Awakening Higher Consciousness

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  • Copyright: 2015-04-26
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Explains the relevance of ancient myths to the awakening to higher states of consciousness and enlivened experience of the world

• Shows how higher consciousness can arise within each of us by following the guidance found in ancient myths

• Reveals how myths influence our personal development without our awareness through their influence on our core values and culture

• Examines ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Hebrew myths, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Osiris and Isis

In this study of ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Hebrew myths, authors Lloyd M. Dickie and Paul R. Boudreau show that many classic myths contain instructions for awakening higher consciousness, allowing access to enlivened experience of the world and awareness of the divine within and around us.

Inspired by the work of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, the authors deeply examine creation myths and well-known ancient myths from Mesopotamia and Egypt, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Osiris and Isis. They reveal that these myths are not behavioral morality tales but actual delineations of how a higher order can arise within each of us. The authors explain how these stories teach us to distinguish the heaven within from the earth within us, to find the essential part of our being that provides a link with our higher powers.

Spending more than a year onsite in Egypt to personally connect with the myths, the authors explain how ancient storytellers intentionally chose myths as a vehicle for teachings because story has a seed-like capacity to implant itself in the unconscious and influence development without the individual being aware of it. By crafting these sacred narratives, the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians provide tools to awaken to the presence of higher consciousness as well as a road map for the individual to come into conscious alignment with the perpetual unfolding of the universe.

Author Biography

Lloyd M. Dickie, Ph.D., has a master’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate from the University of Toronto. A retired ecologist and former professor of oceanography and biology at Dalhousie University, he has studied ancient Egypt for more than 30 years, including many active site explorations. Paul R. Boudreau is an ecologist and biologist who studies ancient myths and sites, including onsite explorations of Egyptian temples, tombs, and pyramids. Both authors live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents

The Origin of Our Questions

Life and Meaning in Myth

Unearthing the Evidence and Methodology of the Initial Study

Myths of Creation and the Awakening of Higher Consciousness

The Origin and Evolution of the Sumerian Creation Myths

The Beginning in Sumerian Creation Myths

The Egyptian Creation Equivalents

Comparisons between Egyptian and Sumerian Creation Myths

The Sumerian Creation of Men and Women

The Egyptian Creation of Men and Women


A Dialogue of the Ages

A Conversation between Friends

Final Comments

Gilgamesh: The Struggle for Life

The Meeting of Gilgamesh and Enkidu and the

Two-sided Nature of Being

The Character of Enkidu

The Foundation of Personality in Gilgamesh and Enkidu

The Partnership Continues

Further Illusions in the Land of the Living

Difficulties of Matching Aspirations with Abilities

The Power of Discrimination: The Story of the Flood

An Important Aspect of the Love of the Self

Ancient Egyptian Myths of the
Awakening of Higher Consciousness

Our Basis for Understanding the Osiris Myth

Myths of the Mystery of Existence in Ancient Egypt

Symbols of Family Relationships

The Myth of Osiris and Isis

The Roles of Osiris and Isis

Osiris in Relation to the Egyptian Experience

A Bald Generalization about the Egyptian Myths of the Mystery of Existence

Journeys through the Netherworld

Ancient Egyptian Literature and Traditions Regarding Consciousness

Creation Symbols That Accompany the Creation of Atum

The Duat

Reflections on the Nature and Effects of Entropy

The Challenges of the Duat

Concepts of the Netherworld in Sumerian Mythology

Evaluating the Differences between the Sumerian and Egyptian Netherworld

Egyptian Symbolism of Time


The Search for Wholeness and Higher Consciousness

Two Principles of Creation: Heka and Maat

A Case for the Importance of Heka

Characteristics of Heka Relating to the Awakening of Higher Consciousness

Magic in the Pyramid Texts

The Need for Attention and the Role of Magic

The Relationship between Heka and Maat

The Need to Awaken to the Larger View of Reality

Final Comments

Appendix 1  
The Lineage of Myth

The Egyptian Lineage

The Sumerian Lineage

The Potential for Shared Influences

Making Use of the Ancient in Modern Times

Appendix 2  
Meanings Contained in Glyphs

Appendix 3  
Creation Represented in Number Systems




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