Whitley's Journal

The Old Edition of the Key was CENSORED, the New One is Not

A few days ago, an astute reader informed me that there were differences between the new edition of the Key and the one I published in 2002.

The 2002 edition, it turns out, was secretly censored by unknown parties. Crucial changes were made, that had the effect of obscuring and diminshing the message of the book. If you have the old edition, you can use this journal entry to annotate it. To make this easier, I have provided page numbers from the old edition beside each comment that needs to be changed.

I provided Tarcher/Penguin with the same copy of the dialog between myself and the Master of the Key, dated November 16, 2000, that I used in the creation of the first edition.

My edition was changed by an unknown party. The current Tarcher edition reproduces the actual dialogue exactly, changing only a few typographical errors and misspellings. Thus the Tarcher edition contains the actual, correct dialog, while the one I published in 2002 does not.

The file that I sent to the printer of the orginal edition and to Tarcher is dated November 16, 2000. It was generated by converting the a Word file into PageMaker using the conventional process, which certainly wouldn't have led to the changes that appeared in the book.

At some point prior to being printed, the file was edited by somebody other than me, and the edits resulted in crucially important changes. When I got the proofs back from the printer, they corresponded with the original, but when the book was actually printed, changes had been made.

These changes are extremely subtle and brilliant. They were made by a skilled censor with a very definite agenda, which was to diminish the ways in which the dialogue offers empowerment to the reader.

Since the proofs were accurate, I did not think to check the finished books, and thus have been unwittingly selling the edited version for ten years.

I have to say that I am appalled and horrified by this, and extremely glad that the actual conversation, as I remember it, has finally been published.

I just thank God that the Tarcher edition contains the actual dialogue, as it was meant to be read. In a sense, therefore, the SECOND edition of the Key is really the first!

Here are some of the notable differences between the Tarcher edition, which follows the original transcript, and my edition, which does not:

New Edition:

Ah. I’m lost.
All being includes all elements of the earth, and thus all are part of all bodies. We are the consciousness of the planetary level that it has spent all of its life evolving, each and all of us. My being is the awakening earth. As is yours. The destiny of earth and the destiny of man are one. If we kill earth, we kill ourselves. If we die before our time, then we will not be able to enter ecstasy as a whole being. You are not a whole being, child. And ‘Whitley’ is only a tiny part of you. All mankind in all time is a whole being.

Old Edition P 30:

Ah. I'm lost
All physical being includes the same elements, and thus all are part of the earth and of each other. Living bodies are the consciousness of the planet. Man is earth's mind. If man kills earth, then earth has committed suicide, because its mind has reached the next level, which is ecstatic union with the rest of the universe.

Comment: The statement in the new edition is closer to what I remember being said, and it is profoundly empowering because it contains the powerful sentence, "All mankind in all time is a whole being."

New Edition:

If we kill earth before we have all reached ecstasy, what happens?
We wait until and if the earth spins elemental bodies once again that fit all the attachments of our energetic bodies. If it does not, then we wait forever. We remain incomplete.

Old Edition:

This crucial idea is not present in the text of the 2001 edition. It is a gentle warning, but a very important one. It shows us why we need to preserve our planet, how deeply this matters to us.

New Edition:

What’s it like, going to another planet?
Other worlds exist on many different levels, and contain beings of many different levels and appearances. The details from world to world can be very different. But the basic laws of reality remain the same.

Old Edition P 34:

What’s it like, going to another planet?
The details from world to world can be very different. But the basic laws of reality remain the same.

Comment: The text in the current edition adds the concept that worlds "exist on many different levels and contain beings of many different levels." This would appear to include the possibility of parallel universes.

New Edition:

There are aliens here?
Using you and guiding you.

Old Edition P 35:

There are aliens here?
Some using you and some guiding you.

Comment: The original transcript and current edition imply a consistency of policy among all aliens who are here, who are both using us and guiding us. The first edition suggests that different groups may have different motives—a skillful lie, I believe, intended to convert an empowering statement into one that will lead only to confusion. It strikes me as a small but extremely sinister edit.

New Edition:

We're being exploited?
You are, but also helped. You are being guided to your place as guides of another world.

Old Edition P 35:

We're being exploited?
You are, and in some respects horribly, by creatures of the dark. But you are also being helped. You are being guided to your place as guides of another world.

