Healing from spiritual blindness and deafness

Healing from spiritual blindness and deafness

The knowledge of the presence of a mysterious source of divine energy in our pelvis is what connects all religions. All known prophets and enlightened teachers have discovered at some point during their search for the Greater Reality that this energy source, called kundalini-shakti in the yoga tradition, is the key to God, Allah, YHWH, the Tao, and Nirvana. Evidence of this can be found in the sacred writings and iconographies of the world religions, usually in the form of symbolism and metaphors.


But not only in religions, also in numerous fairy tales, myths and legends we are indirectly told that within us there is a staircase to heaven, namely at the sacrum. The name of this bone suggests that we have known for a long time that there is something sacred about this specific location in our pelvis.

Inner Angels

In the Old Testament we read about patriarch Jacob’s dream in which he sees angels ascending to and descending from heaven via a ladder (1). These angels symbolize the awakened kundalini energy that flows through the spine (ladder) of the sleeping Jacob. God speaks to him in the dream and makes him promises of protection and offspring. When he wakes up he is deeply impressed, and Jacob realizes that he will now walk throught life together with God. (2)

Patriarch Jacob dreams about a ladder to heaven

Rapunzel’s long hair hangs out of the window of the tower in which she is locked up

In Buddhism the goddess Phra Mae Thorani also has very long hair. In the illustration ( on the right) we see her depicted beneath the meditating Buddha. Water streams out of her hair. This water symbolizes the awakened kundalini energy in the Buddha himself. According to the myths, Phra Mae Thorani helps the Buddha defeat the demon Mara, who wants to prevent him from reaching the state of enlightenment.

Mara represents everything that keeps the aspirant from the spiritual path: attachment, temptation, ignorance, etcetera. The illustration shows how Mara, sitting on a large elephant (symbolizing the power of the demon), together with his followers (various demonic aspects), drowns in the water that flows from the hair of the goddess.

Long hair

The awakened kundalini energy is also symbolized by long hair. In the fairy tale with the same name, written by the Brothers Grimm, Rapunzel lets her very long hair hang out of the window of the tower (spine) in which she is locked up by a witch (symbol of matter). A prince climbs up the hair and the resulting marriage of the couple is a metaphor for the inner sacred marriage: the merging of the male and female energies; a part of the process of spiritual awakening.(3)

The Buddha calls on the goddess Phra Mae Thorani to wash away demons in a flood

Open crown chakra

Awakening the kundalini energy in the pelvis does not automatically lead to a state of sanctity or enlightenment. An intensive process of purification and healing is first needed, orchestrated by the divine energy, which takes the span of several decades. We can deduce that the Buddha has successfully completed this difficult and painful process, from his fully opened crown chakra.

In the iconography of Buddhism, the Buddha is depicted with what looks like curly hair, which some call “snail hair.” A search on the internet does not reveal the meaning of these curls. Probably because few followers know the experience of a fully opened crown chakra. This feels like small energy swirls (‘spirals’) on the top half of your head.

The Buddha’s crown chakra is fully opened. The flame on his head refers to the awakened kundalini fire.

Pharaoh Amenhotep III with a Uraeus cobra (symbol of the kundalini) on his headdress. The small circles refer to the experience of an opened crown chakra.

The apostle John’s spiraling hair refers to an opened crown chakra and a process of kundalini awakening.

A fully opened crown chakra is symbolised in the iconography of Christianity as an aureola, or a wreath of flowers, around the heads of saints.

The bodhi tree under which the Buddha reaches his state of enlightenment also symbolizes the awakened kundalini energy that flows through his spine to the crown chakra. In many spiritual traditions we find a tree (of life) with special characteristics or fruits, which refer to the experience of the divine and an expanded (enlightened) consciousness. (4)

During his famous night journey (mi’rāj) with the archangel Gabriel, the prophet Muhammad arrives at the tree Sidratul Muntaha, which stands on the border of the seventh heaven (the seventh, or crown chakra), where he receives divine instructions. In the Hadith (oral tradition), Sidratul Muntaha is mentioned as the tree that is under the Throne of God (Allah). (5)

Walking trees

The New Testament is also full of symbolism that refers to the kundalini energy. The physical healings that Jesus performed during his travels through Judea are metaphors for the processes of purification and healing that are part of a kundalini process (6). In Mark’s Gospel, a blind man is brought to Jesus:

He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then he touched the man’s eyes with saliva and laid his hands on him. “Do you see anything yet?” he asked. The man looked around and replied, “I see trees – no, they must be people because they are walking.” Jesus placed his hands on his eyes again. Now he saw clearly, his eyes were clear again and he could see everything clearly. (7)

People who have excellent medical vision may still be blind by Biblical standards if they are still in a state of darkness and ignorance spiritually. Blindness then is denying God’s presence and focusing instead on matter. We may conclude that in the Bible story above it is a matter of spiritual blindness, from the remarkable statement that during healing the blind person initially sees trees instead of people.

With this, the author of the gospel wants us to know that the man becomes ‘seeing’ through the awakening of his kundalini energy. His third eye is opened. Jesus first applies his saliva to the man’s eyes. This symbolizes the transfer of divine energy from Jesus to the blind man.

Jesus puts his fingers in the ears of a deaf man

Spiritually deaf

Jesus also uses his saliva to heal a deaf and mute man. Once again the story contains a strange element. Jesus puts his fingers in the deaf man’s ears:

And they brought him a deaf man who could hardly speak, and asked him to lay his hand on the man. Jesus took him aside, at a distance from the people. He put his fingers in the man’s ears and touched his tongue with some saliva. Then he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and taking a deep breath, he said to him, “Ephphatha”; that means: Open up. And his ears opened, his tongue loosened, and he could speak normally. (8)

Why does the Son of God, who can calm a storm and bring the dead back to life, need his fingers to do this? This is symbolism to tell us what the man is suffering from: he is not open to the spiritual dimension of life. He has put his fingers in his ears and will not listen to God. He is spiritually deaf.

Jesus lifts his eyes up to heaven during the healing. This symbolizes the rising of the kundalini energy to the sixth and seventh chakra. The man’s tongue loosens, he can speak again: anyone who is touched by the divine cannot help but talk about it. What the heart is full of, the mouth overflows with.

The kundalini is patient

Anyone who sees the kundalini symbolism that can be found in spiritual traditions all over the world becomes so enthusiastic that he or she, like me, cannot help but tell others about it. “Take your fingers out of your ears!”, I would sometimes like to shout at people who are clearly locked up in their ego and only attach importance to material things. At the same time, I know that grass will not grow faster by pulling it. The kundalini waits patiently in the pelvis of every person. She will awaken when the time is right.


(1) Gen. 28:10-22
(2) For an analysis of Jacob’s complete dream, see my book Kundalini Awakening in the Bible
(3) For more analyzes of the meaning of fairy tales click here
(4) More about the Buddha and kundalini in my book Kundalini Awakening in the Bible
(5) More about the Prophet Muhammad in my book Kundalini Awakening in the Bible
(6) See my book Kundalini Awakening in the Bible
(7) Mark 8:23-25
(8) Mark 7:32-35

This article was published in Paravisie magazine (Oct ’23)
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The Bible is written in the language of dreams

The Bible is written in the language of dreams

Wild animals that threaten you, wars and natural disasters, funerals, marriages and births, an exciting journey with perilous adventures. You experience it at night in your dreams, and the Bible is also full of it. That’s no coincidence. The Bible is written in the same symbolism in which dreams package their messages for us. And both use this language, consisting of archetypes, metaphors and universal patterns, for the same purpose: to give us insight into the way to wholeness, or the way to God.

Most stories in the Bible are not meant to be taken literally. They depict inner processes of the spiritual seeker. Jesus walking on water, for example, informs us that he was completely in control of his emotions (water). Unlike his disciple Peter who wants to walk on the water to Jesus, but fails. (1) The raging waters and near-drowning represent Peter’s fears. Fear is a great stumbling block on the spiritual path. Peter will have to meditate, let go and detach even more, in order to make the crossing to Jesus (God) with dry clothes. Similarly, we can dream about high waves, or floods, that threaten us, if we are ‘overwhelmed’ by our emotions during the day.

A journey

Another classic theme is the journey. There is a lot of traveling in the Bible and in our dreams. These are miniatures of the inner journey we travel. They show us something of the spiritual growth process to which we are all called. Carl Jung called this the individuation process. Indivisibility, wholeness or sanctity; whatever words you use for the final goal, the language of symbolism that expresses our ups and downs on this road in dreams remains the same.

All the details of a dream about a journey can yield interesting self-insights. Is the journey going smoothly, or not? What does the landscape look like? Is it a bare, like a desert, or lively and full of green? If there is a vehicle, who is behind the wheel? Is that you, or have you handed over control to someone else? Do you know the way, or are you lost? These kinds of metaphors are usually not difficult to translate to what is going on in your life during the day.

Wild animals in a dream represent your own emotions and urges

In the Bible, Jesus begins his travels with a forty-day stay in the desert. This barren place, where “heaven remains shut,” represents being cut off from God. During this time, Jesus is tested by Satan (his ego) and confronted by wild beasts (2). Wild animals represent our animal instincts, which must be overcome. Who has never had a dream about a terrifying animal chasing you? As long as you are still afraid in your dreams and flee from animals, you have not yet mastered your instinctive life.

In the Bible we find many heroes who were not deterred by a few predators. For example, the legendary Samson slays a lion with his bare hands (3) and the prophet Daniel miraculously remains unharmed after a night in a lion’s den. (4) If you dream about wild animals that pose no threat at all, it is a wonderful spiritual milestone!

Day and night

The amount of light in a dream also says something about your growth process. As your consciousness expands your dreams will more ‘illuminated’. You will also begin to perceive more details and colors. Every now and then you will also dream of something that takes place in the twilight. This is about an aspect that is still in your subconscious.

