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Know Thyself

With people presenting solutions everywhere, be it through the political circus, spiritual leaders, to more progressive movements offering self-sustainable solutions, many people seem to have a plan of how to “fix” the world. Others say all is just as it is supposed to be and all we need to do is to go with the “flow”, focus on “love” and “light” and everything will be good.

I voiced my concerns with the “solutions” presented in Zeitgeist Addendum in my article about that film. Visionary ideas are good and great to have, however false hopes based on ideals can shatter into nothingness if there is no foundation to build it on. People always say we must “do”, “act” or “vote” and it seems most folks want just someone to tell them what to do, so they don’t have to think too much on their own. The question is what are we really able to “do” if we don’t even know ourselves? What is humanity? Yes we’re all one, but are we all truly the same inside, seeing/thinking/feeling the same way? Who is to say what is good for the world and what not?

The issues the world faces, the destruction, greed, genocide, economic meltdown, etc… cannot and won’t be resolved until man faces himself, looks at himself and does the work to gain Self Knowledge, beyond worship of the personality and ego. Humanity is deeply conditioned through Culture, Society, Religion, Media, Nationalism, Education, Government, our upbringing and all kinds of illusionary Beliefs. Before we can offer any solutions we need to become aware of this conditioning and do the work necessary to truly understand ourselves, our mechanical reactive behaviors, emotional addictions, our biases to take in certain information but automatically reject information that conflicts with our (conditioned) belief system.

Honest self work takes effort and courage as one will have to confront the social conditioning and programming as well as the lies one is telling oneself in order to “fit in”. If one is sincere with oneself, this process will lead inevitably to confront lies in the world and one starts to SEE the world more as it IS, not as one likes it or assumes it to be. What happens is a raise of consciousness and awareness, moving from subjectivity to a more objective view, letting go of the false conditioned self and embracing one’s true self  based on Truth, Knowledge and essentially Love, which is a higher state of being and not merely an emotional state. The more we see ourselves and the world objectively, the wiser our choices become and our resulting actions will have lasting positive impact. This work is to be done within and without, for both are interconnected. Much like when Neo woke up in the film “The Matrix”, the “view” is not necessarily pleasant once the illusions, buffers and programs have been dislodged, but only Truth will set us free. Once we can SEE, especially the “unpleasant” aspects of reality so many people like to ignore, we’ll have a better understanding of what to DO.

“Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.” ~ G.I. Gurdjieff

The necessity to “Know Thyself” has been transmitted through many wise men and ancient teachings throughout the world for thousands of years. However, the depth of these teachings and the required work to attain a higher state of Being/Awareness/Consciousness has been distorted and watered down in the New Age “arena” and “Conscious Movement” these days. Some of it even deliberate in order to steer people away from truth. COINTELPRO is still active and not only used by the powers that be (ptb) to infiltrate political parties and progressive groups/organizations, but also the New Age Movement.

Religion has been used for social control for ages. The New Age Movement with its Disinformation and many distorted teachings seems to become the new “global religion”, vectoring people into complacency and conformity with an oversimplified understanding of “we’re all one” or “all you need is love”. Many people already believe that they are awake and aware, yet they are merely “dreaming to be awake”, just like fundamental Christians who claim to have a “direct line” to Jesus. As a matter of fact what we see nowadays in the New Age is similar to followers of dogmatic religions: blind belief, wishful thinking, emotional projections and lack of critical thinking. That is also true for many folks who believe themselves to be “awakened” because they tripped on DMT or had “magical” experiences with Ayahuasca and other mind expanding substances. The Neo- Shamanism that is around this day has distorted what Shamanism is truly about and rendered it into a hyped attraction where all you have to pay is some $ to have THE experience.  Sure, medicine plants can give some insight and help in the healing process, as I’ve seen it in my own life, however they can also distract people from what deeper spiritual and esoteric work is about. There are also many dangers, energetically, psychically and otherwise, when forcing to enter a higher state of consciousness through these drugs. Chemically induced “Feel good experiences” are no proof for Truth.

“Nowadays most people interested in the spirituality of the East desire the “experience,” though they may call what they are after intimate communion with God. Those familiar with the standards and norms of spiritual experience set down by disciplined paths like Sufism are usually appalled at the way Westerners seize upon any apparition from the domain outside of normal consciousness as a manifestation of the “spiritual.” In fact, there are innumerable realms in the unseen world, some of them far more dangerous than the worst jungles of the visible world. [Al-Arabi himself said:] “So preserve yourselves, my brothers, from the calamities of this place, for distinguishing it is extremely difficult! Souls find it sweet, and then within it they are duped, since they become completely enamored of it.”” – William Chittick, The Sufi Path of Knowledge

Good disinformation always contains a good amount of truth to lure the seeker in, but enough lies to steer him/her away or keep him/her in a subjective tunnel vision. The same can be said about the many “self-help” gurus out there. Be it “The Secret” gang and many others who claim to know the “way to happiness and abundance”; they are here to “help you help yourself”, giving you techniques how to “attract” and “manifest” money, a fulfilling relationship, the perfect job, lover, great life circumstances, etc….while they make millions off the desperation of the people who seek “happiness” and a way”out”.

