Personally, I was not disappointed with the finale of Lost, as I had been anticipating this type of direction by the writers, but had no idea of how it would actually end. I fully appreciate and understand why some people are dissatisfied and feel that their questions were not answered satisfactorily. It is definitely a legitimate argument. This is the reason why I am posting the following information. It is a lengthy read, but a worthy one and I cannot take credit for its content. This information greatly assisted in providing me with a better understanding of the story early on this season and I wanted to share it with you now. It is not a theory or a debate and I am not here to argue its merits. If this resonates with you in part or in full…great and if it doesn’t…fine. It simply is, what it is….another way of looking at Lost.

The context of Lost is mostly allegorical. In figuring out the essence of the show there are pivotal points, which you may see in a new light and understand just how cleverly the writers disguised the themes in it. My only personal criticism of the writers is, that I think that they disguised the themes a little too well for my liking. Lost was a philosophical show as evident by the use of the names of John Locke, Desmond David Hume, Edmund Burke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau; philosophers from the Age of Reason, or The Age of Enlightenment.

Enlightenment comes from the East, the place of birth of the Sun, which settles in the West, the place of death. Karma is the law of moral causation. The theory of Karma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism and is very important to understanding the purpose of the characters and what they experienced. Clues relating to Karma were seen throughout the series. Recall Locke’s girlfriend Helen wearing a pink T-shirt which had the words “Peace and Karma” written on it. Recall Dogen’s assistant, Lennon who uncannily resembled John Lennon in physical appearance. John Lennon wrote the songs ‘Instant Karma’ and ‘Watching the Wheels’. Consider the lyrics of the latter song. “Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game” and “Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me” and “No longer riding on the merry-go-round, I just had to let it go” and “Ah, people asking questions LOST in confusion…I’m just sitting here doing time.” Now recall Desmond’s words in the finale about why he was pursuing John Locke. “I just want him to let it go”.

Also, consider the story Dogen (the real Dogen was considered to be the father of Zen Buddhism) tells Sayid before he kills him. Dogen says that he was driving drunk, was in a very bad car accident with his son, and that he made a deal with Jacob regarding his son. His son lives, and Dogen is brought to ‘the island’ to serve….because he is dead. This was a major hint in the story that everyone on ‘the island’ was dead, IMO.

The elimination of Samsara is the main goal of Buddhism. Samsara is literally translated as the Wheel of Suffering. Recall the video in Room #23. “We are the cause of our own suffering”. The term Samsara has been translated many ways that include endless suffering, cyclic existence, perpetual wandering, and transmigration. According to Buddhism there are six realms that one can go through in this cycle of Samsara. This is called the Six Paths.

This is why the show consisted of six seasons or cycles. This Buddhist theme was explored in the Matrix as the Architect told Neo he was the 6th version of the ‘one’ in the 6th Matrix. Many believe that when one goes through the process of rebirth that they are the exact same person when they are reborn. This however, is not true. They bear many similarities with their former selves but they are not the same person, which is why the characters have multiple chances in different lives to change their destiny and reshape their karma. This appears to some as jumping across dimensions in time.

Buddha taught that the only way for one to end their journey through Samsara was through enlightenment as each of the 8 remaining ‘candidates’ on ‘the island’ were there to learn. The number 8 also brings us to the Dharmachakra. In Jainism and Buddhism, it is the Wheel of Doctrine or Law. The Wheel of Dharma or The Wheel of Law is a symbol that represents ‘dharma’, the Buddha’s teaching of the path to enlightenment. The 8 spoked Wheel of Dharma or Buddhism represents the 8 main characters of Lost, Jack, Kate, Locke, Sawyer, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Jin. If the Wheel of Dharma is the pathway to enlightenment; then this is why the Dharma Initiative was on ‘the island’.

Each one of the symbols stands for one of the 8 characters. Jack’s symbol is the Caduceus the staff of Hermes and the iconic symbol of the medical profession. When Jack goes to his mother’s house to help locate his father’s will, the Caduceus is on the wall behind him. Jack works at St. Sebastian hospital. Saint Sebastian was a martyr who was tied to a tree and shot with arrows. According to the legend, the arrows did not kill him and Saint Sebastian received his 2nd life. The arrow is one of the symbols of the Dharma stations. St. Sebastian’s resurrection caused 78 people to be converted. There are two other obvious connections that Jack has to the Bible. His father’s name is Christian and the number next to his name in the cave and on the lighthouse wheel is the number 23. This is a reference to the 23rd of the Book of Psalms: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want…He restoreth my soul.” What could be more fitting for Jack the Doctor to restore the physical bodies of the sick and to be called to be the leader to restore the lost souls of those trapped on ‘the island’.

Jack meets a mysterious girl named Achara on his trip to Thailand. She gives Jack an unusual tattoo depicting a group of symbols. Achara later tells Jack the meaning of the tattoo, translates to “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us.” This describes Jack’s future role of leader or Shepherd of the Lost on ‘the island’. Another reference that Lost is all about Buddhism is Buddha’s illusive wife’s name was also named Achara.

There are several things you will notice about the statue. Sayid commented, “it only has four toes.” 4 + 4 = 8 bringing us back to the 8 main cast members. The number 8 is also the symbol for infinity. The statue is the Egyptian goddess Taweret. She was the Egyptian goddess of childbirth; symbolizing the multiple lives of reincarnation and this is further reinforced by the two Ankh life symbols she holds in each hand.

The Dharma Wheel of Reincarnation…This wheel moves ‘the island’ and it rotates the light of the Lighthouse. Jack tells Hurley the reason he came back to ‘the island’ is to “fix what was broken,” meaning his life and soul. Herein is the reason each are on ‘the island’ and why each must break the cycle of bad karma to leave ‘the island’. If they break the cycle of bad actions, they die and are released from the cycle in the next life. Note what has happened to some of the people on ‘the island’.

-Eko comes to peace with his past, builds a church, and lives nobly. He dies.
– Boone has a vision and gets over Shannon. He dies.
– Shannon opens up her heart to Sayid and watches over Vincent, becoming unselfish. She dies.
– Roger Linus promises to celebrate Ben’s birthday next year, to spend quality time. He dies.
– Charlie overcomes his drug habit. He dies.
– Ana Lucia puts the gun down, unwilling to kill again. She dies.
– Michael takes responsibility for his actions. He dies.
– Faraday reconsiders his stance on fate and changing the past. He dies.
– Libby gets over the death of her husband and finds love again. She dies.
– Charlotte is finally home to stay, no more searching and digging. She dies.
– Nikki & Paulo overcome greed, he hid the diamonds to keep her. They die.
– Juliette puts Sawyer’s happiness before her own so Sawyer can be with Kate and she dies. She then sends a message through Miles saying, “It worked, I’m free.”

According to Buddhist teachings there are four things that are difficult for a soul to attain. Human birth, knowledge of the law, faith in the law, and practicing the right path. This is why women on the island could never have children. In other words, the soul does not give birth in Buddhism; instead, it is reborn.

The name Jin was taken from Jinas. In Jainism, Jinas are spiritually advanced human beings who rediscover the dharma, become fully liberated and teach the spiritual path to benefit all living beings. Like Buddhism, the purpose of Jain dharma (Jainism) is to undo the negative effects of karma through mental and physical purification. This process leads to liberation accompanied by a great natural inner peace. Those who rediscover dharma are called Tirthankara. The literal meaning of Tirthankar is ‘ford-builder’, aka James ‘Sawyer’ Ford. In Jainism it is a reference to the ‘Ford-builder.’ In Jainism, A Tirthankara is a shelter or ‘island’ from the ocean of rebirths.

The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 add up to 108 and the computer in the Swan Station had to be tended to every 108 minutes and is a reference to the 108-bead string, or ‘mala’ that some Buddhist practitioners use during meditation. There was also 108 degrees or candidates on the wheel in the Lighthouse.

The 8-spoked Wheel of Dharma and the theme of the 8 is a motif that runs through the mythology of Lost as it did in The Matrix. The two have more in common than most realize. Jack’s tattoo reads… “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us.” In The Matrix we have The One over the Eight. Neo (the one) over the 8, Morpheus, Trinity, Cypher, Tank, Dozer, Switch, Apoc and Mouse. In Lost, Jack (the Shepherd) over the 8, Kate, Locke, Sawyer, Hurley, Sun, Jin, Sayid and Claire.

In Egyptian mythology, Thoth (Hermes) is called the ‘Master of the City of Eight’. In the Tarot, the Magician (the Alchemist, Hermes) has the eight or infinity symbol over his head. The Matrix disguises Buddhism and Hinduism in a story about computer programs. Lost disguises Buddhism and Hinduism in a story about a mysterious Island. Lost is also a melding of the Matrix and the movie Castaway. From Wikipedia: “Media executive Lloyd Braun of ABC Studios first suggested the idea of a Cast Away type series at a dinner party in 2003. Thom Shermann later pitched the idea for Cast Away the series that was never developed. The basic concept was later developed and pitched with the title Nowhere, which later turned into the hit ABC show Lost.” And, the rest is television history…

The Tao…The Yin and the Yang Theme. The Architect (Yang) balances equations in the Matrix. The Oracle (Yin) unbalances equations in the Matrix. Jacob and Nemesis (in black and white) on Lost represented the Yin and Yang. In the Matrix, the Architect and the Oracle appeared to be playing a game with humans and Jacob and Nemesis appeared to be doing the same thing on ‘the island’. Also, Jacob’s ladder in the Bible is symbolically seen as the pathway to heaven. On ‘the island’, Jacob is aiding in the ascension process of attaining enlightenment through higher consciousness.

There are 6 Seasons of Lost, and six numbers… 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 and adds up to 108. 108 ÷ 6 = 18, which is 6 + 6+ 6. In the Matrix we have 6 versions of the Matrix according to the Architect, and Neo appears to be in a cycle of reincarnation. Neo asks Rama, “Do you believe in Karma?” In the Matrix, Rama Kandra is the power plant systems manager for recycling operations; a veiled reference for reincarnation. The power plant sustains the Matrix.

