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"Twisted Messiah" fan riots improbable? Reality strikes in England!

Ironically, last week, as I was revising this "The Grail Conspiracies"  website to its new form, riots were breaking out across England --- riots that I found eerily reminiscent of the self-styled "celebrations" of the (fictional) Twisted Messiah army of fans in the early sections, and the finale, of my book.

Yes, it can happen here. Yes, potential terrorism from the Middle East is only one aspect of the spectrum of violent threats we face. 

The best commentary I found on what and why the British riots occurred, and why they were almost destined to happen, and happen again, came from Max Hastings.  Just to touch on a couple of his ideas:

  • The "feral humans" who partook in them did it as much for the excitment as for the goods they could steal.  Sadly, "The depressing truth is that at the bottom of our society is a layer of young people with no skills, education, values or aspirations. They do not have what most of us would call 'lives': they simply exist."  And a bit later: "They have their being only in video games and street-fights, casual drug use and crime.
  • Another from that Max Hastings article: "So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable. They are too idle to accept work waitressing or doing domestic labour, which is why almost all such jobs are filled by immigrants.

        "They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.

        "They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game. "

My point? Last week across England it was as if  the fictional Twisted Messiah's underground "army" had come to life in their "pre-celebrations".  Fact can be at least as strange as fiction, and fiction can "pre-intuit" the facts that may come. One of the characters in The Grail Conspiracies even characterizes people like these: "those who choose to lose.". 

Max Hastings article in London's Mail Online


Coded knowledge and hidden human potentials

Adapted from The Grail Conspiracies, a spiritual
thriller by Michael McGaulley, and is based on his research for that 
book.  Keep in mind that The Grail Conspiracies is a work of fiction,
and some of the content has been adapted to fit the narrative.

For additional sources, see the links at the bottom of this page, or to
hyperlinks embedded within the body of the text.


From The Grail Conspiracies

I nearly missed the clue when it came: that word “disinformation” again,
but in a different context.

What if, the author suggested, all those legends of the search for the
physical Grail—the actual cup of Jesus—were in fact deliberate

What if, as another book put it, the Grail stories were “decoys to distract
the uninitiated or unworthy onto a search for something physical, when
in fact the core of the true Grail was a coded reference to the hidden
potentials of the human mind.”

I reread that line—a coded reference to the hidden potentials of the
human mind—not realizing then that I’d soon be hearing something very
like it from a very different source, in a different country.


From later in The Grail Conspiracies

She paused to see how I was taking this. I nodded, saying nothing,
wanting her to continue.

“That may be the source, but it’s been obscured, even hidden. Sad but
true, awareness of that Power has been one of the best-kept secrets
over the centuries.”

“Why hidden?”

“The elites—typically priesthoods—were determined to keep the
knowledge to themselves, as a way of monopolizing power and control.
In other places and other eras, it was dangerous to speak of these
things, because they conflicted with the settled approaches of other
elites. That, as you know, is why the alchemists and others coded their
knowledge, to avoid persecution.”

“Coded? How?”

“Language itself can be coded—messages can be written in a different
alphabet, or in numerical equivalents, or in an unknown language. It can
be by means of symbols, with the Christian cross being a common
example, which—”

She began again: “We associate the cross with the religion and the
death of Jesus on the Cross. But there’s a further code within the
symbol: the cross itself is an ancient symbol for the concept of spirit
entering into matter—the vertical, the spirit, intersecting into the
horizontal, material plane.”

“I’d never heard that before.”

“Knowledge can also be encoded in the form of stories that operate on
multiple levels. The Parables of Jesus are one instance. On one level,
they’re stories about shepherds and birds and ordinary people of a
certain time and place. But they carry universal messages on a deeper
level. The Grail legend is of course another example of a story carrying
a deeper message.”

I listened, part enchanted by her personality, part enthralled by the
excitement in her eyes as she talked about these things. Enthusiasm is
infectious—and magnetizing.

