Religious Myths - Why Do They Exist?
Religious Myths And The End of the World
As the world comes ever closer to its end the interest in religious myths and the truth concening human beliefs is increasing. With full memory of my reincarnation and, therefore, knowledge that allows me to state that most religious doctrines are concoctions of the ignorant minds of our ancestors, my life's work has been researching the origins of the myths. The question now is whether or not humans can be extracted from their religious myths long enough to see the truth and to change their ways.
The content herein is based on research and irrefutable facts and information contained in my published e-books "How 666 Stole Jesus" and "A Return To Life". While the details disclosed may be challenging to some they are, nonetheless, true and should be read with an open mind.
Every culture has a god of some description. Some worship it as a rock or tree, others as a cement statue or an iconic symbol, such as a wheel or a mantra. Some pray to it in words and repetitious verses or prose, others use symbolic touching and chants, others still employ dance and trance to get to its brain. The fact that they all believe in something to do with divinity led me on a mighty search to uncover why that is?
This did not happen out of curiosity alone but out of memory of things recalled from before my birth. They might be labeled visions and they would also be thought very strange by anyone unable to grasp the concept of reincarnation and passage from life to life in a new body.Check out my site on this topic for more information
Out of Body Experiences?
They floated Above Their Bodies and Lived
Lately certain things have brought the story of my reincarnation into focus. 'Out of body' experiences have gained wide publicity in the media along with spiritual healing. Instead of returning to my last body after leaving it I went on into a new one and a new life. It is as simple as that and it is the visions given to me between dying and coming back that shaped my life
We have all heard about it, some with closed ears, others with amazement and some with satisfaction that at last this is being aired. There can be no doubt that we usually take on board only what we want to know, see and hear but when confronted with tales of the other side it would probably be around 99% who will prick up their ears and open their eyes a bit further than normal.
This is a most fascinating subject for humans in general and even the skeptics want to know more. But what proof is there that there is life after death? What can we use to measure the fate of anyone who passes over? This is what confronted me when beginning my research into the way we are and the things we believe.
Religion is not a new phenomena and my research took me back to the stone age to work out the value of circles but uncovered much more. My excitement grew uncontrollably as visions came to me of things that otherwise would not be known. The most poignant was of a group of people, a crowd gathered on a hillside facing a holed stone held on a prop. They were overawed when the sun passing behind formed the circle and right angled cross in perpetually moving convolutions of rainbow colored light.
My overawed state was enhanced when a holed pieced of cardboard held towards the rising sun made the same image. My mouth automatically and uncontrollably uttered the sound 'Ohhh'. From then on visions came thick and fast and before many months had passed the clues I needed to know where the alphabet and every sound we utter in language has come from were there before me.
Day and night for months it came forth as the past led me to uncover its locked secrets and to hear the ancient voices which spoke philosophical thoughts about unknown divinities and earthly evemts. Mysteries we have never understood about their thinking were resolved as every word we utter turned out to be a record of ancient beliefs and rituals. By this time ancient sites could be read like books.
Then it was time to go further.
The Professors Were Stunned
Why didn't they think of that?
Enrolled at the Australian National University for a double degree in archeology and anthropology with linguistics and philosophy as separate units was a challenge that had to be faced. It was one thing to know it but it had to be tested academically Historical linguistics was a breeze to understand as I had been playing around with it for months.
One day my lecturer called me to his office to glean how my knowledge had come about. For an hour or so he listened to the sounds of early speech and the changes that happened over time. His jaw was almost on the floor. "Norma, where did you get all this"? He asked in sheer amazement but, of course, the visions were not mentioned. At that time I was a first year student in only the second semester.
"You should write a book" he said.
"I have" I answered "would you like to read it?"
He said he would and I asked him, the acting head of linguistics, how far back his knowledge of language goes. It was my turn to be shocked. "Only to the Latin and Greek eras" was his response. Wow, mine stretched to the beginning of stone tools some 2.5 to 3 million years ago (mya) and to the ancestral species Homo Erectus.
