Growth of Self

Written By: Julia Tyack – Notes on The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes 1976-82. Houghton and Mifflin Co. Boston.

Bicameral nations were susceptible to collapse because of their inherent fragility (a weaker god). Volcanic eruptions and major upheavals caused mass migrations; the rise of Assyria, warring its way towards Egypt and Mesopotamia, forming a very different kind of empire from any the world had seen before.

By this time the great transilience in mentality had occurred. Man had become conscious of himself and his world. Once consciousness was established, there are quite different reasons why it was so successful and why it spreads to other bicameral peoples.

In Mesopotamia the mighty themes of religion are sounded for the first times (about 1230 B.C.) The gods had left; they were offended; nature punished by misfortunes, creating the need to repent in order for the gods to return.

Prayers only become prominent after the disappearance of the bicameral mind. During the period between the weakening of the bicameral control and the rise of religion in the 4th and 5th century B.C., we find the rise of the oracle and all sorts of divination

Evil spirits were invented to explain incorrect messages at first.

Judaism develops while in Persia under the influence of Zoroastrianism.

The origin of angels
Demons and protection against
A new heaven

A hell

And the influence of the Greeks on Judaism:

Justice is a phenomenon only of consciousness.
The soul or ghost that goes to Hades
Doctrine of transmigration after death
Introspection of Socrates to Aristotle and from here to Hebrew, Alexandrian thought
History will never be the same again.

Finally, there was an attempted reformation of Judaism by Jesus, which could be construed as a necessary new “religion” for conscious rather than bicameral men. Even then, the history of Christianity cannot remain true to its originator.

Another summary from another searcher:

Every generation has been on a search to find the ‘absent God’; aware that in their secret depth of being, they were separated from the source of life. Generation after generation posed, man’s brain was evolving, the voices of past generations fading. Self consciousness was breaking up the darkness of the past. On every continent religions arose to seek and understand God. In the first century Jesus came on the scene, excitedly aware of the insight that no one being, however holy, could express the unique image of the infinite being of God. ‘God is with us and in us’ was his message, but who could grasp it? God is reflected in everyone’s search for Him/Her; the longing to know is God’s own longing to be known. Therefore Jesus said, ‘Mentonia’, change your imagination. God is not up in the distant heavens, but right here among the human race. Not one incarnation of one ‘holy’ man, but God in all of humankind, men and women (women are the representatives of the female Sophia, an attribute of God.) No one, not even the whole of creation can express the infinite reality of this mystery. Jesus said, God’s blessings fall on us all. Look around you and see God’s kingdom spread out before us. See it in the Samaritan rescuing the stricken man; in the lost coin; the pearl of great price; the master of the vineyard paying his workers; the lily of the field; the father’s acceptance of the prodigal; see it in every human face.

Humanity is the temple for the presence of God, giving unique expression to some aspect of this reality. Millions of people expressing the infinite Mystery of Being! Not one incarnation but the incarnation of God in the whole human race.

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April 16, 2011 ~ Henry Haase

My, how religions have failed us! Their emphasis is vertical, toward God, toward heaven. Jesus discovered and taught that our emphasis, our real consciousness, is horizontal, finding God all around us, in his creation and especially in each other, yes, even in ourselves. To see ourselves as God sees us is the answer. Knowing that he will never leave us or forsake us – because we are a piece of himself, each a unique piece of his image, created to show him off, in spite of what we are made of, and in spite of our sometimes behavior, now THAT is self finally growing up and participating in his reality. – hh

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