Lifting the Veil by David Icke & Jon Rappoport

Lifting the Veil is a transcript of a series of interviews that researcher Jon Rappoport held with David Icke in 1998. Rappoport is the author of several books including The Secret Behind Secret Societies; Oklahoma City Bombing: The Suppressed Truth; AIDS Inc.: Scandal of the Century. Icke needs no introduction on these pages, as this is the eleventh book of his that I have reviewed.

This is a slim volume of only 135 pages, but it covers, however briefly, a vast array of subject matter, including Princess Diana’s death/murder, secret government, religion, the formation of the USA, signs and symbols, pyramid power structures, money, the suppression of knowledge, mind control, ritual child abuse, consciousness and other dimensions, the New Age movement, the education system. Towards the close of the book there are also some interesting pages of reflection on the early days of ridicule that Icke endured.

Lifting the Veil was published not long before Icke’s most popular book The Biggest Secret, and can be viewed as a summary of much of the information found in that larger volume (albeit without the reptilians). I’ve read so much material by Icke that I didn’t really learn anything new from Lifting the Veil, but it’s a great opener into important information that rarely gets a hearing in the mainstream. It doesn’t demand too much of your time, and it might make you think, “Maybe, just maybe, the picture of the world that we’re being fed on the TV news isn’t quite the way things really are.”

The Biggest Secret by David Icke

I think this is the tenth David Icke book I have read. It is, I believe, his most popular and biggest selling volume. You may wonder why I didn’t make this one a priority. Well, it’s because this is the book where Icke introduces the lizards for the first time, and I just wasn’t ready to tackle that. I couldn’t fathom that I could end up believing that our world leaders are actually shape-shifting reptilian entities from another dimension. I also didn’t want to have my opinion of Icke dashed to pieces, since I have benefitted so much from other parts of his research. But … I reckoned it was time to bite the bullet and dive in.

Firstly, the title of the book led me to believe that the entire five-hundred-page volume was going to revolve around the theme of reptilian entites. It doesn’t. The reptilian theme is something that Icke weaves throughout the pages, but a lot of the material in the book is concerned with hidden agendas in human society. In essence, the theory that the world is ruled by reptilian entities is based largely upon the view that the gods of antiquity were actual beings of an extra-terrestrial or inter-dimensional nature. Mankind was ruled by these so-called “gods,” and many cultures do speak of reptilian gods. In Icke’s view, the gods never left. Overt rule was exchanged for covert rule. Today, the British Empire is nothing more than the ancient Babylonian Empire relocated and repackaged. Rather than dismiss this whole thing with a knee-jerk reaction, there are certain elements of this research that I personally find fascinating. One is the importance that ruling monarchy place on bloodline, and especially how the bloodline of many key figures in politics, both here and in the USA, can be traced back to Charlemagne (assuming the research is accurate). I find it interesting, and a little suspicious, that we have Egyptian obelisks placed outside powerful buildings around the world. We even have a pyramid with an “all-seeing eye” on the dollar bill, and the same on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States. This is very much tied into the secret society known as Freemasonry. A look at the key figures involved in the formation of the United States reveals a massive prevalence of Freemasons. Furthermore, Freemasonry has definite links with the occult.

Icke, by his own admission, has never seen an actual reptilian. Evidence for their existence relies on the testimony of witnesses that Icke has been in contact with, including Arizona Wilder (allegedly a “mother goddess” involved in occult ritual), Christine Fitzgerald (allegedly a close confidante of Princess Diana), and Cathy O’Brien (allegedly a Project Monarch MKULTRA mind control slave). Much is said about the British Royal Family in regard to reptilians and occult ritual. Icke places massive amounts of confidence in the testimonies of the people he quotes, and it’s hard to see why he should expect the reader to be carried along with it all. This reminds me of his early books, which are full of “channelled” messages from so-called psychics that Icke placed his trust in. I have to wonder if he’s making essentially the same mistake here again, merely in another context.

