John Anthony West: Pioneer of Ancient Civilization Theories Passes Away
John Anthony West was not a man interested in legacy or fame. Like many of his peers, he dedicated his life to the pursuit of uncovering hidden truths, sparking a flame to our collective story where historians and scientists had turned a blind eye.
For 40 years, his perseverance led to ground-breaking discoveries, including the controversial claim regarding the Sphinx’s ancient origins (Sphinx water erosion theory), which was presented in the award-winning documentary Mystery of the Sphinx. His radical fearlessness in the face of criticism also led to the popularization of Klaus Schmidt’s work, exposing the oldest religious site known to man, Göbekli Tepe. West referred to this discovery as, “the ‘smoking gun’ against which orthodox academics have no defense.”
West was unapologetic in his efforts and paved the way for generations of seekers to participate in changing the course of history, regardless of the credentials or degrees that follow one’s name. A true pioneer, his work lives on through those impacted by the knowledge he brought forth, such as Robert Shoch, whose research and contributions were instrumental to the awareness and progression of West’s work.
Watch Gaia’s last interview with John Anthony West below:
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Emerald Tablet 101: The Birth of Alchemy
“As above; so below. As within; so without. As with the universe; so with the soul.” ~ Hermes Trismegistus
The story of the Emerald Tablet reads like the syllabus for an ancient civilization college course, with Egyptian pharaohs, Greek conquerors and philosophers, and travels through long-gone countries. While no one in the modern world has seen it, accounts of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus describe a slab of brilliant, crystalline green stone covered with bas-relief Phoenician text. Some believe the tablet holds the secrets of the universe.
Considered the original source of hermeticism, gnosticism, Western alchemy and science, the tablet is inseparable from the elusive Hermes Trismegistus, an ancient philosopher, healer and sage. References to Trismegistus can be found in Renaissance, Christian, Islamic, Roman and Greek literature.
No one knows what became of the original tablet — what remains are translations and translations of translations, along with a historic timeline punctuated with disconnects and gaps. The tablet appears and disappears across the ancient world, before and after the birth of Christ, with periods of revival, including the Italian Renaissance.
Dennis William Hauck, author of the classic “The Emerald Tablet,” wrote, “One of the most mysterious documents ever put before the eyes of man, the Emerald Tablet has been described as everything from a succinct summary of Neoplatonic philosophy to an extraterrestrial artifact or a gift from Atlantis.” The tablet’s premise that “All is One,” and that direct experience of the Divine is possible through meditation and psychological exercise, became the foundations of Freemasonry, and later Theosophy and esoteric schools including The Golden Dawn.