Gary Osborn

Copyright © Gary Osborn 2005. All Rights Reserved.

As discussed earlier, the shamanic Triad of the "three worlds" or "cosmic zones", were arranged on the World Tree.

1) Sky plane (heaven).
2) Middle plane (the Earth on which we live).
3) Lower plane (the ‘Underworld’ beneath or within the interior of the Earth).

The Underworld – where it was believed we go when we die, and from which we are then “reborn” back into the world – was believed to be “underneath the Earth” or “inside the Earth”.

The body of the female goddess or ‘world mother’ represented the Earth itself – the interior of the Earth being her ‘womb’, and as regards the central point of enlightenment – it also represented the female ovum or egg, which was pierced by the mind of the shaman to initiate his own rebirth, (as in the fusion that takes place between the male sperm and the female ovum during procreative conception).

This shamanic experience and the beliefs that surround it, has given rise to Gaia, the “new-age” epithet for the Earth, and also “Mother Nature”. We could relate this Underworld or ‘sub-world’ to the ‘subconscious’ realm of the mind associated with the feminine.

This ‘internal realm’ was believed to surround the ‘core centre of the Earth’ – the nucleus – which also represented the nucleus of the ovum or egg and the germ or ‘seed source’, and we could also srelate it to the ‘proto-atom’ of the universe before the “big-bang”.
All are metaphors for the ‘source-centre’ of creation – the "Void" from which one could is reborn.

This may seem confusing on first read, and no doubt would generate a lot of questions as to how the shaman knew these things which exist at the microscopic level, and we will get onto this subject later; but what has confounded many of today’s Egyptologists, Archaeo-astronomers, and alternative historians, is that the darkness of the night sky and the stars and their constellations – each of which tell a different story, and reflect the ancient myths and legends of our different cultures - was the ‘heavenly world’, believed to be a reflection of the different worlds or sub-domains which existed within this internal domain; again, inside, and under the Earth . . . the Underworld.

This is the picture that the shamanic axis mundi or ‘world tree’ conveys with its ‘three cosmic worlds’, or ‘zones’.

The outspread roots of the tree (the Underworld or ‘lower world’) reflect the outspread branches of the tree (the Heavenly World).
Our own world (Earth-plane) is the ‘Middle World’ – also commensurate with the ‘mid-point’ – i.e., the existence of life and Earthly reality ‘within the balance’ and which is forever being created and re-created via the friction between ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
Lakes or rivers were associated with the Underworld, as the still calm lake, like a mirror, reflected the landscape – especially the trees; its branches being reflected as the roots. There is evidence that the ancient Celts would uproot a tree and plant it upside down in a lake as an offering to the ancestral heroes and gods whom they believed resided in the Underworld.

Furthermore – and something else which adds to the confusion and needs re-defining properly so that everything falls neatly into place – is that the Underworld, known as the Duat or Tuat by the ancient Egyptians, was also believed to be inside us – or could be reached by our going inside ourselves via meditation and trance.

All esoteric traditions tell us that there are seven energy levels - as in the seven major colours of the light spectrum, and the seven major notes of the musical scale.
This evolving picture of consciousness as regards energy levels will make a lot more sense when we absorb the following.

Shaman's drum

Figure 1: The Universal World Tree with its three worlds painted on a shaman's drum.

The Shamanic 'Sphere of Consciousness' Model and how it relates to the Triadic, Three World System

All around the world concave depressions - known as 'cupmarks' surrounded by concentric rings - have been found etched and carved into rocks, slabs of stone, natural boulders and rock faces. In some of the more impressive ones, there is a linear channel called a 'gutter' which resembles a serpent and is carved as a line through each of the concentric rings, leading into or out from the depressed centre.

These cupmarks are found mainly in Atlantic Europe - i.e., Northern England, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Portugal and Galicia (North West Spain). They are also found in Mediterranean Europe; North West Italy, Thessalia Central Greece, and Switzerland). Similar forms have been found in Mexico, Brazil, Greece. The oldest cup marks so far recorded are to be found in the Paeleolithic cave shelter site of Chattan, India.

