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“The Chalice of Collective Sovereignty”— Restoring Camelot

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     “I hear people everywhere saying that the trouble with our time is that we have no great leaders any more. If we look back we always had them. But to me it seems that there is a very profound reason why there are no great leaders anymore. It is because they are no longer needed. The message is clear. You no longer want to be led from the outside. Every man must be his own leader. He now knows enough not to follow other people. He must follow the light that’s within himself, and through this light he will create a new community. You see, wherever I go in the world, this to me is a general trend. I am aware of the fact that there are already people in existence today—take us—who really belong to a community which does not yet exist. That is, we are the bridge between the community we’ve left and the community which doesn’t exist yet. —(Laurens Van De Post, A Walk with a White Bushman,” 1986)

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My Chorale PicDemocracy, as we profess to practice it here in America, is not working. Leadership from above-down is being rejected globally as people are awakening to their own inner spirit guidance. The paradigm of leadership has shifted from top-down governance to governance from within the individual, and the grassroots community.

In truth, we do not have a democracy here in America. Democracy is grassroots government: “Of the people, by the people and for the people.” Our government leaders are elected to serve “we the people.” They are our employees not our bosses, yet as a whole they do not serve the interests of the people but are beholden to their campaign donors and lobbyists. So, in reality, we do not have a true democracy here is America. What we do have in Washington, and on Wall Street, is a cartel of corporations enabled by an aggressively lobbied congress and empowered by an ambivalent, dictatorial, narcissistic president. It’s a legal entity called “Corporate America,” and its enterprises are raking in massive profits on the backs of “we the consumers.” A paradigm shift is due and in the offing.

That shift will not come, however, without trade-offs and radical change.  One trade-off is the relinquishing of our addiction to oil and to all the “stuff” produced by Corporate America.  Liberty Mutual Insurance has a sensible slogan: “Only pay for what you need.” We do need clean energy . . . and we could do without all the “stuff” we buy but don’t really need. We don’t really need wars, nor space travel.  We do need to take care of our own here at home.

Another trade-off is the obvious need to let go of our old-school ways of being told what we can and cannot do.  In other words, the safety net that lets us feel secure within the boundaries of “the law”– a law that has lost its sanctity as those in high places skirt around it, largely with impunity. The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court holds the position that a sitting president cannot be indicted on criminal charges speaks to the provision in our government for a dictatorship.

So, letting go of the way we’ve felt “safe” within a law-based governance is a challenge in light of the fact that not everyone has yet awakened to their inner spirit guidance. While there is wisdom in not burning all our bridges just yet, there is greater wisdom in building new bridges to the future, bridges that are vibrationally supported by the shift in cosmic energy toward a new paradigm of leadership.  Because, as the new paradigm emerges, as it will, the old paradigm will continue to fail us, eventually collapsing altogether, leaving us to our own devices in a state of anarchy, if only for a transitional period.  So, we are hesitant to let go of “the devil we know” in lieu of the one we don’t — and rebellion is not the answer. 

Where cities like Paris, France, and Hong Kong, China are in a state of turmoil as their citizens march in the streets in violent protests against injustice and corrupt leadership, only death and destruction will ensue.

The world has had Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi who have set the tone and the precedent for real change through peaceful non-compliance and non-violent resistance.  Legendary Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh led the movement of non-violent resistance in Vietnam until he was exiled. He taught compassion as the only way to end terrorism.  These men arose from out of the grassroots of the societies they sought to rescue from the murderous hands of bigots and tyrants.

This kind of leadership can be seen emerging throughout the global community today.  This is what author Diana Durham speaks to in her book The Return of King Arthur, from which I have borrowed these excerpts for inclusion in Sacred Anatomy

Speaking of her own personal transformation within the container of an intentional spiritual community that went through a transformation itself in the wake of the passing of its spiritual God-parent and leader, Diana writes:

THE CHALICE OF COLLECTIVE SOVEREIGNTY

There is a great fear of losing the sword—a fear of losing the tradition and forms that have embodied the truth for us, and a desire to try to preserve them in some way—to disobey Arthur’s command.  Twice Sir Bedivere, that most loyal and trusted knight, tries to hide Excalibur before finally obeying Arthur and throwing the sword into the lake.  After all, if we don’t preserve the sword, we might lose everything . . . .

