The actual origins of the illuminati ; Behavioral manipulation , psychological programming , and mind control , were utterly repugnant to the genuine TELESTAI , ( telestai ) of the ancient Mysteries . In time , initiates took the path of social engineering . Dissident members of the Gnostic movement , were ; are the illuminati . The illuminati movement is far older than we have come to know . The German , 1776 , illuminati movement has nothing to do with the origins of this movement .