interviews I’ve seen or read on this subject, no one asks the Church apologists what seems to me to be the ultimate question:
What evidence exists that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected a few days later?
You can’t have it both ways, ladies and gentlemen. You can’t insist on hard evidence that Jesus and Mary had a child, but refuse to face the fact that there is no hard evidence for the core belief of your Church: that Jesus rose from the dead.
It is said the Knights Templar denied the resurrection of Christ and that this may have happened as a result of their sojourn in the Muslim lands. They either found evidence which proved this to their satisfaction during their habitation of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem … or they heard this from Islamic scholars … or they made contact with certain Gnostic and other heretical groups in the Middle East. Whatever the reason, they were eventually destroyed by both Church and State and this alleged blasphemy was given as one count of the indictment. The Freemasons are said to be descended, at least spiritually, from the Knights Templar and, indeed, there is a Templar degree in modern Freemasonry.
Did the Masonic insistence on a society of enlightened individuals who chose science over religion originate in the confrontation with the pagan impossibility of a dead and resurrected God?
Is the conflict taking place in our own country today – and around the world, between Muslims and Jews, Muslims and Christians – a reflection of this same conflict, a conflict between belief in the Resurrection and belief that it simply didn’t happen?
Does the furor over The DaVinci Code mask a deeper, unspoken and unspeakable, conflict between oppposing spiritual forces at work in the world? If so, must we take sides?
If so, which side to take?
Any … takers?
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Welcome back to the Land of Blog. You have been missed, and my condolences for the loss of your friend and colleague. Regarding your question, must we take sides in the "conflict of opposing spiritual forces" and, if so, which side, I think the answer is within each person's conscience and belief system. Although I view the premise of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and Dan Brown's novel as a "crock", I think the Catholic Church is mistaken, once again, in calling for protests and boycott. The recent lawsuit in the UK, lost by the authors of HBHG, was worth its weight in attorney fees simply for the publicity and interest generated for both sides. One of HBHG's authors had a new book of his own being released concurrently with the trial. The large issue, in my opinion, is not Catholic or Christian, Sunni or Shi'ite, Islamic or Jewish. The division is, and always will be, between good and *evil*. Each side feels their cause is Good. Humans have an innate ability to justify their greed, repression, and selfishness. Political and religious leaders have the power to magnify, glorify and universalize their gluttony in the name of freedom, God, or the "greater good". Some of my friends at ThothWeb.com would posit aliens (the extraterrestrial variety)as the authors of all that is corrupt and evil. I think we homo sapiens are independently capable of creating, promulgating, and apotheosizing any cause or mission of Evil without cosmic intervention. Personally, I see the world going to Hell in a handcart; I'm just sitting back watching the show while I wait for eternity or oblivion.
I think you are absolutely right. Humans are more than capable of perpetrating all the evil we have experienced in this world.
I also think that our capacity for creating both good and evil is sometimes "enhanced" by the application of those sinister forces I write about. There is an extension to our reality that exists in the twilight world, in what Jung called the unconscious perhaps, that was tapped by shamans, mystics, secret societies and -- eventually -- government scientists. The correct exercise of this force ("correct" in the scientific sense)enables people to have far greater "reach" and thus to affect the rest of us more deeply, more profoundly.
These forces need not be aliens or demons in the classical senses of those terms, but they are useful analogues of what I mean. It's a difficult subject, requiring us to look at religion and the occult from a different, technological, point of view; once we do that, the world of politics becomes changed for us also, and what is happening to the globe can now be seen in a coherent -- if controversial! -- context.
The important thing is that people like you and I keep thinking, keep looking for answers and solutions, and accept nothing at face value.
I am so confused. After 12 years of Catholic education, I decided to distance myself from this belief system. I doubted there even was a "Jesus". He seemed more mythology than reality after researching the issue. I wanted nothing to do with the Church and it's fear inducing ideas. While "The Exorcist" troubled me for a long while, I managed to eventually laugh it off as an attempt by the Church to induce enough fear to bring back those painful chains. I spent many years exploring my own spirituality without the threats and fears imposed by Catholisism. Now all hell (maybe literally) has broken loose in the Church with the revelations of sexual abuse by priests, and the weird trial in my hometown of Gerald Robinson. I'm fairly sure he wasn't acting alone after reading some of the accusations that were revealed during the trial. What I can't comprehend is how these priests can go from one extreme to another so easily. This has caused me to question my comforting belief that evil is just something the Church made up to keep us in line.
