A vaccine against magic

A vaccine against magic

by Jon Rappoport

December 8, 2016

“Imagination can produce a level of well-being that is bulletproof, in the sense that, no matter what happens in life, there is a back-up, there is something that can be created beyond the current crisis…” (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)

“When I use the word ‘magic’, I mean everything that can spring from imagination. Not the silly little things. The big things. The launching of entirely new realities that outdistance what society is producing. And setting a limit on what the individual can imagine and create, and how far he can go, is very much like promoting the idea that every human is ill and should be a medical patient all his life. It’s sheer propaganda that seeks the lowest common denominator, as a sales gimmick. In the case of imagination, we’re talking about the future of civilization and human life on the planet—whether it rises or falls, whether the population finally accepts the notion that every person is a victim and there is no way out…” (Notes on Exit From The Matrix, Jon Rappoport)

In the human psyche, from the moment a newborn baby emerges into the light of day, he/she has a desire for magic.

We are told this is an early fetish that fades away as the experience of the world sets in. As maturity evolves. As practical reality is better understood.

In most areas of psychology, sensible adjustment to practical reality is a great prize to be won by the patient. It marks the passage from child to adult. It is hailed as a therapeutic triumph.

In truth, the desire for magic never goes away, and the longer it is buried, the greater the price a person pays.

A vaccine against a disease can mask the visible signs of that disease, but under the surface, the immune system may be carrying on a low-level chronic war against toxic elements of the vaccine. And the effects of the war can manifest in odd forms.

So it is with an inoculation of reality aimed at suppressing magic.

One of the byproducts of the “reality shot” is depression.

The person feels cut off from the very feeling and urge he once considered a hallmark of life. Therefore, chronic sadness. Of course, one explains that sadness in a variety of ways, none of which gets to the heart of the matter.

It is assumed that so-called primitive cultures placed magic front and center simply because “they couldn’t do better.” They didn’t have science, and they couldn’t formulate a “true and rational” religion with a church and monks and collection plate and a European choir and an array of pedophiles.

Historically, the impulse for magic had to be defamed and reduced and discredited. Why? Obviously, because the Westerners who were poking through ancient cultures had already discredited magic in themselves—they had put it on a dusty shelf in a room in a cellar beyond the reach of their own memory. But they couldn’t leave it alone. They had to keep worrying it, scratching it, and so they journeyed thousands of miles to find it somewhere else—and then they scoffed at it and tried to crush it.

And we wonder why, under the banner of organized religion, there has been so much killing. At a deep level, the adherents know they’ve sold their souls and they’re depressed, angry, resentful, remorseful, and they want to assuage and expiate their guilt through violence.

But the urge for magic is forever.

And yet the charade goes on. While paying homage and lip service to ordinary practical reality seasoned with a bit of fairy-tale organized religion, people actually want to change reality, they want to reveal their latent power, they want to create realities that, by conventional standards, are deemed impossible.

They want to find and use their own magic.

In our modern culture, we’re taught that everything is learned as a system. That, you could say, is the underlying assumption of education. It has far-reaching consequences. It leads to the systematizing of the mind. The mind is shaped to accommodate this premise.

“If I want to know something, I have to learn it. Somebody has to teach it to me. They will teach it as a system. I will learn the system. I will elevate the very notion of systems. Everything will be a system.”

In the long run, that gets you a lump of coal in a sock, a spiritual cardboard box to live in.

The intellectual enrolls at Harvard, he studies anthropology for six years, he flies to a jungle in South America, he digs up remnants of a lost culture, he infers they performed arcane ceremonies six times a week, he writes monographs—and he concludes they were a very picturesque society with fascinating customs and totems, and their brand of magic can best be understood as an inevitable consequence of their matriarchal organization, which itself was an accommodation to rainfall levels.

Back home, the anthropologist takes two Paxil and goes off to teach a class on the meaning of ancient eyebrow trimming in Tierra del Fuego.

