Saturday, August 15, 2015

THE PANTHEIST MANIFESTO (Revisited Yet Again)

Annunciation - Mati Klarwein - 1961 - 128 x 88 cm


I CLEARLY REMEMBER that life was a great deal simpler a few decades ago... especially in the 1960s when I was a curious-minded adolescent interested in just about everything, especially the Mysteries. In those days, it was so exciting to read about Egyptian, Andean and Trans-Himalayan Mystery Schools, ascended masters, alchemists, wizards, spiritual hierarchies, Sufi networks, Templar secrets, and whatnot!

Names like St. Germain, Djwhal Khul, Koot Hoomi, Rakoczi, and Morya fired my imagination. When I was 15 or 16 I hungrily devoured books by Lobsang Rampa, Dion Fortune and Dennis Wheatley. Pauwels & Bergier's Morning of the Magicians was a sort of bible to me. Richard Kieninger, writing as Eklal Kueshana, described his stellar initiations in The Ultimate Frontier and invited readers to join his Stelle Community based outside Chicago. I actually wrote to them and they sent me a membership form (which I never filled).

Jane Roberts came out with her Seth books and corroborated many private notions. I longed to be tapped on the shoulder by a beggar on the street who, with a merry twinkle in his eye, would reveal that he was an emissary of some Invisible Brotherhood that had been in existence for thousands of years as Keepers of the Sacred Flame... you know, the sort of Dr Strange comicbook stuff that folks like Drunvalo Melchizedek and Jimmy Twyman report. In short, the 'New Age' was NEVER all that "new" to me - esoteric knowledge was something I grew up on.

Hollywood celebrities like Shirley Maclaine came out of the closet with mystical books (Out on a Limb); box-office stars like John Travolta declared their faith in Scientology; and even country-&-western singers like John Denver got involved with dadfangled new therapies like EST, just as John & Yoko had popularized Arthur Janov's Primal Scream.

And we mustn't forget how the Beatles (and Mia Farrow) had promoted Transcendental Meditation with their visits to the Maharishi's ashram. More recently, author-teachers like James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy) and Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations With God) broke into the mainstream with their best-selling books and infected millions with a newfound optimism and holographic perception.

Many of us will recall the excitement of discovering that there may be a great deal more to existence than meets the egocentric "I" - that angels, cherubim and seraphim, space brothers and sisters, Venusian bombshells and Arcturian crystal healers might ACTUALLY exist.

And when did I first come across that evocative word, "Pleiades"? I never felt 100% comfortable with the idea of "Sirius" - for some strange reason.

Then there was the widespread buzz over the Zeta Reticulan Greys and John A. Keel's famous Mothmen. In 1991 a muse goddess loaned me a book by Solara and I was introduced to the mysterious Og-Min (which spawned a small collection of Og-Min jokes, e.g., Bog-Minster Fuller of the Intergalactic Og-Ministration :-)... Nibiru and the Anunnaki was a fairly new discovery... perhaps within the last 10 years, after I got plugged in on the WorldWideWeb and had access to more information in a week than I used to have in years.

My point is this: were all my "peak experiences" - times when I felt fully reconnected to Source and at-one with All That Is - simply the synergetic result of my years of reading, thinking, and arcane research?

Do Catholic girls have visions of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary simply because they were raised on this specific pantheon? Does a Hindu carrying the kavadi at Thaipusam inevitably receive messages of healing and succor from Lord Murugan - or might Kwan Yin, Kryon, or Amaterasu come to him instead? Did Mother Teresa model herself after Amaterasu?

And how do Obama, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Blair, Queen E, MJ-12, MI6, Mossad, MK-Ultra, Najib Razak, the Mafia and the Reptilians fit into this dense and elaborate scenario? Are we still playing Cozmik Cowboys 'n' Injuns? Where is Inspector John Lee of the Nova Police when we need him? Has anyone heard from Uranium Willy and the Heavy Metal Kid of late?

Believe me, I've had FAR-OUT experiences since the age of 19. Once, in 1972, Jimi Hendrix materialized briefly in my garden looking like a Mayan galactic navigator (or was it just a side-effect of the psilocybin mushrooms?) I used to have extended telepathic conversations with Frank Zappa, whom I perceived as Intelligence Incarnate. Lest anyone think I only traffic with the Rich 'n' Famous, I occasionally hobnob with garbage bins and lampposts, even toilet brushes - not to mention trees, grasshoppers, and garden shrubs. Does this make me a candidate for the Cuckoo's Nest? Or am I simply way too eclectic in my scientific pantheism?

