“Nothing is true, everything is permitted” – Hassan-i Sabbah
What is religion? To some, it’s a system or path to God and the divine; to others, it’s a spiritual slave system, designed to use fear and the promise of a utopia after death if they appease the right god (or THE only God, to some). If you want my humble opinion, I say it’s a healthy dose of both, but only a few understand how to see through the misinterpretations and unravel the hidden knowledge. Unraveling the misinterpretations is not difficult—all that is required is an open mind and a special truth meter that every one of us has, but most of the time chooses not to use. That truth meter is our intuition, or “gut instinct.” Ever get a feeling that just didn’t sit well with you? Maybe it was something simple, a feeling that you forgot something—like your car keys on the kitchen table; or maybe something like talking with someone, and you can’t explain why, but you just know this person isn’t telling the truth, and later come to find out you were right. However, there are also good examples—like maybe you meet someone, and right from the get go you know this person will be someone key in your life, whether it be for business, friendship or even a future significant other. Intuition is, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the greatest sense that we don’t even consider a “sense,” and you will find the more you use it, the better it gets. With that being said, we are now going to jump into a deep, dark and seemingly bottomless rabbit hole. From here on out, it will get kooky and somewhat unbelievable, but I’m not asking anyone to believe me; in fact, quite the opposite—I’m asking you not to believe me and to research what I say yourself.
*Note: The topics I will cover are being condensed for the sake of making their presence known, and each one has entire books, websites and documentaries dedicated solely to them—so imagine how difficult it is not only to cram all this information into a few paragraphs, but to try and connect them. However, as I said before, my goal here is not to convince you of anything, only to plant the seeds of curiosity that will hopefully grow and lead to your own research and opinions.
So, let’s get into a little history of religion (as we know it), specifically the three main religions known to the western world. I’ll start with the fragments Judaism and Christianity (Catholicism can be lumped in with Christianity for nonspecific purposes). From Genesis to Revelation, God created all that is, and God or—YEWAH, or Jehovah, etc.—is the supreme masculine ruler of the universe. God created the world in seven days; created man and woman; destroyed a few cities; tortured a few innocent people for fun to see how much they loved him; freed a few thousand slaves and gave them an epic escape route; had a “mini god” son who was brutally murdered at the age of 33; and, after his son was killed, swore not to come back to Earth until he chose the time to destroy it (of course, that is a very broken down version and I was being just a tad facetious, but it’s still the story in a nutshell).
Then you have Islam. In Islamic lore, an angel came to a man named Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim—or just Muhammad—and told him that he was the chosen prophet to carry out God’s/Allah’s will. Muhammad is an interesting character because, unlike Noah, Moses, Job, Abraham, or Adam, Muhammad was a real person with well-kept records backing his existence, kept by scribes and others who actually lived with him—not written 300 years after he died. Within Islam, just like Christianity and Judaism, God, or Allah, is a masculine deity, the creator of all, who will eventually come back to Earth to judge us. Muslims, contrary to popular western belief, do not view Muhammad as the founder of Islam; they believe he was only one prophet in a long line of prophets going all the way back to Adam, and that he was chosen to restore the “true faith” preached by Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. According to Islamic belief, all Muslims must fully and humbly submit themselves to God and carry out His will.
Let me pause here. Can you already start connecting some dots between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity? Can you see the evolution of ONE religion, starting with Judaism, being rehashed over time into what is now Islam? However, you will soon see that neither Judaism nor Islam play such a huge role in expressing hidden knowledge through metaphorical stories and characters as does Christianity. Actually, from here on out, we can cut Islam out all together.
