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Brothers in the Shadows: Evidence that Secret Societies Manipulate World Affairs

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posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 12:15 PM
I want to start by saying:

That was my initial reaction when I stumbled upon all of this information. I couldn't believe my eyes. So much so that I believed it must be a hoax of some sort. "How have I never heard of this before!?" Since then I have wavered in my beliefs on how important/relevant this information is. I even tried to leave it alone for a while to see if it would go away. It didn't.

And so I was forced to make this thread, mainly to get the information "out there", so to speak, and partly because I wanted someone to come along and either confirm it's importance or burst my bubble.

So I shall present to you what I have been looking into (as best I can) and then sit back and prepare for the worst

To kick us off we need to quickly look at an individual who seems to be the orchestrator of it all...

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner, born in February 1861, was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. He gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of European transcendentalism and with links to Theosophy.

Anthroposophy postulates the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world accessible to direct experience through inner development. More specifically, it aims to develop faculties of perceptive imagination, inspiration and intuition through cultivating a form of thinking independent of sensory experience, and to present the results thus derived in a manner subject to rational verification. In its investigations of the spiritual world, anthroposophy aims to attain the precision and clarity attained by the natural sciences in their investigations of the physical world.

His legacy to the world is more than 350 volumes of collected works including about forty volumes containing his writings as well as over 6000 lectures. His legacy is also preserved through his Waldorf schools, which, as of 2011, there are 998 independent Waldorf schools located in sixty countries throughout the world.

The reason I draw your attention to Steiner is because he moved in some very interesting, some very occult/esoteric circles and seems to have been the originator of the accusations you are about to see. We will be hearing more from him later.

What started me off on this journey of discovery was an article from New Dawn Magazine entitled: Brothers of the Shadows: A Perspective on Conspiracies. I will be using the relevant extracts from that article as the skeleton for my thread so there isn't any particular need to go and read it now, although it wouldn't do any harm.

Anyways, what first caught my attention was this...

In 1893, an Englishman called C.G. Harrison delivered six lectures to the Berean Society, a mysterious group of ‘Christian esotericists’. A record of these lectures is to be found in Harrison’s remarkable book The Transcendental Universe. Little is known about the Berean Society or Harrison, although he wrote two further books in his lifetime. What is clear is that Harrison, who speaks in defense of the “high” Church, had access to a phenomenal store of esoteric thought, and was furthermore privy to a certain amount of inside knowledge.

In his second lecture, he spoke not only of “the next great European war”, but also of the “national character” of the Slavic peoples and its ability to “enable them to carry out experiments in Socialism, political and economical, which would present innumerable difficulties in Western Europe”. Remember that these lectures were given in 1893, 21 years before the First World War and 24 years before the Bolshevik Revolution!

How could he know about the forthcoming War as well as the “experiments in Socialism”, which would take a grip on Russia and its surrounding states for most of the twentieth century? If he was not, as he claimed, a “practical occultist” himself, it is reasonable to assume he had contact with people who were, and who had access to the malign plans of such secret groups referred to above.

I could find very little about Mr Harrison. The above link to his book regards him as a "mysterious and unknown figure" whilst a short bio from Steiner Books (yes, Rudolf Steiner) states that he was "(b. 1855) an English occultist, Anglican Christian, writer, and lecturer." So I have reason to believe that Harrison did indeed have contact with people who were, and who had access to secret plans - that person being Rudolf Steiner.

It continues...

The second significant piece of evidence which offers some backing for Steiner’s claims of occult interference in world politics is to be found in a special edition of the satirical weekly The Truth, published at Christmas 1890. Under the heading ‘The Kaiser’s Dream’, the magazine featured a cartoon map of Europe together with a humorous commentary. Many observations can be made of the map, but the most pertinent point to note in relation to the above is that all the countries of Europe are shown as republics with the exception of Russia and its neighbouring states, over which are written the words “Russian Desert”. In addition, Germany is identified with the words “German Republics”! This map signifies not only a foreknowledge – similar to Harrison – of the fate of Russia to become a cultural as well as an economic ‘desert’, but also of the future splitting of Germany into ‘republics’. The magazine’s editor, Henry Labouchère, was a Freemason. Was his remarkable foresight pure luck, or once again did he have some inside knowledge of future plans to shape the world?

I was able to find the cartoon map in question and have reproduced it below:

I retrieved that map from a book entitled 'The Crisis of Civilization', written by the Russian Anthroposophist Gennady Bondarev. Bondarev was expelled from the General Anthroposophical Society in 1998, the given reason being the alleged "anti-Semitism" expressed in his works. So, once again, he has obvious links with Rudolf Steiner.

