(Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886)
Emily Dickinson was a reclusive, unknown poet who lived
in the middle of the nineteenth century. She was unpublished in her lifetime,
preferring to wait for fame posthumously. Sure of her own place in history to
come, she waited for the world to discover the beauty and wisdom of a master
craftsman. Unhappy with the world's imprisoned word meanings, she needed but a
simple lexicon to fashion her new gems, her crystals of reflected word
meanings, glistening in light and color. Living only for beauty and only for
truth. she haunts us today with eerily beautiful and mysterious poetry from
deep within her mind and soul.
All of the poems in this chapter are taken from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas Johnson, 1st copyright 1890. First we will look at Emily's prophecy of her own death. This serves to establish her prophetic validity.
Emily Prophecies her own death
ED #24 1858
There is a morn by men unseen -
Whose maids upon remoter green
Keep their Seraphic May -
And all day long, with dance and game,
And gambol I may never name -
Employ their holiday.
Here to light measure, move the feet
Which walk no more the village street -
Nor by the wood are found -
Here are the birds that sought the sun
When last year's distaff idle hung
And summer's brows were bound.
Ne'er saw I such a wondrous scene -
Ne'er such a ring on such a green -
As if the stars some summer night
Should swing their cups of Chrysolite -
And revel till the day -
Like thee to dance - like thee to sing -
People upon the mystic green -
I ask, each May Morn.
I wait thy far, fantastic bells -
Announcing me in other dells -
Unto the different dawn!
This poem was written early in Emily's career in 1858. The "maids upon remoter green" are angelic transports (seraphic) to the next world. Emily asks the seraphs "each new May morn" if they are ready to come and take her so she can join them and play with them "all day long," with "dance and game." She asks these angels for passage to the next world "remoter green" each and "every new May morn" because she knows she is to die in May, but doesn't know what year.
E.D. #50 1858
I haven't told my garden yet -
Lest that should conquer me.
I haven't quite the strength now
To break it to the Bee -
I will not name it in the street
For shops would stare at me -
That one so shy - so ignorant
Should have the face to die.
The hillsides must now know it -
Where I have rambled so -
Nor tell the loving forests
The day that I shall go -
Nor lisp it at the table -
heedless by the way
Hint that within the Riddle
One will walk today -
In #50, Emily doesn't tell her "garden," the "Bee," the "hillsides," or the "forests" because the foreknowledge of her death is a secret, but she foretells that someone "will walk in" or solve the riddle someday. "The day that I shall go" is of course the day of her death.
E.D. #160 1858
Just lost, when I was saved!
Just felt the world go by!
Just girt me for the onset with Eternity,
When breath blew back,
And on the other side
I heard recede the disappointed tide!
Therefore, as One returned, I feel
Odd secrets of the line to tell!
Some Sailor, skirting foreign shores -
Some pale Reporter, from the awful doors
Before the Seal!
Next time, to stay!
Next time, the things to see
By Ear unheard,
Unscrutinized by Eye -
Next time, to tarry,
While the Ages steal -
Slow tramp the Centuries,
And the Cycles wheel!
Here, Emily goes to heaven, the place where ear has not heard and eye has not seen what God has prepared (New Test. KJV Bible) for His children, just as Enoch and some other prophets have, to receive a revelation of certain aspects of future history. Since Emily has wanted to go and stay in heaven, she is disappointed when she returns and is lost when almost saved by being returned from heaven after having been taken there. After having received her revelation and returning she has "odd secrets of the line to tell!" She is a terrified at what she has seen (see #443 regarding Bomb) and thus is a "pale Reporter" of the events she has witnessed before the "Seal" of Revelation. She consoles herself because she knows that "next time" she goes to heaven, she will have died and will be able to "stay" for good, some May day.
E.D. #412 1862
I read my sentence - steadily -
Reviewed it with my eyes,
To see that I made no mistake
In its extremest clause -
The Date, and manner, of the shame -
And then the Pious form
That "God have mercy" on the Soul
The Jury voted Him -
I made my soul familiar - with her extremity -
That at the last, it should not be a novel Agony -
But she, and Death, acquainted -
Meet tranquilly, as friends -
Salute, and pass, without a Hint -
And there, the Matter ends -
In #412, Emily "reads her sentence," which is her death sentence. She reads it over and over to be sure of "the Date and manner" of her death which is seen as a "shame" to those of this life. She turns the experience over in her mind to "familiarize" her soul with death, which is the most "extreme" of circumstances. She becomes "acquainted" or comfortable with the idea of dyeing and she continues on, "tranquilly" turning to other things.
E.D. #443 1862
I tie my Hat - I crease my Shawl -
Life's little duties do - precisely -
As the very least
Were infinite - to me -
I put new Blossoms in the Glass -
And throw the old - away -
I push a petal from my Gown
That anchored there - I weigh
The time 'twill be till six o'clock
I have so much to do -
And yet - Existence - some way back -
Stopped - struck - my ticking - through -
We cannot put Ourself away
As a completed Man
Or Woman - When the Errand's done
We came to Flesh - upon -
There may be - Miles on Miles of Nought -
Of Action - sicker far -
To simulate - is stinging work
To cover what we are
From Science - and from Surgery -
Too Telescopic Eyes
To bear on us unshaded -
For their - sake - not for Ours -
'Twould start them -
We - could tremble -
But since we got a Bomb -
And held it in our Bosom -
Nay - Hold it - it is calm -
Therefore - we do life's labor -
Though life's Reward - be done -
With scrupulous exactness -
To hold our Senses - on -
In #443, Emily stands in front of a mirror exactly "tying her hat" and "creasing her shawl" to distract herself from the terror of her revelation and to keep busy because "life's Reward," her poetry and prophecy, are now completed. She weighs the "time 'twill be till six o'clock" because that will be the hour of her death for which she will wait patiently, as her primary service to God "her Errand" which "she came to Flesh upon" is complete. She understands that between "errands" there is a lot of waiting and occupying of oneself during "Miles on Miles of Nought." She feels she has to pretend or "simulate" to "cover what" she is because she knows that the worldly and dissecting eyes of scientists and doctors (surgery) would be startled and shaken ('Twould start them) by the realities with which she has lived her life. And she doesn't want to disturb their restricted, overly skeptical world view when that same world possesses "a Bomb"-- nuclear implied, we can guess. (discussed later)
E.D. #1422 1877
Summer has two Beginnings -
Beginning once in June -
Beginning in October
Affectingly again -
Without, perhaps, the Riot
But graphicker for Grace -
As finer is a going
Than a remaining Face -
Departing then - forever -
Forever - until May -
Forever is deciduous -
Except to those who die -
In #1422, Emily states that summer has two beginnings "once in June" in the northern hemisphere and once in October in the southern hemisphere. She then reflects that summer's grace is best appreciated in its leaving, rather than its coming. She switches gears to human life and death, and decides that death is finer than her remaining errand-less life, she is just "a remaining face" that endures until a future May takes her in death forever to where there are no "deciduous" cycles of birth and decay, just ever expanding realms of infinity.
