Esoteric Knowledge Throughout Time

Flickr-icons-WonderlaneBelsebuub, Guest Writer
Waking Times

Go far enough back in time and you’ll reach to a point where entire societies were based around the universal knowledge of the journey of consciousness in its awakening – in Central and South America, Easter Island, Egypt, Cambodia, India and in many other places now submerged under the ocean. The precision of some of the sacred sites that were created is astonishing, revealing the cosmic principles of enlightenment in their geometry and design. Many of the oldest teachings such as the Rig Veda and the Pyramid Texts of Egypt contain a sublime spiritual message.

As time went by however, much of the ancient knowledge was lost and various religious forms appeared. For some people though there has been a drive to search for the truths of existence, and a few enlightened individuals have emerged here and there throughout history, showing how these sacred principles are inherent in the universe. From this the knowledge emerged here and there throughout history, as the drive for enlightenment is inherent within the human being.

Spiritual and esoteric knowledge has appeared in many different cultures, and has found its expression in different words, symbols, sacred sites, teachers, prophets, messengers, gurus, avatars, artwork, dances, poetry, and much more. However, although the manifestations have their differences, there are obvious and more often hidden similarities. These have served as markers of an esoteric knowledge running like an undercurrent that flows throughout the whole of human history.

However, not all those who search for spirituality arrive to this awakening, and so not all spirituality that is taught is of it. In fact, throughout much of history esoteric knowledge was kept secret to preserve it from the persecutions of society, governments, and religion.

The Secret Knowledge of the Ancient Past

Civilization is much older than many think. Sacred texts talk about lost civilizations from a very ancient past, such as Lemuria and Atlantis which were destroyed by cataclysms, and it is known that these occurred at the end of the last ice age when a huge amount of the world’s most productive land was lost to water.

There is evidence that survivors created magnificent esoteric civilizations throughout the world—the knowledge they possessed can be seen in the symbols, temples, pyramids, astronomical alignments and sacred geometry they used in numerous ancient sacred sites. It was a time in human history in which esotericism was central to human life and society.

As seen in the ruins of many sacred sites around the world, esoteric knowledge was practiced and preserved by ancient civilizations in India, Persia, Asia, South America, Britain etc. some of which had their connections with the esoteric knowledge which came from pre-Egyptian civilizations. Messengers, Avatars, and Prophets given missions by divinity to teach esotericism anew also appeared throughout the world, such as Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Quetzalcoatl etc. Striking similarities can often be found not only in the message of these great spiritual teachers, but also in the very events of their own lives. However, as society spiritually degenerates and religion strengthens, those who practice esotericism are often persecuted out of it and it must either go underground or move elsewhere – thus the need for its continual renewal.

The Split of the Esoteric and the Exoteric

True spirituality has been given at two levels: a public (or exoteric) one that the majority of people can understand, and an inner, more esoteric teaching, which only those at an advanced level can understand. Esoteric schools have therefore existed as part of or alongside many different religions of the world. The esoteric schools provided a connection to divinity that was accessible at an individual level and provided a connection to higher planes and spiritual dimensions; through esoteric schools people learned about inner initiations and the way to awakening.

Esotericism was taught this way to protect it from those who would profane, deride and destroy it. Teachers would come who either found and achieved a level of awakened spirituality and were given a mission to spread esotericism, or were born awakened with a mission. There are many examples in which the teacher would split their teaching, giving the public the exoteric side of spirituality whilst giving the esoteric teaching privately to those who were prepared enough to receive it. Once the spiritual figure dies, often the exoteric side of the teaching becomes a religion, whilst the esoteric practice of it carries on in secret. Unfortunately and ironically, the religion usually turns on the esoteric practitioners and drives them away. Like this, esotericism has moved from place to place throughout the world whenever the environment has become too hostile.

One of the clearest examples of this can be found in the life and teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught both exoterically and esoterically. That is, he taught the public at a basic level, but gave the esoteric knowledge to his disciples in secret.

Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them…For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.” –Matthew 13: 10,11,13

He would speak the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand. And He did not speak to them without a parable. Privately, however, He would explain everything to His own disciples. –Mark 4:33-34

A Very Brief History of Esoteric Teaching  in the West Over the Last 2,000 Years

The ancient temple of Newgrange in Ireland. The inner chamber aligns to the winter solstice, the date of Christ’s birth and has its central passage laid out in a cruciform shape, thousands of years before the life of Jesus (photo copyright Shira)

The ancient temple of Newgrange in Ireland. The inner chamber aligns to the winter solstice, the date of Christ’s birth and has its central passage laid out in a cruciform shape, thousands of years before the life of Jesus (photo copyright Shira)

A variety of esoteric groups and mystical religions existed throughout Europe, some with links to the east and to Egypt. Many were absorbed by or integrated into the Roman empire and their religious practices. Later, the Romans became Christian, and Christianity spread throughout Europe. The old religions of Europe then became known as pagan. Ironically most of these pagan religions contained the same universal knowledge through dressed in its own form for the society of its time.

