There are many videos out there about Illuminati and their involvment in mystical things. Many of them show how they incorporate various secret religious practices and beliefs, such as those of ancient Egypt, Kabalah, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism etc. Hence, all of these ancient teachings and their symbols (such as Hexagram, properly positioned pentagram, risen Phoenix, eye of Horus, etc.) are presented as diabolic.
This is completely false perspective based on ignorance of these teachings. Techniques for awakening and alleviation from human condition into spiritual have existed for many thousands of years. They are part of one universal teaching which was known under different names depending on time and culture that used them. We can see many similarities in these ancient cultures – in their way of life, architecture, symbols, etc.
Throughout history there were times when such teachings were under a threat of authority, so they were practiced in secret. One of such time was when Christianity became the religion of Rome in 4th century AD. The Church then started to persecute sincere followers of Jesus who wanted to achieve enlightenment and the end of suffering. They were known as Gnostics. Many of them were tortured and murdered, and the sacred Jesus teachings in text form was burned. This forced them to hid these scriptures (which were the teachings of Jesus that never made it to the Bible, such as Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Thomas, Pistis Sophia and many more). Luckily, they were discovered many centuries later and became accessible to public.
Under such circumstances it is not strange that people who wanted to practice the universal teachings of light had to do it in secret. Genuine followers of Jesus’s teachings were called Mystic Christians and Gnostics. Gnosis means knowledge in Greek; knowledge of oneself and of the Universe. In this texts, unwanted and not understood by Christian society, Jesus often speaks about the need to attain self-knowledge through which one reaches the knowledge of everything else:
“Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself, and learn who you are, in what way you exist, and how you will come to be. Since you will be called my brother, it is not fitting that you be ignorant of yourself. And I know that you have understood, because you had already understood that I am the knowledge of the truth. So while you accompany me, although you were uncomprehending, you have in fact already come to know, and you will be called “the one who knows himself”. For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depth of the all.” – Book of Thomas the Contender
A teaching of every well known religious figure has a deeper side which is not appropriate for general mass, as they would not understand it and could attacked it:
“Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables’?” He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them. For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.” – Matthew 13:10,11,13
The deeper teaching of Christianity is known as Mystic Christianity, of Judaism as Kabalah, of Islam is Sufism, of Buddhism can be found in Tibetan Buddhism, etc.
During Medieval times in Europe, the Church had huge political and social power, which was the time when the secret teachings had to find another home. It is believed that they were brought back to Europe from East in 13th century by Knights Templars. The teachings were then practiced by people who founded societies and brotherhoods, such as Hermetic order, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Alchemists, etc.
They’ve treasured them and practiced them in secret. Only those deemed prepared enough were granted access to them. The goal of these spiritual techniques was always clear – it was to purge the soul of all lower emotions, impulses and drives (of the bestial nature of man), and to merge such clean soul with the Spirit within. This incredible teachings which can transform the nature of human being are not about simply believing in something, but rather about actively applying certain techniques within ones own psyche.
It gradually happened that some of these esoteric schools attracted more and more corrupt people with political power who were more into the seeming elite side of it. One of the first of such school that started to deteriorate was Freemasonry, somewhere in the 18th century. Even though many of its teachings were still kept (which can be seen in Mozart’s Magic Flute), it started to become more and more a political society rather than spiritual one. Much more of it is described in an article dealing with the history of esotericism and esoteric knowledge.
So what is important to know is that the origin of mystery schools such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucians, Hermetic order etc., is of light. The teachings of Sufis, Kabalah, Taoism, ancient Egyptians etc., is of light. I do not doubt that elitist secret societies today have formed an image of themselves associated with ancient mystery schools and are even using the same names and symbols, but what these elitist group practice is the opposite of the true universal esoteric teachings of light. The latter are and always will remain what they are – the path of attaining the highest spiritual potential and freedom.