Rearrange a "Wife's" affection!
When they dislocate my Brain!
Amputate my freckled bosom!
Make me bearded like a man!
Blush, my spirit, in thy Fastness -
Blush, my unacknowledged clay -
Seven years of troth have taught thee
More than Wifehood ever may!
Love that never leaped its socket -
Trust entrenched in narrow pain -
Constancy thro' fire - awarded -
Anguish - bare of anodyne!
Burden - borne so far triumphant -
None suspect me of the crown,
For I wear the "Thorns" till Sunset -
Then - my Diadem put on.
Big my Secret but it's bandaged -
It will never get away
Till the Day its Weary Keeper
Leads it through the Grave to thee.
In #1737, Emily describes her loneliness and lack of human recognition (unacknowledged clay) during her life of her self-sacrifice in the flesh. Her "errand" is a lonely "burden borne so far triumphant." "None suspect" her of her "crown" of chosen-ness to do God's most important work. Like the great Prophets of Old, the glorious crown feels sometimes like Jesus' painful crown, of sacrificial "Thorns." Notice, Emily wears her crown of thorns till sunset, which will accompany her death sometime in May at 6 o'clock pm. Her "secret" ministry is bandaged because it has caused a wound that cannot be shown to anyone yet and so it is "bandaged" to conceal itself. Her secret is "Big" and she vows to never let it get away "until the Day its Weary Keeper," "leads it through the Grave to" an unspecified "Thee"; the reader, we presume.
We will soon discuss some of her "Big" secrets hidden in her poetry. The following quote is from her brother's (Austin) diary on the day of her death. Unaware of Emily's "secrets", Austin writes:
May 15, 1886
"The day was awful. She ceased to
breathe that terrible breathing just
before the whistles sounded for six"
Quote from Richard B. Sewell's,
The Life of Emily Dickinson.)
One can be quite sure that the sun was setting when Emily died at 6 p.m. in May, 1886. Note that Emily prophesied the month and hour of her death in poems written nearly thirty years (1858) prior to the event. This is a demonstration of the validity of her prophetic revelations.
Emily tells us in her poetry that she has a special "errand" to do. The following poems shed some light on this concept.
E.D. #85 1859
"They have not chosen me," he said,
"But I have chosen them!"
Brave - Broken hearted statement -
Uttered in Bethlehem!
I could not have told it,
But since Jesus dared -
Sovereign! Know a Daisy
Thy dishonor shared!
From somewhere, Emily (Daisy) gets the information that Jesus chose his life's mission for himself, rather than having it been chosen for him by somebody else. Emily says she "could not have told" this truth, which applies to herself as well, unless Jesus "dared" to say it first to lead the way. Chosen and elect are nearly the same word meaning and throughout scripture are symbolized by the wearing of a "crown" as it is here in Emily's circumstance as well. God's royalty is nothing like man's royalty though, for the "greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is servant of all" and it is "the meek who will inherit the earth." Also note that Emily refers to Jesus as Sovereign, the very same unique title that the Urantia Book uses.
E.D. #356 1862
The Day that I was crowned
Was like the other Days -
Until the Coronation came -
And then - 't'was Otherwise -
As Carbon in the Coal
And Carbon in the Gem
Are One - and yet the former
Were dull for Diadem -
I rose, and all was plain -
But when the Day declined
Myself and It, in Majesty
Were equally - adorned -
The Grace that I - was chose -
To Me - surpassed the Crown
That was the Witness for the Grace -
'Twas even that 't'was Mine -
Before going any further, lets examine the use of the word "crown" within scripture.
The blessing of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.(Joseph separates and goes to Egypt ahead of the rest of his family the tribe of Jacob; see Genesis) (KJV)
And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses. (KJV)
In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, (the remnants) (KJV)
And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, (KJV)
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (The chief Shepherd Melchizedek crowns those who elect to do God's will.) (KJV)
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (KJV)
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. (Melchizedek wears a crown and is called the Elect One on Enoch as well.)
having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. (Again, Melchizedek the reaper of the harvest) (KJV)
Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them. (KJV)
The crown symbolizes those whom elect and choose God's Way as their own. Royalty in the Kingdom of heaven translates into suffering and persecution in the upside down Kingdoms of men. Lets now return to the discussion of Emily's Errand again.
In #356, Emily receives her crown. She has been chosen for a task of great importance to the development of the kingdom of heaven on earth and in the heart. Her poetry teaches about, and reveals in beauty, the kingdom of heaven within. In addition, she carries some explicit information regarding events of the latter days, but more about her Errand first:
E.D. #528 1862
Mine - by the Right of the White Election!
Mine - by the Royal Seal!
Mine - by the Sign in the Scarlet prison -
Bars - Cannot conceal!
Mine - here - in vision - and in Veto!
Mine - by the Grave's Repeal -
Titled - Confirmed -
Mine - long as Ages steal!
Here, Emily exults about her "White Election" to perform God's service. Emily was a "contact personality" in the Urantia Book, as were all the major prophets and servants. A contact personality is a selected human being who has more or less direct contact with the divine kingdom, and who is given a special task to complete.
E.D. #535 1862
She's happy, with a new Content -
That feels to her - like Sacrament -
She's busy - with an altered Care -
As just apprenticed to the Air -
She's tearful - if she weep at all -
For blissful Causes - Most of all
That Heaven permit so meek as her -
To such a Fate - to Minister.
Emily is blissful because "Heaven" has permitted her to minister to the "Fate" of all mankind.
E.D. #635 1862
Then I - my timid service done -
Tho' service 't'was, of Love -
Take up my little Violin -
And further North - remove.
The last stanza of #635 refers to her "service" which was "timid" because of the lack of danger to herself, as contrasted with others before her, most notably the Son of Man and the apostles, who gave up their lives in service to God. "Further North" is heaven of course.
E.D. #842 1864
Good to hide, and hear 'em hunt!
Better, to be found,
If one care to, that is,
The Fox fits the Hound -
Good to know, and not tell,
Best, to know and tell,
Can one find the rare Ear
-Not too dull
In #842, Emily again brings up the subject of her secrets that wait for the "rare Ear Not too dull" to unravel. Lets now look at some Urantia Book concepts found in Emily Dickinson's poems.
Urantia Book Concepts found in Emily Dickinson
Prayer and Worship
E.D. #564 1862
My period had come for Prayer -
No other Art - would do -
My tactics missed a rudiment -
Creator - Was it you?
God grows above - so those who pray
Horizons - must ascend -
And so I stepped upon the North
To see this Curious Friend -
His House was not - no sign had He -
By Chimney - nor by Door
Could I infer his Residence -
Vast Prairies of Air
Unbroken by a Settler -
Were all that I could see -
Infinitude - Had'st Thou no Face
That I might look on Thee?
The Silence condescended -
Creation stopped - for Me -
But awed beyond my errand -
I worshipped - did not "pray' -
In #564, Emily "ascends" into God's "vast prairies" of "infinitude" to pray, but "awed beyond her errand" she leaves her personal concerns behind and instead worships in silent inner communion. The distinction between prayer and worship is very clear here. Prayer asks for something conceived of in the mind. Worship transcends mind, has no requests, and opens into the infinitude of God's Joy. This distinction between prayer and worship is an Urantia Book concept that I have not seen elsewhere, other than Emily.
