"Kill them all. God will recognize His own."
-Papal legate Arnaud-Amalric ca. 1209
A lot of speculation has appeared lately regarding the group Heaven's Gate and its mysterious leader, Do. Several documents have come to light recently that serve to explain this group, but reveal them to be much more widespread than originally suspected. In fact, their legacy stretches back several thousand years. And all of us have reason to be concerned: If this group is still active, they have had ample opportunity to establish extensive cell-like enclaves from which to base their operations.
The central theology:
Aliens came to Earth 2,000 years ago, having decided that enough of the earthlings' bodies had matured to hold souls. A member of the Kingdom of Heaven left his body in The Next Level to move into a body on this level which had been prepped and tagged for the task (that body of Jesus). It bears mention that the Church of Scientology maintains a similar pre-history.
The member moved into the body when it was around 29-30 years old, coinciding with Scripture that describes the baptism of Christ by John (Luke 3: 22). But where Scripture refers to the Father of Christ as God, Do/Applewhite explains that the one who sent the member was an Older Member.
The task was to gather up folks of like mind who recognized what Really Was Going On and take them up to the Next Level. Moving up meant leaving behind most (if not all) human attributes:
"... family, sensuality, selfish desires, your human mind, and even your human body if it be required of you - all mammalian ways, thinking, and behavior. Since He had been through this metamorphic transition Himself from human to Level Above Human - under the guidance of His Father - He was qualified to take others through that same discipline and transition." - http://www.heavensgate.com
According to the group's website, Do/Applewhite assumed the same mission:
"My being here now is actually a continuation of that last task as was promised, to those who were students 2,000 years ago. They are here again, continuing in their own overcoming, while offering the same transition to others. Our only purpose is to offer the discipline and 'grafting' required of this transition into membership in My Father's House. My Father, my Older Member, came with me this time for the first half of this task to assist in the task because of its present difficulty." - http://www.heavensgate.com
In itself this would seem to be the ranting of a cult leader, except that these ideas actually first came to light in the early history of modern Europe:
"The Cathars believed in reincarnation and repudiated the tenet of eternal damnation for sinners. A soul was obliged to live many lifetimes in a human body until it achieved salvation. If earthly bodies were evil, as the Cathars taught, then God could not become incarnate in a man. Therefore, according to the Cathars, the Christian Christ was not God, only an emissary of God; he became a man in appearance only." - "Searching for a Cathar Feminism, 1100-1300"
Clearly, there is a connection. Early Cathars also believed that the body was a shell containing a more pure form of being. In the Heaven's Gate materials, many references are made to Do as the representative of The Next Level, much as the Cathars believed Christ to be a divine ambassador of a greater power (God).
Often dismissed as crackpot fringe lunatics, some of their writings are surprisingly lucid, as this USENET post indicates:
Subject:Thanks for Actions Against CAN From: "lah" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 1996/12/21 Message-Id: <199612220630.AAA19074@Spacestar.Net> Newsgroups: <a news:"alt.religion.scientology"> [More Headers]
Indeed, this lucidity is the natural modern-day tradition of the Cathars. Where the medieval mindset prized piety above all else, modern man craves clarity:
"The Roman clergy was corrupt and suffered by comparison with the Cathar 'parfaits' or 'perfected ones' who passed for Cathar clergy. Indeed, Saint Bernard, who traveled to Languedoc to preach against these heretics in 1145 A. D., was impressed by them:'No sermons are more Christian than theirs, and their morals are pure.'" - Michael Bradley, Holy Grail Across the Atlantic
The group believed that the basic state of society today was engineered by people who were on their way to the Level Above Human but didn't quite make it (i. e., fallen angels).
"The space aliens, or Luciferians, use the discarnate spirits (the minds that are disembodied at the death of a body) as their primary servants - against potential members of the Kingdom of God. These 'influences,' or discarnates, are constantly 'programming' every human 'plant' (vehicle or body), to accept a set of beliefs and norms for behavior during a lifetime." - http://www.heavensgate.com
Additionally, one of the "norms" imposed by the aliens is the idea that exploration of 'fringe ideas' is itself bad, so that exploration is discouraged. The 'stay-blinded' formula on the part of the Luciferians reads as follows:
"... be married, a good parent, a reasonable church goer, buy a house, pay your mortgage, pay your insurance, have a good line of credit, be socially committed, and graciously accept death with the hope that 'through His shed blood,' or some other equally worthless religious precept, you will go to Heaven after your death." - http://www.heavensgate.com
This is the modern-day equivalent of early Cathar doctrine, specifically that the base human form was simply a corrupt vessel within which to house a soul.
