“I want to know God’s thoughts…the rest are details.” Albert Einstein
Since we are discussing a triune deity (the brain), I thought it appropriate to break this discussion into three parts: I. Missing Symbols: Why We Need Dream Interpretation, II. The Brain’s Division as Explained Through Greek Mythology, and III. The True Place of Consciousness — The Heart.
“I become aware of something in me that flashes upon my reason, I perceive of it that it is something but what it is I cannot see. It seems to me only, that, if I could conceive it, I would comprehend all truth” Meister Eckhart writing about a Pagan sage meeting another
I. Missing Symbols: Why We Need Dream Interpretation
At one time alphabets were based and related to “shape-forms.” Some of the earliest examples of linear symbols in Europe were found in Magdalenian cave sites (12,000-17,000 years before the present time). There is also a skull discovered at Mezhirich in the Ukraine, painted with tiver (red ochre) that dates from 14,000 years ago. These identifiable symbols are still recognizable today. They include the runes, the cross, the swastika and many religious and magical sigils. Why the need for these symbols? You see, they were based on the notion of entoptic forms. Entoptic forms are those forms seen when the eyes are shut. Theories abound, but one thing is clear. Neurophysiology has identified phosphenes, geometric shapes and images embedded in our subconscious. These are lodged within our visual cortex and neural system. When one’s consciousness has been altered, these forms are produced. They are universal in nature so it matters not from what country, educational background or supposed religious elitism one finds themselves believing in. These entoptic forms used in meditation are for one thing only. They are the pathways that lead to trance. Thus the hidden use of alphabets that used these shapes to generate their form. They were used to induce trance to help us find our way home.
Our present day alphabets are not built along such lines. They have no such meaning and so language has further separated the great divide between right and left brains, and our subconscious and conscious minds. While our left brains easily understand this strange enigma of language, in order for our subconscious to understand, this knowledge must be broken down into symbols that the ancient languages incorporated into their form. This is the reason that in any system of magic or meditative practice, one is introduced to such profound symbolism. A magical alphabet simply MUST be learned. The reason is obvious. This alphabet is clearly understood by all parts of the brain and needs no translation. Therefore, the conscious and subconscious minds can freely communicate with one another. For example, the early Egyptians had a ‘one sound, one sight’ system of writing. By the key to this great concept being lost, we have lost the ability to make proper use of our dreams. We are reduced to “guessing” at what our dreams mean as opposed to “knowing.” That is a huge difference. Take also into account that our subconscious holds universal knowledge and you can see that it is most imperative that a bridge be built. A system of symbolism must be learned anew in order for us to make full use of our subconscious mind.
By way of explaining this division between conscious and subconscious, we turn to Greek mythology. It will be the topic covered in the next section. For some, let this story and the following section present you with the key to tapping into knowledge. For now let us stick to this notion of division and how this occurred. We can thank Demeter that we at least have access to our subconscious part of the time. For Zeus thought it fine for his daughter, Persephone, to be kidnapped and married to Pluto. (The name of this God is also a source of contention. Some argue that Pluto is a Roman name and that Hades is the Greek name of this God. Others argue still that Hades is the place and not the name of a God. In Latin and Greek Pluto means “wealth” so I choose to call this God Pluto.) Had Persephone stayed in Hades with no access given to reaching her, we would be doomed. Demeter pleaded with Zeus to tell her where her daughter was, but he would not. Demeter would not accept this fate handed to her daughter and so blighted the earth of all crops. Hekate finally heard of Demeter’s anguish and told her where her sweet child could be found and in some tales, aids the journey. It is because of Demeter (and Hekate) that we have the chance of transforming and reuniting with Persephone. For we can communicate with her in our sleep or half the time. As I said, once you find where her door is, you do not have to wait until dark to say hello.
