by Rev. Illuminatus Maximus
In the timeless library of human myths and legends, perhaps none are
more primal and disturbing than the biblical story of 'the Fall'.
everything from the demonization of women to the Church's
pious horror for nature, sex and the body, there is scarcely a
life-hating ideology or barbaric practice it hasn't been used to
For all that, this strange and unsettling story has lost none of its
melancholy power over the centuries, remaining as enigmatic and
haunting as a dimly remembered nightmare - and almost no closer to
being understood today than the day it was first told.
If "God" is all-powerful, then,
Why did he need
to test Adam and Eve at all?
Wouldn't a real
supreme being already know what was going to happen?
Why did the
serpent seem like the only one who really understood what
was going on?
And who was God
talking to when he fretted that Adam had become "like one of
"anti-psychiatrist" Thomas Szasz:
Adam's apple is so named because a piece of the biblical forbidden
fruit is supposed to have stuck in his throat…
Perhaps this is why
the Forbidden Truth so often appears 'chewed up', transformed into
metaphor, humor, satire, slang (or dream and myth, of course).
In this essay I'd like to take the unusual step of examining the
Eden myth, not through the lens of traditional theology or atheist
reductionism, but instead from the perspective of a few fringe
phenomena it isn't usually associated with:
alien abductions and the
occult "serpent power" of Eastern mysticism.
As we shall discover, these apparent discrepancies aren't mistakes
at all, but instead represent the sole surviving keys to uncovering
its true meaning - for the
legend of Adam and Eve originally had
nothing to do with human sin or divine punishment.
Instead, the story of the "Garden Eden" comes to us as
version of primitive man's first recorded encounter with uncanny
beings from the stars - a botched abduction attempt culminating in
the spontaneous illumination of two very confused cavemen.
What this means
for religion in general, and monotheism in
particular, I shall leave for the reader to divine on their own.
We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which
cats prick up their ears after midnight.
We shall see these things,
and other things which no breathing creature has yet seen.
overleap time, space, and dimensions, and without bodily motion peer
to the bottom of creation.
UFOs - A Modern Problem?
Since the dawn of the space age, man's dreams have been haunted by
strange visions of cigar or saucer shaped aircraft bearing vaguely
fetal (or insectoid) passengers who kidnap, brainwash and even
impregnate their human captives before erasing their memories and
vanishing into the ether.
Like "out of body" experiences or spirit possession,
phenomenon stands as one of those baffling "psychic" anomalies which
seems to exist for the sole purpose of mocking human reason.
I woke up in the middle of the night and everything looked odd and
strangely lit. At the end of my bed was a 4 feet high grey alien.
Its spindly, thin body supported a huge head with two enormous,
slanted, liquid black eyes. It compelled me, telepathically, to
follow and led me into a spaceship… examination room [where]… I was
forced to lie down while they… implanted something in my nose.
could see jars containing half-human, half-alien fetuses and a
nursery full of silent, sickly children. When I eventually found
myself back in bed, several hours had gone by. 3
Jacques Vallee studied the
phenomenon for decades, wondering continually at the arbitrary and
illogical nature of most such reports.
Why do these supposed "wise
explorers from the stars" behave so bizarrely?
If they have the
advanced technology necessary for interstellar travel, why would
they use it to visit this planet, let alone kidnap housewives,
farmers and convenience store clerks for the purpose of anal
Observed Vallee's mentor,
J. Allen Hynek:
To me, it seems ridiculous that super intelligences would travel
great distances to do relatively stupid things like stop cars,
collect soil samples, and frighten people.
I think we must begin to
re-examine the evidence. We must begin to look closer to home.
Vallee's Rejection of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis of Alien
Researching hundreds of "contactee" testimonials, folkloric
narratives and world mythologies, Vallee eventually concluded that
UFOs aren't what they seem to be...
They don't hail from the
Zeta Reticuli galaxy, they aren't here to explore or conduct genetic
experiments and their presence on this planet isn't a recent
development at all.
