Where Do We Come from and Where Are We Going?
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Dr Joanna Kujawa, Spiritual Detective :).
The questions of our beginning (and ending) are fascinating. Traditional mainstream science would have us believe that everything is known about the material make-up of the universe. But many very good, well-educated researchers would disagree. Often they can’t openly discuss their views for fear of being ousted from the scientific community. That is why, in this blog, I will look into alternative explanations which make much more sense to me – so please bear with me. I am also writing this blog about two weeks before my birthday and several weeks before my family and I make many changes in our lives, including a move interstate. So this blog, apart from the pleasure of sharing my research with you, is also my birthday gift to myself because what is a more important question than ‘Where do we come from’?
Usually, the discussions about our beginning (e.g. the beginnings of the human species) revolve around two (both very boring) theories: one is that of the fundamentalists (God created the world in a week), the other is the Darwinian model of evolution.
I do not believe in the fundamentalist version for obvious reasons. The Darwinian model dominates the scientific arena, despite the fact that scientists still struggle with fundamental problems within the theory, including the famous and still illusive ‘missing link’.
Before you stop reading, I want to say that I do believe that the Darwinian theory of evolution has some merit and applies to many aspects of the physical life but it becomes a bit inconsistent when applied to humans. I also have some other serious problems with it: for example the theory of Social Darwinism that was started by Herbert Spencer in the 1880s. He is responsible for the application of Darwin’s theory of evolution to human society as a survival of the fittest, which pretty much argues that the strongest among us will survive and the weaker … well … they are simply unfit for our society and thus let them perish! More importantly, his theory is still being used as a basis for the most aggressive form of business and environmental destruction. This man is in my black book forever.
Fortunately, there are other far more interesting alternative theories that are not given space in mainstream science or even the media, and I will attempt to introduce some of them here.
One of them comes from Michael Cremo. In his first book, Forbidden archeology : The hidden history of the human race, he discusses fascinating archaeological evidence of human civilisation that has been left out by mainstream archaeologists because it goes against what is held as the truth. Mainstream history claims that human species evolved some time between 150,000 to 200,000 years ago and that there was no human civilisation before the Sumerian civilisation, in roughly 5000BC or so.
However, there are numerous findings that date hundreds, or even millions, of years earlier which are put into the ‘too difficult’ box by archaeologists. Such findings include the remains of modern-looking humans from much earlier periods that would completely override the timeframe of the Darwinian theory. (Gregg Braden, the bestselling New York Times author and geologist, by the way, argues the same.)
For example, in the ruins of the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro, human skeletons were found positioned as though they were running away from something and contained a level of radiation 50 times what is considered normal. At the site there are also several examples of vitrification where stone objects have been melted, which could happen only if the temperature was at least 1500 Celsius – exactly the same as what was seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To make the story even more interesting, the ancient Indian masterpiece Mahabharata mentions an aspect of warfare that in simple terms describes something very close to a nuclear explosion. Also, the modern creator of the nuclear bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, was aware of these verses in the Mahabharata, as he quoted them (with great remorse) on 16 July 1945.
Another recently excavated example is in Gobekli Tepe, in Turkey, which also dates a few thousand years earlier than the Sumarian civilisation and makes mainstream archaeologists scratch their heads, as it does not fit at all in to their rigid datelines – funny about that.
So what does this mean?
Well, I believe this means that human species have been here much longer than previously thought and that perhaps Darwin’s theory might work in some instances but might not in others. Briefly, there is more to us than simple physical evolution. Biological evolutionists would have us believe that our Consciousness evolved from matter – even if there is little evidence for this.
Fortunately, there are other possibilities. I am going to share them with you and ask you to choose for yourself and, ideally, comment on them.
Michael Cremo, in his second book Human Devolution argues from the point of view of Hinduism that it is not that we evolved from primates (even though we are very close to them) but rather that there was a very complex process of Spiritual Being(s) descending into matter. So from that point of view it is higher/spiritual or multi-dimensional beings who became embodied for the purpose of physical experience. Or, to put it another way, it is Consciousness that descended into physical matter.
If we, like Joseph Campbell, are to treat mythology as a source of metaphorical truth, then Cremo’s theory might make sense. All mythologies mention some process of descending, some movement of Higher Consciousness into matter.
This process is also mentioned in Neoplatonism (created by the late Roman philosopher Plotinus in his masterpiece the Enneands) where Spirit descended in waves into matter. Thus, creation is like a fountain – where different beings descend from the Source. Some become embodied and some don’t, some are pure spirits and others are both (like us, they are made of spirit and matter), and so on.
This philosophy (Neoplatonism) was very influential in early Christianity as well as in esoteric Judaism and Christianity. One of my favourite philosophers, John Scotus Eriugena (a 9th century Irishman) also wrote about this with a beautiful metaphor about the fountain of existence and the descent of the Source into matter.
Some of you may also know that I have written a book, Jerusalem Diary, about my trip to Jerusalem, for which I was asked by my two companions to read Part IV of The Urantia Book. The Urantia Book is conserved as a modern gnostic source or revelation. I am not a Urantian ‘reader’ as such but the early part so the book does discuss the process of, well, the population of Earth and, let me tell you, it starts neither with Adam and Eve, nor with primates. Instead it was an elaborate effort by multi-dimensional beings involving plenty of drama, including a rebellion by some of them (known in religious sources as ‘fallen angels’). But who are angels if not multi-dimensional beings?
Also, in The Urantia Book our coming to Earth was complicated, involving both multi-dimensional beings/angels and primates, a tweaking of our primate DNA to speed up evolution, the intermingling of multi-dimensional beings with us (yes, to improve our DNA) and more.
This theory actually goes even further than the Sumarian Creation story, which I also know as the Ancient Astronaut Story where ‘gods from heaven’ came to us on their heavenly chariots/spaceships and, again played with the DNA of primates (or some other species closer to us) to create … well … us.
Personally, I much prefer the idea that apart from biological evolution, there was also Higher Consciousness involved. That it became incarnate to help us. And That Consciousness now, through our own conscious choices, walks Itself back to Itself – the Source.
I do not deny there is currently ongoing biological evolution. There is. But that does not mean there is not more to this. It does not mean that some other more evolved or multi-dimensional beings did not play with our DNA and help us along. It does not mean that human species were not on this planet much earlier than mainstream science dares to admit. It does not mean that our history is not much richer and more interesting than simple biological evolution.
That is why I will mention one more philosophy I love – Kashmir Shaivism. Kashmir Shaivism is usually associated with Abhinavagutpa, the 9th century philosopher from Kashmir, India. And this philosophy embraces all I have mentioned above. To summarise, it says that Divine Consciousness in playful enjoyment danced Its way down to physical creation. And in enjoyment of that physical beauty and sensuality (look at the natural beauty around you), seduced by the natural beauty of our beautiful Earth, forgot what It was. And only now, through meaningful spiritual practice, does It remember Its true Greatness. It remembers that It is not a slave to this restrictive society, that It is more than Its physical existence, and It starts consciously dancing back to Its Source.
I love this philosophy because it is both Spirit and Life embracing. I love it because it is also about both devolution (dancing down to matter) and evolution (dancing back up) to the Source. I love it because it embraces the wholeness of human experience, neither overly spiritualising it nor limiting it only to its material existence. As we are both.
I would really love to hear your opinions about this in the comments.
If you don’t like it, please dismiss it as my extravagant birthday gift to myself and the next blog will be on Goddess and Different Types of Love.
With much Love,
Dr Joanna Kujawa
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