II. The Brain’s Division as Explained Through Greek Mythology
Right now, your brain is probably deeply divided in more ways than one. We must have unity to progress to the next level. You must understand, that the notion of religious elitism rears its ugly head. To anyone that chooses a path, the ego may or may not bestow imaginary powers upon the seeker in order that he may think himself “special.” This happens in order for the seeker to be deluded into thinking that the path he is choosing is the ONLY way. That he is better for choosing his way for it is severer, or harsher, or requires more intelligence. None of this is true. The EXACT SAME PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES MUST OCCUR IN THE BODY FOR ENLIGHTENMENT TO TAKE PLACE NO MATTER WHAT THE PATH. This is not to say that everyone should choose the same path. As everyone has found out quite early in life, some teachers or methodologies are easier for us to grasp. We are said to have an “affinity” for certain subjects. Thus it becomes quite a natural choice for us to make. It is only when the ego becomes involved, we attempt to find unity by being exclusive in our thinking. It is that much of an absurdity and the ego is an absurdly illogical part of us all.
So how do we obtain unity of thought? By recognizing what is there and working with it. We can easily divide our brains into three in a variety of ways. A right and left brain and a subconscious. Also there are two hemispheres and a translator. Thirdly, the brain is also a gigantic conveyor belt for this triune deity. The three layers of this are the Reptilian, Paleomammalian (the limbic system) and Neomammalian parts. This is another subject for another day. If one wishes to read more of this, they are welcome to seek out books by a Dr. Richard E. Cytowic, a noted psychoneurologist. But let us return to these “hemispheres” and the notion of unification.
According to the Greeks, the parts of the brain were divided into various Gods and Goddesses. These mythologies were really koans used to test and, more importantly, evoke the powers of memory. For when we awaken our limbic system, our memory theater is awakened along with much more. We are more able to store information, write and compose music, etc. We are more able to do anything that would involve our right brain and, therefore, our ENTIRE brain. It is something to keep in mind if one is trying to engage in any art form for some of us needlessly torture ourselves by going through huge emotional traumas in order to produce results. An example would be someone who only writes poetry when depressed. This is not necessary, but we “think” it necessary because we are unconsciously awakening that part of ourselves in this emotional abyss and find ourselves writing only in those times. We could do much the same thing when we are profoundly happy, but perhaps the individual has not awakened this true euphoria. We also need to become consciously aware of how the process works to gain control of it.
In terms of Gods and Goddesses, the left hemisphere of the brain is Zeus. In mythology, Zeus is the great philanderer. He is ever vigilant and aware of every woman in the region. Further, he wishes to have sex with each and every woman. The women it seems were blissfully unaware of him. They were happily bathing in a stream. Or locked in a tower when Zeus barreled in and overtook them. What does this mean? The Greeks were explaining the normal brain function. You see a brainwave originates in this left “Zeus” hemisphere of our brain. It starts at the top of the left hemisphere. It travels across in a downward fashion and reaches the right brain at its base. It is at this stage, our right brain is unaware of the left brain. In terms of Greek mythology it is the Virgin Moon Goddess, Selene or Artemis. The right brain at this point thinks it is just fine as it is and does not need this obtrusive male signal. Thus the notion of Zeus having to “overtake” this unwilling female by any means necessary. You can now see where the Greeks explained this concept perfectly by the use of Zeus and his escapades. Obviously the brainwave is not finished. It then travels down on the left side, simultaneously traveling upward on the right side. It is then the brainwave travels straight across (reasonably straight for a brainwave) and the two sides are “communicating” or “having intercourse.” This is Zeus having sex with Hera, his wife, or any number of wives. The brainwave then travels downward still till it reaches the bottom of the left hemisphere and the top of the right. Once again communication is lost. The right brain now becomes Hekate. The dark moon. The crone. An old woman that has known man, but knows him no longer. It is now we take a look at the shape that was formed by this brainwave. It is the sign of infinity, for this happens and again and again and again till our physical death.