"And he [Satan] imagined in order to make man for his service, and took the lime of the earth and made man in his resemblance. And he ordered the angel of the second heaven to enter in the body of lime; and he took another part and made another body in the form of woman, and he ordered the angel of the first heaven to enter therein. The angels cried exceedingly on seeing themselves covered in distinct forms by this mortal envelopment." - The Cathar Les Questions de Jean
This base corruption of humanity forms a significant crux of the Heaven's Gate belief system. It spawns the spiritual foil against which the group fights on behalf of humanity, and serves as the necessary balance to their Ultimate Good:
"These malevolent space races are the humans' GREATEST ENEMY. They hold humans in unknown slavery only to fulfill their own desires. They cannot 'create,' though they develop races and biological containers through genetic manipulation and hybridization. They even try to 'make deals' with human governments to permit them (the space aliens) to engage in biological experimentation (through abductions) in exchange for such things as technically advanced modes of travel - though they seldom follow through, for they don't want the humans of this civilization to become another element of competition. They war among themselves over the spoils of this planet and use religion and increased sexual behavior to keep humans 'drugged' and ignorant (in darkness) while thinking they are in 'God's' keeping. They use the discarnate (spirit) world to keep humans preoccupied with their addictions. These negative space races see to it, through the human 'social norm' (the largest Luciferian 'cult' there is), that man continues not to avail himself of the possibility of advancing beyond human." - http://www.heavensgate.com
Heaven's Gate also make its clear that much of the religious language is sort of a metalanguage for describing things beyond our comprehension:
"The term 'TRUE' Kingdom of God is used repeatedly because there are many space alien races that through the centuries of this civilization (and in civilizations prior) have represented themselves to humans as 'Gods.' We refer to them collectively as 'space alien races in opposition to the Next Level,' what historically have been referred to as 'Luciferians,' for their ancestors fell into disfavor with the Kingdom Level Above Human many thousands of years ago. They are not genderless - they still need to reproduce. They have become nothing more than technically advanced humans (clinging to human behavior) who retained some of what they learned while in the early training of Members of the Level Above Human, e. g., having limited space-time travel, telepathic communication, advanced travel hardware (spacecrafts, etc. ), increased longevity, advanced genetic engineering, and such skills as suspending holograms (as used in some so-called 'religious miracles'). The Next Level - the true Kingdom of God - has the only truly advanced space-time travel vehicles, or spacecrafts, and is not interested in creating phenomena (signs) or impressive trickery." - http://www.heavensgate.com
What is the bottom line?
Heaven's Gate recognized that a spiritual launch window was opening, as the three requirements had been met:
None of this is particularly new, but it strengthens the position that the Cathars are, in fact, still alive and well and active.
"Catharism had two classes, or degrees. Laity were known as credents, or believers. They were not required to follow the rigid rules of abstinence reserved for the elect perfecti or bonhommes (good men), who formed the hierarchy of the Cathar church." - Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects
Most of their USENET spam repeats the same litany but includes some condemnation of Jews, Christians, et alia. They cross-posted to a wide variety of groups:
alt.atheism, alt.conspiracy, alt.messianic, alt.politics.libertarian alt.religion.christian, misc.activism.militia, talk.religion.misc, alt.religion.scientology, alt.bible.prophecy, alt.christnet, alt.alien.visitors, alt.buddha.short.fat.guy, alt.consciousness, alt.conspiracy, alt.future.millennium, alt.paranormal, alt.politics.libertarian, misc.activism.militia, sci.logic, sci.misc, sci.nonlinear, alt.support.depression, talk.atheism, talk.religion.newage, a.bsu.religion, alc.suicide, alt.abuse.offender.recovery, alt.abuse.recovery, alt.abuse.transcendence, alt.activism, alt.alien.research, alt.astrology, alt.atheism and alt.blasphemy
In answer to these posts, the group was flamed mercilessly. In fact, it was the vitriolic response of the USENET community that in part convinced Heaven's Gate there wasn't much more to be done here:
"... we issued a statement that went out - 'on line' - around the globe, for our sixth public interaction. The statement entitled 'Undercover "Jesus" Surfaces Before Departure' was posted to the World Wide Web and to 95 UseNET newsgroups on the Internet, potentially reaching millions simultaneously. And in keeping with our policy of 'speaking in tongues,' on October 11, 1995, we posted a higher, more generic translation, entitled ''95 Statement by an E. T. Presently Incarnate.' The response was extremely animated and somewhat mixed. However, the loudest voices were those expressing ridicule, hostility, or both - so quick to judge that which they could not comprehend. This was the signal to us to begin our preparations to return 'home.' The weeds have taken over the garden and truly disturbed its usefulness beyond repair - it is time for the civilization to be recycled - 'spaded under.' - http://www.heavensgate.com
And the worst of it was they symbolically reenacted the death of the last Cathars in France, most of whom trooped down a hill, singing hymns, into gigantic bonfires waiting for them. The ancient Cathars perished in flames. The modern-day Cathars were flamed into oblivion. And the USENET community shares the same responsibility as the Albigensian Crusaders.
