Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for Illuminism

Need a Path to Enlightenment? How about Illuminism, the belief that you or a movement of a particular group has superior knowledge not accessible to humankind in general. Of course, the name Illuminati comes to mind. If the group(s) does exist, most imagine that they conspire to control world affairs by controlling governments, corporations and global events. 

According to conspiracy theories, the Illuminati want to attain political power establish a New World Order. At least, this is how Hollywood portrays secret societies that also include Free Masonry and the Bilderberg Group. 

Signs and symbols (please visit my S is for Signs and Symbols post) run rampant through our society and many such as what you see on the front and back of our currency are attributed to secret societies. Enlightened groups who are far superior intellectually and spiritually than the common folk like you and me. 

Question: Do you believe groups exist like the Iluminati, Free Masonry, and the Bilderberg Group that try to control world events and want to usher in a New World Order?

Honorable Mention: Immortals, I Ching 

Tomorrow: J is for Judgment

53 comments:

  1. You seem to find some very interesting things to write about. Yet another example of excellance.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Oh yes, like a folly a deux only bigger. Don't most religions qualify? I remember going to a church in London that had a stone pyramid on the grounds. The architect was a student of Wren's that went on to design some beautiful buildings -Hawksmoor was his name I believe. Definitely a freemason.

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  3. I think there are definitely groups behind the scenes who try and run things, but I suspect they have as much trouble with the chaos of the modern world as everyone else. I suspect that it might be a lot harder to have a secret society doing things like the Hollywood movies suggest given how the internet and people on it work these days :). One tiny slip up and BAM the whole thing would be on the 6 o'clock news.
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    1. Natasha, unless they own the six o'clock news. Mwahahahaha!

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  4. I studied this is college! A fascinating, somewhat creepy, topic. Good pick for I, Stephen!

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  5. Hmm, I don't know. I probably just feel too small and low down in the world order for this to have any bearing on me.

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  6. I know of some not-so-secret groups who want a new world order.

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  7. I believe they do...but they're basically cults.

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    1. Stephanie, they sure don't try to hide their spiritual beliefs through their signs and symbols.

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  8. Wow that was cool... thanks for the intriguing post.

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  9. My kids are always talking about the Illuminati, it can really get ridiculous sometimes.

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  10. There's no shortage of conspiracy theories out there. Especially with the Internet and social media.

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  11. I don't know if I fully believe in the existence of the Illuminati or not. Sometime it just sounds too far out there.

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  12. I love to hear about conspiracy theories. So do the teenage boys in my latest work-in-progress! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I do like reading about conspiracy theories, but sometimes they're just too much to be real. I have a few friends that do believe in the Illuminati and that they are reptilian aliens from another dimension.

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    1. Christine, I've never heard that one. But you never know.

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  14. I'm not sure I believe they try to control the world, but I believe these groups exist and try to control certain political environments within their areas.

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  15. I hope they're not tuning into my blog today. I'd hate to have them show up at my front door and take me away ha ha hee hee ho ho.

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  16. I do not believe they are trying to control the world. But they are trying to control!

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  17. I'm not sure I believe world domination is a goal of secret societies, but they must exist. The old where there's smoke saying comes to mind.

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  18. I don't belong to any Golden Circles personally but I'm sure they exist. The famous stone wall in ancient Peru is a true mystery,

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  19. I'm not really too sure; I hadn't thought about it before. I look forward to your S post with signs. I t hink I'll do some further reading up on this.

    betty

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  20. They might exist, or they might not. For all we know, people might just imagine groups like the Illuminati as an easy answer (excuse) for why things go wrong in the world. In my fiction, there most certainly are such "enlightened" groups!

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    1. Jeffrey, in my Breakthrough trilogy I have such a group called Artisans of a New Dawn.

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  21. I believe there are always those seeking too much power and control in this world. Thankfully, I also believe there are enough checks and balances to keep most of the extremist from causing too much damage. Though some of them are sure capable of stirring up a lot of trouble!

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  22. to answer your question,yes and no! I'm hedging my bets just in case!

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  23. I think those groups probably do exist though whether they actually do anything is another thing. What arrogance to believe they're superior to the rest of us.

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  24. Some of them do exist, but I don't think they control anything. If anyone ever tried to organize a team effort for a long time without anyone else finding out, you know that human nature is not exactly in line with that behavior... :D

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  25. I'm always suspicious of these groups. They seem to exist more as a way of manipulating people than doing anything else.

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  26. Illuminati... BAH! It seems like there's an age, around 12 or so, when every kid seems to fall for the Illuminati balderdash. I keep telling them that they don't exist, but it's like talking to a waterfall.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  27. I believe there are groups like this. Always have been. The question is do they yield any real power on the national stage?

