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  • holderlin66
    René Schwaller de Lubicz (1887–1961) is known to English readers primarily for his work in uncovering the spiritual and cosmological insights of ancient
    Message 1 of 19 , Mar 28, 2006
      "René Schwaller de Lubicz (1887–1961) is known to English readers
      primarily for his work in uncovering the spiritual and cosmological
      insights of ancient Egypt. In books like Esotericism and Symbol, The
      Temple in Man, Symbol and the Symbolic, The Egyptian Miracle, and
      the monumental The Temple of Man--whose long awaited English
      translation has finally appeared--Schwaller de Lubicz argued, among
      other things, that Egyptian civilization is much older than orthodox
      Egyptologists suggest, a claim receiving renewed interest through
      the recent work of Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval."

      holderlin wrote:

      "The Egyptian revealed a deep and
      stunning clairvoyance that could be awakened out of the sentient
      soul and foreshadow and explore the vast kingdoms of the Astral
      world. Here Schwaller de Lubicz can easily inform us and help us
      pick up the ancient thread. The contents of the Sentient Soul and
      the future I AM were transmuted to science in the Egyptian mystery


      "...Schwaller came under the influence of the new physics of Albert
      Einstein and Max Planck. Like many people today, Schwaller believed
      that the strange world of quantum physics and relativity opened the
      door to a universe more in line with the cosmologies of the
      ancients, and less compatible with the Newtonian clockwork world of
      the nineteenth century. He was especially stimulated by the idea of
      complementarity, developed by the Danish physicist, Niels Bohr, and
      the uncertainty principle of Werner Heisenberg.

      Bohr sought to end the debate over the nature of light--whether it
      was best described as a wave or as a particle--by opting for a
      position that would see it as both. Heisenberg's "uncertainty"--
      which caused Einstein to retort famously that "God does not play
      dice with the universe"--argued that we cannot know both the
      position and the speed of an elementary particle: pinpointing one
      obscures the other.

      Schwaller would agree with Einstein about God's attitude toward
      gambling. But he appreciated that complementarity and uncertainty
      demand a stretch of our minds beyond the "either/or" of syllogistic
      logic, to an understanding of how reality works. Complementarity and
      uncertainty ask us to hold mutually exclusive ideas together--the
      basic idea behind a Zen koan. The result, Schwaller knew, can be an
      illogical but illuminating insight.

      This "simultaneity of opposite states" plays a great part in
      Schwaller's understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphics. It
      characterizes what he calls symbolique, a way of holding together
      the object of sense perception and the content of inner knowing, in
      a kind of creative polarity. When the Egyptians saw the hieroglyph
      of a bird, he argued, they knew it was a sign for the actual,
      individual creature, but they also knew it was a symbol of
      the "cosmic function" that the creature exemplified--flight--as well
      as all the myriad characteristics associated with it. Hieroglyphics
      did not merely designate; they evoked. As he wrote in Symbol and the
      Symbolic (40), "the observation of a simultaneity of mutually
      contradictory states . . . demonstrates the existence of two forms
      of intelligence"--an idea the early twentieth century philosopher
      Alfred North Whitehead would discuss, with many similarities to
      Schwaller's thought, in his book, Symbolism, Its Meaning and Effect

      Our rational, scientific intelligence is of the mind and the senses.
      The other form of intelligence, whose most total expression
      Schwaller eventually located in the civilization of ancient Egypt,
      is of "the heart." This search for the "intelligence of the heart"
      became Schwaller's life work."
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