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Wheels Within Wheels: Breaking the Cycles of War, part 2

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” 

(This saying is a paraphrase of the original words penned by George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”)

REMEMBERING OUR PAST

There have been several occasions when nuclear war has been averted in recent history. The most outstanding event occurred in 1983 when Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, a lieutenant colonel on the Soviet Air Defense Forces, single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war by listening to his gut feeling about what turned out to be a nuclear false alarm. As the story is told by Wikipedia:

On 26 September 1983, three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Petrov judged the reports to be a false alarm, and his decision to disobey orders, against Soviet military protocol, is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the Soviet satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.

(BREAKING NEWS: The US is withdrawing from an old Cold War nuclear arms treaty with Russia due to Russia’s failure to comply with the NIF agreement. This may trigger another nuclear arms race.)

This story speaks to the insecurity inherent in modern technology’s “Artificial Intelligence” when it involves vital information about threats to our national security.  It also speaks to the presence of spirit guiding us in our decision making processes, working at times through our gut sensing, as it did with this Russian lieutenant colonel. This is a past event worthy of remembering. 

THE CYCLES HAVE BEEN BROKEN

Looking back six decades to 1960 when the United States drew up plans to attack Cuba in what was actually a proxy war with the USSR, America’s long-time nemesis, we see the war cycle broken by players on both sides of these global-threatening conflicts: the Korean war and the Cuban Missile Crisis. I’ll let David Wilcock describe the details of these historical events in an excerpt from his controversial book The Synchronicity Key. 

(Remember, we are looking at the influence of zodiac cycles on global events and how The Hero’s Journey plays out in the lives of individuals and nations, as well as in the story of mankind’s evolutionary journey. The zodiac cycle of 2,160 years Wilcock explores here brings to light the mirroring of the Roman Empire’s warring years by our warring years this side of the zodiac cycle. This is as fascinating as it is educational for those of us who slept through history class — or were born in the post-war era, in which case you can learn what happened before your were born that got us where we are today.)

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The Korean War–and a Chance for Peaceful Coexistence

The zodiac cycle gets slightly harder to follow once we see that the Sec­ond Punic War lasted until 201 B.C. [in the Age of Aries]–which is 1959 in our own Age of Pisces. Even though World War II seemingly ended in 1945 with Hitler and Japan’s defeat, the United States immediately began fighting another Cabal-financed superpower–the USSR. The Cold War started directly after the end of World War II with the highly deadly nuclear arms race, threatening all life on earth. This significantly raised the stakes from the previous age, as no matter how much Rome attacked and defeated its neighbors, life on earth was never threatened in an overall sense. 

The war against the USSR went hot from 1950 to 1953, when the United States battled the USSR’s hidden ally, North Korea, in the Ko­rean War. The Soviet Communists were supporting North Korea, while the United States was supporting the pro-Western regime of South Ko­rea. The United States considered this a fight against global communism, and the threat of a much bigger war with the USSR or China was always looming. Five million soldiers and civilians were killed in this war. The Cold War continued escalating after the Korean conflict ended in 1953, until a remarkable breakthrough finally occurred. On September 25, 1959, Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States to meet with President Eisenhower. This highly influential visit occurred exactly one zodiac cycle after the Second Punic War ended in 201 B.C. This was the first time in the entire history of the Cold War that a Soviet leader had visited the United States.

As revealed on Politico.com, in this groundbreaking summit, Khrush­chev “denounced the ‘excesses’ of [communist] Stalinism and said he sought ‘peaceful co-existence’ with the United States …. In a joint communique, issued after two days of meetings, the leaders said…they believed that ‘the question of general disarmament is the most important one facing the world today.'” Although the talks didn’t last, this meeting was a key harbinger of a positive future, as it presented the people with a real opportunity to end the war, and achieve true, lasting peace.

Hardly anyone knew, at the time, that a very similar peace opportunity had occurred exactly 2,160 years before, when the second Punic War had ended in 201 B.C.

The Macedonian War

Rome’s taste of peace was very short-lived, as the Macedonian War be­gan the very next year, in 200 B.C. Macedonia is a very small country just north of Greece–and in our modern zodiac cycle, its equivalent may be Cuba…. In March of 1960, 2160 years after Rome attacked Macedonia in 200 B.C., the United States drew up plans to attack Cuba. The conflict between the United States and Cuba was another proxy war fought be­tween the United States and the USSR. The Soviet Union had made economic and trade agreements with Fidel Castro, the prime minister of Cuba, in February 1960, and the United States felt the need to mount an immediate counterattack. Cuba was directly southeast of the continen­tal United States, just ninety miles from the southern tip of Florida. This provided the USSR with a valuable strategic location from which to wage war–including the potential placement of first-strike nuclear weapons that would hit before the United States could effectively counter-attack.

On May I, 1960, the United States provocatively flew a U-2 spy plane over Russian airspace. The Soviets shot it down and captured the pilot, Gary Powers. The Cold War immediately restarted–precisely 2,160 years after Rome plunged into another war with Macedonia. Kennedy won the 1960 presidential election and was sworn in on January 20, 196I. In February 1961, very soon after his inauguration, Kennedy trusted his new, Cold War veteran advisers and authorized the CIA’s plan to invade Cuba. Air strikes began on April 14, 1961, in B-26 bombers disguised as Cuban aircraft, but the planes were quickly identified as belonging to the United States.

Kennedy was embarrassed and canceled the next round of air strikes, but the land invasion went ahead on April 17, 1961, at the Bay of Pigs.

Twenty thousand Cuban troops were waiting for the invading force of about fourteen hundred Cuban exiles who had been trained by the United States. The battle quickly ended with 144 of the exiles killed and 1,189 captured. This was a great embarrassment for the United States and immediately threw its fledgling president into full-scale crisis. In terms of the ancient story, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion would be seen as another all-is-lost point for the United States–a nationwide dark night of the soul in its battle against the Soviet nemesis.

Predictably, the USSR then began beefing up Cuba with weapons­ including nukes. This caused the United States and USSR to come very close to full-scale nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which reached its peak on October 22, 1962. On this day, Kennedy addressed the nation to present solid evidence that the Soviets had positioned nu­clear weapons in Cuba. This was a tense third-act moment: The United States had regrouped, learned from the dark night of the soul in the Bay of Pigs disaster, and gained the strength to confront their own Soviet nemesis through its proxy state in Cuba. Out of a total of 1,436 B-52 bombers in the Strategic Air Command, fully one-eighth were sent airborne–to be ready to strike at a moment’s notice. US military forces worldwide were placed at DEFCON 2, requiring an increase in force readiness. Twenty-three nuclear-armed B-52 bombers were placed in orbit within striking range of the Soviet Union as well.