Despite her elect status, Emily constantly worries if she's good enough to do her task and live up to God's trust in her.
E.D. #751 1863
My Worthiness is all my Doubt -
His Merit - all my fear -
Contrasting which, my quality
Do lowlier - appear -
Lest I should insufficient prove
For His beloved Need -
The Chiefest Apprehension
Upon my thronging Mind -
Emily questions her worthiness throughout her poetry. Poverty to Emily is living without experiencing God, the kingdom of heaven within, not material wealth. She tells us that without this unsurpassable experience, "being is beggary." (Poem #119)
Emily had some unusual encounters during her life, which she discloses in her poetry, knowing that her real experiences would be taken figuratively, rather than literally, as they truly are.
E.D. #17 1858
Baffled for just a day or two -
Embarrassed - not afraid -
Encounter in my garden
An unexpected Maid.
She beckons, and the woods start -
She nods, and all begin -
Surely, such a country
I was never in!
Emily "encounters" an "unexpected Maid," perhaps an angel, in her garden. Baffled and embarrassed at first, she tells us that this is a very unusual "country that she was never in before."
E.D. #248 1861
Why - do they shut Me out of Heaven?
Did I sing - too loud?
But - I can say a little "Minor"
Timid as a Bird!
Wouldn't the Angels try me -
Just - once - more -
Just - see - if I troubled them -
But don't - shut the door!
Oh, if I - were the Gentleman
In the "White Robe" -
And they - were the little Hand - that knocked -
Could - I - forbid?
Emily's glimpse of "Heaven" is all too short. The "angels" and "Gentleman in the white robe" (? Ancient of Days) leave her behind to complete her mission and live out her life. Emily remembers this real event with real bitterness and feels as if she has been shut out of the place she most wants to be.
E.D. #256 1861
If I'm lost - now
That I was found -
Shall still my transport be -
That once - on me - those Jasper Gates
Blazed open - suddenly -
That in my awkward - gazing - face -
The Angels - softly peered -
And touched me with their fleeces,
Almost as if they cared -
I'm banished - now - you know it -
How foreign that can be -
You'll know - Sir - when the Savior's face
Turns so - away from you -
Emily again bitterly speaks about being left behind from heaven where "angels peered" into her "gazing face." Notice the word "transport" used in conjunction with angels. This association occurs repeatedly throughout her poetry and brings to mind the "transport seraphim" of the Urantia Book who are angels used for the transport of non-physical beings such as an immortal soul following death.
E.D. #298 1861
Alone, I cannot be -
For Hosts - do visit me -
Recordless Company -
Who baffle Key -
They have no Robes, nor Names -
No Almanacs - nor climes -
But general Homes
Like Gnomes -
Their Coming, may be known
By Couriers within -
Their going - is not -
For they're never gone -
Emily is aware of "Hosts," which are angels, that visit her, and which are known by "courier's within." The Urantia Book tells us that the angels lead us by "inner urges" and that the thought adjuster (indwelling spirit) guides us through the inner, intuitive mode opened up by faith and the wholehearted desire to follow God's will. Emily knows she is never alone despite outward appearances.
E.D. #374 1862
I went to Heaven -
'Twas a small Town -
Lit - with a Ruby -
Lathed - with Down -
Stiller - than the fields
At the full Dew -
Beautiful - as Pictures -
No Man drew.
People - like the Moth -
Of Mechlin - frames -
Duties - of Gossamer -
And Eider - names -
Almost - contented -
I - could be -
'Mong such unique
Again, one can take this "going to heaven" literally or figuratively. Too many prophets have described this same experience in the same way as Emily not to give pause, especially in light of Emily's successful prophecy of her own death and her deeply insightful poetry about the inner workings of the kingdom of heaven, not to mention her accurate prophecies of nuclear weapons still to be examined.
E.D. #1096 1866
These Strangers, in a foreign World,
Protection asked of me -
Befriend them, lest yourself in Heaven
Be found a Refugee -
Emily protects the "strangers" by keeping their existence secret, although none would believe her anyway.
E.D. #1360 1876
I sued the News - yet feared - the News
That such a Realm could be -
"The House not made with Hands" it was -
Thrown open wide to me -
That such a "realm could be" will upset and overthrow the mindset of many people on this backward and dark world. Light too strong blinds us, whereas lower intensities illuminate the darkness.
E.D. #2 1850
There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin, (her brother)
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum;
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!
The "other sky," "other sunshine," and "other forest," where flowers never fade is the eternal Kingdom of heaven of course.
Let's now look at a few more "transport" poems before moving ahead to Emily's prophesied events. First some information from The Urantia Book about a certain type of angel called:
The Transporters. All groups of ministering spirits have their transport corps, angelic orders dedicated to the ministry of transporting those personalities (non-physical) who are unable, of themselves, to journey from one sphere to another.
there are a large number of such seraphim stationed on Urantia (Earth) (not visible to human eyes of course)
Now, for the "transport" poems:
E.D. # 984 1865
'Tis Anguish grander than Delight
'Tis Resurrection Pain -
The meeting Bands of smitten Face
We questioned to, again.
'Tis Transport wild as thrills the Graves
When Cerements let go
And Creatures clad in Miracle
Go up by Two and Two.
This poem #984, explicitly speaks about "resurrection" when "Transport" from graves by "Creatures clad in Miracle, Go up by Two and Two." This is angelic transport upon mortal death. "Creatures clad in Miracle" are angels.
E.D. #1483 1879
The Robin is a Gabriel
In humble circumstances -
His Dress denotes him socially,
Of Transport's Working Classes -
He has the punctuality
Of the New England Farmer -
The same oblique integrity,
A Vista vastly warmer -
Translating, Emily tells us that the word Robin is used to denote an angel, like Gabriel, except that Gabriel is a high-level archangel unlike Emily's Robin, which is a plain, lowly, working class angel of a lower order that are known are known as "transport seraphim" (see UB quote above) in The Urantia Book and they are used to transport non-physical beings from one planet or system to another. Birds are used by Emily as code words to describe different types of non-material beings. The Urantia Book and Emily Dickinson mutually reinforce each other's validity. Emily wrote a hundred years prior to the publication of The Urantia Book in 1955. These parallels require explanation.
