It is the second book in the series of Ascended Master Teachings. It explains why every society has had a small elite that managed to gain control over the population. This book goes far beyond conspiracy theories by identifying the real cause of evil as a state of consciousness. Yet once you understand the psychological mechanism behind it, you will be able to escape this control. And as more and more people do the same, society will move towards a new and better age.
This book will not weigh you down with fear or a sense that we are controlled by hidden forces and can do nothing about it. Had Bruce been the Indiana Jones of his day? Yet beyond his interests in the Kebra Nagast and the Ark of the Covenant, Bruce could hardly have been unaware of the rumours circulating Europe regarding the existence in Ethiopia of the for- bidden Book of Enoch. The find caused much excitement in European academic circles. Yet when it was finally studied by an Ethiopian scholar in , the manuscript was identified, not as the missing Book of Enoch, but as a previously unknown text entitled the Book of the Mysteries of Heaven and Earth.
Until the s, its contents were almost entirely unknown. Yet its title alone was so powerful that at least one person attempted to learn its secrets from the angels themselves. This was the Eliza- bethan astrologer, magus and scientist, Dr John Dee, who, working with an alleged psychic, Edward Kelley, used crystal balls and other scrying paraphernalia to invoke the presence of angels. A Flemish scholar named J. Scaliger, having decided to study obscure Latin literature in the dimly lit vaults of European libraries, sat down one day to read an unpublished work entitled Chronographia, written in the years ad by a learned monk named George Syncellus.
Having ploughed through lengthy pages of quite mundane sayings and quotes on various matters appertaining to the early Christian Church, he then came upon something quite different - what ap- peared to be extensive tracts from the Book of Enoch.
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Handwritten in Greek, these chapters showed that Syncellus had obviously pos- sessed a copy of the forbidden work and had quoted lavishly from its pages in an attempt to demonstrate the terrible transgressions of the fallen angels. Scaliger, realizing the immense rarity of these tracts, faithfully reproduced them in full, giving the world its first glimpse at the previously unknown contents of the Book of Enoch. It also named the leaders of the rebel Watchers and told how the fallen angels had revealed forbid- den secrets to mankind, and how they had finally been imprisoned until the Day of Judgement by the archangels of heaven.
As a God-fearing Christian of the seventeenth century, when people were being burnt as witches with only the most petty charges brought against them, what was he to make of such claims? What, moreover, was he to do with them? What could this all mean? Was it true, or was it simply an allegorical story concerning the consequences of trafficking with supernatural beings such as angels?
Merely by making copies of this forbidden text, he ran the risk of being accused of practising diabolism. Yet this incredible chance discovery begged the question of what the rest of the book might contain. Would it be as shocking as these first few chapters appeared to suggest? Bruce must have been aware of the controversial nature of the sections of the book preserved for posterity by Syncellus in the ninth century.
He must also have been aware of the enormous implications of retrieving a complete manuscript of the Book of Enoch. It was perhaps for this very reason that he spent so long talking to the abbots and monks at the Ethiopian monasteries. Having deposited the copy with the Paris library, Bruce made tracks to return to England, where he planned to visit the Bodleian Library at his earliest convenience.
Permission was duly granted to Woide, who after admission into the National Library wasted no time in making the necessary translation of the text. Why this delay? Why should such an important piece of lost religious literature have been ignored for so long, especially since there were now not one but two extant copies available to the theo- logical world?
This ridiculous situation must have infuriated James Bruce after he had gone to all the trouble of finding and securing these manuscripts in the belief that they would be presented to the public domain in a translated form before the expiry of his own life he died in Tempting as it may be to evoke the idea of some kind of organ- ized conspiracy behind these extraordinary actions on the part of Woide and the English Secretary of State, the truth of the matter was far more mundane and lay in the economical and political climate of the time.
The late eighteenth and early nineteenth cen- turies saw a massive decline in the popularity of the Christian Church in many parts of Protestant Europe. Attendance at church services was dwindling, and churches everywhere were being neglected and left to fall into ruin under the impact of Newtonian science and the arrival of the Industrial Revolution. In an age of reason and learn- ing, there was little place for the alleged transgressions of angels, fallen or otherwise. However, its disturbing contents were not simply being read by scholars, but also by the general public.
