We received the following email
from a reader:
A quote from the sign
"We are neither liberal nor conservative, neither left nor
right. We strive to present the news from the point of view of
the Soul. Our concern is how the events on the planet, not only
those within the US, affect our spiritual evolution"
please tell me how this is helping evolution of spirit with comments
and songs like this by the sign of the times
"If you like music but don't like Bush, then check out the
latest Signs of the Times production, You Lied. The words are
now translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese."
All I see is the same finger point and hateful comments that
the bush and his people do. How does this make anyone better?
How does it help us grow?
Is this how we help the spiritual evolution?
Do you think that these type of games are childish?
The truth speaks for itself it does not need childish comments
or games. The truth is harder to see when you add your games.
We are here for the truth.
s. (United States)
"The truth speaks for itself" according to our letter-writer.
We are curious to know how S. thinks this transparency of the truth
works. We hope he will reply and explain because our experience
shows us that finding the truth is very hard work, and let us be
clear that we do not think that we "have" the truth.
Perhaps we have different understanding or definition of what is
meant by the word "truth" than our reader, and he will
be able to clarify that for us. For our part, finding the truth
is a process of acquiring knowledge about our world in order to
have the most accurate description, analysis, and understanding
of our reality as possible, as close as we can come to an objective
view and understanding of that reality. As we say, knowledge protects.
As we work to acquire this knowledge, we learn that there are others
who are actively at work to hide the truth, to suppress it, to wrap
it up in a thousands lies, and this occurs in every domain where
man sets his hand.
There are many different levels to knowledge. There is scientific
knowledge in the language of mathematics such as the equations that
describe quantum and classical physics. Obviously more needs to
be done to create the theory that will embrace the two. Such a theory
might well put ideas of hyperdimensions on a firm scientific foundation
so that we could understand more of the various anomalous manifestations
that are described in myth and legend, as well as of modern Fortean
phenomena. It might even permit us to move in different ways through
Another scientific understanding that is sorely lacking is the
description of the human body that would give us a scientific understanding
of the alchemical transformation. Were our understanding of physics
complete, then it might also help us to comprehend our place in
the grand scheme of the cosmos and show how, where, and why the
alchemical transformation fits into it.
These are only a few examples, but there is quite clearly much,
much more work to be done to arrive at these mathematical and scientific
descriptions of reality.
Moving to a level of reality with which we are more familiar, we
come to our planet and in our solar system. We know almost nothing
about these systems. There are discoveries made regularly that put
into question our understanding of the solar system. The Voyager
spacecraft, having left the solar system, is encountering a drag
on its movement that current theory cannot explain. There are conflicting
theories as to the formation of the solar system, not to mention
the possibility of electrical transference between celestial objects.
Is the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter the remains of a planet
that blew up long ago? Is there life on other planets of our system,
or was there? Might this life once have been similar to ours, with
beings that might pass as "men"?
These are not questions with easy answers. We think that working
towards the truth means working to find them without excluding answers
that might appear to us unbelievable beforehand.
Moving from the heavens to our own planet, what do we really know
of its history or of the history of mankind? There is a truism that
history is written by the victors, but to what extent do we take
that into account when we learn or recite the history that we consider
"ours"? There is general agreement that Hitler was a madman.
As we look back to the Germany of the 1930's, we pause to ask how
it was that a "madman" could have become the leader of
a country that had produced so many of the lasting works of European
culture? To what extent does the victor's portrayal of "Hitler
as madman" now hinder us from seeing what is happening in the
Moreover, there are people alive today who were alive when Hitler
came to power who can give us first-hand reports, and yet we still
fall victim to simplistic explanations of "a madman".
How much more problematic is it, then, when we look at events that
occurred two or three hundred years ago, the American revolution
for example? Or two thousand years ago when a man who has come to
be known as Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth? Hundreds of millions
of people believe the "history" of the gospels. How easy
is it to see the truth of the life of the man known as Jesus
amidst the passions and belief structures built on his name?
And what if we go back many, many thousands of years?
