The oldest wisdom of the Abrahamic lineage, the Jewish heritage you might say, lies in the Old Testament, and for better or worse this is my heritage – one I share with Jewish, Christian and Muslim brethren around the world mind you. Genesis has always fascinated me, as there were something there to uncover. A truth yet revealed.
This is something we will come back to throughout here as we try to recover what was encoded in this text, these ancient creation tales that have been written off for generations now as myth and fancy. Once the text is decoded though, a secret pathway is opened through which we can climb up into the gates of heaven. No joke.
But first, there’s this book. I have been fascinated with books for some time now. I think what’s most fascinating to me about books is that they are like mental time capsules – actually they aren’t like mental time capsules they are mental time capsules. And this is the world I live in – Plato’s realm of forms, ideas.
Sitting from our library peering through the world through our words, and through the words of other masters in the books that we keep in our library – and now the global digital library of course, the greatest and most accessible library of all time, with no contest really. Such infinite expansion of information is the precursor, the determining factor in a way, that a work like this, covering so many different disciplines, can be put together really. This work, me in fact, are products of the Digital Era as well.
It is the eternal womb from which this (physical/causal) world is constructed (we’ll get to thought and word, both part of this elementary structure in a bit). They know now that our thoughts are suggestive of our reality. This is a scientifically (empirically) provable fact. But it is much, much more than that.
We create our reality with thought, with intention, repetitive and meditative thought. We not only program our psyche’s with it, it actually yields the universe as it is manifested around us – family, friends, etc. With God, and with us too, thought follows Word, and these sounds are that which created this universe.
We are our thoughts. Buddha was not joking around.
But back to this book…
It claims to be some sort of esoteric history of the world, wandering through lost ages and lost great halls and castles full of secret libraries with secret knowledge to be guarded with your life. Secret from the Church, so it could not be corrupted. This is the lineage within which we write. These secrets are revealed, to initiates, at the proper time and place in order that they may serve the greatest Good. Platonic Good – which is fundamental to Judaic creation mythos as well as it turns out.
Plato no doubt learned much from the Hebrew teachers in his day, no doubt he was heavily influenced by Pythagoras, who also no doubt learned from Hebrew mystics (as well as the Egyptian priests which is well documented) but probably somewhat through independent study and reflection (meditation) as well.
What Aristotle was to Plato, molding and crafting and refining his message, Plato was to Pythagoras – molding and refining, fleshing out (and of course somewhat corrupting) his message.
It is no wonder these men have been persecuted throughout history – Pythagoras and Socrates here I am thinking of – they represent a threat to the power structures here in this world. They always have, and as such set the stage for the eternal battle between good and evil, on the world stage through knowledge and ignorance, light and darkness – and then within ourselves as well.
As is above so is below. As is within so is without. Reflections are everywhere, so much so that it is hard to discern the truth sometimes.
Anyway the book, and many others perhaps, documents not only the historical struggle between good and evil throughout history, but also retains the true mystical interpretations, the underlying forces and energies at work, that are encoded in these creation stories.
These are keys to unlock the knowledge of the universe. Nothing less.
We start with the beginning, creation itself, from the Hebrew (less corrupted) translation. There’s a lot in here, and understanding what’s being described will give us great insight into the elemental forces here at work in our world. Forces at work also within us, for we are created in God’s image.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The first thing that is created out of the void is Heaven and Earth. The first line was drawn. The universe was brought into existence, but how? And by whom?
Firstly, right at the very beginning of the Old Testament this idea of monotheism is challenged. Right at the very core of the text. Elohim is the word that is used for God in this Genesis account and Elohim is plural. And it’s not the only name that is used to denote God, in Genesis.
There are three stages upon which the creation unfolds. The first stage stretches from Genesis 1:1 to 2:4. During this period God is known as Elohim. From Genesis 2:4 he is known as YHWH Elohim. The third stage starts around the Noah cycle and flows over into the Abraham cycle and beyond across the rest of the Bible. Abraham, after all, was the first to believe and became not only a new creation but also the first of a new continuum of new creations. During this stage God is known as Dabar YHWH, or Word Of God.
Go look this up yourself and see. Look at the Hebrew translations. So this is Moses right? The burning bush guy who has been told to lead his people out of Egypt and risk almost certain death for not just him but for thousands of others, who God gives the Ten Commandments and through which he reinforces his covenant with the Jewish people, and who authored the Pentateuch, which is literally named after him – the Five Books of Moses.
This is a world where words have an almost magical meaning to people. It is their word that they negotiate on and make deals, or covenants with. A man is nothing without his word in this world and conversely it is the word that is used to cast spells and curse people. This is a time when words, sounds, are used by priests and sages to call creation into being or to merge with consciousness itself. This idea of the word being sacred, of the spoken word being sacred, is in fact almost universal in antiquity.
At the very beginning we find not just God but the Gods basically. Or perhaps something more subtle:
‘Elohim’ is a plural word, which is peculiar because God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). Still, the singular form of the word Elohim is Eloah (אלה), and that form is used frequently in the Bible as well. In between these sits the construct form, that is: the plural form without the final ם (mem), or אלהי, Elohai, and indicative of a rudimentary genitive: ‘Elohim of’ or ‘God of’ or ‘gods of’.
It’s almost as if at the very beginning, and this is a very important and subtle point that is recovered from the text here, that God is one of many. Not that many Gods created the universe, but one of many such Gods created this universe in a myriad of universes that have existed in this endless universe of universes in this endless vastness of time and space living in this great void into which these Gods project life, and light forever and forever and forever.
It’s almost like that isn’t it? Hear Moses saying these words, people presume that he wrote this down himself – no, that is not how it comes down to us. That is not how all the great ancient, esoteric texts come down to us- and yes Genesis is a part of the esoteric tradition. If there ever was a text with hidden truths it is this one for sure.
These sacred works, these sacred words, these sacred sounds, are first revealed, and then narrated (most likely to a select few) and then much later they are faithfully written down. The scribes come later. I know this because I am one. Obviously.
The word, this great cosmic vibration, the Om that rings through every corner of the universe, is co-emergent with God in fact. What does John tell us? You want to almost triangulate the truth through Genesis and John, the so-called Gnostic Gospel. They show us the same unfolding from two different perspectives. Both of which are true and the latter of which talks very fundamentally about the Word, how fundamental it is. How fundamental it is to everything.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made, and without him not one thing was made that has been made.
One must understand that these are words, sounds really, ringing through the millennia into our eyes, into our minds (and ultimately our hearts if we are lucky) represents ideas, seeds of power, that not only help to understand, comprehend, but are corrupted in some way. They have to be in order to be written down. They have to come through the prism of the human mind and be translated into a language, and written down (digitally now) somehow.
This is a corruption of the idea, of the knowledge itself. But it nonetheless a pathway to its truth. The knowledge is out there, we just need to tap into it (Plato was right there). We’re going to try and do that here. Furthermore, the Bible itself is corrupted, wisdom usurped for power. We must use insight and intuition to understand. We must approach it with reverence so that it will reveal itself to us.
For if we understand the way down, we can find out how to make our way back up – if we want. Or worst case we can at least know, or have some idea, what the fuck we are doing here to begin with. That has hounded me, and others I am sure, for decades now.
 There’s some borrowing no doubt of themes from the Old Testament (Genesis in particular) from the Sumer-Babylonians to the East but the tradition is uniquely Jewish, and underpins pretty much all of Western religious thought since antiquity.