After a series of terrifying moves in a very high-stakes chess game, Khrushchev admitted what the USSR had done and announced it would pull back as of October 28. All offensive weapons in Cuba would be dismantled and returned to the USSR. This was a great triumph mo­ment for Kennedy and for America as a whole in the ancient Hero’s Journey story line, and the dramatic events have triggered multiple movies, novels, and TV adaptations. The last US missiles were removed from Turkey on April 24, 1963, ending the conflict on both sides. In Rome, the Battle of Cynoscephalae ended in 197 B.C.–exactly 2,160 years be­fore the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Battle of Cynoscephalae was the decisive turning point that led to Macedonia losing the war.

It’s not always easy to figure out what our modern equivalents may be for the countries against which Rome waged war. The Age of Pisces equivalent of Macedonia appears to be Cuba, but the USSR was the real nemesis lurking behind the scenes all along. It seems that the great cycles of history describe an overall script of what types of events will happen, but various characters here on earth will shift in and out of those roles, ultimately depending upon how the people in each cycle respond. And, of course, not all events fit perfectly into these cycles. Multiple cycles can be intersecting and colliding at once, providing a push-pull of competing influences that we may not be able to map out without a great deal more information and computer power. Nonetheless, it is amazing to see how well the biggest events, and the most significant wars, all seem to reappear so precisely across the zodiac cycle.

The Macedonian War did not actually end at the battle of Cynoscep­halae; it ended a year later, in I96 B.C. Although Kennedy was assassinated in November 22, I963, Khrushchev was ousted on October I4, I964–exactly 2,160 years after the Macedonian War finally ended for Rome. Although Khrushchev appeared to have been secretly working to negotiate peace treaties and alliances all along, he was still the primary figurehead for the USSR in worldly terms.

There may well be a vast wealth of other interlocking events that are not significant enough, in the Roman Empire, to be well documented as historical events–such as examples of music or theater that had as much of an effect as the Beatles would in the next cycle. There may well be a vast array of details that are repeating with equally stunning precision. This may all seem very hard to fathom, since we are used to thinking of time as completely linear. However, if we begin envisioning time as cycli­cal, moving through circular loops that are created by the celestial energy fields we move through as a planet, it makes more sense. Each time our planet reaches the same position in the circle, the events from previous rounds are much more likely to bleed through into our own reality-and repeat again.

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Looking back at these warring years, we can see how close we came to a nuclear destruction of this civilization. The next opportunity to break the zodiac cycles of wars comes in 1964 with the Vietnam War–which I will write about in my next post. Until then, 

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

 

 

Wheels Within Wheels – Breaking the Cycles of War, part 1

“Ezekiel saw the wheel, way up in middle of the air. It’s a wheel in a wheel, way up in the middle of the air.  Now the little wheel turns by faith, and the big wheel turns by the grace of God. It’s a wheel in a wheel, way up in the middle of the air.”

The lyrics above are from a Gospel song. I remember the Bible story from my youth; it read then like a heavenly visitation.  When I read the story today, it reads more like a visit by aliens from outer space. The description of the image itself could well be that of a spaceship with wings and fire spewing out of its thrusters. As for the message this “Lord” gave Ezekiel to deliver to the Israelites, which takes up the bulk of the book, it unfolds as a chastisement and purging of the Jewish population. 

This engenders in me a suspicion that the many and diverse peoples and nations on the planet may well have their roots in genetic projects installed by aliens from other star systems who came here in spaceships to find a viable atmosphere and terrain for their projects to develop and evolve. The Israelites, in this scenario, were one such project that had apparently gone sour. 

According to the story, the people thought their Creator had abandoned them and left them to their own devices. They became rebellious and fell into whorish and adulterous behavior, inbreeding with the Egyptians, yet another genetic project.  The cleansing slaughter of the rebellious ones and their adulterated progeny was an apparent effort at purifying the gene pool in order to create a “Chosen People.” What resulted from this bloody purging was the emergence of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

It’s a fascinating story, especially if one reads it as one chapter in the history of the origins of the peoples and nations currently populating the planet.  What do we really know about our origins?  Have these aliens returned to check on their projects? Are they at war with one another over exclusive rights to the planet for their projects? And do they pit us against one another, nation against nation, to fight their battles? All of these questions and more investigative author David Wilcock addresses in his provocative book The Synchronicity Key.

SYNCHRONICITY – CYCLES WITHIN CYCLES

The “wheels within wheels” image has been used metaphorically in describing cycles of various kinds, such as seasonal and cosmic cycles that repeat yearly, and in some instances over hundreds and thousands of years. Our four seasons are examples of yearly cycles. The Mayan’s “Great Year,” consisting of 25,920 years, is an example of a larger cycle that moves in increments of 1260 years of Earth’s precession through the twelve “Houses” of the Zodiac, which in turn move through 540-year quarter cycles.  Each cycle initiates and completes a stage of evolution of our solar system and of our species. 

The planets spiral through the cosmos, although they appear to move in circular orbits around our sun.  The sun, of course, is not stationary but is flying through space in its own orbit around the Central Sun of the Milky Way Galaxy, which itself is traveling through space. You can easily invision, then, colossal spirals being traced in space by our solar system. The entire picture is one of wheels within wheels.

These wheels are turned by electrical energy (the “grace of God” perhaps?) spiraling — as we saw in my blog series “Masculine/Feminine Energy” — in opposite directions inward and outward in relation to a central vortex, of which there are an infinite number that make up the visible universe. According to Walter Russell, it is this dynamic dance of the positive/negative, masculine/feminine energetic forces that drives the rotation and revolution of heavenly bodies and keeps them moving.

Our physical body alone is composed of countless electromagnetic fields of energy that interact with one another under the direction of Intelligence inherent within energy itself — and where there is Intelligence there is Consciousness through which it works.  Being part of a microcosm that shares an intimate working relationship with a macrocosm, we are impacted by what goes on energetically in these two realms of the “creating universe.” By the same intimate relationship, what goes on in our realm of activity, creatively and destructively, impacts the microcosm and the macrocosm. The field where this impact occurs is the Collective Consciousness which we share with our solar Entity. 

I have frequently referred to our solar system as an Entity in my writings, and for good reason, as well as accuracy.  Our star system with planets orbiting a central sun is a living entity embodying the Great Father Spirit, just as our planet Earth is a living entity embodying the Great Mother Gaia. Our solar Entity generates a Mind which we share — one Mind shared by all living beings on the planet.  Mind and matter are created by Consciousness seeded by the Creator. We are the Creator incarnate, and we have been using our Collective Consciousness to create a world upon the face of the Earth, not all of which is in harmony with the Natural World created by Father Sun and Mother Earth.

