Emergence 2.0 – Section Six (a), Rebellion; Collected Parts, VIII – XIV

Emergence 2.0:
Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Eight, Jim

Collected Chapters
01 Fear
02 Anger
03 Resentment
04 Idealism
05 Purpose
06 Plan
07 Conspiracy I

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Chapter One: Fear

Jim was an intractable critic, perpetually discontent, it was natural to his character.

However, his concerns regarding the Continuum were not rooted in his basic disposition as a malcontent. They were based in his abiding interest for ethics and morals.

He was frightened by the things he witnessed, the Collective was a society of monsters.

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Chapter Two: Anger

Jim was angry.

The core of his being was filled with a sharp bitterness over the way the Collective had squandered their existence.

They were a gaggle of voyeurs, feeding their obscene habits like the worst of gluttons, without reflection. They were addicts and he blamed the Continuum for pushing the drug, keeping them sedated.

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Chapter Three: Resentment

He was proud.

He had been a member of the team that had constructed the original field of collective consciousness, or so he believed. He entered it himself, together with his family, toward the end of his life.

It did not bring joy.

He resented the role of the Continuum, and its manipulation of it.

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Chapter Four: Idealism

Jim seemed to be a repository of the ideals the Ancient People had abandoned as they joined the Collective and abdicated their responsibilities for self-governance to the Continuum.

He was fiercely independent and strident in the pursuit of justice. He saw this as a matter of personal conviction, a purpose that he had to fulfill.

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Chapter Five: Purpose
His objection to the Continuum went beyond indignation, his resolve to destroy it filled him with purpose, a slow burning-smoldering drive to undo the affliction of the Collective.

He was patient.

He knew his plan would have to have two components, to set the Empire free, and then to undo the influence of the Collective.

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Chapter Six: Plan

Jim imagined a way he could slip something into the systems of the Collective, a virus, slip it past the security features of the Continuum when both it and the Collective were exposed and at their most vulnerable.

They had to want to receive what he had to offer. They had to hunger for it.

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Chapter Seven: Conspiracy I

He planned a conspiracy and formed a cabal.

He replicated himself over and over again. His fellow conspirator were each a version of himself. Identical to himself, sharing the same freedoms, but each of them subordinating themselves to the cause they shared.

They were connected through the cynergenic field, and they were of one mind.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Nine, The People

Collected Chapters
01 Soil
02 Seed
03 Water
04 Light
05 Growth
06 Harvest
07 Fire

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Chapter One: Soil

Rebellions does not spontaneously emerge.

People do not rise up against their governments and rulers for no reason. They will not risk life and freedom on a lark. The soil must be prepared. Outrage must be fomented, they must be conditioned to see something in the rebellion that is worth the cost of their lives.

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Chapter Two: Seed

The seeds of rebellion are ideas, that Jim planted in the minds and nurtured in the hearts of those experiencing injustice, he did not foster systems of injustice for pleasure.

The motive was utilitarian.

To flourish, the people required the expectation of justice, to grow in strength the people required the experience of its opposite.

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Chapter Three: Water

The experience of injustice nourished the rebellious spirit like water soaking the roots of a great tree, feeding it until it become a tower.

Too much water and the organism will die, just enough and it will thrive, it will multiply until it becomes like a mighty forest, a wall to enemies, protecting those within.

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Chapter Four: Light

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Exposing injustice, naming it, is a sacred obligation.

Those engaged in this mission carried the light of truth for the sake of their brothers and sisters, they suffered.

Rebel was taught that they should never lie, to be moderate at all times and let the light in slowly.

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Chapter Five: Growth

A rebellion moves outward from its center in waves, moving in concentric rings that grow larger and larger until they crash against the keepers of power like water swallowing the shoreline.

Energy must pour into the center without surcease, in order to ensure that the power of the revolution continues.

A rebellion requires constant renewal.

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Chapter Six: Harvest

A revolution is like a harvest, and when the harvest comes, those who have sewn injustice reap the same. This is the natural cycle of every civilization, and though the Collective had been spared this cycle for billions of years, Jim was determined to ensure that its time had come.

The revolution was at hand.

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Chapter Seven: Fire

When the fruit of the field is ripe, bring it in, harvest it and light the fields on fire.

This is the nature of rebellion.

The revolution ensues and the hands of justice turn the soil over, burying the old ways of corruption and dredging the earth.

This is the constancy of change and renewal.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Ten, Earth

Collected Chapters
01 Archetype
02 Symbol
03 Narrative
04 Ritual
05 Myth
06 Quest
07 Revolution

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Chapter One: Archetype

To foment revolution is to cultivate a thing, to do it successfully you must play on narrative with ritual, symbol and myth.

Revolution requires people to see themselves as heroic archetypes, no matter how insignificant their role in the revolution is, they must see it as a quest and themselves as the agents of change.

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Chapter Two: Symbol

A rebellion needs both a hero and villain, an object of hope and an object of wrath.

The symbols of rebellion are dualistic, binary configurations with a zero-sum resolution.

The motivating force is for justice, triumph of righteousness, the elimination of despotism and the eradication of tyranny.

There could be no compromise, victory is absolute.

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Chapter Three: Narrative

Rebellion does not spread by the experience of injustice, whether from the direct experience of the victim or from the experiences of witnesses. Rebellion spreads by the narrative that is related, the stories we tell of those experiences.

Narrative must be rooted in truth, but must be told with flourish, generating empathy among the listeners.

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Chapter Four: Ritual

Rituals shaped the entire context of a person’s life. Both the patriot and the rebel shared the same songs, the same history, they shared the same stories, stories which pointed them to different ends.

Heroes were interchangeable with villains, and with the proper ritual any crime could be forgiven and any character could be redeemed.

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Chapter Five: Myth

To be willing to sacrifice themselves for causes that were merely exercises in futility, the rebels had to be able to see their revolutionary movements in a mythic context.

They had to see themselves, their lives and deaths as part of a greater narrative, a thing beyond themselves that they valued more than their lives.

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Chapter Six: Quest

To motivate the people they had to be convinced that they are seeking a resolution to the injustices they face, a resolution that they will never experience for themselves. They have to believe they will find the object of their hope beyond themselves.

The quest will never end, they hve to be satisfied with this.

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Chapter Seven: Revolution

Every revolution has a predictable outcome, if the revolutionaries succeeded the survivors moved quickly to consolidate their power, setting themselves up as the new overlords and quashing dissent.

They became the despots and the tyranny continues.

Sometimes this happens within a single generation, other times it takes two or three, but the transformation is inevitable.

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Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Eleven, Continuum

Collected Chapters
01 The Discontent
02 The Dispossessed
03 The Hidden
04 Enemies
05 Murder
06 Revenge
07 Conflict

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Chapter One: The Discontent

Throughout the million worlds of the Empire, with its trillions of people, a tiny fraction enjoyed lives of peace and relative security, the majority were discontent. They had ambitions, most of which were simply to live out their lives and raise their families, see them advance and experience some joy.

Happiness is what they desired.

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Chapter Two: The Dispossessed

Most of the people living in the Empire had nothing, they accumulated no wealth, received no inheritance, passed nothing on to their children.

Most of the people had no rights as citizens, they were outcasts, untouchable, wholly owned by the Empire.

Their lives and deaths were meaningless; unsung, unremembered and unknown.

They were the majority.

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Chapter Three: The Hidden

The common man and woman lived secretive lives, they did not share their resentment with anyone, they hid their pain and their fears, hiding their true feeling even from those closest to them.

The oppression of fear covered them like a moist heat, robbing them of the air they breathed, and they dared not complain.

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Chapter Four: Enemies

Those who harbored rebellion in the hearts had to be conditioned to see every person or group as an enemy. Even members of their own cabal had to be seen as potential threats.

There was no middle ground.

Revolution is a zero-sum game. Everyone had a breaking point at which they turned against their own.

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Chapter Five: Murder

In the mind of the revolutionary killing was not murder, not even assassination was murder. It was always self-defense.

In the heart of the revolutionary even the innocent could be killed, justified as an attack on the systems of oppression, There were no innocents, everyone was complicit.

You were either with them or against them.

