Hey there Kathryn,
Originally Posted by kathryn
Excellent point! Indeed, I have had a first hand experience like you describe. After years of researching the meaning of Hebrew words in terms of the meaning of their constituent letters, I received an email from Dr. Frank Seekins asking me to acknowledge my indebtedness to his work. We had come to identical conclusions on many points. For example, we both noticed that the word Av - Aleph Bet - which means "Farther" can be analyzed as Aleph = Leader + Bet = House, that is, the Father is the Leader of the House!
So what did I do when I found that Dr. Seekins and I had made the same discovery? I wrote to him and explained that I had made the discoveries independently, and immediately posted this page on my website lauding Dr. Seekins' pioneering work, advertising his book, and linking to his page. Here are the first two paragraphs of that page:
Seekins and I were able to come to the same conclusions because neither of us invented or discovered anything that was truly "new" - we merely analyzed the data that had always been available.
One of the strongest and most consistent biblical tests of truth is the coherence of independent witnesses. This is why the witness of the Three Threads is so powerful. It is my joy now to introduce another completely independent witness to the divine design of the Hebrew Alphabet, Dr. Frank T. Seekins. An introduction to his excellent, insightful, and thorough work may be found on his site Living Word Pictures
. The convergence of our work is so incredibly tight that when Dr. Seekins first found my site, he was convinced that I must have drawn my understanding directly from his material. The fact is I had never seen his work. I have since received copies of his primary works and I must say that his conclusion was completely justified, given the limited information he had.
The situation with Stan Tenen's work is entirely different, as a brief review of his process of discovery will reveal. It bears all the marks of independent research and discovery. It took decades of research to go from his initial discovery of an auto-correlation pattern in Genesis 1:1 to the discovery of the "First Hand" modeled on the "vortex" that generates the Hebrew letters. He tells the story on this page which begins:
In 1983 when we started Meru Foundation, we had shown that there was a pattern to the letters in the first verses of B'Reshit [see pic below]. We had several theories of what it might represent and why it was there. We now know one of its most important qualities.
The letters of the first verse of B'Reshit can be paired off so as to fold a ribbon with the text written on it into a recognizable geometric form. The most compact and elegant representation of this form is a particular and unique form of vortex. We have shown that this vortex represents a path of self-organization applicable to living systems, consciousness, and physics. It represents an ideal fruit whose form traces the embryonic unfoldment of a "seed" into a "fruit-tree" into a "fruit bearing new seed" (B'Reshit I.11.), an idealized candle flame representing the self-referential qualities of our consciousness and their use for exploration in meditation, as well as an idealization of the Quantum of Action providing a geometric basis for describing the dimensions of the physics of unfolding spacetime. The pattern he discovered shows an auto-correlation of the 28 letters of Genesis 1:1 -
He started the Meru Foundation in 1983, but he made the initial discovery of this pattern in the 1960s, as reported in this interview with Dr. Jeffery Mishlove. This is an extremely profound pattern that I have appreciated and studied myself for over a decade after I first encountered Tenen's work on the internet.
He reports that ten years later he was still struggling to find a deeper pattern that would explain this auto-correlation. He presented his pattern on the air in San Fransisco and asked the audience to help him figure it out. Someone called in and suggested he use a base-3 representation for the positions of the 27 Hebrew letters (including final forms). This led to a major breakthrough that he published in 1986:
This is the "vortex" that he derived from the text of Genesis 1:1 using the base-3 representation. (This is a facsimile of the original article, which is why the art is poor. He reproduced it on his site because of a court case in which someone had plagiarized his work.)
Tenen's explanation of the process of discovery continues:
This suggested that the letters in B'Reshit might represent a path specified by the sequence of these letter-directions, and that this path might be a particular meditation (perhaps Rabbi Akiva's PaRDeS meditation) that a person could experience as they visualized each letter by turning the model over in their mind's eye. But we realized that this would be extremely difficult, because the vortex form is completely asymmetrical and difficult to visualize by itself. Stan was stumped by this problem for quite a while. But in the process of "drinking" from the well of Hebrew knowledge, he felt compelled to begin practicing prayers like a Jew. And this led to his big breakthrough:
To achieve moral transparency, Tenen began incorporating Orthodox rituals into his daily schedule a number of years ago, doing so with some effort "out of respect for the well from which I had been drinking for so long." In honoring the source, Tenen unexpectedly discovered something that had eluded him for years-the exact shape his vortex model should be. "I put on the tefillin during morning prayers-you wind a strap on your hand and you're supposed to see the Hebrew letters-it hit me immediately that my 'vortex form' was a model of the human hand, preserved through tradition of tefillin," he says.And here is an image into which Stan attempted to compress his four decades of research:
Though the realization was an instantaneous 'Aha!', it took him years to mathematically perfect the shape of the hand model, which incorporates fourteen explicit features representing aspects of western philosophies and is based on a spiral used in art throughout the ancient world, most notably under the Egyptian 'Eye of Horus.' "It is not the Golden Spiral," he says. "The golden spiral is a modern invention that circles itself endlessly in its own image-philosophically, it denotes narcissism. True sacred geometry appears like the golden spiral for quite a while and then it straightens out." "Like the Egyptian spiral," he continues, "ours has a tightly coiled part which expands into all there is-the coiled part represents the human head and brain and the straight part, the spine...if you overlay the spiral over a human embryo at 56 days, they match perfectly." Tenen uses many materials to make these model sculptures: metal, plastic, leather and "things from the flea market"' high-tech versions are supplied via computer printout. "To make the hand model for yourself," he suggests, "put on latex gloves and draw it."
This exemplifies the long, hard, decade-spanning, extremely well-documented path that is the sine-qua-non of real scientific discovery. Every step has strong, organic motivation based upon the previous step taken.
Now compare this with the "process" that Anita claims led her to make precisely the same discovery as Stan Tenen:
Anita Meyer (pgs 4-5):Enough said.
So the first place I looked to make this amazing connection was my Bible (Hebrew Torah). I had turned to the very opening chapter of Genesis 1:1 that specifically tells us that in the beginning G-d created the Heaven and the Earth. I then fixed my eyes upon the very first Hebrew letter of the first word of Genesis 1:1 which is a Hebrew letter B (Bet) of the Barashith (which means "beginning"). Now the Hebrew letter Bet has an indivdual symbolic meaning attached to it which represents - tent, house and enter. It's almost like an invitation to come in and dwell.
So what I did next was... I had taken this very letter (the form of it) and wrapped (or should I say spiraled a bendable wire around it with the approximate measurements of unit growth that is found in nature which expands, furls out, or increases from a given point. Then I had removed the model form and was left with this spiral form (shown below). Now when I began to handle and look at this form, I caught sight of something unexpected... When I had turned this one model prototype from around in different directions such as upside down or backwards, or tilting it in at different angles I began to see that amazingly this "one prototype form" that is formed from natures law, produces all the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet! There is no other alphabet in the entire world that does this - forms all its letters from "one prototype form". I quickly realized that what I had discovered was intelligent design, or rather should I say Divine Design!