Much has been written about the secret societies. In more recent times, the respected Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has received considerable attention from occult scholars for its undeniable contribution to western mysticism. At this point, I have not familiarized myself with what has been written on the history of this esoteric order. If I did, such knowledge would only serve to confuse the information in this paper. Again, I do not know if any factual data exists to support the controversial statements that follow. The information in this paper comes exclusively from contact with my Greater-Self. However, higher knowledge acquired through communication with otherworldly sources is at the heart of occult science and the mystical arts. Information from a spiritual source can neither be substantiated nor invalidated through modern scientific examination. This makes statements like the ones made in this article the subject of intense debate.
Please understand that this article is not an attack on the reputation and character of any modern-day Golden Dawn order or secret society. Nor is it meant to detract from the achievements made by the members of the secret societies mentioned in this paper.
Anyone reading this article is most likely familiar with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which was active in the late 19th century. Arthur Edward Waite was a principle of this mysterious order. I have made my past life relationship with Arthur Waite known in other articles. I am not going to go into detail as to why I believe this spiritual connection to be true in this paper.
In the past week (at the time of this writing), I acquired a general awareness of the shrouded history of the Golden Dawn and Arthur Waite's role in it. I also became cognizant of my other past lives (Although not of any specific lifetime). This awareness came to light during a week- long past life regression class. I did not have a hypnotic past life experience in this workshop, so I do not know the details of what occurred in my time with the Golden Dawn or of my past-life personalities. I do have a sense of the disturbing activities of many secret societies throughout history. I assume this information has been omitted from occult literature because no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the secret societies has ever been brought to light.
In the past life seminar I attended, I became aware of my Higher-Self or Greater-Self. Arthur seems to prefer the term Greater-Self. For a brief time, I actually became my higher power as if it were residing within my body. My Greater-Self became one with me for a short time. My Greater-Self indicates that the secret societies of the past were orders that sought power, and aligned themselves with what they believed were powerful and fearsome dark forces. I will address the Dark Ones shortly.
The secret societies were not solely organized to conceal the identities of its members from public ridicule as I had been telling people. Many of the mystical orders of the past chose to hide their activities for reasons other than fear of persecution (That's not to say this was not an issue at that time). I have only been fooling myself by perpetuating this myth. The need for anonymity may be reasonable for modern Rosicrucian orders and other mystical groups whose members are career professionals with reputations to uphold.
Many people are under the false impression that higher powers are the epitome of goodness and benevolence. This is not always the case. A Higher-Self or Greater-Self can only guide a person according to its level of understanding in the spiritual growth process. A Greater-Self's capacity to recognize its role in human relationships may or may not assist a person in making the right choice. The incarnated spirit is exclusively accountable for its behavior.
Collective beings such as higher powers are evolving as much as individual spirits are. A higher power uses parts of itself in the form of living beings to participate in physical reality and learn from its experiences. Throughout each lifetime valuable experiences are added to the Greater-Self and as a result, the spiritual growth process is facilitated. By challenging itself, the Greater-Self, through its individual parts, experiences an expansion of consciousness. The Greater-Self is learning and processing information, as much as it's individual parts. This activity is understood by mystics as the pursuit of perfection. It is a perpetual process of refinement. As the Greater-Self grows in understanding, so will the individual spirit have access to its vast storehouse of spiritual knowledge.
As I previously stated, it is the nature of the Greater-Self to arrange challenges for itself to promote the growth process. A person may face hardship and conflict that must be overcome so that lessons may be had. Many people experience significant physical, emotional, and mental impairments that can only be prevailed upon through careful self-examination. Triumph over adversity often results personal transformation.
My Greater-Self is a collective entity (as are all higher powers), which, throughout the centuries, has sought to dominate the lives of others. My Greater-Self was on a quest for power and control. I believe that its victims were incidental and not necessarily part of a pre-life contract. I mean that my Greater-Self's victims were merely part of its spiritual growth process. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I believe that there have been times when tragic encounters with my past life personalities did occur as part of a pre-life contract. I am not aware of any specific contractual arrangements in my long history.