Comment: This difference is consistent with the one noted above, where the original transcript suggests a single alien presence both exploiting us and guiding us, while the first edition suggests different types of aliens with differing agendas. The first edition added the idea that 'creatures of the dark' were present. There is nothing else in the book that suggests 'creatures of the dark' and the phrase, with its lurid, horror-story overtones, doesn't sound like the Master of the Key. I think that this was added so that people would seize on it and waste their energy indulging superstitions of demons and such, when the truth is that we need to see ourselves as we are, a mysteriously self-aware presence in an unconscious world, facing not illusory "creatures of the dark," but rather facing ourselves.

New Edition:

Another world is in control of this one?
Yes.

Old Edition P 36:

Another world is in control of this one?
Other worlds participate, both elemental and energetic.

Comment: At least the censor was consistent. The simple "yes" has been replaced by a statement that can, once again, send us into a labyrinth of confusion.

New Edition:

How do they control this world?
By planning, and they use mind control.

Old Edition P 36-37:

How do they control this world?
Very generally.

Comment: All I can say is that I am very glad that the current edition was published, otherwise this frank truth would have remained hidden. In my opinion, this is the most disturbing change in the whole book. "Very generally" tells us nothing. "By planning, and they use mind control," tells us everything.

New Edition:

Am I under mind control?
The opposite. The technological intervention that has occurred in your case has been done to make it certain that general fields of control will not affect you.

Old Edition:

Question and answer not present.

Comment: I vividly remember asking this question, and thinking at the time that the 'technological intervention' that he was referring to was the implant in my left ear. I suspect that I am among a very small band of people who are not subject to this general level of control, and that my readers and I constitute the great majority of people who are free of this general influence. It is why we see the world as it truly is, and why the vast majority of people around us seem strangely blind to what to us appears to be obvious reality. They are blind. They have been blinded. For whatever reason, we can see.

New Edition:

General fields of control?
Directional suggestion is applied to all who are enhanced electrically. This is the means of control of military and government.

Old Edition P 37:

General fields of control?
Directional suggestion.

Comment: Again, the statement in the edited first edition is essentially meaningless and certainly useless. But the statement in the unedited version is filled with meaning and even suggests a potential means of escape for a species that I believe is being held in a state of mass hypnosis.

New Edition:

Telepathy?
Radio frequencies. Extremely sensitive circuits can pick up and decode thought. Microwaves can be used to project thought into the brain. But the fields of which I speak are much more general. They create tendencies. The desire is to preserve the maximum amount of freedom in the maximum number of individuals.

Old Edition P 37:

Telepathy?
Extremely sensitive circuits can pick up and decode thought. Microwaves can be used to project thought into the brain. But the fields of which I speak are much more general. They create tendencies. The desire is to preserve the maximum amount of freedom in the maximum number of individuals.


Comment: The censor here removed the sentence "Radio frequencies." By doing this, he cuts off any possibility of actually understanding the technology that must be involved here.

New Edition:

What do they do here?
They enforce mankind’s blindness by preventing science from exploring the key mysteries of the past and discovering a practical means of expanding into the universe, and they maintain the official secrecy that keeps the question of whether or not aliens are here from being answered.

Old Edition P 39:

What do they do here?
They enforce mankind's blindness by preventing science from exploring the key mysteries of the past and discovering a practical means of expanding into the universe.

Comment: The secret censor removed yet another reference to governmental involvement from the old edition. But the new edition includes the full statement that was actually made, which makes it clear that there is some sort of penetration of government, and use of official secrecy to conceal themselves.

New Edition:

Was Christ God?
The promise of resurrection is the essential promise of being. Rebirth is not a literal reconstitution of the elemental body. It is, rather, awakening from the sleep of being. Resurrection can take place in you right now. You are Lazarus in the tomb, all of you. And Christ is always knocking upon the door, calling you to come out. Soon, the tomb will be torn down around you, and you must come out.

Old Edition P 39:

Was Christ a product of this science?
The promise of resurrection is the essential promise of being. Rebirth is not a literal reconstitution of the elemental body. It is, rather, awakening from the sleep of being. Resurrection can take place in you right now. You are Lazarus in the tomb, all of you. And Christ is always knocking upon the door, calling you to come out. Soon, the tomb will be torn down around you, and you must come out.

Comment: The answers are the same, but there is a critical difference in the question, one that reflects on me. In the old edition, I am made to ask an arrogant, cold question. In the new edition, the question that appears is the one I actually asked: Was Christ God?

