theists, deists, gnostics, agnostics and even atheists.
mystery, secrecy and wonder, and provides a transformative
experience for its initiates.
It's up to
you to build it. Create, on the drawing board, via
crowd-sourcing, the perfect religion, with no historical
baggage, and then bring it alive. Can you do it?
Perhaps for now we'll just call it
Illuminism (rather than Illumination).
The aim is for it to be so inspiring that it will consign all
other religions to oblivion, and will allow agnostics and
atheists to participate. For all of its triumphs, science, the
bedrock of atheism, is full of holes and contradictions (it's
amazing how many critical flaws in science are glossed over as
if they didn't exist), and, above all, science can't answer the
most basic question of all: what is the meaning of life?
This isn't a scientific question, it's a philosophical one, and
atheists are as interested in it as much as everyone else.
So, can you
collaborate with others to produce a religion that will inspire
the world and save us all from the horrors of the dominant
religions and the current state of our existence?
It should be a
religion that costs nothing, requires no priests, rabbis, or
imams, no churches, mosques, synagogues or temples, no baptisms,
no "holy" days; a religion that has no need of "saints"
interceding on our behalf, nor of "sacraments" that bestow
"grace" upon us, nor ancient texts that we are supposed to take
literally, nor fierce prophets ordering us what to do. No one
and no organization stands between you and God. God is within
here if you do not believe me.
attributed to Jesus Christ are those possessed by each person if
they did but know it. As with Christ, God and man are united in
each and every one of us; two natures existing within each
person. Christians are willing to believe this of Christ, but
not of ordinary men and women. Gnostics accept it as true of
everyone. This radically opposite view makes all the difference
in the world.
or Gnosticism? - God incarnate in one person (Christ), or the
divine spark incarnate in everyone? Which offers the most
glorious and hopeful vision for humanity? There is no possible
doubt. Had Christianity evolved slightly differently (and it had
many opportunities to become unrecognizable from the way it
turned out), it could have been Gnostic Christianity, with
Christ as an Everyman…a shining example to all Gnostics, a model
for everyone to emulate, the perfect blend of humanness and the
divine spark. (Some Gnostics regarded Christ as a divine
messenger sent by the True God to enlighten us. He had a phantom
body, they said, rather than a real one because no being from
the realm of light would ever fully enter into the Satanic
material world. Other Gnostics regarded him as indeed taking on
a physical reality so that he could act as the perfect example
to everyone of how to escape Satan's material hell. His life,
they said, was about an ordinary man - a carpenter - going on an
incredible journey to release his divine spark and become God.
He was so successful that billions now worship him as though he
were a unique being rather than an exemplar whom anyone can
Illuminati, knowing the true identity of Jesus Christ, revile
him, but the "image" of Jesus Christ rather than the reality
could certainly have been the foundation of great things if it
had evolved along Gnostic lines. The archons - the agents of the
Demiurge, the ultimate puppet masters - ensured that this did
more important than the idea that God (or a "higher self" to
placate atheists) resides within you, because this ensures that
no one is alienated from God (he is no longer separate, alien
and distant from us) and it gives every person's life infinite
value. It ensures that everyone has high self-esteem and
self-confidence. Kings of old claimed to be divinely appointed
and thus to have the absolute right to dominate everyone else.
Illuminism should teach that we are all divinely appointed and
no one has the right to dominate anyone.
should promote humanity's highest aspirations, the feeling of
well-being and contentment, the feeling that everyone is
precious and to be treated as such.
should abolish churches and formal buildings of worship.
Religion should return to nature, to the outdoors: to groves and
forests, rivers and lakes, mountains and fields, caves and
grottoes. It should contain mystery and magic to kindle the
human imagination. There should be no power hierarchy.
means standing outside of oneself.
means being possessed or inspired by a god.
Inspiration means breathing in the divine essence.
These words are all related to the quest for the divine spark
and attaining your higher self. Illuminism should be full of
ecstatic experiences, enthusiasm and inspiration.
long-running joke in The Simpsons is the incredible
tedium of the Reverend Lovejoy's services. The Simpsons, like
most Christians, regard religion as a chore that needs to be
endured every Sunday. There's nothing uplifting about it,
nothing transcendent. Religion is supposed to be the core of the
mystery of life, and yet for most people it's something that
sends them to sleep. Modern religion is either a bore or leads
to the psychopathic fanaticism of suicide bombers. The majority
of people these days are numb, "comfortably" numb. Isn't it time
to come out of your numbness, to feel the exhilaration that true
religion brings? The world is crying out for a new religion.
create symbols and initiation degrees for Illuminism? Can you
create a structure for an underground religion? Can you create
secret and mystical ceremonies? Can you create a religion that
allows people to feel like gods?
ancient and historical red
should be worn? This is the famous liberty cap of the American
and French Revolutions.
can find inspiration from the following texts:.
2. Confessio Fraternitatis
3. Chymical Wedding
The Holy Grail:
Perceval, The Story of the Grail by Chrétien de Troyes
of Arimithea, or the Novel of the History of the Grail by
Robert de Boron
Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach
Comedy by Dante
Lost by John Milton
Or from the
following spiritual films:
(The quest for
a modern Grail.)
(An encounter with reified dreams and the deep contents of the
Excalibur (John Boorman)
(The quest for the original Grail.)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
(Journey into the heart of darkness for an encounter with your
higher self, only to discover that it has become corrupt. You
must "kill" your higher self, allowing it to be reborn in a
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
(A man finding his higher self through eternal recurrence and
The Matrix (Wachowski Brothers)
(A man transforming into his divine self.)
V for Vendetta ( James McTeigue)
(A masked hero fights back against an oppressive, totalitarian
Network (Sidney Lumet)
(The cynicism and evil of corporations and the media are
DO THE RIGHT THING, AND PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ALL YOU
KNOW AND LOVE!