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Symbols for Body, Mind and Spirit

15 April 2017

body-mind-spirit sketch

I was going through all the files accumulating on my desktop today to sort them into where they are supposed to go in my file system, and I ran across a few that I had pulled together to make a post that I never got around to making.

I didn’t write it at the time because the idea I had didn’t lead anywhere. But I will proceed to write about the general idea anyway.

Did you know that there are sites you can go to on the internet that allow you to make a drawing and then save it? I hate computer drawing programs because they are almost all mouse-based and a mouse is really not a very fun thing to draw with. I’ve preferred a pen, preferably black ink, for many years now. And though sometimes brushes and colors are nice, too, the real appeal of digital drawing is that you don’t have to scan it in from paper after you draw it. The above sketch is pretty pathetic, don’t you think? But it illustrates the idea I had. Is a point radiating some lines a symbol for a body, and is a big circle a symbol for the mind or the spirit?

I couldn’t get a good answer to my question. We all know that the traditional “stick figure” has been used to represent a human being since cave man times. But the information I found did not suggest that any consistent symbology has ever been used for non-material concepts like “mind” or “spirit.” And lookups are filled with modern artistic renditions that have little relation to ancient history.

oriental circle character

The simple unclosed circle was developed in Japan to convey several overlapping Zen ideas concerning human consciousness, or the human essence. Though a certain cyclic meaning is conveyed, the fact that the circle is open suggests that these cycles could be escaped from.

sketch of traditional depiction of buddha

However, as this modern sketch of a traditional depiction of the Buddha indicates, a circle placed behind the head in paintings or statuary has a special significance that is shared widely across the planet. This symbol is used both in the West and in the East to indicate a “holy” being.

It is of esoteric significance, perhaps, that if circles or balls of energy are perceived that seem to be alive, this would be a mental manifestation of the being creating it, as the being itself is entirely immaterial. Thus, the circle or sphere of light, according to esoteric findings as well as actual reported observations, is a very valid symbol for the being and its mind together, body absent or elsewhere, as this is how they actually tend to appear.

The symbol of rays radiating from a center has no similar homogeneous meaning that I could find. As a cross or “X” it is a letter and/or number in several languages and symbol systems. To include a head and four appendages you have to go to the five-pointed star or pentagram, which is rare or missing as a normal writing symbol but otherwise used abundantly in heraldry and design. The pentagram is so easy to draw, so regular, and there are so many things in life that come in fives, that it has been known to symbolize all sorts of things, including the body, or the body as a manifestation of a divine intention.

sketch representaing a turtle or body

I will end with another of my sketches, as it is more colorful than the more carefully-drawn symbols I could find. It was meant to imitate a Native American symbol I found of a turtle, so it has a little tail. However, unlike the stylized turtle I found, it has all five digits drawn in, indicating the fractal or repetitive nature of so many biological designs.

Sorting Out Society

2 April 2017

The “Thinking Out Loud” category is for hypotheses, ideas, opinions. Though of course these are always influenced, or colored, by prior training and study, I put a post here when I am unsure of the facts, or don’t care to be academically rigorous.

block man pencil sketch

Sketch I made for art class, about 1970. I picked it to symbolize the effects that “bad things” have on life and the individual.

A problem of money

What got me going on this line of thinking was a difficulty I was having obtaining funding for a project. I thought to myself: Someone doesn’t want to spend this money; they want to sit on it instead. And that lead me to the subject of banking.

Banking

Banking, it is said, started when tradesmen (this is the story I heard) wanted someplace to store their gold securely. The “banker” stepped forward, offering to provide this service. In exchange, he would be allowed to loan out the money to others, and collect interest payments on these loans. Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, originally the most secure places for such deposits were temples and palaces. But we won’t go down that road just yet.

Here we have a situation where a professional-level service is invented to fulfill a need. The service consists basically of amassing deposits (and safekeeping them) which one can then earn money on. It is presumed the need arose due to 1) lack of space at home to store such items, or 2) fear for the security of the assets.

Today, money exists as figures in accounting books. And those books are actually stored on computers. There is no longer any great need to provide security for currency. All one must do is secure the computers.

Traditional banking still exists, but cash deposits bring back virtually no earnings to the depositor. Investment banking, on the other hand, has skyrocketed. The whole society has been pushed into making investments and buying on credit. Why? Keeping deposits safe doesn’t make money, especially when they are only numbers in a computer. Traditional banking can still pay off, but there is much more to be made managing investment portfolios and offering short-term credit at very high interest rates. This work relies on the existence of asset pools, and managers of these pools are often rewarded according to the size their pool. Even if you could sell some assets to buy, say, land (which works under a different system), the modern banker would prefer to loan you the money to buy the land, with your assets as collateral. It would be simpler for the land buyer to just sell one asset in order to buy the other, but is not in the interest of the bankers to operate that way.

Back to Basics

The original need for banking, then, arose – we are to suppose – from an uncertainty concerning the security of real assets (gold). Why would anyone have this uncertainty? Because people existed who were willing and able to steal such things from other people who had acquired them more-or-less honestly. Those people are commonly called “criminals.” They have always been a major nuisance in any society. They are willing to break the most basic rules, or morals, in a society. Why? That is a question to be answered elsewhere. It HAS been answered, but for the purposes of this discussion, it is irrelevant.

Let’s say you had a criminal of somewhat unusual intelligence. What might he be attracted to do, say, in the banking scenario above? One thing he could do would to become a banker. Then he could hire some hoodlums (criminals of leser intelligence, we might imagine) to go around town and steal precious things from people’s houses. He would then advertise his services, noting the recent increase in the crime rate. He would have to keep his connection to the hoodlums a closely-guarded secret. And in such a wise, he would attract more business to his bank.

Application of the criminal modus operandi (MO) to other fields

Mishaps, crime, sickness, hunger, disputes and war are some of the big problems that society must deal with. Smart criminals could secretly cause such things to happen, then offer services to “protect” people from the bad effects of these things. In modern times, criminals have even been accused of causing bad weather, floods, earthquakes, and ecological collapse. For them it would seem like “good business,” would it not?

What professions these days offer such services?

  • Lawyers
  • Doctors
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • The military and arms manufacturers
  • Police
  • Governments
  • Educators
  • Preachers

All of the above fields are subject to pressure from the criminal world and can turn criminal. In other words, they offer services based on the fear that something bad will happen. Most people, though, would not be interested in causing such bad things to happen. Only the criminals would.

The real essentials

All an honest society of human (or similar) beings would need to survive – even prosper – would be the following:

  • Food (and water)
  • Shelter (housing and community buildings)
  • Clothing sufficient for seasonal weather variations
  • Transport
  • Systems for handling waste
  • Means of communication
  • Quiet times
  • Opportunities to play
  • Opportunities for spiritual growth

How, then, did we get governments, lawyers, war, insurance companies and psychiatry? It traces back to the criminal and his origins.

Recent discoveries support these observations

Hubbard was the first researcher I studied who really laid out the basics for me. But others before and more commonly after him have reiterated those basic findings.

The human personality is immortal and capable of remembering anything it has ever experienced. Thus, a simple process of sharing experience could ultimately replace education as we now know it. It could also replace all the self-important “research institutions” that seem to look and look but never find the answers. Of course, this ability to remember must be unlocked. That’s where spiritual development comes in. And who was pushing the inability to remember? Criminals, of course. You wouldn’t want someone getting murdered, then coming back, going to the police, and telling them exactly how it happened and who did it. (Variations on this have actually occurred.)

