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A Short Course in Grasping Wisdom - Part Three
It is vital to understand that there is no truth without discernment and no wisdom without the truth. What then is "faith" but an effort to confound truth and wisdom?
If you haven't already done so, read the preceding articles in this series:
Part One - Grasping the Truth about Wisdom
Part Two - Grasping Wisdom about the Truth
Since I talk about ancient wisdom and will do so much more in the upcoming months, it is important to clarify and expound some before moving on to delve more deeply into the specifics. Following is the definition from the current draft of the upcoming update to the Apocalypse Symbol Guide. This will help lay a bridge from the discussions about truth and wisdom in the earlier articles to the in-depth exploration of ancient wisdom and its associated symbology in upcoming articles and books.
Ancient Wisdom–This term is fraught with confusion because of widespread ignorance about the true meaning of wisdom. Ancient wisdom is most often associated with what some call the mysteries, which is a real problem because mystery and wisdom are opposing concepts. Though wisdom requires absolute precision and accuracy of concept, the spiritually-associated mysteries are mostly imprecise allusions and purposeful misdirection that absolutely fail this test. It is important to realize that true spiritual wisdom is timeless and applies to the workings of the universe and those who operate within it, not just to things only relevant to a particular time period or a limited body of knowledge. Far too many who delve into the so-called mysteries, “eastern” religion, associated mysticism and esoterica, and/or the three faiths of Abraham are clueless about the history of the poorly sourced, badly translated, and deception riddled derivative materials and concepts they rely upon.
Much of what is called ancient wisdom is actually misinterpreted ancient symbology that was designed to model, encode, and encapsulate pivotal spiritual and cosmological wisdom and related philosophy. Many also misuse the term to describe ancient medical or herbal knowledge, further muddying the lines between situational knowledge, good judgment, and wisdom. The term ancient wisdom is itself somewhat of a misnomer, since true spiritual wisdom, being timeless and immutable, is not subject to the changing interpretations imposed by religion, mysticism, tradition, or the styles of a particular period.
With that said, the term ancient wisdom most accurately refers to the symbolized wisdom flowing from ancient Egypt-Nubia and their forbears during the earlier times they called Zep Tepi. Unlike the more literal approach to spiritual philosophy and cosmology taken by later civilizations and especially western religion and esoterica, the Egyptians and Nubians framed and represented their wisdom both dualistically and symbolically to better match pivotal insights into the verifiable nature of our reality. Furthermore, they used verifiable natural objects, concepts, and observable realities to model the hidden aspects of existence and related spiritual philosophy. They didn’t practice religion (or magic…) as most now understand it. Western interpretations of their spiritual concepts, practices, and philosophies are mostly misguided, dead-wrong, and fail to fully appreciate the great antiquity of the concepts that the Egyptians themselves viewed as ancient wisdom.
Sadly, much of this situation flows from purposeful efforts to confound the truth about the sources and meaning of information that would disprove many religious, mystery school, and secret society assertions. Though all of the empires of the past sought to guard certain information from their enemies and subjects, the efforts of the Roman Empire are by far the most egregious. The raiding and destruction of knowledge caches like the library at Alexandria, Jerusalem, Qumran, and others by pre-Christian Rome are prime examples. But the worst and longest-running efforts to stamp-out and confound the wisdom flowing from ancient Egypt-Nubia and elsewhere have been carried out by Christian Rome, the Vatican, and their proxies. The hiding of vast caches of ancient documents beneath the Vatican as they hypocritically talk about faith and reason while secretly managing and manipulating secret societies and mystery schools is duplicity and deception on a grand scale. Because of such efforts throughout the preceding centuries and into the present, a significant level of compounded error now plagues those who seek to understand through religion, mysticism, the New Age, associated concepts and related error-filled knowledge bases.
One of the important aspects of Egyptian-Nubian cosmology was the purposeful merger of physical science, cosmology, and spiritual-moral philosophy. They correctly understood that the universe was composed of a conceptual-spiritual aspect that underlies and directly influences both the structure and outcomes in space-time. They also recognized this is inseparable from the dualism inherent within spiritual-moral realities, which are likewise inseparable from resulting physical existence and outcomes, which emanate from and affect the spiritual-conceptual-moral underpinnings, ad infinitum. This is clearly modeled by the eternity-infinity symbol or lemniscate (the number 8 on its side), which also happens to be the actual number of the dimension of time and the first dimension of space-time.