The closing chapter of the book, and one of the most fascinating, is about Princess Diana’s death. Icke goes into a lot of detail in an attempt to show that it was an assassination, and not only that but a pre-planned occult ritual sacrifice.

Much of the research in the book was sloppy, disordered and inconclusive, and in the end, I felt frustrated that I couldn’t hold something resembling proof in my hand and say, “Here it is!” So, do reptilian shapeshifters rule the world? Only in the imaginations of those who read uncritically.

Heal the World by David Icke

David Icke, after his “spiritual awakening” (or whatever term you choose to put on his transformation from BBC sports presenter to spiritual teacher), wrote five books in a period of three years, which was a prediction given to him by psychic Betty Shine. Heal the World, published in 1993, is the fifth of those books. It could be argued that this was merely a self-fulfilling prophecy, but the only thing I want to draw attention to is that this book does appear to mark the closure of an era for Icke and the opening of a new one. The focus of Icke’s first five books is entirely spiritual; there is little to no trace of the conspiracy material that defines most of his later writing.

Heal the World is one of the better books from Icke’s early writings. It’s a slim volume of about 100 pages, like its predecessor Days of Decision. Some of the same ground is covered: an expose of religion as mind control, which has always been fundamental to Icke’s worldview, as well as a stepping beyond the constaints of conventional science. The theme of this book is self-healing, and by implicition healing the world. Topics include taking responsibility, overcoming guilt, respecting others, judgementalism, spiritual awakening, intuition, UFO activity, channelling energies.

There’s much in here that Icke stands by today, but also some stuff that he has changed his views on. That’s not a bad thing, really. Better a man who openly changes his mind when his understanding grows than one who stubbornly refuses to evolve. His early works had a distinct emphasis on themes like reincarnation, karma, and channelling, which he appears to have moved past. Heal the World is not a book I can agree with one hundred percent, but I don’t think there’s any Icke book I’ve felt perfectly aligned with. Besides, buying into a specific belief system is not what Icke’s writings are about.

Having read ten of his books, I’m struggling to find something new to say about this one, other than it has its moments of profundity, as do many of the others. If you’ve never read one of Icke’s books, Heal the World would make a great starting point.

Love Changes Everything by David Icke

After reading many books by David Icke and being impressed with some of his views, I grew particularly interested in reading this early work as a result of the author’s own comments about the book in a 2008 interview: “Love Changes Everything … I don’t like that book, because it was written at the most extreme time of my transformation, when wasn’t sure what planet I was on, never mind what my name was.” It’s well known that Icke was ridiculed in the early days for his claim of being the Son of God, or rather a Son of the Godhead. I really wanted to get to the bottom of all that. I thought his first book The Truth Vibrations would tell all, but people often get the chronology wrong. The Truth Vibrations was actually written before his head blew, and is reasonably balanced in comparison to this follow up. People associate The Truth Vibrations with Icke’s “Son of the Godhead” phase because its publication coincided with the infamous Wogan interview, at which time Icke had gone through a startling spiritual experience in Peru which resulted in him transforming into someone who wasn’t sure what planet he was on. And the book that lets you look into that phase of Icke’s life is Love Changes Everything. The book doesn’t start well, as on the very second page of the introduction, Icke states (emphasis mine):

Since the publication of The Truth Vibrations I have learned so much more as I have communicated almost daily with Rakorski, the one known as Lord of all Creation, who is directly responsible for the changes the Earth will undergo. I also communicate often with the one we know as Jesus, the Spirit of the Earth, and many others.