“Man must have results, real results, in his inner and outer life. I do not mean the results which modern people strive after in their attempts at self-development. These are not results, but only rearrangements of psychic material, a process the Buddhists call *samsara* and which our Holy Bible calls *dust*.”
– Jacob Needleman

When looking deeper into some of the “self-help teachings”, one can see that they mostly enhance personality and ego with its subjective and conditioned desires and buffers. They promote and push to follow desire and wants without truly trying to understand where they come from to being with. In a sense, what is sold today as “spirituality” and “self-work” is quite the opposite of what the ancient esoteric teachings have been talking about. It is more an escape, another buffer to stop seeing the world and oneself as it/one is. It pushes man more into the Subjectivity (shutting out anything that is a “threat” to ones belief system) of his already conditioned personality, rather than moving towards Objectivity of the real “I” that does not seek to force its will on to the world, but acts out of Knowledge, Truth, objective Awareness (higher state of consciousness) and essentially Love, which is not an emotional fixation. True self-work is not a walk in the park or about “creating one’s reality“.

“”There is no coming to consciousness without pain…People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious” – Carl Gustav Jung

That is not to say that all prominent authors and teachers are COINTELPRO. They themselves can be duped and spread disinformation unknowingly, even if their intent is well meant. Others just want to become rich and famous and some have more knowledge about marketing/selling themselves than understanding of spiritual work. It’s not black and white, but lies are mixed with truth, so discernment is key. The truth about our world and humanity has been suppressed for thousands of years and it certainly won’t be revealed on Oprah anytime soon.

In his  book “Pushing Ultimates: Fundamentals of Authentic Self-knowledge” Lew Paz writes:

“James Hillman, whose works delve deeply in Jungian archetypes, sees most New Age therapeutic methods as failing to deal with the true complexities of the soul. We can see this lack of substantial psychological awareness in many New Age writers and lecturers. Though such spokespeople may specialize in Hindu and Buddhist terminology relating to the levels of consciousness, few speak with any background knowledge of Western art, literature, poetry, science, philosophy, and how these have contributed to highlighting the further heights and depths of the human situation today. Many become popular because they speak and write with a reductionist style that brings the complex and disturbing down into canned formulas of what spiritual growth is supposedly all about. Dozens of such New Age authors could bring their works together into one large volume entitled, “How To Become Aware of the Depths of Your Being Without Disturbing the Routine of Your Comfortable Lifestyle.

The necessity to seek truth in oneself and the world and act upon it has to come from oneself. No one can do it for another and no one can push another to do it, until he/she himself/herself realizes the precious times we live in, acts upon it and starts to work on him/herself. Only if man knows himself truly is he able to “do”. Before that he’s just like a blind man walking in a porcelain store. Free will is not really “free” as long as man acts from his conditioned personality.

Looking at the world right now, we have billions of people lost in a porcelain store. People who do not know themselves will build and are building a prison for themselves, a prison without bars and walls, cherishing their “leaders” as “saviors” like in a global Stockholm Syndrome, worshiping/defending the ones who keep them imprisoned. They become tools for the matrix, thinking that they are “free”, but they are merely reacting to external influences (planetary, social, cultural) and accumulated conditioning over a life time(s). No one is exempt from that and the ones shouting the loudest how “awake”, “spiritual” and “aware” they are, are in many ways more deluded than they are capable of admitting to themselves.

No change is going to happen by simply forwarding the newest conspiracy videos, questionable New Age Teachings and dubious Channeled material (which are mostly corrupted and puts man deeper into sleep), meditating on love and light, striving for sustainable solutions or just protesting with some banners and slogans.
Yes, some of it can trigger and plant seeds, but ultimately Change happens only if we change and separate lies from truth, within AND without.  Only then will we be able to see the world as it is, without filters of denial, wishful thinking, false hopes and misperceptions because of our corrupted state of being. In order to see truth in the world, we need to see truth in ourselves and stop lying to ourselves. Only then will we be able to know what to “do” and act upon it.

“Try for a moment to accept the idea that you are not what you believe yourself to be, that you overestimate yourself, in fact that you lie to yourself. That you always lie to yourself every moment, all day, all your life. That this lying rules you to such an extent that you cannot control it any more. You are the prey of lying. You lie, everywhere. Your relations with others-lies. The upbringing you give, the conventions-lies. Your teaching-lies. Your theories, your art lies. Your social life, your family life-lies. And what you think of yourself-lies also. But you never stop yourself in what you are doing or in what you are saying because you believe in yourself. You must stop inwardly and observe.   Observe without preconceptions, accepting for a time this idea of lying. And if you observe in this way, paying with yourself, without self-pity, giving up all your supposed riches for a moment of reality, perhaps you will suddenly see something you have never before seen in yourself until this day. You will see that you are different from what you think you are. You will see that you are two. One who is not, but takes the place and plays the role of the other. And one who is, yet so weak, so insubstantial, that he no sooner appears than he immediately disappears. He cannot endure lies. The least lie makes him faint away. He does not struggle, he does not resist, he is defeated in advance. Learn to look until you have seen the difference between your two natures, until you have seen the lies, the deception in yourself. When you have seen your two natures, that day, in yourself, the truth will be born.”

