As a geomancer, I am not only interested in cleaning sick houses - secular geomancy, but actually, I'm even more interested in working with and in sacred space. I have been arguing for decades that these special spaces were places that enhance the possibility of connection to the other side - to the One. Please judge what follows in that context. You may well find that it challenges some of your paradigms you hold about the past. It combines two separate lines of investigation that support the perception that these spaces really “did what’s on the box.” The gods came to earth. And us humans in great numbers communicated directly with them. (I end with a counter argument just to keep things in balnace. ; )
Since the mid-seventies when I began work on my Masters’ degree on Sacred Space, one of the major themes I have chewed on has been the shift from the dominance of that more intuitive right brain in prehistory to the analytical left brain brought to us by (IMHO) the increase of influence of the Patriarchy. The book that really turned me on initially was The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes, first published in 1976 (see "Works Cited" at the bottom for all book references). I must say that this has been one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books I've ever read, and is a must in the development of consciousness studies. I don’t agree with some of what he has to say, for example, his choice of a particular word to describe how our prehistoric ancestors received their right brain information - "hallucinations." I don't think that's what they were, and later on, I'll go in to why I think so. But on the whole though, I found his thesis most useful in forming my perception of this shift in consciousness.
It began with the Neolithic Revolution - the increasing use of agriculture rather than hunter gathering. It facilitated a shiftin consciousness. My understanding was that the driving factor in the construction of purpose-built sacred spaces in prehistoric times was the loss of the ability of more and more of humanity to connect on a conscious level with the world of spirit. I felt, and still do, that the archaeoastronomy, sacred geometry and Earth Energies all enhanced the ability of this connection as we became more and more left-brain/rational. I wrote about this at great length in my first book, Spiritual Dowsing, initially published in 1986.
The point here is that I saw evidence that Western Man's Cultures (and I am using the word "Man" to indicate the power of the Patriarchy) had shifted from essentially everyone being able to talk with the gods to only one man (sorry ladies) being able to do so.
Before I go any further, I must say that while I am not a Christian, I honour all Paths with Heart. I experienced the reality of Jesus in my life, and I continue to talk with him most nights when I go to bed.... And I talk to other representatives of the One as well.
I have also long been fascinated with an early Christian group called the Gnostics who held a number of heretical ideas, among them were:
1. Our Creator was not God the Father, but the Demiurge (imperfect)
2. I will listen to you, and you, and you, and you, good father in Rome, but ultimately... I’ll decide for myself, because I have experienced the other side directly personally.
3. This Earth isn’t where it’s at, so don’t compound this illusion (maya) by having babies.
And here’s the big one:
4.Jesus was not here in the flesh, but was a powerful spirit who could manifest himself.
As I wrote in my last Tip o’ the Week # 94 - ?St. Sidwells and Lughnasad/Lammas, for the past year, I have been studying gnosticism with Andy White, an artist and Jungian Psychotherapist in at a Church called St. Sidwells, down in Exeter, Devon. Andy has been focused on the gnostic experience rather than their history. Also, I have been working on a book entitled The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Acharya S (a.k.a. D.M. Murdock) that focuses on the last Gnostic Christian point - that Jesus was not here in the flesh. The author covers the evidence that the writers of the New Testament never saw Jesus (she claims that much of it including the four Gospels were written after 150 CE)! But, perhaps more germane to this Tip, is that the stories coming from a number of cultures before Jesus tell about their major deity as having a life story line that was also remarkable similar to the story the early Church Fathers wrote about Jesus. Let’s begin by taking just one example from Egypt:
Isis, Osirus and their son Horus - the sun of God. His story included:
· Virgin birth - his mother “the virgin Isis Mery.”
· Born on 25 December.
· His birth was announced in the East, and attended by three “wise men”
· At 12, he was a teacher in the Temple.
· Baptized at 30 by “Anup the Baptizer” who was also decapitated.
· Horus had 12 companions or helpers.
· He performed miracles, exorcised demons, and raised Osirus from the dead (minus one critical little bit).
· Walked on water.
· Was crucified between “two thieves”.
· He (or Osirus) was buried for three days in a tomb and was resurrected.
Acharya S writes, Jesus Christ is a mythological character along the same lines as the gods of Egypt and many other cultures which had “coincidentally” similar tales. Among them she writes about Attis of Phrygia who was (so similar to the Christian story that the Christians were forced to resort to the specious argument that the devil had created the Attis cult first to fool Christ’s followers.”
As for Buddha, Acharya lists eighteen similarities to the Jesus story from “Buddha was born on December 25th of the virgin Maya, and his birth was attended by a “Star of Announcement,” wise men, and angels singing heavenly songs” to “...in some traditions ... he died on a cross, and was resurrected as his coverings were unrolled from his body and his tomb was opened by supernatural powers, and he ascended bodily to Nirvana or ‘heaven’.”
Dionysus, a remake of the Egyptian god Osirus, was born on December 25th, and as the Holy Child, was placed in a manger; he was a sacred king who was killed and eaten in an eucharistic ritual for fecundity and purification, and he rose from the dead on March 25th.
Others were Krishna, where “similarities between the Christian character ... number in the hundreds.” They run from the now familiar birth on the 25th of December, his earthly father was a carpenter, and he was persecuted by a tyrant who ordered the slaughter of thousands of infants. The list can go on and on, but I will end with Mithra of Persia, who was once again born of a virgin in a cave on the 25th of December. When he died, he was buried in a tomb and after three days, he rose again.
But enough. It is clear that a large number of deities of major religions who came before him had similar life stories to Jesus. (All of these examples - and many more - come from The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Acharya S.)
Regardless if you do or don’t believe that there was an historical Jesus, I feel what I am seeing here is evidence that supports my earlier investigations that suggested that in preHistory, there was a time when many different cultures shared a common story line about one of their major deities. Sadly, the closer we get to the time of Christ, the less the masses had direct access to the spirit world. From a geometrical perspective, we moved from a circle to a pyramid - with only one man at the top who got to speak with god.
To counterbalance these thoughts, check out something called “A Refutation of Acharya S’s Book, The Christ Conspiracy” by Mike Licona of TruthQuest Publishers. It is on a website called “Answering Infidels: Confronting the Claims of the Secular Web,” and in addition to Acharya S, I noted that Elaine Pagels, translator of some of The Nag Hammadi Documents and author of The Gnostic Gospels is also on the list of Infadels. Acharya S (a.k.a. D.K. Murdock) holds strong beliefs from her point of view in the circle, Mike Licona’s point of view is quite nearly on the opposite side of the circle. [I include this "Refutation" not to get anything going, I merely want to look at both sides of this Descent of Consciousness issue to better make up my own mind. Many time I can come to greater clarity as to where I stand by reading material that contradicts where I stand.
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Acharya S (a.k.a. D.M. Murdock). 1999. The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. Kempton, Illinois, USA: Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 0-932813-74-7. (Available as a download from Kindle.)
Jaynes, Julian. 1976. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. (Available from Amazon Books.)
Lonegren, Sig. 2007. Spiritual Dowsing. Glastonbury, England: Gothic Image. History of the earth energies, healing and other uses of dowsing today. A book for the spiritual pilgrim. Initially published 1986. ISBN 978-0-906362-70-9. (Available from Amazon books).
Pagels, Elaine. 1989. The Gnostic Gospels. New York: Vintage Books/Random House. ISBN 0 679 72453 2. Originally published 1979. (Available from iTunes as an iBook $10.99.)