The Story of Man's Search For Meaning

by gary d. goodwin
and Marianne Shennefield


It is the first task of this work to give thanks to all of those individuals who have contributed to this endeavor. This project is the culmination of years of work by numerous people - not I alone. It is the work of those that have been involved in THE MILLENNIUM GROUP. Especially my close friend Raymond Ward, without whom much inspiration would not be. Thanks to Earl Crockett, whose incredible efforts have supported and guided us in a time of need. Thanks to all of those who have contributed to TMG's research, especially Chuck Shramek, Hal Blondell, Marshall Masters, Wayne Moody, Alexey N. Dmitriev, Andrew Tetenov, Vladimir Vlasov, and James Ervin.

Special gratitude to the brilliant soul, mind and man Immanuel Velikovsky. His work has inspired enlightenment.

Thanks must go to Marianne Shennefield and her Pod of researchers. Marianne's talents and experience have led to one very important avenue of discovery of this incredible human adventure. She is not a prophetess, she is not different - she has simply been given a great gift with which she can see plainly those things that are hidden from the world.

Gratitude to my loving wife and family. My very best friend forever. Her understanding and insight into the fancies of this troubled journey are supernal. And to a family that is patient and enduring, even in death.

Lastly gratitude forever to the Lion of Judah, who alone was worthy to open the Book and to loose the Seals.

Part One


It is the paradigm of this concept that man is divine in nature and not purely a creature without spiritual insight. That this is not a scientific conjecture does not in the least compromise previous writings. The argument of objective examination verses inspiration will not be a part of this thesis. It is accepted as fact. The experience and understanding of the paradigm should be the goal of the reader. Identifying and defining the limitless talents and totality of humanness in the far reaches of possibility is in the end what truth is really about.

The understanding of the origin of man through the great civilizations and societies of history has been the impetus for answers long since forgotten and answers that are without experience. Conjecture has filled the minds of men, in an attempt to know who they are. The Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, and on and on are examined for the answer to the "terrible" question - "Is this all that there is?" Did we come from outer space? Did we evolve from primates? Conjecture, assumption, interjection, piecing together the evidence - we want to know from whence we came. We desire to know that with which science has not satisfied us. And what of the future? What is to come?

In the stories to follow and the evidence found in the heavens above there may be an answer that can satisfy. Please open your ears and open your hearts.

An Archetypical Man For All Time

In the mysterious land of Egypt - with its pyramids and Pharaohs, there was once a pharaoh who's life unknowingly became an archetype and foreshadow of many men throughout time. He was known by different names - Amenophis IV, Amenhotep IV, but most popularly as Akhnaton. He lived during a powerful time in Egypt's history; at the height of its wealth and worldly influence. One might compare the modern day United States to the Egypt of that day. Many social and cultural traits are extremely similar. Akhnaton has become known as "the most remarkable individual figure in the history of Egyptian religion". This is likely due to his instituting a "one god" religion. The god was called Aton. Akhnaton was the son of Amenhotep the Third and Queen Tiy (pronounced "TEE"). Queen Tiy was believed to be of Hebrew decent, as was Akhnaton's bride Nefertiti. Perhaps this was the source of the *one god* ideas later found in Akhnaton's beliefs. The Egyptians were always intrigued by the Hebrew religion (much more on this later). Soon after his rise to power, he began instituting his monotheistic religion dedicated to Aton. He shut down access to the previous cult's temples and worship. He went about expunging and removing the images and names of old gods from the temples, monuments, wherever they were represented. The new forms of humans in art became more life-like, as oppossed to previous artwork, which often portrayed humans as unreal or as the egyptians believed - godlike. Even Akhnaton's images were known to be the most accurate known in Egyptian history. He built a new city for this new god and moved the capital there. Man's talents were believed to be direct gifts from Aton whom they called the god of life.

The worship of Aton took the form of nature and sun worship. But there were hold-outs from the previous cult of believers that continued to oppose Akhnaton. Akhnaton was eventually removed from his position as pharaoh, leaving his son, the now famous (boy) King Tut to reign. Tut's untimely death and short reign was followed by his military leader, General Horemheb. Horemheb decidedly removed nearly every recognition of Akhnaton's existence from Egyptian history.

