The Sistine Chapel Ceiling: The Secret in Plain Sight

by Joshua Tilghman on December 8, 2012

Our Biblical mystics weren’t the only ones who veiled secret information beyond the literal interpretation of their work. It seems Michelangelo, perhaps the greatest artist of all time, did too. One of the most important of his paintings contains a hidden message that would rock the traditional Christian mindset; at least it would if it were widely publicized. This post will address that painting and delve a little more into the painter’s true message behind God and man.

The painting I am speaking of is called The Creation of Adam, completed on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in 1512. Even if I hadn’t posted the image above, you’d probably still know the one I’m talking about: the one where God is reaching down and almost touching Adam’s fingertip with his own. This painting is the most popular of the Sistine Chapel’s fresco paintings, and, according to Wikipedia, it has “…become one of the most single iconic images of humanity.” The number of imitations is almost beyond counting.

This individual painting is part of a much larger theme—spoken through many other paintings on the ceiling—that depicts the doctrine of the Catholic Church: creation, man’s fall from grace, and the promise of salvation. But are the traditional explanations taught to the masses appropriate? Most definitely not. The true message behind this painting’s imagery is anything but traditional, especially once you look beyond the natural focal points of God and Adam.

We could begin by asking an obvious question: why is Adam depicted with a navel? Adam is supposed to have been created, right? He wasn’t born of a woman; therefore, there would have been no umbilical cord. At first this might seem to be a trivial point. But the evidence against the traditional interpretation of this painting keeps mounting.

In 1990, Dr. Meshberger stated something spectacular in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The background shapes which God is depicted in on this painting closely resemble the human brain—the cerebrum, the brain stem, the pituitary stalk, the frontal lobe, and the basilar artery, it’s all right there depicted in the painting!

Check out the comparison I found below on Google Images:

Creation of Adam depicts human brain

Notice how God’s hand is extending from the prefrontal cortex, the most evolved and complex region of the brain, to reach out and touch Adam. This painting shows us a very unorthodox view of man’s relationship to God.

“What?!” we should be screaming. Was Michelangelo trying to tell us something beyond the traditional doctrine of the Catholic Church? Of course he was. He was trying to tell us what the Apostle Paul already stated:

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you…” (1 Co. 6:19).


“Do ye not know that they which minister about the holy things live of the things of the temple? And they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?” (1 Co. 9:13).

You see, the problem with the traditional interpretation of these kinds of scriptures is that it doesn’t place enough emphasis on the human body, and more specifically, the mind. Most Christians are taught the watered-down version. For example, the body is Holy because it contains that which is Holy, God’s spirit. But folks, this misses Paul’s point entirely! The human body is a Holy Temple because it is THE VEHICLE that manifests the Holy Spirit! Do you see the difference? The body and brain is the altar! The body and brain is the temple! (See my article entitled, The True Meaning About the Ark of the Covenant to learn more).

Michelangelo knew this. He had it figured out. And he left this knowledge in secret, but also in plain sight on one of the most important churches of the world!

Don’t misunderstand what I am saying. You are not really your body. You are something eternal and temporarily take residence in the physical body. But you do not need redemption from this physical body after it gives out. Your redemption takes place IN this physical body! The potential for God is inside your brain. We just need to wake up this Christ within, and manifest him.

Take this concept together with an esoteric understanding of John’s scripture about the antichrist and we have an explosion of new meaning!

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God…” (1 John 4:3).

What John is saying here, according to esoteric wisdom, is that anyone who denies that the Christ comes in the flesh—manifested from within your own fleshly body—is an antichrist. An antichrist is not someone who themselves are evil. An antichrist causes evil because they are ignorant of the truth. Ignorance always manifests sin. And sin is simply missing the mark, which is ignorance.

Final thoughts

Michelangelo’s true message behind this painting shouldn’t be a surprise to us; he was an expert in human anatomy. Possibly he also studied esoteric wisdom. I haven’t really looked into it that deeply. But something is amiss in what we’ve been taught by religious authorities. I am not blaming them. Most are just teaching what they were taught. But it’s time to wake up.