New Edition:

What practice would make us physically able to communicate?
Over the course of our discussion, everything you need to learn how to objectively communicate with these beings will be given, just as all information necessary for your science to begin to detect living energy, which is trying now to communicate with you.

Old Edition P 41:

What practice would make us physically able to communicate?
When you know by the use of scientific instruments that you are in the presence of such a being, go into a meditative state. Concentrate your attention on your physical body. You will soon find yourself in communication.

Comment: The reply in the old edition is intended to disempower. What 'scientific instruments' are we supposed to use? No indication of that. Then the promise, 'you will soon find yourself in communication.' This is a very subtle and sinister comment, intended to reinforce failure. By contrast, what he actually said is that the conversation itself contains the information we need to learn how to communicate, and all information necessary for our science to make a start at detecting living energy, and ends with the precious and empowering reassurance that it is trying to communicate with us now.

Old Edition P 41:

Do energetic beings appear in the physical world?
An example would be the much maligned crop circles. These are two dimensional portraits of these beings, self-created. They are trying to introduce themselves to this age.

New Edition:

How?
An example would be the much maligned crop circles. These are two dimensional portraits of these beings, self-created. They are trying to introduce themselves to this age.

Comment: Here, it looks as if my mysterious editor simply preferred a more precise question that the one I actually asked, but a crucial piece of information is omitted: that they are trying to introduce themselves "to this age." We have a lost and muddled history. Apparently somebody does not want us to realize that there has been an earlier attempt to communicate with us.

Old Edition P 41:

Why doesn't anybody believe in them?
They are a manifestation of the rising of the dead and thus the end of time during which souls can change. For those souls who are yet incomplete, this is terrifying, because they fear two things: first, that this means that it's too late for them; second, that they will, if the conjoin the world of the dead, also see as the dead see, and thus become unable to change even if the earth remains able to support elemental bodies. So they pretend that it's all false. There are many other reasons to conceal such things, but these are the strongest.

New Edition:

Why doesn’t anybody believe in them?
To face the return of the dead is to face the change of the age. For those souls who are yet incomplete, this is terrifying, because they fear two things: first, that this portends that the time during which they can grow and develop is ending; second, that they will, if they conjoin the world of the dead, also see as the dead see, and thus become unable to change even if the earth remains able to support elemental bodies. So they pretend that it’s all false. There are many other reasons to conceal such things, but these are the strongest.

Comment: Here the censor wanted to muddy the waters. He removed the stunning, utterly clear sentence that is among the most powerful and clear ever uttered by anybody: "To face the return of the dead is to face the change of the age." This statement was burned into my soul. It is, in fact, the central reality of our age and the central meaning of the whole close encounter experience. It is also theme of the book I am publishing in January, 'What Is to Come.' To understand it is to understand human reality as it is unfolding right now. I can only thank God that it is at last available to my readers.

New Edition:
What has this all got to do with resurrection?
The resurrected man is a consistent theme of the mythology that developed out of observations of a certain type of being, beginning with Osiris and ending with Christ. Fully conscious beings adept in this science can enable the radiant body to appear as an elemental body, so perfectly imprinted are its sensations on their energetic being.

Old Edition:
Statement censored.

Comment: This incredible statement tells us that resurrection is not a mystery, but a practice that is potentially available to anybody, and also tells us that Jesus is not the only being who has done this. I can well understand why somebody seeking to diminish the empowering potential of the Key would remove it.

New Edition:

You are saying that the demon is not evil, that he is—what--the bringer of knowledge?
We learn from our mistakes. But those who give themselves to evil suffer. Make no mistake. They can become so heavy that they sink into the earth. Just as the energetic body can enjoy extraordinary pleasure, it can suffer excruciating pain. You have in your body a few million nerves. But in your energetic body, every tiny bit of being can experience the totality of ecstasy or agony.

Old Edition P 49:

You are saying that the demon is not evil, that he is—what--the bringer of knowledge?
We learn from our mistakes. But those who give themselves to evil suffer. They can become so heavy that they sink into the earth. Just as the energetic body can enjoy extraordinary pleasure, it can suffer excruciating pain. You have in your body a few million nerves. But in your energetic body, every tiny bit of being can experience the totality of ecstasy or agony.

