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A Conversation with Betty Clark

Betty Clark
Excepting a love of stories and mythology, I don't think Betty Clark and I could be more different. I met her after she posted some numerologically-soaked end-of-the-world predictions on a facebook page I have been known to frequent and offer my own skeptical rebuttals. She liked my picture book site, though, and let me know.

I thought I'd have a go at picking her brain.

Hold on. It's a wild ride.

Do children's stories foretell the end of the world?

In the global archetypes branded upon civilizations as "mapping" - aka genetic memory - childhood stories are based on oral folklore in every culture. Understanding that creates a life, death, resurrection theme in all global teachings, passed down from parent to child.

Alice down the rabbit hole is a burial scene, her journey through Wonderland is her survival. Also, Dorothy from Oz, confirming there is no place like home.

The Native American perspective surrounds the child with death, rebirth and the seven fires of the world's ending, to bring about cleansing, to allow a new world.

The answer to your question, simply, is, "Yes."

Goodnight Moon

Do all stories have hidden meanings? What of a story as seemingly innocent as, say, Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown?

The "goodnight" to all things and to nobody is a New Age way to suggest a god, in place of actually saying 'god.' It has a covert premise, suggesting that a "goodnight" is a death, an ending versus a normal sleep.

The truth of the author's hidden message is the image of the red balloon in the story. This object is the primal fears floating over the sleeper. The remainder of all the 'missed' forgotten items that did not get said "goodnight" to.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Wow. What about, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff?

If an adult told me they considered this plot an expression of their archetypal selection of characters they identify with, I would use the iconic image of the mouse holding the crayon to write his name. I would ask the adult why the mouse selected a green crayon.

Okay, why did the mouse select the green crayon?

In primary colors, green is neutral. It is a mid-range balance. The selection of the green crayon by the teacher mouse to train the student is suggesting that the author of the story is rooted in moderate opinions, neither liberal nor conservative. Green you are growing, ripe (red) you are rotten (ole say'n). Green grass, trees, frame the scenes of nature so other colors have an opportunity to stand out and become noticed.

What was your childhood like?

I had a near death drowning at age nine. Previous to that angelic experience, I had a guardian angel I named Dawn.

Dawn was an actual entity?

Dawn was my guardian angel. The term 'entity' is applied to ghosts (which are unsaved souls stolen by demons).

By first grade, my family was sick of my talk of Dawn, so I was told by my mother that Dawn could not come to the dinner table anymore, and that it was time to say goodbye to her.

The Three Little Pigs

And when did you first become interested in the hidden meanings of stories?

Archetypes (codes/patterns/parallels) within global religion really became a serious hobby in 2005, but since 1999, a dream instruction boosted my desire to assemble the puzzle.

I started evaluating patterns, parallels and secular images globally. These years of my research have involved codes, encryptions, pictograms and engravings.

What I believe is that the foundational characters in childhood stories blend into concept principles of secular standards about life, ancestry and moral choices. I believe that archetypal characters exist in the human global brain memory. It is called ancestral memory mapping.

For example, it is my belief that Victorian nursery rhymes are nothing more than ancient global expressions, that became pictorial morality stories revamped and/or re-packaged.

By cross-referencing Hebrew totem clan material - the Benjamin Wolf clan, as an example - the parallel in the Native American Cherokee - whose Wolf Clan name is Aniwahya or Aniwaya - is interesting, because the migration of the Amerindians from Israel seeded the Benjaminites into North America via Cherokee bloodlines.

The continuance of the wolf theme to express anti-Semitic morality codes is best known in The Three Little Pigs. Pork is not part of a kosher diet, however the Wolf eats Pig One and Pig Two, and the story concludes with the redemption of Pig Three.

Pig Three then eats the Wolf. This exchange of ingestive actions sets a moral code to the reader. That code is branding the carnal mind to become adequate to withstand the temptation, or challenge. If you are not adequate, and your home is straw or wood, you will be defeated.