Icke’s present view is that there never was a Jesus, and he has held that view since at least 1999 (he talks of it in The Biggest Secret). Icke now says the story of Jesus is purely astrological, containing many elements from the stories of other saviour gods of antiquity: Horus, Mithra, Buddha, Krishna, etc. It’s rather startling to hear him talk of communicating with Jesus in the early days. What was really happening? Was Icke lying? Was he being deceived by lying spirits? Who can tell. At least it clears up the notion that he was claiming to be Jesus, if nothing else. What exactly did he mean by “Son of the Godhead”? From page 103:

Some find it hard to accept that there is more than one Son of the Godhead. They believe that Jesus is the only Son of God. It is true that Jesus is the most evolved of these beings, but there are many of this evolution around the universes. Sons and Daughters of the Godhead carry and channel energies which can have a very powerful effect on the energy system [of the planet], and they can also restore links between a planet and the network. They have a different role to that of a Son of Man, and the two are not the same. They are created by the Godhead to serve Creation and the energy system, and are given a particular energy package that allows them to channel and generate incredibly pure and powerful energies. The more they evolve the purer and more powerful those energies become. They also have the ability to stimulate energies in other life-forms when they travel to or through an area. However, Sons and Daughters of the Godhead should not be seen as more important or special than anyone else. They have a role to play, but then so does every single life-form, nor are they super-human. They struggle with the same emotions and problems as anyone else.

The book continues by listing some people that Icke says were Sons and Daughters of God: Akhenaten (Egyptian pharoah), Cleopatra, then Jesus. He devotes a whole chapter to Jesus, retelling his life, disregarding a great deal of what is revealed in the Bible and supplanting it with information channelled through psychics. Here, apparently, is a channelling directly from Jesus himself: “I hoped that the Earth would change. That we could remove negativity with minimal landshifts and volcanoes and then continue with the energy work. Many people seemed willing to change …”

Here’s some information about John the Baptist that will give you a flavour of the sort of re-telling Icke is doing:

John had a mervellous understanding of cleansing energy systems and chakras and opening up beings spiritually by removing negativity and past-life karma. It is said that he lived in the wilderness, but it’s more correct that he lived in an area where many varied plants, rocks, and crystals were available. It was also near a place of Divine Water. Divine Waters are rivers or springs which carry Godhead energies as part of the energy system. People went to John to have their physical body cleared of any lingering negativity. The final cleansing was total immersion in the Divine Waters.

Love Changes Everything is based almost entirely on information channelled through psychics, in particular Mari Shawsun. The book provides a re-telling of history, including dramatically specific information about Atlantis, King Arthur, Lucifer/Satan. Are we supposed to simply take this information on faith? Apparently so. The Jesus part of this story is what really put things in perspective for me. We know those channellings are completely wrong (and Icke knows it, too, today), so that immediately throws the entire book into the realms of imaginative fantasy. It’s a nice bed-time story, but it has absolutely nothing to say about what really happened in history.

The overall problem with the book is that Icke has allowed himself to be taken for ride by the claims of psychics, and it badly damages his credibility. I can’t help wondering whether he’s making the same mistake today, in the credence he places in the claims of people like Credo Mutwa, Arizona Wilder, Stewart Swerdlow, Zecharia Sitchin and others – people he uses to validate his claim that world leaders are shape-shifting inter-dimensional reptilian entities.

You know, I can’t deny that I’ve been inspired by many a thing that David Icke has said, which is why I keep reading him despite the things (incredible or otherwise) that I can’t take on board. But his claim to have channelled Jesus damages my view of him more than anything else he has ever said. I am reminded to have my BS detector on full alert when reading his books.

Here are some of Icke’s personal reflections on the most extreme phase of his spiritual awakening, not long before writing this book. From page 141:

Then, in March 1991, I went over for a third visit to Canada to work with a channeller, Mari Shawsun. I can remember the time vividly: it was just as if someone had flicked a light switch. Suddenly, the David Icke I have just described had taken a step back. He was still there, but no longer controlling events. I think the same thing must have happened to Mari also. It was such a strange feeling. It was as if the real me had become an observer, just looking on, sometimes in horror, at what was happening. […] What happened next, however, was a real shocker. Communications came through that I was from the evolution called Sons of the Godhead. More than that, a list of fantastic and specific physical events were given that were supposed to happen before the end of the year. To top it all I was to call a press conference and tell the world all this. […] I will never forget that press conference and I doubt if any of the journalists will either. I stood there in my tourquoise tracksuit telling them all this stuff and as I read out the list of “changes” I remember my rational aspect saying with a distant voice: “David, what the hell are you saying? This is absolute nonsense.” But my mouth continued to open and my credibility continued to sign its own death warrant.

