by: Andy Thomas

Why do so many people now believe in conspiracy theories, and what is the evidence to support them? Why is there so much speculation on prophecies, ancient and modern, for the year 2012? In The Truth Agenda, mysteries researcher Andy Thomas explores some of the most famous unexplained mysteries and global cover-ups of recent history: UFOs, the pyramids, psychic phenomena, crop circles, the Moon landings, 9/11, the War on Terror and the claims that the world is secretly run by a powerful ruling elite. Andy wrote The Truth Agenda to open a much-needed window of clarity, presenting his findings straightforwardly and attractively, building up his case with a satisfying logic. Happily, Andy concludes that, with enough collective determination, we can - and will - offset any dark agendas and create a more positive world for future generations.
380pp, 160mm x 223mm, illus. in colour, Paperback, 2009

The Power of Collective Thought
The belief that minds working together can affect the material world may be more than just New Age rhetoric. Scientific experiments with the power of thought are revealing an all-encompassing mechanism of collective consciousness, the understanding of which may be the key to forging a new world of positive change. Can we step up to the responsibility that proactive use of this process could bring?

What are we fighting for?
Across the world, a number of ancient cultures have calendrical systems, prophecies or traditions that point very clearly to 21st December 2012 as being a hugely significant date around which some kind of global transition or shift of consciousness will occur. Beyond the obvious astronomical observations, we cannot yet know for sure what kind of recurring event the ancients were indicating in their calendrical systems, but it seems that a significant shift may be imminent, even if it occurs through the simple self-fulfilment of people's own expectations. A spiritual renaissance is in order either way, one that could be forged by growing social upheaval and polarisation (as the astrology alone suggests).

Yet it cannot be denied that, on past archaeological evidence, perceptible cosmological events on a scale beyond our control would seem inevitable; if not soon then at some point in the future. This leads the pessimistic to dark musings. Given that our planet had endured catastrophes, climate changes and mass-extinctions several times before, then where, in truth, is our civilisation going? Has the emergence of humankind, seemingly the most advanced intelligence Earth has yet produced, been a statistical quirk born in a time of geological and celestial stability but doomed to falter in the way most other dominant species have before it? If so, what is the point of trying to better ourselves? Why fight to build a more enlightened civilisation, free from fascistic control and complex conspiracies, only to see it knocked down again by cycles outside of our influence?

There are some who feel helpless in the dual face of cold agendas from powerful elites and pending doom from natural threats, and shrink at the seemingly sane and resilient. This fearful stance is all-too-often used to justify a dangerous path of inaction and apathy. The notion that nothing we do or think can make a real difference may also be deeply misconceived.

The Evolution of Consciousness
On a practical level, all we really have in life are the basics - ourselves, our loved ones and the immediate environment around us. For some, this is all that is needed. The pragmatic approach of accepting that reality and making the very best of it to live in the now and enjoy the pleasures and little moments for what they are brings all the meaning they require. It is remarkable how even those who find themselves in situations or environments beyond their making, far from perfection, can often cultivate a sense of well-being within, their spirits kept high. For others, however, a more profound centre is needed - a sense that what they do, what they think and how they live affects a larger canvas outside of themselves. The continuing magnetic pull to religion, however misused it may have become, is evidence of how strong this human instinct is. The belief in the collective power of prayer has motivated the lives of millions (to scoffing from the likes of Richard Dawkins), yet only recently has evidence begun to emerge that there may indeed be a scientifically detectable force behind it.

If it does turn out that our every thought and action is directly affecting the world around us on an energetic level, then it also follows that over long aeons the human race has been evolving its consciousness to the point where the collective mind may have become a powerful 'entity' in its own right. Perhaps every strife, every debate and painful learning experience, all the pushes and pulls between right and wrong, 'good' and 'evil', have been for a higher purpose after all, as equations resolve (however agonisingly slowly) and the entity (or 'Noosphere', as Pierre Teilhard-de Chardin called it) matures into adulthood. Removed from the long-held and narrow view that we live our lives merely to be judged or played with by lofty deities, be they Olympian, Norse, Hindu or Abrahamic (and all points in-between - which is not necessarily to say they don't exist on some level), we may face instead the reality that a web of consciousness itself is the ultimate force of life, binding us and propelling the universe forward, God by any other name. From this perspective, it may be the experiences and thoughts that somehow imprint themselves into the permanent fabric of the universal mind that are important, rather than the material gains or losses fought for day by day. Edgar Cayce would have called the resulting memory-field the 'Akashic Record', a kind of eternal databank through which the universe evolves. All of this means that what occurs here and now does matter, because it will count in the future, very much so, regardless of what calamities may appear to befall. How we handle events and what we learn and radiate into the collective consciousness may be the most crucial thing of all.

Arthur C Clarke's 1954 book Childhood's End posits the notion that humankind may eventually evolve into something far beyond flesh and blood (as does his and Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey). The story concludes with humanity's psychic progeny dissolving the Earth as they move onwards out into the universe, the cradle discarded. We appear to be nowhere near such a stage yet - although some ascensionists may disagree - and keeping the planet strong and healthy is our current responsibility (once we agree, based on correctly-assessed evidence, which way that will best be achieved), but Clarke's parable illustrates that our attachments to the things we think matter most may need some reappraisal. It is our handling of what we have before us now that may determine greatly how quickly we step up the ladder of consciousness.

Taking back collective power
If the Big Bang theory or all its multiple variations is correct, it must be the case that every piece of matter in the universe was once bound together in a 'singularity' - before being burst apart in a massive expansion. As particle physics has shown, once something is entangled, it is always entangled, no matter what distance is introduced. Should we really be surprised, therefore, at the discovery that we are in a constant state of instantaneous and non-local interaction with each other? This at once vindicates the beliefs of mystics throughout the ages, and supports the reality of the power of prayer. Experiments with prayer using groups and target recipients (chosen groups of hospital patients, for instance) have shown positive results of faster recovery above statistical chance, regardless of which faith or denomination might be doing the praying. Maybe it is we ourselves - if also interacting with a larger universal collective consciousness that we could recognise as God - who are doing much of the work, rather than the outcome solely relying on the intercession of a higher power.

The realisation that working and thinking together has more than just a metaphorical consequence potentially grants us much power - but it also gives us great responsibility. If we could learn fully how the process of collective consciousness works, it could be used to great effect - perhaps even to create the Utopia that humanity has aspired to for centuries. However, it also reveals to us how easily such a mechanism could be manipulated for negative purposes. Maybe it has been deployed against us all this time. We have seen how those in powerful places seem instinctively to be drawn to occult wisdom and the metaphysical realms. Adolf Hitler famously gathered such knowledge and created massive collective ripples to a terrible effect. With a new and wider awareness of the power of united thinking, could there be a chance to take back a mechanism that was always rightfully ours? In this way we could start to forge a world we actually want, rather than settling for the prepackaged and compromised one we are being handed.

From The Truth Agenda, ?2009 by Andy Thomas, published by Vital Signs.