or: Mass mind control systems
or: The Abrahamic religions of destruction
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Religion is difficult to define, but Wikipedia's first sentence is a useful definition:
A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.
Based on this definition, the religions with the most adherents, from highest to lowest, are the following:
The unconscious acceptance of the legitimacy of the violence-dependent system of "authority" known as "government" is the primary world religion. It is so pervasive in its mind control efforts that almost all of its adherents are not consciously aware of it.
If you, reading this, are a statist as of this moment, please allow these two gentlemen to speak some sense into your ears:
Mark Passio Interviews Larken Rose - The Religion of Statism
[Published on Jul 8, 2015] On Mark Passio's What On Earth Is Happening podcast (Episode #84) he interviews Larken Rose about "authority" and the fact there is no such thing as a "good" government.
While money is difficult to define as a religion, so obvious is the pernicious influence of the economic system built on top of the concept that it's difficult to not allude to it as such, which is why we include it.
Scientism is the religion of science. Science itself is an ontological tool (which is defined by the limitations of its method), and is the primary epistemological enterprise of the objective reality ontological metaparadigm. The belief that science is the only valid tool or lense through which to obtain knowledge (epistemology) — and thus by extension the only valid tool or lense through which to understand reality (ontology) — is the defining dogma of scientism.
4. Abrahamic monotheism
Perhaps the most important idea regarding the well-recognized Western religions is understanding the difference between dogmatic "faith" and true spirituality. As researcher Mateo Sol relates:
For a large portion of my early life I felt empty, not empty in an aimless and idle sense, but empty in a profoundly barren and godforsaken way.
While my family had their own ideas of what "God" and "spirituality" was, I always had a niggling, disturbing sense that repeating religious scriptures by rote, routinely attending religious lectures and ceremonies, and defending the dignity of dogma wasn't the answer.
Living such a life, I felt no raw, deep or powerful unity with the Divine, I experienced no breathtaking, electrifying mystical experiences with Infinity. The only feelings I received from dry Deities, orthodox ceremonies and theoretically proposed heavens and hells was that arid, lifeless feeling of being shut up in a stuffy building too long full of nauseously "righteous" people.
Although acceleratingly decreasing, with about 3.4 billion adherents — almost half of mankind — Abrahamic monotheism is the largest of the religious belief systems recognized by the "official" mythologers of the control system. Its origins, as far as they can be traced with the methods of anthropology, are in ancient Mesopotamian polytheism, where Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian peoples "worshipped over 2,100 different deities, many of which were associated with a specific city or state within Mesopotamia such as Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, Assur, Nineveh, Ur, Uruk, Mari and Babylon. Some of the most significant of these deities were Anu, Ea, Enlil, Ishtar (Astarte), Ashur, Shamash, Shulmanu, Tammuz, Adad/Hadad, Sin (Nanna), Dagan, Ninurta, Nisroch, Nergal, Tiamat, Bel and Marduk." Wikipedia further explains:
Although, a few isolated pockets in Assyria/Upper Mesopotamia aside, it largely died out by approximately 400 CE, Mesopotamian religion has still had an influence on the modern world, predominantly because much biblical mythology that is today found in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Mandeanism was possibly originally based upon earlier Mesopotamian myths, in particular the Creation Myth, the Garden of Eden, The Great Flood, Tower of Babel and figures such as Nimrod and Lilith (the Assyrian Lilitu). In addition the story of Moses' origins shares a similarity with that of Sargon of Akkad, and the Ten Commandments mirror Assyrian-Babylonian legal codes to some degree.
In the subjective reality metaparadigm, the deities are archetypal voices in one's mind. They weren't being worshipped, they were being symbolically depicted — represented visually. They are metaphors for archetypal energies that exist within the Physical Mind of humans.