Other concepts found in The Urantia Book such as the thought adjuster, the indwelling spirit within (discussed previously), the Apostles' error, transport seraphim, spiritual growth, individual will and many others are generously scattered among her work. This is because the source of both the Urantia Book and Emily's experiences are the same; namely the divine world of the Kingdom of heaven. Revealed religion is unified because it comes from a common source - the divine world. Here are a few more Urantia Book related poems about the Thought Adjuster which is the name given to the indwelling spirit given to the indwelling spirit of man that is given us by God. The Thought Adjuster is a fragment of infinity bestowed by God upon all men and women. Since God puts a spiritual piece of himself inside each human being, He is our spiritual Father and we are his spiritual sons and daughters. This is exactly analogous to the biologic father and mother who give a biologic-genetic piece of themselves to their biologic children. This spirit fragment is the foundation for the living spiritual connection between God and man. God is in us and we are in Him. By nature of this living spiritual connection God "becomes what we are, to make us what He is." Each of us are potentially a part of the divine circuit of energy which pours forth from God, out through his sons and daughters, and into the lives they lead and the people they touch. And what goes out from the Source of Love, returns in the end to God through our praise, transforming our hearts and our minds in the process. This new heart and new mind lies dormant within every man and every woman, awaiting the day they wholeheartedly chooses and desires to be led by God from within. When the self yields sovereignty to the spirit, the process of new inner growth begins. Most importantly, it is our will that decides and chooses between: self or other, anger or forgiveness, hate or love. The will is the ultimate determining factor in all of man's existence. Next Urantia Book concept:
The human will
The Distance was between Us
That is not of Mile or Main -
The Will it is that situates -
Equator - never can -
Absolute love requires absolute freedom. God must wait at the door of the Kingdom of heaven within until we knock and truly desire to enter. When we seek Him with our whole heart and our whole mind and our whole soul there is nothing that can stop the circuit closing between man and God. His divine energy (love) pours over, around and through us, filling our cup; hollowed out with suffering; but now hallowed with overflowing joy.
E.D. #383 1ST of 3 stanzas
Exhilaration - is within -
There can No Outer Wine
So royally intoxicate
As that diviner Brand.
E.D. #756 LINES 7,9,10,11,12
A perfect - paralyzing Bliss -
I knew no more of Want - or Cold -
Phantasms both become
For this new Value in the Soul -
Supremest Earthly Sum -
Take all away from me, but leave Ecstasy,
And I am richer then than all my Fellow Men -
Will it become me to dwell so wealthily
When at my very Door are those possessing more,
In abject poverty -
It struck me - every Day -
The lightning was as new
As if The Cloud that instant slit
And let the Fire through -
It burned Me - in the Night -
It Blistered to My Dream -
It sickened fresh upon my sight -
With every Morn that came -
I thought that 5 turns - was brief -
The Maddest - quickest by -
But Nature lost the Date of This -
And left it in the Sky.
Emily speaks above about the pinnacle of all human experience - the experience of divine ecstasy upon the 'anoitment of the spirit' by God. God 'puts His spirit upon' His servants and prophets in order to 'put understanding in their hearts and minds'. ThIs empowers His servants to carry out their appointed tasks. Emily calls this anointment of the spirit her coronation during which she receives her crown. This ties in with the crown of the elect discussed elsewhere.
Our magazines decry physical ecstasy, but that is a poor beggar compared to this. The Urantia Book tells us further about other personal spiritual experience:
Worship is salvation for the pleasure - seeking generation
Worship is a transforming experience whereby the finite gradually approaches and ultimately attains the presence of the Infinite
Worship is the act of the son's personal communion with the divine Father
Without the indwelling spirit/Thought Adjuster there would be no spiritual connection between man and God because:
only the spirit - indwelt mind can realize the divine presence and seek to attain a fuller experience in and with this foretast divinity.
And unless we think that communion and worship gives joy to man only:
What a Fruition of the external plan and purpose of God that the intelligent love of the creature child should give full satisfaction to the infinite love of the Creator Father.
(To understand this, we need only remember the joy that we receive from the love of our physical children. God is first and foremost a loving Parent.)
And finally we have:
Worship is the highest privilege and first duty of all created intelligences.
When the worship urge is admonished and direct by wisdom...it the begins to develop into the phenomenon of real religion.
First hand spiritual experience is what we lack and what we need most of all. It is only as far away as was Kansas in the Wizard of Oz, just as far as our hearts desire. "Ask and you shall receive." "Search and you shall find." "The Kingdom of heaven is at hand." "Behold, all things are becoming new."
The spirit fragment or Thought
Adjuster acts as a guide showing us "the way" if we only so desire.
The mind which chooses becomes progressively attuned to God's will or way,
which is the way of truth, the way of beauty, and the way of goodness: each in
all and all in each - fused in the experience of living joy. Our minds are
adjusted, by right of our desire, to connect the dots between what we are and
what God would have us to become. And our Father encourages our spiritual
striving; saying, "Become perfect, even as I Am perfect." Perfect not
in mind, thought, or deed but perfect in love; our lives a fount of blessings
to all those we meet. St. Francis said it best, "Lord, make me an
instrument of Thy peace."
In Emily's poems she makes analogies between the outer and inner states to talk about the inner, spiritual world - "the Kingdom of heaven within." And so, darkness is absence of light for our physical eyes, as well as the absence of understanding from our minds, and the absence of joy for our souls. She speaks from three levels of reality all at once, creating confusion unless we separate her meanings out on the levels of physical, mental, and spiritual.
E.D. #45 1858
There's something quieter than sleep
Within this inner room!
It wears a sprig upon its breast -
And will not tell its name.
E.D. #419 1862
We grow accustomed to the Dark -
When Light is put away -
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye -
A Moment - We uncertain step
For newness of the night -
Then - fit our Vision to the Dark -
And meet the Road - erect -
And so of Larger - Darknesses -
Those Evenings of the Brain -
When not a Moon disclose a sign -
Or Star - come out - within -
The Bravest - grope a little -
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead -
But as they learn to see -
Either the Darkness alters -
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight -
And Life steps almost straight.
Poem #45 describes something that is "quieter than sleep" within the inner room of consciousness that "will not tell its name" because the thought adjuster is that silent, "little voice within." We have all had the repeated experience of listening or not listening to that "little voice" within which is always accurate. It is always accurate because it is the spirit fragment from God Himself. The real goal of human existence is learning to hear and follow that voice as much as we are possibly able. We stop listening when we don't want to comply with the guidance, therefore we assert our will over His and lose the connection. Other times we are afraid of repercussions (which there will surely be) that we don't want to face. Faith or trust in God is always the answer. Soon we see, if we give it a chance, that all things do work to the good for those who love and follow God. This way is the true way and is the entire sum of God's religion; the message of Jesus, the Kingdom of heaven within. Man's religions are best evaluated by the extent that they connect the real person to the real God: The God of truth, the God of beauty, the God of goodness, and the God of love. This God has been progressively revealed to the minds and hearts of man through Melchizedek, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the Prophets, and most recently Jesus of Nazareth. This is a progressive, evolutionary process that does not stop and sit still. Progressive, revelation has been, is, and will forever be an ongoing process; as the Infinite becomes progressively grasped by the Finite. We are not meant to put the truths given us into a hole in the ground to keep it safe and untouched. Like the wise servant of the parable, we are expected to make gain from what we are given. If we are not growing on the vine, then we are dyeing on the vine. There is no standing still in the Kingdom of heaven - if we do not bear the fruits of the spirit, then we are not of the spirit. We can not praise God with our lips but leave Him out of our lives. The fruits of the spirit are love, wisdom, forbearance, faithfulness, loyalty, perseverance, and humility.
