Thursday, October 21, 2021
What is the sense and significance of life
on Earth, and human life in particular? *

Sense and Significance

Gurdjieff's question (aka the meaning of life) has a large number of proposed answers from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds, and has produced much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history (to no avail).
The Simple answer: Evolving from Unconscious Procreation to Conscious Procreation.

Transformers and/or Food
Transformers and/or Food

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Gurdjieff argues that everything in the cosmos is connected. Everything from unorganized energy to The Supreme Creative Will has its place and its function.

Like all organic life on Earth, human beings are apparatuses for transforming energies which are required for some other purpose. However, as a more complicated type of transforming apparatus than plants or animals, human beings possess some choice regarding how to supply the energies required by their existence. They can transform energy consciously or unconsciously, in greater or lesser quantities, and of varying qualities, thereby influencing the purpose and outcome of their deaths.[1]

All organic life can be regarded as a long work of experimenting with the idea of producing a self-evolving being. If man can reach a higher state it is because he is made that way — he is created to be self-evolving. Other beings are only experiments for developing different features, they do not possess all the qualities that man possesses.[2]

Man can be regarded as a chemical factory that receives raw materials from outside and transforms them into other materials of a finer quality. The three kinds of material which man gets from outside are: the food he eats, the air he inhales and the impressions he receives.[3]

Man feeds off of all things below him -- plants and animals. The next obvious question is "does something feed off man?" Does Reciprocal Maintenance requires that we assume that man does serve the purpose of providing food for something "higher" than man in the cosmos or is man just the end of the food chain?[4]

The moon at present feeds on organic life, on humanity. Humanity is a part of organic life; this means that humanity is food for the moon. If all men were to become too intelligent they would not want to be eaten by the moon.[5]

All life on Earth ultimately depends upon one of two sources: Photons from Sol (photosynthetic organisms) and chemical energy (all nonphotosynthetic terran lifeforms)[6].

[1] The Tales Themselves — An Overview by Dr. Anna Challenger

[2] The Fourth Way p. 211

[3] The Fourth Way p. 223

[4] Higher Ecology

[5] In Search of the Miraculous p. 64

[6] Xenology, Chapter 10

Food for the Moon    [from: Cassiopaea Wiki]
By Other Means: Reciprocal Destruction

This is one of the more troubling and less explained concepts of the 4th Way.

In the 4th Way cosmology, creation proceeds outward and downward from a central point, called Sun Absolute.

  • Creation passes through multiple levels, known as cosmoi or worlds and finally reaches the level corresponding to Earth.
  • Due to special cosmic circumstance, organic life on Earth is necessary for receiving this energy of creation and transforming this into a form that is passed further along, to 'feed' the 'moon,' which is said to be growing.
  • All this is seen as a natural process where organic Earth life, including man, performs a function in a cosmic organism, a little like bacteria perform a function in the human digestive system.
  • The fact of mankind collectively being required to produce certain 'vibrations' or 'energies' for serving various cosmic purposes is stressed throughout Gurdjieff's Beelzebub's Tales.
  • So called planetary influences cause mankind to fight wars and endure cataclysms so that a certain quota of energy release be fulfilled and the 'moon fed.'

Exactly what the moon represents is not described in much detail.

  • The food in question is described as vibrations generated by intense human experience, for example the experience of violent death.
  • While being food is inescapable, man may still modulate the quality of his contribution to the cosmic demand of vibrations.
  • With man being less and less conscious, nature found it necessary to substitute quantity for quality of vibrations, thus leading to population explosion and increased incidence of natural catastrophy and war.

From Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson:

  • “And so, my dear Hassein, when it appeared that the instinctive need for conscious labor and intentional suffering in order to be able to take in and transmute in themselves the sacred substances Abrustdonis and Helkdonis and thereby to liberate the sacred Askokin for the maintenance of the Moon and Anulios had finally disappeared from the psyche of your favorites, then Great Nature Herself was constrained to adapt Herself to extract this sacred substance by other means, one of which is precisely that periodic terrifying process there of reciprocal destruction.”
Growth of That Cosmic Foetus

Gurdjieff is not alone in proposing that man feeds something else. In the following we will make a quick tour of various other sources' take on the matter:

In archaic Christianity, in the the Gospel of Thomas we have:

(60) They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb, who was going to Judaea. He said to his disciples: (What will) this man (do) with the lamb? They said to him: Kill it and eat it. He said to them: While it is alive he will not eat it, but (only) when he kills it (and) it becomes a corpse. They said to him: Otherwise he cannot do it. He said to them: You also, seek a place for yourselves in rest, that you may not become a corpse and be eaten.

This is at some variance with the theme of the good shepherd. This is understandable though, since the Nag Hammadi texts had not gone through the centuries of selective editing undergone by the rest of the Bible. Even so, this may be interpreted in countless allegoric ways. The core of the matter is that man is food only insofar he is "dead," which we may interpret as mechanical, without consciousness.

Castaneda, in his last book, The Active Side of Infinity, speaks of a cosmic predator that uses man as food: Man has a glowing coat of awareness which the predator eats, leaving just the bare minimum of "consciousness stuff" for man to remain physically alive. The predator "milks" man through arranging for constant trouble and crisis and senseless preoccupation, so as to generate flashes of awareness that it then proceeds to eat. "Seek a place for yourselves in rest in Thomas above means do not waste "soul stuff" for feeding the predator. In other words, do not react mechanically to whatever the world throws at you, or, yet in other words, "remember yourself."

Boris Mouravieff, drawing on Gurdjieff and possibly Eastern Orthodox monastic tradition, states the following:

  • “This task is crushing. Under normal conditions of peace, insufficient quantities of energy are transmitted to the Moon as a result of the work of human society and its surrounding fauna and flora. This necessitates interventions on the part of the Deuterocosmos, which provoke convulsions in the Tritocosmos. The aim of the latter is to increase the energy expended at this level, so as to ensure the nourishment and growth of that cosmic foetus that is the Tessaracosmos. This is, for example, the cosmic origin of wars and revolutions, of epidemics, and of all the other large-scale catastrophes that plague humanity. ... considerable conscious efforts must be made by exterior man on the esoteric plane before man can efficiently contribute as he must - by his own evolution - to the harmonious evolution of the System of Cosmoses.”
Psychic Food for Various Beings

The Gnostics, who also may have figured among Mouravieff's influences, maintained that the Earth and material creation in general were the product of an evil demiurge, chief of the "archons of darkness" or "princes of the air." Mouravieff calls this being or principle Absolute III and also indirectly identifies it as the Yahweh of the Old Testament, just as the Gnostics did. This Absolute III through various spirits plays humanity against itself as in a game of chess, with the effect of generating vibrations for "feeding the moon."

Various modern channeled sources speak of man being a source of psychic food for various beings. They speak of this as they would of eating bread, as a most obvious state of matters. We'll take Barbara Marciniak's Bringers of the Dawn as an example:

  • “Consciousness vibrates, or can be led to vibrate, at certain electromagnetic frequencies. Electromagnetic energies of consciousness can be influenced to vibrate in a certain way to create a source of food. Just as apples can he prepared and eaten in a variety of ways, consciousness can be prepared and ingested in a variety of ways. Some entities, in the process of their own evolution, began to discover that as they created life and put consciousness into things through modulating the frequencies of forms of consciousness, they could feed themselves; they could keep themselves in charge. They began to Figure out that this is how Prime Creator nourished itself. Prime Creator sends out others to create an electromagnetic frequency of consciousness as a food source for itself. The new owners of this planet had a different appetite and different preferences than the former owners. They nourished themselves with chaos and fear. These things fed them, stimulated them, and kept them in power. These new owners who came here 300,000 years ago are the magnificent beings spoken of in your Bible, in the Babylonian and Sumerian tablets, and in texts all over the world. They came to Earth and rearranged the native human species. They rearranged your DNA in order to have you broadcast within a certain limited frequency band whose frequency could feed them and keep them in power.”

The idea is in no wise new, but Marciniak is rather more blunt in talking about matters where Jesus, the Gnostics, Gurdjieff, Mouravieff and even Castaneda found it necessary to tread somewhat carefully.

Also at the modern end, we have the UFO phenomenon. To make sense of the abduction phenomenon we cannot very well claim that this were scientific research. This sounds rather more like a systematic exploitation or breeding program. The phenomenon appears to be partly physical, yet not entirely so. Jacques Vallee states:

  • “The UFO Phenomenon exists. It has been with us throughout history. It is physical in nature and it remains unexplained in terms of contemporary science. It represents a level of consciousness that we have not yet recognized, and which is able to manipulate dimensions beyond time and space as we understand them.”
Ignorance and Denial Cannot Be Overcome by Force

As concerns the idea of man being psychic and sometimes physical food, the reader may read up on the abduction phenomenon. This is however extremely confused and we may only say that this is not so by chance.

The practice of sacrifice to various gods goes throughout all ages. The sacrifice phenomenon goes from having a religiously flavored way to eat meat to complicated and ritually strict forms of human sacrifice. In the latter category, the practices of the Aztecs are informative. In Aztec Warfare, Western Warfare Richard Koenigsberg documents how it was a declared purpose of warfare to procure sacrificial victims for feeding the Sun god. The Western powers of WWI engaged in the precisely same activity, however more hypocritically: The author argues that the nations competed in which would sacrifice more young men, so that their blood would nourish the greatness of the nation. The name of the would-be god is changed but the idea remains. The trench battles of WWI were militarily extremely inefficient and costly in casualties. The moon always makes a profit while the nations bleed. The Aztec's peculiarity was that this was openly recognized and they were willing participants in feeding a bloodthirsty god.

Even the most cursory review of diverse cultures and ages points to the theme of man being food. Indeed, this is hard to miss, once one looks. Still, this is the strictest taboo and object of denial, where materialistic man relegates this state of matters either into ignorant past or the fringe realm of cookery.

In modern popular culture we have new renditions of the theme, maybe best exemplified by the Matrix movies. This has a dual effect: On one hand, it creates an automatic association of the theme with the realm of science fiction, a time honored technique of dealing with anything troubling. On the other hand, it provides a modernized version of the ancient theme with at least a partly valid outline of the profile of the question. Thus, as with legend in general, these works speak at different levels to different audiences. Ignorance and denial cannot be overcome by force, thus for man to benefit from any such information there must exist a certain questing spirit. The impulse is generally beneficial but again can get diverted by too much identification with specifics of one story or hero.

Recourse to Allegory

The QFS understands that Gurdjieff in his day needed to have recourse to allegory and could not right out say that so-called aliens or 4th density service to self entities used humanity as a sort of natural resource, to be farmed and harvested and kept forever ignorant of their fate. The 'evil magician' parable in Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous comes very close to saying this explicitly, though. In present day popular culture, the Matrix movies are another well known allegory for the same.