These petroglyphs also decorate the megalithic stone walls and passages that lead to graves such as the clava tombs and the capstones at Newgrange in Ireland.

So far no-one has put forward a convincing explanation for these 'cupmarks' - although some researchers believe they are linked to early shamanic rituals and/or fertility practices. This is interesting because these simple circular designs appear to illustrate the shamanic 'centre' of creation and 'three worlds' concept, evident in similar designs that appear much later.

For example, its possible that these ‘cupmarks’ were precursory symbols to the ancient Egyptian Sun/Solar symbol, (again, a simple circle with a dot in the centre) and the later, circular Mandalas. 
The ancient Chinese version is the Jade disc with a hole in the middle, which symbolises the void or creative principle. This Jade disc was known as Pi and was associated with heaven.

Below is a photo of Aborigine shaman sitting around a ground painting of a similar concentric-ringed circle.
Emphasis is obviously given to the centre of this circle or sphere.


Figure 3: Ground-painting.
Photo from the Mountford Sheard collection of Ethnology, State Library of South Australia.
Source: Shaman: The Wounded Healer, by Joan Halifax. (Thames & Hudson. 1982.).

The circle or sphere (ground painting) represents the vortex – which is really symbolic of the vortex within one’s psyche – which is why the two shamans flanking the central one, wear this circle on their heads. The one sitting in the central mid-point position, flanked by the two who each represent the dual opposites, is wearing a spiral tower on his head shaped like a phallic pillar.

With its two spiralling colours (likely red and white) it resembles a barber shop pole or Maypole - both of which also symbolise the spine – indicating the internal vortex of energy (the two nerve channels) associated with the spinal column and the inward and upward ascent of one's energy to reach the bindu point above the head which is said to be accessed via the shamanic trance state and the enlightenment experience.

Through the trance state the central shaman aims to penetrate through to the centre of the sphere, like the phallus penetrating the female vagina or the one male sperm (also symbolised as a ram-headed snake/serpent in ancient art) piercing the ovum or egg, so as to fertilise the 'world mother' and hopefully conceive a new pattern in mundane reality along with his own rebirth.

Below is my own simple illustration based on the cupmarks and the shamanic 'three world' concept.

The seven concentric layers or levels within the sphere are like the electron orbits called 'shells' we find in an atom – each layered on top of each other like onion skins. As regards the beliefs of the shaman, which have developed from his own experience, these seven levels are the sub-domains of the Underworld which one’s mind ‘ascends through in frequency’ so as to reach into the centre or nucleus of the sphere.

This picture of the sphere of consciousness and its ‘three cosmic zones’ or ‘realms’ is not that far-removed from how the shaman or ancient man would have imagined it. His illustrations were very close, as the anciently carved “cupmarks” reveal.


Figure 5: Cup-and-Ring Markings from Scotland by Sir J. Simpson.
The cupmarks have up to seven concentric rings. The cupmark (bottom left) has seven rings. Note that an atom has up to seven electron orbits called ‘shells’.
Also note the "serpents" penetrating through all levels to the centre of these vortex spheres like the male sperm seeding and “fertilising” the nucleus of a female egg. An analogy can be made with the fusion of opposites or the quantum fusion of binary values.

We can apply this model to the four psychoanalytical states of consciousness known as the conscious, the subconscious, the unconscious and the superconscious, as well as the Explicate, Implicate and Super-Implicate Orders according to physicist David Bohm.

The middle ‘Earth plane’ of the ‘three cosmic zones’ would relate to the ‘conscious-self’, which is the male-domain related to the surface of the Earth corresponding with man’s idea of his own consciousness, which he again imagined to be a sphere like the Earth on which he lived.

