Sunday, January 07, 2007

Mythology and power...

Dave and I watched a documentary this morning about the spear that was used to pierce Jesus' side at the crusifiction. Dave is writing a story about the soldier who pierced Jesus' side for an upcoming project and was interested in seeing if the doco told anything of that man's story, it didn't really, but was still a very interesting doco. It talked about the mythology sorrounding the spear, and how it had been passed down through the ages and said to be the source of Charlamaine and Constantine's success. It told of how Napolean tried to get his hands on it, and how Hitler eventually did get his hands on it...

The spear head itself was tested (non-destructive testing only) to see if it could be authenticated, as at least being 2000 years old and in investigating it the doco reveal how the spear head had been changed and modified by its various owners. Eventually it was found that while connections could be made to various owners dating back to Charlamaine, the spear head itself could not be dated back 2000 years. However a nail that had been added to the spear head by Constantine's mother might be dated back further than Charlamaine, though maybe not to the Crusifiction, and also some other iron had been inlaid on the nail itself, the origin of the inlaid iron might well be connected to the Crusifiction, they were not able to test it, for carbon dating, so it wasn't conclusive, but it was thought perhaps Constantine's mother had managed to get her hands on fragments of the actual nails used to nail Christ to the Cross...

So, why am I posting about this? Well, because this all led to a conversatin between Dave and I about the mythology sorrounding relics porported to be from the Crusifiction (I got him the Indiana Jones trilogy on DVD for Christmas, and he has long been intrigued by the Knights Templar, and series based on this kind of mythology, like Millenium)... He wanted to know what my mum, as a Theologian would make of this kind of mythology of artifacts connected to the Christ being imbued heavenly powers to win wars etc.

Obviously, I can't speak for my mum, just think that as there is no speaking in the Bible of God imbuing artifacts with powers beyond discrete use for the artifact, such as Moses' staff turning into a snake for Pharoah, etc., one would not think that such artifact, did they even exist, might bring unearthly power to the beholder. Mum, if you're reading this, feel free to correct me.

So, this led to a disccussion of the use of mythology to give possessors of religious artifacts powers, or great esteem for their perceivably closer connection to the Divine. In one part of the doco they were saying that the spear head would be brought out for display once a year by the church, and people could have the powers of the spear head transferred to their own artifacts, simply by have their artifact come in contact with the spear, and that commoners could also become part owner of this divine power by capturing the reflection of the spear head in little mirrors, the mirrors then because items of good luck themselves!

Even these days, in metaphysical circles there is a practice of claiming that come crystals are more powerful than others, and therefore these crystals, often more rare as well, are sold for extraordinary prices. Also, people elevated their esteem by claiming higher vibration than others. The clairvoyant I saw in November, told me I had a higher vibration than a friend of mine who has studied metaphysics with much more verve than me, and so even though she seemed to know more, I was more powerful than her. While that might make me feel good, I don't believe it is a true reflection of the Divine energy that sorrounds us. In my own belief, all energy is free to all people. Either you tap in or you don't. You can possess special artifacts, or crystals, which help you focus more intently, but I personally believe everyone can tap into Divine energy fully and freely without any such artifacts. The possession of artifacts is merely the human need to create and have domain over power, the more exclusive the power, the higher it is valued. If people realise they can access the Divine without all the artifacts, secret handshakes, or bloodlines, they might not value it as highly...

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