Hubbard adds that the being is capable of knowing anything that can be experienced. On an esoteric level, this indicates that anything is possible. On a more practical level, it means that the plagues of man caused by criminals or otherwise could in theory all be dealt with at the spiritual level. This even includes healing of the body.

People are basically good. They are willing to play the game of human life and cooperate in doing so. All the basic requirements of the game could be provided based on this willingness alone. There is no real evidence that any of the professions listed above are in fact indispensable. There is only evidence that in a world where criminals go undetected and unexposed, these extra functions become apparently necessary.

Huge numbers of people on Earth and elsewhere live out their lives doing nothing but the essentials, as listed above. Some never experience any major criminal activity. Others do and bounce back. Some less fortunate get sucked into the criminal system of die at the hands of criminals. These could be as much as 1/4 or more of the population of this planet. That’s too many. With better understanding of and control over the criminal, most of those adversely affected could be returned to happiness.

Happiness, you could say, is the overcoming of not unknowable obstacles toward a known goal.
– LRH, 1954

Food and Travel with Anthony Bourdain

4 October 2016

After a second exposure to Bourdain’s shows during a layover at the bus station in Portland, I wanted to write a bit about these shows.

For some reason, his Parts Unknown show on Libya, which dates from 2013, was being re-broadcast that day in Portland. I also saw his show on Istanbul (Turkey).

Some time ago I’d seen at least one of his shows featuring Chinese foods.

On this more recent occasion, I’d just finished eating a very decent hamburger at the new café at the Portland bus station, and had also gone through 3 brochures printed for travelers which – who couldn’t guess – all focused on food.

The show on Libya was blatantly anti-Gaddafi, portraying him as a hopelessly misled and ruthless dictator. The more basic fact is that Gaddafi was anti-West. If you look at what the West has done during its period of dominance over the planet, and where Gaddafi lived (in an Arab nation), this attitude would not be unexpected.

The Istanbul show was very unsure about the “goodness” of Erdoğan, and sympathetic to the Kurds. Erdoğan, for his part, has been vacillating in his support of NATO, particularly after learning that they may have had something to do with the recent coup attempt.

The West’s War of Ideas

The tactic that has been followed by the West in its conquest of the planet is to portray its opponents as “anti-freedom” rather than anti-West, and to fight against them on the basis that they are “bad” rather than that they are simply enemies. Over the centuries of European expansion into other areas of the planet, this tactic has taken many forms. It was particularly convoluted when it turned against other Europeans, such as the Germans before, through, and after WWII. In many times and places it was eventually backed away from, such as in the American colonies and later in countries like India. But this only meant that the intention to hold sway over these areas became more understated, or covert.

What is really exactly happening on the planet remains subject to debate, as no facts seem clear enough to be totally persuasive. But I find the whole argument regarding how the media (print, radio, TV, internet) has been subverted by these European-centered interests to be very persuasive. Thus on a secondary (if not primary) level, shows like Bourdain’s become propaganda vehicles for the West’s viewpoint on life and politics.

Travel and Food

The Western idea of a “successful” person is one who can enjoy travel and food in his older years, if not during his entire life. Anthony fits this definition and thus becomes a role model (winning valence) to be imitated. His neo-liberalism then comes along as part of the package. It is a basically synthetic attitude that the entertainment industry likes to develop in its celebrities to convince us that there are no higher awarenesses worth pursuing. This limits us to the lesser games of liberal-versus-conservtive, or progressive-versus-traditionalist.

Until I was introduced to Hubbard’s work, I was convinced that the game of life was limited roughly as stated above. My only problem was that the managing groups were obviously lying to us about some things, and I could not understand why. There also seemed to be a lot more violence going on than was really necessary.

Freedom

To go where you want and eat what you want are considered the ultimate attributes of freedom in the West. If this means you kill a few basically innocent people along the way, that fact has no basic bearing on the overall facts concerning how the game of life is limited. Or so we are being told.

What Hubbard taught is that a higher-level game of life has been operating for a very long time, and that our managers have an interest in keeping us unaware of this.

At the higher levels, management as we know it becomes unnecessary or irrelevant. If we were to aspire to these higher levels, what would our managers do? The most entrenched among them are hopeless to the point of total unknowing on the possibility of moving themselves up to a higher level of game. Thus, if some of us were able to achieve this state, it would appear to them as a threat to their very existence (which it would not actually be). So, they reactively – if not consciously – oppose any trend towards an awareness of the higher levels of the game. And their “enemies” have become anyone with an interest in working at those higher levels.

Thus their “enemies” become anyone with a serious interest in higher spiritual abilities. That includes all the followers of the more ancient teachings – mostly the aboriginal peoples of this planet – as well as various renegade groups within the framework of monotheism as well as beyond it, and their attempts to re-invent religion or spiritual practice into something more workable and true to genuine human aspirations.

The handling for these “enemies” has been to invent various pretexts for going to war with them and killing them off. That this has not in fact been very effective does not seem to phase the managers; they have no other “solution” to this “problem.”

The Role of Aesthetics in Propaganda

Aesthetics are needed to give the basically low-awareness propaganda of the managers of the West an appeal to their target audiences, those who seek a higher awareness. You can just lie to the others and they will accept it. To convince this target audience is a little more tricky.

Anthony’s shows are examples of this use of aesthetics. They are very artfully shot, and very carefully assembled. All aesthetic aspects are given attention, including the artfulness of the food itself, and the places being visited. The sound track, the music; they are all carefully put together for every show. This type of treatment has always been a “hook” to help pull in the seekers of higher awareness.

Do ordinary people who have lost interest in higher realms watch Anthony’s shows? I doubt it. But a lot of people who have been asking questions and playing around with spiritual ideas do watch his shows, I bet. These are people still on the fence, unsure of themselves spiritually. There are a lot of them and they are important politically. Liberated, they are capable of getting a lot of good done. Captive, they are capable of preventing a lot from getting done. The old-line managers want to keep these people on their side. And the new-line groups want to add these people to their ranks more than any other type of person.

The Future

What we all face, of course, is the future. What Scientologists, and many others to a lesser extent, know is that we will be in that future. We may or may not forget who we were before. We may or may not have the same adventurous approach to life we chose this lifetime. But – good or bad – we will be there. So we are intimately connected to the future on a long-term basis, not just in the context of one lifetime, or the lifetimes of our children.

The materialists and fence-sitters are unsure of this at best, and totally unaware of this at worst. They are turning away from the whole subject of responsibility, even if their own future experience is at stake. They can’t allow themselves to believe that they could be that responsible.

Some posit this as a “war.” But that is only true on the lower levels. The truth of the situation is that those who want to “ascend” cannot do so simply by “getting rid” of those who don’t want to. In the short term, it is highly advisable to minimize one’s exposure to such people (one reason I don’t watch television as a habit). But in the long term, we will have to bring them all along with us, or they will return later to try again to pull us back down again. So, it would not be incorrect to characterize this as a “struggle.” LRH has described it as “a game where everyone wins.” Well, they know that there are always losers in a game. LRH posits that the loser in this case is the “bank” (that portion of the mind that produces non-survival ideas and actions). But most people are as yet unaware that this exists as something separate from themselves. That problem defines the first hurdle in this struggle.

