Who actually is David Icke and what exactly does he stand for?
This is probably not a question many people have found themselves spending a lot of time trying to answer, most will be altogether unaware of him or his work, a fact lamented by Icke and his followers which is framed as; the continuing attempt to “suppress the quickening vibrations of awakening humanity”[0.7] or the suppression of truth essential to the 'Brotherhood manipulation of humanity',“while the versions presented by 'science' and religion were given free reign”[0.9].
Among those who are aware of him he is not only adored, but scorned, revered, and mocked in equal measure, to many he will simply be the ex-Professional footballer turned BBC presenter, who dabbled in politics with The Green Party before donning a turquoise tracksuit and hitting the UK talkshow circuit in the early 90's: announcing his 'spiritual awakening', the immanent destruction of the planet, and his new direction as a spiritual messenger for humanity in interviews with Fern Britten, Nicky Campbell and Terry Wogan throughout March- April 1991.
During these first forays into fame he imparted his 'teachings' on: the environment; politics; morality;spirituality; the mystical forces governing reality; truth; lies and more besides, only to receive the derisive laughter of the audience, and “unimaginable national ridicule” in return.
The media exposure of March/April 1991 came during a very tumultuous period in his personal life, the previous month he had “intuitively” flown to Peru, where he describes having an extremely intense psychotic episode atop a mound in the centre of a Pre-Incan, Sillustani burial ground, he calls this “the experience that transformed my life”, undoubtedly news of his father's death and burial reaching him while there, and a random encounter with a mysterious blonde Argentian from La Paz Bolivia, had no less a dramatic effect on his mental and emotional well-being.
This voyage of discovery appears to have immediately followed one of numerous meetings with British Canadian Psychic Deborah Shaw, who he had visited for advanced 'channelling' sessions in Canada, and with whom he'd been working closely since August 1990 writing Truth Vibrations, a book largely comprised of channelled information outlining David's “new age spirituality”, along with reinterpretations of various religious and historical figures he has continued to subscribe to and publish in his later work.
Fresh upon his return from “the experience that transformed his life”, David and his Wife Linda Atherton appeared alongside Deborah (now called Mari Shawsun, who would later that year have a daughter by Icke) in a press conference for the UK media, in which Icke proceeded to introduce himself as “Son of the Godhead”; a divinely inspired messenger for humanity or channel of a supernatural force he has since come to refer to as “infinite consciousness”, endowed with the task of expounding various prophecies of geological upheaval and natural disasters including the immanent destruction of the Isle of Arran; the concepts of spiritual hierarchy governing the “earth's energy matrix”; reincarnation; earth energy; balance and the human equivalents of these concepts in the body ie the Chakra system and minds of human beings on national television.
These are all subjects which came to constitute a significant proportion of all his later work, forming the basis of his “story of the spiritual renaissance”.
“Then, in March 1991, I went over for a third visit to Canada to work with a channeller, Mari Shawsun. I can remember the time vividly: it was just as if someone had flicked a light switch. Suddenly, the David Icke I have just described had taken a step back. He was still there, but no longer controlling events. I think the same thing must have happened to Mari also. It was such a strange feeling. It was as if the real me had become an observer, just looking on, sometimes in horror, at what was happening.”[4.5]
The media branded the three of them “The Turquoise Triangle”, the controversial, outlandish nature of his theories combined with the seriousness of his warnings launched him into the Newspaper headlines and subsequently public awareness,so that in the midst of what can surely without exaggeration be called his psychological disintegration, the media paraded David, subjecting him to the razor sharp wit of Terry Wogan and public mockery in the name of entertainment, “This period of unbelievable ridicule did not make my subsequent work more difficult; it made it possible.” 
“I was speaking the words, but all the time I could hear the voice of the brakes in the background saying, 'David, what the hell are you saying?'”[5.5]
“When you survey the world today ... when a child dies in this world of preventable disease every two seconds, when the economic system of this world must destroy the Earth simply for that system to survive; when you see all the wars, and when you see all the pain, and when you see all the suffering, is it a force of love and wisdom and tolerance that is in control of this planet?”[1.5]
Regardless of how coherent some of his concerns actually were, in the context of the supernatural claims made in the press conference, -not to mention the mystical way in which he described events; assuming an overtly religious air while presenting his theories of forces of negativity and thoughts destroying the planet- a large majority of the rational secular public were inevitably alienated from his message, as I too am sympathetic to the concerns he mentions above, but am alienated by his implicit demand for a dictatorship of “love wisdom and tolerance” to be put “in control of this planet”, exerting influence on 'things' is what a “force” 'does' is it not?