Instead, notes Vallee:
Reports of uncanny visitors from the sky have plagued mankind for
thousands of years - enough to rule out short-term exploration as a
Witnesses typically describe the "aliens" as humanoid bipeds able to
breathe our atmosphere and see in our light spectrum - but wouldn't
genuine extraterrestrials be adapted to a completely different type
The aliens' supposedly "scientific" experiments are "crude to the
point of being grotesque… often accompanied by sadistic sexual
manipulation [and] reminiscent of medieval encounters with demons" -
not the sort of behavior we might expect from an advanced
Finally, since UFOs seem able to appear and disappear at will, they
"not just a bunch of spacecraft" but instead represent "a much more interesting technology that manipulates dimensions.
manipulates space-time. And if it can do that, then [the aliens
could] be from anywhere and anytime." 6
Frustrated with the unquestioned assumptions and cultish insularity
of contemporary ufology, Vallee instead suggests three alternatives
to the "Extraterrestrial Hypothesis" (EH) based on "second level"
readings of the UFO phenomenon - speculative scenarios notable less
for what they say
about UFOs than about the structure
of physical reality itself.
The Inter-Dimensional Hypothesis
One possibility is that aliens are not from another planet, but
other dimensions beyond spacetime"
...extradimensional entities hailing from an uncanny world which
overlaps but only occasionally intrudes upon our own, beings from
the future (or a perhaps a ghostly copy of our own earth) using,
"four-dimensional wormholes for space and even
time travel" 8 through
the "multiverse which is all around us." 9
This "multiverse" could consist of parallel worlds existing
alongside each other in different dimensions of space, alternate
past and future worlds following one another in time, or even
computer-generated "virtual worlds" stored in some vast cosmic
database (as in the film 'The Matrix').
If this latter instance is
true, hints Vallee, then the seemingly stable and predictable world
in which we find ourselves could be a much more magical (or even
whimsical) place than we normally realize:
If there is no time dimension as we usually assume there is, [then]
the human brain may be traversing events by association…
If we live
in the associative universe of the software scientists rather than
the sequential universe of the spacetime physicist, then miracles
are no longer irrational events… [and the] illusion of time and
space would be merely a side effect of consciousness as it traverses
In such a theory, apparently
paranormal phenomena like
remote viewing and precognition would be expected, even common, and
UFOs would lose much of their bizarre quality… 10
The Electromagnetic Connection
Another promising vein of inquiry originates with the work of Dr.
Michael Persinger, a cognitive neuroscientist at Laurentian
University in Canada whose 1975 "Tectonic Stress Theory" holds that,
UFOs, out-of-body experiences and mystical visions of
angels are the byproducts of electrical microseizures (i.e.,
epileptic episodes) resulting from exposure to electromagnetic
fields generated by shifting plates in the Earth's crust.
Persinger's experiments include the construction of the "God
helmet," a specially modified motorcycle helmet which uses
fields to stimulate the parietal and temporal lobes of the brain.
Shockingly, almost 80% of the 900 subjects thus tested report
altered states of consciousness, visions of God and
dead loved ones, and even full-blown alien abductions. 11
More radical still is Paul Devereux's 1989 "Earth Lights"
hypothesis, in which UFOs appear as some sort of,
unrecognized terrestrial phenomenon" (think
Will O' the Wisps) which
either rely upon or are attracted to the EM fields generated by
Devereux notes that the strange
balls of light which appear and
hover near or around earthquake fault lines behave at times almost
like "inquisitive animals" and speculates that they may be
intelligent "macro-quantal" blobs of plasma energy
capable of telepathy, mimicry and hypnosis. 12
Both theories in turn anticipate the research of Johnjoe McFadden,
an English neuroscientist at the University of Surrey whose Conscious Electromagnetic Field Theory (CEMI)
locates human thought outside the wet, grey labyrinth of the brain,
identifying it instead with a weak electromagnetic field which
surrounds and penetrates the skull. 13
If McFadden is correct, then the entire sensory environment we
perceive all around us could be nothing more than an extremely
sophisticated communications broadcast of some sort - perhaps just
one of many "channels" available to the human nervous system.
The Control System Hypothesis
Vallee's final alternative to the EH is his "Control System"
Hypothesis, a fringe view in which aliens (or UFOs) appear as a
non-human intelligence closely linked to the Earth, but not bound by
it - not little green men from far-flung planets but hallucinatory
imps from a dreamlike hyperspace who always seem to appear in just
about the form we expect to see them.
Once upon a time these interacted and appeared to us as gods,
spirits and angels, accepting sacrifices, sending dreams and
inspiring mankind's great religions.
Then as fairies,
and spirits, spreading fear and wonder in the lives of medieval
peasants, and finally as space-faring "greys," reptilian humanoids
and noble "Pleiadian" scientists, bearing cryptic warnings about
the environment and seeding new mythologies for the Information age.
So why have these protean tricksters chosen to visit us?
