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John of Jerusalem (or Jean de Vézelay) was one of the eight founders of the Knights Templar. Below a summary of the prophecy.
Knights Templar prophecy from ad 1099 – 2016-02-07…-7/22 Expand Our Mind.com;
The prophecy of John of Jerusalem from 1099 is a contested prophecy and the holders of the seven original manuscripts have not released them to the public. The first translation came out in 1994 in French and German versions. My personal opinion is that this prophecy has deep wisdom and knowledge and it is veiled in the same style as other orthodox prophecies – this style is unique for ancient prophecies. If we think from the perspective of the hidden rulers of our society, would they like to verify and confirm this prophecy? Probably not since they are exposed in this document.
Below a summary of the prophecy. The Great Spiritual Civilization in Year 3000
The second part of this prophecy predicts a new era full of hope, called: ”When the Thousand Years which comes after the Thousand Years are full”, which means around year 3000. ...
I've skipped ahead here. Editor
A Warning to Modern People Living around Year 2000(today) The first part of the prophecy is a grim prediction for the people of our era around year 2000, called by the prophet: ”When Thousand Years will begin after The Thousand Years”.
He predicts with a stunning accuracy our current depraved era. He talks about excessive atheism, the collapse of the family and marriage, the secret societies and the hidden rulers deceiving the masses, greed, selfishness, pride, all kinds of depraved sexual desires, modern technology etc. He explicitly warns people of the modern atheist culture and the depraved moral values. He also says that modern men will be passive weaklings who close their eyes when a woman is raped.
The hidden rulers of mankind will be corrupt people in black secret societies and hatred of mankind is their ideology while poison is their weapon. He talks about the poison of communism which is preached around the whole world today, overtly in the east and covertly through cultural marxism in the west. It infects people and transforms their minds slowly into selfish minds without family values or divine faith.
People will not do anything good and they will be pitted against eachother as sheep by their corrupt rulers. People believe that they are free but they are true slaves. Migration and mixing of people will take place, people become atheists and their families collapse. Fear will be in every heart like poison. Those who preach spiritual values will be ignored. The modern gadgets(electronic devices) will deceive people´s senses and make them create false fantasies. His head is heavy from knowledge but he has no clue why he lives or dies. He will be full of anger and complaints. Migrants will invade rich countries and finally attack them. Man thinks he is like God, his pride is his folly. There will be saviours preaching truth but people will not listen to those words because people´s minds are full of fantasies from their gadgets and they always want more.
The prophet also talks about the children of our time who are suffering from the current lack of moral and spiritual teachings. People´s souls will become like dwarfs. The test is very, very big and there is no prediction about how many people can be saved into the future. Each person will experience a big test from this corrupted modern society.
Full prophecy translated from French into English below.
”Protocol secret prophecies”
(John of Jerusalem – 1099)
I see and I know.
My eyes find in heaven what will be and I pass the time in one step.
A hand guides me towards what you can´t see or know.
Thousand years will have passed and Jerusalem will not be the Crusader town of Christ. The sand has buried the walls of our castles, our armor and our bones. It has stifled our voices and our prayers.
The Christian pilgrims from far away, come to the place where they were and had their faith, dare only approach the tomb and relics escorted by Jewish knight who here (…) have their kingdom and their Temple. (1)
The infidels will be an immense crowd that will spread everywhere and their faith will resonate like a drum across the Earth. (2)
I see the immense earth.
Continents that Heroditus only saw in his dreams will be added beyond the great forests mentioned by Tacitus, and far away at the endless seas beginning after the Pillars of Hercules. (3)
Thousand years have passed since the time we live and fiefdoms will have gathered around in great kingdoms and vast empires.
Wars as numerous as the mesh of the coat worn by the Knights will have passed, defeating the kingdoms and empires, and creating others. (4)
Slaves, the peasants and the poor without fire, have rebelled a thousand times, burning crops, castles and cities, until they are skinned alive and that forced the survivors to return to their dens.
They are believed to be Kings. (5)
Thousand years have passed and the man has won the seabed and the heavens and he will be like a star in the firmament.
He has acquired the power of the sun and will take it for God Building on the immense earth a thousand towers of Babel. (6)
He has built walls on the ruins of those which had elevated the high emperors of Rome, and they will separate again from the legions and barbarian tribes.
