Archive for June 15th, 2008

Crystals, Fathers, and Sundogs

Posted on June 15, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Philosophy, Travel |

   I finally got ’round to seeing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  I decided to report on it a bit on Father’s Day, as there are several father figures in the film.  Those aspects of the movie are done well, I think.  I like how the threads come together in the end.  Most reviews and blog posts about IJATKOTCS (and there have been a lot; apparently there’re quite a few fans) have described the adventure and story aspects, and thrown in a few character evaluations.  These are most useful if you are trying to decide whether or not to go see the movie.  I won’t be able to help you with that decision here.

Instead, I’d like to just touch on the metaphysics of the film, because, in listening to interviews with various “crystal skull enthusiasts”, apparently Mr. Spielberg did his research, and portrayed the phenomena of crystal skulls themselves properly.  Several mentions are made in IJATKOTCS of the “Mitchell-Hedges” crystal skull.  This is an actual object, usually housed in the British Museum, but often off on tour so that we the public can experience it.  I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop learning how to meditate with the skull, and then have some “alone time” with the skull to facilitate my spiritual awakening in these times.  Please know that I am open to all possibilities regarding metaphysical claims, but I just don’t feel connceted to the skull mythology.  This workshop did not attract me, so I didn’t avail myself of the opportunity.  Besides, it cost $100 for 20 minutes—not that the amount would be a factor if I strongly believed I’d benefit.  I’ve certainly done more outlandish things than this. 😉

There are those who claim these skulls are very ancient, and were either created using “alien” technology (as perhaps the pyramids were) or that the crystal itself holds patterns of thought imbued upon them by ancient cultures which can benefit us today.  What interests ME in all this is how the film used the skull mythology along with the “Roswell Alien” stories combined into one story line.  Whether or not one believes in “aliens” or “skull power”, the details surrounding these cultural myths were incorporated into the movie seemlessly.

I have not seen any writings which portray what happens at the end of the film with the skulls, but the film does build its end-story from metaphysical propositions which have been around for years and years.  And, there really exist some skulls carved or formed from large pieces of quartz crystal; of that there is no doubt.  Why they were carved (who would do this?), when they were carved (ancient or modern?), and whether they have any useful properties other than as artifacts is still very much in question.  I’m hoping to chat with someone from my area who did go ahead and spend the $100 for a private audience with the Mitchell-Hedges skull, to discern if they experienced anything remarkable or unusual.  If I find such a person, I’ll let you know.

I had an interesting Father’s Day.  I met with a group which included several fathers, and wished them well.  When I left the meeting, people started pointing straight up into the air.  I looked, and saw something I’d never seen before.  The sun was high in the sky, and there were a few wispy clouds.  Around the sun, at some distance from it was a ring, almost like a corona, except it was multi-colored like a rainbow!  It was a perfectly round ring, and stayed up there for several hours.  Some time ago I’d posted about something beautiful and remarkable called a “Fire Rainbow“, but that was just a picture I saw in passing, I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.  This thing I saw was not like the fire rainbow, inthat it was a ring.  The closest thing I found online about this was something called a “Sun Dog”  This picture is not very clear (it must be hard to shoot looking directly at the sun) but it is like what I saw.  It was just 10 times more beautiful in “person”.  Happy Father’s Day to all you Sun Dogs who live in countries which celebrate it in June!

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