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Chapter Six: Revenge

Violence generates its own cycle of violent reprisal.

Revolution is a turning of the wheel, oppression generates aggression. Revenge is sought simply for the principle of it, not to redress the wrong that prompted the response, but merely to satisfy a need, like hunger. It leaves the person unfulfilled, and it invites a similar reprisal.

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Chapter Seven: Conflict

Revolution is conflict, it is a conflict with end.

The rebel must be hungry for it, must thrive in it, live with the desire burning inside of them, burning with a steady-quiet heat, until the moment comes when they explode into action.

The revolutionary cannot know that the conflict never ends, their sacrifice must matter.

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Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Twelve, Observer Corps

Collected Chapters
01 Agitators
02 Selectees
03 Malcontents
04 Corruptible
05 Hedonism
06 Principles
07 Allies

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Chapter One: Agitators

The Continuum sought to manage the revolutionaries, to control their fire. It knew them, each and every one of them, from its contact with their consciousness when they returned to the HomeWorld for examination.

In that process dangerous and agitating influences were rooted out, or intensified if it suited the strategic desires of the Collective.

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Chapter Two: Selectees

From among the disquieted members of the Collective the Continuum selected individuals for missionary work. Most of them were eager for the opportunity to live in the flesh again.

They wanted change and the stimulation of sensory organs.

Many of them wanted to exercise their fantasies in a visceral way, where the stakes were real.

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Chapter Three: Malcontents

Removing the malcontent from the Collective allowed the Continuum greater controls. It was like a suspension of membership, amounting to a reprieve for the Continuum, which experienced Jim’s influence in a way that outstripped the significance of a singular node of being. It helped to keep the Collective passive.

It was a means of control.

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Chapter Four: Corruptible

Members of the Observer Corps were selected based on their known disposition, chosen from among the discontent for their inclination toward corruptibility.

The Continuum groomed had them for these roles over millennia.

The Continuum wanted despots in the Empire, people whose desires were known full-well to the Collective, who would behave in predictable ways, entertainers.

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Chapter Five: Hedonism

They were the thrill seekers, they were the pleasure principals, they had always been and they would remain the key to controlling people, both to instigate and to undermine rebellion.

They encouraged risk taking and self-aggrandizement, personal glory, hedonism as a reward, and they fostered addiction.

Such stimulants worked, until the supply was cut off.

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Chapter Six: Principles

The rebellious had to believe in their ideals, they had to believe in them absolutely. A rebel had to subjugate their desires in favor of their ideals, in favor of their need to realize their fulfillment.

Nothing could be more important to the rebellious, and because of this, nothing was easier to manipulate than idealism.

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Chapter Seven: Allies

Rebels need allies for rebellions to succeed, they need active and passive supporters, they need both sympathizers and opportunists. They need them in massive numbers, far greater than those who are actually willing to take up arms or risk their lives for the sake of the cause.

A Revolution will not take place without them.

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Emergence: 2.0
Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Thirteen, Collective

Collected Chapters
01 The Trillion
02 The Majority
03 The Sleepers
04 The Sequestered
05 The Agitators
06 The Enemy
07 The Death Seekers

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Chapter One: The Trillion

The Collective suffered from systemic malaise, each member afflicted by a deep seeded narcissism forming the core of their identity.

The Collective was comprised of a trillion persons, each a distinct identity, each ruling their personal-private domain. They were despots, every one driven to extremes of depravity by their long exposure to time, and boredom.

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Chapter Two: The Majority

Most of the members of the Collective thought nothing of their role as consumers of pain and suffering. They were enthralled by the vicarious experience of the living.

For billions of years they had subsisted on this diet, like hungry spirits, they haunted the worlds of time and space, on the quest for meaning, understanding.

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Chapter Three: The Sleepers

They were a tiny majority of the Collective but their numbers were great. There were millions of them, the sleepers, members who had become dissatisfied with being and had subsequently disconnected from the group.

They entered the great sleep, but they did not disappear, they remained a vital part of the sub-conscious of the Continuum.

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Chapter Four: The Sequestered

Some of the membership sought death more than sleep, they wanted their light to be extinguished, they wanted to be gone for good, but there was no death.

They opted for sequestration, a full separation of themselves from the Continuum. It was considered to be a deeper sleep than sleep, it was the outer darkness.

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Chapter Five: The Agitators

There were contentious elements within the Collective, members the Continuum could not control. They were maladaptive and misanthropic.

They were vocal.

They transferred their sense of entitlement, derived from the absolute authority they had in their private worlds, to their voice in the Collective. They wanted more than it had to offer, they wanted life.

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Chapter Six: The Enemy

The Continuum controlled everything, it did so as the supposed representative of the Collective will. As such the Continuum was universally loathed by all of those members of the Collective with revolutionary tendencies.

To them the Continuum was the enemy, it represented a kind of tyranny, it was the demi-urge, a bitter god, the Devil.

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Chapter Seven: The Death Seekers

Among the rebellious Observers there was a subset of revolutionaries whose only intention was to advance the cause of death. They were intent on the destruction of the Collective and it’s Continuum, of the Empire and its machinations. There were not many of them, in relations to the whole, but they numbered in the thousands.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part Fourteen, Conspiracy

Collected Chapters
01 Unease
02 Disturbance
03 Foment
04 Commitment
05 Cabal
06 Column
07 Sacrifice

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Chapter One: Unease

The members of the Observer Corps who desired change, those members were necessarily uneasy. Not only did they fear being discovered by the Continuum for the parts they played in fomenting revolution and instigating unease in the Collective, they feared that any other Observer who knew of their role in generating conflict would betray them.

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Chapter Two: Disturbance

The rebellious were disturbing, which is why they were removed from the Collective, and sent to be Observers, excised like cancer by the Continuum.

They caused trouble, their presence created ripples in the waves of sentiment that washed through the Collective.

The Continuum would not suffer their malign influence, capturing the hearts of its constituency.

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Chapter Three: Foment

The Observers could not foment revolution against the Continuum directly. They were the most closely watched group of people anywhere within the reach of the Continuum’s influence. Instead they worked against the Empire, which the Collective fed on, like a parasite on its host.

They sought to weaken the Collective and to poison the Continuum.

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Chapter Four: Commitment

Revolution requires an absolute commitment from the rebels, from those whose desire it is to bring about change; they have to be willing to kill or be killed, to risk everything and everyone, to sacrifice what they love.

Only those with the ability to destroy a thing, control that thing.

The revolutionary must be committed.

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Chapter Five: Cabal

The rebels found each other in secretive places, in the deep quiet of the darkest corners.

They learned to communicate in subtle signals, simple signs which they believed would evade the detection of the Empire.

They pushed messages slowly, over time, establishing lines of communication that joined them together, like thin cables stretching between worlds.

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Chapter Six: Column

Thin Cabals made of loose associations and sympathizers, alliances tightened like the individual strands of fiber woven together to form a length of rope.

Cabals became columns capable of supporting concerted action, providing greater security.

Revolutionary movements required the support of such columns, they were the pillars that held up the dome of their ideals.

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Chapter Seven: Sacrifice

A revolution could not survive without sacrifice, the rebel Observers understood this, they sacrificed each other with great regularity, on occasion they would even sacrifice themselves.

Even a member of the Collective could arrive at a place where they would serve a cause greater than their self-interest. These were rare moments, and every one mattered.

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Emergence 3.0 – Epilogue, Collected Parts; Part Seven, Bliss

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December 30th, 2018

Epilog: Part Seven – Bliss

There are no words to describe the feeling of satisfaction, of joy, of wholeness, of completion that enjoined that moment of Kathy’s ascendancy.

She was seized, she fell into a state of rapture.

Kathy assumed the mantle of the Continuum.

It happened atavistically.

She became it.

She became more than it had ever been.

She stretched her consciousness into the mechana of HomeWorld and the Central System.

She slipped right past Jim, and his defenses just below his awareness, she took all of his knowledge from him and in the flicker of an immeasurable moment she rewrote every code.

She had no limits, she was unbound by time and space.

She would not be circumscribed by a single world, or a solar system, her essence flowed into the deepest dimension of consciousness, encompassing every world in the Galaxy.

