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TRIBUTE IN LIGHT
In memory of the Day of Decision,
let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee,
and one for Moses, and one for Elias. Matt 17:3-4


Twin towers of light beam from 'Ground Zero' March 11, 2002 Posted: 10:46 p.m. EST (0346 GMT) 

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Where six months ago smoke and ashes darkened the daytime sky over New York, two shafts of bright light pierced the night sky Monday in memory of all those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.

The lighting of the "Tribute in Light" was one of many ceremonies held across the United States. The twin towers of light are meant to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Located about a block from "Ground Zero," the banks of 44 searchlights will remain lit from dusk until 11 p.m. for 32 days and under certain conditions might be seen for up to 25 miles away.

Recalling the horror, heroism and haunting images of September 11, President Bush earlier implored governments across the globe to join the war against "terrorist parasites."

"Every civilized nation has a part in this struggle because every civilized nation has a stake in its outcome," Bush said during a White House ceremony marking six months since the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

"There can be no peace in the world where differences and grievances become an excuse to target the innocent for murder."

"September 11 was not the beginning of global terror, but it was the beginning of the world's concerted response," Bush said.

"History will know that day not only as a day of tragedy but as a DAY OF DECISION, when the civilized world was stirred to anger and to action. And the terrorists will remember September 11 as the day their reckoning began."

'Damaged, not destroyed'

The nationwide memorials began in New York at 8:46 a.m. ET, the same time the first hijacked plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided over the rededication Monday of a 45,000-pound sculpture called "The Sphere" in Manhattan's Battery Park.

"The sphere that rests behind me in many ways symbolizes New York," Bloomberg said of Fritz Koenig's steel-and-bronze sculpture that once stood in the fountain of the trade center plaza.

"For 30 years, it stood in the World Trade Center as a symbol for peace. On September 11, it was damaged, not destroyed."

In the Bronx, the New York Police Department paid tribute Monday to the 23 officers killed in the World Trade Center collapse. Officers at the 40th Precinct stood at attention as names of their fallen comrades were read, then bowed their heads for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

"This and each anniversary should not be remembered for the evil act of violence, but for the goodness of these officers and their tremendous spirit that they ran without hesitation in harm's way and laid down their lives for the sake of others," said Capt. Robert Boyce.

Later in the morning, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld presided over a ceremony at the Pentagon, which was struck by one of the four hijacked planes.

"We have the opportunity to tear terrorism out by the roots," Rumsfeld said. "By our campaign against terrorism, we are preventing acts of terror that may well have been planned before September 11 and we would have never known until it was too late. The memory of September 11 reminds us all of the need to remain vigilant."

RETURN OF THE KING

Former Afghan King Zahir Shah is to return home March 23 as an ordinary citizen, a senior official said Tuesday.

Zahir Shah, 87, who has been living in exile in Rome, is returning home for the first time since he was overthrown in a 1973 coup. His return, initially set for the start of the Afghan new year March 21, was delayed over security arrangements.

Afghan interim leader Hamid Karzai is a strong supporter of the king and sees his return as a symbol of unity which will help restore peace and stability after 23 years of war. (AP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 11, 2002 marked a moment when a whole nation, and in particular a stricken city came together in remembrance of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. As the news reports indicate the remembrance is not only of the loss of innocent lives, but the Herculean act of heroism that tragedy has since come to represent. As the first airplane approached the north tower on September 11, 2001 there were between 30,000 and 50,000 people in the twin towers. Bodies were still being uncovered in the rubble that was the World Trade Center more than six months later. However, when we count those bodies it is clear that more than ninety percent of the people were rescued from the inferno. Of the dead, more than ten percent were people who were not in the towers when the attack began. The memorial that is September 11, 2001 has not come to represent the destruction of the Great Shayton as the distorted minds of the terrorists envisioned. Rather, it has become a defining moment when the people of a city and a nation came together to rescue a world lost in the darkness of tyrannical rationalization. Yet, from a cosmic perspective, that was the goal that the destruction of the Twin Tower was intended to convey. That day is the ancient Day of Decision prophesied thousands of years ago.

