Pope Francis just delivered a reasoned indictment of the ascendancy of greed in U.S. society, and the corresponding decline in acts of compassion for the needy, in which he also decried the managed factionalism inherent in government, the full text of which is available online. I’m halfway through Whitley Strieber’s The Key: A True Encounter, first published in a private printing circa 1998 before its public release in 2001, and it feels like a confirmation maybe even culminative precursor to my chosen model of psycho-spiritual investigation, which has, specifically, to do with the perception of reality as a holographic field. At two-thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by someone knocking on the door of his hotel room. Everything his unexpected visitor imparted was life-altering. Strieber’s The Key: A True Encoiunter is the narrative of what happened next. Strieber never learned his strange and seemingly all-knowing (at one point he asserts that the apparent lightbulbs depicted in ancient Egyptian carvings were in fact trapped souls) visitor’s background or identity. Was he a “Master of Wisdom”? A figure from a different plane of thought? A super-genius of some sort? In the end, Strieber dubbed his unexpected late night guest the Master of the Key. Notwithstanding his attendant discombobulation, Strieber is certain that both the man and the encounter were real.
This reporter has been following Whitley Strieber’s changing perspective on his unique relationship to the unknown over the course of several books, beginning with Communion, documenting his early understanding of himself as an alien abductee, and including The Secret School, in which his perspective has changed enough to allow for the possibility or likelihood he has been involved in this relationship on a lifelong basis and that something far more important and difficult than mere kidnapping is involved in these contacts, which inspired novels predicting unexpectedly rapid climate change seen currently (Nature’s End), one investigating the experience of thermonuclear devastation (Warday) and others. Before his death, controversial author and dedicated student of the paranormal William S. Burroughs took the initiative to contact and interview Strieber about the entities contacting him. Strieber assumed control of Art Bell’s Dreamland radio series and is currently associated with Starfire Tor, who recently counted Yogi Berra among her Time Shift Living Dead.
“All are responsible for all,” the visitor tells Strieber at one point in their dialogue. In other words, Reality as a hologram. In other words, we are trapped by ourselves. We are freed by ourselves. We are doing it. This notion was postulated theoretically by the pan-dimensional being Seth channeled by Jane Roberts, as if to give an understanding, and later presented as a literal model of human experience by the alien being Bashar channeled by Daryl Anka. The main objective of the Master of the Key is to save us each from self-imprisonment, an unfortunate side effect of misused holograms. “Mankind is trapped,” the stranger tells Strieber. “I want to help you spring the trap.” Their exchange takes the form of a classic student-teacher dialogue in pursuit of greater understanding. The unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man’s likely ultimate fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction–and the slender, but very real, possibility for release. This reporter wrote a novel in which the protagonist tries to master the discipline of “AND Thinking”—a perspective permissive of every outcome—to best accommodate reality’s holographic nature.
Among the beliefs this reporter has acquired as a longtime freelance student of reality is a faith in the concept of “synchronicity” proposed by Carl Jung, that life consists of a series of personally meaningful signposts. These may be taken as directives or omens which give the feeling of active involvement in one’s own experience. Today began for this reporter with a series of synchronicities directly related to my reading of Strieber’s The Key. I Goodsearched Pope Francis, learned he is a former bouncer, and saw a picture of his personal coat of arms, including crossed keys identical in likeness to the one on the cover of Strieber’s book. Strieber, who went to catholic school in his youth, presumably bore the imprints of its dogma, so it makes sense his own synchronicities would be influenced by that. For this reason, the Master’s message has much in common with Pope Francis’s speech to Congress. If the same being came to a Buddhist, the symbol might well be a lotus. “All are responsible for all.” It rang in my head. Along with another catch phrase caught recently: “Are you a recipient or a participant?” A hologram requires participants. You can’t get blood from a stone. “:Everyone have a great day” I posted. That was my headline. The response was instantaneous. 15 or 16 “back atcha’s” and “you toos” in just a few minutes. Then somebody posted, “I don’t think that is real, is it?” thinking maybe it’s some kind of chain letter great day giveaway, Oprah something, but no. if all are responsible for all, this reporter will be a positive integer affirming the constant availability of greatness. And why not, after all.
“We are doing it with wealth,” the stranger, who calls himself “Michael,” answers, when Strieber asks him how might we destroy ourselves, reminding this reporter of the landmark “Citizens United” decision legalizing bought elections and Corporate Personhood. For my part, if reality is a hologram, and possibility is unlimited, I will add my shoulder to the wheel of enjoying existence as a participant, not just a part-time recipient full of unreached aims. For his continuing willingness to alter his interpretations of the series of strange events befalling him, I trust Whitley Strieber is sincerely delivering a message of encouragement, and hereby highly recommend this book to readers of all or no creed(s) involved in courtship of the Unknown Country within themselves (easily located in the green electron floating in front of every person’s forehead otherwise called the “soul”).