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Egypt in a very different light...
on 8 January 2006
In this book, the result of an intense survey of the Temple of Luxor, de Lubicz outlines his view that the Temple was deliberately designed as a symbol of the Microcosmic Man writ in stone. Each part of the Temple correlates with a section of the human body, to such a degree that de Lubicz contends the ancient Egyptians knew far more about the workings of the body and especially the brain than they are generally given credit for. This hypothesis is the gist of the book, however de Lubicz also delves unashamedly into related ideas concerning the radical variations in the way the Egyptians viewed the world, as opposed to people in this day and age. He argues strongly that the Egyptians viewed reality somewhat in the Platonic sense; that the Idea is the true, unchanging reality, and the material world is but a myriad of symbols (or shadows) alluding to that reality.
The author certainly knows his own mind, however occasionally I found some of his thinking rather hard to get to grips with, though I am new to his work. This is a book to be studied slowly and carefully, to ponder over and digest. Despite the odd occasion when the author seemed to be speaking over my head, paradoxically there were also quite a few times when I was quite amazed at the clarity and wisdom of his words. For example, he sums up the principle of correspondence (As above, so below) quite beautifully:
"It is said that “Man is of Nature; Man is in Nature, and Nature and Man are One.” Now, Man cannot create - that is to say, make something out of Nothing - any more than Nature can. Man is identified with Nature, and any “creation of the mind” (implying human thought), which is but an assemblage of existing parts, is the result of a state of Consciousness that makes the connections between the qualities and possibilities of the Universe on the one hand, and their organic summation in the individual on the other. Man is the individualization of all the functions, affinities, and powers of the Universe, and Consciousness is the Measure of individualization, rendering actual that which is virtual in the cosmic harmony."
Some would say that the author is merely projecting his alchemical outlook onto the subject matter, however the same allegation (of projection) could be levelled at conventional Egyptologists, in the sense that they are projecting a materialistic outlook onto the endeavours of a highly spiritual and religious people. De Lubicz seems, to my mind, to have strived to get into the mind of the ancient Egyptian, into "pharaonic thought," as he calls it. My opinion is that he does provide some rather striking evidence for his theory, and along the way I got a glimpse into a highly intelligent and disciplined mind, which has left me wanting more.