The Underworld or ‘lower world’ of the ‘three cosmic zones’ was believed to be inside or under the Earth. And again, I have added seven levels (concentric rings) to this internal realm. As we now know, the number seven, the "Law of Seven" given to the seven levels of reality, is a common theme in esoteric and occult lore and corresponds with the seven primary colours of the electromagnetic spectrum as well as the seven major notes of the musical scale.
Take note that although it isn’t a level, the point in the centre, and where all seven levels become ‘ONE’, would be considered the octave and therefore the eighth level in some systems. Also, the heavenly blue ‘sky plane’ – which was more likely a metaphor for the ‘higher frequency’ domains of the spectrum – would equate with the ‘Collective Unconscious’ – seen in the dark sky at night. This is also the source centre – which also has its place at the centre of the sphere.

Surface of Earth = Middle plane = the Conscious and Collective Conscious = David Bohm's 'Explicate Order'.
Interior of Earth = Lower plane or Underworld = the Subconscious and Collective Subconscious = David Bohm's 'Implicate Order'.
Centre of Earth = Higher Plane = the Unconscious and Collective Unconscious = David Bohm's 'Super-Implicate Order' (Non-Local connection). . . and when conscious of it through the enlightenment experience, it becomes the Superconscious.

Reaching the Source-Centre as one does during enlightenment is rare, and so it is the underlying, matrix of information – again, the seven levels of the ‘collective subconscious’ - that the shaman is usually able to access, and consciously, via the trance state.

Therefore the Underworld has become a well-known shamanic concept, as it was the shaman who experienced it more often-than-not, and was able to enter into it and at will by feigning death (through trance - akin to an NDE [Near-Death Experience]) so that he was able to come back again, bringing with him new information and knowledge from these internal, astral realms or levels of consciousness.

This ‘feigning of death’ is achieved through the reintegration of the separate and divided personality or mind (ego), which is said to also happen at the point of dying – as in the Bardo Experience described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. 

Curiously, the name Bardo means, “gap” or “between two”. We are told that ‘bar’ means ‘interval’ and ‘do’ means ‘two’.

So we are again talking about an in-between, mid-point state – not only between ‘life and death’, or ‘this world and the next’ – but also the opposites, as in male and female, conscious and subconscious, day and night, left brain right brain, awake and asleep etc.

We can see how the deeper meaning behind the bardo also applies to the Triad and the crucial point in all the cycles, waves and periodic systems - a theme we will be examining in some depth in subsequent presentations. This cannot be stressed enough, as these correspondences with the three phases of the cycle grant us the answers to most mysteries relating to human consciousness.

This ‘threefold world’ belief as illustrated in the ‘World Tree’, the ‘World Mountain’ and the concentric ‘Sphere’ of up to seven levels, always with emphasis on the CENTRE as evidenced in the cupmarks, Labyrinths, and Mandalas and other similar designs, is an indication of the original cosmology of the 'Shining Ones' culture which reflect an understanding of the processes I have already outlined, and is the historical source of many of the major beliefs we have today, while their origin and much of their knowledge is largely being kept secret by numerous secret societies and mystery schools.

The Gland-Related Chakra System

The ‘chakras’ (Sanskrit for “wheel”) - of which there are said to be seven that align the spine - are often described as invisible energy vortices; potent energy centres, said to exist at the etheric level.

Each chakra is intimately related to one of the body’s seven endocrine glands aligned with the cerebrospinal axis, which is considered the centre of one’s gravity and is formed by the brain and the spinal cord.
The chakras are considered to be the ‘metaphysical counterparts’ of the physical glands in the body and are said to “knot” the spiritual aspects of man, as related to the subjective-subconscious realm, to the physical vehicle related to the objective-conscious realm.

We cannot ‘physically’ see or register these seven chakras with our normal senses, because they are said to exist at the etheric level of energy and substance within the body; but they can be seen internally via the trance state – i.e., when the conscious enters the realm of the subconscious and unites with it, as in the hypnagogic, awake-sleep state. This energy is seen by shaman, mystics and psychics as swirls of color.

These seven energy centres, each surrounded by the swirling energy of the chakra vortices, are located at the base of the spine, navel centre, spleen, heart, throat, between the eyes, and at the top of the head.