Systems are wonderful things. They produce results. They take us into technological triumphs. They help us become more rational. But when they are overdone, when the mind itself becomes shaped like a system, it reaches a dead-end. Then the mind works against the unquenchable desire for magic. Then society is organized as a tighter and tighter system and turns into a madhouse.

And then people say, “Maybe machines can actually think and choose and decide. Maybe machines are alive. What would happen if we grafted computers on to our brains? It might be wonderful.”

People move in this direction after their own minds have been shaped, like putty, into systems. They don’t see much difference between themselves and machines.

The desire for magic in every individual is squelched. So the first order of business is the restoration of imagination, from which all magic flows. Imagination is sitting there, always ready, waiting.

Imagination is saying, “The mind has been shaped into a system? I can undo that. I can liberate the mind and make it into an adventurous vessel. I can provide untold amounts of new energy.”

Life is waiting for imagination to revolutionize it down to its core.

Since imagination is a wild card that technocrats can’t absorb in their systems, they pretend it a faculty produced by the action of atoms in the brain. They pretend it is a delusion that can be explained by demonstrating, for example, that a machine can turn out paintings. Or poems.

“You see? We don’t need humans to make art. Computers can do just as well. Imagination isn’t mysterious at all.”

Technocracy and transhumanism flow from the concept that the human being is just another machine. And any machine can be made to operate more efficiently.

Meanwhile, imagination waits. It never vanishes. It stands by, just in case an individual decides to live a life that overflows with creative power.

Exit From the Matrix

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

If my work in this area has any organized precedent, it is ancient Tibet where, 1500 years ago, before the priests took over with their interminable spiritual baggage of ritual, practitioners engaged in exercises that engaged imagination to the hilt.

This was not about ultimate worship. This was not about some deep substrate in the Universe that one could plug into, to guide his actions and thought. It was about liberating the individual from systems. It was about endless creation.

The first teachers of this Way came from India, where they had been pushed out of the academies of orthodox religious instruction. They were rebels. They had offloaded the metaphysical labyrinths of control. They were, in a sense, artists. Artists of reality.

They were brilliant riverboat gamblers, and in Tibet, for a time, they found a home.

They found students who, as now, were tired of the preaching designed to make humans into sophisticated mind-machines.

These people wanted more. They wanted to awaken their own imaginations and exceed the illusory boundaries of one space and one time.

They wanted magic.

Despite every cynical ploy, that desire is still alive.

Here are several quotes from an introduction to my collection, Exit From The Matrix:

“Magic as a natural outcome of imagination has NOTHING to do with secret societies and their criminal operations and rituals. These secret societies are bent on imposing masters-and-slaves as their ultimate structure. That’s all they have. That’s their limit.”

“Magic is, for example, the invention of new ideas. These ideas prompt the individual to make a sharp turn and invent his future in a way that is far closer to his heart’s desire.”

“To make a literary comparison, magic is more poetry and less prose. Magic makes consciousness more alive.”

“Magic, which is ultimately imagination, lets a person know he doesn’t have a particular place where he should be. That’s a piece of nonsense and deception. ‘You have your place.’ No. ‘The universe is telling you that you have a particular place.’ When you examine that statement closely, it turns out that someone is using an idea of ‘universe’ to impose a limit and a freeze…”

“The idea that magic is ultimately imagination makes no sense to people who already have a shrunken notion of imagination. They abandoned their imagination long ago, because they couldn’t find a consensus for it. They were looking in the wrong place. They should have been looking at artists.”

“Crazy artists. Yes. The people who find it quite natural to invent realities that aren’t already existing. The people who exercise that non-crazy impulse in every field of endeavor.”

“When a person begins to realize that the new realities he can invent are much larger and more far-reaching than he previously considered, he has dipped his foot in the ocean of magic.”

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

12 comments on “A vaccine against magic

  1. n3angus says:

    Jon do you think the first link is a Magic related goal to create a Negative Impression of Human Exceptionalism ????

    Does denigrating Humanity to create a Less than Exceptional Impression of Human Life as is displayed in the first link, and Child /Human Trafficking have anything in common with in elite circles of society ?