How does this knowledge help us

Mainly, it teaches us that our body is not a curse, it’s a gift! Remember that spirit, of which you really are, must have a vehicle to manifest through. There are many different bodies and shells that consciousness is manifested into. You have physical, ethereal, emotional, and mental bodies. You have bodies that exist in much higher dimensions, and they all work together synergistically to manifest the physical body. If something is wrong in your physical body, you probably have a spiritual issue you need to work on. And yes, eating the right foods and getting plenty of sleep and exercise are not just physical issues, they are spiritual issues. In fact, they are more of a spiritual issue than physical a physical one. Do whatever it takes to manifest a healthy body. I certainly know I need to do more!

My next blog post will deal with another iconic symbol from Egypt’s ancient past that is also discussed in the Bible. You will not want to miss that one!

Until then, blessings!

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Nate December 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I want to Thank you for your teaching and knowledge of the bible.
You are awaking a giant that is within me.
Peace Unto You.


Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm


My pleasure. I know that “giant” will continue to grow. Many on the path of the mystic has felt and birthed this giant through study, an open mind, and meditation. Never give up.



J Tom Harris December 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Divine Mind the Mind in Christ Jesus is available to every Christian
who totally understands that we are Eternal Spiritual Beings Coexistant
With God Eternally. Thank you for bringing us to that understanding.
Tom and Ann Harris Denver Colorado Married Feb . 19, 1955 and therefore
one in the image and likeness of our creator. Gen 1:27


Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm


Thanks for your comment. That is awesome. I wish you guys the best!


Justin December 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Joshua,
Being a huge fan of esoteric wisdom I love how you broke this down. You are so right, we have to look beyond just what our eyes see and actually witness what is being created here. Also what you said about the human body being divine yet it is not who we really are.

Too many people believe they are the body and the body is them. Not true as you already know.

Take care.


Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm


Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by.


selina December 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Totally agree we are not the body we are spirit and when our bodies die we leave and go back to the spirit realms, as i remember when i was three years old that i had lived before as a man and intuitively knew that there was far more than just this world,another example is i used to have two or three reoccurring dreams when they were exactly the same every time and a medium once described one exactly to me as one of my past lifes without any prompting from me. Love and light Selina x


Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm


What a blessing to have those memories. From what I have studied, most have completely forgotten anything after about age two to four. Winston Churchill believed in reincarnation and once told another officer that he had fought in Northern Africa in a past life. Unfortunately, I don’t have any such memories, although I sometimes get vague feelings I have been somewhere before in another time.


selina December 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Joshua, Yes it can be a blessing but not always, Yes your correct on the children’s age being up to four years old that is if they do remember a past live/s, Mind you though i knew i had lived before as a man i did not have any memory of it i just knew that I had. one of my reoccurring dreams and always the same each time, It was really hot and I was standing outside a cream coloured concrete?oblong shape building that had square holes with a thick pole in the middle of each square width and length, making 4 small squares in each, for its windows, I was looking at the building as i was waiting for some one to come out and getting really bored and thirsty waiting forever it seamed and wishing they would hurry up. s This is what the medium picked up on as a past life of mine and did not know anything about me or that i dreamt it, she said the country was in south east Asia somewhere like that,which would explain the heat and feeling thirsty and felt that i used to live in that building and that i was confined there in some way .maybe the waiting around forever feeling in my dream was because i was confined there and waiting for someone who never came. Love and light Selina x


Sunithi December 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Interesting ! Never looked into the meaning behind that painting very closely except for God reaching out to man. The brain being involved is a good interpretation of the painting. Thanks for sharing ! And you are right about eating healthy & exercising as being spiritual too. Our bodies are the temple of the holy ghost and we need to feed it right physically & spiritually !


Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm


Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. I really appreciate it.


Brandon December 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

Also google image search ‘brain synapse’ notice how the junction between the neurons extend

towards each other but do not physically touch. Then look at the detail of God and Adams fingers

extending towards each other yet not physically touching. Synapses are the junction between

neurons that enable the transmission of electrical messages from one neuron to another.There is

a wonderful article by the Stanford school of medicine on a new imaging method that reveals

stunning details of brain connections. From the article:

“One single healthy adult’s cerebral cortex contains more than 125 trillion – trillion! –

synapses. “That’s more than the number of stars in 1,500 Milky Way galaxies,” says Smith.”