Jesus himself was persecuted as a “blasphemer” and the disciples continued to be persecuted by the orthodox religion at the time and by the Roman government, however from the work of the disciples the esoteric practice of Jesus’ teachings continued in secret. It was Paul who then went in a different direction from the disciples and preached his own version of what Jesus taught based on the exoteric side of it: it was from what Paul did that Christianity became popular and eventually went on to become an established religion with an ecclesiastical hierarchy, which within a very short time, began persecuting other forms of Christianity, particularly the esoteric that were outside its fold.

Nearly 300 years after Jesus’ death a Roman emperor made it the official religion of the Roman Empire; this is when the Bible became the official text of Christianity, and church merged with state. Now established and in power, those in it turned upon what was deemed non-orthodox with greater force. This included the esoteric practitioners who were known as the Gnostics. Their practice and texts were banned, and like this esoteric texts such as the Nag Hammadi Library and the Pistis Sophia (which were left out of the Bible) disappeared until their recent rediscovery.

Christian lands became places of terrible persecution—they have continued this way for nearly 2,000 years, with the Inquisition, witch hunts, and now the “cult” label. The Knights Templar and Cathars had attempted to practice esotericism within Christian territories, only to have been brutally persecuted out of existence after a relatively short time. It appears that either the esoteric knowledge withdrew or moved to the East and to Islamic lands, which for many, many centuries provided a more favorable environment to the exploration of mysticism. Now Islamic lands have becomes places of increasing violence and strife.

During this time esoteric schools, which had their origins in ancient times, operated in Egypt, India and the Middle East. Spiritual seekers in Europe who came in contact with the knowledge from these schools became known as the Medieval Alchemists. Famous esoteric practitioners from this time include Paracelsus, Nicholas Flamel, and Raymond Llul. These groups had to practice esotericism in total secrecy, encoding much of their teachings in symbols and the external practice of science and medicine, which was more acceptable to the society of the day.

In more modern times, people like Madame Helena Blavatsky and Gudjieff gave account of how they had traveled in search of esoteric knowledge (before the days of the internet) and recalled their learning from the esoteric schools of the East. It is not clear how far both of them went into the knowledge, as there were probably schools with varying degrees of wisdom for those at a beginner to an advanced level. These esoteric schools probably functioned as the places of higher learning for people who went in search of it throughout the world for many centuries. However, they closed their doors in the early 20th century not to reopen them again, due to the dark times we find ourselves in.

Today, it is not possible for an esoteric school to function due to the hostility towards the spiritual knowledge that is on the increase throughout the world as the human race becomes increasingly aggressive, degenerate, controlled by a powerful elite through mainstream media, politics, music etc. In addition to the usual persecution from orthodox religions, now comes the use of the “cult” stigma gearing up in the Western world, perpetuated by the powerful elites with their agenda against white esoteric knowledge.

Symbols of dark forces now proliferate throughout the entertainment industry. Here a pop star is covered in upside down crucifixes.

Symbols of dark forces now proliferate throughout the entertainment industry. Here a pop star is covered in upside down crucifixes.

Three Kinds of Knowledge

Throughout history the knowledge has been split into three kinds: white, black and grey. This is white knowledge. It has been continuously infiltrated and attacked by dark forces and its reputation muddied and lost, thus many sacred deities and spiritual principles became seen as black, while dark forces such as Baal were seen as spiritual.

Dark forces and ceremonies have existed alongside white esoteric knowledge, obscuring and confusing their meanings to the public. Secret societies of dark knowledge exist to this day, having passed through centuries largely undetected, yet accumulating power.

Grey esotericism is practiced by those who don’t know what they are doing. Many modern day secret societies, often with clear financial and other agendas and popular Satanism are examples of this.

Today dark esoteric knowledge and practice reigns supreme to the virtual exclusion of white knowledge. It’s easier to achieve results in dark knowledge – it brings power, wealth, fame, and pleasure. Whereas white knowledge is difficult to attain – it requires suffering and sacrifice, often poverty and brings wisdom, peace, love and liberation, qualities that most readily drop in favor of pleasure, power and darkness. Darkness has organized and practitioners of white knowledge have all but vanished. Read more in The Powerful Use Esoteric Knowledge While Keeping it from Humanity: Empower Yourself by Awakening Consciousness.

