by Uri Dowbenko
May 8, 2010
It’s 2154, and American Terrorism has been totally privatized.
In fact, it has become the undisputed
enforcement arm of the criminal plutocracy on Planet Earth. In other
words, the future is just like today - except the terrorists have
gone off-planet and expanded their field of prey.
the plutocracy of Planet Earth needs more resources, so
American ex-military mercenaries are sent to rape-and-pillage a
planet called Pandora for its so-called "unobtainium."
By the way, "unobtainium" is a Real World term for valuable
rare-earth metals like neodymium, terbium, dysprosium, lanthanum,
yttrium and thulium. They are currently used for weapons, as well as
digital cameras, computers, Priuses, and iPhones.
In fact, according to the UK’s Daily Mail, industries that rely on "unobtainium"
are estimated to be worth an astonishing 3 trillion pounds (US$4.5
trillion), or 5% of global GDP. Thus, wars and invasions of other
planets are completely plausible as a possible Real World future
Meanwhile, the movie shows that the use of ex-military burn-outs,
the de facto storm troopers in Avatar, is a clear signal that the
United States has finally become the "Evil Empire" of Star Wars
fame, exporting its brand of terrorism to yet-unconquered worlds.
The movie also riffs on past colonial adventurism by the US, as well
as British, Spanish, French and Belgian invaders, especially the
exploitation of natural resources in Africa and South America and
its attendant genocide of indigenous peoples.
Avatar then is a
realistic dramatisation of the ruthless
behavior of out-of-control
sociopaths, hell-bent on destroying a civilization they have judged
to be "inferior" and the inhabitants they have decided are
Thus, the predatory virus and the agenda of rape-and-pillage
technology have been exported from Planet Earth to create more
mischief in other parts of the universe.
The characters of Avatar are typically stock figures, bordering on
caricature, and the plot is so simple that even a three-year old
could follow it, says director, screenwriter and producer Jim
Cameron, according to published reports.
Cameron steals from
memes from Terminator, Dark Angel, etc. in a kind
of recombinant mythology that has struck a powerful and resonant
chord throughout the world.
The protagonist is Jake (Sam Worthington), a gung-ho disabled vet
who gets his dead brother’s job. As an "avatar," he has to navigate
a custom-made 10-foot tall body in order to "live" with the
indigenous blue-skinned race called the Na’avi. When the locals are
called "blue monkeys" by the invaders, contemporary racist jargon
gets catapulted off-planet and back to the future.
The word "avatar," of course, implies an online persona that can
navigate the virtual realities and cyberspace, as well as a
religious messiah or saviour in Hindu theology.
(Can Jake - the All-American White-Bread Savior - save the Na’avi
from destruction? Of course he can. Where else could a Hollywood
formula movie plot go?)
So in his Na’avi blue avatar-body, Jake meets a blue girl called
Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) who just like Pocahontas - just imagine -
teaches him about living in harmony with nature and the invisible
forces that sustain Pandora. And Jake, just like Dances with Wolves,
goes "native," as he bonds with the blue people and falls in love
with the blue girl.
Because his crippled body restricts his physical movement in his
"waking" life, Jake loves to use his Na’avi body and begins to
experience his virtual blue-body life as the "Real Thing," instead
of the other way around.
The question for Jake becomes - which world does he prefer to live
in? Then it’s a choice for him - just like the gamers who are so
obsessed with online "living" - which reality or virtual reality is
At the same time Jake makes a deal to be an informer for Col. Miles
Quaritch (Stephen Lang), the head of the privatised
military-security and the most zealous practitioner of the
rape-and-pillage mindset. Quaritch is the embodiment of the evil
corporate-military invader and a ruthless enforcer for the Ruling
Corporate Empire which has gone off-planet to exploit other worlds.
In his naïveté, Jake believes he can "save" the Na’avi from the
coming slaughter planned by the corporate killers, but finds out
that he has been betrayed once again. Just as he was in the Marines.
(Does that mean military guys have a slow learning curve?)
