Someone is born, has an experience or insight into ‘the way things are’, and their teachings become a new tradition. Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Joanna Southcott. Essentially, it’s the same story. But after the prophet has passed away, their insights (provided they were genuine) are misrepresented and misinterpreted until only a hollow shell of ‘orthodoxy’ remains. It is left to the esotericists – those who do not merely ‘believe’, but re-experience the prophet’s insights first-hand – to keep alive whatever contribution was made.
Maybe rationalist materialism will triumph, and future prophets will be neutralised before their teachings cause harm or upset the status quo. Or maybe this ‘messiah’ model is already evolving into something different.
Steven M. Greer is perhaps a case in point. The magickal working I described last time led me, by a chain of coincidences, to an encounter with Greer’s work. He heads up CSETI, an organisation that promotes human-initiated contact with extraterrestrial intelligences, and The Disclosure Project, an initiative to release information kept secret by governments concerning alien technology and above-unity energy devices.
Greer and his team recently released a film, Sirius (2013), a summary of their evidence for extraterrestrial communication, and for the conspiracy against free energy. Powerful individuals with interests in fossil fuels are (it is alleged) actively denying the deployment of already-existent technologies, which would provide ready solutions to the problems of humanity.
A focal point of the film is a small, mummified corpse known as ‘the Atacama humanoid‘, which Greer suggests may have extraterrestrial origins or alien DNA. In the course of the film, the evidence suggests the corpse is human, male, and that his mother came from Chile. Some sceptics have seized upon this as an opportunity to ridicule Greer’s extraterrestrial hypothesis. And indeed, the evidence presented (in Greer’s film, it should be remembered) undermines this view. But it also undermines the stance previously adopted by sceptical commentators, which was to ignore the specimen altogether, or to assume without evidence it was a non-biological hoax.
If Greer’s presentation of the rest of his evidence were similarly rigorous and open-minded, then all would be well. But even a minimal amount of research suggests to me that this is not the case. Three items caught my attention.
The first (at around 13’55” in the film) was video footage of a UFO apparently creating a crop circle. This is the infamous Oliver’s Castle video, shot in Wiltshire, 1996. Its provenance is fraught and murky, which might have been enough to make the producers of Sirius think twice. But if that weren’t bad enough, crop circle commentators have since produced a convincing explanation of how the video was created, and have named its creator as a video production specialist based in Bristol at the time. In short, if Greer wanted to include good evidence for a link between UFOs and crop circles, then this wasn’t it.
Second (at 58’50”), is the footage of Dr. Eugene Mallove, a critic of the scientific establishment and its attitude towards the ‘cold fusion’ claim in 1989 of researchers Pons and Fleischmann. Tragically, in 2004 Dr. Mallove was a victim of murder. It is not stated explicitly in the film, but it is certainly implied by the context and the words being spoken by Dr. Mallove as the circumstances of his death are revealed, that there is a link between his position on free energy and his murder. Were this demonstrable, it might be evidence for Greer’s ‘petro-fascist’ conspiracy. But again, some minimal research (a report on the murder in a local newspaper) establishes a clear and prior personal connection between the victim and the criminal. Yet I have come across other sources that also imply this tragic murder is evidence for a conspiracy, and can only imagine the upset it might cause to Dr. Mallove’s family and friends. In my view, it is ethically suspect of the producers of Sirius to use the interview with Mallove in this way.
Third (1h 32’ 30”), is a YouTube video from a user named LifeHack2012. It purports to show a small device with no visible batteries producing light. It caught my attention because it looked easy to make. What isn’t shown in Sirius, however, are the videos posted in reply, reporting failure to replicate the effect. The only video that offers some kind of replication is the one that convincingly argues there are two small watch batteries hidden in the metal casing around the coil.
Perhaps I’m unlucky, and the three items that caught my attention just happened to be misleading, whereas all the others actually lead somewhere more interesting. But, given the minimal amount of research it took to establish to my satisfaction that these three items have little to do with aliens, conspiracies or free energy, it would have been better if the producers of the film had done likewise and had eliminated these items, which do nothing to bolster our confidence in the other claims made in Sirius.
If Greer’s evidence is mostly bunk, then what’s left over is largely magick. This is the part that most might regard as pure ‘woo’, but his ideas on chatting with aliens are perhaps the most solid part of all. (That’s ‘solid’ in the sense of ‘effective on a purely subjective level’.)
Greer suggests that what we call ‘consciousness’ is something the aliens regard and exploit as a technology. To contact aliens, we must switch our consciousness to a level comparable with theirs. Greer is an experienced meditator, and his accounts of meditative states suggest he is probably no stranger to non-dual states of consciousness. These are what can abolish the separation between us and ET. And this is what distinguishes Greer from your usual UFO nut, wrapping him in the mantle of a prophet instead. Of course, as human and fallible as any other prophet since the dawn of time.