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Churchmen, art- ists, writers, poets all sampled its delights and were able to form their own opinions on the nature of its revelations. The con- sequences of this knowledge passing into the public domain for the first time were to be enormous in many areas of society. Romantic writers, for instance, became transfixed by the stories of the Sons of God coming unto the Daughters of Men, and began to feature these devilish characters in their poetic works.
Why are people so fuelled by stories of fallen angels? There is even a rumour that the third copy brought back to Europe was presented by Bruce to the Scottish Grand Lodge in Edinburgh. New translations were made in German and English, the most authoritative being that achieved in by Canon R. Many fragments of copies written in Aramaic have been identified among the hundreds of thousands of brittle scraps retrieved over the years from the caves on the Dead Sea, where they were placed in around ad by the last survivors of the Essene communities at Qumran and nearby En-Gedi.
The fact was that somehow the Book of Enoch had survived intact, despite its heavy suppression by the Christian Church, and it was to the authoritative English translation made by Canon R. Charles in that I would next turn to discover for myself the dark secrets within its pages. Only by absorbing the obscure con- tents of this unholy treatise could I begin to understand why its forbidden text had become abhorrent to so many over the previous centuries.
Here was perhaps one of the oldest ac- counts of mankind. It had been passed down orally from one story- teller to the next over thousands of years. Finally it became a book in its own right sometime after bc, almost certainly at the hands of the Essene community at Qumran on the Dead Sea. Yet what were its contents, and why had it caused so much consterna- tion to the Jewish rabbis and the Early Church of Christianity?
I found the Book of Enoch to be a colourful but often confusing and contradictory patchwork of material that required extensive disentanglement before any cohesive picture could be gleaned from its contents. Much of it appears to have been written - originally on sheets of fine animal skin — during or shortly after the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian king who ruled Judaea at the time of the Maccabean revolt of BC.
So what does it contain? What element is it that so offends its opponents? In the opening chapters the narrator reiterates the story told in Genesis 6 concerning the Sons of God coming unto the Daughters of Men and taking wives from among their number. Why the two hundred angels should have picked this location as opposed to any other to make their descent into the lowlands is never made clear. Yet this is what they do, travelling down to mix and mingle among humanity in the hope of sampling the delights of mortal women.
The words here are pertinent and must be quoted in full: And they [the mortal women] became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: who consumed all the ac- quisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.
More disconcerting is the suggestion that the Nephilim turned against their mortal families and engaged in what can only be described as cannibalism. Whatever the answer, they would appear to have developed a lust for drinking blood, which must also have been viewed as abhorrent by the communities in which they were born and raised.
The Secrets of Heaven The narrative then tells how the rebel Watchers who walked among humanity revealed the forbidden secrets of heaven. These lines concerning the forbidden sciences handed to humanity by the rebel Watchers raise the whole fundamental issue of why angels of heaven should have possessed any knowledge of such matters in the first place. Why should they have needed to work with metals, use charms, incantations and writing; beautify the body; employ the use of antimony, and know how to abort an unborn child? None of these skills are what one might expect heav- enly messengers of God to possess, unless, that is, they were human in the first place.
In my opinion, this revelation of previously unknown knowledge and wisdom seems more like the actions of a highly advanced race passing on some of its closely guarded secrets to a less evolved culture still striving to understand the basic principles of life. A comparison might be drawn with the way in which supposedly civ- ilized cultures of the Western world have introduced everything from whisky to clothes, firearms, rigid thinking and religious dogma to indigenous races in remote regions of the world. Since he was tempted by a beautiful mortal maiden named Ishtahar to reveal the Explicit Name of God in exchange for the offer of carnal pleasure, he is to be tied and bound before being made to hang for all eternity between heaven and earth, head down, in the constellation of Orion.
They request that he intercedes on their behalf and puts to the rebel angels the crimes they have committed against mankind. In other words, many of the sites given in the Book of Enoch were chosen simply to give credence to the stories it contains. The corruption still left in the world after the imprisonment of the Watchers, and the death of their Nephilim offspring, is to be swept away by a series of global catastrophes, ending in the Great Flood so familiar within biblical tradition.