What to do about it? Gurdjieff devotes a whole chapter of Beelzebub's Tales to the impossibility of any political solution to the scourge of war. History and present bear witness to the grim correctness of his views. Man should wake up and change. In Castaneda's words, man should no longer honor the contract binding him to the predator. But the predator is internal, as is Gurdjieff's mythical "organ kundabuffer." Such a revolution is in the first place internal, yet it does not necessarily take the form of political pacifism or any other ism. The Gnostics' denouncing of the human condition cost them dearly. Gurdjieff may have taken the lesson of history to heart and refrained from including evil demiurges or bloodthirsty intrusive aliens into his cosmogony because this would on one hand have invited even greater enmity against him and secondly would have diverted attention off the central aspect of the problem: The evolution of man. The situation is not seen as a moralistic punishment for a fall. It is seen as a natural consequence of a state of being, just as it is a natural consequence of being a rabbit to sometimes get eaten by a fox. Freedom exists only on a vertical axis, where man may evolve "being" and thus escape certain otherwise inevitable laws. We might speak of outgrowing a spiritual-ecological niche or of not being "dead," as in the parable of the Gospel of Thomas.

Humanity as a whole cannot escape but groups of individuals can become aware of this situation and find an escape. This is exceedingly rare and QFS understand such an escape to mean 'graduation to 4th density' or accomplishing the 'great work' of the alchemists.

Man's tendency to subjectivity and egocentrism serves to maintain this status quo.

The Secret Influence of the Moon: Alien Origins and Occult Powers
By Louis Proud  © 2013   ♦   From: Google Books

In In Search, Ouspensky describes a conversation he had with Gurdjieff in Moscow not long after they first met. Ouspensky brought up the topic of mechanization in cities. The phenomenon, he said, was getting out of control, and people themselves were “turning into machines.” Gurdjieff responded by saying people are machines already. Pointing down the street, he remarked, “Look all those people you see are simply machines — nothing more.” [21]

On another occasion he stated,

  • quote small leftMan is a machine. All his deeds, actions, words, thoughts, feelings, convictions, opinion, and habits are the result of external influences, external impressions. Out of himself a man cannot produce a single thought a single action. Everything he says, does, thinks, feels — all this happens.[22]quote small right

The idea that people are machines is fundamental to Gurdjieff's system of the Fourth Way. According to Gurdjieff, the vast majority of people on Earth are simply lumps of flesh who, rather than being in control of their lives, are thrust this way and that by events occurring around them. A suitable metaphor would be a ship cast adrift on the ocean without a captain to steer it. Of course we think we're in control of our lives, but this is only an illusion. Gurdjieff further taught that the average person, being but a lump of flesh, ceases to be after death; meaning they have no existence beyond the physical body.

Gurdjieff's philosophy would be a bleak and mechanistic one were it not for the fact that he also believed man can become more than his physical body. Gurdjieff taught that man has the potential to develop three additional bodies: the “astral body,” the “mental body,” and the “causal body,” each of which is composed of progressively finer matter. Generally speaking, we are not born with these bodies; they must be earned, as it were, through rigorous inner work.

Ouspensky quotes Gurdjieff as saying,

  • quote small leftOnly the man who possesses four fully developed bodies can be called a 'man' in the full sense of the word. This man possesses many properties which ordinary man does not possess. One of these properties is immortality. [his emphasis] [23]quote small right

To have all four bodies is to have a “soul”.


According to Gurdjieff, the planets, including the Moon, are living beings that grow and develop.


Gurdjieff used the term “organic life on Earth” to refer not only to humanity but plants and animals as well — all forms of life. Organic life on Earth, he said, is subject to influences from the planets, from the Moon, and from the Sun as well as from the stars. These various influences act simultaneously, but depending on the moment one influence tends to predominate. Gurdjieff made the point that we cannot avoid these influences; we are dependent upon them. What we can do, though, is make a choice between influences — a topic to which we'll return.

Of all the cosmic influences listed by Gurdjieff, he attached particular importance to the Moon. Concerning the topic of war and planetary influences, he told Ouspensky that the Moon “plays a big part in this.” [26]

On another occasion he said,

  • quote small leftThe influence of the Moon upon everything living manifests itself in all that happens on the Earth. The Moon is the chief, or rather, the nearest, the immediate, motive force of all that takes place in organic life on Earth.[27]quote small right

From another perspective, the author Charles Fort (1874-1932) once wrote: “The Earth is a farm. We are someone else's property.” [28] Had Gurdjieff read these words, I'm sure he would have agreed with them.

Gurdjieff was opposed to the popular view of Earth as humanity's servant. He did not think it possible for humanity to control or dominate nature. “Humanity, like the rest of organic life, exists on earth for the needs and purposes of the earth,” Ouspensky quotes him as saying. [29]

[21] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 18.

[22] Ibid., 21.

[23] Ibid., 44.

[26] Ibid., 24.

[27] Ibid., 85.

[28] Mirabello, The Odin Brotherhood.

[29] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 57.

The Earth, then, is the boss, and we are its servants. Or, perhaps more appropriately, we are its inmates, because in many ways Gurdjieff considered the Earth as a kind of prison. “Humanity as a whole can never escape nature,” he said.[30]

Gurdjieff further held that everything we experience as a species — whether we happen to be thriving, dying in large numbers, evolving, degenerating, or struggling against nature — happens in conformity with nature's purposes. This would suggest, for example, that the current population of the Earth — huge and seemingly unsustainable though it is — is what nature requires at this moment in time.

And for those who like to believe the human species is currently evolving or will eventually evolve, Gurdjieff offers yet another bunch of sour grapes: “The evolution of large masses of humanity is opposed to nature's purposes.” [31]

He is careful to point out that this rule only applies to a significant percentage of the population; the evolution of a small percentage may be what nature requires — it all depends. Gurdjieff goes so far as to propose if a large number of people were to evolve, it would be detrimental to the Earth and other planets. This is why “there exist … special forces (of a planetary character) which oppose the evolution of large masses of humanity and keep it at the level it ought to be.” [32]

Once again, Gurdjieff makes special mention of the Moon:

  • quote small leftThe evolution of humanity beyond a certain point or, to speak more correctly, above a certain percentage, would be fatal for the moon. The moon at present feeds on organic life, on humanity. Humanity is part of organic life; this means that humanity is food for the moon. If all men were to become too intelligent they would not want to be eaten by the moon. [his emphasis] [33]quote small right

Gurdjieff placed the Moon at the very bottom of a diagram he called the “ray of creation.” This diagram shares a number of similarities with the Qabalistic Tree of Life and was used by Gurdjieff to represent the universe. Unlike the Tree of Life, it consists of not ten but seven “worlds,” each representing a single note (or tone) in the great descending octave of the universe. (I am referring, of course, to the seven-tone musical scale, called the heptatonic.)

[30] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 85.

[31] Ibid., 85.

[32] Ibid., 85.

[33] Ibid., 85.


Gurdjieff described the ray of creation as a living, growing system like the branch of a tree. He spoke of the Moon as the tip of this branch — the part that is young and still developing. Always eager to challenge scientific orthodoxy, Gurdjieff's Moon is not a cold, dead satellite that was once internally active but, on the contrary, “an unborn planet one that is, so to speak, being born.” [36]

The Moon, said Gurdjieff, is gradually warming up and will one day become like the Earth, eventually giving birth to a moon of its own. This new moon will be another link in the ray of creation. At the same time the Earth is also warming up, and may, in time, become like the Sun, the intelligence of which is “divine.”

Without pointing out the obvious flaws in Gurdjieff's theory, he further declared the Moon, because it is growing and developing, requires a great deal of sustenance. This idea brings us back to what Gurdjieff stated earlier, the Moon feeds on organic life on Earth. To quote from In Search: “Everything living on the Earth, people, animals, plants, is food for the Moon. The Moon is a huge living being feeding upon all that lives and grows on the Earth.” [37]

Gurdjieff revealed two distinct ways by which organic life on Earth provides sustenance for the Moon. One relates to the reception and transmission of planetary influences. The other relates to death.

Whenever something dies — be it a plant, animal, or person — a certain amount of energy is released as a result. This energy is what kept the living thing “animated.” Rather than simply being wasted, it is absorbed by the Moon, thus contributing to the growth of the ray of creation. Gurdjieff makes the point that the universe is entirely economical: energy, having served its purpose on one plane, goes to another. And so it is that the “soul” energy of Earth's organic life is consumed by the hungry, infant Moon.

Continuing with the theme of death, Gurdjieff described the Moon as a place akin to purgatory or hell — a place where “souls” remain trapped under ninety-six laws for “immeasurably long planetary cyc1es.” [38]

[36] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 83.

[37] Ibid., 85.

[38] Ibid., 85.

Gurdjieff explained, “the Moon is 'at the extremity,'at the end of the world: it is the 'outer darkness' of the Christian doctrine 'where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'” [39] Those with familiarity of the New Testament may recognize the following words from Matthew 25:30 (King James Version). The verse in its entirety reads: “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” [40]

Gurdjieff believed, as stated earlier, wars and other events involving large groups of people are caused by planetary influences.

The fact that we're subjected to planetary influences is due to Earth's lowly position in the ray of creation (specifically, between All Planets and the Moon). Because energy flows from the Absolute to the Moon, and the Earth is an intrinsic part of this system, it is our job, as organic life on Earth, to pass this energy along down the line. The ray of creation could be likened to a cosmic electrical circuit within which we are a tiny but necessary component. We are, to quote from In Search, a “transmitting station of forces” between the planets and the Earth. [41] By transmitting and receiving energy, we keep the “circuit” functioning.

We are also “Earth's organ of perception”; and “like a sensitive film which covers the whole of the Earth's globe.” [42] Gurdjieff even said different types of organic life belong to the three major categories of vegetable, animal and human and work with specific types of planetary influences. So that for example, “a field merely covered with grass takes in planetary influences of a definite kind and transmits them to the Earth,” while the “population of Europe” works with another kind, and so on. [43]

It would appear, from what we've discussed so far, that organic life on Earth has three main functions:

  1. To take in planetary influences for the benefit of the Earth.
  2. To act as the planet's “organ of perception”.
  3. To provide nourishment for the Moon (primarily by “completing” the ray of creation)

Of these three functions, the first two involve the reception of energy, whereas the last involves transmission. Gurdjieff stated that we not only transmit energy to the Moon but to the Sun and the planets as well.

Remarked Gurdjieff:

  • quote small leftEverything that happens on earth creates radiations [energies] of this kind. And many things often happen just because certain kinds of radiation are required from a certain place on the Earth's surface" [his emphasis].[44]quote small right

[39] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 85.