So what is needed to keep communication between the two sides? Thoth, Hermes, or Mercury comes into play. These names represent our corpus callosum. The signs of this region becoming more activated as a precursor to higher thought and change is the disquieting feeling of “thinking” in the middle of your brain. It feels very disturbing almost as if you will lose your mind. Almost as though a thought is lodged there as an object becomes lodged in your throat. One may feel increased electricity, like sticking one’s finger in a light socket. I assure you the only thing you will lose is who you think you are. Now for those interested in activating this center, how is this “activated?” Through equalizing your brain by using BOTH sides. This “forces” the two sides to communicate. Think of a hostile negotiation and you will start to get the picture. Now there are several approaches one can use. I will list a few, but I leave it up to you to devise more ingenious ways. An excellent way would be physical activity involving motions where we “cross” arms and legs in front of our body. These sorts of motions even out the hemispheres of our brain and make them communicate. Yoga is rife with these sorts of movements. In fact, it is a goal before beginning any meditation. Also any constant, repeatable pattern of movement that is simple in nature does this. An example is running in a wide circle as in around a track or taking the barre in ballet class. One can also do active mental concentration in “waking up” this right side. There is an excellent book by Betty Edwards called, “Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain.” I suggest anyone who is interested in becoming more “right brained” do these very simple exercises. I, personally, drew geometric progressions with the help of compasses on graph paper. I held a compass in each hand and performed the exercises as outlined in the book, “Sacred Geometry,” by Robert Lawlor. Celtic knotting is also extremely beneficial. Of course, I am touching the surface of this. I find that it is up to the individual to do the work. If one explains too much or too little, well, the work is lost and the individual simply accepts or rejects what is said. I suggest to you now it is incumbent upon the INDIVIDUAL to take the initiative necessary and perform the work.
What happens when true unity is achieved? Several things. Most notably you lose one eye. Not literally, but figuratively. This is called the Eye of Horus. Why? Because you see your right and left eye see things slightly differently. Hold a finger in front of your face a comfortable distance away. Now close your right eye leaving your left eye open. Take note where it is. Now close your left eye and open your right. You see how your finger “moves?” Obviously, there was no movement, the disparity between your eyes provided it. When unity is achieved you will only see “one” thing, in “one” place all the time until you move it. This is the ceremonially sacrificing of one eye. It is often hypothesized about whether Homer was really blind or whether this title was bestowed upon him because he had achieved this feat.
If the individual does the work, then what? Now we come to the most marvelous aspect of all. The notion of the Sacrificed God. The heart of all. The magnificent consciousness that lies undiscovered. For there is another being inside us all. Adam Kadmon. The Christ. Krishna consciousness. God. Call it what you will, it lies within our heart.
“God’s ultimate purpose is birth. He is not content until he brings his Son to birth in us.”
— Meister Eckhart
III. The True Place of Consciousness — The Heart
In occult thought there is the profound concept of the “hidden one that lies within our hearts.” There are stories of Rosicrucians who walk the earth who belong to this select group of individuals that have awakened their Sacrificed God. I tell you right now, if someone identifies themselves as a Rosicrucian, they are not. But what is this notion and how prevalent is it? It seems to cross many religions and is a Gnostic experience. A self-revelation and realization.
“Then, set free from the worlds of sense and of intellect, the soul enters into the mysterious obscurity of a holy ignorance, and ….. loses itself into him who can be neither seen nor apprehended ..Then the soul comes to know a special joy: fruition of the touch divine.” – Meister Eckhart
In yoga there is the concept of the tri-fold body, each body encased or sheathed in one another. Layer upon layer. There is first, the causal body. The next, the subtle body. Last we come to the gross body, the body that we see. Each has its own identity and one must get down to the core to find the center of it all. You see there is this notion of karma. For now, I am not concerned with anyone’s “belief” in this. It is a fact. Karmic seeds are chemical residues leftover from our former physical manifestations. Adrenalin leaves its traces so each and every time you have an adrenalin rush, I tell you now that you will pay. In alchemy, an even temperament is key. They refer to it as not overheating the Great Work. The Great Work of Transformation must be performed with an even heat. This means not losing your temper or becoming unduly emotional. But what of this heart consciousness? I touched on it briefly in an answer previously posted. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote:
“You see, you are at this time only using your brain to think. The brain is not the central location for higher thought, but conversely, the brain must be united and perfected before this higher center is found. At that moment, the intelligence “flips” and you begin thinking from your heart. This is what the Greeks, most notably Aristotle, thought and tried to communicate. As always in casting pearls before swine, the meaning was lost and misconstrued and some have mocked Aristotle’s profound vision. Mocking others has always been, and always will be, the tool of the weak-minded and ignorant. You see, in the truth that he spoke he confirmed that the heart, not the brain, was the location of intelligence and thought. Ancient Egyptians also held this belief. The Egyptians scooped out the brain through the nostrils and threw it away after death. However, the heart and other internal organs were removed carefully and preserved.”
