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Antiquity is bejewelled with oracles seeking esoteric
guidance; opening a window [i] to the wisdom of the universe. Yantra connect
to the macrocosm [ii].
“the divinatory act can create a "hole"
in the "field of consciousness through which the autonomous dynamism of
the collective unconscious can break in" [von Franz, 1982].
Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Hinduism and Buddhism,
are well-trodden paths to the same destination. Mandalas,
alchemical-diagrams and tarot are enlightenment ‘flash cards’.
Paradoxically, quantum mechanics confirms the alchemists were correct;
consciousness can create and change reality. Consciousness is the
philosophers stone, searched for since the time of Babylonian Hero
[i] Numerical procedures, such as cutting a tarot
deck, rolling dice, or dividing yarrow stalks, are used to determine the
kairos, the "key moment," for the constellation of a unique
synchronous phenomenon. With proper preparation, so that an archetype is
already activated by a sufficiently high "charge" of psychic
energy, the divinatory act can create a "hole" in the "field
of consciousness through which the autonomous dynamism of the collective
unconscious can break in" (von Franz 227). (von Franz 44, 199). By
bringing the eternal archetypes into temporal consciousness, the divinatory
act creates a "hole in time," the alchemical Fenestra Aeternitatis
(Window to Eternity). The alchemists also called this hole though which
autonomous spirit passes the Spiraculum Aeternitatis, or Airhole to
Eternity; it corresponds to the smokehole in the top of shamans' tents,
through which they ascend to the heavens and return to the mundane world.
(von Franz 260-1).
Available at http://www.cs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/PT/Intro.html
[ii] "whereby ‘cosmic cross-points’ are created in the
relative plane, at which the individual encounters the universal noumena"
(Mookerjee, Tantric Way, p15, 1989); "within its perimeter a complexity
of visual metaphors–square, triangle, labyrinthine patterns–represent
the absolute and the paradoxical elements of totality"
Navajo Blanket ::. Artemis vase, Athens, 680 BCE (top row)
Buddha's Footprints (middle row)
Nazi Logo (bottom row)
"The word 'swastika' comes from the Sanskrit svastika - 'su'
meaning 'good,' 'asti' meaning 'to be,' and 'ka' as a suffix,"
Throughout history symbols dramatically change meaning,
notably the swastika, an esoteric Eastern symbol of the four elements
perverted by the Nazis. This change in meaning does not exclude the
existence of an ordering intelligence; perhaps it suggests a weaker
connection to the collective unconscious, disconnection from the most
If so an evaluation of human symbolic perception could be understood as
an index of human esoteric understanding, a measure of our harmony with the
unified field. If there is a collective unconscious there is presumably
correct and incorrect, one shape is more syncopated than another, there is a
correct pattern to meld toward.
[symbol] goes beyond the individual to the universal…It is the…lower,
expression of the higher truth."
[J.C. Cooper. 1978, p.7]
Plato said literacy diminishes ontological awareness, impoverishing
experience. Media-analyst McLuhan said all media is an extension of our
senses; it affects how we think, the linear nature of the written word
reduces conceptual creativity. He advocated an intuitive phenomenological,
jazz 'grotesque' using symbols. Ironically, literacy may have prevented
conceptualising a 3D-multi-hierarchical synergistic vision of reality;
conversely, symbols encourage free-association.
James Kent hypothesizes radical free-association using psychoactive drugs.
'psychedelics "dissolve boundaries" by allowing
un-inhibited crosstalk between previously unrelated (or even actively
gated) patterns and ideas stored in the connective tissue in our heads.'
[Kent, J. 2005]
Perhaps neural receptors occupied by hallucinogens
short-circuit  our structural blindness to un-encrypt the true
isomorphism  of our being. Vedic scholars ritually drank [i] haoma-soma
[ii], which contains DMT, the chemical James Kent researched.
 The phenomena of the ‘savant’
suggests that underlying neurological structures contain an inherent
knowledge of mathematics; this would explain the musical savant and the
brain damaged twins who share conversations of otherwise incalculable
prime numbers (documented in ‘The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat’)
 Isomorphism - elaborate ‘hidden’ or ‘buried’ mathematical or
morphological similarities between previously unrelated patterns. Logical
connections between pre-existing patterns or systems, with a statistical
or mathematical relationship.
[i] The efficacy of mantra and drugs
for the attainment of perfection has been mentioned by Patanjali in his
Yogasutra (iv. I). Antiquity of Tantricism By Chintaharan Chakravarti, in
The Indian Historical Quarterly Vol. VI, No.1 March, 1930 pp. 114-126.
Available at http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-ENG/chak.htm
Iyengar, B.K.S. (2002) Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Thorsons; New
Ed edition (21 Oct 2002) 288 pages.