Perhaps Vallee's most controversial claim is that these mysterious visitors
are themselves mere
epiphenomena, shadows and reflections of a vast
(and very ancient) "control system" which has been operating in the
manipulate human belief systems since time immemorial,
guiding our species towards some unknown purpose.
If UFOs are having an action at [the level of myth] it will be
almost impossible to detect it by conventional methods… because they
are the means by which man's concepts are being rearranged.
can do is trace their effect… 14
This "control system," Vallee
hypothesizes, could represent,
projection of the collective unconscious
the activity of an unknown
even some sort of ecosystemic
feedback loop 15
Vallee's Control System and the Origins of Western Religion
If mankind's long flirtation with gods, ghosts, goblins and
anything to go by, Vallee's alien "control system" has been with us
since the very beginning - and for evidence of its influence, we
need look no further than the origins of
Take, for example, the story of the Garden of Eden, an eerie tale
which - with only a little imagination - can easily be read as a
coded account of an alien abduction, an extraterrestrial interlude
in which speaking primates are tested for obedience and
create a man (or remove him?) from the "earth"
Test subject is
Keepers produce a
female specimen supposedly cloned from his "rib"
Test subjects are
placed in a controlled environment and forbidden from eating
a certain type of food
hologram appears (the "shining serpent") and encourages them
to violate the Keepers' directives
Subjects are punished and returned to the wild to digest their
Now, is this all there is to the story... ancient astronauts
tampering with primitive man?
Admittedly, that would be incredible
if true - but wouldn't alien scientists have been able to conceal
even the most elaborate breeding and colonization program from a
pair of cavemen?
What if the real agenda behind the Eden incident was not creation
(or obedience testing) but something else entirely?
If the phenomenon is forcing us through a learning curve, then it
has no choice but to mislead us.
When Skinner designs a machine that
feeds a rat only when the right lever is depressed, this is
extremely misleading for the rat. But if the rat doesn't depress the
correct lever, he becomes extremely hungry.
Man is hungry for
knowledge and power, and if there is an intelligence behind the UFOs
it must have taken this fact into account… 16
Perhaps instead of looking at the biblical "Fall" as a
experiment, we should instead think of it as what Vallee calls an
"open control system" - a metalogical labyrinth whose participants
"graduate" to the next level when the correct sequence of stimuli
are triggered - in this case, eating the "forbidden fruit."
In other words, "Adam" and "Eve" didn't fail the test when they ate
from the "Tree of Knowledge"... they passed it...!
Open Control Systems and Mythological Mashups
This alternate reading of the Eden creation myth is reinforced in
the scriptures of the ancient Gnostics, an unorthodox (some say
"heretical") movement in early
Christianity that competed with the
infant Catholic church for several centuries after the 'birth' of
Often dismissed as a primitive heresy that fell under the weight of
its own obscurantist tendencies, Gnosticism was instead a
sophisticated system of occult hermeneutics whose acolytes employed
special neurolinguistic trance-inducing techniques to engage in a
sort of memetic sabotage, splicing, remixing and mutating of
biblical stories in a manner seemingly calculated to cause maximum
offense and psychological discomfort.
Notes one literary
Drugs, sex, and power control the body, but "word and image locks"
control the mind, that is, "lock" us into conventional patterns of
perceiving, thinking, and speaking that determine our interactions
with environment and society.
The cutup is a way of exposing word
and image controls and thus freeing oneself from them, an alteration
of consciousness that occurs in both the writer and the reader of
the text. 17
For the Gnostics, the biblical creation stories weren't
revelations, but the shattered fragments of a monstrous and
the control system.
By rearranging and retelling
Judeo-Christian myths, the Gnostics sought clues that might allow
them to reprogram creation itself, changing the past, seizing
control of the heavens, and overthrowing the phony god of the Bible.
The Gnostic Version(s) of the Eden Myth
In the Gnostic view, Eden was not a paradise, but a jungle
laboratory where an opportunistic race of alien parasites conducted
a series of bizarre experiments in an attempt to produce a compliant
strain of biped slaves.
