The Tower of Babel and the Mystery of Language: Part III

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Back on the topic of language and communication in the Tower of Babel legend, Preston Harold takes us on an evolutionary journey:

The Babel legend deals also with another aspect of man and the development of consciousness – it indicates the nature of the change evolutionary processes effected as man moved from his preceding state to Homo sapiens generation, and it points to the way he must evolve to meet his future. The Genesis legend says that man must…create words. But the legend also indicates that communication was established in the beginning, and in the dramas of Eden and Noah’s ark there is a broader sense of communication than follows thereafter:

In the days when the whole earth had one language and one vocabulary, there was a migration from the east… 

These words suggest an absolute means of communication, one that was effortless insofar as conscious striving was concerned. Only telepathy or clairvoyance correspond to this. The Babel legend deals with Homo sapiens’ infant being, reflected today in the infant being of any man.

If the Noah legend tells of the birthing process of the human being, what comes next as a person matures is the development of communication and interaction. This is the part of human development which the Babel story conveys to us.

Mothers and their newborns have a means of communication in which words aren’t needed; intuition, gut feelings, premonitions, not to mention the obvious cries for food! Although this non-language based form of interaction is appropriate for a time, it is ultimately wanting for the requirements of humankind:

Unrestricted as telepathy appears to be, it is insufficient to meet man’s need to pass along to the next generation what he gains in knowledge and realizes to be truth. Only language, words, can meet this need. The demand to understand words and to communicate his understanding in words is put upon the child as he passes from infancy to childhood – above all, he must identify himself as a man. A transition must take place within him. The Babel legend would say that some inward power speaks, and the one word it could say that would confound the babble of the childish ego-group and start it along the path of conscious striving the one word that would make all men strangers even to themselves, is “I” – the seed of Enos, mortal, flowering in the articulated vocable, the word, its capacity, content, and meaning is unknown.

So what about this moment that confounds us, the moment when we realize that we are an “I” and not a “we?” Dr. Franz Winkler says:

“In his second or third year, every sane child undergoes an inner experience of utmost significance, an experience which radically changes his mental life. From that moment on he ceases to refer to himself in the third person and conceives of “I.” Some endowed with an unusual memory will recall this event later and will consequently not easily be swayed by philosophers and psychologists who deny the reality of selfhood.”

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Harold begins to wrap things up for us:

The concept offered here is that when something within man and beyond his consciousness sounded through him, destroying his pre-Homo sapiens means of communication, the forces of extrasensory perception began to be dispersed, as were the tower’s builders, and this drama is repeated in the life of the child today… The Babel Tower legend suggests…that man moved away from his old means of communication, that he is still on the move, his development not to be arrested by any social structure he contrives.

But wait, is this all? Is there no room for any development of the mind in the area of communication with one another? Harold will end his wrap up by looking ahead:

But it must be pointed out that mental and spiritual powers rise in a spiral – ESP appears now to be Imagereturning in a form refined, for at the height of modern man’s intellectual powers he is apt to experience intuitive prompting, a sort of inward clairvoyance, that vastly enhances his mental reach. Jesus, himself, personifies the return of the power as empathy grows and intellect comes full flower.

And as a matter of fact, as we will explore later in this blog, for Preston Harold this mind power is essential if we are to understand Jesus’ miracles and resurrection.

Oh, and before we go, one last lesson from our story…

The Babel legend expresses a noble intellectual ideal – the fallacy is that not even Nimrod is named responsible, for it begins, “They said,” so that responsibility does not come to rest anywhere, or upon anyone engaged in the gigantic group effort. The legend says that something in man prohibits the completion of any irresponsible effort to solve any problem or reach any goal. In Eden, in the beginning, man is human and is given dominion over all other life because he was made to be responsible for self and acts. Trying to know by eating any fruit represents a thoughtless, mechanistic effort to achieve life’s goal automatically and irresponsibly. The Eden legend says such effort will fail – and the Babel legend confirms the dictum.

Until next time, peace…

 

 

 

 

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The Tower of Babel and the Mystery of Language: Part II

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What is the reason that the Tower of Babel cannot be finished? What is the legend trying to tell us?

Consider that each man speaks a language of his own begot of his understanding of any word. Where his understanding stops, or veers off in tangent, the babble of words falling upon his inner or outer ear serve only to confuse the issue and disperse the force of those who strive to control his thinking. Thus, he can be conditioned so far and no further – no utopian dream can permanently adjust him to Homo sapiens’ insufficient lot in life: the tower cannot be finished because man, himself, is not finished. Man is only partially conscious, his body is an expression of mind power only partially in use; and powerful as it is, the subconscious is not the end of his being.

The subconscious is constantly trying to make itself the distinctive, identifying factor of the human being, attempting to “reach heaven” on its own while overriding the Authority-Ego’s proper administration.

Dr. Rolf Alexander likens the subconscious to a factory that needs an over-all understanding to direct andImage coordinate the know-how of each laborer. But he sees that the “factory” does not identify the man: “Search as we will, we can never find the reality we all hunger for in the conditioned illusions of our subconscious, nor in our intellects which are oriented to these illusions….we must return to the task of developing the instrument of conscious perception abandoned by us in childhood – the true personality.” This echoes Jesus: one must become as a child to receive his name, to enter the kingdom of God within him.