There is one myth about Akhnaton that is very pertinent to this treatise. It is said that his departure from Egypt was accompanied by many followers whom he led into the desert. This is not unlike Moses, the connection of which has been written about by a number of very famous authors such as Sigmund Freud and Immanuel Velikovsky. In fact many believe that Akhnaton and Moses are one and the same. In part due to the heritage and lineage of his mother and his wife. But Moses lived long before Akhnaton (more on this later). As was stated earlier, Akhnaton's worship of Aton was steeped in the sun and in nature. It is believed that he took these many followers into the desert where they began to starve and to do something even worse. Akhnaton believed that he was able to receive direction from Aton by peering into the sun. From the sun he said he saw symbols and archetypes - messages from his god to his people. It is easy to surmise that this was the bitter end of Akhnaton and his followers as they became blind and perished in the desert wilderness of his once beloved Egypt. Why did Akhnaton believe that he could recieve instructions from or through the sun?

Throughout Egyptian history and in other writings, there is evidence of a long fascination and relationship with Israel. There are stories of Abraham, in his early years, being invited into the court of Pharaoh to expound on astronomy and other knowledge. There is the story of Joseph being sold into bondage in Egypt by his brothers. As the story goes, Joseph gained the trust of the Pharaoh and was made the Grand Vizier in the Pharaoh's court. Following this the entire group of people known as the Hebrews or Israelites were put under bitter bondage to the Pharaoh, to be later released during the time of Moses.

Akhnaton is the archetype of many for a simple reason; He sought out truth by virtue of his own reasoning.

Layers upon layers of lives make up our present understanding of who we are and where we came from. Some believe that organized religion of our day is the great deceiver because it has a history of violence and indeed evidence of untruths. Some say that science of the day is misleading and untruthful because of the obvious existence of self promotion and bias. Science of our day may say that it thrives upon objectivity, but where is the heart in science? Where is the inspiration? And religion of the day may say that it has heart and is inspired, but what of a foundation that is rotten with deception? This great search for truth and this desire to understand who we are cannot come about with only the mind and hope of man alone. Has truth existed before? Does it exist now... somewhere?

Akhnaton did not like the religion of his people that had been established. Where did that religion come from? He wanted to believe in ONE god. Monotheism as it is called. He worshipped the sun and he believed that he could receive revelation from the sun if he stared into it. Where did these ideas come from? Why is the sun so important even today to so many religions? The sun is even at the center of billion dollar studies by science. The readers of TMG know that the study of the sun is at the center of most of the studies by NASA.

Akhnaton attempted to create a religion that was something that has been done by many many men before and many since. Not that it was just a religion. It was a science - a way to provide what he thought to be a way of life for others. He attempted Truth upon his own terms. He attempted Truth but his attempt led to the destruction of a people. This is not unlike all of the great civilizations throughout time. All civilizations except one. All civilizations have eventually failed because of this same pride and same self serving delusion that we can find the answers or the truth on our own. If Truth exists, and I believe that it does, it exists now - even now as you read this. Akhnaton's failure was that he was full of pride and thought he knew the truth. History shows that he did not.

We can know some truths of course - simple truths. Do many simple truths add up to great Truth? The answer, again is in the process. The process is corrupt because of human frailty. We can only reach so high and then we must fall on our own. Two recent mars expeditions thoroughly prove this out very well. The displays of a society in terrible moral jeopardy easily prove out this idea. Some may treasure up and romanticizes the struggle of man, but amidst the stories of failure and pride are the sufferings of millions of innocent people. An experiment in humanity is always around the next bend.

So where does this diatribe leave us? Yes with a lot of questions, perhaps many opinions and of course perhaps even some angry disagreement. In the coming installments of this article, we will examine the timeline of the ancients and ask what we can learn from their examples. The long course of Man's search for meaning through science and religion will be evaluated and an alternative paradigm will be set forth. The existence of other creatures in the universe will be addressed from a critical and conservative point of view. Sitchen's theory of the 12th planet will be thrown in to show how science examines, views and postulates from ancient records. I will add to this introduction as time goes by to increase the clarity of the paradigm. Finally I will take a look at the future and what can be expected if the paradigm is founded in Truth. Through this paradigm it is my understanding that the future can be known and that Truth is also knowable.

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