In Buddhism, the consciousness arising in the new person is neither identical to, nor different from, the old consciousness, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it. The basic cause for this persistent re-arising of personality is the abiding of consciousness in Avijja (ignorance) or Avidya; when ignorance is uprooted, rebirth ceases. Avidya has six aspects as associated with any of the six doors, the six senses. There is ‘The Oceanic’ 6 on Lost. The reoccurring lottery numbers in Lost are a set of six…4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. In Lost, the numbers are not to obtain wealth but the wealth of knowledge through enlightenment.

In Lost, Ben’s van had the name Canton-Rainier on the side. It is an anagram for reincarnation. As a child, Locke was tested by Richard Alpert in a way similar to tests are done to find the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. Eko’s stick had multiple bible references written on it, including Colossians, which includes the text: “When you were dead in your sins… God made you alive with Christ.”(Colossians 2:13). After Locke and Eko remove stones to try to recover Yemi’s body, they find that Yemi’s body has disappeared, much like the story of Jesus’ disappearance from his tomb. Sayid dies by drowning in the spring in the Temple and comes back to life afterwards. Sawyer sarcastically remarks that because Sayid is an Iraqi torturer who shoots kids, he definitely deserves another go around, implying another life.

What is the Island? The first H.G. Wells book made into a feature film was The Island of Lost Souls. A crew becomes trapped on the Island as a result of the shipwreck of a freighter. The mysterious Freighter is a theme common in Lost as is the theme of time travel from one of Wells’ other book, The Time Machine. In Jainism, purgatory is called ‘Naraka’. A soul is born into a ‘Naraka’ as a direct result of his or her previous karma (actions of body, speech and mind), and resides there for a finite length of time until his karma has achieved its full result. The ‘island’ is a type of ‘Naraka’ where people go to correct their bad karma. In the Matrix, the Mobil Train Station symbolized this in Revolutions. Mobil is an anagram for Limbo and revolutions has reference to the turning of the Cosmic Wheel and not war.

The Transoceanic plane represents the ‘transmigration’ of the soul. The flight wasn’t doomed; the people on it were. We learned through Hurley’s conversation with Michael, that Michael and other members of the ‘whispers club’, were stuck in ‘limbo’ on ‘the island’ and unable to move on because of the bad deeds they had committed. The ‘alternate’ as described by Christian was a place where everyone was dead and that time held no meaning in when people actually died. We learned from Hurley and Desmond’s statements that some people eg: Ana-Lucia were not ready yet and Ms. Hawking was not especially wanting Desmond to take Daniel with them. Ben was not quite ready to leave either and make his ascension with the group, as were others who remained behind for whatever reason….their journey not yet complete, or they were simply just not ready to ‘let it go’.

And, this was Lost…..

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We all recall Jacob’s dying words to Nemesis. He tells Nemesis “they’re coming” and this makes Nemesis very apprehensive at the time. Charles Widmore has arrived aboard a submarine with a small group of people, including a Geophysicist by the name of Zoe. When Widmore and Nemesis meet on Hydra Island, war is quickly declared between the two, when Charles refuses to relinquish custody of Jin to Nemesis’. Nemesis requires Jin for his own plan to succeed in leaving ‘the island’.

At the end of the episode we learn that Widmore’s ‘package’ is none other than Desmond Hume. We are well aware of Desmond’s amazing talents of the mind when mixed with the proper amounts of electromagnetism contained on ‘the island’. His powers may be what Widmore et el, are relying upon to end Nemesis’ plans to leave ‘the island’ and/or permanently contain him. Widmore may also be planning on using Desmond’s powers and abilities to alleviate any problems caused by the existence of the two time lines.

Charles Widmore has a specific ‘agenda’ and he appears to be aligned with Jacob in preventing Nemesis from ever leaving ‘the island’. He is also trying to make certain that Nemesis’ plan doesn’t succeed with recruiting candidates to his side.

As Widmore states to Jin; “Jin’s daughter and Widmore’s own daughter and every living soul would cease to exist if Nemesis were to escape the island”. If Charles Widmore is speaking the truth, than indeed this must mean that Nemesis is either the epitome of evil, or whatever problems may have or will occur on ‘the island’ would cause the end of the Universe. Regardless, now that Jin has seen pictures of Ji-Yeon, his loyalty is guaranteed to lie with Charles Widmore.

Charles is initially upset with Zoe because she brings Jin to Hydra Island a few days earlier than Charles expected him, and questions her why she brought him in earlier than anticipated. Zoe simply passes this off to Widmore as ‘opportunity’. Zoe lied and this makes me believe that Zoe has an agenda of her own to fulfill. As a Geophysicist, she would study topics that include: the components of the inside of the Earth; earthquakes; volcanoes; weather patterns; the movement of tectonic plates; the formation of the Earth and other planets; properties of planets; potentially habitable planets beyond Earth; the geomagnetic field associated with the Earth; mapping and measuring the Earth; and the role of the ocean in the world’s climate.

Given the fact that Zoe specifically asks Jin about the ‘grids’ located on ‘the island’ which appear on the Dharma map that outline the ‘electromagnetic pockets’, it’s quite plausible that the ‘future’ of ‘the island’ and perhaps the world might be determined by Zoe’s skills and abilities when combined with Desmond’s unique abilities. ‘Timing’ is everything…. providing all goes as planned. That’s a lot of trust to be placed into the hands of two people who may have mixed views and emotions, in addition to very distinct ideas and loyalties of their own.

Given the role of a Geophysicist you have to wonder if they are looking at alternatives for other habitable planets, or another place to permanently send Nemesis to reside, so he will never pose another threat in future; or possibly restore what may have happened to ‘the island’ as a result of ‘the incident’ so it has no adverse effects on the rest of the planet. Zoe seems to be one step ahead of Widmore in some regard, and you have to wonder what she is up to and why. One more thing to ponder is that Sayid has just swum up to where Desmond is located on Hydra Island. Considering Sayid is presently void of emotions or any apparent conscience, how will Sayid deal with the events laid before him? And…the plot thickens.

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Nemesis goes on a mission to recruit Sun and uses the ploy that he is present to reunite her with Jin. However, Sun doesn’t trust Nemesis and runs away from him. Nemesis allows Sun to remain behind, leaving her for the time being. I believe he will try to get Sun to go along with him again, now that Widmore has taken Jin as his captive. It’s the perfect ploy to ensure Sun’s compliance.

Nemesis gave up his plan to Claire in their conversation. Claire is concerned about whether her name appears on the wall in the cave, and asks Nemesis if he saw it. Claire also expresses concern about Aaron not knowing her and believing that Aaron will view Kate as his mother and not her when she leaves ‘the island’. Nemesis reassures Claire that although her name has been crossed off in the cave, that Kate’s name is also crossed off. He further provides Claire with the reason why he needs and wants Kate with him. He tells Claire that Kate can help convince the others to join him and return to the outside world, aboard the Ajira plane.

Although the viewers saw the name of Littleton present and crossed off in the cave, Nemesis is lying about not seeing the name himself because Claire is not a candidate. He also views Claire as ‘crazy’, so she is expendable in his eyes in the long run. According to Lostpedia, the name of Littleton does not pertain to Aaron because he is not physically present on ‘the island’. We also learned from the Paley Fest interview with Damon and Carlton that Kate’s name is present on the cave wall, crossed off, indicating that Kate is not a ‘candidate’ either. The reasons for Kate’s ineligibility are unknown.

The names in Nemesis’ group that are present are: Sawyer, Kwon (Jin), and Sayid, albeit Sayid’s state of infection and declaration of being ‘soulless’. They are candidates.

By Nemesis making this admission to Claire and also telling her that he needs all ‘six’ people whose names appear on the cave wall (who are all candidates) to accompany him on the Ajira plane and leave ‘the island’; he is inadvertently admitting that he will be pursuing the other three candidates that are presently aligned with Jacob. They are, Jack, Hurley and Sun. These are the six candidates in total. Nemesis also later confirms this information, in his conversation with Jin.

Given that Ms. Hawking sent six people back to ‘the island’ as the ‘06’, it would appear that Nemesis also requires six people in order to leave ‘the island’ with him for a successful escape. His success relies upon this occurring and he seems determined. We now have more meaning as to how events need to be recreated on Nemesis’ behalf. We can also determine that Jacob is also setting his sights on ‘one’ successful candidate from the six candidates to become his new recruit. I suspect that the successful recruit, will be somebody who refutes Nemesis’ offer and chooses to remain loyal to Jacob’s cause.

This also gives us further insight into the ‘playing field’ that Jacob and Nemesis are ‘playing’ on. They are both fighting for the control and the commitment from the same pool of candidates. Perhaps, these were always the ‘rules’ that they have been playing by. Similar to an ‘endless loop’.… that Nemesis says he is tired of playing and just wants to go home, if that is the truth.

Considering all of those names on the cave wall and in the lighthouse, in addition to the length of time this endless scenario has been playing out, at least in terms since the arrival of the Black Rock or (perhaps longer) why the end now appears to be imminent. Perhaps it’s time for Nemesis to win, or for Jacob to find a way that ends it all, permanently. Jacob seems to be the individual who has always won by slowly proving his point. Perhaps this is how it has always played out and may continue to play out, unless a final resolution to this lengthy ‘tug-of-war’ between them is finally achieved and a victory is scored. What that means in terms of ‘the losties’ and for the future of humanity, still remains to be seen.

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The Ancient Wheel of Numbers known as the Gematrian Numbers is ‘the code’ of the Grand Design to Creation. Ancient sites around the world are very precisely positioned on a global coordinate system in relation to the position of the Great Pyramid at Giza. The positions of the sites are given in the geometry of their construction. A very ancient system of numbers was used in the system, known as Gematria.

Gematrian numbers are found in ancient myths and religions, including the Bible. Gematrian numbers were used in systems of weights and measures by ancient peoples, including the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, Babylonians and Romans. The ancient Mayans used Gematrian numbers in their very accurate timekeeping.

The Code system uses mathematical constants, such as pi and the radian. The system also uses conventions that are still in use, such as the 360-degree circle, which we see highlighted on the wheel in the Lighthouse.

The Code system is quite like the cartographic system we still use today, which was handed down to us from very ancient times. In both the old and new reckoning systems, the earth is divided into 360 degrees around the equator for longitude coordinates, and latitude coordinates are reckoned at 90 degrees, from the equator to either Pole. Each degree is further divided into 60 minutes, and each minute is divided into 60 seconds.