[ii] The identity of the ancient
plant known as Soma is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the field
of religious history. Common in the religious lore of both ancient India
and Persia, the sacred Soma plant was considered a God, the ancient
worshipper who imbibed it gained the powerful attributes of this God. The
origins of Soma go back to the common Aryan ancestors of both the Vedic
Hindu religion of India and the Persian religion of Mazdaism. This common
ancestry can be seen in surviving religious texts such as the Hindu Rig
Veda and the Persian Avesta. A major connection is their use of a sacred
plant, known in India as Soma, and in Persia as Haoma. From ancient
descriptions, Soma/Haoma must have been a very special plant. The
qualities of this sacred herb are given in poetic detail, and the love and
admiration these ancient authors had for the plant can still be felt
thousands of years after the texts were composed. Available at http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/3155.html
Cymatic water pictures. With kind permission from
Alexander Lauterwasser, homepage: www.wasserklangbilder.de
The tower of Babel c. 3500 B.C. (top row)
The tower of Babel c. 3500 B.C ::. 3D model of a chakra (bottom
In Channel 4’s Medicine Men Go Wild [Episode 4  Jungle
Tripping 27 Jul 2008] Chris and Xand Van Tulleken live with the Asháninka,
the indigenous people of the rainforests of Peru. On taking ayahuasca Xand
draws a picture of his vision, a perfectly geometric Mayan temple. This
suggests the possibility that Aztec, Mayan and Babylonian ziggurats were
constructed to the dimensions of drug fuelled Shamanistic visions. This
experience reiterates numerous accounts of elaborately tiered temples
envisioned by DMT subjects [i].
[i] most frequently they contained
certain conventional religious images. I occasionally saw Buddhas and
mandalas, but most of- ten I saw motifs that had to do with Amazonian
Indian mythology. (8) This Article is from the Fall 1995 Issue of Shaman's
Drum?A journal of experiential shamanism. Available at http://diseyes.lycaeum.org/fresh/yagmree.htm
DMT - by "Gracie and Zarkov" The visuals were interlocking
sinusoidal patterns arranged in a Japanese chrysanthemum pattern that
filled my entire visual field. The pattern was ever-changing and the
colors of the individual patterns changed independently of the underlying
pattern. The colors were intense and came in a magnificent variety of
colors: metallics, monochromes, pastels, each flickering in and out of
existence as if obeying some undetected ordering principle.An idea came
into my head that I was seeing the ‘true universe’ or universe as it
really exists. That is to say, I was seeing ‘directly’ the vibrations
of every particles in the universe that ‘I’ was somehow in contact
with. ‘I’ was directly ‘seeing’ the universe without ordering it
into an arbitrary reality tunnel -- i.e., perceived ‘solid, objective
reality.’ The visual pattern seemed to be a sort of m-dimensional
lissajous curve formed by the intersection of ‘I’ with the shock wave
of space-time causality. The overwhelming sense of a ‘presence’ did
not disappear when the vision changed to visual patterns, but remained an
almost palpable entity as long as the visuals remained intense. I never
felt the foreboding -- let alone the direct challenges -- I have felt
under the influence of stropharia mushrooms whenever the feeling of
contact with the presence has been strong. The presence was just there and
‘very’ powerful. I felt that I had glimpsed Whitehead’s god.
Available at http://diseyes.lycaeum.org/dmt/howdmt.why
Borobodur, Java C8 Prambanan Temple Java
Ta Keo Temple Cambodia 975 CE Angkor Wat Cambodia
Gawdapalin Burma C12
Dhammayangyi Bagan Burma C12 , Hill of Sanchi c.273BCE, Mahabalipuram 625CE,
Shore Temple C7, Bhuvaneshwar Mukteshwar Lingaraj C11
Kandariya Temple 1025CE, Shiva temple C12, Tiruvanamalai Arunachaleswar
Zoser Pyramid Egypt 2778 BCE, Ziggurat Babylon 2200 BCE
Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq - c.2125 BCE, Tikal Temple 1,
Guatemala c. 4th CE.
Kukulkan, Mexico c. 1050 CE.
Symbols crystallize concepts; disentangle paradoxes, rhythms
and patterns that the conscious mind is unable to resolve, integrating
different planes of reality to reveal transcendent truths. [Eliade, 1952]
The symbolism of a society reflects human consciousness at that time, a deep
frozen mystical zeitgeist culture map and cryptography of intellectual and
The unified-field, the anima-mundi, the world soul, the astral-realm and the
collective unconscious are one. Nature contains a selection of jelly moulds,
the building bricks of organic life; an archived morphology contained within
the database of the unified field - cymatics reveal the alphabet of this
vibrating organizational intelligence. Systems theory encourages
three-dimensional hierarchical thinking essential to visualizing new
The ineffable  cyphers of the unified-field have great implications for
art, sociology and psychology.