In the Gospels, the Pharisee Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and asks him about the Kingdom of God. Jesus responds in surprise: Are you the teacher of Israel and do you not know these things? (5) The spiritual ignorance of Nicodemus is consistent with the statement that the conversation takes place at night: his consciousness is totally unenlightened. According to the Bible writers, the consciousness of the apostle Judas is also completely darkened when he betrays his master on the eve of the crucifixion:

When he had taken the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. (6)

The amount of light in a dream says something about your consciousness


Emotional healing is an important aspect of spiritual growth. Our emotional injuries are often expressed in dreams as physical ailments. A stomach wound, for example, depicts unprocessed emotions. Not having hands can indicate an inability to connect. Also, if other people or animals are injured in a dream, it generally refers to your own injuries.

Jesus heals a blind man

The Bible is teeming with the lame, blind, dumb, and deaf. Jesus is busy! He spends much of his time healing. We may translate these ‘miracles’ that he performs to the spiritual level. He opens the ears, eyes and mouth of those who are closed off to the divine. He puts the spiritually paralyzed moving in the right direction.

He also heals diseases such as dropsy (bloating, arrogance) and leprosy (uncleanness), and casts out demons (ego aspects). Everything that stands between the spiritual seeker and God is healed or removed  by him. The underlying message of this is that wholeness is a prerequisite for the inner realization of the Kingdom of God. We must return to the state of wholeness of a child:

And He said, Verily I say unto you, Unless ye change and become as little children, ye shall by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (7)

Cleaning and tidying up

Purification is another important aspect of growing towards God. In the language of dream symbolism, a house is a so-called ‘I-symbol’; it represents the dreamer himself. To dream about cleaning or redecorating a house means that you are working on yourself. Floors and walls that are being scrubbed, a new wallpaper, maybe furniture will be replaced. The attic (symbol for the head, the mind) is cleaned up, or the basement (the subconscious) is emptied. You will encounter huge amounts of dirt. More than you expect.

If the house becomes larger and lighter on the inside, this indicates an expansion of consciousness. New colors on the walls or floor – especially if they are striking colors – often refer to an increased activity of certain chakras, as a result of your growth process.

This necessary inner purification is beautifully depicted in the Gospels by the famous temple cleansing. In a fit of rage, Jesus drives all the merchants and money changers out of the temple of Jerusalem. The tables and chairs fly through the air, if we are to believe the Gospel writers:

And they came to Jerusalem; and when Jesus had entered into the temple, he began to drive out those who sold and bought in the temple; and the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, he overturned…(8)

The merchants symbolize qualities such as materialism and greed. From this the heart (the temple) must be cleansed in order to experience God. The pieces of furniture that are knocked over by Jesus must give us the image of an ‘upturning’ of our inner self. A purification process may sound appealing, but in reality it is a tough time. In addition to uplifting dreams of cleaning processes, there will also be many nightmares, which are a representation of ballast that is being removed.

The Cleansing of the Temple

The end of the world

If the purification process touches the core of your being, it will be accompanied in your dreams by images of death and destruction. Earthquakes, collapsing buildings, destructive fires, and atomic bombs hitting symbolize your “old world” disappearing. No matter how intense these nightmares are, they are often a positive sign.

The Second Coming of Christ is also depicted in such images in the Bible and many a believer has been waiting for this Last Judgment with fear and trembling ever since. A fragment:

And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be terrified, for this must be done, but it is not yet the end. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be earthquakes in divers places and there will be famines and disturbances. These things are the beginning of the contractions…
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light. And the stars of heaven will fall from it, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken violently. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with power and great glory. (9)

However, as in our dreams, these apocalyptic images are not about the end of THE world, but about the end of the old world of the spiritual seeker, who stands at the gates of the Kingdom of God. The Second Coming of Christ is about an inner process. The wars Jesus speaks of are images of the inner battle to be waged between our higher nature and our lower nature – between the divine and the animal in man – before God can make his home in us.

Significantly, Jesus concludes his argument about the horrors and devastations of his Second Coming with the following metaphor:

And learn from the fig tree this parable: When its branch is already tender and its leaves sprout, then you know that summer is near. So you too, when you see these things happening, know that it is near, at the doors. (10)

With this tender image of sprouting branches, he confirms that we may interpret the violent images of war and disaster as positive transformation symbolism. New life – a birth of a baby or an animal – refers to new aspects in the dreamer’s life. This can also concern something in the outside world. A new job or a new hobby, for example. Plants and trees generally refer to inner, spiritual aspects. A plant gets new shoots, or an old tree is cut down and a new tree grows on the old trunk.


The persistent spiritual aspirant will also have dreams of a “new world” forming within him or her. A beautiful city, with impressive buildings and lots of green (the color of the heart chakra), for example. These kinds of transformation images are often accompanied by feelings of euphoria and wonder.

In the Book of Revelation we read about the “New Jerusalem” coming down from heaven:

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. She had the glory of God, and her radiance was like a very precious gem, like a crystal clear stone of jasper. (11)

This recorded vision is a representation of the spiritual awakening of the (unknown) author himself. He too first had to completely let go of his “old world”. The passage in Revelation that describes this is known as the Battle of Armageddon:

And there came voices, thunders and lightnings. And there came a great earthquake, such as has not been since men have been on the earth: such an earthquake, so great! And the great city fell into three pieces, and the cities of the nations fell… And all the islands have fled, and mountains were not to be found. And great hailstones, each weighing about a talent-pound, fell from heaven upon the people. (12)

The dismantling of the ego

Who does not know Jesus’ statement:

Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter in by it; but narrow is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it. (13)

The broad and the narrow way

The broad, easy way is a life focussed on material possessions, filled with greed and selfishness. The narrow, more difficult way is to choose a spiritual life, including austerity and service. Only the narrow way leads to God. But how are we to interpret the wide and the narrow gate? The size of the gate is a measurement of the ego. You can only go through the narrow gate that gives access to the Kingdom of God if your ego is small enough.

We also see this theme in dreams: the spiritual seeker is confronted with doors or openings that – much to his or her frustration – are too small to pass through. The theme of “luggage” fits in seamlessly with this. What you carry with you in a dream can bring a lot of self-understanding. According to Jesus, this is ideally nothing at all. He sends his disciples out with the words:

Do not equip yourself with gold or silver or copper money in your belts, or a bag for your journey, or two sets of tunics, or sandals, or a staff. (14)

What’s wrong with bringing fresh, clean clothes? You could even see this as a form of compassion toward fellow travelers… However, we should not take this literally, but as symbolism: the disciples must leave behind their “ego-luggage”. You can’t go through the narrow gate carrying all that “stuff” with you.

The wedding

Finally, the theme of the wedding: the crowning of the diligent spiritual work. An image of the inner fusion of the opposites (the duality); of the masculine (animus) and feminine (anima). This inner unification restores the connection with God, the ultimate goal of the journey.

For the dreamer, the marriage partner can provide surprises. The person one marries can be a brother or sister. Relatives often figure as anima or animus in a dream, because they are so close to us (“blood relatives”).

The famous wedding at Cana where Jesus turns water into wine also depicts the inner process of this so-called SACRED MARRIAGE (click here). Although everyone has heard of the spectacular wine miracle, no one knows who the bridal couple actually were. The Gospel writers have hidden this between the lines, for those “who have ears”: it is Jesus himself who marries his mother, whom he addresses in this story as the impersonal “woman”, to underline the anima-animus symbolism. The water being turned into wine is a direct result of this marriage. It symbolizes the deification of the person who has completed the process of kundalini awakening. (15)

The Wedding at Cana

The wedding theme can be supplemented in a dream with a communal meal. A table full of acquaintances and strangers celebrating and eating together symbolizes inner integration. Aspects of the dreamer that have never blossomed, or that have been pushed into the subconscious (the unknown persons present), are absorbed into the total personality. A feast is a powerful symbol of healing.

Source of inspiration

There is something else that dreams and the Bible have in common: they are not always valued. With this article I hope to have shown that both can be a great source of inspiration and nourishment for the spiritual seeker.

1. Matthew 14:24-30
2. Mark 1:12-13
3. Judges 14:5-6
4. Daniël 6:17-24
5. John 3:10
6. John 13:30
7. Matthew 18:3
8. Mark 11:15

9. Mark 13:7-8 en 24-26
10. Mark 13:28
11. Revelation 21:10-12
12. Revelation 16:18-21
13. Matthew 7:13-14
14. Matthew 10:9-10
15. For a complete analysis of the wedding at Kana, see my book: Kundalini Awakening in the Bible

This article was published in Mantra magazine (Dec ’16)
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The End of the World?

The End of the World?

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

From the moment that disease and war have come to dominate the daily news, voices have been heard calling that these are signs. Signs described in the Bible book of Revelation, with the visions of John, that the end of the world is near. However, the surreal images of destruction and death portrayed in Revelation are not of our planet’s final convulsions, but of a spiritual awakening, where the “old world” of man perishes and gives way to the “New Jerusalem” of God.

The natural disasters, diseases, wars and horrific monsters in Revelation represent the inner turbulence and strife that precedes the ultimate mystical experience: the reunion with our Creator. The famed Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who in the visions herald the end of times, show that all aspects of our being are involved in this inner transformation.

The White Horse

About the first horseman John writes:

“And I looked, and behold a white horse, and He that sat on it had a bow. And a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”

This is the image of the purified soul of man who has conquered (the crown) his animal nature (the horse). This symbolic meaning is also echoed in our well-known expression the “prince on a white horse”: the ideal man is pure (white) of heart and has his primitive urges (the horse) under control. The bow was the weapon used to hunt and kill animals in the time of Christ.

The Red Horse

The second rider sits on a red horse:

“…and to him that sat upon it was given power to take away peace from the earth, and to cause men to slaughter one another. And he was given a great sword.”

This rider represents our emotional life. Red is the color of passion, but also of anger. Strong emotions take away our inner peace and are responsible for bloody conflicts all over the world.

The Black Horse

Then a black horse appears:

“…and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice say in the midst of the four living creatures, A measure of wheat for a denarius + and three measures of barley for a denarius. And do not harm the oil and the wine.”