Banished from the stars at the dawn of time, these "archons" (Greek
for "rulers") fled to the Earth where they abducted a caveman named
"Adam" and sexually assaulted his mate "Eve," implanting both with
false (or screen) memories:
When they [the archons] saw Eve speaking with [Adam], they said to
"Come, let us seize her and let us cast our seed on
her, so that… those whom she will beget will serve us. But let us
not tell Adam that she is not derived from us, but let us bring a
stupor upon him, and… teach him in his sleep as though she came into
being from his rib…" 18
Feared and worshipped as "gods" and "angels,"
the Archons depend for
their very existence on
the energy captured and siphoned from the
human nervous system via various control systems - biological and memetic thermostats which allow them to regulate the flow of
information and energy through words and images, pleasure and pain:
They say that the soul is the food of the Archons and Powers without
which they cannot live, because she is of the dew from above and
gives them strength… 19
Adam and Eve "fell" when the archons programmed them with
prohibitions and commandments, changing them from primates living in
the eternal "now" to "soft machines" - biological automata at war
with their own instincts, parasitized by selfish replicators and
paralyzed by double-binds:
….when the Rulers saw [Adam] and the woman who was with him, erring
in ignorance… they rejoiced greatly…
They came to Adam… [and] said
"Every tree which is in Paradise, whose fruit may be eaten,
was created for you. But beware! Don't eat from the Tree of
[T]hey gave them a great fright…
Unfortunately for the archons, this strange prohibition seems to
have provoked its own violation - for, as the Gnostic scriptures
[the archons] do not understand what they have said to [Adam];
rather… they said this in such a way that he might in fact eat…
Pushed to the brink by a mysterious
talking serpent, Adam and Eve
partook of the fruit and convulsed with ecstasy as the walls of the
Garden fell away to reveal the larger world outside the Garden.
lab rats suddenly lifted out of a maze, Adam and Eve could now
perceive their own situation clearly for the very first time:
Then their mind opened.
For when they ate… they saw that they were
naked, and they became enamored of one another. When they saw their
makers, they loathed them since they were beastly forms.
understood very much… 22
Serpent Power Rising
A few more details complete this curious picture:
Adam, we learn,
was created with "seven souls" 23
the "serpent" was actually a
"hidden Mother" goddess named "Sophia" who fought against the
archons from her secret location inside Adam's "intestines"(!)
finally, when Eve
fled from the archons, she took refuge inside the "Tree of
Knowledge" 25 (in biblical Hebrew, the word for
"tree" can also mean "spine")
If any of this sounds familiar, it should - for as countless
researchers have noted, the entire story seems to be nothing more
than an allegorical description of the Kundalini serpent of Buddhist
and Hindu yoga:
A Tantric yogi sees the great Mother present within his human body
as the Kundalini. She lies hidden by her self-created ignorance,
like a snake, coiled and fast asleep… at the bottom of the spinal
Through [meditation], the Tantric awakens the Mother and
rouses her to go upward… [until he] becomes illumined… 26
Theories about the Kundalini Serpent
Frequently misunderstood as an exotic oddity unique to Eastern
mysticism, the kundalini instead represents a cross-cultural
phenomenon of great antiquity (and plasticity) which (like the UFO
phenomenon) has many features in common with,
In short, the belief is that the human body possess seven (sometimes
more) energy centers called "chakras," roughly located near or in
anus, genitals, stomach, heart, throat, brow and crest of the
Normally clogged with the traumata of everyday life, these
"chakras" open when stimulated by a serpentine energy which normally
lies sleeping and coiled at the base of the spine.
In dreams, this serpent takes the form of a sleeping goddess who
projects the illusion of the world.
Awakened, she climbs the spine
to open the "third eye" at the crown of the head, bringing explosive
emotional, psychological and spiritual growth, even ecstasy,
enlightenment and the acquisition of occult powers.
Although the scientific study of the kundalini is still in its
infancy, there do exist many plausible theories which might some day
explain how it works.
Here are a few of them:
Wilhelm Reich was a renegade disciple of Freud's who discovered a
type of libidinal energy called 'orgone' which flows throughout the,
27 of the body, resembling nothing so much in its
"slow undulation[s]" as "the movement of an intestine or
In most of us, social and cultural programming cause this elusive
life force to become blocked in early childhood so that it pools up
in the muscles and hardens into a rigid "body armor."
from life, the stagnant energy becomes a machine-like parody of
itself which stunts and distorts human emotions, turning healthy
expressions of love and sexuality into addiction, resentment and
In the long term, the suffocating obstacles imposed by this
invisible exoskeleton cause untold misery by exacerbating the
mind/body split and creating the conditions necessary for the
emergence of cancer (in individuals) and fascism (in societies).
Unimpressed with the slow pace and ineffectiveness of traditional
talk therapy, Reich favored a direct, hands-on approach designed to
weaken the body armor itself.
