Dire Gnosis review:

The Sleeper Must Awaken by Jean Erasmus

Jean Erasmus is a medical doctor and  has split his book, The Sleeper Must Awaken, into three “Acts”. In Act 1, the author suggests that life is like telling a story. If our story is boring, or uninspiring, then it is up to us to “tell our story” better. Carl Jung’s theory of “archetypes” – symbols that appear in dreams, in legends, and which we understand at a subconscious level, inspired mythologist Joseph Campbell to decode the meaning of myths or stories from all over the world. The structure of the myth is usually in three acts.

In Act 1, we are introduced to the everyday life of the Hero/Heroine (the main character of the story). Something happens to change the pattern, and there is a challenge – a problem to conquer, or an adventure to go on. This is the Crossing of the Threshold, and the Threshold Guardians are those that discourage the Hero/Heroine from taking any action.

In Act 2, on the journey, or adventure, the Hero/Heroine has to overcome numerous obstacles in order to “grow as a character”. Archetypal characters that emerge in this Act, are the Mentor (wise old man/woman); the Allies (Hero’s friends); Shape Shifters (false friends) and the Villain (guards the ultimate prize).

In Act 3, the Hero/ine may stumble while confronting his/her inner demons, and will, if successful, defeat the Villain and bring home the prize/elixir, and they will have grown and changed as a result.

Erasmus realised that we are all the heroes of our own stories and the archetypal characters in other people’s stories. This can be on a daily basis, and also regarding longer life episodes. A key part of the stories is the conflict and also the obstacles that have to be confronted – this is what makes an exciting story and leads to character growth.

So, in Act One of Erasmus’s book, he introduces the reader to the mythological structure of our lives, and infers that it is the book itself that is the pattern-changing event sending us on an adventure.

In Act Two, Erasmus becomes our mentor. He takes us up into the macrocosm and down into the microcosm, demonstrating the position of our everyday world, halfway between two incredibly bizarre cosmoses. He looks at the structure of DNA and jumps into the crazy world of quantum mechanics and String Theory, plus fractals and holograms. The result of this layman’s tour of cutting edge science is to demonstrate that consciousness is more “real” than reality, which is a holographic illusion that we create. After looking at DMT – our own internally-produced hallucinogen – and schizophrenia – in which the dream or nightmare becomes real, our familiar world starts looking less solid, but this means that we can effect it and change our lives much easier than we imagined.

After deconstructing Space and Time, Erasmus compares Tantric cosmology with the cosmological theory of the Big Bang and also String Theory and finds them to be uncannily similar. Then it is shown that in the ancient doctrines of Kabbalah, there are more correlations to modern scientific theories, including relativity and quantum physics. Near-death experiences and out-of-body states also fit into the picture. To put this down to coincidence would be, in the mythic story structure, the reader invoking a Threshold Guardian, to keep them out of dangerous territory – but also stopping them from bringing home the prize. The combination of these approaches infers that Life is a story in which we are actors learning to be writer-directors, by changing reality using the quantum physics Observer Effect and Uncertainty Principle. They all agree that vibration is the basis of everything, so this is what we must use.

In order to tell our stories better, an understanding of our bodies is in order, but this includes our chakras – the spiritual power zones in our bodies. Erasmus introduces these and then launches into advice on maintenance of the body. He advises on diet, water quality, exercise, supplements, and positive attitudes reinforcing healing.

The mind is seen as a bridge between the body and the spirit, and these bridges have become inefficient – they must be exercised by being used – learning new skills, having new experiences – broadening our interaction with the world.

In order to re-connect with our spirits, we must quieten the mind by meditation, and start recording our dreams, and to facilitate dreaming, we need to get more sleep. Like caterpillars, we “consume and pollute brainlessly”, and need to move to the next phase – the cocoon, where we withdraw into ourselves, and emerge as butterflies; however, there are obstacles – the Villains and Shape-Shifters.

Not only can you be your greatest ally, but also your own worst enemy, or Villain. We should beware of the Ego, which will jump in and thwart many a spiritual quest –the guru syndrome. All good stories have ups and downs – not an inertness of constant joy. Our relationships with friends, families and colleagues are important, and we should start by loving ourselves.

The author gives advice on how to improve our sexual relationships by being more considerate and understanding and less self-obsessed, but in this section, the advisory tone that started with the body section, has amplified to a rather patronising kind of nagging that I found quite irritating. He goes on to advise on children and loans and savings, and we wonder what qualifies him to give this advice...The answer that Jean gave me is that he has been trained as a 'Life Coach and " worked & lectured as a senior medical officer in Primary Health (with Medical Legal on the side) when still in South Africa, involving Paediatrics and Child care..."

The final section in Act Two is about politics and taxation, showing how the collective Villain – the unawakened minds of Mankind - have manifested as “Puppet Masters” that drive the corporate selfish, money-mad trajectory of society. Erasmus calls this the “Faust Syndrome” (Faust sold his soul to the Devil).

