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The Story of the Caveman


This is the story that Ibrahim Karim told during the seminar of 27 Feb - 1 March 1999 in the Netherlands. It may be for you a very different way of thinking about the pre-historical people.

It is based on the sory in the book
Essai de Radiesthésie Vibratoire of L. Chaumery and A. de Belizal. They give an explanation for the "purpose" of the paintings in caves as given by Norbert Casteret in his book "Dix ans sous terre. Campagnes d'un explorateur solitaire".

From the First Humans to Today

Some people come and tell us that the first humans on earth were there, primitive cavemen, who looked at all the powers of nature. The powers were so strong to them that they had an inside need to develop an image of something much stronger than all nature, so they developed this need for God. This whole spirituality came out of that.

Now this is modem psychology, modern philosophy. I do not think that they had a Siegmund Freud at that time, they did not have time for that. You must know that humanity in the beginning was very practical. They wanted the most practical way to continue life. We have to look at how those people saw reality. In the development of consciousness there is a very big difference between how we see the world today and how a person has seen it maybe 50,000 years ago.

As technology advances, our way of looking at things changes, reality as we see it changes, because reality is made by the meaning level in our brain. There is a data bank inside the brain and this data bank continuously changes, is continuously fed with things. So the reality of a person today - what you see, how you see it, the meaning it has - is different let us say than the reality of our small children as they grow up; and already different than our great grandfathers.

So if you go back to the first humans, the reality was something of - you could place it like that -, they had a consciousness somewhere in between what we would call today a dream-consciousness and a pure analytical consciousness of everyday-life today.

They were let us say a bit aware of some things that we would put in the realm of dreams. To them for example there was nothing called "learn to see an Aura", of a human being, or the energy fields, because - like any very sensitive person who has not been spoiled by all the intellectual concentration that he has to go through - they could see and sense these energies. We see that in their art. Instead of analysing the art of the cavemen, I tell you a very short story to show you how I - if I was a caveman - would come to the ideas behind their art.

The story of the caveman

Imagine I am a caveman and I am looking at an animal. I see a certain kind of light around the animal, I see light around the trees, around objects. So an object for me is not just physical, but physical with some layers of light around it. Then I notice for example that when a branch of a tree has a certain shape, its light could be very similar to an animal, or to something that has the same shape. If I just make a line on the floor, I make it that way, the light changes, so I start understanding that there is a relationship between the shape of those animals and the light they emanate. Then I notice - when the hunters are pointing or indicating at an animal - that their light changes, becomes similar to the light of the animal.

Also something very strange happens: I see the light of the animal changing. When they speak of the animal the light of the animal is changing, it is a sort of imagined like musical resonance. When you hit a chord, another vibrates with it and they change, so there is an exchange of information there.

Now somebody came to the idea, when they killed an animal: if I would wear the skin of that animal, maybe I could get the stronger light of that animal with all the properties of that animal. So they try to wear the skin, and all of a sudden they have the energy properties of that animal because the skin is one of the most important factors in forming our data bank.

Our data bank is formed by each of the five senses in our world. One of the most direct senses of forming the data bank is the skin of a person. We get back to this later when we discuss all forms of healing that are related to the skin, like the acupuncture lines. That is why the skin is a very important sort of storage of information. So when they wear the skin, they have all the information pattern of the animal. Now they find that the shape is also related to the energy of the animal. Then why not also imitate the movements of the animal? If we understand that imitating a certain movement makes me enter into resonance which something, then why not imitate the movement of the rain, imitate the movement of the animal, imitate all those movements?

Now once they found that, as they went inside the cave, an artist becomes the object, he is the animal. When he expressed this in art, this expression is going to be very, very true. That is why we wonder how those people 50,000 years ago could draw art that is so realistic in motion. It has a motion that is at the same time natural and expressive all in one. Energy-wise it expresses in the best way the energy of the animal on that wall. It is not logic for somebody who is trying to live - he has no leisure in his life like we have - to decorate his home. I do not think that the artist in the tribe there, or the medicine man or whatever they called him, was busy decorating the caves of the people, because most of those drawings are deep inside the cave, somewhere were the light does not reach. In many cases you go 20 or 30 meters inside to find drawings. This means they could only light fires for a very short period of time. So why didn't they put their art somewhere on the outside of the cave where they could see it?

Once you have that and you want to go and hunt an animal, I want to hunt this big bull and all I have is this small spear I have made. When I throw it, it does not do much, it will just tickle him a bit and the bull will just shake it off and run away. What if I can start my hunting in the cave, what if I can just go to the drawing and start my hunting there.

Maybe the first time I did this, I held my spear and was telling my friend: I am going to hit him in this spot. So I point with my spear to the spot and all of a sudden something is happening to the bulls out there. That is very nice: I can start my hunting inside the cave. If to them this is real, practical, there is no illusion, no what we call magic, it was not magic, it was not science, it was just a practical way of living.

People did not put labels on things. If it is that way, I weaken the energy of the animal and then I go out, throw a lance at the animal and then hide again, and when the animal walks away slowly with weakened energy, then there is a big chance that he will fall down soon and I can go out and get my prey.

People who had this kind of knowledge are people who had a very practical way of life. Today we call that maybe magic, maybe superstition. Now we go a step further. I have hit the animal, I am very happy now, he has a weak energy, I am going behind the animal, hiding behind the rocks so that he does not attack me; the animal goes away, I am waiting till he falls down. Then the animal goes near a place that has a water well, he goes to drink. When he enters that place, all of a sudden the animal shines with a very strong energy, he throws the lance off. He is in a very good health, the wound has healed and he starts running away.

So I think: what is this place, what is this light? I go back to tell the people in the tribe about the light, so when I go back and the moment I point, I shine with the light. This is the first religious ritual, a practical, very practical thing. Now you know man used to learn from animals, imitate them. One step further: why don't we take our sick or our wounded to this spot and put them there?

We saw that when the animal drinks from the water, the light shines more. So why do not give water to our sick? We identify this energy with the earth, this is something that the earth is giving us, it is giving us water with this energy. So we start having an interaction with this energy and something very strange happens as we interact with this energy: like the interaction with an animal, the moment I interact with the energy an exchange of information happens. That means like in physics when you have a signway of going like that and an other like that, in resonance we put them together and draw them, make one component that comes out and an other one that has both in it. So in resonance there is an exchange of information, where both are a copy of each other, each one having the total information of both.

The moment you interact with such a spot, the energy of the place will start having the whole information of the person coded into the place. With time, as the tribe goes there, they start finding that there is an interaction inside them, as if the place is speaking to them, giving them information. They can speak to the place and the place speaks back, because their subconscious has been united to the place. Actually, instead of speaking to your subconscious inside you, it is in front of you but a collective one because all the tribe goes there. So a collective one is very strong and then it interacts with your personal one.

So you are speaking exactly as if you are speaking to your own subconscious, but in avery strong manner. This speaking with the subconscious is what starts the idea of personification and all those things that start later to this energy. But, as we see, it is a practical way of sending an energy that exists.

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22 Jan 2004