She paused for a sip of beer before going on. “Beyond stories or
legends, the knowledge can be encoded in rituals, which act out the
deeper reality. Both the Catholic Mass and the rituals of the Masons
come to mind in that regard—rituals which operate on the deeper levels
of the mind as the participants act out the roles. Knowledge can even
be encoded in structures, as in the case of the pyramids and the Gothic

That triggered something I’d read from that pamphlet on the Templars,
the one I’d been given back in La Rochelle: “I read that perhaps the
Knights Templar had financed the wave of cathedral construction that
swept across Europe around the 1200's, and that those Gothic
cathedrals were encoded knowledge. What do you think? Any truth to

Something clicked behind her eyes, and she pulled back in the chair.
“Why did you ask me that?”


From later in The Grail Conspiracies

“I believe one of your areas of interest is in coded knowledge,
particularly as it relates to the alchemists and the Knights Templar?”

He went on, now echoing some of what I had already turned up, though
adding new twists. The legends of the quest for the Holy Grail, and the
stories of the alchemists’ quest to turn base metals into gold, were
probably both intended as coded descriptions of an inner, mystical or
spiritual process that referred to developing the hidden powers of the
human mind. Put bluntly, it seems that the Great Work of Alchemy may
have been an encoded expression of a ‘technology’ for getting beyond
the usual human boundaries in order to access the higher powers.”

That idea, of alchemy being perhaps a kind of how-to or technology for
attaining altered states of consciousness echoed what Katje had said.

“Both of these quests,” he continued, “Alchemy and the Grail, were
expressed as stories—to encode the deeper realities behind the
narratives. Why encoded? First, because they wanted to pass on the
great secret—that we humans are able to tap higher powers, that there
is meaning and design, that we can take greater control of the flow of
physical reality. The initiates wanted to keep that knowledge alive, yet
had to encode it to protect themselves. After all, they and the
knowledge they possessed were dangerous to the status quo. This was
the era in which alchemists were burned at the stake, alongside witches
and other supposed heretics.”

He sipped his beer, then went on: “Second, and no less important, they
coded the knowledge in order to ensure that their secrets didn’t fall into
the hands of those who would corrupt and misuse it.”

Alchemy and the Holy Grail

The content here is adapted from The Grail Conspiracies, a spiritual
thriller by Michael McGaulley, and is based on his research for that 
book.  Keep in mind that The Grail Conspiracies is a work of fiction,
and some of the content has been adapted to fit the narrative.

For additional sources, see the links at the bottom of this page, or to
hyperlinks embedded within the body of the text.


Excerpted from The Grail Conspiracies

Could alchemy—as improbable as that seemed—be the lead I was
looking for?

The alchemy section was in a little cubby-hole around the corner, a hot
airless place that seemed just right for reading about a dead science—if
you wanted to grace alchemy with the word science.

Reading up on alchemy seemed a waste of time. Still, Dad wanted every
stone turned, so I stuck it out . . . and, as things turned out, it was very
good that I did.

Granted, alchemy was the starting point from which modern chemistry
had originated, but supposedly alchemy had been discarded from real
science the way a snake sheds its skin as it matures.

Still, as I read, I began to wonder: Was it possible that there was more
to alchemy than we thought we knew nowadays? After all, some of the
most outstanding minds of past centuries had taken it seriously:
Albertus Magnus, mentor to Thomas Aquinas; Roger Bacon of Oxford;
Paracelsus. More recently, Carl Jung, who made a major study of
alchemy. Could they all have been misled?

Could there, just possibly, be some truth to it? Maybe enough truth—or
seeming truth—to have caught his attention . . . and the attention of all
the others who came after him?

Or was there another level of truth, a deeper secret hidden within

By one interpretation, alchemy focused on literally transmuting lesser
substances into gold. In this view, alchemy could be considered, as one
writer put it, “a kind of science of energy transformation.”

I reread that: A science of energy transformation.

Energy is transformed in an atomic explosion. So couldn’t it be said that
modern nuclear physicists were practicing a kind of alchemy?

It seemed far-fetched that there could be any link between the
alchemists’ “science of energy transformation” and what happened at

I read on, and came on this: “The secret of alchemy is this: there is a
way of manipulating matter and energy so as to produce what modern
scientists call a field of force.”