 To say that something
is "ineffable" means that it cannot or should not, for
overwhelming reasons, be expressed in spoken words. It is generally used
to describe a feeling, concept or aspect of existence that is too great to
be adequately described in words, or that inherently (due to its nature)
cannot be conveyed in dualistic symbolic human language, but can only be
known internally by individuals. Available at http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/ineffable
Sound manipulation could generate geometry to advance
genetic engineering and stem cell research. Architects and artists could
create environments that intensify emotions and create synaesthetic [i]
experiences or even raise consciousness. The Martial Art known as Ki-Ai uses
the voice to vibrate water molecules within the muscle so violently it
causes collapse, if the correct volume and pitch of sound is directed at the
heart it can cause death. The Mozart Effect [ii] and Dolphin Therapy [iii]
document the healing potential of sound.Sound can be used to hypnotise,
charm and seduce; if this force were used with a knowledge of the correct
pitch and vibration to shift consciousness or redistribute matter it has
both exhilarating and terrifying implications…
"Pythagoras once cured a youth of his drunkenness by
prescribing a melody in the Hypophrygian mode in spondaic rhythm. [iv]"
The Birth of the world, Nepal: ca. 1900-1925.
Accordion style paper manuscript.
[i] Synaesthesia is a neurological
condition in which one sense triggers another for example; when music is
played colours are seen in sympathy with the harmony. The word 'synaesthesia'
comes from the Greek syn (joining) and aisthesis (sensation).
Chroma, by Derek Jarman (1994) is a meditation on colour of music:??- ‘the
painter Kandinsky who heard music in colours said: "Absolute green is
represented by the placid middle notes of a violin"’?- ‘It was on
a tortoiseshell lyre that Apollo played the first note. A brown note. From
the trees came the polished woods to make the violin and bass, which
snuggled up to the golden brass. In the arms of yellow, brown is at home’?-
‘You set the colours against each other and they sing. Not as a choir
but as soloists. What is the colour of the music of the spheres but the
echo of the Big Bang on the spectrum, repeating itself like a round’.?
This an ancient theme, going back at least as far as Pythagoras and
various occult cosmologies linking musical notes, colours and heavenly
bodies in a cosmic harmony. The colour thought forms of Annie Besant and
Charles Leadbeater, attempted to show the colour forms they believed were
left by different kinds of music, the music of Gounod hanging over a
church for instance. More recently there have been attempts to
scientifically ascribe colours to sound, based on analysis of the
frequency spectrum to identify pink noise, blue noise and so on.
Available at http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.com/
Synaesthesia The experience of one sense as a result of the stimulation of
a different sense; for example, an experience of colour may result from
hearing a sound. Approximately 1 in 2,000 have the condition, and the
majority are female. http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/synaesthesia
[ii] New research has revealed a
molecular basis for the "Mozart effect" - the observation that a
brief stint of Mozart, but not other music, may improve learning and
memory.Rats that heard a Mozart sonata expressed higher levels of several
genes involved in stimulating and changing the connections between brain
cells, the study showed. The team, including the researcher who first
proposed the Mozart effect, hope the results will help them design music
therapy treatments for people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases
such as Alzheimer's.
The Mozart effect first came to light in a 1993 paper in Nature (vol 365,
p 611), when Fran Rauscher, a neuroscientist at the University of
Wisconsin Oshkosh, US, and colleagues showed that college students who
listened to Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major for 10 minutes
performed better on a spatial reasoning test than students who listened to
new age music or nothing at all. Available at http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4918
[iii] Dolphin therapy fights
depressionA University of Leicester team tested the effect of regular
swimming sessions with dolphins on 15 depressed people in a study carried
out in Honduras. They found that symptoms improved more among this group
than among another 15 who swam in the same area - but did not interact
with dolphins. The study is published in the British Medical Journal.
The researchers have speculated that the ultrasound emitted by dolphins as
part of their echolocation system may have a beneficial effect. Researcher
Professor Michael Reveley said: "Dolphins are highly intelligent
animals who are capable of complex interactions, and regard humans
positively. "We need to remember that we are part of the natural
world, and interacting with it can have a beneficial effect on us."
Shared brain system
Dr Iain Ryrie said that humans and dolphins shared a limbic brain system
that plays a key role in regulating many of the body's physiological and
emotional processes. "As humans we are hard-wired to need touch and
to be connected to others… So it's possible for humans to make loving
relationships with many different mammals because of this
biological/social similarity." Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4465998.stm
The theory behind dolphin assisted therapy is based on two philosophies.