My archaeology professors were equally as stunned with my knowledge. My honors thesis, Death and Resurrection, went to Britain for marking as no one in Australia could do the job. It was literally above their heads!
The two professors from Cambridge (pictured) and Dublin universities awarded it the highest possible mark. Their comments state that it equates with a PhD, which also stunned them as it was only an honors thesis. They note: "This is frightening stuff but you cannot ignore the evidence." This was in obvious response to the proof that god-men, similar in nature to Jesus Christ, had long been crucified to bring salvation and prosperity to their communities. In fact, it went on so much in some areas that the remians of men are suddenly missing from the archaeological records and collapse of their society happened soon after.
What shocked them most is that Christianity has its roots in the Paleolithic and the many 'Saviors" who were crucified to supposedly save humanity is the basis of it. My task was to prove it and to show who had the power and strength to work a new religion from the old beliefs The answers will shock you as they did me. But it is detailed in full in my book 'How 666 Stole Jesus' a wothwhile read for anyone so interested.
The evidence proves irrefutably that the after-life was the prime concern of all religions and cultures. That religion stems from a single point in time ensuring that the same customs, rituals, perceptions, hierarchy and bluff passed down from generation to generation and changed very little.
It also establishes that men could become gods by dying for their people. Worshiped in life as high priests, chiefs or kings their blood sacrifice was part of the transformation to 'father gods' while their eldest sons became heirs of their kingdoms.
From England to Mexico from Egypt to Australia and from New Zealand to the Indians of the Americas they worshiped the same ideology and had the same expectations of the after-life. How could this be unless there was a common foundation?
The common thread throughout all of man's behavior is the search for answers. What happens after death? Why do we think and reason things out? What happens to that mental energy after death? What is the soul? What is the point of life?
Shaking the Religious Myths
It was up their noses
The faculty head of my disipline was a strict Roman Catholic, as were many of the lecturers. So my battle was with the beliefs they harbored rather than the common sense they should have exercised. But what I laid bare was to challenge them in a way that they could not respond to.
It shook me to the core that irrefutable evidence is available and now in the open to prove that the myths people believe in are so ancient as to have been around during the beginning of the Ice Age and earlier. The symbols present in the Paleolithic shows that humans inherited the religious myths of their primordial ancestors. According to common belief they were supposedly incapable of constructive thought.
Their behavior included burial of the dead and grave goods, practices not known in any other creature. Some cave body placements were in conjunction with animal and human sacrifice. Flowers were also placed on some graves. This speaks of an expectation of an after-life. It also means that these primordial creatures were capable of philosophy, that is constructive thought and a vehicle to transport it from individual to individual and generation to generation. That vehicle was comprehensive speech, which is also evident in the tools they invented, the lifestyle they commonly persued, the trade conducted and the importation of special raw materials from distant areas.
A skeleton of a thirteen year old boy dated to 300,000 ya had evidence of a voice box. So speech was already a factor at that time. But my work shows it was much earlier because skeletons are not the only means to determine this capability. Also sounds with meaning are possible without one.
The symbol of the circle with the right angle cross from Tata, Italy, dates to c450,000ya.
this sign is common to all religions and cultures. It is also the sign for woman and is used by organizations, such as the red cross, involved in healing. Pictured is the Cyan Cross. Both my books examine in depth the facts under discussion.
You can also read more on the way this symbol has been used by religions to defraud and deceive their followers. This is my web site on the issue
Life After Death
Does it exist?
Those who believe in a fairyland place in the sky where they will live forever in some kind of paradise are in for a shock. In my experience there is no place 'up there', but you can see that for yourself. Just look up and what do you see? Why, you see stars, which we now know are planets and suns. We also know the extensive size of the universe and that no astronaut or space camera has photographed heaven or hell anywhere.
In every culture there is a belief that some mystical magical place exists beyond earth and that only the 'good' will be allowed to go there. The problem is how do we know who is good. Is it the overzealous religious fundamentalists who happily go about killing others because they think they are anti-god?
Or is it the men who force women into slavery and think of them as the lowest of creatures? Is it the wailers who cry at sacred shrines or the poor souls who have not enough food to eat? Is it the one who over populates the earth in the belief that this is God's will?