This rider represents our thoughts. In our head everything that the senses experience is ”weighed” and judged. In spiritual terminology: the mind moves between the opposites of duality (the scales). And is focused on making money. Oil and wine are metaphors for the Divine in the Bible. Every mystic is (painfully) aware that his thoughts, which are directly related to his emotions, can be a great obstacle to experiencing the Divine.

The Pale Horse

The fourth horse is pale in color:

“…and he that sat on it, his name was death, and the realm of death followed him. And power was given them over the fourth part of the earth to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

This is a description of our body, the fourth aspect of man. The body is ravaged by hunger, death, destruction, and primitive urges (the wild animals). Pale is the color of a corpse. The body has nothing to offer us spiritually, the vision says.

Follow your soul

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the world will be destroyed by God. This will at most be a result of our own materialistic, self-indulgent way of life and territorial instinct. Rather, the book of Revelation warns not to crown the horsemen responsible for war, suffering, and death, but to let the first horseman, our soul, take the lead, and let the other three follow.

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The Alchemy of Love

The Alchemy of Love

The alchemists knew that the goddess Venus held the key to the inner gold they so passionately sought. Love as the road to the Magnum Opus, to the realization of God. A road with many obstacles and pitfalls. But that shouldn’t surprise anyone whose life path has crossed with Venus!

Transformation process

Alchemy is a relatively unknown spiritual tradition. The general idea that most people have of an alchemist is that he was concerned with turning lead into gold. However, for most alchemists this was just a metaphor for an inner transformation process they called the Magnum Opus (the Great Work).

They were fully acquainted with spiritual knowledge that we regard as “Eastern”. They knew that in our pelvis, near the sacrum, there is a mysterious source of powerful energy, which can open for man the door to the divine. The yogi calls her the kundalini-shakti. In alchemy she was seen as Venus, the goddess of love.

This association is not so strange. Mystics know: God can be experienced as a burning, all-consuming love. A love so pure and overwhelming that the human body and mind must be thoroughly prepared receive it. And this preparation is what the alchemists secretly engaged in.

The language of symbolism

They had to conceal their knowledge in symbols and metaphors, because practising or communicating anything that went against the teachings of the church was forbidden, and the consequences were severe. Excommunication (banishment from the church) soon followed, and in the worst case scenario you ended up at the stake.

Illustration 1 (right) is an example of alchemical symbolism. The three hares chased by dogs depict the swirling movement of the kundalini, from the pelvis up to the crown. The ears of the hares form a triangle; the symbol for fire. This is the fire of love from Venus.

The double circle is the alchemical symbol for the oneness of the divine. This is experienced when the polar opposties of duality (the two circles) merge. This inner union is also called the sacred marriage, and is part of the process of kundalini awakening.

The text in this emblem mentions the seven classical planets of our solar system. These represent in alchemy the seven chakras that are purified and activated by the kundalini fire.

1. From an alchemical manuscript by Basilius Valentinus, 15th century.

The arrow that goes through the heart is one of the universal symbols for the kundalini. Illustration 2a (below left) is Bernini’s famous masterpiece: The Ecstasy of Saint Therese of Avila. In her book My Life (1565) Theresa describes the vision of an angel who pierced her heart with a golden lance, leaving her “filled with ardent love for God“.

2a. The Ecstasy of Therese, Bernini, circa 1650.

2b. The Ecstasy of Therese, Heinrich Meyring, 1697.

That this vision is a depiction of the kundalini energy piercing the heart of the saint with full force, is communicated by Bernini in a manner “initiates” would immediately recognize. With her left hand Theresia makes the secret sign of the sacred marriage (two fingers together: 2=1).

Illustration 2b (above right) is of a similar statue by artist Heinrich Meyring. In this case it is the angel that makes the sign of the sacred marriage with the hand with which he holds the arrow.

Bernini detail

Heinrich Meyring detail

Venus versus Cupido

An important player in the arena of love is Cupid, the son of Venus. Cupid (Eros with the Greeks) is the originator of the erotic desires that are aroused by infatuation, and these form a pitfall on the road to God. Sexual activity causes the awakened kundalini energy to stay in the abdomen, instead of ascending to the head.

An essential part of the Magnus Opus is making sure that the kundalini is not “wasted” by the abdominal chakras. An assignment that feels like a spiritual split: the love between two people is a powerful catalyst in awakening the kundalini/Venus, but the arrows of Cupid must be avoided. In other words: sexual abstinence is a prerequisite for God-realization.

This is what the romantic setting of illustration 3 (right) makes clear in images. The goddess Venus sits in an intimate embrace with the god Mercury, the Roman god with the caduceus: the serpent staff that is the classical symbol for a kundalini awakening (next to Mercury in the grass).


As a pair, Venus and Mercury in this emblem symbolize both love ànd the fusion of the masculine and feminine energies (duality).

Above the pair of gods we see the result of this sacred marriage: an androgynous human, called Rebis in alchemy. The quiver of Cupid, on the right, evokes associations with a non-erect penis. The message of this emblem: romance is conducive to the Magnum Opus, as long as the clothes stay on…

3. Emblem 38 from the alchemical manuscript Atalanta Fugiens, 1617.

Know yourself

Illustration 4 (below left) shows that the energy generated in the lower abdomen by Cupid must be brought to the head. Cupid stands on a scale (duality): he personifies the “fusion” between the polar energies. He pulls himself up. The fire of desire burns on his head. This energy has to be raised, says the artist. The two ribbons next to Cupid represent the two energy channels that keep us connected to duality. These ida-nadi and pingala-nadi merge during the kundalini process, at the level of the sixth chakra (illustration 5). The crossed palm branches refer to this fusion. The inscription below the image is Nosce te ipsum (“Know thyself”): an invitation to go the spiritual path of self-knowledge.

4. A wooden panel from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo (1524).

5. A schematic representation of the three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening.

Illustration 6 (below) also depicts the sublimation (raising) of the sexual energies. Eros sits on the arm of his mother Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love), at the height of her head. Below Eros hangs a cord with a cog-wheel attached to it. This is a metaphor for the swirling movement of the ascending kundalini.

The wheel has six spokes; a reference to the hexagram (six-pointed star). A hexagram is a universal symbol for the merger of the opposites (two triangles).


The staff of the supreme god Zeus, sitting next to Aphrodite, is placed near his pelvis and has a pine cone at the top. This spiral-shaped staff represents the spine containing the kundalini energy, which activates the pineal gland (the pinecone) in the head.

6. Ancient vase with Zeus, Aphrodite and Eros (circa 350-340 BC)

Illustration 7 (below left) also conveys a clear message. The goddess Aphrodite fends off the erotic advances of the demi-god Pan with her sandal. She holds one hand in front of her genitals. Pan has the lower body and horns of a goat. He represents lust and desire. The artist has depicted him with an erection. Eros, laughing, holds a horn of Pan: both represent the desires of the underbelly.

7. Marble statue of Aphrodite, Eros and Pan (circa 100 BC)

8. Venus and Cupido, Benjamin West, 1787.

Illustration 8 (above right) is an 18th century painting of Venus and Cupid. Two fingers of Venus – the sign of the sacred marriage – lie on Cupid’s forehead, the place where the sexual energies he arouses must go. Cupid also makes the sign of the sacred marriage. His hand is on the heart of Venus: the place where God enters, if we are ready.

Anyone who gets an eye for alchemical symbolism will recognize it in many works of art. Esoteric groups like the Freemasons and Rosicrucians – circles where artists liked to hang out – also knew about the divine energy in our pelvis.

9. Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1606.

The union with God

Illustration 9 (left) is a painting by Caravaggio: Mary Magdalene in ecstasy. The symbolism incorporated herein is simple and powerful. Red and white are the colors of duality (the king and queen) in alchemy.

Mary’s intertwined fingers symbolize her spine, in which the Love of God flows with full force. The artist incorporated the merging of duality also in her arms: they are painted light and dark. The sacred marriage took place in Mary. She has kept herself for God and is now one with Him.

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A favorite theme in art is the moment when Venus emerges from the sea: her birth. This mythical event even has an official name: Venus (or Aphrodite) Anadyomene. The birth of the goddess of love from the sea is symbolism for the awakening of the kundalini in the pelvis.

To convey this deeper meaning, in a veiled way, Venus is often depicted with two wet strands of hair that she wrings out. These two strands of hair represent the two polar energy channels that flow along the spine and merge in the head during a kundalini awakening: the sacred marriage.

Aphrodite Anadyomene, 5th-6th century AD, Louvre Museum. The male and female sea creatures, next to Aphrodite, also represent the polar energy channels.

Aphrodite Anadyomene, late 2nd century BC, Brooklyn Museum, NY.

Aphrodite Anadyomene, 1st or 2nd century AD. Instead of two strands of hair, the goddess holds the two ends of her scarf, which has the same meaning in terms of symbolism.

Venus, 2nd century BC, Syria or Palestine.

Right: The specific way in which the angel Gabriel’s cloak is held up by a cherub is a reference to the Aphrodite Anadyomene. With this, artist Lucas van Leyden wants to let us know that Mary’s pregnancy (which is announced in this painting), represents a kundalini awakening. The angel points with his staff at Mary’s spine. The scarf around his waist refers to the kundalini symbol the KNOT OF ISIS (click here).

Aphrodite Anadyomene, circa 1st-2nd century, National Museum, Beirut.

Venus takes a bath, mosaic from a Roman villa, 5th century AD, Limassol Museum, Cyprus. The specific way in which the goddess holds up the strands of hair refers to the KNOT OF ISIS (click here), a symbol for the sacred marriage and the activation of the pineal gland.

Aphrodite Anadyomene, Aphrodisias Museum, Turkey. The three-pointed tail (under the shell) is a reference to the three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening. The crossed legs refer to fusion (2=1).

