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

Philip Gardiner , Gary Osborn
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15 Aug 2006
"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. And they embedded their secret codes in symbolism in art, architecture, 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 to the present day, by the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons. Furthermore, they believe that the evolution of civilisation 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 power 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.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing; First Edition edition (15 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842931504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842931509
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fully enlightening read 8 Oct 2009
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I tend to spend most of my time reading books that are fiction. I'll even admit, that I find most other book dry and lack substance. I first saw this book in Water Stones, with a friend. I my surprise, she bought the book as a gift for me.

Anyway, I started reading this book with an open mind, deciding to give it a chance. What happened was a little bit of a shock. Firstly, putting it down was a real challenge, similar to when I read fiction. Secondly, it grabbed me a way that was truly electric.

This book start by lay the foundation of religion, knowledge and various methods of meditation. But it was done in a way that was far beyond being preachy or patronising. It leads the reader down a path of exploration and intrigue. It provides a basis of knowledge that is credible. It has sources of where the authors have gathered thier information from; and I've even looked into some of those very sources - they do check out.

As a result of reading this book I found that I had a greater understanding about the meaning of many aspects: beliefs, religion, meditation, male and female, how the mind works, how myth even work.

Anyone who wants to broaden their own horizons of knowledge and understanding should read this book, and any others that are closely related.

You'll be surprised what you will learn. And perhaps like me, it'll open new pathways in you mind for greater insight.

Enjoy...
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The authors do an excellent job of collating information from global myths, legends and religious writings to prove their case but one vital omission lets the book down : the conclusions fail to take into acount the worldwide consensus from these same myths and legends that the original "Shining Ones" came not from Earth, but someplace else. Many of us are undoubtedly aware of the scores of ancient accounts that speak of the so called "gods" flying around the skies in "sky ships", who had tremendous weapon capabilities, fought amongst each other in the heavens as well as on Earth, possessed amazing technology and who had physical features that were not alltogether human. The ancient Indian texts are riddled with this kind of information, The Sumerian stone tablets are famous for much the same story , The Chinese have a wealth of similar accounts ...indeed every culture around the world tells a very similar tale ! Yet according to these authors the so called "Ancient Astronaut" Theory is completely dismissible and "The Shining Ones" are entirely terrestrial. The authors had a theory and set about making everything fit into that particular theory but in doing so they have failed, in my opinion, to give a much warranted consideration to the non-terrestrial element of the "Shining Ones" equation.
That aside, this work is an excellent addition to any "truth seeker's" library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Osborn's contribution is immense 19 Oct 2008
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This is a completely different book from the The Shining Ones put out by Gardiner in 2002. Gary Osborn's contribution has been immense, he has virtually rewritten it, so much so that it should not have used the same title, this implies that this is a re-working by Gardiner, but it is not a new edition of the original, it is completely different work, albeit on a similar theme. Osborn and Gardiner no longer work together, their writing partnership split up shortly after this book was published, the fact that Osborn did not get full recognition for his input no doubt being an influential factor.
I give this 4 stars for Gary Osborn's contribution alone, he is emerging as one of the most forward thinking writers of a new generation. His current work on 23.5 degrees, The Axis of God, will hopefully lead to a solo book soon. Visit his websites for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening experience. 21 Oct 2010
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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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