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Upcoming Lectures in Lancaster MA

History Lectures

Tracking the Ancient Mysteries from

Egypt to the Founding of America

 Presented By Andrew Linnell

Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45 P.M.

Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster

For adults and youths older than 13 (PG-13)

 

Each lecture is “atomic” – come to one or to all. 

Schedule:

March 24: Recapitulation, Paulicians, Bogomils, & Cathars

March 31: Rosicrucians and European Mystics

April 7:      Mysteries of the Founding of America

April 14:    Holiday (no lecture)

April 21:    Holiday (no lecture)

April 28:   Freemasonry

May 5:    Mysteries of the Future

 

Andrew Linnell is a Consultant for EMC in Hopkinton, MA and a graduate of University of Michigan (BSE ’72, MSE ’73) and Emerson College (England ’79).  A Toastmaster, Andrew has been lecturing on various themes from the Knights Templar to the Ancient Mysteries to the ecological dangers from Nanotechnology.  

Guiding Humanity

Historical records indicate that tribes or ethnic groups had a god that led them. Their priests were specially selected and trained in their consciousness and morality to be able to hear the guidance from their god. Later, a bit over 5000 years ago, Kali Yuga began when Humanity’s innate ability to experience the spiritual world was severed. The “discovered” Mayan calendar also described this 5000+ year period. During Kali Yuga, the Folk Spirit of a tribe could no longer guide its people so that they might develop Freedom. Humanity had the remains of Mysteries to help make good choices but gradually this faded as well. About the time of Aristotle, the Cosmic Intelligence was gradually given to Humanity.  Gnosticism, Scholasticism, and other enlightenments arose.

Humanity, in picking up this intelligence, has tried to improve its lot with utopias, eugenics, free market concepts, and many other ideas most of which have failed. Our experiments tend to destroy the Human soul. We need guidance again that the spiritual world again is offering but we need to develop ourselves to be able to hear their call. We are now out of this dark age and we can once again develop the ability to experience the spiritual world.

There are ways to develop oneself to be such a servant. Rudolf Steiner gave the most modern method in his book Knowledge of Higher Worlds and Their Attainment. There is also the 8-fold path of the Gautama Buddha and others. Because the experience of the spiritual world will be new, the science of this experience will be raw and the experiences themselves can be clouded with deceptions from our own soul or from beings who wish to lead us astray.

My proposal is that meditants work with a group in addition to working alone. One person who has been working alone for a while on a given subject who feels that they have a breakthrough or some inspiration brings this to those gathered at the meeting. Such inspirations can come one morning as one awakens if one has  “posted” a selfless question during prayer or meditation for many evenings before going to sleep. The meeting members then work with this inspiration during the meeting, playing out the inspiration in their imagination of how it would work in their life. If acceptable, then the Human feedback “fleshes” out the concept; makes it practical. We arrive together at a practical picture of an inspiration that might be adopted or further worked by the originator. You see, the originator is working in the vertical, in the direct connection to God or to the heavenly hierarchies while the meeting takes this inspiration and works it in the horizontal – at the human life on earth level – thus, the cross.  I believe this method will prove to be useful for Humanity.

Cain and Abel: Male and Female Mystery Wisdom

Last post we looked at the creation of Adam and Eve and the story of Cain and Abel.  We saw that the Elohim (plural) were the creators of Adam and Eve: Adam was principally created by Jehovah and Eve by another unnamed Elohim.  All the Elohim were involved.  The Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ is typically translated into (singular) God.  The Elohim are known to be one level of the Heavenly Hierarchy which in the Christian Greek model (by Dionysius the Areopagite) are called the Exusiai.  Eve’s first child, Cain, is the result of her creating-Elohim causing her reproductive system to bring forth Cain.  Now her womb is opened.  She then unites with Adam and this results in Abel who carries the Jehovah stream.

Before Adam and Eve, according to the Mysteries, a different, less physical body existed for human incarnation – a single sex body rather than dual bodies divided into male and female.  The former body no longer suited human destiny with the changing conditions of earth.  The Elohim became involved to create a transformed body in their image. Adam and Eve were the first “to try them out”.

What applied to Adam and Eve applied to all of future humanity.  The same for the two streams of Cain and Abel (who was replaced by Seth).  These are able to find wives indicating more incarnating humans were able to find suitable, newly transformed bodies from the continued work of the Elohim.  Again, the story of Cain and Abel applies to all of humanity.

Cain’s stream becomes known as the Sons of Fire because they strive for fruits through inner fire: desire, enthusiasm, and moral motivation.  Cain’s stream is also know as the Sons of Man.  It is connected with the Sun’s mystical influence. Abel’s stream is known as the Sons of God.  Their wisdom remains calm, detached, even cool because they see that ‘it is all in God’s hands.” In that it is connected with Jehovah, it is considered connected with the Moon’s mystical influence.