[40] The Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha.

[41] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 138.

[42] Ibid., 138.

[43] Ibid., 138.

[44] Ibid., 138.

This seems to imply, rather disturbingly, that unpleasant and destructive events such as wars are made to happen on Earth so that our celestial neighbors don't go hungry. Equally disturbing is Gurdjieff's insistence that the Moon governs our every action, and we are entirely under its spell and domination. From In Search:

  • quote small leftAll movements, actions, and manifestations of people, animals, and plants depend upon the Moon and are controlled by the Moon. The sensitive film of organic life which covers the earthly globe is entirely dependent upon the influence of the huge electromagnet that is sucking out its vitality. Man, like every other living being, cannot in the ordinary conditions of life, tear himself free from the Moon. All his movements and consequently all his actions are controlled by the Moon. If he kills another man, the Moon does it; if he sacrifices himself for others, the Moon does that also. All evil deeds, all crimes, all self-sacrificing actions, all heroic exploits, as well as all the actions of ordinary everyday life, are controlled by the Moon.[45]quote small right

Here Gurdjieff is saying the Moon controls our movements and, in turn, our actions. Oddly, no mention is made of the Moon controlling our thoughts or emotions. So why would Gurdjieff liken the Moon's influence to that of a huge electromagnet? An electromagnet is a type of magnet powered by means of an electric current which is distinct from a permanent magnet as it does not require an electric current.

Perhaps by using the term "electromagnet" rather than simply "magnet" Gurdjieff was trying to convey the idea that in order to control us the Moon needs energy to do so — the very energy it steals from us by “sucking out our vitality.” Was Gurdjieff implying that the Moon generates no energy of its own? That it is entirely vampiric?

Gurdjieff spoke of our relationship with the Moon as one of mutual dependency. Without its influence — its powerful magnetic pull — organic life on Earth would perish. It would “crumble to nothing.” If the Moon's influence were to suddenly cease, our ability to move would presumably cease too. Like puppets without a puppet master, our strings would slacken and we'd slump to the ground and die.

Gurdjieff and his students compared the Moon and organic life on Earth to an old-fashioned clock and the weight that keeps it in motion. This type of clock is driven by the gravitational pull of a weight (rather than a spring or electric motor). Take the weight away and the mechanism of the clock will stop moving. The Moon is the weight and organic life on Earth is the mechanism of the clock.

So we know, according to Gurdjieff, the Moon's influence is mechanical in nature and is restricted to the mechanical realn; and, further, the only reason the Moon can control us is because we oursetws are mechanical beings - “machines.” To quote from In Search:

  • quote small leftIf we develop in ourselves consciousness and will, and subject our mechanical life and all our mechanical manifestations to them, we shall escape from the power of the moon.[46]quote small right

To cease being a machine is to be liberated from the Moon; is to no longer be useful to the Moon; is to no longer be food for the Moon; is to no longer contribute to the growth of the ray of creation. No wonder Gurdjieff said, “the way of development of hidden possibilities is a way against nature, against God.” [his emphasis]. [47]

Mentioned earlier was Gurdjieff's Idea that although we're dependent on influences from the Moon, the Sun, and thee planets - but most especially the Moon - we can make a choice between influences. To be able to make such a choice, though, we must first become less mechanical and more conscious. In one of his lectures, Ouspensky stated, “So development means passing from one kind of influence to another kind of influence. At present we are more particularly under the influence of the Moon. We can come under the influence of planets, Sun, and other influences, if we develop.” [48] Ouspensky adds it's possible to come under influences higher even than the Sun. Another means of transcending the influence of the Moon is by creating a second Moon within ourselves. Ouspensky referred to this second Moon as “a pennanent center of gravity in our physical life.” [49] Someone who possesses such a Moon, he said, is no longer dependent on the physical, external Moon.

Gurdjieff spoke of the Moon as being primarily responsible for humanity's un-evolved, or “fallen,” condition. In In Search, Gurdjieff alludes to certain “forces” - at one point identifying tllese forces as “planetary” in nature - which both oppose the eyolution of humanity and keep humanity in a state of hypnotic sleep. Careful reading of the book reveals one of the “forces” he refers to is, if not the Moon itself, closely linked to the Moon. On accountt of these forces, “man is hypnotized and this hypnotic state is continually maintained and strengthened in him.” [50]

[45] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 85.

[46] Ibid., 85-86.

[47] Ibid., 47.

[48] Ouspensky, A Further Record.

[49] Ibid.

[50] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 219.

The moon is man's big enemy.
We serve the moon. …
We are like the moon's sheep,
which it cleans, feeds and shears,
and keeps for its own purposes. …
All organic life works for the moon.

Gurdjieff taught that we spend almost every second of our so-called waking life in a state of hypnotic sleep. And by this he meant we are literally asleep.

Gurdjieff said that hypnotic sleep – distinct from “normal” natural sleep – is unatural, abnormal and of no benefit to our well-being. The most obvious symptom of our being asleep, he added, is that we fail to “remember ourselves.”

Most of us are only familiar with two states of consciousness: sleep and the normal waking state. But according to Gurdjieff there are - in addition to these - two higher states of consciousness: self-remembering (also called self-consciousness) and objective consciousness.

Ordinarily, of course, our attention is entirely consumed by whatever we happen to be observing at the time, whether it's something within ourselves or something outside of ourselves. If I see a shiny red Ferrari cruise down the street for example, it immediately captures my attention and for a moment I forget about everything else. A second later, something else captures my attention, and so on. This is a state of passive, one-way attention. Self-remembering, on the other hand, is a state of active, divided attention. When we remember ourselves, our attention is not only directed toward the observed phenomenon - the red Ferrari - but also toward ourselves. Our attention goes both ways.

We assume we possess self-consciousness and always remember ourselves, but in fact we do not. States of self-consciousness (if we're lucky to experience them at all) are rare and fleeting experiences in our lives brought about by accident. They can occur, for example, when we head off on a holiday and are overcome by a feeling of excitement and optimism. (Drugs too can bring them about.) The only way we can achieve such a state on any kind of consistent basis is by sheer effort alone. As for objective consciousness, this is known as enlightenment. But to describe it in words is impossible.

The life of an average human being is dominated by sleep - the sleep that occurs in bed at night and the sleep we mistake for wakefulness. During the sleep we mistake for wakefulness, we go about our days failing to remember ourselves, unable to control our thoughts, emotions, or attention, all the while perceiving the world not how it truly is but how we imagine it to be, and all the while imagining ourselves to be awake. Gurdjieff once remarked, “Man's possibilities are very great. You cannot conceive even a shadow of what man is possible of attaining. But nothing can be attained in sleep. In the consciousness of a sleeping man his illusions, his 'dreams' are mixed with reality. He lives in a subjective world and he can never escape from it.” [51]

So why would certain forces want to keep humanity asleep and hypnotized? Rather than answering this question directly, Gurdjieff chose to do so in the form of an Eastern tale. The story concerns a rich, mean magician who owned many sheep, which he used for their skin and flesh. To avoid their fate, the sheep kept escaping, wandering off into the forest and getting into all sorts of mischief. So low and miserly was the magician that instead of hiring shepherds to take care of his sheep or building a fence around their pasture he decided to hypnotize them.

By hypnotizing his sheep, the magician made them believe the following: he was a kind master who loved them dearly; they weren't going to be harmed and had no reason to be concerned; and, lastly, they weren't actually sheep. He made some of them believe they were lions, eagles, men, or magicians. With his sheep under a hypnotic spell, the magician had no problems with them. They ceased trying to escape and in fact remained calm and passive, waiting around happily until the day their flesh and skins were required. “This tale is a very good illustration of man's position,” said Gurdjieff. [52]

Gurdjieff associated the Moon with the force known as Kundalini. Most of us would know of this term in relation to tantric yoga. Kundalini is said to be a form of cosmic sexual energy, pictured as a coiled serpent lying at the base of the spine, which can be awakened and, once awakened, lead to bliss and enlightenment; however, Gurdjieff argued that this definition of the term is entirely incorrect. He said Kundalini is far from something positive and beneficial; it actually helps to keep humanity in a state of hypnotic sleep. According to Gurdjieff's definition of the term, Kundalini is “the power of imagination.” It is “a force put into men to keep them in their present state. … A sheep which considers itself a lion or magician lives under the power of Kundalini.” [53]

The way Gurdjieff describes Kundalini - as a force that has been “put into men” - doesn't seem to make sense. Would it not be more accurate to say this force “acts upon” men? Is this force meant to be internal or external? The answer is quite surprising. In a talk given in New York in 1924, Gurdjieff boldly stated, “the Moon is man's big enemy. We serve the Moon.” He then went on to mention something called “Kundabuffer.” He explains, “Kundabuffer is the moon's representative on earth. We are like the moon's sheep, which it cleans, feeds and shears, and keeps for its own purposes. But when it is hungry it kills a lot of them. All organic life works for the Moon.” [54]

[51] Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 145.

[52] Ibid., 219.

[53] Ibid., 220.

[54] Gurdjieff, Views From the Real World, 151.


An entire chapter of Beelzebub's Tales (albeit a very brief one) is devoted to the genesis of the Moon. Amazingly, the events described by Gurdjieff are extremely similar to those posited by the Giant Impact hypothesis - a theory that didn't emerge until the 1970s, two decades after Gurdjieff's death. Gurdjieff's explanation for the origin of the Moon is almost identical to today's most widely accepted theory of lunar origin, which is miraculous, to say the least. While the Giant Impact hypothesis has a Mars-size body responsible for the giant impact in question, Gurdjieff blames the comet “Kondoor.” Rather, he blames “certain sacred Individuals concerned with the matters of World-creation and World-maintenance,” who, due to a calculation error, let the paths of the two bodies cross. [58] The creation of the Moon, then, was a huge accident. It was never meant to happen.

As related in Beelzebub's Tales, the collision between Earth and Kondoor was so huge in magnitude that two large fragments broke off the Earth. The larger fragment, Loonderperzo, became what we know as the Moon. The smaller fragment Anulios, also exists to this day, yet we fail to notice it. This is due in part to the small size of Anulios, the remoteness of its orbit and the fact that contemporary humanity is accustomed to perceiving “only unreality.” Apparently the inhabitants of the former civilization of Atlantis knew of the existence of Anulios and referred to it by this name.

At the time of the collision, the Earth was still a young, unpopulated planet that hadn't yet developed an atmosphere. Due to the formation of the Moon and Anulios, it was decided by various archangels and other sacred beings that the only way to maintain these two fragments - and prevent them from leaving their positions and causing “irreparable calamities” in the future - was to establish life on Earth. Thus, the human species came into being. But little did humans know that the purpose of their existence was to transmit “sacred vibrations” (also called “askokin”) to the Moon and Anulios as a means of nourishment (to produce “food for the Moon”).