– from “First Initiation” by Jeanne de Salzmann

said over half a century ago:

“To bring about peace in the world, to stop all wars, there must be a revolution in the individual, in you and me. Economic revolution without this inward revolution is meaningless, for hunger is the result of the maladjustment of economic conditions produced by our psychological states; greed, envy, ill-will and possessiveness. To put and end to this sorrow, to hunger, to war, there must be psychological revolution and few of us are willing to face that. We will discuss peace, plan legislation, create new leagues, the United Nations and so on; but we will not win peace because we will not give up our position, our authority, our money, our properties, our lives. To rely on others is utterly futile; others cannot bring us peace. No leader is going to gives us peace, no government, no army, no country. What will bring peace is inward transformation, which will lead to outward action. Inward transformation is not isolation, is not withdrawal from outward action. On the contrary, there can be right action only when there is right thinking and there is no right thinking when there is no self-knowledge. Without knowing yourself, there is no peace. An Ideal is merely an escape, an avoidance of what is, a contradiction of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what is. To have peace, we will have to love, we will have to begin not to live an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them. As long as each one of us is seeking psychological security, the physiological security we need; food, clothing and shelter, is destroyed. Some of you will nod your heads and say, “I agree”, and go outside and do exactly the same as you have been doing for the last ten or twenty years. Your agreement is merely verbal and has no significance, for the world’s miseries and wars are not going to be stopped by your casual assent. They will be only stopped when you realize the danger, when you realize your responsibility, when you do not leave it to somebody else. If you realize the suffering, if you see the urgency of immediate action and do not postpone, then you will transform yourself.”

He was right, to this day most people just nod their heads, maybe watch “Zeitgeist”, and then go back and “do” exactly what they have always been doing, slave to the mechanicalness of their conditioned Personality.

During this time of transition more and more people are wanting to seek “truth”, more and more people seem to want to “Know”. There IS an “awakening” happening, no doubt. However, we’re also in the Age of Deception and if people don’t know themselves, they will take “reality for illusion and illusion for reality” as Mouravieff wrote in “Gnosis”. The term “awakening” needs to be carefully looked at, because people can “awake” to merely another form of illusion and “dream of waking up” while still being asleep.  On the other hand, Self-work can also easily turn into a narcissistic activity, if one is too absorbed with oneself or has no network that can give honest feedback and mirroring.

Some people always claim that Truth is simple and all you have to do is this or that, be compassionate, positive, show love, visualize, follow your “bliss”, no judgments, etc…..and many other ideals and words are being used for which everyone seems to have a different understanding or just a memorized definition. Boris Mouravieff gives an insight into the “Simplicity of Truth” in his “Gnosis” Trilogy:

“We often demand simplicity from esoteric teaching on the generally accepted principle that Truth itself must be simple. We conclude from this that access to this Truth should also be simple, and so the method which leads to it must be easily assimilable. This argument is perfectly correct on condition that we ourselves are simple, that is, just, in the sense used in the Gospel. Sadly, this is not so, because of the anarchy that reigns among our “987” little I’s. There is a long path to travel from our distorted state of inner disorder to our original simplicity. This is the Way that leads the seeker from the wilderness of ignorance to the Light of Tabor. Experience shows that in practice this doctrine of ‘simplicity’, if it is regarded as an axiom, turns the student aside from the strait gate and the narrow way that leads to life. Impelled by this counter-truth, he believes he stands before this door, when he is in reality-although undoubtedly in perfectly good faith-walking on the wide path that leads to perdition. This doctrine of simplicity, correct in itself but wrongly interpreted, becomes a snare for our hearts that are already too corrupt; a danger which should be recognized and avoided.

The question comes up, how is one to gain self-knowledge, to separate lies from truth in oneself?  It’s easy to talk about and seeing the necessity of it, but what does it mean and how to proceed in practical terms? What are the techniques and where to start? Boris Mouravieff talks about self-work and man’s position in “The Parable of the Coach“:

“In Western civilization the interior life of the individual, with all its richness, finds itself relegated to a minor role in existence. Man is so caught up in the toils of mechanical life that he has neither time to stop nor the power of attention needed to turn his mental vision upon himself. Man thus passes his days absorbed by external circumstances. The great machine that drags him along turns without stopping, and forbids him to stop under penalty of being crushed. Today like yesterday, and tomorrow like today, he quickly exhausts himself in the frantic race, impelled in a direction which in the end leads nowhere. Life passes away from him almost unseen, swift as a ray of light, and man falls engulfed and still absent from himself.

