In Defense of Religion

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 4.57.46 AMIt’s interesting my junior high school buddy Stuart Vyse has become the go-to-guy for shredding superstitious nonsense, while I’ve become a post-modern shaman investigating magical energies. You can read about an interesting adventure Stuart and I had in 1966 in Urbana, Illinois, in my book Magic, Religion & Cannabis (link below).

Stuart is now a columnist with the prestigious Committee of Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), and his debut column was: “Happiness, Religion, and Status Quo,” based around a study recently conducted by New York University. Stuart’s essay concludes religious people support the status quo, and that alliance provides emotional comfort.

I believe spirituality expresses in all living creatures, and state religion is an attempt to monopolize the telepathic airwaves. There are rational people who believe in science and evolution (and reject the fundamentalist doctrines of religion), but still attend services and show respect for the rituals of their ancestors because it provides a moral code as well as the necessary sense of enchantment that comes with magic. Our sense of ritual is easy to spot during birth, marriage, death and other major life events, and our behavior during these events provides a window on our soul.

There’s no difference between magic, religion and Santa Claus, and, in fact, the Santa Claus myth was invented by a Siberian shaman, who undoubtedly handed out psychedelic mushrooms before performing the myth in front of a campfire. If we didn’t believe in the importance of ritual enchantment, why hoodwink all the kids with the Santa Claus myth? Obviously, we do it because the myth provides an entertaining and powerful experience on Christmas Eve, when kids open presents for the first time believing they were dropped out of the sky by a supernatural being. And we know how powerful that experience is because we all went through it, and when this ritual is recreated for our children, we share that joy again.

Any and all attempts to attack religion will create martyrs, steel the minds of the believers, and strengthen the resolve of the congregations to keep their rituals intact because they are a lifeline to the ancestors. At the same time, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that religion has become the biggest problem, at the root of almost every war, despite their individual dogmas professing to honor peace. The only way to defeat the war octopus that dominates our global financial landscape is by entering the world of magic and religion, and helping religions evolve as they must, because nothing ever stays the same forever.

However, religion evolves slowly and the basic tools of ritual remain unchanged in 5,000 years: bell, book and candle. (I consider music and mathematics to be synonymous with the word “bell” in this situation.) In support of these three basic tools, an enlightened post-modern shaman adds a sacramental substance, such as cannabis, peyote or mushrooms, which provides an immediate sense of enchantment so necessary for a successful ceremony.

I’d like to invite Stuart to join me at the National Rainbow Family Gathering this July 1-7 since it will be held in the Northeast this year, and maybe even Vermont, where I will introduce him to a magical forest and invite him sip peyote tea while I engage in some rituals for peace. If nothing else, it might make for an interesting column in CSI.

 

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Five new paperbacks

4booksholidaysI’d been hoping my fans would switch to reading books on tablets so we could save some trees, which is why I’ve been releasing nothing but ebooks for the past two years, and sales have been slow but steady, although some fans keep clamoring for print books, so I unleashed five today.

Secret Ceremonies of the Illuminati Elite

alex-grey-baltimore_13049571087695.pngI love this Alex Grey representation of the telepathic energies at work (left). Telepathy is something I believe in and our mental states can be shared like a contact high, especially the negative ones.

On the other hand, there’s a nasty piece of disinfo going around the internet about how Native American psychic warriors recruited for the Vietnam War lost their power after receiving military-style crew-cuts. Naturally, this story has zero sources, so you know it’s total nonsense, but even so, many are hoodwinked.

Many cultures put magical emphasis on long hair and if you cut their hair, you do them psychic harm. But that’s how all magic works: first, you must believe.

On the other hand, many warriors will cut all their hair going into battle because they believe it will make them stronger, or just makes it harder for their enemies to grab them. That magic works just as well, provided the inner resolve is just as strong. So you see, this hair thing can go either way. I do not believe hair acts as a “vibration antennae” because I believe that role may be mostly played by the pineal gland.

So many people are obsessed with unveiling the secret ceremonies of the Illuminati that control the central banks while manufacture war by manipulating religions. Most of these games involve painting the Illuminati as a form of satanism. Or by painting Freemasonry and the Order of Skull & Bones as a form of satanism. All magic runs on the same rules and no one has a monopoly. And it doesn’t matter what icons are on the altar when a culture gathers for a ceremony. One’s Pan is another’s Satan, and any attempts to demonize spiritual cultures will only be deployed to persecute the innocent. Any time someone tries to scare you with magic or religion, it’s always a hoodwink. Meanwhile, the mechanisms for mainstream spiritual cultures have been controlled for millennium, so there’s no need to embed secret satanic cults inside them. The current paradigms work fine for manipulating wars.