Very often this is the way. The injection of spiritual reality brought by the great avatar, like Jesus or Buddha, one who is able to pull the sword of power, of spiritual authority, back out of the stone of fixed belief and tradition and wield it as a living reality, is turned after their death into a religion, a series of beliefs, a tradition.  And people warm themselves on the little spark that still glows in the embers of that tradition, but they don’t inherit the mantle of spiritual radiance. They have not become entrained into the understanding of what it really means to “Worship God”; they have not completed the quest . . . .

. . . . Thanks to Guinevere and Morgana (the heart’s wisdom), Excalibur is not destined to become a sacred relic of past glory “stored in some treasure-house of mighty kings.” The heart’s instinctual knowing of what is right has overridden the fears and the structures of the mind, thus ensuring that Arthur’s true legacy—the legacy of potency, of truth, as represented by his sword— has become a living possibility available within the subconscious mind for us all to draw on.  It has not fossilized into a tradition for the elite to fight over—whether a political elite or a priestly elite; it is beyond the reach of corruption, and can only be accessed by the innocent and the true. Thanks to the quest for the Grail, thanks to the heart’s compulsion to take on one’s individual path and authority, the Round Table could become what it was a promise of.  Our network could be transmuted from a community into a new and potent consciousness of oneness.

This is why no matter which thread of the plot we retrace to uncover the cause of Camelot’s downfall, we find ourselves staring into the face of the feminine, whether it be the actions of Guinevere and Morgana or the quest for the Grail itself.  Only the heart’s wisdom knows how to take us from symbol to reality and carries the passion and assurance that will allow the “old order” to change and find renewal.

So we can begin to approach the meaning of the fulfillment of the Grail quest from a number of different—but related—angles. First of all, the finding of the Grail . . . means that the sense of personal separation from inner source—which I have also called the Grail King energy, love, or God—is healed.  Once this happens, our dependency on a King Arthur mentor figure ceases, and we begin to live our lives from a direct sense of what fits, of what is ours to do.  We can trust the compulsion of our heart because the heart realm is now operating as a direct “transmitter” of our own inner being and purpose.  In this way, the heart realm is the place of connection, or oneness, with God or spiritual source, and once that consciousness of union with source is a grounded reality within us—once the ego that thinks of itself as the center of the universe is no longer dominant—then there is a basis for connecting deeply with others. The heart realm becomes the means of connecting with others, with one’s “neighbor.” Therefore, we also begin to share a sense of oneness with one another, and a sense of being—hologram-like—parts of a whole that also contain in miniature the design of the whole.

The sense of oneness with others, combined with the ability to discern direction for ourselves, enables the other meaning of the Grail to emerge, which is the aspect of collective leadership: the circle of many individuals forming one body.

Collective leadership is not possible while we are still dependent on a mentor figure both for our own sense of spiritual alignment and for a sense of direction.  Nor is it possible unless there is a sense of oneness to bind us together—as well as the ability to discern for ourselves (as opposed to being subject to “peer pressure”) what our actions need to be.

We remember that the individual sword—or sense of authority—is earned by going on a quest for the Grail.  Perceval is given the sword on his first visit to the Grail Castle.  The return of Arthur in a form of the return of many individuals wielding their individual swords—in other words, the condition of collective leadership—cannot come about until the Grail is found and this collective consciousness is formed . . . .(pp. 203-206)

The Grail is found in the legends, and finding the Grail symbolizes not only the individual experience of openhearted connection to spiritual source in oneself but also the emergence of the possibility of collective leadership.  When Arthur throws that sword into the lake, a woman’s hand reaches up to take it. A new opportunity has been fertilized: a new union between masculine and feminine, and the emergence of an era of collective sovereignty. When we talk about the rise of the feminine we are describing a crucial aspect of this new era. Obviously this new possibility has been emerging for some time in the form of the suffragettes and the women’s movement.  Closely allied with the struggle for equal rights for women was the civil rights movement in the United States. Leadership has been rising up from the grassroots, bringing immense changes and balancing out some of the injustices of society’s myopic structures. Collective leadership implies both the roundness of the chalice cup—without hierarchy, containing all—the feminine; and the absoluteness of the sword, the element of individual responsibility required for true leadership: the masculine. (pp. 6-7)

   What Durham is describing here is a renewal process of the Pituitary Gland that appears to be underway, both within individuals and the collective body of Man.  As masculine/feminine energies find a way to work in harmony and balance within us as two in agreement in the Spirit of Love, individually and collectively, the Spirit of the Womb can then work its hormonal and alchemical magic of renewal on the planet. Camelot can then be restored where men and women partner together to provide a home for God on Earth. 

