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Sunday
Mar292009

The Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black

A review by Colin Whitby.

This book was given as a Christmas present last year and it has taken me three months to read it through (although I have to admit I usually have 3 books on the go at one time, so that is not really how long it might take an average reader, just my preference for variety).

I had read before that a number of the world’s greatest thinkers were masters (that is to say spiritual masters that are now being channelled and reported on web sites like this one) and that many of their inspirations were guided by a greater consciousness. That said I have been reading materials like that for some years and so am not overly disturbed by these kind of assertions.

It was something of a surprise though that Jonathan Black has catalogued in some detail (and meticulously researched it would seem) how consciousness has developed over the lifetime of our planet, and how individual thinkers and groups have guided and assisted that development.

He skillfully tracks humanity’s development from the original open and loving creatures we once were, fully conscious of our spiritual heritage and living in complete harmony with our surroundings, right through to the current illusion of separation, and how we are now returning to those more awakened times.

The interesting thing for me, as Jonathan explains, is that the secret societies that we have been taught to fear and persecute were the very institutions that were here to assist with keeping our consciousness open and our freedom alive, rather than the pattern we have chosen over the years of fear and control.

Having just read one of the reviews of this book from the traditional press I can see that even a well researched and convincingly constructed argument will still leave some people unconvinced. I however loved the book as it filled in many of the gaps I had observed in other less thorough tomes.

If you like getting into some detail (and a good long read) and are interested in a different view of the world to the one you may be familiar with, then give yourself a treat and dive in, I think you’ll find its worth it.

For more information have a look at Jonathan’s own journal at Inside Out Thinking or Graham Hancock’s web site, where the book is discussed further.