Over time, Reich and his followers
found that unplanned events of great emotional intensity could
trigger the orgone to ascend through the seven body segments
spontaneously, purging vast reserves of repressed emotional energy
and causing the body to vibrate uncontrollably as the noxious "body
armor" crumbled once and for all.
Itzhak Bentov dedicated years to the study of human
consciousness, eventually developing what is today known as the
"holographic model" of the human brain.
In Bentov's view, the "kundalini experience" is primarily a
mechanical phenomenon which arises when the brain begins to vibrate
in sympathetic resonance with the heartbeat (7.5 hz), releasing
terrific amounts of stored musculoskeletal stress as the nervous
system is temporarily transformed into a polarized loop.
This in turn causes the spinal column to oscillate like a tuning
fork, allowing it to receive and transmit information directly from
the ionosphere - the same part of the atmosphere responsible for
bouncing electromagnetic waves back to Earth. 29
The Pineal Gland and the Third Eye
Finally, former New Mexico University psychiatrist
Rick Strassman hypothesizes that kundalini yoga somehow stimulates the pineal gland
to secrete larger than normal amounts of naturally-occurring DMT
into the brain - making it the true "third eye." 30
DMT is a powerful hallucinogen, also found in ayahuasca, the
"vine of souls" used by Amazonian shamans to induce mystical
pineal gland, meanwhile, has
its own surprising analog in the photosensitive "third eye"
found in many species of reptiles, a vestigial organ with full
lens and retina buried under the skin in the centre of the
The connections to biblical myth here are many and obvious, so what
does it all mean?
Seeking to understand the roots of human religious experience,
Strassman injected over 60 volunteers with high doses of DMT,
conducting over 400 such sessions from 1990-1995.
unsurprisingly, just over half his test subjects reported
blissful visions of timeless, cosmic unity, communion with
benevolent deities and "classic near-death experiences" which
included flying through tunnels of "radiant light." 32
The other 47% were not so lucky, reporting nightmarish beings drawn
straight from the twilight horror-world of the Gnostic counter-Eden:
menacing "clowns, elves [and] robots" who threatened and even
attacked their human victims.
Strassman finally ended his
experiments ahead of schedule when one of his subjects reported
being "eaten alive" by giant insects.
Dragons in the Darkness
Strassman's findings here echo the eerie experiences of
Michael Harner, an American anthropologist who penetrated the Amazon
rainforest forty years earlier to experiment with the "vine of
souls" potion himself.
Harner reported seeing "giant reptilian creatures" dwelling in and
around his own brain stem, "dragon-like" beings from deep space who
colonized the Earth millennia ago.
Chillingly, these dark beings
claimed to have seeded the Earth with life for the sole purpose of
creating various host species they could hide themselves in.
"I learned that the dragon-like creatures were thus inside of all
forms of life, including man," claims Harner.
"They were the true
masters of humanity and the entire planet, they told me. We humans
were but [their] receptacles and servants…" 33
True to form, when Harner demanded an explanation from the medicine
man who gave him the potion responsible for this ominous vision, the
old man just laughed and explained that,
"…they're always saying
that. But they are only the Masters of Outer Darkness…" 34
Clearly Harner is speaking here of beings very much like the archons
of Gnostic myth or the manipulative "greys" of modern Ufology - but,
Are these entities nothing more than symbolic projections of the
reptilian brain, as Harner's narrative seems to imply?
Do aliens and archons hail from outer space or inner space?
"contact" with aliens (or archons) so often accompanied by
vibrations or tremors, either muscular or tectonic?
How should we
think about the "serpent" now that we know it is probably a dormant
evolutionary mechanism of some sort?
And are the "big three" Abrahamic religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity really
nothing more than hallucinatory control mechanisms employed by alien
parasites to enslave and manipulate us?
German Historian Klaus Theweleit has written what would seem to be
the last possible word on the subject, noting that:
…[T]he 'fall of man' depicts a failed revolution from the victor's
For attempting to put into practice their slogan
bodies belong to us,' the rebels were sentenced to a life of forced
labor… 'Your bodies belong to your Ruler!' - that was the response.
(The 'paradise' they were driven out of was the blissful state of
being ruled without realizing it. Even today, being driven out of 'paradise' is the penalty for trying to create a paradise.)
Whether the Eden story is really about UFOs or the kundalini, and
whether such phenomena are electromagnetic or chemical in origin, I
can't say for sure (I've never even seen a UFO!), but I do know
I have taken mushrooms and seen great, flying black mantas which
pursued me across the desert floor, telepathically overwhelming me
with thoughts of paranoia and despair.
