One of the fundamental laws of physics is that a force is met with an equal and opposite force. Since Galileo rescued science from religion, science has done battle with religion: knowledge vs belief. I would go as far as to say that science has violated one of its most basic laws, and as a result, helped to create an equal and opposite force in this world. When we look at history, whenever a group gained power through knowledge (at the expense of others) a force grew within society to oppose it.
The Roman church’s adaptation of Aristotle as their proxy for science, set scientific development back for centuries, until Galileo pried it free in the 17th century. Since then, modern science has developed its theories about the physical world at an amazing pace, while the churches have remained stagnant, with few exceptions.
This book celebrates the wisdom held by each of these two worlds and attempt to highlight the blind-spots that have kept the two sides from forming a partnership. One of the universal wisdoms that religions have taught for millennia is that when you give, you receive more in return. John Nash received the Nobel Prize for proving this spiritual wisdom and it is in this spirit that a cooperation between science and religion could be formed.
So, even if science and religion work together to break down barriers and expand the understanding of the universe, there is another battle, on different dimension that we need to examine. Knowledge without wisdom can be even more dangerous when coupled with someone talented in rhetoric. Rhetoric in this book is defined as the use of knowledge and beautiful speech to achieve a political objective. Philosophy is defined as the “love of wisdom” and the search for it among the rhetoric will prove difficult.
I must admit that it took me many years to be able to understand and verbalize this dimension. Trying to understand the difference between an argument based in laws and one that is almost all based in laws is often impossible without looking at the personal motivations and character. Often this cannot be known in time and can only be studied after the fact. This book will analyze some key moments in history, starting with the master of this topic, Socrates. Thanks to Plato, the words of the master of logic have been preserved and we can examine the battle he fought between wisdom and rhetoric, and the impact of his loss on the world.
The subtleness of this loss is symbolized on the cover of this book by the difference between the Ionic- and Doric-order. The Erechtheion is an Ionic-order temple built by the enlightened of Athens. The six Karyatides staring out to the ocean depicting the women of Athens carrying the weight of society while their men were defending Athens from foreign invasion. In his early life, it was Socrates who carved these six images of his wife, the wife who was stolen from him by a Spartan as he was away defending his country. It was this materialistic society who built the monstrous Parthenon, with none of this subtle symbolism of the value of women to the enlightened Greeks.
This is the third and final battle. Even with all the knowledge and wisdom we have gained, every day we make choices between the material world and the ethereal world – choices between our ego or our true selves. Underpinning these personal choices are two ethereal destinations that are actively courting us. One of these destinations offers material rewards for its loyalty while the other offers spiritual rewards. This final book will shed light onto the masters of these two destinations and the characteristics of their servants. The ancient Greeks referred to the two sets of servants as Nymphs and Muses. Each Nymph specializing in a different vice, ready to offer material reward for loyalty. Each Muse specializing in one of the virtues and offering wisdom for loyalty.
I will start by looking at the life of Abram and examine how these two masters tried to influence him. By taking what science has uncovered about the life of Abram and what religions teach about he and the lives of his children, we can begin to see the spiritual battle that has raged on earth since the beginning of time. The Archangel Michael was there at the beginning of this battle, and now it is our turn to finish the fight; this is the purpose of life in the material world.
The enlightened Greeks celebrated the emergence of Aphrodite from the Bitter Sea, escaping its ruler Poseidon and starting her journey back to Olympus. The cover also shows how they depicted Hercules, disguised in a lion skin, the symbol for the ruler of this world and of the Bitter Sea.