Having read and reread the story of the fall of the Watchers several times over, I began to realize that such a view of events could be seriously challenged, for there seemed compelling evidence to sug- gest that the rebel Watchers - and, by virtue of this, the angels of heaven themselves - might originally have been a race of human 28 DEMONIC DOCTRINE beings who existed in the Middle East at a distant point in history. If this were so, then memories of these monumental and quite horrendous events would appear to have been distorted and myth- ologized across the passage of time, until they became simply mor- alistic folk-tales in a slowly evolving religious history adopted by the Jewish race during Old Testament times.
Did this provide a valid answer? To me it appeared as credible as any. Yet if my solution was incorrect, then what were the alterna- tives? There were two. Either the reader can accept that religious literature of this nature is pure fantasy, based on the deep psycho- logical needs and values of a God-fearing society. Or he or she can accept that incorporeal angels not only exist, but that they can also descend to earth, take on human form and then couple with mortal women, who afterwards give birth to giants that grow up to become ruthless barbarians of the sort portrayed in the Book of Enoch.
Which of these solutions seems easiest to accept? Which of these choices feels most right to accept? And even if the rebel Watchers were once human beings of flesh and blood, where did they come from, in what time-frame did they live, and what was the true fate of their progeny? Did they all either perish in the mass genocide orchestrated by the angels still loyal to heaven or die in the cataclysms which culminated in the Great Flood? Did any survive? The Book of Enoch provided no immedi- ate answers, though my mind lingered over one particular passage in Chapter 15 concerning the final fate of the Nephilim:.
And the spirits of the giants will afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble; they will take no food, [but neverthe- less hunger] and thirst, and cause offences.
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And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. Whatever the reality of such beings in anthropological terms, vampires live on in the dark, sinister world of Gothic horror, which, as I had already realized, owes much of its character to the way in which the initial publica- tion of the Book of Enoch in influenced the inner visions of the poets and artists of the romantic movement.
Indeed, they seemed to have been written by a different hand altogether. This supposition was confirmed when I realized that the chapters featuring the fall of the Watchers, the birth of Noah and the Flood narrative had all been taken from the much earlier, now lost, apocalyptic work known as the Book of Noah. From research into rain-making traditions, it seems probable that the priests would achieve these inexplicable weather changes by retiring from the community and drawing rings of sand on the ground.
They would then stand in the centre of this magic circle and perform their supernatural conjuration - the effectiveness of such wild talents never being doubted. Here they would enter into the isolated caves and spend long periods deep in meditation and contemplation. More important, however, was the knowledge that these wander- ing zaddik- priests, who walked freely among the Dead Sea com- munities, were the teachers of the Kabbalah, the arcane knowledge passed on orally from person to person.
Why did they believe themselves to be direct descendants of Noah? And where and when did they obtain these stories concern- ing the fall of the Watchers? Until I could answer these questions, the authenticity of the Book of Enoch must inevitably remain difficult to assess as historical fact. By the late fourth century, the Syrian Church had begun to circulate a brand-new religious text claiming to give a true rendition of the lines in Genesis 6. In this variation of the story, the Sons of God are no longer dark angels but the Sons of Seth, a righteous community of men and women who reside in peace on the Mountain of God.
Living among the Sons of Seth are the now familiar antediluvian patriarchs, such as Jared, his son Enoch, his grandson Methuselah and his great-grandson Lamech. In their midst is the entrance to the so-called Cave of Treasures, within which lie the earthly remains of the first men and women, including Adam and his wife Eve, as well as the Three Gifts of God. These latter are caskets containing the frankincense, gold and myrrh destined to remain in the possession of Israel and Judah until they are finally presented to Christ at the time of the Nativity.
Elsewhere in the enormous cave burns a perpetual flame symbolizing the light of God given to Adam in his darkest hour. Down in the lowlands lives a somewhat more primitive culture that, without the just guidance of God, leads depraved lifestyles of sin and corruption. Satan or the Devil. Convinced that he can take advantage of their wicked ways to lead astray the Sons of God, the arch-fiend hatches a cunning plan. He convinces the naive Daughters of Men to wear make-up and adorn themselves with fine jewellery and exotic garments. Satanail then directs them towards the Mountain of God, where the Sons of Seth lead their pious existence in the presence of the Most High.
The women try to convince the religious men to come down from the heights so that they may be tempted to commit gross acts of fornication and indecency. To this end the Daughters of Cain approach the base of the mountain and begin playing musical instruments, dancing wildly, singing loudly and calling to the Sons of God 2 to come and join them in sweet pleasure. Only the most righteous - in other words, figures such as Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and his son Noah - refuse to be tempted by this gross iniquity.
