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‘When one sees Eternity in things that pass away and infinity in finite things, then one has pure knowledge.

But if one merely sees the diversity of things, with their divisions and limitations,
then one has impure knowledge.’
The Bhagavad Gita. (XVIII.20-21)

Seven levels of Information/Knowledge

‘Imagine a circle [says Avva Dorotheus – seventh century], in the middle, its centre, and radii, or rays, going out of this centre. The further these radii travel from the centre, the more divergent and distant they become from one another; and the other way round, the closer they are to the centre, the nearer they approach one another.
Imagine now that this circle is the world, the very middle of it, God, and the straight lines (radii) going out from the centre towards the circumference, or going from the circumference towards the centre are the paths of men’s lives. And here also, the further the saints penetrate inside the circle towards the middle of it, desiring to approach God, the closer, according to the depth of this penetration, they come to God and to each other . . . Understand similarly about going out from the centre – The more they withdraw from God . . . the more, in the same measure, they withdraw from one another, and as much as they withdraw from one another, so much they withdraw from God’.
Such also is the property of love: to the extent that we are withdrawn and do not love God, each of us is also far from his neighbour. But if we love God, then to the extent that we approach to God in our love of Him, we become united in love with our neighbours; and as much as we are united with out neighbours, so much we become united with God also'.

Tertium Organum: The Third Canon of Thought a Key to the Enigmas of the World by P.D. Ouspensky. (1920). p. 254.

What is equally interesting are the words that Ouspensky had written at the bottom of the page in reference to the above quote:

‘The author of Superconscious, M. V. Lodizhensky, told me that in the summer of 1910 he was in Yassnaya Poliana on a visit to L.N. Tolstoy, and had a talk with him about mystics and the Philokalia. At first Tolstoy took a very sceptical attitude to mysticism, but when M. V. Lodhisensky read to him the quotation, given here, from Avva Dorotheus, about the circle, Tolstoy became very enthusiastic, ran into another room and brought out a letter in which a triangle was drawn.
It transpired that he had independently almost grasped the thought of Avva Dorotheus and was writing to someone that God was the apex of the triangle and men were points at the angles; coming closer to one another, they come nearer to God, and coming nearer to God they come closer to one another’.

Tertium Organum: The Third Canon of Thought a Key to the Enigmas of the World by P.D. Ouspensky. (1920). p. 254.

This is interesting because this is exactly what the Triad or even the Pyramid in two dimensions show, and much like the triangular slice of a piece of round cake – the 'Neutral Point' being the apex of the triangle or pyramid and also a portion of the Centre of the circle or sphere.
But we could also use the symbol of the Triad to show that there is this same division in one person – as in the points at the angles representing the left-brain/right-brain, or male-female, conscious/subconscious divisions, and that both are really united at the point of the Apex of the Triad, or the centre of the whole sphere – the ‘collective consciousness’ of which again, one is a part.

Crop Circle Triad

Figure 4: The Triad (triangle-pyramid) as a portion of the circle or sphere.
The Apex of the Triad is the same as the Centre of the wheel or sphere and the Centre is really the ‘missing ingredient’
as regards our knowledge of ourselves and the world.

The dot at the centre and at the apex of the triangle/pyramid represents not only the Source-Centre of Consciousness - which is at the centre of everything, it also represents a ‘blackhole’, which for many of us reflects our ‘unconsciousness’ of this source-centre . . . which begs the question, is this what blackholes really are? – i.e., a reflection of our unconsciousness of the source-center of creation?

To imagine how we are unconscious of this Centre, imagine that the hub of the wheel in the crop circle photo, and also the centre of the dandelion flower - are missing . . . a Void.
Its possible that the reason we see or perceive it to be a "void" or "blackhole", is because collectively speaking, we have not yet reached the evolutionary level, or have lost the ability of being able to perceive or access information above the 10% of the universe we are allowed to see. However, saying this, there have always been individuals who have reached this ability through the enlightenment experience, or these ancient shamanic conceptions of 'the Centre', the 'World Tree' and the 'World Mountain' - all of which encapsulate everything we have discussed above and more besides, would not exist.