This post brings this series on the spiritual significance of the pituitary gland to a close. I trust you have gained a deeper appreciation for your sacred anatomy. I will leave you with this powerful interview of Thich Nhat Hanh by Oprah Winfrey.  Until my next post . . .

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony 

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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 

 

 

 

 

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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 2 — The Quest

My Chorale PicThe “Quest” is ultimately for the “Elixir of Immortality,” says Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Every quest is based upon our individual and collective subconscious memories of a heavenly state where life is peaceful, harmonious and, the best part, immortal. No one dies in heaven. No one even gets sick or suffers in heaven. No one is poor or hungry or has to pay rent in heaven. No one is lonely or depressed or even sad. Sounds like the kind of place anyone would want to live. Well, we all did at one time. 

Heaven is from whence we came and to which we long to return — and shall. Yes, even though we fight, strive and pay big bucks to the medical establishments and health food stores to stave off the inevitable end of our quest, we long for heaven.  We just don’t wanna die to get there. Hmm. Maybe we don’t have to.

Heaven is said to be right here now. We just need to turn around  and see it, as The Teacher instructed.  He was in heaven standing on the ground when he said “I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am ye may be also.”  He didn’t say where I will be after I ascend, but “where I am” now. He was enjoying a state of consciousness that allowed him to be in heaven on earth right in the midst of a very troubled world.  

As the “Hero” of “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” Jesus completed his quest for the Elixir of Immortality.  He set out to restore conscious divine Presence in human flesh on earth, met and defeated the nemesis of the satanic human ego that had been hiding the Elixir of Immortality behind “the letter of the law” that kills any spiritual life in believers, then took the sting out of death itself by entering the kingdom of heaven without dying. He had completed the work he had come on earth to do well before his victorious ordeal with death. “Father . . . I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (17 John). He didn’t come here to “die for our sins,” as St. Paul’s Christianity teaches. He came here to show us how to live and therein glorify God. Then he said, in effect, “Now, you do it.  You be the hero of your life story. Turn around and enter the kingdom of heaven that’s within you exactly where you are here and now.”    

Actually, heaven is everywhere there’s consciousness – and that’s everywhere.  Our experience of heaven depends upon our own conscious awareness of being in heaven and living out of that awareness. There is no place where heaven isn’t. Even “hell” is in heaven.  That’s what makes it a hell: living in heaven on earth but not being aware of it and bumping into its laws and principles that would otherwise bring about a heavenly experience—like being forgiving, loving and kind instead of resenting, feeling sorry for ourselves, getting even and being rude toward one another; like giving instead of getting, and giving each other space to be ourselves instead of judging and killing one another with words, guns and bombs. We can let heaven be our experience now simply by loving ourselves and one another as ourselves. 

But, enough with the preaching. It’s really passion. I hunger and thirst for these things to become reality on Earth. And that’s what it will take on all our parts for the world to be transformed into the kingdom of heaven on Earth — the “Golden Age” that is waiting to be born through us — a deep hungering and thirsting on the part of humanity — as we were taught by The Teacher in his sermon on the mount: “Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be satisfied.” Heaven here and now is a quest worth hungering and thirsting after. 

Let’s look at some of the historical records that David Wilcock painstakingly researched and collected together in his captivating book THE SYNCHRONICITY KEY. I’m just finishing my second time through this fascinating and remarkable literary achievement. Let’s start with the Book of Daniel from the Old Testament of the Bible. Wilcock suggests that the book itself tells the story of “The Hero’s Journey.”

DANIEL FORETELLS THE COMING OF A GOLDEN AGE

Daniel was the prophet who not only interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, but told him the dream itself, which the king had been so distressed over that he couldn’t even recall it. In this dream the king had beheld a great statue — “its brilliance extraordinary . . . its appearance was frightening.” The statue had a very telling composition, made as it was of various elements that bore significant signs of the times, both then and now as well as future. Its head was made of gold, its chest and arms of silver, its mid section and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, and its feet of a mixture of iron and potters clay. Then a stone, not made by human hands, struck the statue on its feet made of iron and clay and broke them into pieces, bringing the entire statue down to the ground where it shattered into such fine pieces that the wind carried the dust away like chaff so that not a trace of it could be found. But the stone that struck the feet of the statue “became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” You can read the story yourself in chapter five of his book. A very profound story whose time of fulfillment may well have come.  For this part, I will borrow from Wilcock’s own insightful words, also giving you a sampling of his amazingly clear thought processes, much like Edgar Cayce, of whom David Wilcock is quite possibly a reincarnation.  I love where he goes with this story, one of my most favorite Biblical stories.

