The Game of
The Ultimate "Real Life" Video Game
It's the one game we all must play
|Basic rules of all video games: Setting the stage for our game of Life
Introduction: What's it all about ... Alfie ?
An alternate explantion of Eden: Finding new meaning in Genesis
The Ancient Egyptians: Were they playing ?
The Alchemists: Changing "Lead" into "Gold"
The Medieval Level: What happenned to the rules ?
Opening Up A Pentagrammal Porthole: Does it let in The Good or The Bad or The Ugly ? Have we been told the truth on this matter ?
of The Past: Did "History" Really Happen ?
The Prison We Are In: How do We Escape ?
On The Nature of Reality: Does It Exist ?
How many of us are becoming God ?
The Vastness of "The Problem": Can it be solved?
Why does it appear as if the universe and our world expanded along with, and in parallel to our intelligence and knowledge
Notes to pursue:
Mithraism - was a mystery religion which became popular among the military in the Roman Empire, from the 1st to 4th centuries AD
The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras
Google Links to Images of Mithraism
The mithraeum itself was arranged as an "image of the universe". It is noticed by some researchers that this movement, especially in the context of mithraic iconography (see below), seems to stem from the neoplatonic concept that the "running" of the sun from solstice to solstice is a parallel for the movement of the soul through the universe, from pre-existence, into the body, and then beyond the physical body into an afterlife.
The members of a mithraeum were divided into seven ranks. All members were expected to progress through the first four ranks, while only a few would go on to the three higher ranks. The first four ranks represent spiritual progressthe new initiate became a Corax, while the Leo was an adeptthe other three have been specialized offices. The seven ranks were:
The titles of the first four ranks suggest the possibility that advancement through the ranks was based on introspection and spiritual growth.
Possible links with the symbolism in Freemasonry. The progression of an initiate to Mithraism up through the ranks was commonly presented as an ascension of seven steps up a ladder. Curiously, the progression of an initiate to Freemasonry is also viewed as an ascension of three steps up a ladder. In Freemasonry, like in Mithraic rites, an aspiring member is ceremonially "killed" during initiation. Numerous depictions of the sun, moon, and stars are shown in both Masonic lodges and in Mithraic art. It seems possible that some of the themes seen in Freemasonry, which can be reliably traced back to the 1300's in Europe, may somehow have been borrowed from the rites of Mithraism (see JK Young, Sacred Sites of the Knights Templar Fair Winds Press, 2003, pp. 170-173).
Notes on Alchemy to be fitted into hypothesis:
A clear connection also exists between the dialectic and the medieval art of Alchemy - the secret art first introduced by the Illuminati. Alchemy is about turning lead into gold. Not in a physical sense (though some alchemists certainly thought it was possible), but in a metaphorical sense. To reach gold (perfect purity in symbolic terms) from the starting point of lead (base, impure, corruptible material symbolically) requires constant distillation, refining, removal of the impurities. This is the same as the dialectic - a continual refining to remove errors. As we reach higher and higher levels of synthesis, we ascend the scale of truth - we move from dirty, muddied, confused and confusing partial truths to incorruptible golden truths by which we can lead our lives. Truth, too, must be distilled and refined.
More miscellaneous notes:
Illumination teaches that God is not the creator of the universe. The opposite is true. The universe is creating God. God is the telos - the object, the purpose - of the evolving, Becoming universe. All of the astonishing conclusions of Illumination flow from this single truth.
On The Egyptian Theme:
Egypt is unified by Menes, a local ruler of Thebes. The unification is celebrated in symbols in Egyptian Art throughout the next 3000 years. For example the sedge and the bee. The sedge is the symbol of Upper Egypt and the bee is the symbol of Lower Egypt. This example is taken from the Kings List in the Mortuary Temple of Seti I, constructed 1500 years after Menes.
From the same New Kingdom period, the Gold Mask of Tutankhamun shows him wearing a cloth headress with a golden vulture, the Goddess Nekhbet of Upper Egypt, and a golden cobra goddess of Lower Egypt.
Another familiar symbol of unification is the wearing of the two crowns of Egypt: the dome shaped crown of Upper Egypt and the sloping cone shape of the crown of Lower Egypt.
All of these symbols were still used by the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra, 3000 years after unification.
Prior to unification, local rulers were in power. Then a strong leader in the Nile Delta consolidated the local groups into Lower Egypt, and Menes consolidated the local groups in Upper Egypt. These two rulers then contested who would control all the length of the Nile.
But these were not primitive tribes, the local kingdoms of Egypt were highly civilized prior to unification.
They herded cattle and raised grain and other crops. They traded with others along the Nile and some of the tribes in the surrounding deserts. They manufactured pottery, cloth and baskets. And they had complex religious practices that involved the construction of structures devoted to them.
Additonal thoughts: Egypt itself is showing us the merging ----- another link to study here
With Narmer's victory, the Palette also depicts his successful claim and conquest of all of Egypt, thus establishing unification of Lower and Upper Egypt under his rule. The dominant theme however, is the victory of the god incarnate over the forces of evil and chaos. Thus it would appear that it is more than likely that the unificiation was actually The Higher Self being obtained by "Menes" ... most interesting