Again, each chakra corresponds to the nearest physical organ in the body and also with one of the body’s seven endocrine glands: the gonads, lyden, adrenal, thymus, thyroid, pituitary, and pineal.
The spinning chakra vortices are the source of the rainbow-coloured aura which mystics say envelops the body like a sphere or egg – each chakra producing one of the colours of the spectrum. Evidence for the reality of the aura and the chakras exists in the many well-documented accounts of people who are able to see them through entering the transliminal hypnagogic state – the ‘third force' state of consciousness at will.

It should be said that such people also include a fair number of doctors and physicists who, although many remain anonymous, have presented testimonies on their own experiences.
Those who aim to see this energy are trained over many years of meditation and hard strenuous labour. It is not something that can be tried in a laboratory, or tested by us at home. Drugs may be used to induce this extrasensory sight, but only after much training.

To see these energy points helps the healing process and measures our spiritual progression. This is also the secret of the alchemical process - the 'Great Work' upon oneself.

In China, acupuncture techniques may have something to do with being able to see these energies.

Many of these psychics assert that there are seven main layers to the aura – each progressive layer less dense than the one before it and each associated with a different chakra level.

It is said that the quality of our thoughts and actions depend on what chakra level our minds are working from at any moment.

The higher levels are associated with our more intelligent, creative, and constructive modes of thought and action, where we are more conscious of that source within us. Not surprisingly, our most basal instincts are related to the lower ones, which we drop to when we are more unconscious of that source.

Also, each chakra has a positive and negative polarity, and so for our energy to move upward to another level, our energy has to be gathered together and neutrally centred within the chakra we are moving from. A simple analogy would be a seven-storied building (spine) and everyone on a particular floor and from both sides walking to and entering an elevator at the centre of the building to go to the next floor or level where the people (energy) separate again.
According to many esoteric systems it is said that prior to the actual moment of ‘enlightenment’ an individual will experience the two opposite sides of his or her being – i.e., all chakras (as expressed in the Triad), coming closer together, as if converging and becoming one at the apex.

Again this apex point represents the bindu – the centre of the ‘seventh chakra’ – known as the 1000-petalled Sahasrara or Crown Chakra. This has been described by psychics as a "mini-vortex", which grows taller and brighter like a flame when people are in a joyous state.

The flames that rise from the heads of the spiritually cleansed Apostles in Acts 2 in the Bible may also be a symbolical sign of this effect. After all, the crown of the head is known as the Bregma by the Hindus and Kether by the Cabbalists, and considered in all cultures to be the vehicle for the soul, would be the place to symbolise the fire and light of god.

It is the crown or corona of the Inner Sun, just as the real Sun has its own flaming corona. Now we know why monks shave the crowns of their heads – the bald patch known as the ‘tonsure’.

The cartoon light bulb that suddenly appears above the head of a person who has a sudden flash of insight stems from an esoteric understanding of this centre – as do the conical hats worn by witches and wizards, which point to the location of this highest centre in an individual.
The conical hat represents the whirling, vortex of energy; which during illumination or ‘enlightenment,’ contracts down to a ‘point of singularity’ – being the neutrally-calm, ‘eye of the storm’ – the centre of the vortex where it is said one’s full consciousness and intelligence resides. This is why a person considered a “dunce” (taken from the words ‘dunn’ or ‘dune’ – meaning ‘hill’ or an upwelling of energy – again the vortex symbolised by the ‘primordial mound’), would be made to wear a conical hat in the belief that by bringing attention to that centre above the head, the wearer may be granted more ‘brain power’ or intelligence.

Also, the witch’s ‘broom stick’ that the witch sits on and uses to fly is made from a branch of a tree. This is an obvious reference to the spinal column and the chakra system and its connection with altered states of consciousness through which one can “fly” ‘astrally’ as in the ‘out of body experience’.