The Circumcision of Jesus, Tintoretto, 16th century. The lifted cloak of the Jewish priest evokes associations with the birth of Venus. The artist wants to communicate that the birth of Christ is the result of a kundalini awakening. Read more in my book “Mary magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

Anyone who becomes aware of the symbolic language with which artists through the ages have communicated ‘heretical’ spiritual knowledge will see references to the deeper meaning of the birth of Venus/Aphrodite in almost all classical works of art. Below are some examples.

‘Venus Disarms Cupid’, Guillaume Seignac, circa 1900. Venus points with her left hand to Cupid’s spine: the sexual energies must be raised to the heart and head.

Cupid, Guillaume Seignac, circa 1900. The extended MIDDLE FINGER (click here) of the woman refers to the awakened spine. Cupid’s energy has been brought to her crown chakra (the wreath of roses around her head).

The alchemist wears the crown of the completed Magnum Opus. He is standing in the shell of Venus: she is born in him. He is covered with five-petalled ‘Roses of Venus’: the kundalini energy flows through his entire body. His STAFF (click here) represents his awakened spine with the activated pineal gland at the top. The sacred marriage has taken place in him; he is now androgynous (he has breasts).

The shell on which Aphrodite sits, and above her head, has the shape of a triangle: the alchemical symbol for (kundalini) fire. With both hands the goddess makes the sign of the sacred marriage (2=1) and points at her head, the place where she connects man with God. (Sétif Museum, Algeria)

Aphrodite and Ares together represent the sacred marriage (the union of the masculine and the feminine). Ares (Mars with the Romans) also makes the sign of the sacred marriage with his hand (2=1). The cloth that is held up refers to the KNOT OF ISIS (click here), and symbolizes the pathway of the kundalini energy upward to the pineal gland. Only ONE LEG (click here) of Aphrodite is visible, this also refers to the sacred marriage (2=1), just like the crossed golden chains on her torso. (Fresco from Pompeii, now in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples)

Venus and Cupid, Frans Floris. The strange body posture of Venus, in combination with Cupid’s leg being lifted up, communicates that Cupid’s energy must be raised from the pelvis to the head.

Venus and Cupid, Pontormo. The curious body postures of Cupid and Venus communicate that Cupid’s energy must be lifted up to the head. Venus points with her left hand that they represent an inner experience. The merging of the masculine and feminine energies during SACRED MARRIAGE (click here) is symbolized by their faces, that seem to form one face, and by holding the arrow together. Only ONE LEG (click here) of both Cupid and Venus can be seen in full. This also refers to the sacred marriage (2=1).

This body posture expresses a (kundalini) SERPENT SPIRALING upward from the pelvis to the crown chakra.

Aphrodite Anadyomene, 1st century BC, Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.

Crouching Aphrodite, 2nd century AD, Naples Archaeological Museum.

Crouching Venus, Marcantonio Raimondi, 1506, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The extended MIDDLE FINGER (click here) refers to the awakened spine.

The five wise and five foolish virgins

The Bible agrees completely with the premise of the alchemists.
A quote from my book “Kundalini Awakening in the Bible”:

In order for the kundalini energy to reach the forehead, the spiritual aspirant will have to be vigilant again every moment. What is the energy that builds up in the body spent on? Jesus gives the beautiful and telling parable of the ten girls about this.

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten maidens, who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were wise and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps with them, but no oil. The wise men also took oil in their jars with their lamps. When the bridegroom did not come, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. And at midnight there was a cry: Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him! Then all those girls got up and fixed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise answered: In no case, otherwise there may not be enough for us and you. Rather go to the sellers and buy oil for yourself. When they went to buy oil, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. Later the other girls also came and said: Lord, lord, open to us! He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch then, for you do not know the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. (Matt. 25:1-13)

The girls with their lamps represent the first five chakras. If these don’t have enough ‘oil’ when the bridegroom (God) comes, there will be no holy marriage at the sixth chakra, Jesus warns. Interestingly, the Greek parthenos can indeed mean girls, but is almost always used for virgins in the Bible. For example, Matthew also uses parthenos for Mary, the mother of Jesus (Matt. 1:23). A subtle piece of advice to ‘save’ the sexual energy for the Divine Bridegroom!

The above interpretation of the parable of the ten virgins is (obviously) not traditional exegesis. In this case too we can find hidden symbolism in Christian art that refers to an ‘alchemical’ explanation.

From the red and white clothing of Jesus (the bridegroom) and the ‘wise virgin’ we can deduce that they represent the alchemical royal couple. The two PILLARS (click here) next to the bridal couple represent the two energy channels that merge during the sacred marriage. (Baron Ernest Friedrich von Liphart, 1886)

‘The First Foolish Virgin’, Martin Schongauer, 1470-1490. The long scarf represents the path that the kundalini energy travels from the pelvis to the head. The KNOT (click here) in the scarf represents the pineal gland. The extended MIDDLE FINGER (click here) refers to the awakened spine (the ‘middle’ of the body). The empty oil lamp is held at the level of the pelvis.

An oil lamp is kept at the pelvis and at the head of the two virgins. We may see this as a reference to a kundalini awakening. (The Wise and Foolish Virgin, Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, 1838-42)

A remarkable depiction of the crucifixion, with the five wise and five foolish virgins arranged as the first five chakras next to the cross. The fleur-de-lis, at the top, is an esoteric symbol for the pineal gland, which is activated when the kundalini has arrived at the sixth chakra. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the apostle John, stand on either side of the cross and represent the bridal couple (male and female) of the sacred marriage. The message of this illustration is: if there is enough ‘oil’ in the lamps of the five virgins/chakras, both the sacred marriage and the death of the ego (the crucifixion) take place at the sixth chakra. (Follower of Hans Schilling, 1469)

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The unicorn can be found in you!

The unicorn can be found in you!

Everyone loves the unicorn: adults and children, artists, poets and historians. We are fascinated by this animal. Did it really exist? What is the origin of the myths and legends in which the unicorn plays a leading role? The answers to these questions are related to another great mystery: the kundalini energy in our pelvis.

In most cultures and spiritual traditions, we only find the knowledge about our potential for God-realization packed in symbolism and metaphor. Frequently, mainstream religion prevented open communication about esoteric knowledge, and it was not something to be shared with the masses anyway, who might not appreciate it anyway and might run off with it in the wrong way.

Symbolism is the ideal way to safely transmit spiritual knowledge to the sincere spiritual seeker. Alchemy is an example of a tradition that has elevated this to a true art. Alchemical knowledge is mainly put on paper in the form of illustrations (emblems). It is immediately clear to an insider what an emblem means. For the uninitiated, the wondrous, surreal depictions are one big mystery.

In fact, spiritual knowledge is so well hidden that many people still think that alchemical emblems represent chemical formulas for turning base metals into gold. However, the vast majority of emblems are about the process of kundalini awakening, as a way to realize the inner gold!

Audiences react in disbelief when I say this. The kundalini is seen as an oriental concept that was not known in the Christian regions. Nothing could be further from the truth. Through the ages, kundalini symbolism can be found in many artistic expressions and iconographies, also in our part of the world. I have written books on this. The unicorn is a wonderful example.

At the center of this alchemical emblem is sitting the god Hermes/Mercury with his staff, the caduceus, the universal symbol for a kundalini awakening. With his left hand Hermes points at his lap; the place where the water basin is located that he points at with his staff. The rose bush and the water are both metaphors for the kundalini energy. In the background we see two beasts fighting: the battle within each of us between our higher and lower nature. The horse with the wings represents the transformed animal energies. The color red in alchemy refers to the completed Magnum Opus (God Realization).

The animal in man

Digging deep enough into the sacred writings of spiritual traditions, one finds that they are surprisingly unanimous on the “problem” of our animal drives. They get in the way of our ability to experience the divine.

Intellectually, we may be the crowning glory of creation, but most of our urges are animalistic. In other words, there is essentially not much difference between what we see on National Geographic and the news. Traits such as greed, aggression, lust, jealousy, boasting, selfishness and herd behavior are animal tendencies.

These impulses of our so-called “lower nature” are rooted in our bodies, a product of our evolution from the animal kingdom. However, man also has a divine potential, connected to our soul. To fully realize the divine, our animal (abdominal) energies must be purified and sublimated (raised to the higher chakras).

Man as a hybrid creature: part human and part dog/wolf. These two halves want to go in opposite directions, which gives us constant inner struggles. Illustration from: The Chronicle of Nuremberg, 1493.

The depiction of a transformation process

Suppressing our animalistic tendencies is not the solution to realizing our divine potential. We need these primal forces, especially the sexual energies, in order to realize God. The spiritual work is to gain mastery over these forces. The kundalini fire helps us with this by burning everything that stands between God and man. The unicorn symbolizes this transformation process.

In the language of symbolism a horse represents our emotions and animal urges. This also the origin of the proverbial “prince on a white horse”: the ideal man has purified his animal tendencies (the color white) and under control (riding the horse).

The unicorn is also white, and the long, spiraling horn on its forehead represents the kundalini energy which, along with the animal energies, has ascended to the sixth chakra, opening the third eye.

We find similar symbolism in Hinduism. The raising of the purified animal energies is depicted here in an inventive way (similar to the unicorn’s horn). The animal energies are ‘fed’ from the head. Note also the small standing cobra, in the lower left corner: a universal symbol for the awakened kundalini.

The virgin and the unicorn

Ancient stories about the unicorn communicate the importance of sublimation. According to the legends, the unicorn can only be captured by placing a virgin under a tree. The animal lets himself be lured by the virgin and will then fall asleep on her lap. A tree is a universal metaphor for the awakened kundalini energy that has ascended to the crown chakra. For this to happen, the sexual energy must be preserved (the virgin) for the spiritual awakening process. The animal in the belly (womb) of man must “fall asleep.”

The legends also say that the horn of the unicorn can purify poisoned water and cure diseases. Purification and healing are both aspects of the kundalini. The unicorn is also said to be able to detect hidden water sources. Water is a universal metaphor for the divine energy in our pelvis (see the alchemical illustration above).

The unicorn can only be captured by placing a virgin under a tree.

