Nostradamus on prescient beings and their place in ongoing evolution
© Allan Webber August 2018, Aug 2020
Our universe is believed to be about 13.8 billion years old and we humans have evolved in the tiniest part of that while life itself is estimated to have been on this planet for about one third of the universe’s existence. Yet on the other end of this time scale the universe is expected to go on for over 1,000 times that which has already passed. Evolution took about 4.5 billion years to emerge from nothing to the creation of the type of living things found on Earth. So given the vast time that remains is 3000 times longer it is reasonable to claim we humans are a very primitive form of life. This is important to us for what lies ahead will have far greater reach into the portfolio of the universe’s dimensions than we can ever have. In achieving this there is then a real chance these beings can influence us albeit in a limited way.
It is reasonable to think that the powers available to distant-future life forms will be far, far greater than ours. If gods are superior beings then it is these future beings that are worthy of bearing that title especially if they evolve in a way whereby they can interact with mankind.
Although the distance of time and our limitations make it that we cannot know how this can be possible we do have cognitive abilities that make us the best placed life forms to speculate on our descendants. We humans cannot know what all future beings look, sound, feel or smell like. We are unlikely to be able to communicate on an equal basis but despite this we can use the knowledge of our evolutionary path to deduce possibilities and their bounds. It is important to do so because reason tells us that they may well be able to be present in our time and influence us even though we can't recognize what has happened. Further, if there is a valid explanation to Nostradamus’ work it lies not in the distant past but in the genetic paths connecting all time shared by us and future living beings.
One of the important things evolution has demonstrated is that its mechanisms enable it to have direction and dynamics by which it comes to exploit each and every niche within the universe. Time and space are important niches but time has been the laggard. Life forms spread readily through and into new spaces once they first formed but they have so far only managed a small step away from the instants of existence. Each living thing exploits a space of time made up of instances that it feels are continuous. To feel continuity is to possess awareness, to live only instants is a contradiction in terms. And everything we are develops from that practice of evolution to occupy every accessible niche it finds with awareness and life.
Memory was one step life forms took in moving from the instant and an ability for awareness followed. Then came many gradual changes based on memory and awareness to build an experience we call consciousness.
So we sit here thinking we are the first living things to contemplate the beginning and ending of the universe and we may be right in that belief. However it is a fleeting supremacy which evolution will confine to history. Hence there will be other conscious beings and it is likely it is on this base that evolution will forge its future.
Space-time is likely to be the niche on which future evolutionary processes build. Without any contradiction to the laws of the universe beings will be present in past and future times. It is by this means the future offers the potential for real ghosts, spirits and ephemeral presence. Hence even the slightest potential for passing through time will in all probability come to fruition. However future beings will have diminished capacity to engage with us as the time gap gets longer
In achieving this it is likely many things we take for granted will be lost to these yet-to-emerge phenomena. If not lost completely attributes with unneeded aspects may be diminished and the further in the future they exist the less likely it is that the potentials will remain. And as this drift in attributes occurs new beings will certainly develop a different physicality, gender, reproduction capacity and profusion.
Now all my comments in the foregoing about prescient
beings had relevance for Nostradamus too as can be seen from entries in his 1555
preface, 1558 epistle and his prophecies.
..it is quite true, Sire, that my natural instinct has been inherited from my forebears, who did not believe in predicting, and that this is a natural instinct that I have adjusted....this unifies and empties my soul, mind and heart of all care, solicitude and vexation. By repose and tranquility of the spirit all is made ready for the presage ... Nostradamus’ 1558 Epistle to Henry (HEE3).
A second motivator for Nostradamus would have been curiosity as to the fate of humans and those with similar abilities to himself. This was particularly compelling since his own time had many agencies that made his skill a dangerous one to display
But if he did have such a skill then he couldn't have explored this field without gaining understandings that were beyond those of the average 16th century person. No person is immune from exposure to new experience; it is in its absence that living things are stunted. And this aspect of experiencing the future must cycle upon itself becoming a motivator, a confirmation of ability and a generator of further change. This is true for Nostradamus but also true for all those that are part of the chain. It is only through a future being able to reach back in time to receptive individuals that what is included in Nostradamus’ work has any credibility, for the past has no reason, no motive, no basis to inspire the future. It explains so much of the inexplicable but emerges out of reasonable deductions about the universe and the evolutionary processes that are an inherent and evident part of it. The work of Nostradamus is the legacy of a presence in his mind that left him alone in a world with a vision he could not and dare not share.
And therein is the nub. Did Nostradamus demonstrate
his self-claimed ability and advanced knowledge or is it pure coincidence that
so much evidence to the contrary is hidden in his words and lettering? I believe
it is difficult to ignore what lies hidden in the lettering of his verses since
it validates his claims but it raises the question Is what we see the result of
Nostradamus' deliberate actions? I believe the answer is yes in part but for the
most profound contributions there has to be input from the future. Nostradamus
did not and could not have seen the future on his own and everything he says
affirms his work was the product of him and a guiding presence. It is this
aspect that I explore in this and the companion Sephirot.
In presenting the case the mindset of Nostradamus has to be our starting point.
Despite the dangers it is highly probable he had a self-activated compulsion to live up to the responsibility of his gifts even if no one of his time was capable of benefitting from his work and no one from the future needed any response. His danger was mitigated by the reality that if well hidden the threat from his own time would be nullified and if not he might well be killed. But to justify the effort code would have to outlast those times where people were incapable of grasping the essence of what he concealed. And of course for a truly prescient person working with a future presence such a task would be very achievable; the cycle completes itself and ensures its own survival.