We would also note that the American Indian chiefs wore a headdress of many feathers. The edges of their leather costumes were also adorned with feathers. These feathers are symbolic of the radiations of light associated with the aura – the body’s energy field. We could say that the Red Indian chief was considered a ‘Shining One’.
In the ‘seven system’ the bindu is the ‘octave point’ and could be referred to as ‘level 8’ – which in occult lore is often symbolised by the Lemniscate or ‘Infinity Symbol’ – a horizontal figure eight. The centre-point of the Lemniscate represents the point of Infinity.

In occult imagery, the Lemniscate is sometimes depicted just above the head and examples of this can be found in some versions of the Tarot – especially in ‘The Magician’ and ‘Strength’ cards.

Again, the halo of light portrayed around the heads of saints and avatars indicate the fused energy at this centre, which in the Hindu scriptures is said to bring superconscious enlightenment to the individual.
Although the subject of the Hindu chakra system has become a cliché in the “new age” literature – with almost every self-acclaimed psychic, mystical doctor/advisor and ‘urban guru’ jumping on the “bandwagon” – even though many of them have not experienced the enlightenment associated with it – what is not well known, is that it is this physiological system which all the allegorical myths, legends and related symbolism, are pointing to and in many different ways, depending on one’s understanding of it – which means it was/is considered very important in regard to the experiences associated with it.

However, although the chakra system is something that explains the experiences of shamans, yogis and mystics and has even been seen psychically by many people who claim they can see auras, it remains outside of science – and again, mostly because it cannot be ‘physically’ detected or measured.
Paranormal and mystical experiences are associated with the pineal and pituitary glands in the brain which can activate the sixth, ‘third eye’, brow chakra during meditation, which can then lead to the enlightenment experience associated with the seventh chakra level related to the Thalamus at the centre of the brain, and this is why these three particular chakra centres and related endocrine glands in the head - the ultimate Triad - were considered important to the ancients.

Lemniscate 2

Figure 6: The Lemniscate (Infinity) Symbol.


Figure 7: The Magician (1) and Strength (8) cards from the Rider-Waite Tarot,
each depicting the Lemniscate symbol above the head signifying the bindu, Crown Chakra centre. Illustrations by Pamela Coleman Smith.

We have seen how the “tree”, which also symbolises the Earth’s polar axis, is also the shaman’s own spinal column.
The “notches”, “rungs” or “steps”, are the seven Chakras that align the spine.

We have also seen how the mountain symbolises the ‘inward’ ascent up the spine as regards the ascending, and rapidly increasing (tighter) wave frequencies associated with each chakra level according to mystics.

The Sacred Mount/Mound of Seven Levels

It will serve us well to look at some of the temple structures and ancient landmarks built around the world, to discover how they express the same principles of spiritual knowledge outlined above - a fine example being Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, England, its underlying structure being a seven, concentric ringed or stepped mound.

Silbury Hill and undernearth

Figure 8: Left: photo of Slbury Hill, Wiltshire, England taken by Greg O'Beirne, August 2002 .
Right: Drawing of Silbury Hill revealing that underneath it’s grassed over conical shape, which we see today, it originally had seven ringed levels - i.e., concentrically-arranged steps or tiers. It was also shaped like a polygon with NINE sides, looking much like a spider's web from above. Interesting fact: the sides of Silbury Hill are angled at 30 degrees, which is the latitude of the Great Pyramid at Giza. The sides of the Great Pyramid are angled at 51 to 52 degrees – the same latitude as Silbury Hill in Wiltshire.

The same simple symbolism and the understanding behind it – especially in regard to these earliest of shamanic concepts – is also presented in the building of the stepped pyramid of Saqqara, Egypt, as it was with the Ziggurats of ancient Sumer and Mesopotamia, the pyramids of Central America, the Buddhist Pagodas and Stûpas of India and the Far East and other ‘sacred mounds’ of Europe, like Glastonbury Tor for example – all of which have six, seven or more levels to them.

Its obvious that in the combined mountain and tree archetype, both the ancient esoteric principles of the ‘Law of Three’ (Triad) and the ‘Law of Seven’ (Chakra levels) is being conveyed, and these concepts exist to help us acknowledge and understand our true spiritual and multidimensional nature.

