Ask anyone and they will tell you that they want to be free. What does it mean to be truly free? Is it something that is bestowed upon us by some outside force such as the government?
Actually, true freedom issues from within our very being; we create the freedom or the lack thereof in every moment that we exist. With each passing breath we have a choice; we can be “an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses” or we can be “an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations.”
When you look out into the world, is it not obvious that there is a very real problem with people unnecessarily limiting themselves with their own perceived and programmed limitations? Might each of us, no matter how much we’ve worked on ourselves, benefit from some reflection on these concepts?
Chapter 1: The Bewildered Herd
by David Icke
So who the hell are you, then? What lies behind those eyes? When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so, different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations.
Which of these “yous” is controlling your life? Infinity or limitation? Self love or self disdain? Freedom of thought or a prison of the mind?
Sadly for the overwhelming majority of people on this planet all but the privileged few – it is the conditioned mind which prevails. They live their lives within their programmed limitations of thought, view, and action. It is a world of I can’ts and I daren’ts and I mustn’ts; of I shoulds and I musts and I ought tos; a world of conforming to what someone else says they must be or should be. While the real them sees only solutions and opportunities to learn and evolve, the programmed them sees only problems and reasons not to do. They live life behind bars in a cell of their own making. The world itself reflects the sum total of these billions of individual prisons. The Earth has become a global Alcatraz, a spinning ball of control and imposition dictated by the few at the expense of the many. Freedom? Free-what? How do you spell that again? The human race has not been free for a very, very long time, well before recorded history. But the trick is to persuade us that we are free – then we won’t do anything about the walls that surround us and the warders at the door. Walls? What walls? You’re free! Warders? What warders? You’re free!
Yes you are free: you are free to watch television – thirty channels and more of mindless crap which close down your sense of infinity and fred you illusions of what you should do, be and think. You have the freedom to press the zappa button and choose any one of them. Oh what a joy to live in the land of freedom. You are free to watch the news and see journalists and correspondents telling you, mostly without question, the official explanation of events – explanations designed to ensure that you see the world in the desired fashion and react in the desired way. Ladies and gentlemen, repeat after me… I am free… I am free. Yes! yes! yes! You are free to do as we tell you; free to think as we tell you; free to live as we tell you. And you are even free to die as we tell you in the wars coldly created to destroy, control and manipulate.
The human race is free?
No, no, no.
The human race is a herd.
Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.
I was standing in the sunshine one day surrounded by an enormous herd of sheep. The farmer arrived in his truck, climbed out, and stood motionless, leaning on his stick. Immediately a few of the sheep began to walk towards him and within minutes it was like Exodus. Hundreds of sheep were following those few in front. Any stragglers who didn’t conform to this baa, baa mentality were given a dose of fear from the sheep dog and then they rushed into line also. In a ridiculously short time this combination of the baa, baa, and the fear had rounded up the whole vast herd. All it took was one man doing very little and a sheep dog dispensing fear. As I observed this, I thought: “I’m looking at the human race here. This is how we are controlled”. We have stopped thinking for ourselves and given our minds (power) away. Therefore we follow the one in front in the most extraordinarily robotic fashion. And we are consumed by fear in every fibre of our being. Once our fear responses are activated, we rush to conform even if we are aware enough to realise that what we are being asked to think, do, and say, is a nonsense. These weapons, the baa, baa, and the fear, allow an astonishingly few people to mould and direct the world in their own perverted image, a process that is leading, unless we wake up and grow up, towards a world government, army, central bank and currency, and a microchipped population: in short, the total global control of every man woman and child.
