As the title suggests, all I can say is read this trilogy to understand what is happening in the world today.
I recently part-watched a programme on one of the many TV channels called ‘Raiders of the Lost Past’. The subject was none other than The Holy Grail. A German – whose name I can’t remember – began an exhaustive research on the subject. Finally, he came to the conclusion that most of what was written was unreliable but felt that the most valid insights were to be found in the songs of the troubadours of the Middles Ages. These fabled troubadours originated from the Cathar lands of the Languedoc. It has long been held that their songs were a secret means of transmitting and preserving the beliefs of the Cathars which included their understanding of the nature of duality. In translating them, the German researcher found references to The Holy Grail as a ‘stone’ – and not as a cup.
At first I thought of the fabled ‘Meonia Stone’ whose power was written about in the book, ‘The Green Stone’. But then I settled more comfortably on the idea that the Troubadours were keeping alive the knowledge of the ancient energy system set up by the Atlanteans when they knew their land was soon to be destroyed. The aim to was to try and keep the planetary energies as high as they possibly could in the adverse conditions that were about to be visited upon the planet. For, as many know, The Holy Grail is but a symbol for the 4th Dimension, or higher consciousness – where there is no duality – and that once existed on the planet but was subsequently lost. These wise ones knew the end of Atlantis was close because of the misuse of the great crystals of Atlantis as a means of domination.
The new energy system they established on the peripheral countries of Atlantis – such as Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany – used crystal/quartz rich stones in the form of stones circles, lines of standing stones and huge stone sarsens, at intervals, in straight lines, to transmit the energy over great distances. That energy system was a fallen or lesser version of the crystal energy system of Atlantis.
This is of course mere speculation on the meaning of the word ‘stone’ as used by the troubadours of old. But it appeared in their songs in such a way as to inspire a man to conclude it was to The Holy Grail these minstrels were secretly referring.
A few days later……….. After a conversation with a friend I might have revised my understanding of the word ‘stone’ as used by the troubadours in their songs. This friend told she saw a programme that demonstrated the painstaking process whereby a lump of rock was turned into a goblet (!) Perhaps, therefore, we might surmise that the troubadours were indeed alluding to the Grail Cup, one that had been fashioned from a single lump of stone. I would add however that from my understanding of the subject from a variety of sources, the Holy Grail does also refer to a higher state of consciousness that used to exist on the planet but was lost with the destruction of Atlantis.
That stone energy system is no longer and has been replaced with a higher energy. At the very beginning of the quest in 1988 we were told that the energies of the planet could sink no lower and that we had to go back the way we came, ie to the higher vibration – and that we were in the ‘last chance saloon’. With the energies of world war that Tolkien writes about in Lord of the Rings starting to stir yet again at the end of the Age, we set about cleansing the One Ring of its negative vibrations. The planet was being choked with the accumulation of the negative energy created by humans through Time. Other books such as Tolkien’s Ring trilogy, (all trilogies strangely enough), have been used to bring in the next layer of energies where events needed putting right before being cleared away.
And just a thought on the word ‘Holy’ – it is saying ‘Whole’ ie no duality, the opposites reunited once again. And the ‘Y’ is showing us that union, or I should say, that reunion.
To continue with the meaning of the Holy Grail. Take the shape of the diamond – which is also the shape of the Great Pyramid if you take into account the half below the surface. The lower half of the diamond is the Grail Cup (feminine), whilst the upper half pointing up is the sword, or flame, the masculine energy. If you merge the two just a little, the upper and lower halves merge and it is this that creates the Waters of Life spilling over from the Cup. It is the meaning of ‘The Sword in the Stone’, the stone being of the Earth, which is Feminine and the Sword being the Masculine dynamic energy.
Perhaps the Cathar Troubadours knew this truth, which is why they referred to The Holy Grail as a ‘stone’ in their songs.
I should add here that the old energy system of the stones is no more: it has been cleared of the accumulated negativity in preparation for a new energy that has come in as suggested above.
