by Mateo Sol
of a man's inner
evokes in others
a proportionate degree
I first encountered knowledge of anti-awakening forces while deeply
immersed in the book "The
Herald of Coming Good" by famous mystic
In the book, Gurdjieff describes that there are certain forces in
life called Tzvarnoharno, a word originally coined by King
Solomon of Judea.
Tzvarnoharno is a
force that arises amongst people which lead to the destruction of
anyone who tries to help humanity and results in the destruction of
all their efforts.
Essentially, Gurdjieff was describing what I've come to encounter on
my own journey many times.
In psychological terms,
we could say that Tzvarnoharno is a "collective unconscious force"
whose first instinct is to oppose any counterforce that is
attempting to wake people up.
In this article, my intention is to explore this force of
anti-awakening, how they've arisen in different ways throughout
history, and how you may experience them on your own journey.
The Gnostics, a mystical branch of christianity, have known about
anti-awakening forces for centuries and wrote about them in their
work describing them as "Archons."
Gnostics believe Archons are the servants of
the Demiurge, the "creator god"
that stands between the human race and experiencing divinity.
This divinity can only be
reached through mystical experiences which they call gnosis.
Although Archons are often depicted as hermaphrodite and alien
looking creatures with an insatiable appetite for rape and violence,
it's not fear they use to prevent your transcendence, but
According to the the
Gnostic Gospel of Philip, the
Archonic force's main objective is to keep humans ignorant of their
divine origins beyond the physical universe.
The further I've ventured through my journey of growth and change,
the more I've come to see that there's much truth in the idea of
The universe works in a sort of balance, a self-regulating organism
in perfect harmony. Anything that tries to disturb that balance, is
immediately attacked by the antibodies of the universe, the Archons.
The Abyss of
If we take a close look through history, we'll usually see that the
work of truth seekers, mystics, and sages has often been suddenly
aborted or sabotaged in different ways.
The most known example is the "crucifixion"
of Jesus, where we can see the "collective unconscious force"
at work, destroying whatever seeks to flood it with light and to
flush it with darkness.
Other examples of spiritual teachers that have experienced Archonic
forces are that of,
Socrates (who was
sufi sage Al-Hillaj
Mansoor (who was executed)
truth seekers such as Galileo, Darwin, Pasteur, the Wright
...and countless others
who were silenced, rejected or persecuted for their messages.
You will notice that to
the level they challenged the status quo was the level in which they
were resisted by others.
So why is it that
anti-awakening Archonic forces exist in the first place...?
The answer is that
our collective unconsciousness is deeply attached to static ways
of being because it is terrified of change.
Our profound fear of
change ultimately centers around our fear of waking up, because at
the core of our being, we know that to embrace change means to
embrace death of everything as we know it.
I've experienced Archonic forces all too often through my own
development and teachings. Whenever I questioned something I didn't
intuitively feel was right, I was accused of being a "smart ass" or
"rebellious troublemaker" by the people around me.
And now, as a teacher who
writes about these topics on this website, I'm often accused via
emails and messages as "corrupting minds" or leading people astray.
I've even observed it in
fellow teachers, where their students will sabotage their own
communities and missions by arguing over petty things like the
"right" interpretation of the teachings.
An interesting way I like to think about these anti-awakening forces
is that we're all standing on the edge of the abyss that is Truth.
Yet each of us is closing our eyes, looking ahead and clinging
tightly to anything that we hold on to as "truth," whether a belief,
an identity or a desire.
Any time our eyes open
and take a fleeting glimpse of the abyss of Truth, we are instantly
filled with fear and the desire to return to ignorance again because
of its "safety."
Deep down, we know in our hearts that this abyss of Truth
represents a spiritual death and the requirement for us to
surrender all that we believe to be true.
Mostly, this abyss of
Truth requires us to surrender
our ego identification and enter
into the process of ego death. In our spiritual journeys, our
egos are the strongest Archon forces we'll ever encounter.
Our egos are almost
endlessly creative in their way of surviving and corrupting our
every attempt to be free. The ego won't hesitate to sabotage any
legitimate attempt to move in the direction of Light or Truth.
And it does so out of
All of those who are on the path in search for truth and
enlightenment may nevertheless carry within themselves a side that
is actually opposed to the experience of wholeness.
How could there not be
this side within us? For the ego, the search for truth is a
Facing the Archons within us and without us can feel like a constant
battle. These anti-awakening forces may present themselves as people
who have no interest in supporting us, betraying us, belittling us,
tempting us, and gaslighting us.
Wilhelm Reich, described how
humanity since the dawn of time has been affected by what he calls
the Emotional Plague:
the pain we
repeatedly suppress throughout our lives and which prevents us
from finding our wholeness.
When we do encounter a
natural, authentic person, we feel threatened by them and want to
destroy or criticize them in some way.
Have you ever experienced
More insidious, however, than external Archons are the
anti-awakening forces within our own minds.
In the novel
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
and the late Terry Pratchett, a demon called
explains how traffic jams and phone service outages are far more
effective in damning Souls than the once popular possessions
To keep us constantly
frustrated and eternally restless is the new way Archonic forces are
crushing our human spirits.
Perhaps that's why possessions and encounters with "evil spirits"
have diminished over the years.
Who has time for
Between app updates,
endless fast food options, Netflix, ordering items from eBay,
and the eternal endless stream of content on the internet, who
has the time or energy for waking up?
The denser our egocentric
tendencies become, the less we'll search for change in any real way,
and the further we'll run from cultivating the freedom and
responsibility that accompanies a spiritual awakening to our higher
So how can we prevent these anti-awakening forces from dragging us
down into the darkness of unconsciousness? Here are some
yourself with external sources of "happiness" to avoid your
inner emptiness and restlessness
unhappiness and emotional suffering with an open heart
Be mindful and
honest about the obstacles in your life (such as avoiding
responsibility for your happiness and wellbeing (because no
one else will)
chasing happiness, search the darkness and you will uncover
the desire for truth are our greatest allies when it comes to
overcoming the forces of anti-awakening.
When there is an absence
of love and understanding, Archons thrive...