The seven-stepped ‘spiral staircase’ and the ‘ladder’ both feature in Masonic symbolism, which does not really surprise us now – as this so-called “secret knowledge” is really based on shamanic principles as gathered by those ancient ‘Shining Ones’ (possibly a lost source culture) who experienced the energy phenomenon known as Kundalini.
As we will discover, it is this Kundalini experience, which is at the heart of all the knowledge preserved by the various secret societies and mystery schools.


Figure 9: Top Left: Step Pyramid (Saqqara, Egypt), said to have been built by the great architect, scientist and physician, Imhotep for Pharaoh Djoser or Zoser, 1st Dynasty. Top Centre: The Mayan pyramid of Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico. Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, 2007.
Top Right: A depiction of a seven-levelled, Mesopotamian Ziggurat. The original Tower of Babel was said to have been a ziggurat or seven-stepped pyramid temple built near the ancient city of Babylon. Bottom Left: Auspicious Light Pagoda, Suzhou, China. Centre Left: Boudhnath Stûpa, Kathmandu. Photo by Jane McLean.
Centre Right: Thuparama Stûpa, Sri Lanka. Bottom right: Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, Somerset, England.

Its also surely obvious to everyone that the enlightenment experience, which centres on the spine, and the principle knowledge associated with it is what these Pyramid and Ziggurat structures are really all about . . . but you will be hard-pressed to find a Western scholar or academic who is willing to openly discuss or emphasise these connections. When asked, such people will often skirt around the subject, presenting mundane descriptions and explanations that cloud and obfuscate the true reason as to why these temples were built this way and what they really stand for.

However, the enlightenment connection is evidenced by the fact that Chortens, or Stûpas, which are often round or bell-shaped temples with a sharp steeple on the top, symbolise both the body and the skull (dome) of Buddha, and are said to symbolise his holy mind, Dharmakaya. We are told by the cultures that built them that each part of the Stûpa shows the path to Enlightenment.
Furthermore, the spike-like steeple, on which the glyphs of the Sun and Moon are sometimes shown combined as one, gives reference to the Bindu point above the head.

The ascending levels (being the “rungs” of the “ladder”) or steps of the Ziggurat or pyramid (the ‘world mountain’) are associated with different frequencies of energy.
And as we can see, everything is seen to converge at a pinpoint – being the apex of this ‘world mountain’ or ‘world pillar’ – the point of enlightenment as experienced within the centre of the head, and which the shaman believed was the centre of the Earth, as well as the centre of all creation.

We can see that Colin Wilson’s “ladder” correlates with the shaman’s “world pillar” or “tree” and indeed the shaman often describes it as a “sky ladder”, “rope ladder”, “vine” or even a “spiral staircase”.
With the mountain image, we can see how all this gives reference to the enlightenment experience during which this ‘convergence’ of one's consciousness and one's energies takes place - i.e., taking an "implosive" (inward) and upward, or ascending spiral path to the apex, or indeed into the centre where all the energy and information of the universe is fused as one at a point.
Not only does this make sense in regard to the Kundalini ‘energy phenomenon’ as described in people’s accounts, but it also makes sense with all that I have explained elsewhere in regard to the actual shamanic trance state which triggers this experience.

Below is my own diagram of the ‘sacred mount’ or World Mountain with its seven ascending levels that reach inwards and upwards to the apex centre. As we can see, it has three domains, which we can compare to the same three domains expressed in the shamanic, concentric ring model of consciousness in figure 4. Indeed it is the same model, however the levels being arranged as the seven stepped levels or tiers of a mountain expresses one's upward ascent through these frequency levels.

Chakra Mountain

Artwork Copyright © Gary Osborn 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Figure 11: The Spine-related Chakras and the seven levels of the ‘World Mountain' .

