Unity Consciousness: Reflections on the Nature of Human Duality and Synthesis

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the school of Transcendental Meditation

The school of Transcendental Meditation (TM), founded by the renowned mystic Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (who, incidentally, is probably best known for being a mentor to the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, David Lynch and others), identifies seven basic levels of consciousness, as revealed to the adept in the meditation practice, in the Vedic tradition.

The first three levels are waking, deep sleep and dreaming (REM) – universally experienced by pretty much everyone. The four others are less widely known or appreciated. They may be described as follows:

Transcendental consciousness – which may be described as the pure silence of the deeper levels of the mind, beyond the superficial mental chatter that crowds waking consciousness. This state of mind is best experienced in a deep meditative state.

Cosmic consciousness is achieved when one becomes deeply immersed in the transcendental state, over time and a habitual meditative practice, to the extent that one is able to see through the illusory superficialities of the material world and appreciate one’s true self as eternal consciousness.

Beyond all these levels is “God consciousness,” in which one’s heart opens up to such a degree that one finds joy in the simplest of things and one is enamored by the beauty of creation.

Finally, at the pinnacle of the spiritual journey, achieved through a consistent meditative practice and internal reflection, is the experience of “Unity consciousness” – the rarest state of being that the adept can achieve – a state characterized by the ability to see through and past any form of duality or separateness and to perceive all of creation, all of reality, as an integral, unified whole – all aspects of a single state of being – an universal oneness. In this state of consciousness, there is only the “universal self” – there is no ego and no concept of “the other.”

Unity Consciousness – being at one with the universe

The idea of “unity consciousness” – a state of being more colloquially described as “being at one with the universe” – is hard to appreciate, for all the platitudes and clichés that tend to trivialize the nuance and subtlety associated with its deeper levels of meaning. It is a state of consciousness that we can all appreciate to some degree, because the human mind naturally tends to move in that direction. And yet, it is a state of consciousness from which the human mind is far removed, given that the human condition, such as it is, is fundamentally characterized by duality – one might even say, of alienation or separation from the self and others.

Insofar as we are slaves to the ego and to the superficial trappings of the illusory reality that we find ourselves in – insofar as we feel ourselves to be defined by labels constructed out of ego, ignorance and a limited comprehension of reality – labels based on religious, ethnic, cultural or geographic identity, for example – we remain divided from others and separated from our true selves. For at the core of the idea of “unity consciousness” is the notion that every individual – everything in nature, in fact – is a fractalline fragment in the vast mosaic of reality, or analogous to the crest of a wave in the vast, infinite, universal oceanic field of conscious energy that permeates everything and constitutes the fabric of reality itself – variously referred to as the “unified field,” the “zero point energy field,” or “God.”

Everything in nature is a fractalline fragment in the vast mosaic of reality

These may be difficult metaphysical concepts for the average layperson to wrap their head around, but, perhaps, it is possible to gain some appreciation for what “unity consciousness” really means when we gain a better understanding of what “duality,” its opposite, really means – notably, the duality that characterizes the human condition.

If I may be excused for contradicting myself somewhat by bringing up the subject of television in a blog about “out-of-the-box ideas” – in which I have previously explicitly equated TV with the so-called “idiot box” – I must note that the original Star Trek TV show is one of the few instances of really high quality, intelligent programming on TV – a show that took dramatic television to levels rarely achieved before or since. In some of its best episodes, the show addressed issues that few others have in the domain of popular culture, in ways that remain vivid and accessible to this day, more than half a century later.

A scene from the Star Trek episode Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

One of my absolute favorite Star Trek episodes, entitled Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, deals with two warring aliens encountered by the crew of the starship USS Enterprise. What makes these aliens remarkable is their distinctive physiognomy – they look almost identical, their faces literally being half black and half white – a line of division going down the center of their faces, seeming to separate the left and right cerebral hemispheres while signifying the yin/yang duality of their consciousnesses. And even as their individual consciousnesses are seemingly internally divided by this line of separation, so also are these two-faced beings perpetually at war with each other – perpetually at each others’ throats in a never-ceasing conflict that has continued unabated for over fifty thousand years of tribal warfare.

The aliens’ mutual animosity is completely bewildering to the crew of the Enterprise – especially when considering their distinctive appearance, which makes them seem to be identical twins – at least at first glance. Puzzled by one alien’s derision of the other as the member of “an inferior breed,” Captain Kirk wonders out loud how either of them could possibly consider the other to be any different from themselves. The alien bristles at this suggestion and interjects, “Are you blind?” The alien then points out that each of them is actually the mirror image of the other – not the identical twin. One of them is black on the left side and white on the right, while the other is white on the left side and black on the right.

A scene from the Star Trek episode Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

This seemingly minor detail completely escapes cursory observation from a third-party vantage point, but has become an all-important point of differentiation to the warring aliens themselves – to such a degree that they are irreconcilable, generational, mortal enemies. Kirk, Spock and the others recoil at this realization – the expression of disbelief on Kirk’s face clearly suggests exasperation at the seeming absurdity and triviality of this point of contention.

Rarely have I seen a work of art, on television or elsewhere, that more profoundly captures the essentially dualistic and conflict-oriented nature of the human condition than this episode of a 1960s retro sci-fi TV show! Is this how alien visitors to our own planet possibly see us, especially when they come to recognize the underlying causes of conflict and dissension among human beings, which must be absurdly trivial and insignificant from their point of view?