Thus, by giving the degrees, minutes, and seconds of East or West longitude and same for the North or South latitude, we can ‘locate’ any point on the earth, similar to the way we give two street addresses to locate a place in our cities and towns. The big difference between the two systems is that today we use Greenwich, England as the starting point (zero degrees), or ‘Prime Meridian’ for the longitude coordinates, whereas the ancients used the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is the same method employed to locate the names and locations on ‘the wheel’ that are associated with the numbers in the Valenzetti Equation. Coincidentally, the Wheel is depicted in many pictures with the ‘All-Seeing Eye’ in the center of it.

‘The Ancient Wheel of Time’ is represented by a seven-spoked wheel, which consists of seven Ages. The turning of this wheel and the events of each Age generate the ‘Great Pattern’, a predefined plan that defines the past, present and future. The Wheel itself is the work of the Creator, and is powered by the True Source. Both the Creator and the True Source exist outside of time itself. The Creator imprisoned a third force known as the ‘Dark One’ outside the Great Pattern at the very moment of creation itself. Although powerful, the ‘Dark One’ had no ability to influence the world. This is very reminiscent of the position of Jacob and Nemesis on ‘the island’ and may provide us with some insight as to what purpose ‘the island’ actually serves, including their ultimate purpose.

Into each Age are born individuals who possess the ability to change the Pattern of an Age in either minor or major ways. These people are known as Ta’veren. This is a person around whom the ‘Wheel of Time’ weaves all surrounding life-threads, perhaps ALL life-threads, to form a Web of Destiny; and can have a great influence on events of an Age. Although powerful, Ta’veren are still bound to the Pattern of an Age, as well as ‘The Great Pattern’. It is theorized that Ta’veren are created by the Wheel as a method to assure that the Pattern of an Age is woven properly. During Season 5 we see Jacob at work in the Statue weaving a Tapestry and noted his comment made about the act/art of weaving, which is very symbolic.

Given the knowledge of The Ancient Wheel of Numbers and The Ancient Wheel of Time, we can ascertain these are the methods that are being employed in The Lighthouse. We have determined that the other numbers surrounding the Wheel are consistent with the numbers used in the Valenzetti Equation. We also noted the names of characters, past and present that also appear on the wheel. We know that this is not the first time that people were brought to ‘the island’ for similar purpose, without success. The anticipated success appears to lie with one of the names presently assigned numbers on the wheel.

The method employed to see into the lives by the use of mirrors, is also an ancient method known as ‘scrying’ for purposes of divination. This originated from ancient Alchemists, who used astronomy, astrology and a variety of other metaphysical practices, including the elements and were known as the first Scientists. Alchemy is a Science of Soul that results from an understanding of God, Nature, and Man. A perfect knowledge of any of one them cannot be obtained without the knowledge of the other two, for these three are one and inseparable. The art of ‘scrying’ was originally used by looking into the reflective properties of water, prior to the existence of ancient mirrors.

The mirrors in the Lighthouse enable the seer to view the past, present and possibly the future of the individual whose focus it is placed upon. Jack was able to catch a glimpse into his own past in addition to a glimpse of the past of some of the other characters. We will never know what information could have been gained, had Jack not destroyed the mirrors. What is still unknown is, how the selection process is arrived at in choosing the eligibility of an individual. I suspect that at some point we will eventually know ‘the how’ and ‘the why’, which I feel is a significant part in the Lost mystery.

One last thought on the numbers. We see the name of ‘Wallace’ as #108. I believe this is a ‘shout out’ to David Wallace, famous philosopher of Quantum Mechanics, and best known for his research of the ‘Everett Many-Worlds’ interpretation and his work with renowned Physicist David Deutsch, who is also a proponent of the ‘Many-Worlds’ interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. I suspect this is another connection for us to make.

Thanks to good pal Jazprof for her inspiration on the aspect of Quantum Mechanics ala Deutsch, in addition to other insights which prompted the research on this theory, and to all the members of this site who serve as inspiration on all aspects of the Lost Universe.

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This theory is not dependent upon whether the core of ‘Jughead’ exploded at the end of Season 5 or, if a similar ‘incident’ occurred as what happened when Desmond failed to push the button in the Swan Station and resorted to employing the use the fail-safe mechanism.

“According to the ‘Variables’, in quantum mechanics, alternative ways for the same outcome to arise are said to ‘interfere’ with each other. The possibility of something happening can just as easily be diminished as increased, by the fact that it can happen in different ways”.

I believe what transpired from ‘the incident’ caused and created the ‘sideways’ flashes that the characters are presently experiencing. I believe this is why we are viewing ‘subtle’ changes in their lives and that we’ll see changes that will have much more dramatic and significant effect as time progresses. It is evident in the ‘flash sideways’ that things are definitely happening in very different ways in the characters lives.

Some situations appear to be much more ideal to their former circumstances. Hurley now sees himself as being the luckiest man, Rose has accepted her fate, living and dying with Cancer. Claire has accepted the role of motherhood, willing to raise Aaron on her own. Kate is happily ‘on the run’ as a fugitive, and most importantly John Locke is now engaged to Helen and appears that he was not the victim of his father pushing him out of an apartment window, but from some other malady. Jack is now father to a young son, and that via Christian’s ‘last will and testament’ that he will soon learn that Claire is his half-sister and likely meet her through that connection.

These are some of the positive changes in their lives. I suspect that we will see more changes in the lives of the other characters who have not appeared in the ‘flash sideways’ to date, and no doubt some of the changes in their lives will also appear fairly positive or ideal when viewed on the surface.

Herein lies ‘the rub’ with this entire scenario. They are slowly re-connecting with one another, as I believe they are meant to, but under very different circumstances. However, there were some major issues and problems that existed in each of their former lives, which caused major distress, upheaval and unhappiness. I expect that all will not end up going quite as smoothly, as it initially appears to us on the surface. While some situations have changed, I suspect that this will bring about other unforeseen perils. That is the nature of life itself. No matter what your choices and circumstances are, you cannot avoid the life lessons that you are meant to experience that define your fate. You cannot deny fate, you can only delay it. Nothing could have affirmed this more, than the death of Charlie Pace and Desmond’s intervention in delaying his fate and success in making his death count.

I also believe that the characters who died on ‘the island’, will also have to die in the ‘flash’ sideways, albeit under different circumstances, and perhaps by different hands. The balance between light and dark is always required and struggles to maintain order. The entire nature of the ‘flash sideways’ is very reminiscent of the theme of reincarnation, but I believe the overall purpose is to illustrate that although ones circumstances may seemingly change for the better; there will always be new life challenges and controversies to take their place. What is being highlighted has to do with certain aspects in life being pre-destined, regardless of ones individual choices.

I expect that this entire situation will culminate with some sort of crisis occurring that will act as a catalyst, that will bring the characters together in unison in the ‘flash’ sideways, but also provide them with a perspective and view of life, their fate and their destiny. They will, with full ‘conscious’ awareness gain new purpose that will guide them in accepting and acknowledging their fate. They will ‘reconcile’ through ‘conscious awareness’ this ‘sideways flash’ and fulfill what always has been their fate/destiny….their mission on ‘the island’. I believe that they will commit to this willingly and step through ‘the looking glass’ at the appropriate time.

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When ‘the losties’ flashed back to 1954 they encounter a 17 year old Charles Widmore and a young Eloise Hawking. It was not made entirely clear at the time who ‘the others’ leader was, but we can rely on the fact that John Locke was directed to speak with Richard Alpert. Given the young ages of Widmore & Eloise in 1954, accompanied with the fact that 50 years have since passed, we can therefore be reasonably certain that there isn’t anyone at present among ‘the others’ currently residing on ‘the island’ in the same age range as Widmore or Hawking who would be aware of ‘the island’ and its history.

This might indicate that Richard was the leader of ‘the others’ in 1954; for what length of time is unknown and eventually Widmore & Hawking took up that role; followed up by Benjamin Linus upon Charles Widmore’s exile from ‘the island’.

Given this situation, we can also be assured that Richard would have been the only person who informed ‘the others’ about Jacob, his beliefs, ‘the island’, etc., as it appears that nobody had direct access to Jacob except him. Richard Alpert has been on ‘the island’ longer than any of ‘the others’. It is logical to presume that it was Richard Alpert who has shared this knowledge throughout his time on ‘the island’.

After Nemesis leaves the statue having killed Ilana’s men, he makes the following statement to ‘the others’. “I’m very disappointed in all of you”. You might recall that it was Nemesis who insisted that ‘the others’ accompany them to the statue. Nemesis makes the following statement: “Hello, everyone. My name is John Locke. I’ve been told that… for some time, you all have been accepting orders from a man named Jacob. And yet, oddly enough, it seems that no one has actually seen him. Now I’m sure there are very good reasons why his existence and whereabouts are secret. I just don’t know what they are. And to be honest with all of you, if there’s a man telling us what to do, I want to know who he is”.

I believe at this point, Nemesis is illustrating a point. He is upset with ‘the others’ because they have followed Jacob blindly, solely based upon the word of Richard Alpert. Even when Ben questions Jacob before killing him about all of ‘the notes’ and following his orders unquestioned, that he received via Richard; Jacob shows him nothing but contempt in his response.

If that weren’t enough to start questioning the motives of ‘the others’, we have to look into the words, actions and deeds of Dogen and Lennon. When ‘the losties’ first arrive at the Temple, and Hurley demands to know what the note inside of the ankh says, Dogen tells them in reference to Sayid, that “the paper said that if your friend there dies, we’re all in a lot of trouble.”

However, Dogen doesn’t appear to make much of an effort to save Sayid and shows little concern upon learning of his death, nor the inference supposedly made by Jacob regarding what would happen if Sayid were to die according to the paper. Eventually when Sayid breathes life again, it is Dogen who tries to kill him because Sayid has supposedly been possessed by an ‘infection’ that would eventually turn his heart to darkness. He tells Jack that Sayid has been ‘claimed’, just as Claire had been.