And so the weirdness begins! In the United States, Christendom is so engrained in our modern American culture that even non-Christians (and yes, atheists, too) subconsciously take part in Christian rituals, daily. Don’t think so? Then simply sneeze and see how many non-Christians say “Bless you.” Saying “Bless you” originated from the belief that a demon manipulated your body to create an opening so it could enter, and a quick “Bless you” is all it took to keep the demon out. Over the centuries, religions have incorporated ritual as part of their systems, and these rituals and superstitions did one of two things: on the one hand, they kept people distracted, and kept the religion colorful (much like TV and sports do for us today); on the other, they covertly made people practice “magick” ceremonies, while the people—none the wiser—were under the impression that they were doing something completely different, like…going to church, or celebrating Christmas. You can clearly see this when I talk about the pineal gland later on, and how the Catholic Church has an obsession with pine cones (and they are not alone). For now, however, while saying “Bless you” after a sneeze might be small in comparison, here is one that almost all of us enjoy taking part in, although we rarely think about its origins and odd rituals: the festive time of Christmas.
At Christmas time, we put up trees, hang socks, give presents and feast in celebration of the birth of the Christian son of God, Jesus of Nazareth. As the story goes, an angel came to a virgin named Mary and told her she would bear a child. During her pregnancy, three wise men traveled to be present for the birth of this holy child, using the Morning Star (Sirius, not Venus) as their navigation point. Although this is a fraction of the Jesus story, what can symbolically be made of it? Look into the night sky, and the stars will tell. During the Christmas season, if you look to the eastern night sky, you will see the three wise men (or three kings)—the three stars of Orion’s Belt. The star these “three wise men” will be following is Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. During the Christmas season, Sirius will lead the three wise men to “the Son,” or quite literally THE Sun, as it rises over the horizon. This same pattern will occur from Christmas Eve to Christmas morning, only as Sirius and Orion travel into the night sky, the constellation Virgo will peek over the horizon before sunrise at around 3:30 A.M. As Virgo becomes fully visible in the night sky, she is stepping on the head of the Celestial Serpent just before she gives birth to “The Sun” (or metaphorically, “The Son”). These astrological cycles continue for the rest of the year, from the symbolic “birth” of the Sun to its death, when the Sun actually does not rise in the Northern part of the earth for three days, as symbolized in the Jesus story when he goes to the underworld. Now that I have touched on some basic astrological connections to religion, what about the traditions, like Christmas trees and Santa Clause? Well, this next part is a trippy one…literally.
The tradition of the Christmas tree, we are told, stems from Germany; and this is true, to a point. But the actual history is far older then we think, predating the Jesus story itself. During the Winter Solstice, village shamans would harvest a very powerful hallucinogenic mushroom called an amanita muscaria. In one way or another, this mushroom has been a part of our lives in art, video games like Mario Brothers, movies and even cartoons. The amanita muscaria is a red mushroom with white spots, highly toxic and deadly if improperly dried and ingested. Shamans would harvest these mushrooms and hang them to dry on pine trees…decorating pine trees, ring a bell? When the mushrooms were dried, the shamans collected them from the trees, and on the winter solstice they would go house to house and perform hallucination rituals with the families. But wait, that’s not all. Guess how the shaman would enter the homes? If you thought, “Down the chimney,” you are correct. During this time of year, the snow would cover the normal doorways used to enter the house, so the chimney became the seasonal entrance and exit. Much more in-depth information, and even the symbology of the ages and 12 apostles, can be found in the book Astrotheology and Shamanism by Jan Irvin and Andrew Rudajit.
So, there is a little piece of information in religion (and history) that we rarely shine light on, and that is the use of hallucinogens. When a person hallucinates, or has a dream, where does that come from, and why does that happen? The answer is, it comes from the pineal gland, or “third eye.” The pineal gland is literally an eyeball on the inside of the brain, above the brain stem and cerebellum. It has a lens, a cornea, and a retina and produces a chemical known as dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. DMT is a chemical that is produced and used when we dream, when we are born and just before we die. It is a very powerful hallucinogen, and many cultures say that it is our connection to the spirit world. In fact, the largest dose of DMT one will ever receive is just before death; this is why people have NDEs (near death experiences) or OBEs (out of body experiences). The pineal gland, and metaphors for it, have been used all throughout history. Just about every culture of every age has something to say about the pineal gland, even if most of the people in that culture(s) were kept in the dark about it.