THE “HERO’S JOURNEY” AND THE GLOBAL ADVERSARY & NEMESIS

There have always been those who have taken selfish advantage of this realm of creating consciousness by sowing the seeds of greed and fear in its sacred soil, manipulating the masses to give up their power to their elected leaders who have sworn an oath to protect them.  In our day, they are the “negative elite” who control the world’s finances.

Known as the “Cabal,” they are comprised primarily of the central banking system with financial depositories both here and abroad. It was established during the First World War period when the Federal Reserve was created as a central “depository” for all the gold that was taken from the countries that were defeated and/or destroyed in the wars with an ill-begotten and dishonest plan that it would be used to secretly back up their currencies. According to David Wilcock’s investigations, this mass confiscation of gold started in 1895 when the Japanese invaded Korea and plundered their central banks. The pillage spread to other countries, including Germany whose gold was taken by the Bolsheviks and used to create the Soviet Union.  We have gold and silver, but the Federal Reserve will not allow the government to create our currency. Two presidents tried it and both were assassinated. Credit and debt are what back up our currency — and channel interest profits into their coffers. The pity of it all is that we the people allow it. 

Those countries that refused to give up their gold for “safe keeping” in the Federal Reserve had their gold forcefully taken, never to be returned to these countries, although some demanded a return.  The Cabal uses its stolen and acquired wealth to finance both sides of wars — which the Cabal itself instigate by fraudulent means in order to reap huge profits that flow into their pockets from the Military Industrial Complex. But that’s not the entire gist of the story.

This story is about “The Hero’s Journey” Joseph Campbell conceived and wrote about. The story itself is as ancient as the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise and the legendary Quest for the Holy Grail, what Campbell calls the “Elixir of Immortality.” The story forms the very structure of all successful screenplays for movies. The hero with his/her flaws strikes out on a journey in search of the desires and longings of his/her heart, only to be faced with the “nemesis” that stands between the hero and the prize, often his/her own character flaw and shadow.  Either he/she will defeat the nemesis or be defeated by it. This story is not limited to the individual’s life journey and drama, but can be seen played out in the collective by nations and by religions, even by Humanity on a global scale. The Cabal is this civilization’s nemesis that must be faced and defeated if we are to have a future and a Golden Age.

HISTORY DOES REPEAT  

There’s much taking place behind the scenes in the cycles of historical events that have been repeating for eons, and specifically since the rise of the Roman Empire with whom we share a Zodiac cycle of 1260 years — and whose various wars are mirrored by the wars on this end of the cycle, history repeating itself in patterns of corruption and greed for power and control over the wealth and natural resources of nations. In some instances, according to Wilcock’s investigations, the key instigators and players themselves reincarnating in an effort to clean up their karma and achieve a more positive outcome in their hero’s journey and quest for the elixir of immortality.

For example, Wilcock cites the astonishing similar facial features of Adolf Hitler and the Carthaginian warlord Hannibal, a typical aspect of true reincarnations. These two warlords, who rose to power in the same year separated by 2160 years, had similar battle tactics as well. Hannibal (221 BC) crossed the French Alps with his giant elephants to invade Carthage, and Hitler (1939) invaded Poland with his army of tanks. They both had issues with the Jewish Nation as well. The name Hannibal means “Ba’al is my lord” or “With the grace of Ba’al,” the equivalent of “Satan” in Hebrew, becoming “Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies,” the very nemesis of the Hebrew Nation.  Hitler conducted his holocaust against the Jews in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Both were betrayed and committed suicide. 

President Richard Nixon shares a Zodiac cycle with look-alike Roman Emperor Scipio Africanus, both men offering bribes to enemy countries to end or extend their wars so as to benefit them politically. President Jimmy Carter shares a 1260-year cycle with his look-alike Cato, the Roman Censor, both men exerting their political efforts in restoring the morality of their countries in the wake of Nixon and Scipio respectively. 

In most instances, however, it is the patterns of human thought and behavior, deeply ingrained into the collective consciousness and human psyche, that find easy access to resonant substance in mentally disturbed individuals who then act out these patterns of sociopathic and psychopathic behavior in atrocities of all kinds.  It has been estimated that globally approximately three percent of men and one percent of women are sociopaths.

THE WAR CYCLE IS BROKEN 

Take heart, however, for the cycle of repetitious wars has been broken in our time. This part of the story I will leave to David Wilcock himself and his highly acclaimed book, from which I will excerpt a couple of paragraphs that wrap up his investigation in an optimistic and encouraging summary. 

A Grand, Compassionate Design

Now that we have passed the Mayan calendar end date of December 21, 2012, we have crossed over into the Age of Aquarius, as I argued in The Source Field Investigations. This massive change, propelling us into a Golden Age, has already begun-and will undoubtedly get more and more interesting as time goes by. We can clearly see that the 25,920-year “master cycle” is much more than a slow, boring wobble in the earth’s axis. Instead, it seems to represent a mechanism that is written into the mind of our galaxy and all its stars, planets, and satellites. This grand cycle appears to work like the mainspring in a cosmic clock. It powers our evolutionary path and our events in history through the Hero’s Journey archetypes in nice, neat cycles of time. In Law of One terms, this grand story was carefully planned out, long before we ever got here, as the “preferred method” to help us awaken to the basic need to love one another – regardless of race, color, religion, gender, or nationality. We keep repeating the same events and the same atrocities, until we no longer choose to create them. Once we finally decide not to discriminate against one another, and decide to strive for a better world, peace and freedom will finally be ours for the taking-and we will enter into an unprecedented Golden Age.

We can be much more confident that everything is going to work out once we understand that the most distressing wars and political events are not random. There is a grand, compassionate design to the workings of history that unfold before us. As a collective consciousness, this appears to be the method by which we are ultimately prepared for a whole new way of thinking, acting, and being. Our living universe is not sadis­tic. We are not meant to simply keep suffering the same wars and atrocities, right on schedule, as if this were some form of ongoing, ritual torture. We do have free will, and this means we do meet up with whatever we create. As we grow and evolve, the histories of our nations can increas­ingly detach from negative timelines and gravitate toward other, health­ier cycles the earth [and I would add the galaxy] has to offer us. We may even experience an epic, worldwide curtain call–the ultimate piercing of the veil. In that case, the whole mechanism and its hidden players, both positive and negative, may finally be revealed, and we will enter into an entirely new structure of time itself. This is where the dance of free will comes in. What channel of the greatest show on earth are we collectively deciding to watch? What future are we voting for by the thoughts and actions we take each moment?

