If there’s one thing TikTok is good for, it’s the creation of conspiracy theories so beyond the realms of plausibility that they only exist among users of the app.
The latest bewildering trend shows TikTokers uncovering a barmy report by the CIA. It claims that people are able to “travel through time and space” using their minds.
Analysis and Assessment of The Gateway Process was written in 1983 by US Army Lieutenant Colonel Wayne M McDonnell.
The 1983 CIA paper was declassified in 2003, allowing the public to access the unbelievable report.
McDonnell described the Gateway Experience as “a training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness, moving it outside the physical sphere so as to ultimately escape even the restrictions of time and space”.
The “experience” enlists sound recordings to control brain waves to alter the mind. McDonnell writes if the brain’s frequency reaches a certain level, it can gain access to other dimensions.
McDonnell’s report concluded physical science could permit “the Gateway Experience” with further research.
Since the 28-page paper was declassified in 2003, it has been largely ignored. Probably because it contains sentences like this: “The human mind is also a hologram which attunes itself to the universal hologram.”
But one dedicated Tiktok user has made no less than sixteen videos explaining the report.
Abigail Carey, claims to be a witch and has taken a particular interest in the CIA’s paper. She has said it is proof the CIA have confirmed “transcendental meditation, hypnosis, and manifestation/biofeedback”… whatever that means.
She continued: “It refers to all of these outlets as reasonable starting points to reasonably access the gateway,”
Carey says it explains “Where we go when we die, what ‘consciousness’ is, our universe is a hologram, time travel, and how to send telepathic messages.”
In a baffling turn of events, people actually believe this nonsense. The document has a missing page 24, and users have developed all sorts of conspiracy theories as to why it’s not there.
Some have even started a Change.org petition lobbying the CIA to release page 25.
The CIA says that it never had the page to begin with. But conspiracy hungry social media users have a theory that McDonnell left it out deliberately as a challenge for someone to master the Gateway Experience.
Luckily, some sceptical TikTok users hit back at Carey’s post.
One use wrote: “This was done in the 80s, the science back then was not that good. None of it works, it’s just a bunch of people who believe in it for something.”
Another said of the report: “It is very long. So long in fact that you must have not gotten to the conclusion where it says that none of it works.”
If The Gateway Experience can take us back to a time where people used their common sense instead of TikTok “teachers”, we’re all for it.
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