However, that wasn't the only interesting map that Bondarev's book contained. He also reprints two other maps that are credited to Karl Heise. Heise was a theosophist (obvious links to the Occult via Helena Blavatsky) and wrote several books about the society and Occultism in general.

What is even more interesting is that Heise was being funded by Rudolf Steiner, who wrote the preface to the first edition of Heise's 1919 book 'Understanding Freimaurerei-und Weltkrieg', in which Heise denounced a Masonic plot to have orchestrated the First World War.

We shall now look at these maps in more depth...

Entente-Freimaurerei und Weltkrieg (Masonry and Allied World War II)

Here is an online copy of the book: Entente-Freimaurerei und Weltkrieg

From the contents regarding this map: “Geographical map from the secret society circles of the English-speaking world.”

The heading of the above map reads: In the secret circles of the English speaking world, a future has been imagined involving a world war and it's consequences shape Europe.

Below the map reads: Inscriptions in the map above:

(Over Germany is written) "the Germans remaining area (Rhine, Danube)"
(Over Austria, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia is written) "According to the prophesy world wars arising Danube-Balkan Federation (Danube)."
(Written over most of Eastern Europe is) "From the dissolution of the Russian State from Tscheco Slovaks, Poles, Russians, etc. resulting Slav confederation (Vistula)"

Okkultes Logentum (Occult Lodges)

Top left is written: "Second British secret lodges map about the distribution of Europe."

Over Russia is written: "States decreed for the socialist experiment by England."

So here we have maps from two books, published in 1919 and 1921 respectively, and a cartoon map, published in 1890, that have been drawn by the so called "secret societies" that:

- Speak of an upcoming World War to shape Europe.
- Speak of Russia an an ongoing Socialist Experiment.
- Show a Germany divided into two seperate states.

Rudolf Steiner, who seems to be the driving force behind these revelations, puts them into context:

In 1916 and 1917, in the midst of the catastrophic First World War, Steiner gave a series of 25 lectures to a group of his followers who gathered together at their centre in Dornach in neutral Switzerland. These lectures, since translated and published in English, offer a unique reading of contemporary events.

Behind the outer façade of world affairs, suggested Steiner, the machinations of occult groups or ‘brotherhoods’ were at work. Certain of these brotherhoods had wanted the Great War to take place, and had manipulated events to bring it about. In doing this, they sought to protect the dominant economic position of the English-speaking world, and in turn to crush the ‘mediating’ role of Central European powers such as Germany, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and so on.

These occult brotherhoods – small groups of men who met together in ‘lodges’ and practiced ceremonial magic as a means of achieving certain goals – originated from the English-speaking (Anglo-Saxon) world and were allied, in particular, with Anglo-American interests. Their aim was to extend Anglo-American influence across the globe, and to ensure the predomination of Anglo-American culture. Furthermore, they sought to extend its superiority into the distant future; essentially to ensure that the present state of affairs continues evermore.

According to Steiner’s research, human evolution goes through ‘great periods’ of development. During each of these periods, a particular people is given the task of leading humanity in a spiritual sense. Over the millennia, it has been the destiny of different peoples to bring specific qualities, in a benevolent way, to the whole of humanity. Particular periods of history are thus led by particular nations. This does not imply a form of political control or empire – and is certainly not a theory of national or racial superiority – but is referring to a spiritual form of authority.

Steiner suggested that the Western world, and in particular the English-speaking peoples, have been given the task of getting to grips with the material world – of becoming comfortable on Earth and developing in harmony with it. In this specific sense, the West was to introduce a certain kind of (beneficial) materialism into human development. But this materialism was only meant to be developed up to a certain point. It was necessary in order for humans to become fully part of the earthly world, and to help introduce an individualised consciousness (the ‘I’). But beyond that it had the potential to be destructive. Materialism as a philosophy, which shuts out the possibility of soul and spirit, is retrogressive, asserted Steiner, and works as an evil in human evolution.

The Anglo-American brotherhoods that seek dominion over mankind know this, and hence today are deliberately sponsoring various kind of materialism in the hope of halting and trapping humanity at the present stage of its development. They don’t want humans to progress beyond the present stage of immersion in the material world. In other words, they don’t want us to reconnect in a free way with our spiritual ‘I’, because they know that their grip over humanity would then be lost. Human progress is dependent on spiritual knowledge, and thus the occult brotherhoods work against it.