It’s possible that the ‘significance’ of these chakra-related glands were duly noted in the philosophical beliefs of an advanced race of people who passed on their knowledge – which would also explain why many of the sacred temples around the world are in fact repositories of this ancient wisdom; as if these people intended to translate their knowledge through time by instructing their inheritors on the language of sacred geometry.
It is true that some of these pyramid-shaped temples or monuments have less than seven steps, and this depends on what chakra level is being represented. Some have eight – the eighth possibly being the ‘octave point’ in the spectrum of energy levels regarding our reality – and some have nine or ten.
Looking back at the Concentric Sphere as utilised by the shaman to enter into and access the centre, there is indeed compelling evidence that the ancients understood that these seven levels are also expressed in the tiny building blocks of matter we know as atoms or subatomic “particles” – “as above so below.”
One may be accused of grafting our own contemporary science on the minds of our ancestors, but it would be no surprise to find that intuitively, our ancestors were correct if not ‘instructed’ in this knowledge.

Again, the nucleus of an atom has up to seven ‘energy layers’ or orbits, surrounding it like the layers of an onion, and indeed . . .

“The homely onion was revered by the Egyptians as a symbol of the universe because its rings and layers represented the concentric planes into which creation was divided according to the Hermetic Mysteries”.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy by Manly Palmer Hall. (Philosophical Research Society, 1928), p. 96.

Atom shells

Figure 12: Diagram illustrating the Electron "Shells" (like the concentric layers of an onion)
of which there are up to seven and where the orbiting electrons are nested within the sphere of an Atom.

Its possible that the seven deities or sages associated with the Sumerian and Indian Shining Ones, and especially the nine deities of the ancient Egyptian Ennead personify these different chakra levels as the symbolism suggests that via his Djed (spinal column or backbone) the god Osiris could ascend to being any of the other gods in ascending and descending order from the highest god Ra or Re, the personification of LIGHT (superconscious), to the lowest, being the god Set or Satan – who resides at the ‘seat’ of the spine and who represents the Unconscious.
In this system of the pantheon of gods and goddesses, we see the transformation of one’s consciousness from one frequency level to another.

Looking at everything we have seen thus far, again, its possible that this is the real meaning behind the Djed column which is also depicted as a ladder with "rung"-like levels, and there will be more evidence presented to support this hypothesis.

Like the “gods” or “goddesses” who orbit their creative centre – being the god Atum, elementary “particles” like the electron will orbit the atom at seven different levels. The ‘level’ or ‘shell’ in which the electron is orbiting will depend on the amount of ‘light-energy’ the electron is absorbing or emitting every instant. It is known that the electron needs to gain energy to reach the outer orbits of the atom so as to finally escape it. More often than not, the electron will be captured by another atom – another “miniature vortex”.

However, as regards the sphere of one’s own consciousness, this picture we have of the atom is inverted – in that to escape the cycles or “vortices” of reality, an individual’s energy needs to reach inwards towards the source-centre of its own “sphere” by ascending the different frequency levels – much like climbing the ‘primordial mound’ or ‘sacred mount’ towards the central apex occupied by the supreme father god Anu or Atum-Ra. Again, these levels are associated with the seven chakras or ‘energy levels’ that align the human spine.
The illustration given above (figure 24) is a traditional depiction of the physio-chakra system and show the chakras surrounded by lotus petals.

It has been said that the different number of petals assigned to each chakra are associated with the vibration or oscillating frequency of that chakra.


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Figure 13: The Djed Pillar - backbone of Osiris resembling a ladder with rungs. Detail from Aniho Papyrus, 19th Dynasty.

It is obvious now that the seven-levelled, Ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia and the Pyramids of ancient Egypt, South America and China, represented the ‘World Mountain’ which illustrates man’s desire to access this centre as shown in the the primitive, carved concentric-ringed cup marks shown above and which later developed into the Labyrinth design - the seven concentric levels or circuits which one walks along to reach the centre, and which seems to be related to one’s divided energies gathering and fusing together at the centre of the brain.

Below is an image of the Classic Labyrinth design.

Robert Monroe was the author of Journeys out of the Body – one of the first books that included detailed accounts of 'Out of Body Experiences' (OBE's).