After all, the mining company just wants the valuable minerals and
doesn’t care about a tribe of primitive "blue monkeys."
brainwashing mind-control must convince its subjects
(state-sanctioned military would-be killers) that the so-called
"enemy" is "sub-human" and therefore open to slaughter. However,
it’s too much for him to endure, so Jake goes "off the reservation,"
as they say, switches sides, disobeys his orders and begins fighting
on behalf of the Na’avi.
Other stock characters include Sigourney Weaver as a scientist who
wants to "study" the Na’avi and communicate with them, but like the
intellectual prostitutes who work for
the Pentagon-NSA-ETC Complex,
she remains just another pawn in their extra-planetary game.
Another character you love to hate is Jonathan Ribisi, who plays the
heartless corporate honcho. He tackles his "task" of genocide and
ecocide with a "missionary" zeal, just like the gofers (a.k.a.
Blackwater, DynCorp, KBR and other Vulture Capitalist
Corporations with government insider deals.
The final battle for Pandora, its natural resources and the
metaphysical power-source of the planet centered in a primordial Tree
of Life which is the embodiment of their ancestors’ wisdom, takes
Avatar to a spectacular finish - and the obligatory third final
The fun continues as Jim-Cameron-as-god creates fantastic creatures
like hammer-head buffalos, friendly reptilians and sentient
jellyfish who help the local blue people defend their planet from
the "alien" humans.
In an archetypal Hollywood happy ending, the local blue people
survive and the humans are "the aliens [who] went back to their
dying world." That’s about as happy as it gets - when you’re dealing
with real raw issues of genocide, nasty behavior and other evil.
It should be noted that Jim Cameron’s innate ability to tap into the
Deep Subconscious of the planet produced the pop culture remix
the sinking of Atlantis, a.k.a. the movie Titanic.
Significance of Avatar
More insights into this global phenomenon can be gleaned from
astrologer Barbara Hand Clow, author of indispensable books like
The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration and Awakening the World Mind
and Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: Decoding the Vertical Axis, Crop
Circles, and the Mayan Calendar.
Ms. Clow sees a deeper significance in the artistic and financial
triumph of Avatar, writing,
"… I said that spiritual
transformations pushing us onto new evolutionary paths would be
‘drawing power from transcending our identity as warriors.’ I
had no idea how we would see any of this until I saw Avatar soon
after the Winter Solstice." (www.handclow2010.com)
"This film is helping millions draw nurturing experiences from
the past (Pandora as Eden), and it incites people, even
militarists, to transcend warrior identity. I predict Avatar
will continue to be shown again and again by popular demand
because many people will see it two or three times…
"Consistently since last spring, spirituality and healing have
been the central forces changing our lives under the influence
of the potent Triple Conjunction-Jupiter/Chiron/Neptune in
Aquarius. During this New Moon, finally Jupiter is moving past
Chiron/ Neptune, the last pass of the Triple Conjunction.
"Under its influence, many of us have grown spiritually and
faced a series of healing crises, and now we are like newborn
beings. Avatar appeared during the culmination of the Triple
Conjunction, which helps us see that our individual healing is
actually a collective issue. Now that Jupiter is moving out of
the Triple Conjunction, our individual initiations and healing
crises will not be so monumental and overwhelming."
And this impulse for genocide and
ecocide - where did it come from?
It might sound like science fiction, but it’s considered to be the
Gnostic understanding of the metaphysical realities of Planet Earth.
Namely - an ideological off-planet virus morphed into the three
ubiquitous religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, which have
been used to divide, conquer and rule Terra for thousands of years
through fear, intimidation and all those other reptilian
stimulus-response mechanisms. [See "New (Reptilian) World Order" by
The Gnostics, by the way, were the losers in a war with Roman
Christianity, a long-term focus of religious terrorism ensconced in
And what was the Gnostics’ biggest mistake - and crime
- and why were they annihilated? Because they dared to speak the
Unspeakable, namely that the Christian "father-god" was not only an
imposter, but also quite insane.
You can call him
Yahweh. You can call him
Jehovah. But the Gnostics
identified him with
the demented Archon Yaldabaoth, which they
taught was the Judeo-Christian false god. In other words, if this
"god" is telling you to do wacky things like kill those who don’t
share your religious Belief System (B.S.), then there’s a good
chance those "Gods Must Be Crazy." And they are…
Therefore, it was not a very smart or politically correct move on
the part of the Gnostics to point this out to the Christians.