The four dimensions of space-time are dimensions 8 through 11. They are preceded and defined by dimensions 1 through 7. String theory has shown that there are eleven dimensions to our reality. Hence, there are seven hidden dimensions that precede and define the four dimensions of space-time (7+4=11). That is why the numbers four and seven are so prominent throughout so many ancient symbolic sources. Those seven hidden dimensions are the spiritual-conceptual underpinnings of the four expanded and expansive dimensions of space-time. Discussions of seven heavens, spheres, spirits, and many other seven-symbol groups are purposely modeling or alluding to this hidden yet often referenced segment of our universe. Egyptian assertions of receiving certain wisdom and cosmology from a highly advanced earlier period of civilization are strongly validated by the highly advanced and sophisticated nature of pivotal components of their symbolized wisdom.
Parallel observations are detailed within Bohm’s theories and discussions about the implicate and explicate orders and other observations flowing from quantum physics. Bohm does not attach a direct dimension count because those details came after his work. The functionality modeled and detailed by his theories perfectly matches the allusions of many ancient sources, as well as the details of string theory. Bohm’s efforts to understand the synchronicity of quantum physics with eastern mysticism are well known and widely published. The merger of these different sources with the verifiable truth about ancient wisdom symbology helps to clarify much that has been held as mysterious for millennia.
The subject of eastern mysticism and philosophy is pivotal to this discussion. There are two related references to the “east” associated with the topics of ancient wisdom and “the mysteries.” The first, which is more closely related to the topic of the so-called mysteries, are the symbolic references to the east and ascending from the east in Egyptian-Nubian-Hebrew related narratives. This specifically refers to the location and action of the rising Sun, and what it symbolizes. The sun represents our primary source of light and heat, which symbolize truth and justice. The rising or ascending sun represents the triumph of light (truth) and justice (heat) over the dark (absence of the truth) and cold (absence of justice). Likewise, the Sphinx is purposely focused on the direction and point on the horizon of the rising sun during the spring equinox for its symbolic meanings. Accordingly, Maat, Amen, and other Egyptian-Nubian “gods” and pharaohs were unequivocally said to support Truth and Justice and that is the reason for the synchronous symbolism of the winged-sun and Maat. People who claim to be experts in Egyptian and Hebrew religious themes and their meaning and then focus only on astrology or sun worship without exploring the symbolism of truth and justice are either clueless or lying.
The other meaning of the east is the Asian Far East, hence India, China, etc. The eastern philosophies were much less religious and much more focused on karma, reincarnation, the soul, the importance of certain wisdom, and spiritual esoterica and enlightenment. Thereby, the east has always alluded to wisdom about the soul, enlightenment, and other spiritual topics. An interesting thing to note about the mysticism of the east is the existence of various terms and concepts that were first presented in symbolic form in ancient Egypt-Nubia, and according to them, during the time of Zep Tepi. A prime example is the term Karma, which was also referred to as Ka-Maat. Ka meant one's spiritual nature based upon accumulated deeds during your lifetime. This is the true ancient meaning of the term spirit, hence one’s moral essence and character. Maat symbolized the principles of Truth and Justice as the basis for universal balance and order. Notice the perfect linguistic match, as well as the perfect conceptual match between ka-maat and karma? She (of the feminine nature...) also symbolically personified truth, justice, compassion, etc. You know, just like the much later personified symbolism of Sophia (Wisdom), Kuan Yin (Compassion), and the women of Hebrew mysticism recast and hidden under the name Mary by Christianity.
Both Karma and Ka-Maat mean spiritual truth and justice as the basis for universal balance and order. The fact that this term came from ancient Egypt which was merely one part of a far more precise and developed symbolized spiritual technology shows that it originated in Africa, not in India. Also, the categorization of certain characteristics as masculine and feminine was quintessentially Egyptian, long before the later Sophia, Kuan Yin, and others.
