So what is this so-called “Agency” anyway? That name can conjure up something clandestine, but nothing like that is implied here, except in the narrow sense that its existence is veiled from our usual conscious awareness. The book Invisible Agents of Creation is about dissolving that veil. That’s where the “what to do about it” part of the title comes in.
But for now let’s look at this Agency more closely. Any agency has to have agents, and this one does, too. I’ll call them Agents of the Few. So the next thing is to describe who and what these “Few” are.
Long ago both Plato and Dante divided the human race into broad categories, and I’ve done the same sort of thing for these modern times. Taking the long historical point of view, here are my four categories:
- The Powerful. Arising from the Many, this much smaller group—less than 5%—wields the power among humanity. Power here is defined as “causing as many other people as possible to follow your instructions.” Or demands. For most of history this has been military might; the more powerful people forced the less powerful to obey their commands. This type of power still exists in many parts of the world today, in several African and Middle Eastern countries, for example. Or Bosnia in recent times. But there is also religious power, which the Catholic Church wielded for nearly two millennia in Europe: absolute authority with threats of eternal damnation, and if that didn’t work (which often it didn’t) they were ready to wield as much military force as needed. Today we have seen the rise of economic power as the latest “technique” of the Powerful. The Many are led to a desire for some product or service (which is called marketing and advertising), but must then work in some economic fashion to obtain it. We hardly realize anymore that there are other ways to obtain the objects of other kinds of wants.
- The Few. This is a very small group. It consists both of humans who have regained their connection into deeper levels of reality, and other beings who inhabit those deeper levels and who have the best, most ardent wishes for the rest of us at heart. These deeper levels are sometimes called spiritual levels. Their call has always gone out to the Many and even the Powerful, but it usually goes unheeded. Usually, but not always.
- The Fools. This fourth and last group arises from among the Many and the Powerful, and it consists of individuals who have heard the subtle call of the Few, and have decided to answer it. Here, the word “Fool” is strictly a technical term for those willing to look foolish among their fellows and pursue a different understanding of what reality is and could be. They were sometimes called metaphysical Fools. It is to this group—and to those who might join this group—that Invisible Agents of Creation is addressed. It is addressed to those who wish to know what to do about it. I prefer to call individuals in this group Warrior-Fools, for they go to war against those parts of themselves that allow the present limitations of consciousness to persist. An inner war, this.
There will be much more to say about these groups, especially the latter two. Meanwhile, note that I have taken pains to use neutral terms for all these groups, especially the “Few,” who are known by a wide variety of other names, all of which have positive and negative connotations and “value” judgments that have been given to them by many people and groups (all of which, by the way, are from the ranks of the Powerful). Terms like Guardian Angel, Higher Self, God—whatever that word might mean. I wish to sidestep all such judgments and refer to these beings, both human and trans-human, as it were, collectively as the Few. Individually they can be referred to as agents. Agents of the Few.
The possibility the book presents is that anyone, with the right preparation and work on one’s self, can also become such an Agent. As the book carefully points out, however, this is a paying gig with certain, specific responsibilities. In other words, it’s a full time job. You do a service for the Few—for which you are given clear instructions during extensive OJT. This stands for On the Job Training. You learn as you go. (Would there be any other way?) In exchange, you get certain job perks. As the book mentions, one of these is that the universe begins to operate on your behalf.
Here’s the catch. And you knew there was going to be a catch. You don’t get to pick the job. The Few aren’t interested in your ego-desires. You agree to work for them, knowing that there are certain valuable things that only you can do, if and when you become willing. Understanding this is called the evolution of the Fool. Note that the Few don’t care how long your OJT takes. A week. A few months or years. An entire lifetime or longer. Because once you agree to begin the process—to start on the path, as this is called in other traditions—there is no turning back. You can delay, malinger, turn your back, etc. But these things are all side-effects of fear, and once you begin to watch the universe operating on your behalf for a while your fears can dissipate PDQ.
Which is a good thing. There is an ancient body of texts called the Corpus Hermeticum which has this to say to all of you who are reading this right now, to all of you who might consider applying for the job of Agent of the Few:
Having raised themselves so far, they have seen the good and, having seen it, they have come to regard the wasting of time here below as a calamity. – Corpus Hermeticum IV:5