The Work to Re-establish the Ancient Knowledge and its Cosmic Principles

In ancient times two kinds of civilizations emerged: the simple hunter gatherers who settled down to farm and became today’s societies; and advanced societies, who built incredible monuments and mysteriously vanished – a lost civilization, many of whose remnants lie under the ocean, that held the principles of spiritual awakening as their highest goal, whose incredible architecture mysteriously appears as if from nowhere and seems to disappear. Later societies emerging as stable civilizations developed around these and became the Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, etc. The further back you go in time into their civilizations the more advanced their knowledge is.

With the experience of esoteric processes this work is pioneering a return to the pure form of knowledge that would be recognizable both to the founders of those esoteric civilizations. There is a shared understanding of one universal knowledge, and a work is taking place to restore this knowledge to humankind.

Below is the re-enactment of an ancient ceremony based on the article A Ceremony to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

About the Author

Belsebuub is an author and practitioner of esoteric knowledge. He writes primarily on the transformation and exploration of consciousness from over 30 years of dedicated metaphysical experience. He has authored a number of books on out-of-body experiences, consciousness, and spiritual awakening, including The Astral Codex and Gazing into the Eternal, which are free to download on his website

Belsebuub is the name of his spirit/soul/consciousness. Everyone has their own unique spiritual name; it’s a matter of knowing it.

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  • Ruth Allan

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God.
    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
    In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
    And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

  • James

    This article was great. Very informative.

    I find it interesting how people can critique it so easily. They rubbish it so quickly yet im sure they would still see themselves as ones that have an open mind’.

    The author is exposing the history of esoteric (hidden or secret) knowledge and how it gets lost within rigid religions and secret societies.

    I found it a great read the author must have a significant understanding. Looking at other articles on his website there is so much info to read about.

  • Mavie

    This article surprisingly put a lot of info and reflections forward very succinctly..

    It also brings back to memory the movie ‘Zeigest’ though the difference in my eyes is that the author of that movie preferred to put forward the theory that all similarities in between religions were just ‘plagiarism’ for lack of a better word, I personally agree with the author of this article that instead there is a true divine connection that unites humanity and that civilisations before our present memory knew a lot more about this divine connection than we do now.

  • Think

    Great theory Fred! Reminds me of Rik Clay, a very smart guy that lost his life. You can google him or Youtube him, he did an. Interview on Red Ice Creations and he said something about Jesus or god being the same entity as in good and evil. It was how he worded it which made me think. I’ve never thought of that. I might pull up the interview and listen. He. Was a very smart man.

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  • hp

    Pancha Tattva Maha-Mantra

    jaya sri-krishna-chaitanya
    prabhu nityananda
    sri-adwaita gadadhara


    I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Lord Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara Pandit, Srivas Thakur, and all the devotees of Lord Caitanya.

    “There are ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, but these are not considered in the chanting of the Païca-tattva mantra.”

    “Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is known as maha-vadabtavatara, the most magnanimous incarnation, for He does not consider the offenses of the fallen souls.”

  • fred

    To the priests of Judah, YHWH was the planet Saturn. Israel never existed on Earth – only in the Saturnian sky. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Samson, Jonah, etc…etc, were different aspects of the planets Saturn or Mars; Miriam, Esther, Ishtar, Astarte, Asherah, et al, were the planet Venus. God, Father, Elohim, El Shaddai, Jehovah, Lord of the Mountain are also the head-honcho planet Saturn. Hell, even today, their holy day – Shabbat – is the planet Saturn’s day.

    Whoever wrote the New Testament gospels (probably the Romanized Maccabees) were indeed smartasses – the main character, Jesus Christ, is basically the planet Mars; the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Salome, and probably other Meri/Marys, are all different aspects of the planet Venus. The main purpose of the NT is to remind Christians to pay taxes lovingly on time (and turn the other cheek, sucker) and to unwittingly (or wittingly for some, come to think of it) worship the god of war.

    The major gods of the Egyptians were: Osiris/Atum/Amun/Amen/Ra/Re – Saturn (Pharoah Akhenaten tried unsuccessfully to introduce worship of the one god only: Aten – the present Sun); Isis/Meri/Sekhmet – Venus; and Horus – Mars (The Sphinx is “Horus the Red” and represents the gate-keeper planet Mars). The same trinity/triad is found in countless cultures, worldwide, eg. to the Sumerians they were Shamash, Inanna and Nergal. This triad is also depicted on the national flag of Wales. (The classic Celtic Cross symbolises the Saturnian system, depicting the Axis Mundi with Saturn, Venus and Mars atop it).

    Out of all this awful fear came city-building, astronomer-priests, time-keeping, kings and queens, royal rites, observatories, mega-temples and structures, planet-worship, astrology, festivals, wars, human sacrifice, organised religion, etc. In fact, the Saturnian system (The Otherworld), its break-up (Armageddon) and the formation or unveiling (Apocalypse) of the Solar System as we know it today are the origin of ancient myth and religion and indeed of the primary institutions of civilization itself.