Is the myth of Atlantis only a myth, or were there flesh and blood
Atlanteans behind the myth, people similar to ourselves who may
have faced the same pressures and choices, finding themselves on
the verge of a catastrophe that destroyed them? If so, are there
things we could learn from that history so that we might make different
choices to avert the catastrophe our civilisation appears to be
racing towards with such nonchalance?
And were there other civilisations prior to that? How would it
change our ideas of ourselves and of our species if we were to learn
that we are but one of a long line of civilisations that have risen
and fallen, stretching back hundreds of thousands of years, civilisations
that destroyed themselves or came to a firey end due to planetary
cataclysmes? Would we learn some humility?
Bringing ourselves very close to home, there is another level of
knowledge that comprises the level of knowledge of ourselves. Many
people identify very strongly with their bodies. They believe that
when the body dies, they will die, that nothing will continue to
exist except in the memories of those who knew them. Western culture
is very much under the sway of such a conception of existence with
its emphasis on technological toys that are said to improve our
way of life. What they mean by this is that it improves our physical
existence by automizing large parts of it, but at what cost to other
aspects of ourselves?
But are we really no more than bits of flesh and bone animated
by a high level of complexity achieved through evolution?
Others believe that life continues in another form, be it in Heaven
at the right hand of the Almighty, or as a long series of incarnations.
Is there a way of making the choice between these options clearer,
a way of weighing the decision through the acquisition of knowledge?
Perhaps, here, there can never be any response given with certainty
because it would interfere with our free will, our ability to chose
based upon our level of being. Perhaps life must be ambiguous on
some level to permit us to develop our capacity to discern between
fact and illusion, between truth and wishful thinking.
Here we come to what is, for us, fundamental: who we are, that
is, our level of BEing, determines what we SEE. Who we are determines
how close we are able to come to perceiving reality objectively,
uninfluenced by our socialization, our education, by the programmes
laid down in our central nervous systems during our early years.
This realisation opens up a new understanding of our work to achieve
a scientific understanding of the world because it may well be that
only people who have undertaken the work on themselves necessary
to be able to see themselves as objectively as possible will be
able to come to an objective understanding of the deeper mysteries
of the universe.
In this sense, even if the truth did speak for itself, it would
fall upon deaf ears until we developed our ability to listen to
If the description of the inner make-up of our species as given
by the alchemists, by Gurdjieff and in the teachings of esoteric
Christianity, and in other esoteric traditions is correct, the truth
that speaks is within ourselves, it is part of those higher centres
with which we have long lost contact. The work of rooting out our
programmes, our subjectivity, is what clears the channels so to
speak to permit us to reestablish the link with our higher self.
Our experience has shown us that one way to do the work on the
self to renew this link is to watch our world as closely as we can.
The editors of the Signs page are not mathematical physicists who
can work out the equations of the grand "Theory of Everything".
But we can work on a different level by bringing to light the lies
and manipulations in the social world. We are not taught in school
a true history of our planet or of the development of human civilisations.
We are not taught about the cyclic catastrophes that wreak destruction
on human society. We are not taught that our leaders regularly lie
to us in order to keep us under their spell. We are not taught about
ourselves in ways to make us critical thinkers with an accurate
knowledge of how what is commonly known as our psychology works.
We are not taught to see the material world as a place where we
have lessons to learn before we are able to move on; we are taught
to wallow in its sensual pleasures, taught that this is all there
is, so make the most of it while you're here.
Yes, there are religious and philosophical systems that would have
us place more emphasis on questions of the spirit, but most people
pay lip service to them, if they pay any attention to them at all.
Finally, we come to the point that in our world there are forces
actively at work hiding, obscuring, and muddying the truth. One
of the arms in this battle is programming us with ideas such as
"the truth speaks for itself".
If the truth speaks for itself, then why do so few people see it?
Take the events of 9/11 as an example. We all saw two airplanes
hit the towers of the WTC. It was broadcast and replayed endlessly.
We saw the fire at the Pentagon and the hole in the ground in Pennsylvania.
