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****************************************************************** “That which we cannot speak of is the one thing about whom and to whom we must never stop speaking.” Today's offering The Struggle of Galileo continues (Part 2) Galileo and the Church controversy (Part 7 of "the Tomorrow People") The Metaphysics of Mysticism (Part 6) "The Tomorrow people" " The Tomorrow People" (Part 5) The Red Book (Part 4) "Here be dragons" Part 3 of the tomorrow people. Is there a Third Eye? Part 2 of the tomorrow people "Where do you go when you go to sleep? The Tomorrow People Part one Is it possible to see into the future? Or perhaps some have a native ability to observe his/her surroundings and draw astounding conclusions based on observation alone. "You see, but you do not observe."
“That which we cannot speak of is the one thing about whom and to whom we must never stop speaking.”
The Struggle of Galileo continues (Part 2)
Galileo and the Church controversy (Part 7 of "the Tomorrow People")
The Metaphysics of Mysticism (Part 6) "The Tomorrow people"
" The Tomorrow People" (Part 5) The Red Book
(Part 4) "Here be dragons"
Part 3 of the tomorrow people. Is there a Third Eye?
Part 2 of the tomorrow people
"Where do you go when you go to sleep?
The Tomorrow People Part one
Is it possible to see into the future? Or perhaps some have a native ability to observe his/her surroundings and draw astounding conclusions based on observation alone. "You see, but you do not observe."
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The Apocalypse (The First Gospel) 40 part series [ Nov 2012-Sept 2013] There are 20 less angels on earth tonight The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They're our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we're reminded that that capacity may well be limitless We add our prayers to all of yours for the 20 angels we lost ...
There are 20 less angels on earth tonight The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They're our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we're reminded that that capacity may well be limitless We add our prayers to all of yours for the 20 angels we lost ...
Rather than weary your mind by giving you all this information at once we'll break it down in bit size morsels.
Galileo's first run-in with the Inquisition occurred in 1616, almost twenty years before his conviction. On December 20, 1614, an ambitious young Dominican priest by the name of Tommaso Caccini attacked Galileo from the pulpit with a scathing sermon in which the hotheaded Caccini called mathematicians in general (and Galileo in particular), "practioners of diabolical arts...enemies of true religion" . Soon thereafter another Dominican, Niccolae Lorini, wrote a letter to the Holy Office condemning Galileo for heresy, substantiating it with an doctored copy of Galileo's Letter to Castelli (Sobel 1999, pg. 66-67). Galileo responded by sending a true copy of Letter to Castelli to Archbishop Piero Dini, and the case was summarily dismissed by the Consultor of the Holy Office. Caccini then took it upon himself to travel to Rome in a second attempt to bring the wrath of the Church down upon the controversial scientist: appearing before the Holy Office on March 20, 1615, he gave a deposition which historian Giorgio de Santillana describes as "such an interminable mass of twists and innuendoes and double talk that a summary does no justice to it" (as cited in Linder 2002) . Unconvinced, the Inquisition reiterated its decision to drop all charges against Galileo.
Angered by the accusations against him, Galileo took the opportunity to send a copy of his newly published Treatise on the Tides to Cardinal Alessandro Orsini, requesting that Orsini forward the paper to Pope Paul V. Galileo then travelled to Rome himself and sought an audience with the Pope in order to make his case for the Copernican system in person. The move backfired, as the Pope decided to take the opportunity to have the Inquisition rule once and for all on whether or not the Copernican doctrine should be officially condemned as heretical. A panel of eleven Qualifiers (expert theologians) of the Holy Office carefully examined the issue and unanimously concluded that:
1. The proposition that the sun is in the center of the world and immovable from its place is absurd, philosophically false, and formally heretical; because it is expressly contrary to Holy Scriptures.
2. The proposition that the earth is not the center of the world, nor immovable, but that it moves, and also with a diurnal action, is also absurd, philosophically false, and, theologically considered, at least erroneous in faith (Halsall 1999).
On the strength of this report, the Inquisition issued an official proclamation declaring that Copernican astronomy was contrary to the Bible and therefore could not be supported as factual. It also censored Copernicus' book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolution of the Spheres) and several books written in support of it; the publication of De Revolutionibus and of Diego de Zuniga's On Job was suspended until several specified corrections were made, and a book by Paolo Antonio Foscarini which attempted to reconcile the Bible with the Copernican system was banned outright. Galileo was admonished not to support the theories of Copernicus since those views had now been officially declared to be in error, but he was not punished (in order to protect Galileo's reputation, Cardinal Robert Bellarmino issued him papers certifying that he had not been charged by the Inquisition) and his Sunspot Letters were not prohibited even though they strongly supported the Copernican theory. (Sobel 1999, pg. 79) and officially commanding him not to "hold or defend" the views of Copernicus.
Defeated but not crushed, Galileo returned to Florence and bided his time. When his friend and supporter Cardinal Maffeo Barberini became Pope Urban VIII in 1623, Galileo visited him in Rome and petitioned him to revoke the 1616 decree. Fearing that it would undermine the authority of the Church, the Pope did not formally lift the injunction -- instead, he gave Galileo permission to write about the Ptolemaic and Copernican systems on the condition that he do so in noncommittal terms, presenting Copernicanism as a hypothetical mathematical construct rather than as fact (DeMarco 1986) . Galileo promptly began working on Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which was published in February of 1932 with the full imprimatur (approval) of the Church censors. Although the Dialogue was technically noncommittal as the Pope had required, it was clear to all that Galileo wholeheartedly supported the Copernican system. Enraged by what he saw as a blatant betrayal of his trust in Galileo, Urban turned matters over to the Inquisition.
There are two lingering misconceptions about Galileo's trial: that the charges of heresy were patently ludicrous because he was obviously correct in supporting the Copernican system, and that he was tortured and forced to recant his beliefs.
Which we'll take up next time...
“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.”
Next we want to consider two more the first is Galileo and then, "Who was Asaph?" It is difficult in such a written short space as opposed given the vastness of the internet, to provide a comprehensive examination of our topic and not reveal the ending or in my case the conclusion without considering the words of our favorite characters "When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Some call the "tomorrow people" prophets, and bowing to my former Roman Catholic education (which while many don’t like to admit the fact, was in my day the best that a young Irish lad could achieve) The "Church" called them "Saints"...I was considered " Wunderkind (from German: "wonder child") and not unlike Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory" my mother did indeed have me tested! Much to her chagrin she found out that I was more of a sponge, everything I read, every language that I heard, every book that was read to me as a wee lad prior to my reading for my self I analyzed and understood beyond my chronological age. It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Reading and writing were to most difficult for me in my early years as in placing me with other children of my own age I would begin to read and write backwards and upside down (hence the testing). When it was discovered that I was bored! For now I’m going to think that these "tomorrow people were just ahead of their time! But what if there is more to it than just that? Ah well... Let’s look at Galileo
In most accounts, the conflict between Galileo and the Inquisition is presented as a battle between scientific progress and blind religious dogmatism -- Galileo is presented as brave crusader for truth and science, unjustly persecuted and imprisoned for the "crime" of being right. This view is fundamentally flawed by its failure to consider the historical background of the case: at the time, Galileo's work was a radical and highly controversial new theory, not an accepted scientific fact. The Church's actions represented an affirmation of the accepted scientific wisdom of the times against a new idea with some disturbing philosophical and theological implications, rather than a rejection of science.