I have just been for a country walk on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset on the down land there with its spectacular views. Towards the end of this six mile circuit you walk through a lumpy field that was once a Saxon village before reaching the second longest inhabited house in Wiltshire. As luck would have it, the lady of the house came out and invited us in to see the Grand Hall, the Undercroft and the solar, the last two being in their original medieval condition.
However, this building harks back to even earlier times as she told us that it belonged to the ‘Gawn’ family as in ‘Sir Gawain’ who, as many know, was one of the knights of the Round Table of King Arthur. There was a fragment of gold stained glass showing the French Fleur de Lys which is on the Gawn family crest.
One of the missions of the Knights of the Round Table was to ‘rescue damsels in distress’ and this was sorely needed as the estate of womanhood – particularly of the ruling class – had fallen very low following the overthrow of the pagan queen/goddess. In one of the recorded stories, Sir Tristram was incensed by the barbarity of a particular knight whose challenge was that if Sir Tristan’s lady was less fair than his own, she should lose her head but, if the challenging knight’s lady was less beautiful, then she should lose her head. I cannot remember how the story ended but do recall that Sir Tristram taught this knight a sound lesson.
Women today are still being punished from those pagan times when the queen became over mighty. We see this in the male control of women in many cultures and, in particular, how the muslim faith has come to be interpreted. It is time this stopped as those old energies have been cleared away. Those feelings of hate – never examined and whose source is never questioned – only exist through habit.
000 – Posts have been good thank you all but bigger picture In the Northern Lights (His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman) Lord Asriel opens the doorway to new world at the cost of Roger, in the next books Lyra goes to find Roger and ends up in caves with lost spirits, jump to Traveller book and the realm of Hungary ghosts, there are many parallel themes that are really happening.
The above post from Robert Light prompted me to contribute the following:
The hungry ghosts in The Traveller/ the lost souls in His Dark Materials are arriving in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe as we speak. Lyra gave the lost souls spiritual nourishment with her stories from the living world because they have forgotten who they are (losing memory of their earthly life), that they have a spiritual source. Thus the refugees and migrants pouring into Europe are in reality seeking spiritual truth and sustenance but as Jenny said this is within all of us and we need to reconnect to that truth. The first realm of constant warfare in the ruins of civilisation, of gangs and betrayal, is also with us in places like Syria. As for the 5th realm – where the half gods hold sway – and from whom Michael is learning and wanting to recreate their system here – that world is portrayed in the film The Hunger Games but it is also beginning to be created in Western society as suggested in The Traveller. There are still areas of beauty and remoteness on the planet which reflect the 3rd realm of the animals and 6th realm of the Gods. It seems that everything is coming into the present.
000 – I find that I keep coming back to the somewhat cryptic words you (RLight) used concerning Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’, of it being a story of ‘there and back again’ but ‘never to rest’. Somewhat appalled by the ‘never to rest’ part, a possible explanation eventually came! In our culture all the stories are about the need for a journey, or quest, to ‘find ourselves’. Thus, Bilbo journeyed through valleys, crossed rivers, trekked up hills and climbed mountains – drawing on all his reserves of courage and endurance – so as to unlock the door into the mountain to reach the treasure within. The truth is that the treasure lies within all of us. It can be unlocked at any time if we can but find the courage to look within ourselves and acknowledge who we truly are, warts and all. If we were to recognise this truth, we would finally be able to rest.
The same truth lies at the root of the connected remark you made on the story of Sir Gawain, who is duty bound every year at mid-winter to go off in search of the Green Knight. The Green Knight is, in reality, Sir Gawain’s shadow self. If Sir Gawain could, likewise, recognise this truth – and accept his whole self – the light and the dark, he too would be released from his Christmas obligation to set off on a journey that is bound to repeat itself, just like Bilbo’s, until he recognises the truth.