I do not know why my Greater-Self chose to follow a destructive path. I have the feeling that many of my past lives held prominent positions in certain orders, societies, institutions, and administrations, which were responsible for many human sufferings that have taken place throughout history.
I believe that my past-life personalities have consistently developed along mystical lines for thousands of years. I am aware of one life as a priest of the mystery schools in ancient Egypt. Consistent with the theme of my Greater-Self's course of spiritual development at that time, this life was dedicated to the pain and suffering of others. My Greater-Self saw apprehension of higher knowledge as means of achieving its power. I imagine this is the reason my past-life personalities aligned themselves with dark spirits. These negative entities will always encourage such behavior as a way of deriving their sustenance and in the furtherance of their ego-driven agenda.
Dark spirits are evil by nature. They possess an unmistakable evil quality. They are not the human interpretation of evil (Please understand that not all entities are malicious.). The secret societies often worshiped them and insisted their followers recognize them as gods. They have egos much like humans. In most cases, if not in every situation, these spirit beings were nothing more than common energies or entities, which are rather abundant in the invisible universe. The secret societies saw them God(s) and sought to align with them for power. The Templars and the priests of the ancient Egyptian mystery schools stand out for their association with narcissistic and malevolent entities. On the other hand, some Gods endowed with human qualities were nonphysical manifestations of their society's collective minds.
We must realize that dark spirits cannot be blamed for human atrocities. One cannot justify wicked behavior by saying "The devil made me do it." This is a self-defeating philosophy. Evil spirits cannot make humans do anything. They can only influence and encourage us in making poor choices. We are still responsible for our wrongdoings. The promises made by dark entities, in particular, are empty and of no benefit to the uninformed human.
Arthur Waite was just one of my many incarnations over the last three or four thousand years. Reincarnational cycles take place over thousands of years. Arthur happens to be my most recent life and the one that I am acutely aware of. As many of us know, humans retain their personality after making their transition. Arthur has not made a radical transformation in his spirit form. He is still very much ego-driven. His spirit remains bent on establishing his illustrious presence in the world through my own work. At one point, he sought to reestablish his Fellowship of the Rosy Cross order.
During one Spiritualist church service, a highly competent and gifted medium advised me that Arthur was "a kind of teacher who taught from a book." I found the book this Spiritualist minister was referring to in the course of my metaphysical studies. The text Arthur was directing me to, was the "Complete Rosicrucian Initiations of the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross." I perused this book and found it somewhat challenging. I decided that Arthur's vision for bringing the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross to America was not part of my life path. The following Sunday, at church, the same medium related that Arthur admitted that some people had told him his book was difficult to read. This may seem strange to one who professes to have Arthur Waite as a past life personalities. I can only say that these are different times and I am unfamiliar with Arthur's writing style. If I took the time to study Arthur's writings, I am certain I would develop an appreciation for his work.
Arthur is quite aware of the public's perception of his personal character. Although he is praised for his achievements, his reputation for being a "pompous ass" (I have been called this as Arthur) has outlived him. I take no offense to these comments, as I realize that they are directed at Arthur, and are not personal. I have personally received some people's resentment of him. I like to think that I have done my best to make up for the pain Arthur, and my other past lives may have caused others in this life. I sense that Arthur is a decent person despite his shortcomings.
As I reflect on my early years, I admit that I was selfish, irresponsible, and hurtful to others at times. I believe it is natural for investigators to feel an exaggerated sense of self-importance. This arrogance is probably due to the public perception of the investigative profession. Whenever people ask me about my career, the response is usually "Wow! That must be exciting! I have always dreamed of doing that." Remarks like this can only serve to inflate one's ego.