If we seek to understand and interpret the actions of the Inquisition, we must examine them within the context of the scientific and political environment of early seventeenth-century Europe. To someone living in the modern age, it seems utterly inconceivable that any sane person could have ever believed that the earth stood immovable at the very center of the universe, surrounded by perfect crystal spheres upon which rode the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars. We have been raised with the knowledge that our earth is but one of nine planets orbiting the Sun, a G2 class yellow dwarf star located on the edge of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy (Fisher 2000) , and consequently we accept it as obvious fact even though most of us have never personally seen the astronomical or mathematical evidence that proves it to be so. This tends to blind us to the fact that the people of Galileo's day accepted the Ptolemaic system as fact for the exact same reason we accept the Copernican today -- because it is what they were taught, what all the experts of the day believed, and what all the available data supported (if they could understand it, which was not usually the case). Let us, then, consider Italy in the year 1610.
Nearly a hundred years since Martin Luther pinned his famous ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenburg Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Church was still reeling from the theological and political effects of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Although still a powerful socioeconomic force, the Church possessed but a shadow of the influence it once wielded -- even in its homeland of Italy, the reins of power were held by the governments of the individual city-states, not by Rome (Gilbert 1992, Ch. 3). Predictably enough, the Vatican guarded its remaining power jealously, using the Congregation of the Holy Roman and Universal Inquisition, better known as the Roman Inquisition or the Holy Office, to enforce Catholic orthodoxy by banning books and prosecuting heretics. It was this body that tried and convicted Galileo in 1633, handing down the infamous sentence:
We pronounce, judge, and declare, that you, the said Galileo, have rendered yourself vehemently suspected by this Holy Office of heresy, that is, of having believed and held the doctrine (which is false and contrary to the Holy and Divine Scriptures) that the sun is the center of the world, and that it does not move from east to west, and that the earth does move, and is not the center of the world; also, that an opinion can be held and supported as probable, after it has been declared and finally decreed contrary to the Holy Scripture, and, consequently, that you have incurred all the censures and penalties enjoined and promulgated in the sacred canons and other general and particular constituents against delinquents of this description. From which it is Our pleasure that you be absolved, provided that with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, in Our presence, you abjure, curse, and detest, the said error and heresies, and every other error and heresy contrary to the Catholic and Apostolic Church of Rome (Halsall 1999) .
To be continued...
I do hope that you enjoy the subject under discussion which perhaps for my longtime readers is not so much of a stretch as you new ones. However bear with me as I promise it will be worth the ride.
We are considering a deeper subject than some are use to, similar to your first Algebra class when you were taught the 2 +2 does not always equal 4. I called these studies or as my dear readers like to call them "conversations". Thinking about things beyond what is day to day conversation. We Irish tend to on the mystical side in our thinking. I wrote a wee monograph on "Thin places" where in Ireland one can come closer to God. And now that we are here in America I find that we have also have thin places, but not a location but an attitude. A way of seeing, but not with the eyes, but with the mind. The Tomorrow people, saints and sinners, known and unknown, famous and not so much, are just these types who walk among us. Maybe next to you, on the desk two rows over. C. G. Jung may have been s stretch for some but I wanted to start with a well known intellectual in the modern society that at least some might recognize. That famous philosopher baseball great Yogi Berra once said "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" And I will modify that quote a wee bit by saying "when you come to a fork in the road, go straight ahead"!
St. John of the Cross stands as one of the most important mystical philosophers in Christian history. It has been recorded that during his studies St. John particularly relished psychology; this is amply borne out by his writings. He was not what one would term a scholar, but he was intimately acquainted with the "Summa" of St. Thomas Aquinas, as almost every page of his works proves. Holy Scripture he seems to have known by heart, yet he evidently obtained his knowledge more by meditation than in the lecture room.
He left the following works, which for the first time appeared at Barcelona in 1619.
1."The Ascent of Mount Carmel", an explanation of some verses beginning: "In a dark night with anxious love inflamed". This work was to have comprised four books, but breaks off in the middle of the third.
2."The Dark Night of the Soul", another explanation of the same verses, breaking off in the second book. Both these works were written soon after his escape from prison, and, though incomplete, supplement each other, forming a full treatise on mystic theology.
3.An explanation of the "Spiritual Canticle", (a paraphrase of the Canticle of Canticles) beginning "Where hast Thou hidden Thyself?" composed part during his imprisonment, and completed and commented upon some years later at the request of Venerable Anne of Jesus.
4.An explanation of a poem beginning: "O Living Flame of Love", written about 1584 at the bidding of Doña Ana de Penalosa.
5.Some instructions and precautions on matters spiritual.
6.Some twenty letters, chiefly to his penitents. Unfortunately the bulk of his correspondence, including numerous letters to and from St. Teresa, was destroyed, partly by himself, partly during the persecutions to which he fell a victim.
7."Poems", of which twenty-six have been hitherto published, viz., twenty in the older editions, and recently six more, discovered partly at the National Library at Madrid, and partly at the convent of Carmelite nuns at Pamplona.
8."A Collection of Spiritual Maxims" (in some editions to the number of one hundred, and in others three hundred and sixty-five) can scarcely count as an independent work, as they are culled from his writings.
While you may not see a connection between Jung and saint John of the cross. Keep reading as they are both mystics each in their own way.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17)
Jung was an example of dreaming (although not pleasant, within himself)
And John of the cross who wrote The Dark Night of the Soul (about the experience of spiritual desolation, of feeling abandoned and rejected by God, and why this is for some Christians a means by which God increases our faith in Him; about the Christian walk, the life of prayer and contemplation, and growing in love and grace)
John engaged in the work of reform, and came to experience the price of reform: increasing opposition, misunderstanding, persecution, imprisonment. He came to know the cross acutely—to experience the dying of Jesus—as he sat month after month in his dark, damp, narrow cell with only his God! Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
Yet, the paradox! In this dying of imprisonment John came to life, uttering poetry. In the darkness of the dungeon, John’s spirit came into the Light. There are many mystics, many poets; John is unique as mystic-poet, expressing in his prison-cross the ecstasy of mystical union with God in the Spiritual Canticle.
