PART VI: ANCIENT SECRETS
by Anthony Forwood (2011)
51: The Roman Catholic Church and Beyond
Probably the largest and most powerful descendent of all time of the original mystery schools was the Roman Catholic Church. During the Middle Ages, the Church was at its greatest height of power, being beyond the dictates of any king or queen, owning vast resources in land, gold, and slaves (known as serfs). It was an incredibly wicked and dominating power at that time, and turned human torture into a sadistic form of art, inflicting it fiercely on anyone who dared to disbelieve its tenets or deny it as the divine authority over all creation. Many ingeniously cruel methods and inventions were employed for torturing heretics. Evil abounded within the Church.
Because of this, the general public was strongly discouraged from learning about occult knowledge. In the earliest days such knowledge, like everything else, was regarded as a divine right belonging to those who claimed to be descended from the gods, and was denied to the common person. This, of course, was not true. The real truth was that the power of occult knowledge could be used by anyone, and any person could have access to it because it’s a natural power within every individual. This has been one of the biggest secrets of all that the secret schools have kept hidden. For it to be widely known within the population would have been an end to the domination and control that the secret schools had held over the masses for so long. In order to keep this secret of secrets safe, a false understanding had been erected to both complicate and distort the truth.
Fear is a powerful controller, and it has continually been used since the earliest of times to discourage the ignorant and uninitiated from investigating the occult sciences. Since the high-priests of the secret schools had the advantage over the masses from the beginning as the divinely chosen ruling class, they were able to control what was known and believed through their sheer authority, which nobody was in any position to challenge. In knowing this (another one of the secrets that they held), they were able to give a distorted understanding of reality that would always lead the curious down false paths. The belief structure they created for the masses was one that put the ruling elite in charge while removing responsibility for their actions by placing it in the hands of a greater power than themselves as the divine ordinance of the gods. This was the beginning of organized religion with all of its trappings and limitations for the common believer. The Roman Catholic Church took this to the limit with all of its symbology and allegory and myths, burying seekers of truth in confusion and meaningless detail in order to divert them from ever attaining true higher knowledge. The underlying motivator in the belief system of the Church was fear and intimidation, and these were driven into the masses continually in order to have the greatest effect.
In the early days when the ancient schools were few and the knowledge they held was well within a controllable group that was small in number, keeping the knowledge secret was not very difficult. But as time went on and members of these schools left to venture out into the world and seek out their own destinies, they took the secrets they had learned with them, and the strict control that the schools had once had over much of the knowledge that they previously held was weakened. The secrets that were taken were put to use in various ways, and the traditions of exploration into the mysteries was continued as new schools – offshoots of the originals – were set up far and wide. These offshoots were not strictly separate schools from the originals, and there was definitely an ongoing relationship between them through which they could still communicate and work together, but this relationship was limited due to the vast distances between the schools. Because of this loose relationship, those who governed their own offshoot schools in lands far from the original schools had more freedom to seek their own power and dominance in the regions they inhabited. For the most part, they continued their affiliations as organs of the original schools, but the taste of unrestrained power over the masses using the secrets they had been imparted with undoubtedly led to many of them splintering away further from the original schools and establishing isolated groups that took on their own force, even while remaining tied in many ways to the original schools. Each of these splinter groups used the basic principles and traditions of the original schools to control and dominate – fear, subservience, secrecy, ceremonial rituals, and false beliefs designed to disguise greater truths.
Moving forward through time, these offshoots often lost any semblance of the traditional schools, at least in outward appearances. But the basic methods of domination and control persisted, and were improved upon to match the changes of civilization and society as needed. The Roman Catholic Church became a major dominant offshoot of the original mystery schools, and remained very closely tied to the original traditions. They created, or rather redesigned, the original mythologies that were the backbone of the original belief system, but otherwise continued to use fear and their position of absolute authority as the main mechanism of control. This fear was instilled by the belief structure that was set up, centered around the idea that man was the creation of an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient god who demanded absolute subservience in return for the promise of a life after death, with the failure of compliance being that one would spend an eternity in a hell that was promised to be worse than any torture that the Church might subject them to during life. The imagery of hell was always a very descriptive one filled with the worst horrors imaginable, so as to make it very clear in the minds of the masses what could be expected should one fail in their loyalty. What person who believed this would not give him or herself completely to the domination of such a god, or at least to those who claimed to represent such a god? Not able to know what really lay beyond the point of death, and being given this explanation by those who purported to know all things, and who claimed to be in direct communication with this god, it was better to give subservience than to chance the consequences, which were repetitively and consistently drilled deep into their minds. It is a commonly known fact that when something has been habituated in the mind through its consistent repetition, we begin to react subconsciously through the brain’s auto-response mechanisms rather than with any conscious and reasoned thought, depending on our primal instincts for survival. In the case here, the auto-response mechanism was conditioned to give in, to feel weak and helpless against such an overbearing master.
As all of this transpired over the centuries and millennia, the deepest secrets of our true human potential became deeply buried under half-truths and outright fantasies and myths that were expected to be taken as absolute truths. People were discouraged in the ability to think for themselves, and instead became complacent in having a higher authority who would dictate to them both what was real and what was right. Such an attitude had grown into the depths of the public’s consciousness to only think in terms of the concept of reality that had already been erected and to reject other possibilities because they didn’t fit into this only possible one. Divine law authorized those in power to act as they wished while the common person was expected to live within the carefully defined rules of such law.