I've been reading your books, and I thank you for your insight. Everything you write are flickers of thoughts that have crossed into my mind as I lay sleepless, desperate to understand what is happening, what is the truth, and what we can do about it.
You raise an interesting point about "evil". Did the Church invent evil to keep us in line?
In a way, it did. Remember "original sin"? What a concept! What a marketing gimmick! Tell everyone -- every human ever born -- that they bear the stain of "original sin" and it is only by the grace of the Church that this stain can be removed. I guess Jesus was a salesman, after all.
The Devil, per se, was an invention of the Church. It is almost blasphemous to consider that there could be a Satan, a powerful king of demons, who is in a state of war with God and using humans as pawns, but that is pretty much the Church's position. Even rascals like Aleister Crowley refused to believe in the reality of an actual Satan, saying that such a being would be a God. In pagan terms, he is absolutely correct.
The Church has used the doctrines of original sin, hell and damnation, limbo, purgatory, and all that heavy furniture as scare tactics to keep their people in line ... like terrorist alerts, maybe? And when the fear of God didn't work, they tried guilt, that Catholic speciality. We, as a people, have to stop living in an atmosphere of fear and guilt, I think. It's making us sick, and prey to every new Patriot Act that comes along, whether of the Government or of some new brand of preacher.
The message of Christianity cannot be what its priests have made it out to be, in their actions and their words. The warped and hideous actions of men like Robinson remind me of the saying of Jesus that "a good tree cannot bear bad fruit", implying that maybe that the tree should be chopped down.
Or at least left to die a bad tree's death.
Here is what I have never understood. The church wants us to believe Jesus rose from the dead and that is understandable because it props up their religon. What I don't understand is the true Grail, "Da Vinci Code" believers. They want us to believe that he didn't rise from the dead, but rather lived and had children. That is fine except that if he didn't rise from the dead he isn't really "divine" and I could care less what he did. There is no such thing as the "holy" grail or "holy" blood because he was just some guy who lived and had a family, no more holy than anyone else.
Well, you've hit the nail on the head.
This is what the Church is afraid of: that people will question the divinity of Christ.
The crimes of which the Knights Templar were accused including trampling a cross; the implication was that they knew a secret about the Crucifixion which was ... it didn't happen. Dr Hugh Schonfield made that case in the 1960s with his controversial bestseller, The Passover Plot.
The redeeming feature of this version of the story, though, is that Jesus really was the King of the Jews which is why he (and his family) had to go into hiding in Europe. He combined two bloodlines in one: that of priestly authority, and that of secular authority.
We know that Jesus was Jewish (although you would never guess it from Mel Gibson's movie). If he really was the King of the Jews, then his bloodline would be the bloodline of Jewish royalty. The political implications of that are just too much, for both Christians and Jews. Oddly, the only major Middle Eastern religion that would be unaffected by this "revelation" would be the Muslims, who value Jesus as a Prophet ... but no more.
While worship of Jesus would conceivably end if it was ever proven that he did not die on the cross or that he did not resurrect after death, the political ramifications of that proof would be profound and world-shaking. Hence the assassin keeping the secret in the DaVinci Code.
All of that is true. Yet at the same time there seems to a large group of what I call the grail cult that wants me to believe that Jesus didn't die and yet Mary and her offspring are somehow divine. It seems rather like an illuminati plot to me. If they can make these people believe that the bloodline of Jesus is divine and then that certain families are carrying that bloodline, they would end up being rather like the kings of old, with divine right to rule.
Winding through all the manifestations of what the issue is that I believe is at the core - namely a feeling of separation - in each human being is indeed very interesting. The moment anyone sets up any other force or person or idea as an arbiter between themselves and what is ultimately their own divinity means you're in for a ride!
I think the ultimate subversive act is believing and acting as if we are each our own divine authority - which we are - and that point of view (which can be very difficult to get to, let alone maintain) throws everything around us into a whole different light.
In order to get to and maintain this positioning there is a key ingredient in keeping it in balance, and that is compassion. Firstly for yourself. I think that the evil acts and unbelievable atrocities arise from the agony of feeling separate and unworthy which gives rise to the willingness to do anything to escape that feeling rather than turn and face it and come out the other end.