Beyond the great forests will be an Empire. When the walls collapse the Empire will no longer be a muddy water(Editor: China?). The people will once again mix. (7)
Then starts the Thousand Years which comes after the Thousand Years.
I see and I know how it will be. I am the scribe.
When Thousand Years comes after the Thousand Years the man will be in front of the mouth of a shadow of a dark labyrinth. And I see the end of that night in which he will sink into the red eyes of the Minotaur(Editor: Minotaur is a legendary beast).
Beware of his cruel fury, you that shall live at the Thousand Years which comes after the Thousand Years. ...
The Voynich manuscript, a famously mysterious medieval text, has been decoded. Or has it?-5/20
Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text-5/16 by University of Bristol
This shows two women dealing with five children in a bath. The words describe different temperaments: tozosr (buzzing: too noisy), orla la (on the edge: losing patience), tolora (silly/foolish), noror (cloudy: dull/sad), or aus (golden bird: well behaved), oleios (oiled: slippery). These words survive in Catalan [tozos], Portuguese [orla], Portuguese [tolos], Romanian [noros], Catalan [or aus] and Portuguese [oleio]. The words orla la describe the mood of the woman on the left and may well be the root of the French phrase 'oh là là', which has a very similar sentiment. Credit: Voynich manuscript
A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed—by cracking the code of the 'world's most mysterious text', the Voynich manuscript. Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document. In his peer-reviewed paper, The Language and Writing System of MS408 (Voynich) Explained, published in the journal Romance Studies, Cheshire describes how he successfully deciphered the manuscript's codex and, at the same time, revealed the only known example of proto-Romance language. "I experienced a series of 'eureka' moments whilst deciphering the code, followed by a sense of disbelief and excitement when I realised the magnitude of the achievement, both in terms of its linguistic importance and the revelations about the origin and content of the manuscript. "What it reveals is even more amazing than the myths and fantasies it has generated. For example, the manuscript was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon, who happens to have been great aunt to Catherine of Aragon.
"It is also no exaggeration to say this work represents one of the most important developments to date in Romance linguistics. The manuscript is written in proto-Romance—ancestral to today's Romance languages including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Catalan and Galician. The language used was ubiquitous in the Mediterranean during the Medieval period, but it was seldom written in official or important documents because Latin was the language of royalty, church and government. As a result, proto-Romance was lost from the record, until now." Cheshire explains in linguistic terms what makes the manuscript so unusual: "It uses an extinct language. Its alphabet is a combination of unfamiliar and more familiar symbols. It includes no dedicated punctuation marks, although some letters have symbol variants to indicate punctuation or phonetic accents. All of the letters are in lower case and there are no double consonants. It includes diphthong, triphthongs, quadriphthongs and even quintiphthongs for the abbreviation of phonetic components. It also includes some words and abbreviations in Latin."...
The Afterlife: What Really Happens in the Hereafter–7/2 June 19, 2019 by Elizabeth Clare Prophet.
Editor: Actuallly it's from the works of Elizabeth Clare Prophet. I don't know why they don't say that on the cover. This is what it says onAmazon: What happens when we die? Is there really a heaven and a hell? What can we expect on the other side? In this profoundly insightful and fascinating work, world-renowned author and spiritual teacher Elizabeth Clare Prophet answers these questions and more as she sheds new light on the mysteries of the life beyond. Gifted with powerful inner sight, enabling her to trace the journey of souls into the afterlife, she begins by sharing stories of those who have passed on as she reveals what they experienced and why. She explores common misconceptions about the afterlife and even takes us to the movies to show how Hollywood has gotten it both right and wrong. As she opens the door into hidden dimensions, you will learn what happens during the life review (and "prelife" review), what we do and who we meet in the afterlife, why suicide isn't a solution, the truth about forgiveness, and how you can help your loved ones make a safe and peaceful transition. Just as importantly, you'll explore how your options in the after life will depend on the choices you make in this life. With clarity and compassion, this life-changing guide to what comes next will show you how to make the most of life's opportunities as you prepare for the ultimate journey.
Our Magnificent Afterlife: Beyond Our Fondest Dreams-7/2 by C. David Lundberg;
Editor: Another new book on the afterlife. I like this cover better. I haven't looked at this one.