  2. Jonathan Hughes says:

    It is magic when a person says Allah is God when the character of Allah is not the character of God who is Jesus.

  3. Joy says:

    Jon, your words immediately transport me to a new universe reality just as you describe about a painting. Plugging into this reality reveals just how much you live the reality of Imagination, and thereby transmit this power and paint this picture with your words. You are my hero!

  4. I think you’ve hit the jackpot here, Jon, but haven’t contemplated hard enough.

    The baby “looses the magic” on the journey to adulthood. Yeah, familiar materialist/atheist reasoning devoted to impaling spirit.

    How about “open mind” versus “closed mind” with “open-mindedness” being the closest to spirit state?

    All those things that are hated, labelled evil, are warred over, disappear. The problem is we are inherently selfish and that is why we are “closed minded”. Therefore as we become more “adult” we also become more “insular”. “Look after number one”.

    Selfishness implies winner/loser life scenarios and that is why humanity is perpetually at war with “the other”. Spirituality, under the anathema “zeal”, is a monstrous celebration of hatred. People (atheists through and through) pretend to “love” God by hating those they detest, all in the name of “religious zeal”. Is that not practical devil worship?

    We are doomed, mate.


    • Greg C. says:

      “We are doomed, mate.” What do you mean, “we”? Speak for yourself.Jon points the way out of the mire of conformity and group thinking, and you say it’s no use based on banal generalities, thoughtless one-sentence summaries not worthy of a high-school sophomore. So shallow, so sad.

      • …and the deluded witter without a care in the world, for they don’t know how so who should worry why?

        I now comprehend the Anunaki’s intent in their attempt at wiping us out completely 35,000 years ago. Jon is trying to make leaders of all men and not tyrants of everyone of us, but tyranny is where we are heading courtesy of wilful idealism. I very much doubt Jon has any problem with a great group that is a thriving teaming hive of new ideas, else why has he backed Trumpism in the way he has?

        Explain that, Greg C?

        What happens when Trump fails? More bullshit….on and on ad infinitum?

  5. Nuala Norris says:

    I think almost all religions are primitive forms of forgotten science; science, in the sense of profound(forgotten, or dimly perceived, or corrupt; sorry, NASA, sorry MIT, sorry MANHATTAN PROJECT, sorry CDC, sorry FDA, sorry…Churches) insights into and knowledge of the make-up of the physical universe and Humankind’s place in it. Imagination knows no limits, but Mediocrity, Mammon and the tendency to conform are powerful forces.

  6. John says:

    Life and how to live in a world without just existing. How to strike a balance in each one of our individual lives. To embrace life with a thinking mind, a trying soul and a pure heart. Living a life of substance based on truth.

    How does a person in today’s world keep clinging to his or her individualism and not get caught up in the group thought mentality of today’s world? Can a person nourish his/her imperfect soul, heal his/her wounded heart and feed his/her thinking mind in today’s world of overwhelming materialism? Do we as individuals have the discipline to keep our spirituality alive within us?

    Do we need a million “things” in our life to satisfy our needs and desires? Can we fill our very beings up with things that last and matter? The bottom line is how does a human being on planet earth in the year 2016 find PEACE OF MIND?
    For without peace of mind, human existence becomes worthless.

    We all have that simple basic human instinct to try and attain peace of mind? But as human beings do we ever find true peace of mind on a permanent basis? I do not think anybody can ever attain complete peace of mind. But to live a life in 2016 without constant worry, to be able to relax and to just catch one’s breath can be quite a task.

    For me peace of mind comes down to living life as simple as possible. Using discipline, keeping my mind and hands busy. Reading, writing, working, physical/intellectual labor. Staying connected to God, family and friends all help. To live a life using patience, fortitude and wisdom. Not expecting much and being pleasantly surprised when good things happen. I try to fill up my soul up with things that last. I try to avoid immediate gratification and use goals to fill up my life. I don’t need a fast pace and a faulty gate, I opt for a slow steady stride with form. My primary purpose is to seek and know truth, to keep God in my life on a daily basis. To understand and to be understood. Just to be able to smile and put a smile on another human being’s face is what it is all about.