On the other side of this struggle lies a future that is difficult for most to even imagine. It involves a knowing and causative separation from the physical world, including the physical forms of life (biology, etc.), yet the probable indefinite continuation of the physical world in some form. It involves a knowing conviction of our own immortality without necessarily totally turning away from the various “thrills” of physicality. It involves ideas and experiences which we have – in theory – never experienced before, which would be entirely new.

For me right now, the most important thing that future holds is an abiding respect for truth; an end to all the fouler forms of secrecy and deception; and a chance for great happiness for every being who desires it.

Could Anthony and his show exist in this future? It probably could. But it would be minus the lies and pretense that encumber it now. After all, there are a lot of “parts unknown” left in this universe! We can’t all visit all of them ourselves. Or could we?

San Francisco

28 September 2016

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Yesterday I went to San Francisco. My major destination was my church. To get there I walked from the BART Embarcadero station through the Financial District. I returned via Chinatown, hoping to find a shop selling the wooden “trick” boxes that I had loved when I was a child. Thus, I missed all the South of Market (SoMa) renewal projects (which were just beginning when I left the Bay Area in 1982 and continue to this day). Above, a view up at the Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1972.

Downtown

With the growth of electronic banking and securities-based banks, the Financial District has been transforming. Though the old buildings still stand, they are being put to new uses. Illustrative of this trend is the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building.

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Built in 1930, by about 2001 the building was no longer housing any stock trading activities. FOr about the last ten years it has been a fitness club with a New Age angle for upscale Millennials.

The old Transamerica Building, at the triangle corner of Columbus, Jackson and Montgomery, was converted to its present use by my church in 2003.

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Chinatown

I remember Chinatown in the early 1980s as a run-down and forlorn ghost of what I remembered from the 1960s. However, the process of urban renewal (sometimes know by the less-than-complimentary term “gentrification”) has probably helped to keep Chinatown alive. Though the center of old Chinatown is considered to be Grant St., I spent most of my time on Stockton. The northern part of Stockton is lined with food shops. Here is sold fresh produce and meats – especially seafood – cooked meats such as ducks and chickens, and dried foods of an enormous variety.

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Many of these shops are very orderly, such as the one pictured above. All the signs are in Chinese; these food shops are for use by the local community or people who speak (read) Chinese.

The south side of Stockton is now lined mostly with upscale gift shops. This used to be the area my parents would take me to find decorated wooden “trick” boxes and other toys, and to gaze at the amazing jade and ivory carvings. This is still a major tourist destination.

These shops now carry mostly more expensive items – for adults, not children – and some cheap toys. One shop proprietor who I asked about this told me she thought that those old toys required too much hand work, and could no longer could be made inexpensively. She showed me her inventory of little hand-beaded purses. She told me she can no longer get these purses – these are her last ones.

BART

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit system began construction in the 1960s and was first opened in 1972. The cars use off-standard train trucks (the four-wheel assemblies you see on all trains) on steel rails fastened to a concrete bed on rubber shock-absorbing pads. In this system, electricity is delivered to the trains via a “third rail” which is actually up to one side of the ground rails. Most newer systems I have seen use overhead wires for this purpose, and use standard gauge rails and trucks. Per the Wikipedia article on BART, use of the wider rail gauge has increased maintenance costs. Standard American gauge rails will be used on at least one future extension.

I remember the trains being noisy when I rode them 35 years ago. But now they are VERY noisy.  And this is after a noise reduction program, completed last year. Before then, noise levels of 100dB, which is 8 times as loud as the 70dB “average,” were being reported at many points in the system.

Per Wikipedia this is because train trucks have straight axles (both wheels rigidly attached to each other) and so always screech, or slip, around curves. I can find no talk on the internet of redesigning trucks so that each wheel rotates independently. Straight axles are the tried-and-true design for coping with the weight bearing requirements of train trucks. Almost no one has considered that passenger train trucks should be designed differently than freight train trucks because of the sensitivities to noise of human cargo. A few light rail systems use special trucks with rubber wheels. But in most places the cost of these must have been considered prohibitive. It is too bad that so many have to suffer due to economic considerations. An urban train ride could be a delightful experience. Cost-cutting measures have reduced it to near-torture on BART.

Washington State Primary

2 August 2016

Got an email yesterday from a political group reminding me to vote in the primary! Thought I had more time…I was planning to actually research the candidates, but it was too late. I filled out the ballot, sealed it up, and took it downtown to deposit it in a metal drop box near City Hall.

Sending a message

You can participate in a democratic process for at least two reasons: To help someone get elected or to send a message to the “front runners.” Though using voting for the second reason is not an organized activity at this point, it well could become so. I am not happy with either of the major parties. But I found out there are a lot of candidates for state offices who identify with alternative parties like the Libertarians or the Independents. I don’t know if any of these parties ever get their people elected. But by organizing and running they are trying to send a message to the major parties that there is a section of the population which is not happy with the Republicans or the Democrats. So by voting for candidates from alternative parties, you help them send this message.

Aren’t the Asses and the Dumbos actually opposing each other?

The media and the candidates themselves try to portray themselves as political opponents. But that’s not what I see. In 1963 the Democrats lost a president under mysterious circumstances. Why haven’t they ever gone after that issue? Or the 9/11 loss, which happened while a Republican President was in office?

Ike, upon retiring from the Presidency, warned us about the “military-industrial complex.” It is very real. Why don’t the politicians or the press ever mention it? Could it be that it rose to become all their masters, as Ike warned it might? That’s the theory most of us in the “alternative community” now operate on.

So by “sending a message” of non-support through the voting process, this is the power group we are ultimately communicating to.

Are politicians really necessary?

Many in my circles have argued that the importance of politics in life – especially in modern life – is extremely over-stated by the media and the politicians. Ultimately, I think that’s true.

But it would be unwise to think that just because most people, most communities, are perfectly able to take care of themselves and make their own best decisions, that this leaves no place for politics or politicians. The problem is to find that place and put those people in that place, and keep them there. In other words, government has a purpose. Most people just don’t know what it is.

Awareness of what is

The essence of politics is probably leadership. It’s secondary purpose is management. When an individual in a group rises to help that group through some challenge, and is successful at that, the group tends to look at that individual as “powerful.” The truth is that we are all powerful, but under those circumstances that individual was more aware of something than the others, and was able to communicate it in a way that got the group to work together to get something done that needed to be accomplished.

Probably that leader’s ideal scene would be to bring everyone in the group up to his own level of awareness, so they could all share equally in the responsibilities that accompany being more aware. But most leaders don’t know how to do that, or see their “power” as something they can use to their own personal advantage.

We should never forget, though, that “power” derives from an awareness of what is – some more basic truth of existence – and concentrates into the hands of a few individuals only when they are successful in keeping those awarenesses a secret from everyone else. If you can learn to become more aware of what is, you will become more free from the control of powerful elites, but you will also carry the responsibility of that increased awareness with you and feel the need to act on it, first by sharing that awareness, or that ability to be aware, as broadly as you can. You either join one of the power elites, or you “fight” them in that manner.

My take on the Mandela Effect

15 July 2016

I was introduced to the “Mandela Effect” while listening to a recent interview with Tolec (an American who acts as a communicator for the “Andromeda Council,” a supposed ET group).

Apparently it is named from the fact that many persons were under the impression that Nelson Mandela had died during his 18 years of being imprisoned in South Africa, and thus were surprised when he became the first democratically-elected President of modern South Africa.