Some preach that only they know the way to heaven and that anyone who opposes them will fry forever in 'hell'. Well where is that place? Look around and see if yu can see a big oven somewhere? For the many generations of 'sinners' it would have to be very big to accommodate them. the only 'oven' out there is the sun, but that was worshiped as a god.
These myths were created to promote power and instill fear in opposing forces. The first indicators of the myths turn up in the Paleolithic when rocks were holed to allow the sun's image and cause the rainbow circles of perpetual movement.
The ancient Maya, Aztecs and Incas, whose codices were destroyed by religious zealots, were considered devil worshipers by Catholic invaders who saw the Mother god and son images in their temples and the hundreds of crosses in every city as offensive. Cortez sent a message to the Pope that the devil had "got here first" and taught the Aztecs the Catholic religion/ That's how closely aligned the two faiths are.
They found the same beliefs, the same symbols, the same hierarchical societies as in the modern day western and eastern cultures and yet this was a prehistoric culture without known western contact.
The ball with which the Maya played an interesting game is decorated with crosses. The aim was to get it through the circle using parts of the body. In other words it was man against their god. The winner would be sacrificed as 'her' partner having proved himself equal to her, that is to the sun. Archaeologists, influenced by the way of the west, claim the loser was sacrificed but that was against the order of worship in which only the strong could be sent as partners to the Mother god. Those weaker than her woukd damage the prosperity of their community.
The conquistadors retaliated by burning the cities, melting down the gold icons, stealing their wealth and burning their books. Whole tribes were emblazoned within cities from which there was no escape. These terrorist acts would put modern terrorists to shame and yet it was done to appease the Christian god and their own faith. But it was really about power and control.
Only 3 of the Mayan codices remain and they reveal much about their religious beliefs based on sun worship and the Mother god. Her 'sun' or 'son' was the reigning king who could induce men to battle through the promises of a great eternal life under his heavenly rule. Men willingly sacrificed their lives for the pleasures of the after-life and this is driving modern day terrorism, so nothing much has changed.
It is uncanny how the same names of the gods exist in ancient and modern creeds but it is no coincidence. There is a common thread linking us in language and religion to the earliest thought and times.
Turning again to the sounds within language it was possible to unravel the course of the magic from ancient into modern behavior. It is obvious that from at least 2.5 mya until today the thinking has not changed, only the way we do it has.
Magic has always been at the heart of ritual. If you can't see it then you can believe it. Its called 'faith' and I define that as 'belief in the ridiculous without evidence'. In other words people can be 'educated' into believing that what is told to them is reality.
But religious organizations have gone further. They have books in which the claims are supposedly supported. They pass laws stating that no one can dispute the written word. Such books had the authority of kings who relied on the 'faith' of the people to cause them to submit to a king's right to rule over them. Likewise to extract money, go to war, take lives and generally to live like a god on earth.
Supposedly he was the voice of the partner to Mother God who had influence in the heavenly court and would one day rule from there over all people. In other words as Father god whyo would punish anyone not obedient to him in life or death. It is the very reason why women are discriminated against and rarely allowed to take the throne.It is also the reason why great palatial funeral homes were built for them and why temples were erected in their name.
These constructions were not done by slave labour but by a labour of love and expectation from loyal followers who dreamed of the best kind of after-life existence. That also allowed the notion of hell to come about for anyone opposed to serving the king or the religion invented by him.
Magic has its symbols as well. These are largely derived from the sun or from nature and ritual involves symbolism in all aspects. Timing, words, smoke, sounds, instruments, furniture, decorations, clothing, calendar and, of course, reproduction are all included. One of the greatest symbols for a god was a 'virgin birth'. But in the days when this was considered possible the technicality of reproduction was unknown. Thus, people like Pythagoras, Krishna and Christ were all related to such magic
Through the words men say and the lie that they speak for God then magic can change the status of people and transform them into something else. This is seen in marriage where suddenly through a ceremony and words from a priest a couple are united in God.
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