“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” ~ Buddha
Besides the pyramid, there is probably no better-known symbol amongst conspiracy theorists and their opponents than the all-seeing eye. Among its names include the Eye of Ra, the Eye of Horus, the Wadjet, the Eye of God, the Eye of Providence, the Eye of the World, and many others. It is seen prevalently in Egyptian and Buddhist art and, perhaps most notably, on the back of the one dollar bill.
But why is it there and what is the purpose of this symbol? To understand that, we must understand a bit about the history of the symbol.
“The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ancient Egyptians worshiped the sun as a god. To them, the sun was the giver of life, the creator, the one who revealed the truth, and the protector and savior of humanity. In their art and literature, the sun was portrayed as the falcon, Horus, among others. The right and left eyes of Horus were said to be reminiscent of the sun and moon. In many other cultures as well, the sun and moon play a central role in mythology. For instance, the Mesoamerican tale of the Hero Twins in the Popol Vuh is an allegory of these astral bodies, as are many Greco-Roman myths. This is hardly surprising, given how important the sun and moon are to the systems of the natural world.
As we know, the circumpunct is a symbol of the sun. The all-seeing eye is also a symbol of the sun. Its different iterations derive from either the eye of the falcon (Horus), the circumpunct, and / or the vesica piscis. Being a symbol of the sun, it represents many of the same things: power, divinity, wisdom, life, creation, enlightenment, goodness, etc.
The all-seeing eye is also symbolic of the Ajna Chakra (also called the third-eye chakra). This is a point in the energy level of the body that sits roughly in the middle of your forehead and corresponds to the pineal gland of the endocrine system. The Ajna is said to be the source of intuition and is what makes us aware of our connection to all things in the universe, as though we were a single root in a very big tree.
The all-seeing eye is a symbol of God, the almighty creator, and his ability to see and know all. Unfortunately, like a great many symbols, the all-seeing eye has been hijacked for its ability to affect the psyche.
“Every messenger of Allah did warn his nation about the trials of the Dajjal … He will claim to be God and try to create doubts in your minds. Have a firm belief, the one-eyed creature cannot be your Lord … He will claim to come with the gifts of paradise and arsenal of hell.” ~ Mohammad
Many people are familiar with the idea of the Antichrist. Despite the fact that it’s never mentioned in Revelation, they often associate it with those events and believe that he rise of the Antichrist will precede the end of the world.
In Islam, there is a similar concept, known as the Dajjal, or great deceiver. According to Mohammad, the Dajjal can easily be recognized by its one eye. More specifically, its right eye (the moon, feminine, yin, compassion, submission) will be blinded and its left eye (the sun, masculine, yang, power, dominance) will be bulging. This suggests a great deal of suffering and control that is not balanced or offset by anything. In Revelation, we know that the Antichrist will bring war and famine and disease. In Islam, the Dajjal will emerge in a time of falsehood, usury, corruption, and oppression to bring about more of the same. The documentary Shadows in Motion explains a great deal about the history of the Dajjal, along with its true form.
It is important to note that, in both religions, the offending party is not just a single man or woman, but is in fact anyone who goes against truth, justice, love, and goodness. To do harm to humanity is to serve the Dajjal, while to help your fellow man is to be on the side of goodness and light. In our modern world, the all-seeing eye has become a symbol of the forces that would seek to corrupt and destroy us for the pleasure and power of a few.
But the Antichrist / Dajjal isn’t just one, or even a few, specific people. It’s not the President, the government, America, or money. It is a cancer of society and the mind, and the idea that causes such persons and organizations to become corrupt and evil. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the all-seeing eye has become the banner of that idea.
The eye is most famously associated with the Illuminati – a name that has come to embody the collective forces of evil. In Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, the shape of the oval is really meant to be the all-seeing eye. It also appears in movies such as National Treasure and Tomb Raider. Some other examples of its use are on the dollar bill, in Freemasonry, and logos of media groups like CBS, Lucas Arts, AOL, Time Warner Cable, and Nickelodeon. It’s also used in Toyota, Lada, Big Brother, Information Awareness, the MI5 logo, Illuminati Online, Sagem, Endemol, and many others. Frequently, it is used in companies responsible for the dissemination or safe-guarding of information, since the all-seeing eye is also the eye of truth that sees everything. Those that don’t want you to know the truth can be identified, in part, by their one eye.
In both Islam and Christianity, it is believed that the Dajjal or Antichrist will be defeated with the return of Christ. Just as the enemy is not one man, so too is the Christ not one man, but an idea. The word “Christ” comes from Greek and means “the anointed one.” It is not a name, but a title. Anyone who is “baptized in fire” that is, open to and aware of the Spirit, i.e. their connection with God as a part of him, is anointed and thus is Christ. So, in all practical terms, to defeat the forces of evil, you must become aware of who you are and stop subjugating yourself to the institutions that use these symbols and ideas against you. You have your own all-seeing eye in the back of your head. Start using it.