In fact, temples for all cultures should be allowed to flourish everywhere. In ancient Rome the temple of Isis became the most spiritually-charged spot in the city. Isis was the Egyptian goddess of magic and I believe had a strong association with cannabis, which may have been the primary ingredient in her favorite incense, as well as the main ingredient in the magic potion she conferred for prolonging life and bringing back the dead. Another inspirational figure during the time was Mani, and he was the first famous disciple of Jesus Christ, and was also considered a living Buddha and grew up in Persia where he amazed the Zoroastrian priests. Mani was spreading peace culture and using Jesus as his avatar, although he prayed to the light of the moon as Jesus and to the light of the sun as Jehovah. Mani believed light and spirituality were the same.

Mani was crucified, which only served to make him a global messiah. And when the Roman legions began joining his faith in massive numbers, Constantine invented a different form of Christianity that jumped into the past before Mani was alive, thus leapfrogging his existence, which was soon wiped off the face of the earth, even though he was widely considered the greatest painter, poet, and magician of his time. But they also built the Vatican on top of the Temple of Isis, and many magic icons of Isis were not destroyed, but incorporated into their new temple with a new name. And isn’t it weird that Isis is now its the name of a terrorist group created out of the munitions left behind in Iraq?

Constantine’s form of Christianity removed the goddess from the godhead, relegating Mary to secondary status, while demonizing women through the story of the snake, a phallic symbol, so (whether people realize it or not), the message created was women are contaminated. It was a psy-op. That’s how cultures get spirituality out-of-balance and not much more is needed to explain everything that followed. You don’t need to speculate about a cult of Egyptian or Jewish sorcerers secretly running the Vatican because I’m pretty sure those ghosts don’t exist and if they did it wouldn’t really matter because the crime is not in culture but in the evil deeds. Everything can be explained by studying the history of the Catholic church: First, they murdered millions of midwives, then they sexually abused millions of children. The legacy of an enlightened culture, or one with systemic issues of corruption?

The Magic Fountain

Pineal_gland_positionThe pineal gland is located where the brain meets the spinal column, the only part of the brain unprotected by the brain-blood barrier. Despite being no bigger than a grain of rice, it receives more blood flow than any other organ except the kidneys. It’s a distinctive grey-red and shaped like a tiny pine cone.

Almost every spiritual tradition has attached special significance to this gland, which exists in every animal. All other parts of the brain appear as matched pairs, but there’s only one pineal gland and it regulates your hormones and is crucial to your sexual development. It’s also where your body manufactures DMT, a huge surge of which is sent to the brain at the moment of death to aid your voyage to the spirit world, or maybe just so you can have a mystical last moment.

Scientists believe the pineal gland may have begun as a third eye in the back of the head because many of its cells resemble those found in the retina. But it also seems to have cells mirroring those in the inner ear. Descartes believed this gland was the seat of the soul. If you want to enhance your telepathy, you must fully open up this gland. In Kundalini Yoga psychic energy is raised through the spinal column until it reaches this gland, which is considered the seat of the sixth chakra. To become fully enlightened (illuminated), one must open all seven chakras, something that can be done through meditation, but can also happen as part of everyday life. When you are fully energized and in a super positive frame of mind, and you stone people with your presence, you are illuminated. The contact high may be a result of telepathic signals being sent and received through our pineal glands.

Pine-Cone-Symbolism-PignaAll this has been known for centuries, which is why you’ll find the pine cone used throughout history as a symbol for enlightenment and illumination of the mind. Often it is accompanied by a pair of animals, birds or snakes, sometimes coiled around a staff representing the spinal column. These matched pairs flank the pine cone, much as the dual parts of our body flank the pineal gland.

The biggest and most famous pine cone statue in the world resides at the Vatican and is one of their oldest relics, as it was originally created for a fountain outside the Temple of Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of magic. Worship of Isis was spreading rapidly across the globe until the Romans took charge of Christianity and began shutting down the pagan religions. But the Romans also knew how to co-opt the magic of others and make it work for them. Since Isis was the most popular goddess of Rome’s common people, a lot of telepathic energy had been invested into her pine cone fountain. So rather than destroy the icon, the Romans worked it into their own iconography. If you want to see how the Vatican employed this statue in the Middle Ages, I recommend The Borgias on Netflix (not to be confused with the mediocre series of the same name on Showtime). During every major ceremony, the Pope sits directly across from this giant pine cone.