We saw the FBI images of 19 Arab men who we were told had done this
heinous act. We were given as proof that they had conveniently left
an Arabic language flight manual in their rented car. We saw images
of Osama bin Laden speaking out about the role of the United States
in the Islamic countries and calling his people to jihad.
The truth speaks for itself, right?
Yet others looked again. They questioned why the towers fell after
the impacts and fires when no other steel-framed building had ever
collapsed after such a fire. They asked why the towers came down
so carefully, falling neatly in their footprints as if they had
been professionally demolished. They asked why the hole on the façade
of the Pentagon was only a few metres wide and why the lawn outside
showed no signs of the crash of such a large plane. They asked how
it was possible for a plane to disappear, vapourised by the heat,
while the bodies inside that plane did not and were supposedly identified
using DNA testing. They asked why the firemen who were on the scene
within minutes reported they saw no parts of the plane that first
morning. They asked how it was possible for a plane that crashed
in a field in Pennsylvania to have its parts spread over a radius
of 8 miles unless it had been shot down out of the sky by the military
jet seen circling over the crash site. They asked why it was that
the "crash" came just at the moment the passengers were
wrestling control of the jet back from the "hijackers".
They asked why Mohammed Atta's father was able to receive a phone
call from his son the day after 9/11 claiming he was being framed.
They asked why seven of the alleged hijackers are still alive and
proclaiming their innocence.
And they ask why these facts are not being reported in the mainstream
press in the United States and did not find their way into the final
report of the commission assigned to investigate. Surely, if the
truth spoke for itself, there would be general agreement on what
actually happened and who was responsible that took into consideration
these inconsistencies and facts.
There are forces that do not want the truth to be spoken, who work
actively to spread the lie. It is work to separate the two, to find
the truth amidst the real and planted evidence. First of all, one
must understand that there is such an entropic force at work, moving
beyond the simple idea that people just see things differently or
that people make mistakes.
No. There are people who consciously choose to lie and to manipulate
others with those lies.
The question for those who wish to align themselves with the truth
is what to do in the face of such an opponent -- for it is an opponent.
There is an unbridgeable gulf here in our world, on our level of
existence, between the truth and the lie, between creativity and
entropy. We are engaged in spiritual warfare.
Therefore, to reach your desired aim, it is
first of all necessary to stifle your own wills and finally to
extinguish and kill them all together. And in order to succeed
in this, you must constantly oppose all evil in yourself and urge
yourself towards good. In other words, you must ceaselessly fight
against yourself and against everything that panders to you own
wills, that incites and supports them. So prepare yourself for
this struggle and this warfare and know that the crown -- attainment
of your desired aim -- is given to none except to the valiant
among warriors and wrestlers.
But if this is the hardest of all wars -- since
in fighting against ourselves it is in ourselves that we meet
opposition -- victory in it is the most glorious of all... [Unseen
Warfare, edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and revised
by Theophan the Recluse, St Vladimir's Seminary Press, p. 81]
What do the words of these men, describing an interior battle with
the self, have to do with standing up for the truth in the face
of the lies of the Bush administration and its work to impose a
theocratic police state upon the American people?
We discussed above the relationship between our level of BEing
and our ability to SEE. The work on ourselves is the work to root
out the lies we tell to ourselves, the lies told by the "wills"
mentioned in the citation above. Many of these lies are unconscious.
We are not even aware we are lying to ourselves. We know ourselves
so little that we do not know why we do many things, why we say
what we do; our actions and words are carried out and spoken by
programming of which we are not aware. We are reactors, not actors.
We are bundles of of competing and often contradictory "wills".
As we learn to see the lies in ourselves, we can then see them
in others, and seeing the lies in others may help us to see them
in ourselves. One of the big lies that we have bought is the lie
that we are here to change the world, to make it a better place.
We act upon this lie in our relationships when we try and change
each other, a quest that is always doomed to failure, leading to
pain and suffering for all involved.
As above, so below; as below, so above. An objective reading of
the world shows us the same dynamic, that no matter how hard people
have tried to make the world more just, they have failed. They seek
to bend the world to their idea of what it should be, just as we
try and bend our mate to our conception of how he or she should
be. Yes, people and things change. We have what is called technological
progress, but this progress affects only the outer shell of things.
