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Gregg Braden


There are something called "tenets" which were the basic "Tenets of Original Wisdom" that have been handed down through the ages. These tenets have become distorted and blended together in many other teachings to the point that they are almost unrecognizable as the original tenets.

History points to the present time as being a unique time in terms of both Earth's and humans' experience. Certainly, the Egyptian traditions, the Egyptian calendar (which goes back more than 39,000 years and ends during this time in our history), and the beliefs of the Egyptian mystery schools all point to something very unique happening. Modern scientists are characterizing it as this radical shift in planetary magnetics and changes in Earth's frequency.

So, the first tenet is that, almost universally, these ancient traditions say that history points to now as being a unique time in terms of both Earth's and humans' experience. In a little aside about that, in one of our earlier interviews, we talked about the Earth's magnetic North changing so quickly that we have to compensate for that in different ways, various modes in life, through electronics and GPS and things like that. Well, I just ran across a really interesting article dated October 7, 1997, about the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which just spent $82,000 replacing and repainting the runway markers on the airport because those markers have to reflect magnetic readings. It said actually that, each year, 20 to 25 airports nationally are having to change those numbers, and the number of airports is increasing, because it's mirroring the shift in the Earth's magnetic North.

The second tenet reminds us of an inner technology that researchers today are calling the science of compassion. Now that we have digitally confirmed the relationship between emotion, hormones in our bodies, DNA, and genetic material in our immune systems, we know that our ability to embrace compassion in our lives plays a really profound role in how we respond to the challenges of life. So, the second tenet is this science of compassion.

The third tenet is our relationship to the forces that the ancients called "Light" and "Dark." This is really powerfully illustrated through the Egyptian traditions. It is only within recent history in the West that we've viewed darkness as an adversary. It's really interesting because, within the last five years, researchers in the open literature have digitally confirmed that every thought, feeling and emotion in our bodies have biological or chemical equivalents. So, when we embrace certain qualities of thoughts, feelings and emotions, our bodies respond chemically.

When we view life in terms of adversaries of Dark and Light, our bodies mirror that chemically by producing chemicals that are adversarial to each other in our bodies. This has all been validated under laboratory conditions. When conditions, in the past viewed as adversarial, are embraced in union, our bodies are no longer battling those chemicals. The real key in how this has come about has been in cancer research. It's a very different way of inviting individuals to look at cancer in their bodies. Until recently, we were led to believe that cancer was a foreign particle or virus that was not part of us, so it has been viewed as separate from us. Our bodies have produced chemicals to mirror that belief. That's why we hear the terms, "We're struggling with cancer," or "we're battling cancer."

This ancient tenet about the relationship between Light and Dark asks a very simple question. We're told in the ancient traditions, that regardless of what happens in life, there's a single Source of all that we'll ever know in our creation.

Everything comes from a single Source that some people call God or Creator. Then, how can a virus be anything outside of that Source? It must be a part of that Source, even though we might not understand it. Now, under clinical conditions, usually done as a last resort when nothing else has worked, individuals have allowed this possibility and have embraced the cancer in their bodies as part of the One rather than as a foreign particle or virus, and their bodies respond chemically.

It all ties back to this ancient tenet that says that Light and Dark are one. This is a direct quote from the Egyptian master, Thoth, who says that "Light and Dark are one and the same, different only in seeming. Different only in the way we perceive them." The Egyptians left that so clearly for us on their temple walls in their esoteric traditions. They left an opportunity for people to have direct experience of that. That is the third tenet.

The last tenet that I find particularly powerful, and the reason that I invite people to journey with me to the top of Mt. Sinai on the Sinai Peninsula, has to do with prayer. In Western traditions, prayer has been equated with religion many times. In the ancient traditions and the focus of much of my work now, is characterizing prayer as a highly sophisticated vibratory technology that has absolutely nothing to do with religion until religion is brought into play. It's a vibratory technology that invites us to embrace a quality of thought, feeling and emotion, which gives us direct access to the forces of creation rather than a prayer that invites us to go through intermediaries. We're asking for intervention or we're asking for help or we're praying for something to occur. The ancients left us a mode of prayer that was lost to the West.