The reduction of such depictions to the idea of worship is a reflection of the later (Abrahamic) monotheism, which worships an external god that is not only outside of oneself, it is also judgmental and has been judging and condemning humans for a long time before modern adherents were born, resulting in such ridiculously disempowering notions as "original sin", which, as Terence McKenna pointed out, affects the psyche of almost all Westerners, regardless of early religious indoctrination.
Monotheism is thus a reductionist belief system of control created by the "authorities" of the "authority"-based control system that to this day continues to somewhat-subtly enslave by subjugation the humans on planet Earth who are operating within the objective reality metaparadigm. It represents a tightening of primate male dominance culture, as Terence McKenna pointed out, and perhaps also an extraterrestrial mind-virus — an archontic infection — as comparative mythologist John Lash calls it.
These polytheistic ideas (most precisely described as primarily Babylonian) spread to the Canaanites inhabiting the Levant, whose later descendants, known as the Phoenicians, would war their way into establishing the first Jewish States: the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Some of the proto-Jews of Judah became captives in Babylonia and the First Temple (the center of the state religion of Judah) was destroyed around 595 BCE. "During the period of captivity, Jews continued to practice and develop their religious traditions, many of which became distinct from their origins, due to the influences of the local culture, and religion."
"After the fall of Babylon to the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 539 BCE, exiled Jews began to return to the land of Judah." Some circles among the exiled Judahites, influenced by Persian Zoroastrianism (the first truly monotheistic religion, as far as anthropology can trace it), "redefined pre-existing ideas about monotheism, election, divine law and Covenant into a theology which came to dominate the former Judah in the following centuries." These updated religious dogmas were institutionalized (made "official" by "authorities") with the construction of the Second Temple in 515 BCE, thus defining the basis of monotheistic Judaism — the tenets of which existed in two distinct forms (written and verbal) for about 700 years, until the verbal form (known as the Jewish oral tradition) began to be written down in what became the Talmud, which exists alongside the formal written law.
The collection of Jewish "holy" writings and sayings (written and oral laws, called simply Torah by rabbis) form a kind of exclusionist and supremacist ideology — which "infects" the minds of the children born into such environment as if a mind-virus — that is about as far removed from the understanding of oneness described by the Eastern religions/philosophies (and Kabbalah at its root) as can be. Not every human being who defines oneself as a Jew is aware of the effect of the Jewish mindset, however — an effect which has been consistently recognized for millenia all around the world as "the Jewish problem" that causes the "persecution of the Jews" and victim mentality that by today is a central aspect of the Jewish mindset and the Zionist ideology that guides the actions of the "Jewish state".
Due to its proselytizing and less exclusionist nature, Christian thought is broader than Jewish thought, but can be most significantly distinguished by the degree of emphasis that is placed on interpreting the "old" vs. the "new" scriptures (testaments/covenants) of the books that compose the canonical Christian holy book, the Bible.
The most relevant distinction to be made between Christian sects is therefore the degree of emphasis placed on (the "law" of) the Old Testament/Covenant vs. (the "gospel" of) the New Testament/Covenant. The more OT-oriented groups, such as the Calvinist ones (which include dispensationalism, millenarianism, and Christian Zionism), and especially those using the (pro-Zionist) Scofield Reference Bible, are the sects that are desiring war and armageddon to take place, so that Jesus can come and rescue them, as they interpret Biblical prophecy.
Old, decadent, and irrelevant as the Catholic (and perhaps Eastern Orthodox) church may be, its leaders are not openly clamoring for a third world war, unlike the American dispensationalist Christian Zionist preachers like John Hagee.
The more primitive Arabian desert-style teachings of divine revelation are the most poetic and open to interpretation of the three major sects of Abrahamic monotheism. On the positive side of the infinitude of interpretations are most everyday Muslim people, while on the negative side are most notably the monarchs and their patriarchal power structures, the inhuman treatment of women, and the Salafist schools of thought that extend the notions of "holy war" beyond the others' interpretation of the concept applying only in the context of "strictly self-defense".