Before long, members of the “Most High Commission” (a committee of sacred beings) began to haw concerns about the long-term maintenance of the Moon and Anulios. They were worried humans might evolve to the point where they attained “objective reason” and thereby ascertain the miserable purpose of their existence. Should this happen, the commission concluded, the human race would lose its drive to continue living. Not only that but it would destroy itself, and the Moon and Anulios would cease receiving the sustenance they required.

The commission soon came up with a solution to the problem: they would alter humankind through the implantation of a “special organ” called Kundabuffer. Presumably by means of genetic alteration, this organ was made to grow within human beings. The organ was located at the base of the spinal column. (Or, put another way, at the root of the tail, which humans then possessed.) The properties of this organ were such that it caused humans to perceive reality in a “topsy-turvy” fashion. It also made them more attached to sensations of “pleasure and enjoyment.”

Put simply, the organ Kundabuffer turned humans into pleasure-seeking “animals” with a limited and distorted perception of reality. While the specific term “hypnotic sleep” does not appear to have been used by Gurdjieff in relation to the organ Kundabuffer, it can only be surmised that the organ did precisely that: placed humanity under a hypnotic spell akin to a form of sleep. The organ, having fulfilled its intended purpose, was eventually removed from humanity. But because its properties became so crystallized - so fundamental to our nature - they remained. Through a process of heredity, the traits were passed from generation to generation. These undesirable properties are still within us today.

[58] Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, 82.

With this fable Gurdjieff has provided a compelling explanation for the “fall of man.” The reason why, in Gurdjieff's words, “'men' are not men” was due to a series of unfortunate events in the past, most of them simply accidents on a very big scale. If the comet Kondoor had never struck Earth, resulting in the genesis of the Moon and Anulios, the human race would be in a far better position than it is at present. Our evolution would never have been hijacked.

But if organic life was created on Earth to provide nourishment for the Moon, don't we owe our very existence to the fact that Kondoor struck Earth and gave birth to the Moon? In other words, isn't it contradictory to state that the human race would be better off had these events never occurred? Gurdjieff implies in Beelzebub's Tales that the establishment of organic life on Earth (human beings included) was part of the plan all along. But because of the unexpected and accidental genesis of the Moon, it became necessary to put this plan into action sooner. In which case, the birth of the Moon had a disruptive effect on what was supposed to have been a steady and orderly process.

Why would Gurdjieff describe the organ Kundabuffer as “the Moon's representative on Earth”? The answer to this question is simple when you consider the intended function of this organ: to render humans blind to the fact that the purpose of their existence is to provide food for the Moon. As the Moon's representative on Earth, the Kundabuffer acts on behalf of the Moon. Gurdjieff couldn't have chosen a more accurate word to define the relationship between the two.

We are told in Beelzebub's Tales that the vast majority of planets in our solar system are populated by “three-brained” (human-like) beings of various physical forms. The beings who inhabit Mars are described as possessing long broad trunks, “enormous protruding and shining eyes,” small, clawed feet and large wings. As a result of their impressive eyes, they have the ability to “see freely everywhere.” [59] They can also fly long distances, even beyond the atmosphere of their planet. As for the beings that dwell on Saturn, these are described as birdlike, with an appearance similar to that of a falcon.

Apparently even the Moon is not devoid of intelligent life. The inhabitants of the Moon, we are told, have “very frail” bodies and look like large ants. But despite their frailty, they have a “very strong spirit” and “an extraordinary perseverance and capacity for work.” Forever busy, they managed to “tunnel” the entire Moon within a short period of time. On account of the Moon's abnormal climate of extreme hot and cold, these beings dwell both within and on the surface of their world. But there are also periods of fine weather on the Moon, during which the “whole planet is in blossom,” and the Moon beings have more food than is needed. [60]

Gurdjieff, being the witty teacher that he was, probably wrote these words with his tongue in his cheek. But might they still contain a grain of truth? Perhaps his Moon beings, with their “very frail” bodies, are not of flesh and blood. Could they, instead, be non-physical entities existing in a “realm” beyond ordinary human perception? Do these entities feast on the energy of the living and the souls of the dead? Does this account for the Moon's insatiable appetite? Another question worth asking: From where did Gurdjieff acquire the idea of a hollow, tunneled Moon populated by ant-like entities? Either Gurdjieff was very familiar with H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon, which was published long before Beelzebub's Tales, or he came up with the idea independently.

[59] Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, 61.

[60] Ibid., 62-63.

It's difficult to know what to make of certain of Gurdjieff's lunar ideas. When he stated the Earth has two moons, was he speaking factually, metaphorically, or on another level entirely? The most obvious interpretation is that Gurdjieff was referring both to the physical external Moon and to the smaller, metaphorical moon we ought to develop within ourselves. According to Richard Myers, in an article titled Gurdjieff, the Moon and Organic Life, “Gurdjieff maintained that all of his ideas could be taken in seven different ways, one of which is factual.” [61]

How interesting, then, Gurdjieff should compare the Moon to a giant electromagnet as well as to a weight on an old-fashioned clock in relation to its influence on Earth's organic life. Both instruments are supportive in nature - and so too is the Moon; it supports organic life. The Moon is like a pair of crutches providing support to a man with an injured leg. The crutches prevent the man from falling over while also enabling him to walk, but it is he who must still do the walking.

And what if the man was required to use the crutches for a long period of time? It's possible he'd become so accustomed to them that an unhealthy dependency of sorts would develop. He might even find he can no longer walk normally without them. What Gurdjieff said about the Moon is very similar, the fact we are dependent on it - like a pair of crutches - is the very thing that makes us weak and inhibits our evolution. The only way to evolve, then, is to learn how to walk on our own legs. In other words, by reducing our dependency on the Moon and eventually transcending it altogether. Certainly human beings would have evolved very differently if the Moon had never come into being. I wonder, would we be stronger as a species in terms of both mind and body?

What are we to make of Gurdjieff's idea that the Earth is orbited by not one but two natural satellites? A small amount of scientific evidence suggests something similar to “Anulios” may in fact exist or did in the past. According to an article that appeared on the website in 2011 a pair of researchers from the University of California (Santa Cruz), Martin Jutzi and Erik Asphaug, proposed a new theory to account for the dramatic geological differences between the near and far sides of the Moon.

Their theory adds an additional chapter to the Giant Impact hypothesis by suggesting that the collision in question not only resulted in the formation of the Moon but also in a number of smaller moon-like bodies, one of which survived for tens to hundreds of millions of years. This hypothetical mini-moon had a diameter of around 150 miles and was suspended between the Moon and the Earth in a position of balanced gravitational attraction. As a result of becoming unstable, it collided with the Moon at a very slow speed, producing the highlands that dominate the far side. “According to our simulations, a large 'moon-to-Moon' size ratio and a subsonic impact velocity lead to an accretion pile rather than a crater,” concluded Jutzi and Asphaug. [62]

There is an asteroid named 3753 Cruithne, discovered in 1986, that shares Earth's orbit around the Sun and is incorrectly referred to by some as “Earth's second Moon.” Only 3.1 miles in diameter, it moves around our planet in a horseshoe configuration every 770 years. The object is in fact a quasi-satellite, of which there are about five in our solar system. Such objects do not orbit the Earth directly. Cruithne could be Gurdjieff's Anulios, though I very much doubt it.

Gurdjieff's idea of the Earth having two moons - both of which originated during the same huge collision - has a great deal of merit to it. But to explore it in any depth is beyond the scope of this book. I should add too that the idea has been around since at least 1870, when it appeared in Jules Verne's famous novel Round the Moon, and did not originate with Gurdjieff. Perhaps "Anulios" will be discovered one day. Or perhaps it will never be discovered - not because it doesn't exist but because, as Gurdjieff stated, we've lost the ability to perceive it.

[61] Myers, "Gurdjieff, the Moon and Organic Life."

[62] Charles Q. Choi, "Earth Had Two Moons That Crashed to Form One, Study Suggests,",
    August 3. 2011,

Gurdjieff's “food for the Moon” is one of his more ambiguous and unusual ideas and for that reason has attracted considerable speculation and ridicule. Many consider the idea absurd. Even many Fourth Way students and authorities, when writing about Gurdjieff and his system, appear not to take the idea seriously and often avoid all mention of it. For example, in John Shirley's Gurdjieff, a 320-page biography, the idea is barely acknowledged. I say barely, because the idea is discussed wry briefly in the penultimate appendix in the book.

  • quote small leftSome people are stopped dead in their reading of Gurdjieffian "Work books" when they come upon the idea … about humanity being "food for the moon" … My personal - I emphasis personal - interpretation of this teaching is that the moon in this teaching represents the inert, more-or-less lifeless part of the cosmos. It stands for all of the lower cosmos. The Moon is the first stop in a kind of "energy sink" where our life energies will go if we don't work on ourselves.quote small right [63]

In addition to being a musician of some note, Shirley is a successful American novelist and screenwriter specializing in the genres of science-fiction/fantasy and horror. He is also a student of the Fourth Way. It comes as no surprise that many of his novels, such as Demons and The Other End, explore Gurdjieffian themes. I got in touch with Shirley in 2011 to ask for his thoughts on Gurdjieff's “food for the Moon,” as well as to ask why, in his biography on Gurdjieff, he mentions the idea only briefly - and, it would seem, only out of necessity.

I sent an e-mail asking this question on April 19 and received a reply from Shirley the next day:

  • quote small leftRegarding "food for the moon," no I'm not trying to soft soap or gloss over Gurdjieff's scariest ideas… I really do think that if there's anything to the moon story, in his ideas, it's what I described in my appendix. I am not a Gurdjieffian literalist (I mean, his biggest book, Beelzebub's Tales, is a novel after all), and I feel that some of his ideas are more clearly supportable than others. Some are, to me, along the lines of allegory… He [Gurdjieff] said believe what you can verify - and I agree with that. I believe in the scientific method.… I do not believe in the supernatural (as we've always understood the term), but only in an unknown level of the natural.[64]quote small right

In a later e-mail (April 22), Shirley added:

  • quote small leftI don't know if Gurdjieff thought of the moon as "stealing" energy from the Earth; it was more like harvesting, and part of a big "food chain" of sorts, a cosmological ecology, and just more of the natural order. If Gurdjieff was right about it, it's sort of the energy that arises with any degree of consciousness, anything that isn't "bottled" (my term) in a soul created by spiritual work. … He [Gurdjieff] didn't teach that stuff [“food for the Moon”], as I mentioned before, after the 1920s.[65]quote small right

[63] Shirley, Gurdjieff, 281.

