Thanks for an interesting post.
I have had a look at the intro to The Arrivals and will check out the rest later. Looks 'interesting'. (It can also be viewed here:
Re the Earth chakras: do you know which chakra corresponds to which human chakra?
I understand where you are coming from with regard to the conspiracy part of your post and sympathise to a certain extent. However, I don't particularly concern myself with them as I see them as merely manifestations of, or epiphenomena of the descending half of cyclical
time. Such people, whether they are priests, military hardmen or international financiers are no more in charge of their own destiny than the lumpen proletariat. No matter how 'evil' a person is here on Earth, there are still two-thirds of him or her which are not here on Earth (I'm using the Greek model as per usual). Good and evil are human value judgements - the Universe does not judge.
As Shakespeare/Bacon said:
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
Bacon is actually talking about an individual lifetime here but it works for me at the level of the humanity as a whole.
The Universe is the stage and the 'gods' are the stagehands etc. They provide the basic infrastructure for the four acts (Ages/cycles).
Within each act, the players, who originally understood the script, are allowed to do anything they want within certain broad parameters (determined by which act or Age). As the drama moves through the acts, the players forget more and more of the script. Those behind the scenes never do. The way I see it is that we are currently coming to the end of Act IV and will shortly begin the sequel (the ascending cycle). Put in terms of Greek (Parmenides) philosophy: The Many are at their maximum number and at their maximum distance or remove from the One.
Or as Joni Mitchell put it:
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.
[Chorus from The Circle Game]
Even Akehnaten's introduction of monotheism was part of the script. All religions, ancient or otherwise are montheistic in any case.
Some ideas change like the idea what a beautiful woman is.
Not with Stefan.
Again, I undestand and sympathise somewhat with your pyramid metaphor but I prefer the Greek family tree metaphor. The familial relationships are one of the keys to understanding Greek mythology (and metaphysics). (I'm still working on twins, nuances there that I don't quite get yet).
We cant know what is true or false anymore. Maybe some initiated higher ups know. I doubt it though, i really do. What we need is to discover the symbolisms again.
I don't claim to be an initiated higher up or anything close but I have the 'ability' to KNOW, to a certain extent, what is true and what is false. When I am in a state of contemplation or meditation I 'see' whatever it is I am contemplating upon. I 'see' what parts are true and
what parts are false (and also why this is so). I 'see' the connections to other things or areas, whether vertical or horizontal. I get this from what I call Athene. Sometimes I don't understand what I am 'seeing' which frequently leads, a few days later, to a 'coincidental'
encounter with a piece of writing which allows the penny to drop.
Sometimes I don't believe what I am 'seeing' which can also lead to a 'coincidental' confirmation some time later. Much of what I 'see' I cannot recall once I return to the regular state of consciousness. This no longer bothers me as I take it as a given that if I need to know it, it will pop up as and when required.
When I read words, whether in a book or on screen, I have a related 'ability' which allows me to go beyond the words. This is one of the reasons I 'know' that books such as Atwill's or Cardona's are of little value. They are essentially 2 dimensional. They have length but no
depth. Within a paragraph or two my eyes have gone right through the words to find nothing. At the other extreme, with books such as the Iliad or Nonnus' Dionsysiaca my 'vision' fails before I have hit bottom. It is like looking into a lake where one can see down below the
surface to a certain extent but you know that there is further depth even though you cannot see it. I'm still getting little insights into the Iliad, months after reading it. I was going to post something about the Nonnus work in the Ancient Texts thread but I'm still waiting for
the dust to settle weeks after finishing the book.
As for symbolism, an insight which came to me out of the blue a week or two ago is that Greek myths (and presumably all myths) were written/formulated to be accessed by an altered state of consciousness.
They are not designed for the awake state (beta waves) but more for the relaxed and drowsy (alpha / theta) state.
When in this state the myth tales reveal, via the symbolism, their own internal logic. (just as dreams are logical, or 'normal' when you are in them but seem weird and whacky when you recall them when you are awake. I had this particular insight shortly before reading Nonnus.
Reading Nonnus proved the insight to be be correct to the extent that I was stood behind and to the right of Typhon while he was doing his thing. Planetary catastrophe? Seen it, mate.
It also proved another one of my 'pet theories' about Typhon in particular and the family tree metaphor in general, to be correct.
One brother is a better dancer, the other a better singer and the next a better farmer while the sister knows more about another topic. Their parents are on top of a pyramid, but the pyramid is only descibing a relation.
What you are describig here is essentially the Greek definition of 'aristocracy' - rule by the best - as described by Plato in the Republic, a.k.a. the Commonwealth. His ideal society had Philosopher-kings at the top. Where the Philosopher-kings were illumined individuals rather than some pillock with a Ph.D in epistemology or somesuch. The various castes or strata were not hereditary, the individual was a member of whichever suited his ability or ambition. The individual's family background didn't come into it.
The original pharaohs were, at least to my way of thinking, just such Philosopher-kings. The various Greek kings in the Iliad are no longer such but they still try to achieve that level.
Thats why i think the initiated higher ups have no clue anymore, thats why our global society is so f*cked up and why we need to explore the many other possible forms.
The initiated always have a clue. Kali yuga was a hands-off yuga - minimal control or oversight. The possiblility of exploring other forms will grow as the ascending cycle gathers pace. Trust me, I know. People laugh at Bishop Berkeley's 'this is the best of all possible worlds'.
57. Refutation of Bishop Berkeley
After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the nonexistence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it -- "I refute it thus."
I used to laugh at it Berkeley but not now.
And now, I think I will have a watch of the Arrivals - I could do with a no-brainer.