Montauk is for Lovers: Eternal Sunshine, Part 2

One thing that other researchers have noted about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the centrality of Montauk in the storyline. Most people will have no idea why this is significant. As someone whose spent more time than I probably should trying to parse the Montauk "mystery," I can say that the setting is indeed significant to the film. Eternal Sunshine is primarily about the transcendent power of the Dreaming Mind when confronted by technological mind control interference.

I've been reading about the whole Montauk thing for over 10 years now and I still have no idea what is supposed to have actually happened there. It's one of these things that's gone totally meta- as in metastasis. Adam Gorightly tried to sift through all of the various Montauk literature and came away as perplexed as I am:

But as much as the Montauk Mythos seems naught — to many observers — but a pile of happy horses**t, it continues to attract serious researchers and spiritual searchers into its endless stream of mysteries. As Montaukian Investigator/Experiencer Chica Bruce related to me: "What I've come away with is that everything is true and that nothing is true… Any story (not just about Montauk - EVERY story) is ultimately irrelevant and useless to me outside of what it can teach me about Creation and the empowerment of humans via insights about how reality works. To this end, the study of the wacky world of Montauk has been extremely useful…
But Gorightly also seems to think that the fact that so many major memes in the world of high weirdness- ritual abuse, UFOs, mind control, time travel, interdimensional physics- seem to have grafted themselves on to the Montauk mythos is evidence of some sort of convergence of some kind of energy:

“It is cosmically humorous to me that a story so full of seemingly deranged allegations does contain many valuable, penetrating truths about consciousness and the nature of reality. The Montauk mythos is repugnant to current consensus world-views and it puts off mentalities that are fundamentally invested in conforming with the hegemony.

Those who feel a need to bash the Montauk story are failing to understand what it is really about and are revealing their unflagging allegiance to certain stodgy mind patterns and core beliefs…”

What I think Gorightly is trying to say- and what I would agree with- is that the Montauk lore is significant because of the significance that so many individuals have invested into it. This brings us back to Jungian territory again- the Dreaming Mind component of conspiracy research. When a constellation of anxieties takes form in a complex (many would say convoluted) group of beliefs and suspicions about governmental black magic, Montauk becomes a sigil of sorts- a symbol triggering associations of an eternity of occult malfeasance by our so-called leaders.

The kernel of evidence behind the Montauk Project began with an actual series of radar invisibility experiments aboard the naval vessel the USS Eldridge in 1943. According to the legends, the experiment didn't work but the tests allegedly produced a sort of superweapon that alternately could drive enemy soldiers insane, bridge dimensional gateways, enable time travel, etc. etc. etc. Most of this work on this superweapon was allegedly done at Camp Hero, a military base in Montauk. It’s worth noting that the word ‘hero’ is almost certainly derived from Heru, the Egyptian rendering of Horus, and that Montu, the hawk-headed Egyptian god of war, came to be identified as an aspect of Horus in Egyptian religion. Which is kind of a no-brainer when you look at the two of them.

The Mystery school synchromysticism doesn't end there. There was an actual radar station in Camp Hero, which was operated by the 773rd Radar Squadron. The station and the 773rd were both deactivated on July 1, 1980. Interestingly, the sum of 7+7+3 is 17. And July 1st is notated as ‘1/7’ outside of the United States. The full name of the ship involved in the Montauk Project was the USS Eldridge DE-173. The “173” recalls the day of the death of Osiris, which occurred on the 17th day of the 3rd month of the Egyptian calendar, Athyr (named so for Hathor, of course). The Philadelphia Experiments began in 1943. 1+9+4+3 equals 17. It’s also worth noting that the word ‘Eldridge’ is roughly homonymic with ‘Eldritch’, a term referring to the supernatural powers of Elves.

I like the bit about it being "the 17th"

The alleged time travel properties of the ‘Montauk Project’ were fictionalized into a book in 1978 and then a film in 1984, both called The Philadelphia Experiment. It's all a hell of a story- I'd love to believe it. Unfortunately, even as far as conspiracy theories go, there's hardly a speck of evidence for any of it. But these things don't need to actually be true to make an impact on the Dreaming Mind. In fact, it often helps when they aren't.

The mind-erasing properties of Dr. Mierswiak’s device and the ‘reversal of time’ motif used in the storytelling of Eternal Sunshine tie in too neatly with Montauk Project and mystery school lore to be coincidental. I'm thinking that Kaufman ran across information on the Philadelphia Experiment and Montauk, and thought a memory-erasing mind control machine would be a great plot device in a romantic comedy. Which sounds pretty typical for Kaufman, come to think of it.

Either that or the CIA spooks who he encountered while writing Confessions of A Dangerous Mind fed him the inside scoop for this movie as well. I'm open to all possibilities when it comes to these films.

