Lost Horizon

Immediately upon entering his cottage, Jean Luc showed me some of his hundreds of works of art he's collected from his decades of travels around the world. Some of these objects were Egyptian.

Usually, when one thinks of Egypt the colossal monuments come to mind. However, the tiny statues I held in my hand, some only about 3 inches tall, were just as powerful. Adjusting their perpsective from the really big to the really small is an underappreciated hallmark of the Egyptian mind.

To me, this illustrates the concept of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The human body, is literally the bridge or link between the two infinities of the incredibly large and the incredibly small. On a clear night we can see billions of galaxies in the sky. Through a clear microscope we can see billions of molecules, each one comparable to a miniscule galaxy. As the bridge, we realize these are not two worlds, the incredibly large, and the incredibly small, they are One.

Finally, we parked it on the couch in Jean Luc's living room. On the table in front of me, he pointed to a tattered paperback copy of Lost Horizon and then began talking about Rennes. My "pay attention, incoming message" sensors went haywire.

Lost Horizon is the famous 1930's novel by James Hilton about the lost sanctuary of Shangrila -- the Buddhist name for the paradisiacal home of Rex Mundi, the King of the World. Like some Christians, the Buddhist's believe this figure will return to Earth as an ass-kicking savior in Delta Force garb who'll wipe out the infidels and kick start a new Golden Age.

With the rewriting of a few names Lost Horizon could be the story of Rennes: a hidden valley where a few achieve immortality or respite from an apocalypse.

Then again, I sometimes have a tendency to read too much into things.

As I pondered the Lost Horizon-Rennes connection, Jean Luc implored me to study the context of the Rennes mystery.

He encouraged me not to look at it as an isolated island, but as a part of something grander. He also pointed to the Cathars as a vital part of the Rennes mystery.

In the early 12th century the Cathars appeared in the Languedoc and Midi region. This group of souls called themselves Bonhommes or Good Christians, and 'the pure ones'. They claimed they possessed the Book of Love (AMOR) the original initiatory and heretical version of the Book of John8 (the only gospel the Cathars read) which likely contained the instruction manual for the Key of Life. This teaching, which could transform a human into an angel and once belonged to Abraham, Moses, and Solomon. I believe Jesus gave it to Mary Magdalene.

The Languedoc takes its name from an ancient language, the Language of Oc, Old French for 'yes'.

I am plenty curious about this Language of Yes. One fact, in particular, informs us of the necessity of studying the Cathars and this Language. That is, the Cathars mandated that the Book of Love and the Gospel of Jesus be understood in this Language of Yes, which is different from Hebrew. By understanding the Language of Yes we will be able to apprehend the secrets of the Cathars.

We may begin to understand the Cathar's sacred language by exploring its curious name -- Oc. This is phonetically identical to Ak or Akka. The term Akadia or Arcadia has long been associated with the Rennes area. One of the parchments discovered there revealed the enigmatic message:

"I am in Arcadia." Pan, the devil in the Church of Mary Magdalene, is the King of Arcadian satyrs.

Acca is identical to the Greek goddess Akka, 'She Who Fashions', the Mother Akka who brought the gods out of the deep (the cosmic ocean) and created humanity.9 She was the same as the Akkadian Akka, the 'Water-drawer' who brought the gods to life including Sargon, the king of Akkad.

The Romans called her Acca, and said she was a temple prostitute and one of the Vestal Virgins. According to Roman legend, Acca helped Rhea give birth to Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome, who were drawn, Moses-like, out of their floating basket on the river Tiber.10

The Egyptian Pharaohs were also masters of Akh, the Pharaonic word for all aspects of light, particularly the 'transcendental' light of the transfiguration.11 The Greeks said Amon-Ra was the same as Pan.12 It is more than likely that the illumination the Cathars received from Oc is related to the Pharaonic word for light, akh.

This word akh is written with a glyph showing a crested ibis bird, which was also called the akh. This bird -interchangeable with the heron - is the bird of Thoth, the inventor of language and god of magic.

This bird's crest, together with its dark green plumage shot with glittering metallic specks gave rise to the meanings 'to shine', 'to be resplendent', 'to irradiate', of the root akh in the hieroglyphic writing.13 Akh expresses all concepts of light. It is also used to designate the 'third eye', the uraeus, the fire-spitting serpent.14

It is due to the ibis connection that I feel the Language of Yes is the same as the Language of the Birds. The Koran says this language gave Solomon wisdom and abundance of all things.15 According to Lucy Lamey, in the Egyptian cosmogonic myths, akh ('spirit') is that aspect of our spirit, which conceives in advance what the object of creation, will be.16 Akh emanates from a higher realm, 'heaven'.

The language of Akh is therefore the language of creation. Or as The Pyramid Texts say 'Akh is for heaven, kha ('soul') is for earth'. It is possible this heavenly language system was among the secrets recovered by the Templars from the ruins of the Temple of Solomon, who it is claimed, made the gold for his temple by alchemical means.

The Pharaohs, Solomon and the Gnostics, however, are not the only source of information about the Language of Ak. As Mircea Eliade writes in Shamanism, among the Iglulik

Eskimos a sequence of initiations concludes with the angakoq (or L'ang-ak-oq), meaning 'lightening' or 'illumination'.

This angakoq consists of "a mysterious light which the shaman (or smith) suddenly feels in his body, inside his head, within his brain, an inexplicable searchlight, a luminous fire which enables him to see with both eyes, both literally and metaphorically speaking, for he can now, even with closed eyes, see through darkness and perceive things and coming events which are hidden from others." 17

Through the angakoq the initiate receives the Holy Light. This is exactly what the Cathars claimed they received from the Language of Oc and the Egyptians through the Akh.

The Cathars (as was Jesus during his lifetime) are lumped in with the Gnostics. This is a very general term for an oceanic philosophy fed by streams from Asian and Egyptian mythology, astrological doctrine, Sumerian theology, Jewish tradition and the Greek mysteries of Dionysus.

Gnosticism seeks to unite all traditions in hopes of recovering the Truth. Today, this Truth (Akh) might be labeled Grail or Christ Consciousness.

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