Various people have come up with numerous examples of (usually) small facts that they remember differently than they are now recorded. Some are alarmed at this trend and think that some group is secretly injecting these small changes into our culture to confuse us.

Revelations

One example Christians use is Bible verse that has changed from how they remember it. Such an example is the Book of Revelations. This is what most Christians called this book. Here is my 1982 dictionary entry on the subject:

revelation in the dictionary

Here we see that the official name of the book is “…Revelation…” but that it has also been known as “Revelations.”

Brand Names

Some people who have looked into this put a lot of attention on brand names. The fact that Froot Loops is not spelled “fruit” or that Band-aid is not spelled “aide” or that Jif was never actually “Jiffy.” Most people thought those wieners we used to wish for were “Oscar Meyer” when in fact it is Mayer.

This sort of thing goes on and on.

One proven instance of this in popular culture is the exact line the evil queen says to her mirror. A version of the Disney story published in 1973 has it as “mirror, mirror on the wall…” But the original 1937 animated film has the queen say at least once, “magic mirror on the wall…” Everyone remembers “mirror, mirror…”

You can see how someone could get a little freaked out at having these sort of things being brought to their attention.

What’s really happening

I don’t suppose I should pretend to exactly understand this situation.

But I can think of at least four forms of change that could be reacted to in this sort of way:

  1. A newer version of something replaces the older version and most remember the newer version.
  2. Or, most remember the older version. Such changes can be due to artistic license, carelessness, changes forced by law or done to avoid legal problems, and changes done to intentionally confuse people.
  3. People are starting to find out the truth about something that used to be lied about.
  4. People are being lied to about something they used to know the truth about.

I think the “parallel universes” caused by AI (artificial intelligence) systems like quantum computers hypothesis is rather unlikely.

But the phenomenon could be some form of covert operation (since there seem to be so many of these) intended on destabilizing the population. In this case, my guess would be that some covert group got the ball rolling by putting a few of these examples in our faces, and then some people started to run with it.

Stable Data

Most people are NOT in very good control of their own memories, but the fact is that they can improve that control and that the basic mechanism of memory is quite accurate.

Many examples cited are NOT IMPORTANT. Interview with A Vampire…Interview with The Vampire. Who cares?

I have an LRH book “Advanced Procedure and Axioms.” Although this is its official title, LRH referred to it as “Advanced Procedures…” several times in lectures. Who cares?

General lying and other modes of deceiving the public have existed forever and will continue to be used. That does not make it right. Lying about things that are important is criminal.

In Other News

The planet is experiencing a string of terror attacks in the West. (Most other places experience them all the time.) I believe that those who think these events are being caused by the same groups who control the mainstream media are on the right track.

Meanwhile, Courtney Brown has been running a “Time Cross” project that resulted in views in May of events that happened in June and views in June of events that may yet happen in July. I think this is stretching Remote Viewing into a form of precognition and is not worth the trouble. I’d rather see people use Remote Viewing to locate planners of violent events so such events can be prevented. That, however, would be truly dangerous work. Courtney does want his viewers to remain alive!
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So…should it be Coca Cola, or hyphenated, Coca-Cola? Does it really matter?

Isis is an Egyptian goddess

22 June 2016

All the illustrations here are listed as Public Domain except perhaps the last one.

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Sketch of a statue portraying Isis nursing Horus.

In lecture 49 of the Philadelphia Doctorate Course (15 Dec 1952) LRH mentions that the Madonna and Child Christian icon was lifted from the earlier Egyptian icon of Isis and Horus.

The observation seemed pertinent, as the “other Isis” has been getting a lot of attention recently.

Indeed, in ancient times Egypt and Rome became closely linked, and so a cultural exchange took place between Africa and Europe which lives on in disguised forms to this day.

According to Egyptologists, Isis was a wife of Osiris, who resurrected him after he was killed by a rival in order to have sex with him which produced the baby Horus.

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Amazing old painting by an unknown artist. Note all the symbolic energy radiating off the pair.

All these personages were quite well-known in their contemporary cultures.

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Horus with his avian head, Osiris and Isis.


The Africa-Persia-India-Europe connection deserves more attention (by someone anyway), but this little post is only to note its existence.

Most ancient traditions involve a “pantheon” of “gods.” It is not clear that the original tellers of these stories considered all these personalities gods the way we think of them today. But certainly this collection of personalities served as the basis for numerous stories in which the tellers and the listeners could see aspects of themselves.

And so the Yoruba of Nigeria (so many of them taken as slaves to the Americas) had their own group of personalities of which stories were told. And many students of “comparative religion” have noted similarities among these pantheons, both in terms of names and relationships, and in terms of their stories.

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Oshun as depicted on a mask.


As Osiris was a major personality in Egyptian stories, so Oshun was a major figure in Yoruba stories, except Oshun was a woman.

The Yoruba beliefs, practices and stories came to Brazil, where they merged with those of other African cultures, as well as Catholic Christianity, to produce what most now call Candomblé, a Brazilian mixture of religious and spiritual traditions.

In this last illustration, a little girl gets the great honor of playing Oshun in a ceremony, wearing the traditional yellow dress, and holding a fan or mirror. The beads over her face are probably there to emphasize that she is playing a part in a story about someone else.

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Girl playing Oshun in Candomblé ceremony.

Transhumanism

21 June 2016

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. – Wikipedia

the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology. – Google

The David Wilcock “Cosmic Disclosure” discussion topic for this week included the concept of transhumanism.

I have gone over this topic in my article “The Model” and others.

I just want to reiterate it, because these spiritually-oriented people who aren’t aware of LRH’s work don’t know about this. Advocates of transhumanism are, for the most part, not spiritually-oriented. And many New Agers, like Wilcock, think the idea is a bunch of BS. But they don’t really understand why.

The 2045 Initiative's avatar concept

The 2045 Initiative’s “Avatar Concept.”

The first and most glaring error in this concept, which its proponents should be well-aware of, though most of the public are not, is that there is NO WAY that a person’s personality is “stored” in the brain. Thus, there is no way to transfer a personality out of a brain and into some other container.

A spiritual being, with it’s mind (personality) can become convinced that it is trapped (that’s what bodies have been all about) but that does not mean that this is in fact the case.

Even “amateur” students of spiritual technologies can learn to go exterior, remember past lives, remote view, and do other things that demonstrate that the personality, or “awareness unit” is “non-local” (a physics term used to describe interactions that do not seem to involve any physical contact).

LRH said, simply, that it was non-physical. I have stated in some places that any theory of physics or cosmology (origin of the physical universe) really needs a postulated non-physical “intelligence” or source of intention, to make any logical sense. How can it be argued that a physical system, which has never been demonstrated to have any creative potential, but only transformative potential (E=mC^2), could be created by any known physical process? All the cosmologists can logically argue is that our current physical universe started out as something else physical that was very different than what we have now. Such a theory is as old as the Vedas, and was probably stolen from them.

If any true creation ever occurred, it had to be created by something entirely else. LRH postulated that something, called it “theta” and theorized that if each of us were actually a piece of theta (a “thetan”) that this would explain a lot not only about people but about the universe.

Using an electronic meter, LRH developed a technique for locating and coaxing out ancient human memories, even dating them to some level of precision, and from this work developed an “average” timeline for most Earth humans – for use by his auditing students – in a publication known as the “Individual Track Map.”

