INTRODUCTION By Tzo–Nah
Copyright © 1974 – 2018. The Tzó-Nah Fund.
Tzo–Nah is a very old word in the Uto–Aztecian language that means "sound Being" or "sound One," or "first sound." In this world there are many voices, many different sounds, all moving toward and away from truth. If they were to come together in one statement, one sound, they would speak of the original truth or the First Sound.
I am an American Indian from Southeastern Idaho. For thirteen years, I was a student of Joseph Paradise. Joseph Paradise is a spirit who speaks through Henry Paradise, an American Indian man from a brother–tribe to my own. I know it is peculiar to say my teacher is a spirit, an intangible entity, but that is the truth. The spirit or the spirit world has long been acknowledged by the people I come from. American Indian people pray to the spirit in all things. The message in this book, however, is not American Indian spirituality as it is practiced by American Indians today. The idea of the spirit as an intangible, intelligent entity in all things is very ancient. The spirit has been known by many names in as many different cultures. Joseph equates the word spirit with the word God but not the one God of Christianity as it is understood today. Joseph is Henry's personal god or spirit residing in Henry's subconscious part as an intangible, intelligent entity speaking through Henry.
In the text of this book, I do not capitalize the word God except, as God is understood by mainstream religions as one God. All other non–capitalized references to god are the personal gods or spirits that live within all humankind. The words spirit and God have different reference points for each person. In this book, god and spirit are used interchangeably as are the words subconscious mind, god–mind, spirit–mind, spirit–soul, and spirit being. All these words refer to the intelligence of the whole true God spoken of in Christianity but not necessarily God as He is understood by Christianity. Joseph, as Henry's spirit or god, distinguishes Christianity's God as the sum of the personal gods or spirits as One Whole God.
Joseph defines the spirit or god as a vibratory thought carried on light coming from out in the universe. The thought vibration is engraved into the atoms in our earth's atmosphere, the same atoms we eat, drink and breathe, that eventually form the human construction. This intelligent vibratory thought, or the Word, is deposited in the human subconscious. The Word is the intelligent spirit we all carry within us that creates us and stays with us each moment of our lives. In Henry's case, Henry's spirit or personal god has a name, Joseph. Joseph has come "open" to Henry's human consciousness and speaks to and through him.
In Chapter 1, you will read Henry's story. He gives a short biography on who he is and then he begins to tell you how he came to “open” to his spirit or god. Henry feels great inner despair and grief over the stance the United States Government holds toward the American Indian. He is sad and at a low point when he begins to pray to the rocks on the mountain he is laboring to obtain stone for his work as a stonemason. He asks for wisdom–knowledge. Henry comes down from the mountains and begins a mission he is unaware will deliver him to “open” to his subconscious mind, his spirit–soul or his god, Joseph.
The “command mission” Henry undertakes is a trial–test and tribulation urged upon by his spirit–soul. Henry's physical body, through the emotions and fears, puts him in a trance state he calls “lucified” for Lucifer or the Devil. This struggle between good and evil, or the positive and negative energies in all humans, is the test Henry goes through to open to his god, Joseph. Henry's god and Henry's devil, or his emotions and fears, test him until, in despair, he throws himself in front of a car and dies. After death, Joseph brings Henry back to life. Henry returning to life and Joseph subsequent "arising" to Henry's consciousness is called the resurrection. The resurrection of the spirit from its grave in the subconscious is the hallmark of the Judgement Day people speak of but never truly understand. The dialogue of Henry's trial–test and tribulation is in Appendix I.
Joseph's message is notice to those who are being commanded by the devil or the negative emotions and fears that is resulting in the poison destroying our societies' peace and goodwill. Your spirit is the judge living in your subconscious recording all you do each moment of your life. Joseph tells us the trial–test and tribulation of Henry is an illustration of how the spirit–soul will arise in all humankind. Before the spirit in you awakens, he will judge you as a human. Joseph explains his resurrection, as Henry's spirit–soul, comes early to warn of the impending destruction of the earth's people. Joseph comes to offer hope to passover the judgement coming.
Before Henry and Joseph's resurrections, Henry builds seven fireplaces in three states: Nevada, Idaho and Utah. The seventh fireplace is a fireplace tablet with numbers and measurements. The measurements of the fireplace tablet contain a blueprint of the human makeup that represents both the intangible spirit and physical body. The fireplace tablet with its numbers and measurements is a symbolic message from the spirit world about the creation of all things, living and inanimate. I provide the measurements of the fireplace tablet in Appendix II. I cannot provide an explanation for the measurements. Joseph strictly advised that the complete understanding of the fireplace tablet would not be forthcoming until humankind lived the four laws. These four laws were delivered to humankind at a very early period in history and they are to not violate your fellow human, to give, to forgive and to communicate with your god.