But as agony leads to ecstasy, so John had his Ascent to Mt. Carmel, as he named it in his prose masterpiece. As man-Christian-Carmelite, he experienced in himself this purifying ascent; as spiritual director, he sensed it in others; as psychologist-theologian, he described and analyzed it in his prose writings. His prose works are outstanding in underscoring the cost of discipleship, the path of union with God: rigorous discipline, abandonment, purification. Uniquely and strongly John underlines the gospel paradox: The cross leads to resurrection, agony to ecstasy, darkness to light, abandonment to possession, denial to self to union with God. If you want to save your life, you must lose it. John is truly "of the Cross." He died at 49—a life short, but full.
John in his life and writings has a crucial word for us today. We tend to be rich, soft, comfortable. We shrink even from words like self-denial, mortification, purification, asceticism, discipline. We run from the cross. John’s message—like the gospel—is loud and clear: Don’t—if you really want to live!
Thomas Merton said of John: "Just as we can never separate asceticism from mysticism, so in St. John of the Cross we find darkness and light, suffering and joy, sacrifice and love united together so closely that they seem at times to be identified."
The first two of our "tomorrow people"
To Be continued ...
For those who follow my writings it is difficult to know where to start or who to start with in my study of the "Tomorrow People" which as I perceive it now is a combination of Prophets and those who have seen or heard the voice of God. So much to consider. There are those who "see" into the future, and those who just see the world clearly without pre cognitive presuppustional apologetics1 With that in mind I decided to start with "The Red Book’ written by Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung's radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is "by nature religious" and to explore it in depth. His many major works include "Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice," "Man and His Symbols," "Memories, Dreams, Reflections," "The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung," and "The Red Book." Which if you get a copy you’ll be ahead when we discuss it on my blog. What he discovered were manifestations of both his personal and collective unconscious. In this sense, he demonstrated by personal example that the enigmatic phenomenon we call "psychosis" is often about being completely inundated or possessed by the personal and archetypal unconscious rather than caused by a genetically predisposed biochemical imbalance or "broken brain," that it has psychological and spiritual significance, meaning and purpose, and that it can potentially be psychotherapeutically treated with the proper skills, commitment and knowledge. C.G. Jung's Red Book begins as a detailed log of one man's personal, lonely nekyia or night sea journey (What was called Dark Night of the Soul by St John of the Cross)2 to the underworld and ends with his heroic return to the outer world renewed, much like a latter day Dante, Jonah or Ulysses. This, as he came to understand, is an excellent description of what real psychotherapy is or can be all about. Jung was a unique scholar, he had a very distinctive ability to blend a lot of knowledge from seemingly unrelated areas of science into psychology. His biography is an essential starting point to understand how he managed to develop this quality, which I think was key to his original thinking.
What we find is that Jung as well as St John of the cross came to a crossroads in which each of them stepped over from what most call the "real world" into another area. But what was it that they found and why was it necessary to go through this journey.
So we ask the questions "Do all of mankind go through theses paths or are there just a few hardy souls who are willing to enter into the very presence of God. Some hear his "still small almost silent voice" while others come to an unique understanding of who God is and our sense of belonging. It seems that for each individual it is somewhat different. Depending oh their need and from my perspective the times in which we live. Is it possible the term we call God is a direction that we being lead? And to what end? We want to look first at Jung’s "The Red Book" for some insights.
Carl Jung is a fascinating character in psychology’s history.
Mentored by Freud himself, Jung broke off from Freud to found his own theory of human behavior, nowadays generally referred to as Jungian psychology. The Jungian theories place more emphasis on the spiritual side of our inner psyche, and the belief that all of humanity shares what he referred to as a collective unconscious. He also believed in the power of archetypes — that our myths and symbols are universal and innate and serve a greater purpose in helping us learn from each of our stages in life.
Carl Jung died 48 years ago, but he still has a devout following of professionals, clinicians and researchers who believe in the power of his theories. While not a popular form of psychotherapy in the United States, it remains a niche in psychology that nonetheless carries on Jung’s theories and practices.
In his late 30s, Jung started writing a book called The Red Book. The Red Book is part journal, part mythological novel that takes the reader through Jung’s fantasies — hallucinations he self-induced to try and get to the core of his unconscious. And as a theorist, he wanted to document his 16-year journey, so he wrote down everything he experience, saw and felt:
Jung recorded it all. First taking notes in a series of small, black journals, he then expounded upon and analyzed his fantasies, writing in a regal, prophetic tone in the big red-leather book. The book detailed an unabashedly psychedelic voyage through his own mind, a vaguely Homeric progression of encounters with strange people taking place in a curious, shifting dreamscape. Writing in German, he filled 205 oversize pages with elaborate calligraphy and with richly hued, staggeringly detailed paintings.
For decades, The Red Book has been wrapped in mystery, because it has never been published. It was thought that only one copy of the book existed — locked in a Swiss safe deposit box by the heirs to C.G. Jung’s estate.
As it turns out, however, copies of the book have been around if one searched hard enough to find them. A historian by the name of Sonu Shamdasani found said copies and after three years of discussions with the descendants of Jung, convinced the family to allow him access to the original to translate and finally publish it. The book will finally be published next month. It's here but not cheap and you need a key as it were to understand it.
But what will readers find in the Red Book? And is it of any value to anyone who isn’t a hard-core Jungian? Answers to the first question can be glimpsed by reading the full New York Times article on the book:
The central premise of the book, Shamdasani told me, was that Jung had become disillusioned with scientific rationalism — what he called "the spirit of the times" — and over the course of many quixotic encounters with his own soul and with other inner figures, he comes to know and appreciate "the spirit of the depths," a field that makes room for magic, coincidence and the mythological metaphors delivered by dreams. [...]
The Red Book is not an easy journey — it wasn’t for Jung, it wasn’t for his family, nor for Shamdasani, and neither will it be for readers. The book is bombastic, baroque and like so much else about Carl Jung, a willful oddity, synched with an antediluvian and mystical reality. The text is dense, often poetic, always strange. The art is arresting and also strange. Even today, its publication feels risky, like an exposure. But then again, it is possible Jung intended it as such. In 1959, after having left the book more or less untouched for 30 or so years, he penned a brief epilogue, acknowledging the central dilemma in considering the book’s fate. "To the superficial observer," he wrote, "it will appear like madness." Yet the very fact he wrote an epilogue seems to indicate that he trusted his words would someday find the right audience.
But answers to the second question will be harder to come by. While some of Jung’s theories have become a part of the popular culture of psychology, most of Jung is difficult to digest and accept at face value. His theories are very creative and interesting, but it’s hard to generalize from one’s man’s own inner life and turmoil. For understanding Jung, his life, and where all of his psychological theories came from, it will be a treasure trove indeed. For the rest of us, however, its value may be more ethereal and harder to grasp.
The historian who did the translation over the past few years has said the book’s basic message is "Value your inner life." Whether you read it or not, that’s a message worthy of any great theorist in psychology.
