The Nine Veils that Shroud the Human Soul

Piercing the VeilA. True Ott, PhD., Guest
Waking Times


Any dedicated seeker of truth eventually stumbles upon the incredible symmetry and structure of mathematics, which is especially true in fractal geometry involving the integers 1-9.  For a most basic example, just take a look at these nine equations:

(1 x 8) + 1= 9

(12 x 8) + 2 = 98

(123 x 8) + 3 = 987

(1234 x 8) + 4 = 9876

(12345 x 8) + 5 = 98765

(123456 x 8) + 6 = 987654

(1234567 x 8) + 7 = 9876543

(12345678 x 8) + 8 = 98765432

(123456789 x 8) + 9 = 987654321

Amazing, isn’t it?  I find it very interesting, furthermore, that all of the great philosophers in history such as Archimedes, Copernicus, Socrates and DaVinci all were mathematicians first and foremost.   I submit that everything from biblical prophecy to DNA strands are built and based on quite simple mathematical formulas and patterns – but I am getting ahead of the story, for understanding the role of mathematics is in itself one of the nine hidden veils.

Consider also the so-called “mystery schools” of antiquity.  In shadowy temples in Sumer and Babylon – the Kabala showed the way to the ultimate “Holy of Holies” – the re-veil-a-tions (revelation, i.e. the parting of the veils) of life, the creation, of God and when embraced in honor and truth, the very Origins of Man.  This involved systematically piercing and embracing 9 levels of understanding or “Truth Plateaus” before finally entering “Nirvana” (or the ultimate unity with God) as depicted in modern “tracing boards”.

Like a giant Sudoku Puzzle board, the human experience we call life truly revolves around the numbers 1 – 9 in so many remarkable ways.  Everything has a place in the system, and everything fits neatly and precisely in the eternal grid of time and space.  This then, is but one definition of Truth – hidden, arcane knowledge that fits completely in the mathematical grid called logic.  Yeshua (aka Jesus of Nazareth) declared this to His disciples: “Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.


This question is best answered by Don Harkins’ wise words written in 2001:

“Over the last several years I have evolved and discarded several theories in an attempt to explain why it is that most people cannot see truth — even when it smacks them in the face. Those of us who can see “the conspiracy” have participated in countless conversations amongst ourselves that address the frustration of most peoples´ inability to comprehend the extremely well-documented arguments which we use to describe the process of our collective enslavement and exploitation. The most common explanation to be arrived at is that most people just “don´t want to see” what is really going on.

Extremely evil men and women who make up the world´s power-elite have cleverly cultivated a virtual pasture so grass green that few people seldom, if ever, bother to look up from where they are grazing long enough to notice the brightly colored tags stapled to their ears.

The same people who cannot see their enslavement for the pasture grass have a tendency to view as insane “conspiracy theorists” those of us who can see the past the farm and into the parlor of his feudal lordship´s castle.

Finally, I understand why.

It´s not that those who don´t see that their freedom is vanishing under the leadership of the power-elite “don´t want to see it” — they simply can´t see what is happening to them because of the unpierced veils that block their view.

All human endeavors are a filtration process. Sports are one of the best examples. We play specific sports until we get kicked off the playground. The pro athletes we pay big bucks to watch just never got kicked off the playground. Where millions of kids play little league each spring, they are filtered out until there are about 50 guys who go to the World Series in October.

Behind the first veil: There are over six billion people on the planet. Most of them live and die without having seriously contemplated anything other than what it takes to keep their lives together. Ninety percent of all humanity will live and die without having pierced the first veil.”

Indeed it can be said that less than 1% of the world’s 6 billion humans ever pierce all nine veils, and it would appear that even this small minority is ever-shrinking.  In order to keep the “virtual pasture” green, the global elite also successfully bribe many who have pierced multiple veils, in order to misdirect others who may be approaching truth in many areas.  I call this simply intellectual prostitution – selling the birthright of Universal Truth for a worthless mess of pottage.  The gilded glitz of wealth, fame and social elevation have seduced many a gifted intellectual.

With full credit given to Don Harkins, here now are the newly updated “Nine Veils”.