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  28. Thanks for your clear and concise explanation. I'd been wanting to know about the Illuminati.

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  29. Thanks for your clear and concise explanation. I'd been wanting to know about the Illuminati.

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  30. I've read many books based on such groups and secret societies. Whether they really exist in secret or not, I don't know - I certainly used to think so, however if they have been trying to change the world order, they are making an unholy mess of things.

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    1. Jo, I agree with you. Or perhaps they're in it solely for the money. There's a lot to be made off war, poverty, and human suffering.

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  31. I think these groups do exist, but they get too bogged down with drinking, cards and hookers to do much damage.

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    1. joeh, you probably nailed it right on the head!

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  32. I have a romantic notion that they exist and actually do have the answers to some of the questions we fear will never be answered. With the internet and the availability of information, that notion is pretty much over. The good side of it ending, is there really shouldn't be a small group of people acting on the belief they know better enough to control an entire planet.

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  33. I feel sure there are groups who think they can do this, but imagine they are probably far from as organized, intellectual, or established as your aforementioned Free masons et al.

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  34. Congrats on keeping up with the A-Z! I love all that symbolism, conspiracy theory stuff. I don't really believe in it, but it's like ghosts and things - you don't have to believe to love them!

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  35. Well they haven't ushered in a new world order yet, it's just politicians muddling along like the rest of us. I think if such groups do exist they probably have big delusions of grandeur!

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  36. I think they probably exist in some sort of cult-like format but I doubt they're any sort of world-wide organization or that they have any sort of actual power.

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  37. I actually think there is something to these theories, though they are usually explained on a silly level that doesn't go near deep enough. Aliens or other dimensional beings perhaps. The Freeman Perspective is a great place to learn about this, and Michael Tsarion, as well.

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  38. Wow...what a site. Awesome writing! So creative! I posted on Intelligence. This is such a fun challenge.
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  39. Often it takes a global event to rekindle conspiracy theories. 9/11, the recession, a pandemic, or the Federal Reserv making a major policy change can really stoke the fires.

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  40. It's difficult to say. Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and there are many! There's got to be so much exaggeration of facts. Who knows what to believe anymore. Interesting post. Thanks so much!

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  41. I remember hearing about the Illuminati before. Never gave much thought over whether they exist or not, but I can see how it'd be interesting to contemplate!

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  42. We know they existed in the past , so it's likely they still do.....because it's cool to pass down secret knowledge, etc. Conspiracy theory, takeover of government, in the government? Not sure about that. There's a lot of accusation today, and manipulation it seems. Time will certainly tell!

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  43. I don't doubt for a minute there are groups out there that want to usher in a new world order. Just who they really are, I won't speculate. It will eventually happen, as it is prophesied. I know there are really Free Masons, as our college sorority's adopted grandmother had me take her to bingo nights at the Mason lodge. As far as enlightened, the truly enlightened are those who know the Light of the World.
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  44. Hi Stephen - I suspect there are more groups out there than we know about (or want to know about) - but mostly they'll shoot themselves in the foot - someone has to be in charge and not all will want that - and thankfully we only live under a hundred years, and workable probably into our 90s at the most ... undermining will come in ... time will root them out. Humanity as a whole is probably more dangerous ... and country sects - North Korea, Zimbabwe come to mind ... to their own people and in NK's case to humanity as a whole ... I have to say it's something I don't much like to think about .. cheers Hilary

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  45. I think secret societies DO exist... and it's linked to money, power and domination.
    Whenever an event/happening of global proportions rears its head (ugly or not), then these secret organisations are thrown into the spotlight afresh.

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  46. I think come my judgement day, there might be a hung jury:) I would like to think there is more to life than we just turn to dust. There are too many people, across the world who have experienced something and it all seems quite similar regardless of their beliefs. One thing I don't believe in-that if you belong to a certain religion you will be farther up in the clouds. If one is a good Christian then you get to cloud 9 but if you are Jewish you will only be at cloud 3. We won't know until we die and I don't want to get there just yet:)

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  47. A major problem with Mike Hockney's ontological mathematics is that it exists outside of space and time. The monadic realm of mind existing outside of time is problematic because of the nature of time. Time results from motion, and time is chronology. How can the Euler formula be processed outside of time? Which Fourier transform happens first or last or at any time outside of time? Even a mental realm outside of space must contain time in order to have chronology. Otherwise which mental thought comes first, or last, or do they all happen at once? Without time there is no chronology, thus no meaningful process can happen at all. In ontological mathematics, if numbers exist outside of time then they can not be processed in any order. Knowing this and also how math requires order of operations and a chronological process, then nothing at all can happen outside of time.

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