What LRH found, by consulting human memory, was that beings started totally “free” (but stupid) and collected or created things around them that eventually became bodies. The earliest forms of bodies were pure energy, known my New Agers as “light bodies.” Most New Agers believe that when a person ascends, he does so in a light body. As the density of the energies a being surrounded itself with increased, light bodies led to “doll” (inanimate/inorganic) bodies, robot (machine) bodies, and finally “meat” (biological) bodies. In this final body form, we actually share control of the biological machine with a “lower” being that takes care of the machine’s basic workings, as it is exceedingly complex. When higher beings originally invented biology, it was not clear that they intended to get themselves stuck in it, but that’s what happened.

Thus, immortality of the personality is a given, and we do not need a tougher, more long-lasting body to achieve it. Stories abound of biological human bodies that survive for hundreds of years. So this whole pitch of transhumanism is a fallacy, a con game, a lie, a trick.

We don’t need bodies to explore the universe. I don’t suppose we’d even need them to conquer the universe. Most space-faring societies seem to be quite stuck with biological or semi-biological bodies, and that’s one of their biggest current problems. I have seen numerous drawings and sketches of ET beings and while they could be said to be quite amazing in many ways, many of them do not seem that healthy. All that would have to happen was for Earth’s natural environment to shift off “normal” by 10 percent or less, and we would end up looking not very healthy, either.

Many New Agers almost worship bodies. That puts them, just so you know, at -5.0 on the Tone Scale (which goes from -40 to +40) and at “EAT” on the Know to Mystery Scale (where the top is KNOW). It’s not safe to sit anywhere lower than 2.0 on the Tone Scale which is the make-break point between minus and plus emotion. Worshiping bodies is what got us into this whole mess in the first place.

If you WANT to be a part of the ecosystem, then you do need to take care of the ecosystem. That goes without saying. With so many beings here on Earth (to say nothing of all the other places where this holds true) so tied up with biology, it makes sense to become skilled caretakers of ecosystems. But that’s not the way out! Biology has become a trap for us. It used to be an interesting hobby. If we want to turn it back into an interesting hobby, then, we need to learn to free ourselves of it, at the same time we learn better how to care for it.

To be free of biological bodies, and all those other worn out body forms, is to be free to be anything you want, be anywhere you want, do anything you want, and know anything you want. It opens back up a world – a universe – of experience that we got a large and confused dose of on our way down and definitely deserves more exploration from a fresh perspective, I think. Why worry about making one’s body “immortal” when we could have spiritual freedom instead?

1980 in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Jumping on a rock bridge overlooking the Colorado River hundreds of feet below – 1980.

Star Wars episodes 4, 5 and 6

3 April 2016

I never went to see Star Wars in a movie theater when it originally came out. Later, I saw parts of the earlier films (not sure how that happened), and some of the later films, complete. What with a new one recently released, and some talk of it on forums, I thought it was time to add the original three films to my collection, and watch them all the way through.

I found somewhat to my dismay that the original films are not available in digital format; newer sequences have been added (replacing the original ones) in almost all digital releases except for maybe one that is almost impossible to get a copy of. Star Wars devotees have gone so far as to reconstruct digital versions of those movies that are closer to the originals, risking copyright infringement attacks.

I settled for a modern copy – blue-ray plus DVD – from Walmart. Friday night I sat down and watched them, one after another.

Background (per Wikipedia, of course)

The first film in the series, originally entitled just “Star Wars,” was released 25 May 1977. It was created by a man named George Lucas. He was a filmmaker and had already made some other films, but had been working on the Star Wars idea for quite some time. He had always envisioned it as a series, but could only land a contract to make three films. Thus, he modified the story of the first film (the fourth in his series) so that it could stand by itself if it had to. He then sought help from other writers to develop the follow-up screenplays. His first helper was a woman named Leigh Brackett, a legendary science fiction writer who was over 60 when Lucas asked for her help. She had been married to and collaborating with Edmond Hamilton, a man 10 years her senior, since 1946. Hamilton was associated with the editor Farnsworth Wright who worked for Weird Tales magazine, was a Californian born in 1888 and had seen action in World War 1.

How these people got their inspiration for their work and story picks is not much discussed in their online biographies, yet is of interest to me and the alternative realities community.

But to continue with the background story: Lucas is a Californian from Modesto, about 10 years older than me. After he graduated USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1967) he tried to join the Air Force and then the Army. They turned him down due to disqualifications. He resorted to instructing a documentary cinematography class for the U.S. Navy. I find this fascination with the military odd and unexplained. It has been noted that many artists who began their careers in the 1960s were connected with the military.

Lucas is said to have been influenced by Joseph Campbell, a scholar in comparative religion who in turn was influenced by many noted “modern” thinkers. Lucas has characterized himself as a “Buddhist Methodist” and lives in Marin County, where there is a sizable enclave of successful people from the entertainment industry and related activities.

He ended up being the principle writer on all three of the original films, plus the prequel trilogy, produced much later.

The Story

Superficially, the movies are strictly Space Opera, Buck Rogers style, to a degree approaching camp. [Camp: banality, mediocrity, artifice, ostentation, etc. so extreme as to amuse or have a sophisticated appeal – my dictionary.]

They trace the adventures of one Luke Skywalker, a young man first unaware of his previous political connections, but sympathetic to the cause of the Rebel Alliance, a group opposed to the vicious rule of the Galactic Empire, which has developed a planet-killing weapon known as the Death Star which they hope will quell any remaining resistance. The Alliance has a plan to destroy the Death Star, and Luke ends up being key to its ultimate success.

An extensive string of major and minor additional characters fill the story with an almost unending stream of twists and turns. Ray guns are constantly being fired, space battles regularly occur, and ancient secrets are revealed, as the rebels and their antagonists chase each other through a universe (or galaxy) filled with a huge variety of beings, stars, planets and moons. Superluminal speeds are commonplace!

At the end of the first movie, the Death Star is destroyed, but the evil Darth Vader narrowly escapes the blast. This episode is now entitled “A New Hope.”

In the second episode, “The Empire Strikes Back,” Luke begins his training with Yoda as a Jedi knight, but interrupts it to go out and save his friends. During this episode Luke learns that Vader is his biological father.

The third episode, “Return of the Jedi,” first involves the group’s attempts to rescue Han Solo – a rascal but skilled pilot – from imprisonment, and ends on a moon called Endor, with a huge battle that, at the last minute, allows the rebels to destroy the second version of the Empire’s Death Star, incomplete, but functional. Luke learns that the rebel leader Princess Leia, is his twin sister. At the end there is great rejoicing as the area emerges from a long period of spiritual suppression.

According to the sequel stories, which begin 30 years after this (as all the actors from the original are now 30 years older), a new suppressive group called the First Order has emerged and attempts to gain control of the galaxy. This group is overtly inspired by the Nazis, according to writer/director J.J. Abrams, including the stories that they survived post-WWII in exile at various secret locations.

What I see as the most important theme

Superficially, this is just another epic Space Opera story. Its popularity, which has been almost unprecedented in the history of the film business, could be attributed to its central theme of good versus evil (where good always wins in the end), the skill of its story telling, and the attention paid by its creators to the details of cinematic art and technique.

But we should add a few other factors to the phenomenon of popular appeal: marketing push on the one hand, and on the other, the true depth of the human psyche.

What other films stand high on the list for popularity (by gross earnings)? Gone with the Wind, Avatar, Titanic, The Sound of Music, ET. And by franchise: Marvel (comic book superheros), Harry Potter, James Bond, Middle Earth, followed by many others involving magical powers.