Poem #419 contrasts the outer world of vision adjusting to darkness to the inner spiritual world of darkness where consciousness "gropes" to find the inner leading of the thought adjuster, which makes "life step almost straight." The word adjust, adjusted is used in this same context several other times in Emily's poetry and suggests a knowledge of the thought adjuster's function that is consistent with the teachings of The Urantia Book once again.
The indwelling Father fragment adjusts the human mind to
progressively divine attitudes.
E.D. #532 1862
From the belief that Somewhere -
Within the Clutch of Thought -
There dwells one other Creature
Of Heavenly Love - forgot -
Here, only the third stanza of five is given. What "creature" of "Heavenly Love" is within our "Clutch of Thought?" The thought adjuster of course. The "creature" is forgotten because spiritual truths have been lost and covered up on our world.
E.D. #670 1863
One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted -
One need not be a House -
The Brain has Corridors - surpassing
Material Place -
Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting
Than its interior Confronting -
That Cooler Host.
Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The Stones a'chase -
Than unarmed, one's a' self encounter -
In lonesome Place -
Ourself behind ourself, concealed -
Should startle most -
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horror's least.
The Body - borrows a Revolver -
He bolts the Door -
O'erlooking a superior spectre -
Or More -
Here the spirit within is compared with the notion of an outside spirit or ghost. The "brain" or mind houses a "superior spectre" or "Cooler Host" of divinity which the unsuspecting self startles at, upon its discovery within consciousness. This divine "Host" is an "assassin" because the self must die to itself to obtain its value. The self willingly subordinates its previously central position, in essence laying down its life to allow for a new life in the spirit of God's transforming grace. We "let go" to "let Him in." But by losing our life in the self we gain our life in the spirit and the choosing mind has found its Way to eternity. This paradox has been perfectly expressed, long ago, by the Son of man, Master of men: "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that would give his life for this gospel shall gain it." "Except as a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it bringeth forth no fruit."
Comically in #670, the "Body" or material self tries to lock out the spiritual self within by "bolting a door" while being overwatched, unobserved by the spiritual self, the "superior spectre" that dwells within and not on the outside. I'm afraid there is no locking this ghost out.
E.D. #911 1864
Too little way the House must lie
From every Human Heart
That holds in undisputed Lease
A white inhabitant -
E.D. #1286 1873
I thought that nature was enough
Till Human nature came
But that the other did absorb
As Parallax a Flame -
Of Human nature just aware
There added the Divine
Brief struggle for capacity
The power to contain
In #911, the "white inhabitant" is the thought adjuster who has been bestowed, with an undisputed lease from the Maker. In #2386, human and divine (thought adjuster) nature struggle for sovereignty of the self. Unquestionably, Emily has a clear understanding of the function, origin, and destiny of the "divine Host within," "the white inhabitant," the "Creature of Heavenly Love," "within the clutch of thought," of "Heavenly Love - forgot." Next we turn to:
The apostles' error
Speech is one symptom of Affection
And Silence one -
The perfectest communication
Is heard of none -
Exists and its indorsement
Is had within -
Behold, said the Apostle,
Yet had not seen!
The above poem fits in nicely with:
I Assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by
the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way is a
thief and a robber.
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Jesus used thes paarable with them, but they did not understand
what He was talking about.
Emily starts this poem #1681 discussing the kingdom of heaven within, with reference to "the perfectest communication" between the thought adjuster and the human self. This communication "exists and is had within" our being. The Apostle says "Behold" although he had not grasped the reality of "the kingdom of heaven" within. Therefore he inaugurates a new message about the risen Christ. How could Emily have grasped this in the nineteenth century? And now, The Urantia Book tells us that the errors of the Apostle's must be corrected. Who is prepared to do this? Who is capable of doing this? Who has personally experienced the meaning of the kingdom of heaven, as well as understood the nature of the Apostle's error?
These men (the apostles) had been trained and instructed that the gospel which they should preach was the fatherhood of God and the sonship of man, but at just this moment of spiritual ecstasy and personal triumph, the best tidings, the greatest news, these men could think of was the fact of the risen Master. And so they went forth, endowed with power from on high, preaching glad tidings to the people -- even salvation through Jesus -- but they unintentionally stumbled into the error of substituting some of the facts associated with the gospel for the gospel message itself.
The gospel of the kingdom is: the fact of the fatherhood of God, coupled with the resultant truth of the sonship-brotherhood of men. Next concept, The Urantia Book states:
The Refinement of Man
The universe of your origin is being forged out between the anvil of justice and the hammer of suffering; but those who wield the hammer are the children of mercy, the spirit offspring of the Infinite Spirit.
Emily Dickinson writes:
E.D. #365 1862
Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?
Then crouch within the door -
Red - is the Fire's common tint -
But when the vivid Ore
Has vanquished Flame's conditions,
It quivers from the Forge
Without a color, but the light
Of unanointed Blaze.
Least Village has its Blacksmith
Whose Anvil's even ring
Stands symbol for the finer Forge
That soundless tugs - within -
Refining these impatient Ores
With Hammer, and with Blaze
Until the Designated Light
Repudiate the Forge -
There could be no more beautiful expression about the process of inner molding and refining that we undergo during our lives. Our Father, numbers the hairs on our head - and searches through ceaseless night for the first light of new consciousness - a son for his Father. Also, consider the following poem:
The Zones of Paradise
E.D. # 871 1864
The Sun and Moon must make their haste -
The Stars express around
For in the Zones of Paradise
The Lord alone is burned -
His Eye, it is the East and West -
The North and South when He
Do concentrate His Countenance
Like Glow Worms, flee away -
Oh Poor and Far -
Oh Hindered Eye
That hunted for the Day -
The Lord a Candle entertains
Entirely for Thee -
Those familiar with The Urantia Book will immediately note the expression "Zones of Paradise." This is the exact terminology used in The Urantia Book and found nowhere else as far as I am aware. Is this just a coincidence or perhaps something more? The quotes below about Paradise tell us that:
The Holy Area, the outlying or residential region is divided into seven concentric zones...these seven zones are often designated "the Father's Paradise mansions."
...in the central portion of nether Paradise, is the unknown and unrevealed Zone of Infinity.