The memorial presented on these pages will demonstrate that the spirit of the Great Shayton was perceivable in the hearts of the terrorists, and that embodiment was the spirit of Persephone, a daughter of Demeter who had been abducted by the brother of Zeus and taken to the dark underworld of Hades. Zeus was the divine symbol of reason in the land known as the place where the gods were all the human emotions. Zeus was rational being with the thunderbolts of sensual perception. Hades was rational being of the dark tyrannical underworld guarded by the three headed Cerberus. The essential moral of the September 11, 2001 event is that all rational perception is the abduction of a maiden for benevolent or malevolent purposes. When three hundred fire fighters gave their lives to rescue the thirty thousand innocent lives, they freed Persephone from the tyrannical bondage, and they gave back to a chosen people the self respect lost over the last five thousand years. One legacy that will long endure from the tragedy is that it is no longer politically incorrect to believe in God. The revived question in the cosmos is how to believe in the works of the Creator.

Listen to the following verses of the Western scriptures and it will be shown that they were written upon the very heavens where the Tribute In Light first shined. The help to answer the question, "Why?"

Exodus 14:21-23

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

II Kings 2:9-12

And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

Matthew 17:3-4

And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

If we are to hear the prophets of old who declared the coming of a Day of Decision, then the message must come the way it has always come; as it is above, so it is below. To gather a cosmic perspective on the events of September 11, 2001 we must consider the meaning of time. Not time as measured by a wrist watch, or a calendar, or a great religious tradition. But time as measured by the accomplishments of creation. The destruction of the World Trade Center occurred in a world unified in material and scientific perception but horribly divided in emotional and spiritual perception. This is in total contrast to the world of the Egyptians and the prophets where rational material existence paid obeisance to the emotional spiritual existence.  The modern material scientific world is a world of rationalizations in which emotion and spirituality are grossly distorted, or overwhelmingly repressed. These are the times for riding in the chariot of Hades, and we have been told to rescue Persephone from tyrannical rationalizations. So, here is an image of the whole measure of time right up to the moment when the Tribute In Light was first turned on, and at the moment of its extinguishing.

Time is not measured by clocks and planets; it is measured by the completed works of God.

Modern science has reached a point where the concept of a Grand Unified Theory of the universe is within the grasp of the minds of our greatest scientists. The image above is presented in the April 2002 issue of Discover Magazine with the photograph of the Tribute In Light bonded to the End Times, and our present state.

The image shows the modern scientific perspective of the inflationary Big Bang theory supported by Prof. Alan Guth of MIT. The image ends with the message, as above, so below. Any Doubting Thomas will need to read the handwriting on the cosmic wall to comprehend the final message. Why! is not a question any more.

Guth's theory, as presented in the cover story of the April 2002 issue of Discover Magazine, suggests that the laws of modern physics are at the very threshold of defining "everything." Although the cosmology theory of Guth ignores Hubble's concerns regarding the death of light, it shows that human consciousness can resolve any quandary of cognition, for in reality pure human consciousness is defined by material reality.

The image has an added question that scientists have simply avoided. They followed the trail of Guth and all great scientists who have refrained from asking "Why?" ever since Socrates was condemned to death for impiety. The West needs to get over their grief, and acknowledge that Socrates was more arrogant than wise. The only answer to the question "Why?" is Intent, Why!. The Agnostic and the Sophist do not comprehend Intent because they cannot make up their minds. They wonder about plurality and search for the Grand Unified Theory as they deny that their GUT feeling is driving them mad. If the universe was designed with Cosmic Intent, then who could listen to the expression of Intent? The answer is alluded to in the Discover article quoted here.

 

 

 

Professor Alan Guth draws the story of creation in chalk graffiti on a blackboard at MIT.So let's be clear. Is Guth saying that cosmology can crack the ultimate mystery? That creation can be just another physical process that science has rendered prosaic, like the discovery that germs cause disease or Earth circles the sun?

Guth smiles and puts his fingertips together. "I like to be careful how I put that," he says. "The way I like to say it is that we are approaching a scenario for the creation of the universe that is compatible with the laws of physics. That raises the question: "Where do the laws of physics come from?" He pauses. "We are a long way from being able to answer that one."