I've taken DMT and left my
body to enter a crystalline world of euphoric decahedrons and
four-dimensional pyramids, spread out beneath a great vaulted
membrane which breathed, and knew at that instant that this membrane
was the threshold between time and eternity.
I've practiced tantric yoga with a dakini and been bruised and
battered as I hyperventilated under the tutelage of a Reichian
And I've been in dark rooms lit only by flickering
candles, watching friends and family members pant as their eyes
rolled back in their heads and their limbs shook uncontrollably,
"mounted" by the spirits of the dead and personified forces of
nature known to witch doctors the world over.
Whatever the origins of these and related "psychic" phenomena
ultimately prove to be,
...nothing will change for our
species until we finally rise to our feet, shake off the chains of
superstition and ignorance and claim our inheritance - not as
childlike "test subjects" to be ordered about and punished, but as
adults striding forth into the cosmos with eyes wide open, ready to
take responsibility for our own evolution.
The Eden myth, like all myths, is meant to be lived:
not studied but
So let us treat the Bible with its endless
commandments and airless authoritarianism not as the 'final authority'
on human life, but as a leaping off point for the rediscovery of the
human body as a sacred text in its own right, a flesh and blood book
with its own sounds, smells and textures and even wisdom too.
in the end, it may be the only thing we can ever really know anyway...
Or, as the Gnostic scriptures put it:
You are the Tree of
Knowledge, which is in Paradise, from which the first man ate
and which opened his mind, so that he became enamored of his
co-likeness, and condemned other alien likenesses, and loathed
1. Genesis 3:22
2. Thomas Szasz, The Untamed Tongue, p.58, pub. 1990
3. Dr. Susan Blackmore, "Alien Abduction: The Inside Story," New
Scientist, November 19, 1994, pp.29-31
4. Dr. Jacques Vallee, Forbidden Science: Journals, 1957-1969,
5. Ibid, p.17
6. "Strange Encounters: An Interview with Jacques Vallee" by
Daniel Blair Stewart, excerpted from Green Egg Magazine, Vol.
XXTV, No. 95, Yule 1991, republished
Dimensions - A Casebook of Alien
Contact, p.253, pub.
Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception,
p.255, pub. 2008
9. Vallee, Dimensions, p.253
10. Ibid, p.257
11. BBC - Science & Nature - Horizon - God on the Brain,
12. Paul Devereux, "Earth Lights: Abstracted from a presentation
given at the Dana Center of the London Science Museum," December
13. JohnJoe McFadden, The Conscious Electromagnetic Field
14. Vallee, Dimensions, p.246
15. Vallee, Revelations, p.254
16. Vallee, Dimensions, p.246
17. Jenny Skerl, William S. Burroughs, quoted in "William S.
18. Willis Barnstone (editor), The Other Bible, "On the Origin
of the World," p.70, pub. 1984
19. Hans Jonas, The Gnostic Religion, p.169, pub. 1958
20. Barnstone, Ibid, p.71
21. Barnstone, Ibid, "The Hypostasis of the Archons," p.77
22. Barnstone, Ibid, "On the Origin of the World," p.71
23. Marvin W. Meyer, The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic
Gospels, "The Secret Book of John," pp.69-70, pub. 1986
24. Barnstone, Ibid, "The Sethian-Ophites," p.664
25. Willis Barnstone (editor), The Other Bible, "On the Origin
of the World," p.70, pub. 1984
26. Elizabeth U. Harding, Kali: The Black Goddess of
Dakshineswar, pp.70-71, pub. 1993
27. Roger M. Wilcox, "A Skeptical Scrutiny of the Works and
Theories of Wilhelm Reich as related to Psychiatric Orgone
Therapy (character-analytic vegetotherapy)", pub. July 25, 2005,
28. Wilhelm Reich, The Cancer Biopathy: Volume II of the
Discovery of the Orgone, pub. 1973
29. Wikipedia Article on Kundalini,
31. Schwab & O'Connor, "The Lonely Eye," March 2005,
32. John Horgan, "The God Experiments: Five researchers take
science where it's never gone before," Discover Magazine,
November 20, 2006.
33. Michael Harner, The Way of the Shaman, pp.4-5, 1980
35. Klaus Theweleit, Male Fantasies: Women, Floods, Bodies,
History, pp.414-15, pub. 1987
36. Barnstone, Ibid, "On the Origin of the World," pp.67-68