Real and Imagined —
False Prophets Making Profits Off It!
Published by Inner Tapestry
Copyright July 2011 – All Rights Reserved
Swarms of killer bees
form the numbers “2-0-1-2” in the sky.
Can Nostradamus tell us why
in a quatrain?
Everyone’s talkin’ about the Mayan Calendar,
but no actual Mayans are invited to the conference.
The preacher says there’s a new world order a-comin’.
Autographed copies of his new book are already here,
for sale in the lobby.
Random patterns are interpreted,
dots are connected,
transforming rocks on Mars
into pyramids, underground cities, and a sphinx.
For the infotainment warrior
the tea leaves of history reveal
nefarious patterns of conspiracy indeed.
A staticy late radio signal
drifts in from Cincinnati on an old AM radio.
An ad says, “Send us your useless paper money.
Got some gold coins to sell.”
The reptilian brain is the center of fear.
And nothing sets it off more than
thinking about reptilians.
It’s the end of the world… again? Don’t you just hate it when that happens?!
I have this old book on “end times” prophecy written back in the 1920’s, which is quite revealing and informative about the psychology of prophecy. Some things never change, and that includes the end of the world!
That book actually shows a black and white photo of a locomotive steam engine with a caption underneath containing a quote from the Hebrew Book of Daniel: “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Other illustrations include a sketch of a guy on a horse looking up at the sky, watching a meteor shower, with the caption reading: The Falling Stars, November 13th, 1833. “The stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” (Book of Revelation 6: 13) Another image titled, “The Battle of Armageddon,” depicts soldiers on horses fighting each other with swords as World War One era biplanes dogfight overhead.
Now I understand. Some “need” to always be fearing a second coming or apocalypse happening “within ten years or so.” It helps motivate them to follow their religion. Like the bumper sticker says, “Look Busy… Jesus Is Coming!”
In 1999 many were writing about a quatrain of Nostradamus predicting big stuff happening in the sky, one of the few actual dates mentioned by Nostradamus in fact. At the time, this seemed important. Things indeed looked pretty ominous, and yet… nothing. So, what did the Y2K prophecy hucksters do when their prophecy predictions fell flat, when they were proved to be utterly, totally, completely wrong? Same as always, they pretended that everything was fine and simply set their sights upon a new date: 2012, and commenced writing books about that. Game over, and a new game begins. Fascinating, isn’t it? Thus, I conclude that prophecy is not about predicting the future, but manipulating people and making a buck here in the present.
Others expressed disappointment when the world did not come to an end. Oh well. We get to live and complain yet another day. Yay!!!!
The Second Coming of the
Gospel of Thomas
I am a great fan of the Gospel of Thomas, a collection of the spiritual sayings of Yeshua (Jesus) re-discovered in Egypt several decades ago. In the Gospel of Thomas, disciples are always asking Yeshua when will “the end of the world” take place, when will the “Kingdom come?” And the reply is always something like: “You don’t get it. What you’re looking for is already here—you just don’t know how to see it.”
The “Mindfulness Saying”: Saying 91. He said to them, “You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine the present moment.”
Saying 113. His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?” “It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, the Father’s Kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don’t see it.”
The quotes above remind me of a saying of the Sufi poet Rumi: “Some persons, relying on the promise of ‘tomorrow’, have wandered for years around that door, but ‘tomorrow’ never comes. My friend, the Sufi is the child of the present moment: to say ‘tomorrow’ is not our way.”
Attempting to Bring Heaven To Earth Through Magical Thinking
Most of the world religions have a cosmology of several heavens or planes, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhs, Islam—the Sufis, Kabbalah. The Gnostic religion, in Pagan or Hermetic, Jewish, and Christian forms, had a system of several heavens also. I recall that Shamanism has them being inside the earth. The old medieval view of the Catholic and Protestant West was/is? that the heavens were physically “up” in the sky or beyond the so-called “dome” of the sky. That series of volumes known as, A Course In Miracles, has a wonderful term for projecting or imagining outside one’s self realms that are actually within and non-physical, or expecting a material Kingdom of Heaven to descend down from the sky and land on the earth like a flying saucer. The Course calls this: “level confusion.”