The only time we have actually witnessed anyone coming close to laying ‘claim’ to ‘the losties’ has been when Jacob meets up with each of them and touches them in some manner. It is unclear at this time, that if it were Nemesis, how he would lay ‘claim’ to any of them; but perhaps this is something that will be made clear in future. As usual, with ‘the others’ ‘the words and the music’ don’t go together. At this point we should be very suspicious of their motives, actions and degree of sincerity.

In addition, the only time that we see Dogen take any immediate action or show any concern whatsoever is when Hurley informs him that Jacob is dead. The Temple quickly turns into chaos and they hurry to protect themselves from what obviously appears to be the anticipated arrival of Nemesis or ‘the smoke monster’.
We must also consider Claire and Christian, their roles and status. Prior to Christian leading Claire out of the woods, ever ‘intuitive’ Miles can’t stop staring at and observing her. He has the same intent look on his face when he is observing Sayid in the Temple. Perhaps, Miles is observing behaviour that might fall under the wide umbrella of ‘Noetic Sciences’ with each of them. Christian exact status still remains a mystery.
Locke, in addition to others have conversed with or seen Christian and Claire, and it would appear that Jin is about to make his own acquaintance with Claire. Regardless of Christian and Claire’s status they do not appear to be following ‘the others’ and/or Jacob, in light of Dogen’s statements regarding Claire. We have yet to learn if they are following Nemesis or some other unknown or unseen force.

What we do know for certain is, that Richard Alpert, the longest ‘living’ resident on ‘the island’ knows the history between Jacob and Nemesis above anyone else. He not only has ‘history’ with them, he also has the power and the ability to say whatever he likes about either of them to ‘the others’, albeit under the direction and expressed interest of Jacob, so far as we know. Not one of ‘the others’ has ever met Jacob or Nemesis, and are only aware of the information that has been imparted to them by way of Richard’s words. Perhaps, this is the point Nemesis was trying to illustrate and why he is so disappointed. We could also consider that Nemesis is ‘manipulating’ them in order to gain their favour and fight for his side.

Perhaps, Richard hasn’t been exactly forthright in his dealings with ‘the others’. The only ‘players’ who would know if this were true or not, are Jacob and Nemesis themselves. Presently, it would appear that aside of being disappointed with ‘the others’ Nemesis also appears to be very angry with Richard. You have to wonder the reason for his anger. We only know that Nemesis wants to go home. Did Richard play some part in preventing Nemesis from going home and/or something far more egregious?

As Apache mentions in his/her theory ‘Dominoes’, sides are being chosen up and people from both sides are being recruited and/or choosing sides for specific reasons. Friends who were once aligned together in friendship will be divided and perhaps fight against one another on opposing sides.

Richard Alpert, ‘the man of mystery’ has become one of the ‘leading’ suspects in this mystery. He is the man that should be kept a very watchful ‘eye’ upon.

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At the beginning of the premiere, Flight #815 is safely on its way to LA from Sydney. There are some familiar faces seen from the original flight and some who are conspicuously missing. The reason for this is, when the timeline changed it changed other very important circumstances in their lives that negated them being on the plane in the ‘alternative’ timeline. We will learn how implementing ‘the incident’ changed the course of history.

However, there is one person in particular who wasn’t on the original flight of #815 for a very good reason. On that particular day in the previous or original timeline, when ‘the incident’ occurred he was in the Swan Station monitoring a button that required pushing every 108 minutes. This person was Desmond David Hume.

Even though an ‘alternate timeline’ has occurred, there would be no logical reason as to why Desmond would have appeared on the flight that we are aware of, let alone sitting down beside Jack, engaging in a brief conversation and then all but vanish in ‘mid-air’. Desmond had crash-landed on ‘the island’ during a boat race in the ‘pre-incident’ timeline. We have yet to learn what course of events Desmond is presently living under as a result of the ‘alternate’ timeline occurring in his own life. There is, however a very good reason why Desmond may have appeared in the ‘alternate’ timeline of flight #815.

Over the past few seasons we’ve learned that Desmond has the unique ability to ‘conscious flash’ to other time periods, both on and off of ‘the island’. We’ve also learned that Desmond became Daniel Faraday’s ‘Constant’. This also occurred, while happily living off of ‘the island’ in the ‘pre-incident’ timeline with Penny and son Charlie, when Desmond awoke one night from a dream of sorts with a message from Daniel Faraday (that he had no recall of), to deliver an urgent message to Eloise Hawking on Daniel’s behalf.

In mathematical equation we have learned about ‘constants’ in addition to ‘variables’, their meaning and importance. Daniel Faraday told Jack that ‘the losties’ were the ‘variables’ that could change the equation and also change the original fate of Flight #815 by creating ‘the incident’. It appears that this was successful, and the ‘alternate’ timeline occurred.

When Jack initially encounters Desmond in the Stadium, I believe he encountered Desmond while he was ‘conscious flashing’. They have a discussion regarding miracles and Desmond says to Jack, “you’ve got to lift it up”, and making subtle reference. He concludes the conversation by saying “see you in another life, brutha”.

Although we are presently unaware of the circumstances of him appearing on flight #815 in the ‘alternate’ timeline, I believe this was Desmond’s attempt to initiate Jack’s recollection of the ‘pre-incident’ timeline that he and his fellow ‘losties’ just emerged from with little ‘conscious memory’ of. When Jack returns from the washroom, he encounters Desmond in the seat next to him. After a short introduction, Jack looks nervously at him and Desmond says to Jack, “Nice to meet you, Jack…or to see you again”. He proceeds to laugh and then sighs.

Therefore, as a ‘Constant’ it makes sense that it will be Desmond who will provide Jack with enough ‘déjà vu’ experiences to awaken Jack’s ‘conscious mind’ and provide sufficient recall of his previous life on ‘the island’. In turn, I suspect that Jack will seek out the other characters that will undoubtedly be experiencing their own ‘déjà vu’ experiences and he will serve as ‘awakener’ of their ‘conscious’ memories. I also expect that whatever has been altered in Desmond’s own life will eventually bring him into physical contact with some of the characters.

I expect that Desmond will be able to provide them via his ‘conscious flashing’ abilities with enough necessary information and recall about their previous ‘island’ life for the characters to assume whatever ‘course’ they are supposed to follow in the future, and become ‘one’ with ‘the island’ again and resolve the situation. Coincidentally, Desmond is reading a book on the plane by British Indian writer Salman Rushdie entitled Haroun and the Sea of Stories. “It is a phantasmagorical story set in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name”. The Synopsis on Wikipedia makes some interesting and ‘subtle’ references.

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I’d like to thank Achalli for inspiring me to explore ‘The Chaos Theory’.

Understanding Determinism and Chaos will help us to determine what is at the core of the ongoing struggle in Lost, and in terms of ‘duality’ and its function in the universe. In addition it will also lend itself to understanding the nature of what has/is occurring between Jacob and Nemesis. It illustrates the basis and foundation of their opposition to one another, the characters, and in general terms how it pertains to the universe.

A deterministic system is a conceptual model of the philosophical doctrine of determinism applied to a system for understanding everything that has and will occur in the system, based on the physical outcomes of causality (cause and effect). In a deterministic system, every action, or cause, produces a reaction, or effect, and every reaction, in turn, becomes the cause of subsequent reactions. The totality of these cascading events can theoretically show exactly how the system will exist at any moment in time.

Behaviourism, is an approach to psychology based on the proposition that behavior can be researched scientifically without recourse to inner mental states, is usually considered to be deterministic and opposed to free will.

The larger the deterministic system, the longer the necessary chain of cause and effect. The entire universe may be considered as such a system, which creates its own philosophical questions.

In mathematics, chaos theory describes the behavior of certain dynamical systems, that is, systems whose states evolve with time that may exhibit dynamics that are highly sensitive to initial conditions (popularly referred to as the butterfly effect). As a result of this sensitivity, which manifests itself as an exponential growth of perturbations in the initial conditions, the behavior of chaotic systems appears to be random. This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future dynamics are fully defined by their initial conditions with no random elements involved. This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos.

In esoteric cosmology expansion refers to the emanation or unfolding of steadily denser planes or spheres from the spiritual summit, what Greek mythology described as Chaos, until the lowest and most material world is reached.

According to Rosicrucian’s, another difference is that there is no such thing as empty or void space. The space is Spirit in its attenuated form, while matter is crystallized space or Spirit. Spirit in manifestation is ‘dual’ that which we see as Form is the ‘negative’ manifestation of Spirit crystallized and inert. The positive pole of Spirit manifests as Life, galvanizing the negative Form into action, but both Life and Form originated in Spirit, Space, Chaos. On the other hand, Chaos is not a state, which has existed in the past and has now entirely disappeared. It is all around us at the present moment.

Were it not, that old forms having outlived their usefulness are constantly being resolved back into that Chaos, which is also as constantly giving birth to new forms, there could be ‘no progress’. The work of evolution would cease and stagnation would prevent the possibility of advancement.

Jacob speaks in terms of progress when he addresses Nemesis. When Jacob addresses Ben and Hurley, he suggests to them that they have choice, while Nemesis appears to be convinced that human behaviour is something that is predictable or deterministic. He therefore is implying that the outcome of events is also always predictable, and that change/evolution will not occur. Jacob’s Nemesis appears to be opposed to progress and advancement. Jacob feels that everything that happens in between, up until the end, is indicative of progress. They represent polar opposites, the ‘positive’ and the ‘negative’ energies/influences, if you will. This is the nature of their ‘struggle’…. to control what occurs on ‘the island’.

A quote from the Room 23 video; “we are the causes of our own suffering”. As humans, the struggle is always with ‘the self’. We have certainly witnessed many struggles with the characters throughout the seasons, and we will also learn where their struggles will lead them in Season 6, and as viewers, we are hoping that in the end, they will emerge triumphant in some regard.

Human beings consist of both positive and negative energies/influences, as they evolved from ‘spirit’. The characters in Lost also possess and display both positive and negative energies/influences. Throughout the seasons, we have seen our characters exhibiting one aspect of either positive or negative behaviour, and then observe another aspect or element of their natures. This makes it extremely difficult to get a fixed read on their behaviour and determine if they are good or bad people, as their natures are continuously evolving. Both of these aspects (positive and negative energies/influence) are present and at work within all humans at all times. They are as ever changing and as pervasive as the wind, continually struggling to achieve and maintain balance and order.