The laws of nature restoring us to our natural state are tenants in all religions and faiths. The simply stated rules of do not violate your fellow human, to give and forgive are very difficult to adhere to given the nature of our human selves. As humans, we are very excitable. Without a connection to our god, we are helpless. It is this connection to god we must achieve to get to the intelligence and wisdom within each of us. Understanding our human makeup as both physical body and spirit, or the devil and god, are the key elements in understanding our neighbor. When we understand ourselves as both god and the devil, we will understand our neighbor and his folly so forgiveness can take place by giving. By controlling the impulses of our physical body or our negative emotions and fears, the positive realm of our spiritual nature will come through giving us the gifts of its potentials that really is our gift to our fellow human.
Joseph outlines four senses beyond the five we all know about. He speaks of a sixth and seventh sense. The sixth sense is instinctual fear in the human and is the same fear found in the animal kingdom. The sixth sense is a form of protection when used at its best. When used at its worst, it is the capacity in humans to behave like animals. The seventh sense, defined as the emotions, is both positive and negative. The positive emotions belong to our god and god is our conscience. The negative emotions are the devilment generated by the chemicals and acids in our bodies. When we, as humans, are in a negative state of emotion, the chemicals and acids in our body prevail and we become violent. When the negative emotions combine with fear in the human, we have the proverbial Devil and the downfall of humankind.
Joseph further promotes an eighth and ninth sense as the doorway to our spiritual nature where our positive thoughts and potentials are born. The eighth and ninth sense belong to god. The eighth sense is at the solar plexus and is a receiving device operated remotely by the spirit. It is a gateway to other dimensions known only by the spirit. The solar plexus, connected to all our vital points in the body, is only accessed when our spirit or god chooses to do so. The ninth sense is the “trigger” of our thoughts and is the god in you, or the subconscious mind. The human mind is a small image of the subconscious mind and is the balancing point between the emotions and fears of the body and the positive thoughts and potentials of our god.
The understanding of the spiritual nature of humankind was given twenty thousand years ago to the American Indian ancestors at their origin point along the Amazon River. Ten to twelve thousand years ago, people were judged for their violations of the four laws which are to not violate your fellow human, to give, to forgive and to communicate with your god. The punishment was the great flood referred to as Noah's Ark in the Bible. According to Joseph, there was a great flood but the devastation of the human population and other breathing animals was done through asphyxiation caused by the slowing down of the rotation of the earth and a partial reversal of the cardinal points, North, South, East and West. The oxygen in the air was depleted and people choked to death. Some people moved before the great flood who later become the Phoenicians. The surviving remnants of the original people on the South and North American continents become the Inca, Maya and Aztec and later still the American Indian.
Over humankind's long journey through historic time, we have forgotten, misremembered and misinterpreted the information received from God at a very early time. We have understood the golden rules given us, but we have not understood the type of science God is nor how we are connected to Him in our physical construction. Joseph’s message is timely and is one of scientific inquiry. Our current science has been honed by the human mind through inspiration from the spirit side. Yet, we do not have the wisdom to keep our inventions from destroying the environment and ultimately ourselves. Our human mind has given us knowledge but without wisdom, knowledge is a loaded gun in the hands of a child.
Science has quantified the intangible world of the atom but the science of the spirit or God is missing in our theories, calculations and measurements. Religions do not substantively define God although they speak of God in many ways. Joseph's message is the science of God, for if we could understand God, we would then have a grasp of a very high science, the science that is not only God's toolbox, but the very essence of God. The spirit is an intangible entity of the smallest form, so slight, that it is a mere whisper, a tiny vibration of intelligent thought carried on light. This whisper is a word command deposited in the human subconscious where it is reflecting on to our human mind. The type of science Joseph refers to and is, is not known at the present.
This book is a challenge to people to understand what God is, where God is, where the Devil is, how we can communicate with God and how we can reveal the devilment in our fears and emotions so they can be controlled. We are being judged from within by the spirit world for our treatment of our fellow humans, especially our treatment of the poor and minority. We have gone away from the regard for our neighbor as an important ingredient to our own happiness. Our lack of trust in our fellow humans has paralyzed our ability to access our potential to help ourselves. Without communication with our personal god we are lost and left to our human mind directed by our emotions and fears, or the devil. Joseph's asks us to go within ourselves for truth and to the wisdom each of us carries by living the natural laws of not violating our fellow humans, giving, forgiving and communicating with god, an intelligent Being, a spirit Being, living within each one of us.
Henry Paradise died in March 1987, thirteen years after Joseph became "open" to Henry. I was not well acquainted with Henry the man as much as I was Joseph's student. Henry and I shared a heritage and culture that was a familiar bond but we were not contemporaries. Those of us who knew Henry did so with great affection as he, in his simplicity, was a humbling person. Henry was an uneducated, poor man. He was very fond of good food and enjoyed sitting in the kitchen on any afternoon while dinner was being prepared. It was at these times, he relaxed and there was time to update ourselves on people we knew in common. After these exchanges and food had been served and eaten, Henry would turn the conversation over to Joseph. Over the thirteen years I knew Henry, I taped the dialogues of Joseph as he spoke to others and myself. The text in this book is a very compressed and extensively edited version of Joseph's dialogues.