[64] Shirley, John. E-mail to Louis Proud, April 20, 2011.

[65] Shirley, John. E-mail to Louis Proud, April 22, 2011.

It was generous of Shirley to have answered my questions. Few authors with whom I've communicated are as gracious as he. Still I couldn't help but detect in his response - and in his Gurdjieff biography - an unwillingness to address Gurdjieff's lunar ideas in a deeper, more direct manner. Something seemed to be holding him back, but what? And why did he find it necessary to insist Gurdjieff ceased teaching “food for the Moon” after the 1920s? Was this meant to imply that the idea was one of Gurdjieff's least valuable?

Although the specific phrase “food for the Moon” doesn't appear in Beelzebub's Tales (published in 1950), the idea is still very much present in the book. So it's not as though Gurdjieff stopped teaching the idea; rather, he stopped teaching the idea in such an explicit form. This is why, in Beelzebub's Tales, we find such coded sentences as: “the … Moon is just a part of this Earth and the latter must now constantly maintain the Moon's existence.” [66] It's obvious that Gurdjieff considered the Moon to have profound spiritual importance, and what he taught regarding the Moon is a pivotal aspect of his system. Why, then, is the subject not discussed more openly by those who follow the Fourth Way?

I have reason to believe the lunar component of Gurdjieff's system is so esoteric that only senior Fourth Way members understand its true meaning. I further believe this knowledge is purposely withheld from the general public for fear that it might be distorted and misinterpreted. As with many occult organizations, the Fourth Way is semi-secret; its members share some, but not all, of the knowledge passed down by Gurdjieff. If you wanted to gain “complete access” to Gurdjieff's system then you would need to belong to a genuine Fourth Way group (connected to the Gurdjieff Foundation). Having once belonged to such a group, I know for a fact that much of their knowledge - especially as regards the practical side of the system - is not made available to non-members.

In May of 2011, I wrote to William Patrick Patterson asking if he'd be willing to answer some of my questions in relation to Gurdjieff's “food for the Moon” idea. Patterson is the founder and director of the Gurdjieff Studies Program, which is based in California, and has written numerous books on Gurdjieff. He was a student of John Pentland, who was a student of Gurdjieff. Now a Fourth Way teacher himself, Patterson is very much an authority on the system.

In a letter I received from Patterson (dated July 4, 2011), he cryptically wrote:

  • quote small leftIn these eclectic piglet times, rife with chakra-talk and ego-tized chest thumping and shakti-antics, whatever experiences beyond the mundane so quickly psychologized and leveled to whatever personalized identity is found comforting and self-calming … well, y [sic] friend, one has to be careful in opening esoteric doors for general consumption.… There is reluctance then to speak about Mr. Gurdjieff's placing of the two Moons, the laws that govern, and how one must make a Moon to have a Soul: all this being given in great though somewhat hidden detail in his magnum opus [Beelzebub's Tales].[67]quote small right

Patterson's reluctance to discuss these ideas came as a surprise to me, because his books display an openness about Gurdjieff's system that is rare among Fourth Way authorities. His letter confirms my opinion that the lunar component of Gurdjieff's system is highly esoteric and cannot be disclosed in full to the general public. Patterson was kind enough to point me in the right direction, by revealing that Beelzebub's Tales is a thorough (perhaps even complete) source of information on the topic. This is valuable to know, though one significant problem remains: the book is so abstruse that one could spend an entire lifetime trying to make sense of it. Gurdjieff “buried the bone” very deep indeed - some might say too deep.

Gurdjieff seems to have hinted at some kind of lunar intelligence, a sinister, manipulative, and exploitative “force” that works to keep humanity in a state of sleep. We will now attempt to ascertain the nature of this force.

[66] Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, 63.

[67] William Patterson. Letter to Louis Proud, July 4, 2011.

War in Heaven
Editor's Note  

These few pages are taken from a more complete summary of Kyle Griffin's book War in Heaven.

Published at Gaian Corps, this abbreviated version was originally published at Gary Zeitlin's OpenSeti, but has since been taken down.

The complete book can be found at Griffin's website, or at

This brief overview of War in Heaven is included to draw attention to the similarities between "Elementals" and Gurdjieff's concept of "The Moon".


As readers of this site well understand, "SETI" cannot be understood simply in terms of "us here and them there and how do we talk". Kyle Griffith in his The War in Heaven (see above) has given us a view of the great complexity in terms of Human Races, both those grounded on a planetary system and those we could call "space people", plus elementals, and gods. All are engaged in a vast struggle for survival.

Many are organized in complexes, these being described by Griffith, but difficult for us to understand in any terms. Yet we are intimately and personally involved in such complexes, and we MUST learn how these work, if we are to make any progress in this system and in our struggle.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
     – Cliché by Arthur C. Clarke "Profiles of The Future", 1961

Well it's not his fault it's a cliché. It wasn't one when he wrote it and actually it's an honor to have one's thought repeated 282,000 times on the Internet (according to a recent search). Apparently people - many of them within the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) community - love to say this thing. But how many take the time to think what it means?

For instance: when we see what we take to be magic, could we be looking at a sign of advanced technology?

A preposturous suggestion. It's logically valid, of course, but so hypothetical. Who sees magic anyway?

Noted author Paul Von Ward, writing in Gods, Genes, and Consciousness (Von Ward, 2004), shows how man's early contact with what he calls Advanced Beings, gave rise to magical interpretations and magical religions, leading directly down the line to today's supernatural religions and belief in God. Directly. People today who practice religion and believe in God - including members of the very SETI community just mentioned - have accepted for their personal and public truth the degraded remnants of the effects of early encounters with "Advanced Beings", however abhorrent they may find this assertion to be.

But "magic" itself never disappeared. It has remained important and an important influence on human society down the ages into the present. There are many many examples of the practice of magic within our society.

But it doesn't "work", right? Many practitioners would say that it does. Do you suppose they might have some reason for saying so? And if it does, could there still be an advanced technology lurking in the background?

And if there is, could there be technology lurking behind religion as well?

Welcome to War in Heaven. This important book was self-published by Kyle Griffith in 1988 and has long been out of print; Griffith's publishing company no longer exists, and his whereabouts had been unknown for years. We present here a detailed summary of the book.

Mr. Griffith has responded to this publication, is now in touch with Open SETI, and is planning a public presence on the web. Meanwhile Griffith has endorsed these notes and supports their development.

Part One, the introduction to the book proper, is mostly not included here, but an excerpt concerning the origins of materialistic science is available under the title The Copernican Compromise.

The remainder of War in Heaven (WiH) consists of a dialog between Griffith and a "disembodied spirit" who claimed to be a member of a group calling itself The Invisible College. The format consists of questions and answers. Griffith states that the answers were received by automatic writing and read back to the contacted entity for review and correction. The questions and answers that appear in the text are actually the result of several iterations of review and discussion.

The material thus generated is both convincing and compelling, and appears to be of vital importance to human society. That is a claim we see all the time; this time I submit that the claim is truly justified.

We summarize the key points of WiH here, and where appropriate on various pages of the Open SETI website. Use the Open SETI search engine to locate specific information related to WiH.

The intent was to use this material to enrich the discussions on those pages. Whatever could not be used in that manner, and yet seemed crucial, was placed here on this page.

The reader should be warned. This book is of direct concern to SETI. Yet it is about religion. It is about magic. And magic, at times, is about sex.

These matters are all about the past, present, and future situation of the human race.

The Invisible College

As explained in Open SETI, on the Soul Technology page, there is a type of matter having the same atomic and molecular structure as physical matter, but whose particles are much less dense, and whose gravitation does not interact with physical matter. This is called astral matter in WiH.

Every human has a somatic soul, closely resembling the physical body but made of astral matter, and an astral soul, also made of astral matter, which comprises the more permanent self. Astral souls may or may not equate to higher selves as discussed in A Synthetic Myth.

Spirits are simply astral souls operating without somatic souls and physical bodies.

The Invisible College that is mentioned in occult literature does indeed exist as a political organization of spirits.

Hundreds of thousands of spirits from worlds with advanced technological civilizations have been sent to Earth by their governments to work with the Invisible College to assist humans in fighting a war to liberate ourselves from the oppression and exploitation of Theocracy (see Open SETI). This seems to be an important form of interplanetary contact, which is why it is discussed in the context of Open SETI.

Disembodied spirits are forced to incarnate after a few years. When they do, they lose most of the memories they brought with them, especially after repeated reincarnations. However, they, as well as many native Earth people, can learn to communicate with the discarnate Invisible College on a completely conscious level. This requires "proper psychic training".

Any human being can receive telepathic messages from the Invisible College subconsciously.

Invisible College members consider themselves ordinary people like ourselves. Their previous bodies, on their home worlds, may or may not have resembled ours, but they are based on the same basic genetic code.

The home worlds possess what we would call advanced knowledge in many scientific and humanistic fields. Of particular importance is their capability with psychic energy that can produce changes in astral matter. That technology was used to send them here, but they were not able to bring their equipment with them.

Although there must have been other interventions over a long period of time, the intervention of the Invisible College took place in the late Middle Ages. The Invisible College has been manipulating the development of human civilization on Earth ever since.

Their motives are both altruistic and selfish. Had they not intervened, the human race would have evolved in directions that posed a serious threat to their own worlds and space colonies. So they are fighting a "preventive war" on their own behalf, but they also feel the overwhelming majority of Earth people will support their cause once they are able to explain the situation fully.

They operate mostly by influencing the subconscious minds of Earth people. Although we might want to call this unethical, they maintain that they taught us many of our philosophical concepts. They come from civilizations that actually practice "human dignity and rights," "individual sovereignty," "social justice," "consent of the governed," and "equality of opportunity". Anyway, they say, "We are at war here, and we are fighting on your behalf as well as our own."

They must practice these social values, because they possess technology that would totally eliminate individuality if they did not have sufficient social, political, and ethical knowledge to keep the technology under control.

Their societies live with this threat, and we will eventually have to live with it too. But the greatest danger we face in the next few decades (written in January 1987), is that Theocracy and our exploding population will cause a spiritual cataclysm that will destroy the human race as it now exists and theaten their civilizations too if it goes unchecked.

They will probably be able to avert catastrophe and guide these upheavals in constructive directions, but the fate of many Earth people will still depend on their own actions. Therefore the information in WiH is provided to help us prepare ourselves.

Theocratic Bands

The concept of a Theocrat as a human who chooses to exert power over and ultimately to consume other humans, rather than to undergo reincarnation, was introduced on the Open SETI Soul Technology page.

