The scary fact of government-paid internet trolls and agents

There is no necessity to speculate about whether or not government agencies pay internet trolls and covert disinfo-agents when various mainstream and alternative media outlets have shown that this is an established fact.

A Redditor compiled a great list of articles from reputable sources on the subject matter, from the British, Russian, and American military using covert agents to spread disinfo and nationalistic propaganda, Israel creating monetary incentives for students to spread Pro-Israeli propaganda, various tools for online voting and polling manipulation, China’s internet spin doctors, and more. There is no end to online disinfo and manipulation created and perpetuated by paid trolls, bloggers, and agents.

Resurrecting Medusa

For thousands of years, the symbol of the Medusa was used to represent the power of fear and the knowledge that we can, by approaching our fears in an enlightened state of mind, find a way to overcome them.

However, for a brief time, in the first half of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud seemed to turn an archaic myth on its head, if you’ll excuse the pun, and render its transformative motifs into something far more repressive.

In his poorly argued essay, Medusa’s Head, Freud declared the Medusa to be a symbol of castration. He cites the decapitation of the mythic female figure as a response to a male’s first sight of female genitals and the resulting emasculation anxiety. (1.)

This particular view has been rejected today and in particular by feminist writers and thinkers who, rightly, argue that Freud was reducing the Medusa to a visual construct for men, with no integrity or role in her own right.

Obviously, we can find all kinds of phallic symbolism in the Medusa, from snakes to her power to ‘stiffen’ and this falls into Freud’s obsession with penis-envy. However, Freud himself seems to be unsure of how to prove his own theory, writing in Medusa’s Head that, “In order seriously to substantiate this interpretation it would be necessary to investigate the origin of this isolated symbol of horror in Greek mythology as well as parallels to it in other mythologies.” (2.)

Perhaps Freud’s failing is best summed up by Freudian scholar and Professor of philosophy at Lakehead University, Todd Dufresne when he writes, “… it is psychoanalysis itself that has infected the Western soul with penis envy, oedipal conflicts, death drives and so on. For these ideas are not given to, and cannot be found in, the world. They must be created.” (3.)

When we return to the original myth we discover that the role of the Medusa does not end with her beheading. In fact, it is only through her death that Perseus discovers the gifts hidden within the Gorgon.

This is also what Freud failed to take account of and, perhaps, deliberately overlooked in order to try and substantiate his theory.

So, who is the Medusa and what was her original role? We might be surprised to learn that the Medusa is most likely a Greek version of The Green Man.

The Green Man is a nature deity usually portrayed with vines emerging from his head and this compares well to the Medusa and her snake hair. (4.) (5.) His first incarnation was as Osiris, who was portrayed as being green skinned, just as the Medusa, and was representative of the primal logos. Logos has been mistranslated as meaning word, but in fact, it’s true descriptive is ratio or pattern, linking it more to the Tao rather than the anthropomorphized Christian meaning.

We can now reassess the Greek myth and begin to understand its true lesson.

On the surface, Perseus must find a way to slay something whose direct gaze will turn a person into stone. Immediately, we are given a hint about the archaic, yet well-observed psychology at work in the story. What we are being told is that sometimes a fear is best overcome by guile and an unorthodox approach, rather than a direct confrontation.

The Greek gods can be seen as representations of the mind, and in this context, the gifts they give Perseus are then allegorical, psychological tactics.

These gifts consist of Athena’s mirrored shield, a cloak of invisibility from Hades, winged sandals from Hermes and a sword from Hephaestus.

In archaic symbolism, these represent the same aspects of gnosis and the attributes of mind needed to overcome a fear or blockage in our spiritual progress.

With the mirrored shield Perseus is showing us that we must find a new angle to approach our fear; sometimes face to face confrontation is useless and we must learn to find a new perspective which gives us an advantage we were previously unaware of.

The winged sandals represent the opportunity for lateral thinking: Hermes is the messenger of the higher mind which overlooks all things, so allowing Perseus to take flight means to break from the used paths of before and compliment the perspective of Athena’s shield.

The sword has been a symbol of direct action and force of will in almost every culture and, the god Hephaestus, who made the sword, is often given the epithet Polumetis, which means crafty or shrewd.

Finally, Perseus is given the gift of invisibility. Interestingly, this may be based on the syncretism of Greco-Buddhist philosophies which had begun as far back as the 5th century BC in Hellenistic cultures. (6.)

In this instance, the concept of invisibility is directly related to the prevalent Orphic or Asclepian practice of incubation meditation, where a seeker would remove themselves from all sensory stimulation in order to receive the communication of the gods or higher mind.