But even though the subconscious is trying to override its proper jurisdiction, it is still a necessary part of the picture; life is impossible without it:

If one accepts the teaching of Jesus as revelation of the Authority-Ego in man operating from the unconscious domain, then one accepts the concept that the over-all understanding to direct and coordinate the subconscious is there; and that the yoke of the subconscious mind has been assumed by Self in order to enter life through nature’s avenues, for nature appears to operate the animal kingdom through a subconscious, mechanistic process – that is, through converting experience into instinctive, conditioned responses.

Jesus indicates that the Authority-Ego has willingly taken this yoke upon Self because through the subconscious mind’s working, the burden of accumulated knowledge is carried easily; because of it man learns rapidly; and it relieves him of the operation of his mechanistic body. As symbol of Authority-Ego, Jesus
says to the ego-group: 

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light…

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These words and the Babel legend indicate that man need not fear the hold his subconscious mind has upon consciousness, for man cannot be confined within its limitations or be enslaved by its mechanics – he is more than the “computer” that operates for him.

So what about the themes of language and communication we explored in part 1? We will return to these in our next post. Until then, peace…

The Tower of Babel and the Mystery of Language: Part I

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Preston Harold tells us something very important concerning the story of Jesus’ life:

Jesus’ legend reveals the genesis of human power: the word man speaks that sets each one apart and identifies him in the name of God, “I.” In broadest sense, it is a continuation of the legend of the Tower of Babel, which presents the mystery of language.

Of course one’s mind here could understandably veer to the thought of the prologue of John’s Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word…,” which marries Harold’s thoughts of the beginning, God, and language. But for now let’s focus on the Tower of Babel and what this legend is trying to tell us:

One has only to read C.W. Ceram’s Gods, Graves, and Scholars to see how often in human history the drama of building a Tower of Babel has been repeated. Thus, the Biblical legend must enfold many tellings of such an endeavor as it points also to the rise and fall of languages and civilizations committed to a ziggurat concept that, whatever its nature, robs one of his individuality, substituting for his God-given name, “I,” a Group-ego label that “us,” his personality must wear as a ball and chain upon the human soul:

…let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name…

Building a tower whose top may reach unto heaven indicates a reaching beyond consciousness to the subconscious in an attempt to control man so that he will obey the dictates of his conditioners and accept their label…

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Ah, mind control! Emotional manipulation. Can you say “Madison Avenue?” Here’s a great introductory video on the psychology of advertising. Don’t forget that these are the same techniques used by politicians as they try to convince us to elect them:

 

Feelings, nothing more than feelings…

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But there is a remedy to all this constant manipulation going on around us. Picking up where we left off, Harold continues…

…but those who seek through this means to build a totalitarian, utopian structure overlook the Monarch of each one’s inner world, jealously guarding one’s very life, utterly concerned with one’s every breath. This inner Authority prevails – or so the Babel legend says: “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do. Therefore let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” And in the ensuing confusion, the builders disperse, the ziggurat is abandoned. What happens, psychologically speaking, to thwart this mighty effort?

This we will explore in part two of this post. Until then, peace…

 

Humanity’s True Parent

With all the facts and theories concerning parthenogenesis being presented to us today, humanity is at a point where it must turn to revisit the question of its real parenthood. Harold says this is what Jesus tried to do over 2000 years ago:

Jesus must have consented to what is written of His birth drama – to the story as Mary told it. The Gospels are an immediate account of His life and words. It is highly unlikely that his followers would so soon fabricate a baseless myth and attach it to Him. If Jesus made of Himself a symbol to convey truth, it must follow that He made, or allowed to be made, of the circumstances of His birth a legend to convey a “book of truth” compressed and refined in poetic terms – and if the man is true, the legend must stem from psychological and biological fact. Although His relationship to the House of David is drawn through Joseph, the Gospels say Jesus was born of Mary. The question is – was Jesus born of a virgin?… In legends, males are born of virgins.

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Legends of virgin births apparently try to tell us that there is more involved with human sexuality than lies on the surface. Sigmund Freud reveals that he had a glimpse of deeper possibilities when confronting sexuality’s inner meaning:

“I am accustoming myself to the idea of regarding every sexual act as a process in which four persons are involved.”

Harold takes this and expounds:

As one surveys a montage of birth legends…they seem to say that in sexual reproduction a psychic condition must be met: unconsciously both the male and female inherency in the man and woman must be willing partners of God in life itself, offering their lives and substance, as were Noah and the virgin Mary; and both the female and male inherency in the man and woman must be willing to adopt the child that comes to them, as the Princess of Egypt adopted Moses and Joseph adopted Jesus.

So here we have our four persons: Noah, virgin Mary, Princess of Egypt, and Joseph.