A Benevolent Spirit Prevails

Very well said. I believe there is a great and benevolent Spirit embodied by our Milky Way galaxy that is sending out energetic waves of love and compassion that impact our solar system, and that this Spirit is calling for a frequency shift to hasten our evolutionary process and synchronize it with that of the Earth.  If, indeed, historical events do repeat in cycles, what synchronous event will come to pass 2160 years after the victorious Hero’s Journey of the One whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas? Will we have finally come clear of fear and prejudice and truly love one another as ourselves and partake of the Elixir of Immortality?  I hope and pray we will not have to wait that long. I wouldn’t mind coming back for that either.  

Until my next post . . .

just be who you are.

Anthony 

 

 

 

 

Golden Age and Golden Race

My Chorale Pic

Our “Hero’s Journey” ideally ends with the hero defeating his nemesis and seizing the Elixir of Immortality, his journey’s quest. That quest for Humanity has come full cycle as we travel with our Mother Earth through the Zodiac belt into the beginning of a new cycle with the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.  To seize the Elixir of Immortality, we must defeat the nemesis of our own delusions of mortality hidden from our eyes by the fabricated human ego in which we have misplaced our identity. The delusion is maintained every time we excuse our shortcomings with “I’m only human, you know.” This lie is reinforced by the religions of the world, particularly by the Catholic Church which reminds its parishioners every year to “Remember thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.” The truth is you are divine and cannot die. The truth is you are a human being, made in the image and likeness of God. The religions know this, yet they view and treat their “believers” as sinners and dust.

The Elixir of Immortality is to be found hidden behind religious dogmas, although revealed clearly and proclaimed loudly by the very Lord whose Gospel Christianity preaches from its pulpits: “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” The kingdom of Heaven is the Elixir of Immortality and it is within us, not in some promised hereafter.  Religion itself is the nemesis humanity must defeat in order to end its quest for a heavenly state where suffering and death are not a part of life on planet Earth.

We are faced once again with a crucial choice that will determine the future of our progeny and the entire human race. That choice is between living in a “Golden Age” that is at hand to be welcomed, stewarded and enjoyed for the next two-thousand-plus years and plunging humanity down once again into the “Dark Ages.” The choice is our’s . . . and we are making it now by our behavior on the planet.

GAIA ASCENDING

The planet herself is moving into a higher vibratory state, driven by ancient cycles of evolution unfolding on schedule within the larger energetic field of the Milky Way Galaxy. The question for us to answer is: Are we with Gaia in her ascension process? If our answer is “Yes,” then she will take us into the Golden Age of Aquarius with little effort on our part. I say “little effort” because all that is required of us is that we live in peace and harmony with one another and with the Natural World. That we love the Lord of God with all and one another as our selves. That we put down our arms and stop warring over the land and its resources that we think will give us security, along with power and control over others. For in truth, there are no “others.” There is only Oneness. There is only Love.

If the answer is “No,” then Gaia will swallow up the world we have fabricated upon her surface and take most of us with it. According the prophecies in The RA Material, Book I of The Law of One, those of us who cannot move with Gaia will then have to be relocated to another third-density planet in the galaxy where we will have yet another opportunity to evolve spiritually and learn what it means to steward and care for our habitat. Planet Earth will go on to fulfill her destiny as a fourth-density planet. Those who can move on with her will return to Earth in fourth-density “rainbow bodies” — incorruptible bodies made of white light that refracts into the colors of the rainbow.

Gaia has been a generous and forgiving hostess to third-density human beings for tens-of-thousands of years. According the RA Material, She has been used to relocate other third-density beings, as well as second-density beings such as some of the animal, insect and plant species on the planet, beings that were left homeless when their planets were destroyed or made uninhabitable, such as Maldek and Mars respectively.  Maldek was once one of our sister planets that orbited where the asteroid belt now lies. Mars’ atmosphere was destroyed by weapons of mass destruction. Those beings who destroyed their planets have been living out their karma on Earth for thousands of years, incarnating over and again in order to learn their lesson and clean up their group karma. Apparently, they haven’t learned their lesson very well yet. They need to repent from their ways and be caused to wake up before it is too late to change and ascend to a higher level of consciousness and being. The Golden Age — the Kingdom of Heaven — is at hand and beckoning us all to enter in and enjoy living in this beautiful and magical world our Mother Earth has created and dressed for us.

THE GOLDEN RACE

Roman poets wrote of the “Golden Age” and apparently mistranslated the words saecula and aetas as both meaning “age,” when in fact saecula may mean either “race” or “age,” and aetas should be translated as “race.” I lifted this information from David Wilcock’s exhaustive literary work The Source Field Investigations, which I am reading for the second time due to its density of interesting and significant historical research.  I would like very much to review this one section on the origins of the idea of a Golden Age in this blog, perhaps over several posts.

Essentially, the first Zodiac Age has historically been a “Golden Age” when life on Planet Earth is in every way a Paradise experience.  Wilcock writes:

The coming of the Age of Aquarius, surrounding the year 2012, is the repetition of a cycle that has already occurred before—a cycle in which everyone on earth apparently had mystical abilities much greater than what most of us now possess, leading them to have perpetual bounty of life ‘untroubled by strife or want . . . a Paradise inhabited by the souls of the blessed.’ [He’s quoting from H.C. Baldry’s 1952 scholarly paper “Who Invented the Golden Age?”]. The pursuit of gold was seen as ‘one of the causes of degeneration from that happy state.’ Unfortunately, our current scientific models are woefully insufficient to explain how something like this could be possible—but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t actually happen.

These “souls of the blessed” are not necessarily a special select group of souls, as Wilcock points out.

It is extremely important to mention that this Golden Race is not some weird and sick Hitlerian vision of a bunch of blond-haired, blue-eyed wunderkinder, or Nietzschean overmen, that everyone else must die off in order to make room for.  Just like the Cayce Readings said about the “Fifth Root Race,” this Golden Race may well be everyone on earth, within a finite period of time—not just a particular nationality or skin color. 

We are the Golden Race. Every human being on the planet volunteered to come here at this time to bring one thing and one thing only: LOVE. Today we celebrate once again the incarnation and birth of Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One of God — the Lord of Love.  He came on Earth for the same reason: to bring LOVE. Apparently, he saw some potential is us because he said that we shall do the works that he did, and even greater works would we do.  He saw sons and daughters of God incarnate on Earth, not white, yellow, brown and black humans.