Magic

To me, magic is the key theme in all these popular works.

I have been taught that at one time we were all capable of what today would be called “magic.” It can be broken down into a long list of spiritual abilities.

The appeal of stories involving magic lies, I think, in the abiding – if subconscious – question: Why don’t we have those abilities any more?

Almost all these stories address this question in a similar manner: Magic can be used for good or for evil. And because it can be used for evil, it is best left alone.

Most people, as much as they love these stories, would probably agree with this.

But is it true?

It is possible we are mistaken in some way about this. Star Wars gets as close to any popular story I know of in addressing this issue.

The Force

In Star Wars, the power of “magic” is in The Force. We are introduced to this concept in the scenes involving Luke’s Jedi training. The idea of such a Force is an ancient one, though I am by no means an expert in tracing the idea. However, its name betrays the slant of its namers. Force, in our language, is a physical phenomenon. However, the concept in one of its forms – that used by Frenchman Henri Bergson – élan vital (translated by materialists as “life force”) was translated by Bergson’s English translator as “vital impetus,” which is similar to Hubbard’s idea of a living urge, or an urge to be alive, or the simple essence of Life.

Hubbard does not teach that the The Force is some sort of energy field you can learn to tap into. He teaches that it is a manifestation of your aliveness, and is the only reason that matter and energy exist. You are The Force. You can manifest it to the extent that you can unlearn all the reasons why you should suppress those manifestations. And we all have lots of reasons.

The short version of the story is that we have used our magic to harm things we thought we had no connection to. The harm was thus inadvertent. But it resulted, over time, in our withdrawal from many activities which are now called “spiritual.” The solution was to educate beings on just how extensive their connections are, so that they could learn to avoid harming others while using their spiritual abilities. But instead they were convinced that they had no such powers and should stop wishing for them. And the beings who convinced them of this were people who had secretly turned to what we call “evil” and did not wish to be discovered, which is one of many beneficial ways the powers of a living being can be used.

Thus, the whole Jedi concept may be purposely (or unwittingly) misleading. As a being becomes, finally, disconnected from himself (or itself), it will turn to material technologies to make up for its own loss of power, and its only power lies in the threat of using those technologies on those it wishes to dominate. Those who refuse to be dominated can be exterminated, but that does not kill their love of freedom. Thus, most criminals end up concentrating on ways to substitute the love of freedom with more material attachments.

As the highest-level storytellers, we may suppose, are not interested in the spiritual freedom of their audiences, these films are not meant to help anyone achieve that, but only to “teach lessons.” And the primary lesson is that there is a Dark Side that is very powerful.

Our Lost History

One ability we lost was the ability to remember. Hubbard found a way to rehabilitate this, but most people have no idea that this is possible. It is not a particularly high ability, but it is important to the avoidance of psychosis. That an individual can’t remember its distant past is not that important. But for a whole society or race or species to forget its past can be wasteful and tragic. Look at how much time and effort we have spent to re-invent and re-learn the use of advanced electronic technologies and propulsion methods. These technologies are in fact millions of years old. Why can’t we just remember them?

But more important: Why can’t we remember some of the most tragic mistakes that human civilizations have made in the past so that we are not doomed to repeat them?

As Space Opera returns to this planet, after thousands of years of being only elsewhere, almost totally forgotten here, wouldn’t it be nice to have a leg up this time in how to handle it, so that things might turn out better than they did the last time? And wouldn’t it be nice to remember who the true criminals of the past were, before they regain total dominance through their materialistic technologies, and clamp down on us once again, as they have so many times before?

Some memories leak through

What we know for sure is that there is much we are ignorant of that might be important to know. The existence of a “secret space program” here on Earth is now widely theorized, though as yet a secret, except as some claim, through stories such as these. Whether Star Wars is some all-out attempt to “prepare us for something” or just the invention of some creative people, some memories of our ancient past have leaked through.

It has been more or less confirmed by Hubbard, was well as other researchers like Courtney Brown and Steven Greer, that certain “facts of life” have been kept from us:

  1. The universe is filled with life, including many humanoid societies much like our own. Some of those societies are ancient (compared to ours) and very technologically advanced.
  2. Personality survives death of the body. Thus, we all have long individual histories and have lived many other places besides here, Earth. This means that, to a greater or lesser extent, we can know those societies, as we have been members of them.
  3. No one likes getting their body shot up. Yet it has happened to all of us multiple times. Thus, body death is not the end of life, but only of a lifetime.
  4. Spiritual abilities are real. They are feared by the spiritually disabled. It turns out that’s really the main thing “wrong” with them.
  5. A spirtually able being is naturally ethical and will tend to act to help, not harm, anyone who it sees as connected to it.
  6. Once a being learns that biological bodies are operated by spiritual beings, it is more likely to respect those beings’ right to live as animals. The criminal, however, has demonstrated an inability to do this.
  7. Real criminals habitually cause bad things to happen in their environments. The best protection from them is to spot them early and restrict them to an environment where they can do the least amount of harm and which could assist them to recover.
  8. Freedom, in spiritual terms, includes the ability to operate without an animal body, or any kind of body. This is a high ability (now). Criminals fear it.
  9. Criminals, in their attempts to put an end to spiritual freedom, have invented technologies which can trap and overwhelm a free being and convince it to attach itself to a body. Long experience indicates this campaign has never been 100% successful.
  10. If you don’t like the way things are here on Earth (or anywhere in this universe, for that matter), there is something you can do about it. However, you must be willing to pay the price of freedom: “Constant and continual alertness…Constant willingness to fight back…”
  11. Treat with suspicion anyone who would try to convince you that these things aren’t true. They have likely decided that it is better to be a slave.

A more useful dichotomy?

[Dichotomy: division into two parts, groups, or classes, especially when these are sharply distinguished or opposed.]

Good versus Evil is an ancient and venerated dichotomy. Yet it is not one of the Dichotomies of Scientology (though it is addressed in Scientology Ethics). Apparently it is not a dichotomy with any therapeutic value.

Freedom versus Slavery is not one of our Dichotomies, either, but it is implied in several of them. Since the free tend to do good, perhaps simpler, less judgemental dichotomies would be of more use in rehabilitating one’s spiritual abilities.

Some of our most basic dichotomies include:
Survive / Succumb
Agree / Disagree
Be / Not be
Know / Know not
Cause / Effect
Win / Lose
Right / Wrong

We can see these are simply names for opposite ends of spectra of experience. The trick is to be able to move freely back and forth through these experiences without getting stuck. You are not exhorted by some heavenly pronouncement to avoid one end of any of these scales. Just don’t get stuck there! Thus if you are free and do evil, you don’t need to get stuck there, which is all that has happened to the criminal. Most action and living exists between these extreme points. It is a mixture of experience, which is what makes it interesting. A being that can move freely across these spectra of experience is spiritually able. So spiritual freedom could mean that we don’t need to be stuck in Star Wars til the end of time!

Latest news from the Alternative Media

20 March 2016

Note: WordPress has changed its “backend” app a bit, and I am using it for the first time. I usually write in “HTML” mode but today I’m trying WYSIWYG, called “visual” mode.

I thought it was time to share some data and thoughts about what’s been going on at the sites I follow the most. I’m not really ready to say anything really profound or lucid, but I may never be ready, and it’s time to say something.