Jacob and Nemesis typify these qualities and are reflective of the ‘light and dark’ energies/influences/forces that permanently exist within all of us and are continuously at work in the universe. Each energy/influence/force is essential and completely dependant upon the others existence. We are all part of the ‘universal’ consciousness. I believe where Lost is concerned this fact is being emphasized.

I subscribe to Stephen Hawking’s belief regarding human beings in, that they are made up of energy (both positive and negative), and that this energy can never cease to exist in the universe. Hawking states, because energy cannot die, energy can only logically be transformed into another source of energy, which continues to exist in other ‘form’ in the universe. I personally refer to this as the ‘human spirit or soul’. Positive energy (light energy) resonates on higher planes, while Negative energy (dark energy) resonates in the denser planes in the universe.

Therefore, this never-ending cycle of Deterministic Chaos continues, beginning with birth, death and re-birth as its only resolve, progressing and evolving to maintain the natural order and balance of the universe. They are two sides of the same coin, one light, and one dark. Where there is darkness, light will illuminate. Where there is light, there is progress.

We will see great emphasis placed on the issues of ‘free will/choice’ vs. ‘fate/determinism’ in Season 6. We will see how this pertains to the characters, in addition to the overall story and mythology of Lost. This will be an ongoing debate, just as this topic is continually debated among scientists, philosophers, theologians, and man himself. I have to wonder if (we) the audience will gain any better understanding of these issues, or be able to draw any further conclusions on the subject when Lost concludes. Or, will this be an issue that the Lost writers leave us with, to apply our own meaning and understanding to.

A Quote from Stephen Hawking’s, A Brief History in Time: “However, if we discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable by everyone, not just by a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that the universe and we exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason, for then we should know the mind of God”.

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While re-watching the episode “Dead is Dead” I noted some connections. Please forgive me in advance for the length, as I included dialogue from the Transcripts to illustrate the point.

When Ben and ‘Fake Locke’ arrive on the dock and proceed to Ben’s former home in ‘Otherville’, so Ben can summon the ‘smoke monster’ and be judged for Alex’ death; as they approach, you see the sign at the Processing Centre dangling and the Children’s Playground and Swings. When Ben enters his former house, he encounters Sun and then Lapidus.

The following conversation transpires: LAPIDUS: What are you doing here? BEN: This used to be my house. I saw a light turned on. What are the two of you doing in here? [Lapidus hands Ben the DHARMA Initiative new recruit group photo from the Processing Center.] SUN: That was taken in 1977. BEN: Are you trying to tell me that your friends were in the DHARMA Initiative? SUN: You don’t know about this? BEN: Of course not. Where did you get this? Who gave this to you? LAPIDUS: We met some crazy old man outside. SUN: He said his name was Christian. He told us to come in here and wait. BEN: Wait for what? SUN: He said if I ever wanted to see my husband again, I had to wait here for John Locke. LAPIDUS: But considering he’s dead, we ain’t holding our breath. BEN: Well, you might want to look outside. [Sun looks out the window and sees John Locke, who waves] We are left to believe that something awfully strange or distinctly different is happening in this scene.

When ‘Fake Locke’ initially finds Ben on Hydra Island, Ben couldn’t have been more shocked and simarily disappointed at the same time to see him alive (relative term). The sheer delight on ‘Fake Locke’s’ face when Ben tells him he came back to ‘the island’ to be judged by the ‘smoke monster’ is reminiscent of a ‘cheshire cat’.

LOCKE: I’ve decided to help you, Ben. BEN: Help me do what? LOCKE: Do what you say you are on your way to do. Be judged. BEN: That’s not something you want to see, John. LOCKE: If everything you’ve done has been in the best interests of the Island… then I’m sure the Monster will understand. Hmm…the best interest of ‘the island’. Has ‘Fake Locke’ just given away his beliefs about Fate vs. Free Will?

The following exchange between Ben and Sun was ‘telling’ and perhaps the writers were also having a good laugh, while providing us with a major clue: [Crackling] BEN: You may want to go inside. SUN: Why? BEN: Because what’s about to come out of that jungle is something I can’t control. [Footsteps approach] and our ‘Fake Locke’ walks right out of the jungle.

LOCKE: Last time we didn’t have to wait this long. BEN: It’s not a train, John. It doesn’t run on a schedule. LOCKE: Well, if it’s not gonna come to us, then… I suppose we’ll have to go to it. BEN: It doesn’t work that way. I only know how to summon it. I don’t know where it actually is. LOCKE: I do. ‘Fake Locke’ then tells Ben that he knows where to find the ‘smoke monster’

What we have witnessed is, a ‘Fake Locke’ who appears to be manipulating a situation with both Ben & Sun. ‘Fake Locke’ has convinced Sun to stay with him, as he says, that he is the only one who can help her find Jin. (You will also recall Christian Shephard telling her the same thing). Hmm….what side is Christian Shephard on?

They proceed to the ‘Temple’ and Ben receives his ‘judgement’ for the death of Alex, and he is instructed to implicity follow Locke’s orders. Sun, Ben & ‘Fake Locke’ then proceed to The Statue when this conversation occurs: LOCKE: You don’t like this, do you? BEN: What? LOCKE: Having to ask questions that you don’t know the answers to, blindly following someone in the hopes that they’ll lead you to whatever it is you’re looking for. BEN: No, John, I don’t like it at all.

What stands out in their exchange is, that the John Locke we all knew and liked was a ‘Man of Faith’, and a man of ‘faith’ follows blindly. Ben, on the other hand has demonstrated himself to be a man who ‘chooses’ his own ‘destiny’. They appear to be in a reversal of roles now.

During one of the earlier ‘flashbacks’ a young Charles Widmore makes a point of telling a young Ben Linus that it was ‘the island’ that saved his life. Some time later when Ben is sent to kill Rousseau; doesn’t and returns to the camp with baby Alex in tow, Charles Widmore is furious. Ben cannot fathom Widmore’s logic and reasoning for wanting an insane woman, and a harmless baby killed and further questions if these are Jacob’s wishes and receives no response.

We eventually get a glimpse of why Charles Widmore appeared to be so callous about that when Ben comes to say farewell before boarding the submarine. This is the last part of their exchange: WIDMORE: And what makes you think you deserve to take what’s mine? BEN: Because I won’t be selfish. Because I’ll sacrifice anything to protect this Island. WIDMORE: You wouldn’t sacrifice Alex. BEN: You’re the one who wanted her dead, Charles, not the Island. WIDMORE: I hope you’re right, Benjamin, because if you aren’t, and it is the Island that wants her dead, she’ll be dead. And one day, you’ll be standing where I’m standing now. You’ll be the one being banished, and then you’ll finally realize that you cannot fight the inevitable. I’ll be seeing you, boy.

Widmore’s statements give some indication of his beliefs which are, that everything is already predetermined when stating that it is what ‘the island’ wants and that ‘choices’ have consequences. To further illustrate where Ben stands, we only need to consider his actions when he goes against Widmore’s orders and saves the life of Rousseau and baby Alex. He demonstrated his own ‘free will’. He does so again, when an almost ‘mirrored’ scenario occurs when he attempts to kill Penelope Widmore. When he sees a young Charlie, and chooses to abandon any further attempt to kill her.

This is Benjamin Linus and he stands on the side of ‘free will’, while Charles Widmore’s words and actions speak about a man who believes that some other power is in control and calling the shots. This is where we learn that Ben, who albeit who has made some poor choices, does not follow blindly, while Charles appears to do exactly the opposite.

I can’t help but be reminded of Jacob’s last words to Ben, before he kills him. Jacob tells Ben that he has a ‘choice’. We know what choice Ben made and wonder if he will be redeemed or punished for this deed. We also know where Jacob, Nemesis, ‘Fake Locke’, Widmore and perhaps even Christain Shephard stand on these issues. However, nothing is really known about Richard, where he stands and who he truly serves. He remains an enigma. We also know little about where ‘the losties’ will eventually end up when it comes to Fate vs. Free Will, with the exception of Jack. Jack used to be a ‘man of science’ but by the end of the S5 finale, he is now speaking as a ‘man of faith’.

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Prior to Daniel Faraday’s untimely demise, he has a conversation with Jack and convinces him that if they follow his theory based upon ‘The Variables’, and they detonate ‘Jughead’ at the Swan Station, Flight #815 should safely land in LA, never having crashed on ‘the island’. In part, this was accurate with the exception that Daniel didn’t think through all of the potential scenarios that might possibly occur.

He didn’t consider all of the aspects of Quantum Mechanics. Had he have survived, he may have eventually made the proper considerations regarding the detonation of ‘Jughead’. Quantum science tells us that there is not a flat line running from the past to the future. This is the view of most people, but it is based on the old science, and is no longer true. Einstein has proven that time is not fixed, it expands and it contracts. And, time has a vertical dimension. There are many ‘lanes of time’ running simultaneously and you can change lanes. You can begin in one lane, then change lanes to produce a different outcome than you expected in the original lane. This means there are multiple possibilities existing simultaneously in any instant, subject to our conscious and intentional choice.

The power exists to direct awareness through this field of creative intelligence that scientists call the quantum hologram. Through powerful thought it can activate another vertical strand of time. When you tap into an alternate possibility timeline where what you are imagining exists as reality, having the feelings of experiencing that reality puts you into vibrational harmony with the frequency of that timeline. Your visualization selects one of the possible scenarios within that timeline to merge with your present timeline. At the time, Daniel Faraday and ‘the losties’ were unaware that ‘the incident’ was the catalyst for this situation occurring.

What does this suggest? I suspect that we will see ‘alternate realities’ created from ‘the incident’, one where ‘the losties’ do land safely in LA, and another which still places them on ‘the island’, experiencing different histories and timelines. These will run simultaneously as outlined in the description of ‘merging timelines’, with ‘the losties’ travelling in both lanes. This concept of ‘sidewise’ time travel, a term taken from Murray Leinster’s “Sidewise in Time,” is often used to allow characters to pass through many different histories and timelines, all descendant from some common branch point. In this case, it would be ‘the incident’ and the detonation of ‘Jughead’ that creates the common branch. Often worlds that are similar to each other are considered closer to each other in terms of this ‘sidewise travel’.