These are but a few references, among many more, regarding the zones of Paradise in the Urantia Book. Again, Emily and The Urantia Book match up because they both have the same source of revelation, the Kingdom of heaven itself. Next, we move on to a more disturbing subject. A subject which was unknown to anyone in the nineteenth century because it had not yet been discovered. But, by now that should not really surprise us. We have already seen in our recent discussion of poem #443, that Emily is upset that she has to "do life's labor," with scrupulous exactness, just to hold her "senses on" because otherwise:
The Nuclear Bomb
E.D. #443 1862
'T'would start them -
We - could tremble -
But since we got a Bomb -
And held it in our Bosom -
Nay - Hold it - it is calm -
Therefore - we do life's labor -
Though life's Reward - be done -
With scrupulous exactness -
To hold our Senses - on -
This "Bomb" is The Bomb, first used about ten years before the Urantia Book was published, at the end of the Second World War, close to the time the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Further in evidence we have:
E.D. #591 1862
To interrupt His Yellow Plan
The Sun does not allow
Caprices of the Atmosphere -
And even when the Snow
Heaves Balls of Specks, like a Vicious Boy
Directly in His Eye -
Does not so much as turn His Head
Busy with Majesty -
'Tis His to stimulate the Earth -
And magnetize the Sea -
And bind Astronomy, in place,
Yet Any passing by
Would deem ourselves - the busier
As the Minutest Bee
That rides - emits a Thunder -
A Bomb - to justify -
Here Emily starts out by discussing the majestic power of the sun compared to the mundane, relatively powerless events that occur on the earth. She then takes the position of an outside observer (of both the Sun and the earth) whose eye is caught by our (earth) on which people are "busy Bees" making something that rides, emits a Thunder, and has a Bomb. The bomb unfortunately is the "justification" or reason for being of this clearly described missile with its payload. The analogy to the Sun suggests nuclear forces at work. The sun and the Bomb are both powered by nuclear fusion reactions. The Bomb passage is unexpected and sudden in appearance within the poem, just as the Bomb itself is sudden and unexpected when it is detonated over people.
E.D. #600 1862
It troubled me as once I was -
For I was once a Child -
Concluding how an Atom - fell -
And yet the Heavens - held -
Emily is troubled when she is first shown how an "Atom" bomb falls and explodes. She finds it difficult to understand how the "Heavens held" in the face of its awesome power.
E.D. #1128 1868
These are the Nights that Beetles love-
From Eminence remote
Drives ponderous perpendicular
His figure intimate
The terror of the Children
The merriment of men
Depositing his Thunder
He hoists abroad again -
A Bomb upon the Ceiling
Is an improving thing -
It keeps the nerves progressive
Conjecture flourishing -
Too dear the Summer evening
Without discreet alarm
Supplied by Entomology
With its remaining charm -
Emily, in #1128, paints a visual picture of "merry men" depositing "Bombs" which explode with "Thunder." The pilot "hoists abroad again" his airplane after "depositing his thunder" to return home and to avoid the effects of the blast. Again, such a possibility "keeps the nerves progressive" wondering (Conjecture flourishing) when it will happen, knowing there will be no "discrete alarm" to warn us during the Summer evening which is otherwise placid and "dear." In the first part the event takes place during a summer night "that beetles love" when a bomb is dropped "from Eminence remote" high in the sky. The bomb proceeds directly down to its target, falling "perpendicular" to the horizontal flight of the plane. Also note that only a small portion of nature's (entomology) charms remains, verifying the catastrophic nature of this event.
E.D. #1172 1870
The Clouds their Backs together laid
The North begun to push
The Forests galloped till they fell
The Lightning played like mice
The Thunder crumbled like a stuff
How good to be in Tombs
Where Nature's Temper cannot reach
Nor missile ever comes
Here in #1172, is in evidence signs of both "Nature's Temper" (storms) and man's temper (missiles). Remember the biblical references to "dense clouds" at the time of Messiah/Melchizedek's arrival. The clouds in #1172 have "their Backs together" and could be the result of tectonic activity and volcanism or nuclear "missiles" exploding. "Thunder" could be produced from natural events such as volcanism, tectonic activity, and storms as well as by man's "missiles," nuclear we assume. Emily is happy "to be in a Tomb" by the time of these future events because "Nature's Temper" and man's "missiles" cannot "reach"her there. Perhaps the recent spat of severe weather events are examples of Nature's Temper, stirred up by the global irritant-mankind run amok. Perhaps nature can act like an immune system for the earth, ridding itself of foreign and invasive life forms. If so, we should look for an increase in such events as the age heads for it's ending, where iniquity reaches full fruition at the very time that it is "cut off" and vanquished forever. We've looked at Emily's contribution to the nuclear prophecy. Now lets examine the scriptural evidence regarding this topic.
And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. (KJV)
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Chernobyl translates to Wormwood according to many.
But now those who have been created in this world...have become corrupt in their ways.
So I (the Lord) considered the world, and, behold, there was peril because of the devices that were come into it.
Since the invention of the atomic bomb our world has been in great peril due to these devices.
They shall smite one upon another, and they shall smite down a great multitude of stars upon the earth, even their own star; and blood shall be from the sword unto the belly.
The great and mighty clouds shall be puffed up full of wrath, and the star, that they may make all the earth afraid, and them that dwell therein; and they shall pour out over every high and eminent place an horrible star.
And they shall go steadfastly unto Babylon, and make her afraid.
They shall come to her (Babylon), and besiege her, the star and all wrath shall they pour out upon her: then shall the dust and smoke go up unto the heaven, and all they that be about her shall bewail her.
These scripture quotes are uncannily accurate descriptions. A star is used here to symbolize a nuclear bomb because both use nuclear energy for their function. Emily uses this same analogy, except she uses our specific star the Sun as her symbol for nuclear power. Notice the exact and accurate description of an exploding nuclear weapons: "They are poured out over every high and eminent place, dust and smoke go up into heaven, great and mighty clouds shall be puffed up in wrath, powers in heaven are shaken, they make the earth afraid." The word eminenceis also used by Emily just above in her nuclear bomb poem. Also, again note the prominent clouds noted as a result of these nuclear events. Are all these similar descriptions from various sources just a coincidence? Man has never made a weapon that he did not subsequently use. Our world is being run by power mad, spiritually bereft human beings of the lowest caliber. Nuclear warheads are proliferating everywhere, especially China and Russia. There are thousands of bombs, enough to destroy the earth many times over. We go to bed every night with half of these weapons in the hand of an alcoholic and the other half in the hands of his counterpart of different description, across the sea. And so, we must put our faith in God not man. It's very easy to see why God will have to step in, with Melchizedek on the white horse leading the way, to prevent the destruction of the planet and its people. Mt. 24:22 reads: "For the elect's sake those days shall be shortened, otherwise there should be no flesh saved."
Next, consider the following poem:
E.D. #243 1861
I've known a Heaven, like a Tent -
To wrap its shining Yards -
Pluck up its stakes, and disappear -
Without the sound of Boards
Or Rip of Nail - Or Carpenter -
But just the miles of Stare -
That signalize a Show's Retreat -
In North America -
No Trace - no Figment of the Thing
That dazzled, Yesterday,
No Ring - no Marvel -
Men, and Feats -
Dissolved as utterly -
As Bird's far Navigation
Discloses just a Hue -
A plash of Oars, a Gaiety -
Then swallowed up, of View.