Now comes the part in this article (as in indicated in the title) that concerns the terrible secret of Arthur Waite and the Golden Dawn. In Arthur's time, women and children who were subjected to crimes of a violent or devious nature were not acknowledged. Violent crime had an unstated acceptance in London society in the late 1800's. This kind of this abuse usually went on behind closed doors. Everyone was aware of it, although no one publicly spoke out against it as they do now. If a person of wealth and means had knowledge of an adversary's perversion, he would use it against the perpetrator as a way of destroying that person's reputation. Periodic prosecution of the more egregious offenders, did little to change the established mentality of "I can, so I will" among the men of that time.
The secret societies in which my past-life personalities led or participated were nothing more than a front for the depraved activities of its members. My Greater-Self indicates that acts of physical abuse were a common element in the Golden Dawn's magickal practices. Physical cruelty was known but not reported in elitist circles like as the Golden Dawn. I am referring to specific types of crime without being explicit.
The women who took part in Golden Dawn ceremonies were witness to the awful behavior of the male members. The sorores (female members) were obligated to go along with their abusive practices and even participate in the perverse rituals. I am aware that the sorores were subjected to degrading and humiliating acts as part of the Golden Dawn's ceremonial rites. That was how the sorores paid their dues for the privilege of retaining membership in an illustrious intellectual organization.
Allow me to push the envelope even further, I have the feeling that the Golden Dawn sorores brought in curious parties, and those under their care, to take part in their summoning experiments. Why else would the fraters allow women into their order? As I understand it, equality of the sexes was virtually nonexistent in 19th century British society. Women were still considered second class citizens by most male members of society. To be fair, there may have been signs of improvement in men's attitude towards women at that time. The fraters of the Golden Dawn and certainly Arthur Waite sought to give the impression of sophistication and enlightenment to conceal their offensive activities.
Do I know the above information to be a fact? Absolutely not. It's just what my higher sense tells me. Many people will find this information to be nonsense. I cannot offer any factual evidence to support it. At least no documented evidence of this sort has come to my attention. Mystics, occult researchers, Tarot card enthusiasts, and any group claiming Golden Dawn lineage, will undoubtedly see my claims as devoid of all merit. I can certainly understand any objection to my assertions. My statements concerning The Golden Dawn certainly do not detract from the enormous contributions made by Arthur Edward Waite, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, to occult science.
Aleister Crowley eagerly chose to support and promote the debased lifestyle that other Golden Dawn members swore to secrecy. Arthur, like most Golden Dawn members, maintained an air of normalcy. The only real difference between Aleister Crowley and Arthur Waite is in how Mr. Waite chose to conduct his affairs. Arthur was concerned about his public image. It's well-known in occult and mystical circles that Arthur had a feeling superiority amongst his peers. Like many people, he felt the need to be right. Arthur was known to get into heated arguments with other Golden Dawn members, over the meaning of obscure occult symbols (I am not sure if I read that somewhere). It is clear that Arthur considered himself an authority figure in the area of occult history. He is probably correct in that regard.
A few months ago (at the time of this writing) I partially awoke from a restful sleep with a strange sight. I remember looking over the side of my bed with my eyes half open. I believe I saw the outline of a dark figure standing beside me. I "heard" the spirit speaking to me. I do not actually remember anything being said by this shadowy spirit. I repeated what I thought I heard in the form of a question, "You're going to make me popular?" After making this statement, I quickly fell back to sleep.
Let me be clear that I do not need Arthur to make me popular. He is merely one aspect of my multi-dimensional self. We all have many lives, which are part of the Greater-Self. I am not using the popularity of Arthur's Tarot deck as a way of impressing people. I'm not even interested in the Tarot since I have challenges of my own to overcome in this life. My investigative career has allowed me to assist people in resolving serious personal issues. The nature of work has allowed me to take a behind the scenes role in many high profile matters (I may be bragging here). I have been exposed to a side of life that other people will never see. I can honestly say that my life has been satisfying up to this point. For this is reason, I do not need to take credit for Arthur's achievements to make me feel confident. I am extremely successful in my own right.
I also want it to be understood, that I am not using Arthur Waite as a convenient scapegoat for any guilty or regretful feelings hidden in my subconscious mind. In other words, I am not projecting any bad feelings I may harbor about myself onto Arthur as some psychologists might conclude. I have no problem taking responsibility for my behavior in this life. My awareness of my past lives leads me believe that I committed unacceptable acts, which are much bigger than anything I have done this life.
Skeptics, (typically leaning on their academic credentials), might disagree with the above statements. Please rest assured that I have no interest in what they have to say. I do not need their validation of my past-life claims to continue my work in mysticism, any more than they require my approval to function whatever their chosen profession may be.
I made a public apology (as part of my spiritual growth) to a large class at a past-life regression seminar. One man found my apology to be inadequate. He literally slammed his fist on the table and said he was "pissed off" that my apology lacked sincerity. I'm not sure he even knew why he reacted in this manner. Somehow my apology triggered an emotional reaction in him. Perhaps we crossed paths in a past life. Gatherings like this often bring people together for the purpose of resolving past life conflicts.
I sensed that some people in the class had had a negative experience with Arthur Waite or one of my other past-life personalities. As I stated in my book "Illusion of the Body," victims are not always willing or psychologically prepared to forgive the transgressor. For this reason, the offender must be prepared to forgive him or herself. A victim's acceptance of the offender's apology is not necessary for forgiveness. Of course, the offender must feel the authenticity of remorse within his or her body in order for it to be real. The victim will perceive this expression of genuineness coming from the offender, and may or may not choose to accept it.
One woman in the past-life regression class stated that dysfunctional, abusive, violent relationships and encounters have their roots in pre-life contracts. I am not sure if this is true in every case. In any case, a pre-life contract does not absolve the abuser of his or her wrongdoings. This kind of thinking would allow the abuser a way of justifying his or her reckless behavior. It would be an easy way for the abuser to say that the victim is to blame for his or her actions. It is necessary for the abuser to take responsibility and make things right to the extent possible. A pre-life contract does not give an abuser license to behave as a savage. The idea of a pre-life contract is to help all parties involved learn from each other. Spiritual evolution is always the intention of a pre-life contract.
I am not convinced that pre-life contracts can account for every human interaction. Think of the Viking who rushes into a village killing and raping strangers with total disregard for the sanctity of life. Was there a pre-life contract between the Viking and the innocent peasants he senselessly slaughtered, or did they just happen to be in his path of destruction? This does not absolve the Viking of his duty to make things right with his victims. Even mental acknowledgement of their pain may be sufficient.
I believe that life is too complex to be boiled to a single theory. The meaning of life is quite simple, but the mechanics of the universe is complicated. An analogy of this idea would be the difference between a vehicle driver and an auto mechanic. This comparison here should be obvious.
I can only take responsibility for my part in the events that took place in my past lives. I recall a bible believing spirit once impressing upon me the idea that the "Truth will set you free." I am of the opinion that The Truth only complicates life. "Ignorance is bliss" would seem to be a far better philosophy for the average man or woman. Although we must all awaken to the true nature of reality at some point in the spiritual evolutionary process. This concept is central to the unfolding of the Master Plan. The Master Plan and the human experiment are too big of a topic to delve into here. This paper turned into a long-winded confession of my Greater-Self's dark history. You will find references to the Master Plan in my other articles.
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David Almeida is a Spiritualist and researcher of Rosicrucian philosophy and esoteric knowledge. David is a past article contributor to the Sedona Journal of Emergence. He is also a Board Certified Hypnotist, certified past-life regressionist, and Reiki healer. David is the author of The First Truth: A Book of Metaphysical Theories and Illusion of the Body: Introducing the Body Alive Principle. Both books can be purchased at Amazon.com. Visit www.findyourdivinelight.com
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