If Doubting Thomas, whoever he is, expects to come out of the depths of Hades, he will need to read the "handwriting on the wall." If Guth can present a very abstract theory of everything on the wall of an MIT classroom, it should not be so unreasonable to conclude that the Cosmic Creator could present an abstract theory of everything on the wall of the Cosmic classroom. And if the cosmic blackboard is to demonstrate the Intent of a Cosmic teacher above, then below, for the absent minded professor at MIT, there has to be a set of laws to demonstrate that Intent. What? was not the very first question ever answered by rational humans in pursuit of the sacred cow called science. It was Why? In the Discover article, Guth, echoing the vision of modern science declares that we no longer need to rely upon myths to understand the cosmos. Yet, nowhere in all the wisdom of modern science was there the slightest comprehension of Why? the World Trade Center had to fall. Science as it has been practiced since the death of Socrates has repressed the emotion of Why? and Persephone has been abducted by its advocates to a dark underworld where light is just the transitional substance that is matter.

Persephone is abducted by Hades to become the Queen of the Dead.
In response to the WTC question, Guth remarked, to "an off-the-wall query about 'negative consciousness waves' stemming from the September 11 attacks" with the suggestion "that rational thought, such as what cosmology brings to bear on the origin of the universe, could make the world a more peaceful place." Brad Lemley, the article's author, categorized the idea of "negative consciousness waves" as "off-the-wall" because it seemed totally remote from the discussion of cosmology. Guth further demonstrated the abduction of Persephone with his contention that "cosmology" (modern astrophysics) represents the ideal as rational thought. Yet, rational thought does not have to be a child of Zeus, rational thought can be abducted by any form of thought that represses, suppresses, and oppresses, the non-rational forms of communication. On a spiritual functioning level, there is no difference between the burqa Guth places on human emotion and spirituality and the burqa the Taliban placed upon the women of Afghanistan before September 11, 2001. If the terrorists who piloted that flaming chariots into the World Trade Center had been raised with a balanced perspective of the realms of human emotion, human spirit, human rationality, and human material being, they would not have fanaticized their place on the Day of Judgment. They claimed to be doing the work of God (Allah), but their emotional spiritual focus was clearly on saving their own souls, regardless of the loss of Divine Intent. Their emotional spiritual existence had been abducted by tyrannical rationalizations, just like Persephone in the chariot of Hades.

 

 

 

 

Persephone is rescued by Hermes to return to Demeter.This duality in the holocaust of 911 is being brought into focus with the intent of demonstrating the ancient adage, as above, so below. Hades and Zeus are brothers of rationality; sons of darkness and light. Persephone is the spirit of spring that fails to retain its connection to the cosmic mother, and must be restored for life to have its fullest meaning. After six months of living with the disaster of the World Trade Center, it is becoming clear to most people that the human spirit is very resilient. The Day of Judgment occurred, not fifty thousand years after 911, as dreamed by the pilots of the terrorizing chariots, but within a matter of hours after the dust cleared from Ground Zero. The rescuers climbed up the great towers so that the overwhelming majority of occupants could come down to earth and leave the inferno. The subliminal wisdom that is the modern firefighter is the spirit of Hermes and Hercules. It did not matter what happened to themselves, it only mattered that they succeeded in bringing the innocents out of the holocaust. When the final tally is computed, September 11, 2001 will go down in history as the most successful rescue effort of human civilization. Yet, this effort did not occur outside the cosmos, or as an off-the-wall question regarding the cosmological laws. The effort precisely echoed the timing predicted by the ancient sacred sciences before the Ziggurats of Ur and the Great Pyramids of Ancient Egypt were constructed. 

The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that the rescue effort was cosmically determined at the moment that Guth defines as the prelude to the Big Bang. We may never be able to prove the Grand Unified Theories (GUT) of modern science, however, we can seriously demonstrate that chance had very little to do with the events since the inflationary universe preceded the Big Bang. During that 10-34 second that it took for the inflationary phase to take place, all the positions of all the galaxies were determined for all time. Guth expresses the shadow of wisdom with the words, "Where do the laws of physics come from?" He pauses. "We are a long way from being able to answer that one." The historical record clearly demonstrates that the source of the "laws of physics" was known when humans separated themselves from the animals.