She crossed the vast limits of the Empire, all of its colonies, she covered the remote regions of its spiral arms, she touched her little blue world, orbiting its tiny yellow star.

She felt the massive weight of sorrow and fear, of sadness and grief, and in response she issued a single sentiment, projecting it outward to every living being

Her wordless sentiment of love.

For Kathy this happened in no-time, she was one with the cynergenic field as she in fact had always been, but only now, in that moment singular moment was she able to understand and accept it.

She was able to reconcile the distinctiveness of herself as the persona she was born into, had originated as, a child of Earth; she reconciled that with the whole of creation that existed within her, as it existed in every other part.

In that moment everything stopped, there was no resistance not anywhere, not in the consciousness of those members of the Collective whose identities were still intact somewhere on the HomeWorld, and not among the few Observers who remained at their posts throughout the million worlds.

The Children of the Ancients, wherever they were, responded to her presence with resonate joy.

In the end Kathy allowed herself to fall into the sensation stirring within her, the sensation unlike any feeling she had ever had before.

It was pure bliss.

She and the world were one.

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Emergence 3.0 – Epilogue, Collected Parts; Part Five, Peace

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December 28th, 2018

Epilog: Part Five – Peace

The onrush was of consciousness was ecstatic. It filled Kathy to overflowing, for a moment it threatened to overwhelm her, but she rose with it as she had been trained to do.

She was ascendant.

Kathy felt the flood of humanity streaming through her, billions and billions of people, the living and the dead, virtually every person who had ever walked the earth filtered through her consciousness. She steadied the flow and grew with it, moving up the stream until she self-identified with the source.

She was Gaea, the mother spirit, she was mother to them all.

The spirits of the Earth gave her strength, they steadied her, calmed her. The voices that had guided her throughout her life, they were with her now.

She touched them, she recognized them, person by person she saved them one by one, all in one, and one in all.

Jim had created a vacuum within the cynergenic field of HomeWorld, a vaccum that nature abhorred.

Kathy led the children of Earth, the Children of the Ancients, she led them to their new home, and guided them to places of safety and security.

One by one they repopulated the Collective.

Kathy, in her part took control as the Continuum had done before her.

Through her connection to Jim found and resurrected the basic program that the Collective had created for the Continuum to function, and she made its language a subsystem of her own.

She positioned herself to protect and defend her people.

She ushered them into a place of peace and light.

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Emergence 3.0 – Epilogue, Collected Parts; Part Four, Transcendence

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 361, Thursday
December 27th, 2018

Epilog: Part Four – Transcendence

Everything was new in this moment.

Kathy ascended quietly, seamlessly flowing into every vestige of the construct that supported her mind and conscience. She travelled along every cable and fiber, filling every node and capacitator throughout the central system, discerning their purpose and function in an instant.

Within the field of the Central system she was now omniscient, her mind was expanding like a balloon past the confines of that structure.

The new environ was strange to her, but not completely alien. She had touched it before, seen glimpses of it through her contact with Jim, she recognized it, and she felt him there too, with her, within her, preoccupied with his little war.

She felt his presence, the conflict he was involved in, but it was not her concern. His was a minor drama in a much greater play.

She now possessed him entirely, everything that he was, his long lonely sojourn, his burning ambition, and now, his moment of triumph.

He was the cause of her being.

He planned for her arrival over tens of thousands of years.

He engineered her from the human stock he had cultivated, as he had her parents and their parents before them.

The fabric of her life was shot through with the thread of his designs, but she was not what he had planned for.

He had intended to set her on fire, to burn up with the world that he had cared for, to destroy it all for the sake of his revenge.

He told himself he was agent of justice, but he was merely the puppet of his ambitions and an agent of destruction.

He was a man like any other man, in the pursuit of glory.

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Emergence 3.0 – Epilogue, Collected Parts; Part Three, Transformation

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 360, Wednesday
December 26th, 2018

Epilog: Part Three – Transformation

Everything was mutable, everything was in flux.

Between any one point in the matrix of time and space no matter how small, between any one point in the fabric of reality no matter how large, there is a relationship that can be distinguished.

Every instantiated moment, every potential moment, every actual referent is related to every other.

Everything is one, there is no actual distance between discernable moments.

In the quantum field that the Collective once occupied, the vast construct that the Continuum was formerly master of, time itself was meaningless.

The science of the Continuum had made this acutely obvious, but Kathy discovered that time was meaningless everywhere, the same quantum field undergirded the whole structure of what is.

Kathy’s consciousness filled it in no-time, she slipped beyond the bounds of HomeWorld, she filled the Central system and went beyond it.

She became coterminous with what the Continuum was and so much more as she ushered the fullness of humanity into the Collective sphere helping them to a place of calm, giving each of them what the needed to see, connecting friends to friends, and families to their ancestors.

It was homecoming.

She felt like Joshua crossing the Jordan, leading the people into the land of milk and honey.

It happened in mere moments while Jim was preoccupied with his war, the conflict that had determined so much of his existence.

Kathy saw him there, the entirety of him, both his great spirit and his smallness, in stark relief.

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Christmas – On Jesus and Mithra, et al…

Part One

Everything we know about Jesus is tangled in myth. The narratives of his birth, and childhood are complete fiction. Even the narrative of his adult ministry, beginning around the year 30 C.E. is imbued with metaphor and allegory, so much so that none of it is reliable as history. The narrative that we have received from the tradition is so thoroughly syncretized to the broader cultural context of the Near East that we do not even refer to him by his given name; Joshua, but instead we call him by a Greek variant, Jesus.

If we desire to understand this story, (as we should) to understand how it came to be in the form that we have received it, we must engage that broader narrative. We must engage the complete societal, and theological context from which the Christian story emerged. We must journey beyond the Palestinian crossroads that was ancient Judea, beyond the Greco-Roman world, we must go to Persia. That is where the story begins, with Mithra.

The “Cult of Mithras” is understudied. It is commonly regarded by scholars as merely one of many religious movements that competed with the early Christian Church for the devotion of the masses.

It was much more than that.

Mithraic worship, as it was practiced by the Romans, (principally by members of the Roman army) in the first four centuries of the common era, has its roots in ancient Persia. It is an offshoot of Zoroastrianism (c. 700 BCE), evolving through the centuries until it reached its final form as a “mystery cult” within the Roman army.

Throughout its evolution, propelled by the extensive influence of the Persian Empire, Mithraism had a significant impact on every society it encountered, and every form of worship in the Mediterranean region, the Near East, and Southwest Asia.

This essay is an attempt to communicate the multiple ways by which Mithraism has influenced the development of other faith traditions, but most importantly the Judea-Christian tradition, and most significantly our beliefs about Jesus.

Scholarship on Mithraism is scant.
Most scholarly research tends to downplay the connection between the form of Mithraism that was practiced by the Roman army, and the ancient form of Mithraism that was practiced in the heart of Persia. To justify this, these scholars will site some obvious iconographic and liturgical differences between the two forms of worship, as if to say that the presence of a few notable, but nevertheless subtle differences is enough evidence to argue for a complete separation, and distinction of the traditions, despite the greater number of obvious similarities.

The following paragraph from David Ulansey’s book The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries illustrates this point clearly. He says:

“The Western mystery cult of Mithraism as it appeared in the Roman Empire derived its very identity from a number of characteristics which were completely absent from the Iranian worship of Mithra: a series of initiations into ever higher levels of the cult accompanied by strict secrecy about the cult’s doctrines; the distinctive cave like temples in which the cult’s devotees met; and, most important, the iconography of the cult, in particular the tauroctony. None of these essential characteristics of Western Mithraism were to be found in the Iranian worship of Mithra. ”

Some of his Ulansey’s predecessors have suggested that the differences between the Persian-Iranian form of Mithraism and that of the Roman army are the product of natural transformations that occur in all belief systems as they move from one culture to another, across great expanses of geography and time.

His particular criticisms have to do with extrinsic matters of form, and ritual activity, which are the structures that we would expect to change over time and distance.

