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In the course of his research, he encountered Don Juan Matus, a strange man, a shaman, an adept of what Castaneda calls "the new sorcery."
Don Juan initiated Castaneda into a strange and far-reaching view of the reality of the world we inhabit. In the same vein, we evoke the knowledge of the Gnostics, mystics of the early Christian era, but decidedly non-Christian, who left an incredible legacy called the Nag Hammadi Library.
Maybe we should re-examine ancient mythology and the oral shamanic traditions, considering them as testimony of concrete facts. Certain scenarios (for instance, the Gnostic texts of Nag Hammadi) present a vivid description of alien manipulation. At Karmapolis during our researches, we have often been confounded by this possibility of parasitism and predation, called "the topic of topics" by Castaneda’s teacher, Don Juan - a characterization shared by John Lash.
We find ourselves torn
between pure and simple rejection of this hypothesis and the desire
to know more, for this topic resonates to something profound in
human experience, something that runs as deep as where we live and
how we live.
Then we may react with total rejection, disdain, ridicule, as the cynical part of our mind tells us that we have been stupid to have scared ourselves with such idiotic things that came from the head of a sorcerer who was nuts, and whose existence has not even been proven. Later, one realizes that predation is a recurrent theme, discussed in other research by other authors.
There are the Gnostic texts, of course. There is also first-hand testimony, personal accounts of living witnesses.
And shamanic traditions in different parts of the world speak of this same phenomenon in their own way.
Perhaps the Muslim mystics who exposed the behavior of Djinns and "demonic" entities of various kinds, such as the succubi and incubi of the Middle Ages, are identical to "the flyers," as Don Juan calls them.
There is also the interview that we did with Nigel Kerner, that explains our violent, predatory, small, avid and calculating spirit as a legacy that goes back to Cro-Magnon, when the "first genetic interceptions" occurred, according to Kerner. But we will return to this matter later on.
As we didn’t know how to look at the problem in a serious and legitimate way, we had the chance to meet John Lash, writer, researcher and creator of the Metahistory.org, a site sponsored by the Marion Institute in the USA. A tireless, erudite student of Gnostic materials, John had the brilliant idea of drawings parallel between Gnostic knowledge and shamanic traditions.
For him, the Gnostics were authentic mystics close to what should have been the original mysticism of Christianity, before it fell into the hands of the disciples and Catholic Church.
Gnostics were in reality true shamans from the Middle East who may be compared in some respects to the Brazilian ayahuasqueros, the Bitwi African ibogaine shamans, and surviving Siberian shamans.
For a long time, John has had a strong intuition about regarding the parasites reported by Castaneda in terms of the alien predators described in Gnostic texts.
These predators, called
Archons or Archontes, are clever demonic entities who consume dying
worlds. Gnostic myths say that they arose by an error, and emerged
like locusts from chaos and darkness of elementary matter.
Thus we decided to combine our resources with Metahistory.org to work out at some length this extended hypothesis and explore how the human mind might be infected and manipulated by a mysterious force that reveals to us how we are cursed, but also reveals to us our strength to overcome the curse.
This topic concerns us all!
The challenge here is to explain and understand this possible cohabitation, take a look at this hypothesis, and document it, as John does on his site, drawing upon the Gnostic materials.
are seeking a rational way to resolve what could well be a real
curse, a defect of our species, that keeps us locked in a state of
inferior awareness, or, if you prefer, in our daily hell in this
world, a world full of beauty but also fraught with illusion and
This is a complex practice, and it is clear that to do it successfully, one must go into it heart and soul, a commitment that is not given to everyone. Mr. Everyman will regard the knowledge and discipline of Don Juan and Castaneda as exotic, and the teachings, hermetic and strange.
The way to overcome the predator by committing oneself entirely to the writings of Castaneda is not within the reach of everyone. Moreover, the work of Castaneda can provoke arguments and protests in which one could even doubt the existence of the old sorcerer.
(Such protests against the sorcerers of Don Juan’s lineage, and his contemporary "fan club" have been considered elsewhere in an article by Karmatoo "Le Dernier des Nahuals".)
Despite these critiques and arguments, which are often
virulent, the presence of that mysterious anthropologist and the
knowledge of his mentor cannot be denied.
This John Lash has done in
the companion article. His excellent text is the fruit of eight
years of research on
The Archons, who have certain of the same characteristics as these, are obsessed with hiding and not being detected.
Nigel Kerner - whom we interviewed in 2004 - writes in his book, The Song of the Greys, about our inheritance from the short Greys or ETs. Kerner compares these entities to empty shells, explorer drones or robotic probes that are just a pale reflection of the "Prime Being," the entity that created them, a long time ago.