From the Amazon website: A groundbreaking, thorough overview of the afterlife. Excerpts from dozens of sources that include many from souls who live there (via telepathic reports). Its 55 chapters include what souls do with their time; how souls initially arrive, the incredible beauty in the various environments, judgment, mindpower and telepathy, our spiritual bodies, cities, government, recreation, the logic of it all, the scope of Heaven, Summerland, Purgatory, the buildings, soul groups, religion, the encompassing love, the numerous joys, and more. Essential for spiritual seekers. “Our Magnificent Afterlife: Beyond Our Fondest Dreams” goes well beyond most books on the subject. Although the numerous books about near-death experiences contain important information, there is more to learn about the afterlife than just reading about an individual’s near-death experience. Today, spiritual seekers want and need as complete a picture as possible. This work not only draws from some of the most reliable near-death experiences, but from numerous souls who live there, through reliable telepathic reporting. Dozens of sources are included in this study which incorporates over 170 quotations, primarily from souls living in the afterlife. C. David Lundberg is a lifelong spiritual researcher who first witnessed Heaven’s Light at age 20. His award-winning previous book, “Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions,” established 33 principles shared by all world traditions, confirmed by over 850 quotations from their sacred texts. His work has received praise from university professors and spiritual leaders. His mission became to “discover and share the best and most reliable descriptions about the afterlife and the best explanations for how it all works.”
Did a mysterious extinction event precede Adam and Eve?-11/24 Fox News, By Michael Guillen, Ph.D. | In one of the most provocative and misunderstood studies of the year, scientists in the U.S. and Switzerland have made an astonishing discovery: All humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked the planet 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, which by evolutionary standards is like yesterday. Moreover, the same is true of nine out of every 10 animal species, meaning that nearly all of Earth’s creatures living today sprang into being recently from some seminal, Big Bang-like event. Mark Stoeckle at Rockefeller University and David Thaler at the University of Basel reached this striking conclusion after analyzing the DNA “bar codes” of five million animals from 100,000 different species. The bar codes are snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells – so-called mitochondrial DNA, which mothers pass down from generation to generation. With each reproduction, errors creep into the bar code, as they do when you repeatedly photocopy a document. By measuring the accumulated errors – the blurriness or “diversity” among the bar codes – scientists are able to infer the passage of time.
That’s how Stoeckle and Thaler concluded that ninety percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than a quarter-million years ago. “This conclusion is very surprising,” Thaler avers, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.” What caused animal life on Earth to be almost completely renewed such a short time ago? For now, it remains a mystery. It’s possible something far more powerful than H-bombs decimated life and only a single set of parents for each species survived to live and procreate another day. But the last major extinction event we know about – the one that snuffed out the mighty dinosaurs – happened a full 65 million years ago. It’s also possible there is something in nature that limits the size of an animal population. Perhaps it’s some built-in evolutionary process that when a population gets too big, it crashes and must restart itself from scratch.
In their report, published in Human Evolution, Stoeckle and Thaler offer other possible explanations, including, Thaler explains, “ice ages and other forms of environmental change, infections, predation, competition from other species and for limited resources, and interactions among these forces.” Whatever the explanation, he adds, the takeaway is this: “all of animal life experiences pulses of growth and stasis or near extinction on similar time scales.” That is, humans, elephants, birds, you name it – Earth’s creatures tend to stand and fall in unison, like the rising and falling of the tides. And even though we don’t know what Svengali is directing the show, we now have scientific evidence that it wipes the slate clean far more frequently than we ever imagined. Many religious commentators misunderstand this study to mean that species abruptly came into being only recently. To be clear: according to evolutionary biologists, species developed gradually over many millions of years. Stoeckle and Thaler’s discovery is that something happened roughly 100,000 years ago that created entirely new populations from long-existing species. ...
Editor: This pretty much corresponds to the esoteric history of earth. Atlanits sank about 12,000 years ago but before that was Lemuria. It was huge and strechted from west of the San Andreas fault to way across the Pacific. The karma of mankind caused gas belts to explode around 250,000 years ago. Given the study above maybe it was closer to 200,000 years ago. Articles on Reverse Spins on past civilazations:
"We all wish we could be there when a prophet, avatar or guru first appears. One did over 56 years ago and Tom Miller was there."
"My Life and Times with the Prophets" by Tom Miller.
From Amazon: "... As a young man, his dedication to fullfiling the will of God for himself drew him to the messengers, Mark and Elizabeth Prophet, founders of The Summit Lighthouse movement and set the sail for the remainder of his life's journey.
