'The Lucid View: Investigations In Occultism, Ufology, And Paranoid Awareness' (2004) by Aeolus Kephas is a highly interesting and readable exploration at the forces Kephas feels may be controlling, and thus manipulating, almost every aspect of human life and civilization.
Kephas, whose name is most likely a pseudonym reflecting his broadly implied magikal practices, makes the repeated error of failing to clearly distinguish between the terms "paranoid view," "lucid view," and "free-thinking view," which are often, but not always, used interchangeably. Thus, it is difficult for the reader to tell where Kephas draws certain lines within his thesis.
In the hands of another writer, the text of 'The Lucid View' would most likely read like the anchorless ravings of a madman, but Kephas is an eloquent, highly intelligent, perceptive, discerning, and organized writer.
A brief accurate summary of the book's argument, which combines magik with history, physics, psychology, and technology, is nigh impossible, but goes something like this: a shadowy group of "Custodians," who may or may not be human (or may be an alliance of both humans and non-humans), have attempted (and largely failed) to control the human race literally since the time of Adam. Their ultimate, millennia-long goal is "the synthesis of the earthly with the cosmic code, the splicing of Matter with Spirit," and thus the birth of a 'New Man.'
However, in the process, mankind as we presently know it will be completely obliterated. We, as individuals, will be obliterated, and the day of our obliteration may come as soon as tomorrow. In the service of their goal, the uber-elite Custodians, who are incapable of any quality resembling human remorse (even if human themselves), are relentless, and will use every tool and trick imaginable to obtain their end.
Sometimes representing "the lucid view" and sometimes "the paranoid view" once-removed, Kephas knits together an enormous number of complex subjects.
A partial list includes a hollow moon and Richard Shaver's Hollow Earth, secret lunar military bases, Nazi 'flying discs,' Scientology, Charles Manson and his 'Family,' CIA mind control, The Knights Templar, Ira Levin's 1967 novel 'Rosemary's Baby,' the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations, the social phenomenon of "alien abduction," the life and death of John Lennon, the 'Sirius Mystery,' the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, the work of Aleister Crowley and Carlos Castaneda, traditional faerylore, government-created implants, the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, Jungian psychology, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, harmful additives in mass-produced foods, subliminal messages embedded in form of media, gross political subterfuge, and the internet as "the web of the Great Voodoo Spider Queen."
Largely due to its magikal, and presumably spiritual and survivalist, underpinnings, 'The Lucid View' takes the position that all of this, if accurate, vitally matters in the name of truth, knowledge, and what little genuine liberty and free will are left to us as individuals.
"Awareness (free from paranoia) creates a natural hierarchical structure in the Universe, according to which every apprentice must some day become a master, every paranoid lucid. Awareness is the currency, then, and unto those that have it, shall be given, and from those that have it not, shall be taken even the little they have...freedom is the freedom of the aware, finally, and awareness of freedom leads ever on to more of the same."
However, if Biblical fallen angels are in league with cosmic forces so vast as to be completely beyond our ability to presently conceptualize them, and the CIA and the Scientologists additionally, clearly no human being or group of human beings has a chance of combating, much less overthrowing, this intergalactic, trans-dimensional cabal.
While 'the average man' does need to awaken to the vast, deceptive smokescreen of engineered disasters, fostered events, and empty social causes perpetrated by the "military-industrial complex" and the media (the never-ending Middle East War; 'Global Warming' and 'Climate Change'; the Cult of the Victim; mass illegal immigration into the United States; the gross over-prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors; 'gay marriage'; 'Oprah Fever'; even the recent Clinton-Obama contretemps and "the emerging economic recession," etc.) to keep him distracted, submissive, and fearful, 'The Lucid View,' with its alien kidnappers, mind-controlled assassins, and harrowing secret societies, is unlikely to have any practical value for him.
However Forteans, many of whom are capable of accepting that our entire universe may be no more than a drifting grain of pollen in a far vaster reality existing around us, will have a field day with it.
But if the entire universe we know is in fact, however improbably, only a random grain of flotsam, such a fact would ultimately flummox even the lofty Custodians and their most nefarious schemes.
Readers may also want to consider another lucid, and more probable book, Albert Budden's 'UFOs: Psychic Close Encounters (1995),' which posits that most 'paranormal' experiences are the spontaneous result of natural and artificial electromagnetic waves interacting with man's psyche, especially his unconscious.
Interestingly, Kephas recommends Budden's work in the 'Further Reading' list which closes the book.