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Why We Have a Need to Know About the Esoteric

Angela Pritchard, Guest
Waking Times

Esoteric knowledge has played a fundamental role in many civilizations throughout history, including our own, and yet the UK is looking to censor “esoteric material” across the internet by the end of this year. This is not being spoken about openly, and is likely to set a precedent for other proposed internet filters around the world, as the UK’s filter appears to have already been influenced by the French company Orange’s filtering of “esoteric practices” and “universally acknowledged sects” in the UK.

It may not be immediately apparent to most people as to what the implications of this are, and it seems at some level there is an attempt to take advantage of the lack of understanding of what the word “esoteric” actually means.

To many people, “esoteric” denotes something obscure, incoherent and belonging to the old libraries of mystical texts, and even as something negative to be feared. But in reality it is literally all around us and absolutely crucial to the understanding of our collective human history and experience. This is the reason why its censorship is so dangerous and should be ringing alarm bells for everybody.

Esoteric is simply a word that denotes something “hidden” and understandable to an enlightened few. Fundamentally, it describes the hidden nature of reality, and anyone who experiences it. Many believe that the physical world of matter is all there is, but although other realms and dimensions, consciousness, non-physical beings etc., are not ordinarily visible, they are widely reported by people who have near-death experiences, and likewise by those who have mystical experiences. The expression of the experience of these “esoteric” realms can literally be found almost everywhere, in religious texts, ancient cultures, traditions, and mythology; it has run through most societies just as it runs throughout ours today.

Anyone who gains experience through remote viewing, telepathy, altered states of consciousness, prayer, visions, dreams, religious or mystical experiences, psychic and paranormal phenomena, self-knowledge, or who has a supernatural encounter of any kind, etc., whether for good or bad purposes (because it’s possible to do both), is accessing normally hidden, or esoteric information about life and reality.


The occultist, astrologer, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, John Dee, performing an experiment before her.

This kind of esoteric knowledge can be found throughout religions—each containing a host of supernatural encounters and events etc. It can be found in yoga, meditation, the whole of the New Age, and even in the symbols of crop circles. Esotericism is not particular to any belief or tradition, but has existed in almost all of them. This is why so many similarities can be found between diverse spiritual texts and teachings, although separated by vast distances and time; esoteric practitioners all over the world and throughout history have, using a myriad of different techniques, discovered similar or the same information about the hidden nature of reality and expressed it according to their own unique environment and culture.

Esoteric symbols proliferate movies, music, and the entire entertainment industry. They are found in the institutions of society, such as governments, corporations, law and royalty, and have overtly done so throughout the world since recorded history from ancient Sumer and Egypt, through the Roman Empire, right up into the United States today.


The Druid god “the Green Man” at the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony.

The UK itself has a vast history of esoteric knowledge, stretching from at least the times of the ancient Neolithic and Beaker peoples who built some of its ancient megalithic sites, through the Druids, the legends of King Arthur, up unto the proliferation of diverse religious, spiritual and esoteric groups throughout the UK today. Queen Elizabeth I had an occultist and astrologer, the famous John Dee, serve as her consultant. Esotericism is even taught as a subject at universities in Amsterdam and Exeter in the UK. The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies were teeming with esoteric symbols – the central setting of the London opening ceremony was the ancient esoteric site of Glastonbury Tor, and the organizers of the Paralympic ceremony actually contacted the British Druid Order to get permission to use some of their ceremonial wording.


Portrait of the first president of the United States republic, George Washington, doing the Freemason “hidden hand” sign, in this painting from a year that changed the course of world history – 1776.

Esoteric societies are part of the history of the formation of much of the western world. President Roosevelt regarded the library founded by the great esoteric writer Manly P. Hall in Los Angeles, which housed a collection of ancient spiritual writings, a national treasure and had its contents copied (microfiched) during WWII to safeguard them. The United States republic was created in part out of secret societies, most notably Freemasonry; George Washington was a Freemason as were a number of the “Founding Fathers”. The Statue of Liberty bears an uncanny resemblance to the ancient goddess Hecate, and was created by a French Freemason. The US capital Washington DC is awash with esoteric symbols, as is the US dollar bill; today dark esoteric groups continue to control structures of power behind the scenes in order to exert their influence over the entire world.

The mainstream media has marginalized, demonized and effectively conducted a witch-hunt against people gathering to practice alternative spirituality and experience higher/mystical states of consciousness, whilst at the same time celebrating its use for dark purposes. Today the most popular music videos and live performances contain genuinely demonic esoteric symbols and rituals—with inverted crucifixes, mock sacrifices, satanic worship etc.

To those who don’t have experience of the hidden nature of reality, the esoteric symbols of ancient sacred teachings can appear obscure, nonsensical, even primitive, and are commonly misinterpreted and derided. In fact, the notion that anything but physical reality even exists is scoffed at by some. Yet those who have a shared experience of these hidden realities can understand them, and as the numbers of people who experience extra-sensory realities is rarely high, the word esoteric has come to describe a knowledge that is limited to a small few—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

The fact that knowledge of the esoteric aspects of our history have been stripped out of the school curriculum, the mainstream media, and now potentially out of the internet, is testament enough that those controlling society’s most powerful institutions, do not want people to know about it, and they have demonstrated a preference for engrossing the majority in rampant materialism based on the gratification of all things physical and sensory. And I might add, to subject them to malevolent esoteric symbols whilst blocking them from understanding what they are being subjected to.

