Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Spiritual Symbolism of the Animal, Vegetable and Mineral Kingdoms

Swedenborg saw in his waking visions that this material in which we live in is but a theatrical representation of spiritual realities in the heavenly realm, a higher dimension in which space and time have no meaning. His writings expose us to a systematic way of thinking, for both science and theology, which categorizes everything into degrees of order. In our natural material world, we can generally divide things into animal, vegetable and mineral. Each of these three kingdoms correspond to universal spiritual realities:
"All things of the earth are distinguished into three kinds, called kingdoms, namely, the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, and the mineral kingdom. The things of the animal kingdom are correspondences in the first degree, because they live; the things of the vegetable kingdom are correspondences in the second degree, because they only grow; the things of the mineral kingdom are correspondences in the third degree, because they neither live nor grow." (Heaven and Hell, n. 104)
In his exposition of the spiritual meaning of scripture, it is revealed that in general animals correspond to the will and its affections, plants correspond to the understanding or thoughts of truth, and minerals correspond in the lowest degree to knowledges, or mere obedience to authority. From mineral to vegetable to animal there are increasing degrees of freedom.

The animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms are the most well known general degrees of order. However within each of these three kingdoms the degrees of order repeat. Swedenborg wrote in the 18th century before the periodic table of elements was known, and before the structure of molecules was known. Despite this, he makes this rather interesting statement in regards to the mineral kingdom:
"In all forms of uses there is an image of creation. Forms of uses are of three kinds — the forms of uses of the mineral kingdom, the forms of uses of the vegetable kingdom, and the forms of uses of the animal kingdom. The forms of uses of the mineral kingdom cannot be described, because they do not appear to sight. The first forms are the substances and matters of which the earths consist, in their least parts; the second forms are aggregations of these, and are of infinite variety; the third forms are from plants fallen to dust, and from the remains of animals; and from continual evaporations and exhalations of these, which add themselves to the earths, and form their soil. These forms of the three degrees of the mineral kingdom represent creation in an image in this, that being acted on by the sun through the atmospheres and their heat and light, they produce uses in forms, which were the ends of creation." (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 313)
Despite not knowing about atoms and molecules, Swedenborg divides the mineral kingdom into the following three degrees:

  1. Substances in their least parts.
  2. Substances that are aggregates of the least parts.
  3. Organic substances.

It is possible that the the first degree is atoms, but its also possible he may be referencing simple molecules. So, I was curious, with our knowledge of modern science, how do we classify molecules? For this I found this article: Classification Of Compounds. One method is classification based on what the molecules contains (e.g., oxides contain oxygen). But within this method there is a broad classification between inorganic and organic. So what about inorganic molecules, can they be divided into two further degrees? Yes:
Another classification scheme for chemical compounds is based on the types of bonds that the compound contains. Ionic compounds contain ions and are held together by the attractive forces among the oppositely charged ions. Common salt (sodium chloride) is one of the best-known ionic compounds. Molecular compounds contain discrete molecules, which are held together by sharing electrons (covalent bonding).
So with this scheme, we can divide molecules into three degrees:

  1. Ionic compounds
  2. Molecular compounds (covalent bonding)
  3. Organic molecules that support life

So this is different from the classification of Arthur M. Young in his theory of The Reflexive Universe. He had come up with seven divisions of molecules which is described in this post: The Universal Order of Design - part II, one of which is based on the covalent bond.  However Swedenborg had classified the mineral kingdom into three broad degrees which is also supported by the general modern classifications. The final degree - organic molecules - is actually a subset of molecular compounds. But since it supports life, it is classified as a higher degree of order as it leads to the next higher kingdoms of plants and animals. For Young, his classification is based more on functional form where the highest degree of order was the DNA molecule, so there may be some validity to his classification which requires more analysis. Each higher degree uses the previous degree as a foundation for the next.

Below the mineral kingdom of molecules, there are perhaps three other degrees of order, which we can classify as dimensional, subatomic, and atomic. As they were invisible to the ancient world they were unknown, and at the time could only be inferred.