We clearly see an enormous statue of a man–the hero character in our story–built in layers of gold, silver, bronze and iron. Each of these layers ends up being smashed, one by one. Notice that the resulting rubble was said to look like the “chaff of the summer threshing floors.” Chaff is the unusable material that falls out of a mill that is used for grinding–or threshing–grain. The grain mill is one of the most common symbolic codes embedded in dozens of different myths, worldwide, to symbolize the 25,920-year precession of the equinoxes, according to de Santillana and von Dechend. The central axis of the mill symbolizes the earth’s axis as it drifts through the precession in de Santillana and von Dechend’s epic model. Each section of the statue corresponds to an age. The Golden Age is represented by the head-which is the beginning of each new cycle. In the final age, everything from the previous cycles is smashed by the stone in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision-and comes to a rather abrupt end.

Daniel clearly interprets each of the four main sections of the statue–gold, silver, bronze, and iron–as corresponding to a major cycle or age of human history. This begins with the Golden Age, represented here by the king. However, this vision seems to be far less relevant to Nebuchadnezzar than he may have wanted to believe at the time.

“You, 0 king, the king of kings–to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the might, and the glory, into whose hand he has given human beings, wherever they live, the wild animals of the field, and the birds of the air, and whom he has established as ruler over them all–you are the head of gold. After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over the whole earth. And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron. Just as iron crushes and smashes everything, it shall crush and shatter all these.”

We are clearly going through the Iron Age now. Indeed, many traditional cultures have been crushed and shattered by the introduction of machines and technology. Many of these machines are made out of metal, which is signified by the iron. As we continue reading this prophecy, we find out that the people of this age are weakened by how divided they become. Nonetheless, a core of strength remains: “As you saw the feet and toes partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the strength of iron shall be in it, as you saw the iron mixed with the clay … the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.”

Feet are the symbol of understanding, both figuratively and literally. We stand on our feet. Human understanding of the laws and principles that govern the universe has been limited, to say the least, and is undergoing a download and upgrade.  Some of us are open to the download and some of us are closed to anything that disturbs the status quo. So there is currently a mixture of new and old in human understanding and the two do not bond together, just like clay and iron do not bond.  

The degree to which this Iron Age is a prophecy of our modern world becomes clearer when we skip ahead to 7:23: “There shall be a fourth kingdom on earth that shall be different from all the other kingdoms; it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.”

Once this Iron Age comes to a close, we again return to the Golden Age. This description is given in symbolic, dreamlike terms: And in the days of those [Iron Age] kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall this kingdom be left to another people. It shall crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever.

Moving ahead to 12:1, we again get a clear prophecy of the difficult times were in now, but also a revealing glimpse of what the Golden Age might be like once it finally arrives: There shall be a time of anguish,
such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time
your people shall be delivered; everyone who is found writtenin the book.”

Some may believe those in the bookwill only be the Chosen,” whomever they think those people may be. Lets consider that the bookmight actually be the story of the Heros Journey itself . If this is the symbol that is being used, then how do we write ourselves into the book? How do we join the great story? It could be that everyone who takes up their own quest for the ancient Elixir of Immortality finds themselves in
the book
. Everyone who is willing to face the nemesis in the quest for a better, stronger and more loving world has dedicated themselves to the planetary healing process we now must go through. Once we defeat the nemesis on a global level, we access the treasure it has been guarding–and can now enter the Golden Age. Daniel’s description of the Golden Age is very interesting: “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the skyand those who lead many to righteousness, like the starsforever and ever.”

This appears to be an undeniable reference to the same fourthdensity shiftthat is described in the Law of One series. The next stage of human evolution, when we free ourselves from the cycles of birth and death through reincarnation, does seem to involve a movement into a light body”–much like Jehoshua [Jesus] appeared after the resurrection. In chapter 21 we will discover there are more than I60,000 documented cases of Rainbow Body occurring in Tibet and China alone. This same passage also refers to “those who sleep in the dust of the earthand then awaken. This is clearly metaphorical, not literal. It is very likely a reference to people who have remained unaware of the spiritual principles that govern the universe, rather than to dead bodies rising out of the ground, as many Christian fundamentalists believe. (Wilcock)

I will leave it there for now. I will continue in my next post, which will reveal the encoded timeline for the Golden Age’s appearance and address the nature of the nemesis. 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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