This poem has puzzled me for several years, but I think I can see it now. Ernest Moyer, a Urantia Book reader, provided the key insight on this poem. The Dead Sea Scrolls speak about exile and captivity for "God's people" during the the messianic end of the age period forthcoming. We also know that the end of this age will be like the very beginning, when Moses led the proto-Israelites out of Egypt, under the leadership of Melchizedek (the Lord), to the promised land of Canaan. This same type of exodus process will happen anew in North America and other countries, the ones who listen to God's servant will be lead into safety, and then ultimately back to Canaan for reunion with the Judah (Jewish) remnant. Perhaps #243 is about leaving the North American continent. The phrase "In North America" sticks out like a sore thumb and has no necessity or reason to be in the poem otherwise. The gaity and things that dazzle of our present culture will be like a tent taken up and gone from sight--overnight. Speculation? Yes, because there are not many instances among sacred scripture, other than the Dead Sea Scrolls that discuss this issue of exodus. Next, we will examine another event which Emily brings to our attention.
E.D. #378 1862
I saw no Way - The Heavens were stitched -
I felt the Columns close -
The Earth reversed her Hemispheres -
I touched the Universe -
And back it slid - and I alone -
A speck upon a Ball -
Went out upon Circumference -
Beyond the Dip of Bell -
E.D. #70 1859
What once was "Heaven"
Is "Zenith" now -
Where I proposed to go
When Time's brief masquerade was done
Is mapped and charted too.
What if the poles should frisk about
And stand upon their heads!
I hope I'm ready for "the worst" -
Whatever prank betides!
Perhaps the "Kingdom of Heaven's" changed -
I hope the "Children" there
Won't be "new fashioned" when I come -
And laugh at me - and stare -
I hope the Father in the skies
Will lift his little girl -
Old fashioned - naughty - everything -
Over the stile of "Pearl."
E.D. #415 1862
Sunset at Night - is natural -
But Sunset on the Dawn
Reverses Nature - Master -
So Midnight's - due - at Noon.
Eclipses be - predicted -
And Sciences bows them in -
But do one face us suddenly -
Jehovah's Watch - is wrong.
The "Earth reverses her Hemispheres," "the poles frisking about and standing on their heads," and "Sunset on the Dawn" all indicate a 180 degree pole shift, with the sun rising in the west and setting in the east. The sun setting in the east is referred to as "Sunset on the Dawn."
Notice #415, that Emily converses with "Master." Just as Melchizedek was the collaborator of the Old Testament prophets, the Son of Man may have collaborated with John in Revelation and Emily in the mid-nineteenth century. The "Master" is addressed on several occasions in Emily's poems. Also, a whole series of Emily's letters were discovered, addressed to "Master," but never mailed. This is the favorite name by which Jesus is called, by the apostles in The Urantia Book. This may indicate that Emily's unconsummated love may have been an "affair made in heaven" literally. Consider again poem #85:
E.D. #85 1859
"They have not chosen me," he said,
"But I have chosen them!"
Brave - Broken hearted statement -
Uttered in Bethlehem!
I could not have told it,
But since Jesus dared -
Sovereign! Know a Daisy
Thy dishonor shared!
Notice that Emily addresses Jesus as Sovereign; the same title used in The Urantia Book to designate his proper title after his bestowal mission on earth was completed. Jesus is "Sovereign of Nebadon" on pages 1238, 367, and 2057 of The Urantia Book. Where else has Jesus ever been addressed as Sovereign?
Next, consider this touching poem:
E.D. #964 1864
"Unto Me?" I do not know you -
Where may be your House?
"I am Jesus - Late of Judea -
Now - of Paradise" -
Wagons - have you - to convey me?
This is far from Thence -
"Arms of Mine - sufficient Phaeton -
Trust Omnipotence" -
I am spotted - "I am Pardon" -
I am small - "The Least
Is esteemed in Heaven the Chiefest -
Occupy my House" -
Emily does not use quotation marks very often and when she uses them they mean that these are not her words, but are in fact another's words, which in this case are Jesus' words. Poem #964 is a conversation between Emily (plain text) and Jesus (quoted text). Jesus says, "come unto Me," and Emily playfully wants to know where He lives and how He will arrange for her to travel such a large distance (across space, time, and dimension). Emily says she is unworthy and "spotted" (physically by freckles and spiritually by flaws and failures). But Jesus, true to form tells Emily that all that is needed is love (Arms of Mine, sufficient Phaeton) and forgiveness (Pardon), which traverse all space and all time in the Kingdom of heaven within. Emily has a reason for every word, every punctuation mark, every capital letter, and every hyphen. Returning to pole shift we have:
E.D. #1569 1883
The Clock strikes one that just struck two -
Some schism in the Sum -
A Vagabond for Genesis
Has wrecked the Pendulum -
The clock moving backward, symbolizes the sun moving backward from west to east after the pole shift, inversion. If the spin axis of the earth would flip over 180 degrees, the earth would revolve clockwise instead of counterclockwise as it presently does. The sun would then appear to stand still and then begin to move backwards, from west to east - thus the apparent running backwards in time as indicated by "The Clock strikes one after two."
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold,
there was a great earthquake; and the sun became
black as sackcloth and the full moon became like
blood and the stars fell from the sky to the earth as
the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a
gale, the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up.
Above, the great earthquake is the large-scale tectonic activity that takes place during a possible pole shift and upon the entrance of Melchizedek. The blackening of the sun and redness of the moon is possibly caused by clouds of volcanic ash that would accompany such an event. The "sky rolling up like a scroll" could be the sky disappearing above from the dense volcanic clouds lying back to back from below. The stars falling to the earth could be nuclear explosions or the appearance of the night sky as the earth wobbles away from night into day during its axis shift.
E.D. #1419 1877
It was a quiet seeming Day -
There was no harm in earth or sky -
Till with the closing sun
There strayed an accidental Red
A Strolling Hue, one would have said
To westward of the Town -
But when the Earth began to jar
And Houses vanished with a roar
And Human Nature hid
We comprehended by the Awe
As those that Dissolution saw
The Poppy in the Cloud
I don't know what the Poppy in the Cloud refers to, but otherwise the event described above appears to affect the whole earth, which "begins to jar?" Isaiah describes what is happening when "the Lord" (Melchizedek) returns:
For sluices are opened on high,
and earth's foundations tremble.
The earth is breaking, breaking;
The earth is crumbling, crumbling.
The earth is tottering, tottering;
The earth is swaying like a drunkard;
It is rocking to and fro like a hut...
In that day, the Lord will punish
The host of heaven in heaven
And the Kings of the earth on earth.
That this is the messianic time period is indicated by "the Lord" returning to punish the high ones, those elite leaders of prior discussions. Large-scale motion of the earth is certainly described here, but is not that well fleshed out. As outrageous as a pole shift sounds, there is very good evidence from the past to suggest that prior pole-shifts have occurred. Far greater minds than mine (including Einstein) have considered such possibilities. We are a young species and are an even younger civilization when compared to the vast stretches of geologic time that has gone before us. An honest reading of prophecy brings these unusual considerations before us to ponder. If we reject them, it should be on the basis of sound science and careful inquiry. I will now present some facts that bear on the subject of pole shifting. The following quotes will be taken from Pole Shift, by John White, a good general survey of the topic published in 1980.