The Most High then unleashes a great tempest and deluge to purge the world of all wickedness and corruption, as in Enochian and Old Testament tradition. Removing any reference to fallen angels nullified the story of the fall of the Watchers as it was portrayed in a convincing and quite unnerving manner within the Book of Enoch.
No fallen angels - no truth to the Book of Enoch; this was the philosophy of those who believed in the reality of the story of the Daughters of Cain coming to the Sons of Seth. It was an easy demolition of the ancient text, if it could be accepted that the Cave of Treasures story was the word of God. Unfortunately, however, these early Church Fathers, who mostly belonged to the Syrian Church, overlooked one tiny point.
The deduction was made despite the more obvious fact that the term bene ha-elohim was also used with reference to heavenly hosts, or angels. Yet even this did not stop the spread of wild accounts concerning the deeds of the fallen angels. The story of the Daugh- ters of Cain coming unto the Sons of Seth was very often placed alongside alternative material concerning the fall of the Watchers, taken either directly or indirectly from the Book of Enoch.
An out- standing example of this is the account of the fall of the angels con- tained in the Ethiopian Kebra Nagast. Here, next to a precis of the Cave of Treasures story, is a somewhat shocking reference to the enormous size of the Nephilim babies and the way in which they entered the world: And the daughters of Cain with whom the angels had companied con- ceived, but they were unable to bring forth their children, and they died. And of the children who were in their wombs some died, and some came forth: having split open the bellies of their mothers they came forth by their navels.
Marti the Ignorant Even though the Book of Enoch had fallen foul of the developing Christian Church during the early fourth century, there are firm indications that some individuals had studied its contents and had, as a consequence, begun extolling its dire consequences for man- kind. One such indication of this situation comes from a tract on the Book of Enoch written by St Jerome ad , a Syriac Church Father of renown and scholarship, who had this to say on the subject: We have read in a certain apocryphal book [i.
This book is quite explicit and is classified as apocryphal. The ancient exegetes have at various times referred to it, but we are citing it, not as authoritative, but merely to bring it to your attention I have read about this apocryphal book in the work of a particular author who used it to confirm his own heresy. Do you detect the source of the teachings of Manichaeus, the ignorant?
Just as the Manichaeans say that the souls desired human bodies to be united in pleasure, do not they who say that angels desired bodies - or the daughters of men - seem to you to be saying the same thing as the Manichaeans? And St Jerome was right. There is firm evidence to show that Mani devised his holy scriptures and teachings after studying the Book of Enoch.
Mani was born in the Babylonian town of Ctesiphon, near modern-day Baghdad, in the year ad Perhaps influenced by the knowledge that Zoroastrianism acknowledged whole hierarchies of angels and demons, or daevas, Mani appears to have fully accepted the Enochian account of the fall of the Watchers. As a consequence, he formulated his own dual- istic, gnostic creed, complete with its own holy scriptures and cre- ation myths.
In his sacred books he portrayed the material world not as the dominion of God, but as the domain of the Rulers of Darkness, in other words of Satan and his fallen angels. All that remained of God was the divine spirit trapped inside the physical body, and only by striving to find oneness with God could human- ity hope to achieve a promised afterlife in the heavenly paradise. According to an anathema of Manichaeism written by its Chris- tian opposers, Mani believed Adam to have been the outcome of a fertilized embryo, produced by the intercourse of male and female fallen angels, then swallowed by Satan, who subsequently coupled with his spouse to bring forth the First Man.
Mani preached a synthesis of different faiths, including aspects of Buddhism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Mandaism, a strange religion native to Iraq and Iran. His faith became extremely popular for several centuries and was carried by his dedicated dis- ciples and followers across the Orient, reaching as far east as India and Tibet. It was therefore condemned as outright heresy by the ruling Sassanian dynasty of Persian kings as well as by the early Church Fathers of Asia Minor.
Followers of the faith were denounced as heretics and put to death, while a more horrific fate awaited Mani himself at the hands of fanatical Zoro- astrians at Jund-i-Shapur, in south-west Persia. His exhausted body was then publicly humiliated in the most gruesome manner: his skin was flayed and stuffed with straw before being strung up on the gates of the town as blood still issued from his warm carcass, which was decapitated and erected on a pole for all to see.
