Archive for January, 2011

Analysis: the Shroud of Turin

January 27, 2011

The truth about the Shroud of Turin (the “Mandylion”) has been more than a mystery for over six-hundred years; it has been a mystery wrapped in an enigma steeped in controversy. Prior to the late 1300s, there was no apparent question about its existence or authenticity, nor doubt about its origin or meaning, not among Christians. Now, a growing cadre of scholars and scientists have come to the conclusion that this artifact is genuine and that—thanks to the application of technologies less than one-hundred years old—the Turin Shroud is more amazing than anyone could have appreciated in any of those foregone centuries known to some as the Piscean Age. 

Because PluribusOne™ Consulting has not had the opportunity to directly study any materials or test results we cannot validate or invalidate analyses performed on the numerous pieces of hard and soft evidence presented by scholars and scientists. However, based on extensive review of documentation made available over recent decades, we feel that their efforts have been diligent and that historical records, together with studies of the image on the shroud, add up to compelling evidence that, about two-thousand years ago, a two-dimensional record of a three-dimensional human body was embedded in the hand-made funerary linen known today as “the Shroud of Turin.” 

The challenge put to us is whether our Noetitek™ system can enhance perception with respect to the Shroud and reveal something that has been overlooked or understated. The answer is: yes. 

We are able to offer a new perspective on what the Shroud “is” and also, more importantly: “what it means.” Our perspective is not religious, nor is it skeptical; rather, our perception and opinion is based on a blend of science and spirit—some might call it “unorthodox gnosticism”—in keeping with our NoetiTaoist™ philosophy, which reflects the principles and processes of Nature. The following paragraphs summarize our conclusions. 

The Shroud is a work of sacred art of the highest order, the creation of the highest order of creativeness. And, what is the purpose of art? To communicate; and the purpose of sacred art is to express eternal truths in a manner that stirs the soul—that engages the heart/emotions and mind/intellect. Sadly, perceptions to date that the Shroud may be “art” have concentrated on suspicion that the Shroud might be fraudulent, perhaps painted by an artist such as Leonardo during the Renaissance. Our second-hand review of the scientific tests, including the generation of a three-dimensional image from the information presented two-dimensionally, settles the matter of genuineness. The image of the man on the Shroud—which any court of law would say fits the description of Jesus—is not an image made with paint or dye but by radiation. 

Next logical question: What eternal truth is the Shroud attempting to impart, and why? 

The image on the Shroud is telling the world what science already knows: that the human body is bioelectric, an energy field/vortex. Matter is just slow energy—ultimately: light. Jesus taught that he was the light of the world, and he taught his disciples: “You are the light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14-16) As good teachers do, Jesus taught through using words and making demonstrations: healing the sick, raising Lazarus, making wine from water, manifesting food, among other “miracles.” The Shroud, we say, is evidence of his final demonstration, done for the purpose of teaching that we, as well as he, are immortal beings wrapped in mortal flesh. His intention was to liberate (save) all who would “see and hear” him from the belief that humans are powerless beings who must live in obedience and service to cultural authorities and tradition.