It is an expression of our own inner mechanicalness. To believe
in progress is to believe a lie.
To refuse a lie is to stand against the mechanical nature of ourselves
and the world, to stand firm against the descending current of the
stream of entropy.
Refusing a lie as a conscious choice is an alchemical act. Something
within ourselves changes. We become magnetized to the truth. Each
time we choose to defend the truth, this magnetizing becomes stronger.
Returning to the metaphor of the stream, from simply holding our
own against the current of entropy, we can begin to make small steps
against that current. For those who have not yet begun to work on
themselves, standing up for the truth in the face of Bush's lies
can be a step towards seeing the higher truth that we cannot impose
our will upon the world as they realise that things are as they
are for a reason.
Spiritual work is neither separate from nor isolated from our daily
lives; this is the premise of what is known as the Fourth Way. We
are in a world where men like Bush rule. By studying them we can
learn about psychopathy.
By seeing the majority of the people around us react in ways so
foreign to our own, we can understand the organic
portal. We thus gain knowledge of this world, to better protect
ourselves from its draining influences and to better learn how not
to be feeders ourselves. As we learn to conserve our energy by defending
ourselves against psychopaths and organic portals, we change our
BEing, increasing our ability to SEE. These lessons help us to really
SEE that the world is as it is for a reason and that it is arrogant
and presumptuous of us to think that we can impose an answer or
a way of life on anyone else.
The most we can do is learn to use our own free will consciously
and with awareness of the effects of each of our choices. And then
we can begin to give back to this world to even the balance for
all that we have been given.
Strike flash is an example of this giving back. As of January,
over 300,000,000 people had seen it. By now it may be well over
that number. In a world where the truth is hidden to such a degree
that many people are not even aware of what questions to ask, the
Pentagon Strike served as one means of heightening people's awareness
of the questions the official story tries to gloss over. Such a
heightening of awareness might be the first step for some of them
in finding their way out of the labyrinth. It was a selfless and
creative act, a giving back to the universe with no anticipation
of what its effect might be. It presented questions on the Pentagon
crash in a way that made them accessible to people who otherwise
might never have come into contact with these questions. It opened
a door to the truth.
We may never know all of the details about what happened at the
Pentagon that day, about what happened to the people who were on
the real Flight 77, where they landed and how they were killed.
For that we can thank those who are working so long and hard against
We can thank Darren Williams for his contribution to unmasking
The song You Lied that our reader finds
"childish" and "name-calling" might serve the
same purpose. We don't know yet. It presents an overview of Bush's
reign in a format that makes it readily available to a wider audience
than the Signs page. It is another way to pass through the wall
of deceit the administration has imposed upon the American people.
Both of these efforts are examples of finding creative ways of
getting important questions out to a wide audience, bypassing the
filters put in place by the media.
Each of us sees the world in a slightly different way depending
upon our background, our culture, the way we were raised, our language,
and many other factors. This difference is not a problem or hindrance
in our work; on the contrary it is essential to the work because
we each bring a piece of the puzzle to the table when we consciously
decide to align ourselves with the truth, when we magnetize ourselves
with each conscious choice to stand for the truth, with our creativity.
Each piece that is shared with others brings us all a step closer
to that truth; it hilights another facet of reality and increases
the shared knowledge and understanding of everyone.
Perhaps we could say that "the truth" is not a noun,
it is a verb describing a feedback loop cycling from perception
to action and back again, with each choice of doing what we think
is necessary to align with the truth in any given situation then
creating new conditions for our ability to perceive and discern
the truth in the next situation. Sometimes we will see that our
action was in accordance with reality; other times we will see that
we missed an essential fact and our action increased entropy. Then
we have the chance to go back and understand how and why we erred,
recalibrating our reading instrument so that we will make a better
choice next time.
The truth does not speak for itself. It must be spoken by each
of us, through us, in each of our choices, our words, and our acts.
If we do not, then truth will not be manifest upon our earth.