Monroe had described the very same symptoms Yogis describe in regard to the trance states that can lead up to the Kundalini experience.

In Monroe’s case this had occurred prior to his first Out of Body Experience.

These OBE’s then became a regular occurrence for Monroe – so much so – that he was later able to induce them and control them at will.

Hemi-Sync, which was first developed by Monroe based on his insights into the altered state of consciousness that allowed him to experience OBE's, assists meditation and helps the subject to consciously access the hypnagogic state – the precursory state which leads to psychic abilities and of course the experience of OBE phenomena.

Hemi-sync encourages coherent brain-wave activity through the synchronisation of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Different frequency sound waves are transmitted to each ear through a set of headphones and these waves entrain the frequencies of each hemisphere to reach a point where both are harmonised and synchronised so as to create a centred state in consciousness.

The ECG picture below is taken from the late Robert Monroe’s ‘Hemi-sync’ Website.

Figure 16: Synchronised Hemispheres.
The two sides of the brain synchronised via Hemi-sync reveals a harmonious pattern
with emphasis on the centre of the brain – the area of the Optic Thalamus.

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1. A review by Craig Rairdin of Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and its Transmission through Myth by Giorgio De Santillana & Hertha Von Dechend. Book Review: 1996-1999. See here:

2. Spring Equinox, Reincarnation, and The Great Cosmic Year, by Curtis Lang, 2005.
See here:
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3. The Spinal Serpent by Thomas McEvilly, Chapter 6 from The Roots of Tantra. (Suny Series in Tantric Studies) by Katherine Anne Harper (Editor), Robert L. Brown (Editor), State University of New York Press, 2002.

4. Spring Equinox, Reincarnation, and The Great Cosmic Year, by Curtis Lang, 2005.

5. Ibid.

6. Plato, Statesman.

7. Mirror for Everyman: A View of Hamlet's Midnight by Mather Walker.
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8. Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, Bk II.
See also The Great Instauration by Peter Dawkins, FBRT, 1999.

9. Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, Bk I, Aph.120.

10. Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, Bk II.

11. The Origin of the Word Pyramid by Stephen Mehler.
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12. Frequently Asked Questions. Why are Saints Drawn with Halos around their Heads?
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13. Tertium Organum: The Third Canon of Thought a Key to the Enigmas of the World by P.D. Ouspensky. (1920). p. 254.
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14. Ibid. p. 254.

15.  Nights of the Gods Vol 1, by John O’Neill. (1893). p.486.
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16. Poltergeist: A study in Destructive Haunting by Colin Wilson. Llewellyn Publications, 1993, p. 83.

17. In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching by P. D. Ouspensky. Harcourt, 1949, p. 77.

18. Rudolf Steiner’s Pedagogy of Imagination: A Phenomenological Case Study, by Thomas W. Nielsen, PhD.
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19. The Book of the Hopi.
See here: A Hopi Legend.

20. Thespis: Ritual, Myth and Drama in the Ancient Near East by Theodor Gaster, (New York: Harper & Row, Harper Torchbooks, 1950), 396.

21. It is said that the “dunce cap” and the word “dunce” seems to have began with John Duns Scotus – “the Subtle Doctor” – born in 1266 in Duns, Scotland. Duns taught metaphysics and emphasised what he called the “univocity of being”. Noting that wizards supposedly wore pointed, conical hats, Duns believed in the wearing of conical hats to increase learning. The apex was ‘considered a symbol of knowledge and the hats were thought to “funnel” knowledge to the wearer. Once humanism gained the upper hand, Duns Scotus’s teachings were despised and the “dunce cap” became identified with ignorance rather than learning’.

See: What’s the origin of the Dunce Cap? From The Straight Dope. 2000.

It is indeed one of those strange synchronicities that Duns’ name means “hill” – associated with the sacred mount or primordial mound of creation.
The word ‘Dunn’ also means “twilight” – the point between day and night which also makes a correspondence with the transliminal, neutral point in consciousness, known as the hypnagic state - the shamanic trance state.


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