Contemporary historians cannot look beyond the physical world for historical information, yet written records can be unreliable, as myths are spun from events as they happen. Those of us having a spiritual focus harbor no such limitations. We are free to gather information from within. Yet the trustworthiness of our sources are critical. Such otherworldly contacts recently entered my forefront, and I’m delighted to relay what I am learning to readers.
KEYWORDS: incarnation, Cleopatra, Apostle Paul, Julius Caesar, Ptolomy Caesar, Mark Antony, Octavian, Tarsus, Alexandria, Egypt, historical, Jane Roberts, Seth
The Written Historical Record Not Aways Reliable
The West chooses the outer world reality as its sole source for historical information. Yet, the Western canon is only as accurate as surviving authored books. The archeological record can help to confirm authenticity but is limited by what artifacts have survived and are uncovered.
Existing inner sources have accurate and detailed information, but this world has no way to verify except through intuit and feel. We sometimes “know” a thing is true upon hearing and comparing with written record evidence. And trust may be forthcoming when the inner source of information is from, or tied to, a deceased trusted family member or friend.
Inner Contacts Open New Avenues
I made inner contact with my father about ten years after he passed on, and he later helped me to recognize the entity who calls himself Seth, known from a popular set of metaphysical books authored by Jane Roberts. This entity, Seth, recently aided me in recognizing an incarnational self, a female from the first century BC. I can in no way prove it but my above mentioned ways of verifying and developing trust lead me to strong conclusion that the source is legitimate.
I came to trust this personality immediately. She is in the historical record. She was Cleopatra VII, of Egypt. From her I managed to discern a history not unlike the known record but deviating substantially at a critical juncture. And importantly, the new information is, I believe, more credible and believable than the famous events as written, for the deviations are more sensible and normal than the written canon of “Hollywood” style dramas looking to be embellishment by the powerful Roman male actors of the period.
Prelude to An Incredible Story
I’ll begin during the first century AD, when the gospel of Matthew was written. My sources tell me it was a forgery, written in Rome by a cohort of the Apostle Paul. Paul was imprisoned in Rome then, and the fraudulent gospel was created to help Paul’s defense in his upcoming trial on charges brought by the Jews.
Paul was a Jew and a Roman citizen from Tarsus in present day Turkey, a relatively new Roman Provence then. It was unusual that a Jew would have Roman citizenship, Paul was a tentmaker by trade. This story is of the Western canon, from the New Testament Bible and commentary.
The Gospel of Matthew includes a story about the birth of Jesus not found in the other three gospels. In this story, and only this story, the Jewish King Herod hears of and fears the birth of Jesus and sends soldiers to kill the male sons in Bethlehem two years old and younger. Jesus’ parents are warned in a dream and they flee with the child to Egypt.
Of Truth and Myth
Jumping backwards to Egypt in the first century BC, the historical record tells of young Cleopatra VII who with her brother Ptolemy XII jointly rules Egypt as Pharaoh with the older of her two brothers who is younger than Cleopatra. Julius Caesar has just been named Emperor of Rome. He comes to visit the ruling Pharaohs, having been a friend of their father.
Arriving in Alexandria, Eqypt, Caesar finds that the young Ptolomy has murdered Caesar’s Roman adversary Pompey who had fled there after being defeated by Caesar. And Ptolomy has fully taken the throne, his sister under house arrest. But Caesar does not find favor with the young ruler for having slain his adversary. Cleopatra has her servants smuggle her in a laundry bag to be presented to Caesar. Caesar restores her to the throne and has her brother slain. And the younger of her two brothers, Ptolomy XIII, is elevated to co-ruler with his sister.
Caesar and Cleopatra have a historically famous sexual affair before Caesar returns to Rome. Cleopatra gives birth to his child, and brings her son, Ptolomy Caesar, at five years old, to Rome. Caesar is aghast and sends her back to Egypt. But soon after she leaves, Caesar’s enemies assassinate him, and his nephew Octavian ascends to the throne. This accounting is reasonably accurate to the historical record, but takes a very different turn here at this next juncture.
I, here, summarize the narrative as history recorded: Mark Antony travels to Tarsus to reign over Caesar’s new territories of an expanded Roman Empire. Cleopatra travels from Egypt to Tarsus to meet him on her personal luxury barge and they have an intense sexual relationship. Allied, the two rulers rebel against Octavian but lose the battle. Cleopatra flees to Egypt, and creates a rumor she has committed suicide. Antony learns of it and attempts suicide. Dying, Octavian allows him to go to Egypt and Antony dies in Cleopatra’s arms.
Octavian voyages to Egypt. Not wanting to become a trophy of Rome, Cleopatra commits suicide before he arrives. This ends the historical story of Cleopatra.
Correcting the Historical Record
Now I present her story as she revealed and I received in June 2020.
Picking up from Caesar’s assassination and Cleopatra’s return to Alexandria, Egypt, she reveals: Octavian having taken the Roman throne sends a legion of Roman troops to Alexandria to warn her that the conspirators are intending to kill her son Ptolomy Caesar, and she must take him and flee to a safe place. She and her son are carried by a Roman military vessel to Tarsus, a new Roman colony that had been conquered by Pompey, and she is given a modest residence and guarded by troops.
At home in Alexandria, Cleopatra’s second brother Ptolomy XIII is the ruling Pharaoh in Cleopatra’s absence. The conspirators arrive in Alexandria and kill him, believing he is Caesar and Cleopatra’s son, Ptolomy Caesar. He is just seven years old.
Mark Antony arrives in Tarsus to co-rule the empire with Octavian. He sends word to Cleopatra who remains in Tarsus under guard that he wants to meet her, for Octavian had privately told him of her presence there. She agrees, and orders that the Pharaohs’ barge in Alexandria be brought to Tarsus. The barge is a floating palace of the Pharaoh but not the exclusive vessel of Cleopatra as present-day belief tells. It is for security reasons that she meets Antony on the Egyptian barge.
Antony falls in love with Cleopatra and wants her to marry him, join their militaries, and overturn Octavian and be co-rulers of the Roman Empire. She declines. No relationship happens, it is myth started by the rejected Antony. Antony, alone, turns his soldiers on Octavian, believing he should have been heir to the throne and perhaps hoping he can win over Cleopatra’s heart. Antony loses the battle and commits suicide in disgrace.
Cleopatra remains in Tarsus. Her son learns to build tents for the Roman military. He marries a Jewish woman and she has a child she names Saul. He takes up the profession of tent making learned from his father. Having a Jewish mother and having same Roman citizenship granted to Cleopatra by Octavian, he is both Jew and Roman citizen, uncommon at that time. He is Paul of Tarsus.
This new story of Cleopatra is incredible and yet, I believe, more credible and believable than what is on record.
About the Author
Arthur Telling has published numerous stories and articles on religion, philosophy, and metaphysics. His article, “A Different Jesus Message” appeared in the Nov. 2011 AMORC Rosicrucian Digest. Telling is author of eight books including: “And the Cock Crows: How Rome Buried the Jesus Message”. His website: www.arthurtelling.com and Facebook page: Philosophy for a Modern Era www.facebook.com/philo30