UNVEILED BY IAN LAWTON -
A REVIEW BY ANDREW COLLINS
much anticipated new book GENESIS UNVEILED is published by Virgin
Books this month (September 2003 in the USA), and there is much
in there of interest to those wishing to learn more about the
place of the Watchers and Nephilim in a historical and archaeological
context. In a fundamental reappraisal of the ancient texts and
traditions from around the world, Ian concludes that they retain
traces of the lost wisdom of a forgotten race. Among those examines
are those which refer to the punishment of the rebel Watchers
after their transgressions at the time of the 'fall', and the
subsequent destruction of the Nephilim in the flood of Noah.
in principal (after much debate by email) with my proposed connection
between the Watchers and Nephilim of Judeo-Christian tradition
and the human driving force behind the Neolithic revolution, which
sprang into life overnight in eastern Anatolia (Turkey) and northern
Syria around 9500-9000 BC, Ian sees a spiritual dimension to the
In his opinion the
story of the Watchers and Nephilim represented the Near Eastern perspective
on the destruction of an antediluvian race of high spiritual and karmic
background which existed prior to the cataclysms which brought to a
close the last Ice Age - their survivors going on to recreate the genesis
of human intellect and finally civilisation itself. Yet he does not
believe that this earlier race reached a state of high civilisation,
purely a superior state of mind. They were a people who possessed a
perfect understanding of their spiritual roots, but became obsessed
with the material world and progressively lost their awareness. Moreover,
it seems that the karmic price they paid for their debasement was annihilation
by natural catastrophe, or certainly that was the way that post-diluvian
myths and legends portrayed their fall from grace.
Ian also identifies
a new site on the Upper Euphrates which he feels exemplifies his view
that the proto-Neolithic world of the Near East was not simply a gradual
transition from diluvian Palaeolithic man via his intermediary, Mesolithic
man. It is Jerf al-Ahmar, a recently discovered site in northern Syria,
on which he writes:
… Jerf el-Ahmar
in Syria has proved to be an arguably even more extensive and sophisticated
site [than Nevali Cori, featured in my own book GODS OF EDEN (Headline,
1998), and Gobekli Tepe, featured in my article WALKING WITH SERPENTS,
found on The Nephilim official website], with communal and domestic
buildings constructed from stone and definitive proof of settled agriculture.
I include a number of rarely published pictures of this site, kindly
provided by the head of the Franco-Syrian archaeological team, in Genesis
Unveiled, which is just as well because it has now been submerged underneath
the flood waters of a newly constructed dam. The date of its earliest
occupation? 11,500 years ago! And it is quite clear that in this case
there is absolutely no precedent or development period for such sophisticated
and settled culture in the archaeological record.
Is this all mere
coincidence? Or does Jerf el-Ahmar represent the earliest rebuilding
by the survivors of the catastrophe? And if so, what does that tell
us about the level of culture that existed before it? Of course, it
is here that my work and Andy’s come together, because I would
argue that there is a post-catastrophe element to the theme of civilising
sages in many of the traditions which has been confused and interwoven
with the original antediluvian themes concerning the introduction of
the golden age. In this respect I would argue that if, as seems likely,
the catastrophe wiped out the majority of the human race and necessitated
that the survivors start again pretty much from scratch, it also makes
perfect sense that at this point a number of angelic souls incarnated
once again to reassert a spiritual worldview for the post-catastrophe
epoch. In effect, to give mankind another chance and a fresh start.
In fact it is incredibly
confusing to study Judaeo-Christian material about the antediluvian
epoch in isolation, and I would argue that the distortions in what are,
remember, relatively late works that have been seriously edited, can
only be appreciated once we place them in the context of other comparable
traditions from around the world. So, for example, in Judaeo-Christian
material the fallen angels and perhaps also their offspring the Nephilim
are accused of introducing debasement by teaching civilising skills
that in all other traditions around the globe are seen as entirely positive.
In my view we lift the veil when we realise that a) the original fallen
angel theme concerns the angelic souls who incarnated to usher in the
golden age - an entirely benign operation that only involved “falling”
to the extent that they “fell into incarnation on the physical
plane”; b) part of the fallen angel theme does accurately reflect
the reality of the debasement of the golden race; and c) the introduction
of civilisation to mankind by angelic beings is not only related to
the onset of the golden age, but also to the postcatastrophe rebuilding
and reeducation process.
You can read the
rest of this article which is to be found on The Nephilim official website
(on-line shortly ). In addition to the subjects already reviewed, Ian
Lawton’s ground-breaking work concludes that:
· The ancient texts and traditions from around the world contain
consistent references to a "golden race" that became debased
and was destroyed. These can only be properly interpreted in spiritual
terms, as a loss of spiritual roots that had universal karmic consequences.
· The traditions of the supposed "creation" of the
original golden race merely reflect the reality of advanced spiritual
entities incarnating in human form for the first time, this acting as
a spur to human evolution. This is how a spiritual and a scientific
worldview can be logically combined.