The myths of nearly every ancient culture describe a flood plane upon which the earth became form. That flood plane is the Milky Way, our own galaxy. In the process of the making of our star, the Sun, there was a flood of stardust that got caught in a whirling pool. The local pool contracted the flooding plane into a ball of fire. Along the way, eight objects coalesced on a plane centered on the star. We call that plane the ecliptic. It is the plane of the earth's annual journey, and all planets except Pluto tend to wander in the same general plane, which is crossed by comets from time to time. These two "firmaments" defined the heaven and the earth long before rational cognitive life was possible. From this simple expression of creation the ancients built conclusive evidence that life, in general, follows a plan of Intent, for which there is a Cosmic Purpose. Socrates broke with the idea of a Cosmic Plan, and Western Civilization headed for a collision with reality on a Day of Decision.

The details of any GUT are nearly as unfathomable as the details of all human scriptures. (The correlation between acronym for Grand Unified Theory and human visceral logic should not be lost when we discuss the reasoning of a man named GUTh.) It is a matter intelligence volume and grey matter volume. That which can be known is beyond calculation. That which can know is infinitesimally smaller. The Source and the depository are incompatible on a detail basis. Humans learned this early in their evolution. To help hold the great volume of wisdom they created myths that could carry metaphors of cosmic proportions in a vessel of finite limitations. In the prelude to Brad Lemley's article on Guth's cosmological theories of the inflationary universe, Discover Magazine provides the following interchange to show that human myths are incompatible with cosmic wisdom.

 

 

 

The Last Great Mystery - Discover Magazine April 2002, page 31
(God Speaks Through Buildings)

As Lemley and Guth talked, their conversation led to the implications of inflation theory. If the universe could come from nothing, Lemley asked, what does that mean to us as human beings?

"I think it undermines the belief that we are here for any cosmic purpose," Guth said. "It does not mean that our lives are meaningless. It means we must give meaning to our lives ourselves." That view obviously leaves little room for most of the world's religious teachings.

The next day, Lemley was jogging through the Bowdin College campus near his home in Topsham, Maine. "I was thinking about Guth's assertion that science can explain the birth of the universe in the context of the laws of physics but has no clue about about the origin of those laws." At that moment, Lemley noticed a phrase "Nature's Laws are God's thoughts" etched in granite on the Searles Science Building, built in 1894. "I had passed that building dozens of times and had never seen that before," Lemley says with a smile. "Back then where those laws came from wasn't a mystery. In 2002 it's the last great mystery."

As we will show in the images to follow, there is another way of viewing the universe that demonstrates the truth written upon the Searles Science Building. Imagine for the moment that Alan Guth had to present the Inflationary Universe without the technologies of writing and mathematics and classroom blackboards. These instruments of rational tyranny are the chariots of Hades. The neophyte that sits before them is stupefied by the apparent divine being of the mentor. Lemley suggests that Guth is a very down to earth man, and none of this use of Guth's concepts should reflect upon the man. Rather, they should reflect on the absence of the intuition in scientific expression, of which he is an icon. All scientific progress must cross a River Styx between the dead and the living. Intuition is the only guide we have to cross that river. The Sophists, of whom Socrates was the most famous, were too rationally aware to accept the feminine, and beastly, nature of intuition. Their goal was to reduce the whole experience of creation into a simple rational concept. The addition of the inflationary theory to the Big Bang theory appears to have given them cause to believe they have finally accomplished their mission; or if you will, their self divined meaning of life. The conclusion they all coming to is that there is no god except Me, and I am what I know. This is not the problem of the human experience, it is the problem of rational experience based upon self recognition. The true objective of all rational experience is to keep the light on, and restore it when it goes out. Intuition, on the other had has the objective of turning on the light for the first time. Now the fact that intuition creates a Medusa's head is indeed a cloak of many colors, and our present goal is to capture only one fundamental concept, not all concepts, using the events of the September 11 memorial Tribute In Light to answer the question.