Now I was suddenly very interested. Field of Force. Manipulating matter
and energy. Terminology that echoes atomic physics.

Then I found something even more intriguing: In Colin Wilson’s Great
Mysteries, something said by a modern-day alchemist, a Monsieur
Fulcanelli, circa 1937, to a French atomic physicist: “The liberation of
atomic energy is easier than you think . . . I am telling you this for a fact:
the alchemists have known it for a very long time.”

Alchemy, a science of energy transformation.

Alchemists have known for a very long time the secrets of liberating
atomic energy.

So maybe he did stumble on a very old and very dangerous secret.

I was about to shut that book and move on when I read that in August,
1945, the American intelligence services attempted to contact this
Monsieur Fulcanelli, the alchemist who’d claimed knowledge of how to
use his science to liberate atomic energy. But they couldn’t find him.

The American intelligence services. Meaning the OSS. Had they come
looking for a lead to whatever he turned up?

"New Reality Paradigm"-- from The Grail Conspiracies

The content here is adapted from The Grail Conspiracies, a spiritual
thriller by Michael McGaulley, and is based on his research for that 
book.  Keep in mind that The Grail Conspiracies is a work of fiction,
and some of the content has been adapted to fit the narrative.

For additional sources, see the links at the bottom of this page, or to
hyperlinks embedded within the body of the text.


Excerpt from The Grail Conspiracies

Dad took back the phone.

“Where are you, Greg?”

I’d just told him, but I told him again, anyway. “In a little town in Austria.”

“No, I mean, where are you at this moment?”

“In a phone booth in a hotel lobby.”

“Are you standing or sitting?”

What was he getting at? Or were the pain-killers getting to him? “I’m
sitting on a little wooden bench inside the phone booth.”

“That wooden bench---is the wood solid?”

“Sure, of course. Solid enough to hold me.”

“What’s the floor like?”

I looked down. Better to go along with him than to dwell on what had
become of his mind. “It’s tile, and it’s solid.”

“But it’s not solid, not solid at all,” he said. “Nor is that wooden bench
solid. Didn’t you take physics in college? These things seem solid, but
the deeper reality is that they’re all made up of atoms, and atoms are
something like 99.99% empty space. So that solid floor is an illusion. A
usefulillusion, to be sure, but still an illusion.”

Where do you go from something like that? “Yeah, I took physics, and
they did get into that.”

“But if things are 99.99% empty space, then why do we see them and
feel them as solid? Because something in the nature of our
consciousness and our physical apparatus, brain, eyes, senses, work
together to create this useful fiction, that all is fixed and solid. Given
who we are, we humans, we couldn’t function if we didn’t have that
illusion to help us make sense of things.”

He paused, apparently waiting for my response. “I suppose not,” I finally

“We couldn’t function without that illusion. Trouble is, we tend to forget
that it is just an illusion. We get caught up in that fiction and come to
believe that is the reality, and not just the illusion of solidity that our
minds have constructed. We forget it’s only the reality as we perceive it,
not the true reality.”
I didn’t know what to say. He was talking what seemed to be quantum
physics—not an area that had ever been one of his topics of
conversation before.

“Once we grasp that the true reality is different than what we’ve come to
accept in that useful illusion, then a whole new paradigm opens up to
us. A new paradigm, and with it some incredible opportunities.”

“Paradigm?,” I echoed. That wasn’t a word I’d ever heard my father use.

“Paradigm, or ‘perception,’ if that’s more comfortable. Basically a new
way of looking at things, a new framework for making sense of reality.
But don’t get hung up on the words. My point is that once we break out
and look at reality via this new paradigm, then everything becomes
different. We have a new vantage point, and hence incredible new
opportunities in how we can shape our lives.”

I was flummoxed. I had no idea what he was getting at. Was this a
reaction to the drugs they were giving him? But what drug infuses the
patient with a passion for quantum physics?


“And Moses and the rod that turned into a snake—how did Moses fit
in?,” I asked. I was intrigued by what Dad was getting at, and had to
recognize that there might not be another chance to talk again.

