The Apotheosis Of Man– Henry Dennis

By Ikenga Chronicles December 26, 2016

The Apotheosis Of Man– Henry Dennis

On the ceiling of the Rotunda of the US capitol building is a fresco painted by the Italian artist, Burmidi Constantino: The Apotheosis of Washington.  This masterpiece, which covers an area of 4,664 square feet, was completed in the year 1865, as a tribute to the founding father of the American nation.  George Washington is depicted in the central panel on the painting, dressed in white robes, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and Victory, with a rainbow arch at his feet, attended to by 13 maidens symbolizing the original States and ascending on a cloud to the heavens in full glory above mortal man, transforming into a god.

Apotheosis (from Greek; apotheoun) is the glorification of a subject to divine status .The term refers to an idea that an individual has been raised to godlike stature. In Christian theology, the term is replaced by the concept of divinization, where it is believed that the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ has made it possible for human beings to be raised to the level of sharing the divine nature of God;

“He became one of us to make us partakers of his divine nature” (2 Peter1v4).

This is also the essential teaching of St. Paul, though he tends to use the language of filial adoption to describe this elevation. (Romans 8V9-17; Galatians 4V5-7).

The idea of apotheosis is at the center of man’s attempt to regain his lost consciousness and glory– his knowledge of his divine nature and ability. Man is definitely a lot more than what he’s been reduced to today.

A very long time ago, humans were well acquainted with a way of knowing that does not involve the use of the five senses. This sixth sense, if you like, resided in the right hemisphere of the brain and appropriated the unconscious mind to enact what people of the modern world perceive to be God-like feats like extrasensory perception, psychokinetic, telepathy, projection to other times and places  At the core of every man is that ability to create; to be a creator–the ability to achieve miraculous, God-like feats.

Man is divinity humanized; in him is concentrated vast power, awaiting manifestation. But, man condemns himself into poverty, disease and despair. He tells himself that God is far away, in an unreachable heaven. He deludes himself into the belief that it is he who feels, thinks, speaks and acts.  In reality, the power that man holds in him is unsurpassed; no other creature has it. For, he is the living image of God, the precious vessel that enshrines divinity itself.

The Bible tells us to “go build our temple” a temple that must be “built with no tools and making no noise”.  Corinthians 3: 16 called us “the temple of God”. These scriptures are urging us to build the temple of our minds, our consciousness. If we accept, as Genesis tells us, that God created man in His image, then we must accept what this implies–that mankind was not created inferior to God. If man is valued at his true worth, and treated as a divine spark enclosed in the body, then, he will rise into new heights of achievement and produce all the necessities of life in profusion.

This persistent message of man’s own divinity–of his hidden potential–was the recurring theme in ancient texts of countless traditions and religions. The famous hermetic aphorism-know ye not that ye are gods? is echoed several times in the Christian bible; ‘man created in God’s image’; ‘on earth as it is in heaven-as above, so below.’

For the ancients, the pyramid was a symbol of man’s ability to break free from his earthly plane and ascend toward heaven, toward the golden sun, and ultimately, toward the supreme source of illumination– the awakening of man from his ignorant slumber: transformation through illumination.

The gesture of a man’s hand pointing upwards , with the index finger  and the thumb extended downward is a symbolic gesture of man’s mystical connection to God–as above, so below. Professional athletes, today, continue in that ancient tradition of pointing skyward in gratitude to God after a touchdown or scoring a goal, acknowledging the mystical power above which for a brief moment had transformed them into a God capable of miraculous feats.

The cross, an Egyptian symbol, was also used by the ancients to represent the intersection of 2 dimensions, the human and the celestial. It was a visual representation of a meeting point, an intersection, where man and God become one.

Throughout the ages, all of man’s different philosophies have all agreed on one thing, that a great enlightenment is coming: the Apotheosis of man. The impending transformation of our human minds into their true potential. This prophecy of enlightenment is echoed in every religion and tradition on earth. Hindus call it the Krita Age, the Jews describe it as the coming of the messiah, for Christians it’s the Apocalypse.

We are on the verge of a great period of illumination. Our sciences, our minds and even our religion attest to this. The truth of man’s true nature will be unveiled soon, and with it man will eventually rise to take his rightful position. This truth is written deep inside of every one of us and every time we hear it, it resonates within us, even if we don’t understand it. Perhaps, this truth isn’t learned by us, but rather it is re-called, remembered, recognized because it’s already inside of us.


  • Henry Dennis is on Twitter as @henrydennis25
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