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The Shining Ones: The World's Most Powerful Secret Society Revealed

The Shining Ones: The World's Most Powerful Secret Society Revealed [Kindle Edition]

Philip Gardiner Co-Author , Gary Osborn
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The Shining Ones were members of an advanced culture that was almost lost; but their wisdom and their power survived. They preserved the secrets of their advanced knowledge in mythology and legend; they embedded their secret codes in symbolism in art, architecture, the mystery traditions and literary works - including the Bible. The authors have found traces of the influence of The Shining Ones in all the major religions with roots in the ancient world. Gardiner and Osborn have discovered that their secrets and rituals have been hidden and preserved through the centuries, by the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons to the present day. Furthermore, they believe that the evolution of civilization has been manipulated by a secret and powerful group of initiates descended from The Shining Ones. They can identify their influence behind science, religion, mysticism and philosophy - and, of course, in the arena of powerful politics.

This is an extraordinary story of intrigue and power play at a very human and political level. But it is also the revelation that the Shining Ones had knowledge of the deep spiritual truth that lies at the heart of mankind's yearning for an understanding of the meaning of life and to achieve salvation.

About the Author

Philip Gardiner has spent the last sixteen years researching the history of mankind, science, religion and philosophy. His search for the truth has led him to uncover historical evidence which previously had not been recognized for what it is. Gary Osborn has written widely on mysticism, esoteric traditions and the nature of human consciousness. They are co-authors of The Serpent Grail.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing (21 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HETG78E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Researched and Astonishing Read. 9 Feb 2012
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In today's society the fragmentation of populations into various religious encampments is fuelling violence and extremism while extolling adherence to outdated social concepts, superstitious ignorance and unquestioning obedience to faith leaders and the supposedly enlightened.
Apart from the obvious destructive physical consequences of this behaviour there is also a loss of knowledge and deliberate obscuring of how we arrived at this perilous situation. For most people, especially those who depend upon their `faith' for moral and, indeed, political guidance, the concept of accepting that all religions began as an individualistic and non-dogmatic spirituality is something that creates a sense of vertigo and panic.
To believe that God is found within and doesn't depend on priests and `religion' in the first place has been turned from a liberating and empowering possibility into an isolating and rebellious naivety.

Osborn and Gardiner have spent years searching for the origins of this enlightenment concept and in doing so have discovered what, for some, may be a very controversial truth: almost all religions and secret societies share the same roots.
Although there is a grudging acknowledgement from Christian scholars that a lot of the Old Testament is a replica of earlier Mesopotamian myth, this is usually not general knowledge and the parallels between Noah and Ziusudra, for example, still remain unknown to the vast majority of Christian worshippers.
But where did the Mesopotamian myths originate and what were they trying to say?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to swallow the red pill? 21 Jun 2012
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It was only recently that I came across the work of Philip Gardener and after listening to his interview on Red Ice Radio it was apparent that I was listening to an extremely wise man so I decided to read his work. It was a toss up between The Shining Ones and his previous work Gnosis but I decided to go with the most recently written book as I wanted to find out the most cutting edge knowledge first. I was not disappointed! This book contains so much information it is almost overwhelming but it keeps you interested all the way through. After all, thousands of years of history is hard to condense into a few hundred pages, especially when connections need to be made between all of the ancient civilizations and secret societies!

If you have an open mind then this book will be extremely helpful to you in furthering your understanding of the truth. If you are closed minded this book will most likely seem that the Authors are making connections that don't exist or seem to be mere 'coincidences'. History is not complete and the truth is distorted, after all "The winners write history..", but there have been people throughout history who have tried to pass on the ancient wisdom to those who are worthy of attaining it.

The question is, how do you pass on ancient knowledge and wisdom through the ages without it falling into the wrong hands? This book comprehensively answers that question - by creating sufficiently complicated symbology, riddles, ciphers and the all important secret society. What Gardiner and Osborne show in The Shining Ones is quite incredible and the evidence is compelling. At some point we have to realise that life is a puzzle that is waiting to be solved, one piece at a time, and it is far more interesting than most people believe or can even conceive of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating study in symbology 23 Jun 2014
This book filled several gaps in my knowledge about the interpretation of symbols, and the conclusions drawn are plausible and clear. It also makes a strong point for the theory that all religions and beliefs derive from a common source, i.e. the realm of the spiritual, which is capable of being accessed by those adepts who are prepared to undergo the kind of training to make such a contact possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative....... 28 Mar 2014
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A lot of fact and data but well written and illustrated with plenty of useful knowledge!...........well worth reading and many will benefit from reading this book.
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