The Sistine Chapel Ceiling: The Secret in Plain Sight

by Joshua Tilghman on December 8, 2012

3300936535 960f1e28a0 300x199 The Sistine Chapel Ceiling: The Secret in Plain Sight 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:

Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Adam Brain  300x209 The Sistine Chapel Ceiling: The Secret in Plain Sight

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!

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