Meeting the unicorn

A unicorn only exists in the inner world of man. We will meet this beautiful animal when we long to be with God. Special exercises to awaken the kundalini energy are not necessary. Do not be afraid, you are not required to lead an ascetic life, you just have to make the right choices. Sensory and sexual gratification will lose their appeal once you have tasted the divine. If a unicorn spontaneously appears in a dream or meditation, then you know you are on the right track!

In Christian art the unicorn has been used to communicate forbidden esoteric knowledge. In this painting by Moretto da Brescia (1530) we see Saint Justina with a unicorn. The pinecone on the saint’s robes, below the animal’s horn, is a reference to the pineal gland, which is activated when the kundalini arrives at the sixth chakra.

This article was published in Spiegelbeeld magazine (July/Aug ’20)
Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2020

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The red elephant with the seven trunks

The red elephant with the seven trunks

The deeper meaning of mythical animals

Man has always tried to express the indescribable in symbols and metaphors. The invisible, divine, was made intelligible using beings and objects from the visible world. Sacred scriptures and myths of the gods abound with animals of all shapes and sizes. They play a hero’s role or they pose a danger. These animals almost always represent aspects of our inner world. Gaining insight into what an animal stands for can help us on our spiritual path. In this article, we’re going to see what we can learn from the elephant, the serpent, and the crocodile!

The serpent and the elephant

In our pelvis, near the sacrum, lies an energy source of divine origin. When this energy awakens, and ascends through the spine, it is the beginning of a spiritual transformation process. The kundalini-shakti, as the yogi calls this energy, has a purifying and healing effect.

A well-known symbol for this energy is a serpent. A fitting image, in several respects. A serpent renews (transforms) itself by molting. Furthermore, when viewed from the side, the human spine has the S-shape of a moving serpent. And the ability of many serpents to lift themselves upright from the ground will also have played a part in the fact that the serpent can be found all over the world as a metaphor for a kundalini awakening.

Much less known to the general public is the elephant as a symbol of a kundalini awakening. There are also a number of good reasons for the choice of this animal. The kundalini is a very powerful source of energy. If she awakens in an unprepared spiritual aspirant, it can have the disruptive effect on the mind and body of a proverbial elephant in a china shop. Though tempting given the prospects of experiencing God and gaining supernatural abilities, this does not make the kundalini energy something to experiment with lightly!

Our anatomy evokes associations with a serpent and an elephant

When we look at our anatomy, we see another possible explanation for the elephant as a symbol for the divine energy at our sacrum: the contours of the pelvis and the spine are strikingly similar to the head and trunk of an elephant!

The Hindu god Ganesha. A trident is depicted on his trunk. The small flask that Ganesha is holding with his trunk contains “amrita”: the drink of immortality. Amrita is a metaphor for the change of the cerebrospinal fluid: under the influence of the kundalini energy, opiates and hormones are released that conduct an experience of the divine.


The image of an elephant also fits the expansion of consciousness that is an aspect of the process of kundalini awakening. The popular Hindu god Ganesha can tell us all about this. According to the myths, he did not always have an elephant head. There are different versions of this story, but it usually comes down to this: the goddess Parvati (a personification of the kundalini shakti) while bathing makes her son Ganesha out of clay (or soap) and puts him on guard while she takes her bath. When her husband Shiva comes home and is stopped at the door by Ganesha, he becomes furious and beheads the boy with his trident. Then, when he finds out that he has killed his own son, he places an elephant’s head on his shoulders and brings him back to life.

Shiva and Parvati here represent the masculine and feminine energies in man that must merge in order to experience the oneness of the divine (samadhi). During this sacred marriage the ego ‘dies’. This is what the myth tells us in beautiful symbolism.

The bath of Parvati symbolizes the purifying effect of the kundalini energy. Parvati makes Ganesha out of clay while bathing: Ganesha represents the new human being that is formed through the purification process. Upon returning home, Shiva is not allowed to meet his wife (read: he cannot ‘unite’ with her) and therefore kills Ganesha. This symbolizes the ego that must die in order for the sacred marriage to take place.

The head is the seat of the ego. Decapitation is a classic metaphor for discarding the ego. The trident (trishula) with which the beheading of Ganesha takes place, represents the three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening: the ida, pingala and sushumna nadi. In iconography, a trident is often depicted on Ganesha’s forehead or trunk.

Read more about the symbolism of decapitation in the article: “The spiritual process of losing the ego”

Freed from the ego, the spiritual aspirant experiences an expanded consciousness. The elephant head symbolizes this. The trunk is also very appropriate. A trunk is much like a serpent, and in Ganesha’s case it reaches from head to belly, the path the kundalini travels to the crown chakra.

Not many people are aware that Ganesha represents a process of kundalini awakening. He is worshiped by the Hindus as “the remover of all obstacles.” This actually describes the workings of the kundalini: removing energetic blockages.

A trident symbolizes the three energy channels involved in a kundalini awakening.


The elephant’s trunk in this ancient illustration is connected to a coiled (kundalini) serpent, via seven circles (the seven chakras)

Red elephant

In older depictions, Ganesha is often red or orange in color. This is a reference to the colors of the first (red) and second (orange) chakras. These two chakras are located in the pelvic area, where the kundalini resides.

All the puzzle pieces fall neatly into place when we look at the Eastern chakra teachings. It connects each of the seven main chakras to a specific animal. Muladhara (the first) chakra is associated with the elephant!

A red Ganesha is bathed by his parents Parvati and Shiva
(18th century miniature from Kangra, India)

An illustration of muladhara (the first) chakra, with Ganesha, Airavata, with its seven trunks, and the goddess Shakti, the personification of the kundalini energy.


Another mythical elephant, Airavata, has as many as seven trunks. These refer to the seven chakras that are purified and activated by the kundalini.

According to legend, Airavata was born from the “churning of the ocean of milk,” which we may read as a metaphor for a kundalini awakening. The relief from the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex in New Delhi (below) shows how this was done. A large serpent with seven heads is twisted around a mountain (the spine) and is moved back and forth by a team of (demi-) gods. We see Airavata on top of the waves created by the “churning.” A mythical image that takes place in the human pelvis during the awakening of the kundalini.

The elephant Airavata on a relief from the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex in New Delhi


We can learn an important spiritual lesson from the elephant Gajendra. According to Hindu legends, Gajendra was bitten by a crocodile while bathing, and it would not let go of him. At the end of his powers (according to legend after more than a thousand years) he begs the god Vishnu for help. As a sacrifice he holds a lotus in the air. Vishnu frees Gajendra by beheading the crocodile with his sudharshana chakra, a spinning disc with sharp serrations.

The crocodile represents our most primitive urges: the impulses that come from the part of our brain called the “reptile brain.” These animalistic tendencies are an obstacle to the realization of the divine.

The elephant Gajendra is liberated by the god Vishnu. The crocodile is beheaded with a sudharshana chakra.

A statue of Ganesha in Prambanan, Indonesia. His trunk is being cleaned by the many visitors. It is said that touching the trunk, then your forehead (the sixth chakra), will increase your creativity.

We now know enough to be able to interpret the rest of the symbolism. The image of Gajendra being held by the crocodile means that as long as we are guided by animal tendencies such as aggression, selfishness, greed and jealousy, the kundalini (Gajendra) will not awaken and will be ‘trapped’ in the basin (the lake ).

The lotus that Gajendra holds up with his trunk represents raising the kundalini (trunk) to the crown chakra (lotus). The sudharshana chakra with which the crocodile is decapitated refers to the spiral movement of the purifying kundalini.

The god Vishnu, who comes to Gajendra’s aid, tells us that if we focus on spiritual growth, we are not alone. We will get help from the divine dimensions!

This article was published in Paravisie magazine (May ’22)
Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2022

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Mary Magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved

Mary Magdalene

The disciple whom Jesus loved

All the Bible says about Mary Magdalene is that she was one of the women who followed Jesus on his tour of Judea, and that she was freed from seven demons. However, a closer look at the Greek original text reveals a wealth of additional information to be found in the few words about this mysterious woman.

What appears is a very different picture from that of the penitent sinner that the church paints of her, and also a different picture from what is suggested in New Age circles, namely that she was the wife of Jesus. I have explained and substantiated my explosive findings in my book Mary Magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved. The following text is from Chapter 2 of this book.

The disciple whom Jesus loved

The identity of the author of the fourth gospel has been topic of research and debate for nearly two thousand years. According to received wisdom, it is the apostle John, but in modern times many experts doubt this. Judging from the content of the gospel, it must have been someone who was very close to Jesus. The anonymous author says to report from first hand, about what he has seen with his own eyes, and calls himself the “disciple whom Jesus loved”:

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
(John 21:20,24)

Why would the author have chosen for anonymity? Several reasons can be thought of, but a very good reason would be because it was a woman!

Women were commonly not taken serious in those days, which is also made clear in a galling passage in the gospel of Luke. When Jesus, after his death, has appeared to a number of women, and they rush to tell of this to the male apostles, they are not believed:

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
(Luke 24:9-11)

Full as she was about what she had learned from Jesus, Mary decided to write her own version of the “good message”2. She chose to remain anonymous and assume a male profile in her texts. She deliberately made the audience suspect that this man was the apostle John, as we shall see shortly. However, in an ingenious way, she left a key in the text, with which the true identity of the author could be retrieved. For this, we have to turn to the Greek source text.

The hidden key

In the gospel of John, the formula “the disciple whom Jesus loved” appears five times. Four times, the author chose to use the Greek verb agapaó (from agápe), for the meaning of to love. However, in the passage that describes the discovery of the astonished disciples that the tomb is empty, the Greek verb phileó (from philos) is used:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved (phileó), and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.
(John 20:1-3)

In this passage, Mary Magdalene is together with two other disciples present at the empty tomb of Jesus. By calling one of the two men the beloved disciple, making use of another word for to love, her identity as author remains hidden, but she does not deny herself. Through this construction, she can maintain that it was she who first saw the resurrected Jesus.