When we ask someone who lives under this constant pressure of contemporary life to turn his mental vision towards himself, he generally answers that he has not enough time left to undertake such practices. If we insist and he acquiesces, he will in most cases say that he sees nothing: Fog; Obscurity. In less common cases, the observer reports that he perceives something which he cannot define because it changes all the time. This last observation is correct. Everything is in fact continually changing within us. A minor external shock, agreeable or disagreeable, happy or unhappy, is sufficient to give our inner content a quite different appearance.

If we follow up this interior observation, this introspection, without prejudice, we will soon constate, not without surprise, that our I, of which we are so consistently proud, is not always the same self: the I changes. As this impression becomes more defined we begin to become more aware that it is not a single man who lives within us but several, each having his own tastes, his own aspirations, and each trying to attain his own ends. Suddenly we discover within us a whole world full of life and colors which until now we had almost entirely ignored.

If we still proceed with this experience, we will soon be able to distinguish three currents within that perpetually moving life: that of the vegetative life of the instincts, so to speak; that of the animal life of the feelings; and lastly that of human life in the proper sense of the term, characterized by thought and speech. It is almost as if there were three men within us, all entangled together in an extraordinary way. So we come to appreciate the value of introspection as a method of practical work which permits us to know ourselves and enter into ourselves. As we gradually progress, we become more clearly aware of the real situation in which we find ourselves….”

The Russian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff talked about man being a machine and that one needs to build a “soul” or activate the higher centers through effort and conscious self-work, fusing  the individual centers within, so they work all in harmony and in right relation. It doesn’t happen just by itself. There is no evolution of Consciousness if there are no conscious efforts. He insisted that man is not “doing” anything because he doesn’t know himself and all man is “doing” are mechanical reactions based on external influences and conditioning until he starts to work on himself.

“People are machines. Machines have to be blind and unconscious, they cannot be otherwise, and all their actions have to correspond to their nature. Everything happens. No one does anything. ‘Progress’ and ‘civilization,’ in the real meaning of these words, can appear only as the result of conscious efforts. They cannot appear as the result of unconscious mechanical actions. And what conscious effort can there be in machines? And if one machine is unconscious, then a hundred machines are unconscious, and so are a thousand machines, or a hundred thousand, or a million. And the unconscious activity of a million machines must necessarily result in destruction and extermination. It is precisely in unconscious involuntary manifestations that all evil lies. You do not yet understand and cannot imagine all the results of this evil. But the time will come when you will understand.

The evolution of man can be taken as the development in him of those powers and possibilities which never develop by themselves, that is, mechanically. Only this kind of development, only this kind of growth, marks the real evolution of man. In speaking of evolution it is necessary to understand from the outset that no mechanical evolution is possible. The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness. And ‘consciousness’ cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and ‘will’ cannot evolve involuntarily. The evolution, of man is the evolution of his power of doing, and ‘doing’ cannot be the result of things which ‘happen.’

People do not know what man is. They have to do with a very complex machine, far more complex than a railway engine, a motorcar, or an aeroplane—but they know nothing, or almost nothing, about the construction, working, or possibilities of this machine; they do not even understand its simplest functions, because they do not know the purpose of these functions.

[…]”You often think in a very naive way,” [Gurdjieff] said. “You already think you can do. To get rid of this conviction is more difficult than anything else for a man. You do not understand all the complexity of your organization and you do not realize that every effort, in addition to the results desired, even if it gives these, gives thousands of unexpected and often undesirable results, and the chief thing that you forget is that you are not beginning from the beginning with a nice clean, new machine. There stand behind you many years of a wrong and stupid life, of indulgence in every kind of weakness, of shutting your eyes to your own errors, of striving to avoid all unpleasant truths, of constant lying to yourselves, of self-justification, of blaming others, and so on, and so on. All this cannot help affecting the machine. The machine is dirty, in places it is rusty, and in some places artificial appliances have been formed, the necessity for which has been created by its own wrong way of working. These artificial appliances will now interfere very much with all your good intentions. They are called ‘buffers.‘”

– from “In Search of the Miraculous” by P.D. Ouspensky

The solutions presented by various “Conscious Movements” these days and other people who have good intentions are not bad in themselves, however by leaving out the necessary deeper self-work (striving towards objectivity and truth within and without) that is needed to truly “be the change“, nothing will change fundamentally and so many of these solutions become just castles in the air. It is also the prerequisite to seek truth in the world, for one’s “Reading Instrument” needs to be “tuned” in order to discern lies from truth. Honest Self-work goes hand in hand with looking at global issues that seem to be ignored by many self-proclaimed “conscious” people who want a “better” world. Be it 9/11, Zionism, Psychopathy and Ponerology, the Global Warming fraud, the UFO phenomena, our history and many other “secrets” present and past. There is still much we have to come to terms with before any form of “Golden Age” is going to manifest.