More than 170 polarity changes or field reversals (in the
magnetic field) have occurred during the past 80 million
years. (P. 9)
The cause of our planet's magnetic field is not yet understood and the relationship between the spin axis and the magnetic axis is also not understood. The magnetic field may be influenced by the earth's metal containing core. This core may rotate within the earth causing changes in the magnetic field direction. The magnetic field changes could cause difficulty in the ability of birds to navigate. Also, magnetic compasses would be affected. The magnetic field also shields the planet from solar and cosmic radiation. This could disrupt weather systems and cause damage to life forms on earth and satellite communications in space.
Over the past 2500 years the magnetic field has decreased
by fifty percent. JM. Harwood & S.C.R. Malin predicted
in Nature (12 February 1976) that the next reversal of the
planet's magnetic pole will occur about AD 2030. (Pg. 9-10)
Again, it is not known if this has any relevance to the spin axis.
It is a fact that entire species of simple creatures have become
extinct in the past in correlation with magnetic field reversals. (Pg. 10)
In June 1977...a perfectly preserved frozen mammoth was
discovered in a remote province of northeastern Siberia...
Unchewed grass and buttercups were in its mouth and
undigested vegetation in its stomach indicated death in late
to mid summer. (Pg. 17-19)
The lack of any decomposition of the mammoth in the midst of summer suggests a sudden large drop in temperature, that some have construed to be due to a pole shift. The grass and buttercups attest to a sudden summer time freezing event. But all the facts have not fit this explanation neatly. Continuing:
The Greek philosopher Plato, in His Timaeus ...records
the words of an Egyptian priest to Solon, grandfather of Socrates:
'O Solon, O Solon, you Hellenes are but
children...There have been many destructions
of mankind arising out of many causes...There
once dwelt in your land (Greece)...The fairest
and noblest race of men that ever lived of which
you are a seed or remnant.
Note here that this agrees with the Urantia Book's statements regarding the offspring of Adamson on the island of Crete.
The group which finally settled in Greece consisted of
three hundred and seventy five of the selected and superior
people comprising the end of the second civilization of
Adamsonites. These later sons of Adamson carried the then
most valuable strains of the emerging white races. They were
of a high intellectual order and, physically regarded, the most
beautiful of men since the days of the first Eden.
That there have been advanced, "lost civilizations" that have come before us is supported by a great number of facts. For instance, ancient maps have been found going back over 5000 years that record very accurately detailed geography and topography of now glacier covered land in Greenland and Antarctica. These maps have been compared to modern maps obtained through seismic sounding and have been found to be in "astounding agreement." John White tells us:
...they (the ancient map makers) must have had a very competent and far-flung hydrographic organization, because you cannot map as large a continent as Antarctica...by any single individual or small group of explorers. It means an aggregation of skilled scientists who are familiar with astronomy as well as the methods required for topographic surveying...They had a record of every mountain range in Canada and Alaska, which the Army map service did not have at that time...Antarctica was discovered in 1818, and was not fully mapped until 1920.
Consider some more evidence for this ancient advanced lost civilization from John White's Pole Shift:
The British Museum sent some of the tools from Egypt
to a metallurgist and were astounded to find that they
were using powdered metallurgy, the process which has
made our atom bomb possible. So, 5000 years ago, the
Egyptians were using the same process we thought we
had just discovered...
I wonder what type of technologic and scientific knowledge the Caligastia one hundred were able to transmit through their nodite culture, which then in turn resulted in the Sumerian civilization, and then influenced Egyptian civilization. I have also read that a unique type of green glass is formed from sand exposed to an atomic blast. Such glass has been excavated in the Middle East region during archeological research. Also:
Richard Wingate, notes in his recent book, Lost Outpost of Atlantis:
The very old Indian Mahaharata text mentions an iron
tipped thunderbolt which was sent against an enemy city.
It exploded, according to the account, with the light of
ten thousand suns, and had the destructive force of ten
thousand hurricanes...and an umbrella shaped cloud rose
to the sky.
Survivors of the conflagration were instructed to wash
themselves and rinse their armor. Hair fell from the victim's
heads...(John White, Pole Shift)
And so, as we digest these facts regarding lost and ancient civilization, we can speculate about what may have caused their demise. Was it nuclear war, pole shift, weather catastrophe, or some other cause or causes?
"The winter is come summer, the months are reversed,
and the hours disordered," states an Egyptian papyrus.
In China, the emperor sent scholars to the four corners
to relocate north, east, west, and south...the earth was
enshrouded in an envelope of clouds (probably due to
volcanic activity) - the Shadow of Death, of the Nordic
scriptures (P. 118 Pole Shift).
Also note that Judaic scripture speaks often about dark clouds covering the earth at the time of arrival of the Lord (Messiah), as does Emily Dickinson in poem #1172 above. Quite a diverse set of similar descriptions. Is it a coincidence or not? Also from Pole Shift:
The Greek historian Herodotus relates his conversations with Egyptian
priests of the fifth century B.C. "four times in this period (that Egypt was
a kingdom) the sun rose contrary to his wont." Several Egyptian papyri tell
of "the earth turned upside down..." Virtually all peoples record this in
their myths and legends. (P. 122)
Of this reversal of the movement of the sun, Plato adds, "there is at
time great destruction of animals in general and only a small part of the
human race survives." (Velikovsky quotes from Plato's dialogue "The
Statesman," in his Politicus.)
Worlds in Collision, by Immanuel Velikovsky present evidence
fromhistorical documents, celestial charts, calendars, sundials and water
clocks, classical and sacred literature from the east and the west,
mythology and epics of the northern races, and the oral traditions of
primitive peoples from Lapland to the South Seas. (P. 124, Pole Shift, John White)
And so we see that there is a large amount of historical and other evidence suggesting that shifting of the poles has occurred in the relatively recent past. However, the mechanism of this is still not understood, so that pole shift cannot yet be predicted.
Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and many other "prophets" also predict a pole shift. One popular notion believes that a planetary, lunar, and solar alignment will cause shifting of the poles on 5/5/2000. The incremental gravity caused by this alignment is, however, minuscule, compared to the unchanging, massive gravitational effect of the sun. Therefore, this scenario is highly unlikely in my estimation and, of course, did not happen.
4Ezra was probably written around 100 A.D. and has this to say about the
climax of the messianic period:
But if the Most High grants that you live, you shall see it (the world)
thrown into confusion after the third period; and the sun shall suddenly
shine forth at night, and the moon during the day. Blood shall drip from
wood, and the stone shall utter its voice; the peoples shall be troubled, and
the stars shall fall.
These signs in the sun, moon, and stars are all explicable by a shifting of the poles. This is what some prophets say will happen, but personally I have a hard time believing or even imagining it. Nevertheless, the evidence speaks for itself and the prophecy is widely supported in scripture.
As only proper, we will finish this chapter with Emily's own words as she ponders the scenes of future events as they move across her field of vision.
Funny-to be a century -
And see the People-going by -
I-should die of the Oddity -
but then - I'm not so staid - as He -
He keeps His Secrets safely - very -
Were He to tell - extremely sorry
This Bashful Globe of Ours would be -
So dainty of Publicity -