Next time ...
Here be dragons ...
is a phrase used to denote unexplored or dangerous territories derived from the medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in blank areas of maps. What we want to gain from that turn of a phrase is the concept that all myths are stories but not all stories are myths As William Shakespear wrote in HAMLET Act 1. Scene V There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. And this wee offering being written on Hallowe’ens eve (you see how slow this has been going ) when things go bump in the night. It’s quite appropriate to speak (or in this case write of things not understood or seen with the naked eye. We are born with no knowledge whatsoever other than some minor genetic memories, and many of us simply follow the patterns that life, evolution, and our peers throw at us. We subconsciously assume we must do as our forefathers; we must follow in their footsteps; we must marry, have children, get a job, and step onto the roller-coaster of commercialism and the greed-oriented rat race we know as capitalism or even communism.
There is seemingly no way out of this life, and anyway, most of us are enthused by the chase - for we truly know no different.
All of this is perfectly natural.. We strive to be the alpha male and female; to be top dog; to fit in with the society or "tribe" that surrounds us and support the same football team as our friends. And often that society is just a larger version of our selves; it is created by groups of selves.
In the times gone by, our ancestors saw through all of this and recognized that there was another way. They discovered that in order for man to elevate himself above the level of the brown earth upon which he scrambled, he needed to alter his internal dialogue.
Man needed to understand himself and the forces that drive him.
This unique understanding - that there could be a higher goal for mankind, whether collectively or individually - evolved into what we now know as Gnosticism. Of course, this is a massive oversimplification and we should always take into account the mystics - those who have experienced what we would call otherworldly emotions or visions.
Also, regardless of popular perception, the Christians were not the only Gnostics and mystics. Gnostic comes from the Greek word gignoskein meaning, simply, to know.It was applied to,"one sect of so-called philosopher’s in the first ages of Christianity."
However, the term is now being used more loosely, and I personally see the term slightly differently than others, and probably in a controversial light.
To me, the Greek term implies all-knowledge. This is a kind of knowledge gained much like plugging ones mind into the World Wide Web and being able to download every single piece of data in an instant. In the same way, the true Gnostic, much like the mystic, could supposedly understand all things in a unique way.
Whether this is the mind tapping into the collective unconscious, the Akashic records, or any other name given to the process, does not matter for the purpose of this the fact remains, it was believed. And because of this belief, physical manifestations of the internal belief system emerged the world over.
Gnosis, then, means knowledge of the most esoteric kind, and this is the story that has been hidden from our eyes for too long. This is the truth of that we are supposedly too worldly to comprehend.
But getting past all of that we must consider that there seems to be people (not a few) who have an innate wisdom (call it knowledge) or perhaps a sort of spirituality which on observation seems to surpass the "normal’ person and take one beyond what we call normal. I know of a older lady who sees me every day and from time to time will tell me "I just had you on my mind and prayed for you" and although I have never bothered to ask, generally there was something going on at the time that I needed prayer.
Do you remember a television series based on a real person, the series was called "Medium" No matter what you believe about people who can see beyond the physical lives around us, the show was made enjoyable by the characters involved. Patricia Arquette was cast to play the role of the medium Allison DuBois.
There seems to be in our midst people who are perhaps for the lack of a better word "sensitive" or maybe empathetic to their suroundings and the people with whom they come in contact.
Next time we’ll look at some of these and consider the "tomorrows" they see in our future
I do hope that you can keep up with our looking at those who I have called the tomorrow people. I realize that for some this is or can be rather spooky (but this is getting close to ghosts and goblins Hallowe’en is it not? )
But for those who know me well enough to know that in some things I don’t joke about the real serious things in life. Things like going home to Ireland, serious Irish coffee, my dogs and Herself (my wife).
I am deliberately taking you out of your comfort zone So by the time you get back to what you think you know best and we look at the recorded history you will be able to consider things that you have overlooked in the past. And you may even want to come back to these first few blogs to re read what we started with.
Now let’s consider what has be called the "Third eye" Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was once thought to be a vestigial leftover from a lower evolutionary state.
Indeed, according to recent research, we could be increasing our chances of contracting chronic illnesses like cancer by unnecessarily bathing its evenings in artificial light, working night shifts or staying up too late. By disrupting the pineal gland and melatonin's chronobiological connection to Earth's rotational 24-hour light and dark cycle, known as its circadian rhythm, we're possibly opening the doors not to perception, but to disease and disorder. A recently published study from Vanderbilt University has found associations between circadian disruption and heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
By hacking what pinealophiles call our mind's third eye with an always-on techno culture transmitting globally at light-speed, we may have disadvantaged our genetic ability to ward off all manner of complicated nightmares. No wonder the pineal gland is a pop-culture staple for sci-fi, fantasy and horror fandom, as well as a mass attractor of mystics and mentalists. Its powers to divide and merge our light and dark lives only seems to grow the more we take it seriously.
"We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland," University of Michigan professor of physiology and neurology Jimo Borjigin, a pioneer in medical visualization of the pineal gland's melatonin secretion, told me. "Numerous molecules are found in the pineal, many of which are uniquely found at night, and we do not have a good idea of what their functions are. The only function that is established beyond doubt is the melatonin synthesis and secretion at night, which is controlled by the central clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus and modulated by light. All else is speculative."
Discerning between the science and speculation of the pineal gland hasn't been easy since long before Rene Descartes called it the "principal seat of the soul" after studying it at length nearly four centuries ago. (Although "no evidence exists to support this," clarified Borjigin.) So here's a handy shortlist of things you should know about the pineal gland.
1. Third Eyes and Theosophistry
The current scientific understanding is that the pineal gland probably started out as an eye, and it receives signals from light and our retinas. Whether it was our only eye which shrunk into the brain once its perceptive tasks were taken care of by our two newer eyes, or whether it was a third eye with a spiritual and physical connection to previous spiritual and evolutionary states, or both, has galvanized science and speculation for centuries.
Earth's ancient cultural histories are filled with folklore featuring both one-eyed and three-eyed beings of great power, from Shiva and Cyclops to that amiable fellow in The Twilight Zone's classic episode, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" and beyond. Associations can be found in Hinduism, whose seventh primary chakra Sahasara is a multilayered lotus that looks like the pineal gland's pinecone, and whose primary function is to perceive universal oneness, scientifically and spiritually speaking. Theosophists, who have been studying what they perceive as hidden knowledge since the Greeks and Romans ruled philosophical and scientific inquiry, have more recently claimed that the pineal gland is the spiritual engine of our evolution into "embryo gods, beings of consciousness and matter."
That description seems apt, given the astronomical power we have achieved in a few million yeas of evolution. While Homo sapiens' third eyes likely transformed into pineal glands along the way, today we can still find animals with photoreceptive third eyes, now called parietal eyes, like New Zealand's endangered tuatara. Fossils from other ancient creatures feature similar sockets in their skulls, making our pineal gland a candidate for an ex-eye.