Suppression of Knowledge is the name of the game. There are traps and dead-ends on the path towards Awakening and there are forces that do their best to keep humanity asleep. All of which the ancient teachings have talked and warned about. It is no coincidence that much of this crucial esoteric Knowledge has been “filtered out” and is hard to come by in today’s Spiritual, Conscious and New Age Movements. Knowledge protects; Ignorance endangers.

“The goal of any esoteric work must be that of objectivity, first in our understanding of ourselves, and then, as our filters and programs are dislodged, of the world. A true esoteric teaching will, therefore, not only focus on “Know Thyself”, but will also provide knowledge about the reality of our reality. If one or the other of these aspects are missing from a teaching, then you can be certain that it is incomplete, and an incomplete teaching, even if through ignorance of the teacher, even if unconscious, is dangerous.”- Henry See, from “Spiritual Predator: Prem Rawat AKA Maharaji

Zeitgeist Addendum – A Critical Look

[note: this blog was written Oct. 8th 2008]

Zeitgeist Addendum has been highly anticipated ever since the big internet success of Zeitgeist. I remember when I first saw it, roughly two years ago, when it just came out. I think I was the 50th person to watch it online after a friend of mine told me about it. Less than a year later it has been watched by millions of people worldwide and it got even released in selected theaters. It was probably the most popular “Conspiracy” documentary to this date. Reason for this is that it was very well done and Peter Joseph, the director, has a great talent to bring such topics on the screen and keeping the audience interested. The topics were very basic, however I thought it would be a great trigger and introduction for the people who are still asleep to these issues. So I had great hopes. I kept ordering DVD’s from the site and just gave it out to friends and random people.

As time went by I realized that the wave didn’t catch as I thought it would. Lots of wishful thinking on my part. Just watching this film won’t do anything if it is not followed up with more research and action and many people who watched it didn’t seem “to get it”. The conditioning is strong!
I have much respect for The Zeitgeist crew for pushing the film without just trying to cash in. Also much respect for Peter Joseph for keeping his ego out if this and let the film/message speak for itself. So on some level it did wake people up, but not on a critical mass scale.

At the same time, I knew what was presented in Zeitgeist is literally just the tip of the iceberg and so when he announced that Zeitgeist Addendum would come out in October, I was excited. Yet, after watching the trailer back then and considering the title “Addendum” (like Add-on) I already started to have doubts, feeling that he would take a “New Age” turn and present solutions without having truly looked deeper into the “problem” the world faces to begin with. Unfortunately my feeling turned out to be correct and was confirmed after I watched Z – Add. It is not all bad, but the devil, as always, is in the details. Here are my thoughts on it:

The first half I really enjoyed and thought it was well done. A good insight into the monetary system and the effects of economic terrorism. People need to become aware that they’re being screwed on a daily basis by the system Awareness of that is great and it was very well presented.

However, the second half is a disappointment and I even had a hard time watching it to the end. Peter Joseph, the director and voice-over is coming to conclusions and solutions way too fast, leaving out a good chunk of some deeper implications.
It very much takes a “New Age Utopia” turn, offering solutions without clearly having identified the main issue/problem, mainly the topic of Psychopathy and Ponerology.

My favorite line in Z-Add, by Peter Joseph himself:

“We must be open to new information at all times, even if it threatens our current belief systems and hence identities”

Not sure if he’s applying this advice to himself though.The biggest issue I have is this new age turn and slogan he uses as the “reason” for “uniting”, the assumption that “We are all One and we just need to recognize this” in typical “romantic” wishful thinking manner. For the pitfalls about the “we’re all one” issue, I refer again to the issue of Psychopathy.

Yes we’re all one from a HIGHER perspective and separation is an “Illusion”, but applying this higher truth into our 3rd density experience is like saying gravity is an illusion. Great, so jump off a ten story building and see how this “illusion” will hurt.

Further on, his view on Evolution and progress is quite limited. He has a very obvious bias to Religion. Not saying that dogmatic religion is all good, no, but the bible and other religious texts contain revealing alchemical and esoteric insights if one knows how to read the symbols and so he is throwing out the baby with the bath water. For example, the resurrection can be seen as a metaphor for the second birth that happens after man has stepped through the second threshold of esoteric conscious evolution. It is not a supernatural event. But it is in a sense of raising from the “dead”, meaning everyone is “dead” (asleep), attached to his false “I” of the personality before the second “birth”. When man realizes his real “I”, the true permanent Individuality, he awakens (re-birth) and starts to truly “live”, being in this world but not of it. However, it also doesn’t happen just by itself. Conscious work on the self is needed.

At one point I felt it was like an advertising clip for the Venus Project, portraying the “leader” Jacque Fresco as the “all-knowing” wise man. It became even a bit comical in my eye, when he also uses him as an “expert” on religion and the bible. Too much emphasis on technology as the “savior” and the monetary system as the cause/root for the problems in the world. The fact that the film doesn’t go one bit into psychopathy and questioning “human nature” to begin with is a big let down.