As I said before, I would explain how and why the Catholic Church has this odd obsession with pine cones. The Catholic Church is probably the most secretive organization on the planet. It has centuries of scientific documentation on topics ranging from the cosmos to the human body itself, and its most important treasure find of all is the pineal gland (it’s laughably ironic that the words “Catholic” and “science” should be meshed together, but it’s true). The Catholic Papacy goes so far to show their worship of this tiny little eyeball in the middle of your brain that they constructed a pine cone statue right in the Vatican for everyone to see; not only is it a pine cone statue, it is the largest pine cone statue in the world. And that’s not all—the Pope’s own staff has a pine cone designed into it. All this fascination with pine cones and the pineal gland, and who else cared this much about a small eyeball the size of a pea in the human brain? The answer is, everyone. The Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, going all the way to China, Tibet, and India, and then going on some more to the Aboriginals of Australia, the American Natives, and the African tribes.
Now I’m going back in time to the ancient world of Egypt (or Khemet). It’s safe to say, what we have been told of the ancient world is a flat out lie. Just look at the architecture, and not only is it evident the ancient world was connected globally, but it’s possible they were more advanced than we are today. Don’t think so? Well, let’s take a look. A recurring theme when you hear about the ancient world is “The Gods.” The Gods this, The Gods that, no matter what—our system’s propaganda teaches us that these were dumb, superstitious people who believed in mutant humanoid gods who were half man and half animal, and that the people prayed to these gods to aid them in their daily endeavors. But they built structures with such mathematical precision that today, only with the aid of computers can we fully calculate them in their entirety. And they used precision cut stones heavier than modern-day cranes are capable of lifting or modern tools can cut. Right…superstitious, simple people…that makes sense. No, this couldn’t be further from the truth. These gods were actually spiritual symbols of human consciousness. A prime example of this is the temples themselves, like the Temple of Luxor in Egypt, also known as The Temple of Man. This temple uses a wide variety of what is known as sacred geometry and anatomy. The temple was constructed over many years; however, each new addition played a crucial role in the spiritual, astrological and mathematical aspect behind the temple. For example, throughout the entire ancient world we see art and texts explaining something that the Indian Hindus call the chakra system—energy points within a living organism where energy flows through and influences the physical body. These chakra points are found not only in the architecture of this temple, but also in the hieroglyphic art carved into its walls. To see a visual example of this, research The Temple of Luxor, or look for the video Magical Egypt on YouTube.
But that’s not all. Another theme we see in ancient Egypt is Aten, or the winged sun disk. We are told that this disk represents the Sun God, or Ra, but what does it really represent? Let’s fast forward to modern times and Christianity. Ever hear the term, “He saw the light,” or “He/she is in God’s light,” or someone “walks in the path of light?” Well, the ancient Egyptians, along with many other ancient civilizations, understood something that we have just begun to understand, only we take it as a simple metaphor for “goodness” or “righteousness.” But they knew something, and from our knowledge of it, it is an entirely different aspect having nothing to do with spirituality—and that would be that information passed through light. Think of it this way: how do fiber optics work? Light particles pass through glass or synthetic fibers to carry information to, or from, an electrical source. What light particles does the sun give off? Photons, gama rays, X-rays and the list goes on. The ancients believed that knowledge traveled through light, and with that belief came a key figure in Egyptian history who has been slandered and lied about, not only by the ancient Egyptian powers of the time, but in modern times as well. This individual is the pharaoh, Akhunaton.