Instead of quelling the growing unrest against Manichaeism by the Persian people, the death of Mani incited a sanguine crusade against his followers, who were rounded up throughout the empire and slaughtered by Zoro- astrians - the price, it seems, for believing in the fall of the angels and their corruption of mankind.
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In no way did the Church want the spread of Jewish traditions completely at variance with its gradually emerging corpus of scripture, especially if these concerned alternative views on the fall of mankind and the descent of the angels. Such subjects needed to be kept strictly out of bounds. Is it possible for us to understand this fanatical zeal towards the unorthodox - a zeal that persisted in the name of religion through- out the Middle Ages and probably cost the lives of countless hundreds of thousands of individuals accused of heresy and witch- craft?
Why should the Christian Church have been so paranoid about a narrative concerning a group of two hundred angels who fell from grace and lusted after the Daughters of Men? Serpents that Walked Part of the answer lies in the fact that there seems to be a clear over- lap between the story of the fall of the Watchers and the account of the temptation of Eve by the Serpent as portrayed in the Book of Genesis.
Since this is such an important subject in our quest to understand the origins of fallen angels, it will be worth recalling exactly what happened on that day in the Garden of Eden. For this heinous crime against mankind the Serpent is then: cursed [by God] above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
All these explanations are, however, somewhat naive, for the snake is a very ancient symbol that represented the conveyance of sexual desires, hidden wisdom and secret knowledge in many different Middle Eastern faiths and religions. The serpent makes an appearance in a great number of creation myths featuring the first humans and is often portrayed as a wise benevolent spirit, not a beguiling messenger of temptation and evil. For instance, in Hebrew hawwah, i. It is also related to the word hevia, signifying a female ser- pent. So if the Watchers are intrinsically linked with the symbol of the serpent, the conveyers of sexual desire, hidden wisdom and forbidden knowledge, then how do they relate to the Serpent of Eden?
Here is a very revealing statement. What is it supposed to mean? And how might it be equated with our knowledge of the Fall of Man in the heavenly paradise?
In doing so, it caused them to commit the first sin, the act of self-awareness. As a consequence of this interference in human affairs, our ancestors were forced into a material existence over and beyond the natural evolution and progression it would presumably have achieved had the Watchers not intervened to change the course of destiny.
If so, then which story influenced the other? How did he fit into this gradually emer- ging picture, and what was his association with the Watchers of the Book of Enoch? In the Old Testament this term is used exclusively to describe either the enemies of God or the enemies of the Israelite race in general. Never is the Devil referred to as the evil one. Not until the advent of the New Testament, the collection of books and gospels relating to the period subsequent to the birth of the Chris- tian era, does the term ha-satan take on this all-important role.
At this point Satan becomes an angel fallen from grace and expelled from heaven, along with his fellow-rebels, by the archangel Michael. In medieval times, theologians, such as Peter Lombard c. So was Satan behind the story of the Serpent of Eden? Perhaps the medieval scholars actually got it right, realizing that the refer- ences in the Book of Revelation to the casting out of heaven of Satan and his adversaries was one and the same story as the pre- Christian account of the fall of the Watchers, alluded to in the story of the Sons of God coming unto the Daughters of Men in Genesis 6.
It is more likely that those heretics, such as Mani, who wholeheartedly accepted and preached the demonic doctrine outlined in Enochian litera- ture, were always persecuted in such ghastly ways for this reason alone. What justification could there be for such crimes against humanity, and, more importantly, just what is it the world fears so much about fallen angels?
The expulsion of the angels from heaven after their fall through lust and pride, from an eleventh century English manuscript. Does this event record the forbidden trafficking between two entirely different races or cultures during the protoneolithic age? In fact there are relatively few accounts featuring angels, and when they do crop up there is often no real indication of what exactly is taking place. They confirm the imminent birth of a son to his elderly wife Sarah and announce their planned destruction of Sodom, the city of iniquity by the Dead Sea.
