July 8, 2015

DISGUISED TRUTHS

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Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”

In the early 1980’s I wander into mythology with basic understanding of God’s guiding principles. As I find great pleasure in the myths I realize there is a persistent and consistent theme. I discover Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”, it was one of those books that the Spirit led me to pull off the book store shelf, purchase and read. It changed my life.

I want to quote from the Preface of “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”:

“The truths contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised,” writes Sigmund Freud, “that the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth.”

The Truth is all around us; we must break through and discover it. I believe that the Fundamental Principles are a part of that  “disguised truth” that I am trying to coax out into social awareness.

UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS

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Joseph Campbell’s “Historical Atlas of World Mythology” Part I; Vol. 1

Beginning in 1988 Joseph Campbell publishes Vol. I, Part 1 of a five-volume set called “Historical Atlas of World Mythology”, the publishing of the set is completed in 1989. My study of this history of mythology becomes a marker for me. Relating my previous biblical studies to the histories of mythology, I begin to see a pattern develop and begin understanding Universal Consciousness.

FINDING A THREAD

There seem to be these “hundredth monkey” events. (I know it’s a wives tale – but you knew exactly what I was trying to relay.) Lets pick a topic: The Golden Rule. Simple enough, right. Let’s put some facts together. First some major players: Confucius (China) was believed to have lived and taught ca. 500BCE; Lao Tzu, is more difficult to date, but also believed to have lived about the same era (500BCE), Plato (Greece) about 430—350BCE. In India there is Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) who is also thought to have lived (c. 500BCE) and taught at about the same era. The Buddha, Confucius and Plato live and teach at just about the same time in history and are geographically disconnected. The chances that they had any contact with one another, in any way, are quite remote. And yet, these three great teachers are expressing value systems based around the Golden Rule! The startling thing is that evidence of the Golden Rule principle is occurring in nearly every writing at or before ~500BCE! Ok, I’m sorry, but I find that quite extraordinary!

There is little chance that a concept such as this arises in history, everywhere within the written word, at about the same time. In my mind it just isn’t feasible without something connecting the individuals in some way. I have come to understand this as Universal Consciousness, as a thread in this consciousness. (More to come on that subject.) Later in history there could be “cross pollination” occurring as explorers and traders begin to break through the isolation that continents naturally produce. At this stage of history, however, these cultures are still quite isolated.

I can’t help but think that there is a “guiding hand” in this, or a connecting thread.