Having recognized that it was time to start wrapping things up, Heaven's Gate went on the road, doing satellite TV and trying to reach out one last time for 'lost crew members.' And people responded:
"Much to our surprise, those who watched and responded were almost entirely our own 'lost sheep' - that is, crew members who had previously dropped away, having been overcome in earlier years by the temptations of an increasingly decadent civilization. They now were desperately seeking a way to reconnect." - http://www.heavensgate.com
The Catharistic experience comes into play yet again:
"Souls could only find release from this wandering transmigration if they came to dwell in the body of a Catharically 'perfect one' or 'good Christian'." - Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, Turin Shroud - In Whose Image? The Shocking Truth Unveiled (1994)
Those in the know were drawn to the group. Basically, they all came home. Their first round-up of lost crew members was so successful, they did it again in early 1994, started doing web pages, then began their final, fateful preparations:
"Many say they live only for the 'Harvest Time' - the 'Last Days' - the 'Second Coming.' These have all arrived! There are souls - some of you, here now - who have received a deposit of recognition, and that knowledge finds you desirous of connecting and bonding with the Next Level. Those who have that deposit of Life will believe what we say, and know who we are. If they continue in that belief - sustain that Life (though the opposing space alien races will do anything to prevent them from nurturing that gift) they will be protected and 'saved' from the approaching recycling and 'spading under' of the civilization. They will have nothing to fear, nor will they know DEATH - even if they lose their human body. That continued belief will one day find them a member in the Level Above Human, in a physical body belonging to the true Kingdom of God - the Evolutionary Level Above Human - leaving behind this temporal and perishable world for one that is everlasting and non-corruptible." - http://www.heavensgate.com
And it's signed "Today's Next Level Crew." And your captain? Meet your new boss, Applewhite-Do:
"In the early 1970s, two individuals (my task partner and myself) from the Evolutionary Level Above Human (the Kingdom of Heaven) incarnated into (moved into and took over) two human bodies that were in their forties. I moved into a male body, and my partner, who is an Older Member in the Level Above Human, took a female body. (We called these bodies "vehicles," for they simply served as physical vehicular tools for us to wear while on a task among humans. They had been tagged and set aside for our use since their birth. )" - http://www.heavensgate.com
No reason is suggested for why the Powers That Be couldn't line them up with better looking bodies. And there's this:
"It seems that we arrived in Earth's atmosphere between Earth's 1940's and early 1990's. We suspect that many of us arrived in staged spacecraft (UFO) crashes and many of our discarded bodies (genderless, not belonging to the human species), were retrieved by human authorities (government and military)." - http://www.heavensgate.com
"It is a fact of record that a number of space alien groups or 'races' have related to humans as recently as the past few decades for various reasons. These ranged from 'deals' of mutual benefit - trading spacecraft technology for uninterrupted genetic experimentation - to missions of 'spiritual enlightenment.' All of these activities are far beneath Next Level interests or activity and are, in fact, diversionary efforts of the space aliens to have humans look to them at a time that our return presence was imminent." - http://www.heavensgate.com
So there's your ever-present Area 51 link.
What about the basic theology?
Such as it is, 2000 earth years is only 48 hours in The Next Level. Every couple of Next Level Days, soul/seed/deposits are made into fertile human bodies. Only the proper gardener ("representative") can nurture them, of course, and help them to get rid of their human/mammalian ways. And how do we recognize these celestial seedlings?