“Nor are those synapses all alike. They come in a variety of types with differing signaling

properties – they’re more like microprocessors than mere on/off switches.”

” Our intuition fails us, Smith says, because even the most sophisticated machines we can think

of are ridiculously simple in comparison to the human brain. Another Stanford brain scientist,

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, says the human brain is arguably the most complex entity in the known


“. In fact, one synapse may contain on the order of 1,000 molecular-scale switches. A single

human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and Internet connections on


The ancient Egyptian temple of Luxor; the outer temple where the beginning initiates are allowed to come, and the inner temple where one can enter only after proven worthy and ready to acquire the higher knowledge and insights. One of the proverbs in the Outer Temple is “The body is the house of God.” That is why it is said, “Man know thyself.”In the Inner Temple, one of the many proverbs is “Man, know thyself … and thou shalt know the gods.”


Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm


This information is phenomenal! I appreciate you adding to the discussion here. You have definitely added to my knowledge base, giving me more to think about. No wonder the Bible states we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I do appreciate the comment on the temple of Luxor as well. There is so much knowledge in Egyptian mythology. I will address some of it in the next post. This is a great starting point, and if you don’t mind, I will probably throw in a line or two about what you have mentioned above. Thanks


Brandon December 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

by all means use any information you want.


selina December 20, 2012 at 3:02 am

Well straight away as for a SCIENTIST saying “our intuition fails us”, and another saying “The human brain arguably is the most complex entity in the known universe”. Then indeed intuition has failed them,because the BRAIN is NOT A COMPLEX ENTITY the MIND IS A COMPLEX ENTITY. The BRAIN is part of the human body and the MIND IS CONSCIOUSNESS. When we die our brain along with all the parts of the human body dies, this is when our soul leaves the body as it is mind eternal CONSCIOUSNESS. Other words BRAIN =FLESH AND BONES BODY. MIND=SOUL AND SPIRIT BODY. THE BRAIN ACTS AS A RECEIVER NOTHING MORE AKIN TO A RADIO OR A TV RECEIVER THAT WORK BY PICKING UP FREQUENCY SIGNALS.


selina December 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

What i have found really amazing is that having seen the painting maybe several times in different ways I had not perceived it for how it really is, after reading Joshua’s information I magnified the image of the painting by 500% to have a closer look at it and I realised that there was no” electric blue coloured fork energy ” depicted, I could have even gambled that they was haha, that’s how sure I would have been.
Then after reading Brandon’s enlightening comment thought how apt that is and for me say’s it all that “God does move in mysterious ways.”


Joshua Tilghman December 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thanks for sharing, Selina. Consciousness is quite mysterious.


selina December 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Joshua, Thank you for now i know the truth.


selina December 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

Please note the comment i left before and the one after was from reading the information from Brandon left in the link to which the first part found i agreed with what some of the Brain scientists claimed and hence that it enlightened me to how i had perceived the painting before and after Joshuas blog on the sistine chapel painting in the way i did Brandon explaining that electrical messages are passed by synapses being the junction to which neurons pass the message. what scientists claim the brain is, I claim is not, hahaha. If only someone could SHED some LIGHT on! the scientists to ENLIGHTEN them.


Brandon December 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

this is a link to a very detailed analysis of the cistine chapel. I have read through it twice and am about to try and really map it out. Basically the analysis shows how the chapel can be used as a guide for interpreting the bible. I know Michelangelo was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de’ Medici, de facto ruler of Florence and spent time in the Humanist academy where he was exposed to many of the best philosophers and sciences of the time.This quote from the article I think sums up the value of your site and gives me inspiration to me in my own study of scripture and myths from around the world.