The three degrees of order can be extended to classify three levels of spiritual development, which Swedenborg terms as natural, spiritual and celestial. These three degrees also correspond to three degrees of heaven in the afterlife. The levels of spiritual development, in most general terms, are as follows:

  1. A life of usefulness, and obedience to laws
  2. Mutual charity, or living by the truth from one's understanding and rationality
  3. Acting from love to the Lord
There are three heavens that correspond to these three stages, and these three stages overall correspond to Love, Wisdom and Use in the Lord:
"because the Lord is Love Itself and Wisdom Itself, therefore also He is Use Itself; for love has use for its end, which it produces by means of wisdom. For love and wisdom without use have no boundary or end, that is, they have no home of their own; wherefore it cannot be said that they are and exist unless there be a use in which they are. These three constitute the three degrees of altitude in the subjects of life. These three are as the first end, the middle end which is called the cause, and the last end which is called the effect... These three degrees with the angels are named Celestial, Spiritual, and Natural; and for them the celestial degree is the degree of love, the spiritual degree is the degree of wisdom, and the natural degree is the degree of uses. These degrees are so named because the heavens are distinguished into two kingdoms, and one kingdom is called the celestial and the other the spiritual, to which is added a third kingdom, in which are men in the world, and this is the natural kingdom. And the angels of whom the celestial kingdom consists, are in love; and the angels, of whom the spiritual kingdom consists, are in wisdom; but men in the world are in uses; and therefore these kingdoms are conjoined." (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 230, 232)

Thus one can see that the theology of the New Church is rational, and conjoins both spirituality and science into one systematic spiritual philosophy that is applicable to one's life.

Friday, May 31, 2019

X-Men Prophecy of Prince William of England and the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

In the last post, X-Men Prophecy of 9/11 (The X Prophecy), I described a dream someone told me to interpret, and the research led me to read some X-Men comics that contained stories that uncannily predicted the future. It sounds weird and strange, but this phenomenon has been noticed by others. The most famous examples are perhaps the short story Futility which predicted the sinking of the Titanic, and the novel From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne which predicted many details of our NASA lunar program to land men on the Moon.

So what began as what I thought was a simple dream interpretation soon turned into a research project on the comic stories the dream was referencing.  The dreams were basically describing particular scenes in X-Men comic stories. One dream in particular described a story that is found in the comic Excalibur, a spin off from the comic Uncanny X-Men.  The comic series Excalibur begins with a time travel story known as The Cross Time Caper. Kitty Pryde with the Excalibur team at first travel to an alternate timeline and meet Prince William of England. Prince William meets Kitty Pryde, also known as Kate, and falls in love with her. But in fact he was arranged to be married to another princess who is also known as Kate. Kitty Pryde is a cross-dimensional twin to Kate, and ultimately Prince William marries the Kate he was originally supposed to marry. They appear on the balcony (Excalibur #14):

This story was published in 1989. In November of 2010 Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton and they married in April of 2011, and appeared on the balcony of Buckingham palace:

Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace, from Royal wedding balcony kiss: William and Kate at Buckingham Palace

The pictures are different but there are some interesting similarities. Princess Kate is wearing a yellow dress with a yellow hat, and in the actual photo it is Queen Elizabeth is wearing a yellow dress and a yellow hat. Prince William has a red suit with a blue sash and in the comic Captain Britain is wearing a red and blue outfit.

Captain Britain is next to a blonde haired woman named Meggan, by the end of the Excalibur series Captain Britain marries Meggan. As it turns out, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May of 2018. This is something I actually did not notice until now while writing this blog, which is interesting since several comic stories as documented in The X Prophecy describe events that took place in the year 2018.

So Prince William was born in 1982, and maybe a comic story just happened to guess correctly that Prince William would marry a woman named Kate? And it just so happens his brother Prince Harry married Meghan while in the comic Meggan appears on the balcony who marries Captain Britain?

However the coincidences add up. Right after Prince William marries Kate, the Excalibur team travel again to another timeline and they are hit by a tsunami off the coast of Britain:

The tsunami is about to hit a lighthouse - and this lighthouse happens to be a nexus that is a magical source of power. They have no time to react, so Phoenix encases each team member in cocoons to protect them from the water, which are shown in the following scene:

What is interesting about this story is that a tsunami hit the coast of Japan in March of 2011, one month prior of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The lighthouse is a source of magical power in the comic, just as the tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It caused a massive meltdown sending radioactivity into the water.  To protect everyone from the radiation, at the Fukushima nuclear power plant they started to store waters in protective water tanks:

Water tanks storing tons of radioactive water at Fukushima, Japan

But that's not all. Rachel Summers who embodies the Phoenix force breaks out of her cocoon in the building of the Fantastic Four, causing an explosion. A huge alien known as Galactus deems humanity as too irresponsible to be allowed to exist. So then Galactus then uses a weapon known as the "Cosmic Converter" to destroy the planet by burning its way down to the planetary core:

When the Fukushima nuclear reactors melted down, the uranium fuel rods liquefied and then melted through layers of steel and concrete, and melting through the earth. It was not until 2017 that they were able to send in a remote robot to determine where the uranium ended up.