Another example of level confusion is the belief that magic dates on a calender can suspend the laws of physics, change human nature, or cause the physical universe to morph into the astral plane or some other heavenly region.
Gospel of Thomas, Saying 3: Yeshua said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) Kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will get there before you do. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will arrive there first. Rather, the (Father’s) Kingdom is within you and it is outside of you.”
There is a similar passage in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, another Nag Hammadi or Gnostic Gospel: “When the Blessed One had said this, He greeted them all, saying, ‘Peace be with you. Receive my peace to yourselves. Beware that no one lead you astray, saying, “Lo here!” or “Lo there!” for the Son of Man [Seed of Humanity] is within you. Follow after Him! Those who seek Him will find Him.’”
This represents a school of thought that had a very different way of looking at the nature of Reality. The Gnostic gospels present a present-tense Kingdom of God or spiritual Reality which can be seen, heard and accessed in the living present. Prophecy speculation is portrayed as one of many illusions, diversions and pastimes of humanity that needs to be overcome so people might move on to seeking the real Kingdom of God or spiritual dimensions that are already available to us, like radio waves within and all around us that have the potential of being tuned into and experienced.
Those that copied and contemplated the Nag Hammadi books were monks affiliated with one of several monasteries founded by Saint Pachomius in Egypt. For them seeing the spiritual dimension was through mystical practices, chant, prayer, silent meditation leading to visions and other altered states. Not far from where the Nag Hammadi books were found are some caves used by monks during the 4th Century AD. The Nag Hammadi books remind me of Buddhism, Hinduism, and some of the teachings of the medieval mystics of Europe, Hildegarde of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme and many others who reinvented some of the same ideas and meditation techniques later in history, a mystical approach of seeing the “Unseen” spiritual part of the spectrum.
Through contemplative meditation within, the mystics of each generation have successfully found their Kingdom of God and “second coming”. They have experienced the rapture and bliss of spiritual exploration. They found this Reality, not by looking at dates on calendars, but by looking within.
One Second After the Lights Go Out
From reading my thoughts above, you might think my view is that there’s no need to worry about things going terribly wrong in the future, but not so fast. There are some civilization busting scenarios that really could cause the end of the world, or come quite close. And I’m not addressing here an accidental nuclear exchange or climate change, though of course those are most definitely on the list.
We are worshipers of electricity generated by power stations. Computers, grocery stores, food, refrigeration, transportation, banking, the economy, water, and cell phones all rely upon a fragile power grid, networks of circuitry, resistors, transistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, and microprocessors, through which electric current flows and our lives depend. We are hanging by a thin thread of copper wire and don’t realize just how vulnerable we really are.
We’ve all experienced the occasional power outage, and a few have gone without electricity for several days due to larger weather events such as ice storms or hurricanes. What if the power grid was taken down, not for hours or days, but for months or even years, perhaps even for the rest of our lives? What if an event burnt out the millions of electronic circuits and devices that we rely upon to keep the power flowing, and we have no way of replacing them all if we need to? Is it like instantly being transported back in time to 1776? Well, not exactly! In 1776, people grew their own food and had access to water. There was a functioning society. In North America, the day the lights go out and never come back, unfortunately for most, this would soon mean the end of the world. No money. No transportation. No stores. No food. No water. No civilization.
What could fry the electronics and power grids of the world? What could destroy all electronic devices, rendering them totally useless? What could, in a flash, bring our world to a swift end? To learn more, Google: “The Carrington Event”, also “Electromagnetic Pulse” (“EMP”).
As of late, we’ve been told that the sun is in a “hibernation” period of low flare and sunspot activity. If so, this will not slow down climate disruption (global heating) but, if we luck out and the sun is especially peaceful over the next couple of decades, and if major hostilities don’t break out between nations, perhaps this could buy humanity enough time to transition to better ways of generating electricity, to a more hardened power grid, and to electronics that are not so vulnerable to a Carrington Event, cyber or EMP attack.
At present, most are not aware of these dangers, and seem overly preoccupied by Farmville, or hopelessly lost in a vast wasteland of mind-numbing cable television. This is an apocalypse we could prevent. And besides, there is a very long list of reasons why we need safer, more reliable, cleaner sources of energy. We are not there yet, but at the moment, we do have the power to fix this. May the light of civilization keep shining.