Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Justav Jung
For those who like New Age philosophy conjoined with conspiracy theory, Infinite Love is the Only Truth Everything Else is Illusion by David Icke provides an intoxicating mix of consciousness-expanding insight, radical hypothesis, and sinister, covert agendas by a parallel species that simultaneously exists with and enslaves humanity. The author's inward journey began in 1990 wherein he discovered that life itself is an illusion put in place as a means of control; that the very five senses we rely on in our daily life to "see" the world are no better than a pentagon-inspired prison, designed specifically to keep us blind; and that there is only one truth: love... everything else is illusion.
The first two chapters are devoted almost exclusively to the author's views of the ultimate conspiracy theory: the Illuminati, the fascist super secret society that rules the world through nefarious means and strict control of their bloodline. Those new to David Icke, may be surprised to find his views go slightly further out in that he believes the Illuminati is in actuality a completely alien, reptilian life form that can at will vibrate at a different frequency to apparently shape shift to mask their true identity. Conspiracy theories always make for a fast, entertaining read, and this book is no exception; however, the author's lack of footnotes of source material, actual witnesses, photographic or other hard evidence, make his theories speculative at best and libelous at worst. President Bush and Prime Minister Blair are evil, shape-shifting reptoids according to Mr. Icke, but in this book he offers not one scintilla of evidence to support this supposition.
The book presents a strong case for silent command and control of the world population by a series of "Problem, Reaction, Solution" scenarios, as epitomized by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The Illuminati-controlled governmental agencies destroy the towers; the public at large demands a strong response; and the Illuminati governmental puppets provide a "solution", which of course entails the deletion of previous freedoms and ceding further control to the Illuminati. This is referred to as a kind of silent warfare and is yet another tool in the Illuminati's arsenal to control our lives and trap our consciousness, which if allowed to be awakened, would hold infinite potential without the imposed restrictions of our reptilian masters.
From conspiracy, the book quickly shifts to a kind of New Age philosophy extremely similar to views espoused by the Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism) that states what we call "life" is really the dream, and "Infinite Love is the Only Truth". Substitute the word "love" with the Hindu concept of Brahman, and the overall message is exactly the same. Mr. Icke is not referring to love in the conventional sense, such as the way a man loves his wife, but rather as it represents "the One", "the Whole", or "Everything" (in other words, we are all infinite beings, with infinite consciousness, and are all "One").
It wasn't years spent with a yogi studying Hindu texts and meditation that shaped Mr. Icke's philosophy, but rather a visit to the Amazon rain forest and receiving it telepathically under the influence of the psychotropic ayahuasca, a giant vine (that contains a naturally occurring hallucinogenic alkaloid [DMT]) used historically by indigenous people for shamanic and medicinal purposes. The ayahuasca freed the author's mind, and combined with a series of synchronicities in his life, convinced him of the importance of the event and the meaning of the message. Unfortunately, by choosing to blend his Neo-Hindu philosophy with his previously held beliefs of reptilian overlords and shadow governments, the author has taken two disparate topics that don't necessarily seem to belong in the same book. It is difficult at times to follow, as the book is somewhat poorly organized and flip flops between conspiracy and New Ageism.
The book's preferred method for describing the illusionary world our infinite consciousness is trapped in is the Matrix. Much like the movie of the same name, the Matrix is a shared holographic reality, delivered to us through the DNA receiver and transmitter that is our bodies. By now you must be asking yourself "What do I take? The blue pill or the red pill?" Unfortunately neither, as Mr. Icke does not offer an easy answer as to how one escapes the Matrix, but rather this: "Only when we become pure consciousness in awareness of itself can we ditch the bodies and with them the Matrix."
The best chapter in the book is called The God Program, and it's so good it left me wanting more. Basically, the chapter makes the case that religions are nothing more than programs in the Matrix, designed as another means of control. If I were a book publisher, I would be approaching David Icke to stretch the chapter out to a full-length book... It's that good. Equally good, and included generously throughout the book are excellent, full color artwork by Neil Hague, that illustrate the concepts the author presents.
Despite the obviously contradictory nature of combining conspiracy theory with New Age philosophy, Infinite Love is the Only Truth Everything Else is Illusion is an exciting, educational book to read. One might not agree with the author's claims, but you cannot deny he's a lively talented writer, who is extremely skilled at pulling you in with the almost conversational tone he sets throughout the book. Reading Infinite Love is the Only Truth Everything Else is Illusion is similar to a long, late night conversation with your well-read friends over drinks at a local pub. Maybe your pal had one too many and is making the case that lizards rule the world and everything we see is illusion, but he sure sounds convincing and is great fun to listen to!