As it turns out, a live TV channel (German media group NDR) was filming the Fukushima nuclear power plant and a UFO flew overhead:

There are multiple other videos, where witnesses saw flying orbs in the sky in the vicinity of Fukushima after the nuclear meltdown. These reports are censored in the media, and counter intelligence agencies have released fake videos in order to hide this from the public.

This would fit in with other witness reports of sightings of UFOs around nuclear power plants and nuclear missile silos. It has been reported by other witnesses that they are opposed to humanity's development and use of nuclear technology as it threatens to destroy the planet. Interestingly I had blogged about this very subject, long before this dream and discovering this rather unusual parallel (see UFOs over Chernobyl and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants).

The comic shows the X-Men involved in an episode similar to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, with an extraterrestrial becoming angry at the folly of humanity. X-Men are mutants who look human, but have special powers, and intervene in human affairs while staying anonymous. So how much of the story is fiction and how much is real? That we may never know, but the X-Men comics definitely predicted two unrelated events in the same issue that both happened at almost the same time in the year 2011. More unusual examples are documented in the work The X Prophecy, generally covering events, past and future, from 1981 to 2020.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

X-Men Prophecy of 9/11 (The X Prophecy)

The book The X Prophecy describes and analyzes evidence of precognition and prophecy in the X-Men comics, which originated from a series of dream interpretations:

Here is a summary of this work: 
This book describes a series of clairvoyant dreams that accurately portray certain scenes from the X-Men comics published 20 years ago in remarkable detail. When the dreams were interpreted it was realized that the dreams were communications from an angelic intelligence speaking in a symbolic manner, and the dreams were describing stories that were a form of precognitive fiction that have been predicting major events of our time. This is compared this with other well known instances of precognitive fiction, including the writings of the Morgan Robertson, Jules Verne, and the science fiction author Philip K. Dick.

The dreams begin at a personal level, however the dream interpretation led the author to uncover future prophecies on a world wide scale, warning against the further development of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power, as well as the misuse of artificial intelligence for military purposes. One particular prophecy describes the U.S. Presidential election of 2020. Another set of prophecies concern the involvement of extraterrestrials in human affairs. Related to this is the decoding of a possible extraterrestrial signal that has been kept hidden from the public. Several prophecies that have come to pass already include the attacks of September 11, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, the marriage of Prince William of England with Kate Middleton, and other events up to the present time.

The subject matter of the dreams are also spiritual in nature, describing how our material world is but one level of reality in a multi-leveled universe. The dreams communicated this knowledge by indicating that certain X-Men comic stories were used as source material for the movie Inception. The dreams are also analyzed in the context of the writings of the clairvoyant Emanuel Swedenborg, who for 27 years had waking visions of the spiritual world.

The book is part dream interpretation, part fiction, and part prophecy. It is a case of precognitive fiction, similar to the one which foretold the sinking of the Titanic: The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility. Except in this case - a dream told us to read a particular series of fictional stories.  I have been interpreting dreams for many years and never saw anything like this: the dream would basically reenact certain scenes from comic book stories in remarkable detail, of which the dreamer knew nothing. The dreamer is a young blonde haired girl who appears in the comics as the character Amara, and as I followed the story of Amara in the X-Men comics I came across this scene from Uncanny X-Men, #189:

This comic was published in 1985.  And it predicts the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11, during the 21st century. Afterwards I searched on the internet, and this scene was noticed by others in 5 Times Comics Were Eerily Right About The Future.  The scene above is preceded by this one:

One can see the World Trade Center, and above it a plane flying. The Statue of Liberty is being restored. The restoration of the statue was completed right before the attack on September 11, 2001. But that is not all, we also have this scene, from Kitty Pryde: Agent of Shield #3, published in 1998:

The story is about a flying helicarrier that is remotely hijacked. There is a similar plot in the pilot episode of The Lone Gunman which aired 6 months before the attack on September 11, which speaks of a government conspiracy to remotely control an airliner to crash into the World Trade Center so that the U.S. could go to war against terrorists and increase weapon sales for the military industrial complex.