These events though apparently earth shattering for David, were merely the external manifestations of a process which had been underway at least since writing: “It Doesn't Have to be Like This” in 1989, about this period he writes: “I began to feel a presence around me. When I was in a room alone it felt as if someone else was there and this went on for months as I continued my work with the BBC.”, before recounting the story of months later being in a Newsagents with his Son Gareth, where he was drawn by a voice in his head to look at a book by psychic and healer Betty Shine: “As I stood there, my feet fixed to the spot, I heard a very clear voice in my mind say: "Go and look at the books on the far side..... The author' was a professional psychic and 'hands on' healer and I thought at once of the presence I had been feeling around me for all these months. Would this lady be able to tell me what was going on? I read the book in 24 hours and contacted her to make an appointment.”
Icke's mission to “heal the world” was imparted over four meetings with her, after having: “talked with her about other dimensions or frequencies of existence and a much wider vision of life and Creation.”, obviously indicating David's credulity to this professional charlatan, “I was told ... that I would be given the 'spiritual riches' to, in effect, lift the veil of illusion that held humanity in servitude. Knowledge would be put into my mind and at other times I would be led to knowledge, the psychic told me. 'One man cannot change the world, but one man can communicate the message that will change the world'.....I would be led to this knowledge and communicate it on a global scale. One said: 'Arduous seeking is not necessary. The path is already mapped out. You only have to follow the clues'.”
I actually found a copy of Betty Shine's book “Mind Magic”[7.5] having recognized her name while browsing local charity shop bookshelves, opening the pages I found the foreword is actually written by David himself, signed and dated “1990 from the Isle of Wight”, this two page eulogy which was worth the £1 alone reiterates the fundamental aspects of the ideology he retains to this day, he writes: “Through Betty, I received some astonishing revelations and predictions of fundamental importance to the future of humankind... We have lost touch with our spirit, the real us, over recent centuries and become obsessed with the purely material”.
This opposition to 'the purely material', (meaning the material/physicalist world view) forms the basis of many of Icke's apparently disparate opinions on subjects such as medicine, science, history, education and society to this day, it's the moralo-religious sub-stance or interpretation of reality that colours his perspective on historical figures like Charles Darwin: [see footnote 6]“It is destroying our values and it is destroying our world and the time has come to take another path. It is no coincidence that the planet we depend upon for life in all it's magnificent forms, has been taken to the brink in the very period in which the spiritual has been suppressed by the obsession with more material wealth for the few at the expense of the vast majority.”
This is another aspect of Icke's worldview which is particularly befitting his pastoral pretensions, namely; his advocacy of the dispossessed and representation of the concerns of the “vast majority” of humankind, particularly in matters where financial freedom and institutions, have come to negate the power of traditional religious morality to conserve a particular social and environmental equilibrium.
These urgent warnings and hyperbolic style, delivered beneath a veneer of moralo-religious concern, are not at all uncommon to David's work in the 20 years following his earlier contributions, the concerns he outlines here loosely centred around the environment, in favour of a more spiritual way of life new ways of thinking etc, are a central theme in all the later work which I have reviewed, neither has the regressive attitude towards historical progress shown any sign of abating, rather, more elaborate conspiratorial schemes have been dreamt up -or derived from the numerous questionable sources listed in his bibliography- to support his rejection of human progress and our collective history, the entirety of which he attempts to frame as a conspiracy enacted by a secret cabal, using gradual reforms to implement a “totalitarian World Government” in attempts to dominate every aspect of human life.
In his narrative science and medicine are used not for their ability to alleviate the suffering of people diagnosed with mental illnesses, eradicate Smallpox, Polio, Measles, Rubella or cure cancers, but rather to hurt human beings in numerous ways, and eradicate 'our connection with God', which he comes to define later in his career as: “Universal Consciousness”, and Betty Shine calls in similarly Deistic fashion “Universal Mind”.