In this tome, you will read stories highlighting his experiences attempting to draw down the highest art forms and music under the sponsor ship of the ascended masters as well as lessons learned from day-to-day staff life as a disciple of his gurus, Mark and "Mother." Tom's combination of wit, humor, and occasional profundity, as he reflects on those 18 years, will afford the reader a first-hand glimpse into life in a modern day mystery school. The themes of his heart and soul: beauty, spirituality, the masters, ancient archaeology, and alternative energy continue to interest him today and keep him a mentally spry octogenarian."
Editor: A great read, fantastic stories (my favorite is the fiery salamander story) lots of color photos of the early days, and the forward is written by yours truly.
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The statue of the Black Madonna in Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain The Black Madonna in Montserrat. Photo: Feel the Planet/Monserrat, Catalonia, Spain
Our Lady of Montserrat-4/28 domenicmarando.blogspot.ca
... The statue in the basilica at Montserrat is known as "Little Dark Lady of Montserrat" or "La Jerosolimitana" (Native of Jerusalem). It is located in an alcove high above the altar where pilgrims are granted access to it by a narrow stairway, allowing each individual to get close to the statue. At this majestic setting, Brown shared that the time he spent within the "incredible gold-gilded basilica" was one in which he received tangible graces from a statue that is only three feet tall. Describing the statue as Romanesque in style, with a dark Byzantine look of Mary's face, Brown wrote that being in its presence leaves pilgrims in "reverential awe." The exact origin of the statue is not known, but what is known is that as far back as 718, the statue was hidden in a cave from Arab invaders, where it remained undiscovered for two centuries. In 890, local boys spotted a strange light coming from the eastern part of the mountain, where upon their investigation they heard the sound of music and canticles. The boys informed a local priest in the village of Monistrol, who did not believe them at first, but upon visiting the location, he too experienced the same light and inexplicable music. The priest informed the local bishop in Manresa who headed for the site together with a procession of villagers. Upon arrival at the entrance of the cave, and after having experienced the canticles, lights, and fragrant aroma, the bishop ordered the entry into the cave where the image was discovered. That discovery prompted the bishop to have it placed in the cathedral in Manresa, but when those carrying the statue could no longer move where the basilica and monastery currently exist, it was understood to be a sign for the sanctuary to be built on that very spot. Among some of the pilgrims who have gone to Montserrat have been: Jaime 1 (El Conquistador), St. Vincent Ferrer, King Louis IV, and St. Ignatius Loyola, who after his time at the sanctuary divested his cloths, gave them to a poor man, and proceeded to spend time alone in a cave near Manresa where he wrote his well known spiritual exercises. Accompanying Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World was one of Montserrat's hermits, and after having reached his destination, Columbus dedicated one of the first churches to the Virgin of Montserrat, where today in the Carribean there is an island that bears the same name. ...
The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality-3/24 NPR, by Adam Becker-- There's a hole at the heart of quantum physics. It's a deep hole. Yet it's not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by any measure, astonishingly successful. It's the theory that underpins nearly all of modern technology, from the silicon chips buried in your phone to the LEDs in its screen, from the nuclear hearts of the most distant space probes to the lasers in the supermarket checkout scanner. It explains why the sun shines and how your eyes can see. Quantum physics works. Yet the hole remains: Despite the wild success of the theory, we don't really understand what it says about the world around us. The mathematics of the theory makes incredibly accurate predictions about the outcomes of experiments and natural phenomena. In order to do that so well, the theory must have captured some essential and profound truth about the nature of the world around us. Yet there's a great deal of disagreement over what the theory says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it. Even the simplest possible things become difficult to decipher in quantum physics. Say you want to describe the position of a single tiny object — the location of just one electron, the simplest subatomic particle we know of. There are three dimensions, so you might expect that you need three numbers to describe the electron's location. This is certainly true in everyday life: If you want to know where I am, you need to know my latitude, my longitude, and how high above the ground I am. But in quantum physics, it turns out three numbers isn't enough. Instead, you need an infinity of numbers, scattered across all of space, just to describe the position of a single electron. This infinite collection of numbers is called a "wave function," because these numbers scattered across space usually change smoothly, undulating like a wave. There's a beautiful equation that describes how wave functions wave about through space, called the Schrödinger equation (after Erwin Schrödinger, the Austrian physicist who first discovered it in 1925). Wave functions mostly obey the Schrödinger equation the same way a falling rock obeys Newton's laws of motion: It's something like a law of nature. And as laws of nature go, it's a pretty simple one, though it can look mathematically forbidding at first. Yet despite the simplicity and beauty of the Schrödinger equation, wave functions are pretty weird. ...
Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies: 500 AD to the Present Hardcover-4/5 by Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook--
From Amazon description: What do we know about fairies? A treasure trove of newly digitised information accessed here shows that the Disney image of Tinkerbell is but a weak shorthand for the plethora of different kinds and types inhabiting the British and Irish Isles. Fairy sightings are deeply tied to local areas; even the names can be different. In, for example, Cornwall they are `piskeys'; in parts of Southern and Midland England they are 'pharises'; in Ireland they are sidhe ('si'). But as the new information from digitised local historical sources shows in exciting ways, their local character varies: in Sussex they are puckish but kind, but in the Scottish Highlands or Ireland you might end up dead after an encounter. Are fairies still with us? Yes they are. Included with the book are new sightings of fairies up to the present. In fact, it turns out that there are even travelling Fairies who reached Canada and New England.
The dream after the masked ball, by John Anster Fitzgerald
Confessions of a fairy hunter-4/5 Times Higher Education, By Simon Young-- The mere mention of fairies in academic circles can bring derision. Yet the field is a rich one that has much to offer open-minded, multidisciplinary scholars, writes Simon Young
I first came to fairies after a brush with mortality in my mid-thirties. I’d been trained as a medievalist, but under the strain of my treatment, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica lost their charms: the memory of their leather covers, their weight in my hand, their smell, still make me nauseous almost a decade later. I’d like to say that the fairies flew in through the window, but they actually came out of the pages of books read in convalescence. The obsession grew slowly. It started with pencil scratches in margins. It turned into a blog. Then it became articles: I mapped boggart place names while my children were falling asleep; I transcribed forgotten fragments of 19th-century fairylore as students took exams. By 2013, it had got serious and expensive. I was dumpster-diving, trying to rescue the lost manuscript of a recently deceased fairy expert (I succeeded eventually). A year later, I was setting up an online survey of supernatural attitudes and experiences, the Fairy Census. Last summer, I had an Oxford graduate surreptitiously photograph a couple of thousand pages of Edwardian fairy archives in the Bodleian Library. More recently, our postwoman delivered to me a volume that I co-edited with Ceri Houlbrook, an early career researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, on British and Irish fairies. Reading the chapters again does not, as I had hoped, dim the obsession. It only makes it burn a little brighter, underlining all the new mysteries to plumb, the new sources to chase.
Obsessions are supposed to bring at least some benefits. Trainspotting gets its adherents out of the house on Sundays; Dungeons and Dragons teaches rudimentary social skills; Tetris hones spatial intelligence. But what are the benefits of an obsession with fairies? Well, by far the most important is that you come into contact with many curious and, frequently, wonderful people. In recent years, I’ve had messages from scores of men and women who have fairy issues in their lives: one requested advice on the right hill on which to enjoy a midnight shamanic fairy meeting; another told of a kitchen haunted by goblins. And I’m often asked whether I can see a fairy in this particular CCTV footage or in that photograph. My replies to such correspondents tend to be polite but necessarily brief. I also, however, find myself in contact with those who are, in much the same way as I am, fascinated by the idea of an invisible commonwealth coterminous with our own world. This is the most enjoyable consequence of writing and speaking about fairies, for there are a surprisingly large number of fairy lovers (and professional fairy sceptics) out there. All too predictably, they are often artists, folklorists, mystics or writers. But there are also servicemen, scientists and engineers, members of thinktanks and even Gulf millionaires. Most keep their interest very quiet because fairyism is a love that dare not speak its name. There is a distaste towards fairies among the chattering classes, and that distaste is particularly strong among academics. Study witches, ghosts or vampires, and you will pass through any Oxbridge dinner successfully. However, fairies are about as welcome as Heineken at high table. I teach Italian history in Siena and have long experienced a milder version of this. My colleagues treat my interest in fairylore and the supernatural as a forgivable but not a lovable eccentricity. For someone interested in the subject, this stance is frustrating because fairies have so much to offer the researcher and teacher. They demand a multidisciplinary approach, combining the likes of anthropology, art history, comparative mythology, folklore, history, literature, theatre, philology and onomastics (the study of proper names). Fairies can be found (with different labels) in most places and periods, inviting comparative work. And while they may vex professors, they are objects of fascination in the lecture hall: say the word “fairy” and students look up from their iPhones. ...