"[Seedlings]... can likely be identified at this time as some of those who are rapidly losing respect for this world or its 'system.' They are, from the establishment's point of view, being irresponsible or antisocial - and will be seen by the world as duped, crazy, a cult member, a drifter, a loner, a drop-out, a separatist, etc." - http://www.heavensgate.com
Incidentally, here's what was expected of early Cathar adherents:
"Anyone, man or woman, aspiring to join the perfecti faced a probationary period lasting at least two years. During that time, he or she gave up all worldly goods, lived communally with other perfecti, and abstained from partaking of meat and wine. To avoid temptations of the flesh, an initiate was denied all contact with the opposite sex and vowed never to sleep naked." - Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects
In short, your average web developer/hacker lifestyle.
The body holds the soul, the soul grows from a fetus-like form until it's necessary to abort the human mind (no retry, no continue and no ignore). Pro-choice at it's finest. Or, to use their imagery:
"If you think of a glass vase that has two balloons in it, one balloon is the human mind, the other is the Next Level mind. When the Next Level makes a 'soul deposit,' it is like placing the second balloon in the glass vase. So, when metamorphosis begins, the human mind (balloon) is all but filling the container, and the Next Level mind or soul is all but empty. As the Next Level mind increases - and the soul begins to grow larger - the human-mind container or balloon decreases until, if the Next Level mind successfully makes it to 'term,' the human deflated balloon is discarded and the Next Level balloon (with Next Level mind) is all that fills the container, or glass vase. That soul with its Next Level mind has by then become a physical body in a new species (the Level Above Human), needing only a new physical outer shell, which it receives as a 'quartermaster issue' upon physically entering the Next Level." - http://www.heavensgate.com
Once you leave the old body, you rendezvous on the giant mothership for your briefing and journey onward. This may explain the money and quarters - perhaps a gift shop and snack machines on the ship.
There seems to be a theme of genderlessness that pervades the writing. The Next Evolutionary Level is without gender, human/mammalian ways are scorned, and it's necessary to drop all ties, addictions, and sexual behavior to make the big break. Thus the unisex clothing severe haircuts.
According to doctrine, earthlings may be dropped into one of three buckets:
To refer back to the Luciferians:
"Those with souls - who fall away - become a part of the opposition to the Next Level. Once, in a prior civilization, records suggest that a third of the class fell and the strongest, and thereby leader of those fallen, was called 'Lucifer' (Satan). Even today they occupy the near heavens as what humans refer to as 'space aliens.' They also burrow in bases underground and participate in genetic manipulation and hybridization with humans, and attempt to recruit (while remaining among the 'unseen') those humans with souls who are unstable or weak in their pursuit of the true Kingdom of Heaven. These 'Luciferians' (for the most part from the world) started all religions and masquerade as gods to humans. They offer to humans (who are unknowingly praying to them) whatever material gains they desire. These Luciferians and their devotees preach 'Heaven on Earth,' 'Peace among men,' and a long and healthy life in the human condition, and are determined to take the steps to make the inhabitants of the planet subservient to their 'ideal' mammalian ethic - destructive to the natural evolutionary processes, and abhorrent to the Kingdom Level Above Human. These 'fallen angels' unknowingly also SERVE the Next Level - for as the aspirants to the Level Above Human apply the necessary effort to rise above 'this world' - they gain the strength to enter the 'Next World.'" - http://www.heavensgate.com
And where is evil most active? Right where you'd expect:
"... through those humans with the most power. The power is the strongest among the very rich and the very righteous." - http://www.heavensgate.com
The appearance of comet Hale-Bopp and the conspiracy surrounding the mysterious companion object obviously did not escape the attention of Heaven's Gate. It was the final signal that they had been awaiting. It would not be totally out of the realm of possibility that they had been in contact with the Jesuit observatory that perhaps passed information regarding the position of the object. At the time of the Heaven's Gate holocaust, the comet was nearing perihelion.
Was Heaven's Gate in touch with extraterrestrial life? Only they know the answer to that. The mode of dress that the bodies were found in bears a striking resemblance to anectdotal stories of "Men In Black" that accompany UFO sightings. Even more disturbing were their shoes: All were wearing brand-new Nikes. As most people know, Nike's ad slogan is "Just Do It!" Analyze it carefully, and you'll see the references to Do and his partner/wife Ti, who referred to themselves as The UFO Two. Also note that Do is the first and last notes of the musical scale - first and last, beginning and end, Alpha and Omega. Ti only occurs once - next to last.
Stay tuned, we plan to release more documentation as it becomes available to us. Even now, our preliminary research is beginning to show some frightening patterns. Don't let the pastoral references in the media (commonly referring to Do as a shepherd) sway the TRUTH.
This is just the tip of the informational ice-comet.
Full speed ahead!
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