To Be Continued


  1. CK, another fascinating and enlightening post, for me. While I had heard of the Philadelphia Experiment legends, I was completely unaware of the Montauk "project." You wonder if these legends influenced Kirby's Cadmus project, or the other way around?

    I'm totally with you on the notion that these things don't have to have a lick of truth to be influential on the collective consciousness. Even if Montauk is pure balderdash, it's certainly true we have plenty of real life stories of Cold War-era U.S. government types "experimenting" on civilians. Hell, how else can you possibly explain the H-bomb tests in the Nevada desert? My God, you not only detonate nuclear weapons IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, but you invite civilians to make a picnic of it?!?!?! There are so many other stories, too, from the LSD experiments, the testing the astronauts were put through, etc.

    All of this stuff, that the elected representative government that's supposed to protect you is really treating you like a lab rat, bubbles up in people's conscious and subconscious minds.

  2. Hey Rdie

    I don't think the Cadmus Project was influenced by Montauk since those Jimmy Olsen's came out a long time before a lot of the Montauk stuff began to bubble up. But it does show where Kirby's head was at, as does the similar File 116.

  3. Going by what the KB Welles book about Montauk also concludes, what it seems most likely to be is a 'node' whereby if looked into allows you to more efficiently process everything pertinent to yourself-in-the-universe, and get an explanation for it all - if if if you approach self-examination with an open mind and without any assumptions and belief systems.

    As to why such a thing would be a node of 'all that is' - my guess is that it's entirely feasible (and at least partially admitted to anyway by various parties involved) that various experiments took place there or in relation to it (eg - took place elsewhere but in the knowledge or serendipity that something like the Earth Grid linked the places to one another) that sought answers to all the big important universal questions; so as a 'meme' it becomes an all-access point or nexus of all those questions.

    Say it was the first place (excluding possible & more advanced previous civilisations, such as that built the Sphinx..) that certain types of technological research were done into consciousness - and through investigations it was discovered why the situation here is that of a species that has no exact proof of its origins and why it doesn't know for sure certain things about the reality it exists in.

    I'd have to agree with the idea that it's for lovers too - cause unless you have for some reason been separated from who you ought to be with then you aren't going to bother trying to research the universe anyway; you'd have much more fun things to be getting on with. I think that's a common theme with a lot of people....that something went wrong at some point and separated them from a soulmate (or possibly an entire timeline or type of world 'vanished'), and here they are in a weirdo nightmare universe just trying to find a way to change it back to how it should be again.

  4. Not sure if you'd be into this kind of thing but I found it hilarious; believe it or not, this was a forum (long gone) directly linked at the official Al Bielek website.

    It's the way the guy that runs the forum (Omega) rants off at anyone that posts there, muddles up all his text formatting, and goes mental towards the end, that makes it a huge laugh for me:

  5. re: what I wrote about computers at the Cusak entry -

    the Montauk lore also mentions a very realworld device that is used to amplify thoughts, and to broadcast them to specific areas and individuals. This can be something that sends out pre-programmed signals so as to prevent thoughts from being able to occur in certain frequencies

    (hey Michael Moore, if you ever see this - that is why there's so much difference just crossing the border into Canada from the US when it comes to how people handle being allowed to have guns - US citizens tend to be dealing with any evolved thoughts being blocked, and any negative paranoia etc thoughts being amplified - obviously, if you're of the kind of mindset that's into guns to begin with it becomes all the more likely you'll misuse them if you aren't aware of your own self enough to know if you're being frequency manipulated)

    or it can be accessed in realtime by a person, and their thoughts are what are amplified and broadcast.

    So it becomes possible to use that for good or ill - unevolved thinking can be spread like a computer virus, as anyone that's affected can pass on like a tuning-fork their frequencies to others they come into contact with. It's the collective-unconscious version of malware - it's there in the EM smog background of affected areas, like a trojan using up bandwidth in an infected computer.
    It's similar to DOR (dead orgone), which is something that some folks will create or cultivate in order to harvest it (some Satanism manuals contain instructions, like going to places where bad things have happened to pick up on that energy).

    'The Pharoah Chair' is a term used in Montauk lore too to describe the human interface to the signal booster and broadcaster; previously, what Pharoahs or Kings were doing was meant to be creating a good background harmonic that those in their kingdom could safely and productively live by. Which is why it's so bad if the wrong person got on the throne, and also the reasons that specific bloodlines were bred to have access to the collective mind - they had to be of a certain vibration energywise, so their ego's wouldn't go bad and use the access for ill.

    This relates to the lost kingdom of Camelot and related info.

    For info. on thought frequencies, there's lots of public sources in relation to brainmachine devices (audio and visual, and both those). Broadly speaking the frequencies are divided into 5 ranges and named Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma (or - sleepers, harmine, shrooms, coffee, and meth, respectively thereabouts).