With conscious awareness and a little help along the way, ‘the losties’ can choose to merge the timeline that best fits. Perhaps, this was the significance of Jacob touching each of them. They were ‘key elements’ required in a much larger picture, and he was ensuring their presence and participation; choosing the fate and destiny of mankind and perhaps the world, for reasons we are still unaware. I guess the real question would be is, will they make the right choice and merge the best timeline for a safe and secure future?

I suspect the experiences they will have in Season 6, will provide them with many tough choices and challenges to arrive at their conclusion. The margin for error certainly exists, as do the betrayals of each side pulling them in different directions for a desired outcome. As viewers, we are in for an incredible season that only Lost could provide, in the style that we have become accustomed to. Start your engines and fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a wild and crazy ride with some detours in the road ahead!

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What is our understanding of good and evil? What constitutes an individual being good or evil in our minds, and how do we make that determination? This is highly subjective, based upon our conditioning, moral, spiritual and social beliefs that have been instilled in us from early childhood. It is a matter of perception that is fraught with many gray areas that blur the lines of black and white.

We are a society that views things, in linear fashion. It is black or white, good or evil. However, the truth appears to exist, for the most part, in those areas, which are considered ‘gray’. Nothing epitomizes and highlights this more, than the characters in Lost. We have seen many different dimensions to them, and when we finally meet Jacob and his Nemesis, learn they are an extension of this duality of black and white.

The characters are rich in substance and have enormous depth. Throughout their journey we have seen some of them taking part in good and evil deeds alike. We have made judgements as to which we personally feel, represent good or evil, and who should be redeemed and forgiven, be it right or wrong. How do we really know for certain? How can we really make these assumptions, when we do not even know the criteria, with the exception of what our society and formalized religion has taught us. At the end of the day, are we judged by the sum toll of our actions, or, are we judged by one truly evil deed, or, one heroic act, or, weighed by a combination of both?

Many of us have already decided, that Jacob represents good and his Nemesis represents evil, black or white. Some of us are skeptical. That skepticism comes from the belief that the actions of Jacob or his Nemesis might actually represent the opposite of what we saw and heard, or, that there is some sort of subtleties hidden within the meaning, that could shake our belief system, in true ‘Lost’ style!

Not knowing what Jacob and his Nemesis are really attempting to accomplish, we are left to draw our own conclusions, which may or may not be accurate, based upon the limited information we have thus far, and our own ideals about good or evil, or black and white.

Throughout the seasons, we have been privy to evil acts perpetrated. Because we like ‘the losties’ it is difficult for us to accept that they may in fact be evil people. Having said that, we have seen these same people do things, which could be considered, good deeds, and see how they have merged their own dualistic natures towards a more acceptable, happy medium. We believe they have redeemed themselves.

We have also witnessed Benjamin Linus commit many acts that would have to fall on the side of evil, all the while stating that he was one of ‘the good guys’. The only good deed we ever saw Ben actually do was to save a young Alex from certain death and raise her as his own. However, was this more of what could be defined as a selfish and self-serving act on his part?

In the finale when Ben kills Jacob, was this an act of true evil, or, was it the act of a lonely, frightened, beaten and rejected man, who only saw himself in that moment, as the victim, and was being conned and manipulated by Jacob’s Nemesis?

This all leads us to Jacob and his Nemesis. Which one of them is right? Who is acting on behalf of the betterment of humanity, and who might be acting against it? In order to try and determine this, we must look at the duality of Jacob’s actions and words.

Jacob visited many of our ‘losties’ off of ‘the island’, and the very nature of his visits suggests a ‘duality’ in the meaning of his words/actions. We can surmise, that Jacob was nurturing his army of recruits for a very long time, to ensure they would eventually end up on #815, and that the ’06’ would eventually return to ‘the island’.

Jacob touches a young Kate, and suggests that she will never steal again. But, as we know, Kate did steal again throughout her life, and eventually steals Aaron to raise as her own child. Jacob presents a young Sawyer with a pen, which allows him to finish writing the letter to Anthony Cooper, which spawns his journey of revenge to find the man responsible for his misery, and eventually kill him. He tells Jin & Sun that their love is special and never to take it for granted, which we know they both did.

His visit to Jack, was to impart with him, the words, ‘I guess it just needed a little push’, which Jack takes quite literally. He became a man who pushed his will upon the people and situations surrounding him. It appeared that Jacob may have brought Locke back to life, and all he needed to tell a vulnerable Locke, was that he was sorry for what had happened to him. We know that Jacob knows Ilana, but we don’t know how he knows her, but she is willing to help him, without question.

We then have to consider the ‘later in life’ visits to Sayid and Hurley. Both of them were determined never to return to ‘the island’. Jacob’s visit to Sayid, either allowed for him to be saved from being struck by the same vehicle that hit Nadia, or to take Nadia away from him, so he would be more amenable for revenge, and secure his subsequent return to ‘the island’.

As for Hurley, he believed he must be crazy, and was somehow cursed and responsible for all that had happened, and he deeply missed his friends. Money didn’t make Hurley happy! Jacob was very persuasive in telling him that his supposed curse, and bad luck, and visions of the dead, were instead, a gift. He suggests, that if Hurley returns to ‘the island’, he would be happier amongst his living friends and the ‘dearly departed’.

This raises the question, was it their own ‘free will’ they were exercising, or, was their ‘free will’ being manipulated against them? There is a very fine line between the two. Free will, taken to the extreme, can be evil if it infringes/harms another to their detriment. The art of manipulation can be considered good, as long as it isn’t to selfish extreme or sole benefit.

Jacob was either grooming his army to fight the ‘good fight’ on his behalf, or, he was grooming a group of people, he could march into certain death for whatever desire. Jacob’s final words to his Nemesis were, ‘they are coming’. As Ilana, Bram and company are already present, was he referring to ‘the losties’?

As for Jacob’s Nemesis, was killing Jacob in the name of all that is ‘good’, or was it in the name of all that is ‘evil’? Or, was it a bit of both? I don’t think any of this will become clear until we examine the nature and meaning of duality, which exists in us all.

The translation of Richard’s words to Ilana, regarding ‘what lies in the shadow of the statue’ is, ‘he who shall save/protect us all’. A very dead John Locke currently ‘lies in the shadow of the statue’. Is he the one who will save/protect them all? If so, then from what or from whom, and to what end game?

Are you still certain that you know who or what represents good, evil, and black, white? Or, does the real truth and heart of the matter, actually lie in the areas that are ‘gray’?

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What can be learned about Jacob and/or what motivates him, from the book he was reading when we see John Locke come crashing to the ground, after Anthony Cooper threw him out of the window. He was reading a book written by Flannery O’Connor.

Flannery O’Connor felt deeply informed by the sacramental, and by the ‘Thomist’ (St. Thomas of Aquinas) notion that the created world is charged with God. Yet she would not write apologetic fiction of the kind prevalent in the Catholic literature of the time, explaining that a writer’s meaning must be evident in his or her fiction without didacticism. She wrote ironic, subtly allegorical fiction about deceptively backward Southern characters, usually fundamentalist Protestants, who undergo transformations of character that to O’Connor’s thinking brought them closer to the Catholic mind.

The transformation is often accomplished through pain, violence, and ludicrous behavior in the pursuit of the holy. However grotesque the setting, she tried to portray her characters as they might be touched by divine grace. This ruled out a sentimental understanding of the stories’ violence, as of her own illness.

O’Connor wrote: ‘Grace changes us and change is painful.’ She also had a deeply sardonic sense of humor, often based in the disparity between her characters’ limited perceptions and the awesome fate awaiting them. Another source of humor is frequently found in the attempt of well-meaning liberals to cope with the rural South on their own terms. O’Connor uses such characters’ inability to come to terms with race, poverty, and fundamentalism, other than in sentimental illusions, as an example of the failure of the secular world in the twentieth century.

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When John Locke makes Ben take him to see Jacob in the cabin back in Season 3, and Jacob speaks the words, ‘help me’, we were under the impression that Jacob needed John to help him gain back control of ‘the island’, and/or escape his ‘cabin existence’.

The ‘philosopher’ John Locke had ideas concerning leadership. In his opinion, no one can be destined to be neither a slave nor a leader. Anyone can gain the properties required for leading. However, if one wants to overthrow the current leader and become the new leader, one cannot do this without exterminating the current leader.

John is following the beliefs of the philosopher who bears his namesake! He is going to attempt to kill Jacob. He is following the wants, needs and desires of ‘the island’, for reasons not fully understood by anyone except him. Quite surprising for someone who has claimed ‘the island’, was/is his destiny! He is taking ‘the others’ along, to involve and solidify his leadership in their presence. It would appear, that John Locke’s resurrection from death, has indeed given him newfound purpose, direction and strength.

You might be thinking at this point, that this might mean John is evil, and has untoward intentions. Perhaps, a word of caution should be used before making this leap. John has always held the best interest of ‘the island’ at heart, and has declared ‘his people’, ‘the others’. The question is, will Jacob resist John’s attempt? Let me remind you of Walt’s words to John when they last met. He tells John that he saw him surrounded by people who wanted to kill him! I think this premonition will prove accurate, in more ways than one.

The ‘others’ have never had a leader whose motives were of pure intent, prior to John Locke. They have been led by the likes of Charles Widmore, an evil, greedy man, and Ms. Hawking, a tough-minded woman who had a sudden change of heart, due to her son, Daniel being shot by her own hand in 1977. Following their reign, Benjamin Linus took command of ‘the others’, and lied and manipulated his way as their leader, creating all kinds of havoc on ‘the island’. It would appear that Richard Alpert, advisor to ‘the others’, has less power and insight than initially thought!

It would also appear, that nobody is going to stand in John’s way or disrupt his plans, including Ben & Richard. I would also extend that to ‘the losties’, if they attempt to interfere. What are John’s plans and intentions once he kills Jacob? Are some of ‘the losties’ we’ve grown so fond of, going to oppose him?

Now that we have seen Ms. Hawking’s willingness to obtain assistance from Jack and Sayid, it may shed new light on why later in her life, she changed her perspective and role, to be that of a woman who is on a peaceful mission.