While it may appear at first to be incredibly difficult for a relative handful of people to control the lives of nearly six billion, it is in fact comparatively easy, once you have control of education and the media – the sources of the “information” and mantra messages which bombard the conscious and subconscious mind from cradle to grave. These messages are not designed to inform, but to direct and condition, to divide and rule. The religious, scientific, political and economic manipulators position themselves between the truth and the human conscious mind. They are the middlemen and women who seek to keep out of the public arena the knowledge that would open our minds to our real and infinite potential. We are fed a mental diet of pap and crap designed to diminish our sense of self and close down our consciousness until it becomes a pale shadow of what it can be. It becomes a sheep and the sheep become a herd. As someone once said, there are three types of person in the world: a tiny few who make things happen; a slightly larger number who watch things happen; and all the rest who go around saying: what’s happening, what’s happening? The truth is denied to people because it will set them free. Instead, those at the peak of the religious, scientific, political, and economic empires (the same state of mind in different clothes) hand down their version of “truth”, a version which means that people must believe whatever they want them to believe. And, to be fair, humanity does not have a great record for demanding the truth or searching for it. We have developed lazy minds. It’s appropriate that the word ignorance is an extension of the word ignore. We ignore so much and so we become ignore-ant.
Once you have conditioned one generation to think in the way you require, it becomes even easier to condition the next generation. You now have the programmed parents working unknowingly on your behalf conditioning their children to accept their own conditioned view of life. Such parents don’t do this because they are bad people. They do it because they genuinely think their view is best for their children. But the effect is the same: one programmed generation helps to programme the next one because it does not respect anyone’s right to be themselves. Each generation has a right to see life in a way that makes sense to them, not their parents, their teachers, or the guy reading the news. But sadly, people accept without thinking so much that is passed down to them. They don’t ask the most liberating question it is possible to ask: Why? Why do we do it this way? Why do we believe this or that? Who says? The question “why?” is the driving force behind evolution. When I spoke in the United States, an American friend told me a story that brilliantly highlights what I mean. She said that when she was preparing dinner one day she cut the corners off the ham before putting it in the pan.
“Why do you do that?” her husband asked.
“I don’t know – my mother always used to do it.”
“Why did your mother cut the corners off the ham?”
“I don’t know, she just did – what’s it matter?”
“Ring your mother and ask her why she cut the corners off the ham.”
She rang her mother.
“Mum, you know when I was a girl and you used to cut the corners off the ham? Why did you do that?”
“Because my pan was never big enough!”
If her husband had not asked the question “why?”, she would have continued to cut the corners off the ham and her children would quite possibly have done it, too. This is how one generation allows its sense of self to be conditioned by older generations, parents, teachers and media people. They don’t question why. This sponge mentality and the desire to impose one’s thoughts and beliefs on others has created an amazingly effective vehicle for the Elite to control the direction of the world. It is what I have called the Hassle-Free Zone. Every dogma, belief-system, culture, and society has a Hassle-Free Zone. It works like this: you set limits of acceptable thought, view and behaviour and anyone who steps outside of those very narrow limits is immediately either ridiculed as “mad” or condemned as “bad”. In my case both! Some people stay within the Hassle-Free Zone because they are persuaded that this desperately constricted view is indeed how life should be lived. But there are very significant numbers of other people who realise how ridiculous the limits of the Zone are, but the fear of facing ridicule or condemnation ensures that they keep their mouths shut and their heads down. As they say in Japan, the nail that stands out from the rest is the first one to be hit. Here again we have the Hassle-Free Zone policed by those twin weapons, the baa, baa (those who accept the limitation of conditioned thought and view as their reality) and the fear (those who think differently, but are frightened to say so). This means that great swathes of humanity are living a lie and denying what they really believe and what they really want to do with their lives. They don the mask. Stand in a crowded street and watch all those people walking by. You are not looking at the real, infinite them. You are looking at the mask they project to the world. The mask they believe is acceptable enough to the rest of the prisoners to avoid being ridiculed or condemned for thinking and acting differently to the demands of the Hassle-Free Zone. It is the fantastic tensions within the psyche caused by this denial which lie at the heart of most mental, emotional, and therefore physical disease (dis-ease, disharmony) which manifests as illness, depression, suicide, a lack of fulfillment, and “what’s the point?”. This daily “war” in the psyche brings into conflict that part of us which recognizes our infinity and uniqueness, and the conscious level which seeks to deny such feelings because it fears the consequences of expressing uniqueness in a world of programmed uniformity. These two levels of the psyche are what I term “I Am Me, I Am Free” and “Oh My God”.
