A Science of the Soul

The periodic and reciprocal centers of destruction of human ages destroyed much within human civilization that was a teaching for the growth of the human soul. Everywhere you look while traveling the world, the evidence of ages past reveals that much has been lost, but not all that has been lost. The jungles cover what once were thriving civilizations.

There was once a science of the soul, a language of the heart that led men upright through the creature comforts to the quest for Being. When the intellect is too dry and the sensory stimuli too sated, the question of existence remains to be answered.

From the First Bang down through the involution of galaxies, stars and suns, planets and moons to the arising of life on planets – flesh Beings look back up at the miracle of the night sky – the quest has existed to find the meaning of existence. A human being gazes up at the peaceful, calm beauty of the stars wondering about the mystery of his life on earth. He stands upright, a unique position for a member of the animal kingdom. He is aligned for the flow of the forces of space to flow through his body to reach the planet from his head down to his feet, and for the forces of earth to flow from his feet to his head. Within his own body he has built in receivers, a sensory capacity attuned to perceive the vibrations of sound and light through ears and eyes, and the chemical composition of matter through touch, taste and smell. He is endowed with a mind capable of reasoning with the impressions received at a level of consciousness considerably higher than the instinctive fight, flight or hunger responses of an animal. Yet through the body a human being retains the animal instinct of fight, flight, and hunger. We are not independent of the animal kingdom or independent of the earth upon which we stand.

The ancients, living with the natural world around them, calculated and built elaborate constructions in response to their observations of nature. They invented mathematics and philosophy. Time was calculated from watching the earth revolve around the sun, and the sciences of the stars are reflected in the ornate calendars of Egyptian and Mayan art. There is a stone circle, Nabta Plata, located one hundred kilometers west of Abu Simbel, Egypt, which predates Stonehenge and similar prehistoric stone circles by about a thousand years.[1] Stone circles were built to reflect the position of the Sun, helping the ancients to determine the timing of the Solstices. The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt is accurately aligned with the points of the compass and may have been accurately aligned with the three stars of Orion’s belt in 10,400 BCE, according to an investigation undertaken by Rudolf Gantenbrink who sent a remote controlled robot up the airshafts of the pyramid.[2] 

The night sky is full of galaxies, constellations, and stars. Each star is an individual Sun. But these stars do not move in space alone; each Sun has its own planetary system. Between each planetary body is a field of gravity that keeps them in their orbit. The dance of the stars is a graceful rotation in space of many individual beings collectively forming the heavens at which we gaze.

Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning and Ellie Wiesl’s Night bring an awareness of the darkest shadows within the human species. Our shadows lie yet within us, dormant. These shadows are not different from those shadows of greed and fear that sparked the delusions of WWII and every other war before and after. Unless we work on ourselves to bring the shadows into the light of awareness, our species runs the risk of repeating history. Healing the world is a process that can only be undertaken by each of us as individuals one step at a time and working together as individuals who work on our selves.

The ancients had ways of relating the human being to the world in which he lived. From the moment a baby opens his eyes and gazes into those of his mother he is taught a way of perceiving the world through her and by those around her who become influences for his life: his family, his tribe and his culture. Our ways of life grow out of the stories we tell and the experiences we have had. Our stories and our experiences determine our relationship to our world. Little is new and much is inherited.

“Our world” is not simply our viewpoint about it, but every opinion we have ever had, every teaching we have ever received, every thought we assume is our own has been seeded by the knowledge, thoughts, and opinions of others that met fertile ground in us. We have a choice here. To let these impressions take root in us as if they were our own, or to filter these impressions through the perceptive lens of our own mind. My relationship to the world is different if I have consciously thought about it than if I have lazily accepted others viewpoints as my own.

A kind of dualism defines human experience and humans have utilized this dualism to define their experience upon the earth: good and evil, heaven and hell, god and devil, mankind and man-unkind, being and nothingness. Our history is full of saints and sinners, sages and idiots, a heroic seeking of the few for conscious being and the indifference of the masses seeking that which they believe will bring them comfort and security. Alone we are born and alone we die, so the saying goes, and in between we seek the like-minded for support of our purpose, aims, and goals. From the alpha horse in the herd getting the choicest blade of grass the pecking order follows human history on the earth as the warriors give over their own will to follow the command of the king to burn the village of woman and children to the ground to ferret out “the enemy.” Thus is the cycle of life. Some are poor, some are rich, and experience the determining factor on how confident we are of getting what we need.

Hindu sages thousands of years ago had the market on Being and Nothingness long before the Existentialist thoughts of Jean Paul Sarte. From them sprang the Buddha, whose questing mind cognized all the data that has troubled humanity in the four noble truths that life is suffering, that suffering is caused by desire, that desire attaches us to the wheel of life, and the only way off is to break with desire. We can perceive that what we desire in the way of food, shelter, comfort and security are desires that arise from the animal part of our nature. Likewise we can perceive that those things that bring us fulfillment

Night sky, the human quest for meaning upon the earth – understanding of man’s place in the cosmos. Ancient cultures and we reflect what we are taught unless we reflect upon what we are taught. The biology of man in relation to processing the sense data from heaven to earth. The dualistic thinking of man fallacious – the need to step back from the subjective properties of thought toward an objective observation of reality. A pilgrim in time and space.

The harmonic dance of the planetary bodies in the cosmos speaks to the harmonic laws the First Cause put into place to sustain existence. The ancients had a teaching – As above, so below – that means the laws of physics that sustain the stars in their orbits in the night sky also sustain life as we know it on our planet. We see in the teaching of electromagnetism a law of attraction and repulsion. In the pecking orders of chickens, cows, or human beings we can perceive this similar law. The law of the food chain, eat or be eaten. The appetites and carnal desires keeping us in the round of samsara. The laws diverge or converge at a moment of shock.

Don once said to me that a person needs to know all about the world before he can leave it. I feel that it is necessary for a person to be able to sense the forces that are acting around and on him, but before a person can develop that sensitivity, he needs to understand the forces that make up his biology. The ancients had a teaching of a law of three that consisted of three forces – an active, a passive, and a neutralizing force. These forces act as

There are universal laws that are consistent enacted throughout all and everything. No matter the apparent random disparity of an event or circumstance, these laws are universal and consistent. The ancients had a law of three forces that consisted of an active force, a passive force, and a neutralizing force. If we of modern times study the laws of physics, we can find these forces.

[1] http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk/egyptnabta.htm

[2] http://www.sir-ray.com/Ancient%20Astronomy.htm

Published by susanofthenorth

Susan Hintz Epstein is an author, Rune diviner, healer, non-academic scholar, and former Methodist Lay Speaker who was called by the Runes in 2013. The time since then has been a serpentine shedding of one skin for another, as Susan's spiritual practice with the Runes and the World Tree, Yggdrasil, deepened. Susan keeps company with the Norns and other like-minded women.

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