“Before beginning, one thing should be fully comprehended. There was no attempt on antiquity’s part to conceal these teachings from public examination. The fact that the frescos and images are clearly visible to all entering the chapel, demonstrates that point. Nothing prevents anybody standing in the chapel from honing his cognitive and analytical abilities to what his eyes clearly tell him is there. Secrecy/censorship is only in the eye of the beholder. One esoteric writer clarifies this point insightfully:

“…Simple reasoning shows us that, for example, if the Gospels were written to teach the way of Truth and to show us what the Truth consists of, then the form of parables and enigmatic phrases chosen for this revelation would be nonsensical if its purpose were to conceal this Truth. The purpose of these parables and enigmatical phrases is not to hide anything from ‘the one who has eyes to see and ears to hear,’ according to the evangelical formula. The purpose is to select those who developed the necessary understanding and who are for this reason worthy of these ‘secrets’ (that is to say, they will not misuse them for selfish motives). There was never any intent to conceal, from those thus prepared, any of the wisdom transmitted by texts, traditions, or monuments. The enigma does not lie in the thing itself but is of the result of our understanding, our faculties, and our intelligence, which are not attuned to the mentality according to which the idea was expressed, and it is just this that our present education prevents us from admitting”


Sasha Lewis January 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I haven’t been to the Sistine Chapel but I intend to go there someday. Thank you for this article and I valued the ideas you’ve expressed.


Joshua Tilghman January 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

You’re welcome, Sasha. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


Janine Waugh January 15, 2013 at 8:44 am

Thank you so much for writing these blogs, I’ve been questioning the bible and spirituality for a while, I came across your website looking for answers and found a lot more than I bargained for, in a good way :). This particular post has amazed me as I now realised the truth has been around for anyone to see, its just up to us to start on the path. Thanks again.


Joshua Tilghman January 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm


You’re very welcome. And you’re so right. The path is up to us. We just have to follow the spirit’s prompting. Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know you were here.


Cherie Erten January 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Joshua and Brandon,
Everyone here is so knowledgeable. When you show me these thing I understand and it makes perfect sense. I have known for more than half of my life what orthodox a Christianity was preaching was not right. What is so worrying is that I wasn’t able to figure out why. I had a clue the words I heard once “look inside yourself.” but I could not remember who or where I heard it. I have been to the Sistine Chapel, my interest was the art and architecture. Not a fan of the Catholic Church. Now like Brandon said this is there for all to see that have eyes. I didn’t see it, pointed out, I did. WHY? However, I alway thought John in the “Last long Supper” looked like a woman, long before the hoopla of the Davinci code.


A H June 30, 2014 at 12:45 am

Interesting article. I had read through the comments and, though I am a non-confrontational person, I have to make a comment on something said, even though I know some people won’t like it. But this is Spirit of the Scripture, so I think a warning from the scripture should be heeded…

Leviticus 19:31 NIV. “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.”

“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12 NIV)

King Saul of Israel sought counsel from a medium called the Witch of Endor. The armies of Israel were about to be attacked by the Philistines. Saul was in rebellion against God and in desperation sought the services of the spiritist. “So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Please conduct a séance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.” (1 Samuel 28:8 NKJV). Saul then asked the medium to conjure up the spirit of the deceased prophet Samuel, to ask his counsel regarding the pending Philistine attack. “And the king said to her, ‘Do not be afraid. What did you see?’ And the woman said to Saul, ‘I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.’ So he said to her, ‘What is his form?’ And she said, ‘An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle.’ And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down.'” (1 Samuel 28:13-14. NKJV)

Saul should have known better than to consult with a medium, for God had warned in Leviticus 20:6, “I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them. I will cut him off from his people.” The end result of King Saul’s quest was tragic. Shortly after his visit to the witch, the king was wounded in battle and took his own life rather than being captured by the enemy.

Was the spirit conjured up by the medium a genuine agent of God? Was it actually the deceased prophet Samuel – or was it a spirit imposter?

The Bible says, “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.” In other words, for sure we know it couldn’t be Samuel, because when we die, we “know nothing.”

There are some key details that must not be overlooked. First, the spirit was “ascending out of the earth.” Those who believe that when you die, your spirit goes up to heaven have to ask themselves, “why was Samuel’s spirit coming up from the earth, rather than down from heaven?”