Steiner explained further the brotherhoods were aware that the Slavic peoples were to be given the task of leadership on behalf of humanity during the next ‘great period’ of history. For this reason, the Anglo-American brotherhoods not only sought to dominate the present great period of human development, but – knowing that the Slavs had an important mission in the future – sought to gain control over the Slavic peoples (Russia in particular) in the present, in order to interfere with or even put a halt to their coming task. In this way, the Anglo-American brotherhoods could extend their control over human development into the distant future.

Steiner later claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which led to the creation of the USSR and the 72-year cultural, intellectual, economic and political repression of the populations of its various peoples, was masterminded and sponsored by these same brotherhoods as a means of controlling the region and its peoples.

You can read for yourself what he had to say (it makes for a FASCINATING read!) by visiting his online archives.

From the archives I present to you a couple of paragraphs that seem to be indicating his foreknowledge of an oncoming Second World War...

For we must be clear that the time can come again – today I choose my words very cautiously and therefore say: can come –, when, because peace is not wanted at all, the conflict will be ferocious, maybe still more ferocious than it has already been, if something does not come from one side or another to prevent this ferocity. Then the possibility will be found again to talk of the atrocious deeds of Middle Europe, and under the ruins and the rubble one will bury the fact that one could have prevented these atrocious things oneself if one had not responded to the appeals for peace with the bellowing of a bull. It lay after all in the hands of the forces of the periphery to bring about peace. But the time will come … where it will again be said: The Germans are doing this or that in violation of all rights of nations (Jan. 8, 1917,GA 174).

There are a number of people already – and this number will quickly grow –, who grasp that it is entirely impossible to go through anything else but a revolution if one continues to work in the old sense. Just as in the old sense people were told: we have to wage a war in order to quell the revolution in our own country, so nothing other is meant than that work has to be done, particularly amongst those people of the West who are versed in the old way of thinking, to prepare the ground for the Second World War. There is no other way than, in order to overcome inner Bolshevism, to work in the West towards the Second World War. You can hear the cry from the lower strata of society: World-revolution! This idea of world-revolution can only be shrouded in a fog through the unleashing of this Second World War catastrophe. There cannot be any other way (Jan. 2, 1921, GA 338, Dornach 1986).

So, what do you guys think?

I think the above maps/books/quoted lectures are INCREDIBLE!

It seems to me that people who moved in the esoteric/occult circles of the time were, somehow, privy to secret information about how the world was going to be manipulated. These "people in the know" seem to blame Freemasonry in particular, although that seems to be Karl Heise's particular gripe. Others don't give "them" names.

Any help from you fine people would be great as I believe there is plenty more to research. Especially those of you who's native tongue is German, I can imagine you wincing at my poor translations

Over to you...

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 01:27 PM

Nobody has anything to say about the OP?

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:31 PM
I have something to say!

You're a super brilliant researcher and it's a shame that there doesn't seem to be many people interested in any of this - it's mind blowing stuff!

Thanks for taking the time to write it

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:42 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

The elements of the prevention of spiritual growth being cyclical and to be prevented as well as the oft stated policies of war abroad to save dissent at home are especially relevant to the UK and the USA at the moment with the rise of fundamental religions and obviously the wars we are in.
So I had to comment and s&f just so you know you've definitely piqued my interest and I am going to follow the links and hopefully come back with something more constructive or insightful later.

edit on 16/8/11 by goldentorch because: grammar

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 03:16 PM
reply to post by goldentorch

Thanks for the reply.

No doubt it's relevance persists to this very day. The only thing that has changed is that nowadays they are so much more blatant in their approach. Every Tom, Dick and Harry knows about the illegalities of the current wars and the weak evidence that was trumped up to pave the way for war.

At least 100 years ago they had the decency to try and make it look organic!

I see these documents as older, more cryptic versions of the brash and in your face publications of think tanks like 'Project for the New American Century' and their blatant publications like 'Rebuilding America's Defenses'.

Oh how times have changed.

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 03:22 PM
I have nothing else to say except, great post. I'll have to do more research on this Steiner guy, I don't believe I have ever heard of him. I do recall hearing about little known "theosophy" and the fact this has ties with that sends up a red flag. I heard these people are even represented by the UN! Very interesting indeed, S&F!

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 03:52 PM
Your thread will take some time to digest.
You've thrown out something new to many of us and rather than make baseless comments we're looking in to the subject a bit first.
Hope you don't mind.

Great thread!

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 04:15 PM
reply to post by The Endtime Warrior

Steiner is a real personality. I vaguely knew of him but since looking into this it becomes clear he was someone very special indeed.

Further research is definitely warranted.