Various groups of Zionist Jews have quite openly stated their intention and agenda to create a "clash of civilizations" between the Christian West and the Islamic Middle East — even if not stated as plainly as that. To accomplish this, false flag operations and smaller patsy operations are planned and executed (sometimes solely) for the purpose of placing the blame on, and thus direct collective anger towards, human beings of the Islamic belief system. The degree to which the image of Muslims in general has been degraded by the mainstream media's promotion of these lies, arguably constitutes a crime against humanity on its own — nevermind their largest world-changing false flag operation, 9/11.
Nonetheless, some of the larger terrorist attacks, particularly the more recent ones, really do appear to have been done by Muslim extremists seeking revenge and heavenly rewards. Around a decade after 9/11, with the civil war in Syria and the destruction of Libya, conditions became fertile for the rise of a more real, truly fundamentalist Islamist terrorist organization, which was, if not founded by, certainly supported/funded/armed/trained/encouraged by the Western intelligence agencies, and given the worst possible name by their "enemy": "Islamic State" or ISIS.
In the following video, Stefan Molyneux and Bill Warner explain how the Islamic religion has a political aspect to it that the other two fundamentally lack, making Islam, particularly its modern radicalized currents, the largest threat to Western culture:
Political Islam | Bill Warner and Stefan Molyneux
Regardless of the questions about the historicity of Jesus, what's important are the teachings attributed to him, and the contrast of those teachings to the insane modern-day eschatological beliefs of the warmongering American evangelical Christian Zionists that are literally praying for a third world war to bring about the second coming of Jesus — whom, they believe, will "rapture" them into heaven while everyone else ends up in hell for eternity.
The nature of Christ's existence is mysterious, I admit; but this mystery meets the wants of man. Reject it and the world is an inexplicable riddle; believe it, and the history of our race is satisfactorily explained.
The problem arises when the teachings attributed to Jesus in the books of the New Testament are filtered through negatively-oriented belief systems derived from the books of the Old Testament and preached by spiritually-unsophisticated media consumers who affiliate themselves with political groups and their immoral "government" "policies" (actions).
Jesus is a divine guest inside of you all the time - one who loves, understands, sees and hears you. He wants to live in oneness with you... to be the centerpiece of everything you do.
As Bashar points out, Jesus, or Yeshua, was not religious — neither an Abrahamic monotheist nor a statist nor a scientist. According to Bashar, when he said "I am the way", he meant "be like me, because you are like me", not "follow me and worship my father".
Mystical understandings of monotheism
When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.
The mystical extensions of monotheistic religions represent the true understanding (knowledge) that the priesthood class ("authorities") of the religions seek to hide from their followers. The understanding arrived at (knowledge realized) is that of the pantheistic nature of God and consciousness:
Monotheism as a tool of the control system
The difference between the understanding of the monotheistic religions as presented by institutions (preachers in churches, mosques, synagogues, etc), and the understanding arrived at by the mystics of these same religions (that of God's pantheistic nature, if not that of God being within the self), is the difference between a disempowering religion (hence a tool for control) and a self-empowering spirituality. The book Fringe Knowledge for Beginners (2008) by researcher Montalk summarizes the problem with this form of religion as presented by its priests and control icons:
Religion gives people a feeling of security in exchange for unquestioning obedience. On the positive side it encourages devotion to ideals higher than just material success, like helping others or serving a divine cause. On the negative side religion can be horribly misused to program people like robots and make them do stupid things like hate and kill those of a different religion.
The main role of religion throughout history has been to keep society well behaved. This was done by imprinting children with moral codes and instilling a fear of authority that shaped them into law-abiding and hard-working citizens. Unlike spirituality, religion aimed to enforce good behavior through programming and intimidation rather than true understanding, so the improvement to society came at the cost of ignorance.
