It’s difficult to know where to begin when discussing someone like David Wilcock. Millions of people are probably not familiar with his name or his work, but millions of other people are well aware of the New York Times bestselling author and his lectures.
He’s gained popularity through his books, such as The Ascension Mysteries and The Synchronicity Key (which have been translated in several languages from German to Mandarin Chinese), but most people probably know him through his work as a producer of The History Channel’s eccentric Ancient Aliens TV series.
Indeed, he’s even rubbed elbows with some of the world’s most famous entertainers, like Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson. But who exactly is David Wilcock and how did he make all of these connections?
Before attempting to answer those questions, I must issue a disclaimer for readers: this article is not meant as an endorsement or critique of David Wilcock. If you are expecting this article to ridicule Wilcock and his fans, or if you’re hoping it will support him and all of his claims, you will be disappointed. This is meant to give informative insight into the life of David Wilcock in as unbiased a manner as possible without weighing too heavily in favor of or against him and his work.
Wilcock began publishing online articles on his personal website in the 1990s. His posts primarily focused on spiritual topics such as meditation and using out-of-body experiences (OBEs) to better understand oneself and one’s own inner conscious. You could think of him as a New Age figure among the lines of Deepak Chopra mixed with the conspiratorial leanings of David Icke.
In May 2001, Wilcock participated in a conference called The Disclosure Project which was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The event, which focused on subjects such as UFOs and extraterrestrial influences on earth, was considered to be something short of a miracle for even happening. It was unprecedented for such a conference to be hosted by a well-renowned venue.
Later, Wilcock went on to collaborate with author Wynn Free to write and publish a book about… well, himself. More specifically, about how he might be the reincarnation of Edward Cayce, a popular self-proclaimed clairvoyant who died in 1945.
At that point, many in the New Age and UFO communities might have thought David Wilcock overly egotistical to publicly make such a claim, and those within mainstream society likely thought he was just plain crazy. Both of those adjectives are often used by his detractors to describe him to this day: “egotistical” and “crazy”.
At best, critics allege that he’s fooled himself into, not only delusions of grandeur, but delusions of alien beings and breakaway civilizations with connections to earth. At worst, his most critical skeptics claim that he’s a con artist leading a cult.
However, as much as you might disagree with Wilcock, or as narcissistic as you might think he can be, the latter claim is hyperbolic and overly harsh. There are some crazy cults out there, but Wilcock doesn’t seem to be involved in one.
Still, there’s no denying that many of Wilcock’s claims are outlandish, even if presented in a way that makes them sound palatable and daresay rational. After his 2004 book about being Edward Cayce reincarnated, he went on to write books about the how Atlantis was a real civilization and there’s a secret space program with origins in Antarctica that has enlisted thousands of people to live in off-planet colonies. And those are some of his tamer conspiracies.
He cites President Trump’s Space Force as one cog in the wheel of an incoming event known as ‘Disclosure’ where technological secrets that have been kept secret for decades will finally be made public.
In a recent documentary called The Cosmic Secret, he alludes to humanity’s secret extraterrestrial ancestry, claiming that remains of people with elongated skulls have been found and that they were part of an elite missing link of humans with a more direction connection to our alien ancestors. In that same documentary, he also claims that people living on earth must prepare for an event, such as a solar flare, that will raise everyone’s consciousness to a higher level.
But at its core, David Wilcock’s philosophy mostly boils down to a cosmic battle between good and evil, played out by an allegedly positive force known as The Alliance and a negative force known as The Cabal.
Speaking of forces, Wilcock also is a big fan of Star Wars. In fact, he’s a fan of a lot of science fiction movies, such as Stargate and The Matrix, and even lesser known films like Jupiter Ascending and The Last Mimzy – all of which he believes essentially contain coded messages planted by the elite to either give helpful clues to the public, or perhaps desensitize the public to technology that will be released in the future.
One of Wilcock’s strongest proponents is Laura Eisenhower, the great-granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower. But for every supporter, he’s starting to receive more criticisms.
YouTubers Gregory Fluhrer and his partner June Lapine, known for their channels Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nHead, have made several videos refuting Wilcock’s own videos point by point, often in a comedic manner. Whether it be Wilcock’s conclusions about elongated skulls, or his assertions that robotic velociraptors are a potential threat, his claims have become easy targets for ridicule in the online community.
Where did he get all of these fantastical ideas anyway?
Well, Wilcock claims to have bizarre visions of metallic cylinders floating in the sky since he was 2 years old and to have had his first out-of-body experience when he was 5. He also takes great pride in the fact that he finished reading the book How To Make ESP Work For You at the age of 7.
As a child, he looked up to his father Don Wilcock, who was a writer and journalist for publications like The Music Reporter and Blues Blast Magazine. He typically interviewed musician and wrote about music. His authority on blues music was so revered that he was authorized to write the official biography of musician Buddy Guy.
Don’s connections to the music industry were likely a heavy influence on David, which is probably why he is still able to navigate the world of celebrities and musical artists to this day.
Yet as much as David looked up to his is parents, they divorced when he was 11 years old and he soon developed an eating disorder which led to him rapidly gaining weight. But at 16 years old and 224 pounds, he finally decided to overcome his depression and obesity after reading Dr. Stephen La Berge’s book Lucid Dreaming. The book detailed techniques for consciously inducing affirmations that lead to real-life changes through lucid dreaming. Apparently, the method worked for young Wilcock as he stuck to a diet and lost 85 pounds that year.
That experience, combined with his fascination with psychic abilities from a young age, likely had a great impact on Wilcock in his formative years that has continued to present day.
He also admits to once having a drug habit, which may also have contributed to some of his more “out there” ideas, although he says he’s been sober and drug-free for decades.
And as much as he’s accused of being a cult leader, he lives a rather reclusive life alone with his wife in California, usually only making public appearances for interviews and the occasional lecture.
Of his lectures, some of the most well-received have centered on his interpretations regarding The Law of One, otherwise known as The Ra Material, which is a book that documents alleged messages received by an interdimensional being via channeling. Many would describe it as pseudoscience, but apparently the information has played a positive role in some people’s lives.
As for Wilcock’s original work, his next book, Awakening in the Dream: Contact with the Divine, is due for release next summer.
Regardless of how serious you take Wilcock and his theories, his story is an interesting one, and the stories he tells, real or not, are fun ideas to entertain.
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