Letter published in the November/December 2015 issue of Kindred Spirit entitled as above by the magazine:
Further to ‘The Hobbit’ article that I wrote in the July/Aug issue, a chance remark from a friend – ‘It’s just like today’ – made me wonder whether comparisons can be drawn between Tolkien’s book and what is happening in the world today?
Thorin was besieged in his mountain by the different peoples asking for their rightful share of The Treasure, in other words, the Earth’s riches. It could be said that Europe/The West has taken more than its fair share of the world’s wealth, and that this is why they are being besieged by many peoples who want a share of the peace and prosperity they see there. In fact, the greatest consumer of them all, the USA, is also under siege from Mexico for similar reasons.
When Smaug thinks the people of Lake Town are challenging his position and are after his treasure, he takes revenge by setting fire to their town and making them homeless. The Elves take pity on their plight and help to build homes on the shore in time for winter. This is beginning to sound familiar isn’t it? Other tyrants around the world have taken similar destructive action against their own people – in Zimbabwe, Libya, Egypt and now Syria.
But here’s the rub. Tyranny and greed are destroyed with the slaying of the Mighty Dragon: the army of Orcs that threatens the civilised world is utterly vanquished. Finally, the world’s wealth can be fairly distributed amongst everyone. Then, and only then, is peace restored.
The original article was somewhat longer:
The Hobbit article a chance remark from a friend: “Having read, it is a bit like the world is today” it dawned on me that what is unfolding in Europe at this moment has echoes in the culminating events in The Hobbit. Thorin and co are besieged by the rest of the world demanding their fair share of the Treasure, ie the world’s wealth. The West has taken an unfair proportion of the Earth’s riches, in raw materials such as cocoa, coffee, bananas, oil and precious stones etc. The producers of those countries have been plundered and laid waste by the dragon of greed. Through the internet the impoverished peoples have seen the peace and prosperity of the European countries and have decided that they want a share. The book offers a way out of this terrible situation through the fair distribution of the earth’s riches and, also, that the West can help these countries to start the process of rebuilding. When the town of Lakeland was utterly destroyed by the avenging dragon Smaug, and the people left homeless, the Elves helped them to build homes on the shore just in time for the winter.
Historians will be the first to say that events come round in cycles. Perhaps ‘The Hobbit’ is telling us that the present refugee and migrant crisis is one such example and that this has indeed happened before – for the same underlying reasons.
Continuing. Have just realised that that other great consumer, the greatest of them all, the USA, is also under siege from Mexico for the very same reasons – that they have taken more than their fair share of the world’s wealth. The great Amazon Rain Forest has been, and is being, despoiled to grow the soya bean, amongst other cash crops, for western consumption.
Syria and The Amazon are being ravaged by the flames of those who want to hold on to their power and riches at all cost, unwilling to share, just like Smaug who set fire to Lake Town in his determination to hold on to his cruel dominion and pile of treasure – which was of no practical use to him. Only with the slaying of greed (as in the smiting of the mighty Smaug) is there hope of a long lasting solution.
In the Battle of the Five Armies, the fifth army is of course the army of orcs, werewolves and bats that swept down from the North on the Free Peoples with no advance warning. That element is with us now in the form of ISIL, and all those other fundamentalist groups who are bent on nothing less than the destruction of civilisation – just like the Orc Army. We know this from the way the brainwashed ISIL followers have destroyed ancient ruins in Palmyra amongst other atrocities.
I subsequently added a final paragraph which I sent to the editor of KS but it was too late to be included:
‘In this present world, we cannot destroy evil, it will just take a new form. The only real solution is for each of us to acknowledge that we are all capable of good and evil. With that acceptance would come liberation. Then we would really be in a good position to change the world. As many know, society is but the outer expression of what we are within.’