It’s clear that in Love Changes Anything, Icke is in the process of recovering his rationality, but he had far from fully recovered, as is clear from the information he continued to place credence in. I leave you with a full transcript of Icke’s personal reflections on the early days, from the 2008 interview mentioned at the top:

When you’re working with psychics, as I was in those early days, trying to make sense of what was happening to my life and make sense of what I was beginning to understand, you’re at the mercy of the psychic who is communicating information. For instance, what psychics do is they have the ability to access some of these other frequencies of existence and bring information from entities on those dimensions into this one. Now, you know, there are great footballers of world renown and there are people that kick a ball about on a team at the park on a Sunday morning. They’re both footballers, but they’re not the same quality of footballer – the same ability. And also, if someone has a belief system – a psychic – about a religion or Jesus or whatever, what happens is – it’s like telepathy – as the energy is communicated through the psychic, the psychic will put their own spin on it, and it can come out in a less than pure way or less than the same accurate way than it was communicated, because it has gone through a filter which is based on belief – belief in something. So all these factors are in there with regard to information, in regard to how accurate it is or whatever. What I will say about the The Truth Vibrations particularly – Love Changes Everything … I don’t like that book, because it was written at the most extreme time of my transformation, when wasn’t sure what planet I was on, never mind what my name was. I was transforming from the person who presented the sport on the BBC to what I became, and now it’s easy for me to transform from one state to another because, you know, you get used to it, and all the rest of it. But in those days, you know, I was a baby from this point of view. It was a real challenge. It was a very bewildering experience. So, Love Changes Everything was written at that time, with, to be honest, the bewilderment that I was feeling – the confusion that I was feeling. But The Truth Vibrations, the first one, which was written before my head really blew, I am extremely pleased with that. It’s interesting that when I talk about things today, I’m talking about them in a more detailed way, with a greater understanding than then.

The book Icke wrote after Love Changes Everything is his autobiography In the Light of Experience, which I have read and reviewed. It provides yet more insight into his past, and is an excellent book by comparison. Perhaps Love Changes Everything should be looked at as the one book by David Icke that should never have been written.

Days of Decision by David Icke

This is the fourth book David Icke wrote since his spiritual awakening in 1990. It’s also his smallest, clocking up only 86 pages. Nevertheless, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in content. Chapters 1 to 4 in particular will arrest the attention of newcomers to Icke’s work and dispel any notion of “crackpot” that might have festered in the wake of that long distant Wogan interview.

We begin with fast, sharp insight into all the planet-raping, soul-destroying insanity that we call normal life in the western world. Icke then shines a light on humanity’s lack of thinking, exposing the conditioning of everyday life and our unthinking acquiescence it. Then comes a courageous expose on religion and its use as a tool for control. Science then comes under fire, or rather, system-serving science, which is quietly destroying the planet. You won’t be unaffected by the information in these chapters. It’s as relevant today as ever.

The book then turns to matters of an esoteric nature, discussing psychic channelling; the universe as a frequency; consciousness and the eternal mind; positive-negative balance (a different way of looking at good and evil); Earth as a conscious entity; an approaching spiritual awakening of humanity; and finally the importance of love.

Icke is not totally on the same page today as what he was expounding in the early 1990s, but there is much in here that reflects the same understanding he now expresses at a deeper level.

Days of Decision is compiled from speeches that Icke made all over the United Kingdom, during or not long after the days of his widespread public ridicule. It would have been amazing to attend one of those early speaking engagements. I’ll bet a lot of mouths regretted their laughter before too many minutes had passed.

Copies of Days of Decision show up now and then on eBay. Well worth chasing it up. If you are someone who has never read any of Icke’s work before and are completely new to his controversial views, this volume is an excellent entry point. From the back cover: “This book is written for those who are beginning their journey to truth and understanding at this time of immense change.” You might well be changed after reading it.