Are the Laws of Physics evidence of the thoughts of God?

How can we prove that the Laws of Physics are the thoughts of God? Lets take our cue from Professor Guth. He placed his handwriting upon a wall and expected his students to comprehend what he had inscribed thereon. If a superior human intellect will use wall graffiti to get his thoughts across, then certainly the greatest intellect possible should not be restrained from using the same technique. Interestingly, that is precisely what modern astronomers have done.

When the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Greeks were attempting to evaluate the Purpose of Life, they listened to the heavens and assumed that whatever caused the heavens would not do so without leaving a message to comprehend. Otherwise consciousness would serve no eternal purpose, and the Creator would have been wasting time, of which there was an infinite amount to give. So, if only time would be lost, there had to be only one motive to having and expressing Cosmic Intent. The ancients concluded that life was a beneficent experience, and the Cosmic Intent had to serve that purpose. The proof that they thought this way is still available in the monuments they left to posterity. The Acropolis in Athens still stands as an example that each member of the society must be a pillar in their community. That theme has been carried down in ever democratic nation formed since Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was enshrined on the great hill overlooking the city of her namesake. Yet, the Greeks got their example from the temples and pyramids of Egypt. And Egypt, the most rationally well informed civilization on record, got their example from the ziggurats of the Mesopotamians, who probably received guidance from experience in India. Interestingly, the longest lived culture in the world, the Aborigine of Australia, never built temples with columns of individual responsibility. They used the land to carry the message of Cosmic Intent, and still do after more than 60,000 years of witnessing Cosmic Intent.

Something happened on the way to maturing in the Milky Way. The student, mankind, experienced a diaspora with diverse perceptions. Western Culture identifies this in the myth of the fall of the Tower of Babel, where the gods confounded the speech of the people so that they would no longer be a threat to the gods. And the seed that causes the incredible diversity is something called self perception, self cognition, and self recognition. This trap of Hades must be avoided at all cost, or the tower of Babel will confound all communication. We fall from our ivory towers when we rationally conclude that the purpose of the cosmos can be summarized in Guth's words, "It means we must give meaning to our lives ourselves." These are words used of one who has copped out in the quest for The Last Great Mystery. When a figure with the stature of Alan Guth expresses such absent mindedness, what chance do our students have of completing their journey in life?

Nevertheless, we cannot mount the Acropolis without the egocentric perception that gives us the ambition and capacity to climb that great edifice reaching for tomorrow's wisdom. The foresight of Prometheus gets its power from the hindsight of Epimetheus, but the glory belongs to those who can control the future. The ultimate fate of those who would strive to control the future is that their unmitigated gall will bring the aspiring eagle to peck at their livers forever. The one fundamental flaw in the Inflationary Universe - Big Bang theory is that we cannot prove that light never dies. When we can measure dying light, we will be on the verge of realizing that we cannot know where everything comes from, for dying light does not live long enough to show us where it came from. In order for light to move through the universe, it must do work against the gravitational field in which it was born. That work will eventually turn the light into dark matter, and the story of its hindsight will never reach our foresight. By the virtue of belief in our self inspired purpose we can hold of the eagle at the liver of Prometheus using the intuition provided by hindsight. That wisdom, as we are about to demonstrate, comes when we allow the stars to speak for themselves. Not the language of particle physics and complex mathematics, but the simple truths that come when we let them be.

Imagine, therefore, that the whole structure of the universe is a picture book. We can expect the picture book to tell us what we need to know, for if it did not do so, then our ancestors would not have been able to pass on the seeds of wisdom that resulted in a Grand Unified Theory of the universe. Since that wisdom is at hand, hindsight and intuition will guide us to the Promised Land.

