The story of the formal founding of the United States
in 1776 can be told in more ways than one. Alternative versions are
loaded with bizarre beliefs about the identity and aims of the Founding
Fathers. Historical evidence that George Washington and other
leading figures of the Revolution were Freemasons has fuelled a variety
of conspiracy theories. See Declaration of Independence. (Washington
with Masonic apron and dcor. Engraving, 1868.)
Ialdabaoth Bizarre name found
in Gnostic texts, referring to the master entity of the Archons, the
offspring of the Aeon Sophia before Her embodiment as the earth. Pronounced
EE-al-DAH-buy-OT. For an account of Ialdaboth and the Archons, see Alien
ideological belief: expressed
in ideological form, that is, in a systematic body of abstractions or
For a complete list of permutations of belief see Modes
ideology Vague term for the embodiment
of beliefs in abstract ideas that can drive human behavior to pathological
extremes. Fromm (A, 253) cites L. von Bertalanffy, a pioneer of systems
theory, on the exceptional role of ideological cues in human behavior:
There is no doubt about the presence of aggressive and destructive tendencies
in the human species which are of the nature of biological drives. However,
the most pernicious phenomena of aggression, transcending self-preservation
and self-destruction, are based on a characteristic feature of man above
the biological level, namely his capacity of creating symbolic universes
in thought, language and behavior.
Morris Berman writes:
Ideologies arise when people feel they have no real somatic anchoring....Our
ideologies are as hollow as our organized religions. The millionare
dies a bitter and a lonely man; the famous finds that nobody cares
about his great track record of decades past. Success, as Swiss therapist
Alice Miller demonstrates powerfully in Prisoners of Childhood, is
one of the hollowest ideologies around.
(Coming to Our Senses, p 22)
to be a doozy.
imperative belief: stated in a
flat non-narrative form.
Example: Children can be told the story of the sin of Adam and Eve, a
Biblical narrative encoded with the belief that sex in a sin, or they
can be flatly told that sexual intercourse is sinful. When belief is
stated in non-narrative form is assumes a particular dynamic. See Double
Bind and Alienation.
Example: "The meek shall inherit the earth." The belief is flatly stated,
although the same belief could be scripted in a story. With the use of
the future tense, the syntax reinforces the imperative sense: what is
stated here will come to be, it is not merely a statement of that which
one hopes or wishes to come to be.
For a complete list of permutations of belief see Modes
indemnification A common tactic
in story-telling by which the way a story is told asserts and endorses
the values or beliefs inscribed in it. For instance, a history of the
Civil War in the United States might be told in such a way that it approves
the abolition of slavery, without of course coming right out and saying
so. In that case, the telling would indemnify that aspect of the events
recounted. But this is not the only way the Civil War could be recounted.
One can easily imagine another version of the same events in which the
abolition of slavery is treated as a bad thing, without however calling
it so in an overt way.
To be effective, indemnification often conceals itself to some extent,
but in some cases it positively announces itself. The Aquarian Conspiracy by
Marilyn Ferguson is an account of New Age trends in American science
and society. It contains many beliefs about what is good in the new Age
and what good will arise in society due to the adoption and application
of certain avant-garde notions propagated by the elite corps of masterminds
who spearhead the conspiracy. The author clearly indemnifies the program
she describes and in which she figures (by her own assessment) as a major
player. When indemnification operates at this level of self-disclosure,
it amounts to an overt declaration of beliefs and values; really, a manifesto.
Fergusons book may be contrasted to Unfinished Animal by
Theodore Roszak, a work that treats some of the same New Age trends,
but presents them as a set of optional propositions. Writing like a metahistorian,
Roszak assesses the options and only at the end of the book, after making
a clear statement that he will now present his own views, does he venture
to speak subjectively about the prospects of the new Age. In short, he
never indemnifies the material.
interbeing Term suggested by
Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh for the co-existence of Form
and Void, or the ecstatic and selfless manner in which all things exist
through each other.
In TNH's unique treatment of Buddhism, the experience of personal love
also falls within the realm of the Form and Void. This view seems to
correspond to the romantic theology of the European troubadours who initiated
the Cult of Amor in Southern France in the 12th Century. The troubadour's
dedication to the Lady who is distant and unattainable may reflect the
realization that love endures in absence (Void) as well as in presence
Although the Cult of Amor did celebrate intimate and
carnal contact between troubadour and lady, it looked beyond consummation
in the flesh to the transcendent bonding that is completed, rather than
defeated, in death, as the legend of Trtistan and Isolde shows. It is
perhaps no accident that Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhist retreat,
is located in the heart of troubadour country in Southern France.