All of these gifts represent alternative ways of thinking which can be utilized in order to progress past fear.

In his philosophical work In the Dark Places of Wisdom, Peter Kingsley writes of the secret Pythagorean meditation techniques, saying, “That’s the real reason for the stillness practiced in incubation. It was a method for coming as close as possible to the divine world.” and, “For the stillness itself was something that belonged to the heroes and the gods. (7.)

So, Perseus, representing the self that must grow past its fear, is equipped to overcome the Medusa by utilizing the gods, or higher mind, of which he is a part and which was always the potential of the self.

When Perseus has conquered his fear he has moved onto a new stage in his psychological evolution. This is shown by the two ‘brothers’ who spring forth from the dead Medusa’s body; Pegasus, the winged horse, and Chrysaor, a youth who carries a golden sword.

We see that what is overcome is also transformed: Pegasus and Chrysaor being symbolic of the ability to think from a higher perspective and to discern with a new sharpness.

Of course, these myths are profound not just because they contain psychological wisdom but also the macroscopic, universal wisdom of the ages. By understanding how these myths speak to us, we can see past the literalism and cultural motifs and apply the esoteric lessons and gnosis that they have always contained.

 

David Halpin. © 19/12/2015

 

  1. Sigmund Freud. On Sexuality P311.
  2. Sigmund Freud. Medusa’s Head (Das Medusenhaupt, 1922)
  3. http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/18/opinion/oe-dufresne18
  4. The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature: The Re-emergence he Spirit of Nature from Ancient Times into Modern Society. Gary R. Varner (P.129.)
  5. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/picture/2012/jul/25/gorgon-s-head-british-art
  6. Foltz, Religions of the Silk Road, p. 43
  7. Peter Kingsley. In the Dark Places of Wisdom. (P 186.)

Skull and Bones, Freemasonry, and the Serpent of Wisdom

Skull & Bones, Freemasonry, and the Serpent of Wisdom 

The Fall of Man has been symbolized in many aspects of our culture but what’s being alluded to? What’s the true meaning behind this Biblical parable or at least, the meaning that the Mysteries have derived from it? The society of Skull and Bones and the order of Freemasonry can shed light on the matter.

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The above image is the logo of Skull and Bones, a secret society that John Kerry, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush were apart of, among other influential individuals. The number 322 is a reference to Genesis 3:22.

“And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” Genesis 3:22

It has been claimed by conspiracy theorists that this alludes to a rebellion against God, evil-doing, and the hope of ascending to Godhood. While that sounds compelling, it’s not true. The allusion being made is to duality, equilibrium, self-actualization, the generative forces, and the hope for immortality. This is detailed through the degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, specifically the degrees of Knight of the Sun, Knight of the Brazen Serpent, and Master of the Royal Secret in Morales & Dogma by Albert Pike or alternatively, A Bridge to Light by Rex R. Hutchens. If you’re wanting to get into the details of it, from the dualistic symbol or generative aspects, read into The Book of the Words by Albert Pike.

To understand the usage of this parable requires studying the symbolism of the serpent. The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The serpent symbolizes duality, good and evil, wisdom, rebirth, immortality, transformation, and fertility.[1] This symbolism and meaning aren’t and weren’t exclusive to Christianity and, therefore, have nothing to do with the narrative that the serpent represents Satan or acts of evil. The Fall of Man is used in the modern Mysteries for the sake of convenience and the familiarity of it, not because it’s supposed to symbolize rebellion against God as conspiracy theorists have claimed.

The serpent, in the Mysteries, acts as a symbol of wisdom and guardianship over knowledge. It has been theorized that the association of serpents and guardianship was created from the fact that many snakes, such as rattlesnakes and cobras, often stand their ground instead of retreating when threatened by something. It is an act of overcoming fear and taboo to obtain knowledge that is central to understanding the deeper meaning of this symbolism.

The association of wisdom and the serpent is thought to have been derived from the serpents association to the Osirian myth. It’s also been theorized that serpent symbolism was inspired by the constellation of Scorpio and the Milky Way since the Milky Way appears as an infinite ring or (Ouroboros) across the night sky.

In ancient Egypt, there were many depictions of the pharaohs with headdresses featuring a serpent wrapping around the Sun, which was known as the Uraeus.

 

The Sun-god Horus was often depicted in resemblance to the Uraeus or vice versa. The serpent is a symbol of the totality of the Osirian myth, representing the wisdom or knowledge of both light and darkness. The duality aspect of the serpent symbolism is derived from the rivalry of Horus and Set as is the aspect of good and evil, the rebirth and transformation aspect comes from Osiris, the fertility aspects from Osiris and Isis, the immortality aspect from the mythological resurrection, and finally, the aspect of wisdom from understanding the fable and the heavens above.