Surely incorporeal beings would not need to consume earthly sustenance. It is, of course, from this bible passage that we gain the term sodomy, or anal penetration. They are undoubtedly incorporeal beings, although, to allow for stories such as those con- cerning Abraham, Lot and Jacob, it has generally been accepted by Judaeo-Christian theologians that angels could take on physical form to carry out specific tasks on earth. Whatever the actual nature of the angels of the Old Testament, to both the Judaic and Christian faiths they are purely that - angels, messengers of God, unconnected with the fallen angelic race of both Genesis 6 and Hebrew apocryphal tradition.
At no time are the angels of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, ever equated with the Sons of God, the Watchers or the Nephilim, and there is never any insinuation that it was two hun- dred of their heavenly companions who took on physical form to lie with the Daughters of Men in the generations prior to the Great Flood.
It is almost as if the writers of the Pentateuch either have no apparent knowledge of the connection between angels and the fall of the Watchers, or else they are deliberately avoiding the subject altogether. Who, then, were the angels, whether heavenly or fallen? Where did they come from?
Where did they live? What did they look like? Only by establishing these facts could I go on to speculate on the true origins of this apparent race or culture — lost to the pages of history. It seemed imperative that if I was to widen my knowledge of the fallen race, then I would need to uncover and study whatever had been written about them, not just in recorded Hebrew folklore and mythology, but also among the more recently translated Dead Sea Scrolls, which contained much new material on the nature of angels and the fall of the Watchers.
In a reconstructed apocalyptic fragment, translated by the Hebrew scholar Robert Eisenman and referred to as the Tes- tament of Amram, there is a rather unnerving account featuring the appearance of two Watchers to Amram, the father of Moses the lawgiver. The relevant section reads as follows: [I saw Watchers] in my vision , the dream-vision. Two men were fighting over me, saying. I asked them, ' Who are you, that you are thus empo[wered over me?
If the textual frag- ment had ended here, then I would not have known why this syno- nym had been used by the Jewish scribe in question. How was I to interpret this metaphor used in connection with the terrifying appearance this being must have instilled in the minds of those who originally trafficked with the walking serpents of the Book of Enoch? For over a year I could offer no suitable solution to this curious riddle. Then, by chance, I happened to overhear something on a national radio station that provided me with a simple though completely unexpected explanation.
It is owned by actor and musician Johnny Depp, and in October it hit the headlines when the up-and-coming young actor River Phoenix tragically collapsed and died as he left the club, following a night of over-indulgence. In the media publicity that inevitably surrounded this drugs-related incident, it emerged that the Viper Room gained its name many years beforehand when it had been a jazz haunt of some renown. As the story goes, the musi- cians would take the stage and play long hours, prolonging their creativity and concentration by smoking large amounts of mari- juana.
Apparently, the long-term effects of this drug abuse, coupled with exceedingly long periods without food and sleep, caused their emaciated faces to appear hollow and gaunt, while their eyes closed up to become just slits. Through the haze of heavy smoke, the effect was to make it seem as if the jazz musicians had faces like vipers, hence the name of the club.
Was this the solu- tion to why both the Watchers and Nephilim were described as serpents? It seemed as likely a possibility as any, though it was also feasible that their serpentine connection related to their accredited magical associations and capabilities, perhaps even their bodily movements and overall appearance. And their faces shone like the sun, and their eyes were like burning lamps; and fire came forth from their lips. Their dress had the appearance of feathers:.
They stood at the head of my bed and called me by my named I knew it was taking an enormous gamble to assume for one minute that these textual accounts from Judaic apocalyptic and pseud- epigraphal works actually recorded true-life descriptions of a race that in theory never existed outside the minds of the original story- tellers. On the other hand, I felt I would be better able to investi- gate any historical origin if I could discover a cohesive pattern among the religious literature under study.
So what could be learnt from this second account? In the Old Testament, for example, only heavenly hosts such as the Cherubim and Seraphim are ever described as having mul- tiple wings, four or six being the usual number. This feature is thought to have been a borrowing from the iconography of Assyria and Babylonia, where sky genii and temple guardians were depicted with very similar sets of wings. For most of us our view of angels is typified no better than in the vivid detail of Pre-Raphaelite paintings by such artists as Edward Burne-Jones, Evelyn de Morgan and John William Waterhouse, and by the ornately carved statues of angels found in ecclesiastical buildings, including churches, cathedrals and minsters.