There are nearly seven billion sons and daughters of God incarnate on Earth today, so there’s a whole lot more potential now than there was two-thousand years ago.  There are some 317 million incarnate souls in the USA. There are 565 million in all of North America and 385 million in South America. That adds up to nearly one-billion souls living in the Americas — one-seventh of the world’s population — and on Google Globe you don’t see any borders between countries.

America is the land of love. That’s what the word means: Loveland. We live in a country that is consecrated to Freedom and to the Spirit of Love.  This is holy ground upon which we walk daily with freedom to be who and what we are.  Let us walk upon its sacred soil with respect and reverence for life. Let us exercise our freedom to bring love into the world. Not just at Christmas time, but always. Let’s be the Golden Race the ancients foretold would arise in the Earth to bring in the Golden Age of Aquarius.

Have a Golden Christmas and a New Year full of love, of peace, and of joy.

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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The Hero’s Journey, part 3: The Timeline of the Golden Age

This is one of many depictions of the Rainbow Body from Tibet

This is one of many depictions of the Rainbow Body from Tibet

My Chorale PicThe Age of Aquarius is ushering in a Golden Age when time and death will be no more and humanity will finally be rewarded the Elixir of Immortality. Already, as mentioned in my last post, there are thousands of cases of the “Rainbow Body” phenomena reported in China and India. So the path to illumination and union with the divine is open and available to those who seek the Elixir of Immortality, the worthy quest of the Hero’s Journey.

The question I will entertain in this post is:  When does the curtain fall on humanity’s journey in this third density of the “valley of the shadow of death” and our final conquest over the social-political-religious nemesis that’s hiding this elixir from sight going to bring us finally and fully into the Fourth Density experience of total enlightenment and eternal life — the Golden Age foretold by ancient prophecies?

For possible and interesting answers, I will turn to my favorite historical author David Wilcock and reference passages in his 2013 literary release, The Synchronicity Key. One thing I can say about David Wilcock is that he did his homework before putting pen to paper — some thirty years of research. This lends a lot of credibility to his writings. So, let’s examine some of his findings.

First of all, the timeline is based on cosmic cycles. There’s the cycle of the Biblical seven days of creation Moses described in the Book of Genesis. This begs the question as to what is the actual span of a Biblical “day?”  We can find a variety of Biblical passages where a “day” symbolizes a year.

The prophet Daniel tells in 12:11 of his encounter with “a glowing, linen-clad man in a vision, which many readers of the Bible believe was a vision of Jehoshua [Jusus], writes Wilcock. He goes on to say “This glowing man in linen told Daniel there would be a final cycle of 1,290 ‘days’ before the end of an age.  (Underscore mine)

Then we have the Mayan “Great Year” that consists of twelve cycles of 1,290 years adding up to 25,920 years, the time it takes for the axis of the earth to cycle through the twelve Ages of the Zodiac. A larger cycle yet is revealed in Walter Cruttenden’s epic achievement Lost Star of Myth and Time in which he gives “compelling evidence,” writes Wiscock, “that our sun is orbiting a neighboring star….” That cycle is 2,160 years, which is subdivided into four 540-year quarter cycles. These four quarters mark the four corners of a square inside a circle.  Each of these quarter cycles can be visualized as circles, as we are orbiting around our sun, which is orbiting around another star.

Here we have the makings of what is called “Sacred Geometry.” We are impacted significantly by the energy field of this neighboring star. Each time we move through a quarter cycle of 540 years and come to the same point in the larger circle as before, Wilcock explains, “we experience bleed-throughs from events that occurred the last time.” In other words, history repeats itself . . . that is, if we allow it to and do nothing to change human behavior, which has a significant influence upon our experience of these cosmic cycles of creation and re-creation. Recall the words of the One standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks St. John writes about in his Book of Revelation: “Behold, I make all things new.”  So can we, and we have a golden opportunity, literally, to make our experience of life and our world new as this Golden Age dawns at the end of a long cycle and the beginning of another.

LOOPS OF FORCE IN AN ELECTRICAL CURRENT ARE WOUND UP CENTRIPETALLY, JUST AS SOLAR AND STELLAR SYSTEMS ARE WOUND UP IN THE HEAVENS. CENTRIFUGAL FORCE UNWINDS THEM FOR REWINDING AND REPETITION

LOOPS OF FORCE IN AN ELECTRICAL CURRENT ARE WOUND UP CENTRIPETALLY, JUST AS SOLAR AND STELLAR SYSTEMS ARE WOUND UP IN THE HEAVENS. CENTRIFUGAL FORCE UNWINDS THEM FOR REWINDING AND REPETITION

To further expand on our visual image of these cycles within cycles — or “wheels within wheels” as the Prophet Ezekiel described them — envision these heavenly bodies moving forward through our Milky Way Galaxy while at the same time orbiting around one another and you see a spiraling pattern of celestial movement through the galaxy and the cosmos. So we are moving in spirals through space rather than in circles around heavenly bodies. 

To expand even further upon this model, consider that these spirals do not necessarily stay the same width nor extend the same repetitious lengths. Some may be moving away from a single point of origin and others moving toward a single point “in nice and neat geometric intervals.”  This diagram from Walter Russell’s inspired writing in The Secret of Light demonstrates this perspective. It is a representation of his vision of how our electrical universe works to keep things in harmony and order. The spiral is Nature’s secret way of imbuing forms, such as trees, with strength and keeping a firm control on the integrative and disintegrative cycles of forms throughout the cosmos. It’s the Creative Process in action. We do, after all, live in an electrical universe, and it is electrical currents that drive and direct these cycles. Such is the magnificence of the Mind of the Creator.

TIME ENCODED PROPHECIES

Prophets apparently enjoy a depth of insight into these cosmic cycles, upon which they base their prophecies. They are, after all, heavenly — perhaps extraterrestrial — messengers who have visited us throughout the ages to give us some sense of direction our earthly journey is taking, along with warnings about repeating cycles that may bring about radical and even catastrophic changes in our planet’s evolutionary journey through the cosmos.  

Here’s one such prophecy Wilcock spends a lot of time with and upon which he places considerable weight in arriving at a time when time will be no more. Let me see if I can condense his reasoning into a couple of paragraphs, because Wilcock moves through a lot of history in his book, framing events within the context of cycles, a very fascinating, though complex, achievement that makes for entertaining reading — that is, if one stays focused in his line of thinking, which is somewhat a challenge. 