Akhunaton is viewed as a megalomaniac dictator who, through his ego, banned the worship of all the gods, then self-appointed himself the one true God of Egypt and the world. An even funnier spin to this story is that radical American Christians believe that Akhunaton was Satan who reincarnated into rulers throughout the ages, and is now residing in the body of U.S. President Barack Obama in order to bring about the end times and the Rapture. I really wish I was only joking about that last part; but no, it’s true (many a laugh have I had, trolling people on Facebook with pages dedicated to this topic). The real story of Akhunaton is a very interesting one. In every text and hieroglyph written about him, he stood 15 feet tall, was depicted as non-human, the father of the famous Tutankhamen, and husband of the famous queen, Nefertiti. Unfortunately, there is little about him on written record because, after his death, the ruling elite of Egypt ordered him erased from history, and everything bearing his name destroyed. However, the good news is that his legacy was passed down through the centuries from the mystery schools he created during his life, and some artifacts still exist. It is said that, prior to the rule of Akhunaton, the high priest class started creating gods for just about every aspect of life. This threw the spiritual cycle into chaos, and when Akhunaton took power, he put an end to the corruption of the high priest class and condensed the hundreds of created gods into one (remember now, the Egyptians did not worship gods like the modern idea of religion and belief is taught to us; they used them as metaphoric idols representing aspects of consciousness, and not literal beings.) Akhunaton’s teachings were ironically similar to those we see Hindu yogis and Buddhists practice today, where releasing one’s ego and connecting their chakras is the main focus of the practice. Akhunaton took it a step further, whereby the practice would be done in the sunlight or moonlight so the energy, or “knowledge,” could flow through one’s chakras.
I’m going to leave off with the one thing that connects all religion, and even bridges quantum physics, and that is the geometric patterns known as “sacred geometry.” If you look all over the globe, every culture and every religion is loaded with elements of sacred geometry. What is sacred geometry? Sacred geometry is the geometric patterns we find in all existence of matter, the building blocks of atoms and the universe itself. An example of this would be the “Flower of Life” and the “Seed of Life” diagrams (for images, just use the search engine of your choice). Sacred geometry was used in the construction of everything from ancient temples to churches and cathedrals, mosques, monuments, buildings and even small things that can be hand-held, like jewelry or talismans. While its beneficial uses are obvious in architecture, its metaphysical uses are more complex and even harder to put into words. If you look at a diagram of sacred geometric patterns, it always starts out as one circle which duplicates itself, and then keeps duplicating itself, over and over again. Nowhere is this more relevant and easily explained than in the mathematical sequence known as the Fibonacci spiral. A Fibonacci spiral (or sequence) starts with 0 and 1, then 1 + 2 which comes to 3, then 3 + 2 which comes to 5, then 5 + 3 which comes to 8, etc., etc., etc. Here is an example of a Fibonacci sequence: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21. This is nature’s numbering system, and it’s also what gives rise to Phi or the “Golden Ratio.” The Golden Ratio (Phi) and Fibonacci are found in everything, everywhere—from frequency in sound, like a musical harmony, to plants and even the physical bodies of people and animals. Everything centers around this form of geometric pattern. I highly recommend reading up on the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci spiral, and seeing images and/or videos of it in motion.
In closing, with all the topics we have covered, what is your opinion? Is religion a control system, or truth twisted by false information passed down over time? It’s obvious that there is more to life than what is told in the three main world religions—the science and math don’t lie. But one big question that most people forget to ask is, “When does science prove insufficient or too primitive to measure certain concepts?” We have only been able to measure certain things without the aid of computers, let alone electric tools, for so long. Before that, there were inaccurate and even outright laughable explanations for things that, today, we hold as common knowledge—like, for example, the old methods of “curing” certain illnesses, or the belief that Earth was the center of the universe. There is no telling what technological or spiritual advancements we can achieve in the future; for now, all we can do is stay open-minded and take in what comes.