To the keepers of the Mysteries, Cain’s stream represented Male wisdom while Abel’s stream represented feminine.  For fraternal orders such as the Freemasons who felt connected to Cain’s wisdom, the Abel stream had to be excluded, hence, women were not allowed to be members (until the dawn of the 20th century).

The Mysteries indicated that Jehovah instilled strife between Cain and Abel (Seth) and between their offspring.  While Abel represents the priestly linage, Cain represents the worker/warrior linage.  In ancient societies the priests ruled.  But, later, in most societies, the king arose from the worker/warrior line.  As time marched on, the priestly line remained connected to the Abel linage while the emerging kingly line was associated with the Cain linage.

The Essenes and other mystery streams expected two Messiahs: one priestly and one kingly.  These would somehow be united into one Messiah.  During the heights of the Florentine schools where Leonardo da Vinci studied, this mystery was known and Leonardo had fun depicting this in his painting Madonna of the Rocks while he had his pupils depict the scene where the two Messiahs were united into one (click here for more).  In the teenaged Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem, the two streams, kingly and priestly, Cain and Abel, are united.

Before these streams are united, there is a remarkable mystery story of the building of Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings).  Revealing this mystery will be the topic of my next blog.

Andrew

 

The Mystery of Cain and Abel

It is time for some mysteries to be made known.  Let’s start with an ancient mystery whose story applies today, namely that of Cain and Abel.  This quote of Genesis 4 (King James Version) from http://www.biblegateway.com will help us put the common story in our minds.

“4.  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.  And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.  And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.  And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.  And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.  And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.  And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-Cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.”

Of these two, Cain and Abel, which is more like you and me?  Cain labors on the earth for his keep while Abel merely watches over what is given to him by Jehovah.   While we likely would not kill our own brother in a crime of passion, we can say that we are more like Cain but that we aspire to be more like Abel.

While Cain and Abel were separate blood lines, today we can say that all humans appear to be a mixture of both.  I shall leave for later the question of when did these blood lines become united?  Why was Cain’s sacrifice rejected?  It reads “to his offering He had not respect.”  Why was there no respect for the hard-won fruits of Cain’s efforts?

This story has been an important one for many Western mystery streams in answering this question.  The Sons of Cain become the builder of cities, agriculture, music and the arts, sciences and metallurgy.  The Sons of Cain work with the Lifeless world.  Out of the Lifeless they bring the Living.

With Abel gone without any offspring, Adam and Eve conceive another, Seth, to be the progenitor of the Abel line.  The Sons of Abel take what the Divine has offered; they take it as it is without altering it.  They see the perfection of God’s work in all of Nature.  They enjoy a gift of wisdom about life and their relationship to God.  They revere and keep this relationship seeking to sacrifice to God the best of what God has given to them.  In this way, God knows His creation is well.

But Cain engineers what was given.  Cain seeks to know and to change the world.  Cain expresses egoism – but not in a way that allows him to not only engineer the world but also himself.  He is capable not only of evil but also of supreme goodness through transformation of his soul.

Let’s look a bit deeper into the roots of this.  When Eve says, after giving birth to Cain, ” I have gotten a man from the Lord” she is indicating that Cain is not from Adam but from another Elohim.  Earlier in Genesis it read “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.  The word “God” here actually is the plural of the word “Elohim.” In the mysteries, the Elohim together make Man.  One, unnamed, creates Eve and then she conceives because of this unnamed Elohim.  Another Elohim, Jehovah, creates Adam.  Adam then unites with Eve to bring forth Abel.  So Cain carries an inner initiative from one Elohim while Abel carries that from another, Jehovah.  When Cain and Abel make their sacrifices, they both sacrifice to Jehovah but Jehovah cannot appreciate or respect the sacrifice of Cain.  This in itself is fertile ground for meditation.  Contemplate the effect on one’s countenance when your best fruits of your honest labor is rejected by your God.  Contemplate the soul mood of Abel and of Cain – and of Jehovah.

Confusion easily enters here because of the translation of the Hebrew word Elohim into God.  Here Elohim is plural.  The translation uses the plural terms “us” and “our”. Many early Christians believed that the God,  Jehovah, of the Old Testament, was not the same God that Christ refers to as The Father.  They found proof of this in the different levels of love expressed by Jehovah and by Christ’s Father.  For these early Christians, Jehovah was one of the Elohim while God the Father is at the height of the Heavenly Hierarchies, one of the Holy Trinity. More on this theme later.

So, according the ancient mysteries, one Elohim creates Adam while another creates Eve who is impregnated by this unnamed Elohim.  After giving birth to Cain, Eve later becomes impregnated by Adam resulting in Abel – and later still, after Abel’s death, resulting in Seth.  These form two streams of humanity – one a priestly lineage from Abel/Seth and the other a builder/warrior lineage from Cain.

I have hinted that these two streams later will unite in the mystery of Jesus-Christ.  Another important story of these streams comes in the building of Solomon’s Temple.  We’ll take up that mystery in my next blog.

Andrew

 

 

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