Monday, June 23, 2008

Michelangelo and the Gnostic Heresy

Forget Dan Brown and all those ego-centric conspiracy theories.
Who knows - maybe there is something to it... but forget it anyway.

The REAL Mysterious Code, Michelangelo's secret beliefs are even more astonishing, more blasphemous, more challenging than anyone or anything else, then or now!

Fasten your seat-belts Dear. We're in for a bumpy ride!

Michelangelo, though very much a man of his time, was also a true Renaissance Man. In his day, all the Arts and Sciences were genuinely reborn afresh.

Perhaps the best-kept secrets in relation to Michelangelo are only now being discovered.
To hold an alternative world view in that era was heresy indeed and had to be hidden deep under many layers of artifice.
However, Michelangelo was quite outrageous and couldn't resist telling his truth in plain sight, without too much cover-up, for anyone who had the eyes to see what was staring them straight in the face.

Academics will argue back and forth about whether and why he should have done such a thing. Was it ego? Was it just a joke? Maybe it was just a bitter frustrated gay genius sticking two fingers up at the established religion of his day.

But one thing is clear. Michelangelo was not a buffoon. He had a serious theory which he risked life, limb and career to encode in his paintings... possibly never to be revealed until our own generation looked with new eyes that are open and less afraid of the status quo and its self-serving paradigms.

Michelangelo was so devoted to using his skills to connect human beings with the Divine that it amounts to nothing less than an alternative theology-

I am in God. God is in me.

As Jesus Christ himself put it, The Kingdom of God is close at hand [not some far-off reward in the afterlife]. It is the greatest theology of all that affirms the potential of this human life of ours - to become nothing less than a Son of God.
Even the Bible itself concedes as much, or at least is open to such a reading. The opening of Genesis combined with the beginning of John's Gospel, in the original Koiné Greek, reads:

En arché én ho Logos...
Kai ho Logos sarks egeneto!

In the beginning was the Word [Logos = the very Essence of God]...
And the Word became flesh!
The Essence of the Divine and human flesh right next to eachother, side by side in the same sentence, practically rubbing shoulders, co-existing on the same non-dual level! No wonder the Roman Church didn't want anyone reading this stuff in their own mother tongue! But the Reformation was soon going to put a stop to all that.

Even though the first Church Councils managed to select and edit the books of the Bible as we know it today, they never quite managed to eradicate this awkward and heretical theology entirely.
It is called Gnosticism.

Strangely it is almost Asian in tone and very similar to parts of Hinduism and Buddhism.
The Spirit of God dwells in each of us like a spark.
And, once fully ignited, we have the potential to manifest as the Divine right here, right now - exuding peace, compassion and transformation to all beings.

We return to Michelangelo and the centre-piece of the Sistine Chapel.
A shocking revelation becomes crystal clear.

As we know from our Bible study of old, Creation itself takes place as a result of the Spirit of God moving across the waters.

And when it comes to the creation of human beings, sparks truly fly.
Although God appears to be higher than Adam, in close up we see they are on the same level. There is an element of co-creation going on here; humans exist because of God, and God exists because of humans.
Michelangelo is emphasising the inter-connection and identification of Divinity with Humanity.

Even more astonishing still is the silhouette, the shape created by God and the host of angels...

This enigmatic outline is none other than the human brain in profile, complete with brain-stem and hypothalamus.

It could be the case that Michelangelo is claiming man invented God in his own head, and created him in his own image, but I seriously doubt it. That would merely reduce his theology to a tedious brand of post-modern Existentialism-before-its-time.
No. That simply won't do. Besides, it underestimates the genius and profound insight of the man.

Bearing in mind the central tenets of Gnostic theology, and its origins in Oriental religion, the picture of God dwelling in the human mind is nothing short of miraculous inspiration;

Divinity lives and breathes in each of us as our greatest potential to manifest fully for the benefit of others;

Divinity and humanity are inextricably linked by a covenant of love that surpasses all understanding.

Furthermore, the image of God and human reaching out to eachother across the oceans of space and time, as if straining and almost longing for the other's touch, is a true Icon - pregnant with wisdom and compassion, literally embodying and giving form to that which is ultimately beyond all words and concepts.


Similarly, one doesn't view the moment of creation without understanding, as a backdrop, that God created everything ex nihilo ['out of nothing'].

This is the essence of the Buddhist philosophy of SHUNYATA, known variously as Emptiness or OPENNESS;

Out of Emptiness, forms appear.
Yet their appearance is itself empty.

Everything is compounded, impermanent and empty.
Yet phenomena do appear, however briefly, all-the-same.

Form is Emptiness.
Emptiness is Form


When we reveal and nurture the divine potential in ourselves, we grow wise and evermore compassionate towards others.

Acknowledging that we all possess the same essential nature not only equalises self and others, we also recognise that ourselves and others are not separate at all. Neither are we ever separated from our common sacred origin and destination.

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