Greer’s ‘CSETI Communication Protocols’ are really only a bog-standard magickal invocation: you state your intention, you attain trance, and – wow – something happens that provides an experience of what you aimed for. He has garnered footage of blobby objects moving in the sky, allegedly as a result of these invocations, and interacting intelligently with observers. But it seems impossible to prove or disprove from the images themselves what these objects might be; it can’t be gauged how distant or how near they are. Yet what these images certainly deliver is what they were intended for: a subjective experience of communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence. Whether they have an additional identity in terms of astronomical objects or terrestrial hardware, is a matter open to dispute.
Sirius presents what has become a dominant counter-cultural myth of our time: aliens, and a repressive conspiracy intent on covering up their existence. Revelation consists no longer in words alone, but now requires evidence. Disclosure is needed for God’s Kingdom to become a reality on Earth. By ‘myth’ I don’t mean that this view is necessarily false; it represents a reality of some sort, else it wouldn’t endure the way it has. And yet the arrival of the evidence required to affirm it seems far from guaranteed. Greer’s movie, with its hoaxed clips and less than matter-of-fact reportage, has not delivered Heaven on Earth. But the ideal behind it will not die, founded on its appeal to a consciousness transcending everyday life, which, if only it were realised, would obviate the reflex impulse of humans beings to behave like dicks.
But something is changing, perhaps. We already have the message. We lack only a messiah to substantiate it. For substantiation is still the outmoded aim of our would-be messiahs.
Greer has one foot in the past, struggling to manifest miracles, to prove what is perhaps unprovable because everything in the material world has material causes. Miracles were never wonders in themselves, only in the sense of what they pointed towards, something beyond materiality. And yet Greer has one foot in the future also, maybe, because his teaching is not his alone, but an agglutination of the electronic dreams of millions.
A man presenting miracles – strange-looking corpses, videos of UFOs – will never be enough; there will have to be evidence for them also. As time passes, and that evidence fails to materialise, something else will have to act as the vehicle to the Kingdom.
My guess is it will be some kind of experience we can share directly. Truth will no longer depend on the words of an individual, or a person presenting miracles, or even the production of evidence underpinning these. Instead, truth will come first-hand through shared experience. It will deliver Utopia not through physical signs or verbal pointing-out, but by provision of a direct taste of its immediate reality.
How do I know this? Because, in the style of all good prophecies, it has already been written.
An eye appears. Inside the eye is the face of an alien ‘grey’. And inside the alien’s eye is another eye, and another ‘grey’ is inside that – and so on. An infinite regress. […] I hear a voice […] telling me that this image represents the truth. In reality, there is no ‘infinite regress’; the mystery of the aliens is not ‘deep’, but is flat like the mask. […]
I see communication satellites orbiting the earth. The notion of aliens is merely information being passed from satellite to another, there is no material substance. A god in the shape of a gibbon appears. It is Thoth, and he is in the communications satellites. He is a spider-like connection between the satellites, sending his web across the world. […] His body is every piece of media in the world. All the lies of the media are ‘good’, because they make Thoth’s body strong. To make him strong, there has to be diversity in the quality of information passed around the world. This is his positive aspect. We are in a transitional stage where lies will build up the god’s body, and from this something good will arise. Thoth will come into dominance, and hold sway over the earth. The ‘alien conspiracy’ is merely one strand of lies in the diverse body of Thoth that will give way in time to something positive.
The Buddha appears, because building the body of Thoth leads to the Buddha. When the lies have passed, Thoth leads to the Buddha. When the lies have passed away, the Buddha-body is built. Thoth is the Buddha.
– Sefer Aemeth (forthcoming), Aethyr 21.
The Being we call the Christ was once on earth in the flesh at the beginning of our era. He will never come again in a physical body, for that was a unique event and will not be repeated. But He will come again in an etheric form [...] Men will learn to perceive Christ inasmuch as through this etheric sight they will grow towards Him. He does not now descend as far as the physical body but only as far as the etheric body; men must therefore grow to the stage where He can be perceived.
It will then no longer be necessary to amass all kinds of documentary evidence to prove the existence of Christ; there will be eye-witnesses of the presence of the Living Christ, men who will know Him in His etheric body. And from this experience they will realise that this is the same Being who at the beginning of our era fulfilled the Mystery of Golgotha.
– Rudolf Steiner, ‘True Nature of the Second Coming’ (Lecture, January 25th, 1910).