Comment: Dropping the sentence "Make no mistake" removes emphasis from the statement and makes it easy to pass over.

New Edition:

What did the word sound like?
I don't know, I wasn't there.

Old Edition P 52:

What did the word sound like?
A whine.

Comment: This is just an outrageous change. Sickening, and doubly sickening to me that I never noticed it. "A whine," indeed. It's calculated to make the Master of the Key look silly and arrogant, when his actual statement makes him appear clear, careful and humble.

In the old edition, I then ask him 'That's a joke?' He says, 'It's a joke.' In the new edition, this exchange obviously isn't present.

New Edition:

And nobody ever leaves the recurrence? Every soul eventually comes back for a new life?
All recur, all do not.

Old Edition P 54:

And nobody ever leaves the recurrence? Every soul eventually comes back for a new life?
If needed.

Comment: It's almost as if the ambiguity of the Master's actual statement bothered the censor, who wanted a simpler answer. In truth, the Master's comment is extraordinarily multidimensional. It means two things at once: first, that we all share in everything that happens to any of us; second, that even though we must live many lives, we also will eventually be free, all of us. A glorious promise in an incredibly dense few words, reduced by the censor to the mundane.

New Edition:

What’s going to happen to us?
You have come to the end of the resources that were given you in the time that was given you. We measured the rate at which you would expand and grow very precisely, and fitted your development to a calendar which we devised called the Zodiac. In your writings, Whitley, you have wondered why mankind would have such a long-count calendar. Why were simple farmers in need of it? They were not. We needed it. The constellations of the Zodiac are arbitrary inventions to enable us to mark the progress of the equinox and keep track of exactly where you are in your journey. At this moment, the little fish of Pisces is about to be spilled out onto the dry land by Aquarius. All you know how to do, little fish, is swim. How will you swim upon the dry land?

Old Edition P 56:

What’s going to happen to us?
You have come to the end of the resources that were given you in the time that was given you. We measured the rate at which you would expand and grow very precisely, and fitted your development to a calendar which we devised called the Zodiac. In your writings, Whitley, you have wondered why mankind would have such a long-count calendar. Why were simple farmers in need of it? They were not. We needed it. The constellations of the Zodiac are arbitrary inventions to enable us to mark the progress of the equinox and keep track of exactly where you are in your journey. At this moment, the little fish of Pisces is about to be spilled out onto the dry land by Aquarius. All you know how to do, little fish, is swim. How will you swim upon the dry land? Let me give you a hint: that water of Aquarius is the energetic body.

Comment: The mysterious sentence that is added to the statement, "Let me give you a hint: that water of Aquarius is the energetic body" is wrong. It is a misdirection. The truth is that the water of Aquarius is the world around us. I assume that this misdirection was intended by the censor to render the statement useless to the reader, which is consistent with what I perceive to be a desire by somebody who is in control of our world to continue to deceive us in every way possible so that we will blunder into the great changes that are coming in a state of total ignorance, and end by losing every shred of civilization and humanity in a worldwide holocaust of destruction and terror.

New Edition:

The Meister Eckhart? How did you know I was interested in that?
I read over shoulders, child. A bad habit of mine. God laughed, and his laughter begat the son, and their laughter begat the spirit, and out of the laughter of the three poured the creation. Laughter is the key to everything. It is far more powerful than prayer, than meditation. It is the stuff of which the world is created. Find laughter, find freedom.

Old Edition P 67:

The Meister Eckhart? How did you know I was interested in that?
I read over shoulders, child. A bad habit of mine. God laughed, and his laughter begat the son, and their laughter begat the spirit, and out of the laughter of the three poured the creation. Laughter is the key to everything. It is far more powerful than prayer, than meditation. It is the stuff of which the world is created. Find laughter, find God.

Comment: Once again, the censor is consistent in spreading disempowerment, and doing it with great cunning. "Find laughter, find freedom" is an incredibly valuable and useful statement. "Find laughter, find God" tells us very little of practical value.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to the reader who noticed these changes. He naturally thought that I had rewritten the dialog, which I would never do. When I realized what had actually happened, I also understood a great deal more about my life and the lives of those of us who are open to material like this.

Overall, this does NOT mean that the original edition of the Key is without value. On the contrary, it is filled with wisdom and valuable informaiton--just less of it than there should have been. I am so grateful, though, that the new edition exists!