About the Author: Hi, My name is Jay Gondolfo. I’m 25 and originally from New Rochelle, NY, currently living in the Charleston, SC, area. I enlisted in the US Coast Guard in December of 2006, and still active duty for the next few months. Prior to my enlistment, I had a very neo-conservative outlook on life. Back then, in my ignorance, war was good, Republicans were good and America was always right! I always knew I would join a military branch, but never in a million years would I have guessed the USCG. In my childhood and teenage years, I was obsessed with becoming a US Marine. As time went on, I’ve had mentors enter my life who, coincidentally, were prior Marines. I spent a lot of time with these people, one of whom was my teacher in high school. He was a very intelligent man and really, I owe my critical thinking skills to him. He challenged my thought processing in ways that planted the seeds for me being open minded and not always believing in what the TV, Fox News or Michael Savage had to say. As time grew nearer and nearer for me to enlist, my father started trying everything possible to keep me out of the Marines or Army. Though my father was/is a neo-conservative, he knew long before I did what these wars were really about, and made every effort to deter my decision of wanting to be a Marine. All of a sudden, people who knew my father and were Marines started helping him in convincing me not to join. To say these people were disgruntled would be an understatement. The two that stuck out the most were a father and son; the father was a retired Vietnam veteran who was a lifer in the Marine Corps, and his son was almost done with his enlistment. The two were telling me that the Corps had changed so drastically due to politics that it was a miserable experience (whether that is true or not, I’ll never know first hand). The other thing veterans kept saying, no matter what branch they were in, was that I was “too smart for the Marine Corps and the Navy would be [my] best option.” While I took that as a compliment on the one hand, on the other, it seemed like a slap in the face that people wouldn’t encourage me to follow my dreams and ambitions. This lack of support for what “I” wanted with my life was a reoccurring theme throughout my early life prior to enlistment. My Father’s family is a very New York, Sicilian mentality type of family, and pretty much my life existed for bringing pride to them and not myself. This is what I believed life to be, you live for your ancestor’s appeasement and you NEVER bring shame to your family, even if it means sacrificing something you desire. Well, finally it was time to enlist, and after caving in to the pressure of my father, I found myself sitting in front of a Navy recruiter. I really had no desire to be a sailor, I wanted to carry a gun, go into combat and be a hero that people look up to and respect. This recruiter was stereotypical, he was telling me “what a party the Navy was,” and it’s awesome 24/7 (really, he actually said that). I was just about to sign when this recruiter was transferred, and a new one took his place over the course of a day or two. The only reason I didn’t sign earlier is because I couldn’t find a job I wanted to do. My father went with me to every meeting, and each meeting it was getting more and more shady dealing with this new recruiter. The man was not a salesman, he had a very dry and boring demeanor and only a few months before he retired; so he couldn’t care less about anything more than signing me up to fill his quota, whichever quota that may have been. So, after discovering some “errors” in the paperwork, my father and I decided that this guy couldn’t be trusted, and my dealings with the US Navy came to an end. Within a week or so, I found myself sitting in front of a Coast Guard recruiter; like the Navy, it wasn’t my passion, BUT it allowed me to ride in small boats, carry a gun, and be much more “in the field” than the Navy (or so I thought). Seeing that this made my father proud, I felt I had the “go get’em son” blessing of approval, and before long I signed my name to Uncle Sam. My time in the Guard would not only transform me into the person I am today, but through great hardships, it forced me to break free of the slave mindset of “appeasing the family,” or anyone else for that matter. The US Coast Guard opened up my eyes in ways I could never have, it exposed me to the flaws of government that I once thought was so high, mighty, and righteous, and it also exposed me to the reality that the military was not like a video game or movie, and that I was being used by supervisors to do trivial and oftentimes dangerous tasks, while dangling the “If you want to do the cool job, you have to do the miserable one first” carrot on a stick in front of me. The next several years would be incredibly challenging, but the reward was worth it. I was free from the neo-conservative outlook, free from the need to please family and people, but most of all, I started studying subjects of spiritual nature; and ever since, I am constantly learning and expanding my conscious awareness on all levels. It is my sincere hope that I can peak some curiosity and start some interesting discussions!