    I always subscribed to the “KISS METHOD” (keep it simple stupid), I find the more simple I keep things the more happy I am. When I try to overwhelm myself, that is when I feel most at unease. Just taking a deep breath and living life simply goes a long way toward happiness and peace of mind, for me at least.


    God grant me the serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change;
    Courage to change the things I can;
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    As it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    If I surrender to His Will;
    So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
    And supremely happy with Him
    Forever and ever in the next.


    • Michael Burns says:

      @ Geezuzes little helper John

      Truth? Who’s truth? What truth? Depends on were you are, depends on subjectivity of it all…and it is all subjective. Your primary purpose is to seek and know truth?…well good luck with that, because it’s a dead-end street.

      Clinging to individualism?…clinging? I am an individual regardless if you like it or not…and I don’t give a fuck if you like it or dislike it. It is me, I don’t try at it, I don’t cling to it, I have no other choice…I am it. I don’t want any other choice.

      Imperfect soul? Well your totally fucked then, your flawed and there’s no way out now. And feeding your mind, well it depends on what your feeding it…if your feeding it god. Well your teaching yourself to be a victim. If you teach it to be responsible, courageous, above all adventurous, imaginitive, light and genuinely seeking happy, eating the world as one would an oyster in a shell. Fulfilling your wants.

      Desire is what your here for…the interaction of you and this five-sense world, start really tasting that ice-cream, throw your whole being into the sexual act. Don’t see fireworks, blow the whole bedroom up. Dare to teach yourself new things that are difficult and take a long time to master. Love, like it’s the last day of planet earth.

      The many grinning automaton fools I see ever day, walking through supermarkets and on sidewalks; unqualified happiness they claim, it’s there right; to have high self-esteem, and a good healthy smile…bullshit, most of them have ceased and desisted from participating in life. They have become slack-jawed voyeurs. Wishing to put smiles on each others face…that is no purpose.

      A real purpose is start a revolution, and begins with yourself. Revolt against your whole being, become a completely new thing,

      The “KISS METHOD”?….kiss this! You should be skating on thin ice all the time, make it complex, make it very very complex. Throw a monkey wrench into everything you come across. Keep those senses tingling…if it goes to quiet you’ll fall into a trance, a hypnotic state of “oh well, were all one in this together” and “I just being real, self actualized”, “I’m permanently happy and simple, and this fucking smile is stapled to my face”.

      The clichés you burp out onto this comment section, makes me itchy and scratchy, the poet in me screams out for a line that sinks your whole coffin of empty words.

      The Serenity Prayer! Are your serious?…you want to recite to me the prayer of a drunk with you. Did you just dry out recently?…because this born again crap does not float in this bathtub.

      • John says:

        Michael, I couldn’t care less what floats in your bathtub or not. Nor do I care to insult you or attack your personally. So God bless you and continue to be the individual you are Michael.

        As for my writings, just exercising my freedom of speech. If these writings repulse you so much, you don’t need to read these writings. If you choose to read what I write, you are free to criticize and analyze them, be sarcastic about it, condemn them, whatever floats your boat. What you can’t do is assume you know me personally because you know don’t a hill of beans about my life. God bless you Michael, may good things and peace of mind always find you.

        So sorry I can’t be as deep as you Michael, my sincerest apologies. Btw, I don’t drink alcohol, not that really matters.

  7. I was gonna offer Jon an opportunity to clarify what he meant by “organized religion” but then I read Michael’s comment and have triaged him 1st in line.
    “OK Dixie, lets a get a full panel of lytes, a CBC, urine drug screen, start O2 at 2 liters nasal cannula, give benzo of choice min dose P.O. Q4-6 hrs prn agitation, see if he has any shrapnel in his body and schedule an MRI of the brain, consult psychiatry and see if Michael would like to talk to a chaplain. Oh, and put him on 1 to 1 observation with that cute blond nurse, Jeanne. Tell him to be a good boy and I’ll see him in the morning. Signed;Kelly Bracket, M.D.

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