And speaking of the shamanic 'World Mountain' - which the pyramid and other temples around the world represent - it would appear that the void associated with man’s unconsciousness of the source-centre, is symbolically reflected in the missing apex or capstone of the Great Pyramid of Giza. We will see more evidence for this later - suffice to say that we can see why the Rosicrucian, Sir Francis Bacon, conceptualised his 'Pyramid of Philosophy', in which he imagines the levels of his 'seven principles of learning' to be stacked on top of each other like an inward sloping pyramid - the apex or capstone (which again is missing from the Great Pyramid of Giza), being the "mystical seventh", and the 'missing ingredient' for many of us.
Now going back to this Centre in terms of knowledge, perceptions, experience, beliefs etc . . .

As we converge on this centre, by penetrating each of the seven levels of perception and knowledge, we will understand more about the connections that one thing makes with another. We are then able to see how the form of a dandelion can be a metaphor for the brain and also the whole sphere of consciousness – meaning that we become aware that all things are really symbolic metaphors for some higher truth – the Truth actually being that ‘Centre’ – the ultimate level of knowledge, intelligence and wisdom where everything is connected and fused together as One. Francis Bacon seems to have understood this well.
The thing is, most of us are again unconscious of this Centre within – and we are unconscious because our main focus is projected outward on the surrounding reality and mostly on the lower, superficial levels – the levels where this same knowledge, which is so tightly gathered and connected together at the apex and focused like a laser beam, is divided and fragmented outwards.

So, as regards the Earthly sphere we call our reality and everyone on it, this "Void" in the centre would be the location of the now ‘missing ingredient’ as regards our knowledge which is divided like the spokes of the wheel, and because of this it has become a ‘common knowledge’, which is limited in our actually being able to view the truth about our true spiritual source.

Our eastern religions - speak of the same in essence, but in no way do our organised religions convey to each of us the simple picture we see above. If they did, they would no longer be needed.

So in all our areas of investigation, and particularly the philosophies and physics we have just looked at, it seems that when everything has been said, done, weighed and measured, we then come face to face with the same “All-Non-Thing” – the Centre. But of course in the West, we only perceive one aspect of it – i.e., our common interpretation of it, which is the “blackhole of nothingness”.
This Centre is perceived in this way, because it is being seen from man’s position within the cyclone or ‘event horizon’ of measured energy that surrounds it. Our image of this Centre, would obviously be a revolving cyclone, with a ‘black’ hole in its centre – just like the ‘point of singularity’, which as we know in the West, and in astrophysics terms, is actually called a “blackhole”.
From where we all stand in relation to it, this Void or Centre is of course ‘nothing’ . . . but it is also EVERYTHING, and it is both these infinities at the same time.
It is our dual perception, which creates this paradox and for that matter, all the paradoxes that we find in our reality – which are really all the variant permutations of the same Duality that is going on within our consciousness and which keeps us separated from the Centre.
It seems that our eastern philosophies have in them a greater understanding of this Centre, because in the search for enlightenment – which is really one’s search for his or her own Centre, these Eastern philosophies emphasise the importance in one first realising that this world of opposites is an illusion being created by our dual perception.
Most people in the West look at the Chinese Tai-Chi or Yin-Yang symbol, and interpret the philosophy behind it to mean that the world is made up of opposites – i.e., positive/negative, male/female, black/white, west/east etc., and that ‘duality’ itself must be an expression of the true nature of reality. But the real conveyance and meaning behind this symbol, is that one should try and solve the paradoxes that are being created by his or her dual perception of opposites and which reflect this division in man’s consciousness.

By discovering what connects them all – i.e., the very “All-Non-Thing” that can unite and fuse everything together again, we find that we are really fusing our own energy together – or more to the point – the two divisions of our own consciousness.
By doing this we then discover the inner Tao.
In the West, our physics concepts, like ‘blackholes’ and Zero-Point Energy, and our philosophies that have reduced everything down to a "meaningless void of nothing", is evidence enough that we see this Centre as a “black void”. In the East this same centre is also called the Void, but is seen as the bright-white light of enlightenment. Here again, we have opposite views of this Centre – i.e., black and white, and this is another expression of the division between East and West, which is itself a reflection of the left and right brain duality in each individual, and ultimately the Duality that exists in human consciousness.
Man’s dual perception of this Centre – i.e. ‘It’ being perceived as either “black” or “white” actually reveals the very “mechanism” of this Centre: the mechanism pertaining to how our reality is being created from it.

