Monday, 27 February 2012

Let the Dead Bury the Dead (#11)

(Continued research for my next historical novel: “Peter and Paul”)

In the teaching imparted to Peter, the concept of death must have been quite different to that assumed by us. It seems that the dead were all who have not been, as yet, spiritually awakened. Yet there is no clear explanation what constitutes spiritual awakening.
Yet, it seems very apparent that something very fundamental must take place in our psyche.
We have two clues.
1. Let the dead bury their dead. (Luke 9:60)
2. Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matthew 11:11)
It sounds as though John did not quite make it through the Pearly Gates. On the other hand, it seems that no matter what we do, or how good we are, this has nothing to do with entering the kingdom of heaven.
A mystery? Peter must have solved it in order to teach as he did. In my Beyond Religion series, I discuss Salvation and a number of subjects that weigh on the mysteries I must resolve for this book.
I must solve them by the time I write the novel! Mystery, suspense and magic? The science of yesteryear?

Friday, 24 February 2012

Can anyone perform Miracles? (#10)

(Continuous research for historical novel: Peter and Paul)

There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt in your philosophy.
Hamlet, Shakespeare, Act 1, scene 5.

Or could it be that we have the capacity to unify the two hemispheres of our brain? In my novel The Avatar Syndrome I discussed the possible consequences of such a union. The book is a novel, but, as usually, I’ve spent endless hours on trying to learn how our brain works.
This was getting intriguing. Did people in the past have abilities that were since lost?
Peter and Paul did not have my options on hand. It seems that they conquered the mystery by an effort of will, or of meditation – as eastern yogis are said to do. I’ve read of many cases of humans performing acts that defied physical limitations – yet, they have been confirmed by many unbiased witnesses. The problem is how to perform what we regard as miracles at will. How to create conditions which awaken within us our dormant, latent power.
And make no mistake about them. The latent powers are there, waiting to be rediscovered. As a species we are becoming more and more materialistic. Perhaps we ought to look back and see if there isn’t something we might learn from the past.
My job as a writer is to make this human potential real and believable to the readers of Peter and Paul, without using any modern terminologies that, obviously, didn’t exist in their time. And… to make the novel exciting.
I suppose you’ll just have to wait and see… (please, do!). But one thing I can promise you. You will get the answer to the quandary of miracles. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Secret of Shavuoth (#9)

(Continuous research for historical novel: Peter and Paul)

I think I’m beginning to get it. It seems that without the study of symbolism one is unlikely to uncover the secret discovered by the few, some 2000 years ago.
Going back to Is-Ra-El, I forgot to mention that Is, the feminine aspect, also stands for our subconscious, which is the sum-total of all the knowledge we have acquired over our individualized existence. That would account for billions of years.
We must remember that Is-ra-el is an androgynous concept. It applies in all its components to both men and women.
Now, perhaps the intense desire of the apostles, probably anchored in genetic memory of expecting the enlightenment associated with Shavouth, caused them to finally understand what Yeshûa had been trying to tell them for 3 full years. Was he telling his disciples that when you enter a state of mind wherein the conscious and the subconscious become unified (as in OBE or lucid dreaming), then you acquire powers that seem miraculous? We think nothing of performing miracles, in our dreams, outside the confines of time or space. Yet, when we wake up, we lose this capacity.
Well, at least for a while, the apostles didn’t. Apparently the Christ could invoke this mental state at will. Perhaps, one day, we all shall.
To achieve this end, however, we need a complete change of attitude, perhaps best explained in my Key to Immortality.


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Miracles (#8)

 (Continuous research for my next historical novel, Peter and Paul)

The Bible abounds in “miracles”. They are as much a daily occurrence as eating and sleeping. How come? Until the Shavuoth following the ascension of Christ into a reality where the apostles couldn’t follow, none of them could perform any miracles.
Again, how come?
When writing a historical novel one has to attempt to make it real by the standard of the prospective reader. How can a modern man, a writer, accept events, which seemingly deny the laws of nature?
I have two options. I can either write a book that would sound like a religious dissertation, or assume that magic of yesterday is the reality of tomorrow. Perhaps it is we who cannot understand, as yet, the laws of nature, as they really operate. Perhaps we did once, and lost it…?
Perhaps we have  become too materialistic?
Below an excerpt from my book “Delusions”.

“At the onset the last century, Sir Arthur Eddington, a British astrophysicist and philosopher of science, declared that, taking into account the distance between the nucleus and the orbiting electrons, atoms were mostly empty space. More precisely, he calculated that they were approximately 99.9999999999999% empty space.”

      The Hindûs claimed for thousands of years that our material world is an illusion. They called it Maya. Now science seems to confirm it. Miracles have a very different feel in the light of the above. Perhaps the apostles learned something the way many scientists claim when they say that he woke up with a new idea?

Friday, 3 February 2012

Is this Blog for You? (#7)

(Continuous research for historical novel)

Half in jest, and I suspect half-earnestly, my friend asked me,…can you explain to me why on earth I would want to blog through minutia of the making of a novel that I'm not sure I’m that interested in reading when it’s finished.”
Why indeed!
Well, there is an answer, but it will probably appeal only to people who may not have written any books, but always thought that perhaps, one day, they might pick up the quill… Don’t we all want to say something, sometime, without being interrupted? (This applies to married men only).
Such people might find it fascinating what research method would a writer use to write, e.g., a historical novel. I remember when writing Yeshûa, I went through a dozen thick books on philosophy, ancient customs, history and suchlike, before I wrote a single line on my trusty Mac. Writing the book took me about 7 weeks. The research about 2 years. Not to the exclusion of doing other things, but it took about that long before I was ready to just sit down and write. You accumulate knowledge in your subconscious and then let it flow. Preparing to write a book is, sometimes, like studying the piano for 5 years to be able to play Chopin’s Minute Waltz in… 60 seconds. (Actually it takes just under 2 minutes; ‘minute’ stands for ‘small’, or ‘tiny’, but the sentiment is there).
Of course, most people won’t care how many years the pianist studied as long as he plays well. But some do. And when they find out they might, just might be in awe. Or they may decide to never, never attempt to write a book.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Yah and El Mystery (#6)

(Continued research for a historical novel)

I’ve learned about Yah, or Yahweh, but there is a new problem. There is also El. It is to be fond in compound names only. It stands for (symbolizes) the divine principle in human consciousness. You could say, your Higher Self. It is that through which we can contact the Existing One, the Jehovah or Yahweh. As such, (to quote from my Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, see above), it symbolizes the union of the Father (masculine) and Mother (feminine) principles, making the Third, thus El represent the trinity or completeness.  You can find it in Is-Ra-El: the feminine, the masculine and the unifying principle.
Interestingly enough, we all know where Is and Ra originate. Is - (I suspect from Isis) the feminine principle, Ra - (the Egyptian sun god), the masculine principle or our conscious mind.
And this is where the problem really drifts away from any Christian teaching I ever heard. Names like Eliah, or Elijah, or Eliel, all biblical names, state that the two are one. They state that El and Yah (Jehovah) are inseparable, that they are one. Echoes of “I and my father are one” (John 10:30). Interesting? Not even close to Christian teaching. The problem is that long before Yeshûa was born, this statement applied to everybody. Not just to Yeshûa, later, as the Christian teaching proclaims. Hence, so many Hebrew names listed above. That is how we are made. Constructed. Created. It must have been equally as shocking, as blasphemous, to them, to the Gentiles, as it sounds to us.
And yet? The Bible is supposed to be right. Right?
Peter and Paul had quite different problems than I ever imagined. They had to convey this knowledge, or philosophy to the gentiles. Wow! Do you think they made it?