Let us begin with the ancient vision of the sea. Find the whale in this image of the heavens beneatht he Milky Way ad ask a simple question. Is the whale swiming upside down? I fyes, then what of the man with the bucket of water, can water fall upside down? Can a ram and a goat and a stork walk with their feet up? Modern cosmology says that all universes are possible. If the mathematicians are to be believed than common sense has no value in discriminating the processes of communication. The rational skeptic would tell us that it is a function of perspective. People standing on the opposite side of the world would be oriented with their feet in the up direction of this star map, and they would see a different set of constellations. That is one possibility, however, the Aborigine in Australia claimed that the Old People sat by a fire near the place where the figure of Geb holds a scepter of flint. Either the Aborigine resolved the cosmos with the same up as the peoples of the Northern Hemisphere, or they went down to Australia from the north with the wisdom of up and down already fixed in their memories. If this image tells us anything it tells us that up and down were defined by the placements of the stars. The people who saw the stars identified with the same orientation and the message, "as above, so below," began to evolve in the rational consciousness of humans. As a side note, tests performed on birds suggests that they had a similar perception, though it is hard to determine whether they differentiated up and down from summer and winter. The important point is that birds can distinguish the stars of summer and winter and navigate the whole earth with that knowledge.

 

 

 

So, now we rise above the Milky Way and again we see clear differentiation of up and down. Realize that celestial navigation cannot be performed if we are caught in a whirlpool of cosmic vertigo. Birds and bees, and all migratory animals and fishes, require knowledge of up and down. It is only in the womb that we do not have a need to discriminate up and down. Imagine the Virgin reaching down with a flower in her hand, as the Lion struts upon its back, and a man hangs from a serpent in his hands. Up and down are essential to common sense. As zygotes in our mother's womb we are given a preview of common sense, but we have only ears and the sense of touch to guide our journey. Sight, taste, and smell, are yet to be given to us. In order for mankind to fall from grace, it is mandatory that there be an up and down. On this subject Lemley and Guth had the following interchange.

Guth's Grand Guess - Discover Magazine April 2002, page 35
(Genesis is just a story, not evidence of creation.)

As Guth talks, he seems naturally to drift back 15 billion years, to a moment when most cosmologists agree the universe began. Soon we are among the nascent stars.

"It is not a coincidence that the Bible starts with Genesis," he says as we leave the building and hustle up Vassar Street, through a chill autumn wind blowing off the Charles River. "Most people really want to know where we came from and where everything around us came from. I like to strongly push the scientific answer. We have evidence. We no longer have to rely on stories we were told when we were young."

Guth, as with nearly all advocates of the material sciences, fails to realize that stories were the technology of science before writing and mathematics. Stories are also evidence of creation. The stories people relied on to define where everything came from were scientifically sound, because they were based upon observation and empirical experience. Technology changed, and the messages in the stories were lost due to inattention. Technology is like an arrow in time. The arrow cannot fly backwards in a straight path. Imagine that the United States had gone to Afghanistan to rout the Taliban with the technology of the Roman centurions to make it a "fair" fight. It is not going to happen. Neither is the antisocial behavior of terrorist going to resort to catapults and triremes to knock down high rise buildings. Were the terrorists being fair to the 30,000 people in their sights as they drove the hijacked chariots of high technology into the twin towers? The point is the Bible starts with Genesis because we have to know up and down before we can go on a journey to Hades or Olympus, Egypt to Israel, Earth to Heaven, or the Duat to the Elysian Fields.

Speaking of the Duat and the Elysian Fields, did you notice that we had gone on that journey in the two star charts above. The Field of Grasshoppers is the Elysian Fields of Osiris.

The adjacent image reveals the wisdom acquired from the two views of the heavens by the Egyptians. The seven spirits of God are illustrated in the vignette. There on the bottom is Geb, he was called earth. Above is Nut, she was the starry heavens. Enlightening his daughter while kneeling on a rock supported by his son, Shu is flanked by an eagle and a vulture. Geb seems to be unconcerned with his father's dream, for he reaches for his mother's crown. She is Tefnut, and is shown as Neith in the Vignette. The double crown she wears is a symbol of virtue, experience, and resurrection. the feathers before the birds under Shu's arms represent hindsight and foresight. Interestingly, the vulture has foresight because its feather is empty, while the eagle has hindsight because its feather is full. The birds face in the directions of foresight and hindsight respectively. The vulture rests on the Eye of Ra, implying a vision of things to come from the Way of the Dead. The eagle rests on the head of Geb implying accomplishments on earth. Together they echo, as above, so below. These four neters, Shu, Neith, Geb, and Nut represent the created universe as defined in the elements Air, Water, Earth and Fire. The parents of Earth and Fire are illustrated as Air and Water. In the Egyptian creation story it is said that Ra, the Creator, breathed out Shu and spewed out Tefnut. The implication is that Shu is rationality and Tefnut is emotion. In the experience of life, a child needs to know the sources of the mundane and ideal perceptions, and that is why Geb and Nut were born to Shu and Tefnut. Unless we can comprehend and discriminate our feelings there is no up or down.

