The Significance of Twins in World Mythology
By James Donahue
legend tells of brothers who become separated in the distant past. The younger brother went west to establish a home for the
Hopi people. The older brother traveled east. He promised 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 broke a sacred clay tablet in two parts. The white brother promised to produce his
portion of the tablet when he returns. This was to be a sign of his authenticity.
The Hopi legend is
part of a worldwide myth linking brothers. The stories frequently involve twins. Among the most famous of the stories:
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 became the ancestors of the human race.
ancient Romans shared a story of their origins. They believed Rome was founded by Romulus, the twin of Remus. The two were
the 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 human origins. It also may be a reminder that we once gave ourselves about what we were supposed to remember and
strive to become.
Contemporary author, philosopher and mystic Aleister 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 spiritually
oriented society once headed by Crowley, always includes an attached copy of the handwritten version. This is because its
author claimed each dot and scribble on the pages contained important "magick" qualities and secret information.
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 to a mirror, the message "Veiled Twins Revealed" can be found.
The chapter appears to deal with the apocalypse and the rise of Horus, the Egyptian god of the new age.
The 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 a known
fact that most humans go through their life only using a small fraction of their left brain. Few of us ever learn how to turn
on and use the right part of our brain. In fact, 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" have argued that 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 wake up the
right half of the brain and 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 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, talk to the dead, and then return.
was a pioneer, breaking important new ground for humans who may survive the terrible events many believe lie in our future.
If there are survivors, and I want to believe there will be, they may have to use 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.
What happens when we achieve the ability
to use both sides of our brain? We can connect with the collective, which is the true and all-knowing mind of God. Each of
us, who share in the light we call the soul, possess a fraction of the power that we refer to as 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 may no longer need to speak aloud. We, like the aliens who come to visit us, and even 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 aliens who exist in that world, and travel with mere thought to any place in the universe
we wish to go.
As humans we possess the capability of great power. We can both create and destroy, merely by thought.
This may be the primary reason that certain alien 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 was really ourselves.