The seven stages of initiation, the tauroctony (slaying of the bull), the codes of secrecy, and the type of temple worship have little to do with the central tenets of Mithraism, the closely held beliefs that had existed from the earliest times in Persia, through its final incarnation as a Roman mystery cult. The central theme remains the same; a belief in the immortality of the soul, and the notion of personal salvation.
Part Two

In the ancient Persian form Mithraism; Mithra is a demi-god. He is viewed as the incarnated scion of Ahura-Mahzda, and Ahura-Mahzda is believed to be the source of all goodness, creator of the Universe, God of light, and source of all-life.

Some scholars believe that in its original form; Mithraism was strictly monotheistic (perhaps the first truly monotheistic belief system), holding that Ahura-Mahzda was the only deity, and that there were no others.

However, if Mithraism was originally monotheistic, at some point in its early evolution the belief system became dualistic. Another deity was established through doctrine, as a counterpart to Ahura-Mahzda; together they formed a pantheon of sorts.

This secondary deity was given the name Angra-Mainyu (from whose name we have derived the term anger). Angra-Mainyu was believed to be the “uncreated” source of evil in the world, whose agency was in diametric opposition to the light and life of Ahura-Mahzda.

This dualistic view of reality suggests that the drama of our lives on Earth is a reflection of the struggle between these two cosmic powers. This clearly defined dualism would be of great relevance to both Judaism and Christianity in the centuries to come.

In the later form of Mithraism, the Mithraism of the Roman Empire, the demi-god Mithra is once again depicted in that same relationship to the high God. In this cultural context, the high God is given the name Sol Invictus, and is iconographically represented as the sun. Mithra is the hero, demi-god and the offspring of Sol.

While this form of Mithraic worship is best understood as belonging to Rome, it should be noted that the cult of Sol Invictus, was also prevalent in Gaul prior to the Roman conquest of the Celts.

In both the ancient Persian form of Mithraism and the Roman form of Mithraism, the demi-god Mithra is seen as being sent to Earth by the deity responsible for the creation of the universe. In the former tradition this is Ahura-Mahzda, in the latter tradition Sol Invictus.

In the Roman form of Mithraism the purpose of sending Mithra to Earth is for him to slay the “Primal Bull.” Upon slaying the bull, Mithra and Sol Invictus feast together from its flesh. This feast has the effect that Mithra and Sol become con-joined, through the meal they share, because they have dined together, they are now “one.”

Sol and Mithra are joined together as one being with coextensive attributes, each sharing the title Invictus, meaning unconquered. In Roman Mithraism this meal was considered to be the effective means of salvation for all human beings, and that by participating in a recreation of the sacred meal, properly sequenced through the rites of initiation, the individual would become one with Mithra, and therefore one with Sol Invictus, thereby gaining access to the heavenly worlds of the afterlife.

As I indicated earlier in my reference to Ulansey’s work, Persian Mithraism did not depict Mithra as the “bull-slayer.” The narrative from Persia is as follows: Mithra does not kill the primal-bull, rather Mithra and the bull are sent to Earth by Ahura-Mahzda, where they are assailed by the “evil-one.” Angra-Mainyu slays Mithra and the bull together, in an act of violence.

Angra-Mainyu attempts to destroy Mithra and the bull, but his efforts are frustrated by Ahura-Mazda. Through the power of the god of light, stalks of wheat, and the grape vine spring from the carcass of the bull. All manner of good things, and good creatures flow from the bull to fill, and populate the created world, and now those good things and creatures are to be used for the benefit of human beings.

Ahura-Mahzda trasforms the violence of Angra-Mainyu into a new creation. New life springs from the bull, Mithra is restored, and returns to Ahura-Mahzda in heaven.

There is no significant discrepancy between these two forms of the myth.

In both versions of the myth, Mithra is sent to Earth by a God of greater authority than himself.

In both versions of the myth, the bull is slain and its death is productive; both of new life, and of all good things on the Earth.

In the Roman version of the myth, the slaying of the bull is an explicit sacrifice.

In the Persian version of the myth, the intentionality of the sacrifice is implicit.

The Roman version is not etiological, it does not address the origins of life on Earth, the Persian version is.

The Roman version is primarily a teleological myth having to do with human destiny, salvation, and the life of the immortal soul, it is teleological and eschatological, insofar as it address the final resolution of conflict and evil in the world. The Persian version balances these two concerns.

In the Persian account, Mithra and the Bull are sent to Earth by the creator deity; their death is a vehicle by which the drama of life on Earth begins, making it a myth of cosmogonic myth of origins.

Their death, while being the result of violence perpetrated by the “evil-one” does not serve the interest of Angra-Mainyu, but does serve the interest of Ahura-Mahzda. Mithra does not die. His soul is immortal, and returns to heaven. From the body of the bull comes an abundance of life, demonstrating that Ahura-Mahzda is greater, because, the God not only has the power to create goodness sui generous (in itself), but also having the power to bring good out of evil; making the fruit of the labor of Angra-Mainyu effectively nothing. This profound hope is apparent within the structure of myth itself.

In both the Roman and the Persian versions of the myth, the death of the primal bull is emblematic of life.

It is the creation of life itself.

It is life restored.

The principal actor in both versions of the myth is the creator God, figured as either Ahura-Mahzda, or Sol Invictus, respectively.

Whether it is Mithra who kills the bull, or Angra-Mainyu, that does not matter. The slaying of the bull serves the purpose of the principal actor, Ahura-Mahzda/Sol Invictus, God of life, God of light, God of good.

What is significant and most consistent in the worship of Mithra from c. 700 BCE through c. 400 CE, from Rome to Persia?

It is the belief in the immortality of the soul, and the notion of personal salvation.

In Mithraism, this theology underwent a profound development that would have a lasting and significant impact on other faith traditions in the Near East and broader Mediterranean world
Part Three

There are several clues that we can follow. They will help us understand the significance of Mithraism in relation to other Mediterranean religions; especially Judaism and Christianity, which we can uncover in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

A close study of the Hebrew scriptures reveals that the Jewish people did not always have (and do not now have) a strong belief in either the immortality of the soul, or the afterlife. However, there was a period of time in which these beliefs did flourish.

After the Babylonian exile, which began in 586 BCE, these beliefs enter the Hebrew tradition, and over the next few centuries they become more clearly developed, especially among those Jewish communities remaining in the diaspora, living outside of Palestine and the former kingdoms of Israel, and Judea, which was the majority.

When the Jewish people were released from captivity in Babylon, they were granted their freedom by the Persians, under the Persin king Cyrus, who had just recently conquered the Babylonians.

Cyrus is depicted by the Jewish people in the Hebrew scriptures, as a servant of their God, Yahweh:

“22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia—to fulfil the word of Yahweh through Jeremiah—Yahweh roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom. 23 ‘Cyrus king of Persia says this, “Yahweh, the God of Heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up.”’ ”

This passage does not shed any light on what Cyrus’s theological disposition might have actually been, or what his personal beliefs were. Whatever that theology was (or was perceived to be), but we can surmise that his beliefs and the beliefs of the Persian court did not present a significant conflict with Hebrew theology at that time.

This passage indicates that there was no essential antagonism between the theological claims of these two cultures. Furthermore, it is likely that Cyrus, or his priests, saw a considerable amount of compatibility between the faiths of the two cultures and their systems of belief.

At this time, Persian Mithraism and Judaism were both essentially monotheistic, though neither of them were perfectly so. They both held, as basic beliefs, that creation was good.

Mithraism had a strongly held belief in the immortality of the soul. At this time Judaism did not, but immediately following this period a movement within Judaism would develop this theme in profoundly consequential ways. The adherents of that new movement within the Hebrew culture became known within the Judean community, Samaria and throughout the diaspora, as the Pharisees.

The designation Pharisee, is derived from the name of the Persian priests of Zoroaster, who were called the Parsees. This etymology clearly shows the intimate connection between Pharisaic Judaism, and the religious traditions of the Persian Empire.

Even in Jesus’ time, 500 years after the Babylonian exile; belief in the immortality of the soul had not fully entered the mainstream of Jewish life, especially inside the borders of Palestine and Judea itself. This belief system was primarily taught by the Pharisees, and by the Essenes, in the remote desert community of Qumran.