I Am Me, I Am Free, wishes to express and celebrate its uniqueness. Oh My God, is terrified of what that will mean in daily life. “Oh my God, what will my family think if I say what I believe? What about the fellahs at work? And the guys down the bar? They’ll think I’ve gone mad. Oh my God!”
If you want to be free, stop living a lie. Stop denying yourself. You are a unique aspect of all that exists, the sum total of all your unique experiences since you first became conscious an infinity ago. That is a reason to be joyous. There is no aspect of consciousness in all creation that is like you. You are special, as everyone is equally special. But instead of being joyous and proud of that specialness, we have allowed our uniqueness to become something to fear. Oh my God!
Because we fear being ourselves, we are uncomfortable when anyone around us decides to evacuate the Hassle-Free Zone and express their uniqueness. Their dash for mental and emotional freedom makes a statement about us and our own mental and emotional prison. People don’t like that and they react accordingly. “He’s mad” or “She’s bad” comes the reflex action, standard issue cry from the herd when it is faced with someone determined to be themselves and not a programmed clone. And do you know what people are really saying when they shout “mad” or “bad”? They are really saying “different”. Such is the scale of the conditioning absorbed by the human collective mind that people can’t cope with anyone who dares to be different. “If I’m in prison, mate, you have to be too. It’s only fair.” We also succumb to the myth about the “ordinary man and woman in the street ‘ or the “common people”, the idea that the masses are just “ordinary” and only the few who are “extra-ordinary” achieve anything in life. We are “ordinary”, so we must know our place, this belief system contends. In truth, there is not an “ordinary” man, woman, child or blade of grass in the whole of creation, but people are persuaded to believe the myth and so they play out the role of being “ordinary”. It’s an act which they are conditioned to perform, like an actor on a stage. Ordinary is not what we are, it is merely what we choose to believe we are. But it is very powerful in diminishing our sense of worth; another motivation to give our minds away to those we believe to be our “betters”. It is part of the conditioning that includes the claptrap that we are all born sinners, whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.
Think about the consequences for your life and the planet that result from this frar of being YOU. If we give our minds away to others and allow them to tell us what to think and do, and if we concede our uniqueness to the fear of being different, we give control of this world to a tiny Elite who use their power and manipulation to dictate the limits of the Hassle-Free Zone. Whoever decides the point at which a view or lifestyle is inside or outside the Zone (the point at which you meet ridicule or condemnation), also dictates the limits within which billions of people live their lives because they are terrified of being different from the herd. Again and again people say they support what I am saying and doing, but they dare not say so for fear of the consequences. Well it’s time to summon the courage, because the consequences of keeping quiet are going to be far worse than speaking out and being proud of what you think and what you are. What’s happened to us, for goodness sake? We have taken on a mass schizophrenia in which we have become both the prisoners of the Hassle-Free Zone and its police force. Because we don’t respect our own right to be unique, we conform to the limits of the Zone and become a slave. Because we don’t respect everyone else’s right to be unique, we become the police force or the farmer hassling and herding the other slaves into acquiescence. The ridicule and condemnation can only reach the levels required to frighten people into submission if the masses, the other slaves, play their part in dispensing it. We are not frightened by what the presidents, prime ministers and global bankers think about us – it is the reaction of our friends, family, and workmates that concerns us and frightens us into conformity. The reaction of the other slaves! The mental, emotional, and spiritual police force which controls the masses is itself peopled by.. .the masses. It is like having a cell full of prisoners and whenever one of the prisoners finds a means of escape, all the other prisoners run to block the exit.