I quote from the Upanishads:
“The Self, smaller than small, greater than great, is hidden in the heart of the creature. A man who has left all grief behind, sees the majesty, the Lord, the passionless, by the grace of the creator (the Lord).”
“That god, the maker of all things, the great Self, always dwelling in the heart of man, is perceived by the heart, the soul, the mind;- they who know it become immortal.”
“His form cannot be seen, no one perceives him with the eye. Those who through heart and mind know him thus abiding in the heart, become immortal.”
I now quote from Dr. Paul Deussen:
“The heart is called hridayam, because ‘it is he’ who dwells ‘in the heart’ (hridi ayam, Chand. 8.3.3.), small as a grain of rice or barley; an inch in height the purusha dwells in the midst of the body, as the self of created things in the heart…”
“…Similarly numerous passages in the later Upanishads celebrate Brahman as ‘implanted in the cavity of the heart.’ The identity of the atman in us with the atman of the universe is expressed by the tat tvam asi of Chand. 6.8-16, and also by the etad vai tad, ‘in truth this is that,’ of Brih. We quote in this connection only Kath. 4.12-13:
An inch in height, here in the body
The purusha dwells,
Lord of the past and the future;
He who knows him frets no more, –
In truth, this is that.
Like flame without smoke, an inch in height
The purusha is in size,
Lord of the past and the future;
It is he today and also tomorrow, –
In truth, this is that…”
“…As here the purusha is compared to a smokeless flame, so in imitation of this passage, in S’vet. 6. 19, it is likened to a fire whose fuel is consumed; while in S’vet. 5. 9, the contrast between the atman within us and the atman in the universe is pushed to an extreme:
Split a hundred times the tip of a hair,
And take a hundredth part thereof;
That I judge to be the size of the soul,
Yet it goes to immortality…”
“…The description of the atman as a smokeless flame in the heart has been developed in the Yogi Upanishads into the picture of the tongue of flame in the heart, the earliest occurrence of which is perhaps Mahan. 11. 6-12.”
– Deussen, Dr. Paul, Philosophy of the Upanishads
Let us concentrate on the smokeless flame for here is the miracle of change. In order to activate this smokeless flame, one must activate Shakti, Shakti is the female energy that lies at the base of our spine. She has always been symbolized in the form of a snake. She lies coiled. Sleeping. She needs to be reunited with her Greater King, Shiva. This in turn unifies the body and brain in a chemical way. It is close in concept to the Bose-Einstein condensate. For in terms of kundalini, the physical body itself is often regarded as an atom in the body of the human kingdom. What does this mean? It means that Shakti must heat the body up which, in turn, brightens the smokeless flame. This burns up the karmic damage we have done to ourselves making our seeds dormant, but it sets the stage for the dramatic conclusion. Finding unity. For the law of polarity is followed and as the body is heated up, it reacts and cools down. How does this work? The particles making up the material world are of two types: fermion and boson. Fermions are antisocial particles and demand a quantum state of their own. Bosons are social particles and come together in the same state. The bosons obey the Bose-Einstein statistics. The fermions, the Fermi-Dirac statistics. Now electrons are fermion in nature and when bound to nuclei, exist in a shell. This shell allows them to co-habit their own quantum state. But the bosons are different. When an atom is cooled, its wavelength increases. If the atoms cooled are bosons, and their wavelengths overlap, they merge and lose their individual identities. They enter into a quantum state that is indistinguishable from one another and are said to, “dance in perfect unison.” Eric A. Cornell and Carl A. Wieman, “The Bose-Einstein Condensate,” Scientific American (March) 40-45 (1998). Now when these atoms congeal, a very dense medium occurs. The speed of light is slowed down when passing through it. This becomes curious as the yogis have always talked of finding the space between thoughts. Can this medium that is formed allow that space to become apparent? Think of a propeller on an airplane. When at rest, you can easily pass your hand through the gaps. But when the propeller is spinning, try to find the holes even though you know they are there.
