Saturday, July 12, 2008

What Is Missing in the World?

The world appears to be in chaos in virtually every country. Food sources are diminishing and food prices are skyrocketing as well as the price of oil. In addition, we have climate changes with devastating earth changes such as fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis, which wreak havoc on populations and perpetuate famine, drought and diseases. It isn't a pretty picture and one can become depressed by thinking about it.

There are those who predict these are the last days of the Earth and it could be as we know it to be. However, from adversity can come wisdom. Adversities propel open-minded people to create new ways and new inventions, while others sink into an abyss of hopelessness. It is almost impossible to allow creative ideas to flow into the mind when one is harboring worry, stress, anger, resentment, jealousy to name a few emotions that feed hopelessness. Today there is a proliferation of road rage and now this rage is spilling over into office rage and spreading world-wide. This contributes to sinking into the abyss instead of moving into creativity.

Something is missing and it seems to have been hijacked by governments, corporations and religions. What is this missing ingredient? It is personal responsibility based on a code of ethics. The oldest code of ethics originated from ancient Egypt where the pharaohs ruled using a code of ethics as given in the Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Coming into Day. This code is the basis of the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule and the Sermon on the Mount and others in all parts of the world. From E. Wallis Budge's translation, here are a few excerpts of this powerful code.

I have committed no evil upon men.

I have not oppressed the members of my family.

I have not wrought evil in the place of right and truth.

I did not rise in the morning and expect more than was due me.

I have not caused pain.

I have caused no man to hunger.

I have made no one weep.

I have not polluted myself.

I have not diminished the bushel when I've sold it.

I have not added to or stolen land.

I have not encroached on the land of others.

There is much more to this code and bringing it forward to the present day, I am simplifying it to say: Do not lie. Do not cheat. Do not steal. Do not gossip. Treat others as you wanted to be treated. In Nikko, Japan there is a famous carving over the entrance to the Temple of the Three Monkeys portraying see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.

During my many years on this Earth, I have changed my mind numerous times from believing I was a victim, no self worth, being jealous or envious to releasing all of that old thinking and emotions. How did I do this? I share this in my forthcoming book, Awakening the Genie Within to be released in August, 2008. My book is not really a memoir. It is a story of my awakening and moving from victim to being a woman who has gained wisdom from all of my experiences. I share the many tools, insights, stories that others can use to move forward in their lives.

Most people have no idea of the importance of the words they use and the thoughts they have. For each of us to move forward in our mental growth and evolution, we must shed the stagnation of beliefs we have held on to. These are limited beliefs perpetuated by religions, schools, governments and corporations. It is time for each of us to shed these shackles that chain us to the past and to live from a healthy environment of our mind. The time has come for everyone to release and give up prejudices, thinking we are better than someone else, thinking that one religion is the only way to salvation, and bigotry. I have learned that by giving these up that I am a able to love the spark of God or the Creator in everyone and not to condemn. This is what is missing in the world--freedom of the mind. Change your mind and you change your world.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Ancient Tablet on Messiah and Resurrection Commentary

This is the age of revelations with new finds beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi Library, The Book of Judas, the DaVinci Code, which caused such a furor and made money for those authors of the multudious books that popped up like weeds. We have also had the supposedly find of the tomb of Jesus and now is perhaps challenged as being false. There is also an interesting new documentary titled Bloodline.
Now, we have a big stone with faint Hebrew writings that is making headlines. I have done extensive research on the hidden history of the Bible and my findings indicate to me that history is very fluid. It is similar to a meandering stream of water with now then some of the water branches off while the main continues on. There are many offshoots of history and these are what we have been led to accept and believe as factual.

I have ceased to be surprised with the latest being a three-foot-tall stone tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew. According to a New York Times article titled Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection by Ethan Bronner, the stone was discovered ten years ago by an Israeli Jordanian antiquities dealer who sold the tablet to an Israeli-Swiss collector. I find it interesting that these kind of discoveries do not reach the public for a number of years.