I know now why so many people tune me out. They're captives. Sleepers. Rendered passive in the face of a world that is disintegrating before their eyes. Well, they might be fodder, but I'm not and neither are you, or you wouldn't be here reading this right now.

We are outside of the context of control that rules this world. Now, I don't think that it is necessarily evil. What it is doing is making sure that the full shock of what is coming impacts the human species as intensely as possible.

So, why are we outside of the enormous barnyard that contains the vast majority of the human species? The answer is obvious to me: there is a different fate in store for us, and for all who wake up and join us. We are here because we are able to face the unknown, not with answers that, in the end, are just guesswork, but with the truest and most human of all responses: the question explored with care and intelligence, but left open.



FWIW, many of those examples did, in their original form, disturb or confuse me. I was especially put off by the "whine" response. A subtle, brilliant evil was definitely at work. Seriously Whitley, are you sure this hasn't happened to any of your other works?

Thanks for making this known, Whitley. The censorship underlines the value of what you share. The more obstacles are put up, the more I want to know what the truth is.

I am not sure that this hasn't happened to my other books. However, it is less likely because they have all gone into paperback, meaning that the publishers have given me paperback proof pages, which I read religiously, and they have been exactly like the hardcover editions. With conventional publication, things like this are harder to do because there are so many points at which manuscripts are checked by so many different people. That's why the Tarcher edition came through intact, while my edition was changed. There was only one person to check my edition: me. Not enough, it seems. Boy, am I furious about this. Just furious. My question is not so much 'have they done this to my other books' but 'what else have they done to my life and my career?' I want answers!

This is very interesting. My internet went down last night from about 8 PM to midnight (when I was fast asleep). I wake up this morning and it is fixed and Voila! I have this incredible journal entry to read. What follows is equally astounding (but not unusual because of the interaction I have with my Visitor Guide). I have a copy of both the old and new Key. I have to admit that I never read the old Key. Every time I picked it up to read I was told by my Visitor Guide, "No, don't read it. It is not correct." I thought that was odd and I never knew why she would say this since everyone was talking about how great it was. However, since I trust her completely, I did not read it. Now I know why she said that. She also told me to buy the new edition of The Key and read it even though many people have said since they have the old one they were not buying the new one. Some of the people on UC know I have the old one and never read it, so there is some validation to what I just said.

Whitley, I would want answers too...and now.

Whilst this is very disturbing, it is also very telling, even positive. Why? Perhaps we should look at this, not as an injustice, but as a victory of sorts - it exposes the depth and detail of the censorship that is attempted in all aspects of human life, and it also highlights the incontrovertible nature of the event, the questions and the responses.

Whitley,

I have read the old "The Key" more than once. While I may purchase the uncensored version, trust that I got a lot from the first one, and after reading the edited portions above, I feel that I truly did not miss a thing. Some of us do have the ability to sift through things, and also think and feel the truth.

I am going to say this, realizing that many will think it sheer nonsense, but I believe we have had several shifts in timelines/reality since you wrote the first book. Maybe some of us have somehow found "The Key" to consciousness across timelines. Maybe the original book was not censored---maybe it was the way you wrote it and somehow you (and WE) are remembering a new timeline, complete with a book that is to be interpreted by a whole new audience who either did not read, or understand that first edition.

Call me crazy, but I see this as a chance to reach more people and in a slightly different way---a way that the people in this new timeline NEED. "The Key" mentions compassion as giving people what they need. I got what I needed from the old, censored version of your book. You have been given a 're-boot'. :-)

I am curious to the 'who'. The censor seems like an expert, not some intern romping through a small press's slush pile. So after WS proofed it, it was to go to press and then the manipulation ocurred. Whom would benfit from this effort?

The book was self published. How could you not notice or at the very least...fail to be aware of the differences? It took ten years for you to be made aware of edits to your own life changing conversation? And from a reader? I do not doubt that the experience occurred...as much of the content matches my own reality...but what seems much more likely is that either from a desire by you or your publisher....the need to separate this book from the other...giving previous readers an incentive to buy the new one...controversy etc., is a much more obvious scenario. We all have to eat...but seriously...stick to the story. The real one. What's next? Never before read, deleted text from the original conversation? You are a smart man, don't fall into the trap of greed.

It's a fair question. All I can say is that this is no publicity stunt and I am ashamed for not noticing before. That said, how dare you accuse me of greed. If you knew what my finances were like, you'd show a bit of empathy. Perhaps.