An essay on the Cult of Amor is
forthcoming in this site.
intervention theory In
comparative mythology, any scenario that describes a superhuman or alien
agency intruding upon human experience, for good or ill.
Often the action of the being who intervenes is considered to be salvific.
This type of benevolent intervention is seen in the Hindu myth of the
twelve avatars of Vishnu. On twelve occasions when the world is threated
by catastrophe, the god Vishnu, "the Preserver," is believed
to assume some form (a tortoise, a lion, a human prince) by which he
can intervene and save humanity. Avatar comes from a Sanskrit
verb meaning "to go down, descend." The avataric descents of
Vishnu present what is probably the most archaic model of intervention.
Because these descents happen in specific moments of time, the mytheme
of avataric descent is closely linked to the occult teaching on the World
Other scenarios present more ambiguous plot-lines
in which is it unclear if the intervention by divine or superhuman beings
is benevolent or malevolent. Narratives found on cunieform tablets
of the Annunaki, interpreted by Zechariah Sitchin to be a superhuman
species from beyond the Earth. Dating to 1800 BCE, these tablets preserve
The cunieform narratives of intervention respresent the oldest
written record of an evolutionary mythos for our species.
Rather amazingly, the first recorded narratives of human evolution (from
which later versions such as the OT scenario of Genesis and the Flood
derive) present what appear to be accounts of "alien" or ET
involvement with humanity in prehistory. Wild
stuff, this, but there is more amazement to come. In his interview for
of the Da Vinci Code" published in December 2004 by US News
and World Report, Gnostic scholar James Robertson points out that
Dan Brown refers to the Nag Hammadi find as 'scrolls," but they
are not. They are codices—books with individual pages. They are
actually the oldest examples we have of leather-bound books. (p. 36)
Now feature this: the earliest clay-tablet writings that survive from
around 1800 BCE present an interventionist scenario declaring that the
Annunaki have genetically effected human evolution, and the earliest
books that survive from about 300 CE
present a warning not to believe what is found in the Sumerian narratives!
Gnostics, upon whose teachings the Nag Hammadi codices are based, warned
that alien entities called Archons attempted to meddle in human genetics,
but did not succeed. Yet they also warned that it consistent with the simulation
tactics (called hal in
the Coptic texts) of the Archons to make us believe they have powers
which in reality
they do not have at all. The method of the Archons consists in to fake
us into sumission — rather like the Bush Administration is attempting
to do, come to think of it.
To my knowledge, no scholar has pointed out
the extraordinary nexus of the Sumerian intervention narrative
and the Gnostic expose of same. This outrageous "coincidence" is
central to the 1947 Nexus, a developing
entry in the Lexicon.
Jacques Vallee calls the intervention
narrative "the myth of contact." (Messengers
of Deception, p. 49) Along with John Keel, who is perhaps his
sole equal in subtle analysis of ET/UFO issues, Vallee maintains that
the phenomenon conditions our perception of it. It behaves "like
a conditioning process. The logic of conditioning uses absurdity and
confusion to achieve its goal... If you take the trouble to join me in
the analysis of the UFO myth, you will see human beings under the control
of a strange force that is bending them in absurd ways, forcing them
play a role in a bizarre game of deception." (p. 7, 20) This is
arguably close to how Gnostic texts describe the "tactics" of
They sought to overpower humanity in its psychological and
perceptual functions... although they saw that human thinking was
superior to theirs... For indeed their delight is bitter and their
beauty is depraved. And their triumph is in deception (apaton),
leading astray, for their own structure is without divinity.
The Greek/Coptic term plane (PLAH-nay) means "error, leading
astray — "mind-bending"
in the sense that Vallee suggests.
Apaton means "deception," but to deceive someone into the
sense of being defeated is not the same as really defeating them.
Or its it? The very danger unique to the Archons consists in their
deceptive ploys, rather than in any real power to affect us against
our will. As Vallee argues,
we play into the game of deception, we disempower ourselves. This is
totally consistent with Gnostic analysis of Archontic intrusion.
The Apocryphon of John II, 20ff
No matter what one may think of the scenario of intervention, the
fact remains that it is there, recorded in historical and archeological
Gnostics took up the Sumerian material on the Annunaki and critiqued
it with Vallee-like finesse. Their interpretation of the "myth
of contact" is a unique expose of alien intrusion with a strong
warning message for humanity. It
the Gnostic view of invervention is indispensable to our vision of ourselves
as a species.