The first veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the first veil and find the world of politics. We will vote, become active and develop an opinion. Our opinions will be shaped by the physical world around us; we will have been “conditioned” from our days in public education to accept that government officials, network media personalities and other “experts” are the primary voices of authority. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the third veil.

The second veil: Ten percent of us will also pierce the second veil to explore the world of history, the relationship between man and government and the meaning of self-government through constitutional and common law. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the third veil.

The third veil: Ten percent of those who pierce the second veil, will eventually pierce the third veil to conclusively find that the resources of the world, including people, are controlled by extremely wealthy and powerful families whose incorporated old world assets have, with modern extortion strategies, become the foundation upon which the entire world´s economy is currently indebted. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the fourth veil.

The fourth veil: Ten percent will then pierce the fourth veil to discover the Illuminati, Freemasonry, and the other secret societies. These societies use symbols and perform ceremonies that perpetuate the generational transfers of arcane knowledge that is used to keep the ordinary people in political, economic and spiritual bondage to the oldest bloodlines on earth. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the fifth veil.

The fifth veil: Ten percent will progress to pierce the fifth veil to learn that the secret societies are so far advanced technologically that time travel and interstellar communications have no boundaries and controlling the very thoughts and even the very actions of people is what their members do as offhandedly as we tell our children when they must go to bed.  As in the days of Noah, this technology is even creating synthetic life forms, as man seeks to displace God.  Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the sixth veil.

The sixth veil: Ten percent will progress to pierce the sixth veil where we learn the dragons and lizards and aliens we thought were the fictional monsters of childhood literature are real indeed and are in reality the actual controlling forces behind the secret societies uncovered in the fourth veil. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without piercing the seventh veil.

The seventh veil: Ten Percent will progress to pierce the 7th veil where the incredible world of fractal geometry and the universal law of numbers will be fully understood and embraced.  The creative force of the entire universe will be shown to be linked to numerical code formulas and sequences, and all “mysteries” including the very fabric of time, space, parallel universes, and access therein is unlocked.  Those whose intellects allow them to pierce the seventh veil often succumb to the lure and promise of massive wealth offered by the ruling elite, and thus over ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without piercing the eighth veil.

The eighth veil: Piercing the eighth veil reveals God and the pure energy known as LOVE that is the pure life force in all living things – which are one and the same.  Deep-seated Humility is needed in order to ever pierce this veil.

The ninth veil: Piercing the ninth veil means perfecting the pure energy known as love and thereby becoming truly one with God and His formulations.  By perfecting this pure energy, one then fully embraces charity and therein gains full understanding of the universal plan of sacrifice, death, and redemption; life itself then becomes complete and one truly comes full circle and looks at the world through the eyes of an innocent child, yet with the deepest wisdom born of pure LOVE from the eighth veil.

Consider this: If this theory is correct, there are only about 60,000 people on the planet who have successfully pierced the sixth veil. The irony here is too incredible: Those who are stuck behind veils one through five have little choice but to view the people who have pierced the veils beyond them as dangerously insane. With each veil pierced, exponentially shrinking numbers of increasingly enlightened people are deemed insane by exponentially increasing masses of decreasingly enlightened people.

Adding to the irony, the harder a “sixth or better veiler” tries to explain what he is able to see to those who can´t, the more insane he appears to them.  This truth is self-evident.  Moreover, institutions such as the venerable “Southern Poverty Law Center” are formed and financed by the ruling elite to effectively label many such awakened individuals “hate-mongers” and “terrorists”.


Behind the first two veils we find the great majority of people on the planet. They are tools of the state: Second veilers are the gullible voters whose ignorance justify the actions of politicians who send untold millions of first veilers off to die in foreign lands as cannon fodder — their combined stations in life are simply to believe that the self-serving machinations of the power-elite are matters of national security and are worth dying for.

Third, fourth, fifth and sixth veilers are of increasing liability to the state because of their decreasing ability to be used as tools to consolidate power and wealth of the many into the hands of the power-elite few. It is common also, for these people to sacrifice more of their relationships with friends and family, their professional careers and personal freedom with each veil they pierce.

Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945), author of “Our Enemy, the State” (1935), explained what happens to those who find and embrace the final two veils: “What was the best that the state could find to do with an actual Socrates and an actual Jesus when it had them? Merely to poison one and crucify the other, for no reason but that they were too intolerably embarrassing to be allowed to live any longer.”


As Don Harkins has written: “And so now we know that it´s not that our countrymen are so committed to their lives that, “they don´t want to see,” the mechanisms of their enslavement and exploitation. They simply “can´t see” it as surely as I cannot see what´s on the other side of a closed curtain.”

The purpose of this essay is threefold:

To help the handful of people in the latter veils to understand why the masses have little choice but to interpret their clarity as insanity;

2. To help people behind the first two veils understand that living, breathing and thinking are just the beginning and;

3. Show people that the greatest adventure of our life is behind the next veil because that is just one less veil between ourselves and God. (I would say ‘The Highest Vibration”) ———————————–

Author’s Note:

Nearly a decade ago, a dear friend and colleague of mine named Don Harkins authored a wonderfully thought-provoking piece entitled “Slavery and the eight veils.   Prior to Harkins’ untimely death, we discussed this “Eight-veils theory” for literally hours together – and in the end, Don asked me to write a piece about this for his newspaper, “The Idaho Observer.”  He did this, because I had shared much of my research with Don, and we together came to the conclusion that in reality, there were actually NINE veils placed on the human soul (i.e. intelligence), and that spiritual progression and thus a full knowledge of TRUTH would require the piercing of these Nine Veils.

I joked with Don that this topic would take an entire edition of The Idaho Observer, and then it would only scratch the surface.  That was one of Don’s editorial talents – taking a complex story and compressing it to a more readable format.   In memory of Don Harkins, here is the writing we discussed, in as compressed a format as possible.

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  • Mark

    Hands up who loves hierarchy? Anyone? No? Good! 🙂 Me neither.

  • Mark

    Interesting piece on initiation. Hierarchies still suck though 😉
    Lotsa love…ordinary bloke( and we are ALL extraordinary <3 )

  • 37pintos .

    the 9th is the home where we long to if we can’t take it anymore here on earth, inside the 8th viels of the illusion we now call live and that is live in death when we think death is the end ,than it will be your and becose it is what you have beleaft yourself in.

  • What a incredible insigtful piece of trash. 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th veils are utter nonsense. Above the fractals, should be the thermodynamics and the superconductors. God and fairies are just your incapability of mentally processing scientific and psychosocial phenomena.

  • Pedro Gorosviba

    Tell me, I am confused. The evidence I have come across shows the earth is flat. How do you take it?

  • Kelvin Appelgren

    What an incredibly insightful article. My very heartfelt compliments to the author and gratitude for presenting it on this forum.

  • Rosalie

    Interesting reading. A concept that Spiritualists and other groups have been striving towards for years. This is nothing new. However, I was disappointed when the author referred to “God”, as “he”. A glaring inaccuracy for a start and hardly conducive to equality. God, The Universe, The Holy Spirit…what ever you want to call the state of love and creation, has no body, therefore, cannot be male, female or human for that matter.

  • Sarah Herbots

    Thanks for sharing this! I tend to agree with certain perspectives, yet I myself have been on my own journey for over half a year now, and I was stunned to find the unbelievable power of our own minds. In my own personal life (which includes my perceptions of the outer world and other people), I have found many answers in the work of Carl Jung, and psychology in general. It seems like i’ve really been writing my own story, even while i was not being aware of it. It’s like Carl Jung says: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate”. We really do ‘project’ our own inner world on the outer world and our minds ‘filter’ reality in a way that confirms our (un)conscious beliefs. This is something we all do, and we’re in this together, so it’s nothing to feel guilty about. But we do need to realise that we only have power over our own self. We can shout and scream to the outer world for them to “wake up”, but the truth is: those people have their own valid reasons and sovereignty to not be willing to listen. Introspection has been much more rewarding to myself than focussing on the outer world. Many of us have experienced trauma at some point in our lives and you’d be amazed to find what that may have caused to your perception of reality. Before ‘unveiling’ the outer world, I strongly suggest everyone to ‘unveil’ the inner world: dig into your own history and see the patterns that you repeat, try to find the unconscious beliefs that direct these patterns, and then try to rewrite them. This is not meant to criticise you whatsoever, because i love humanity and my own journey has only taught me to feel more compassion towards other people. It’s a long way to go for each of us, but i believe the most rewarding journey is the one in the inner world. Much love, Sarah

