An ugly truth is something we really don't want to be true, but is anyway. It is something we don't want to accept, but need to face for our own good. An ugly truth is messy, complicated, sordid, and/or very painful -- but is truth none the less.
Today, with all the modern luxuries and conveniences, we cannot really fathom the level of hardship and difficulty, sheer pain and discomfort average people endured daily in the elder times. Lice, bedbugs, scabies, intestinal parasites -- this alone was common in hovels and castles alike. Dysentery, plague, and general filth was the norm, with very primitive and savage forms of medicine, very little in the way of pain killers or medications, infant mortality rates were very high and the overall life expectancy of humans was rather short.
Yet, more than this, the cruelty of humans toward other humans, toward animals, war and tyranny, the utter corruption and oppression even from religious institutions and leaders, was staggering, and we modern people can only experience such things now in places like North Korea and China.
However, ancient people might be horrified by what we modern humans consider normal and good, and our ancestors in general might well look upon the modern world as if upon Sodom and Gomorrah, that is to say, it might seem as though Satan itself had taken over the entire planet. Modern norms would be shocking to say the least. Things like nuclear weapons, biological/chemical weapons, pornography, abortion, rampant... well you get the picture.
The ancient Gnostic (Knowing/Knowledge) schools of thought and belief taught that the material universe was created by a lesser god, a blind and/or ignorant god, called The Demiurge. The Demiurge was supported by his/its servants or emanations, The Archons.
They (Gnostics) saw the material world as evil, flawed, fallen, and under the rule of the devil (demiurge). The Bible itself reflects this view, in calling Satan, the Ruler of the World, the Prince of the Air. Indeed, Satan offered to Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth if he would but bow and worship the Devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light.
The Gnostics believed that it is not merely by grace, but by striving to know, to directly experience and awaken unto The True God, the Good Father, who is beyond the material universe, who is Spirit and Truth, that we could be liberated from the trap of this world. That Jesus' example was most important. They focused mainly on the Gospel of John, but also the Gospel of Thomas. But most original Gnostic sects were slowly rooted out and destroyed by the Catholic church, including crusades against the Cathars, and others.
Gnostics saw flesh, matter itself, as the trap of the spirit, and many seemed to have believed in reincarnation, the trap of being erased and reborn again and again, until the soul/spirit could attain Gnosis (knowing) of the True, a direct connection to The Divine... thus overcoming the Demiurge (God of the World) and his Archons (Planetary Powers).
The Orphic Mysteries, the Mithraic Mysteries, the Sufi, and even more modern teachers like Carlos Castaneda, ECK, have eluded to the need to strive to overcome the world, reach for a higher order of being, The Spiritual over the Material or the Mental. Freemasonry, Martinism, embrace some of these same concepts.
Yet, we see also in modern forms of Gnosticism, clear and present Luciferian, Crowleyan, and even outright Satanic concepts paired with it -- so that all things inverted, and dark are considered rebellion against the Demiurge... the Libertine concept that through depravity and sin we are freed of the flesh. Whereas most Old Gnostics were rather ascetic (monkish) and anti-materialism, anti-sensual.
Carl Jung, a preeminent psychologist of the early last century, put forward ideas rooted in a universalist gnostic approach to life, formulating a new Gnosticism, that was neither as severely ascetic as in the past, neither as purely libertine... the notion of working to unite all aspects of the human identity into one cohesive wholeness of identity... the low, the middle, the high... the light and the darkness, into a harmonious balance... the good, the bad, the ugly as it were, through thorough self-analysis, blunt self-assessment, and dream interpretation, believing that our dreams led us to deeper understanding of our innermost workings.
Urianism holds to the Gnostic idea that the world we live in is, exactly as the Bible says, "ruled by the devil and his demons." We are taught that the world is a soul-trap, a spiritual farm, that we are sheep, cattle, chattel, that we are fed upon by unseen forces, manipulated and kept here, recycled over and over, our memories and identities (souls) stripped from us, as we are forced into new bodies, new lives... again and again. That the human leaders of the world are complicit with this... they have been initiated into the Mysteries of Lucifer (self-light, self-worship), and work with the Demiurge (if unawares), the False God of this System of Things, to keep us enslaved and deceived... thoroughly blinded by the God of this World.
In ancient Israel, the fight was not between God and the Devil, but among the Jews it was considered a fight between the false-gods or spirits of idols, and the real God, the true God of morality and self-control. The One versus the Many, the faithful angels versus the fallen angels, who fell into material/sensualism (Genesis 6). The fallen angels desired to be worshiped and wanted the pleasures of human flesh, and are considered the vain spirits of idols, or the pagan gods of the nations.