Summary of tenets:

The first tenet says that history points to now. The second tenet invites us to remember the highly sophisticated inner technology that we call compassion. The third invites us to allow the possibility that Light and Dark are benign qualities of experience benign mirrors that allow us to see ourselves in the presence of each of them, then find our mastery in them. The fourth is the tenet of the fifth mode of prayer that invites us to allow this highly sophisticated vibratory technology of the quality of thought, feeling and emotion, that allows us direct access to the creative forces of our world rather than inviting us to feel helpless and feeling a need that intermediaries should act on our behalf and in our world. What we did was to develop our itinerary based upon a very specific sequence or chronology of the four tenets. I did my best to mirror the itinerary offered through the esoteric traditions. In about 14 days, we compressed what, in the ancient traditions, might have taken lifetimes.

In the Western traditions for about the last 350 to 400 years, we've been invited to believe that temples in Egypt, as well as those in other parts of the world like South America, the American Desert Southwest and Tibet, were dedicated to worshiping gods. Much of that belief comes from the historians and the archaeologists during Napoleon's time. When you speak to the Egyptians themselves, reference the temple walls or really look at what the esoteric teachings offer, you learn that it was not about worshiping gods. Rather, each temple was devoted to an aspect of human emotion or human psyche, which would be personified as, perhaps, Horus the Hawk, Thoth the Master, or Isis. The temples themselves were less about worshiping anything and more about honoring those aspects of ourselves.

The ancients would embark upon a conscious path that said, "On this day, in this moment, I immerse myself in this temple." For example, the Temple of Kom Ombo is the only temple anywhere in Egypt that was simultaneously dedicated to two aspects of human experience.

It is the Temple of Light and Dark, or Sobek and Horus. Horus was the Light and Sobek was the Dark. So, an initiate would immerse himself into the direct experience of those temples to find his highest level of mastery. It could take months, years or even a lifetime. What I believe is that we have now outgrown the need or requirement for external temples of stone.

Our temples are now our temples of relationships and temples of corporations. To really allow people direct experience of that, one doesn't have to go to Egypt to go to these temples. However, it is very empowering to do so, to create two weeks in your life away from things that are familiar, like your job and your families. It is very powerful to go with like-minded people and to immerse oneself into the qualities of these temples and allow oneself to really focus on these qualities.

So I designed the Egyptian itinerary to allow the tenets to unfold within the specific temples where the esoteric traditions allowed for that. For example, in Kom Ombo, the Temple of Light and Dark, and behind Karnak, there is a little chapel, the Sekhmet temple.

The history books say that Sekhmet is the goddess of war, but the Egyptian traditions of the mystery schools from the temple walls themselves remind us that Sekhmet was less about war and more about the warrior who lives within each of us. We all know when to call upon that warrior to break down the walls and tear down the barriers that stand between us and our hearts' desires.

The mastery of the Sekhmet within, or the warrior within, is finding that mastery that allows us to temper the warrior, to know when the warrior serves us and when it might not. So, those are two examples of the ways that we could use these temples.

A tremendous amount of my teaching now has been focused on honoring the mastery of darkness and how darkness has served us to find our highest levels of mastery.

Again, only 1,700 years ago in the year 325 A.D., when this information was apparently very broadly accepted and widely known, Constantine, during the Council of Nicea, took out at least 18 biblical texts we have been able to identify and 25 supportive texts which weren't necessarily part of the original biblical texts. These were supporting documents, such as the original book of the Secrets of Enoch, the letters of Herod and Pilate, and the book of the visions of the prophets. These are books we've never gotten to see.

Those were taken out, and the remaining books were condensed. When we go back and look at the Aramaic translations and compare those to the King James Version, which we have today, it is incomplete.

We literally have the "Reader's Digest" condensed version. To top it off, after they were condensed, the books were rearranged, so the chronology changed. I'm an optimist, and I like to believe this was well-intentioned.

I've read Constantine's letters and what he said, essentially, was that this Bible thing was really out of hand. It was a huge, bulky book with inconsistencies and redundant texts. He said that some of the books are so "out there" that they didn't make any sense to him; by that time, they had lost the esoteric meanings. He took it upon himself to hand them over to a council and told them to come back with recommendations.

Those recommendations today resulted in what we now call our biblical text. You know that books that are sacred would have been left in more than one place, and they were. So, even though they were taken out of our biblical texts, they remained as the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is one of the reasons that I believe there is so much controversy about allowing them to be publicized, because they give a very different view of our most sacred history, of our heritage.