Throwing in my two cents. I take Whitley at his word. Additionally he has provided the text of the changed and new dialogue right here, free of charge. If this were a commercial ploy, he would not do so. Anyway, as always I am grateful for the work. I think The Key is great--though not necessarily uplifting considering what has been and is transpiring since its release in 2000. The momentum is for the most dire outcome. That said, I still believe we can avert catastrophe somehow.

A lot of the promos for interview shows and so forth on this site use words like "astonishing", "unforgettable", "important", etc., and quite frankly I find many of the shows fairly forgettable. That could very well be as much an indictment of my own filtration of information as it is the possible overhyping of the contents, so please don't take it the wrong way. But it leads me to my point: this documented censorship is probably the most astonishing, unforgettable, and important thing I might have ever read on this website. For example, it puts the whole time slip stuff into the trivial pursuits category by comparison.

If it's real, and I believe you it is, then you've at least made up my mind that I must now get the revised copy of The Key, probably on my Kindle. As to the new material stating, "Directional suggestion is applied to all who are enhanced electrically. This is the means of control of military and government," I had an immediate flashback to a very powerful and vivid dream I had a few years ago.

In it, large ships were landing in a big city at night in large numbers, but surprisingly they were all rectangular and looked very much like floating buildings landing on top of other tall buildings. In other words, it appeared to be advanced technology with a very human signature to it. Everyone went inside to take shelter from this seeming invasion. At some point, some kind of electronic signal spread through the building I was in, which sounded like a droning, moderate volume, complex dis-harmonic tone set, and could also be seen as what looked like green tubes of laser light in mid-air, which red nodes at various points, giving the complete impression that every corner of the building was a vast grid of control, with no corner or hiding place undetected. I went with some people into an apartment to watch a TV to get some kind of indication of what was going on and what to do, but watching the news channel it seemed like that transmission was as controlled as everything else now seemed to be, and there seemed to be no escape from this profoundly changed world. It's hard to convey how powerful the imagery and realistic the sensations were in the dream, but on waking it made me feel like the message was that some governmental or even extraterrestrial power was exerting or going to exert some very oppressive control over all people. Based on this MOTK material, I guess it already is!

Only problem is, I don't know if I've been disaffected by some intervention (because like Whitley I feel like the world is going unbelievably mad), or I'm also being very much affected by it!

I recall reading this word and being stunned and confused at what Whitley or the Master of the Key could possibly mean: it almost seemed like something a person/wiseaker would say as an arrogant joke. It reminds me of the sickly arrogant talk of the more idiotic "politically correct" geniuses we currently must tolerate. I thought I was imagining things.

This is the first time I felt the need to comment on one of Whitley's journal entries. I too, as one of the posters above had put off purchasing The Key over the years without fully knowing why. I did feel that it was going to be a fascinating and inspiring read. I haven't done this with any of Whitley's other non-fiction titles (I do look forward to discovering the golden nuggets in his fiction works). I purchased The Path without hesitation, even going so far as ordering the Tarot deck depicted in the book from France. But a 'feeling' kept me from getting The Key just yet. As soon as I heard of the second edition I pre-ordered it right away and today that action makes more sense to me.

This attempt at censoring the material has put a spotlight on the censored content. The outcome of this matter reminds me of the story of the farmer and his runaway horse.
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There once was a farmer who owned a horse. And one day the horse ran away. All the people in the town came to console him because of the loss. "Oh, I don't know," said the farmer, "maybe it's a bad thing and maybe it's not."

A few days later, the horse returned to the farm accompanied by 20 other horses. (Apparently he had found some wild horses and made friends!) All the townspeople came to congratulate him ... "Now you have a stable full of horses" ... "Oh, I don't know," said the farmer, "maybe it's a good thing and maybe it's not."

A few days later, the farmer's son was out riding one of the new horses. The horse got wild and threw him off, breaking the son's leg. Naturally all the people in town came to console the farmer because of the accident. "Oh, I don't know," said the farmer, "maybe it's a bad thing and maybe it's not."

A few days later, the government declared war and instituted a draft of all able bodied young men. They came to the town and carted off hundreds of young men, except for the farmer's son who had a broken leg. "Now I know," said the farmer, "that it was a good thing my horse ran away."
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The fact that this censorship was missed by Whitley makes sense to me. Why would he feel the need to proof read it again once the book was released? It would also be easy to miss considering how subtle the changes were.