The main key to figuring out cycles is to determine their starting and ending points. Some thought to observe events occurring in human affairs throughout history as surface signs of the energetic cycles driving them from behind the scenes. For example, French scholars Michel Helmer and Francois Masson revealed in or around 1958 the hidden truth about repetitive cycles in human affairs. Masson saw the growth cycles of major religions in three phases of 720-year cycles. He suggested the “every major culture will go through stages of its spiritual and religious development that divide up into nice and neat 720-year cycles.”  Taking the birth of Jesus as a starting point, Masson describes the rise and fall of Christianity in cyclical phases:

‘The first phase . . . is the prophetic period of every religion. The second is the clerical phase, and the third is that of the supremacy of the temporal [physical] power over the spiritual power. For example: [the time of] the Christ’s teaching to the years 720-730 corresponds to the mystical epoch of Christianity. From A.D. 720-750 to 1440-1470, the times changed. This was the epoch of the mastery of the ecclesiastical [Church] hierarchy over peoples and governments.

Again, using the birth of Jesus as the starting point of the current cycle we are in, Masson cites the period of iconoclasm, around the year A.D. 726 when Byzantine emperor Leo III ordered the removal of an image of Jesus’s face over the entrance to the Great Palace of Constantinople, as the ‘first major crisis of the Catholic Church’ and the end of the first phase of Christianity’s 2,160-year cycle.

Iconoclasm is defined as “a technical-sounding word for a curture deliberately destroying its own religious icons for political or spiritual reasons.”  We have an example of iconoclasm in our time in the effort to remove prayer in public places, such as schools, and the word “God” from the our national anthem. Wilcock writes:

The use of Christ’s face as an icon in Christianity was considered an ‘abomination.’  This was the first time that the Church’s authority was questioned on such a widespread level. It was the first time that the people became aware that their beloved religion had become corrupted and was being used as a tool of social and political oppression. The church militarized and became an obviously direct arm of the government for the first time in its history. [Not much different from current trends in our government today.]

Going forward 720 years to the year 1440, we have the dawning of the age of modern science as we know it and the beginning of the Renaissance. This is the second major crisis of the Catholic Church when its infallibility in matters of “truth” were challenged, which led to the Reformation when the Church was forced to relinquish its firm control over the Bible and allow the people to have access to sacred scriptures for the first time in its history.

What followed was the breaking away from the Catholic Church’s version of Christianity and the multiplication of religious sects. The Church began to fall apart as it lost its control over the minds of the people. It didn’t lose its fear-based control over their hearts, however, and it is in that very control pattern where the heart of the nemesis beats and pumps out the current of belief throughout the body of Christianity, and other major religions, that death is the only way to heaven, and it is only opens to those who obey its religious laws and decrees and remain tithe-paying members. 

WE COME TO THE END-TIME 

Moving forward 720 years from 1440 we come to the year 2160. This date comes well after the time the Great Year ends and the Golden Age is predicted to arrive by various world wide prophecies. Wilcock adds this consideration:

However, if we are dealing with a system of cycles that is somehow guided by our own collective consciousness and was intended to reach its final resolution surrounding the end of the Great Year — which was in or around the year 2012 — then perhaps other cycles took effect.

A prominent Russian mathematician by the name of Anatoly Fomenko also discovered repeating patterns in history. Only his cycle was 1,296 years long and was divided into a four-part story. The story can be broken up into the three-act Hero’s Journey structure that Hollywood films are based on. I will end with these concluding excerpts from Wilcock’s book:

Let’s not forget that once we include the midpoint in the screenplay, we break it up into four perfectly symmetrical pieces — pages 1 through 30, 30 through 60, 60 through 90, and 90 through 120. If Fomenko has found that the overall “story” is thirteen hundred years long, that’s very interesting, because if we knock off four years and shave it down just a bit to 1,260 years, we now have another perfect subdivision of the 25,920-year precession. There are exactly twenty cycles of 1.296 years within the Great Year itself. Each of these 1,296-year cycles divides neatly into four equal parts on Fomenko’s graph, giving us 324-year sections.There are exactly eighty of these 324-year cycles in the 25,920-year precession of the equinoxes.

Wilcock finally arrives at a likely date:

What if we take the year A.D. 720 as the beginning of a new cycle of a different length? What if A.D. 720 becomes the beginning of a new Hero’s Journey story? What if the political and social climate of A.D. 720 now represents the “ordinary world” which the “heroes” of our modern era must all ultimately be inspired to join a quest to escape from, as they move from lifetime to lifetime?

. . . . What if we use A.D. 720 as our starting point for one of Fomenko’s 1,296-year cycles? This would mean that the cycle will end in the year 2016. This is a very close fit with the end date for the precession and gives us another year to keep an eye on.

And that’s where I will leave you to consider these interesting findings on your own time. Read the book. It’s timely and pertinent to our Hero’s Journey. There’s little doubt that something huge is underway. I just recalled the Master Jesus’ invitation and perhaps even warning: “Come out of her my people.” 

This ends this series on the Hero’s Journey. Until we meet again in this blog, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Day and a beautiful, peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year. 

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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Here’s a clip about Indigo children that worth the hour of watching. Very inspiring and reassuring. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

The Hero’s Journey, part 2 : The Quest, page 2, The Rainbow Body

My Chorale PicI just received copies of the third edition of Sacred Anatomy from the publisher and it looks and feels great in soft cover. This also allows me to reduce the price from $35 to $25.  I did add a description of the “Rainbow Body” to the last chapter of the book “Patterns of Ascension Established” as a way of updating with more current research on the topic of transformation and transmutation of the physical body. I will use this post to share that additional piece with my readers, especially those of you who have earlier editions of my book.  

This excerpt fits perfectly with the current series theme of “The Hero’s Journey” and the Quest for the Elixir of Immortality.  After all, what we all long for is a life without the pains and sufferings of the present human state — joy and life eternal. It appears that the design for such a life is gradually coming back into place as cosmic factors line up around the dawning design of the “New Heaven and New Earth.”  We are moving through a fourth dimensional shift with our planet. More on this in my next post. For now, consider this excerpt as providing a clue for what we’re all in for over the next relatively brief period of time as we know it. Even time and our experience of time will change drastically as we return to a “time when time was not”– a topic recently aired in an LPB television programHow We Got to Now.”  

Here’s the excerpt from Sacred Anatomy.

The “Rainbow Body”

“Tibetan Buddhists practice the “Rainbow Body,” the apparent dematerialization and transmutation of the physical body. The practice may be spread out over many years of meditation until the actual transfiguration is achieved — although more as a gift of spirit than an achievement of mental effort.  A Biblical passage tells of a “tranfiguration” of Jesus wherein he appeared in a glorious form with Moses and Elijah in the presence of three of his disciples, and another of his glorified body being resurrected from the grave.  What follows here may give up some inkling of the potential inherent in our own sacred anatomy.