Griffith's Invisible College contact states that many notorious tyrants, conquerors, evil religious leaders, black magicians, and criminals have become Theocrats after death, but so have some people whom history calls saints or benign geniuses. This is due to the well-known tendency of power to corrupt, not to mention the prospect of achieving immortality (though most are eventually destroyed by other Theocrats).

This has been especially true of people who were religiously devout, and then found out the horrible truth about their gods after death. If they were too powerful for the Theocrats to enslave and devour, some became members of the Invisible College to fight Theocracy, but others became Theocrats themselves.

Theocrats as a class have ruled both the Earth and its astral plane throughout most of human history. This includes most of the medieval Popes and other religious leaders notorious for being cynical and power-hungry. It also includes many famous occult leaders, from Cagliostro down to Aleister Crowley.

The Theocrats' method of absorbing energy from other spirits affects their growth patterns, causing their astral soul to go out of balance, and eventually driving them into irrational, insane, and self-destructive behavior.

Theocrats acquire bands of enslaved spirits, containing from a couple of dozen to several thousand, with the average in the low hundreds.

The daily activities of a Fundamentalist Theocratic band organized as Heaven are similar to a church service on Earth, except that they go on perpetually. The Theocrat in charge poses as the Lord God Jehovah, and subordinate Theocrats pose as Christ, various Angels and Apostles, and so forth. God quotes the same Biblical passages and preaches the same sermons as preachers in the corresponding sect do on Earth, and the congregation joins in singing the same hymns.

Dead Fundamentalists in Heaven still have to confess their sins and receive divine forgiveness. Christians in Heaven are kept in a perpetual state of religious ecstasy which activates their psychic powers under the control of their God. This collective energy is then channeled to perform necessary functions.

Most of the activities have to do with the survival of the band and especially its dictator, recruiting new members from among the recently deceased, stealing souls from other bands, fighting to keep the Invisible College from liberating members of the band, etc.

There is "Holy Communion", but as practiced in Heaven, there is nothing more unholy. All members of a Theocratic band are offered the Host, who is a rebellious or degenerating member.

Each Theocratic band works with a corresponding group of living people, whether religious, occult, political, or of other common interests: popular music, sports, or centered on other media. Theocrats can be found hanging around almost any place where crowds gather. (Remember that the astral plane is not a "place". It is right here, but of a different density.)

Theocrats communicating telepathically to individual Christians when they pray may call themselves God or Christ or the Holy Spirit... what ever their believers expect. They also may claim to be angels or saints or devils as appropriate.

Some people who deliberately become Satanists on Earth hold positions of power in "Hell" after they die. The lower classes of Hell are composed of Christians who believed the basic mythology but had too little self-confidence to believe themselves "saved." Who goes to Heaven or Hell is mostly determined by which particular band of Theocrats gets to them as they're in the process of dying.

The Moslem, Hindu, and Buddhist mythologies are also Theocratic institutions designed to imprison souls of believers in their own forms of Heaven or Hell.

With the decline in fanatical belief in organized religion, Theocrats have devised ways to persuade atheists and agnostics to join bands organized as any type of community of spirits, such as previously-deceased relatives or friends, or some famous person they greatly admire, rock stars, politicians, movie stars, writers and scientists, even fictional characters.

"Point-of-death" experiences in which the person's silver cord is not actually broken represent a major mistake by the Theocrats because they reveal information about the afterlife that the Theocrats would like to conceal. Sometimes, members of the Invisible College show up during the encounter to warn the person that the Theocrats are imposters who enslave and destroy souls. Although most will not remember the experience consciously, many are affected by it enough to become hostile to the Theocratic aspects of religion.

Theocratic religious sects often forbid deliberate mediumistic contact with the spirit world precisely because of this need to protect knowledge of the true nature of the afterlife.

Every single one of the ideas at the core of traditional deistic doctrine is a lie:

  • Only God (under whatever name) is good; people are basically evil and are incapable of improving themselves morally by their own efforts.
  • Only God is naturally immortal, but people can gain immortality through proper service to the Deity.
  • Human beings can receive forgiveness for their sins, and divine strength to prop up their various weaknesses, by 'Letting God into their hearts' … that is, by creating a powerful psychic bond between themselves and the deity.

The important thing to realize about this whole body of lies is that it makes people weaker and more evil than they already are, and increases their dependency on the Theocrats.


Elementals and Gods are the same kind of entity structurally, though they differ enormously in personality and behavior. You might say that Gods are civilized elementals. So, for our descriptions of how the astral bodies and minds of these beings function, we'll use the general term "Elementals."

On one level, Elementals are specialized types of Theocratic bands. They are very large composite spirits containing thousands of human astral souls very closely linked together. On another, they are sentient creatures in their own right, with personalities and emotions quite different from those of ordinary human beings. One thing we want to stress: Elementals and humans are not two races of beings, but different forms of one race. The astral DNA template of both is identical, but humans are the individual form and Elementals are the composite form.

Composite physical life forms exist on Earth. The bees, ants, termites, and other social insects are the most intelligent of these. The Elementals bear the same relationship to humans as an ordinary honey-bee colony does to a primitive, solitary bee or wasp.

Griffith asks whether colonies of social insects have a single very highly developed soul or group mind, since the behavior of a whole colony shows much more intelligence than the behavior of an individual.

The nature of group minds depends on the amount of control they have over their individual members. There are roughly four levels of control, though each “intergrades” with the next. These can be verbalized as cooperation, persuasion, coercion, and compulsion.

Cooperation is working with others because your mutual interests coincide, and the joint effort is of mutual benefit without major concessions on the part of either party involved. Persuasion is essentially barter: "I'll do this for you if you'll do that for me." Coercion is similar, but the barter is negative: "I'll do harm to you unless you do some particular thing for me." Compulsion is direct control of someone else that transcends that other person's volition.

Earthly societies operate mostly by cooperation and persuasion, with some coercion and only a small amount of compulsion. A bee colony operates entirely by compulsion, almost in the same way that your brain operates your body through the nervous system.

Human societies resist becoming a true composite entity, for two reasons. First, people have highly developed brains and are fully intelligent as individuals. Second, each person has a separate astral soul with an astral will that resists outside control. It is possible to control the minds of living people by psychic compulsion under certain circumstances, but this is very difficult. People strongly resist such control because of their highly developed brains and souls.

A bee colony is a composite entity because individual bees don't have large enough brains to support true intelligence and because they don't have individual astral souls. A colony of social insects has a single astral soul that is linked to the body of every individual in it. The brain of a bee has very limited capacity for storing information, and little programming for processing data. Instead, the individual uses telepathy to pass information to the astral mind of the hive. This group mind processes and stores the information received from individual bees and does the thinking for the entire hive, passing down its orders by telepathy.

The collective mind of a bee colony shows intelligence far beyond the reasoning and memory-storage capacity of an individual bee. In fact, in certain narrow areas, this group mind displays a level of intelligence almost equal to that of human beings. One example is the colony's ability to direct the physical changes that individual bees go through during the course of their lives to perform different specialized functions: gathering food, cleaning and repairing the hive, rearing the young, defending the colony from enemies, swarming to produce a new colony, etc. A bee colony is actually better organized in terms of division of labor than a human society.

Another example is the colony's ability to control the temperature within the hive, using a biological central heating and air conditioning system. When the group mind perceives that the hive is too hot inside, certain bees are instructed to act as living ventilator fans. They cling to the walls of passageways leading to entrances of the hive, and circulate cool air by beating their wings. When the hive is too cool, the entrances are sealed with wax; but the bees serving as fans keep on circulating air, which evenly distributes the heat generated by the metabolism of all the bees in the hive.

Human societies are superficially similar to composite entities, but they aren't true composites, because individual people have independent intelligence and will. However, the human astral soul has a strong potential for forming composite entities while it is in a disembodied state, because souls can literally link themselves together, as was described in the section on Theocratic bands. There is much more compulsion in a Theocratic band on the astral plane than in any totalitarian society on Earth, because Theocrats attach their silver cords to other spirits and control them as directly as the human brain controls the hands.

The structure of a Theocratic band as described earlier is similar to a wheel: the spirit controlling the band is the hub, and the subordinate spirits are the spokes. Notice that the world's oldest surviving religion, Vedanta, uses such a spoked wheel as its symbol. The rayed sun used by many other religions is the same symbol, minus the rim of the wheel. However, the rim is extremely important, because it indicates that a Theocratic band naturally produces a structure of astral matter separate from the individual souls attached to it.

In other words, over the course of time, a Theocratic band develops its own astral soul and astral mind that is the equivalent of the composite astral mind of a bee or ant colony.

This is another important reason why Theocratic spirits don't achieve true immortality. The longer a Theocratic band lasts, the more it develops into a composite entity with a mind of its own. At first, the controlling Theocrat completely dominates the group mind, but eventually that mind becomes powerful enough to become independent, and the band becomes an elemental.

The term "Elemental" reminds Griffith of the Windigo legend. Several North American Indian mythologies describe the Windigo as a huge, powerful disembodied spirit that is capable of both reasoning and speech, though it behaves like a predatory animal, not a human being. The legends say it eats the souls of the dead on the astral plane, and can sometimes kill living people and devour their souls as well. The Windigo is one of the most frightening spiritual monsters in human mythology.

Similar beings are described in mythologies from all over the world, but only a few Elementals have become as dangerous as the Windigos. Most of the Elementals that have formed on Earth so far have been less dangerous than a large Theocratic band controlled by the spirit of some human tyrant. Most Elementals that become independent of their creator are no more intelligent than a human infant or a predatory animal. In most cases, the Elemental stays in one place, feeding on the disembodied souls of animals or humans that approach it. It was conditioned to do this while still under the control of human spirits.

Griffith assumes this is why so many myths speak of magic spells to "chain" evil spirits in one place. And it also explains why primitive religions performed sacrifices and rituals to placate the spirits that inhabited specific places. Elementals lived there, and feeding them made it safer for living people to travel by the place.

Sometimes the "spirit of a place" was an Elemental, sometimes a Theocratic band. It really didn't matter; both wanted to be fed through sacrifices and rituals. The uninhabited areas where such sacrifices were made were very often places where large-scale religious sacrifices of humans or animals had once been conducted, where a city had once stood, or where large numbers of people had died in a battle or disaster. Any of these activities would have formed Theocratic bands, which may have later turned into Elementals.

Most Elementals of this type are not particularly dangerous, because they were formed by first- or third-stage religions, and aren't particularly large or powerful. However, the second stage religions that practiced mass human sacrifices created Theocratic bands that eventually formed Elementals of vast power. Second-stage Theocratic bands had to be extremely large because this was the only way they could exert enough power over their living slave populations to keep the whole society from collapsing. Invariably, such bands quickly became Elementals.

