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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 complete.
Closely related to it is an essay, The Madness of the Ego, presenting a rare Buddhist account of the creation of the earth.

August 16: "Occult investigator" Tim Boucher, whose blog discusses some of the key Gnostic issues found on, interviews
Joanna Harcourt-Smith and John Lash

August 9:
To complete our three-part French-English collaboration with Belgian site, 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.
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July 29:

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 July 17:
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.

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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 actually entail.

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

Metahistory fosters conscious alignment with beliefs, rather than unconscious enactment of them. It is a unique way to discover what guides humanity’s 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 one’s 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.



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