Here you find behaviors that create the drive to set up religions, create the constructs of "authority", (and to submit to the above), a willingness to out-picture that horrible pain onto others, (and the things that are done to "others" are a testament to how horrible that pain can be, I think) anything to reduce the overwhelming feelings of inadequacy and facilitate the retreat from the moral complexities that require the walk through the fire of your own judgments of yourself.
The "other end" is a paradoxical state - inner wholeness and the inability to escape noticing the horror that goes on around us each day in the name of "politics", etc. Hence the absolute need for compassion. It's a state that's walked and won every moment, every day - it requires as much genuine presence in the world as you can muster. It's an ongoing practice. It has the odd effect of making you more a part of the whole and more an outsider at the same time.
So I'd say that the "side" I need to take is the one I'm on - with the rest of humanity. That we are each and every one a sovereign, divine being capable of amazing transcendence and compassion - usually revealed in the mundane details of daily life. It also requires the acknowledgement of the depths of pain and evil that humanity is also capable of, all the while keeping sight of the light within each person no matter whether I like what they are and do or not. This makes possible a broader array of responses to the things that happen to me along the way, I think.
I think it's the process of waking up - and then not going back to sleep, regardless how enticing the notion of hitting the snooze button and drifting back off may be.
That's why I find your work so stimulating and interesting and above all educational! Truth is most definitely stranger than any fiction, and far, far more entertaining as well. Following you through the winding paths of your journey has been amazing and I'm tapping my toes waiting for the third book!
Dear Mr. Levenda:
Welcome back to cyberspace. When we didn't hear from you for so long, it made me wonder if your dismembered body could be in a trash-bag somewhere in your Florida everglades.
I personally believe the DaVinci Code is just another story developed to cause a sensation and make money for all involved. I am reminded of the great Hollywood maxim: "Nobody has ever lost money underestimating the taste of the American public." The "DaVinci Code" is just another Jesus Christ bashing fest made for: a. News media features; b. Defensive churchmen and women. c. The gullible and ignorant movie watcher. All of the above provide free publicity and advertising. Cinema of this "genre" (I believe it is a genre) also include: "Jesus Christ Superstar"; Godspell"; "The Greatest Story Overtold" (By Robt. Downey, Sr.); "The Passover Plot"; "Last Temptation of Christ"; etc. Some of the above titles people will recognize and some they may not. Anyway, my point is that we all survived the above examples intact and we'll survive the "DaVinci Code" as well. In a few months this too "shall pass" and something else will come along to outrage another group of humans.
Now if I may, I have a little "paranoia" to share on your wonderful blog-site: I perceive the Sinister Forces, whatever they are, are working to destabilize any remaining feelings of security in the American collective-consciousness. Now we are seeing:
A. More and more lives being lost in a war on two fronts of questionable merit.
B. Higher and higher fuel costs which are now showing up as higher prices for other goods and services.
C. Droves of illegal aliens (immigrants, if you prefer) marching and flying their national flags in our faces making demands and revising the American national anthem. Incidently, the national news programs tried to block showing the Mexican and other flags being waved. I live in San Diego and believe me, more foreign flags were there than American.
D. Nasty priests.
C. Crooked politicos. This is nothing new, but the number of indictments and arrests are certainly increasing.
D. Bush and Cheney seeking to start another war with Iran.
E. The "bird flu" and other epidemics.
F. And last but not least, "The DaVinci Code."
Is all this merely a coincidence or is it being orchestrated by our Sinister Forces? This is obviously causing considerable angst in the American everyman/woman.
What do you think? --JJDickinson,
Well, as you probably know, I don't really believe in "coincidence" as such. If we look at the Jung/Pauli correspondence on the subject, it's obvious that they thought coincidence -- or "synchronicity" -- was a fact of nature, an actual force that could be manipulated. Beats conspiracies hands down. To my way of thinking, events generate a field of coincidence around them regardless of whether or not people are also conspiring to create these events. These fields spread out non-linearly, i.e., in both past and future directions. I know this sounds squirrely, but Vol. 3 of Sinister Forces describes the physics (and metaphysics) involved.
Fear is one of those strong emotions that can have an effect on the coincidence stream; any strong emotion coupled with mental focus can affect the phenomenon of coincidence. It's possible that our fears are being manipulated to create a kind of critical mass, thus enabling the less scrupulous among us to come into power.
But ... I could be wrong!