In Act Three, the book returns to its original compelling, mind-stretching form. The author’s knowledge of human biology is put to fascinating use as he shows how the Earth is a living being – Gaia - and humanity is its brain, but is acting exactly like an autoimmune disease, where the immune system that is designed to defend the body, actually “attacks almost every organ in the body”. In a second comparison, humanity is seen to parallel cancer, where cells multiply uncontrollably, growing into calcified masses, suffocating normal surrounding tissue and releasing toxins into the bloodstream…sound familiar? The ecological problems facing us are looked at and Erasmus points out that “TV keeps us frozen in a zombie state with its endless reality shows, soap operas, sport channels and bad news – all broadcasters owned by a single few Puppet Masters…”, but the Villain is amongst us and part of all of us. Neither Communism nor Capitalism can solve the problems we face. Again, the author uses his biological knowledge to show that the human “cells” could behave like liver cells, since they don’t have a governing centre, and neither do the other organs, with the brain just being a unified communication system. The cancer is increasing on a macroscopic and microscopic scale, with more cancers appearing in humans, and this is connected to increasing hopelessness, which is known to suppress killer T-cells allowing cancers to develop.

If we identify ourselves with each other and Gaia – all organs and components of one Self, this would be the end of most of the world’s problems.

Finally, the author observes that the dreams, near-death experiences and other altered states that give us a glimpse of our spiritual side, also have been giving clues that we are approaching a transition point around 2012. Erasmus points out that the Maori term, ka hinga te arai, which originally meant the dissolving of the veil, parallels the Christian concept of Christ returning as the Bridegroom, and those who are ready will collectively be the Bride (the groom then lifts the Bride’s veil). He says this is the meaning of the word apocalypse – usually translated simply as “revelation”, which my dictionary gives as “an uncovering”.

Erasmus mentions various ancient sources that indicate the significance of 2012 and refers to Beyond 2012 - Catastrophe or Ecstasy, but unfortunately gets the subtitle and title back-to front. Interestingly, he says that on Peter Lemesurier’s Great Pyramid timeline, there is a “remarkable event” predicted between 2010 and 2014, whereas many sources say that the Timeline ended on 17th September 2001. He refers to a geologist called Simon West, who claims that erosion on the Sphinx shows it was constructed between 10,000 and 11,000 BC. This is something that was originally publicised by alternative Egyptologist John Anthony West, after getting geologist Robert Schoch’s opinion. Schoch thinks the Sphinx is at least 7,000 years old, while John Anthony West thinks it dates from 10,000 BC 15,000BC or even older. Erasmus has confirmed to me that this is an error, and Simon West is a film director...it should have referred to John Anthony West (who is not a geologist - that was Robert Schoch!).

Erasmus goes through many of the fascinating modern sources of 2012 prophecies, including McKenna’s Timewave and Wilson’s Information-Doubling. He also mentions Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns (to be covered soon on Diagnosis2012), and covers NDEs and remote viewing. An interesting snippet:

Other Remote Viewers, as mentioned in the book Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot, state that beyond 2012 there will be a split of time lines into at least five possible future events, ranging from the bleakest to almost paradise. But there is a catch – a choice will have to be made by all of us before this date. A subconscious choice of which the basis lies in the vibratory state of one’s body-mind-spirit union in coherence with the earth’s. Could this then be the separation of the biblical wheat from the chaff? Could this be the arrival of the bridegroom, where only those who have lit their lamps and stayed awake for His arrival will be permitted to enter the ceremony? We shall see

Unfortunately, this also seems to be a case of the author relying on a faulty memory, rather than checking his facts before publication. I got hold of the Holographic Universe and found that it refers to the results of Chet Snow's survey (p.224-225), which did not concern 5 futures as predicted by remote viewers, but 4 futures as predicted by hypnotically progressed people, and 2012 is not mentioned in Talbot's book!

The messages of crop formations and their 2012 connections are looked at, and the author points out the connection between the 5 ages of Aztec/Maya mythology, the 8-year pentagram cycle of Venus and re-birth (Quetzalcoatl/Kukulcan was reborn as Venus) and the “cycle of fifths in music”. I’d like to know more about this cycle of fifths in music.

Jean Erasmus echoes my own conclusions that the acceleration of conflict, information, population, changing climate and magnetic field, accompanied by a current mass-species extinction comparable to that of the dinosaurs, coinciding with all the ancient prophecies and galactic alignment, indicate a crescendo when mass-internal DMT-secretion may be activated, causing the “lifting of the veil” and a “spiritual wedding” of Shiva and Shakti in which the Kundalini fire-serpent rises up the spine, dissolving egos into the One…we hope. Erasmus thinks that those who “fail to graduate” will have to reincarnate here for the next 26,000 years until the next transition point.

The book ends with a positive vision of how the world could be - and Erasmus has demonstrated with the evidence from quantum physics, that we create this world and can change it just by our thoughts – a world where food is healthy, there is no pollution, anti-gravity vehicles operate, there are no politicians, and humans collaborate and help each other. Menial tasks would be performed by artificial intelligence, and even this is treated in a considerate way. In short, this is the birth of the Gaian super-organism. The main obstacle we must overcome is the Threshold Guardian of “western thought” – the sleeper must awaken!

In summary, The Sleeper Must Awaken is an important book and a significant contribution to the thinking on the state of the world approaching transition, and how we should prepare ourselves for the shift. The first and last parts are enlightening and compelling. It is written in an easily accessible, light-hearted style, giving access to advanced scientific concepts, and is illustrated with personal stories and original thinking from a medical doctor’s perspective.


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