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The Dead Sea Scrolls, Angels, and the Ten Commandments.

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We hopped across the street to the California Science Center from the Campus of USC, where I was talking with writers and publishers at the LA Times Festival of Books.

On display were The Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. They are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Greek is the predominant language due to nearby Ancient Greece. The Essenes are the sect regularly identified as the Dead Sea Community. The Community had Rules one of them was “All who submit freely to His truth will convey all their knowledge, their energies, and their riches to the community of God.” The Dead Sea Scrolls original writers and copyists considered Jerusalem polluted and profane. They lived secluded, austere lives of piety, and were the founders of the Essene religion (secret order to which Jesus belonged)

The Scrolls were written mostly on parchment, with some written on papyrus. They’re incredibly important documents. They are central to the belief system for Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Wow who’d a thunk it…  that they had so much in common?

The story goes in 1947 a Bedouin shepherd, tossed a rock into a cave and heard a pot shatter, which led to the recovery of more than 900 scrolls. They date between 150 BCE and 70 CE. The traveling “Dead Sea Scrolls” exhibit featured more than 600 ancient artifacts, including selections from 10 scrolls, housed in low light and dry conditions similar to the caves near Khirbet Qumran, where they were preserved for 2,000 years. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth (1,400 feet below sea level).Getty Museum- PIC

I had some favorites, first was the song of Sabbath Sacrifice. These 13 songs were for the first 13 weeks of the Sabbath each year. Yeah now we are talking, these songs were songs of angelic praise, angelic priesthood, and heavenly temple, which gave the community’s sense of engaging in a common worship with angels.  The Scroll known as the Angelic scroll, is apparently loaded with Jewish mystical imagery, and descriptions of angels. It is potentially more important than any of the other scrolls so far examined, and is thought to be around 2000 years old. The text describes a ‘tour of the heavens’ undertaken by its author in the company of an angel named ‘Pnimea‘. The author of the Angel Scroll is taken on a journey where he is shown the “secrets of the universe.” He is taught to contemplate signs in the sun and the stars and through them forecast events. To notice the signs in the raging waves of the sea, and in the clouds of the heavens, and how to use medical plants and stones to cure disease and predict the future.

This was amazingly similar to what I was shown when I had my review.  It was almost eerie to read such a straightforward guideline so close to how I feel when I’m walking in nature, along the beaches of Carlsbad, where the majestic energy and strength of the Ocean can be overwhelming.

My personal favorite is: “a vision was revealed to me from the Most High, and Pnimea, Prince of Angels lifted me up in spirit and I ascended Heavenward above the high places of the clouds, and he showed me the great world and the image of the gods. And I pondered the appearance round about and there was no time and no place and their appearance from the dwelling places of light was like a rainbow in the clouds.”images-25

Well needless to say WOW…when I read a description like this and knowing it is nearly 2000 years old, I feel its descriptions chill me to the core, because it is so similar to what I saw and knew during my Taste of Eternity – it makes me feel normal. No I’m not crazy, I did have a normal experience with and Angel. My Guardian Angel and so have others, even way back than 2000 years ago.Angel- PIC

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Writing about hard events and life challenges can be FUN.

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A Story of Change can be fun.

Writing about your past trials in life can certainly be taxing. It’s often difficult to re-live the physical pain I had to pass through and overcome. As I write more of my memoir, I have to view my writing as if I have no ego, or rather to say that ego is a part of doing this. That’s OK. I have to face my story, of a life that did not turn out to be the perfect dream I wanted it to be. It sometimes saddens me, but yet with a high degree of certainty I accept, that I will laugh, I will cry, I will love, and I will unreservedly share all that I am, the good and the bad.

Writing about these life challenges can also be FUN.  Life is whatever perspective I choose.

festival of books3This past week was one of those FUN kid-like moments. We went to the Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books.  This two-day event brings in 150,000 people. The Festival    is a true wonderland for writers, editors, agents, publishers and, most of all, readers who enjoy a good story.  I was completely amazed with all the booths from companies, groups, and of course individual writers selling their books.

The day began by entering the massive property of the USC campus.

We arrived early, anticipating the parking hassle that comes with a huge crowd.  Thankfully we got there early enough, hah… more than an hour before it began.  We drove right into what we thought was an optimum close-up parking space.  Ooops – it was the LA Coliseum parking lot – not the closest. Luckily, it wasn’t too far away.

With all this spare time, and the California sunshine streaming down, we set off to investigate and explore the grounds.   The place is full of museums (that weren’t open yet), architecturally wonderful buildings, and lovely manicured grounds. We walked around a corner and found ourselves at The Rose Garden – what a garden it is!  The central focus was a fantastic spouting fountain shooting straight into the air.  This garden is organized; each select variety of rose was noted, many of them towering over my six-foot height. These puppies have been around a long time.  The rows of differently colored roses are grafted out from this central point in what I’d estimate to be about two acres of land. Buildings that have a palace look to their architecture flank each end of the garden.IMG_7243

Remember, USC is the breeding ground of many of the film industry’s most noted art directors, visual effects artists, directors, and stars. No need to fly off to foreign lands to get that effect; we are in the land of make believe.

We wandered about as though within our own secret garden, no crowd yet. I breathed in and out, enjoying the freshness of the day. IMG_7232

One of the stunning buildings flanking this garden is The Library, a place where my dad spent many hours in the mid-1970s.  I’m reminded that starting life over again, starting from scratch runs in the family.  My Dad went back to college on this campus when he was about the same age I am today.  He came to USC to get his degree in Librarian Science.

IMG_7254As I look at this beautiful building, I can visualize him happily entering its hallowed hallways, happy as a kid in a candy store.  I giggle to myself, how proud my Pop’s would be of me, knowing I’m here and working on writing a book, my book.  Books to him were the key to life itself.  They did every thing you wanted, and could travel the world without leaving the comfort of your own special chair.  His mind traveled many lands, experienced many adventures, and embraced many romances via the white pages pinned between two leather bound walls.

It strikes me… thinking of my dad…how things change and we change with them. It’s up to use to decide how we choose to accept the change, either with an open heart and eyes, or to close ourselves to it.