Peter Joseph basically bases the root of the problems the world is facing solely on the monetary system and he repeats that even over and over again at the end. Very short-sighted, hence his solutions are very short-sighted as well and actually misleading based on the following false premises and assumption that caught my eye:

1. All humans are the same, we’re all “one”. (from the outside yes, inside is a whole different issue)
2. Limited Darwinism view of evolution (he seems to push the idea that we evolved from apes….I already disliked that hint in the first Zeitgeist. Darwinism is actually just as part of social control as religious creationism), not fully analyzing what evolution truly means (mechanical vs. conscious). Also, not recognizing that there have been ancient civilizations who have been far superior in evolutionary terms than us.
3. Assumption that progress happens no matter what, without laying out what “progress” means to begin with, as if technological progress and evolution of consciousness are the same.
4. Leaving out huge parts that explain far more the state of the world than just basing it on the monetary system and “human nature”, without truly questioning “human nature” to begin with…..which goes back to point 1 and the topic of Psychopathy.

In the end of it all, Peter Joseph even seem to go backwards, as if he forgot what the talked about in Zeitgeist 1.
He says that the “tables are turning” and the system is crashing because a monetary system based on debt just can’t survive as it is. He says that they are trying to save the system through the bail out! What? No one is trying to save anything here. The crash and economic crisis are designed, purposely orchestrated. The bail out is a lie sold to the people. They are not trying to save anything. They know exactly what they are doing and the new system is already thought out and will replace the outdated system. No need to boycott anyone. The crash is happening no matter what and we will be living in a cash less world soon enough. Maybe Joseph should look into Icke’s concept Problem-Reaction-Solution to understand what is happening behind the curtain. Now, the stupefying thing is that he talked about the designed crash in the 20’s in Zeitgeist 1 and now this crash is happening because of bad politics/business/economy decisions? It makes no sense!

It’s disappointing because Peter Joseph is a gifted film maker and has a good style of presentation. The first half is good, so people can become more aware of how they’re being screwed by the monetary system so to speak, however, the ending is misleading into some sort of utopia where people just can live peaceful together if there is right application of technology and abolishing of the monetary system.
It would have been great if he would have researched more into psychopathy/ponerology, presenting these issues with his film making talents.
However, in this case Zeitgeist Addendum becomes more like a distraction and gives people false hopes.

It’s one step forward and two steps backward.
As a good friend of mine said when we talked about the film:
A missed opportunity.

Z-Add is the basics of the basics, a good insight into the monetary system, but with conclusions and solutions that can be misleading and back fire.

Discussing the film on another forum, some people pointed out:

“All in all it seemed to be a well-intentioned facet of the love ‘n light brigade, with no practical analysis of our current situation aside from pointing out that, yes, we’re all slaves and yes, we need to change, but apparently the psychos will conveniently disappear when everyone chooses this “new path.”

“The avoidance of psychopathy is a clear sign that Zeitgeist Addendum is more a distraction. The signal (a bit of truth) to noise (far too much dreaming of a blissful future without pinpointing the main 3D instrument of societal misery) in this venture is apparent.”

“The “Utopian Dream” presented by the Venus Project did not take into account psychopathy and characteropathy, including genetic and biological causes. Without this consideration, it is merely a matter of time before ponerization comes again.
They don’t seem to understand that to try to create a system without consideration of both creative and entropic forces, they would actually create a new “Darth Vader”. Repression and denial of entropic forces merely sends them out of sight, not out of reality.”

It becomes clearer by the day that a splitting is happening, not a unification. The only unification that will happen in this current 3D experience on earth is through global control, because there is NO spiritual unity. True Spiritual Unity can only happen if people see the world as it is, without wishful thinking and misplaced hope. Unconditional Love is just that: to see as is. With 6 billion people lost in the wilderness, waiting for a savior/leader (be it Obama, Jesus, ET’s, etc…), I don’t see that happening any times soon.
In this corrupt state the world is in, unification is being forced upon based on lies for greater control. The “New Age” Religion with its pseudo teachings is part of this set-up. False prophets are everywhere as they feed off the credulity of the people. These are precious times to choose between the way “up” or “down”, Being or Non-Being, between truth and lies. Trying to offer solutions and an economy system that works “better” and “for all” without looking into deeper issues this world faces will eventually back fire. And that is the main blind spot of Zeitgeist Addendum. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