2. What Was Once Hidden Is Now Hi-Res
Michigan University professor Borjigin and his team are hard at work on how the pineal gland and melatonin regulate our lives.
"The central circadian clock controls timing of almost all aspects of our life, including physiology and behavior, and melatonin is the best marker to decode the fingerprints of circadian timing in both humans and animals," he says. "In the past, it was very difficult to study circadian properties of melatonin in animals due to technical limitations. My lab invented long-term pineal microdialysis, which permits automated, computer-controlled and high-resolution analysis of melatonin secretion from rodent pineal gland from four to 10 weeks in the same animal."
These visualizations could go a long way toward understanding how to hack melatonin, which the pineal gland secretes when we sleep and helps the brain repair and sync our bodies to Earth's rotation. Melatonin is a stunning compound, found naturally in plants, animals and microbes. A powerful antioxidant, its list of its medicinal uses only seems to grow each year, as we learn more about its ability to help with immune disorders, chronic illnesses, and neurodegeneration.
"Pineal microdialysis allows us to monitor melatonin secretion closely under various conditions to simulate jet lag, shiftwork, light pollution, diet manipulation and more to define the fingerprints of circadian response to environment, he added. "It also allows us to discover animals with extreme chronotypes, like early-birds or night-owls, to understand how individuals with different chronotype respond to circadian challenges differently. These are still ongoing studies, but hopefully some of the works will be published this year."
3. Artificial Light = Dark Future
What has been recently published about melatonin is already pretty significant, especially for those looking to combat breast and prostate cancer. Harvard University School of Public Health researcher Itai Kloog and his group published a series of studies in the last few years explaining how our "modern urbanized sleeping habitat" (PDF) is a massive hormone-based cancer risk. "We have blotted out the night sky" with artificial light, wrote Earth Island Journal's Holly Hayworth," citing Kloog's research and noting that half that light is wasted anyway.
"We've proven beyond a doubt that it's a risk factor," Kloog says. "Light at night has been proven on many levels, by our group and many others, to definitely contribute to higher risk of developing hormonal cancer."
Kloog's team published five studies altogether, including analyses at local and global levels, and all of them found firm correlations between circadian and melatonin disruption and higher risks of cancer. Analyzing NASA's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program archive (to illuminate Earth's light-at-night coverage) and data from the World Health Organization, Kloog's group "found clearly that as women were more exposed to light at nighttime, their rates of breast cancer went up. Our Israel study found that going from minimum exposure to average exposure to light at night resulted in a 36 percent higher standard rate of breast cancer, and going from average to maximum was another 26 percent increase."
Using kernel smoothing to create density maps showing light exposure and cancer rates, Kloog's team found that another of its studies, which sourced more than 20,000 light sources by height and intensity, showed a clear association. For their two worldwide studies, they developed an algorithm to assign population weight average light exposure for every person in every city across the world, using WHO data, and again they found a clear association between cancer and light at night.
"For average light exposure per person, if you take an underdeveloped country like Nepal, we're talking about 0.02 nanowatts per centimeter squared," Kloog explained. "Compare that to the United States, where the average light exposure of a person is 57.5. Up until around 120 years ago, humans were basically exposed to 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness on average, seasons and latitudes permitting of course. But since the invention of the lightbulb, we've artificially stretched the day. We go to sleep late at night, we have lights on while we sleep, we have a shorter sleep duration. We have a lot of factors stretching out our days, relative to the light period we experienced during millions of years of previous evolution."
"It's something that's easy to take out of the equation," Kloog states. "Go to sleep in a dark room. Use less light. Close the shutters. Circadian disruption is carcinogenic to humans."
4. Occult Classic
This is not to say that late-night viewing itself isn't good for the mind, especially when it comes to pineal glands and third eyes. Because pineal glands and third eyes remain singular components of an otherwise binary brain with an extraordinary past, they have stimulated some stranger explorations of their spiritual and supernatural possibility. The pineal gland's circadian dualism has achieved particular resonance with influential occultists like horror influential H.P. Lovecraft. Who, in turn, have spawned new generations of speculative talents that have used it as a quite flexible receptacle for expansive meaning.
In From Beyond, a supernaturally activated pineal gland turns mad scientists into brain-eating zombies. The recently reissued 1957 exploitation film She Devil features a "female monster" whose hyper stimulated pineal gland turns her into "a demon, a devil, a creature with a warped soul!" In both films, and many other third-eye head-trips, functions as a sexualized organ, rather than a circadian regulator. Today, some use melatonin supplements, available since the '90s, to aid with sexual dysfunction. But the pineal gland's expansive mythic and scientific history has much broader applications when it comes to folklore and entertainment.
"In The Middleman, we quickly discovered that because this most mysterious of glands is so misunderstood, even though its very name connotes a certain frisson of scientific accuracy and technical understanding, it was a fantastic shorthand for whatever otherworldly qualities we needed to justify," Grillo-Marxuach author/writer added. "Over the course of 12 episodes, the pineal gland became the source of psychic ability, communication between parallel dimensions, the magical influence of succubi and incubi over the libidos of ordinary mortals and, finally, the power source for our main supervillain's armageddon device. Since Stuart Gordon and H.P. Lovecraft gave me such a gift in my teenage years by providing me with so fanciful an understanding of cerebral anatomy, I figured I'd pay the favor forward as many times as possible."
The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. In certain dharmic spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye refers to the ajna, or brow, chakra. In Theosophy it is related to the pineal gland. The third eye refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.
In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras, precognition, and out-of-body experiences. People who are claimed to have the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers. Now you can see where I have been going all along We’ll come back to this concept later....
Inside? or Outside the box?
From the time of birth all the way to the end we never stop thinking. We do it while we are awake and while we’re sleeping. Only for brief moments is there a lull in this cerebral activity and that is both a blessing and a curse. Because we think, we can imagine, and that allows us to create and invent things almost unimaginable. As we invent, others can experience and learn about our inventions and innovate improvements and create entirely new inventions. One creation serves as a building block for the next and the creative process expands geometrically. There would appear to be no end to our creative capacities. The only obstacle to this process is the one doing the thinking.
Thinking is a two edged sword. Not only does it equip us with problem solving skills, it also equips us with the capacity to create problems. Because we think, we can’t help thinking about ourselves and we do this based on the nature of thoughts. A thought is in simple terms a mental image; a virtual projection manipulated in our brains. The image is not a real thing. It is an abstraction of something real. We open our eyes and we see external images. We close our eyes and we see internal images. What we fail to realize is that all images are actually being registered in our brains. What appears as "out there" is in truth nothing more than a virtual projection being registered in our primary visual cortex where it is "seen" and based on this projection our brain tells us "out there."