Today, those who are spiritually smart can extract and combine the truths from any religion to increase their own wisdom; those who are spiritually weak join religions simply to belong to something, and they end up swallowing and parroting a rigid belief system that they do not even understand. Sadly, nasty individuals also use religion to make themselves appear nicer than they really are, like wolves dressing themselves in sheep’s clothing. Some of them even become famous preachers or ministers who scam their thousands of naive followers.
But the worst purpose religion serves is to spiritually drain and enslave mankind. Whenever someone blindly obeys questionable sources of authority rather than listening to his own heart, part of his soul shrivels from neglect. Whenever someone begs an external authority for strength and assistance rather than realizing that divine power is within, soul energy is lost to this external authority and it becomes harder to access the inner divine power. Whenever someone believes something without experiencing, pondering, or intuiting it for himself and then goes around pushing it onto others, his ability to think new thoughts decreases and he becomes ever more robotic. Organized religion encourages all of these.
What higher negative forces want is for humans to be well-behaved robots who freely give up their soul energy, and religion helps accomplish this. When people in church pray towards some statue or image outside of them, their energy escapes into the air where negative forces collect it for their own nefarious uses. Churches can therefore often function as the etheric equivalent of dairy farms. Anyone with spiritual common sense would do well to focus on cultivating love and wisdom through private study and personal experience rather than unwittingly selling their energy for it through organized religion.
Monotheism and authority
As with statism and scientism, Abrahamic monotheism is built entirely on the notion of "authority" — the idea that some people are in the know ("expert authorities") and that those who are not ought to always take the word of an "authority" figure, and assign lesser credibility to non-"authoritative" people. When the alleged authority is actually a god — no less than the creator of everything — it is a bit more difficult to find fault in believers, particularly when compared to the statists, whose "authority" are just men who have been trained in the art of empty rhetoric.
In other words, the belief in authority underlies all religion — and all dogmatic belief systems for that matter. The belief in authority is the belief that oneself is inferior to someone else (the authority), and underlies all actions of deference of response-ability. Such common thinking as "I don't know, I'm not an expert" is a reflection of this, as is the idea that something requires "mainstream recognition" to be true or relevant or worth paying attention to.
The corrupt Demiurge
Is the "God" of Abrahamic theology a fictional entity made up by imaginative dominator humans hungry for vectors through which to control the minds of other humans? Or is it a real being, perhaps with "godly" powers from our current perspective, but perhaps not really "God the creator of everything"? This latter idea is what many researchers are suggesting — that the ancient Gnostics were correct in their description of the Abrahamic "god", or Yaldabaoth as they called him/it, as a malevolent controlling parasitic entity, or corrupt demiurge, rather than a benevolent compassionate god more akin to how it is presented in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
In today's world, okay, what we're dealing with today, is two levels of expressions of this "god" energy, right? So you've got the alien AI god expression of that, which is the scalpel that has been used to sever the human race from its planetary mother, and then the hand on the scalpel is this god entity, which is a naturally occurring being, but is not of this universe but is claiming to be the creator of not only this universe but all of existence.
The Mother Goddess
Before the advent of the Abrahamic religions, we were "worshipping", or in communion with, Mother Earth — the living being that the Earth is — as some shamanistic indigenous cultures still are. Terence McKenna sums up this relationship that had existed for eons before our modern times:
Terence McKenna - A Crisis Of Consciousness
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Our present global crisis is more profound than any previous historical crises; hence our solutions must be equally drastic. I propose that we should adopt the plant as the organizational model for life in the twenty-first century, just as the computer seems to be the dominant mental/social model of the late twentieth century, and the steam engine was the guiding image of the nineteenth century.
This means reaching back in time to models that were successful fifteen thousand to twenty thousand years ago. When this is done it becomes possible to see plants as food, shelter, clothing, and sources of education and religion.
The process begins by declaring legitimate what we have denied for so long. Let us declare nature to be legitimate. All plants should be declared legal, and all animals for that matter. The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous.
