dragons (Part four)
Here be dragons ...
is a phrase used to denote unexplored or dangerous territories derived from the medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in blank areas of maps. What we want to gain from that turn of a phrase is the concept that all myths are stories but not all stories are myths As William Shakespeare wrote in HAMLET Act 1. Scene V There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. And this wee offering being written on Hallowe’ens eve (you see how slow this has been going ) when things go bump in the night. It’s quite appropriate to speak (or in this case write of things not understood or seen with the naked eye. We are born with no knowledge whatsoever other than some minor genetic memories, and many of us simply follow the patterns that life, evolution, and our peers throw at us. We subconsciously assume we must do as our forefathers; we must follow in their footsteps; we must marry, have children, get a job, and step onto the roller-coaster of commercialism and the greed-oriented rat race we know as capitalism or even communism.
There is seemingly no way out of this life, and anyway, most of us are enthused by the chase - for we truly know no different.
All of this is perfectly natural.. We strive to be the alpha male and female; to be top dog; to fit in with the society or "tribe" that surrounds us and support the same football team as our friends. And often that society is just a larger version of our selves; it is created by groups of selves.
In the times gone by, our ancestors saw through all of this and recognized that there was another way. They discovered that in order for man to elevate himself above the level of the brown earth upon which he scrambled, he needed to alter his internal dialogue.
Man needed to understand himself and the forces that drive him.
This unique understanding - that there could be a higher goal for mankind, whether collectively or individually - evolved into what we now know as Gnosticism. Of course, this is a massive oversimplification and we should always take into account the mystics - those who have experienced what we would call otherworldly emotions or visions.
Also, regardless of popular perception, the Christians were not the only Gnostics and mystics. Gnostic comes from the Greek word gignoskein meaning, simply, to know.It was applied to,"one sect of so-called philosopher’s in the first ages of Christianity."
However, the term is now being used more loosely, and I personally see the term slightly differently than others, and probably in a controversial light.
To me, the Greek term implies all-knowledge. This is a kind of knowledge gained much like plugging ones mind into the World Wide Web and being able to download every single piece of data in an instant. In the same way, the true Gnostic, much like the mystic, could supposedly understand all things in a unique way.
Whether this is the mind tapping into the collective unconscious, the Akashic records, or any other name given to the process, does not matter for the purpose of this the fact remains, it was believed. And because of this belief, physical manifestations of the internal belief system emerged the world over.
Gnosis, then, means knowledge of the most esoteric kind, and this is the story that has been hidden from our eyes for too long. This is the truth of that we are supposedly too worldly to comprehend.
But getting past all of that we must consider that there seems to be people (not a few) who have an innate wisdom (call it knowledge) or perhaps a sort of spirituality which on observation seems to surpass the "normal’ person and take one beyond what we call normal. I know of a older lady who sees me every day and from time to time will tell me "I just had you on my mind and prayed for you" and although I have never bothered to ask, generally there was something going on at the time that I needed prayer.
Do you remember a television series based on a real person, the series was called "Medium" No matter what you believe about people who can see beyond the physical lives around us, the show was made enjoyable by the characters involved. Patricia Arquette was cast to play the role of the medium Allison DuBois.
There seems to be in our midst people who are perhaps for the lack of a better word "sensitive" or maybe empathetic to their surroundings and the people with whom they come in contact.
Next time we’ll look at some of these and consider the "tomorrows" they see in our future