The book that contains the most insight to this period is apparently “Love Changes Everything” and though I haven't been able to source a copy, excerpts show how far into the practice of 'Channelling' Icke was during the nineties: “Since the publication of The Truth Vibrations I have learned so much more as I have communicated almost daily with Rakorski, the one known as Lord of all Creation, who is directly responsible for the changes the Earth will undergo. I also communicate often with the one we know as Jesus, the Spirit of the Earth, and many others.”
From what little is available online of these first few productions of a long career, it appears his earlier work was predominantly based around mystical revelations, stark warnings about the environment, events that never occured, and reproductions of religious ideology which he retains in his later work with various adaptations, which is bolstered by numerous historical and conspiratorial theories apparently lacking in his earlier books, but which came to make up the majority of his output from the publication of The Robot's Rebellion in 1994.
Despite the quantity of unusual, “esoteric” facts littered throughout his books and superficial appearance of creditability this bestows upon them, the historical information he provides is far from exhaustive, in his narrative much is left in shadow, to the imagination or completely neglected, in his quest to undermine the “official narrative” his speculations often border on science fiction, leading to numerous people and events being misrepresented, instead of factual history David prefers to focus on particular points of interest to his main thesis, namely the manipulation and control of human beings for thousands of years, by the hidden forces of chaos or imbalance loosely defined as: the “Illuminati”, “Brotherhood”, “Elite”, “Black Nobility”, “Hostile E.T's” or “an Interdimensional Race”, all are symbols embodying this constantly maligned 'negative force', which the reader is told exerts control over the entire global economic and political systems from the time of “Atlantis”, throughout history to this day.
“your consciousness is being challenged to reject the accepted history of humankind, and to see through the smokescreen that much of it is. This is not always easy when you have been through the education (indoctrination) system, and the establishment version of past, present, and future are constantly fed to us through the media minute by minute.” 
Repeating ad-nauseum those aspects of his narrative that lend credence to his overall theory, he sets about re-framing the development of the sciences, psychological techniques, international political cooperation, transcendence of religious mysticism and development of industrial productive power, as steps towards a totalitarian world government hell bent on control of the entire human race, favouring the repetition of sensational accusations, along with slander and unfalsifiable 'theories' reproduced against the general idea and most obvious symbols of historical progress, including more specific targets of certain political persuasions, family history, genetic lineage or cultural identity, to substantiate his theories and galvanize opposition to these “negative forces”.
Numerous participants in these aforementioned fields, the historical and present day enemies of David's such as the Rothschild's, Warburg's, Rockefeller's, Peter Mandelson, Blair, Bush, the Clinton's, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Alfred Milner, etc, are all accused of complicity in numerous conspiracies, their political leanings, associations and activities are a good indicator as to Icke's personal ideology which becomes ever more apparent the more he defines it's enemies.
Re-appearing with Wogan on the BBC in 2006 Icke highlighted what a formative time this was in his life, expressing his bitterness towards the people he came to refer to in his books as “The Sheeple”, he explained: “I couldn't walk down any street in Britain without being laughed at by most of the people, going into a pub caused uproar”, and how this revealed: “the level of immaturity that passes for adulthood in this country” since, “humans are little more than controlled clones”, this antipathy towards the large majority of people in the world is still revisited consistently in his writing, video presentations and lectures, and not only by him, but his followers aswell.
“History is clearly not what it appears to be, and yet the official version is being indoctrinated into generation after generation through the ‘education’ system and the Brotherhood-controlled media.”
0.7.... TFTTL pg 196
0.9.... TFTTL pg 21
1....TFTTL pg 13
1.5.... transcribed from the only available footage of the 1991 Wogan interview online
2.... TFTTL pg 11
3.... LCE pg 141,“Then, in March 1991, I went over for a third visit to Canada to work with a channeller, Mari Shawsun. I can remember the time vividly: it was just as if someone had flicked a light switch. Suddenly, the David Icke I have just described had taken a step back. He was still there, but no longer controlling events. I think the same thing must have happened to Mari also. It was such a strange feeling. It was as if the real me had become an observer, just looking on, sometimes in horror, at what was happening.”