The book is presented with Henry and then primarily Joseph, as the speakers. English was Henry's second language and he was uneducated so he spoke a type of Pidgin English. I did not have trouble understanding Henry's way of speaking as I had been raised around American Indian people who similarly spoke English as a second language. My father was a self–educated man dedicated to the legal rights of his people. He took a great interest in the subtle nuances of the English language especially as it applied to legal documents. His interest in words carried over to everyday English. My father did not ordinarily speak Pidgin English, although he could lapse into it at times. For instance, he would say in Pidgin English, "you cook me," which meant, "you cook for me." He would find great delight in the literal interpretation as opposed to the meaning intended. Henry spoke in much the same way my father did. When Joseph spoke through Henry, the fluency of English was greater although Henry sometimes stumbled over unfamiliar words.
Joseph spoke using Henry's limited vocabulary and education providing a basis for sophisticated thoughts and ideas. Henry's lack of education is prominent in many instances where Joseph uses Henry's knowledge base to explain scientific concepts. For instance in Chapter IV, The Creation, Joseph presents an idea that the speed of the earth's rotation determines the physical characteristics any species might have but more particularly the physical characteristics the human exhibits. Joseph is referring to the tiny world of the atom and the creation of the human when he says, "Its spin is a little smaller than the friction statement of the earth’s movement into the twenty–four hour's time to draw its growth. The earth spins at twenty–five thousand miles an hour. Your five appendages, your five fingers and toes are regulated by the speed of the earth." I am not a scientist but I do not think the earth spins at 25,000 miles an hour. However, it is a fact that the equatorial radius of the earth approximates 25,000 miles and for a complete revolution it takes 24 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. Joseph's contention is that the speed the earth spins on its axis determines the type of human we are with five appendages, five fingers and five toes on each hand and foot. The assumption Joseph makes is that if the earth were to spin faster or slower, we would have a different type of physical makeup as would each and every other species on earth.
Joseph frequently spoke using mathematical statements from the fireplace tablet's measurements. The number five in the fireplace tablet drawing is taken from the five foot measurement from the bottom of the hearth to the top of the mantle. The creation, or more specifically humankind, was referred to by Joseph as five times five (which is 25) or five squared (also 25). This number 25 corresponds to the "spin of the earth" or the 25,000 miles an hour phrase he quotes. I do not understand how or why the rotational speed of the earth could affect our species or any other species on a subatomic level. However, I leave Joseph's words intact verbatim. I have not tried to make Henry–Joseph's statements fit the facts as we might know them. Joseph said he would have to talk with scientists to have knowledge of their phraseology to use words they could understand. Much of Joseph's words on the science of God were very old words that have no common meaning in our language of today.
Henry often broke the line of communication from Joseph by interjecting his own human thoughts. I have left many of these utterances in the text as I believe they lend themselves to Henry's personality. Henry's vocal tones and Henry –Joseph's vocal tones together, were to me unique from one another. I could hear the difference, that is, the pace and hence the voice changed like an old 78 record. The distinction between Henry's voice and Henry–Joseph's combined voice was very slight and something I always thought was due to how fast Henry–Joseph spoke. Joseph spoke quickly, continuously and without a script for very long periods of time. Henry on the other hand, spoke relatively slow, paused frequently and did not maintain speaking for appreciable amounts of time. I have tried on occasion to speak as rapidly as Henry–Joseph. I found that my human brain cannot arrange thoughts coherently to make any sense not to mention that I cannot think of much to say on the spot. Certainly, I cannot speak for the one to two hour periods Henry–Joseph maintained as a continuous dialogue at any given time.
Joseph did not speak in a linear fashion. His statements had no beginning and no end and could cover all things at once. As author of this book, I give context and a logical presentation to Henry–Joseph's statements. The resulting book is a course of study. For many readers, this book will have to be reread several times to come to a good understanding. Speaking for myself, I understood Henry–Joseph from a very basic place. I have understood the spirit as coming from within and have given myself to its lead. Joseph made the comment that the spirit within already knows he is there even though he is not conscious to you. The spirit responds to you, to your thoughts, and to your conscious acknowledgment of him as an intelligent being. I acknowledge the spirit within and with the commitment of my human self have served as a conscientious filter for Joseph's words in the making of this book.
Pgs. VII - XVIII, I AM JOSEPH, THE INSTRUCTION, edited.
1. Do not violate (hurt or harm) your fellow humans. 2. Give your blessings, thanks, and praise to your fellow humans. 3. Forgive. To live in peace, forgiveness has to occur. 4. Communicate with your spirit/soul (within each of you).