Harold then goes on to tell us that he accepts that Mary was actually a virgin when she conceived Jesus, but also tells us that although he believes this to be true, Jesus’ birth legend is getting at a deeper truth about all humanity. He says…

Born in the manger that cradles animal being, Jesus left as His earliest symbol a fish to provide the clue: life Imagearises from the deeps of the world, of the body, and of the mind that is man. In His legend, the nobility involved is love and sharing of self and substance that a new embodiment in life may come into the world – such is the conscious or unconscious heritage of any human being. In this legend, the Father does not abandon His son – to the contrary, the identity He sends into the world is most precious segment of His very own being – each is as an only son with whom He has shared in one full measure His power and glory that His offspring might possess this freely and in full dominion.

This legend is our legend; we are not abandoned by God. Yet we are not truly free until we realize the truth of whence we come:

Jesus taught that all mankind is mysteriously conceived; He insisted that each man must, as the first step toward truth, acknowledge himself to be in life through the action of God, Father, and not through the impulse of any male or female flesh. Man will suffer the deep anxiety of illegitimacy and amnesia until he recognizes God as only parent, himself as God-son.

Let us remind ourselves of these Gospel passages:

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God. –John 1:12-13

And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father – the one in heaven. -Matthew 23:9

ImageFrom these Gospel passages and Harold’s remarks, we can surmise that to be “born again” means to acknowledge God as true parent. That’s it. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. This is the realization that Jesus had, and it is the realization He calls us in to. When we realize this, we “believe his name and receive him,” we walk the way He walked, living the life to which He has called us. There are no “4 step plans” to salvation, no prayers need be said (except “thank you!”). This realization is possible for all humans, no matter their race, creed, color or religion. All of us come from the same source. Until next time, peace…

Parthenogenesis: Initial Considerations

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Before we consider the possibility of human virgin birth in full, it would do well for us to keep a few considerations in mind. First of all, definitions and thoughts:

 –Parthenogenesis: reproduction by development of an unfertilized usually female gamete that occurs especially among lower plants and invertebrate animals

 In humans, parthenogenesis would be self-fertilization, by techniques such as supplying an additional nucleus from the mother, which would permit a woman to have a child that is not the child of any male.

 -Pseudopregnancy: a psychosomatic condition that produces the exact appearance of a true pregnancy, which progresses up to the final hour when delivery could take place and it becomes evident, if it has not been detected previously, that there is no fetus to deliver. A woman is capable of producing unconsciously every symptom of pregnancy short of evolvement of the fetus.

 -Exposing ovum to sperm does not necessarily produce pregnancy. There are couples who for no reason remain childless until they adopt a child, and then they are able to have their own children. I have personally known one family where this has happened.

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Preston Harold says…

Pseudopregnancy, and the strange release from sterility which so often follows the adoption of an infant give basis for believing that human birth is not a “mechanical,” physical process, although it is sexually based. A psychic factor appears to be determining on the part of parents, while something altogether outside their physical or psychic capacities acts to drive the sperm into the ovum – parents cannot will this, nor can they prevent it in normal course if they engage in the sexual act. Thus, the force that drives the sperm into ovum must be that of the incipient life itself, so that in this sense, every conception is miraculous. Each one’s body is truly of virgin flesh, untouched save by the mind-energy that constructs of the materials at hand an embodiment for its conscious expression in life. The embryo, a symbiotical parasite, is thus a visitation, and the “X-energy” that begins the process and builds the body may finish or discard the structure it has begun… The facts and theories that biologists are presenting today must turn man to question again the real parenthood of himself. This, Jesus tried to do two thousand years ago.

Jesus enters the picture! We will explore the meaning of his birth legend in our next post. Until then, peace…

Birth Legends and their Meaning

Image“Moses (Birth of the Hero)” by Frida Kahlo

Now that we’ve seen that the Noah story hides a deeper meaning of how human beings are brought through the waters and into the birthing process, what does Preston Harold have to say about birth legends, those stories which tell us about the special circumstances regarding the births of heroes, religious founders and saviors throughout the world?

There is one crucial point stressed in all birth legends. Whether the child is born of royalty, or is rescued by royalty and brought up as their own, or whether he is born of humble people, or is rescued by them to become a king, in sum the birth legends say that man is borne down the river of life into loving adoption by the parents who draw him from the birth waters, and that whatever his race and upbringing, he is of royal potential, destined to be a monarch in his own right. So many legends tell of this humble upbringing, because in evolution’s light the parent generation is always of more humble status, more primitive, than the child that comes to and through them, because the child is born into an environment embodying wider consciousness which he falls heir to at the moment of his birth.

Harold’s emphasis here is on adoption, which reminds us that our earthly parents are only stewards, that our real parent is God, and that we are all in truth God’s children.

Harold now takes us deeper into the birthing process:

But to understand fully the origin of man, one must attempt to understand what impetus drives the sperm cell Imageinto the ovum. This act, as well as fetal development and birth, is an unconscious process – one must find a birth legend related to the unconscious domain and the power of life within it. Jesus’ birth legend, which resembles in some ways that of the light of Asia, Lord Guatama, comes to mind.

Following his thesis, Harold will take us into the unconscious to explore why and how pregnancy happens, and it is here we will find his key to understanding and interpreting virgin births. Until next time, peace…