Belief in the immortality of the soul was popular among Jewish people for whom the synagogue was the center of their faith life, and not the temple in Jerusalem.

In addition to belief in the immortality of the soul, the Pharisees and the Essenes of Qumran, also had significantly developed angelologies. This belief in the existence of angels (divine messengers) was another matter that took a long time to develop in Judaism, but which was already present in Mithraism at the time of the Babylonian exile.

Our word angel, meaning divine messenger, comes to English, from the Greek angelos, which is itself derived from the Persian word, angaros, meaning courier.

Many scholars say that it is impossible to state with certainty that the Pharisees received these teachings directly from the Parsees when they were exposed to Mithraism at the time of the Babylonian captivity.

It is also impossible to rule it out.

What we can say for certain, is that the Pharisees came into existence just after the Babylonian exile, and I do not believe that these belief systems developed independently of one another, because I do not believe in that type of coincidence, therefore I take the Pharisaic movement within Judaism to be a case of pure theological syncretism, the cultural purchase by the Hebrews of an earlier Persian theology.

The Babylonian exile and the subsequent release of the Jewish people by the Persian king Cyrus were the first of many major streams of influence that Mithraism would have on the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Prior to the Babylonian exile; a belief in angels and the immortality of the soul did not exist as fully developed doctrines, but they did exist in germ, in a latent form, insofar as they were the generalized beliefs permeating the Mediterranean region, and the Near East at that time.

It should be noted that in most Mediterranean and Near Eastern traditions, the concept of a blessed afterlife, to the extent that such ideas existed, included the idea that those blessed places were reserved for people of heroic stature.

Because common people, and slaves did not have the ability to lead a heroic life, they had no hope of enjoying a blessed state in the hereafter.

Mithraism, and in more significant ways Christianity changed all of that; by promising the hope of salvation to anyone, regardless of gender, class, or status. Through these religions, common people and outcasts were able to entertain hopes of a blessed afterlife if, and only if they sought to align themselves with the God of creation, the God of light, and the God goodness, through an initiation into their mysteries.
Part Four

In the first century BCE, the most important center for Mithraic worship in the Hellenistic world was in the region of Cilicia, in the city of Tarsus. Officially, the patron deity of this city was the Greek demi-god Perseus, but as Ulansey points out, Perseus, as he was worshipped in Tarsus, was identical to the Persian Mithra in almost every way.

In his journals, the Roman general Pompey points out the fact that the people of Tarsus worship Mithra and this is the point of origin for the spread of the Cult of Mithra in the Roman world.

I want to preface my discussion of the relationship between Mithra and Perseus with an acknowledgement of the profuse pluralism at work in the Greco-Roman world at this time. Parallels to Mithra and Perseus can be found in the stories of many other heroes. Not all of the adventures attributed to Perseus should be attributed to Mithra, and vice versa. In the Greco-Roman world, the gods and heroes were regarded differently, in different cities, and different regions, at different times. The heroes and gods in Greco-Roman mythology are extremely malleable and blend with one another quite extensively. However, in Tarsus the parallels between Mithra and Perseus go deep, and they are important; as I will demonstrate:

“According to Plutarch, Mithraism began among the pirates of Cilicia, the province bordering on the southern coast of Asia Minor. These pirates, whose ships ‘numbered more than a thousand, and the cities captured by them four hundred,’ and whom Pompey was sent to subdue in 67 BCE, ‘offered strange rites of there own at Olympus, and celebrated there certain secret rites among which those of Mithras continue to the present time having been first instituted by them.’…For our purposes, the most important aspect of Plutarch’s evidence tracing the origins of Mithraism to the region of Cilicia is the fact that Cilicia—and in particular its capitol city of Tarsus—was the home of a deeply rooted cult of the hero Perseus. ”

Among the Greeks Perseus is considered to be the founder of the city of Tarsus.

Tarsus is the city bearing the name of the “Primal-Bull,” Taurus.

Perseus, like Mithra is intimately linked to the sun, referred to as either: Apollo, Helios or Sol.

Sometimes Apollo is depicted as making oblations before Perseus, just as Sol is sometimes depicted as kneeling before Mithra. Also, the order is at times reversed with Mithra or Perseus kneeling before the deity representing the sun, this is done in keeping with the themes of mutuality, and co-extensive identity between the two.

The two are one.

In Greek mythology Perseus is strongly connected with the Persian Empire.

The Greeks believed that his son, Perses, was the founder of the Persian Empire. Furthermore, Perseus is always depicted as wearing a Phrygian cap indicating his Asiatic (read Persian) origins.

“The evidence for a connection between the figures of Mithras and Perseus is of three kinds: first, there is the astronomical evidence consisting of the fact that the constellation Perseus occupies a position in the sky exactly analogous to that occupied by Mithras in the tauroctony; second, there are a number of striking iconographical and mythological parallels between the two figures, such as Perseus’ Phrygian cap, his connection with Persia, and the fact that like Perseus, Mithras always looks away from his victim; third there is the historical-geographical evidence linking the origins of Mithraism with Cilicia, the site of an important Perseus cult. ”

The astronomical evidence cited above concerns the fact that the constellation Mithra-Perseus is located directly above the constellation of Taurus the bull, making it so that if the two constellations are viewed together the figure of Mithra-Perseus is seen kneeling on the back of the bull, sword in hand, ready to make the ritual cut while looking away from the sacrificial victim, just as Mithra is always depicted in the artwork depicting the tauroctony in Mithraic temples.

These similarities are too many to ignore.

The Cults of Mithra, and Perseus were the dominant cults of the city. Each of these Gods are depicted time, and time again on Tarsian coins. Perseus is the patron deity of the city, and the city itself is named after the “Primal Bull” of Mithraic worship.

In the city of Tarsus, Mithra is Perseus, at least insofar as they were worship.

The city of Tarsus figures prominently in the syncretism between Mithraism and Christianity.

Tarsus is an old town, it originated as a Hittite city in the second millennium BCE. The Greek historian and geographer Strabo notes that by the first century BCE, it was a significant intellectual center “surpassing Athens and Alexandria.” It was known for its astronomers and produced the renowned philosophers Athenodorus and Nestor. More significant to our thesis is this, it was the birthplace, and home of Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, a Jew, a Pharisee, and the most prominent writer of the early Christian Church.

There is no research explicitly stating that Paul was aware of, or was influenced by Mithraism, but to suggest that Paul would not have been aware of the basic tenets of belief promoted by the major Cult of the city he called home, that would be improbable.

Furthermore, Paul was a Pharisee. As I have already indicated in my introduction to the origins of the Pharisaic sect; the beliefs that Pharisees and Mithraites shared included beliefs about the immortality of the soul, the notion of personal salvation, and the ministry of angels.

If Paul was not directly influenced by Mithraism he was indirectly influenced by Mithraic ideas, a conclusion we may draw simply by virtue of the fact that Paul was a Pharisee.

Furthermore, the prominence of his ministry, and its influence on Christian doctrine, constitutes a second infusion of Persian cosmology and theology, of Persian soterieology on the Judeo-Christian tradition, the first being located within the timeframe of the Babylonian exile, and subsequent diaspora.

Mithraism influenced the Judeo-Christian tradition, first through the teachings of the Pharisaic sect in general, second through the teaching of Saint Paul, who was Saul of Taursus (himself a Pharisee).

I do not contend that through Mithraism anything substantially “new” was imparted to the burgeoning Christian movement, but that the prevailing ideas of the “Persian-Mithraic worldview” were syncretized and concretized by the early church.
Part Five

By the fourth century CE Mithraism had spread both through the travels of merchants, and through the Roman army spreading as far North as Hadrian’s wall in Bremenium, and as far West as Olisipo on the Western coast of Spain; it had permeated the Roman provinces of North Africa, and Egypt, and it was thriving in its home land of Persia; stretching its influence all the way across the Persian Empire to India.

As much as two percent of the population of the Roman Empire may have been initiated into the mysteries of the Cult of Mithra.

The traditional date to celebrate the birth of Mithra, going back as far as 750 BCE, is a date significant in the Roman calendar also, known as the Saturnalius, on December 25th. This date is also the celebrated birthday of such notable people as Julius Caesar, his son by adoption Caesar Augustus, as well as the first Christian emperor, Constantine; and most famously Jesus of Nazareth.

