My first book-length contribution to the field of Ufology launched yesterday. It’s entitled Sekret Machines: Gods, and is published by To The Stars: a company founded by former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge.
I know many of you think I have lost my mind, or perhaps my credibility, for having become involved in Tom DeLonge’s Sekret Machines project. If you consider that I have been writing about the UFO Phenomenon since the first volume of Sinister Forces – with an entire chapter of the third volume devoted to the subject – then you may see that I have never shied away from it. True, I have focused on other areas of politics, history, even pre-history, and am perhaps better known for my work on understanding the roots of Nazism and Nazi ideology with special reference to the survival of this ideology (and its adherents) into the present era. Critics of my work who dismiss it as “occultism” or “esotericism” usually miss the point: occultism and esotericism were at the very root of the development of Nazism that grew into the form practiced by the SS under Heinrich Himmler and it is that heavily-articulated philosophy – one based in a mystical identity with ancient pagan themes and racist fantasies – that has reared its hydra heads in contemporary European and American political culture. My research has taken me all over the world in pursuit of this subject, as you all know. So why UFOs?
My study of American history and in particular those events and personalities associated with the assassination of President Kennedy led me to realize that there was a “UFO component” to the story, however bizarre that seems. I probably would never have become interested in the UFO Phenomenon had it not been for the appearance of so many UFO personalities around the edges of the assassination story: Fred Crisman, Guy Banister, Andrija Puharich, Arthur Young, etc.
That realization led me to study the history of UFO sightings by the American military and the official reactions of US government agencies and personnel. This in turn led me to a consideration of those whose reputations and lives were destroyed due to their proximity to the Phenomenon, from Captain Mantell who died while in aerial pursuit of a UFO, to Dr James MacDonald and Morris Jessup – both of whom committed suicide – and even to the two servicemen who lost their lives in an airplane crash after investigating the Maury Island affair. Death seemed to be present at the very genesis of the twentieth century UFO story, as did religious movements devoted to the worship of the “space brothers.” This strange turn of events has been characterized as “UFO religions” by anthropologists and cultural commentators.
Gradually, I became convinced that the UFO Phenomenon represents a point of intersection between science and spirituality, between the military and industry, between official statements and popular belief. It is a field that perhaps more than any other represents the presence of the Other (whether of other beings, other consciousness, other dimensions, other physical laws) in our world and constitutes a challenge to our way of thinking about reality.
And isn’t that perspective at the heart of Sinister Forces?
Gods is the first volume of a trilogy that will describe the UFO Phenomenon, placing it within a context of spirituality, science, and politics. It is not an attempt to prove to anyone that the Phenomenon exists: we believe that has been accomplished many times over. People who have had direct experience of the Phenomenon are not waiting for “disclosure.” They are waiting, in many cases, for some kind of validation and for a place to “put” that experience within the context of everyday life. We hope that by taking this subject out of the murky and discredited realm of “what if?” and “who knows?” and into the glaring light of day that we will be doing them a service. What we are attempting to demonstrate in these volumes is what our world really looks like if we begin from the assumption that the Phenomenon is real. If it is real, if it is an accepted fact, what does that mean for religion, science, politics, and culture? Is it possible to review various fields of human endeavor from the perspective that the Phenomenon is an integral and essential component of human experience?
Many of you have been asking us: “Does that mean that aliens are real?” or “What about Roswell?” or “What about UFOs captured on video?” and “What is the government hiding?” etc. etc. We understand your interest and concern about these and so many other issues. What we need to do first, though, is to define our terms. We need a common vocabulary and agreed-upon context for what we are discussing. Right now, this whole field has become a confused mass of good-intentioned people talking at cross-purposes. It’s what happens when someone asks me if I believe in God. I don’t know how to answer that question, because the terms “believe” and “God” are subject to all sorts of interpretation. They are culturally-loaded, and mean different things to different people. Entire volumes have been written in the attempt to define “God”; the same is true for “belief.” So imagine the difficulty inherent in having any kind of sensible discussion where UFOs are concerned. Where do we start? Flying saucers? Orbs? Triangle craft? Lights in the sky? Foo fighters? Grays, Nordics? Alien abductions? Think of all the literature on the subject that has been published from widely – and wildly – different viewpoints. How do we possibly hope to bring all of that into some kind of coherence? Is it possible, or even desirable, to do so?