Supposedly the writing on the stone tablet refers to a messiah who will die and be resurrected in three days and this event mentioned on the tablet was created before the birth of Jesus. The article in the New York Times quotes Israel Knohl, a professor at Tel Aviv University as saying, His (Jesus) mission is that he has to be put to death by the Romans to suffer so his blood will be the sign for redemption to come. This is the sign of the son of Joseph. This is the conscious view of Jesus himself. This gives the Last Supper an absolutely different meaning. To shed blood is not for the sins of the people but to bring redemption to Israel. Knohl is both right and wrong. Jesus certainly did not shed blood for the sins of people, nor did he die to bring redemption to Israel, but it can bring a new meaning to the Last Supper for those who have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

If we reason this, Jesus cannot be the only son of God. If this were so, then we must be the orphans of the universe. Christians, Jews and Muslims are not the totality of the world population. Each of us is a daughter or son of the Creator. The important thing is that we have forgotten and some have gone off on a tangent. The Jews were not persecuted by Christians for the death of Jesus until after the Council of Nicea in 325 CE.

Some scholars believe the 87 lines of Hebrew on the stone dates from only decades before the birth of Jesus and others who have studied it believe it is a rare example of a stone with ink writings in 1 BC. Man-made ink originated 4500 years ago and the inks were made from animal or vegetable charcoal (lampblack) mixed with glue. I am suspect of ink writing that is on an aged stone would last that long, but anything is possible.

There are so many assumptions about Jesus. There are those who claim he never lived and was a myth created. Others say he was born in Great Britain, or left Jerusalem and went to Britain where he married and had children. There is also a faction who allege he went to France with Mary Magdalene and yet others claim he went to India. So, who was Jesus and what was his purpose?

Jesus was a great initiate of the ancient schools of wisdom. He came in with a message that is an ancient message. How many people do you think live those teachings? How many priests, preachers, pastors teach their congregations to live what Jesus taught? Very, very few. The messages perpetuated by religions enslaves people's minds and keep them in bondage to whatever church they belong to. In order to keep them in line, the Devil was introduced. The Satan being what Churches do not want their congregation to understand and believe. Isn't it time for us to think for ourselves and to realize that it does not matter if there was a Jesus who lived and died. What is important is the message he brought and one can find that in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, chapters 5, 6, 7. There are some who will bring up the Ten Commandments. Those commandments originated in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. History is indeed fluid and changes according to who is writing history.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Unveiling Another Mystery of Rennes le Chateau

Currently there is even more interest in Rennes le Chateau, France triggered by the documentary Bloodline. Before I get into another mystery of Rennes le Chateau, I want to add to my last blog posting something about the skull and crossbones used by 'pirates.' Most interpretations are that it depicts death to the enemies. There is another interpretation of this symbol and this is it represents the power of the mind over matter, or mastery of the mind over the body. It is something to think about. Most common symbols have meanings within meanings similar to cracking a nut and getting to the kernel.

The idea to write a book about Mary Magdalene came after a trip to Europe and the Languedoc region. I had already spent a number of years researching the Knights Templar and the Black Madonnas. My traveling companion and I first stopped at Collioures, France, which is a small seaside resort town on the Mediterranean. I noted the small hotel and restaurant with the sign and name of the Knights Templar. We also toured the Royal Castle, which was once another home for the kings of Majorca. One part of this castle had been given to the Knights Templar. After this short visit, I became even more interested in the Knights Templar and their connection to Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonnas.

My traveling companion and I when visiting northern Spain, rented a car later and traveled through parts of the Languedoc Pyrenees. One of the places we visited was Rennes le Chateau. I became intrigued also with the symbols Sauniere had created in the church and especially with two statues flanking the altar. One was the statue of the Mother Mary holding a child. On the opposite side was Joseph also holding a small child. I knew immediately the symbol these two statues represented. It was the obvious unobvious. Jesus had a twin brother named Thomas. The New Testament also calls the twin Dydimus Thomas, or the Twin Thomas.
In addressing the faithful at St. Peter's Square on 9/27/2006, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Thomas and said his name "is derived from the root name ta'am, which means paired, twin." The Pope went on to say that he did not understand why Thomas had been given the nickname. Thomas was actually the twin brother of Jesus and one only has to read the Gospel of Thomas to gain a deeper meaning of what Jesus taught. Perhaps the Pope was laying a foundation for it to be fully known that Jesus had a twin. Whatever his intent was, it was a revealing statement.
After my visit to Rennes le Chateau, I wondered why no one picked up the full meaning of these statues, but then I realize I had been taught well to recognize what the two statues represented. Saunier apparently knew much more than has been revealed. It will be interesting to observe the further revelations of the documentary Bloodline. There is much, much more to be revealed not only about the mystery surrounding Rennes le Chateau, Mary Magdalene, Jesus and also the Bible. I thoroughly enjoy researching hidden history or suppressed history. I will be writing more about what I uncovered in my research.