This is just one example of a prophecy of a world wide event predicted in the X-Men comics that was discovered through a series of dreams. In the first scene shown from the comic, it showed two women travelling to New York. One of them is Rachel Summers who has travelled back in time, who is the daughter of Jean Grey. She embodies the Phoenix force. The dream references Rachel of the X-Men by describing the ancient myth of the Phoenix, specifically the myth of Rarog the firebird of Slavic myth:

In an indirect way, the dream specifically pointed us in the direction of the X-Men movies, and it was associating the X-Men movies with this ancient myth of Rarog the firebird, or the Phoenix. The dream thus references Jean Grey, and from Jean Grey to Rachel Summers, who both embodied the Phoenix force, a symbol of death and rebirth. And the bizarre thing about this: the dreamer knew nothing about the X-Men movies or comics. Very specific details were coming through, and there is no way this was from random coincidence, or from the dreamer's subconscious.

It is somewhat timely, Marvel is about to release its movie Dark Phoenix focused on Jean Grey, who becomes the mother of Rachel Summers. Here is a trailer of the movie:

A more relevant movie, which was directly referenced by the dream, is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and one does need to be familiar with this movie as it was key to interpreting the dream, it is what I consider to be one of the best in the series:

The reason why this particular movie is important is it describes one of the key concepts in the X-Men stories: time travel. Specifically, time travel backwards in time, by sending back a future consciousness into the mind of someone of the past. It is one of the theories that explains the phenomenon of prophecy and precognition.

The dream acts as a filter, indicating which fictional story lines were important and carried symbolic significance. There are now several X-Men movies to watch, the ones I would recommend to watch in order in order to understand the complete story are as follows:
  1. X-Men (2000)
  2. X2 (2003)
  3. X-Men: the Last Stand (2006)
  4. X-Men: First Class (2011) - this one can possibly be skipped
  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - important from the dream perspective
  6. Logan (2017) - important from the dream perspective 
The important ones are the last two, but unfortunately one has to know the backstory to completely understand them. It is not completely necessary to see the movies first, I do provide a necessary summary in the book relevant to the dream interpretation.

The dream has several layers similar to the dreams described in the movie Inception. I did not plan on writing a book, but the book grew from the notes on the interpretation.

The story becomes personal: some of the fictional characters are representations of real life people I know, in a case of life imitating art. One meets a character known as Doug Ramsey, otherwise known as Cypher. He transcribes and publishes these heavenly writings found in Asgard of Norse myths, which involves the history of the country of Sweden. I happened to have published the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, who came from Sweden.

So in the comics Doug Ramsey is a software programmer - so am I.  Doug works on a project involving money transfer and preventing money laundering - so did I.  Doug, in two scenes, is at the center of a "web" of a network. My last name is Webber. Doug decodes an extraterrestrial language - so did I.  One can find it here: A Decoded NSA Extraterrestrial Radio Signal from Outer Space and here: The Origin of the NSA Extraterrestrial Radio Signal. The precognitive fiction is not only referenced personal details about my life (I mention just a few here), but this radio signal in particular. And this decoding catches the attention of some rather unusual people. They are aware of Doug, but Doug is unaware of them.  Dates are given that match real events in my personal life, specifically the years 2013 and 2015.

And then one begins to wonder: what parts of the story are real, and what parts are fiction? This becomes a big question when the story begins to reference human looking extraterrestrials that intervene in human affairs.  Which I happened to have blogged about before I independently encountered this dream, as Swedenborg does indicate that there are other planets in the universe inhabited by extraterrestrial humans. And then one realizes, should they exist, and ever be discovered, they might be classified as mutants. And this is the subject matter and theme of the X-Men comics.

It is very strange to read a fictional work that is referenced by a dream, where one finds oneself written as a character in the book.  There is a movie which describes just such a plot, called Stranger than Fiction:

When encountering a work of precognitive fiction, there are four possible explanations:
  1. That this is all just random coincidence
  2. That the predictions are probable futures that were guessed by the author(s)
  3. That the positive predictions ignore the negative predictions
  4. The authors somehow were inspired to write something that would happen in the future, in a case of subconscious precognition.
There are many cases of precognitive fiction that can be eliminated or adequately explained by the first three explanations. But not this one, it includes very specific details. There are predictions that were fulfilled from 1981 all the way to 2020, concerning the upcoming U.S. Presidential election. The prophecies speak of extraterrestrial involvement in human affairs, a future warning against the development of tactical nuclear weapons, and a warning against the misuse of artificial intelligence by the military.

Other aspects are symbolic, and the dreams reveal the true hidden origin of the movie Inception.

For other prophecies from the X-Men that are described in the book, see the post, X-Men Prophecy of Prince William of England and the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown