Paul Hunting : Author, authentic leadership coach, horse-assisted coaching trainer, horse whisperer
For thousands upon thousands of years great sages, masters, seers, prophets and teachers have been attempting to convey to us the ultimate truth about who we really are, where we come from and why we’re here on this planet.
Yet, to most people, it still remains a mystery. More than a mere mystery – forbidden. It seems as if the power of the human mind has usurped the power of the human soul. All who attempt to liberate the soul are met with the harshest of resistance.
Thus, despite the miracles of science and technology, the promise of world peace and prosperity given to us in the scriptures seems as far away as it always has.
In 1610, King James and his team began working on a new translation into English of the Holy Bible – the year in which Shakespeare would have been 46 years old.
If you turn to Psalm 46 in the King James Bible, and if you count exactly 46 words into the psalm, you find the word “shake.” If you count 46 words back from the end of that psalm, you will find the word “spear.”
Was the world’s greatest poet, playwright and humorist, somehow involved in the translation of the KJV? Did he have the chutzpah to leave a thumbprint in the text?
He certainly made constant mention of biblical texts throughout his plays. At least 1400 direct references have been noted. And countless allusions and allegorical usages of biblical motifs abound.
The true meaning of the wording of Shakespeare’s will is hidden so masterfully in his plots. We think we’re watching history or political satire or moral dilemmas, but we’re being infused with timeless spiritual wisdom.
This was a dangerous game.
This was the era of the reformation. Any hint of heresy would have been given short shrift.
Yet, if you really examine what Shakespeare was hinting at, heresy would be an understatement.