The Truth is Out There – The Role of Conspiracy Theories in Personal Transformation

M. Sabeheddin, New Dawn
Waking Times 

“Ignorance…brought about anguish and terror. And the anguish grew solid like a fog and no one was able to see.” – The Gospel of Truth, 17:10, Nag Hammadi Texts

“Humanity is asleep, concerned only with what is useless, living in a wrong world….Do not prattle before the People of the Path, rather consume yourself. You have an inverted knowledge and religion if you are upside down in relation to Reality. Man is wrapping his net around himself. A lion (the man of the Way) bursts his cage asunder.” – The Sufi Master Sanai, teacher of Rumi, in The Walled Garden of Truth (1131 C.E.).

What role does conspiracy and cover-up play in the multifarious facets of life in the closing years of this twentieth century? Are powerful groups manipulating events as part of a long-range strategy to bring about a totally controlled global society? Does recognition of conspiracies lead to paranoia and delusion? Or does it actually explain events and thereby empower people?

It is not the purpose of this short article to examine the range of crimes, cabals and secret plots broadly covered by the word conspiracy. Nor do we intend to prove the existence of some international conspiracy at work in the crisis torn world of the 90s. What we want to touch on is the implications of conspiracy theories for personal transformation. What we want to explore here is a different way of seeing the world.

First let us define the meaning of that seemingly disturbing word: “conspiracy”. Webster’s International dictionary gives, as one connotation, “a combination of men for an evil purpose; a plot”. The Oxford Dictionary of English agrees, defining conspiracy as “a combination of persons for an evil or unlawful purpose; an agreement between two or more to do something criminal, illegal or reprehensible; a plot”.

If, as a significant number of researchers claim, it can be shown that influential – largely hidden – elites have knowingly combined their efforts in a plot(s) to manipulate and control people and events, then on the basis of the standard definition just cited, a conspiracy does indeed exist.

Readers who are accustomed (or is it conditioned?) to automatically regard any mention of conspiracy as irrational paranoia, will find this very subject a ‘problem’.

Jonathon Vankin, the author of two excellent books exploring a host of conspiracy theories, observes that, “The word ‘conspiracy’ may be a ‘problem’ for some, but only because it represents the unknown, mystery, and risk. Those are the things that grip the human mind and bring it to life. These ideas can only be a problem for those who wish to keep our minds under control.”

Last century the British politician, Benjamin Disraeli, a man of wide political experience, declared that “the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” This century U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt has been quoted as saying: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way.”

“Ruling elites will use conspiracy,” states political scientist and activist Dr. Michael Parenti. “They will finance elections, publicity campaigns, publishing houses, wire services, and academic studies. They will use surveillance, mobsters, terrorists, assassins and death squads.”

Conspiracy researchers ‘look behind the dark curtain’ that shrouds history and the sacrosanct assumptions reinforcing contemporary society.

There really are, as investigative author Jim Hougan says, two kinds of history, the safe, sanitized “‘Disney version,’ so widely available as to be unavoidable…and a second one that remains secret, buried, and unnamed.”

This “second” version of history, Jonathon Vankin and John Whalen argue, does indeed have a name: “conspiracy theory.” According to the co-authors of 50 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time the official, safe “Disney” version of history “could just as easily be called the ‘New York Times version’ or the ‘TV news version’ or the ‘college textbook version.’ The main resistance to conspiracy theories comes not from people on the street, but from the media, academia, and government – people who manage the national and global economy of information.”

The structure of the modern world demands mass adherence to faith in the institutions that maintain the existing order and make it run. These institutions are innumerable: government, business, science, education, politics…and their survival is dependent on people’s faith in authority.

“We have to believe the institutions are functioning in our best interests,” wrote Vankin in his 1991 ground-breaking book Conspiracies, Cover-Ups and Crimes. “We have to believe what the people within those institutions assure us to be true.”

This is why ‘conspiracy theories’ are universally anathema to the Establishment. They directly challenge the status quo, undermining the blind faith of the ‘brainwashed’ masses in society’s machiavellian ‘leaders’!

Vankin quotes anthropologist Jules Henry as saying that “our civilization is a tissue of contradictions and lies.” Henry used the term “sham” for the everyday deceptions that reinforce this malignant society. “Sham gives rise to coalitions because usually sham cannot be maintained without confederates.” In other words, to keep the system afloat requires a conspiracy. “In sham,” Henry continues, “the deceiver enters into an inner conspiracy against himself.”

Acknowledging the conspiracies and cover-ups behind history and contemporary events means we can no longer lie to ourselves, like Colin Wilson’s “Outsider” who “cannot live in the comfortable insulated world of the bourgeois, accepting what he sees and touches as reality.”

Modern civilisation is a conspiracy against Reality.

R.D. Laing explains in The Politics of Experience how people are ‘conditioned’ and ‘brainwashed’ by modern society. Beginning with the children, Laing says, “It is imperative to catch them in time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high IQs if possible.

“From the moment of birth, when the Stone Age baby confronts the Twentieth century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father, and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities, and on the whole this enterprise is successful. By the time the new human being is fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half-crazed creature more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age.”