Second, when the spirit speaks to Saul and gives a prediction, the spirit says, “tomorrow you and your sons will be with me.” Again we have to ask, if Samuel is a good man and prophet of the Lord, isn’t he supposed to be in heaven? If we assume that the spirit of Samuel is in heaven, then, how can Saul, who is in rebellion against the Lord, also end up where Samuel is the next day? It seems the spirit is a lying spirit!

The answer is in the Bible, 1 Chronicles 10:13-14, NIV. “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord.” The medium’s spirit was an imposter, for Scripture clearly states that Saul “did not inquire of the Lord.”

In our modern day, just like King Saul of old, people seek counsel from psychic mediums. Several fortune-telling channelers have become wealthy celebrities as a result of predictions published in supermarket tabloids and through counseling well-paying clientele such as Hollywood movie stars, politicians and industrialists. The psychics sometimes claim to be channeling ‘Jesus Christ’, ‘Jehovah God’, and ‘the Virgin Mary’. But what is the real source of the messages uttered by these spiritists?

The apostle Paul was once also met with a psychic medium. Luke records what happened to him, Paul, and Silas in the pagan city of Philippi.

“Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’ And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities (Acts 16:16-19, NKJV).

The spirit of the slave girl that was giving her the ability to do fortune-telling was an evil spirit, a demon, which Paul was able to cast out. It should be noted, that demons have no problem telling some of the truth to hide their deception. Even the demon could acknowledge Paul as serving God and teaching the truth.

Jesus himself on several occasions was confronted with people controlled by demon spirits, yet still recognized the authority of Jesus. In one instance in Capernaum, “there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.” (Mark 1:23-26, ESV). Just because a spirit can tell the truth, doesn’t mean it is a good spirit.

At one time these evil spirits were holy angels living in heaven with God. But they rebelled with Satan and were cast down to planet earth. It’s in the Bible, Revelation 12:7-9 NIV. “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Because the spirits who respond to the channelers are satanic, channeling is abhorrent to God. There are few who have any true conception of the deceptive power of spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. Many tamper with it merely to gratify their curiosity. They have no real faith in it and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to the spirits’ control. But they venture upon the forbidden ground, and the mighty destroyer exercises his power upon them against their will. Let them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from the bewitching, alluring spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared souls.

Among the Israelites, the penalty for anyone practicing spiritism was death. “A man or woman who is a medium or a spiritist among you must be put to death.” (Leviticus 20:27, NIV.) God tells us, “And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God?” (Isaiah 8:19, NKJV). The admonition from heaven is clear. When in need of counsel, we are to seek God. He who assures us, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV). In seeking God, His Word, the Holy Bible, is to be our guiding light. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105 KJV).


Robert Woodley September 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

There is nothing religious about Michelangelo! He was a gay man and worked as a painter to survive. By attending dissections of corpses he risked being charged with heresy by the Inquisition, just as Galileo was for his theories. It is a tongue-in-cheek joke on the Church. He probably despised the
church and the ignorant men who ordered him around, as if he was a decorator.


Marti L. Foster December 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hi Josh, as usual I’m always late to these things, however recently Dr. Joe Dispenza wrote a book entitled “The Placebo Effect.” If you want to know about how the brain works and how spiritually connected we are to the Universe through the brain, Dr. Joe is your man. Also check out the movie, “What the Bleep do we Know.” Mind blowing (LOL).



Joshua Tilghman December 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for the resources, Marti. Sounds enlightening. I am not familiar with Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work.


