My deepest fascinations go to some strange and mysterious places. I have come to realize that the environment you grow up around has huge implications for your character. I grew up with some amazing late 19th and early 20th century books that my mother collected along her travels and used bookstore raids throughout the 1960’s. These books were hardbound, textured, gold embossed relics of mysticism. Books of ancient civilizations like Atlantis and Lemuria, Egyptian books of the Tarot, Tibetan scriptures of Buddhism and Hinduism, along with Psychedelic Art that decorated our walls was all, for lack of a better word, mind expanding. My mother was an astrologer, an artist, and a single mom raising me in Hollywood, which was exciting and fairly normal, but also made me slightly embarrassed and withdrawn in a weird way. None of my other friends had parents into astrology and mysticism. It kind of ostracized me. So I became an artist too at a very young age exploring the mind.
Growing up and reading these books gave me an understanding as to why my mother was so interested in these writings. Learning that the ancients had conquered tasks that seem virtually impossible to us now opened my mind up to a secret reality kept hidden from most people’s knowledge. As I explored deeper into the writings of ancient India and Tibet I realized a continuous parallel mythology taking place and it soon became obvious to me after more research that our world was once connected. There is evidence to suggest that trade and knowledge once flowed beyond continental borders and oceans, and in some cases, claims to go beyond the atmosphere of our planet, implying space travel and interstellar war. My mother and I would sit up for hours talking about Mysticism and History all the time and as a child she would read these stories to me and we would analyze them together.
The period prior to World War I was a very interesting time when many crossroads of information were having a profound influence on one another, especially science and philosophy. Great writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were adding real depth to our understanding of what it is to be a sentient human being. Women’s rights were a revolution gaining voice. Walt Whitman was exploring the concepts of the Body Electric. Madam Helena Von Blavatsky established the Theosophical Society searching the wealth of newly uncovered knowledge in the antiquities. Nicola Tesla had been known to study the ancient hieroglyphics of Egypt and India, taking his electrical inventions to a whole new level not yet achieved by man in modern history. Tesla, along with the backing of philanthropist George Westinghouse, created the first Hydro Electric Dam at Niagara Falls in 1895 to deliver Electricity to New York, beginning the process of powering the world.
This was a time of great discovery. The tombs of Egypt, the Temples in Central America – their discoveries along with new methodologies in translation of these ancient sites uncovered a plethora of hidden wonders and wondrous insights. A dream of Utopia played in the minds of people and the future was being envisioned. Hollywood movies were being created for humanity like Lost Horizon by Frank Cappra, which tells the story of the quest for enlightenment and higher consciousness, drawing thematic connections with The Razors Edge and other novels like to Kill A Mockingbird, It’s A Wonderful Life, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men and so many more. The science of ancient concepts was being explored like psychic capabilities, telekinesis, levitation, and time travel. These esoteric ideas were finally approaching closer and closer to a scientific understanding of life, closer to the minds of society, helping to evolve as well the quality of life.
The architecture of that era incorporated symbolism of the antiquities with modern futurism, giving us new movements in style such as Art Deco that still paid respect to its Art Nouveau foundation. Yes, there was a time not too long ago that held respect for nature and harmony with life. This was in my mind a very beautiful time period that I sometimes wish I had grown up in. Yet it all came to an end in the 1920’s, forcing such knowledge circles to go underground. I believe this was caused by a mass corralling of humanity like sheep into World War I. This changed everything. We all became separated once again. Mysticism was removed from science by the institutionalization of social organizations. The betterment of humanity had to take a back seat to war and changed forever how humans could and would be managed.
With the end of legal slavery in America the ruling elite had no more free labor at its disposal and this was eating away at their wealth. The population was growing rapidly and these men were waging financial battles in attempts to install the Federal Reserve under the auspices of their own private banking system. These people had a plan for centuries to control and influence the government more than its own citizens could and their plan was being worked on constantly.
This subject matter experienced a strong resurgence across the world during the post-war generation of the 50’s and 60’s, influencing music, art, film, and personal freedom generally. This spirit seemed to slowly die off however throughout the 70’s, followed by a renewed interest in the new age movement, but that disappeared too shortly after the damaging sociopolitical and economic climate of the 80’s laid down its roots, affecting us to the present day.
Looking back, it is amazing to see how most of what I love about life has been destroyed by Corporations, Lobbyists, and Politicians who all have something in common, Greed.
(To be continued in Part II)