Many ancient cities that practiced second-stage Theocratic religion were abandoned after being conquered by their enemies. Carthage is one example, and the Judeo-Christian Bible mentions several more. No one wanted to live on the site for a long time, because of the presence of large and dangerous Elementals. Of course, if people avoided the place long enough, the Elemental would die of starvation, making the area safe for human habitation again.

The Windigos were a related phenomenon, except that the Elementals didn't remain where they were first formed. The Windigos had originated in those areas where the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs practiced second-stage Theocracy. When a new Elemental formed in this region, the other Theocratic bands attached to those tribes didn't try to chain it to one place, but worked magic to drive it far away. Some of these banished Elementals went all the way to North America and gave rise to the Windigo legend. Others went to the southern tip of South America, where the Aurucanians have similar legends.

Similar things have also happened during modern wars. The fate of Hitler and a number of the other top Nazi leaders and their Theocrat friends on the astral plane after the surrender of Germany in 1945 is an example.

Griffith wonders about the persistent rumors that Hitler didn't really die at the end of the war, but successfully fled Germany. He suspects that Hitler did commit suicide in that bunker, but immediately took charge of a band of Nazi Theocrats on the astral plane, and is probably still “up there” today, sustained by the psychic energies of creeps and misfits who continue to wear the swastika and practice the Nazi creed of bigotry and violence.

The truth, says the Invisible College guide, is much stranger than that. Hitler and hundreds of other Nazi leaders fled as disembodied spirits to Japan to assist their Theocratic allies there. They hoped that a D-Day-type invasion of Japan would prove too costly to the Allies and that Japanese Fascism would survive after a negotiated peace.

At this point, both the German and Japanese Theocrats had access to enormous amounts of energy from the millions of victims of World War Two, and they deliberately manipulated the American government into dropping the atomic bomb to provide them with even more victims. Their hope was to create an Elemental and use its vast psychic power either to turn defeat into victory on the Earth plane, or to flee to another world.

Fortunately, the attempt failed, and the Theocrats involved were devoured by the entity they were trying to create. This Elemental still survives on the astral plane, and will become an important focal point in the struggle between the Invisible College and the Theocrats in the future.

Griffith: Does this mean that the Theocrats themselves may be natural enemies of the Elementals?

Invisible College: This is quite true. That's why the third and fourth stages of Theocratic religion were invented: to allow Theocratic bands to remain stable on the astral plane for long periods of time. However, either a Theocratic spirit has to reincarnate or else its band will eventually turn into an Elemental. That's a fact of nature.

The fact that human beings tend to create a technology that allows the planet's total population to increase steadily is another factor preventing Theocratic spirits from becoming truly immortal. It's true that a rising population generates new souls in large numbers, which in turn increases the number of souls on the astral plane that are easy prey for Theocratic spirits. But this superabundance of souls is a mixed blessing, because it encourages Theocratic bands to grow so large they go out of control and turn into Elementals. This is why Theocratic religions often try to inhibit technological progress, but such a policy is self-limiting.

Griffith: I see what you mean. If the Theocrats keep their particular society from developing technology at the same rate as neighboring societies, it's likely to be conquered from outside. Can you tell me why human beings have this instinctive drive to achieve technological progress?

Invisible College: Technological progress is caused by a process of Darwinian natural selection that works on the whole society. Technology allows a society to survive natural disasters, defeat enemies in war, and develop the natural resources available to it more fully. All these give it an advantage over any society that doesn't do these things. Cultures that encourage their members to work for technological progress survive better than those that don't.

But this particular cycle contains the seeds of its own destruction: technological advancement on a primitive planet like Earth invariably causes the human population to increase to the point where exploitation of natural resources seriously upsets the planet's ecological balances. Most people on Earth are now aware that a population bomb is ticking toward explosion.

Scientists are predicting that this rape of the planet's resources will destroy the Earth's biosphere and cause the extinction of the human species, or, at the least, destroy technological civilization. Others are more optimistic. They predict that almost everyone in the underdeveloped countries will die of plagues and famines, but that the advanced nations will survive the crisis with most of their population and technology intact.

Biologists on Earth already know that population explosions in a particular species followed by massive die-offs are quite common, and usually are not a sign that the species is headed for extinction. Overpopulation/die-off cycles are commonest in successful species that are trying to extend their range but are blocked by environmental barriers. The process often creates new variants of the species that can survive in a wider variety of environments.

We are reasonably sure from our experiences on other planets that Earth's biosphere is not so fragile that it can be destroyed by the actions of human beings, except possibly by a massive nuclear war. We are also reassured by the fact that the populations of all the technological advanced societies on Earth are already reasonably stable, even in countries like the Soviet Union [1988] where the official government policy is to encourage population growth. However, we still broadcast telepathic messages that urge people to take an alarmist position on overpopulation and possible destruction of the Earth's biosphere.

If Theocratic spirits and Elementals didn't exist, there would be a massive die-off of poor people, especially in the Third World, and then the Earth's population would stabilize and an advanced civilization would develop. Unfortunately, Elementals do exist, and they may eventually destroy all human life on Earth, possibly all organic life of any kind as well, unless we are able to stop them.

We've already described how an increasing population forms new souls. If there is an abundance of human astral souls at a low stage of development in the astral plane for the Theocrats to recruit or feed upon, Theocratic bands tend to grow larger and larger, making the creation of new Elementals more common. Right now, Earth has more Elemental spirits than it ever had before in its history. And this is a very dangerous situation.

As long as the Earth's population goes on increasing, the existing elementals and Theocratic bands have a steady supply of new souls to feed upon or recruit. But when massive human die-offs occur, vast numbers of new souls will be stranded on the astral plane at once. This overabundance of souls will cause thousands of embryonic Elemental spirits to start growing very rapidly towards adulthood. Once a young Elemental reaches a certain critical mass it becomes able to seize and capture souls psychokinetically against their will, something that ordinary Theocratic bands cannot do because they lack the necessary psychic energy.

As such an Elemental grows in size and psychic power, it can forcefully capture disembodied souls at a higher and higher stage of spiritual development; if it becomes big enough, it is able to devour ordinary Theocratic bands, and finally even the astral souls of living humans. If this happens, then most of the planet's human population, living and disembodied, can end up being taken over and eventually devoured by a small number of elementals.

These adult Elementals are then forced to leave their planet of origin in search of a new food supply. They can travel interstellar distances. Advanced civilizations can usually defend themselves against such beings, but they can depopulate whole planets at a lower stage of civilization very easily. This is why the Invisible College is intervening in the evolution of human society on Earth.

The natural order of the universe is for people (not necessarily in Earth-type human bodies) to start developing an advanced technology under the control of Theocratic spirits. Such a world never gets beyond the second stage of Theocratic religion, but it does develop enough technology to allow the human population to reach into the billions. When it does, a nuclear or biological war suddenly reduces the population, and the Elementals and the Theocrats start fighting among themselves over who controls the planet, and which Elementals will reach adulthood.

Within a few years after this point is reached, the adult Elementals leave the planet and go off into deep space. Sometimes the sudden growth and violent end of the human civilization destroy the planet's biosphere, and sometimes the biosphere survives but human beings do not. More commonly, a few living people and a few Theocratic spirits survive and the whole cycle begins again and runs its course over a period of thousands of years.


Griffith: How do the Gods differ from the Elementals?

Invisible College: On the structural level, a God is simply an adult Elemental, a huge colony of astral souls that lives in deep space and absorbs the astral energy radiated by certain stars.

The desire to form a composite entity is programmed into the astral template of every human soul. This is a major reason why so many living people desire wealth, fame, political power, and other symbols of having control over others that simulate being the guiding force of a composite entity. The ambitious earthly politician, the aspiring despot, the "Man Who Would Be King," is just acting out in the physical plane what his astral soul may be programmed to do on the astral plane.

Disembodied astral souls do the same thing when they become Theocrats. Readers have asked why Theocratic spirits would want to remain on the astral plane indefinitely if they must feed on other human souls.

This is the answer. Almost every human culture has produced some version of the saying, "A man is a God in embryo," and it's true. However, the astral template also can program the soul to act as a sovereign individual, which is why there are free spirits as well as Theocrats. The extension of this influence to living people creates the desire for freedom and individu­ality on Earth as well.

Griffith: This dichotomy is a partial answer to the age-old "problem of evil." However, you are implying that both the desire for individuality and the desire to form a composite entity are just natural biological drives, too fundamental to be judged by terms like good and evil.

Invisible College: This is why human beings have a characteristic similar to neoteny. Elementals are the adult form, but without a truly intelligent composite soul; they are more like animals than people. Gods are also the adult form, but have a highly developed composite mind. The civilizations you call "space people" are made up of individuals that reject the adult form.

A long time ago, the people on a particular planet developed sufficient technology to allow them to flee into deep space before adult Elementals developed and depopulated their world. After the Elementals had matured and departed, the people returned to their planet, whose biosphere had been badly damaged, and lived in space colonies circling the world. By the time the planet again became fit for human habitation, they had no desire to return. They had become fully adjusted to life in their self-created environment, and their knowledge and technology had reached an extremely high level.

Since the population of their space colonies was low, they were able to prevent the cycle of Theocracy from re-establishing itself, but their society eventually found itself threatened with extinction through sheer stagnation. After a certain number of incarnations in a stable, "perfect" society, people became suicidal. Large numbers volunteered to be teleported as disembodied spirits to far-away planets in order to create life or guide the evolution of existing life towards the development of intelligence.

New souls replaced those who departed on suicidal missions of creation, but this didn't stop the overall stagnation of the culture: the generations who underwent their evolution in a civilized environment with little real challenge became suicidal through boredom even more quickly than those who had evolved struggling to survive. Eventually, they tried to figure out a way to balance life between danger and security -- to create a dynamic cycle that would allow advanced human cultures to survive indefinitely.

They forced some of their people to recolonize their planet under the most primitive of conditions, letting the natural evolution of human society occur there. They allowed the advance of technology to cause a population explosion, and didn't interfere when Elementals started to develop.

However, they manipulated the development of the planet's civilization much as we are doing on Earth today. Their purpose was to interfere with the natural human life-cycle in a way that would allow sovereign individual humans to live in peace with Elementals, so that both could realize their full positive potential and eliminate the negative aspects of the individual/composite dichotomy. The result was the creation of the first true Gods.

When the planetary population reached the saturation point, and a mass die-off of souls at a low stage of spiritual development allowed Elementals to grow to maturity, the advanced civilization on the space colonies in the vicinity of the planet managed to tame or capture some of these vast spiritual creatures, and tried to turn them into civilized people instead of wild animals. Elementals have the potential to be Gods, but they don't realize it unless raised by their peers.