David B January 25, 2015 at 10:12 pm

This is a very naive explanation for the painting. Please research the following:
Many, Id say a majority of the great influence in history dabbled in the occult. Mathematicians, philosophers, scientists, etc. The message of the occult is generally centralized around the idea that man, through the gift of intellect, (from Lucifer, the light bearer) can become a God himself. This is also known as Theosophy. Take a look at this brief intro:
In Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the 30th to 33rd degrees are degrees of Illumination, with the 33rd being the most sought after by the ‘illumined man.’ The 33rd degree is the highest publicly known degree in Freemasonry. The number 33 signifies ‘Illumination’ and freedom from religious dogma (superstition). The human backbone contains 33 vertebra with the cranium (intellect) on top.
The number 13 is also significant in the Mysteries. In the occult Gematria (number system) the number 6 represents man. The number 7 represents divine perfection or God. The Hebrew (Biblical) Gematria system is identical for these particular numbers. Thus it can be seen that the number 13 is a combination of man and divine perfection which is exactly what Illuminism actually is, man becomes a god. The York Rite of Freemasonry has 13 degrees (only 9 publicly). The Bavarian Order of Illuminati (Adam Weishaupt’s branch) also had 13 degrees.
The obelisk, a phallic symbol pertaining to Osiris, is another important symbol in the mysteries and symbolizes the lost word of Freemasonry or the ‘secret’ of the Mysteries. The obelisk is a symbol of the sun god (intellect) or generative force. To understand this fully it is necessary to study the Osirian cycle but I will not go into that now.
Consider the following examples . . .
The Pope’s cassock has 32 buttons and his head represents the 33rd.
If you look at the roof of the United Nations General Assembly you will see a large light circular light surrounded by 32 smaller lights.
If you look at the United Nations own symbol you will see a circle divided up into 32 sections with the center being the 33rd.
On the United Nations symbol you will notice 13 leaves on the olive branch. The symbol for the Soviet Union has this feature as well as 32 rays emanating from the sun with the sun being the 33rd.
The Washington monument is an obelisk.
There is an obelisk at the Vatican surrounded by a circle. This represents the union of Osiris and Isis (exoteric). These two symbols are surrounded further out by 32 archways on each side of the courtyard, in all it is an outdoor temple of the Mystery Schools.
Examine the two Great Seals of the United States on the U.S. One Dollar Bill. Count the number of thirteens. On the eagle one wing has 32 sections while the other has 33. The symbology in these two seals is evident to all who understand the symbolic language.
13 inches is equal to 33 centimeters. Our measuring system originated in Masonic France in the 1790s.
666 divided by 212 Farenheit (boiling point of water) is equal approximately to PI (3.14…). Ice melts at 32 degrees Farenheit, corresponding with the degrees of illumination in the Masonic Lodge. D. Farenheit was most definitely a student of the occult.
Along with these few examples you will notice that many buildings (particularly those owned by foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation) have symbology incorporated into their designs. Look out for symbols of the sun, pyramids, obelisks, the all seeing eye of Osiris, the circle with a dot in the middle, a snake in a circle biting its tale.
The list of symbology goes on and on, and is common in our civilization.
This explains the location for the painting as well, Vatican City. They are very much involved in the occult.

Thanks for reading


Joshua Tilghman January 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm


Thanks for all the additional info. Some of it I have addressed in other post, and I certainly agree with it, but I don’t see what you mean by naïve. Did you mean incomplete?


Sherry June 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

I have been meditating for 7 years now, and have done some amazing things with it. In the past 1-2 years, I have “awakened the God within” for lack of a better term. My third eye is open even when I am not in a meditative state, and am often able to communicate or receive blocks of information from “source”. Last night, I was connected, reaching for more information about what more can I reach for, and what more I can expand to. I received a block of information which lead me to Google the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and then to your article.

Though I have a lot of experience in art history, and have seen the ceiling in person, I never considered it’s purpose. I am an atheist, and considering that it depicts a Biblical story, it is of no interest to me.

Last night, in meditative state, I received a block of information, that basically translates to this: The Sistine chapel is being seen all wrong. You are looking at it wrong. Instead of looking at it by raising your head toward the ceiling, look at it with your third eye.
After landing on your web page, I saw similarities between the information I received, and how your diagram of the brain is superimposed upon the image of God. I completely agree with you when you superimposed the brain onto the depiction of “God”.

Here is where we differ. Do you notice that the Adam and God are almost mirror images of each other? Even the surrounding figures, (except for the angels around God), have an “almost” mirror image. This is because, in that meditative state that Michaelangelo describes, you are not seeing God, you ARE God. What you are seeing is your true self.

Having experienced this connection when I am in a deep meditative state, I can physically feel its presence, and it’s coming awake. It feels like a superhuman power I have no words to describe. I have not explored it deeply enough to give you more information. However, since you seem to have touched upon information that religion and science do not explain, I thought I would share this with you.