Staff-of-Osiris-EgyptianNow some people try to assert this indicates a hidden mystery cult from Egypt has been secretly running the Vatican. I find that assertion ridiculous. Power does not confine itself to one secret society for centuries. Instead, it shifts around to better conceal its evil intentions. Let me give a specific contemporary example: The Freemasons use the pine cone for their rituals and fifty years ago, that secret society probably reached it’s peak of influence in this country. J. Edgar Hoover held Masonic ceremonies inside his office building. This was a time when being a Freemason could be a ticket into a cushy government job. Today, that may no longer holds true for Freemasons, but does hold true for Mormons, who are disproportionately distributed throughout the FBI and CIA.

But if you study the origins of the Mormons, you’ll find it all wrapped up around the realization that Freemasonry was designed as a British plot and the creation of the first third party in America, the Anti-Masonic party, was the result of a growing awakening of the immense power the masons had achieved. Mormonism appeared just as Freemasonry was being exposed. And strangely enough, the rituals in both these secret societies are similar.

My goal is to create hybrid ceremonies that take the best of all spiritual traditions and merge them in order to disarm the sorcerers manipulating religion to manifest wars for profit.

Take the Disinfo Quiz

Can you tell the difference between a legitimate area of deep-political research and a carefully constructed rabbit hole leading nowhere? When navigating the conspiracy wilderness of mirrors, it’s important to realize 90% of the so-called “research” is garbage being spread by kooks or people pretending to be kooks, unless, of course, it’s a mainstream book parroting the official government line, in which case it will be praised to the skies in all the major media from far and wide. This is how the entire spectrum of conspiracy research has been removed from the accepted borders of reality. In the jargon of mind control ops, all researchers have been “sheep-dipped” as lunatics. Good or bad, crazy or sane, every deep-political researcher is just another conspiracy crackpot. So much for investigative research. Investigative research is practically extinct at this point. So the kookier the stuff that gets published, the farther they drive the center of gravity away from uncomfortable realities that might stir people into action, and the deeper they go into the designated rabbit hole, a place filled with fearful sheeple and paranoid delusions. Manufacturing all this disinfo noise is a sophisticated game played out on several fields. Most religion (and any other mind-control cults) work by first leading the gullible down a designated rabbit hole, to a state of fearful resignation.

This test is designed to measure your ability to navigate the many rabbit holes that dot the conspiracy landscape, so I invite everyone to take my Disinfo Quiz. Most of the theories listed here are discussed in greater detail elsewhere on my blog.

All conspiracy research falls into one of three categories: 1) credible research; 2) manufactured rabbit hole leading nowhere; or, 3) limited hang-out, a deflection of the real story, usually scapegoating the designated patsy. Limited hang-outs are often employed as lightning rods to capture the center of energy on an emerging consciousness.

So tell me which of the following categories do these popular internet conspiracy theories fall into?

Credible story? Rabbit Hole? or Limited Hang-out?

 

 

1) The CIA killed JFK

 

 

2) We never landed on the moon.

 

 

 

 

3) 9/11 was a ritual event based on Crowley magick

 

 

4) Chemtrails are poisoning the world

 

 

 

5) Fluoride is poisoning the world

 

 

6) Cannabis cures cancer

 

 

7) The Aurora shooting was a magic ritual event

 

 

 

8) Madonna is Queen of the Illuminati

 

 

9) Circumcision is a form of ritualized child abuse

 

 

 

10) Albert Hoffman, of LSD fame, secretly worked for the CIA

 

 

 

11) A vaccine given in the 1950s is creating an explosion of cancer in Baby Boomers

 

 

12) The Jews are running the world

 

 

 

13) JFK Jr was murdered

 

 

 

14) Elvis is alive

After you compile your score (answers below) find out how you rank, Magus  or Sheeple?

