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In the spring of 1991, David Icke was preparing for the publication of The Truth Vibrations, a book that chronicles a period of time he spent consulting psychics, mediums, and energy healers, and the shift in his  belief structure that came about as a result of such experiences. In March of that year he made another visit to Canada, again to meet up with medium Deborah Shaw, who by this point had changed her name to Mari Shawsun. It was here with Shawsun that Icke describes some sort of sensation, like a flick of a switch, and feeling like he was suddenly not in control of his own actions, rather just an observer to what was happening to him and around him. [1] The sensation he is describing, rather than being due to some spiritual power, or exceptional astrological event, was more likely a symptom of a panic attack, or extreme anxiety. What is termed depersonalisation, or sometimes derealisation, is a combination of physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts, that can leave the individual feeling disengaged from both their surroundings and their actual body. It is commonly described almost word-for-word as Icke does, like you are detached from yourself, an external observer watching events and actions take place.

It was in the midst of this experience that Mari Shawsun began channelling messages to Icke. She, or rather the spirits, informed him, that he was from the evolution called Sons of the Godhead, that he needed to wear turquoise clothing to better conduct positive energies, and further that he needed to hold a press conference to publicly announce this information. [2] The first public announcement regarding The Truth Vibrations  and its associated revelations, actually came about when Icke appeared on an episode of the panel game show Through the Keyhole, with a somewhat bewildered host David Frost getting not the answer he had expected when asking Icke about his new book. [3] The programme was not set to be broadcast for a few months, but the press caught wind of something strange happening with David Icke. The conference with Mari Shawsun happened soon after, and the resulting response was predictable. Icke had resigned as spokesperson for the Green Party not long before the press conference, as he accurately predicted its fallout would have left his position here untenable – it was one of few predictions he made that did seem to hold any validity. Soon he was asked for numerous interviews, and to appear on a range of radio and television programmes. His plan was to approach them in a rational and considered manner, and to defuse the more outlandish stories that had been written in the papers. He agreed to appear on Wogan, the flagship BBC chat show hosted by jovial radio DJ Terry Wogan; if Icke thought the choice would be an easy ride, he was sorely mistaken.

Ickes’ appearance on Wogan was broadcast on 29th April 1991; dressed in a bright turquoise tracksuit, he began to calmly talk about light, energy, life-force, and positivity, and how the colour turquoise has the ability to attract this positive energy, and by consequence love and wisdom. Wearing black, Icke goes on to explain, does the opposite, repelling love, and attracting negative energies –  ‘rather harsh on priests and nuns’, replies Terry. The big question, and the story that had been circulating through the press, was Ickes’ claim that he was the Son of God. When asked about this, he doesn’t even hesitate in the affirmative, spending several minutes drawing parallels to the life of Jesus. An ongoing battle of creation is described, with Lucifer feeding off negative thought-energy, whilst the Godhead feeds off the positive. This is why, according to Icke, that the best way to remove negativity is to laugh, and to be joyous, before Terry famously interrupts, saying, ‘but, they [the audience] are laughing at you, they’re not laughing with you’. The interview is scarcely over twelve minutes long, but it significantly changed the perception of Icke in the minds of the general British public. His predictions made at the end of the Wogan interview, which were given as a chance to provide some verification to his claims, did not come to pass; Saddam Hussain did not die in 1991, and neither did that year see cataclysmic destruction brought about by earthquakes or other environmental disasters. 

Following the appearance on Wogan, and the publication of The Truth Vibrations, neither Icke, nor members of his family, could walk down a street without being laughed at or ridiculed. Further complications arose as the press circled in closer to Ickes’ personal life, which was itself moving into unusual territory. Soon after Ickes’ visit to Calgary to stay with Mari Shawsun she returned to the UK, as her work visa for Canada had expired. On her return she moved in with Icke, and he, along with his wife Linda, began living in a complex polygamous relationship, which the press dubbed ‘the turquoise triangle’. Much time was spent with Icke and Shawsun connecting their sacral chakras together, a point of spiritual power on the body, in a bid to greater absorb their collective positive energies. Conveniently enough, this sacral chakra was explained by Shawsun and Icke to be in the genital areas, and their frequent rubbing of energy produced a daughter in December of that year.  His relationship with Shawsun ended soon after, and Icke stayed with his wife, the couple having another child in November 1992.

It was during the fallout of the Wogan interview, and his complex relationship with Shawsun, that Icke produced Love Changes Everything (1992), the result being arguably his least coherent book. That sounds a bold claim, and by that I do not mean that this book has the most crazy off-the-wall ideas contained within it (though there are plenty of them), but rather that this book does not seem to be about anything in particular. Icke himself has stated that he was never really happy with the book, and it remains out of print, unlike The Truth Vibrations, which preceded it.

Fundamentally, Love Changes Everything is a companion piece to The Truth Vibrations, it aims to add to the information presented within his previous book, particularly around topics such as channelling, energies, karma, and the nature of the Universe. Whilst his preceding work, and indeed many other books by Icke, are presented as reflections upon personal experiences – I did a thing, this is what happened – I spoke to a person, this is what they said – I read a book, this is what it explains – Love Changes Everything really reads like one long stream of consciousness. In this case, I would argue, as well as the book lacking any real-life experiences to hang the information from, the stream of consciousness presented here is not even David Icke’s stream of consciousness. A clue is given in the first sentence of the first chapter, where Icke explains that the information given in the book was produced through many hours of channelling. [4] Although in The Truth Vibrations Icke was influenced by a range of psychic mediums; Betty Shine; Judy Hall; various associates of Kindred Spirit magazine; and a selection of other unnamed sensitives, in Love Changes Everything there is only one principal source; Mari Shawsun.