The knowledge of hidden realities has been used against populations for sinister purposes throughout history—for domination, control, and deception. But it has also throughout history been used for good, to help raise people’s level of consciousness, to bring higher values into society, to empower people to control their own destiny, and alleviate suffering—it all depends on the hands it’s in. Therefore, it should not be taken out of the hands of the people, or those who would use it for good, and kept only for those in power who would prefer to keep the discussion of it censored.


Some of the most powerful and influential people in the world taking part in an esoteric ceremony at Bohemian Grove in California.

Knowledge about the nature of existence, the purpose of life, alternative ways of understanding the universe and even knowledge of our own history, should not be censored, nor should our right to examine the use of esoteric knowledge by those in positions of authority, such as the secret societies of Bohemian Grove and Skull and Bones, which have been attended by numerous US presidents and many of the most powerful and influential people in the world. All human beings should be free to explore esoteric realms and likewise be free to express their findings and share them without restriction. This is crucial for the collective development of human consciousness, our creative potential, and our ability to work together to address the greatest questions and mysteries of life.

About the Author

Angela Pritchard is an author and researcher into the universal nature of spirituality and consciousness. She is the co-author of two books on ancient sacred mysteries. Her primary focus is on experiencing spirituality firsthand, including through OBEs, and she has been dedicated to this for the past 10 years. She aims to uncover the hidden roots of what’s really driving the agenda in society and the world in relation to the war on consciousness and awakening, and writes alongside her husband on the website http://belsebuub.com/.




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  1. Very interesting article Zen . There is so much knowledge out there that is classed as esoteric . Imparting hidden or esoteric knowledge to chosen disciples, followers has always been the way for all the great spiritual leaders , avatars in fact all our so called leaders . In this new age when we are questioning everything and all that is hidden is to be revealed , this esoteric knowledge is becoming exoteric . We will now be able to take finally our place in the Universe as equals , and about time !!!!

  2. I can’t say I’ve become aware of the UK censoring esoteric stuff and I usually have my eyes in ears in some offbeat forums. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if they indeed were trying to do so. This household has been gathering what I call articles on “side-stream physics” for several years now, in preparation for the possibility that Internet filters might start blocking such articles. We reach a point of saying that those who still don’t know about such things probably never will, if such censorship is organised.
    The British ISP TalkTalk has been using a large Chinese telecoms company for quite a while now, to examine and sorta filter British users’ browsing habits. When that news broke, in general, I upped sticks and changed ISPs. They claimed it was all to do with “protecting children from pornography” and forcing people to opt in or out of their filter system.
    While I do certainly object to pornography, I also object to being compulsorily filtered….because we all know that this is just the excuse they want to carefully filter everything else we search for on the Internet. I avoid using Google for “research” and head to other engines such as IxQuick and DuckDuckGo….how long they’ll be “private” and anonymous I don’t know, but heck, everything’s worth trying.

    First it’s porn, then esoteric, then alternative news, then spiritual stuff, and so on and so on, until the Internet becomes just a corporate cronies hot-tub, full of carefully selected propaganda and filtered facts. Buggar that. The ISPs will find themselves going out of business when the Internet contains nothing of any use to the ordinary person….who’s going to pay for accessing corporate crap?

  3. It’s always fear Zen isn’t it ? Knowledge will release us from that . These are exciting times , we are on the verge of discovering our true selves and accepting , or knowing our greatness . The only possible thing that will stop us is … Us !! As you say. , no fear we already won ….. I know we have !!! Love Kitty xxxxx

    • Assuming that mind set is our task at hand as I see it. Whatever digging, asserting, questioning, affirming, wondering it takes, find that source where that reality is yours. It’s fleeting at times, but enough experiences with it makes it an enduring reality in more and more layers.

  4. As the saying goes no point in closing the stable door after the horse as bolted. This will only hamper progress from the final conclusion. Some of them know, their time is up.

    • Too right Heather , Zen your muzzling analogy was clever , we only muzzle something because we are afraid it will bite . Biting back is something we need to do , the sooner the better . Bring it on !!!

      • Truth comes in all forms – don’t be too surprised when it pops out of you totally “out of (programmed) character” – a very GOOD thing – call liars liars, thieves thieves, and hug to show love…let it out!!!!

  5. Esoteric stuff is hidden and so it seems more powerful than it really is. It’s all about the past.

    If you look into your unique experience of now and come to know yourself clearly, you will not be afraid if you cannot access so-called ‘information’ on the Internet.

    When the Internet first began, I loved the speed of e-mail communication and the sharing of ideas even if it was by slow modem, via a maze of telephone lines. It didn’t take long for the system to be taken over by the controllers. It got faster, more expensive, commercial and surveilled. Even land line phones behave in peculiar ways these days!

    I’ve joked about it before, but I suggest you go to see your dear friends and talk with them. Dare to really speak to your neighbours and find ways to support each other. Use pen and paper, envelopes and stamps to send messages and hone up your InnerNet skills with them. It’s fun and it’s real.

  6. They will never stop what can’t be stopped. The Archons and their minions and sock puppets’ rule and power over humanity is being decimated and continually eroded. The more they try to stop the awakening of consciousness – the more they assist the awakening – such a poetic irony!

    – Inscribed on the Temple of Delphi

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