Nevertheless the Gnostics’ perspective on life is still worth
examining because of its relevance today - namely their unique
world-view and their model for the metaphysical realities of Planet
the Seeding of Death Culture
According to John Lamb Lash, author of Not
in His Image - Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology and the Future of Belief, it was this Abrahamic legacy of religion which incorporates the fear of death
that carries the virus.
Lash’s brilliant analysis of mythology, religion and power politics
is at once self-empowering and enlightening. And just reading his
interpretation of Gnostic cosmology and wisdom-science illuminates
the heart and mind because it is the counter-program to the
prevalent Death Culture on Earth.
Lash’s book is a must read for everyone who is interested in
spiritual and metaphysical studies, and it remains the most
important reinterpretation of history, mythology and religion from
the Gnostic perspective.
So where did this human proclivity for "terrorism" come from? Lash
writes that the Gnostics recognized its origin in the wacky
philosophy of the apocalyptic cult called
"The Zaddikite sect of the Dead Sea
presents the larval form of the global terrorist syndrome of
today," writes Lash, referring to the ancient scrolls found at
Qumran as evidence, adding that, "the Zaddikite ideology found
in the scrolls presents the ideological infrastructure of
"That Qumran was an outpost for militants fighting to free Judea
from Roman occupation and not a haven for hippie-like pacifists
called Essenes, was information withheld from the public by a
team of scrolls scholars controlled by the Vatican," writes
In a story-line much stranger than
science fiction, the "virus" would morph many more times until
became recognizable as present day "religion."
"The core ideology of modern
fundamentalist Christianity derives from the Zaddikim of the
Dead Sea and not from mainstream Judaic religion," Lash
"Resurrection in a physical form
identical to the living body (contrasted to some kind of
continuity of soul life), transport to heaven, intervention of
God the Father in history, the battle against Cosmic Evil ending
in Judgment Day, and divine retribution - all these beliefs
reflect Zaddik, the superhuman standard.
"In the cult of righteousness led by Melchizedek, militant and
mystical elements combined into a lethal explosive mix. The
Zaddikim sect self-destructed by bringing down upon itself and
the entire Jewish community the military might of the Roman
Empire, but their program survived and mutated into what was to
become Roman Christianity.
The enemies of the system became the
The irony of this history is deafening,
while the apocalyptic theology and its dogma of final retribution
rears its ugly head with every terrorist bombing or "preemptive"
strike that kills, maims and tortures humanity on earth.
So why have "terrorism" and "religion" become so closely identified
in contemporary life?
"In epidemiological terms,
Christianity was the pandemic vector for the ideological virus
of the Zaddikim belief system," writes Lash. "…Over centuries
patriarchy mutated into a religious system based on the four
components of the redeemer complex.
The sulfurous pathological
core of the system is terror; terror before the father god who
creates the world and commands its fate; terror for those who
follow the Lord’s plan and those who do not; terror for the
innocent victim tormented and dominated by the perpetrator;
terror for the perpetrators who will be caught out and punished
by God; …terror that drives human society to a final solution,
the lethal madness of a species hell-bent on its own
The belief that the world can be saved by
destroying it exemplifies annihilation theology."
The "religious" fervor of the invasions
of Iraq and Afghanistan bespeak of this theology of death that rules
and dominates the planet.
Adding a bit more science (fiction) into his analysis, Lash asks -
"Who is willing to consider that salvationist religion is an
ideological virus insinuated in the human psyche by an alien
Through first-hand experience and close encounters with UFO-ET
they called Archons, the Gnostics understood the
off-planet origin of the three redemptive Abrahamic religions.
So was our "Father Abraham" himself duped by "alien" tricksters?
Gnostics allowed the transmundane origin of redemptive religion -
‘Yaldabaoth himself chose a certain man named Abraham and made a
covenant with him’ - but proposed a different way to view it.