· The consistent symbolism used in the accounts of the creation
of the universe from a "void" that contains the "potential"
for all the "forms" in both the ethereal and physical dimensions
reveals a previously unsuspected depth of esoteric insight into various
"universal truths" in the earliest cultures right across the
· These truths were brought to mankind when the earliest advanced
souls incarnated on earth. They have not only been repeatedly reinforced
ever since by similar advanced souls who have chosen to reincarnate
to assist mankind's development, but are also eternally accessible to
any seeker who attempts to reconnect to the universal consciousness
by meditative contemplation.
· These truths can be extended to include the concepts of reincarnation
and karma; of a framework of ethereal realms inhabited by entities in
various stages of karmic advancement; and of the karmic aim of transcending
the purely physical world and reuniting with the original source.
· Modern theoretical physics has reconfirmed various postulates
that have always formed part of an esoteric worldview: for example,
everything is energy; matter is an illusion; everything is interconnected;
everything has consciousness; the part is the whole; all time is relative;
there are other dimensions; and vibration and harmony rule.
· If the human race of the twenty-first century fails to wake
up to these spiritual rather than material and commercial realities
en masse, there is every likelihood that universal karma will once again
force our hand with mass destruction - just as it did that of our forgotten
In order to prove key elements of his thesis, Ian had first to provide
convincing scientifically-accepted evidence that consciousness survives
the physical death of the body, and that past-lives and reincarnation
exist. This was at the insistence of Virgin Books, who have taken a
bold step in agreeing to publish such a controversial book. I urge everyone
out there to support both them and Ian in this new venture, which, I
honestly feel, is the way forward.
Published 10 July 2003, priced. £20.
PART 1 REVELATIONS
1 MYTHS IN THE MAKING
A Brief History of Mythology; The Development of Myth; The Function
of Myth; Conclusion.
2 A SPIRITUAL WORLDVIEW
Karma and Reincarnation; Evidence; Childhood Recall; Life Between Lives;
3 DEBASEMENT AND DESTRUCTION
The Antediluvian Patriarchs; The Nephilim Reappraised; A Tale of Two
Cities; Forgotten Spiritual Roots; Karmic Catastrophe; Gnostic Revelations;
The Noise of Mankind; The Vedic Asuras; Conclusion.
4 THE ARTS OF CIVILISATION
Knowledge Transfer; Knowledge Preservation; Conclusion.
5 THE GOLDEN AGE
The First Occasion; The Days of Dasa-ratha; The Age of Perfect Virtue;
The Race of Gold; The Divine Atlanteans; Conclusion.
6 ROUND AND ROUND WE GO
Of Silver, Bronze and Iron; Solon's Sojourn; Departure from Tao; The
Four Worlds; The Five Suns; Counting Long; Days and Nights of Brahma;
The Wheel of Time; Conclusion.
7 TAKING ON THE EXPERTS
Campbell and Cycles; Eliade and Renewal; Conclusion.
8 CREATION CONFUSION
In His Own Image; The Maker, Modeler, Bearer, Begetter; The Dawn of
Creation; Silent in Borneo; Horrible Hybrids; Conclusion.
PART 2 CORROBORATION
9 ARE WE SPECIAL?
Global Evolution; Human Evolution; Hindu Creationists; The Interventionists;
10 DEFINING THE WINDOW
Early Ancestors; The Emergence of Modern Man; Genetic Studies; Consciousness
and Language; The Development of Culture; Urbanisation; Conclusion.
11 ANOMALOUS ARTIFACTS
Donnelly's Dazzlers; Wilkins' Wonders; Steiger's Specials; Cremo's Canons;
Baigent's Bombshells; Conclusion.
Ice Ages; Destruction on a Global Scale; Extraterrestrial Bodies; Axis
Shifts and Crustal Displacement; Geomagnetism and Polar Reversals; Memories;
Dating; Where on Earth? Missing Evidence; Conclusion.
13 THE THEOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVE
The Masters; Plagiarist? The Book of Dzyan; Distortions; An Archaic
14 THE ATLANTEAN CONNECTION
Developing the Theme; Occult Atlantism; Mu; The Arcane Tradition; The
Automatic Author; The Sleeping Prophet; Teachings from Shambhala; Conclusion.
15 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY?
The Ancient Astronaut and Interventionist Schools; The Redating School;
Examining the Evidence; Realistic Scientific Skills; Conclusion.
PART 3 ESOTERICA
In the Beginning; Missing the Point; Conclusion.
17 AN ESOTERIC WORLDVIEW
Ancient Egyptian Beliefs; Platonic Ideas; Hermeticism; Gnosticism; Alchemy;
Qabalism; Rosicrucianism; Altered States; Shamanism; Conclusion.
18 THE COSMIC DOCTRINE
The Evolution of the Cosmos; The Evolution of a Solar System; Humanity
and the Role of the Planets; Conclusion.
19 ESOTERIC SCIENCE
Everything is Energy; Matter is an Illusion; Everything is Interconnected;
Everything has Consciousness; The Part is the Whole; All Time is Relative;
There Are Other Dimensions; Vibration and Harmony Rule; Big Bang Was
a Dawn of Brahma; The Paranormal is Just Normal; Conclusion.
Single Source? More from Newton; A New Historical Paradigm; A New Philosophical
Paradigm; The Future.