Dr. Carl A. Wickland, (1861-1945) was a member of the Chicago Medical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the chief psychiatrist at the National Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. Wickland specialized in cases of schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, addiction, manic-depression, criminal behavior and other phobias. After moving to Los Angeles in 1918, he founded the National Psychological Institute of Los Angeles with his wife Anna Wickland, who was a trance medium. Wickland treated many patients suffering from mental illness of all kinds, and after many years experience came to the conclusion that a number of patients he treated had ‘attachments;’ by that he meant that spiritual entities had attached themselves to unwitting mortals and influenced them (often) in the worst kind of way-leading them to alcoholism, madness, and occasionally murder. Wickland stated at the time; Spirit obsession is a fact – a perversion of a natural law – and is amply demonstrable. This has been proven hundreds of times by causing the supposed insanity or aberration to be temporarily transferred from the victim to a psychic sensitive who is trained for the purpose, and by this method ascertain the cause of the psychosis to be an ignorant or mischievous spirit, whose identity may frequently be verified. Having come to the ‘spirit obsession’ conclusion, Wickland and his wife set up a rescue circle, with Mrs. Wickland acting as the medium, and they set about communicating with lost souls who had passed away and were unaware of their post physical death condition and often in denial due to dogmatic religious and equally dogmatic atheist beliefs. In the introduction of the book the author writes, The change called death, the word is a misnomer-universally regarded with gloomy fear, occurs so naturally and simply that the greater number, after passing out of the physical are not aware that the transition has been made, and having no knowledge of a spiritual life they are totally unconscious of having passed into another state of being. Deprived of their physical sense organs, they are shut out from the physical light, and lacking, a mental perception of the high purpose of existence, these individuals are spiritually blind and find themselves in a twilight condition-the outer darkness mentioned in the Bible – and linger in the realm known as the Earth sphere.
The TV series Supernatural is going into its 13th season showing the popularity of the subject matter among today’s public. It is full of inspired concepts that touch on aspects of the ethereal world that are quite colorful. It also has plenty of references to all kinds of inspired writings including the bible and the mythical texts about the gods, and does a very good job of representing them in the script. So it is a good measure for the amount of confusion that currently exists the subjects of the ethereal world, angels, demons and ghosts.
It is nice to see their treatment of Lucifer in this series becuase Christianity in general has lost their vigilance for the prince of lies, or as I like to refer to him as the prince of rhetoric. Rhetoric is a more precise description and the series shows this exceptionally.
The storyline has a common thread with others who attempt to explain the fall of angels. Why would they choose to fall from heaven? The hypothesis in this series is that it was a matter of conscious choice, as it is in the film called City of Angeles. But the reasons that are presented are very weak, becuase there is not a widely held understanding for the fall in the first place. Religions today do not offer a reason why one-third of the angels were cast out of heaven.
The series is not only full of ghosts, but also demon possession. The only way they can hold back from being possessed is through charms or pagan symbols. Fortunately for us today, we need not suffer the uninvited demonic possessions that are commonly shown here though. But before the final judgment, this is how I could have imagined it was in the times of the old testament. Back then, the gods of the underworld could possess anyone one they wanted and use them for their own purposes, much like is shown in Supernatural.
This is one of my most favorite television series about how life in the ethereal world can impact people. Especially in the first few seasons, it is a very inspired series depicting how a ghost can affect our lives. It gives us a good idea how it feels for the few who are meant to help them and how these gifted people are often not understood by the people around them. Clairvoyance is a is gift, but without the right support, it can be a great burden. Fortunately Belinda had a grandmother during her childhood who understood her gift and was able to teach her how to use it to help others.
Once Belinda’s son gets old enough, she realizes that there are other types of ethereal beings that he can see and which she did not know existed. This illustrates the problem that has always existed when analyzing the work of clairvoyants, not all can see the same things so it makes it a difficult field to study. Dr. Carl Wickland spent 30 years working with patients who were being molested by a ghost, but did not learn much wisdom from these lost souls. This illustrates that just being in ethereal world is not enough, it takes something more to be able to uncover its secrets.
There has been enough independent research done by various psychiatrists on this subject to warrant an in-depth scientific study, along the line of Dr. Ian Stevenson’s work on reincarnation, to establish detection and treatment methods for people affected by a disparate spirit or ghost. This would be a great step forward for the mental health profession to have these techniques available to doctors treating patients who are possibly being mentally tortured by an angry ghost. By sending each ghost into the light, Wickland and Fiore were able to elevate great suffering without the use of expensive pharmaceuticals.