They were translated into Tibetan, Ethiopian and Coptic Egyptian, so even though we don't get the Dead Sea Scrolls, we have the texts of the libraries of Lhasa, where we'll be next April.

I'm taking a group on a three-week journey through the Western Plateau of Tibet specifically seeking these texts. We know about the biblical book of Enoch because of the Ethiopian texts, which were translated by Friar Richard Lawrence in 1873.

Later, the Coptic traditions became the Gnostic, and the book of the Nag Hammadi Library, which very closely parallels many of the books of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So, even though we don't get the scrolls, we get the information.

Let me begin with the Temple of Sekhmet.

First, let me back up and place these temples into three broad categories, which I'll then discuss. There were Temples of Direct Experience, about which we're speaking now, which allowed the initiates the highest levels of personal mastery. Once that was accomplished, there were Temples of Knowledge of which Abydos and the Osirian complex are very good examples.

As we know in our lives today, there is a vast difference between knowledge and wisdom. The way I describe that difference is that knowledge is the data, the record of the facts and the mechanism of the way things work; wisdom is how that knowledge is lived day in and day out. So, we have these different categories of temples.

We began with the Temples of Direct Experience. Sekhmet was actually the first of those temples that we visited, because I believe that this is the time when we're being asked to temper the warrior within. It was such an amazingly powerful and moving experience. Even our Egyptian guides were moved and had tears in their eyes. In their lives, they had never considered the temple in this respect. I believe that when we stand in that chamber with Sekhmet before us (and you don't have to be in that chamber and you don't have to have this image of Sekhmet with her body of a woman and her head of a lioness), it allows us to focus on that aspect of ourselves.

Because it touches so deeply, every time, every person who has ever drawn on that warrior within to move him or her through the challenges of life. Sometimes we've hurt others, and sometimes others have hurt us through their warriors within. Allowing those possibilities to transcend the old belief system and become greater was a very moving and a very powerful release for the people in this particular group.

Other temples work in other ways. The Temple of Isis on the island of Philea in the esoteric traditions is known as the Temple of Fidelity. There are many kinds of fidelity in life from the fidelity of honoring one's own choices that we make as individuals in our lives, to honoring the choices that lead us to the visions of our greatest goals. There is conjugal fidelity, the commitment between partners; Isis and Osiris demonstrated that. At various times in our lives, we've all been invited to experience one or possibly both of those temples. Clearly, we've moved beyond the time of the external temples. We don't have to do these. Our relationships have now become our temples.

Having completed those temples, we then journeyed to Abydos, the Temple of Knowledge. This is the temple of Osiris, where we see the image of the Flower of Life, which is emblazoned on solid granite, high-quartz rock. It's not carved, painted or etched.

It's literally flash-burned onto a temple that predates anything else in Egypt right now. The Giza Plateau, for example, through the work of John Anthony West and others relative to the Sphinx and the pyramids, has now been dated back to about 10,500 years ago.

The Osirian archaeologists believe it is even older than Giza. What is interesting is that the only thing on those temple walls (except for recent graffiti) is the Flower of Life. I asked an archaeologist there how they were dating this temple.

The first temple was built on top of the Osirian, and that first temple was about 2,800 B.C., which means that the one beneath it had to already have been there. Because there is really no writing on that temple wall, they're looking at other means of dating. In recorded human history, the Nile has flooded once a year, depositing a layer of silt every time. They cored down from the surface through the silt until they reached the temple and counted the number of layers.

When we were talking to them, they had counted 22,000 layers. So, even if some time before recorded human history, the Nile flooded twice a year, and that number was in error by 50%, we are still talking about 11,000 years.

What is so amazing to me is that the only thing you can see there is the pattern of the Flower of Life, which, through the Egyptian mystery schools, represents all the knowledge that may be known to the human experience, and there's a whole workshop that we do about this. This is not talking about emotion or feeling, it's talking about our thinking world.

This is an ancient Temple of Knowledge where all the proportions, ratios and mathematical sequences that allow life and matter to exist as they do are mirrored in the pattern of the Flower of Life. So, the initiates in ancient times would embrace a Temple of Knowledge only after they had mastered emotion within themselves. Without mastering emotion, the knowledge would become tainted.