The idea that the serpent is an evil entity is a false narrative created by later interpretations of Christianity. In reality, the only reference toward evil regarding the serpent is in the double-speak of its hidden meaning.

“The phrase in Hebrew: טוֹב וָרָע, tov V’ra translatable as good and evil, may be an example of the type of figure of speech known as merism. This literary device pairs opposite terms together, in order to create a general meaning; so that the phrase “good and evil” would simply imply “everything”. It is equivalent to the Egyptian expression evil-good which is indeed normally employed to mean “everything”. In Greek literature, the concept is also used by Telemachus, “I know all things, the good and the evil” (Od.20:309–10).[3]” — Wiki (serpent symbolism)

In the Mysteries, the purpose of using The Fall of Man parable is to express the desire to understand all that is, to accept the reality of the universe ( good and bad ), and to embrace the duality of life in order to obtain equilibrium and to self-actualize. It is to mature to a degree in which you can transpire order form chaos.

In addition, The Fall of Man parable in the context of the Mysteries represents the generative forces of man and the hope of the immortality of the soul. This is often expressed through the duality symbolism of Isis and Osiris and the Sun and Moon.

“To the ancients, the Sun was a “masculine” (active) symbol, as well as the source of the light which the “feminine” (passive) Moon reflects.” — Rex R. Hutchens, A Bridge to Light, p. 31

This is where many conspiracy theorists get the juvenile notion that “the secret” of the Mysteries boils down to mere phallic worship and sex. No, it’s not that simplistic and immature. What’s being alluded to is the duality of man and the duality of the cosmos, which is often symbolized through the sexual union of male and female in no difference to how the Sun and Moon are contrasted symbolically. In this symbolic expression, man achieves a sense of biological immortality but the hope is for the immortality of the soul. This is merely an appreciation for that which should be sacred to man.

“To every Mason, the soul of man is immortal.” – Albert Pike., Morales and Dogma, p. 525

Sammy R. LaPoint © 2015

  1. “Myths Encyclopedia Serpents and Snakes”. Mythencyclopedia.com.

Hermes of Babylon: The Forgotten Gnostic Serpent

Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 film Noah was variously described as being “…likely drawn from Gnostic texts that present the biblical god as evil”, and as “…merrily lifting riffs from a range of canonical and Gnostic texts, with a sprinkling of the Kabbalism about which he obsessed in Pi.”(1.) (2.)

The film depicts the archetypal world flood myth concerning Noah and his instructions to save two of each living thing on an ark.

However, descriptions referring to the Gnostic elements of the story allow us to dig a little deeper into the roots of this constantly evolving philosophy.

Continue reading Hermes of Babylon: The Forgotten Gnostic Serpent

Resisting the temptations of inner weakness

Have you ever disagreed with the majority but publicly conformed to the popular opinion regardless? Have you ever given into peer pressure, had sex with someone you shouldn’t have, felt ashamed to own your personal taste, given into emotional vampirism, or wrongly allowed someone to make you feel ashamed or guilty?

If you’ve experienced those things, it’s a consequence of abandoning your integrity. Of course, it happens. We’re fallible beings and those mistakes often teach us the most about ourselves but that’s precisely the point. We’re supposed to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them. That’s where integrity makes the difference.

Giving into these temptations of inner weakness are a detriment to the world. People will literally abandon all that is good and true for a sense of self-righteousness or belonging. That’s what the Asch Conformity experiment and the Milgram experiment show us, that people are completely willing to betray their own conscience.

When you have a strong sense of integrity you value yourself enough to remove those unhealthy situations from your life by resisting them. Instead of succumbing to emotional vampirism, you cut it off. Instead of abandoning your beliefs, you stand by them. That’s the power of integrity, which carves the path to personal liberty.

It only takes practice in order to become more comfortable with resisting. Remember the saying, “neurons that fire together wire together” and learn to train your brain to resist inner weakness.

The next time you feel strongly about something, stand by that belief instead of conforming to the majority if they so happen to disagree. If someone tries to guilt trip you, confront them about it and let them know that you’re willing to cut that type of unhealthy negativity out of your life. If you’ve convinced yourself that you’re a sex addict or a drug addict, challenge that belief. Instead of giving into everyone and everything, try to resist it for once. That’s the key. Resist anything that compromises the depths of your character.

The more you practice resisting that weakness and urge to fold under pressure, the better you become at resisting it and establishing a true sense of integrity.

It’s our ability to rise above our own fallibility that makes us special and powerful. That’s the idea. That’s the goal.