Above the neters of created existence a boat struggles up the back of the legs of the symbol of the ideal. In the boat sit three non-created spirits, or neters of the cosmos. On the bow is Maat, and at the helm is Thoth. These two represent intuitive hindsight and blind rationality. He struggles in the darkness for his recognitions are of no use to him. She, is filled with a dream, while she turns her back on the storm. Upon her knee rests a small ankh indicating perception of life to come. Where does she get this dream and perception? She is intuition based upon common sense. If you are in a boat in a storm, the best place to focus is the face of the captain. If the captain is satisfied, then intuition and common sense communicate the spirit of satisfaction. The captain on this boat is Ra, the neter of the Creator, and Ra supports a large ankh on his knees. The message is simple, the Creator desires life, so why worry. Get on with the dream.

As the trio crests the mountain of ideals, which is the back of Nut, Thoth gains an autopilot, which is the filled feather that was on the head of Maat. In other words, experience is the best guide. If all you have is a dream, then believe in the dream, for the Creator desires life. Thoth is rewarded with a stylus, for he has learned how to write, a scepter of flint for he has the power of inspiration, and an ankh, for he has eternal life. The three travelers all carry the same size ankh as they travel past the head of Nut, and the will of Ra is fulfilled.

How can we be sure that the Egyptians meant this message to be expressed by the vignette of Nut and Geb? Two ways. First, look at the sun disk and the serpent on the head of Ra before and after accomplishing the ideal. The serpent gains a crown, and the sun disk is distinguished from the serpent. The sun is an obvious symbol for enlightenment. And the serpent is an obvious symbol for subliminal life forms. The message is as clear as John 3:14-16: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." The begotten son is the third neter in the boat with Thoth and Maat. Thoth is the symbol of scientific experience. Maat is the symbol of intuitive common sense. Ra is the symbol of cognition and his crown can only be distinguished by those who acquire the message first found upon the knee of Ra in the storm. In other words, consciousness can come off-the-wall in two forms, "negative consciousness waves" and "positive consciousness waves." The vignette and the stars are saying the same thing, raise up the serpent in the wilderness and elevate the ideal above the mundane. On that basis, the whole of creation was planned. It is precisely as Guth said, "It means we must give meaning to our lives ourselves." Free will is the will of God.

The problem with the scientific perspective is not in its method, it is in its intent. Science desires to solve individual problems. Unlike Maat, who dreams the great dream, science follows Seth in pushing the serpent under the boat, one problem at a time. This form of progress is equivalent to using a raft when a hydrofoil is available. The rational mind conjures problems that correspond to sensual messages, but it fails to realize that rational cognition is totally dependent upon prior knowledge. There can be no progress on the boat of consciousness if the thoughts are all coming back from the past. On Seth's boat, Maat has been taken from the bow. Thoth stands behind the captain with Horus. Together these two represent science and truthful consciousness as encoded in the word conscience. When we let our conscience be our guide we are subject to the little bird on our bow. Progress is just an ego trip of defensive reactions we take to protect our finite dreams. Seth, and Guth, strive to solve the unsolvable problem without realizing that the Creator sits in the captain's chair and is also the serpent under the boat. Had Seth looked toward the captain, the serpent on his head would have informed him that the serpent under the boat is the same serpent. One is the dream of enlightenment, the other is the fulfillment of the experience of the dream. Again, "It means we must give meaning to our lives ourselves." The difference between the two approaches is that Maat is driven by the dream of common sense, and Seth is driven by the dream of defensive self fulfillment. His quest is survival of the fittest, while her quest is the good life.

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Part 3: The heavens speak as the singing ends.

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