The Weaving: A Novel of Twin Flames Through Time Paperback-5/31 by Cheryl Lafferty Eckl – May 15, 2018 - Amazon Description: Sometimes to move forward you have to go back...You hold in your hand an orb of clearest crystal, beckoning you to look within. As you gaze, worlds of mystery & wonder swim before you. Images of past & present, or perhaps of future scenes with you & your twin flame. Are you & your soul's other half together or apart? Only time will tell. Enter Sarah & Kevin--twin flames who must reconcile past & present to escape the future neither of them wants. Will they dare step into the crystal & learn the secret of reunion? Find out in The Weaving. Treasure awaits you in the orb. Editor: The author is a good friend of mine. It just came out so I haven't had a chance to read it. I plan to and when I do I'll move it to this page: The Best in Esoteric and Metaphysical Literature which strangely enough is my most popular page for searches according to Google analytics.
Real Magic, Prominent researcher and synesthete says real magic is frontier science-4/7 Psychology Today, by Maureen Seaberg-- Dean Radin, Ph.D., has pursued the most mind-boggling fringes of science — ESP, telepathy, and other wonders — earnestly and with excellence for decades. He is the chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (link is external) (IONS) in Petaluma, CA, a next-level research and educational organization founded by the late astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell. Dr. Radin also worked on the United States government's top-secret psychic espionage program, known as Stargate. His new book, Real Magic (link is external) (Harmony, April 10), is a triumph of an open mind over limitations. As his publisher points out, what was magic 2,000 years ago is scientific fact today. No less than Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge, calls it, "A thought-provoking book. The author makes a convincing case for the reality and significance of magic.” His publisher states: "Radin has spent the last 40 years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. " The book begins with a history of magic, continues on to a review of the scientific evidence for it, and concludes that magic will play a key role in the frontiers of science. And he is a synesthete. This is our Q & A:
Please tell me about your new book.
DR: The unique aspect of Real Magic, which may end up in the occult, metaphysical, or religious section of most bookstores, is that it's really about science, and in particular what happens when science looks at the full nature of reality, including unusual subjective experience and consciousness. Because I want to promote it as a science book, I sought endorsements from my scientific colleagues, so I'm very grateful that it has been endorsed by two Nobel Laureates, a president of the American Statistical Association, a program director from the National Science Foundation, and etc. I could have asked historians, notables in the human potential arena, and ceremonial magicians for endorsements. But there are plenty of books available from those angles. This one is different. ...
The Consciousness Deniers-3/24 New York Review of Books, by Galen Strawson -- What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness: conscious experience, the subjective character of experience, the “what-it-is-like” of experience. Next to this denial—I’ll call it “the Denial”—every known religious belief is only a little less sensible than the belief that grass is green. The Denial began in the twentieth century and continues today in a few pockets of philosophy and psychology and, now, information technology. It had two main causes: the rise of the behaviorist approach in psychology, and the naturalistic approach in philosophy. These were good things in their way, but they spiraled out of control and gave birth to the Great Silliness. I want to consider these main causes first, and then say something rather gloomy about a third, deeper, darker cause. But before that, I need to comment on what is being denied—consciousness, conscious experience, experience for short. What is it? Anyone who has ever seen or heard or smelled anything knows what it is; anyone who has ever been in pain, or felt hungry or hot or cold or remorseful, dismayed, uncertain, or sleepy, or has suddenly remembered a missed appointment. All these things involve what are sometimes called “qualia”—that is to say, different types or qualities of conscious experience. What I am calling the Denial is the denial that anyone has ever really had any of these experiences. Perhaps it’s not surprising that most Deniers deny that they’re Deniers. “Of course, we agree that consciousness or experience exists,” they say—but when they say this they mean something that specifically excludes qualia. Who are the Deniers? I have in mind—at least—those who fully subscribe to something called “philosophical behaviorism” as well as those who fully subscribe to something called “functionalism” in the philosophy of mind. Few have been fully explicit in their denial, but among those who have been, we find Brian Farrell, Paul Feyerabend, Richard Rorty, and the generally admirable Daniel Dennett. Ned Block once remarked that Dennett’s attempt to fit consciousness or “qualia” into his theory of reality “has the relation to qualia that the US Air Force had to so many Vietnamese villages: he destroys qualia in order to save them.” One of the strangest things the Deniers say is that although it seems that there is conscious experience, there isn’t really any conscious experience: the seeming is, in fact, an illusion. The trouble with this is that any such illusion is already and necessarily an actual instance of the thing said to be an illusion. Suppose you’re hypnotized to feel intense pain. Someone may say that you’re not really in pain, that the pain is illusory, because you haven’t really suffered any bodily damage. But to seem to feel pain is to be in pain. It’s not possible here to open up a gap between appearance and reality, between what is and what seems. ...