One of these is that the unconditional love and support a dolphin has to
offer can benefit children and mentally ill patients in many ways. As with
most animals, a dolphin seems to have human-like emotions, so a deep
trusting bond can develop between patient and mammal. Some proponents of
dolphin assisted therapy claim that the compassion a dolphin displays
increases the patient’s self-confidence, because the patient is never
judged. Increased self-confidence can lead to better social skills and
academic improvement. http://www.ulst.ac.uk/papa/dolphin.html
The second part of the theory involves a more scientific approach. It
involves echolocation (echolocation: a high-pitched sound sent out by the
dolphin that bounces off an object and returns to the whale. The dolphin
interprets the returning echo to determine the object’s shape,
direction, distance, and texture). http://www.zoomdinasaurs.com/subjects/whales/glossary/Echolocation.shtml
Some say that the dolphins’ use of sonar and echolocation produce
changes in the body tissue and cell structure of patients who associate
with them. Others believe that sound waves emitted by the dolphins in
communication and echolocation stimulate healing. http://www.idw.org/healing.html
A diminishing of anxiety and depression, enhanced learning in handicapped
children, and pain relief are all attributed, by some researchers, to
dolphin echolocation http://www.interspecies.org/dolphin.human/research
. Echolocation is also thought to help increase attention span, develop
motor skills, and develop better co-ordination in children http://www.ulst.ac.uk/papa/dolphin.html
Supporters of dolphin assisted therapy find powerful support for their
position in these case studies. Deeply troubled children seem to develop
greater self-confidence and improved social skills. The critics of dolphin
assisted therapy point out that there is no scientific proof of the
effectiveness of this form of therapy. Additionally, keeping wild
creatures in captivity for an unproven purpose denies them a significant
part of their natural existence in the open seas, with their own kind. http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Animals/wolgro38.htm
[iv] For the Pythagoreans different
musical modes have different effects on the person who hears them;
Pythagoras once cured a youth of his drunkenness by prescribing a melody
in the Hypophrygian mode in spondaic rhythm. Apparently the Phrygian mode
would have had the opposite effect and would have overexcited him. At the
healing centers of Asclepieion at Pergamum and Epidauros in Greece,
patients underwent therapy accompanied by music. The Roman statesman,
philosopher and mathematician, Boethius (480-524 A.D.) explained that the
soul and the body are subject to the same laws of proportion that govern
music and the cosmos itself. We are happiest when we conform to these laws
because "we love similarity, but hate and resent dissimilarity".
(De Institutione Musica, 1,1. from Umberto Eco, Art and Beauty in the
Middle Ages. p. 31). Available at http://www.aboutscotland.co.uk/harmony/prop.html
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Michael Aw for kind permission to use the following photograph - Mimic
Octopus posing as a crinoid. Photo/copyright: MichaelAW.com
David McCarthy for kind permission to use the following photograph - Salt
and Pepper.© David McCarthy & Annie Cavanagh http://www.pharmacy.ac.uk/542.html
Robert Gendler for kind permission to use the following photograph -
Galaxy NGC 4946. Robert Gendler, http://www.robgendlerastropics.com
Jeffrey Jeffords for kind permission to use the following photograph - Leafy
Sea dragon (Phycodurus eques). Jeffrey Jeffords, http://divegallery.com
Ted Kinsman for kind permission to use the following photographs: -
Agate, Lichtenberg Figure, Nautilus, Sea Urchin, Snow Crystal 1, Starfish.
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Further Research Ideas
I. Do mandalas, yantras, kolam and chakras show causal relationships
with other geometric structures such as platonic solids, fractals and the
Lambdoma Matrix (which Pythagoras considered the essence of harmony)? Is
there a relationship between cymatic pattern and mandalas, yantras, kolam
II. Investigate the evidence that Hindu yantras & mantras and
Buddhist mandalas are an ancient attempt to catalogue the unified field.
(Lost or forgotten knowledge)
III. Do yantras and mandalas modify consciousness and do they have
specific effects depending on the specific mandala/yantra or does each
individual have an individual response, perhaps each individual has a
unique synaesthesic experience.
IV. Human's love symmetry, is it an intrinsic aesthetic: do we have an
innate love of geometry is the yantra/kolam/mandala satisfying a genetic
need? Do irregular objects upset us, are our aesthetics based on
predetermined morphogenetic preferences. Is humanity by nature attracted
to 'sacred geometry'? Interestingly, the work of Jackson Pollock can be
recognized by analyzing its regularity of distribution that conforms to a
fractal pattern, he was instinctively employing chaos dynamics.
V. To create a codex of images illustrating the conceptual range of the
blueprint contained in the unified-field, the morphogenetic formulae for
life. To discuss the philosophical, sociological and design implications
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