Re-establishing channels of direct communication with the planetary Other, the mind behind nature, through the use of hallucinogenic plants is the best hope for dissolving the steep walls of cultural inflexibility that appear to be channeling us toward true ruin. We need a new set of lenses to see our way into the world. When the medieval world shifted its worldview, secularized European society sought salvation in the revivifying of classical Greek and Roman approaches to law, philosophy, aesthetics, city planning, and agriculture. Our dilemma will cast us further back into time in search for models and answers.
The solution to much of modern malaise, including chemical dependencies and repressed psychoses and neuroses, os direct exposure to the authentic dimensions of risk represented by the experience of psychedelic plants. The pro-psychedelic plant position is clearly an anti-drug position. Drug dependencies are the result of habitual, unexamined, and obsessive behaviour; these are precisely the tendencies in our psychological makeup that the psychedelics mitigate. The plant hallucinogens dissolve habits and hold motivations up to inspection by a wider, less egocentric, and more grounded point of view within the individual. It is foolish to suggest that there is no risk, but it is equally uninformed to suggest that the risk is not worth taking. What is needed is experiential validation of a new guiding image, an overarching metaphor able to serve as the basis for a new model of society and the individual.
The plant-human relationship has always been the foundation of our individual and group existence in the world. What I call the Archaic Revival is the process of reawakening awareness of traditional attitudes toward nature, including plants and our relationship to them. The Archaic Revival spells the eventual breakup of the pattern of male dominance and hierarchy based on animal organization, something that can not be changed overnight by a sudden shift in collective awareness. Rather, it will follow naturally upon the gradual recognition that the overarching theme that directs the Archaic Revival is the idea/ideal of a vegetation Goddess, the Earth herself as the much ballyhooed Gaia--a fact well documented by nineteenth-century anthropologists, most notably Frazer, but recently given a new respectability by Riane Eisler, Marija Gimbutas, James Mellaart, and others.
The closer a human group is to the gnosis of the vegetable mind--the Gaian collectivity of organic life--the closer their connection to the archetype of the Goddess and hence to the partnership style of social organization. The last time that the mainstream of Western thought was refreshed by the gnosis of the vegetable mind was at the close of the Hellenistic Era, before the Mystery religions were finally suppressed by enthusiastic Christian barbarians.
My conclusion is that taking the next evolutionary step toward the Archaic Revival, the rebirth of the Goddess, and the ending of profane history will require an agenda that includes the notion of our reinvolvement with and the emergence of the vegetable mind. That same mind that coaxed us into self-reflecting language now offers us the boundless landscapes of the imagination. Without such a relationship to psychedelic exopheromones regulating our symbiotic relationship with the plant kingdom, we stand outside of an understanding of planetary purpose. And an understanding of planetary purpose may be the major contribution we can make to the evolutionary process. Returning to the bosom of the planetary partnership means trading the point of view of the history-created ego for a more maternal and intuitional style.
From The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna
Was this Abrahamic "takeover" an ET invasion of Earth, as researcher Lisa Renee suggests?
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature, unaware that the Nature he is destroying is this God he is worshipping.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
Dogmatic religion has been used to fantastic effect over thousands of years to fuel and exploit emotions like fear and guilt, and the feeling of being 'unworthy'. This has encouraged people to hand over their right to think and feel to a Bible and a priest because they have not had the confidence or self-belief to realize that they have a right, and an infinite gift, to make their own decisions.
The Self says ‘I AM’–as in the very grand sayings of Christ, especially in the Gospel of John, in which he says in the state of onenenss with Yahweh (which in Hebrew means ‘I AM’), I AM is the way and the truth and the life–but the ego says ‘I am this’ or ‘I am that,’ thus attaching itself only to a small portion of the Vastness.
The noblest men of all ages, Christian saints of the most transcendent spirituality have attained their wonderful development through the spiritual rays of this planet because of the intense feeling of Oneness with the divine and with all that lives and breathes in the universe.
Ah! what a divine religion might be found out if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith.
The best theology is probably no theology; just love one another.