These convey to us idealized impressions of angels which contain the notion that they must have had beautiful wings, like those of the finest swans. For confirmation of this, one has only to reread the account of the appearance of the Watchers to Amram - there is no mention of wings. Even in the Book of Enoch itself, there is concrete evidence to show that wings were grafted on to existing accounts of angels sometime after the first century ad, since earlier renditions of the text make no mention of wings at all.
Why is there this obsession with height in connection with the fallen race? Was there some deep-rooted psychological need for Judaeo-Christian angels to be of enormous stature? In the stylized art of Ancient Egypt the Pharaohs, con- sidered to be incarnations of the god Horus, were always depicted larger than any other figure around them, including their consorts and courtly entourage. Symbolic art of this nature makes perfect sense, since it instantly elevates the Pharaoh to a position higher than the rest of his subjects.
Could we possibly be dealing with actual human beings of greater stature than their contemporaries? Was this one of the features that made them stand out from other people? Since the Book of Enoch was written by olive-skinned Jews in a hot sunny climate, this type of reference is not to be regarded lightly. What could the Jewish scribes have meant by using such a term? I thought I had been training to help people connect to God through my hypnotherapy work. I was to begin another surprising major change in my life in my communication with these masters.
In this article I share the first few months of my messengership. There were many surprising turns and overall it was a very difficult period. If I had a choice in becoming a messenger I would surely have said no, but on the other hand, wanting to do God's will and serve in the way God chose for me, since I surrendered my life to Him, I would not have said no, even knowing how difficult the path would be and what would be its end. Yet for what purpose what this role I was to play? I was not even comfortable giving dictations and being a spokesman for the masters, and in giving out direction to others, and especially my husband, often with uncomfortable results.
I lost many friends over the years carrying out the "master's" direction and being a guru, which mantle was supposedly placed upon me. Yet its effects were astounding. What was it like to be messengers? We traveled to foreign countries, met many new people, became very busy and received an inheritance and large donations from our followers. But what was really going on? I did not take live dictations, that role went to my co-messenger and husband with no explanation from heaven why.
Instead I would often be directed to write articles about real life happenings and spiritual experiences, give unprepared lectures at our conferences in-between preparing meals and doing healing sessions. I spent a lot of time communicating with people and helping them with spiritual advice, holding classes and running a forum. Behind the scenes I observed many things that gave me doubts about the legitimacy of my husband's communication with his masters. While I was not sure what was going on I was inwardly led to have faith and turn a blind eye unless heaven directed me to challenge something untoward from our members, or involved my husband.
Yet what was going on with the creation of new rosaries and the concept of the "Conscious You" from Mother Mary? Was this really Mother Mary? Was some type of woman being raised up by my husband as the true epitome of womanhood when she was really the femme fatale? A short review of this series leading into how my marriage and involvement with the Teachings was God ordained for a higher purpose not from my conscious awareness. Was I fitting into the mold of the typical stereotype for women societies promulgate? A school was opened called the School of Being, and property bought. Horses were part of the therapy to teach Being, along with the use of hypnotherapy and the "guides".
Yet all was not roses, neither with the students at school or the students at conferences, and especially not with the messenger I lived and worked with. Becoming a messenger did not mean I had some extraordinary gift of communication, rather I explain how I lacked many of the skills I felt necessary to become a messenger and why I did.
Yet I was moving ahead with a mission I did not know I had. Life had prepared me for what I knew was to come as certain memories permeated my conscious awareness that caused me to prepare for difficult times in a most unusual way. Even knowing today that these "masters" who some have believed in with all their mind and heart are not really "ascended masters" and I had much communication with these spirit guides, I also had lots of guidance and personal communication with Jesus to keep me on track with my mission.
Differences of concepts and beliefs began to appear in my husband's and my co-messengership and my mission began in full swing, unbeknownst to my outer awareness. Part I covers what happened at the separation of the two messengers and what were some of the real causes of division. Does physical appearances, masculine or feminine character traits, and the personal needs of men and women play an important part in this division and is this necessary?
Is there a right or wrong standard in the way we treat one another? If we believe there is a right and wrong to we accept the blame and that we are really wrong because someone else says we are so? Although these questions are not fully answered in this part they are addressed because they help to begin to understand a type of mentality that is not Godly and explained more in part II.
Part II: Continuing from Division of Truth , the unfolding of separate groups has begun with each group supporting their messenger and their truth. Yet there is a big difference between the groups.