So, in this case the Wolf (trickster) is the archetypal figure who trespasses a kosher diet and Pig Three (aka, Greek/Gentile) outsmarts him. The brick house cannot be penetrated, so the Wolf uses the chimney. The roof is a code for above earthy thinking (heavenly) and the chimney distributes the Wolf into the Pig's cauldron (Hades).

And why three pigs and not two pigs? Because '3' in Hebrew is a survival code. The story shows us that making two bad choices can cause the Next Event to destroy us. Breaking rules will cost you your life.

Digging into stories like this seems almost sinister.

It's just like a renaissance artist commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church to spend years impregnating walls with images approved in their dogmatic creeds, so that the artist distorted (adjusted) their thoughts or beliefs in encrypted musings integrated into wall murals.

The underbelly of folklore and storytelling was to iron brand our learning curve, to jump-start an agenda about historical/political/religious unrest/debate. Even Lewis Carroll was injecting symbolic disgruntals in his Alice writings.

Inland Empire

Have you ever seen the David Lynch film, "Inland Empire?"

I have not. But the reason you are pointing me to this film is not my mention of the rabbits from Alice in Wonderland (which I have written about many times as an illuminati plot device), but because you are a voyeur with S&M fantasies.

Come again?

The director of this film picked Laura Dern for the star role, due to her father, Bruce Dern, who played in the former Tattoo voyeur film years ago. This urge to witness others in pain, distress, is caused by a demonic entity that has captured secular thinking.

I just asked because it reminds me of some of these things you're talking about. It's a complicated film filled with strange symbolism, as all Lynch films are. My own theory about its plot involves the rabbits representing what you refer to as archetypical characters, and how their disjointed narrative eventually spirals into larger disjointed narratives the further one gets from the source.

Your conjecture is true. Some people go mad as they engage archetypes, due to certain demonic control using these images to create a delusional reality.

The film is about a movie script which is cursed, and which is apparently based on an old folk tale. One of the actors of the film-within-a-film, played by Laura Dern, goes insane during its production and enters this strange labyrinth. At the center of it are these rabbits whose dialogue seems non-sensical.

My thinking was, what if in some meta-reality, the big bad wolf and the three pigs, for example, actually exist, but they're insane, and now, in our reality, any attempt to recreate the story of the three little pigs likewise results in madness for all involved?

Yes, this is powerful and true. Many have explored this and ended up as cases of murder/suicide.

I was interviewed by the Psy-Detective Show, a branch of CourtTV. I get precognitive information about cold case files and I submit info that sometimes re-opens cases and solves mysteries. I also worked on a precognitive case from TV show, Unsolved Mysteries. I have experienced the mind of both the killer and the victim.

In the serial killer's mind, they destroy what they hate in themselves by murdering the thing they hate. These people use archetypal characters to separate normal day-to-day routine from wishful thinking. Boredom, disappointment, failures, etc. causes people to create images toward which they can aspire.

Like your website. If you're not cautious, you could be staging your own suicide, by seeking approval from people (including me) that injure your ego.

Or, I might accidentally not demonstrate respectful appreciation for your site, then under the stress, you might kill off the storybook characters to cause your foundation to be unstable.

What's true is that an individual soul sets up an image in their mind, that can become a focus, an obsession. That image in its purest form may be harmless, however when an image becomes a personal archetypal branding with desires to dress like that image, or talk like that image or - as many artists that write about characters will tell you, if they are not liars - that certain images become fetishes, if the artist is unstable.

Inland Empire

Do you think the website is a positive thing, or a dangerous thing?

It promotes stories. It is harmless. But it is true, when secular thinkers get attachments to a character's image, and that image is killed off, the weak-minded may become depressed. It's like Tony Soprano living on, even though the actor in real life died. That is a reversed example.

Also, to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, to feel their struggles can become an 'empathy' burden. Hero complexes to retrieve the lost dog. I am guilty of this.

In life, I am learning to focus on assignment souls, from God. I am not appointed to save the world. I am learning to help others also examine these story book characters and cross reference the adult parallels. It's a learning curve. Most adults avoid getting in touch with their child 'selves'.

Your site helps people get in touch with this, their wounded child selves.

Part of the Conversations with Storytellers series.

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