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The Archeology, Art & Science of Altered States of Consciousness: A Shared Global Archaeological Fingerprint

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A Shared Global Archaeological Fingerprint

Some Background Context

I would like to share with you some unique and ground-breaking archeological discoveries underpinning my newly published book, Discovering Ritual Meditation: Transcendental Healing and Self-Realization. This thoroughly referenced (not duplicated herein) and graphically rich book presents data-driven research from four different Sun god religion’s and their most important archaeological sites. These religions left us important information regarding their sacred ritual processes in symbolic form—arguably humankind’s best-kept and most profound secret. These ritual processes embodied the Sun god religions of ancient Egypt, pre-Colombia Meso and South America, and Southern India, three of which were made extinct via religious assimilation.

An exciting two-minute video book trailer gives you a rapid overview for a broader context, and a free KMZ file containing 450 pyramid and temple sites brings this story to life in Google Earth. Instructions for its use are included in the download.

Introduction

Four hundred and fifty (450) sacred sites and the deity art and icons from four different Sun god religions were researched using a common framework. This framework identified symbolic information embedded in temple alignments, art, icons, and other information pertaining to altered states of consciousness (ASC). These archaeological sites were once the epicenters of their religions. As such, priesthoods once resided at each, holding domain and leaving a collective fingerprint—ensured by their teaching and time-keeping needs—of their symbolically veiled ritual processes.

Site specifications captured within the research framework include:

1)  Sacred space included a site’s geographical location, i.e., proximity to a lightning center, fault line, and/or volcano; its alignments relative to the overhead, moving day-night boundary (solar terminator) and the Earth’s magnetic axis (geomancy); and the place where ritual took place in some form of sensory isolation, i.e., temple sanctum, pyramid chamber, or cave/underground tunnel.

2)  Sacred time included pyramid and temple alignments both locally, i.e., the equinox sunrises/sets, winter solstice sunrise (WSSR), and summer solstice sunset (SSSS), and regionally, relative to the overhead solar terminator (on the WSSR/SSSS; seen by satellite); temple-pyramid superstructure features, i.e,. 47-degree angles as solstice symbols seen with some pyramid outlines, Hindu temple gates and spires; and in their deity art and icons as sacred time symbols, i.e., V47 solstice, equinox serpents.

3)  Sacred ritual involved activities undertaken to catalyze the switch in their state of consciousness, i.e., the consumption of entheogens (hallucinogens or neurochemicals from nature detailed in symbolic form in temple art as hallucinogenic flowers, fruit, and fauna), and meditation, drumming, and/or pipe music.

Sacred ritual at its essence involved sacredly timed meditation conducted in sensory isolation (silence or acoustic resonances) under the influence of hallucinogens, while potentially aligning the meditator’s body to the Earth’s magnetic fields (equinoxes, geomagnetic activity). Sacred time for the Sun god religions implied the winter solstice sunrise, summer solstice sunset, and equinox sunrises or sunsets (dependent on the phase of the moon, i.e., new or full moon).

Sacred time coincided(s) with peaks in the Earth’s electromagnetic and magnetic fields. This offered four times a year when alpha brainwaves could be maximally enhanced via entrainment processes. Alpha brainwaves are the most important brainwave signature of people in deep meditative and transcendental states of consciousness. This is where the fanciful transcendental phenomena arise, and deities, spirits, epic journeys, unity states of consciousness, god union, spiritual death/ rebirth/ resurrection (healing), and other transcendental phenomena all play out.

The research framework filtered important information from the priesthood archaeological domains, identifying two separate and related archaeological fingerprints: site alignments recorded sacred time, and their sacred ritual processes were embedded in temple art and icons in symbolic form, which included sacred time symbols. You can read more about the second fingerprint and the science and esoteric subjects involved in humans attaining and experiencing altered states of consciousness in Discovering Ritual Meditation.

A Priesthood’s Need to Accurately Tell Time Left Its Mark

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Timing Your Full Moon Meditation

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Full Moon Meditation

Saturday, July 12, 2014 is the next full moon. According to religious-spiritual traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, the full moon represents a time for important religious festivals and observances. Take Buddhism for example—important events associated with Lord Buddha’s life took place on full moon days: his birth, renunciation, enlightenment, and passing away all occurred on full moon days.

This highlights the importance and potential of the full moon as sacred time and, as such, offers an important opportunity and time to meditate, a time in which we can amplify the outcome of routine and ritual meditation and our prayer-intentions. If you have practical insight or experience with this, please share via a comment—we would love to hear from you!

Consider meditation’s outcome in terms of bringing your mind into the mindfulness of calm abiding, where your mind is concentrated on and aware of the object of meditation, the breath, and you are fully aware of the Now (the higher self), with few arising, ego-driven thoughts. For highly experienced meditators, there is also the possibility of transcending the ego mind (and body-space-time) to enter transcendental states of consciousness, as Lord Buddha did. The impact of the full moon is to enhance these potential meditation outcomes, if we time it right.

How does the full moon impact the meditation process? The fact ancient religions revered these times and their impact on meditation and ritual processes are key in supporting this argument.

At this stage, a science-based answer is not credibly possible because science has not investigated this in a controlled manner. That said, we know that three days before the full moon, the moon passes through the Earth’s magnetosphere’s tail, taking about six days to cross it [i]. In so doing, the moon impacts numerous parameters associated with the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, just as the sun does. This impacts their collective electromagnetic and magnetic properties [ii, iii], and the Earth’s magnetic field strength (geomagnetic activity) [iv, v]. The field of astrobiology shows very clearly how changes to the Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and geomagnetic activity can impact the brain’s biology and function. Such impacts are discussed in comprehensible detail in my book Discovering Ritual Meditation, or you can access a series of scientific articles on the library resources page of my website. In my view, any impacts beyond these are speculation.

The Full Moon Influence and Meditation: The full moon is said to provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation if approached correctly. It offers a time for purification and renunciation of the things that no longer serve our lives. The full moon provides us a moment of enhanced understanding, clarity, insight, guidance, and an opportunity to give and share positive intentions, wishes, and prayers for the benefit of both our own and others’ lives. We must be mindful that meditating around the time of the full moon can increase our positive energy and conversely amplify negative emotions, so we need to ensure we direct it with positive intention and do our best to quell any negative emotions in the days beforehand.

While not imperative, a full moon meditation should be conducted outside in nature (weather, location, and safety permitting). Consider sitting on and connecting with Mother Earth, facing the full moon’s zenith (highest point in the night sky), unless it’s directly overhead. The zenith should be somewhere between geographical and magnetic south or north, which is the direction you should be facing (hemisphere dependent). This best permits both the Earth’s and the full moon’s “energies” to connect with your being. Start contemplating this and get yourself into a good mind-space a few days beforehand.

Full moon meditation_Ying & Yang

When is the best time to meditate? In my view, the best time to be at peak meditation is halfway between moonrise and moonset, when the full moon is at its zenith and peak powers. This naturally places the meditator’s brain in an environment of maximum brain-mind impact. I have selected Panajachel (Guatemala) and Lima (Peru) as my Northern and Southern Hemisphere locations to exemplify the meditation calendar outputs (see below). In both cases, the time of peak effect would be circa 12:30 am +/– 2 hours. In conducting ritual meditation using entheogens, I ingest these three hours before the full moon’s peak effect, giving the entheogens time to access the brain and transform the mind. Continue reading

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