With the approach of the era of the Holy Spirit, everything must be gradually brought to the light of day, nor only the secrets of the laboratory but the deepest meanings of esotericism. The same must happen with illusions, errors and lies, which must also be revealed so that they can later be rectified.
The world is suffering from a lack of harmony which gets deeper on every plane, and this is a serious danger to the moral and spiritual recovery of humanity. It also involves a serious risk of failure in the last stage of this Time of transition that we are now entering, If this risk is not overcome, the Deluge of Fire awaits us. We will have to make an immense effort to ward off this fate, and we have very little time in which to do it.
Man has only himself to blame for the greatness of the effort needed: this is a result of his obstinate refusal to heed the warnings that have been addressed to him time and again by the Divine Voice, just as he continues today to blind himself to the fact that the Deluge of Fire is being made ready.
It is difficult, if not impossible, for an esoterically unevolved person to discern false prophets spontaneously. He will recognize them more easily by their “fruits,” by the observable results of their works, which serve as signs.
The Scriptures contain more than one reference to the coexistence on our planet of these two humanities – which are now alike in form but unlike in essence. We can even say that the whole dramatic history of humanity, from the fall of Adam until today, not excluding the prospect of the new era, is overshadowed by the coexistence of these two human races whose separation will occur only at the Last Judgement. …… this situation, with its practical consequences and problems, will be the object of a deeper study. This is necessary because the Era of the Holy Spirit is approaching, at the end of which the question of the separation of the tares from the good seed will arise.

[ Gnosis II, Boris Mouravieff ]

Going a bit deeper into the esoteric implications this world is facing as well as why the topic of Psychopathy is crucial to understand and why we need to bring to light, here a little excerpt from an article, Order Out of Chaos by Laura Knight-Jadczyk:

The great Sufi Shaykh Ibn al-‘Arabi explains that “imperfection” exists in Creation because “were there no imperfection, the perfection of existence would be imperfect.” From the point of view of Sheer Being, there is nothing but good.

But Infinite Potential to BE includes – by definition of the word “infinite” – the potential to Not Be. And so, Infinite Potential – The ALL – “splits” into Thought Centers of Creation/BEing and Thought Centers of Entropy/Non-being. It can be said that Infinite Potential is fundamentally Binary – on or off – to be or not to be. That is the first “division.”

Since absolute non-being is an impossible paradox in terms of the source of Infinite Potential to BE, the half of the consciousness of Infinite Potential that constitute the IDEAS of non-being – for every idea of manifestation, there is a corresponding idea for that item of creation to NOT manifest – “falls asleep” for lack of a better term. Its “self observation” is predicated upon consciousness that can only “mimic” death. Consciousness that mimics death then “falls” and becomes Primal Matter. […]

It has been represented for millennia in the yin-yang symbol, which, even on the black half that represents “sleeping consciousness that is matter,” you can see the small white dot of “being” that represents to us that absolute non-existence is not possible. There is only “relative” non-existence. […]

At our level of reality, the understanding that “nothing is real,” as has been promulgated by gurus and teachers down through history, is as useless as saying “gravity isn’t real.” Such considerations are useful only for expansion of perception. They are not useful for practical application since the energies of creation apparently transduce through several “levels” before they meet in the middle, so to say, in our reality.

Organic life exists at the “crossroads” of the myriad ideas or thought centers of being and non-being. As such, they have the capacity to transduce energies “up” or “down” depending on the “consciousness energy directors” of that unit. […]

Against the opposition of those forces seeking to “capture” energy of consciousness and induce it to the “sleep of non-being,” which is gravitational in a certain sense, the energies of consciousness seek to “inform” matter via awakening the self-awareness of those organic units on earth that are capable of resistance to the gravity of non-being. As self-aware “transducing units,” the human being has the potential for going either way – toward intensified being, or toward intensified non-being. […]

God creates the good and the evil, the ugly and the beautiful, the straight and the crooked, the moral and the immoral. Between these traits lie the manifold dangers of the path of the seeker of Truth.

Many modern-day “teachers” and “gurus” tell us “Since there is only One Being which permeates all things, all we have to do is see everything as only light”, and that will transmute the darkness, and we will “create our own reality of light.”

Such a statement ignores the fact that the statement “God is One” describes a reality that is a higher level from which our own “mixed being” manifests. The man who assumes that he can become like God at this level just by thinking it, ignores the facts of Being vs. Non-being which outrays from “God is One” at a level of existence that is clearly several levels above our own. Evil is REAL on its own level, and the task of man is to navigate the Cosmic Maze without being defiled by the Evil therein. This is the root of Free Will.

Man faces a predicament as REAL as himself: he is forced to choose – to utilize his knowledge by applying it – between the straight path which leads to Being, and the crooked paths which lead to Non-Being.

Human beings are required to discern between good and evil – consciousness energy directors – at every stage of their existence in this reality. Because, in fact, they must understand that God is consciousness and God is matter. God is good, and God is evil. The Creation assumes all the different properties of the many “Names of God.” The Cosmos is full of Life-giving and Slaying, Forgiveness and Vengeance, Exaltation and Abasement, Guidance and Deception. To attempt to assume God’s point of view and “mix everything” at this level, results only in STAYING at this level. Therefore, human beings must always separate God’s point of view from their own point of view and the fact that all creation assumes the divine Names and Traits.