Also the word “other” stands out in this quote: the other disciple whom Jesus loved. Together with the other word for to love, and Mary Magdalene’s presence in this scene, there is only one logical conclusion: she is the author of this gospel!

A literary construction that is as simple as it is brilliant, and which all this time has successfully hidden that the author of this gospel is a woman. A well-kept secret that allowed her story to be taken seriously and make it through the strict selection process of the early Christian Church fathers, because of which it now is part of the New Testament. This is an honor that did not befall many other gospels from that time. As a consequence her words are read and lavishly cited, across the world and until today.

Pietro Perugino, Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter, 1482, Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy. Jesus delivers the keys to the “Kingdom of Heaven” to Peter. This event from the gospels (Matthew 16:19) caused the Catholic Church to reckon Peter as the first pope. Artist Perugino wants to let us know that this honor is actually Mary Magdalene’s. She stands behind Peter in an open posture, because of which she becomes the central figure of the right side of the scene. She is the only one of the apostles who looks at Jesus. The apostle to her left points at her. That this is Mary Magdalene we may deduce from her footwear. All apostles are barefooted. Only Jesus and she wear sandals. Hers are ornamented in such a way that it is clear that this character must be a woman. She holds a small paper scroll in her hand: the gospel she has written!

Christian art

Throughout the ages there have always been initiates, artists and mystics who knew that the Gospel of John was written by Mary Magdalene. In Christian iconography, the apostle John is usually depicted as a beardless young man with feminine features. In many paintings (and also church statues) the evangelist is so clearly a woman that the artist must have had a underlying message for us. Sometimes John is even so feminine that he can only be recognized by his attributes (a Bible with a writing pen, an eagle, and/or a drinking cup with or without poisonous snakes).

Because of the rigid attitude of the church, the truth could not be spoken aloud, but underground it found its way onto the canvas. On the walls of museums, churches and basilicas, voices from the distant past speak to us: Mary Magdalene was the ‘apostle to the apostles’. She was the disciple Jesus loved most!

Paintings and stained glass of the Evangelist John

Defendente Ferrari
(circa 1525)

Hans Baldung (1511)

(first half 17th century)

Sisto Badalocchio (1605-1625)

From: Grandes Heures Anne de Bretagne (1503-1508)

John La Farge (19th century)

This article has been published in Spiegelbeeld magazine (July/August ’19)
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Mary Magdalene: possessed or spiritually awakened?

Mary Magdalene

Possessed or spiritually awakened?

She was present at the crucifixion of Jesus when all the other disciples had fled. She was the one to whom he first appeared after his death. It is written in the Bible that she was freed from seven demons. Who was that woman who played such an important role in the life of Jesus? Was she indeed possessed?

Fallen woman

For centuries, Mary Magdalene has been seen as a converted prostitute, although this is not mentioned anywhere in the Gospels. This image of the fallen woman came about because she was seen by many as the unnamed “sinner” who anoints Jesus’ feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee. The reason this woman’s sins are believed to be related to prostitution is that after the anointing, Jesus says of her:

Therefore I say unto you, Her sins, which were many, are forgiven her, for she loved much;
but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Some see a woman “who has loved much” as a reference to a life of easy virtue. An illogical reasoning, because this would mean that the woman is forgiven for having led an immoral life. It is more likely that Jesus means it as it is written: whoever has loved much is forgiven much. Anyhow, the Bible does not say that this sinner is Mary Magdalene.


What the Gospels do say about Mary Magdalene is that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her. Fortunately, more and more people realize that the Bible stories should not always be taken literally. The Old and New Testaments are full of symbolism that aims to convey esoteric wisdom to the spiritual seeker who is ready (“He that has ears, let him hear…”).

Demons represent ego aspects that prevent us from experiencing the divine. An exorcism of seven demons represents a spiritual purification process. Seven refers to Mary Magdalene’s chakras, which were cleansed of psychic polution and blockages. She was not possessed, but she had experienced a process of spiritual awakening!

The process of kundalini awakening
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The pineal gland gets its name from its pinecone shape.

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Her teacher Jesus has found her worthy to be initiated into the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. The Bible says that Jesus baptized with the fire of the Holy Spirit. In the yogic tradition, this fire is called the kundalini-shakti: the divine energy that resides in our pelvis, near the sacrum, and which upon awakening initiates a spiritual process.

As the energy slowly (a process of years) ascends through the spine, the chakras are purified and activated one by one. Arriving at the crown chakra, the pineal gland is stimulated to release hormones and opiate-like substances to the cerebrospinal fluid. These provide for an expansion of consciousness. The pineal gland is our inner antenna to experience the divine.

Mary received this “baptism” from Jesus. The fire of God’s Spirit flowed through her spine. Her high spiritual level has always been known by initiates. Mary stood on a pedestal with the Templars, for example, the knighthood of monks, who also knew that the secret of the Kingdom of God lies in our pelvis. We can deduce this from the graffiti they left behind on the walls of the dungeons where they were imprisoned (see also my article The Templars and the Holy Grail). The Cathars also revered Mary Magdalene. In their eyes she had the same spiritual status as Jesus.

Through esoteric organizations such as the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians, many artists became aware of the secrets surrounding Mary Magdalene. Symbolism that refers to her spiritual status can be found on numerous paintings and stained glass windows in churches. Usually veiled, because it went against the teachings of the church at the time. I have included many examples in my book on Mary Magdalene.

Mary’s ointment jar has the shape of the pineal gland. This is a hidden reference to her spiritual level.

Spiritual growth

This new information about Mary Magdalene is very inspiring. The current generation of spiritual seekers no longer wants to hear what to believe. They want to shape their own spirituality. We do not have to immediately seek refuge in Eastern traditions such as Buddhism and yoga. The deeper, symbolic layers of the Bible, and Mary Magdalene, show us that a wonderful growth process awaits us, when we are ready for it. When we have chased all the pleasures of the world and we have found that this does not make us happy. When we start longing for more depth and meaning in our lives, and become curious about the spiritual path.

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The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

The legendary Order of the Knights Templar was active during the crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries. Legend has it that the Christian knight-monks in the Holy Land obtained all kinds of mythical objects, including the Holy Grail, the cup in which the blood of Jesus was collected during the crucifixion. They were also suspected of Gnostic sympathies. This has never been proven. Nevertheless, many Templars were burned at the stake for “heresy.” During their imprisonment, the Knights Templar scratched religious images on the walls of their dungeons. Historians don’t think they mean anything special. They cannot be further from the truth: the seven centuries old relief drawings lead us to the secret of the Holy Grail!

Rise and fall

The Order of the Knights Templar was founded in 1118 by the French nobleman Hugh of Payns and initially consisted of nine men. The purpose of the order was to protect pilgrims from raiders on their journey to Jerusalem. The knights also wanted to live in imitation of Christ and took monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The for that time completely new combination of soldier and monk appealed to the imagination of the French. The order soon grew in number, wealth and power. They received money, goods and land from citizens and rulers. Their courage was legendary. The well-trained knight monks fought on to the death. They only surrendered if their commander decided to do so, and this seldom happened. In addition to protecting pilgrims, they also took part in crusades against the Muslims to keep Jeruzalem under Christian rule.

When Jerusalem was conquered by the Muslims around 1300, the Knights Templar withdrew from the Holy Land. The French King Philip IV was in need of money and devised a plot to amass the riches of the Knights Templar. On October 13, 1307, Templars were arrested across the country on charges of heresy, homosexuality and corruption. Filip had no evidence for these allegations, but the Inquisition’s torture methods provided him with the “confessions” he needed to confiscate the order’s assets. Many Knights Templar ended up burned at the stake. In 1312 the order was officially dissolved by the Pope.

In 2007 the Templars were cleared and restored by Pope Benedict. This as a result of the discovery of documents showing, among other things, how the confessions were obtained.

Gnostic views

Many of the accusations against the Knights Templar were fabricated by King Philip, but rumors of Gnostic beliefs have never dissipated, fueled in part by the secrecy surrounding the order’s initiations and rituals. Was some of this true after all?

If we study the scarce material that has been preserved from the Knights Templar, there appears to be a theme of (divine) oneness against (earthly) duality: a mystical concept that we also find in Gnosticism. An example is the famous Templar Seal with two riders on one horse (illustration 1). The meaning of this is unknown. Is it an expression of solidarity and brotherhood, or a sign of poverty? Didn’t every knight have his own horse? There are several arguments that make both answers unlikely.

1. Seal of the Knights Templar

2. Coat of arms of the Knights Templar

3. Flag of the Knights Templar

4. Tomb of a Templar (Temple Church, Londen)

It seems more likely that the two riders on one horse are a metaphor for the inner fusion of the polarities, as the way to an experience (the oneness) of God. Especially when we place other objects next to this seal. The Knights Templar’s coat of arms, for example, is a red cross on a black and white background (illustration 2). The equal-armed cross, or Greek cross, is a classic symbol of the fusion of the opposites. The esoteric meaning of the cross is confirmed and reinforced by its strategic position in the center of the black and white (yin and yang) background. The black and white flag of the Templars, called the Beauceant, fits seamlessly with the seal and coat of arms in terms of symbolism (illustration 3).

And then there are the tombs of the Templars. Some of these show the deceased with their legs crossed (illustration 4), a curious detail for which historians have no explanation. One of the theories is that the crossed legs refer to participation in a crusade, but this explanation is not conclusive for all cases where a knight is depicted in such a way. In esoteric traditions crossed legs symbolize the fusion of opposites into a divine oneness.

On the seal with the two riders on one horse (illustration 1) we find two more references to the fusion of the opposites: the two spears next to each other and the double cross on the coats of arms of the riders. The two crosses on top of each other form an eight-pointed star, the so-called Morning Star, an ancient symbol for the divine.

