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Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm) Newsletter
Number 18 – 30 November 2003
Copyright 2003 Meru Foundation
Edited by Cynthia Tenen


Two of Stan Tenen's philosophical essays have been published in a new magazine, The Fool (so named by editor David Gregson, for "One who subverts convention or orthodoxy in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth.") An updated version of On Immortality appears in The Fool's first issue, and the second issue continues with The Three Pillars of Love. (Both of these essays originally appeared in conjunction with our eTORUS newsletter, and are available on Meru's website at <www.meru.org/Newsletter/journalindex.html>.)

The Fool, which Gregson calls "the unofficial voice of the Findhorn Foundation spiritual community," is available both in print and on-line. It's an interesting, eclectic, and well-produced magazine. You can download the first two issues of "The Fool" in their entirety from <www.imagine.fm/thefool/>. For hard copy, contact David Hoyle at the Phoenix shop at Findhorn in Scotland: <mailorder@phoenixshop.com>, or tel. +44 (0)1309 690110.

Arthur M. Young (1905-1995), mathematician, inventor, and philosopher, spent the latter part of his life developing his "theory of process." His seminal work, The Reflexive Universe, is the book we most frequently recommend to people who want a deeper understanding of some of the mathematical philosophy underlying our work. However, it has sometimes been hard to find. Meru Foundation is pleased to offer The Reflexive Universe through our own secure-server site, <www.meetingtent.com>.

Here are Stan's comments on the work of Arthur Young, excerpted from "Applications of the Theory of Process to the Work of the Meru Foundation," (c)1996 Stan Tenen.

"It is fair to say that Meru Foundation's re-discoveries of the self- organizing and universal properties of the western sacred alphabets, Hebrew, Greek and Arabic, rest primarily on the shoulders of three giants: the Kabbalah, solid geometry, and the works of Arthur M. Young. Not only did Arthur's ideas support our work, but most of our videotaped lectures were held at his "Institute for the Study of Consciousness" in Berkeley, and on occasions too numerous to mention, it was Arthur and Ruth Young personally who saw to the survival of our research effort.

"When viewed in the light of Arthur Young's theory of process, traditional kabbalistic teachings take on a new, more genuine and more profound meaning. Instead of legends, we see a true science of consciousness preserved for us in sacred texts of the western faiths."

(For the rest of Stan's essay, go to <www.meetingtent.com/ArthurYoung.html>.)

"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."

As any reader of English can see, it is possible to read English words when the middle letters are scrambled. The paragraph above is perfectly understandable. Is this effect language-dependent? What does it say about how our brains process the written word? See, for example,
<http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/personal/matt.davis/Cmabrigde/> Not all languages work -- and one of the exceptions is Hebrew. Here is what Davis has to say:

Thanks to Samuel Wazana and John Sutton, I now have a Hebrew version of the original and scrambled text. Samuel suggets that the scrambled text is "a REAL mess.. you can not understand it at all". This may reflect a interesting property of the Hebrew writing system. Since vowels are not written in the text, there is a lot less redundancy in written Hebrew. It may be that readers are already using some inference processes to work out what words are written, the extra load added by jumbling letters creates an additional, excessive level of difficulty. It's also possible that written words are more confusible in Hebrew - that is, many more words are like "salt" and "slat" in which letter transpositions create other words.

Stan adds the following:
Because Hebrew is very difficult, if not impossible, to read when medial letters are scrambled, we have to consider the reliability of translations of the Hebrew Bible based _outside_ of the Talmudic tradition, vs. translations of the Hebrew Bible based on and supplemented by Oral Torah/Talmud. It seems to me that these findings make it very difficult for any intellectually honest academic scholar to trust _any_ translation of the Hebrew Bible, and especially to make inferences from these translations.

This could be very important. Properly pursued and documented, it might -- finally -- make a place for the claims of traditional Jewish learning in the academic world. After all, academic scholarship uses the documentary hypothesis and the school of higher criticism as their means of "proving" that the Hebrew Bible is an edited text written by inspired sages, and not revealed to Moses at Sinai, or as a natural constant of our universe.