    Most of the World’s megalithic structures commemorate the Saturnian System in one form or another, whether for Saturn-Venus-Mars worship, sacrifice, burial or celebration; for obsessive observation of the much-feared ex-comet planet Venus; and/or for present Solar System time-keeping.

    As above, so below. We must do as the gods did

  • jim

    The author is discussing a great quote from Matthew, and let us analyze it from one particular perspective. What is more important, the mythological messenger in a plagiarized and perhaps embellished text or the message? Clearly the pearls of Christianity are the Two Laws of Christ: seek the Infinite Creator in each and every moment of Life (Zen); and treat others as you treat yourself (Karma).

    At the so called esoteric (ignore the messenger) level, Christianity and Buddhism are identical. There are two Buddhist Laws: be aware at all times (Zen); and become attached to nothing. The first Law equivalence is clear, but the second is slightly eschew.

    When the Golden Rule is obeyed, then you are in perfect balance with everyone and attachment never comes up. Attachment usually occurs through debt or guilt. Esoteric Buddhism and Christianity also accept that the Sun and Earth created Humanity and are both super conscious, sort of Humanities Super Parents.

    Most people are raised to believe in only one life and eternal death, judged by some old asshole with a beard, who is vengeful, makes mistakes, and … .

  • The name this article dances around but never utters is Perennialism or The Perennial Tradition.

    Be aware, Doc. Livergood is a tad overtly xtian in his leanings, as there is much Perennialist philosophy contained w/in xtianity, although, as such, he is no large fan of Pelagianism.

    I should warn you, the site self-sorts. If you search for crap you will find it, and at times, be dumped off the site and transported to the appropriate crap for which you were searcing. Enjoy your journey.

  • I hope this time of unveiling will bring an end to secret societies. All knowledge (truth) should be free and available to everyone. And on that note:

    Email for your free copy of “How We Create Reality,” the universal law the Zionist banksters use against Us to covertly force Us to help them manifest their heinous New World Order plan. If we can wrap the mind of Mankind around this simple truth, We can change their nightmare into Our paradise in the twinkling of an eye.

  • john, (wishbone) clark

    I am the beginning, I am the end, I am that, I am. I was never born, I will never die, I have always been here and will always be here in one form or another. I am the light, I am the dark. I am ying and yang. I am inside looking out and outside looking in. eternal. I am at the centre of every atom throughout all infinity. buddah, mohammad, jesus, krishna, were/are one with I am. as men, buddah was a prince who realised the I am, mohammad was a man who became self realised, jesus was a very wise carpenter who became one with I am, Krishna was a being, one with the universe, (and maybe had an extraterrestrial connection) everything living thing through all infinity is one and all. all you have to do is WAKE UP.! (or as jesus said when his followers asked him, “where is god,? is god in the temple,? is god in the sky,? is god in the mountain,?” he pointed to their heads and said “look within yourselves.!”) peace, love, and understanding.

    • Ghana Serapis

      Welcome to the harvest. Where invisible introduces itself to visible.

  • xyz


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    • Nathan

      Hi Xyz,

      I think part of the article is really calling on people to move away from merely following a religion, but instead to try and go back to the root principles that underlie spirituality itself. Really what it emphasises are the mystical schools and civilizations that have existed throughout the past (usually alongside religions), whose members were trying to gain spiritual experiences for themselves to better understand life.

      I think the author does a very good job in giving the information in the article quite clearly and understandably. There’s always more that could be said about any subject, but if you have a look at his website you’ll see he does have quite a lot of articles that go into greater depth about much of the points raised here.
      Here’s a link to the section if anyone’s interested: I’m having a read through them now 🙂

  • Paul

    I have recently come across the ancient knowledge, “Prisca Theology” as taught by Santos Bonacci, this really puts everything into place, particularly religions and the origins of fictitious entities such as Jesus. It is all a distortion of planetary/cosmic energy cycles. We are now in a period of ascendancy of the light energy and coming out of an extremely dark period for humanity.

  • abinico warez

    Once you achieve esoteric knowledge, you will find that no one cares.

    • justanotherperson

      no one else may care, but for myself i care. i am one of the few white practitioners of esoteric spirituality. and i admit i have suffered much and had much sorrow in this world, but it is so worth it for the peace i feel. the love, the knowledge, the….there is so much and the reward is more than can be verbalized. anyone who has actually attained this, can understand, but like true love, cannot describe it to one who has not. if you had, you wouldn’t have said what you did about no one caring.

      • Anonymous

        This was the most

    • Nothing

      Not only does no one care, you still need to pay bills.

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