Paul Boudreau is co-author along with Professor Lloyd M. Dickie, of the new book Awakening Higher Consciousness: Guidance from Ancient Egypt and Sumer, published by Inner Traditions. Ordering options are available at http://www.awhico.com/.
A transcript of this interview may be read at http://www.awhico.com/blog/2015/7/10/transcript-of-katz-interview-on-line
00:00 – 04:33 Music by Prosad: www.prosadmusic.com. Introduction to Paul Boudreau. The nature of the book as an exploration of who we are, through a study of myths. The Genesis myth.
04:33 – 09:54 Friendship with co-author Lloyd Dickie and how it included a study of myths. The discovery of higher meanings in myths. Meaning of higher consciousness discussed. Levels of consciousness are experienced, which are given language and imagery in myths.
09:54 – 12:06 How does academia regard the personal higher consciousness aspect of the study of ?myths. Access to the scholarly literature is readily available for personal study. These two websites are mentioned: http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/ and http://www.pyramidtextsonline.com/
12:06 – 15:27 Other texts based on accessing myths in order to support the investigation of higher consciousness. The book Hamlet’s Mill. The value of being an ecologist and seeing relationships and levels of organization. The mythological significance of the nursery rhyme and game Ring Around the Rosy.
15:27 – 20:08 Little Red Riding Hood as an example. Participating in the reading of a myth is critical to further insight. The urge to follow an impulse to pursue some objective.
20:08 – 25:18 Paul expands upon what he said in another interview: “To be in the middle of a pyramid is such a calm and reassuring yet earth shattering place to be in the world. Lloyd and I have done it a couple of times.” Advanced nature of Egyptian culture.
25:18 – 28:28 Are there ancient aliens involved? The archeological site Gobikli Tepe discussed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe. There’s a lot to learn about our ancient history and roots. The Greeks learned from the ancient Egyptians.
28:28 – 32:45 Comparing the Eurocentric and ancient Egyptian view of addressing the dualities in life, the either/or and both/and views compared. Creation and the Void. Enantiodromia as the reconciliation of opposites.
32:45 – 36:02 The myth of Gilgamesh discussed as reconciliation of opposites and how Paul makes it personal.
36:02 – 40:31 Mythology seen in movies. Myths can be an escape or a personal journey, or both. Discussion on approaching dualities from a both/and perspective rather than either/or can lead to higher consciousness. Ecology as full of the both/and perspectives. Finding the way of letting opposites co-exist is critical.
40:31 – Heka and Maat discussed as two principles of creation, the gods of magic and order, respectively. What is magic? Paul talks about his first memory that “I was.” Myths reinforce the value of those moments. Concluding statements.
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Awakening Higher Consciousness: Guidance from Ancient Egypt and Sumer, published by Inner Traditions. Ordering options are available at http://www.awhico.com/
Review of book:
The blending of scholarship, ancient myths from Sumer and Egypt, and the pursuit of diunital (“reconciliation of opposites”) and nondual (recognition that our true nature is not separate from the void, the “limitless, undifferentiated waters”) consciousness inspire a force for personal and cultural transformation. This blending is fused by the commitment of the authors to performing the magic of transformation. A powerful book for anyone, regardless of their apparent state of spiritual consciousness, who wants to become further aware of the vastness of the experience of being alive.