I can't image someone not finding The Key uplifting. The quote "Find laughter, find freedom." is the most uplifting sentence I've read in a while. I think most of us can remember the positive energy we felt when having a good hard laugh with family and friends. THAT can be put to good use somehow.

Reply to BobInNJ: I heard an interview of a former SpecOps operative who detailed UFO's over Israel (Daniel Ott Radio/LtCol SC) matching the description of your tall buildings. I think the only useful thing in the future is gently waking others up so they get the alert. I did not imagine it would be this bad. Also, as with all "bad guy" scenarios, there must be a weakness which could be potentially exploited. After all, it is only technology. The best thing to do is be ready to jump ship because this titanic is going down, like it or not.

The censorship issue is very disturbing. It alerts us to the fact that certain things are within our realm of responsibility to preserve/protect. I would've never foreseen anything so astoundingly sneeky & sinister. I heard the "negs" - Robert Bruce's term, can be very trivial, and this proves it.Whitley, you struck a nerve with someone - I'd fear for my life if I were you, but you must be protected.

I want to make one thing clear here. You don't need to get the new edition. You can use the journal entry to annotate your old edition. The only things I left out were minor typos that Tarcher/Penguin corrected.

Could you add the Page #'s Whitley? I have the old version and would like to correct it...

"Directional suggestion is applied to all who are enhanced electrically. This is the means of control of military and government,"

No better explanation for TV (boob tube) Those without electriticy by default are without TV.

I do think that the fact this censorship happened is a very clear indication of the profundity of this material. And the urgency of the messages contained therein.

In your first example above: "Man is earth's mind" from the 1st edition is a horrendous claim - and not at all what we can now see the MOTK intended. It separates us (yet again) from the elements that we are, were created by, and are eternally connected to (earth, air, fire, water). (and btw....see David Suzuki's "The Sacred Balance - Rediscovering Our Place In Nature" for a wonderful exploration of these concepts).
I look forward to delving into the new/original/REAL edition.
Whitley - I guess the cliche 'everything happens for a reason' just doesn't cut it in this case! Yes, it proves more than ever that your work is a threat to a certain faction. What that faction is.....we may never know.
Meanwhile, I continue to follow your amazing work. You are responsible for much of my own spriritual evolution in that wherever you're pointing, there's always a fascinating new world of experience :)

I hate to rain on the censorship conspiracy parade, but doesn’t it seem odd that this is being discovered now. A new edition of a previously published work comes out and suddenly irregularities are found in the first edition. A work that has been quoted on a regular basis by the author for over ten years and just now he discovers that there is something wrong with it. I know, you were quoting from the original transcript, right? It just seems awfully convenient. Now people that bought the first book will have to buy the new one to see if they can find any other inconsistencies. It’s a good marketing ploy.

Mr. Streiber I have read your stuff since you published Warday and I’ve been a subscriber to your web site since just after you took over Dreamland from Art Bell. I’m quite cynical, but I’m also open minded enough to support your work because I think it’s important., but something here just isn’t right. You always seem to take the high road, but there’s the scent of a week old mackerel hanging in the air. I hate to think that you purposely had anything to do with it. Did you?

I know you posted a message stating that no one has to buy the new edition. They can just annotate the old edition. Who’s going to take the time to do that? Just buy the new one! Brilliant! Sorry! My snarkiness is coming out too!

Boy! I am going to get toasted for this one!

It is my habit to sit quietly and observe without comment, but the Quickening is upon us. So, I offer these two humble observations: (1) Tarcher/Penguin must be free of "Their" influence, or else "Those" who "use and guide" have opted for clarification. And, on a more personal note, (2) its time for me to make contact with others of like mind - Nashville here I come.

I am a longtime subscriber, and I have never added comment to any journal entry or bulletin board post. But this one really caught my eye. I greatly appreciate Whitley's frustration. As a professional writer, I cannot begin to explain how crucially important the long and tedious editorial process is. Several pairs of eyes are always needed to get to that hard-to-reach goal of Accuracy. Having recently self-published a novel, almost exclusively edited by myself (I thought I took great care, spent over a month on it), I cringed at the final result -- chock-full of mistakes. (It's now resting where it belongs, my computer's equivalent of a sock drawer.) And I have been a paid and trusted writer for many years! Though skeptical by nature -- and trade -- I am inclined to believe and support Whitley on this one. Thanks for your humility, Whitley.