But this is not the end of the matter. These images are then subjected to cognitive processing and recording in memory. Some experiences are pleasurable and others are not. When we experience pleasure we want to grasp and retain the experience and when it is undesirable we remember that as well and do our best to avoid such events occurring again. This is a learning process, which we engage to do what we can to maximize pleasure and minimize pain, but we soon learn that such a thing is beyond our control. What brings us pleasure in a moment brings us pain in the next. Phenomenal life is constantly changing.
This fundamental desire to avoid pain and retain pleasure is a trap that ends up creating the opposite of what we seek because we attach our sense of worth to moving targets. As the objects of desire come to an end, suffering follows. What we set out to avoid soon comes our way. And out of this ebb and flow we develop a sense of ourselves. We wonder about the one doing the thinking and make flawed conclusions. When adversity occurs we imagine that we brought it upon ourselves which is true in many cases. When pleasure comes our way we imagine that we singularly created the conditions that made it possible. Gradually we form an image of ourselves, which we’ve learned to label an ego—a self-image that is no more real than every other abstraction produced by our brains.
All images are projections—the ones we see externally, which we presume is our real world of objects, the ones we see in our minds eye and the images we develop about ourselves. None of it is anything other than abstract images recorded in our brains. All of it looks real so we respond as if it is real and that results in big problems, for ourselves and people with whom we share our world. Out of this flaw of perception and processing come certain conclusions. We conclude that we can trust some people and not others. We conclude that to survive and prosper we must hoard and save for a rainy day. We conclude that greed is good and we get angry when people draw attention to this flawed conclusion that jeopardizes our egotistical plans. Life then becomes a competition with winners and losers and things turn out the same way as before: the process works to deliver what we set out to avoid. We wanted to maximize pleasure and avoid pain and the result is the opposite because our aggressive lust leads us into isolation, alienation and jeopardy with the very same people we need to insure our desires.
Thinking, thinking, thinking: it never stops from birth till death. It is both a blessing and a curse and we thus create both wondrous inventions and means of destruction. As a result life balances on a razors edge between greatness and evil. That’s life, so what’s Zen?
Long before there was science, of any kind, people were natural scientists and engaged in the scientific method. They wondered. They created hypotheses. They tested these ideas in various ways. They found out through trial and error what worked and what didn’t and they learned just like scientists do today. Now we have formal sciences and one of these is neurology: the study of the brain. Zen is the study of the mind and is conducted almost exactly as any science is conducted, through observation but not with tools. In Zen the mind uses itself to examine what it produces: the coming and going of thoughts and emotions. When thoughts arise they are observed as unreal images. When they subside we are left with silence of the observer.
We live in a time awash in technology and assume that it is based on electronics. But the principle of technology is much broader. Fundamentally technology means an application of knowledge especially in a particular area that provides a means of accomplishing a task. Anything from a simple hammer to charting the cosmos properly belongs to the realm of technology.
The common coin understanding of Zen is wrong. Ordinarily Zen is considered to be a branch on the tree of Buddhism but many people don’t realize is that Zen came first, a long time before there was such a thing as the religion of Buddhism. The original name for Zen was dhyana and is recorded in history as far back as 7,000 years. The Buddha lived around 2,500 years ago and used the mental technology of Zen to experience his enlightenment. Properly speaking it isn’t Zen Buddhism but rather Buddhist Zen—the mystical form of Buddhism. All orthodox religions have mystical arms and all of them have meditation as a core principle. While Zen isn’t electronic, it is similar since our brain works by exchanging electrical transmissions and Zen is the most thoroughgoing technology ever conceived for fathoming the human mind.
Because of scientific advances that have occurred in our time, we know the human brain is the most sophisticated computer ever and is capable of calculation speeds a billion times faster than any computer yet built. Furthermore it is "dual-core," computing in parallel mode with completely different methods. One side works like a serial processor (our left hemisphere) and the other works like a parallel processor (or right hemisphere). The left creates code and the right reads the code. The left is very good at analyzing, dissecting and abstracting while the right interprets and says what it all means.
Zen is the mental technology of using the mind to understand itself. The true mind watches the movement and arising of the code in order to grasp how the "machine" works. Everything perceived and processed is watched. There is a conditional and object-oriented aspect and there is an unconditional objectless aspect. Both sides of our brain have no exclusive and independent status. Only when they function together are they of much use. It is much like a wheel: the outside moves while the inside is empty and is the axel of around which the outside moves. Our subjective center is unseen and without form. Our objective nature has form and is seen.
Our brain could be considered hardware and our mind software. Software instructs the hardware how to operate. Together these two are mirror opposites and rely upon the other side. In Buddhist terminology this relationship is called dependent origination, which means they can only exist together. The two sides of our brain are mirror partners. An inside requires an outside. They come and go together. Neither side can exist separately. Everything can only exist in that way.
The entire universe, in infinite configuration and form is essentially empty. If you delve into quantum physics you arrive at nothing. If you go to the farthest reaches of space you arrive at nothing. Before the Big-Bang there was nothing. Now there is everything. Everything is the same thing as nothing. And this amazing awareness comes about by simply watching the coming and going of the manifestations of our mind. Through Zen we learn about both the subjective and the objective nature of ourselves. And what we discover through this process of watching and learning is quite amazing. The primary lesson learned is that there is both an image that is not real and a reality that watches the images.
We think in image forms. Thoughts are not real. They are abstractions, coded messages that represent something but are not what’s being represented. In our minds-eye we see a constant flow of images and ordinarily imagine these images are real and in such a state of mind go unaware that there is one who is watching this flow. That’s what being conscious of our thoughts means. There is one who is watching and there is what’s being watched. Neither of these (the watcher or the watched) can exist by itself. It takes both for thinking to occur.
On the left side of our brain is the image factory, creating thought images and on the right side of our brain is the one watching the images. It’s a marvelous system and both sides must function together. But since we have two sides, responsible for different functions, each side does things differently. The left side thinks in language (coded images). The right side "thinks" in pictures (interpreting the images). The left side talks but doesn’t understand and the right side understands but doesn’t talk. Together the two sides make a great team but individually they make bad company.
The problem with our world today is that we are predominately left brain analyzers and have not been trained to make sense of what’s being analyzed. Education (in a normal sense) trains our language and analytics capacities but ignores the capacities that enhance compassion, creativity, and insight. Consequently we are out of balance aggressors, dominated by our egos and unaware that we are creating an abstract and unreal world that is progressively more and more violent and hostile.
The problem with identity is that we assume that there is an objective and independent watcher doing the watching and we label that watcher as "me"—a self-image (otherwise called an ego). But here is where this must lead. So long as we see an image of ourselves, that image (ego) can’t possibly be the watcher because the watcher can’t see itself. So long as we see any images (self-image included) there is a difference between what is being watched and the watcher.