The Morning Star

The eight-pointed star is a symbol of the Sumerian goddess Inanna and her Akkadian counterpart Ishtar. These goddesses were also associated with the planet Venus, which is called the Morning Star because Venus, after the sun and moon, is the brightest of all celestial bodies and is visible in the east shortly before sunrise. Venus, as it were, heralds the sun and was therefore associated with the divine since ancient times. In line with this, the eight-pointed star represents in esoteric traditions the dormant divine energy in the pelvis of man; called the kundalini-shakti by the yogi (illustration 5). See also my article on tarot card The Star.

5. (right) All symbols in this alchemical illustration refer to the kundalini energy: the serpent, the woman on the moon (Sophia) and the eight-pointed star. From: Clavis Artis, late 17th / early 18th century.

The Templars placed the eight-pointed Morning Star on coins, on seals and on walls in churches and cathedrals built by them. An intriguing example can be found among the various frescoes in the Templar chapel of Cressac-Saint-Genis, in France (illustration 6). My interpretation is that all symbols in the circle refer to the divine in man, or the kundalini energy. The small circle with a dot in the middle is the symbol for the sun and for gold. The A(lpha) is the first letter of the alphabet and refers to the divine principle of our creation. The mysterious serpentine line on the top of the A is the (serpent) movement of the kundalini energy ascending through the spine.

A second esoteric symbol, also frequently used by the Knights Templar, is the Rose of Venus. During an eight-year cycle, the planet Venus orbits the Earth in the pattern of a five-petaled flower (illustration 7). This Rose of Venus has traditionally been a symbol of the feminine aspect of God. The pattern can also be seen as a pentagram. We find both the Rose of Venus and the pentagram on artefacts of the Knights Templar. Examples are illustrations 8 and 9.

7. The orbit that the planet Venus makes around the earth in 8 years.

8. The ornament above the entrance of the Templar church of Santa Maria dos Olivais in Tomar, Portugal.

9. A coin issued by the Knights Templar.

The Tower of Coudray in Chinon

One of the places where the Knights Templar have been imprisoned prior to their sentencing and execution is the Tower of Coudray in Chinon, France. The men left religious drawings on the walls of the tower (illustration 10). These provide us with much clarity about the Gnostic knowledge they possessed. The monks entrusted to the limestone walls of their prison what they kept silent about during the torture of the Inquisition. The rough drawings contain symbolism of which only “initiates” understand the meaning.

Illustration 11 shows Saint Catherine on the left, recognizable by her attribute: the wheel on which she was tortured. The wheel on this prison wall has eight spokes, that are more clearly worked out than the saint herself. That we may see this as a reference to the eight-pointed Morning Star, and thus to the kundalini energy, can be deduced from the planet Venus (circle with cross underneath), to the left of Catherine.

10. Graffiti left by the Knights Templar in the Tower of Coudray in Chinon.

Pineal gland


11. (Part) drawing of 10.

12. (Part) drawing of 10.

Illustration 12 fits in beautifully with the symbolism of 11. On the right we see the head of a monk with a halo. This halo results from the activation of the pineal gland, which is depicted to the left of the man as a large cavity with rays around it. The fleur-de-lys beneath the cavity confirms our interpretation. The fleur-de-lys is an ancient symbol of the pineal gland. A staircase with six steps is carved between the fleur-de-lys and the monk: these are the six chakras that the kundalini traverses to reach the pineal gland.

Inner crucifixion

From the graffiti left behind in towers of the French Bastide city of Domme, where Templars were also imprisoned awaiting trial, we can infer that they knew that many stories in the Bible have a symbolic layer. For example, the crucifixion of Jesus on the symbolic level represents the death of the ego during the process of spiritual awakening. Illustration 13 (below) shows a crucifixion scene left in Domme prison. A house has been carved around the cross and the two bystanders. The meaning of this is that the crucifixion, on a deeper level, takes place in man.

13. Crucifixion scene, Domme.

A small cross has been placed on the head of the crucified Jesus. This is a second clue, left for us, that the death of Jesus can be interpreted as an inner process. The ego dies when the kundalini energy has ascended into the head, and the masculine and feminine energies (the inner duality) merge. This so-called sacred marriage is depicted in illustration 13 by the man and the woman (the apostle John and Mary) next to the cross.

The inner meaning of the crucifixion is portrayed in a different way on the prison wall of Chinon. In illustration 11, next to Saint Catherine, we see the mountain of Golgotha with a cross on it. The pile of stones that make up the mountain looks very similar to a brain. The cross is carved in a hollow, which we may see as a second indication that the crucifixion takes place in the head. This symbolism is entirely consistent with the Biblical text, which explicitly states that Golgotha means “Place of the Skull”: And they took Him to the place of Golgotha, which is translated: Place of the Skull. (Mark 15:22)

For a more in-depth analysis of the symbolism in the Bible, see my book John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ.

Holy Grail

On the walls in Domme is also illustration 14: an depiction of the Holy Grail. My interpretation is that this represents a cup with a tree of life, and that this is a metaphor for the human pelvis (the cup), with the awakened kundalini flowing up to the crown chakra (the tree of life).

The cup is octagonal, a reference to the Morning Star. The tree has seven branches: these are the seven chakras that are purified and activated by the kundalini. A confirmation of this interpretation can be found in the Templar Church of Montsaunès: the tree of life that is depicted on one of the walls is executed in exactly the same way (illustration 15)!

14. Graffiti in Domme prison.

15. Fresco of the tree of life in the Templar Church of Montsaunès.

So the Knights Templar knew that the mythical Holy Grail is not a physical object, but a metaphor for the divine energy in our pelvis. According to the legends, drinking from the Holy Grail would bring healing and eternal life. These are characteristics of the kundalini energy that, when it awakens, purifies, heals and reunites man with God.

Right: Jesus hanging from a (life) tree. The seven ‘branches’ refer to the seven chakras. Engraving from: Hermetic writings, Vincentius Koffsky, 1786.

Spiritual testament

The Knights Templar fascinate and appeal to our imagination. Best-selling books are still being published on a regular basis, with the most incredible and unfounded hypotheses and conspiracy theories. For all these centuries, the truth about Templar spirituality has been visible on French prison walls: unappreciated by historians and unknown to the general public. A moving spiritual testament, left for us by heroic men, who were tortured and killed by the same Pope and King they had served so faithfully and passionately.

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The Knights Templar held great veneration for John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene

They knew that John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ were one and the same person. After going through a spiritual process of God-realization, John the Baptist became a powerful preacher, and captivated his audiences with his radically new teachings on the (inner) Kingdom of God.

After his crucifixion en resurrection, the Gospel writers gave him a new name and identity to make him more credible to the Jews as their long awaited Messiah: Jesus “the Nazarene.” Read more in my book: John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ.

They also knew that Mary Magdalene is the mysterious, unknown writer of the Gospel of John, and that she played a central role in the life of Jesus. Read about this in my book: Mary Magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved.

Additional illustrations

The esoteric meaning of the Holy Grail was not only known to the Knights Templar. In the Christian paintings below a connection is made between the Holy Grail and the process of kundalini awakening.

Below: in both paintings, Jesus makes with his right hand – from which his blood flows into a cup – the sign of the sacred marriage (2=1, the fusion of the polarities).

Right: this painting connects the dove of the Holy Spirit (the Christian name for the kundalini energy) to a rising (kundalini) serpent, the resurrection of Jesus, and the Holy Grail. The transparent scarf that – barely visible – is wrapped around the cross (from the pelvis tot the head of Jesus), also refers to the kundalini serpent. Bartolomeo Passarotti, 16th century.

With his left hand, Jesus points to his pelvis, the place in man where the Holy Grail, that is standing next to him, is located. A burning candle is placed in front of the cup. This candle refers to the divine fire (kundalini) running through the spine. Bernardino di Mariotto dello Stagno, circa 1520.

The apostle John holds a cup (the Holy Grail) next to the head of the baby Jesus: the place where the ascended kundalini energy connects man to God. With their hands John and Jesus make the sign of the sacred marriage (2=1). Boccaccio Boccaccino, circa 1507.

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The spiritual process of losing the ego

The spiritual process of losing the ego

The average Western person is filled to the brim: filled with thoughts, feelings, stimuli, restlessness, stress, and especially filled with ego. We are full of ourselves. And in those who are full of themselves there is no place for God.

The way to God is a way of becoming empty, in many ways: de-stressing, detaching, draining the swamp of the unconscious, and “undressing” your ego. Only naked can we see God face to face. (1)

Usually this process of emptying is not explicitly explained in spiritual traditions, but is referred to only in metaphors, which the spiritual seeker himself is supposed to translate to a working method. Examples include decapitation, face covering, invisibility, and a major cleaning.


A beautiful example of beheading with a spiritual meaning is the Hindu god Ganesha. This popular elephant-headed god embodies enlightened man. According to myth, Ganesha is beheaded in his youth by his father, the god Shiva, during an outburst of rage. After this, full of remorse, he places an elephant head on his son’s shoulders.

The head is the seat of the ego. Liberated from the ego, the spiritual aspirant experiences a spiritual rebirth. The elephant head, with its large ears and brain, represents the sharpened senses and the expanded consciousness of this enlightened human being.

In Hindu iconography, a cut-through coconut often lies at the feet of Ganesha (see illustration on right). One of the rituals in Hinduism is breaking a coconut for Ganesha. The hairy coconut somewhat resembles a human’s head. The underlying symbolism of the ritual is the cracking of the ‘hard nut’ of our ego.

The Hindu god Ganesha. Only one foot rests on the lotus; a reference to transcending duality: he has realized the (oneness of) the divine.

David with Goliath’s head.

Another example is the Bible story of the beheading of Goliath by the young shepherd David. (2) The enormous giant Goliath symbolizes the ego of David that must die if he is to become king of Israël (a Biblical metaphor for God-realization). With a rock from his sling, David hits his opponent Goliath exactly in the forehead during a duel; energetically the place in man where the ego dies, during the process of spiritual awakening. Then he decapitates him with his sword.