Yaldabaoth is the Demiurge, a.k.a. Yahweh-Jehovah, a demented
pseudo-deity who works against humanity. This is the Lord Archon
head of the legion of cyborgs…
"Demiurge" is defined by Lash as the
leader of the Archons,
"who claims to be the creator of the
material world and demands slavish obedience from his
creatures," but is actually a demented pretender or impostor who
"can originate nothing but must imitate what already exists."
This might be an apt description of AI
(Artificial Intelligence) and its future manifestations.
And what is the result of this religious Belief System, most notably
exemplified by Christianity which awaits an extraplanetary savior,
who will come from the sky and make everybody feel high, to quote
the late Bob Marley?
"Salvation by superhuman powers,
rather than through the divine potential innate to humanity and
aligned with Sophia, is the hallmark of extraterrestrial
religion," Lash writes.
"Gnostics explicitly warned that the Archons work
through salvationist religion, not to destroy us, however but to deviate
us from our proper course of evolution… They do this, Gnostics
claimed because they envy us. Archons lack both ennoia (singular
intentionality) and epinoia (moral-creative imagination) and
they want to have this specific endowment of ours, to assimilate
or steal it.
The diagnosis of Archontic intrusion conforms in
many respects to reports of people who have encountered alien
the Grays and
According to Lash, the Gnostics also
"if evil arises from error when
error runs beyond the scale of correction, we can nip evil in
the bud by deepening our awareness of error.
The Gospel of Philip
says ‘Ignorance is the mother of all evil.’ In a lucid
passage on error theory, the Gnostic master says: ‘So long as
the root of wickedness is hidden, it is strong.
But when it is recognized, it is dissolved. When it is revealed it perishes… As
for ourselves, let us dig down after the root of evil which is
within each of us and produces its fruit in our hearts. It
We are its slaves. It takes us captive to make us do
what we do not want and what we do want we do not do. It is
powerful because we have not recognized it’."
Lash writes that,
"the root of evil is human error,
the mind mistaking itself. To defeat evil, we must unmask it by
seeing its origin in the erring operations of our own minds."
Origins of the
The Gnostics also had a very plausible explanation for the origin of
the so-called Illuminati, those behind-the-scenes puppet-masters and
obsessive control freaks of society, who have been the de facto
Ruling Class for thousands of years.
Lash explains that the Gnostics - or telestai as they called
themselves - were initiates endowed with special knowledge in
cosmological issues, who were actually,
"sophisticated shamans, past masters
of ‘archaic techniques of ecstasy’."
"As initiates of the Mysteries, behavioral manipulation,
psychological programming and mind control were utterly
repugnant to the genuine telestai of the ancient Mysteries,"
"Such procedures represented to them a path leading away from
consecration to Sophia and the Great Work of co-evolving with
nature, toward social engineering and personal power games. The
goal of the telestai was to foster a sane and balanced society
by helping individuals reach their peak potential, and never to
interfere directly in social management.
"Over the course of time some initiates did take the path of
Dissident members of the Gnostic movement,
who came to be known as ‘Illuminati,’ chose to use initiatory
knowledge to develop and implement various techniques of
behavior modification. Their predecessors were known as the
Magian order, an ancient Persian lineage of shamanism from which
the Gnostic movement was derived…"
"Around 4000 BCE, with the rise of urban civilization in the
Near East, some members of the Magian order chose to apply
certain secrets of initiation to statecraft and social
They became the advisors to the first theocrats of
the patriarchal nation-states, but in fact the advisors were
running the show. Their subjects were systematically programmed
to believe they were descended from the gods. The Illuminati
inaugurated elaborate rites of empowerment or kingship rituals.
These rituals were in fact methods of mind control exercised on
the general populace through the collective symbology and
mystique of royal authority.
"The intention of the dissident Magians to run society by covert
controls was based on their assumption that human beings are not
innately good enough, or gifted enough to create a human world."
Even the term Gnostic (gnostokos) is a
pejorative term invented by the so-called Church Fathers who
ridiculed their rivals by referring to them as "smart ass" and "know
it all." The Gnostics called themselves "The Children of Seth."
Lash notes that,
"paradoxically [even the word] ‘Gnostic’ comes down
to us tainted by the condemnation of the Roman Church and associated
with the very members of the Magian order who were disowned by the
guardians of the Mysteries."