The interesting thing is that the practice of kundalini yoga causes such dramatic temperature fluctuations. Some experience their bodies burning up with heat. Hot flashes will occur and some are up all night in discomfort, but then everything slides in the opposite direction. Then one is confronted with intense, bone-chilling cold. I do not know which is worse, but I am just grateful both states occur. For at the end of this grueling process our body, we have taken off our shell and our “atom” (or Adam) is now ready to unite.
We do not have to search the Gnostic texts for long before we see a connection to this concept:
“This Father God created then, seven realms, each more material than the last, until finally this human world was formed and the beings of this world rose and walked, crawled or flew through the skies. But the Father God was vain and jealous, angry and forbidding, not knowing the power of the higher Aeons, nor of the Pleroma, nor even of his own Mother, the Divine Sophia. And when the Divine Sophia instructed him and opened his mind to Truth, he was amazed and refused to divulge these mysteries to those of his own creation. Being a god of the material, social and psychic order, it was not possible for him to be a teacher of the higher mysteries, and Sophia was dismayed by his wrath, anger and jealousy. So when he created the first human beings, She was there and secretly, without his knowing, She gave to them the gift of the Holy Spirit as a divine spark in every human heart.
And it is said, that in the Garden of Eden, created by the lower Father God, that Eve was the manifestation of the Lower Wisdom and that the serpent or snake of the tree, was actually the Christos who urged Eve to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge that she might attain the true Gnosis or knowledge of her origins and realize the Higher Sophia in perfect illumination and bliss. But the Father God, discovering that this secret teaching was disturbing his supremacy in the lower realms grew angry and cast them out of the garden and into the suffering of the world. Yet each and every descendent has this spark and the potential to recover the true Gnosis.
It is also said that it was for this reason that the Christos manifest as a human being, to bring the gift of the Holy Spirit, in all its female power and capacity, to liberate those who cast free from the illusions of the material and psychic realms and to ascend through visions of power and knowledge to the Higher Gnosis, to reunite the lower and higher self, to attain to visionary truth and perfect transparency. The Divine Sophia is the manifest presence of that vision, and this tale, one of Her symbolic forms. And the snake, an image of Higher Wisdom, is a true teacher that reconciles the desires and passions of knowledge with higher insight, overcomes the limitations of a jealous and demanding lesser god and transmits the teachings of the Divine Sophia. In this way, it is said, the faithful attain peace and the passionate, union, holiness and joy.” – Zos Imos
Then we have the words of Christ Himself:
“Most truly I say unto you, unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born of the spirit is spirit.” — Jesus
You see how perfectly Christ’s concise statement is when viewed in the context of this rebirth in the heart. The fact that Jesus is the keeper of the Sacred Heart should make what I am trying to convey crystal clear. The fact that he uses the words, “water and spirit,” should make it even more apparent. For the soul is of water and the spirit fire. It is in the heart we may find Christ as he promised. If this is not enough for you, we have this quotation:
“We are born into the world of nature; our second birth is into the world of spirit.” — Bhagavad Gita
Again, they are almost identical. Our first birth is through our earthly biological mother from a seed of our earthly biological father. Our next birth, and there must be a next birth to enter the Kingdom of God, is through this spiritual birth. This dropping of birth to the genitals was what the Gnostics described as The Great Fall. They also believed the heart to be the center of creation.
So I have given you many examples of this heart-centered God from many different sources. Is it true that we have such a consciousness living within us? Hidden away awaiting rebirth? It is for each and every one of us to experience this truth. It works no other way. While some are privileged to know a teacher and take things on faith, we still will not realize what is being spoken of until we experience it. It is when our consciousness is flipped and our heart replaces our brain that we are truly enlightened. Compassion reigns and it is only then we are truly home.