The Lost Art of Resurrection by Freddy Silva is about the ancient Mystery Schools of the Mediterranean and Near East. All of them had a very similar agenda and structure. Their purpose was to help people have a spiritual awakening. Not everyone could do this awakening. An initiate had to overcome fear, desire, avarice and other negative-spiritual feelings before they would even be allowed to experience the awakening, but once they did overcome these negative feelings, the opportunity was there. These people would be taken to a temple, in darkness. They would be given a drink and then they would have a profound spiritual experience. Afterwards, their view of reality was changed in a positive way. They were regarded as ‘Shining Ones’, ‘Awakened Souls’ and the ‘Resurrected’. In other words, the spiritual experience that the Mystery Schools gave to people woke them up from a spiritual slumber, one that nearly everyone in the world was under.
Silva explains that resurrection was not something that only Christ did, nor was it a process of physically dying and being reborn. Instead, it was a spiritual rebirth that someone experienced while still alive, and one which transformed their understanding of reality. The Mystery Schools carried out this work and there were many of them, all over Earth. They were revered by their societies and those that were ‘resurrected’ often became elders in the society.
In the book, Silva guides the reader through the history of these Mystery Schools, beginning with Ancient Egypt. The Pyramid of Unas is a reference point, with its extensive hieroglyphs that explain the resurrection process. Silva shows that these instructions were never for someone when they physically died. Instead, they were guidance in how to be resurrected while alive. His descriptions reminded me of Jeremy Naydler’s book Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts. That book is long and very dry but it comes to a similar conclusion.
Silva also explains that the Gnostics firmly believed that Christ experienced a living resurrection; he did not die physically and become reborn. He explains that Christ was an Essene, a member of a very knowledgeable and spiritual group, like John the Baptist. The Gnostic Christians, who came before the Roman Catholic Church wrote on this matter. The Roman Church tried to burn their works but fortunately, many have survived. The Gospel of Philip, in particular, states clearly that Christ’s resurrection was a living, spiritual event. It was also one that anyone could do, if they found the will to overcome their lower desires and fears.
Silva is not happy with what the Roman Catholic Church did to the teachings of Christ. He clearly believes that the Romans took a movement that helped people spiritually and turned it into an abusive and controlling form of mass mind-control. I came to the same conclusion recently. I wrote about it in my article domestic violence, religion and civilisation. The zealous efforts of the Romans to stop all Mystery Schools, particularly in the third-century A.D., is a strange and mystifying event. Why were they so keen to stop any form of human spiritual improvement? One simple reason is that they realised that they could control people’s mind-set, their view of the world. This gave them enormous power. There is also another possible reason. I’ve explained on this website that all of us have the mental potential to perceive remote events, in our mind’s eye. This is a scientific inevitability, rather than being some sort of personal belief. Unfortunately, the same powerful people who run our religions also seem to be making our scientists believe that only physical things exist. The result is the same; human beings everyone are made to think that our minds-eyes can do nothing.
If many of us did develop our minds-eyes, then things would get very interesting. The mind can’t be stopped by physical barriers, so remote viewing enables a person to see through walled-compounds, reinforced gates and into underground rooms and remote mansions. The remote viewer is then able to see what very powerful people are up to. This simple consequence explains why the very idea of remote viewing and prescience has been stopped by those in power for two-thousand years; they have something to hide. The huge numbers of sexual abuse acts that have come to light, in the last fifty years, by Catholic priests, points in this direction. The recent story of the Italian Archbishop Carlo Vigano also points in the same direction. Vigano told the media, in 2018, of his great concerns about institutionalised sexual abuse at the highest levels of the Catholic Church, as described in this New York Times article. Immediately after his act of whistle-blowing, he went into hiding. The fact that an archbishop would have to go into hiding for speaking his mind about other senior priests does not paint a good picture of the Vatican.
I think The Lost Art of Resurrection is a very important book. Silva has shown, through excellent scholarship and a flair for engaging prose, that we have all lost something extremely important. We have lost the opportunity to wake up, psychically and spiritually, and develop a far more truthful and wise perception of the world. Instead, for the last two-thousand years, we’ve been brainwashed into thinking only the physical things around us are real and important. The power-elite have done it to us to control us and, most likely, to hide their own illicit activities. I definitely recommend that everyone read The Lost Art of Resurrection. It’s just as good as The Missing Lands, which I reviewed in an earlier post. Well done, Freddy!