Edward F. Malkowski, Author of the Month for May 2008
Quantum Philosophy and the Ancient Mystery School
Today's New Science Philosophy - Old or New?
By Edward F. Malkowski
Books by Edward F. Malkowski
Edward F. Malkowski, our author of the month for May 2008, has a lifelong interest in history, particularly ancient history with a special interest in philosophy and the development of religious beliefs from ancient to modern times. With the opinion that the ancient biblical stories in Genesis were based on historical fact, during the late 1990's he began investigating such a possibility which led to his first book Sons of God - Daughters of Men. This led to a deep interest in the origin of civilization, the curiously large monuments of Egypt's Old Kingdom, particularly the Sphinx, and the influence Egyptian philosophy and culture exerted in the ancient world. Two more books were the result: Before The Pharaohs and The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt. Malkowski, whose professional background is finance and business administration, is also a software developer with interests in business strategy and philosophy as it relates to the advancement of technology. He will be available on our Author of the Month Message Board throughout May 2008 to discuss his work and to respond to comments and queries from posters.
Responsible for the microelectronic technology that brought us the cell phone, the computer, and the Internet, quantum physics has proven to be history's most successful scientific theory. Quantum physics is also the source of a new understanding of the world around us.
Although the founding principles of quantum physics were developed in the 1920's and 30's, it wasn't until the 1970's that its influence seeped into our cultural worldview. In 1975, with the endorsement from one of quantum physics creators, Nobel Prize laureate Werner Heisenberg, Fritjof Capra explored the similarities between quantum physics and the Eastern mystical tradition in The Tao of Physics. Another landmark book was published four years later. Gary Zukav's The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics. With these books, and many others that followed a new worldview begun to emerge embracing the interconnectedness between Man and Nature.
Everything is connected through a universal field of virtual particles, and we are all part of a single living system. What this new worldview suggests is that physical form as biological consciousness is a local expression of a universal phenomenon commonly referred to as 'Consciousness.' The cycle of life and the evolution of form are natural processes that create a framework for experience where consciousness is a fundamental aspect of reality just as much as the spatial dimensions. Consciousness, once thought to be only the product of brain chemistry, is now viewed as the eternal driving force for all that exists, and through physical form, manifests itself in order to experience.
Although Mind is very much an enigmatic and highly debatable concept, this new worldview also suggests that the individual's mind is a process of this universal phenomenon to experience as opposed to being a separate entity. Another creator of quantum physics and Nobel laureate, Erwin Schrödinger, views this problem between one Mind and many minds as an arithmetical problem. For Schrödinger our perception is scientifically indescribable because the mind is itself that world picture. Thus, the individual mind is identical to the whole 'Mind' and therefore cannot be contained in it as a part of it. This creates a problem, because there is a multitude of individuals experiencing consciousness but there is only one world.
One answer to this paradox is that each of us experiences a unique world, which Schrödinger summarily dismisses. There is only one other alternative. The multiplicity of minds is only apparent, in truth there is only a single Mind. Such a concept brings with it complex ramifications for the definition and nature of knowledge.
Secret Wisdom - Sacred Science
You might think that since quantum physics is a relatively new branch of science this burgeoning 'New Science' philosophy is also new. It is not. These new insights into nature and reality are very old but have been masked by modern attempts to characterize the ancient Egyptian culture and religion as primitive. The concepts of Mind and Consciousness, as well as reincarnation and evolution, were expressed long ago in what historians have labeled the Ancient Mystery School - what Schwaller de Lubicz termed sacred science. Although shrouded by the secrecy of the temple and rites of initiation, ancient Egyptian schools taught this secret wisdom through myth and symbolism, an approach that leads to an understanding of the world that is virtually identical to today's New Science philosophy.
In fact, the sacred science of the ancient Egyptians, best described as a philosophy of Nature's principles, inspired the Hebrews, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Christians, which led to the emergence of what we call Western Civilization. But for us, thousands of years later, the founding knowledge of our civilization is all but lost. Yet there have always been a group people who have handed down the secret wisdom and the sacred science of the ancient Egyptians: Kabbalists, Hermeticists, Gnostics, Sufis, Buddhists, and Alchemists. It is secret only in the sense that this wisdom must be understood through esotericism and symbol, and it's sacred only in the sense that scientific investigation inevitably leads to an understanding of Man and Divinity and a unique knowledge of 'Self.'
Leaving behind modern biases and looking deep into ancient Egypt's civilization there is brilliance and understanding that rivals our knowledge today. Their 'gods' were of a different order from our Western concept of God. They were not gods at all, but principles of nature that represented such concepts as digestion and respiration. They also represented intangible qualities found in mankind such as knowledge and personality. This ancient view of nature has been mistaken as religious and cult-like, but is, in fact, technical and philosophical.
For example, the king's diadem with its serpent and vulture symbolized the principles of life and form. The serpent represented the concept of the Source for all that exists and its manifestation as the cosmos; and the vulture, man's spiritual immortality. Like a spirit, the vulture, soaring high in the sky, escapes this world to an existence beyond the bounds of Earth. Thus, Pharaoh's diadem symbolized Man's Kingship in a cosmic sense and the mystery of life's essence, where the mystery is the reality of Cause and Effect. This mystery, which defines the human experience is abstract, but operates through the concrete court of three dimensions to create another abstraction - what we experience as consciousness and self-perception.
How the ancient Egyptians developed such a refined philosophy is a mystery in itself. For scholars such as Samuel Mercer, who translated Sakkara's "Pyramid Texts" during the 1950's, the tenets of this philosophy appear to have emerged fully-fledged nearly 5,000 years ago without a historical precedent. It is ironic that ancient Egypt's technical capabilities, so ambitious, so precise, also appear to have emerged fully-fledged without precedent. Although, we shouldn't be surprised, since the development of a sophisticated philosophy does not occur without sophisticated technology.
Such insight into ancient Egypt's earliest traditions moistens the seeds of doubt for history's linear model of Man and Civilization. Particularly so when today's emerging 'New Science' philosophy parallels concepts described long ago in Ramses' Temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu, so meticulously described by Schwaller de Lubicz in his two volume work The Temple of Man.
In 1937, alchemist and Hermetic philosopher, René A. Schwaller de Lubicz was drawn to Egypt by an inscription at the tomb of Ramses where the Pharaoh was depicted as the side of a right (3:4:5) triangle. For Schwaller de Lubicz, this meant that the ancient Egyptians understood geometry's Pythagorean Theorem long before Pythagoras was born. So, intrigued, he moved to Luxor and studied ancient Egypt's art and architecture for thirteen years, and concluded that the temple architecture was a deliberate exercise in proportion. The temple, with its detail, described as a science the nature of Man, a philosophy that Schwaller de Lubicz termed the Anthropocosm, or the Man Cosmos.