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The Alchemical Transformation of America, Part 2
Metaphor, Symbolism, and the Philosophy of the Alchemical Elite
This is part two of the series The Alchemical Transformation of America; my continuation of a previous author’s work titled The Failed Alchemical Transformation of America. See part one here. See part three here.
In part one of this series, I made the statement that our so-called Elites “share a common set of metaphysical beliefs.” This is a tall claim I know, but lest you take me for a moronic Qanon conspiracy theorist, it actually doesn’t look like a bunch of ‘luciferians drinking adrenochrome.’ The Alchemical Elite come from all religions and all cultures, and there is no worldwide conspiracy required for my statement to be true. According to the (excellent) book The Perennial Tradition by Norman Livergood, there “is [a] single stream of initiatory teaching flowing through all the the original, authentic expressions of the great religions and philosophies.” Thus Elites from many varied cultural/religious backgrounds are able to arrive at the same basic set of assumptions about the world organically, on their own, and without any need to conspire with each other.
More than twenty-five centuries have passed since that which has been called the Perennial Philosophy was first committed to writing; and in the course of those centuries it has found expression, now partial, now complete, now in this form, now in that, again and again...the Perennial Philosophy has spoken almost all the languages of Asia and Europe and has made use of the terminology and traditions of every one of the higher religions. But under all this confusion of tongues and myths, of local histories and particularist doctrines, there remains a Highest Common Factor, which is the Perennial Philosophy in what may be called its chemically pure state...
- Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy, 1944 (Emphasis Mine)
Belief systems Livergood classes under the ‘Perennial Tradition’ include Sufism, Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, Illuminism, Cabala, Alchemy, Magic, Mysticism, and Gnosticism. In other words, esoterically all major world religions share a common metaphysical core; originating with the ancient texts of the Vedas and the Torah. (As a Christian Mystic, I hold nearly identical beliefs to those of Muslim Sufis, Jewish Cabalists, and Hermetic Alchemists.)
Most believers in these esoteric systems are good souls who are interested in personal spiritual growth and making the world a better place (Right Hand Path/RHP). A small minority inside these systems seeks to bend the world to their will (Left Hand Path/LHP), rather than the will of the God/YHVH/Allah/The Universe. For the purposes of distinguishing between benign and malign occultists in this article, I will refer to LHP practitioners as “Elites” or “alchemists.”
Though many Elites come to this common metaphysical system via the esoteric branches of world religions, there are others paths less mystical in nature that one can follow. If you go deep enough into the worlds of advertising, social/behavioral science, pick-up artistry, stage hypnotism, and even to some extent science, you eventually arrive at the same esoteric understanding. Not all occultists even believe there is a spiritual dimension to consciousness; many are scientific materialists who merely embrace the usefulness of what works. This is how the Alchemists worldwide are able to arrive at the same philosophical place, without need of a centralized conspiracy.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
What I hope to demonstrate to the reader in this series is that symbols, rituals, and other practices of the Alchemists often do impact the material world. This is not to say their esoteric beliefs are actually true, just that they seem to work for them in practice. There exist many levels of understanding on which a person or concept can be operating: While these may appear to contradict exoterically, when viewed esoterically each level of understanding is simply a more refined version of the same phenomena.
Consider the use of symbols, images, and predictive programming on a non-spiritual level. That might include Elites from myriad disciplines, all doing essentially the same things but for completely different reasons and at different levels of understanding. Once we separate these alchemical concepts from their spiritual context it is much easier to provide a concise demonstration. (I can tell you about what an orange tastes like for hours, but it will be a shit substitute for actually tasting one.)
In the video below Darren Brown, an English performance artist fluent in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), shows exactly how symbols and images can affect an alchemical transmutation absent any alchemy. (In the last minute of the video he reveals the method; showing you how he pulled it off, and serving as excellent proof of the concept for this series of articles.)
ALLEGORY, METAPHOR, AND MYSTICISM
Mark Booth’s book The Secret History of the World is another mystical work I draw on, both in my personal meta-thesis of ‘what is going on’ and in this series of articles. Booth illuminates a critical feature in how perennialists view the world: “the fact that events are symbolic or allegorical does not mean that they are not to be understood as literally true, too.” From this perspective, Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and the Sun of God simultaneously and without contradiction.
Many RHP perennialist types revel in the use of metaphor to subtlety reveal themselves to he/she who “has ears to hear.” Recently a SubStacker I follow wrote an excellent metaphorical article wherein she articulated exactly this understanding; stating “this … really happened. But that does not mean it is not also a metaphor.” Indeed. I wrote an article recently called The 1990's Revolutionary Youth Movement that Biden Wanted to Bulldoze that was both literally true and a metaphor; containing at least two metaphorical levels of understanding the astute reader will have likely noted.