Thus, the first Divine Command is BE! And that includes Being and Non-being instantaneously. Therefore, the second law is “follow Being or Non-being according to your choice and your inherent nature.” All creation is a result of the engendering command. So, in this respect, there is no Evil. But the second, prescriptive law determines to which “Face of God” one will return: Life or Death.
Could it ever be an evolutionarily stable strategy for people to be innately unselfish?

On the whole, a capacity to cheat, to compete and to lie has proven to be a stupendously successful adaptation. Thus the idea that selection pressure could ever cause saintliness to spread in a society looks implausible in practice. It doesn’t seem feasible to out-compete genes which promote competitiveness. “Nice guys” get eaten or out-bred. Happy people who are unaware get eaten or out-bred. Happiness and niceness today is vanishingly rare, and the misery and suffering of those who are able to truly feel, who are empathic toward other human beings, who have a conscience, is all too common.

Nevertheless, a predisposition to, conscience, ethics, can prevail if and when it is also able to implement the deepest level of altruism: making the object of its empathy the higher ideal of enhancing free will in the abstract sense, for the sake of others, including our descendants.

In short, our “self-interest” ought to be vested in collectively ensuring that all others are happy and well-disposed too; and in ensuring that children we bring into the world have the option of being constitutionally happy and benevolent toward one another.

In short, if psychopathy threatens the well-being of the group future, then it can be only be dealt with by refusing to allow the self to be dominated by it on an individual, personal basis.

Preserving free will for the self in the practical sense, ultimately preserves free will for others.

Protection of our own rights AS the rights of others, underwrites the free will position and potential for happiness of all.

If mutant psychopaths pose a potential danger then true empathy, true ethics, true conscience, dictates using prophylactic therapy against psychopaths.

It seems certain from the evidence that a positive transformation of human nature isn’t going to come about through a great spiritual awakening, socio-economic reforms, or a spontaneous desire among the peoples of the world to be nice to each other. But it’s quite possible that, in the long run, the psychopathic program of suffering will lose out because misery is not a stable strategy.

In a state of increasing misery, victims will seek to escape it; and this seeking will ultimately lead them to inquire into the true state of their misery, and that may lead to a society of intelligent people who will have the collective capacity to do so.

And so it is that identifying the psychopath, ceasing our interaction with them, cutting them off from our society, making ourselves unavailable to them as “food” or objects to be conned and used, is the single most effective strategy that we can play. […]

To allow oneself to be conned, or used by a psychopath is to effectively become part of his “hierarchy” of feeding. To believe the lies of the psychopath is to submit to his “bidding” (he bids you to believe a lie, and you acquiesce), and thus, to relinquish your free will.

In strictly material terms, this doesn’t seem to be much of an issue, right? After all, somebody lies to us and who really cares? Is it going to hurt us to just let them lie? Is it going to hurt us to just go along with them for the sake of peace, even if we know or suspect they are lying? After all, checking the facts and facing the psychopath with truth, and telling them “no” is generally very unpleasant. Remember, the game is set up so that we pay a lot for being ethical in dealing with the psychopath. In material terms, it really doesn’t seem to be worth it because we suffer all kinds of attack – verbal, psychological, and even physical abuse – so it’s just easier to let sleeping dogs lie, right? […]

At best, we can only really penetrate to the level of the psychological reality, observed behavior that is discordant, or self-destructive. And we are thoroughly programmed to help by giving until it hurts, or trying to fix, or to make nice. All of these things, all of these accommodations of psychopathy, on just a practical level, can be seen to “select for psychopathy” in terms of the gene pool.

But on another level, considering the great amount of evidence we have that there is something very mysterious going on that has to do with “controlling the minds of humanity,” and covering up something that may affect every single human being on this planet, we find that the issue is crucial. [note by me: This would be the topic of Hyperdimensional realities and beings]

Refusing to accommodate the manipulations and maneuvers of the psychopath may, indeed, be critical to the positive transformation of our planet. […]

And we see that the ultimate aim of the psychopath, as living representatives of the Universal forces of Entropy, of Non-Being, is to MASTER creative energy. To assimilate it to the self, to deprive others of it by inducing them to believe lies.

Because, when you believe the lie of the psychopath, you have given him control of your Free Will – the essence of Creativity. […]

As I quoted above: Thus, the first Divine Command is BE! And that includes Being and Non-being instantaneously. Therefore, the second law is “follow Being or Non-being according to your choice and your inherent nature.”

All creation is a result of the engendering command. So, in this respect, there is no Evil. But the second, prescriptive law determines to which “Face of God” one will return: Life or Death.

Do you observe the world based on truth, objectivity, as the Universe views itself? That brings life.

Or, do you view the word based on lies, subjectivity, and do you seek to shut-out, control, or force the world to bend to your will?

If so, you have chosen Death.

It is only Truth and actions based on Truth that will restore Life and order to our world.


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