Jack Shephard has tried to ‘fix’ things all of his life. As a Surgeon, he found success, but success in his personal life, eluded him, mainly because he lacked faith. Jack had all of the scientific knowledge and faith in his abilities to heal people, but beyond that, he had little to no faith in anything or anyone. If he couldn’t place a ‘scientific label’ on it, it held no meaning, purpose, or place in his life. He approached these issues with stubbornness.

However, the death of John Locke, a man who was always labeled as crazy, has suddenly begun to resonate with Jack and his newfound declaration of what his destiny is on ‘the island’. Jack hasn’t changed his need to ‘fix’ things, although he has changed his perspective and approach on how he will attempt to ‘fix’ things. Faith, has finally taken hold of Jack Shephard, much in the same way it did for John Locke when he arrived on ‘the island’, and found he was the recipient of a miracle. Jack’s process has been far more gradual, culminating with John’s death and final written words to him.

Everyone initially labeled John as crazy, and now Jack is being labeled in the same manner. In biblical times, Jesus Christ was also labeled as crazy, because he believed in miracles, and spread the word of Christianity. They crucified Jesus because he preached beliefs that were foreign/different to their own. His beliefs challenged their own, and struck fear in their hearts! Therefore, we should exercise caution when applying the same label to Jack. Just because Kate says he is crazy, doesn’t make it so! She also said that about Locke!

Nobody should be surprised by Jack’s sudden change of heart. Given his propensity and desire, want and need to fix things, that if he feels there is a way to change things he will attempt do just that! Nobody is more determined, driven and motivated to succeed than he is. Jack has received the necessary ‘signs’, to finally make him a ‘believer’ in his own destiny.

We now have two people who are following their individual destinies. John Locke and Jack Shephard. Will Jack and John end up serving together eventually, forming an impenetrable force in the name of destiny?

I predicted there would be acts of betrayal, people playing both sides of the fence, and switching sides in this drama, which is unveiling itself. Many people will show where they will fall at the end of the season. We will see who is left standing at this time, and who they will decide to follow, next season.

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We learned in this last episode from Daniel Faraday that he had not given any consideration to the ‘variables’ in his equations, and only focused on the ‘constants’. He tells Jack, that ‘the losties’ are the ‘variables’. What does this mean, how will they be able to use this information, and will they fail or succeed in their quest to prevent ‘the incident’?

An important distinction having to do with the term ‘variable’ is the distinction between an independent and dependent variable. This distinction is particularly relevant when you are investigating cause-effect relationships.

In Probability theory, every possible event has a non-negative real number between zero and one associated to it, the probability, which gives the chance that it happens. If you want to know the probability of two independent events both occurring, for example the probability that it will rain and also that the stock market will go up, you multiply the probability for each event. If there is a 0.3 chance that it will rain and a 0.6 chance that the market will go up, there is a 0.18 chance that both will happen.

In quantum mechanics, alternative ways for the same outcome to arise are said to ‘interfere’ with each other. The possibility of something happening can just as easily be diminished as increased by the fact that it can happen in different ways.

The more ways there are to achieve a singular outcome, the less likely that singular outcome will actually happen.

Essentially, what all of this means is, while it is possible to predict, change and effect outcomes, it is not quite as easy as Daniel explained it, as it is not an exact or a precise science. Failure is just as easy as success! I suspect this is why Ms. Hawking is so nervous for the first time in her life, as she isn’t certain of what will happen. She has fulfilled her role, at calculating and predicting on her end of the equation. The rest is up to ‘the players’ on ‘the board’ now. There are only a few ‘key’ players who don’t seem to be very concerned, and one of them is Benjamin Linus. Always true to form, he is as ‘cool as a cucumber’, under fire. Ben always has a plan!

Consider the following; somebody, whether that person is Ms. Hawking, Ben, Widmore, Richard or Jacob has to know what is going on, or maybe all of them do. Somebody planned for ‘the losties’ to be on Flight #815 in the first place, likely by employing these same calculations. I don’t believe any of this was mere coincidence. If you apply the same logic (the variables) that Daniel is suggesting to ‘the losties’ to prevent ‘the incident’, and apply them to the crash of Flight #815, this could also have been calculated and predicted. You should also consider, that it was likely no coincidence that after the FDW was turned and ‘the island’ began skipping through time, that they arrived and settled into 1974. I have long thought, that ‘the losties’ are mere pawns on a chessboard, being manipulated to serve some greater purpose, presently unknown to us.

Because of the complexity of accurately predicting a desired outcome, it is quite possible that ‘the losties’ may fail in their attempts to prevent ‘the incident’. However, this does not preclude another attempt to achieve an outcome that may be less desirable, but still effective.

For instance, we know that pushing the button in the Swan Station worked. That is, until Desmond failed to enter the numbers, on that fateful day. If that event could be altered, so Desmond was in the Swan Station to push the button on time, Flight #815, would not crash. An alternative method could then be employed, to ensure the button would always be pushed on time. Perhaps, if ‘the incident’ fails, this might be their next plan.

I am not suggesting this is how it will play out, only that there are other options available if they do fail. I personally don’t know what to anticipate, but I don’t expect that whatever action they take, it will come easy, or without a hefty price. I expect many twists and turns ahead. They are way out of their element, and in over their heads.

We should be prepared for anything to happen from this point on. Who knows, maybe the FDW might get turned again, so they can take another ‘run’ at it. Turning back the ‘hands of time’ on Lost, isn’t news to us. You know what they say, ‘if, at first you don’t succeed”’

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We haven’t learned very much about the elusive Ms. Hawking, or, what her present day mission is, or whom she presently works for. We know that in her younger years on ‘the island’ she was known by the name Ellie, and was a gun-toting, no-nonsense woman, and a member of ‘the others’, and that she was somewhat of a force to be reckoned with.

We first see young Ellie when ‘the island’ flashes to 1954, and get a sense of her. We know that at some point, she and the young Charles Widmore eventually hook-up, not only as leaders of ‘the others’, but as a couple.

It is widely believed that the son she bore, (Daniel Faraday), was fathered by Charles Widmore. We know that Charles was eventually banished from ‘the island’ by Ben for fathering another child with a woman off-island.

Eloise Hawking eventually leaves ‘the island’, but we don’t know under what circumstances, or why. We also don’t know what relationship, if any, she has maintained with Charles Widmore. Given her strong character, she might be at odds with him. We also don’t know if Ms. Hawking remained a ‘true other’ on the outside world, or if, her alliance shifted elsewhere.

Charles Widmore was desperately attempting to find a way back to ‘the island’, but it would appear, that Ms. Hawking was unwilling or unable to assist him. The writers have referred to Ms. Hawking as some sort of ‘temporal policeman’ in place to make sure that everybody who is supposed to get to ‘the island’ does. They say, this is related to the grand scale of Fate versus Free will.

Ms. Hawking was present in Desmond’s ‘conscience flash’, and taught him about how the Universe self-corrects. We get a sense, that Ms. Hawking has some kind of unique power or spiritual wisdom.

The next time we see her it is in the basement of a church, where she is calculating how and when the ’06’ can best make their return to ‘the island’. We are not clear, what her present interest in ‘the island’ is, nor what her current motives are.

Perhaps, we can learn something from the two pieces of jewelry we have seen her wear. The first is the Ouroboros worn when she encounters Desmond in the Jewelry Store.

The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly recreating itself, the eternal return and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end.

The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. The Ouroboros has been said to have a meaning of infinity or wholeness. In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself.

The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the SHADOW. This ‘feed-back’ process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes ‘The One’, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima material, which unquestionably stems from man’s unconscious.

When we see Ms. Hawking again, she is wearing a pendant called a Vajra. The Vajra is believed to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power. The Vajra destroys all kinds of ignorance, and it is indestructible. In tantric rituals the Vajra symbolizes the male principle, which represents method in the right hand, and the Bell symbolizes the female principle, which is held in the left. Their interaction leads to enlightenment. When worn as a pendant, it reminds the wearer, and the viewer, of the supreme indestructibility of knowledge.

Based upon the two pieces of jewelry, it appears that she is a woman with deep spiritual beliefs. It is hard to fathom, that she would represent anything but goodness, in this whole story. And, if I had to take a guess, I bet Ms. Hawking knows ‘what lies in the shadow of the statue’.

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AES just reminded me of a statement made by young Eloise Hawking to her son Daniel Faraday in 1954, during the scene in Jughead.

She says; “You just couldn’t stay away, could you”?

Richard Alpert was not aware of John Locke or anyone else for that matter in 1954. This was his first time meeting John Locke, and based upon their conversation, the reason why he pursues John throughout the course of his life.

So how do we explain Ellie’s obvious knowledge of Daniel’s life, to have made this strange statement in 1954?

Have I missed something logical?

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We find out from Bram in this episode, that he and Ilana do not work for Charles Widmore. We also find out, that anyone who knows ‘what lies in the shadow of the statue’, will know the many mysteries and secrets to ‘the island’ and gain insight into themselves.

This is quite similar and reminiscent of The Great Sphinx of Giza. There has been a search for the Hall of Records at the Great Sphinx. There is a chamber or passage supposedly located in the right forepaw, which is said to contain the records of the lost civilization of Atlantis and vital information and secrets to the world, a vault containing the ancient records of the earth.

Groups such as The Illuminati, The Freemasons, Skull & Bones, etc., hoping to gain access to these secrets, are giving it their respective attention and focus, and perhaps their resources, into discovering The Hall of Records. Their foundations are based upon ancient Egyptian beliefs.
I believe this is similar, in theory, to ‘the foot’ of the statue. The secrets to ‘the islands’ many mysteries, origins and perhaps civilization itself, lie within ‘the shadow of the statue’. It would appear that this knowledge is only available to those who are not on the side of Charles Widmore, but members of another organization.

I had speculated previously that I believe Ilana and Bram work for the one and only Benjamin Linus. I have stated many times that one should not underestimate the power of Ben, nor should anyone discount his alliances, nor his betrayals. He has an evil side to him, but I have to think that he is a better man than his nemesis, Charles Widmore.