Prejudice is the vital word here. People are conditioned to be prejudiced against other members and groups within each culture and society, and these different forms of prejudice are used to divide and rule the herd. The prejudice may be racial, religious or political, or based on background, income, job or lifestyle. Either way you have different aspects of society conditioned to instinctively ridicule, oppose and condemn the views and life experiences of each other. And the prejudice is rarely only one way. Those who see themselves as victims of prejudice are so often prejudiced themselves against other people, lifestyles and groups. This allows the manipulation of the mass consciousness to flourish and yet if we stopped seeking to impose our version of right and wrong, good and bad, moral and immoral upon each other, we would remove the means for such global manipulation. We need to let go of all prejudice – now!
We have given up our own unique identities to such an extent that we judge ourselves and others by the ‘lobs” that we do and the dogmas we cling to. How we and they serve the system that controls us has become our sense of identity, the symbol of who we are! What are you? Oh, I’m a Christian, a Muslim, a Socialist, a Republican, a Pagan. We have to be something instead of being someone – ourselves. We also ask people we meet what they “do” for a living because we think this will give us a fix on “who” they are. “Oh you’re a stockbroker and you’re a miner, and you’re a road sweeper. Right, got that – success, rough and dirty, complete failure. OK, I know you all now. Drink anyone?” We judge people and ourselves, not by what we are, but by what we own or by what we “do”. This judgment corresponds with the system’s view of reality because we have conceded the right to express our own uniqueness. Someone who makes millions by abusing the planet and great swathes of humanity every day by decisions they make in the global stockmarkets (casinos) is deemed to have “made it” to be successful. While others who do no-one any harm, and indeed may strive to help people and give love to the world, are considered a failure if they happen to work in a low-paid job or be “unemployed”. A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshiped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsyturvy view of “success”. Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector? The latter, of course, because the streets and our homes would be full of rubbish and, eventually, disease. This attitude ofjudging each other by our “jobs” is to ignore and deny who we really are.
We are not “stockbrokers”, “miners”, or “road sweepers”. These are merely roles we play on the stage of life. A stockbroker today could be a pauper tomorrow. Our “role” is not “us”, just as the character that an actor plays is not the actor’s real persona. Our jobs and “roles” are a temporary vehicle for experience, that’s all. We are evolving consciousness on an eternal journey towards greater love, knowledge and understanding, but we have forgotten this and we have been encouraged to forget it. We are like actors who think the movie is real and we have taken on the personalities described in someone else’s script. We think the role is “us”. It isn’t. But we have the actor playing the stockbroker looking down his nose at the actor who is playing the road sweeper when, in another life, another movie, those roles may be reversed. It’s only a game, but we think it’s real. That’s why it has degenerated into such a mess. We are taking the game too seriously. It’s just a movie and it is supposed to be fun. One enormous diversion that we have allowed to confuse us so effectively is the concept of democracy. We have accepted en masse that democracy is another word for freedom. Like hell it is. Democracy is not freedom, it is a dictatorship camouflaged as freedom. The same force controls, directly or indirectly, every major political party and movement. It created most of them. When you vote at an election, you are choosing between different aspects of the same force. The money and the media decide who becomes president of the United States and the money and the media are owned and controlled by the same people. Let us write the following in letters 20 feet high: Democracy Is Not Freedom. 30 people telling 49 what to do is not freedom. In fact, most governments are elected by a minority of the population and they still call it a “democratic” election. Freedom is the right of all people to express who they are, what they think, and how they wish to live their lives: free from imposition or hassle from anyone. It is to be able to celebrate our individual uniqueness without rules, regulations, ridicule and condemnation from those who seek to impose their view of life upon the rest of us.
Until we respect our own, and everyone’s, right to be different, to make our own choices, and create our own conscious realities free from imposition and pressure to conform, we will remain in a prison of our own making. We will continue to be both the policeman and the prisoner. And a handful of people with a deeply unpleasant agenda will continue to run the world. The choice, as always, is ours. We can accept the prison or we can walk out to freedom. And freedom is but a thought away.