In our mission we have been aided by those who have a different perspective on the matter: individuals in the government, the military, industry, intelligence, and the like. Scientists and soldiers. Corporate executives and engineers. People with access to information that most of us do not enjoy. We have been very careful in our discussions with them. They did not approach us; we approached them. There was no offer of faked videos or questionable documents. There were only conversations. Advice. Guidance. And, indeed, some revelations. Putting the pieces together, we have been able to see the Phenomenon in a different light. One that is more coherent, more consistent with different points of view without losing anything important in the process.
A few years ago, I published a book on alchemy. (Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: another occult tome, more of Levenda’s obsession that has nothing to do with UFOs, etc etc. Well, wait a moment before declaring me completely insane!)
In that book I describe the different perspectives on matter and energy as understood by a variety of cultures: Chinese, Indian, and Western European. I demonstrate that the literature on alchemy is remarkably consistent across cultures and geography on a few points. One of these is that it is essential to understand Creation before one can become a successful alchemist. Creation was understood in what we used to consider “mystical” or “esoteric” terms and which now more closely parallels what modern science describes: a single moment, an explosion, that still reverberates throughout the universe to this day. We are still in motion from that initial Big Bang. In other words, Creation is ongoing. It has not stopped. What the alchemists were approaching in their philosophy as well as their practice was the dream of modern-day physicists since at least the time of Einstein: a Grand Unified Theory.
Carl G. Jung had his own understanding of alchemy, developed over several volumes. Today there are alchemists who specialize in the laboratory aspect and who have their own understanding, seeing alchemy as inherently a chemical process, albeit a mysterious one. Then there are the Chinese and the Indian alchemists for whom human biology is an integral part of the practice. And on and on.
They are all correct. That is because there is a Grand Unified Theory at work, and all of us are products of that initial Big Bang and we are participating in it to this day: not because we want to, but because we are part of it. We are products of that initial moment of Creation.
In like manner, when we study the Phenomenon we are faced with dozens of different viewpoints. The field runs from outright scorn and skepticism to fervent belief. Experiencers talk about abductions, or sightings, or close encounters, triangles, cigar-shaped craft, saucers, vehicles (or seeming vehicles) that defy physical laws, etc. Like the blind men and the elephant they are all correct, even the skeptics and debunkers. Does that defy logic? Perhaps. Does it defy intuition, the nagging thought in the back of your mind that there is something to all of this regardless? Sure. We get it. I get it. How can we possibly entertain two such opposing ideas at once in the same brain, the same mind? It’s a kind of mental disorder, isn’t it?
But it just might be the most important collective mental disorder of all time.
The best metaphor for what we are attempting to accomplish with Sekret Machines may be the famous and influential text by Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976). To overly simplify the general thesis, Jaynes suggests that the two hemispheres of the brain – the left and the right – control different elements of human consciousness, with the left brain (in most people) controlling the right hand and fields such as math, science, logic, etc. The right brain, which controls the left hand in most people, is responsible for creative thinking, for music, poetry, etc. Prior to about 3000 years ago – according to the theory – the brain’s hemispheres operated simultaneously in the sense that one “heard” the gods speaking through the right hemisphere and into the left. About the time that the later books of the Hebrew Bible were written, these two hemispheres had split apart and the bicameral mind “broke down”.
The Sekret Machines project aims to re-create some of that early experience by presenting data in two forms: fiction and non-fiction, or “right brain” and “left brain” approaches, respectively. While one can enjoy the novels by A. J. Hartley as fiction and “right brain” material by themselves, and the non-fiction works I present as “left brain” material, the two forms together work to tell a deeper story.
Give it a chance. You may just surprise yourself!