All I can say for sure thus far is 1) There are no words. This experience cannot be described in words, language is totally inadequate. This is why today’s teachers, Buddhist and Hindu monks, the Dalai Lama, spiritualists, and theologians, etc. cannot adequately describe the process of meditation with words. 2) There is no possible way to teach this subject. You can guide someone but each individual is responsible for its quieting his own mind, learning to meditate, dropping beliefs that cause resistance, opening the third eye, connecting to source and putting a finger on their own abundance. The Bible does say that the path is your own, and the kingdom of heaven is yours to achieve. You can’t enter it based on someone else’s work or aid. 3) The laws of physics in the meditative state and with source are the OPPOSITE of what you see here in physical reality. This is why so many fail at meditation. You cannot attain wealth, you receive it. You cannot find love when you search for it, you only receive it when you are love. 4) And finally, the Sistine chapel ceiling is not meant to be a work of art. It is a diagram. A diagram that effectively describes the entire path of meditation, rising toward its higher states, opening of the crown chakra, connecting with the white light, becoming one with it, and becoming one with God.
There are thousands of such diagrams in plain sight, all over the world. Each religion tries to communicate this, but these images cannot be seen for what they are with physical eyes. An unenlightened person will just see art. A connected or AWAKE individual, will be able to read them right away. An unenlightened reader of the Bible will just learn a story, an enlightened reader sees beyond the words.

Anyway, I thought that you might appreciate my discovery, and the path I took to receive it as it matches your own. I didn’t go into the details of the Sistine Chapel, as I am not able to see its details staring at a Googled image. But this very much is a diagram, of how the mind receives God.

If there was a way to superimpose in 3D the image on the ceiling over the human brain, you would see the levels, the colors, the mental states you rise to to enter “walk in the light”.

Thanks for your time, and for sharing your knowledge with those able to understand it,



Joshua Tilghman July 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm


some very astute observations and experiences. Thanks for sharing!


David Poyton July 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Count the number of “Angels” surrounding God in the painting as well… Theres 12. Logically this would represent the 12 cranial nerves. You may have to really look to see them all, but I assure you they are there…


Joshua Tilghman July 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm

David, thanks for the extra info!


Peter Parker June 11, 2016 at 6:48 am

Or this may mean God is just a product of human mind and nothing else… Not everyone believed in God back in the day, they just didn’t want to end up in the Iron Maiden.


GTFR2020 December 10, 2016 at 7:21 am

That’s way too simple. You’re missing all the mystical, magical, wonderous possibilities of the human imagination.


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Lol. Nonetheless, I appreciate the comment still.


Daniel Arnold December 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

What Michelangelo is saying is that all of the creation story is the product of the human brain.


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Daniel, yes!


The Fire Rises December 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Greetings, Joshua

Don’t know if you’re familiar with the HBO series “Wesworld”, but they recently covered this subject on the season finale episode and it immediately reminded of your article, which I’ve come back to periodically dince 2012. I posted the link for your article on my youtube channel under the video for that scene, here’s the scene, if you haven’t seen it:

Gratitude is in place for such excellently written and most esteemed article.


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Thank you, fire rises. I haven’t seen this, but will look into it.


gerard Hoornweg December 19, 2016 at 4:50 am

Hi Joshua,
I’m enjoying ur articles, thanks for ur efforts:-)
Just something very peculiar, I read ur article of the symbolic meaning of the twelve tribes of Israel (the 12 cranial nerves). I must admit i’m kinda sceptical about it: the message of being in the moment and keeping ur attention inward instead of on the senses is what i do in everyday life, and is very practicle. But all the other stories in the bible that truly go more in-depth on the tribes have to be clarified also through this view.

Anyways. I just wanted to let u know that Michelangelo painted 12 little angels. U can see it when zoomed in, check this link:

This is very peculiar, and might be a little strengthening to the symbolic thing of the number 12 representing an anatomous phenomena.
Lots of love, and discipline in maintaining ur spirituality,


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Gerard, thank you for your comment, question, and suggestion. I am sorry this reply is so late, but my next article will address the 12 cranial nerves in more detail


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