  • You guys gotta really slow down. Get some Buddhism in your life and live here and now. Getting too far ahead of yourself without being present or as the new term for it is “mindful” your just going to go on some random rampant. Being a Freemason (wow, part of these secret societies) I can tell you, you are pretty far off. I can’t tell you what we do, but we do not do that. You guys smoke some pretty weird gunja and or crack. Slow down man. Look with your eyes, hear with your ears and touch with your hands. What is in the mind, isn’t always what is important. It is important, but allowing it to be is more important. Will cause you less stress in your life and enable you to function within society. Stuff like what has been written, you won’t reallllly pierce anything. Veils are veils of the mind. You break them by using your senses and limiting your dopamine intake as dopamine reinforces certain thoughts and beliefs that are thought of while intaking dopamine. It’s like a memory re-enforcer. Dopamine is your veil. Why do you think monks are so far in front of modern society. They limit Dopamine intake and are able to see the truth.

    Btw love the parts about love and charity. That is very important and I’m not in disagreement there (that is a freemasonry trait, how do you like them apples?)

  • Pat Collins

    Deleted my post? Just so I’m clear is it so people stick to your narrative or is it an ego thing? Very disappointing either way. I wont be back here again.

  • Pat Collins

    This concept of awakening to reality resonated with me. The revelation of the eighth veil for me was one of the most profound and deeply felt experiences of my life, a few powerful minutes of utter joy and spaciousness, then back to being surrounded morbid materialism . The feeling of that truth did certainly open a door into a different life and existence. It’s lonely and frustrating being awake,reaching this basic awareness does provide some answers but many many more questions. It’s not enough just to see , if you are the type to question everything then you want to know…you NEED to know.Why? Who? How? What purpose? Why do I know and others don’t? Whats the point of being awake if only to suffer the ignorant and their demise?

    It’s ironic because I actually call the blindness of man ‘veils’ as well, and have often considered each passing revelation as a lifting of a veil of the drawing back of a curtain.

    The realization that the world is fake , a scripted pantomime of lies and dark cold is not the final veil , this I can say for sure. These 9 veils are like getting to Kether only to find out you are in Malkuth again. It means you are ready to really begin the actual work.

    • Pedro Gorosviba

      Level 1 – Is the earth flat? I cant progress to Level 2 with this question lingering on me

      • Fangled

        As flat as as round is

  • johannine

    there is a time for math and a time for fact..fact is Today a veil still separates us from the spirit realms.[lets look at the individual 4 letters one arrangement..there is veil..this rearranges into vile or live or evil..depending on the arrangement’s of the 4 letters.. To most of us, this veil seems impenetrable…and it would be nice if it was that simple..but as the pen is mightier than the sword..lets break another[sacred-word=s-word] lets swing the sword..and break the evil vile veil and the veil seems to block us from direct, conscious contact with Spirit…and the reali-isation of our ghreater self..So we often refer to veil/evil\vile+live as “the veil of separation.”..wrought by judging the arrangement of the letters..veiling the re-vealing.

    In fact,there is no actual curtain, wall, door,word feeling or mist exists between us and the wholly holy Spirit. The evil/vile\veil is a metaphor representing our inherited belief that we are separate from the loves graces and mercies..of the only holy Spirit. but..please see It is an illusion we created for various reasons…the main being the holy one seeks our seeing that grace and mercy must temper wisdom as much as fear..But even though the live/vile\evil veil of mathematical certainty..the veil is an illusion, as it holds our perception of this materialist mortal physical reality in that most sacred place…reserved foremost for the one all mercy full and of grace timeless omnipresent and eternal.. Most of us will still chose to still believe the physical “reality” and according it higher standing than its grandstanding is the living good love grace and mercy made this live time living moment/alone[all=one]..alone as is the only wholly holy one..1 to 1..[the most holy one alone..[or rather the embodiments/real-ised qualities the only true reality that exists, because the materialist judgmental separating vile live evil\veil blocks our view of the eternal good of the many infinite spirit realms that lie beyond the varicose veils yet to be unveiled.. hiding behind it. here a guide to some other de-veiled devills in simple steps

  • While I agree with the message of the article, I must confess I am disappointed by the tone of it. If we want to breach the 8th and 9th veils, which are love, we must learn to let go of our hatred, our anger, our resentment. The state is not our enemy, our weakness and our inability to see through the status quo is our enemy.