It seems to me that the Da Vinci Code et al., is groundwork for "theocracy/kings" of Jesus' descendants, i.e., the Bush family et al.
When you're right, you're right. We fought a revolution against the idea of the "divine right of kings" (it wasn't only the Merovingian line that was supposed to be divine) only to face a new reality: elected officials who claim divine right. Go figure. The last elected official who did that, as I recall, was Hitler.
Brown's book - the sort of "dial-a-Templarism" satired in Eco's Foucault's Pendulum - i avoided like the plague. as for the movie, it might've been enjoyable, albeit inna perverse sense, if its makers had gone all the way and cast Meg Ryan as Mary Magdalene...
Hi Peter: Thanks for the new blog entry. I'm a radical ecologist which is something of an oxymoron because ecology has never really been accepted as a science until the recent DNA biotech boom. We can see books from "Scientific American" magazine promoting "extreme science" eugenics and it's pretty frightening. Genetic engineering is accepted as necessary for "progress."
Anyway in view of "deep time" this problem of growing the best "man-crop" goes all the way back to the origins of plow-based rectilinear farming to support patriarchal war-based humanism as detailed in Oxford U Press' 2000 book "The Origins of Agriculture and the Birth of the Gods." Gotta love those French archaeologists.
9,000 B.C.E. wasn't that long ago in times of geological history and 90% of modern human history (100,000 years) has been spent in hunter-gatherer cultures. This cultures honor the Moon as much as the Sun and honor circular housing as female power of the Earth -- circular housing that had to be destroyed at the origins of the "symbolic revolution" -- a philosophy which ushered in rectilinear farming.
Even the recent book "Women of the Hoe" (2000) is an academic analysis of how horticulture is still dominant in Africa -- a continent that has suffered the worst under humanistic civilization, going all the way back to Arab slave driving and even the Bantu domination of the Koi-San cultures.
The Koi-San, the oldest modern human culture, is "fiercely egalitarian" to quote academic Dr. Richard Katz and the Koi-San (i.e. the !Kung) practice healing magic using Moon-Sun resonance.
So the deep irony of "original sin" is that it comes from Sin being the Moon God of Sumeria as the ratio 4:5!! That ratio approximates volume as the cube root of three.
This may sound academic until we confront the reality of a humble math professor being the victim of fascism in Chile.
The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge represent the sex and mind and the Moon and Sun forces within the body -- unless those are resonated using complimentary opposite Pythagorean harmonics -- then spirits work to kill the body and mind through disbalance.
The Koi-San cultures knew they were fighting God and death through the all-night trance dances held weekly.
So that is probably the oldest conspiracy against sinister forces for sure.
Thanks so much! Good luck with the research.
drew hempel, M.A.
I wonder if the "math professor" in Eyes Wide Shut is a reference to the math professor you mentioned....hmmm
Hi, Mr. Levenda. I've seen some programs on the History Channel about Masonry and I think there is a battle between two sides in Masonry. One side is Republican and the other side is pro-Monarchic. It seems that Hitler persecuted franc-masons (I'm not sure if it's the right word) who were Republicans in the 2nd World War. You may not believe in this but it seems that this battle is also happening in Portugal. The only thing I can't understand is the role of Opus Dei. I know it's a Catholic organization. I am a Catholic myself but I never liked Opus Dei very much because I think they are a little bit fanatic. Well, it seems that they are winning the battle in Portugal! We have a very famous politician here in Portugal called Mario Soares. He's a Socialist and he said he was initiated in a French Lodge during the Salazar Regime (who seems to have closed all Masonic Lodges in Portugal). In an interview, Mr. Soares said he had nothing to do with the Portuguese lodges. A few months after the September 11th ocurred and the war on terrorism that succeeded he said on TV that it was a problem inside Masonry. He didn't say anything more, but continued on saying that Masonry had very rigid laws and was almost like a Church hierarchy. Then I remembered the book by Marion Zimmer Bradley (which I had just finished reading) and thought that what he was saying on TV was the same MZB had written on her book! That's why I tried to find more information and finally found you.
As regards the DaVinci Code, I didn't read the book but I saw the film last week. Well, my faith wasn't touched by it. In fact, I think it grew more after the information I've collected. And I think, at this point in History, only science can bring us the truth and it's funny that the more science advances, the more questions it arises and some of these questions can not be mere coincidences ...
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