Was Michelangelo encoding a secret message into the Sistine Chapel, hoping humanity would understand it later, when the Catholic Church didn’t have as much power as it did during the time of the Renaissance?
Silvio Goren recently published a book that asks some important questions about Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel.
Other genius artists are famous for putting “secret” messages into their work – Leonardo Da Vinci often wrote even his notes backwards so that only the most sophisticated mind could decipher them.
He felt that some of his inventions were too powerful, and should they fall into the hands of the military, they could be used for nefarious purposes – the opposite goal he had in mind. Was Michelangelo of the same mindset?
Goren is a professor who studied Conservation and Restoration. He points out that,
“Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in the sixteenth century, a time when both religion and science believed to hold the absolute truth.”
Michelangelo completed his work for Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned the work. The Sistine Chapel got its name from the temple of Solomon that once rested on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, according to the Old testament.
He did his work alone, and Michelangelo painted the ceiling working tirelessly for four years. He began at the entrance of the chapel, and finished his masterpiece above the altar – and this is where it gets interesting. In the final scene, Michelangelo depicts God separating light from darkness.
The artist also highlighted God’s neck. Is this all part of his hidden message? The artist clearly painted this portion of the painting with just as much intention and concentration as all his other works of art.
Why is the neck so oddly painted?
Researchers like Goren suggest that if one were to look at the human brain as one would see it from below, the lines of God’s neck appear to fit precisely into the features of the human brain.
Ian Suk and Rafael Tamargo, in their paper in the scientific journal, Neurosurgry come to the same conclusion. Suk and Tamargo are experts in neuroanatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. They say Michelangelo’s depiction is a perfect dissection of the human brain – hidden in plain view – in God’s neck.
As Scientific American suggests,
“Meshberger speculates that Michelangelo surrounded God with a shroud representing the human brain to suggest that God was endowing Adam not only with life, but also with supreme human intelligence. Now in another panel The Separation of Light from Darkness (shown at left), Suk and Tamargo have found more. Leading up the center of God’s chest and forming his throat, the researchers have found a precise depiction of the human spinal cord and brain stem.”
What exactly do these secret anatomical images painted by Michelangelo mean though?
Could it be that the genius Michelangelo was trying to depict man’s ascension into a Godly being? Was he trying to wrestle dogma from both science and religion to tell us that we have the potential to be something more?
What supreme human intelligence did God gift humankind with?
If we look at the ancient scriptures that describe a kundalini awakening where boundless spiritual energy is freed form the root of the spine and travels up the spinal column to bring energy to the pineal gland in the center of the brain – it seems obvious what Michelangelo is trying to say – no religion, no science can keep humankind from ascending spiritually.
This is our gift it has already been given. The Catholic church and other religions have tried to hide this birthright from us, but even Michelangelo pointed to its truth more than 500 years ago.
He is pointing the way – quite literally, to conscious ascension, as it happens through the mechanism of the human spinal cord and brain.
This phenomenon is described in countless ways in ancient literature (some of it probably still hidden in the Vatican’s archives, today.) When balanced prana flows in Sushumna, (the spinal column) we reach God-mind, a deep abiding knowledge that we are one with everything, and all is in our power to create whatever we want. This is called Sat Chit Ananda.
Our minds become free of individual habits that were programmed (just like in the Matrix, which is really a documentary of our awakening consciousness, not a sci-fi movie) and we become “complete” spiritual beings.
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