I believe we've outgrown the requirement to go to an external temple. Now, instead of going to individual temples to master our emotions, we go to the Temple of Relationships, getting to master the Temple of Light and Dark in a relationship while, maybe at the same time, we're mastering the Temple of Trust and the Temple of Fidelity, all in the same relationship.

What I find really interesting is that, at the same time, we're also accessing the Temples of Knowledge while we're mastering our emotions, rather than mastering the emotions and then going to the Temples of Knowledge.

What the ancient traditions say is that, until you've mastered the emotions within you, the external knowledge will be biased. I believe that's what's happened in our left-brained, technologically oriented society of today.

Then, following the Temples of Knowledge were the Temples of Wisdom. Those are what are at the Giza Plateau at the Temple of the Sphinx. John Anthony West, Brian Hancock and Robert Bauval were all there when we were, and we also met last May in Boulder, Colorado. These are amazing, fascinating and brilliant men. We believe the Sphinx is about to reveal to us the collective history of human experience for the last 50,000 years from the Hall of Records. This is the temple of wisdom, which shows how the knowledge was applied in times past; then, carrying that into the pyramid complex is the opportunity for each individual to live that wisdom within himself or herself.

Briefly, that's the chronology and the sequence and how this journey was related.

We were inside the enclosure of the Sphinx and went into three chambers of the Great Pyramid, identifying them as playing key roles in experiences within our lifetimes within our bodies. Then, we carried all those experiences to the top of Mt. Sinai.

A lot of groups don't do Mt. Sinai. Anytime anyone travels with me, if we're anywhere near a mountain, we're going to climb it. I call it a hike on Mt. Sinai. That is a magical place for me, and there's something about having your body carry you through this experience.

There's a purification that comes from that. Mt. Sinai has a unique geology with a high iron content in the quartz of that mountain, which is very grounding. So, I invite people to journey with themselves to the top of that mountain and to anchor their own personal laws, then to carry that back into their lives. By this time, they have learned the Four Tenets of Original Wisdom and they have learned the Fifth Mode of Prayer with which to empower themselves to do that.

The Egyptians we've worked with shared with me that they feel they've been the stewards of this ancient wisdom and that they've kept it in their land. Although it is in their land, it is for everyone, because history does point to now that this information is ripening and coming into fruition.

The Egyptian people themselves are such warm and openly loving people, especially to Americans. As Americans, we have such powerful allies and gracious friends in the Egyptian people.

My prayer is that we come to recognize and see that. I believe that it's exchanges like their coming to our country and our creating the time in our lives to go to their country that are where the peace process originates, because it's in the hearts of the people rather than in the minds of governments. We saw that everywhere we went.

Mapping the Sphinx

The modified seismic activity around the perimeter was a large sledge hammer to send shockwaves into the Earth and measure how they came back up. Where the Earth is hollow, they move slower, and where it's hollow, like in a chamber, they move faster.

Using that technique, they were able to map underneath the Sphinx.

They found not one but two chambers. One is in front between the paws, and the second is under the rump. If you're familiar with Robert Bauval's work, you know that he is the man who postulated that the three pyramids on Giza line up with the belt stars in the constellation of Orion. They do line up perfectly.

They also believe the Sphinx was originally the lion and faced the rising sun on the horizon when the constellation of Leo the Lion was the one on the horizon. Right now, that's not the case. They used a computer simulated model, because the constellations move in the sky over time.

They went backward in time to find out when the constellation would have been on the horizon when the Sphinx was staring into it. There was only one time that it happened 10,500 years ago. That's where that date comes from. Then, they drew a tangent from the constellation of Orion through the Sphinx.

Robert discovered and published in his book, The Orion Mystery, that this indicated there should be a chamber underneath the rump of the Sphinx as well. Sure enough, the seismic testing showed that there is a chamber there.

No one has gone inside. Right after that, workmen were doing work on all the little blocks at the bottom of the Sphinx. They found a loose one that they pulled out and found that there was a hollow space behind it.

They took out more blocks and, in just a few minutes, exposed a doorway with a very steep stairwell underneath the rump of the Sphinx that goes down to a tunnel a hallway that runs the length of the Sphinx.

So, it looks like one end of this hallway goes to the chamber beneath the rump and the other to the chamber between the paws.

There is a doorway that has not been opened yet.

     Gregg Braden


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