Face covering

The disappearance of a face is also symbolism to express the disappearance of the ego. The prophet Moses has an impressive encounter with God on a mountain (symbol for an expansion of consciousness). He resides on the mountain for forty days and nights (symbolism for a period of transformation). When he comes down, he covers his face with a cloth when he speaks to the Israelites. (4) With this image, the Bible writers are saying that Moses no longer speaks from his (disappeared) ego, but from a divine source.

Moses wears a veil

The prophet Elijah hides his face behind his cloak

The face of the prophet Elijah also disappears after meeting God on a mountain. In a cave on top of the mountain, Elijah first feels a strong wind splitting the mountains and breaking rocks; then there is an earthquake and finally a fire. (5) These impressive images describe the process of emptying: Elijah is being ‘broken open’, purified and transformed.

And after the fire came a soft silence.
And it happened, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face with his cloak, went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him, saying, What are you doing here, Elijah? (6)

It is quiet after the violence of nature. This is the inner silence that man experiences after the completion of the process of emptying. Elijah wraps his cloak around his face: his ego has become “invisible” through the purification process. It is now completely transparent, like a clean window. The divine light can flow through it unhindered. As with Moses, this allows Elijah to hear the voice of God.(7)


Invisibility is also a metaphor for egolessness. The Greek god Hermes has a helmet that can make him invisible; the so-called Helmet of Hades. Hermes lends his helmet to Perseus when he confronts the infamous gorgo Medusa. Perseus is sent to get the head of Medusa; a life-threatening task because everyone who looks her in the eye petrifies. Through the Helmet of Hades, Perseus manages to approach Medusa unseen and cuts off her head

This beheading is also about emptying. Medusa has snakes on her head instead of hair; this refers to the “poisonous” thoughts that emanate from the ego, and that stand in the way of experiencing God.

Petrification is a wonderful metaphor for the inner world of a person who is ‘stuck’ in his past: in ingrained patterns, old pain and false beliefs. The ego is, as it were, ‘petrified’. It is motionless and lifeless.

Medusa by Caravaggio (circa 1600)

This myth uses both the metaphor of invisibility and that of beheading for its spiritual message: the necessity of emptying for the realization of the divine. The wings on the Helmet of Hades represent an expansion of consciousness.

Perseus with the severed head of Medusa (Cellini, 1545–54).

A depiction of the alchemist’s Magnum Opus (metaphor for God-realization). Hades’ Helmet makes the face invisible. (From the alchemical treatise Wasserstein der Weysen by Johann Ambrosius Siebmacher, 1619)

A major cleaning job

Emptying is sometimes also represented by a process of purification. A well-known example is Noah’s Flood. The enormous flood of water in which people and animals perish, represents the “flushing” of the spiritual seeker (Noah). All that is “sinful” is purified. When the water sinks again, Noah’s Ark ends up on a mountain top (symbol for an expansion of consciousness). (8)

Noah’s ark ends on a mountain top: a symbol for an expansion of consciousness

A second example is the cleansing job that the Greek demigod Herakles faces: mucking out the stables of King Augias. This task is the fifth of the twelve “labors” (assignments) that Herakles is to perform on behalf of King Eurystheus. The twelve labors represent the challenges the spiritual aspirant faces who wants to realize the divine.

King Augias owned 3,000 cattle and the stables had not been cleaned for 30 years. So a gigantic job, which has to tell us that spiritual emptying is not an easy task. The number 3 refers to the three aspects of man, all of which must be cleansed: body, head (thinking) and heart (feeling). This myth has found its way into our proverbs and expressions: an “Augias stable” represents an enormous amount of dirt.

John the Baptist

The ultimate example of a man who has managed to empty himself completely, with the rest of the world knowing about it, is John the Baptist.

John is seen as the one who first predicts the coming of the Messiah and then recognizes Jesus as “the Lamb of God” at his baptism in the Jordan. This is how he is presented in the Bible, and John thus fit the expectations of the Jews who, based on the prophecies in the book of Malachi, assumed that the coming of the long-awaited Messiah would be preceded by a great prophet.

However, John the Baptist was not only the herald of Jesus. He was Jesus. He became a Christos, an anointed one, after a long process of God-realization, a moment symbolically depicted in all the Gospels as the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan.

Jesus points with two fingers (2 = 1) at John the Baptist: Jesus = John. Their appearance is also the same. (Basilica of San Marco, Venice, 11th-13th century)

Because John did not meet the expectations that the Jews had about the Messiah, the evangelists posthumously give him a new name and a new identity, which refers to a figure from the Old Testament: Joshua (Jesus) the son of Nun.

The Gospels are full of subtle cues that endorse this statement. For this you sometimes have to go back to the Greek source texts. I have written a book about this subject: John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ. There has always been a group of initiates who knew about this great secret. Below you will find a number of paintings in which it is hinted, in a concealed way, that John the Baptist was Jesus. In my book, and on this web page, many more examples.

John the Baptist points with one finger at Jesus and with two fingers at the lamb at his feet. His hand gesture means: Jesus and he are both the Lamb of God. (Lucas Cranach the Younger, 1553)

In iconography John the Baptist usually points at Jesus, because in the Bible he is the one who recognizes Jesus as the Lamb of God. In this painting, however, he points at himself. (Michelino da Besozzo, circa 1420)

Saint Lucia points with two fingers pressed together (2 = 1) to the baptism scene with John and Jesus, on the chasuble of the bishop. Her hand gesture means John = Jesus. (Amico Aspertini, 1510)

The beheading of John

One of these indications is that the public life of Jesus starts from the moment John the Baptist is beheaded by King Herod:

When Jesus heard that John had been handed down, He returned to Galilee … From then on Jesus started to preach and say: “Repent, because the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (9)

Jesus preaches in the above quote in exactly the same words as John did. The Baptist also says to his listeners, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand“. (10)

John is captured and beheaded by Herod for the criticism he openly has on him. That this beheading on the spiritual level is a festive event is underlined by the fact that it takes place during the celebration of Herod’s birthday. The “birth” that is celebrated is the rebirth of John, who, after his “beheading,” will now, in the Bible, go by the name “Jesus the Christ.”

Some time later, when Herod learns about the wandering Jesus who performs special healings, he makes a connection with John’s death:

And King Herod heard it, for his name was known, and said, “John that baptized was raised from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” Others said, “He is Elijah;” and still others said, “He is a prophet, or He is one of the prophets.” But when Herod heard it, he said, “This is John that I beheaded; he was raised from the dead.” (11)

It can hardly be stated any clearer. Herod says with astonishing certainty, as if resurrections from the dead occurred on a regular basis in Judea: Jesus is John who was raised from the dead.
In the Bible a person who fully identifies with his ego is seen as “dead,” in a spiritual sense. With the discarding of the ego (head) a “resurrection from the realm of the dead” takes place. The apostle Paul urges all of us to this: Awake, you who are sleeping, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. (12)

One of the ways artists have tried to let us know that John the Baptist was Jesus is to give John the appearance of Jesus. This work of art is an example. John is not wearing his traditional camel-hair robe and looks like Jesus.

The fullness of God

After many years of purification and emptying, God takes up residence in John / Jesus: … in Him resides the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (13) He is the “perfected” man. He has attained a state of spiritual wholeness and completion, which characterizes the divine dimensions: “Be perfect then, as your Father who is in the heavens is perfect.” (14)

The Greek teleios, from this quote, means perfect in the sense of perfected, finished, mature, completed. This perfection also refers to “oneness”. John / Jesus is no longer inwardly connected to duality; the sacred marriage of the opposites has taken place in him.

In the Bible this divine oneness is called (the union of) “the Alpha and the Omega”: I am the Alpha, and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. (15) Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, respectively. In the Bible they symbolize the opposites (polarities) of creation.

The sign of the sacred marriage

In Christian iconography, Jesus is often depicted with his index and middle fingers raised. This hand gesture is usually interpreted as a blessing, but its origin and meaning are unknown to historics.

Over the centuries, there has always been a group of initiates who knew that Jesus was not born as the Son of God, but had gone through a spiritual process under the name of John the Baptist. We see evidence of this in iconography, art, and the early Christian catacombs in Rome. (16) The hand gesture of the two raised fingers expresses the union of the opposites: Jesus made “the two into one”. The sacred marriage took place in him: the alpha and the omega, the masculine and feminine, the sun and the moon, have merged to oneness.

Jesus makes the “sign of sacred marriage.” Next to him are the Greek letters Alpha and Omega: they represent the inner polarities that have merged. (Sant Climent de Taüll Church, Spain, circa 1123)

The sacred marriage and a “beheading” (the discarding of the ego) are two interrelated aspects of the process of spiritual awakening. In many paintings of the beheading of John the Baptist we also find the (secret) sign of the sacred marriage (2 = 1) in one way or another. Four examples below.

Andrea Schiavone (16th century)

John looks like Jezus in this painting. Antonio Domingo de Sequeira (18th century)

Cesare da Sesto (circa 1515)

Andrea Solario (circa 1500)

Get to work

What must be done to find God can be found in all major religions and spiritual traditions. So spiritual seekers can stop searching. It is a matter of getting started. Roll up your sleeves and start cleansing your own Augias stable…!

(1) 1 Corinthians 13:12
(2) 1 Samuel 16, 17
(3) For a detailed analysis of the biblical symbolism of the battle between David and Goliath see my book Kundalini Awakening (only in Dutch)
(4) Exodus 34: 29-35
(5) 1 Kings 19: 9-13
(6) 1 Kings 19: 12-13
(7) For a full analysis of Elijah’s encounter with God on Mount Horeb, see my book John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ
(8) For an analysis supporting the deeper meaning of the Flood story see my book Kundalini Awakening (only in Dutch)

(9) Matt. 4:12 and 17, see also Mark 1: 14-15 and Luke 3: 19-21
(10) Matt. 3: 2
(11) Mark 6: 14-16, see also Matt. 14: 1-3 and Luke 9: 7-9
(12) Ephesians 5:14
(13) Col. 2: 9-10
(14) Matt. 5:48
(15) Rev. 22:13, see also Rev. 1: 8
(16) See my book John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ

This article has been published in Paravisie Magazine (Jan. ’19)
Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2019

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