9/11 ALCHEMICAL ELEMENTS SUMMARIZED
I won’t dwell too deeply on 9/11, as there are many other works by many other creators that expound on its anomalous features. That said, the thesis of this series is that 9/11 failed to alchemically transform America where COVID-19 succeeded, so I will touch on a few key points of comparison.
Commentators on the Interwebs have regularly pointed to the substantial predictive programming (or Revelation of the Method) that occurred prior to the 9/11 event; from Rugrats to The Terminator to The Simpsons.
THE FALLING MAN
To those familiar with arcane knowledge, the spectacle of The Falling Man on 9/11 was immediately recognizable as The Hanged Man tarot card of the Major Arcana. Perhaps this is merely coincidental, though based on the unlikely position of the limbs I tend to take the view of FDR here that, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” The Hanged Man generally symbolizes feeling trapped or confined, uncertainty, lack of direction, needing release, or letting go.
INDUCED FEAR STATE
When you are afraid, you often feel uncertain, trapped, in need of release, and have a longing to be rid of that feeling (letting go.) In the days after 9/11 many people were filled with fear: afraid to travel, afraid of Muslims, afraid for our country, afraid of the unknown. This didn’t last more than a few months for most of us (failed alchemical transformation), but during that time emotions were high throughout the nation.
The 9/11 attacks imprinted themselves on Americans’ psyches in a way few other events in living memory have. Beyond the human toll...the attacks struck deeply at Americans’ sense of security. In the 2011 poll, 75% of people reported that they’d been emotionally affected “a great deal” by 9/11, compared with 67% a year after the attacks; 61% said life in America had changed “in a major way” since the attacks, up from half who said that in 2002… In November 2013, the most recent time we asked this question, 34% said terrorists’ ability to launch a major attack was now greater than it had been prior to 9/11, compared with 29% who said less and 36% who said it was about the same.
- Pew Research, More than a decade later, 9/11 attacks continue to resonate with Americans, 2014
THE PATRIOT ACT
Building upon this ‘induced fear state’ in the masses post 9/11, the government acted quickly to ‘do something’ in the form of new legislation.
Hastily passed 45 days after 9/11 in the name of national security, the Patriot Act was the first of many changes to surveillance laws that made it easier for the government to spy on ordinary Americans by expanding the authority to monitor phone and email communications, collect bank and credit reporting records, and track the activity of innocent Americans on the Internet. While most Americans think it was created to catch terrorists, the Patriot Act actually turns regular citizens into suspects.
- ACLU, Surveillance Under the Patriot Act
SHEEP & SHEPHERDS: WHY THE ELITE ALCHEMICALLY TRANSFORMED AMERICA
Speculating about what motivates someone is tricky business, and not one I would generally devote time to - except in instances where these motivations can be objectively identified. In the case of our Alchemical Elite, their metaphysical belief system itself is the motivation. Whether on the Right Hand or Left Hand paths of The Perennial Tradition, one views the masses as essentially sheep. The difference is in the approach to ‘solving the problem.’ Jesus Christ, the Son/Sun of God and cabalistic magician, expounded on this topic; allegorically comparing his RHP approach to that of the LHP practitioners of the day (thiefs).
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them… The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
- Jesus, John 10:10-14 (Emphasis mine)
Whether expressed in the words of Jesus, the Pareto Principle, the Asch Conformity Experiments, or in the preferences of your fellow Americans, it is clear that there are many sheep and they like it that way. As someone with a libertarian/anarcho-capitalist worldview, this was a hard truth for me to accept. I really wanted to believe that everyone wanted freedom and autonomy, but starting a business and being a ‘boss’ for the past 17 years has shown me most people don’t want any of that. Thus the need for good shepherds who can identify and help to enlighten the sheep who are ready to taste the metaphorical orange, and protect those who aren’t yet.
Through the eyes of the Alchemists the sheep are not seen as needing a good shepherd because they “know not what they do,” rather sheep are seen as universally dangerous in the short term - destined for extinction in the long term. Their beliefs concerning the evolution of consciousness esoterically mirror the materialist view of evolution; those who are able to evolve in incremental bursts are not among the sheep, and those among the sheep are not properly adapted to evolve anyway. (Being destined for spiritual recycling until they evolve or are sent elsewhere). They find no value in convincing the sheep the orange is worth tasting because they know the sheep are incapable of understanding what an orange is. From this perspective, the desire of the Elite to alchemically transform America into a less populated nation full of frightened and dependent people is both rational and necessary.
To Be Continued…