Through a number of "genetic interventions" - as may be indicated by many tales of extraterrestrial abduction, ancient and modern, as well as by accounts of demons, succubi, etc - the Greys would have installed in our genetic code characteristics that make us hybrids, a mix of human and ET.
These alien interceptions would have started with the Cro-Magnon and their indo-European descendents, i.e., the white man of the West. It is the Caucasian type, Kerner says, that demonstrates more than any other ethnic group, aggressive, territorial, imperialistic, cold and calculating behavior, and tends to live in the constant fear of aggression, wary of threats.
would be the character traits that give this ethnic type its
conquering territorial drive, reflected in the doctrine of "survival
of the fittest."
Such is what Kerner told us in that long, exclusive
Kerner has a way of thinking that is typically Gnostic in the sense that he claims that human beings live in a state of enslavement, and, he argues, the Christ did not come to atone for our sins and save us, but to avert the horrific danger posed by the predators.
Again, from the interview:
In short, Kerner says that we are hybrids, shackled by a foreign implantation.
In the Secret Book of John, Christ declares:
For the Gnostics, Christ did
not speak of repentance and sin, but rather wanted to help us get
out of the trap we’re in by the force of illumination.
Nigel Kerner suggests that these parasitic entities are indeed comparable to machines. They are also like programmed viruses that lack something essential in their own make-up. Are they then some sort of psychic machines, viruses in an alien body form?
It seems that both the
Archons and the Greys have a problem with connection to
the Creator or Prime Being, as Kerner calls it - this would allude
somehow to Sophia in Gnostic tradition. Kerner says that they lack
the soul life or "soul line" that would connect them with a
conscious sense of eternity, and allow them to return to the source.
Thus they challenge the Godhead, wishing to be equal to that which produced them. They arise in the chaos of elementary matter, the region of ignorance and fantasy. Apparently, these predators feed on human beings in some way. They want to make use of us, treating us like cattle, or laboratory animals.
The Greys do exactly the same thing. In contemporary reports of Grey intervention, linked to "reptilian" activities, the ETs operate between our dimension and other, non-material dimensions in order to feed on negative emotions, especially fear and anguish.
According to survivors and
therapists, ritual satanic abuse - a phenomenon totally denied by
the authorities - might be practiced with the intent to nourish
these entities on human fear and anguish.
The main struggle of the Gnostics was to expose and resist this virus. Author and researcher Paul von Ward, in his book, God, Genes and Consciousness, states his view, developed after reading many ancient texts including Sumerian tablets and the Nag Hammadi materials, that the "religions of the Book" (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are proof of the presence and sovereignty of what he calls ABs, advanced beings.
These ABs, who are
purely opportunistic, have left us with a religious cultic tradition
that is hypercentralized, totally patriarchal, and founded on the
concept that man is guilty of an original fault.
Von Ward calls this development "supernaturalism," characterized by emphasis on everything that is "magical" and doesn’t really exist, but paradoxically those who adopt this view worship a supremely disconnected deity, a god not present, not manifest physically, who requires miracles and magical proof of a material kind, the demonstration of which obliges us to venerate such a deity.
This supernaturalism takes humanity in a kind of schizophrenia where all forms of magic and esoterism are banished and, at the same time, avidly pursued (in underground movements, hidden cults, etc). In such a worldview, it is unthinkable that god or the gods could be ET entities who possess an extremely sophisticated technology that would allow them to stage feats mistaken for miracles of a divine order.
The supreme being
must preserve its aspect of untouchability and immateriality,
removed from the world and simultaneously present in all aspects of
human life. Within this concept of a supernaturalist reality, the
idea of parasitism by inorganic beings or more advanced beings is
He asserts that YHVH, the Hebrew god Jehovah, was an AB responsible for bloody and tyrannical events. YHVH is denounced in similar terms by the Gnostics.
It is thus tempting to say that the Gnostics, when they exposed the Archons, were really talking about their material, incarnate aspect, the Anunnaki.
One could speculate that the Anunnaki were shadowed or possessed by the flyers/Archons so that they could be their material heirs. It is not surprising that the Gnostics have been pursued for heresy and that the religious authorities have tried to physically eliminate them. It’s a miracle that any texts have survived.
They must have been hidden by adepts
who had suffered successive waves of persecution.
Texts such as the Gnostic and Sumerian writings are ancient, perennial, cohesive, and validated by academic sources. These are uncontestable sources of information, and consequently the content of these texts can be debated in a viable manner.
On the other hand, contemporary sources on "the topic of topics" are far less legitimate, and subject to huge argumentation. They come either from the testimony of victims whose good faith is put into question, and who often testify under hypnosis, which is also questionable; or from mediums, or people who have been contacted or possessed by an ET; or from those who practice "remote viewing," and so forth.
Other sources are the writers and investigators who believe completely in these above cited sources and compile all the information given by these abductees, contactees, channelers, etc., and draw conclusions.