However turning our attention to the entries in the prophecies requires a shake of the head to rid oneself of preconceptions. When Nostradamus successfully writes about the nature of time in the 16th century he has to do so without alerting the Inquisitors. Hence his entries inevitably appear to be either anachronistic or an occult rant but if we look at them with a neutral eye it becomes apparent they match ideas expressed at the start of this particular analysis.
For instance who can argue with the quotes that follow in light of our knowledge about the evolution of the universe? Yet the view of most 16thC people was there was no real difference between the duration of God, the universe and the history of the human race.
..the incomprehensible secrets of God and their efficient virtue depends on the long expansion of natural knowledge, deriving their origin from free will... Nostradamus' 1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE4).
And in the next quote which follows on from the above is a clearly modernistic approach to the time eternity relation between mortals and their cosmic knowledge base. In it Nostradamus is implying that a relationship can exist between us and beings that embrace a wider range of time than mankind.
They bring about the appearance of causes which of themselves could not attract enough attention to be known, neither by human augury, nor by any other hidden knowledge or virtue comprised under the concavity of heaven, even from the present fact of all eternity, which comes in itself to embrace all time... Nostradamus' 1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE4).
He then goes on to give a mechanism that for almost five hundred years would have seemed meaningless yet today it fits to the known processes of idea formation within the brain. His Hiraclienne agitation is based on an untranslatable term but it distinctly relates to the means by which the brain interprets its inputs. It is akin to emotional resonance in the brain that makes sense of the tumultuous electrical impulses coursing through it in order to interpret the world and trigger an adequate response. So such a term is suitable to describe the receipt of inspiration and visions.
It is however true that Nostradamus also alludes to a vital aspect whereby prescient visions are accompanied by motions of the stars. This in itself is quite progressive because images of astronomic motion are a universal timing device to which prescient beings as well as humans can relate.
But through some indivisible eternity and by means of Hiraclienne agitation the causes are made known alongside the celestial movement... Nostradamus' 1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE4).
The above is then a statement in which it is clear that the prescient skills are part of human capacity. It then follows that he doesn't consider himself to be unique. But a similar statement also applies to evolved creatures and hence Nostradamus could well be claiming that prescience is a possible evolutionary path.
I do not say, my son, that the knowledge of this matter cannot impress itself upon your feeble brain, nor do I say that very distant future causes are not knowable by a reasoning creature. If they are simply the creation of a goodly creature's intellectual soul out of current events, then they are not too greatly hidden from him nor, on the other hand can they be said to be revealed at all... Nostradamus' 1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE4).
He concludes this passage in the Preface with a distinction between the capacities of a prescient being and an eternal being such as God. There are limits to human ability since the images are part of the emotional response of the human brain. Consequently there is a capacity for error the reduction of which relies on a presence able to indicate where the future lies. That presence implies a communication is involved. Again this description fits to an evolved being with the ability to perform the task of influencing the human mind.
But the perfect causes cannot be acquired without divine inspiration since all prophetic inspiration receives its prime motivating force from God the Creator, then from happiness and nature. Wherefore causes that are indifferent are produced indifferently the presage only partly comes true where it has been predicted. Because where human understanding is created intellectually it cannot see hidden things except by the voice coming from limbo via the thin flame, showing in what direction part of the future causes will be inclined... Nostradamus' Preface to Cesar (PCE4).
So these and other entries in the Preface and Epistle provide evidence that Nostradamus was describing the actual experience that underpinned his Prophecies and not an inconsistent sixteenth century fantasy. However to accomplish his mission he needed to develop mechanisms to hide what he had learnt from the common view.
His primary mechanisms were allusions in his text and anagrams built from the lettering of the verse. He then scrambled the verses so that the message of the text could not be easily used to shortcut the rediscovery process. His prefaces were then designed as a guide to the keys by which to resolve the puzzle.
Into the verses he placed ciphers that interlocked verses with a common theme. Nostradamus' part in the process then became that of the story teller who cuts his tale into small pieces containing clues as to how they can be reassembled. As he wrote this work there was an opportunity for an outside influence to emotionally bias his selection of words and letters and thereby superimpose images taken from the future.
In dealing with his story on the evolution of a prescient descendant of mankind he used the words presage and prescience as his base and the Sephirot shown below is one of the two constructed from that input. It concentrates on the cipher of presage, while the one in the companion chapter focuses on prescient and persons that will come to be called presagients.
Once this current cluster of ten verses is placed into an order determined by the strongest links in the text of the verse, as shown in this Sephirot a rather remarkable connection emerges.
Amongst its collection of rarest anagrams there are two that relate in a powerful way to any prescient life form. Those two words are omnitemporal and omnipresent and they relate to space-time concepts that go beyond the singularity of either dimension; they are dimensions applicable to a prescient form of life that doesn't yet exist.
But the story told in the text is of people engaged in wars of destruction and creation and beneath their tale the anagrams point to genetics and a new species arising within humankind.
With this background briefing the importance of this Sephirot will hopefully be enhanced by each reading of its content.
This chart has strong connections to my paper on Presage as cipher in Nostradamus' poetry.
The Sephirot I present below illustrates each of the points made above. Access to their full verse analyses is available using the following links:
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