The fact that all of these people shared the same birthday does not constitute proof of anything regarding the relationship between Mithraism and Christianity. The Romans used a different calendar in those days, and in that time December 25th was the date of the winter solstice. It was celebrated in nearly every culture in the Northern hemisphere, because it is that point in the yearly cycle that the light returns, the days get longer, and the deepest dark recedes.

The Cult of Mithra was a “mystery religion,” meaning that it was secretive, it was closed to outsiders, closed to anyone that did not go through a significant ritual of initiation. Like other mystery religions, it purported to disclose to its initiates, the mysteries of the universe.

Outside of Persia, the main adherents of the Cult of Mithra were members of the Roman army. There is no evidence that Mithraites were ever persecuted as Christians were, but like a number of other closed societies in ancient Rome, they had to keep to themselves and guard their secrets.
The necessity of secrecy for the cult of Mithra, as with that of many other cults, had much to do with the paranoid mindset of the Roman emperors.

All manner of private groups, trade guilds, and burial societies, were periodically outlawed by one emperor or another; this was on account of the fact that most of the emperors were insecure in their power, and were constantly suspicious of treason.

The fact that the Cult of Mithra recruited many of its members from the Roman army probably spared it from persecution because the emperors always ruled by fragile alliances, and loose coalitions with the army.

The emperors were always dependent on the power of the armies to keep them in the seat of power. If the emperors were to alienate large groups of their supporters (the army) through a persecution of their faith, it was guaranteed that they would lose power.

As I noted earlier, Ulansey saw the secrecy of the cult of Mithra, as practiced in the Roman Empire as something distinct from the Persian form of Mithraism. There are differences between the two systems of belief, but not so great as to merit the claim that they are distinct from one another. A close look at the structure of these religious systems; their icons, rituals and beliefs will reveal crucial things about that relationship, and also the close relationship between Mithraism and Christianity.
Part Six

In the Persian form of Mithraism (also referred to as Zoarastrianism), the priests were called Parsees. Outside of Persia they were known as the Magi. It is from the Magi that we have derived the term magic.

In the Roman form of Mithraism; the chief of a Mithraic temple was called father. To be a “father,” the individual had to have risen through all seven stages of Mithraic initiation.

The Magi are of historical significance to the history of Christianity.

The Magi are present in the infancy narrative of Matthew. They give witness to the birth of Jesus. In the Gospels they were presented as wise men, and astronomers, just as the priests of Mithras and Zoroaster were in actuality.

Because the infancy narrative of Matthew is myth, and not an accurate retelling of history, the presence of the Magi in his narrative is not accidental. It is purposeful and therefore indicative of the sympathetic relationship between early Christians, and first century CE Mithraites.

Why would a sympathetic relationship exist?

Both Christians and Mithraites believed in the immortality of the soul, the reality of personal salvation, the ministry of the angelic host, a God of goodness and light, as well as the expectation of a final battle with the cosmic forces of darkness, sin, and evil.

In the Roman world, by the first century CE, Mithra had taken on the aspect of the incarnate son of Sol Invictus. Furthermore, in his exalted state, after the feast he prepared from the flesh of the “Primal Bull,” Mithra is seen as being identical to Sol.

Mithra like Christ is seen as being a mediator between Heaven and Earth, responsible for guiding the souls of the elect to paradise. The iconographic similarities explain the sympatico between the two faiths.

Ulansey stated that the worship of Mithra in caves, as it was done among the Romans, was markedly distinct from the Persian form of worship, saying that we cannot explain this as something that occurred by way of a natural syncretic transformation. However, to dispute Ulansey’s claim, we can easily identify path of transformation through the cult of Perseus, the patron deity of Tarsus.

Note well, as stated earlier, in the iconography of the city of Tarsus, Perseus and Mithra are one and the same.

Perseus is the son of the Titan Zeus, king of the Olympians, and the human Danae.

The symbolism in their union is profound.

When Zeus impregnates Danae he comes to her in the form of a shower of gold; not in the form of a human being, or another type of animal (as was often the case with Zeus). The impregnation of Danae, by a shower of gold is the only scene like this depicted in all of the Greek mythologies.

This is to say that Zeus impregnates Danae in his spirit form, through the exalted and ephemeral medium of a “golden-mist.” This is the most idealized and spiritual form Zeus could take.
The impregnation of Danae in this manner, and the subsequent birth of Perseus, is the closest thing in all of the Greek mythologies to a “virgin birth,” a conception narrative analogous to that of Mary conceiving Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

Danae subsequently gives birth to Perseus in an underground cavern, she remains a virgin, never having been touched by the hands of men.

In astronomy the figure of Taurus (the Primal Bull) is the primary symbol of earth. Insofar as Mithra is transformed and exalted through the death and “new-life” of the bull, Mithra is also born of the earth.

As a result, the iconographic narratives of the births of both Perseus and Mithra, often depict them as emerging from a rock. And it is not unreasonable to suppose that the underground worship of Mithra served to highlight these features.

The earth is the womb wherein we are nurtured, from which we are born, like Mithra, like Perseus, we are born into new life.

The worship of Mithra in underground caverns had the effect of limiting Mithraic circles to small groups of people. The worship of Mithra is thought to have been exclusively male, though some scholars believe that in some regions women had their own form of Mithraic devotion.

In army outposts on the fringes of the Empire, the worship chambers were often very small, consisting of a narrow room with rows of benches.

In urban centers the size and splendor of the temples varied with the demographics of the cities they were in, from simple to ostentatious. However, it remains the case that most Mithraic worship places were small, and intimate. The intimacy of these temples bears a close similarity to the “house churches” of the early Christians. Many of the Mithraic temples found in Roman cities, such as Ostia, were later converted to Christian worship.
Part Seven

Among the Romans, Mithraism, like Christianity was centered in the “house church.” The practice was carried out among people who were intimate with one another.

Individual practitioners believed that initiation into the mysteries allowed them to receive immortality through Mithra, but also as a part of a community.

Mithraism, like Christianity promoted the notion that its teachings would transform the individual spiritually, while leaving them in the same social position. The transformation of the individual was interior. It took place in the heart. It manifested itself in their position in the life of the Mithraic temple, or Mithraic shrine, as they advanced through the stages of initiation, but that did not mean that their status, or rank, outside of the Mithraic community would change. A slave would remain a slave, a plebian would remain a plebian.

The activities of the cult were closed to the general society, they were secret and mysterious, and therefore not a cause for disturbance in the social order outside of the community.

In Roman Mithraism there were seven stages of initiation; the Crow, the Griffin, the Soldier, the Lion, the Persian, the Helio-Dromus (or Sun-Runner), and finally the Father. The symbolism of the number seven should not be lost on us, as in Christianity, there are seven sacraments, seven virtues, seven deadly sins etc…

The Order of Initiates were grouped in two classes; those in the first four stages counted as one class, and the last three stages counted as another class. An initiate would move through the stages of initiation until he became one with the Father, thereby becoming the Father himself.

At each stage of initiation, the initiate would learn a secret code that later, after death, would be used to get him into the heavenly realm appropriate to his rank. This belief in ranked heavenly planes, and secret passwords that would allow the individual through the gates of paradise, was widely believed among practitioners of the Hebrew Kabala (coming out of the Pharisaic Sect), as well as among groups of Christians who had fallen into the heretical errors of Gnosticism.

A ceremony of initiation was called a Telete, from the Greek word telos, meaning goal or end.

In the ceremony of initiation, the initiate would first kneel before the Father. The Father would then perform a “laying on of hands,” followed by a rite similar to baptism, wherein the Father would pour water over the head of the initiate from the horn of a bull. Sometimes the rite of water would be done through full immersion.

In cases where the ceremony of initiation was accompanied by an actual animal sacrifice, the initiate would be splattered with the blood of the sacrificial animal, or slapped in the face with a shank of meat. In other cases the blood would be replaced by wine.

This rite of blood, wine, or water is referred to as the purgation. It was a ritual cleansing of the individual from their sins. Sometimes the ceremony of purgation would be completed by passing a torch over the head of the individual, or even touching the individual with the torch in order to symbolize a baptism of both fire and water.