Mention of these topics have been included in the two most recent posts. Let’s review what’s been going on at some of these sites:

Jean Haines‘ site, here https://jhaines6a.wordpress.com/, has been going through some changes. Jean has lost some of the enthusiasm she once had for collecting up interesting articles from various sources and presenting them in full on her own blog. She had a good community of followers who cared about many of her favorite topics and wanted to offer their own 2 cents or solutions. I tried to make my comments from the perspective of a Scientologist without being overly critical of other viewpoints, though sometimes I couldn’t help myself. More recently she has taken to just posting groups of links, which makes it more difficult to focus on particular stories.

She also told us not too long ago that she had been undergoing some sort of spiritual therapy which included contacting incidents involving her mother’s attempts to abort her. Hubbard described many such incidents in his first book, Dianetics, so this has been known about since the 1950s. Such incidents can be quite aberrative. She also told us that she felt her website was being attacked. These two situations together have led her to reduce the amount of time she is spending on her website. That’s probably a good thing.

She has been very interested in the story of Thomas Deegan, a man in West Virginia who has been accused of threatening terrorist acts. What he was really trying to do was replace what he feels are illegal state institutions with legal ones. I have not been following this issue, but Jean found it fascinating.

Another story she was following was the Oregon ranchers situation at the wildlife refuge. This resulted in the murder of a man about my age, Lavoy Finicum, by the Oregon State Police and/or the FBI at a roadblock that had been set up to stop his car from going to a meeting with a local Sheriff. This story also involved issues of the legality of government agencies and their actions.

Jean has also been interested in global politics, the relative merits of a leader like Putin versus one like Obama, and various esoteric matters concerning who is really pulling the strings and who knows what the real secrets are. The issue of “false flag events” such as 9/11 has also been a recurring theme.

On the more spiritual side, she has been swayed by the “New Age” teachings of people like Drunvalo Melchizedek (a man who used to be named Bernard Perona, a UC Berkeley graduate who experienced a “walk in ” in 1972). He has been telling people that a kind of “ascension” will occur at some point in the not-too-distant future that will involve a big spiritual upgrade for everybody.

David Wilcock

David is another “ascension dude.” He is younger, only 43 now. He has been very interested for many years in finding scientific studies that demonstrate (he says “prove”) spiritual principles, like sacred geometry, and the importance of light in communicating what most of us think of as genetic information. He has intensively researched many “esoteric” subjects, has connections with people like Richard Hoagland, Pete Peterson (not an internet personality), Project Camelot, Ben Fulford, and most recently Corey Goode. He also has various confidential contacts he refers to as “sources.”

David had not written anything on his site since December of last year, then on 6 March posted a new article. He had recently finished three presentations at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles (he lives in that area) totaling about 11 hours and has otherwise been very busy writing, making videos, and getting sick.

He continues to work on his own view of what “ascension” is, but sees it as somewhat tied to “disclosure,” the process of releasing all sorts of information kept secret for many decades, and concerning in particular ET and its role in the history of Earth. Corey Goode just sort of “showed up” with a huge load of information on these topics, and David has helped Corey make all this public. The central subject of Corey’s data is the secret space program, which apparently is the main reason that the military-industrial complex exists.

Other players

There are a lot of people out there trying to get various secrets uncovered.

Dr. Steven Greer ( a medical doctor from North Carolina and just a few months younger than me) has amassed all sorts of data about ETs and our political and technology ties to them. He gave a 4 hour talk about this in Washington D.C. at the end of November last year.

Catherine Austin Fitts has a lot of knowledge about the “black budget” and ideas about how communities can take back control of their financial wealth. She is willing to look at data about ET involvement but is skeptical. She thinks some major financial adjustments must happen soon, but believes that violent changes are not in the interest of most of the secret managers.

Veterans Today runs articles by a variety of “insiders” but has too many ads for my liking. They have heavily covered the Syria and Ukraine conflicts, and other similar past ones. Their writers include some who just rant and others who are a little more circumspect about their information.

There are many, many others contributing to these stories.

The general theme is that the individuals and groups who most of us have seen as national or global leaders are mere puppets under the control of individuals and groups that have always been secretive and that have an uncanny ability to corrupt and take over once-independent institutions.

How this all fits into what I have been studying

What Hubbard discovered, and which functions as a vessel – if not creator – of tons of information which most of us are not even aware of, is the source of life. He calls it “theta” as a generalization, and individual instances of it “thetans.” The symbol – θ – is a Greek letter associated with death in their culture and with the soul in some earlier cultures. It has numerous technical meanings, as do most of the other Greek letters.

This brings us to an interesting question: Did theta want its creatures or creations to remain unaware of it, in a similar way that the real managers of Earth wish to remain a secret?

It turns out that this question doesn’t make much sense. Theta is the only thing capable of being aware. So the proper way to ask the question is: Did individuals choose to “dumb themselves down” on purpose? And the answer seems to be, YES. If you were all-knowing, could read minds, see through or around any barrier, how would you go about making life a little more interesting? And the answer is, apparently, by forgetting – or hiding – some of the things you are – or could be – aware of.

Hubbard’s firm belief is that we took this approach way too far. It’s OK to pretend, but to completely forget? Something was coaxing us to become less aware than was really good for us. In 1952 he was blaming this problem on the physical universe itself. But even then he was realizing that certain individuals seemed to be particularly active in this regard. Later on he began to call the most active among these “suppressive persons.” These are roughly equivalent to what more enlightened psychologists call “psychopaths” and what I have come to call “true criminals.” It is theorized that such persons were at one time more or less like the rest of us, but at some point got caught up in one or more incidents that convinced them that everyone else was out to get them – a kind of universal fear. The “solution” to this fear for most of these people is some form of psychopathy. The trick to stay well and happy in an environment where such people exist is to be able to spot them and handle them so they stay out of your life and the lives of as many others as possible. If most of the criminal justice system weren’t already under the influence of such people, its main job would presumably be to assist communities in spotting and handling such people. The most successful handling for such people seems to be to “confine” them to an area where there is lots of space. All that space helps dispel the fear. I’m really not sure what such a facility would look like. LRH recommended using a desert area.

One big point that Hubbard contributed to this subject concerns the question of how long this whole process has been going on. His research subjects could “date locate” incidents as far back as 76 trillion “years.” Though a year must be considered a subjective interval of time in this type of research, he says his results were pretty consistent.

Per people like David Wilcock, the histories of the oldest-known ET civilizations go back millions of years, if not much longer. This is consistent with Hubbard’s findings. He also found that most of us have not been on this planet very long – maybe a few thousand years. No other researcher I am aware of has been able to figure that out. Without the skilled use of Hubbard’s techniques, you are as blind as a bat about who was where when doing what.

Other “confirmed facts” of history

There are at least two areas of deep history that most in the alternative realities community agree on at this point: Atlantis and Maldek. Maldek has other names, and Atlantis is also understood to have been just one of at least two if not more population centers on Earth in our “pre-history.” Maldek was a planet in our solar system that was destroyed and became the Asteroid Belt. Most think this happened, in rough numbers, about 1/2 a million years ago. Hubbard and many others think the destruction was caused by war.

Atlantis also destroyed itself somehow. In fact, this may have occurred several times on earth, to different colonizers. War has been a fact of life for a long time. It is quite capable of killing an entire biosphere (planet). The realization that we could do this to Earth is one reason Hubbard and many others have been trying to do something effective to prevent it.