In the Light of Experience by David Icke

icked-lightofexperienceAlmost a year ago, I read my first David Icke book; it was I Am Me, I Am Free. Since then, I’ve been reading his work continuously, in tandem with my other reading. Icke’s books are tough on brain, and after devouring my fifth one, I was just about Icked out. Then In the Light of Experience came along, which is a refreshingly simple book by comparison, because it’s an autobiography.

What struck me as odd was that the book was written and published in 1993. Those familiar with Icke will know that he only got started on his spiritual journey in 1990, and a great deal has happened between then and now (2009). 1993 struck me as a bit early in his career for an autobiography. Nevertheless I was eager to read a detailed account of his early years, not least because these were the years when he faced the biggest ridicule – something that he has always said was the making of him, because it freed him from the prison of acting according to how others judge will us.

The internet is littered with audio and video interviews of David Icke, and he has often recounted his early experiences, such as his initial eye-opening encounters with psychic Betty Shine, his later spiritual experiences at a circle of standing stones in Peru, and the public ridicule that came on the heels of his appearance on the Wogan talkshow. You can also read a fascinating summary of his early years at the beginning of Tales from the Time Loop. I’ve listened to a lot of David Icke interviews (and I mean a lot), but there are things in In the Light of Experience that I have never heard him talk about anywhere else. Most fascinating of all was a relationship with a woman called Mari that resulted in a child, while David was still married to his wife Linda. Icke talks about this with brilliant honesty.

The first half of the book is devoted to Icke’s earlier years: his childhood, brief football career that ended because of athritis, his time as a journalist, sports presenter, and spokesman for the British Green Party. The other half of the book is concerned with 1990 to 1993. One chapter in particular is entitled “The Son of the Godhead.” Here’s a couple of excerpts:

I did not have the luxury of a long and gradual preparation period that many others enjoy. My higher consciousness and those working through me just opened the top of my head, the crown chakra, and poured in these unbelievable energies. For many weeks I was staggering about like some spiritual drunk, hardly knowing what planet I was on!

The most important three words in terms of publicity and profile were “Son of God”. I said I was a Son of the Godhead and this was immediately repeated in the media as the Son of the Godhead. What I said was true. We are all expressions of the energy that is everything, what I call the Infinite Mind, and what others individualise under the term God. Therefore, if you want to use symbolic language, we are all Sons and Daughters of God, all part of the Infinite Mind of Creation. But because society programmes people, even those who don’t believe in religion, to think the words “Son of God” mean the biblical version of Jesus, the media predictably linked me to that whole concept of “messiahs” and the “second coming”. The result was someone who was fundamentally challenging religion and the Bible view of Creation being dubbed in the media as someone who had discovered religion and was promoting the Bible!

For those who appreciate the work of David Icke, this rare and long out-of-print book is probably the deepest look you’ll find into his life. Keep your eye out for it on eBay.

Tales from the Time Loop by David Icke

The book begins with a short autobiography, which I read with great interest, particularly to hear David Icke’s own reflections on his experiences in the early 1990s, when he had his brief “son of God” phase that caused so much public ridicule. The rest of the book is divided into four parts, or layers, as they are called.

First, “The five-sense conspiracy.” This is the largest section of the book and comprises some two hundred pages. Icke begins by filling us in briefly on the overall picture of the conspiracy, involving secret societies, hidden-hand leadership, pryamid power structures, and the various scams that are played on humanity. The bulk of this section of the book is taken up by an examination of the wars in Afganistan and Iraq in the wake of 9/11 – a tearing down of the propagana given to us by the mass media and a look at the US government’s real motivations, as well as the consequences of their actions for innocent Middle Eastern civilians. Icke’s previous book was Alice in Wonderland and the World Trade Centre Disaster. Although I haven’t read that book, my guess is that the material in Tales from the Time Loop forms a sequel of sorts. The information quickly gets complicated to sift through, and I confess that at times I’m left not quite knowing what to believe. The chapter on civilian casualties is particularly moving, and at the very least the reader is left with a sense that he needs to question an awful lot more than when he hears on the TV news.