In our conditioned environment we accept what we are told, largely without question. Society, or more precisely the ruling elites, define reality.

Central to every conspiracy is the suppression of specific information or the deliberate avoidance of certain key facts. Control of information is a mechanism of social control. If information is used by the ruling elites to programme and mentally enslave people, then information can be used to deprogramme and liberate them. Knowledge is the key to freedom.

According to the Sufis, the potential for clear, direct perception in man in his everyday life is largely frustrated by a distorting complex of sociopsychological conditioning factors. Often these appear in the seemingly innocuous forms of unfounded assumptions and expectations. Consequently man is ready mental putty in the hands of powerful manipulators. Conspiracies are detected only by the exercise of unfettered perception and thinking. Thus, conspirators must propagate a necessary level of confusion in those whom they seek to deceive and control.

The mere realisation of the existence and activities of various ‘conspiracies’ orchestrated by powerful ruling elites, has a largely liberating effect on a thinking individual, disclosing to him as it does the vast magnitude of the lies and deception incorporated in the various layers of official culture. The whole social structure, educational structure, economic and political structures are directly challenged.

Once a person realises that there is a ‘hidden history’ behind our so-called history, they invariably start to want to break away from the futile human pattern of seeing reality as it is not and thereby living a lie. They want to abandon the anaesthetic of ignorance and suppression within which man cocoons himself and to embrace the intensity of reality – as it is.

Conspiracies and cover-ups do exist. However, their underlying root cause is our own irresponsibility, ignorance and inactivity. The world tells us what we want to hear, giving us justifications for different states of irresponsibility. Civilization may well be destroying itself, but individuals don’t have to destroy themselves with it.

The modern world with its phobias, neurosis, contradictions and conflicts, is what we must overcome. We must break our links, sever our ties; plumb the depths of our unconsciousness, and cut the bonds with which we’ve bound ourselves.

Confronted by the intrigue of conspiracy and cover-up, we don’t react to the sham by constructing an equally dogmatic, paranoid worldview. Nor do we become down-cast, depressed or consumed with red-hot anger. There is no point in hiding away or running wildly in the street. Just be AWARE. From the inner certainty, clarity and calm of AWARENESS proceeds right and constructive action. Channel your anger, your fear, your hopes and dreams into TOTAL AWARENESS. By discerning society’s true condition you are free from the bonds of ignorance and no longer a pawn in the game. Awakening from the sleep of conditioned existence we can appreciate the words of the Sufi teacher Al Ghazzali: “The higher one ascends a mountain, the farther one sees.”

Some radical students of the Bible identify the existing social, political and economic order as “Babylon”. A name synonymous with a system of total oppression and exploitation, taken from the Book of Revelation. The government, the bureaucracy, indeed all worldly authorities are mere instruments of Babylon. Babylon, built on falsehood and sustained by ignorance, will one day come crashing down because of fundamental untruths. Awakened to the actual nature of this world, one’s life is that of exile. A stranger in a strange land. Conspiracy and cover-up is what we first encounter when we begin to perceive real life in Babylon.

“It may be that mankind has been invited to participate in a bizarre kind of contest with some undeclared cosmic opponents,” says Brad Steiger, a writer on the paranormal. “Man may have been challenged to play the Reality Game; and if he can once apprehend the true significance of the preposterous clues, if he can but master the proper moves, he may obtain a clearer picture of his true role in the cosmic scheme of things.”

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The above article appeared in New Dawn No. 31 (July-August 1995).

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  • mikael

    People to day have a missconsept on the issue of self disiplin.

    To live in a higher consciousness, is not easy, but ater a while, you realise the truth, nothing happens if not You do it.
    The people lacks self responsebiltity and with it, morale and comon sence dies.
    People dont even consider consequences at all, the ignorance on this aspect is killing our entire planet.

    Whats bugging me, is the passivity, the inherent notion of a “saviour” to come and resque humanity, this alone I considers are a major obstacle and a false belife.
    People are desperate in their seatch for someone, or something, and that selfinflicted dilution is dangerous. The false reality of victimhood, of blaming others, for whatever, is also a dangerous trapp, becuase its convinient and that putts all the blame on someone else, or something else for that matter.

    The truth is, and this is based on solid profs, we must start with our self, to learn to intermingle in a webb of life, where everything is alive and conscious.
    Consciousness drives the universe, thats the core, the rest is possibilitys, we have powers beyound imagination, the sole problem is our own mind. And level of knowledge.
    This is the latest in Biology, and this goes straith into the core of this article, our own mind and matter, and whats the difference, from a Biological point, and the flopp with and about DNA(its basicly a flopp).
    Amazing, this will blow you away.

    This si also a direct contradictory to the present idiotic Darwinism.

    When you realise the importance of this knowledge, practise, I havent read a book for a decade, I practice.
    Love life, and life loves you back
    And then I recomend a video that blowed MY mind away, and confirmed almoust everything I knew and belived.
    This is cutting edge sience.
    My life as a Tyrkey.

    To be and live in the present is everything.