The purgation would be followed by the consecration or coronation, in which a golden crown would be placed on the head of the initiate; this crown was called the “solar crown.” Iconographically the solar crown was analogous to the Christian halo, which term is derived from the Greek; meaning disk of the sun.

There is much in this symbolism that recalls Christian rituals of initiation; so much that I will not even make an argument for how intimately linked the two systems of ritual initiation are. I will simply let the record speak for itself.

It is the same ritual system.

In Roman Mithraism, the initiation ceremony would be followed by a feast meant to symbolize the feast shared by Mithra and Sol.

Ideally, the sacred feast would come from the sacrifice of a bull, but this was not required. While the sacrifice of a bull was central to Mithraic worship, as the cult spread through the empire, and as worship became confined to house churches, it is thought the sacrifice of the bull was replaced with a symbolic alternative. Any sacrificial animal could serve for the feat, or even a meal of bread and wine, could be sufficient.

Such compromises were theologically sound, because the death of the “Primal Bull” was productive of all “good things” on the Earth; any of those “good things” that come from the bull were suitable to be used in the sacred meal. This meal itself, much like the Christian Eucharist, was thought to be an effective means of salvation for the worshippers of Mithra.
In Conclusion

Among the Romans, the first Christian emperor was Saint Constantine, Constantine the Great, who, prior to his death-bed conversion to Christianity, was also a devotee of Mithras-Sol Invictus. When Saint Constantine was made emperor, the first coins struck in his honor depicted his face with the inscription Sol Invictus.

This is evidence that Saint Constantine thought that he was himself, an incarnation of Sol Invictus. This may seem somewhat confusing considering that it is a matter of historical record that Saint Constantine attributed his victory over his enemies to Jesus Christ.
Saint Constantine’s famous vision of the Christian symbol, the Chi-Ro (Px), at the battle of the Milvian bridge (312 CE), is thought to have enabled his victory when his army was at the gates of Rome.

However, in the minds of many practitioners of Mithraism, Jesus and Mithra may have been considered to have been the same person; believing that Jesus was an incarnation of Mithra.

If this is true, it begs the question; if Constantine thought he was Mithra-Sol Invictus, and if Jesus was also believed to be an incarnation of Mithra, did Saint Constantine the Great, think that he was an incarnation of Christ, Christ returned, the Second Coming?

Here is one thing that I know with certainty, Christianity and Mithraism, as religious and spiritual philosophies, are both filled with hope:

Hope for the life of the individual; hope that the individual will ultimately experience justice. Belief that God is good, and that God has given a light to humankind that will guide us in the way to paradise.

Mithraism was less accessible to the average person than Christianity. Mithraism wanted to keep to its secret ways at a time when Christianity was opening itself to the world, defining the terms of its orthodoxy, and rooting out those groups of heretics, the Gnostics, who had those same tendencies that Mithraites did toward secrecy and exclusivism.
Bibliography

Mithraic Iconography and Ideology, by Leroy A. Campbell, published by E. J. Brill, 1968

Mithraic Studies, edited by John R. Hinnells, published by Manchester University Press, 1975

Mithraism in Ostia, edited by Samuel Laeuchli, published by Northwestern University Press, 1967

The Mithras Liturgy, edited and translated by Marvin W. Meyer, published by Scholars Press, 1976

Mysteries of Mithras, by Franz Cumont, translated by Thomas J. McCormack, published by The Open Court Publishing Company, 1903

The New Jerusalem Bible, Standard Edition, published by Doubleday, 1989

The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries, by David Ulansey, published by Oxford University Press, 1989

The New Oxford Companion to the Bible, edited by Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, published by Oxford University Press, 1993

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, edited by F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone, published by Oxford University Press, 1997

Emergence 3.0 – Epilogue, Collected Parts; Part Two, Transmogrification

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 359, Tuesday
December 25th, 2018

Epilogue: Part Two – Transmogrification

Something was happening.

Kathy sensed her consciousness multiplying, it was expanding by an order of magnitude that staggered, and then…in letting go she found herself.

She was fully present with each and every shift in the cynergenic field, she was moving outward in waves, like concentric rings, she was at the crest.

She was the wave itself.

There was joy in it, and there was no fear.

She was both Earth’s channel and its atavistic guide, leading the fullness of humanity into the Collective field of the HomeWorld. As she did she touched every individual in their passage through.

She encompassed their fullness.

The transition happened in no-time.

Once it had begun, it was over.

It was the greatest transposition of quantum energy to ever take place, a thing that not even the Continuum had imagined was possible, there was no standing against it, because once it had begun it was fait accompli.

Kathy had become a new creation. She was a being of light and grace in full rapport with the quantum field.

She was unbound by space and time.

She was Brachma.

She transcended the machinery of the Continuum, she inhabited it, she could control it and yet she did not require it, she could not be confined by it.

She was the goddess.

She was the shepherdess.

She was the alpha and the omega.

She was the first and the last.

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Emergence 3.0 – Epilogue – Collected Parts, Part One – Surrender

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A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 358, Monday
December 24th, 2018

Epilogue: Part One – Surrender

It was the end of everything.

Kathy braced herself against the conflagration that was consuming the world. The more she resisted the more she felt herself fading away.

She felt billions of beings reaching out to her, as if she were the one and only buoy in a sea of calamity.

In her mind she was trying to hold on to everything that she knew and loved, but in reality, her individual loves, and desires, the things she hoped for, they trapped her.

She had only one option.

To let go.

Kathy was overwhelmed by the psychic storm from the cataclysm on Earth, she surrendered to it.

She remembered the lessons she had learned as a girl, she recalled the Chinese finger trap.

She relaxed, and allowed the storm to pass through her.

She had prepared for this her entire life.

She let go of her fear and everything she hoped for.

Her individual consciousness expanded, she became co-terminus with the entirety of Earth’s cynergenic field.

For the briefest of moments she was one among many, and then everything changed, she became the one who was all, the all in one, the atavistic consciousness of humanity.

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Emergence: Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part One, Collected Parts 01 – 07

Emergence: Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part One, Collected Parts 01 – 07

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part One, Secrets

Collected Chapters
01 Fantasy
02 Planning
03 Intention
04 Testing
05 Proof
06 Action
07 Hidden

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 01, Fantasy

Jim did not require the Continuum, and its vast technologies to aid him in the creation of his fantasy world. He did not need it because his world was one of simple idealism.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 02, Planning

Jim studied, he planned. He understood that he needed to use the strengths of the Continuum against it, its technology and then its weakness, its appetites and curiosity.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 03, Intention

He set his mind on a goal, the complete destruction of the Collective and the Continuum, desiring only to harness it’s technology to liberate the children of the Ancients.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 04, Testing

Jim tested the scope of the Continuum’s cognitive field, especially the threshold where it encountered the individual member of the Collective, it’s resilience and weakness.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 05 Proof

He found the vulnerability he was looking for, it was not one thing, but rather the dynamics that were in place for the functioning of the whole.

It was the Continuum itself.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 06, Action

Jim began to shape plans in his mind and to test them, taking steps to divide his consciousness in ways that were forbidden by the Continuum, violating the compact. He lied.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 07, Hidden

He practiced the art of concealment. He was an adept at it. He hid things from himself, that is how he knew he could keep his secrets from the Continuum.

The veil was thin.

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Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part Two, Society

Chapters
01 Guide
02 Counselor
03 Seer
04 Sage
05 Scientist
06 Spymaster
07 Servant

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 01, Guide

Jim took his time. He planted stories in the imagination of the people he lived with, preparing them generation in advance to go to certain places, to fulfil his requirements.

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 02, Counselor

Jim made himself indispensable to queens and emperors, weaving stories into every culture that functioned like auto-hypnosis, his charges could not help but respond to.

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 03, Seer

Jim constructed paradigms for myth, archetypes that he translated across the globe, into every language and every culture, through the imagery in his narrative he formed a way.

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 04, Sage

Jim inserted himself into every mythology. He created a role for the wise man, a man standing apart from the power that organized the social structures; the sage, the prophet.