These findings with regard to the unreadability of letter-scrambled Hebrew words, of course do not prove that the Hebrew Bible consists of more than historical stories, but they certainly do destroy the plausibility and credibility of current academic dogma on the subject.

I think we should "stay tuned." <smile>

Meru Foundation has received a challenge grant of several thousand dollars. We would like to fulfill this contributor's wishes and match their gift. If we can do this, it will make a significant difference to Meru Foundation.

If you have been considering an end-of-year holiday-season gift, now your gift will have double the value, and go twice as far.

For further information, email Cynthia at <meru@meru.org>, or call us at 781-784-3462.

Sign Language of the Soul: A Handbook for Healing (c)2003 by Dale H. Schusterman, D.C.
The Writers' Collective, Cranston, RI ISBN 1-932133-05-4
Now Available on <www.meetingtent.com>

Most of the books reviewed so far in eTORUS have been works of biography, mathematics, or history -- all of which have an objective approach. In contrast, Sign Language of the Soul: A Handbook for Healing, by chiropractor Dale Schusterman, is an example of responsible presentation of subjective material. Dr. Schusterman presents a method for encouraging healing developed empirically through years of experience as a practitioner. He bases this method on hand-gestures developed from his inner practice, within a structure based on his own understanding of the Tree of Life. For him and for his patients, this method works, and Dr. Schusterman's examples drawn from case histories enliven and personalize this book.

Sign Language of the Soul is written as a working handbook for chiropractors and other hands-on healers. It is beautifully illustrated; the hand-gestures are clear and easy to learn. Schusterman's approach is practical, with exercises and detailed explanations. It is not peer-reviewed research -- Schusterman himself is clear about this, explaining on his website that "there have been no blind, randomized control studies performed. These methods are based on empirical observations, trial, and error performed over many years."

Because Sign Language of the Soul is so honestly, carefully, and clearly presented, this is the sort of learning from personal experience that can be valuable and helpful to others. Dr. Schusterman's empirically-developed "Sign Language of the Soul" is not the same as the Hebrew alphabet hand-gestures discovered in Meru Foundation research. But the observation that how we hold and use our hands is directly related to our feelings, underlies both. In fact, Dr. Schusterman's chapter on the relationship of hand motion to brain function relies on many of the same references we also use in our discussions of language and gesture, such as Dr. Frank Wilson's book, The Hand,(1) or Prof. Ullin Place's paper, "The Role of the Hand in the Evolution of Language."(2) This is why we want to refer eTORUS readers to Dr. Schusterman's work.

I am not a healing practitioner, and I'm sure there are aspects of Dr. Schusterman's presentation that I'm missing. I am interested in hearing from practitioners who have their own experience to offer, who are also familiar with the Meru research. If you have comments on this book -- please email me, and I'll pass them along to Dr. Schusterman.
--Cynthia Tenen

(1) The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture, (c)1998 by Frank R. Wilson, M.D.,
paper edition published by Vintage Books, ISBN 0-679-74047-3

(2) Place, Ullin T. (2000) "The Role of the Hand in the Evolution of Language." Psycoloquy: 11(007) Language Gesture (1)
This paper is available at <http://www.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/cgi/psyc/newpsy?11.007>


Stan and I would like to wish all of our readers a happy, peaceful, and fulfilling winter holiday season. Those of us in the United States have just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when we pause to remember, and celebrate, the many blessings and gifts we have received in our lives. It is in this spirit that we hope and pray this coming year will see the growth of our dreams, the deepening of our awareness and knowledge, and for all earth's inhabitants, lives of increasing dignity, safety, and peace.

Yours truly,
Cynthia and Stan Tenen
Meru Foundation
Sharon, Massachusetts, USA
30 November 2003


I hope you enjoy this Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm) Newsletter.

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