taken from http://darrylslibrary.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/love-changes-everything-by-david-icke/
4.... What exactly did he mean by “Son of the Godhead”? From LCE page 103 taken from http://darrylslibrary.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/love-changes-everything-by-david-icke/ :
“Some find it hard to accept that there is more than one Son of the Godhead. They believe that Jesus is the only Son of God. It is true that Jesus is the most evolved of these beings, but there are many of this evolution around the universes. Sons and Daughters of the Godhead carry and channel energies which can have a very powerful effect on the energy system [of the planet], and they can also restore links between a planet and the network. They have a different role to that of a Son of Man, and the two are not the same. They are created by the Godhead to serve Creation and the energy system, and are given a particular energy package that allows them to channel and generate incredibly pure and powerful energies. The more they evolve the purer and more powerful those energies become. They also have the ability to stimulate energies in other life-forms when they travel to or through an area. However, Sons and Daughters of the Godhead should not be seen as more important or special than anyone else. They have a role to play, but then so does every single life-form, nor are they super-human. They struggle with the same emotions and problems as anyone else.”
4.5..... LCE pg 1415.... TFTTL pg 14
5.5.... ITLOE pg 193 excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Icke#Turquoise_period
6..... TFTTL pg 6 he continues to elucidate his perspective: “ I had always rejected religion and also the absurd idea pedalled by 'science' that we are all 'accidents' of 'evolution' who cease to exist at 'death'. Unbelievable rubbish”...
7..... TFTTL pg 5
7.5.... Guild Publishing 1991
At this point I feel it may be informative for the reader, if I share a selection of quotes from HRH Prince Of Wales, Charles Windsor the future King of England: “during the last three centuries, in the Western world at least, a dangerous division has come into being in the way we perceive the world around us...
Science has tried to assume a monopoly - even a tyranny - over our understanding...
Science has attempted to take over the natural world from God, with the result that it has fragmented the cosmos and relegated the sacred to a separate, and secondary, compartment of our understanding...
We are only now beginning to gauge the disastrous results of this outlook. We in the Western world seem to have lost a sense of the wholeness of our environment, and of our immense and inalienable responsibility to the whole of creation. This has led to an increasing failure to appreciate or understand tradition, and the wisdom of our forebears accumulated over the centuries. Indeed, tradition is positively discriminated against - as if it was some socially unacceptable disease”.
As you can see from this selection of quotes taken from one speech by HRH, the message of this old word traditionalist is not too dissimilar from the general message “brought to humanity” by David Icke, infact at it's root it's a fundamentally similar story about the need for a Spiritual renaissance in opposition to the excesses of materialism and “disastrous results of this outlook”, on the tangible environment and it's intangible “creator”: “Our Environment has suffered beyond our worst nightmares, in part because of a one-sided approach to economic development which, until very recently, failed to take account of the inter-relatedness of creation.”
from A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales titled 'A Sense of the Sacred: Building Bridges Between Islam and the West', The Wilton Park Seminar, Wilton Park, West Sussex Published on 13th December 1996 available on "his Highnesses" website.
7.55.... Robot's Rebellion pg 138, “It inspired scores of ‘people’s revolutions’ and civil wars to replace the monarchies and it achieved this in the normal way - by working through both sides to create the conflict and the atmosphere of unrest. Sometimes the monarch would hold on, more often the revolution would usher in a people’s dictatorship or ‘democratic government’.”
7.6.... TTSSYF pg xv of the Introduction to the 21st Century edition, 2004, these are the opening words of the book:“We Live in a multidimensional universe, which is part of a multidimensional and infinite consciousness we call God and Creation. We are multidimensional beings. Therefore this book has to be multidimensional if it is to make a significant contribution to human freedom. It exposes both the daily manipulation of our lives by a secret clique and presents the spiritual causes and solutions which will bring true freedom to Planet Earth and all who live upon her.”
8..... From the 2nd page of the introduction, taken from http://darrylslibrary.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/love-changes-everything-by-david-icke/
8..... From the 2nd page of the introduction, taken from http://darrylslibrary.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/love-changes-everything-by-david-icke/
9.... pg194, Ch12, Robot's Rebellion
10.... pg177, Robot's Rebellion