Similarly, eastern mystics regularly had mountaintop retreats, yet mountains, pyramids, and their peaks were used to symbolize knowledge and wisdom much earlier in Egypt and in the earliest Hebrew materials. The story of [Amen]Moses ascending a great mountain and gaining wisdom atop its peak symbolizes his gaining mastery over a great body of knowledge (mountain) and acquiring (grasping) its wisdom (peak, pinnacle, highest point), hence the symbolism of acsension. Consequently, these examples clearly demonstrate that some eastern mysticism undeniably flows from the failure to understand earlier Egyptian-Nubian symbolism and philosophical concepts, just like Western esoterica. Those in the East had a better grasp of the subject matter though and were not bedeviled by as much spiritual deception as those in the West. This is the reason why similar concepts have long been called mysteries. Those from outside of Egypt and Nubia failed to grasp the meaning of Medu Netcher (hieroglyphics) and associated symbolized wisdom and were clearly operating from misconceptions based partly on oral transmission.
Most of the Egyptian-Nubian gods were initially created as symbolized and personified universal principles that were purposefully dualistic in nature. They had masculine and feminine aspects inherent in their symbolism and/or had mates that balanced the details of their symbolized gender and aspects. These were meant as philosophical symbolism of certain characterizations (natures, spirits), not literal gender. This misconception plagues religion and the mysteries still. To understand this, the upper half of the Doctrine of Two Spirits enumerates the feminine aspect and the bottom half is the masculine. Other philosophical concepts were also organized accordingly. As prime examples are details associated with Amen and Amenet, Maat and Thoth, and Nut and Geb. The feminine and masculine structure of the Doctrine of Two spirits is clearly illustrated by the symbolism of Nut and Geb. They all perfectly match-up to the structure modeled by the Doctrine of Two Spirits overlaid by the cross-ankh. Understanding of this symbolized wisdom drifted into more and more error over time due to religious and political influences. It was finally lost due to outside invaders who arrogantly imposed their religious ignorance. Even so, Egyptian philosophy remained much closer to the root concepts than the later derivative religions that failed to understand and purposely recast and confounded pivotal symbolized wisdom.
The Doctrine of Two Spirits also purposely parallels and models the actual structure of this universe. The Seven Spirits of God/Good models certain wisdom about the seven dimensions that underlie and define space-time, while the seven spirits of evil (error) model certain realities associated with space-time. The cross and ankh are both models of the four elements, which purposely model underlying wisdom about the true sources and nature of the four dimensions of space-time. The dualism modeled by the Doctrine of Two Spirits and its direct relationship and inter-functionality with the four elements are the prime examples of the symbolized wisdom that was confounded to hide the truth about religion, the mysteries, and the symbology used to encode pivotal spiritual wisdom. The fact that four plus seven equals eleven and that this matches and models the verifiable dimensional structure of our "universe" should be proof enough of many things.
In the purposeful model formed by Doctrine of Two Spirits, overlaid by the cross-ankh (a.k.a. four elements), truth and wisdom are shown residing outside of space-time, hence within the seven dimensions, which precede time. Also, when the Doctrine of Two Spirits is overlaid by both the cross & ankh it positions truth and wisdom at the very top of the "head" of the ankh and at the top of the upper arm of the cross. Since both represent air, which symbolizes thought and the collective consciousness, this clearly positions truth and wisdom as the highest of spiritual concepts. They are purposely modeled in this way to impart the insight that they are timeless and non-physical in nature, as well as being senior to space-time realities and perceptions. The merger of properly decoded ancient wisdom with the frontiers of modern science provides the keys to ending the lies of religion and the errors of mysticism by proving the truth about all the related mysteries. See also: Wisdom, Eastern Wisdom, East, Ascending from the East, Pyramid, Sphinx, Lord of Wisdom, Symbology, Ancient Wisdom Symbology, Medu Netcher, Judgment, Doctrine of Two Spirits, Ancient of Days, Words of God, Zep Tepi, Karma, Ka, Maat, Amen
Part Four - Grasping Ancient Wisdom Symbology
Part Five - Grasping Symbolic Keys to Truth and Wisdom
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