  • Pete

    Truth begets knowledge, knowledge begets wisdom, and with wisdom one
    sees that the progress of humanity is a myth. There is no satisfaction
    in the truth only the ugliness of reality.Knowledge only shows us the
    futility of our position. And wisdom,gained from many years of searching for the truth, compiling the knowledge, all in the hope of
    enlightening our posterity that they may have a better life than we’ve
    had, only to realize that they are doomed because of our ignorance and

    Is the conspiracy real, you bet it is, am I angry, you bet I am, do I
    have a solution? Lets do to them, what they are doing to us, kill the

  • Susanne

    So many lies from the beginning of time that ambitious, wicked people have on the generations and kept us all from that paradise on earth that we should know. The same wickedness that killed Jesus when he tried to wake people up to the truth of their hypnotic elusions. For a way out of the maze see I am in no way affiliated to this site except to say it’s long lost (true meditation tecnique) is a lifechanger. Now what’s it to be, the red pill or the blue pill? Can you swallow the uncomfortable truth?

  • Victor Gagnon

    The article is great but also a lot of great and wise replies. I totally agree with most of the replies

  • Marks2Much

    Fortunately, thanks to the internet, more and more people are becoming Awake & Aware. The work of David Icke, Project Camelot, and so many others like Zen Gardener have been instrumental in this transformation. To build upon this momentum, reach out to the people who post on these sites. Contact them. Build a growing network of like-minded sovereign individuals who are collectively disconnecting from the Matrix. In unity their is Power. Together, we can bring about truth and change to reassert our rightful place as stewards of this planet and humanity.

  • “However, their underlying root cause is our own irresponsibility, ignorance and inactivity.”
    This has been a primary mantra of mine for years (working on my own writings on this). It is an important truth. The worst, is those of us who are not ignorant have been pulled down by those who are. Lately though, those of us in the truth sector are now exerting a pull on the rest, as many are realizing the cost of ignorance.

    Beside the obvious problems themselves and the ignorance that allows it, it’s important to also remember the problem-reaction-solution program, and be wary of controlled opposition groups. Two examples of controlled opposition in my opinion, ‘thrive’ gamble, and ellen brown web of debt ‘let congress print the money’ -the same congress that did ndaa, allows chemtrails etc. As things get more challenging there will be many false leaders who appear as if to ‘help’, only to try to misdirect, subvert us right back into ‘their’ paradigm of misdirection or false solutions. Remember Hegalian Dialectic and tell others these things. Thinking for ourselves is Critical.
    Most important speech in my opinion – Kennedy’s secret society speech
    Knowledge Is power. Some people are stuck, but many want info and just don’t know where to look so share good alt websites like WT with others. I’ve also found to be fairly interesting they way they take apart the way regular media presents certain issues. Share –
    Thanks for what you do WT.

  • EXCELLENT, INSIGHTFUL work, M. Sabeheddin! You shed light into some dark and shadowy areas of human psyche of individuals and society. I, for one, am one of the “radical Christians” you speak of, and highly recommend the book “Hind’s Feet on High Places” to follow this theme.

  • hp

    Since it is one of the many U.S. days which will live in infamy, (MLK assassination day), here’s a non-conspiracy which can’t be called a conspiracy because it’s true, even though hardly any fine neo-Americans have ever heard it.

    “US Government Found GUILTY Of Murdering Martin Luther King Jr.”

  • dimitri

    Although I had read many of the “classics” like Politics of Experience, Understanding Media, 1984, Brave New World, etc. I always sort of half heartedly pushed them off to the back burners. 9/11 and David Icke challenged and changed that lame attitude in me permanently. It’s embarrassing to see that this New Dawn article appeared in 1995. Mieux tard que jamais. Thanks for putting it up.

  • keldoone

    As a veteran of Vietnam I can assure you, the reader, it is difficult at times to not be roaring angry… Over forty years ago I knew we were being lied to. The size the lies have become since then is staggering. Yet, in my journey I have come to realize that being at war, externally or internally… does not gain anything except unhappiness, disease, aging and premature death. So, what to do?
    There is a challenge worth taking. It is called (among many names) the inner path. The inner path is all about finding the personal reaction/response to everything and taking charge of it. There are many “techniques”, one has to find ones own way, by doing the search of opportunities and choosing that one or many that suites you. And then do the effort to change the way we respond to seeing/hearing about what is happening around us. If one does not do this then where ever you go, the same things will happen. If you want to make a change in the world, take a look at the man in the mirror and make that change… and stay with it… it is a journey… not a destination… the knowing of the destination is easy… being alive and aware/conscious is another story… a story you could be participating in…. or not.

  • the opposite of good faith is reinforced on talmudvision 24/7 – 365 !

    get the mug shots, and don’t waste any empathy on mealy mouthed moronic mavens like Chris Matthews…

    over 100 of my neighbors were MASS MURDERED by REAL TERRORISTS operating in covinous collusion {for filthy lucre}…the MEDIA & the ADL/ATF & ADL/FBI…and all the crackwhores in CONGRESS…

    why do “THEY” hate the Truth…?

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