Whitley says to just update the original edition with the notes on this page. Don't. Get the new edition. All I read of the revised Key were the foreword, afterward and the Fragmentary inclusions. I had not thought to read the reprinted conversation. Why would I? I had the first edition after all. And still, those three sections of the new book were enough to, well, it has great effect, I've only read it once so far. The terror set alongside the incredible sense of promise, these two emotions had such a propulsively powerful effect on me, I didn't know what to do with it. I started on the Path audios, and am surprised and oh so glad to get sparks of insight on parts that have given me trouble all this time. So it is a powerful book not at all hindered by but enhanced with Whitley's voice added into it. Do not listen to him when he says to just alter the first edition - the black Key. It was altered to play into Mr. Strieber's fear of misleading people. Very tricky, oh so devious that. You are free to turn away from it of course, that's the entire spirit of the book, the sense and promise of freedom. Pay for the book too. You cannot get something for nothing and have it mean anything to you. (That little tidbit I got from the additional Inclusion material.) So, this 10 dollar compact little book of conversation is SO much bigger on the inside. I'm beginning to think its a gift of grace and mercy (with a great sobering punch).

I don't think there was a sinister motive at work Mr. Strieber, subscribers, and posters.
I think the Master of the Key is at work here -- not a sinister force at all.

I have read the first edition several times. And, the differences appear to be more of clarification and elaboration on the original theme or question. The differences between the two editions can be interpreted to mean that we have moved forward enough to understand the answers much better than we would have previously.

The information that is given now perhaps is the one that we can all understand both singularly and collectively. Personally -- collectively -- those who are subscribers and followers of Mr. Striber. Whereas perhaps the original informaiton may not have been understood as clearly or perhaps misinterpreted before the material has the opportunity ripen and mature. The material seems to be going through a growth phase so that it can fully blossom and flower -- just as we need to do in our personal lives and as a collective group reading the material.

Mr. Strieber, your memory during the writing of the first edition was filtered through the time event of then -- of what you had written then -- and perhaps what was given to you unconsciously. Now, during the second edition you as well as everyone that collectively reads your work have greater understanding and clarity on the material -- the time event of now and the progression of understanding of all who has read the works of Mr. Strieber.

So don't be so quick to judge the old version against the new version. Perhpas Mr. Strieber was motivated and inspried (by the Master of the Key?) to re-write the book and produce a new edition since we were all ready for -- the expanded truth -- now.

Eldora

My post turned into a book review. All I wanted to say was of course you ought to get the book. And that I hate that Whitley seemed to shortchange his contribution to it. Oh gosh, it had such a good ending, I find I need some time before I can re-read it.

'ending,' I wrote. More like a beginning.

Any of you all remember the audio download of The Key? Where Whitley reads? There are differences between that and the two texts discussed above, that are at least as pronounced. What about those? If I have time maybe I will post again with some examples. I love TMOTK, but Whitley, this is all sounding a bit paranoid to me. I don't find that one text is more empowering than the other, frankly, and a bigger fan of TMOTK you could not find than me. All depends upon an individuals interpretation. And in that regard, to me, the Audio version is superb, and better than the book.

@Gary, With all due respect, the points you raised, while valid questioning, are highly improbable. Although I admit the conspiracy angle is deliciously tantalizing. First and foremost, Whitley's offering of the differences here together with his commentary negate the question, and completely remove the profit motive for those who care. Secondly, if you were aware of his real situation you would realize how incongruent this idea is. Finally, no writer that I know typically compares jot and tittle what he takes on a leap of faith to be correct galleys of his (or her) work. I know it's not good form to argue from the specific to the general, but then I'm not a professional writer.

I think if Whitley were the kind of person who would dream this up to sell more books, and I strongly believe he is not, at least he would have "created" this censorship story before the official publication, and it would have been part of the foreword of the book as part of the sales pitch (I can see the cover now, "New Uncensored Edition!")

I still say this censorship is the most believable and startling evidence of insidious forces at work that we've ever seen through UC. I briefly considered that MOTK himself might have been behind it, but given the specific messages that changed I seriously doubt it.

What always amazed me about The Key is how detailed Whitley's recollection was of this complex material, apparently using just some hastily scrawled notes. I wish I had that kind of memory!!

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