Who or what are the Illuminati? This question haunted me since I read my first book by Robert Anton Wilson – “Cosmic Trigger” – which found me in 2003 and which was a follow up on his bestselling trilogy “Illuminatus”. Basically, we are talking about the widespread notion of a clandestine society that secretly controls all major developments on earth from the shadows and thereby undermines all social structures.
Many people in Germany associate this network with the Bavarian Illuminaten Order, a small secret society that had quite prominent members, but which vanished quite soon after its establishment in 1761 because it got outlawed. The idea that this little secret society continued to exist in the shadow and gained power over the world, is not only very reductionistic, it is also very implausible. Nevertheless, this order of the “Illuminaten” quite likely represents a fragment of that structure that I wish to discuss here.
THE ENTANGLEMENT OF POLITICS AND COOPERATIONS
Of course, for the general public the abstraction of a higher hierarchy above the well-known leaders such as presidents or chancellors, is enormously difficult. Although many people have seen that the supposedly most powerful men and women in the world are obviously financed, established and are getting advised by non-governmental structures, the majority’s belief in democracy remains unshaken. Despite these obvious facts, the masses are not able to recognize more than a marginal capitalist-oriented corruption in this entanglement between politics and big money. The deeper someone explores this connection between government leaders and global corporations, the more evident the subversion and the extent of the manipulation becomes. Yet often the true agenda remains hidden behind the obvious quest for more power and resources, and it remains inaccessible to many people because it needs a spiritual understanding of the deeper correlation. Therefore even for ambitious researchers of that matter the real agenda or intentions of the Illuminati remains blurred. However, after some deep digging most are able to recognize the certain recurring pattern.
Of course, most people have neither the interest nor the capacity to deal with this issue. Psychologically, it is certainly also rather unsettling or even scary to admit the idea that the Illuminati and the “Illuminaten” are actually more than a chimera. Argumentative the general idea can easily be discarded. The most obvious argument to negate this notion lies in the fact that this myth is obviously omnipresent even in mainstream pop-culture. So how should a secret society like the Illuminati exist, when everybody is aware of them? This is an often heard argument, to reject this creed.
ARE THE ILLUMINATI AN ILLUSION?
In fact, it is difficult to accept that a secret structure, which supposedly rules the world, has apparently failed to remain a secret at all, but their true power and secrecy might emerge from their subtle but all-embracing nature. Perhaps it is impossible to remain completely hidden when you have your fingers all over the game. The logical consequence and their obvious tactics would be to hide their identity in a stack of false allegation. They control most of the information about themselves and they ensure that a wide range of explanations and ideas exist about them. So the Illuminati remain camouflaged in a forest of myths, deliberately scattered misinformation and fictions, like the tiger in the jungle.
To fight a pathway through this jungle, you not only need time and patience – it also takes a lot of motivation. Very often as a true seeker you end up on false leads or dead ends. Over the years during my personal involvement with the subject, my image of the Illuminati changed dramatically and very often I had to ask myself about the deeper sense of this research – or I got asked by others: Am I chasing an illusion?
However, today I would claim from my personal perspective, that my search has sent me on a journey – a journey that has brought me closer to myself. This may sound very abstract, but the search included a fundamental insight about my own reality and my personal responsibilities therein.
On this journey through various books, from Dan Brown to David Icke, also including many lectures and personal interviews with other researchers on this subject, an image crystallized. This puzzle picture seems to be very abstract indeed, but despite various uncertainties and concealed areas, my interdisciplinary definition of Illuminati became consistent – unfortunately also very complex. Due to this tremendous abstract complexity, it seemed almost impossible to me to give a short summary – and I’m talking about maybe a twenty-page brochure. To me it really appeared obnoxious to give a precise summary about the nature of this secret network, that would reasonably be understandable for an average Joe.
THE HOLY GRAIL OF ILLUMINATI RESEARCH – THE HIDDEN HAND INTERVIEW
With this mindset in 2013 I found a protocol that was already available in the public domain of the Internet since 2008, but which got rather little attention by the masses. Talking about the “Hidden Hand Interview”. It was passed around like the holy grail among the various adepts of Illuminati research, I guess because it was “too far out” even for most of the people inside the truther-movement. I reckon that most researchers of this matter, which were able to discern the value of this document for themselves, also understood that even in the circles of diehard conspiracy theorists, this interview would lead to skepticism and suspicion.
Although I got engaged with this subject since 2003, I was probably first willing or ready to accept that document in its meaning 10 years after. This is primarily because of the fact that the author did not bother to prove any of his statements. Unlike many other serious publications about the Illuminati, which at least somehow try to derive a certain chain of evidence, “Hidden Hand” – so the pseudonym – was never trying to convince anyone.
Another reason why I might have previously not recognized the importance of this interview is based on the fact that “Hidden Hand” was an anonymous person in one of the well-known forums for conspiracy theories. The website is called “Above Top Secret” and like all the other forums of this kind, it is a playground for lunatics, religious fanatics, disinformation-agent, trolls and various hateful attention-seekers. Of course, there is always a core of competent and witty people with smart ideas and a well above-average intellectual presence. Nevertheless, there it feels similar to the research of the Illuminati in general: it feels like you are searching for the needle in a haystack – a haystack of blatant lies and half-truths.
HIDDEN HAND – THE ILLUMINATI INSIDER
The interview on “Above Top Secret” developed as follows: in 2008 a user with the alias “Hidden Hand” appeared on this forum and claimed to be part of the organization of the Illuminati and offered to respond to profound questions. The reason why I deeply resonated with this interview is easily explained by the fact that Hidden Hand described the essence of my own 10-year research. He also provided further puzzle pieces, which completed and filled white spots on my inner map. He did this in a highly compressed form, not being bothered with justifications or even trying to give evidence. Everything was simply presented as fact. When I look at the document in its entirety, 80% of the content presented did not require evidence for me, because I already had verified these claims in my own research. On top of that, the interview contained about 10% of puzzle pieces, that coherently enriched the overall picture. Of course, the material remained a residual amount of question marks, where I’m still not sure whether Hidden Hand himself is a victim to indoctrination or false belief systems, or whether this could be true as well. I do not feel that he or she has deliberately spread false information, but rather I tend to evaluate the idea, that this person and his/her intention to bring clarity to the matter, is authentic, even though due to the given circumstances, skepticism is warranted.
Especially concerning the short-term forecasts since 2008 turned out differently as he/she anticipated. However, this “looking into the crystal ball section” lasted only a fraction of the entire interview. Moreover, Hidden Hand claimed repeatedly that there was more than just one schedule or layout for the fulfillment of the bigger agenda and therefore the development would be a highly dynamic and flexible process.
I personally think that the future will still surprise us with new facts and sources regarding the Illuminati and with that my own worldview will certainly continue to reshape and develop – therefore the phenomenon of Illuminati is not finally solved for me, even with the information released by Hidden Hand. However, if someone asks me today on this specific subject, or wants to know my opinion on the secret control network of the global system, then I always recommend this interview. Hidden Hand is in my humble opinion, the shortest and most compact systemic treatise which explains the background of the Illuminati.
So without further ado – here are the main sources for the Hidden Hand Interview on Above Top Secret:
SOURCE ILLUMINATI NEWS (CLEANED UP FROM COMMENT-SPAM)
ORIGINAL ABOVE TOP SECRET THREAD