Urianism is wholistic --demons, archons, fallen angels, the gods of the nations, the spirits of idols, dark archetypes-- we call these the vanities... all one and the same things by different names.
We emphasize that what we love most is what we worship -- that is to say, what you give the most thought, words, and action unto, is your deity... whether for good or evil. Yet we also see an older order, in that nature itself, various aspects of nature, have often been considered gods or goddesses (the elders).
So, if you love and obsess on sports, competition, physicality, you are actually worshiping what the ancient pagans called Nike, or the Goddess of Victory.
If you obsess on all things military, martial, warlike, aggressive -- you are in a sense worshiping the ancient pagan god of War.
If you obsess on lust, sex, sensuality, perversion, you are worshiping such things... there were many goddesses and gods of paganism related to this fixation -- Lilith, Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite, Phallus, Pan, Bacchus... and in some sense, also Libertas (the ideal of liberation from morality).
Urianism puts forward the notion of a God Beyond... The Trans-Universal, which is the ancient Gnostic concept of The Monad, The Absolute, the Personified Pleroma, or the Good Father, the Jungian concept of Abraxas (Jungian only), the Zoroastrian, Zurvan, the native Great Spirit, EL Elyon of the Jews and Canaanites, Anu of the ancient Mesopotamians, Atum of the Egyptians...
Unlike most Gnostics, however, we do not lump the Jewish God, Yahweh, in with the Demiurge/False God; vieiwng Yahweh much like the Jungian idea of Abraxas -- a reflection of wholeness and balance, a unity of opposites within an effective spirit of unity.
Rather we consider Satan/Sam/Iblis (etc.) to be the Demiurge, or God of this World, that tempted Jesus in the wilderness. We see a struggle between those forces that call us unto The One/Highest and those who strive to keep us here, locked into this world, and the recycling process thereof.
We take exception to any religion or spiritual system that seems to encourage cooperation with the process of imprisonment and repetition, urging souls to willingly and passively conform and surrender and cow, like lambs led to slaughter.
There are those unseen entities and teachings thereof who call us, across time and culture, toward transcendence, toward the angelic, the supernatural, and those that call us toward the low, vulgar, temporal, and unnatural, wickedness and lawlessness.
There are also those forces, however, that are fey, the call to the wild, the natural, the elemental -- but such is still the same fate as those who pursue the anti-light, the demonic, for both the natural and anti-natural lead to reincarnation of the spirit, the loss of the soul.
And in this we differentiate between soul and spirit, the spirit being the pattern, the eternal consciousness and energy underlying the soul... that part of you that moves from life to life... plane to plane... but keeps being stripped of its soul and recycled back into the physical plane, to be fed upon and stripped again and again... food for the false gods of the world... the drug that the fallen are addicted to -- you, your souls, your experiences and emotions.
Truth and spirit set us free (Gospel of John), a relationship with The Highest, the God beyond and before and after all things, that sits enthroned in the place between all universes, who is the Nexus and the Convergence Point, the Source and Destination, the Alpha and the Omega... The God of Spirit and Truth, not of meat and materialism.
In The One is realization, actualization, to rise beyond illusion, lies, and awaken, become. Oneness or immortalization, the rise into immortal existence, becoming a son or daughter of the infinite and eternal spirit, a world builder, a walker of the spheres, realized and whole... to become truth, uniting soul with spirit, to become a living and immortal soul.
The entire world is against true liberation for the soul itself, and works to keep our spirits here, encourages us to embrace here, this, and only this... to remain and return over and over. Why? The lords of this world want to keep their livestock -- which, is our spirit, our souls the biproduct of our spirits, that feed the Powers-That-Be, those gods of our hearts, those spirits of idols, that are called demons, archons, the devil, the false-gods of the pagan pantheons of old, still worshiped by the consensus of each person's focused thoughts, words, and actions.
So, we speak against The World, the Agenda, the Spikes that nail us to the world, anything and everything that would seek to (even if by ignorance) keep us from the goal, the prize of eternity.
Urians, however, believe that original Christianity, devotion thereto… original, and purified Islam… original and pure Zoroastrianism, etc. … are, when practiced deeply and sincerely, valid paths out of the system... they are roads that lead to The One.
Urianism boils down the mystical, theurgical, psychological, and religious principles and practices of monotheism, across time, into one approach. The goal is liberation from the world and ascension to The Divine.