Metahistory is the quest for a
future myth about humanity,
a story of our own making that aligns our hearts
and minds to intimacy with Gaia, the living earth.
Having realized that humanity
is a species endangered by its beliefs,
we propose to go beyond history, ever mindful that the path ahead
is not ours alone, not solely a human prerogative,
but the way of all sentient beings.
Closely aligned with deep ecology,
and going deeper, our Quest
explores the power of human potential to shape society,
serve the earth, and co-evolve with the non-human world.
The shift for the human species
now is less a change of events
than a change in how events are told, a passage into mythmaking
that can inspire a future worth living.
Our Quest is to free ourselves of the separatist beliefs
encoded in the stories that define and direct our lives,
and weave together the strands of
a different story...
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August 23: Text
14 in the Reading Plan for the Nag Hammadi Library, The
Reality of the Archons, is now fully revised and
Closely related to it is an essay, The
Madness of the Ego, presenting a rare Buddhist account
of the creation of the earth.
16: "Occult investigator" Tim
Boucher, whose blog discusses some of the key Gnostic
issues found on Metahistory.org, interviews
Joanna Harcourt-Smith and
To complete our three-part French-English
collaboration with Belgian site Karmapolis.be,
we offer two new articles:
In Invited Views: Possession
and Predation by Alain Gossens.
In John's Views: The
Topic of Topics: Gnostic Parallels in Carlos Castaneda.
The third feature, previously posted, is John's revealing Interview
More on the Mysteries, by way of a short
critique of hologram theory: A
Cut Sheaf of Wheat describes the epiphany of the
Light, never previously disclosed to the world at large
due to the ages-old initiatory vow of secrecy.
NEW, as of
Don't miss the revision of Mesotes,
a key term in Mystery teachings, which offers a startling
explanation of the mystical phenomenon of the Etheric
Christ, called "the living Jesus" in
the Nag Hammadi writings.
other recent material and changes in the site, see Updates
for looking our way.
What Metahistory Proposes
It is now widely recognized that human beings
in all times and cultures enact stories, scripts, and agendas.
The scripts are of six recurrent types: religious, racial, national,
sexual, political, and familial.
Metahistory is a method for looking into the content and composition
of these scripts and stories to see how they drive behavior.
The power of stories is universally appealing, but even more
powerful is the transmission of fundamental beliefs in story-form.
The effect of a story is to produce identification, but this
usually happens in an unconscious way; the core beliefs carried
in the story are adopted without a clear awareness of what they
Once the beliefs carried in stories are exposed, their motivational
force can be examined and the behaviors driven by them changed.
The blind enactment of scripts at personal and collective levels
is typical of human history, but beyond history there is another
way to manage the power of beliefs, a path of reasoned choice
and enlightened responsibility.
How Metahistory Works
conscious alignment with beliefs, rather than unconscious enactment
of them. It is a unique way to discover what guides humanitys
course of experience, for better or worse. It introduces us to
a way of making personal and social commitments freed of conformity
to received stories, imposed beliefs, and unexamined agendas.
To advance from talk about change to talk that changes, metahistory
uses a method that examines different expressions of belief found
in stories of all kinds, from Biblical tales to news reports.
This method invites dialogue, shared explorations of our collective
and personal scripts. Participation is the essence of
this journey. Because we all enact scripts of the six types,
often in tight combinations (familial and religious scripts,
for instance), we are all well qualified to explore how the power
of stories is demonstrated in our lives.
Where beliefs inherent to science, religion and cultural identity
drive human behavior in blind and harmful ways, metahistory attempts
to assess the hidden dynamics of motivation. The insights it
provides can be applied to personal re-alignment. The most potent
way to change behavior is to change the beliefs that drive it,
but to do so one must investigate and assess ones innermost
convictions. Thus, universal human experience (personal, social,
collective) codified in stories is the subject matter, the raw
material, to which the method of metahistory is applied.
The Focus of Metahistory
The dialogue on metahistory to be developed
in this site is pro-active. It offers a framework for personal,
social, and planetary commitment. The method introduced here
is experimental, but grounded in the shared reality of human
belief-systems. Metahistory goes beyond a mere recounting of
facts and events, and even beyond the interpretation of these
facts and events. It goes beyond debating about ideas because beliefs, rather
than ideas per se, determine the ultimate background of everything
conceived and achieved by human beings. Belief is the matrix
from which ideas emerge, even when those ideas eventually lead
to liberation from specific beliefs.To detect belief is to discern
the hidden dynamics of human morality.
Because the examination of belief-systems shifts the focus
from facts to acts, metahistory can change the way we are
involved in history. It presents a path for alignment, a
way to develop enlightened choices. Going beyond history means
initiating a different story, the adventure of our shared liberation
from imposed scripts. As the process unfolds, all our beliefs
are brought into focus in the single and ultimate issue: our
belief in humanity itself, in the potential of the human
species to learn how to fulfill its mysterious role in the cosmos.
To enhance and encourage this adventure in learning, metahistory
provides a visionary path toward all that is truly excellent,
and truly humane, in the striving of the human spirit.