Layer 2 is “The extra-terrestrial/inter-dimensional conspiracy.” To call the information in this section startling is an understatement. Essentially, Icke’s claim is that many of the key people in positions of power (and throughout what is called the Illuminati) are possessed by entities from another dimension – entites that have a reptilian form. Icke was first introduced to this side of the conspiracy through receiving numerous reports in the late 1990s of people who witnessed another person “shape-shift” into a reptilian. When enough of these reports came to light, this indicated that there was something worth researching. 100 pages of Tales from the Time Loop is dedicated to this topic, merely a fraction of what went into his earlier book on the reptilians, The Biggest Secret, which I haven’t read. In summary, the secret rulers of the world can be traced back to antiquity, via secret societies and religions, right back to ancient Babylon and Sumer. The worship of the serpent, in various forms, can be seen far and wide in ancient religion. Human sacrifice is one of the primary ways these entities obtain energy. Such practices never ended, but go on in secret today, among the rich and famous. Reptilian shapeshifting is commonly reported in Satanic ritual abuse.

That’s just a fraction of the story. It reads like a science fiction extravaganza, and I can’t get on board with all of it. Icke’s big problem is that he never pauses long enough to let the reader catch his breath. The revelations come thick and fast, building one of top of the other, and the reader (me, anyway) is left behind somewhere along the way amidst a fog of information that he can’t hang on to as provable. Icke relies heavily on quotes from other written souces, particularly authors Zechariah Sitchin and Stewart Swerdlow. The former has written books which take an alternative view of human history and the latter claims to have had access to an underground base where reptilians were operating from. I simply don’t have enough information to make a decision. I wish Icke had simply tackled a few aspects of the reptilian theory thoroughly instead of trying to cram everything into a small space. For instance, I find it very interesting that the ancestry of the vast majority of American presidents can be traced back to Charlemagne. If that’s true, then there has been something very big and very fishy going on for hundreds of years outside the public eye. I also find it very interesting that so many Freemasons were involved in the formation of America, and that government people participate in a secret dark religious ceremony at Bohemiam Grove every year. It is unquestionable that there is something shadowy going on in the world that the public is not privy to. I just wish these themes were developed fully, but all too often Icke says, “You can read more about this in my book, X.” To be fair, though, Icke’s summaries do raise important questions and open up many avenues waiting to be explored. Every chapter has thorough footnotes about where you can go to find out more.

Layer 3 is called “It’s all an illusion”. This is where the book goes in the direction that I really appreciate, where we delve into the philosophical and the intuitive. Physical reality, as we know it, isn’t solid. Three-dimensional solidity is just a perception of the human body and brain. Underneath all of this, the universe is really an energy field. Now, you can believe that, or you can believe that physical solidity is the basis from which all else stems. Either way, it’s a belief, and none of us can get outside of our perceptions to find out. You might ask, what does it matter? Well, if the physical universe is just a perception, perhaps consciousness is a far greater thing we have imagined. Perhaps all that exists is one gigantic consciousness, and every human life is that consciousness undergoing an experience of separation from the full magnitude of what it is. The cornerstone of this part of the book is an experience that Icke had in Brazil, where he was invited to take a psychoactive drink called ayahuasca as a means of opening the door to a higher perception of reality (a similar account is told by Aldous Huxley, regarding mescaline, in his book The Doors of Perception).

Layer 4 is “Transforming the illusion.” The focus is on waking up from all the nonsense we’ve been conditioned to believe is normal life and all the traps that keep us hypnotised. The ultimate conclusion to all this is that we learn to laugh about life – to realise that this tiny life is just a game, full of endless possibilities, on the great canvas of infinite awareness. Really insightful stuff.

There were moments, in the earlier parts of the the book (especially the reptilian section), that I thought I was going to be giving this a bad review. But overall, when I’ve digested all 450 pages (and they’re pretty big pages), I find myself yet again impressed with David Icke’s insight. Once more, my mind has been stimulated to learn more and more from the wealth of information that lies ignored just outside the mainstream.