I think we can also safely assume that the old members of the Dharma Initiative were ripe with corruption. In fact, I now believe that Dharma was a ‘government front’ all along, as opposed to being a bunch of ‘peace loving hippies’, wanting to live out their existence on ‘the island’. They were there, along with all of their scientists to pluck ‘the island’, of all its worth! There is certainly nothing very peaceful about that.
Considering, that the government during the 1970’s behind closed doors was conducting a variety of ‘secret programs’ in the name of research, Dharma may in fact have been one of those programs. While there may have been some legitimate and unsuspecting members of Dharma, the ‘hidden agenda’ of the powers behind these programs, existed. Kelvin Inman, a former military man, and a former spy of ten years, was recruited by Dharma, sometime before ‘the purge’ to man the Swan Station. Why did Dharma select a military man for this post? It was just pushing a button, right?

Something very strange has been going on since 1954 on this island, and it is still not easily or readily defined who represents what or why. I don’t know who will ultimately end up on the side of what is truly good for ‘the island’, but if Bram’s words to Miles were any indication of which side he stands on, then consider what he says. He asks Miles, ‘don’t you want to know who you are, and why you have these abilities, what makes you special, etc’? It certainly sounds sincere, but’.

Could this be another ‘con’ by a newly founded, more sophisticated Dharma group, who is neither aligned with the old Dharma group, Charles Widmore or Richard and ‘the others’? Has another alliance been formed?

Consider this old saying, ‘there are three sides to every story’. And, somewhere within, lies the truth!

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As you will recall, when young Ben breaks Sayid out of the Dharmaville jail, he does so, with the use of Daddy Roger’s keys, that he pocketed from him.

When the question was posed, as to who had keys to the jail, it was stated that Roger and the ‘new guy’, Jack were the only ones who had keys.

Given Kate’s lack of discretion, having a conversation with Roger about young Ben, made Roger very paranoid and caused him to question her interest in his son. Unfortunately, our dear Doctor aka ‘Janitor Jack’ once again decides to cover Kate’s backside, by telling Roger he is friends with her, and vouches for her concern. Their fate in Dharmaville has now been cast.

When Daddy Roger shares these conversations with Horace, he is going to put it all together, that Kate and Jack, are perhaps spies who have infiltrated their group. This will jeopardize their future and safety in Dharmaville. The party is over. Cheers, Jack and Kate. Bang up job so far!

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It should come as no great shock that Ben kills Cesar the first chance he gets. I suspect that Cesar may have been hired by Charles Widmore, and may also have been the man watching Sayid. Ben may or may not have known this as fact, but when Cesar tells Locke that he is in charge, and not to take one of the boats, Ben kills him.

You will recall, that one of the first things Cesar does, while searching Ben’s office was to take the gun and lie about that to Ilana by telling her it was a flashlight!

This was totally premeditated on Ben’s behalf. He makes Cesar think that Locke should not be trusted. And, while Cesar is looking the other way, Ben does what Ben does best. He steals the gun from him. And, the first opportunity he gets, he kills Cesar!

Now this may seem like some isolated or random incident, however, you would be wrong to think that. Ben could have easily got the boat away from Cesar, by wounding him or injuring him. The real reason he kills Cesar is to get him out of Ilana’s way!

Ben and Ilana exchanged a very knowing glance. There were no words spoken, it was just a glance. A ‘telling’ glance! This told me that Ben knows who she is and why she is there. Ben hired Ilana to arrange for Sayid to be falsely arrested, so he could be placed on board of #316. Ben knew that he would have no chance of getting any cooperation from Sayid, and he was needed to make the trip back to ‘the island’ complete. So, the story Ilana gave about Sayid being arrested at the murdered man’s family’s request is a complete fabrication.

Ilana and her men have guns, and by the looks of it, a lot of them! Guns, that they fully intend to use. They have also developed a ‘code word’ to identify anyone else that is ‘with them’, so to speak. We learned this very quickly when Frank Lapidus couldn’t respond to her code. This would definitely not be Charles Widmore, as he has nobody really left on ‘the island’ that would be on his side within ‘the others’ that would be willing to help him.

The only people Charles Widmore might presently have on his side, that are present on ‘the island’ are Daniel Faraday and Miles Straume. Either one or both of these men, are ‘sleepers’, waiting to move into action once they receive ‘the call’. They may have somebody else that is on ‘the island’ who will turn traitor. Somebody who will receive a message from the future that will convince them, they need to betray their present situation.

Ben is no fool, and if I had to put my money on him or Widmore, I will choose Ben as being the smarter one between the two men, any day. Ben knew when ‘the freighter’ was coming, and count on the fact he also knew in advance what to prepare for, from Charles Widmore this time around. Ben means business and is totally prepared to fend off any attack from Charles Widmore. This time, it would appear that it is Ben who is well armed!

After all, Ben always has a plan!

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Richard Alpert tells Sawyer and Kate, that he can save young Ben if he takes him to the temple, but that young Ben, will have no memory of the events, and ‘his innocence’ will be forever lost. Let’s explore this loss of innocence, and its possible origins.

To understand Richard Alpert is, to first know who Richard is, and from whence he came. But, all we know is that he appears not to age, and he also does NOT answer to any ‘man’, nor does he appear to answer to the almighty ‘Jacob’.

The ‘Temple’ is reminiscent of the ancient ‘temples’ of Egypt. I view Richard Alpert as a ‘High Priest’, of sorts who appears to wield a lot of power within ‘the others’ group. Regardless of whoever has been the so-called leader, past, present or future, Richard has ultimately always been ‘calling the shots’ when it comes right down to it, and clearly answers to a ‘higher power’ on ‘the island’, that still remains unseen. The Smoke Monster, aka Cerebus, is purported to be the Guardian of the Underworld.

Ancient priests used a variety of methods of healing, including elixirs, astronomy and magic. I believe young Ben will be physically healed and forever transformed by the healing ceremony and ritual he is about to undergo.

The ‘Eye of Horus’ is associated with both the Egyptian God Horus and his father Osiris. The ‘Eye of Horus’ conveys the idea of the ‘All seeing Eye’. The end set before the Egyptian neophyte was illumination, which is to be ‘brought to light’. The Religion of Egypt was the Religion of the Light. This is the ceremonial ritual that young Ben will go through, and how his innocence will be lost.

One particular aspect that speaks directly to ‘the loss of innocence’ from the bible is, the story of Adam & Eve. The Serpent promised Adam & Eve that their eyes would ‘be opened’ if they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The key word in this passage is ‘eyes’, which in Hebrew can be translated ‘knowledge.’ Opened can be translated ‘broadened.’ What the Serpent promised Adam & Eve was that their knowledge would be broadened if they ate of the forbidden fruit. But the most foreboding aspect of this passage emerges from the fact that the Hebrew word for ‘eyes’ is not plural, but singular. What the Serpent actually told Adam & Eve was that their ‘eye’ would be broadened by knowledge. The ‘eye’ that the Bible wants us to consider is not the physical organ of sight, but the ‘eye’ of the mind or the soul. This singular ‘eye’ is called the ‘third eye’ of clairvoyance in the Hindu religion, the ‘eye’ of Osiris in Egypt, and the ‘All Seeing Eye’ in Freemasonry and the Illuminati. The ‘All Seeing Eye’ is one of the oldest hieroglyphics of the Deity. The triangle also is a cabalistic symbol of the most remote antiquity.

The last time we saw Ms. Hawking, it was in the basement of a church, assisting the ’06’ with their return to ‘the island’. What exactly does our Ms. Hawking have to do with the church and why is she allowed to operate in such secrecy within its walls? What are Ms. Hawking’s connections to Brother Campbell? There are undeniable religious undertones present throughout the story line in Lost, but we have been unable to connect the dots.

Ben has Sayid kill some of the associates of Charles Widmore on the outside world. These men appeared to be as wealthy and as powerful as Widmore. The question is, who are/were these men, and what did/do any of them have to do with ‘the island’? Why are so many people on the outside world, interested in ‘the island’?
This is where ‘Secret Societies’ and modern day beliefs enter into the picture. Many modern groups, though not related, claim to be offshoots of the original so-called Mystery Religion. They all carry the same symbols, such as the ‘All Seeing Eye’, and believe in the same so-called Secret Doctrine. The ‘All Seeing Eye’, is an important symbol within Freemasonry and Rosicrucian traditions.
We know these ‘secret societies’ exist. In fact, a few of our nations leaders were and are members of them. Evidence of their modern day beliefs can even be found on US currency. On the reverse of the US Great Seal is an unfinished pyramid to represent human society itself, imperfect and incomplete. Above, floats the symbol of the esoteric orders, the radiant triangle with its ‘all seeing eye’.

There is only one possible origin for these symbols, and that is the ‘secret societies’. The symbol may represent a god, but it is not the God of the Bible. It is a human eye indicating that man is god!

I suspect we will learn more about the very nature of ‘the others’ belief system, and who may stand in opposition of it and who is supporting it, for reasons that are fairly obvious. The ‘island’ is the very essence of ‘power’ and life/death/re-birth itself. Was Dharma a ‘front’ for one of these societies, or something completely different? Somebody on ‘the island’ gave Dharma permission to inhabit and explore ‘the island’ and a truce was negotiated. Could their now be a ‘Secret Society’/Government involvement, that threatens ‘the island’ and perhaps the world?

Regardless of the time travel issues, and all of the many mysteries we have been privy to, something larger is at hand. I doubt anyone could deny this. We have witnessed a miracle! John Locke has been resurrected on ‘the island’. How could this not have any religious undertones or divine meaning?

The Holy Trinity represents God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The Unholy Trinity represents Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet. White vs. Black, Light vs. Dark. Sound familiar?

AES is correct when he speaks about Lost focusing on the children, and they are ‘blank slates’, the ‘tabula rasas’. Claire did not want Kate to bring Aaron back to ‘the island’. Perhaps, she was trying to protect Aaron’s loss of innocence. The children are the only true ‘innocents’ and perhaps the way of the future. They are worth protecting at all cost.

I leave you with the following quote by Mark Twain:

The common eye sees only the outside of things,
and judges by that, but the ‘all seeing eye’ pierces
through, and reads the heart and the soul, finding
there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or
promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.

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