“Life is knowing ourselves through shared experiences and reaffirming our place in the continuum of darkness dancing in the light.” – Ian Evenstar
Darkness Over Tibet, by Theodore Illion is an allegoric story describing Illion’s travels in Tibet. Illion’s stories are clearly symbolic but many people debate if they have any basis or facts at all. Theodore Illion isn’t even a verifiable person and determining the accuracy of these stories is difficult. Illion’s tales are counterintuitive to the compassion and love that Eastern philosophies are attributed because Illion’s journey details Tibet’s “dark spirituality” infused with the black magik and mysticism of the lamas.
What is more important than the literal accuracy of Illion’s stories is the basic principles that they outline. Primarily, Illion discovers that life is darkness and light, and all beings move upwards or sink downwards.
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The following are the high points of his narrative as described by Cassiopedia:
“Spiritual development does not bring one to blissful peace. It is a road of constant struggle fraught with pitfalls at each level. The light and dark follow each other closely and deceptions become increasingly subtle.
Not all life is on an upward path. Many life forms are in fact on a descending path, symbolized in the animal world by rats and the like. The same applies to at the human and higher levels. The psychopath would be a human level representation of the descending path. Generally, the descending path tends towards matterization of spirit, use of spiritual forces at the service of their material goals. This is in line with the idea of service to self from Ra and Cassiopaea.
The deceptions of the dark forces are sometimes very subtle and can take the form of great seeming virtue, understanding and wisdom. One among these is for man to think himself God and refuse to act his part. For example, a character in a theater play in the book thought himself enlightened and since all created are God’s creatures, he saw fit to share his house and food with rats, to the effect of starving his family. He was spiritually proud and in his pride deceived.
Illion mentions other archetypal stories, including a school of black magicians where the students do not even at first guess the nature of the school, thinking themselves on a mission for good, administering karma for the world’s leaders, guiding destinies with a ‘strong and benevolent hand.’ Still, this power hungry and self-important lot were nothing but the minions of the actual forces of darkness, perpetrating human sacrifice and other such activities for their own gain,
Yet another example is a teacher who warns people against blindly following leaders and of practicing magic, all in good sense but then advises them to destroy any individual consciousness and to return to an indifferentiated state of non-ego, effectually committing suicide and reversing the Creator’s work, all for personal happiness.
Illion’s greatest merit is showing the dark side of many seemingly reasonable and even virtuous ideas. The Cassiopaeans have commented that Illion’s account is an allegory for spiritual truths and 4th density concepts.”