Elementals don't have peers in the natural cycle of their evolution because they are the composite form of another race. We individual humans are their parents as well as their children, but we also have a destiny of our own which conflicts with theirs.

This is why the space people interfere with this natural cycle of human evolution. They raise Elementals to be fully human and civilized by teaching them to accept a symbiotic relationship with individual humans. Remember, an Elemental is similar in structure to a Theocratic band, and it has a place in its astral body for individual humans to attach to it.

In a primitive, animalistic Elemental, these attachment points remain empty when the creature reaches maturity. To produce a God, human astral souls attach themselves to these points as the Elemental is growing and try to control it. If it overcomes them and remains an animal, then it may have to be killed. If the spirits win and tame the Elemental, it becomes a God.

A God allows human spirits at an advanced state of development to attach themselves and travel with it when it leaves its planet of origin and travels into deep space. These spirits are mentioned in Earth mythologies as "the sons of the Gods," "Elohim," and by many other names. Once the young God becomes fully conscious, they stop controlling the God, and it stops trying to control them. Both cooperate for mutual benefit.

As the Gods travel through the universe, the Elohim who ride on them can visit planets and create life there, or guide the evolution of existing life, without having to die in the process as the original Missionary Spirits did. The God cannot approach the gravitational field of a planet very closely, but the Elohim can do so and return, using psychic technology that the God creates within itself. Another thing the Elohim do before they leave a planet is to create an elaborate and self-sustaining network of astral machines, which remains there for future use.

Much of what the Invisible College is doing on your planet right now makes use of such machines, which were left on Earth's astral plane by the Elohim when one of the Gods seeded your planet in the remote past. It might have been hundreds of thousands of years ago, or millions of years. The devices are constructed of organic astral matter. They are machines, but they are also alive as plants are alive. This is why they were able to survive for unimaginable periods of time. The equipment is capable of defending itself from Theocrats and all but the largest Elementals, and of sustaining itself indefinitely. It possesses an artificial intelligence like a computer, but does not have true volition or creativity. It repairs itself but it does not reproduce or evolve.

Griffith: Do the Elohim and Gods return to a planet when it reaches the "Last Days" and new Gods are about to be born? Most Earth mythologies imply this.

Invisible College: No. The Gods normally visit a planet once. After that, they can call to their children when they are ready. The Elohim can return to a planet, using the same type of teleportation equipment that we use. Many of the spirits in the Invisible College are in fact Elohim.

Griffith: Are Elohim and space people different races, or the same?

Invisible College: We are both the same race or species in a genetic sense, because our astral souls are capable of incarnating in the same types of bodies. There is not a single race of space people or a single race of Elohim, though; there are actually several of each that we are in contact with. Your occult literature has for many centuries used the word "Elohim" to refer to the beings we're talking about, just as it has called space people angels. In general, the difference between the space people and the Elohim is simply that those who live in space value physical technology and life in a physical body more than the Elohim do. Space people normally incarnate immediately after death, though they can function quite well in the disembodied state if there is reason to do so. The space people possess a high level of psychic technology, much of it learned from their friends among the Elohim people, but rely on it less to meet their total needs than they rely on physical technology.

The Elohim have cultures that reverse the patterns described above. They incarnate in bodies only for specialized reasons, such as coming to Earth to assist with the birth of new Gods. By choice, they spend most of their time in the disembodied state, traveling the universe with the Gods, or living in the astral planes of advanced societies like and un1ike ours. Some cultures of space people have a very strong relationship with the Elohim, and others do not. The ones who do often live with a lower level of physical technology than those who do not; for example, they live on the surface of planets rather than in space stations, and would rather use biologically-engineered plants and animals than machines of metal or plastic. They, like the Elohim themselves, make more extensive use of machines constructed of living astral matter then we ordinary space people do.

Another major difference between space people and the Elohim is equally difficult to describe. It has to do with group minds and the relationships between individuals within the society. The Elohim like to link their astral souls together using methods that are superficially similar to the way spirits are linked together in Theocratic bands on Earth. However, the Elohim are civilized, moral people, and would never control or exploit one another when they do this. Their group minds compare to Theocratic bands as sexual intercourse between lovers compares to rape. We space people, on the other hand, do not link our souls together in this fashion except very briefly for specialized purposes: education, psychotherapy, etc.

It should be pointed out that these differences between cultures are matters of esthetics, not morality or level of evolution. Both groups are good in the moral sense and highly advanced in the evolutionary sense. Of course, the cultural differences between the two groups often create political friction arising out of conflicting goals and values, but this can be beneficial and stimulating to both sides if handled correctly on the social level. An individual can change from one group to the other, as a person on Earth might emigrate to another country and become naturalized. Whole societies have made this change in the past on the collective level, and adopted a new technology and culture.

Over the last six hundred years, both space people and Elohim have been coming to Earth in ever-increasing numbers. Many of your greatest minds were directed by astral souls from advanced extraterrestrial civilizations. And your whole modern Western civilization is the creation of our political organization on Earth, the Invisible College.

However, not all the space people on Earth are our agents. Theocracy is not confined only to primitive planets. Even advanced societies still have a minority of people with an insane lust for power, and use planets like Earth as places of exile for them. After spending a few lifetimes here, either they will reject their Theocratic tendencies, and become rehabilitated by joining the Invisible College and assisting in the birth of the new Gods and an advanced human civilization on Earth; or else they will be devoured by elementals during the Last Days, as the new Gods are reaching maturity.

Griffith: This confirms all these rumors I've heard about Earth's being used by other worlds as a hospital, or insane asylum. But doesn't the presence here of people with Theocratic mentalities and advanced extraterrestrial knowledge make survival and spiritual development more difficult for the native Earth people? How do you justify this ethically?

Invisible College: Most of the memories are removed from the exiles' minds before they are sent here, so they don't have the same type of knowledge that our regular agents have. The majority of them have a vague feeling of being alien to earthly society, but very few possess conscious memories of life on other worlds, and they have no technical knowledge at all. However, they do possess high intelligence and control over their psychic powers: these are essential functions of the astral mind that we don't have the right to tamper with.

Griffith: Science-fiction writers often assume that advanced societies handle their crime problems by reprogramming people's minds to rehabilitate them. Why don't you do this to your criminals instead of sending them here?

Invisible College: We do employ such methods, but only on the less serious cases. Every advanced society that's tried to eliminate all crime and insanity from the population has ended up destroying itself. It's impossible to program destructive tendencies out of the mind without also eliminating good qualities like creativity. So exile is the lesser evil. And having a few extraterrestrial Theocrats here doesn't affect the average Earth person at all: They're really no different from your own native Theocrats, and there's no shortage of those. The presence of such people on Earth really has no overall effect on events here, especially since about half of the exiles eventually rehabilitate themselves and fight on our side.

Griffith: My personal psychic experiences and my past-life memories tell me that the exiled criminals and the agents sent here to direct the War in Heaven are only a small minority among the extraterrestrial spirits now incarnating on Earth. What kind of people are the rest?

Invisible College: There are two main groups: refugees from physical wars and disasters, and young souls seeking development in the challenge of this hostile environment. Both come here to be in at the beginning of a new civilization.

Griffith: Everything you've just described sounds like what has happened on Earth during colonization of a new area. The American West was settled by exactly the same groups: a cadre of professionals who assisted the others, refugees fleeing poverty or oppression, young people seeking opportunity, and a minority of criminals running from the law. Australia is an even better example: it started as a penal colony, and later attracted the other types of immigrants as well.

Invisible College: That is a very good analogy. And the presence of large numbers of typical colonist types here ought to make your readers feel better: the voluntary immigrants wouldn't come here unless they believed that their chances of surviving and prospering on Earth were reasonably good.

Griffith: Just what are the risks? What are the best and worst things that can happen on this planet, and what is your prediction of what will actually happen?

Invisible College: On the positive side, psychic equipment for controlling the development of the embryonic Elementals into Gods instead of all-devouring monsters is functioning extremely well. It seems to be completely adequate for its job when the time comes. We also have plenty of spirits trained to operate the equipment, and others to work with the embryonic Gods, as well as Elohim to guide them home when they are ready to leave the planet.

On the negative side, the Theocrats still have far more influence on Earth than we'd like, considering your state of technological development. We're not worried about the eventual outcome of the battle with them. The Invisible College is going to win, because we now have much better access to psychic technology than the Theocrats do. However, unless the control of Theocratic spirits over your technology can be broken fairly soon, the Earth's biosphere will be seriously damaged before the Last Days. It's going to be a near thing.

Griffith: Are you referring to things like the destruction of the ozone layer by organic halogen compounds, the greenhouse effect, etc.?

Invisible College: These are only two out of a long list of symptoms, and not even the worst ones. For example, some of your medical researchers are becoming aware that insecticides and other poisonous chemicals cause mutations in bacteria and viruses that create new diseases, but they have not yet realized just how great a potential danger this is. Over fifty million years ago, the dinosaurs became extinct because of diseases caused by chemical pollutants released by the impact of large numbers of comets with the Earth during a visit of the Sun's astronomical companion, the "Nemesis Star."

Griffith: What happens if the Earth becomes uninhabitable after the majority of the population dies off during the last Days and the new Gods depart?

Invisible College: It may be possible to start an advanced civilization of reasonable size on space colonies, as has happened on many other worlds. This is the most probable outcome, the way things look right now. However, if there is large­scale nuclear or biological warfare, the last Days may come so soon and be so short that this won't be possible. That's the worst-case scenario, and if it happens, we will simply have to evacuate as many souls as possible to other worlds, using the same psychic equipment that we use to control the Elementals.

Griffith: Well, that sounds better than the prospect of universal death that everyone on Earth would face if the extraterrestrial spirits weren't here.

Invisible College: It is, but it still isn't a good situation. Only astral souls above a certain state of development can be teleported out of here. Weaker souls would not survive the journey. Now, all of the agents and immigrants and even the rehabilitated exiles are strong enough to survive the journey out as they survived the journey in, but many Earth people aren't. This means that many ordinary Earth people will die under these conditions... but they will survive if this planet continues to support physical human life, or if it's possible to build space colonies in time.

Griffith: Knowing this, it's easy to see why you're pushing the New Age movement and the resurgence of occultism so hard. You want people to strengthen their astral souls through practicing psychic development techniques, because that increases their chances of survival, no matter what happens.

Invisible College: Psychic development alone does not guarantee survival. Theocracy on Earth is now entering a fifth stage of development, which is based on electronic mind control instead of religious mind control, and on belief systems with no obvious ties to organized religion. Fifth-stage Theocracy can entrap living people into group entities similar to Theocratic bands by linking their souls together with ties of astral matter, and people capable of entering the psychic trance are not as resistant to it as they are to the religious stages of Theocracy.

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