He laughed. “You caught me, I was rambling, drifted off the point. The
skeptics say that since it doesn’t seem possible to them for Moses’ stick
to have turned into a snake, well, then it just couldn’t be. Narrow-minded
dim-bulbs, no matter how many degrees they have.”

He broke off into a coughing spell. Then he said, “But you understand,
don’t you?”

“Can’t say I do, Dad.” Better to let him tell me.

The explanation is as plain as the nose on their faces. All alternative
tracks exist, so maybe in the blink of an eye Moses side-slipped from a
universe where he was throwing a stick, into a different version of the
universe, where, in that version of reality, it happened to be a snake.”

“That is . . . uh . . . an interesting explanation.”

“It follows on what we were talking about the other day, the different
paradigm. We take for granted that there’s only one way of viewing
things, which is the way we’ve always viewed them. Then something
happens to force us to look in a different way, and from that different
vantage point we see things in a completely different way—reframe
things in a totally different context.”

“Umm,” I replied.

“I probably told you, there’s a saying among the folks who’re working in
this field, ‘Shut up and compute.’ Meaning, nobody understands why
these things work. But they do work, they doyield useful results. So it’s
best to shut up, to quit asking why they work, and just use them. Maybe
someday we’ll understand why, but in the meantime, we need to make
use of them. If it weren’t for quantum physics and these kinds of
discoveries we wouldn’t have transistors, or computer chips, or lasers,
or CAT scans or MRIs or a lot of the other stuff we use every day
without asking why it works. Like other things, it’s best to just take it on
faith. Try it, see if it works for you.”

“All this is from that little book, Joining Miracles?”

“You have read it by now, haven't you?”

In cities around the world, flash-mobs made up of an army of  angry, rootless kids with nothing to lose riot in what they call “pre-celebrations” of the up-coming concert of Twisted Messiah.

 Twisted Messiah is an international  rock group with nihilistic neo-Nazi overtones, and has made clear its intention to lead this army. Pundits see this as a potential  worldwide "Non-governmental Political Force," a boundless rabble of the alienated ready to regroup as a cult.

500,000 of these kids will attend the live concert at an abandoned air base near Berlin. The concert will be simulcast around the world—an event that journalists will later refer to as  a “Nuremberg Rally on steroids updated to today’s mindset and technologies.”   Lead singer, Jesse Cripes, costumed at first as a Jesus look-alike, then after the intermission in Nazi regalia, introduces the “New Cross” movement.

In Washington, a pair of messages arrive within minutes. The first offers Greg Tapscott “the truth about your uncle,  Paul Tapscott, who was alleged to have been killed in action in France in June, 1944.” Paul was an OSS agent, and in the decades since, the family has been convinced of a long-term cover-up by the OSS, and its successor, CIA.

The second message, from a journalist friend, tells Greg that he is “a butterfly about to set off a storm that spreads around the world” and implies that there is a link between what his uncle turned up back then and what the Twisted Messiah inner cadre is seeking now.

In the old French port of La Rochelle, once the main Atlantic port of the Knights Templar, Greg hears that Paul was sent there to be sacrificed on a “disinformation” mission at the time of D-Day. But it seems that Paul surprised both the Germans and his American handlers by uncovering what was “perhaps the most powerful force or weapon ever known. Or perhaps even the Holy Grail, which is a coded reference to the highest human potential.

In Oxford, a professor who had been a consultant to the OSS during the post-war search for German technologies, breaks his long silence. Paul may have uncovered the deeper secret the occultists within Nazism had been seeking: "the elusive key to tapping a supposed power within the human mind that can direct and focus energies from other dimensions. Today’s scientific findings, particularly in quantum physics, are revealing that our world is far different, more wonderful and mysterious than we realize, and I have long suspected that what your uncle turned up is a crucial tool for understanding what our human capabilities are within that wider, more wondrous reality.”

In London, a man flashing apparent CIA credentials advises Greg to back off his search for information on his uncle, implying that the “chatter” picked up from a “certain terrorist group” (evidently Twisted Messiah/New Cross), indicates they are also on the trail of Paul Tapscott and what he turned up . . . and on Greg’s trail, as well.

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