Last night Scott Roberts and John Ward had Timothy Wyllie as a guest on their Intrepid internet radio show. I did not listen to this because I have better things to do late on a Sunday night, but I was interested enough to look up who this Timothy Wyllie is, primarily because of his stated subject matter: He claims to be an expert in the ongoing activities of the Enochian Watchers! And dolphins. But mostly Watchers.
Specifically, Wyllie claims on his website that he has expertise in “non-human intelligences,” which include dolphins, extraterrestrials, and the Fallen Angels, better known as the Watchers. Wyllie claims that he began to experience contact with non-human intelligences as a result of experimenting with drugs in the 1960s, followed by a near-death experience in the 1970s and telepathic communication with dolphins in the 1980s. According to his press materials, he spent fifteen years in a sleep-deprived state and came out the other side seeing secret messages from interdimensional beings. This culminated, he said, in thirty years of close contact with angels.
A skeptic might reasonably conclude that Wyllie experienced the same types of hallucinations that altered states of consciousness are known to produce under laboratory conditions, but for him these experiences were transformative. He says that during his near death experience he chose to return to the earth to spread the Truth. That truth, conveniently enough, happens to be found in the public domain Urantia Book, a twentieth century spiritual tome whose copyright expired in 1983. The Urantia Book, which Wyllie essentially appropriates, is a science fiction retelling of Christian mythology, with a number of changes. Its version makes Jesus an incarnation of an angelic being, for example, and posits a multiverse. As I understand it, it’s kind of a more Christian version of the cosmology in H. P. Lovecraft’s “Through the Gates of the Silver Key,” itself inspired by Theosophy.
Wyllie’s version of the Watchers myth doesn’t match up with the standard accounts familiar from ancient texts such as the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees. Instead, his version draws from modern Christianity, as channeled through the Urantia Book. Therefore, Wyllie conflates the descent of the Sons of God in Genesis 6:1-4, which was expanded into the myth of the Enochian Watchers, with the rebellion of Lucifer and a third of the Heavenly Host in Late Antique and medieval myth. (In Urantia this occurs across the multiverse.) This particular strain of Watchers lore, which tries to embed the occult Enochian lore within a standard Judeo-Christian framework, is best exemplified by 2 Enoch 18:3 (c. 100 CE or later), which makes this explicit:
And they said to me: These are the Grigori (Watchers), who with their prince Satanail (Satan) rejected the Lord of light, and after them are those who are held in great darkness on the second heaven, and three of them went down on to earth from the Lord’s throne, to the place Ermon, and broke through their vows on the shoulder of the hill Ermon and saw the daughters of men how good they are, and took to themselves wives, and befouled the earth with their deeds, who in all times of their age made lawlessness and mixing, and giants are born and marvellous big men and great enmity. (trans. W. R. Morfill)
Earlier sources do not make this connection because the character of Satan had not yet been developed into to baroque Fallen Angel of Light. Indeed, the modern editor of 2 Enoch suggests that the reference to Satan above was interpolated in the Christian period, since the parallel passage in 1 Enoch, the older text by several centuries, assigns the role to Semjaza.
Wyllie follows Urantia to the point that his own independent ideas are really just explications of concepts from the earlier text. At any rate, he claims that up to 100 million humans are really rebel angels from Lucifer’s host who are repenting for their insurrection in human form, often unaware of their condition. This contrasts with Judeo-Christian literature, which holds that the Fallen Angels are chained under the earth or among the stars waiting for the Judgment. In Judeo-Christian myth, only the spirits of their children, the Nephilim, are allowed onto the earth. In Wyllie’s telling, the Nephilim are actually bureaucrats who run angel operations for Planetary Prince Caligastia, a figure from Urantia (66:1f.) who is the true force of evil in the universe and the chief bureaucrat. He lived in Mesopotamia, hence his equation with the Anunnaki and thus the Nephilim, frequently conflated in fringe literature. This isn’t Wyllie’s original idea, though. It’s in the Urantia (77:2).
Wyllie also differs from Judeo-Christian lore in making some of the Watchers female. In fact, he currently is in a “working relationship” with Georgia, a Watcher who fell 200,000 years ago and was in “quarantine” until these rebels were allowed to return to earth in the last few decades. According to Wyllie, Georgia is his coauthor, and he frequently receives editorial advice and feedback from the angels. (He used to claim his earlier books were “channeled” from angel authors, but thought better of it and reduced their role to “advice.”) He cautions, though, that this is different from Muhammad taking dictation from Gabriel or Joseph Smith translating revelatory material. It is, he said, “a true collaboration” of an almost psychosexual nature: “I experience her inside me. […] She has me relax and listen to the BBC talk radio on earphones—to distract my monkey-mind, she says—and then wait for her words to rise to the surface of my consciousness.” After their erotic writing sessions, Wyllie says he has no memory of what transpired.
Naturally, Wyllie has discovered that he has lived through countless lifetimes as a companion of Georgia, and that together they have witnessed the history of the universe from the Fall of Lucifer to today. (In esoteric circles, no reincarnated soul is ever just a face in the crowd.)
The cynic might note that before a U.S. court declared the Urantia Book a public domain text, Wyllie seemed to write books “inspired” by it and referencing it but not wholesale derived from it, while after the 2001 ruling and the 2006 expiry of the international copyright, Wyllie’s books became wholesale Urantia data dumps. But of course since Wyllie says Georgia was the true creative force, we must assume that the Watchers have a very close appreciation American copyright law. It must be part of their atonement for sin.
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