The true person has no image dimension because all images are objective, whereas the true person is a subject. Subject/Object—two halves joined together into a single real person. One part can be seen (an image) and the other part can’t be seen (the one watching the image). An image isn’t real. It just looks that way. The part that is real is the part that can’t be seen. The entire time of remaining in this image-based realm, restricted by conceptual thought, is in fact a reflection of reality: a dream. When we move beyond thought to reality, we wake up into an imageless realm that is too beautiful to describe.
To be continued . . .
After what for some might have been a very long study into the Book of Revelation. We are now set to embark upon a new (or perhaps not ) direction. Here in America we are now able to watch the third generation of a British SiFi series called, you guessed it "The Tomorrow People" All incarnations of the show concerned the emergence of the next stage of human evolution (Homo superior) known colloquially as Tomorrow People. In the original series the Tomorrow People are also referred to by the term Homo superior. The term "Homo Superior" appears in David Bowie's song "Oh! You Pretty Things": "Let me make it plain. You gotta make way for the Homo Superior." Born to human parents, an apparently-normal child might at some point between childhood and late adolescence experience a process called "breaking out", when they develop their special abilities. These abilities include psionic powers such as telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation. However, their psychological makeup prevents them from intentionally killing others.
Sound interesting I hope so for your sake. For like Sheldon Cooper trying to teach Penny Physics. We are going to look at history, "Doctor Who", the X men, Edgar Cayce the prophets of old Israel and others along the way.
Some were called Prophets, or Seers other terms are clairvoyant, forecaster, fortune teller, seer, prescient, psychic, diviner, mystic, telepathist, sibyl, parapsychologist, spiritualist but all seem to have this one commonality they perceive with greater clarity than most not only the outcome of current events but future events based on perception
that eludes many.
Could this be a gift from God? Or are these people more sensitive to their surroundings? Do they have superior intelligence. Or are they using more of their brain? What about those who can read your mind? Is that even possible? We've often been told that we only use about 10 percent of our brains. Famous people such as Albert Einstein and Margaret Mead have been quoted as stating a variation of it. This myth is probably one of the most well-known myths about the brain, in part because it's been publicized in the media for what seems like forever. Where did it come from? Many sources point to an American psychologist of the early 1900s named William James, who said that "the average person rarely achieves but a small portion of his or her potential". Somehow, that was converted into only using 10 percent of our brain.
This seems really puzzling at first glance. Why would we have the biggest brain in proportion to our bodies of any animal if we didn't actually use all of it? Many people have jumped on the idea, writing books and selling products that claim to harness the power of the other 90 percent. Believers in psychic abilities such as ESP point to it as proof, saying that people with these abilities have tapped into the rest of their brains.
Here's the thing, though; it's not really true. In addition to those 100 billion neurons, the brain is also full of other types of cells that are continually in use. We can become disabled from damage to just small areas of the brain depending on where it's located, so there's no way that we could function with only 10 percent of our brain in use.
Brain scans have shown that no matter what we're doing, our brains are always active. Some areas are more active at any one time than
others, but unless we have brain damage, there is no one part of the brain that is absolutely not functioning. Here's an example. If you're sitting at a table and eating a sandwich, you're not actively using your feet. You're concentrating on bringing the sandwich to your mouth, chewing and swallowing it. But that doesn't mean that your feet aren't working -- there's still activity in them, such as blood flow, even when you're not actually moving them.
So there's no hidden, extra potential you can tap into, in terms of actual brain space. But there's still so much to learn about the brain. That we’ll have to take that up ast another time.
The emphasis on Christian themes are noticeably absent in this Qumran Apocalypse. You should note that the message to the seven churches is missing. This would indicate that it was written prior to John the Baptist meeting Jesus. The Ebyon (Jewish) believers that followed John the Baptist were separate from those who followed Paul.
Peter and James the leaders of the Jerusalem fellowship comprised of the Ebyon Jewish followers of John the Baptist help that Paul had turned his back on the Torah and had for all intents and purposes become a Gentile (those who were related to the Jews within the land but separated buy culture and understanding of the Law of God). It was these factors as well as many more that caused the Ebyon believers to label Paul as "The Liar". Paul recognized his kerygma (message) of inclusiveness and the ecclesiocentric nature and character of his message would be not only hard to understand as Peter said: And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction (2 Peter 3:15-16)
Paul agreed with James and Peter that they wold minister to the Jews and he would go to the Romans, Greeks and others outside of Judea. Therefore at this interchange of ministries the message would change.
The spiritual gifts that were given as signs to Israel were beginning to wane and fade as a new age, ministry and message was approaching.
Some modern scholars and many followers of a more liberal persuasion wold continue to hold that only seven book were written by Paul and that they doubt that the books of Ephesians and Colossians were not written by Paul because the author gives a message that was never spoken of before, a secret in ages past, but now is revealed to man. (Ephesians 3:1-13)
In the epistles of Paul, he preferred the term brothers (Adelphoi). And though the masculine noun was used generically for the whole Brotherhood, Paul addresses specific women followers of Jesus as Sister (Adelphe)- the wives of Peter and the Lord’s brothers, for instance (1 Cor 9:5) or Phoebe (Rom 16:1). Other terms Paul used were The Holy (Hagioi or Hegiasmenoi) [Rom. 12;13]. Those in Messiah [Hoi en Christo [i]. The Called (Kletoi ). Housefellows (Oikeioi ). Those of the Path (Hoi tes Hodou ) There were so many terms precisely because Christian had not yet been accepted to absorb them yet. The name was used derision by outsiders. In Scripture the disciples never called themselves by that name. Believers refused to be called Christian for over 130 years,
The evidence of the author of Revelation all indicates that it was probably John the Baptist and was first written down by his followers who expanded as it was passed from one group to another.
The author of Revelation would not have recognized that humble son of a carpenter as the "coming one" in Revelation. Undoubtedly John was surprised when the Spirit descended upon him at his Baptism. The voice of God convinced John that Jesus was the Son of God and the Lamb that would take away the sins of the world.. But the Baptist must have been astonished at the peaceful conduct and presentation of a loving and forgiving Father/God. This certainly would help to explain why after imprisoned by Herod, John would send his disciples to ask Jesus "Are you the Coming One , or should we look for another?" (Matt. 11:3 ).
The Revelation certainly shows that it could have been a composite work from the "Followers of John" the Ebyons or Nazarenes who represented a primitive form of Christianity and inherited the Baptist’s apocalyptic and heated tendencies. It has been suggested that the gospels themselves presuppose the existence of a Baptist community in competition with the young and forming church (Kasemann: Essays on New Testament themes. And it was the task of the authors of the Gospels of John and Mark to modify this heated theology in comparison and contrasting with the "Gospel of Christ" For this reason we conclude that the book of Revelation may be assigned to the period prior to the writing of the First Gospel. And in the opinion of some the Book of Revelation with its obviously early dating could be considered the "First Gospel".