It is also agreed by most that a similar thing happened to Mars. By some accounts, Mars was once a moon of Maldek. Many moons in this solar system were, or are still, inhabited. Many of them, including our Moon, are thought to be artificial bodies disguised to look like small lifeless planets. According to Corey Goode (and he’s not the only one by any means) many groups have bases on our Moon, on Mars, and at other locations in this solar system. Hubbard also identified the Moon and Mars as locations for ancient control bases.

Secrets

Everyone would like to have enough control to feel safe and comfortable in familiar surroundings. But psychopaths don’t feel safe and comfortable until everyone else is dead. And so the need for secrets.

The operation(s) that resulted in Earth as we know it today was a secret in the societies that most of us came from, and may still be. It was an operation designed to get rid of all the dissenters and non-conformists and put them somewhere “safe.” This is per Hubbard’s research.

Part of the operation was to make us forget past lives and give us short body lives to slow down our re-development. Apparently the major group running this operation got bored with it after a while and wandered off. While they were away, we remembered a few things, including atomic weapons. So, someone came back. Is it the same group that was trying to keep us captive here thousands of years ago? I don’t know that answer. But they have been, evidently, just as secretive.

Their approach, apparently, was to locate some “ruling” groups on earth who could keep secrets, and tell them a story that hopefully they would believe. They found the military and the multinational corporations (multinationals have been around since the 1600s and operated as political states in the old days). Corey Goode says that some of these modern contacts started before the 2nd World War, mostly with the Germans. Those old German groups were to form the core of what later became the secret space program, which is basically a global activity.

Meanwhile, there are the groups that have been hiding for millions of years in deep subterranean caverns. I have never run across anything from LRH about these people. Well, they have been hiding from us, so he could have missed them. But there is something suspicious about this story. According to Corey Goode they are very technologically advanced. They would have to be to survive so long underground. The extent of their settlements is unknown at this time. It is probably not that great. Yet, because they are telepathic, they have had a great influence on surface humanity, according to Corey. The story is that in their contacts they pretend to be ETs. If they let us know where they are hiding, they’d be wiped out!

“Modern” political strategies

There is ample evidence that the most modern secret management groups on earth use strategies learned (or remembered) from ETs such as the ones who imprisoned us here. This seems to be a combination of PR and propaganda, backed up by a bunch of tough guys who do their jobs because they believe the PR/propaganda they are receiving.

The basic strategy is to prevent all the various human groups from getting too big and well-organized to threaten the control of the secret managers. This involves breaking them down into different audiences (that’s PR) and telling the different audiences substantially different stories (that’s propaganda – in other words, they’re lying). You do the same thing to the operatives who are doing this to the public. No one needs to know what’s really going on, and if anyone important gets out of line or squeals, they are silenced.

Hubbard found similar operations – though many more technically sophisticated – in the memories of the cases he researched. One place had things called “thought towers” that could tell what you were thinking. Well, that’s what everyone was supposed to believe. It was a nice control operation. The towers actually did nothing.

Origins of the need for control

Why can’t people leave each other alone? What’s all this control all about?

I’ve already discussed the criminal mind. Apparently it fits together roughly like this: Only one type of being could really be effective at exposing a criminal. That would be a “free” being, a being that could operate (think and act, including run machines) without a body of any kind. Such beings were already somewhat rare by the time of the great Space Opera societies. They were very good at commanding space ships – when you could get them to agree to. They otherwise tended to be rather unserious beings who preferred the great expanses of unsettled territories. However, the criminals saw them as a huge threat, so programs were launched whenever a criminal was able to influence local management, to trap or hunt down all free beings and force them into bodies, and to make arrangements to discourage anyone from ever wishing they could have that kind of freedom.

With the “help” of degraded beings who are mortally afraid of spiritual freedom, managers throughout the universe have apparently been convinced that it’s a really bad thing and should be criminalized, guarded against and suppressed. And thus the existence of mammoth, wasteful control systems that accomplish nothing except the protection of criminals. And though ordinary people hate most criminals and would like them all to disappear, they are convinced that free beings are even worse, and unwittingly help the criminals to police the universe for the sole purpose of protecting the criminals from free beings.

What’s happening now

Most ETs can read minds, or at least have convinced humans they can. That’s a free being ability. This puts the Earth-bound criminals in a tight spot. Their biggest threat now is ET, but ET is in control. ET seems to be willing to keep its distance as long as nothing too outrageous is going on down here. So the criminals of Earth have to make it appear they are on top of things, all the while they’re pissing their pants about ET up there.

For those of us who would prefer a sensible life on a sensible planet, things on Earth don’t look too great right now. The militarization efforts of the Cold War period have resulted in a world-wide near police state. Most of those efforts were secretly meant to protect “us” from ET. But regardless of the fine work of many Hollywood screenwriters to convince us that ET is ready to attack at any minute, that doesn’t seem to be the plan. ET is playing a different game. It’s basically just another criminal operation, but a lot smoother and more polished than what we’re used to on earth. So much so that it almost seems preferable.

The “ascension” group sees ET as part of the solution, not part of the problem. There’s nothing wrong with ET they say. Or, at least there are some “good” ETs that will protect us from the “bad” ones. It could be true. But it could just be a story ET cooked up to make some friends on Earth.

From what I can tell, the whole “ascension” paradigm is a myth; a myth pushed by ET with the help of numerous minions here on earth who probably believe it. Maybe something bad will happen here – physically bad – but I wouldn’t count on it. Supposedly that’s part of “ascension.” Sounds more like a cheap scare tactic to me.

Most of the churning I see in the alternative realities community right now is on this subject. Most people on earth still aren’t sure about ET. They need to come up to speed. But the first thing that will hit most of them when they try to look into the subject will be: All the half-true stories about ET created with the help of – guess who? – ET!

Next there is the whole question of who is on which side of the various secret management factions and what they are all doing, and if any of them are “better” than the others. The average alternative community commentator has no clue. They would have to know the basics about the suppressive personality, as contained in Hubbard’s work, to get even close. Most of them still can’t separate the manipulators from the puppets. The puppets are so much more visible than the manipulators!

There is another whole group that thinks we can somehow “get smart” enough to restore the Rule of Law – Donald Trump style – without figuring out any of these other issues. I wish them well. I doubt they’ll do well. They mostly end up killing each other, like happened to LaVoy. Men should live by laws. But most of the time they live by force and agreements – laws are too fickle.

The group I am most appalled at – the one I came from – are the professionals and other college-educated people who just can’t confront any of this and wish it would go away. This has become an elephant-in-the-room situation at this point. This is another group that needs to come up to speed. They have agreed by the positions they have assumed in society that they should take responsibility in such situations. A very few of them are, but the general condition of college-educated people these days leads me to question the efficacy of that whole system of preparing the “more gifted” to be community leaders. I’m just not seeing it.

My own group is working hard to make free beings in spite of everything. In some ways the fact that we aren’t taken seriously helps us; we aren’t being seriously targeted, either. I think that most of our members are small business people. They want to be successful, but they want to stay independent. They have the guts and determination to join a group that is misunderstood – even disliked by some – in exchange for the advantages that gives them. Within their own group, at least, the most successful are very well respected. And many of them have achieved broader popularity regardless of – but probably with the help of – their interest in Hubbard’s work. None of us is totally sure how this will all work out. We all wish for a ride that’s not too bumpy, but that’s not what LRH told us to expect. We are trying to do something that’s impossible. It’s an interesting experience.