Good luck!

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 04:38 PM
reply to post by Asktheanimals

Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Your thread will take some time to digest.
You've thrown out something new to many of us and rather than make baseless comments we're looking in to the subject a bit first.
Hope you don't mind.

Great thread!

Of course I dont

I'm still trying to get my head around it!

Good luck.

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 05:28 PM
your OP comes as a big surprise. Rudolf Steiner and his Waldorf-Schools have such a good reputation in Europe.

but, with the connections you indicated at, I'm not doubting you could be telling us enormous news!

I’m caught up in a different research which preoccupies me - though I shall stay tuned to learn about your discussions with interest

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 05:56 PM
reply to post by bestintentions

Rudolf Steiners reputation can remain intact, even in light of the information provided in the OP. I wasn't stating that he himself had anything to do with the manipulation of world affairs, merely that he was privy to it's future occurrence due to the occult circles in which he moved.

Stay tuned, hopefully we can dig up some more interesting info!

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 07:02 PM
Amazing thread, thanks for posting this! really great read, hope this thread can expand on this,

thought it was interesting when mentioned about our development in a spiritual sense but not to go too far. Maybe one day we will realise the full potential of the human brain through spiritual means without abusing it.

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 07:12 PM
This was a by product of their plan...

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 08:32 PM
This sort of thing is VERY interesting to me.

I have subscribed and just wanted to say great work and I will continue to research this and hopefully speak with you like minded individuals again soon on the subject.

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:06 PM
I happen to have a vintage copy (not first edition or anything) of Steiner's "Outline of Occult Sciences." It's interesting but a little dry. I suppose I should revisit it.
Regarding the maps, yes you can point out ways they might successfully predict future borders and regions BUT step back and see all the inaccuracies. As an example, Spain and Portugal never (to my knowledge) formed an Iberian republic; not even under another name. And even of the regions that seem to predict reality, the maps are quite crudely hand-drawn maps by today's map standards. So the borders aren't precise.

I think you might be overly-excited at learning new, fascinating things which is, in itself, a good thing. Learning should be exciting and I think Steiner felt the same.

I think there is legitimacy in noting successes of an Anglo-American bloc of societies around this time period as reality has manifested some of the mentioned aims.

I intend to look further into the material you've presented but these are my initial thoughts. Thanks for a quality thread and keep digging for truth in the world around you!

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:48 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

I have no doubt that the world is being run by a few elite with lots of money - just as there is an underground economy (drugs) - there is probably an underground government. I did some poking around, looked up some names you mention and found some interesting links:

no mention of Labouchère
as a Freemason.

posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 11:43 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

A fascinating and well researched post. Thanks.

But I thought that the messing with national borders by occult groups began way before the French Revolution. Weren't the Jacobins, Illuminists and Masons behind that?

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 12:36 AM

Originally posted by chr0naut
reply to post by LiveForever8

A fascinating and well researched post. Thanks.

But I thought that the messing with national borders by occult groups began way before the French Revolution. Weren't the Jacobins, Illuminists and Masons behind that?

First of all great thread LiveForever - it is interesting to find the traces of the spider's web across history and I think you are just scratching the surface with your well researched OP

Chr0naut I think you are correct on all three, which incidently I would be bold enough to state are 3 spokes of the same infernal wheel, 3 manifestations of the same web, so to speak.

winding the clock back even further we could place a degree of influence on the templars. As we know, the purging and disbanding of the KT's did not expose all their adherants or those who led from the shadows. I believe we find their agenda(s) surfacing in the form of multiple heads/societies/organisations

however it remains a nagging thought and recurring theme in most of the books I have read on these groups, that somewhere, through the last 1000 years, in a darkness yet to be exposed to light, there is the real spider, the group that weaved the web upon which the others feed themselves, the true shadow people

as Shrek says, its like an onion...........

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 01:21 AM
reply to post by LiveForever8

Interesting and seems to tie in with a book that I am presently reading, it may well be worth your while too.

The Gods of Eden by William Bramley.

He talks about the Brotherhood and the manipulation of humankind through conflict. Although his spin on it is slightly different.
Nevertheless, a good and interesting read.

S&F for you, from a Mason.

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 01:49 AM
for what its worth, i think you have stumbled onto a major part of the larger picture and anyone who would scoff at that larger picture (of which IS out there for all to see) cannot reasonably reply or even digest what you have posted. I say.. good job my friend. A well deserved ::pat on the back:: it is through people like you, who are willing to not only doubt what you discover but to then post it for others to refute that we ALL grow as a species. well done OP.

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