    To instigate anger and jealousy is counterproductive if we really want to help people progress towards our God given right to spiritual enlightenment.

    We can’t see ourselves as slaves, we must see ourselves as potentially free and liberated. We must not look at our chains, we must look at how we can be from chains, so that we can create that reality, instead of reinforcing the current one 🙂

  • Lifting The Veil

    Interesting article. I wish i could have greater comprehension of the 7th veil: Fractals, geometry, etc. I have quite a few friends in my FB group that post of this and so much just goes over my head. I have found synchronicity with numerology and how it influences our daily lives.

    I question the 10% ratio for all veils. I think some veils have a higher percentage than others – especially with the advent of the internet, so many more are becoming exposed to alternative information than previous generations. I think the %s are changing and are fluid, since a greater portion of the populations are waking up.

    Thought provoking article nonetheless. =)

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  • Paul Davis

    I loved the article BUT I find the exclusion of Ancient African civilizations (Egypt, Kemet) a bit ridiculous.

  • Marya

    The 9th veil needs pure love to be perfected? If it is pure love why does it need to be perfected?
    The universal plan of sacrifice, death and redemption? Why are you perpetuating more of the conditioning and programming assaulting Earth and her inhabitants? Maybe you don’t understand……

  • kirsty stanbrook

    Thank you for this contribution. I have been a silent
    ‘conspiracy’ researcher for a few years and the veils you have described in relation to mathematics, resonates with me closely.

    Having been awakened I am conscious always of the matrix of life in which I contribute and participate. My prayer is that we all realise that religion, politics, finance, military-industry, pharmaceutical conglomerates do not serve the needs of the people, rather, they have been designed to hijack, manipulate and exploit humanity at every turn. Slavery and ritual death.

    I have hope that we can still turn this world around through collective thinking and fairness in action. Writing like this sends a strong message into the world and universe that our personal intentions for positive change reclaim our truthful and empathetic origins. Thank you.

  • I can get with the math and even the 9 veils as a possibility, but your depiction of where the veils lead… cringe worthy.

    The intellect is limited and that is why it needs to serve and not lead.

  • John B.

    Thank you for this! I will never get those 15 minutes back it took reading it.

    • Jose K

      Why worry about 15 minutes? Judging by your comment it seems that most of your life is a waste. Sorry, I had to be hard on you. Even though I know it is a waste of my time and will never get back the precious 1 minute to write this.

  • Bobby Clem

    Even the child witth his incessant why’s.can see beyond the twisted logic of this irrational world that we must take responsibility for creating or at least allowing ,and now must be reclaimed, as it is our responsibilitiy . All who have awaken must strive for this.

  • Chuck

    When people pierce the 8th veil and find the pure energy known as LOVE, will they love the dragons, monsters, aliens, secret societies, Illuminaties, Free Masons, government officials, media personalities and other voices of authority?

    When they pierce the 9th veil, will they love our enemy, the state?

    • Trin

      Was thinking along the same lines, the further one progresses the lesser the need for the previous veils being opened and the more empowerment one would experience. Instead of insanity the sanity would prevail, praps talk about love and not dragons when opening conversations?

  • rakomancha

    Excellent article, the concept of veils does help put things into a less chaotic perspective, though I don’t see any mention of other aspects that apparently affect individual perception like poor nutrition, environmental toxins, or unaddressed trauma. Your perspectives?

  • Janet

    I would suggest reading:
    The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram (9 faces of the soul)
    by Sandra Maitri.. who was a student of Claudio Naranjo.

    looking at the inner territory rather than the outer manifestation of illusionary beliefs (veils)

  • Michael Norman

    Thank you! With love and appreciation, Michael

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