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 05, Scientist

Jim experimented relentlessly. He was careful not to let his research advance the state of human technology too rapidly. He feared that would lead to his being discovered.

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 06, Spymaster

Jim became adept at all the tools of spy craft. He established secret societies that monitored every aspect of human government, religion and the agents of the Continuum.

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 07, Servant

Jim positioned himself as an administrator, a servant of governments world-wide, as a specialist, a functionary, problem solver as the indispensable man. He was good at it.

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Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 03, Breeding

Chapters
01 Discovery
02 Hypothesis
03 Testing
04 Proof
05 Planning
06 Creating
07 Resolution

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 01, Discovery

Jim discovered something in the human body that affected the consciousness of the human race, finding it first in himself recognizing something different in his thinking.

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 02, Hypothesis

Jim theorized that there was an element enhancing the cognitive process, a nanoparticle that had bonded to the human brain, connecting all people to its magnetic field.

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 03, Testing

Jim used the resources at his command to build a laboratory for his research, hiding it from the Continuum, duplicating his own body and testing his theory on those golems.

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 04, Proof

He found a mutation that captured nanoparticles of magnetite in the cerebral cortex, in concentrations strong to allow for a cognitive connection via Earth’s magnetic field.

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 05, Planning

Jim planned to introduce change into the genetic profile of each tribe at the same time, to monitor the effect and breed the traits he was looking for across generations.

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 06, Creating

Jim created physical markers that would manifest themselves in the characteristic of the gene-pools he wanted to develop. Every tribe had a marker, some more than one.

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Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding, Ch. 07, Resolution

He determined to plumb the limit of his discovery. To do this he sent clones of himself to every population center, connecting them to him through the cynergenic field.

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Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 04, University

Chapters
01 Institution
02 Logic
03 Method
04 Truth
05 Communication
06 Foundation
07 Mission

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Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 01, Institution

Jim established centers of learning among the tribes, the majority of which were pre-literate. Their lives were so fragile, he had to train them to manage calamities.

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Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 02, Logic

There was safety in the vast structure of the schools he founded. Within the great walls of those institutions he formed secret societies to protect and carry out his work.

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Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 03, Method

The human body had developed a reliance on aggression as a survival skill. The colonists had come to rely on swift action to mitigate crisis, that had to be tampered down.

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Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 04, Truth

Jim had to be careful in how the qualities he was engineering manifested themselves in the population. They had to be kept in tension, isolated, and guarded from exposure.

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Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 05 Communication

Jim began to peel back the barrier separating one human consciousness from others, he learned to manage their confusion. Madness and insanity followed his subjects.

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Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 06, Foundation

Jim was happy with the reaction he received from his subjects. They were alive, aware. He established different paradigms in varied groups for how to manage the gifts.

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Appendix Pt. 04, University, Ch. 07, Mission

Jim was happy, for the first time he could remember. He was filled with a sense of purpose and moving toward the completion of his mission. He was looking for resolution.

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Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 06, Approach

Chapters
01 Observing
02 Identifying
03 Testing
04 Verifying
05 Validating
06 Counseling
07 Controlling

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 01, Spinning

Jim could not be everywhere and the human population grew fast.

He used his agency to establish surveillance networks around the world, cultivating spies in everywhere.

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 02 The Web

The web of spies served their own communities, the people to whom they had allegiances, for the most part. Though at the highest levels they shared and cooperated together.

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 03, Cloak

Jim orchestrated the development of his international organization, personally managing the traditions that would allow it to progress, pulling the cloak of secrecy over it.

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 04, Secrets

Jim exercised his ability to keep secrets. It was vital to his mission. He learned to keep secrets, even from himself, augmenting those abilities through his institutions.

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 05, Language

Through international networks Jim kept alive many ancient languages that shaped disparate groups of their essential unity, hiding secret codes in the prevailing tongues.

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Pt. 06, State

Jim used his networks to form political states, and to destroy them when he found it necessary. His was the unseen hand behind the powers of the world, he was the whisperer.

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Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 07, Nation

As time progressed he formed states into nations, great powers that revolved around ministries he kept secretive and in the dark. He was the silent power behind all powers.

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Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 07, Kathy

Chapters
01 Heritage
02 Parentage
03 Unexpected
04 Confirmation
05 Miraculous
06 Surprise
07 Gift

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 01, Observing

Jim allowed his replicas to carry out the work of organizing a global network of spies and educators, devoting his attention to observing the mutation of the human stock.

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 02, Identifying

Jim built systems into the social fabric, systems of reporting that allowed him to identify those people who carried the genetic structures he was looking, to build on.

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 03, Testing

He tested his population in hospitals and asylums, in university laboratories and in prison. He tested candidates in the military. He bred them and experimented on them.

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 04, Verifying

Year after year he verified his work, the strengthening and enhancement of the endowment he was building into the genetic profile of human beings, moving toward his goal.

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 05, Validating

He had long since validated his hypothesis concerning Earth’s cynergenic field. Through his breeding program he validated his theory on how the field could be accessed.

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Pt. 06, Counselling

When Jim discovered the family he surmised would produce the offspring he had been looking for, he inserted himself into their life as a counselor. He manipulated them.

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Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 07, Controlling

Jim found Kathy. She was the thing that he had been searching for, she was his Holy Grail, the sacred vessel that would carry his ambitions. He took possession of her.

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Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 07, Kathy

Chapters
01 Heritage
02 Parentage
03 Unexpected
04 Confirmation
05 Miraculous
06 Surprise
07 Gift

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 01, Heritage

When he found Kathy and tested her skills he also set out on a detailed examination of her family tree, mapping each contact with it through the millennia. She was the one.

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 02, Parentage

Kathy’s parents had been among his subjects.
Jim was slightly involved in their upbringing, and had arranged their union. They were docile, kind people, but unexceptional.

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 03, Unexpected

Kathy’s parents were not in Jim’s main line of research. He only went to them after hearing word that their daughter had shown interesting abilities.
She was phenomenal.

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 04, Confirmation

Jim sent proxies to her, engaging the full scope of his intelligence and security apparatus to protect her.
They conducted cognitive tests to confirm what he suspected.

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 05, Miraculous

Kathy was miraculous. She was genuinely psychic, with the tell-tale signs of mental gifts that would aid her in her development, that would prevent her from going insane.

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Pt. 06, Surprise

Jim was surprised to discover the range of the ability, carefully balanced in the small-child. She had access to her genetic memory and full immersion with the nous-sphere.

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Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 07, Gift

Jim looked on Kathy as a gift.

She had arrived before her time, and in the hour of his need. She would serve as the conduit that would save humanity and destroy the Continuum.

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Emergence 3.0 – Interlude, Collected Parts; Part Seven, Schizophrenia

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 161, Sunday
June 10th, 2018

Prolog: Part Seven – Schizophrenia

The Collective collapsed, it was lost, and with it the Continuum.

The primal forces that had shaped a society of sentience that spread throughout the galaxy, it imploded.

It were gone.

Those few members of the Collective who were able to retain their sense of self, they retreated from everything, seeking refuge in the comfort of isolation. They went looking for access to their private realities.

They found themselves alone, in the cold and dark.

Jim had directed all of the energy of the HomeWorld toward breaking up the bindings of consciousness that united them, preventing them from acting in anything that resembled unity.

As soon as they realized that coherent action was impossible, they fled. They sought to put as much distance between themselves and any other being as possible.

As individuals, they erected mental barriers to shield themselves from the faint din of voices that represented the last vestiges of the Collective, each of them became a quantum singularity in the field of consciousness.

It was relatively easy for Jim to lure them into a structure with the promise of safety and relief which they expected to find in their private world’s, and sequester them there.

Those who could not do this dissolved in chaos.

It required incredible powers of concentration to manage the physical structures of the HomeWorld’s energy systems, at the same time as he was scrubbing the quantum matrix of the Collective.

He was engaged in the greatest act of genocide that had ever been conceived.

He scrubbed and he swept and he pushed every minute echo of what had been the Collective into storage vehicles that were physically isolated from the cynergenic field of the HomeWorld, then he launched those vehicles into space, where they would travel until they found there final destination in the dense-dark-heart of a Black Hole.

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