The Sufi call it “the most sacred body” and the “supracelestial body.”  Taoists call it “the diamond body,” and those who have attained it are called “the immortals” and “the cloud walkers.”   In various other traditions it is called by such descriptive names as “the divine body” (Trantric yoga), “the body of bliss” (Kriya yoga), “the superconductive body” (Zoroastrian Vendanta), “the luminous body or being” (ancient Egypt), “the radiant body” (Gnosticism), “the perfect body” (Mithraic liturgy), “the immortal body” (Hermetic Corpus), and “the Golden Body” (Emerald Tablets of the alchemical tradition).

Here is a description of the process taken from Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and reprinted in David Wilcock’s book, The Source Field Investigations.

This is one of many depictions of the Rainbow Body from Tibet:

Body of Light: Tibetan, ja-lus.  Also known as the “rainbow body.”  Certain realized beings . . . achieve the transformation of their ordinary bodies into a Body of Light. . . . In this process the physical body dissolves into its natural state, which is that of Clear Light.  As the elements of the body are purified, they transform from their gross manifestation (body, flesh, bones, etc.) into their pure essence as the five colors: blue, green, white, red and golden yellow.  As the body dissolves into these five colors a rainbow is formed, and all that remains of the physical body are fingernails and hair. . . .

Over 160,000 documented cases of the Rainbow Body have occurred in Tibet and China alone.  David Wilcock cites a most extraordinary event that took place in Kham, a small village in Tibet, in 1998, when a Gelugpa monk, Khenpo A-chos, died leaving nothing of his earthly form behind.  He was described as having . . .

. . . a warm, spiritual nature that touched everyone he met. . . . he often spoke of the importance of cultivating compassion. He had the ability to teach even the roughest and toughest of types how to be a little gentler, a little more mindful. . . . The witnesses reported a rainbow appearing over Khenpo A-chos’s hut a few days before he died, and that “dozens of rainbows appeared in the sky afterward.  He was not sick and nothing appeared to be wrong with him — he simply chanted a mantra.

According to the eyewitnesses, after his breath stopped his flesh became kind of pinkish. One person said it turned brilliant white. All said it started to shine. Lama A-chos suggested wrapping his friend’s body in a yellow robe, the type all Gelug monks wear. As the days passed, they maintained they could see, through the robe, that his bones and his body were shrinking. They also heard beautiful, mysterious music coming from the sky, and they smelled perfume. After seven days, they removed the yellow cloth, and no body remained. Lama Norta and a few other individuals claimed that after his death Khenpo A-chos appeared to them in visions and dreams … Lama A-chos told Tiso that it takes sixty years of intensive practice to achieve the rainbow body. “Whether it always takes that long, I don’t know,” acknowledges Tiso, “but we would like to be able to incorporate, in a respectful way, some of these practices into our own Western philosophical and religious traditions.” … To our knowledge, says Tiso, the bodies of most Christian saints did not disappear or shrink after their deaths …. However, he adds, bodily ascensions are mentioned in the Bible and other traditional texts for Enoch, Mary, Elijah, and possibly Moses. And there are numerous stories of saints materializing after their death, similar to the widespread phenomenon known as the “light- body. 

As I say, time was when we could “fly beyond the rainbow.”  There was a design in place for such spirit and soul travel. That design was lost, along with the Garden State, and had not been present on earth for many thousands of years when the Lord of Love incarnated on Earth. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it was human consciousness that got lost. The design did not go anywhere but was taken away for a season until such time that the Sons and Daughters of God would again emerge on Earth through the sons and daughters of Man.  That time came with the incarnation of the Lord of Love.” (Sacred Anatomy)

The Quest for the Elixir of Immortality has not been without hurdles and challenges to overcome. Immortality itself has been withheld from human experience as some kind of “reward” in the “hereafter” for being “good” and compliant with religious dogma and moral behavior. Religion itself has been the nemesis hiding the Elixir of Immortality from naive and slumbering mortals.   The promise of eternal life has been used to establish and maintain the biggest and most profitable business of modern times — second only perhaps to the medical and insurance industries.  Notice how all three are founded on the concept that we are merely human — mortals that need costly crutches to help us through this “vale of tears” to the other side of the “valley of the shadow of death.” The letter of the law has killed believers’ hopes  for and dreams of a return of Paradise here and now. You have to die to get there, according to the beliefs and doctrines of all the major religions. Tibetan Buddhism may be the only exception.  

In spite of those beliefs and doctrines, a “Golden Age” is scheduled to return on time in accordance with the “cosmic clock” that ticks away the ever recurring cycles of evolution and natural ascension. All things created rise to return to their Creator and origins. Even sound returns to the Silence that gave it utterance.  We will continue along this line in my next post. Until then, 

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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The “Hero’s Journey,” part 1: The Story

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“THE HERO AND HIS STORY”

I am into my second reading of David Wilcock’s timely book, “THE SYNCHRONICITY KEYThe Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You.” Chapter nine has captivated my curiosity about how novels and scripts for movies are written. So I thought it would be fun, even insightful, to blog on the topic, which is actually quite fascinating.  I’ll just jump right into the middle of the chapter. But first a little background might be helpful.

The phrase “The Hero’s Journey” was coined by Joseph Campbell in his comparative mythology study, which he published in 1949 in the form of his world classic scholarly work The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In it Campbell explores and analyses myths from all over the world, in all different time periods, and finds that they have remarkable similarities to one another. He calls the overall story “The Hero’s Journey.” Wilcock describes the journey:

It’s how we work through our fears, our weaknesses, our limitations—each and every day. It is ultimately the blueprint of our evolution—and the path to a Golden Age. Anyone who writes an engaging, believable screenplay is tapping into the Hero’s Journey story structure, whether they realize it or not. Those who are aware of it have a much better chance of success. . . . Campbell drew heavily on the legendary work of Dr. Carl Jung, who found that these various ancient myths keep repeating in our dreams with certain ongoing themes he called archetypes. 

And that’s a whole other topic which I may explore at a latter date.  But for now . . .

ON TO THE MOVIES

Every successful Hollywood movie story line follows what is well known by all play-wrights – who want their stories to find favor with their intended audiences – as “the structure.” The structure unravels the story between three acts: beginning, middle and ending. The basic “structure” was first spelled out by Aristotle.  The theme of the structure is the telling and retelling of the story of “The Hero’s Journey,” and it is divided into four parts: 1) The hero’s quest, 2) The hero’s initiation in the quest, 3) Facing and defeating the nemesis, which typically leads to the “dark night of the soul” when all is lost, and 4) The final showdown and triumph over the nemesis, and the seizing of the “Elixir of Immortality,” the prize and goal sought in the hero’s quest.