This is the last of the book of Essene Book of Revelation, its rather long, but you need to get a feel for what was written. Next time I'll conclude with some of my own thoughts about this Ancient book that I have shared with you. And as always you can draw your own conclusion. But if you are open to my suggestion then you will be ahead of the game and have a better understanding of our Bible and its ultimate meaning.
But again the voice spoke,
And again my eyes were drawn away
From the splendours of the realm of light,
"Heed thou, O man!
You may walk on the right path
And walk in the presence of the angels,
You may sing of the Earthly Mother by day
And of the Heavenly Father by night,
And through your being course the golden stream of the Law,
But would you leave your brothers
To plunge through the gaping chasm of blood,
As the pain-wracked Earth shudders and groans
Under her chains of stone?
Can you drink from the cup of eternal life
While your brothers die of thirst?"
And my heart was heavy with compassion.
And I looked, and lo,
There appeared a great wonder in heaven:
A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,
And upon her head a crown of seven stars.
And I knew she was the source of running streams
And the mother of the forests.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea,
And saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
And from his nostrils wafted foul and loathsome air,
And where he rose from the sea, the clear waters turned to slime,
And his body was covered with black and steaming stone.
And the woman clothed with the sun
Reached out her arms to the beast,
And the beast drew near and embraced her.
And lo, her skin of pearl withered beneath his foul breath,
And her back was broken by his arms of crushing rock,
And with tears of blood she sank into the pool of slime.
And from the mouth of this beast there poured armies of men,
Brandishing swords and fighting, one with the other.
And they fought with a terrible anger,
And they cut off their own limbs and clawed out their own eyes,
Until they fell into the pit of slime,
Screaming in agony and pain.
And I stepped to the edge of the pool and reached down my hand,
And I could see the swirling maelstrom of blood,
And the men therein, trapped like flies in a web.
And I spoke in a loud voice, saying,
"Brothers, drop your swords and take hold of my hand.
Leave off this defiling and desecration
Of she who has given thee birth,
And he who has given thee thy inheritance.
For you the days of buying and selling are over
And over, too, the days of hunting and killing.
For he that leadeth into captivity will go into captivity,
And he who kills with the sword must be killed by the sword.
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn
Because no man buys their merchandise any more.
The merchants of gold, and silver, and precious stones,
And of pearls, and fine linen, and purple dyes, and silk, and scarlet,
And marble, and beasts, and sheep, and horses,
And chariots, and slaves, and souls of men,
All these things you cannot buy and sell,
For all is buried in a sea of blood
Because you have turned your back on your father and mother,
And worshipped the beast who would build a paradise of stone.
Drop thy swords, my brothers, and take hold of my hand!"
And as our fingers clasped,
I saw in the distance a great city,
White and shining on the far horizon, glowing alabaster,
And there were voices and thunders, and lightnings,
And there was a great earthquake,
Such as was not since men were on the Earth,
So mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And the great city was divided into three parts,
And the cities of the nations fell.
And the great city came in remembrance before God
To give unto her the cup of the wine
Of the fierceness of his wrath,
And every island fled away,
And the mountains were not found,
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven,
Every stone about the weight of a talent.
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone,
And threw it into the sea, saying,
"Thus, with violence shall the great city be thrown down,
And shall be found no more at all.'
And the voice of harpists, and musicians, and of pipers,
And of singers, and trumpeters,
Shall be heard no more in thee;
And no craftsmen, of whatever craft he be,
Shall be found anymore in thee;
And the sound of the millstone shall be heard no more in thee.
And the light of the candle will shine no more in thee
And the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride
Shall be heard no more in thee
For your merchants were great men of the Earth;
By there sorceries all nations were deceived.
And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints,
And all those who were slain upon Earth.
And my brothers laid hold of my hand,
And they struggled out of the pool of slime
And stood bewildered on the sea of sand,
And the skies opened and washed their naked bodies with rain.
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters,
And as the voice of great thunder:
And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps,
And they sang a new song before the throne.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of Heaven,
Having the songs of day and night
And the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the Earth,
Unto them that have climbed from the pit of slime,
And stand naked and washed by rain before the throne.
And the angel cried out, "Fear God, and give glory to him;
For the hour of his judgement has come:
And worship him that made Heaven and Earth,
And the sea, and the fountains of waters."
And I saw Heaven open, and beheld a white horse;
And he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,
And in righteousness he does judge.
His eyes were like a flame of fire,
And on his head were many crowns,
And he was cloaked in blazing light
And his feet were bare.
And his name is called the Word of God.
And the holy brotherhood followed him upon white horses,
Clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And they entered the eternal Infinite Garden,
In whose midst stood the Tree of Life.
And the rain washed naked throngs came before them,
Trembling to receive their judgement.
For their sins were many, and they had defiled the Earth,
Yea, they had destroyed the creatures of the land and sea,
Poisoned the ground, fouled the air,
And buried alive the mother who had given them birth.
But, I saw not what befell them, for my vision changed,
New Heaven and Earth
And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth;
For the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away;
And there was no more sea.
And I saw the holy city of the brotherhood
Coming down from God out of Heaven,
Prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying:
"Lo, the mountain of the Lord's house
Is established in the top of the mountains
And is exalted above the hills;
And all people shall flow to it.
Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of God;
And he will teach us of his ways,
And we will walk in his paths:
For out of the Holy Brotherhood shall go forth the Law.
Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men,
And he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,
And God himself will be with them, and be their God.'
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
And there shall be no more death,
Neither sorrow, nor crying,
Neither shall there be any more pain:
For the former things have all passed away.
Those who made war shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks:
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore:
For the former things have passed away.
A New Creation
And he spoke again: "Behold I make all things new.
I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I will give to him that thirsts at the Fountain of the Water of Life freely.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things,
And I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and the unbelieving,
And the abominable, and murderers, and all liars,
Shall dig their own pit which burns with fire and brimstone."
And again my vision changed,
And I heard the voices of the holy brotherhood raised in song,
Saying, "Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Law."
And I saw the Holy City,
And the brothers were streaming to it.
And the city had no need of the sun,
Neither of the moon to shine on it:
For the glory of God did lighten it.
And I saw the pure river of the Water of Life,
Clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God.
And in the middle of the river stood the Tree of Life,
Which bore fourteen kinds of fruits,
And yielded her fruit to those who would eat of it,
And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no night there;
And they need no candle, neither light of the sun,
For the Lord gives them light:
And they shall reign for ever and ever.
I have reached the inner vision
And through thy spirit in me
I have heard thy wondrous secret.
Through thy mystic insight
Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge
To well up within me,
A fountain of power pouring forth living waters;
A flood of love and all embracing wisdom
Like the splendour of eternal light.