In the metaphysics of science fiction author W.S. Burroughs, there are only two types of people in the world – Shits and Johnsons. Johnsons mind their own business, and are generous, helpful and kind, with no thought of reward; Shits […]
In the psychological system of Wilhelm Reich, the "emotional plague" exists as a sort of mental disease which spreads throughout societies whose members are genitally blocked, i.e., incapable of genuine, healthy sexual love or expression. Hating life, creativity and freedom, […]
A theory of human behavior which originated with science fiction author A.E. Van Vogt and was developed by Colin Wilson in his "Criminal History of Mankind." In Wilson’s view, the "Right Man" represents a psychological type who is, at the […]
Baptism was an important sacrament for many ancient gnostics, who found in the reflecting waters of the baptismal pool a ready symbol for the illusory surface-existence of life. With baptism, the gnostic initiate penetrates the shimmering mask of the material […]
A long-standing Christian tradition holds that Jesus spent the three days between the crucifixion and the resurrection rescuing Old Testament prophets and holy men who had been accidentally damned to Hell, the idea being that since pre-Christians monotheists like Noah […]
In Hinduism, divine, feminine, creative power or force, from the Sanskrit. From the point of view of certain schools of Hindu mysticism, all that exists is nothing but the play of shakti – the entire universe we live in and […]
Reprint of an article originally published in New Dawn Magazine #95, expanded and revised. A fascinating survey of brainwashing and trauma in primitive Christianity, touching upon a number of shocking and exotic themes!