13-14 correct: Magus

11-12 correct: Senior

9-10 correct: Junior

7-8 correct: Sophomore

5-6 correct: Freshman

4 or less correct: you are undoubtedly a member of the brainwashed sheeple

Answers:

1) credible

2) rabbit hole

3) limited hangout

4) rabbit hole

5) credible

6) credible

7) rabbit hole

8) rabbit hole

9) credible

10) credible

11) credible

12) limited hangout

13) credible

14) rabbit hole

The Secret to Enlightenment

steveposter“Harmony is the key to the universe” —Confucius

Many people make the mistake of thinking religion is something handed down from God, manifested on earth by a chosen prophet. By design, that sort of thinking turns every other religion into a false culture, making jihad not only possible, but transforming jihad into an honorable ceremony of death. In fact, spirituality can be found in all things, good and bad, and one man’s noble cause is another man’s holocaust. All these systems run on magic, no matter what they tell you, or what side of the fence you’re on, and magic works under basic principles, most of which are obscured to keep mud in the water and keep their magic working on you without you realizing it. Magic is the original form of mind control, and once you understand that concept, you can slip off the leash. The first step to enlightenment is realizing all religious services are, in fact, magic ceremonies, and although ceremonies can have many forms, the most common form are ceremonies of harmonization, designed to create a group telepathic mind to focus energy on an idea, icon or symbol. The tools used in these ceremonies take on telepathic power as a result of the meditations. But that power only works on those who believe in the ceremonies. If you don’t believe, there’s no magic. It’s basically the same whether you’re sitting in church or going to a live concert to hear your favorite band. Both are magical ceremonies.

One of my satori moments came while visiting one of my primary spiritual teachers, Stephen Gaskin, when he said: “You know, Steve, enlightenment is not like climbing a mountain or ringing a bell. It comes and goes. Sometimes you’re enlightened and can stone people with your presence, and sometimes not.”

The idea of an individual retreating to a high mountain cave, meditating for years, finding enlightenment and returning to civilization is a false myth, although such meditation may be necessary to quiet a manic mind.  One thing about spirituality, there will always be scores more fakers and frauds than real messiahs. We found that out the hard way in the 1960s, a decade that brought out the craziest of New Age cults. I ended up sticking with just a handful of elders: Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, Ken Kesey and the Pranksters, Paul Krassner, Wavy Gravy, these titans emerged as my spiritual teachers.

The secret is realizing you have the power to invent your own ceremonies, and the more you hybridize and raid from other cultures, the deeper your ceremonies will project across the astral plain. The real avatars are people like Bob Marley and John Lennon and not the ones wearing big hats in big cathedrals and temples. Creativity and spirituality are the same thing.Through ceremonies, you can discover magic. Just be sure and ditch the dogma because there’s really only one rule: don’t hurt anybody.

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On Magic and Religion

After I posted my take on Alex Jones’ ridiculous Madonna-Illuminati conspiracy theory, I got this response on facebook: “Illuminati conspiracy, today, revolves around the idea that some groups have been in touch with higher intelligence….”

Anyone who claims special access to information from other dimensions and or galaxies (ala David Icke), is a guaranteed 100% fraudster. This hookwink is nothing new, by the way. It’s been going on for centuries and never seems to fail to capture true believers. In fact, this is how all religions start out. When spirituality moved from tribal shamanism to organized religions, the first thing the corrupt priesthood did was claim a special relationship with god. All religion is really magic. You can claim your messiah’s miracles are really real, but there isn’t any fundamental difference in the way Christianity, or Scientology, or Mormonism, or Aleister Crowley actually works—it’s all magic. And magic does work—if you believe in it, so it’s pretty much self-fulfilling.

I don’t doubt that telepathic energies exist, and some of those energies even travel through the dimensions of time and space. Also, some people, usually known as “psychics,” can occasionally tap into these telepathic energies. A good example would be George Washington Carver, who had the ability to “talk to plants.” But for every real psychic there’s always been ten thousand fraudsters, all claiming special access to hidden knowledge they will happily share with you—for a fee. Why anyone would ever believe any of this hogwash is beyond me. One thing about real psychics like Carver: they don’t use their abilities to manufacture religions or profiteer in any way from their special talents. And if they did, they’d likely lose those talents right away. So please don’t make the mistake of thinking the ruling elites have any special access to other dimensions or worlds in outer space or are really lizard creatures from another dimension. This is simply a hoodwink story made-up to justify their monopoly on power and keep the populace in a state of shock and awe, and prevent them from realizing the truth—that people have the power. It’s just a matter of waking up and shaking off the mind control mechanisms being manufactured to prevent that global wake-up from taking place. And claiming the Illuminati have contact with other dimensions is not part of the solution, but just another rabbit hole leading to nowhere.