I've explored tantric yoga and vegetarianism, Rosicrucianism, Enochian magick, Crowley, Gurdjieff, Wilhelm Reich, Tim Leary, John Lilly, Terence McKenna, the Kabbala, sacred geometry, and the Flower of Life.

And now Asha Deane is saying that the Alpha-Omega Melchizedek Order (of which Drunvalo claims membership) is behind a nasty plot to get people to activate their Merkabas in reverse, so that Fallen Angelic Hierarchies can take over their souls! Jim Hurtak is really an Illuminati agent channeling the naughty Jehovian Elohim via his Keys of Enoch. However, Enoch himself is cool and doing his darndest to remain neutral in the Final Conflict between Light and Dark.... Hmmmm.

In truth, I am utterly bewildered by all this metaphysical shit flying around. Some say we must transcend to ascend. Others insist we must get involved on the social and political levels - or lose our genetic inheritance to evil extradimensional parasites. However, I do have a mathematical constant to which I can refer when feeling disoriented: my innermost core is none other than Source Itself!

All that peripheral detail is just an entertaining spin-off from allowing a random factor into the permutation process that makes manifestation possible. No matter what belief system I take a temporary fancy to - or to use a more organic analogy, no matter which philosophical Playboy Playmate I pick as my flavor-of-the-month - I know that what I'm all about is LOVE. Even in my grouchiest state on the worst bad-hair day, I am centered in Universal Love, Compassion, and the Unending Quest for Pure Meaning and Perfect Harmony.

And that is ultimately all anyone needs to be. The rest is just subscription TV with an infinite choice of channels (pun fully intended).

Written 10 May 2003 & published in Magick River's lunatic fringe e-zine, The Moon. First posted 7 January 2009, reposted 16 May 2014.

6 comments:

kensan said...

After reading your post written in 2003,I felt strange and strong vibrations that our thoughts are in a single alignment like the planets in the Universe.My astral travel,my visions of Kuan Yin and St Anne and many unexplained manifestations would make us both typical candidates for the cuckoo's nest!

redrosesburning said...

Hello Antares...@ Cheerios!
I was reading ur post and remembered how you valued comments, so would just like to ask you what you thought of seth speaks, incidently, i downloaded in a couple of weeks ago and am half way through... it's pretty interesting no?

thank you for being the unique and loving and wonderful person always ready to give a blast of grounding love and clarity! :D

Antares said...

Kensan - I'm told cuckoo's don't build nests, they simply move in on other birds' nests and take over. Are you suggesting we're both "walk-ins"?

RedRosesBurning - Seth Speaks was among the early "channeled" books I came across and the intelligence that came through was impressive enough for the information to be valuable. No doubt fundamentalists will remind us the Devil is diabolically clever. Well, Extreme Intelligence is its own justification. The "Godfearing" tend to be nice kids but a bit dumb :-) Been decades since I read the Seth Material. Recall I found the prose unwieldy but superbly mind-expanding... Thanks for leaving such an affectionate comment (oooh, I like it! :-) xox

candlenut said...

Antares! You are Master of the craft. The pictures just blew me away....as for the ethereal writing, it hits me straight there in the brow chakra. Brilliant stuff!xxx

masterymistery said...

the art/images are amazing, and the ideas are pretty interesting too. although I do disagree with some of them.

I remember reading Lobsang Rampa as a thirteen year old troubled teenager---L.R's thoughts and ideas have remained with me ever since. My take on Lobsang Rampa is that he is a bit of a 'lovable rogue' some of whose ideas are plainly fabricated to appeal to a gullible mass readership, while other ideas of his are really up there with the truths of eternity.

You mention the excitement of discovering that there may be a great deal more to existence than meets the egocentric "I". Couldn't agree more--if only people would understand there is so much more than they can even imagine, and that the mysteries of consciousness and existence outweigh the dull, deadly, boring bits of human culture by a factor of ten thousand fold or more.

I don't agree with your point about "peak experiences" being the result of years of reading, thinking etc. In my view the peak experiences can and do come out of nowhere, (just as the universe came out of nowhere, "ex nihilo nihil fit") and that there are many paths to walk towards enlightenment, including the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual.

Someone once said, (I think it was the biologist, JBS Haldane) that the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

Pantheism offers an opportunity to reconcile all differences. What I call dispelling the illusion of difference.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know I really enjoy reading your blog, so please do keep it up.

Stop by and visit me some time.

masterymistery at cosmic rapture

Antares said...

Candlenut - Many hugs for the soul-nourishing feedback :-)

MasteryMistery - Appreciate your visit, buddy. Checked out your blog, was suitably impressed. You're an accomplished poet & mage! Good to connect in the blogosphere, will certainly add you to my blogroll :-)