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Geo-Centric Helio-Centric

July 15, 2010


One of the fiercest struggles of “Old” Vs. “New” thinking happened in the midst of the last millennium, with the church fighting tooth and nail against blasphemers like Copernicus and Kepler and Galelio claiming that it was the Sun (Helios) that was  at the center of Our world (Geo) and not the other way around.

The Earth’s centralness to the Universe gave the dominant religion of the time that much more power or force in it’s claim to being Divinity’s spokespersona. From Etymology on-line, just for in-formation:

according to Cicero, derived from relegare “go through again, read again,” from re- “again” + legere”read”


Modern sense of “recognition of, obedience to, and worship of a higher, unseen power” is from 1530s.

Hmmmmmmmm, interesting I thought. Look at the timing, for the start of the word “Religion”‘s life as a meme/egregore is temporally linked to, and this is from Wikipedia and accurate as per my independent knowledge…

Circulation of Commentariolus (before 1533)

The first information about the heliocentric views of Nicolaus Copernicus were circulated in manuscript. Although only in manuscript, Copernicus’ ideas were well known among astronomers and others. His ideas contradicted the then-prevailing understanding of the Bible. In the King James Bible Chronicles 16:30 state that “the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.” Psalm 104:5 says, “[the Lord] Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.” Ecclesiastes 1:5 states that “The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.”

Nonetheless, in 1533, Johann Albrecht Widmannstetter delivered in Rome a series of lectures outlining Copernicus’ theory. The lectures were heard with interest by Pope Clement VII and several Catholic cardinals. On 1 November 1536, Archbishop of Capua Nikolaus von Schönberg wrote a letter to Copernicus from Rome encouraging him to publish a full version of his theory.

However, in 1539, Martin Luther said:

“There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead of the sky, the sun, the moon, just as if somebody were moving in a carriage or ship might hold that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved. But that is how things are nowadays: when a man wishes to be clever he must . . . invent something special, and the way he does it must needs be the best! The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth.”

This was reported in the context of a conversation at the dinner table and not a formal statement of faith. Melanchthon, however, opposed the doctrine over a period of years.

Publication of de Revolutionibus (1543)

Nicolaus Copernicus published the definitive statement of his system in De Revolutionibus in 1543. Copernicus began to write it in 1506 and finished it in 1530, but did not publish it until the year of his death. Although he was in good standing with the Church and had dedicated the book to Pope Paul III, the published form contained an unsigned preface by Osiander defending the system and arguing that it was useful for computation even if its hypotheses were not necessarily true. Possibly because of that preface, the work of Copernicus inspired very little debate on whether it might be heretical during the next 60 years. There was an early suggestion among Dominicans that the teaching of heliocentrism should be banned, but nothing came of it at the time.

Some years after the publication of De Revolutionibus John Calvin preached a sermon in which he denounced those who “pervert the course of nature” by saying that “the sun does not move and that it is the earth that revolves and that it turns”.[49] On the other hand, Calvin is not responsible for another famous quotation which has often been misattributed to him:

“Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit?”


I always make much of such powerful connections. For our entire expression flowered (or deflowered depending on how you see the world) as our language got richer. In my life, words are potent. We should speak only that which we deeply understand. Words are that powerful.

So, Religion was birthed as the HelioCentric theory was being birthed (almost to the year). A storm caused a shift in the way religions got a-hold of their minions. T

They asked now for more obedience, less faith, to quote, “”recognition of, obedience to, and worship of a higher, unseen power””.

Quite a tectonic shift for a large portion of humanity. Especially the newly converted by the missionary drive/zeal of the Church “Organization”. Faith shaking. I’m sure a little research would show a couple of papal Bulls from the time, asking the connedgregation for more blind obedience, to an Unseen Power, at that.

Funny, now feels like a “man-behind-the-curtain” moment in historical time. And here is why.

At the time (1530’s to 1630’s), we needed to accept a much smaller and totally non-central role in the physical universe. We had a planetary sized, planetary shift of consciousness.

Now, we are living the echo, the rhyme from that tyme.

But this time, we need to move from

A Homo-Sapien Centric Model to a All-Creation Centric Model.

What a planetary shift of consciousness that would be huh?

We are not the center of Creation. All creation was not meant for our consumption. We are a part of the mix, we are neither the center of the mix, nor the dominant part of it. We are out-numbered and out-lived by many.

Cut to size. When Religion reared it’s head, demanding obedience over faith, now we move to a more animist view (we will have to, so might as well start now, it’s a wonderful feeling). We are to be in harmony with creation. We are of it, dimensionally lower that creation’s “raw-material” and so are totally bound by it’s Universal laws.

First cut to size on a planetary scale, now cut to size on a species scale.

But there needs to be no cutting. We can just bow a little. Slow down a little. Consume a little less. We can go gracefully back into the mix, or we will be dragged kicking and screaming into the diamond hard center of the vortex.

I hope you can see the significance of the shift I am proposing?

A planetary shift of consciousness, loosening our death-grip on nature (that is called suicide by the way, killing your host in a symbiotic relationship).

It’s really easy. But we need to lose some aggression. We need to blow off some of the steam the Industrial revolution has put in us, collectively.

From faith to obedience.

From obedience to surrender.

Take a deep breath.

Tomorrow is a good day to start. It is the anniversary of the first Atomic Explosion, Trinity. 16th July, 1945.

That was another seminal tipping point, so it’s anniversary will have a deep reverberation in our collective consciousness. A good day to remember that we live under the threat of the power stored in an atom! Ponder that.

This, in my view, is the coming shift.

From Homo-Sapien Centric to All Creation Centric.

You may sayyyy…… etc. 😉

Go gracefully.

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