The Significance of Twins in World Mythology
By James Donahue
A Hopi legend tells of brothers who become separated in the distant past. The younger brother goes
west to establish a home for the Hopi people. The older brother travels to the east. He promises to wait there, listening
for a call from his younger brother at the sign of trouble.
As cataclysmic events
occur, the Hopi legend says the long-lost white brother is expected to return with important information to save the people.
To make sure the tribe recognizes him as the real brother, or "Pahana." The brothers break a sacred clay tablet in two parts.
The white brother promises to produce his portion of the tablet when he returns. This was to be a sign of his authenticity.
Hopi legend is part of a worldwide myth linking brothers. The stories frequently involve twins. Among the most famous of the
--Greek mythology tells of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux, sons of the god Zeus and the mortal woman
Leda. When Castor died Pollux pleaded with the gods for the brothers to be reunited. They were placed in the sky together.
The cluster of stars known as Gemini now is among the constellations of the Zodiac.
--Another ancient myth among the
American Indians is the story of Yama and Manu, twin children of a surrogate wife of the sun god. These children become the
ancestors of the human race.
--The ancient Romans shared a story of their origins. They believed Rome was founded by
Romulus, who was the twin of Remus. The men were supposed to be sons of Mars, the god of war.
Such stories can be found
in nearly every ancient culture. They are nearly as common as stories of a world flood, and a belief in a divinity. The significance
of the twins in these stories is an important clue as to our origins. It also may be a reminder that we gave ourselves about
what we were supposed to become.
Contemporary author, philosopher and mystic Alstair Crowley, in his disturbing work
titled Liber Al vel Legis, or better known as The Book of the Law, claimed the brief, three-chapter booklet was dictated to
him in 1904 by a spiritual form identified as Aiwass (prounounced "I was"). The book, which is still available through Ordo
Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), a secret society founded by Crowley, always includes an attached copy of the handwritten version,
because its author claimed each dot and scribble on the pages contained important "magick" qualities and secret information.
book, which is an important part of my families' library, has been studied and examined perhaps more than our Bibles. It was
discovered that by holding one of the handwritten pages in the last chapter up to a mirror, the message "Veiled Twins Revealed"
stands out clearly. The chapter appears to deal with the apocalypse and the rise of Horus, the Egyptian god of the new age.
Book of the Revelation, which also describes a looming apocalypse, or judgment of mankind, tells of a "beast" that seems to
be two people and yet functions as one individual. In Chapter 13, he is both the beast of the sea and the beast of the earth.
The word twin is never used in describing the beast, yet it is strongly implied.
So what does all this mean and what
is its significance to humans living in a contemporary age?
While we contain the physical elements of animals, humans
are unique in that we have a very large brain that is divided into two distinct parts, or hemispheres. It is believed by some
researchers that most humans go through their life only using a small fraction of their left brain. They believe that few
of us ever learn how to turn on and use the right part of our brain. Some brain specialists have found, in experimenting with
treatment for epilepsy and other brain/nerve disorders, that the right half of the brain can be surgically removed without
causing loss of basic memory or motor functions in patients. Some of these so-called "experts" actually believe the right
hemisphere of our brain is an extra, unnecessary appendage left over from evolutionary development.
The late Robert
Monroe, founder of the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia, brought together a team of brilliant scientists who believed otherwise.
They discovered a way of using sound frequencies, received through stereophonic headphones directed to the right and left
ears, to wake up the right brain and get it working in harmony with the left brain. The technique, which is still taught at
the institute today, is called "Hemi-Sync," short for hemispheric synchronization.
Students at Monroe Institute learn
how to not only wake up the right brain, but to keep it working for the rest of their lives. They also learn valuable techniques
of putting their minds into various levels of consciousness. While in these mental states, the students learn how to absorb
new information, heal the body, remote view, go into states of total relaxation and rest, and even, for some, leave the body.
Advanced students even experience what it is like to die. They visit the spiritual world, claim to talk to the dead, and then
Robert Monroe was a pioneer, breaking important new ground for humans who may survive the events lying ahead
of us. If there are survivors in the future world, and I want to believe there will be, they will still have a chance to obtain
the advanced state of consciousness that all humans were supposed to have achieved.
My point is that the stories about
the "twins," Crowley's secret message "veiled twins revealed," and the two beasts in the Book of the Revelation, are all references
to the uniting of the two halves of our brain. Once we accomplish this, we will have the ability to reach advanced states
of consciousness. We then achieve what is described as a forbidden act in the Book of Genesis; we become like God.
happens when we achieve the ability to use both sides of our entire brain? We can connect with the collective, which is the
true and all-knowing mind of God. Each of us, who possess souls, possess a fraction of the great light that is God. Thus,
in a sense, we are all a part of the whole. This is what is meant when it is said we are all One.
When our brains are
functioning the way it was intended, we no longer need to speak aloud. We, like the animals who share this planet, can communicate
telepathically. In the future we will be able to leave our bodies at will and visit the spirit world around us, meeting the
entities that exist in that world, and travel with mere thought to any place in the universe we wish to go.
we possess the capability of great power. We can both create and destroy, merely by thought. This may be the reason that certain
forces went to great lengths after we began our great experiment on this dark planet, to prevent us from discovering our potential.
We were all given the myth of an external god that we must pray to and fear. We were never allowed to know that the god we
feared always existed within ourselves.