As we can see, all knowledge is connected at the centre.
However, in the normal and divided perception of those who study the more common, ‘established’ knowledge and so limit themselves to the boundaries of a few specialist subjects, this centre – as well as the higher levels of the same knowledge – i.e., ‘esoteric knowledge’ – is ignored because it is missing for these people and is not a part of their lives.
In other words, most of us will identify with things external to ourselves and live in conflict and contradiction with others – who like us – also live outside and along the peripheral edge of the sphere and within their own ‘reality tunnels’.

Many of us are ‘peripheral’ people because we identify with the illusory things that are positioned on the periphery of our senses . . . we are therefore looking ‘outside’ ourselves for the centre of ‘All knowledge’ that is already within us – even though it is within this ‘missing ingredient’ – the ‘Inner Centre’ of all our divided knowledge – that we will find our True Self.
As said, ‘esoteric knowledge’ is found in the inner and higher levels – closer to the centre of this wheel or sphere.

Now a person, who studies esoteric knowledge and begins to understand it, will eventually sense the many connections that exist between all our categorised and departmental knowledge. He or she will eventually begin to have intuitive insights into these connections.
These insights then allow the person to pull everything a little closer towards the central point – in fact the person would actually become aware that he or she IS the central point of everything and that all this knowledge and more can be found within his or her own Centre. This centre is the "God within".

By discovering that ‘missing ingredient’, and then including that ingredient by placing it within the centre of the whole sphere, one connects all knowledge together. At the same time, one also discovers one’s own Centre of consciousness – the source of Intelligence itself – which one is usually unaware and ‘unconscious’ of to some degree – and does not have to rely on the normal ‘peripheral vision’ which is a ‘divided’ and limited perception of things.
This calm and peaceful “eye of the storm” centre – from where everything has its origin and to which everything is returning, and where everything is really fused together as ‘One’ – is within us all . . . but most of us are unconscious of it – which is why it remains a ‘missing ingredient’ . . . a void . . . zero.

This is why after all the measuring and weighing-up of the universe our physicists have now come face to face with the ‘nothing vacuum’ they call ‘zero-point energy’.

It’s as if we have peered through all seven levels of knowledge and have merely glimpsed this Centre without any real understanding of the very point that brings all this knowledge together. The reason why it is seen as “zero” or “nothing” to most of our western physicists is because in our general knowledge and view of the world it is the ‘missing ingredient’ - something that has largely been ignored, avoided and even suppressed by the predominantly left-brain, collective ego, which again sees the Centre as a "nihilistic Void"; something that will eventually "suck" it back into itself; "gobble it up", therefore threatening its individuality and its very existence.

Like most of us, physicists too are unconscious of this centre, and so now having come face-to-face with it, all they are able to register is a an infinite, immeasurable, ‘zero’. In effect we could say that the scientists and physicists have come face-to-face with their own ‘unconscious’ and the ‘Unconscious’ of the collective. Although to be fair to the physicists, at least they are now aware of the potential energy stored there and that in the "great nothing" is Everything.

Again, in the context of our common knowledge, this void represents the ‘missing ingredient’, which brings everything together. Understanding this ‘centre’ can only be gained through a synthesis between our common ‘exoteric’ knowledge found on the lower levels and our ‘esoteric knowledge found on the higher levels. Through synthesis one is led through each of the seven levels to the Centre – which one finds is the Source-Centre of his or her own existence. And instead of merely perceiving it to be “zero” – i.e., a “nothing” void – which is the perception of those who have reached this centre without proper understanding – one experiences it as the ‘bright-white-light’ of “enlightenment” where this centre becomes . . . everything!
Now this is something we will be looking at in many ways as we go on. In fact this Centre is not only the centre of all knowledge, but it is also an aspect or manifestation of that energy found at the Source-Centre of All – the Collective Consciousness – being the Source of all intelligence itself.

As we have seen, the Buddhists know this Source-Centre by its Sanskrit name, śūnya.


Returning again to the ancient Egyptian Creation myth, we know that the ancient Egyptians knew this Source-Centre as Nun, the ‘primordial waters’, and later personified it as the father god Atum or Atum-Ra. 

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