The Illuminati then are the former adepts of the Mystery Schools who
perverted and abused the spiritual teachings they had received in
order to acquire material wealth and power, subverting their raison d’etre of life on Earth.
"The Illuminati program was (and
still is) essential to patriarchy and its covert perpetrator
religion," Lash continues.
"While it cannot exactly be said that
the deviant adepts known as Illuminati created patriarchy, they
certainly controlled it. And still do.
The abuse of initiatory
knowledge to induce schizophrenic states (‘entrainment’),
manipulate multiple personalities in the same person (‘platforming’)
and command behavior through posthypnotic suggestion (the
‘Manchurian Candidate’ technique) continues to this day, with
truly evil consequences for the entire world…
modification tools of the Illuminati were strictly forbidden in
the Mysteries overseen by Gnostics."
Thus the Illuminati were spiritual
renegades and deviants who became the dominant controllers of the
planet through their manipulation of patriarchal salvationist
religion and a theology of terror.
These former initiates of the
Mystery Schools had seemingly taken the so-called left-handed path
of ego-glorification and power games, rather than consecration of
their lives to the enlightenment of humanity, whose goal was and
always has been spiritual evolution on Earth.
Not In His Image is itself a revelation in the best sense, a
meditation and a remarkable work of prose that naturally flows like
poetry. Likewise, in his book, Lash has created a remarkable
affirmation of spirituality and the metaphysical realities of life
In addition to his book, there is a wonderful DVD documentary by
filmmaker Sharron Rose called
Sophia Returning - The Path to Planetary
Tantra (see review on page
80 of this issue of New Dawn), featuring an in-depth interview with
Lash who tells the remarkable story of the Gnostics and their
cosmology and metaphysics.
Lash, a compelling storyteller, goes into detail about the story of
the Aeon (Goddess) Sophia who came to embody the living being which
is our beautiful Planet Earth.
It may be a prison planet for those
who were sentenced to live here, but for the rest of us, it is the
best opportunity for spiritual evolution: to express love, kindness
and compassion to all sentient beings, while we are on the screen of
In Sophia Returning, Lash also talks about his website
Metahistory.org, which is a magnificent online repository of all
things Gnostic and esoteric. Lash refers to the ET phenomenon and
the issue of "alien abduction."
He talks about the so-called Gnostic
Catechism, which is a survival manual that gives instruction on what
to do if accosted by an Archon (ET/UFO/trickster) and how to defend
yourself against them since the Gnostics believed that they "steal
souls at night."
In an online article called "Avatar: The Psychedelic Worldview and
the 3D Experience," Ido Hartogsohn writes about the perceived 3D
effect of our consensus reality:
Pulfrich Effect, used to
create stereoscopic images, relies on the principle that the
human eye processes information slower in darker conditions to
cause one eye to see reality in delay, thus creating a 3D
illusion when watching moving objects.
It is as if your two eyes
were watching the screen from two different points in time, or
from two different points in space.
"Similarly, the new 3D wave allows us to view culture from two
distinct points of perspective in space and time: one of a
culture completely immersed in consumerist mania, the other of a
culture which keeps a strong relation to its mythic roots in
"This multi-dimensional effect, which allows us to view
ourselves from two different perspectives at the same time,
might hint at the transformations ahead."
Maybe - maybe not. However, not since
Matrix has a "science fiction" movie captured the imagination
and enthusiasm of a worldwide audience.
Coincidentally The Matrix,
like Avatar, was also a dramatization of many Gnostic concepts and
ideas, which also had a transformative effect on its audience.
In one of the most salient appreciations of the movie,
Barbara H. Clow
"Avatar is a great story of heroic
change and conquering the dark side. This subtle shift into new
hope rings true because the film is galactic and universal, not
just solar and earthbound. It is a sign that Earth’s quarantine
is lifting, and our hearts are reconnecting with the universe.
"Many individuals have made great strides in their personal work
during the Triple Conjunction, and now the collective will be
changing rapidly because universal wisdom is flowing into it,"
"Many of you must be doing very good
work reaching subtle dimensions, making it possible for a
creative work like Avatar to premiere on Earth."