Rip Parker
10 min readOct 23, 2022


Are we willing to recognize there is a real, non material eternal nature in each of us that far exceeds and defies current scientific understanding? Have we become so brainwashed that we are unable to escape the cage of scientific materialism? Scientism is a religion that threatens to suffocate the one true religion alluded to by Aldous Huxley in his book, “Perennial Philosophy”, published in 1945.

This theme of Perennialism is recognized as a stand alone philosophy. A very brief outline of its origins is found in Wikipedia: “Perennialism has its roots in the Renaissance interest in neo-Platonism and its idea of the One, from which all existence emanates. Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499) sought to integrate Hermeticism with Greek and Jewish-Christian thought,[1]discerning a prisca theologia which could be found in all ages.

This is not a religion. It is a philosophical meta take on all religions. The only negative connotation toward any religion is the implied criticism of those religions that claim exclusivity in their theological proclamations, claiming “Our way is the only way to salvation”. This is the Achilles Heel for most institutionalized religions in their efforts to promote themselves, and the men at the top of the institutions. Yes, always men.

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I state the above as introduction to the titular subject because of its obvious relationship with religious concerns.

I say up front as clearly as I can that paranormal experience, magic, and spiritual experience are inexorably entangled and are in my mind the most important aspect of human nature, and always have been.

Those suffering under the pseudo-science of materialism that has captured such a commanding position in our social cultural paradigm find it difficult to even give thought to our subject here. Brainwashing closes minds on certain subjects to give the impression of final knowing with no need to even consider information regarding the closed subjects.

When an intellectual issue is jailed in a closed compartment of our mind is challenged with indications there may be more to learn that could dispel our opinions regarding the subject in mental jail, often the response is very personal, and angry, taken as a challenge to the entire person holding the closed subject as sacrosanct. This occurs when the individual has so thoroughly identified with its false belief that it can no…



Rip Parker

Geophysicist, lawyer, mediator, student of Jung, phenomenology, semiotics