Henry Corbin, Suhrawardi, and the Lost Knowledge of the Imagination-3/20 Reality Sandwich, by Gary Lachman-- ... The need for a change of being in order to receive certain kinds of knowledge is at the heart of the ‘angelized Platonism’ that the French philosopher and scholar of Persian mysticism Henry Corbin found in the tenth century gnostic master Suhrawardi. Suhrawardi was born in 1155 near the present-day towns of Zanjan and Bijar Garrus in northwest Iran; he is named after his birthplace, Suhraward. After studying Aristotle and Avicenna in Maragheh and then logic in Isfahan, Suhrawardi embarked on a ‘knowledge quest’ or ‘initiatory journey’, a not unfamiliar activity for esoteric scholars. This took him through Anatolia, where he came into contact with Sufi schools and masters, including Fakhr al-Din al-Mardini. Like Suhrawardi himself, Fakhr al-Din al-Mardini combined mysticism with rigorous logic, a union that Suhrawardi looked for in other seekers of truth. Suhrawardi adopted the Sufic way of life, embracing an ascetic practice, wearing the rough suf wool, from which the Sufis get their name and surrendering himself to the ecstasies of sama, the Sufi music. But he also maintained a strict philosophical discipline, subjecting his ecstasies to severe criticism and analysis. His work was ‘addressed precisely to those who aspire at once to both mystical experience and philosophical knowledge’ and should, he said, be transmitted only to ‘him who is worthy, chosen from among those who have given evidence of a solid knowledge of the peripaticians’ philosophy [Aristotle] while their hearts are nevertheless captured by love for the divine Light.’ It was clear to Suhrawardi, as it was to other ‘imaginative knowers’, that what was needed in order to arrive at real ‘truth’, was thought and feeling working together in a creative polarity, not in opposition. Suhrawardi reached Aleppo in 1183 and he soon became friends with the city’s governor, al-Malik al-Zahir, the son of the great Salah ad-Din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub, known to the west as Saladin. Suhrawardi became al-Mailk’s tutor, a position envied by the local scholars, who already scorned Suhrawardi because of his heretical beliefs and skill in dialectics, which he displayed to their regret in their debates with him. He was obviously influenced by the words of the ‘philosophers’, which for devout Muslims was a term of abuse. Soon the scholars’ enmity toward Suhrawardi would prove fatal. The philosophers who influenced Suhrawardi came from pre-Islamic Persia, ancient Greece, and Egypt. Together their ideas formed a potent blend of Zoroastrianism, Plato, and the wisdom traditions of Alexandria, what Suhrawardi called a ‘philosophy of Light’, a tradition of esoteric metaphysics that was handed down from sage to sage, Suhrawardi believed, through the ages. ...
Glastonbury: archaeology is revealing new truths about the origins of British Christianity-3/24 The Conversation, by Roberta Gilchrist-- New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on Glastonbury’s origin myths. Many Christians believe that Glastonbury is the site of the earliest church in Britain, allegedly founded in the first or second century by Joseph of Arimathea. According to the Gospels, Joseph was the man who donated his own tomb for the body of Christ following the crucifixion. By the 14th century, it was popularly believed that Glastonbury Abbey had been founded by the biblical figure of Joseph. The legend emerged that Joseph had travelled to Britain with the Grail, the vessel used to collect Christ’s blood. For 800 years, Glastonbury has been associated with the romance of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea. Later stories connected Glastonbury directly to the life of Christ. ...
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