At least this is how movies with happy endings usually go.  There are some “dark” movies where the hero is defeated by the nemesis and often dies. An outstanding example is the bloody comedy “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”— which we watched last night as a live performance by the New York Philharmonic from Lincoln Center of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece staring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. The movie version features Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the leading roles.  

The setting is 1831 London and the story is about a skilled barber and alleged serial killer named Benjamin Barker who is falsely charged and sentenced to penal transportation from London by the corrupt Judge Turpin.  Judge Turpin seizes Barker’s wife Lucy  for himself and rapes her.  Lucy, who is said to have poisoned herself, shows up in the drama as an old beggar woman. Judge Turpin takes their daughter, Johanna, as his ward and raises her as his own.  

Fifteen years later, Barker returns to London under the alias Sweeney Todd, sets up a barber shop above a meat-pie shop on Fleet Street owned and operated by Mrs. Nellie Lovett. The two concoct a sordid business in which Sweeney Todd murders his customers in a twisted mission to rid the world of useless human beings and drops their corpses down into Mrs. Lovett’s shop, who then processes them into meat pies. His primary quest focuses on avenging himself against Judge Turpin by luring him into his shop for a “shave.” His second goal is to get his daughter back.  

As the complex plot unravels and thickens, Sweeney Todd does finally have his opportunity to avenge himself by slitting Judge Turpin’s throat in a bloody scene in his barber shop upon his fancy new barber’s chair.  So, our hero does achieve his quest. However, the story takes a dark twist and turn when Sweeney Todd realizes he has also slain his “beautiful” Lucy, after the old beggar woman (Lucy) recognizes his familiar face.  Fearing she might blow his cover and announce his return to the village, Sweeney Todd slits her throat as well not knowing it is his Lucy he has slain.  Studying her face more closely and realizing his horrible mistaken deed, he presents his own throat to Nellie Lovett’s meat pie shop-boy, who has by now discovered the dastardly business at which he has been employed. 

In the grand and gory finale, the boy takes Sweeney’s silver razor in hand and ends the demon barber’s ill-intended quest and miserable life.  The hero is defeated by his own nemesis and, of course, fails to achieve the “elixir of immortality.”

(Although the story itself — which may have some basis in legend*– is now immortalized by Stephen Sondheim. Just as a side note, I am intrigued by, and somewhat concerned about, what archetypes in my own heredity makeup find this movie entertaining. And that goes for all movies and novels I seem to enjoy. Hmm.) 

THE NEMESIS OFTEN MIRRORS THE HERO

The lighter movies typically have a sweet ending where the hero triumphs and wins the prize at the end, usually in the form of riding off into the sunset with the beautiful woman, for whom he had to slay a dragon–usually the nemesis of the shadow of his own character flaw, often reflected back to him in the “bad guy” who stands in the way of achieving his quest.  The hero’s nemesis is often mirrored by the villain in movies and novels. 

The hero, of course, is sometimes a woman, as in “Gone With the Wind” — celebrating its 75th anniversary today. This movie is somewhat complex, however, having both failure and victory in the story line. Whereas Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) fails in his quest to tame Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) for himself, Scarlet emerges as the hero of the story who has to face her own nemesis: her self-centered, spoiled female ego. Her quest is to find her man, whom she singles out in Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), who marries Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland), a generous and kind woman with a compassionate and understanding heart.  When that quest proves unobtainable, Scarlett turns her quest toward her beloved plantation home Tara.

Act I: In her futile struggle  with her nemesis, Scarlet  loses everything as Tara is pillaged by the Civil War and her father dies in a fall from his horse while pursuing a thieving renegade, leaving her with nothing but the land and in a pitiful state of having to scrounge for food and tax money to keep Kara from falling into the hands of the carpetbaggers.  Scarlet has her dark night of the soul, swearing to heaven above that she “will never be hungry again!”  (Intermission)

Act II: During her dark-night-of-the-soul experience, Scarlet remembers what her father had taught her about the land being the most valuable thing in life to possess and cherish. The land, then, on which Scarlet’s beloved Tara sits—restored  to its former elegance with wealth she acquired by marrying Mr. Kennedy right from under of her sister’s nose—becomes a substitute elixir of immortality our hero literally and selfishly seizes in the second act of the movie. The genuine elixir that would fulfill her soul’s quest is the freedom to be her real Self in the wake of the demise of her nemesis, her false human ego.

Act III: Scarlet and Rhett, deserving one another, finally tie the knot and bring a daughter, Bonnie, into their lives, whom her father spoils and treats like a princess, buying her a pony as a final measure of his love and devotion, much against her mother’s wishes.  In the end, Rhett is driven away from Scarlet after they lose Bonnie, who falls off her pony in the shadow of her grandfather’s fateful end, a tragedy Scarlet feared would happen and for which she severely blamed Rhett. This final blow led to their alienation and ultimate and dramatic separation from one another.  Rhett returns to Scarlett, as he frequently does throughout the movie, only to be finally convinced of her incorrigibility.

Grand Finale: Neither of our would-be heroes defeat their nemesis, however, which is mirrored back to them each by the other. This failure turns this world-classic into a modern-day tragedy with Rhett closing the front door of Tara in Scarlet’s face, not giving “a damn” what she does with her miserable life, and Scarlet remains unredeemed from and defeated by her nemesis. Rather than facing her dilemma with Rhett – whom she realizes she has come to truly love – and letting her self-centered ego take a back seat to what had become really important to her, she chooses the path of least resistance by putting off the would-be victory with the classic line “There’s always tomorrow,” a sad but realistic ending for a much loved movie – which in itself makes a statement about the human drama.

 All of it is the complex and sometimes frustrating story of the hero’s journey, a story we all apparently love and live to hear told over and over again in movies and novels, and for one reason only: it is the story of our very own lives.  Even larger than that, it is the story of a nation, a people, and the evolution of the human race itself – all of which we will explore in this series.  

The questions I would pose, then, and leave you to ponder, are: With whom do you most identify in the two stories I’ve cited? Do you see your own hero’s journey playing out?  And where are you in your journey? Let’s take each act and part of the hero’s journey and explore where we are in it, as individuals, as a nation, and as a collective body of humanity.

We’ll start with THE QUEST in my next post .  This will give you time to mull over these stories and reflect on your own hero’s journey.  Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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* The original story of Sweeney Todd was quite possibly based on an older urban legend that found its way into Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers (1836–37).  Dickens tells how “the servant Sam Weller says that a pieman used cats ‘for beefsteak, veal and kidney, ‘cording to the deman’, and recommends that people should buy pies only ‘when you know the lady that made it, and is quite sure it ain’t kitten.’” (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd )

 

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