I also played with yet another end paragraph:
Tyranny and greed will only disappear when humans fully accept themselves as they are. We need to accept the fact that we are all made up of light and dark. Everyone is capable of great good or great evil. In one of Robert Light’s talks something astonishing was revealed. When people try to be good and then slip up, the pendulum, unnaturally bent over to one side as the person tries so hard to be all good, will then arc all the way round to the other side showing you how powerful is that swing of negative energy. The middle way is the answer of course, as many know, to remain balanced, accept ourselves as we are – our weaknesses, our failures – not judging, or giving up. As has been said before, the world is but the outer expression of what we are within.
Following on from my recent article in the Mind, Body, Spirit magazine, Kindred Spirit, I decided to submit a synopsis of Ring Quest and here it is:
JRR Tolkien’s trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the most widely read books of all time. So, we posed the question, what if it were a true story?
It all began at a talk in the Wye Valley in 1998. A group of friends had been attending talks on self-development that were different from the norm, given by a shy, young man. He talked about finding our answers within, not from gurus, and how to reconnect to your body’s truth. One day, out of the blue, he began talking about Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, saying it was a true story and that we were very much in that story today. At the end of every Age the Story is kick-started again at that other dimension where past actions have been pushed out as a New Age gets underway. But supposing that reality overlaps and interacts with our own reality in the way that ghosts intersect with our world but are trapped within their own personal drama? The One Ring is awoken and begins to exert an evil influence in the physical world. The Dark Lord once again seeks domination.
He is able to attempt this because throughout that Age, humankind has repeated the same old mistakes through greed and the desire for power. Those negative energies, in turn, feed the Dark Lord lying in the shadows and enable him to grow in power. We were particularly shocked to learn that the One Ring had not, after all, been destroyed in the volcanic fire of Mount Doom, as was believed, and that, furthermore, it had awoken and could influence matters in our world for the worse. The pattern goes – there is a great war – the Earth’s vibrations fall – a new round begins, yet again – just as in the original story that happened 60,000 years ago. We know the energies fall because Gandalf tells Aragorn that the Elves will fade and that much will be lost. It has ever been thus: a new round beginning at a lower vibration. But this time, the energies can fall no lower. The only way is back the way we came: we need to return to the higher level of consciousness. To say we were dumbfounded would be an underestimation.
Strangely, there were signs in the world that gave credence to the idea. Ring roads were proliferating and went hand in hand with road rage, a new phenomenon. In the year 2000, any high street across the land carried large posters for the new Star Wars film, The Phantom Menace, which bore a striking resemblance to the main features in The Lord of the Rings. The Jedi Qin-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), attired in drab clothes and grim faced, wields a shining sword. In the background is the face of the evil Darth Maul showing just one large yellow and red eye, hate-filled. Here were images of the Eye of Sauron and of that great traveller and king in waiting, Strider/Aragorn.
Our very own wizard suggested that we could begin by cleansing the One Ring of its evil vibrations. As we were in physical bodies, we could call the One Ring to us from that other dimension and then cleanse it of its evil vibrations in each of the four elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air. These we would find at power points within four astrological signs, each representing one of the elements. A fellowship came into being to counter the Nine Black Riders: the Forces of the Opposites were now engaged and the quest could begin in earnest.
We were led to discover the outlines of the astrological signs: the Lion, the Crab, a Bull’s head and The Gemini Twins in London. From there, we located the places of power where the One Ring might be cleansed. Whenever events in the world began to deteriorate we would cleanse the Ring at one of these centres that corresponded to the nature of the event. In addition, we were also taking the other Rings of Power out of circulation as they, too, were having a negative effect in the world.
Another strand entered the remit. We needed to bring back the energy of the 4th dimension and anchor it to the physical planet.
But our Wizard had something else in mind which would change the story beyond our wildest expectations. What if we could do away with the Great War altogether? He asked us whereabouts in the narrative did the two gates open that let in the energy of Duality with the consequent fall in planetary vibration? It was the same energy he pointed out, but welded by a different hand – the one good the other evil. If we could fathom this conundrum we might prevent the recycling of the sagas.
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