I have strange moments from time to time, in conversation with others, when an unspoken question in my mind produces not only an answer, but a host of additional information to go along with it. Sometimes I get a vision, other times, I just get more and more information the more I start exploring what has just presented itself.
I recall a story about Thoth, an Egyptian Diety who was called “The Atlantean” by the Egyptians and “Hermes Trimegistus” by the Greeks.
It is said he wrote the Emerald Tablet. Thoth is an Egyptian God (one of many), but he is special, because he is seen as the one who wields the governing power of equilibrium and judgment (is this where our modern depiction of justice and scales came from?)
Thoth is credited with bringing all the technology necessary for the creation of a great civilization–writing, science, architecture, agriculture, astronomy and astrology, measurement, mathematics, geometry, land surveying, medicine, botany, government, religion, and magic. It was claimed that he was the true author of every work of every branch of knowledge, both human and divine.
It is said that Thoth escaped from the destruction of Atlantis, his home civilization, and found refuge in ancient Egypt. It was his influence (where he was revered as a Diety because of his great knowledge and wisdom) that created the enduring civilization we see evidence of today.
It all sort of explains how religions and other belief systems come about.
I mean… if you were a completely enlightened individual… even an highly educated individual from our modern society, and you had somehow been transported back in time, or at least merely to an isolated part of the world that was “technology challenged”, you would probably be revered as a God there just because of what you know.
So having been exalted by the people, who wanted to become like you… what would you tell them?
You might tell them about their true nature. You might tell them about the illusion of our third-dimensional reality. You might tell them about the construction of the ego/mind. You can tell them about being completely in the now, the observer of all these things.
There would statistically be a few who understood you, but what if most of them just didn’t?
You reduce it into simpler terms. You might suggest they begin to observe their thoughts and the corresponding emotional reactions the body experiences as a result of those thoughts. You might talk to them about cultivating their thoughts and beliefs.
But again, what if they still don’t understand?
You simplify things.
And simplify them again.
You work your way down the bell curve until you have satisfied the majority… the masses.
It’s statistics at its most basic… the bell curve.
At some point, you might begin to give them exercises to do, things they can practice that will help them cultivate the awareness, the mental or emotional state needed to begin the process of being enlightened.
And so eventually, you have instructed them to pray/meditate three times a day for a certain duration of time, to give generously to their neighbor, to speak kindly, to meet together once a week as a large congregation to support one another in these practices, to share experiences and to uplift one another. You have instructed them to spend time each day within their homes doing the same with their families.
Eventually, you have given them rules, guidelines…
The intended result is enlightenment, is it not?
And now the people have religion.
The difficulty here is, once they have religion, they begin judging one another and their level of “enlightenment” or “special-ness” according to how well they each perform these rules and rituals… then they begin judging one another by the same criteria.
They fixate on this instead of using the rituals to assist them in achieving a higher state of being… the true purpose of the tools.
They get stuck in the rules, the dogma, instead of remembering that they are not important in and of themselves… they were merely tools designed to assist the individual in achieving enlightenment.
Strangely, because the majority needed these tools to help get them to a state of enlightenment, they believe that the mere following of the “rules” is what equals enlightenment, and because the majority of the people follow it, they begin to ridicule those who are actually more enlightened, but who do not need the rules to be so.
So which person is better… the one who had to go through these beginning guidelines (the religion) to get to enlightenment, or the individuals who did not need them? Is not the end result the same?
No one is better or worse than anyone else.
The goal is enlightenment, not perfect obedience to the “rules.”
So long as enlightenment is what the individual strives for, why should it matter which path they take to get there?
(It is my understanding that this is what the Egyptian Mystery schools and the temples were for. To assist the Egyptian people in becoming enlightened. Those that were much closer to this state were schooled in the Mystery Schools, while the others were ministered to in the temples.)
So that’s how you would enlighten an Egyptian… or anyone else… if you’re an Atlantean… or a Diety… or a time traveler to the past.