The basis of the philosophical work of the Illuminati is in developing a
high awareness and a link with the Divine Element of The Architect.  In
this work the student is taught constructive idea, thought and action,
which can be guided or directed by the student, which is based on the
Blueprint of the Universe.
Tenets of Belief:
The following nine tenets illustrate the basic requirements for the
student to adhere to in order to have a common bond and open themselves up
to Illumination:
1.      Belief in a Supreme Deity, which holds the Reality Construct of
'your' personal spirituality and reflects your Gnosis.  This allows the
student to draw on a personal and recognizable God-spark, which is
individual to them, and reflects their Will.  This is important, in that
with this approach we are able to cover aspects of all religions and
philosophies and have something to offer all peoples.
2.      We refer to this God-power, Supreme Being, Creator as THE
ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE.  The Architect is a compilation of all the
forces in the Universe and is neither good nor evil, but absolute.
3.      We believe in forgiveness of our fellow man and will not bear
grudges, defamation of character, slander, or hurt of any kind to any
fellow human.  But, in those instances where a human has been wrongfully
attacked, (ie. slandered, defamed, etc. by people who wish to step on
others etc.) we will search out and seek the truth and provide a gentle
lesson for the attackers to experience so they can realize the errors of
their ways.
4.      We believe that Balance lies within each of us as Order-Chaos,
reflected in our own Reality Construct from our personal and individual
experiences.  We do not believe that Balance lies within the sexes, as
this creates ideas of supremacy, and has been said, we believe that the
Balance lies within each and every human being, not outside of us.
5.      We believe that there exists a conflict between Good and Evil
forces which is responsible for man's downfall, or his enlightenment, and
we fight for all good regardless of person, religion, race or creed.
6.      We believe in righting all wrongs perpetrated against any innocent
victim, by attackers who are motivated by ego, lust for power or the
propagation of False Spirituality.  And fight all who would hurt others in
order to strengthen their False Spirituality at the expense of tearing
down another's True Spiritual pursuits.
7.      We do not use our powers of spirituality for political or
supremacy ends, but recognize each individual's freedom to pursue his own
Gnosis so long as it does not hurt another or the development of mankind's
spiritual awakening.
8.      We cast NO stones at others before examining our own faults.
9.      We accept all peoples for membership regardless of age, sex, race,
religion or philosophy.  NOTE:  The exception to the rule here is that if
a person worships a proven evil deity, belongs to a political party which
rejects freedom, or lives by a selfish philosophy, is a racist or supremist.
In the document entitled "Notations of Illuminati Thought", Weishaupt
extolls the concepts of Illumination in a very simplistic manner to secure
the attention of the student.  Remember, the A.I.S.B. then, as today,
accept men and women from all walks of life, from the working stiff to
congressmen.  It was the intention of Weishaupt to make the preliminary
lessons simple enough for a peasant to understand.  Once he got them to
understand the simple and basic tenets, be began to notice something:
They started to 'THINK', not just be.  The started to understand, not just
blindly accept.  He found that he was educating his members, and was
imparting to them the gift and ability to formulate linear, constructive,
logical thought processes.
Here are some of Weishaupt's simple and basic 'rules' which lead to
Illumination.  Many of you will 'assume' that you know these already, you
don't.  You merely recognize them as common sense.  Weishaupt taught the
members of the Illuminati to use these rules and constantly think about
them, and apply them, and look for signs of them, during every waking
hour.  THAT and only THAT is knowing them.  Recognizing them as common
sense is merely the 'step before' knowing them.
True illumination inspires creation.  False illumination causes stagnation
which is wrongfully interpreted as individual choice.  (This refers to
taking the line of least resistance, being lazy and derelict and simply
'being comfortable' rather than working to better yourself).  In this
case, conceit, narrow mindedness and haughty attitude are created.
The right hand path, or True Illumination takes effort and the rewards of
the student are equal to his potential in a given project.
The left hand path, or false illumination, demands no effort and the
rewards are illusionary.
The falsely illuminated man is merely deluded that he has obtained his
goals.  He is told through bad council and bad advisors that he only need
look to them (the falsely illuminated), then he is convinced by them, that
he has achieved illumination.  An example here, are those secret societies
which rely on hashish and opium to achieve their illumination.
(Peterson's notation re. hashish and opium)
THE RULE - You [will] know True Illumination, when you have learned
'wisdom'.  You are falsely illuminated when you are merely 'told' by
others that you have wisdom, and you know you 'have not' worked for it.
Truly Illuminated men feed each other's energy.
Falsely illuminated men drain the Truly Illuminated of their energy.
Falsely illuminated men succeed only in feeding the ego's of other falsely
illumined men.
The path to True Illumination must be discovered.  To walk it, you must
clear away the debris.
The path of false illumination is inviting and clear.  It is so easy to
walk that it is lined with fools who delude themselves that knowledge and
wisdom is a casual pursuit.
Truly Illuminated men inspire.
Falsely illuminated men stagnate.
One can only attain True Illumination from the Truly Illuminated.
One can only attain false illumination from the falsely illuminated.
Slander and lies are the tools of the falsely illuminated.  They are [used
as] weapons against the Truly Illuminated.  Disorder is the strength and
truth of the falsely illuminated.
This sampling of simple and basic rules was/is the first step in training
the initiate.  At first glance, one can see that these rules come in sets
of two.  One indicates True Illumination, the other indicates false
illumination.  These lessons were designed to educate the members of the
Illuminati, as well as bring the students to a common starting point.
Weishaupt was a genius in his teaching methods, in that he employed
simplicity as well as Balance.
He gives an example from the 'true' point of view, and offsets this with
an example from the 'false' point of view.  He instinctively knew that the
best way to teach anything, is to present the work in such a way as to
illustrate it using the 'conjunction of opposites'.  In doing this, the
student would soon learn to think in Balance, seeing everything as it was,
and conceiving of it's opposite.  Thus giving the student a complete
linear objective view.  He knew that this teaching key could be unleashed
on the peasants with remarkable results.  It would allow them to compare
oppression with freedom.  It would exercise, temper and educate their
perception as well as develop their logic.  And this in turn would force
them to question the superstitious dogma of the Church as well as
understand the oppression wrought by the State.  An educated peasant,
Weishaupt reasoned could rise up and overthrow the tyranny of both Church
and State.  A thinking peasant, knew what he wanted and why he wanted it.
A thinking peasant would not accept oppression any longer for he now had a
key to liberation and an educated mind capable of logical, linear thought.
 And he wanted a free life to go with these new found strengths.  This was
the basic strategy which was used by Thomas Paine to help secure our
freedoms here in America, and which helped win another revolution in
France a few years later.