...and others. The list is large.
again, there is no way for these authors to control or check the
credibility of their sources.
There is yet another type of source: the military or the scientists. These are less common, but increasingly in recent years they also speak of contact with reptilians or greys.
There is also testimony from military and scientific sources in the "Disclosure Project" that could also shed light on the ET phenomenon. What is striking here is the similarity of information from these diverse sources, as different as they are.
One senses that these testimonies and
analyses present a coherent portrait of the behavior of ETs and
reptilians - which could mean this information rests on a real and
tangible basis, or that could as well mean these authors take their
inspiration from each other and tell the same story for a goal that
is not evident.
As we have said over and over again on Karmapolis.be,
nothing should be taken on faith. Its not about "believing or not
believing," but about solving a puzzle that is more or less subtle
and nuanced, and will always have missing pieces.
According to Castaneda, the flyers have a particular taste for young people, charged with vital energy, or even for children. This trait recalls what is said by survivors of ritual abuse about the reptilian-type ETs and humans said to be possessed by these entities.
This type of particularly revolting evil-doing represents a much-disputed aspect of abduction reports, because the reptilian behavior has nothing to do with UFOs, the usual abduction scenarios, nor does it fit in with the usual cases of sexual and pedophiliac crimes. This type of abuse is known only through its survivors who are usually women.
cases, the victims attest to being subjected to ritual torture and
rape, and to have witnessed deaths attended by strange psychic
effects and manifestations of occult forces.
But as we have already
stressed in other articles, these testimonies are numerous and
psychiatrists and therapists take them seriously… These rituals of
abuse can be considered as bizarre manifestations in the category of
predation and parasitism.
Colonel Corso, in his book The Day After Roswell, observes that the Greys are cyborgs designed for exploration - thus echoing the view of Kerner. This is why witnesses have the impression of facing an entity without emotions.
Phil Schneider, who claims to have worked on the construction of hidden military bases, speaks of the beehive mentality of the Grey ETs who live in nests. He compares them to predators who ravage an environment, rather like a plague of grasshoppers.
Voyage, Courtney Brown, a remote viewer who
formerly worked for the CIA, uses the same term, hive mentality, for
As for the physical aspect of the predatory entities, let’s recall something noted by Karla Turner:
Turner (now deceased) was a specialist in abductions and herself a victim.
She ascertained under
hypnosis that victims noted the changing appearance of the predator,
shifting, for instance, between a military appearance and the
reptilian form. Turner was able to trace at least five such shifts
of appearance. These changes remind us of the strategies used by the
Archons and flyers to deceive their victims.
These would be entities capable of an emotional life, which the ETs lack. In short, the aim is to produce a mixed consciousness. As for implants, they are used to locate a person or, at worst, to modify their behavior.
We will see how we can link these two themes.
DNA, the double helix of amino acids, is extremely complex. It has a much higher amount of information than the most sophisticated computer. It seems to be the program, the software, that builds structure and makes the living organism work.
Scientists affirm that
DNA is an aperiodic crystal, that its structure (the way it
is built) can be compared to crystal elements. For example, minerals
like quartz and silicon are crystals. They are extraordinary
conductors of information and energy. This is why they are used in
electronics and computer sciences. It is then interesting to note
that certain implants and psychotronic weapons that can influence
the behavior of human beings function on these crystal properties.
Today, the attribution of consciousness uniquely to the neurochemical activity of the brain constitutes a scientific dead end.
Researchers have come to conceive the brain as a sort of combination of software and hardware with holographic properties.
Consciousness is not exclusive to the brain, which is rather a sort of broadcasting station, or an antenna for a station. In certain conspiracy literature, especially David Icke, this DNA is like the software that keeps us locked into a certain level of perception.
Could DNA be the bars of our mental prison?
These spirits would have come to earth in the form of a shower of dark entities, a sort of cross between reptiles and whales, as described in a vision under ayahuasca by anthropologist Michael Harner:
Harner had this vision in 1961.
Only in retrospect did he link these black dragons to
and this had not yet been pointed out in our time. What were these
creatures running away from by hiding behind the shape of what is
living, and camouflaging themselves in man, as a sort of parasitism
inclined to mutuality?
One of the jungle sorcerers Jeremy Narby met defined these entities:
In the native tradition, the Maninkaris are positive beings:
According to anthropologist Gerald Weiss who studied the Ashaninka, the name Maninkari means "those who are hidden," but who can be seen by ingesting tobacco and ayahuasca.
If the Maninkaris are positive entities for the Indians, they resemble in certain respects the flyers of Castaneda in the sense that, like the flyers, the Maninkaris live in hiding, and they are dark beings who influence the behavior of humans.