The channelling sessions and associated messages that fill the pages – from master Rakorski, the archangel Micheal, and a former Atlantean by the name of Magnu – really come directly from Shawsun, and as a consequence it is at least as much her book as his. These channelled messages, which are presented as direct quotes, fill up a good quarter of the book, and much of the text around these quotes feels like it has been dictated by some other authority. Notable sections of the book, such as chapter one ‘The Way, The Truth and the Light, and chapter five ‘Living in the Light’, read like some sort of New Age text-book, complete with sub-headings like ‘The Law of Karma’, ‘The Energy System’, ‘The Spiritual Aspect’, and ‘The Etheric Aspect’. The text here is dry, and littered with terminology that references chakras, frequencies, positive and negative energies, and a requirement to always maintain balance. You can almost hear Shawsun regaling multitudinous passages of New Age doctrine, and Icke furiously scribbling notes, before such points are fleshed out by a visit from a higher authority by way of a channelling session.

In terms of its structure, such as it is, the work aims to be a story of creation, which spans the last 12,000 years – ambitious for a 170 page book. Creation here has something to do with karma and chakras, and the lost world of Atlantis. There are references to the Muans, a people who communicated through telepathy, and originate from places like Lemuria, another hypothetical lost land that followers of Theosophy seem to hold in high regard. Thrown into the mix are frequent references and reinterpretations of the Christian Bible, against which Icke seems compelled to justify his philosophies – likely because he lives in the West, though it is interesting that although many of the New Age ideas he employs are reconfigurations of bits from eastern religions and related spiritual practices, he does not seem to draw on any of the Sutra’s of Hinduism, Buddhism, or Jainism. Old Testament accounts, like the parting of the Red Sea, and the great flood of Noah and his ark, are seen as battles between the Earth spirit and negativity. [5] Such battles manifest as an ongoing back-and-forth of positive and negative energy through the Godhead and Lucifer. 

As an alternative guide to creation and the nature of the Universe, Love Changes Everything is far too scattershot in its narrative to even make any sense within its own ill-defined logic. The text will jump between the origins of Atlantis, to a Biblical conflict of good and evil, to a reimagining of the King Arthur myth, that Cleopatra was a reincarnated Earth spirit, to the idea that the original North American people’s were evolved beings from other planets. Interspersed through it all are vague discussions about frequencies, and insertions of the supposedly profound musings of spirits like Rakorski and Magnu.

There are however some glimpses into Ickes’ personal situation, such as in chapter three, ‘The Crystal Wonderland’,  when a thinly veiled discussion concerning Ickes’ personal relationships, and the complexities of the ‘turquoise triangle’ appears. In the days of Atlantis, Icke writes, physical intercourse was seen as a divine act, and only happened when two people wished to create a child. Magnu, or Shawsun, responds that the positive energy of pure love was generated through the chakras, and that there should be no need for closed doors when experiencing love. [6] Magnu also comments on marriage, saying that such a concept was never even considered in the days of Atlantis, and further that a true Atlantean would create many children, with a number of women. The penultimate chapter, ‘Lady of Love’, is a chapter devoted to messages channelled by the spirit of the Earth, and by that it is clear Icke means Shawsun, who he describes as a guide, friend, and source of comfort. [7] Six pages of uninterrupted channelling follow; vague, meandering, and generic, the basic message is – be nice.

One of the main things that does make Love Changes Everything interesting is what Icke chooses not to write about. Although he does briefly discuss the time he spent with Shawsun in Canada, their growing relationship is not overtly a focus of the book. For all the time they clearly spent together devising the messages for the book, little of tangible description is presented as to how such messages came about – they just are. Edited out too is a an experience he had in Peru in early 1991. In later books the sensations he experienced whilst visiting the Sillustani burial site become central to the developing mythology of his world view. Here, a trip to Peru is  briefly listed off along with a host of other travel destinations for that year, and it seemingly holds no greater significance than trips to Egypt, Italy, Bolivia, or Scotland. Indeed his most significant experiences were, according to the text of Love Changes Everything, ones to Sun Island in Bolivia, Giza in Egypt, and when he does mention Peru, it is to talk about Machu Picchu, not Sillustani. [8] The reason for such brevity? perhaps later mentions of the trip is an example of him revisiting his personal mythology (not uncommon in his books), but another  reason seems most likely – Shawsun didn’t go to Peru with him. Another even more personal experience is also emitted – the death of his father – which would have occurred just before the period in which the book was written.

Ickes’ relationship with Shawnsun ended soon after the birth of their child, she returned to America, and Icke has had little contact with her or his daughter since. Now operating under her real name again, Deborah Shaw is currently based in California, where she continues to practice spiritual counselling and therapeutic sound healing. Icke too seemed intent on moving on after his ‘turquoise triangle’ phase – he has often stated that looking back he does not recognise the David Icke of that time. It seems fitting therefore that the next project that he jumped into straight after the release of Love Changes Everything was an autobiography. Perhaps it provided a way of recalibrating his own views, reclaiming of his own identity, and establishing his personal mythology, following several years of being told what to think by numerous mediums and sensitives. A new and refreshed David Icke would soon re-evaluate his past, and in turn set the foundations for his future.

[1] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), p: 141

[2] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), p: 142

[3] Icke, David, In The Light of Experience, p: 186

[4] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), p: 17

[5] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), p: 102

[6] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), p: 49

[7] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), p: 152

[8] Icke, David, Love Changes Everything (Aquarian Press, London, 1992), pp: 147-148