In nature we find forms of parasitism in which the parasite and the host live in symbiosis, in mutual cooperation or mutualism. It is essential to know how the Maninkaris that Narby connects to DNA (without identifying them with it) play a positive role through their parasitic activity.
As for the flyers, according to Castaneda, they feed on the "luminous layers" of human consciousness, especially those of young people. The flyers leave nothing but a thin band of consciousness, just enough for the person to survive, until they come and get the rest, later on.
activity is anything but positive.
Of course, such technological metaphors are limited because they only work as long as the technology to which they refer is in fashion - as Gerry Zeitlin states in his article on Karmapolis.be, comparing memory to a hologram.
Technological metaphors have some didactic value, and some
use in representing a concept, but little more.
According to Helmut Lammers, who worked at Cal Tech on Milabs (Military mind control and alien abduction projects), the government at the end of the 1990s was working on a chip capable of,
They were working on implants with the capacity to generate "holograms, multi-spectral camouflage systems, and thermic invisibility."
of the flyers as alien agents that modify our consciousness looks
less strange when we consider their military experiments in
psychotronic weapons (as seen in the remake of the film,
Scientists have tried for many years to establish how DNA could be influenced by emotional states and consciousness, and, vice versa, how DNA can influence us.
Eric Kandel, who won the Nobel Prize in 2000, discovered that genetic differences between individuals are due to society and mental conditioning, as well as to parental genes.
Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto has conducted experiments with water in crystalline form that show how ice crystals are affected by sound.
He also conducted a series of experiments that show how the formation of water crystals is determined by certain words of a positive and negative connotation.
With positive words, the structures generated in water are regular, harmonious and esthetic in form. With negative words, they assume jagged, irregular forms. Recall that DNA is an aperiodic crystal that reacts to waves and other electromagnetic phenomena.
We may assume there is an influence of a vibratory kind
between DNA and its environment.
short, DNA is an extraordinary generator of perceptions, an
instrument of virtual reality.
In fact, human consciousness manifests mainly through the medium of emotions. These fall roughly into typical categories: love, hate, fear, anger, desire, etc. With plenty of nuances, of course. It can be said that these emotions encapsulate our consciousness, they channel our means of expression into narrow bands. Icke reckons that DNA is actually responsible for the reduction of consciousness to the point where our emotional activity has nothing to do with our real consciousness.
A great many spiritual disciplines (for instance, Buddhist meditation) address this situation. Pure consciousness has nothing to do with our emotional states, on the contrary, our emotions imprison us - so Icke would argue.
By accepting the link between DNA and emotional and mental
activities, we may begin to imagine DNA as a complex program that
directs the life process (regulating our metabolism, for instance),
but impedes our consciousness from complete manifestation.
It is through this antenna that our consciousness
manifests, but in a deformed and diminished manner. Our consciousness, Kerner says, is inspired by the Prime Being, the
perfect state from which we issue. But this antenna suffers
interference by parasitical entities, and so our consciousness is
altered and manipulated in ways that make us suffer.
In his most recent
book, Icke says that what we believe to be real is an illusion. He
refers to "a voice in the head" that recalls what Castaneda says of
the flyers: they think in our place, they make us react and
condition our capacity to feel "reality."
As such, it may be compared to
accounts of the activity of the flyers and the Gnostic Archon,
although these are never considered to have a positive effect.
They dissimulate and assume diverse disguises. The phenomenon of shape-shifting has been carefully studied by Marie-Therese de Brosses, a French journalist who specializes in alien abductions, a writer, and tenacious investigator of anomalies.
She reports an Australian case in which the abductee is told by a Grey:
She has also reported the case of women who find their husbands, boyfriends, or even movie stars, in a flying saucer.
After the sexual act and the extraction of tissue or ova, they realize that the husband, boyfriend, or actor is in reality an extraterrestrial. Marie Therese de Brosses reckons that this kind of ET phenomenon is very close to the manifestation of diabolic and angelic entities (elves, trolls, djinns, fairies, succubi, etc) in folk lore of the past.
The theories of de Brosses align closely to similar work by Jacques Vallee, John Keel and Jean Sider, whose theories indicate that the ET phenomenon may be,
It is certainly not by mere chance that the last pages of de Brosses’ book are dedicated to the common elements in extraterrestrial abductions and shamanic experience, attested around the world.
And likewise, it is not
mere chance that John Lash dwells on the link between Castaneda and
the Gnostics, whom he regards as accomplished shamans... Of course,
nothing indicates that all the manifestations of human contact with
extraterrestrial entities is parasitical and negative. But it would
serve us well to understand those cases that are.
It is probable that the flyers, Archons, Greys, fairies, djinns and other demonic-type entities are all part of the same taxonomy, the same array of mysterious forces able to interfere with us and yet, somehow, transcend the normal dimensions in which we live.