That duality and division are fundamental to the human condition is evident in any study of history. The earliest literary and historical records recount sagas of internecine tribal warfare between rival factions. The Biblical story of Cain and Abel is one of the foundational myths of western civilization, recounting the tale of a fraternal rivalry turned deadly. Archaic societies as well as more recent tribal societies are frequently characterized by clan warfare. In American folklore and history, there is the Hatfield-McCoy feud of the post-Civil war era and the gang warfare between the Northside and Southside gangs of Prohibition-era Chicago. Around the world and through history, we continue to see this recurrent motif of warring factional dualities – from the Protestants and Catholics of Ireland, to the Shi’ites and Sunnis of the Islamic world, to the Hindus and Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, to the Palestinians and Jews of the middle east.

A scene from the Franco Zeffirelli’s screen production of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet

One of the all-time greatest poets and playwrights of the western world – William Shakespeare – captured this condition of human duality – of humanity in a perpetual state of conflict with itself – most profoundly and movingly in one of his best known and most popular literary works, the play Romeo and Juliet. In the play’s depiction of the warring Montague and Capulet families of Renaissance-era Verona, Italy, the bard makes the profound observation that love is the antithesis of this condition of entrenched war and hatred that, historically, has characterized the human condition. Tragically, in Shakespeare’s drama, young love is no match for the deadly pressures of the ancient feuds that have ripped apart human society since time immemorial, and Shakespeare’s celebrated star-crossed lovers pay the ultimate price for their innocent dream of a unifying love.

Celebrated French philosopher René Girard

The renowned French philosopher and academic, René Girard, described this condition in human nature as mimetic rivalry. He observed that “mimesis” or imitation is one of the key, central characteristics of human nature:

All conflict, competition and rivalry therefore originate in mimetic desire (mimetic rivalry), which eventually reaches destructive stages of conflict both between individuals and social groups that requires them to blame someone or something in order to diffuse conflict through the scapegoat mechanism.

Wikipedia entry on René Girard

Girard’s key observation, in his earlier philosophical works, is that the deadliest of rivalries and enmities invariably arise between individuals or groups not so much because of their differences but, rather, in spite of their similarities. The deadliest of enemies tend to be identical to one another for the most part – but the relatively minor differences invariably become magnified into a point of major contention and even deadly conflict. This profound observation by the philosophical genius fits in only too well with everything we know about history and the human condition – duality and conflict are central to the human experience and have been since time immemorial.

When we realize this, it becomes evident that the idea of a “unity consciousness” based on Christ-like charitable love (or agape) and mutual empathy and compassion might represent a massive leap

forward in human evolution – as, in fact, suggested in the mysterious text entitled The Law of One, which was supposedly “channelled” from extra-terrestrial authorship, between 1981 and 1984, by a team of independent researchers – Carla Rueckert, Don Elkins and Jim McCarty.

It would seem that the idea of transcending personal ego through the practice of charitable love and forgiveness, aided by a sound meditation practice, is not merely the crux of a positive, healthy lifestyle, nor is it just a feature of 1960s hippy culture, of which John Lennon and the Maharishi were an indelible part. In fact, it may be the key to the next stage in human evolution – to rising to a higher “density” of consciousness – from the current level of “dualistic consciousness” to the higher level of “unity consciousness” – a state of being where there is no ego and no concept of “the other” and one which is, presumably, characterized by both hemispheres of the human brain working together in harmony with one another.

It must be noted, however, that esoteric ideas like these are invariably subject to distortion, misinterpretation and trivialization. Even as duality and conflict have characterized the human condition since the beginnings of recorded history (at least), so also have human beings sought to achieve peace, harmony, order and unity in society through any number of methods – political, religious, cultural, philosophical and educational all describing attempts to “civilize” human beings into living in peace and harmony with one another, to some degree at least. Some of these efforts have been more successful than others – the foundation of the United States of America being a relatively recent, relatively successful political endeavor, while the foundation of the European Union has, thus far at least, been less successful by comparison.

Legendary rock musician John Lennon

All that said, I am personally of the opinion that “unification,” in the mode of achieving an “unity consciousness” – and as expressed in John Lennon’s classic rock music ballad Imagine – must ultimately happen organically and spontaneously, from the heart. The fall of the Berlin Wall is one such event of human unification in recent history, in which divisions were surmounted through a spontaneous, organic, heartfelt movement of popular consciousness. Attempts to forcefully unify dissenting populations through the exercise of political dictates, military might or even rational debate and discourse are invariably doomed to failure. If the heart is not in it, any attempt at unification will, at best, likely be a tentative truce or cease-fire and, at worst, a potentially devastating, bloody failure.

Even so, despite a history of thousands of years of bloody conflict behind us, there remains, all the same, the promise of “Ascension” – of somehow rising above the petty, egocentric, illusory differences that divide us and finding true common ground and truly coming together as a species, from the heart, and ascending to a higher level of being together – achieving “unity consciousness” and a new way of living in harmony with each other and nature.

A Meditation on the Worship of Gold

Biblical prophet Daniel stands in defiance before the golden statue of Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar while the Babylonians bow in worship (see Daniel, Chapter 3)

Since the beginning of recorded history, mankind has worshipped the metallic commodity known, colloquially, as “gold.” All other religions fade in comparison with the worship of gold. We create idols out of gold – most famously, the golden calf created by the Israelites who dissented with Moses following their exodus from Egypt, and who were severely chastised for their act of rebellion (see Exodus, Chapter 32). We construct elaborate mythologies based on gold – sometimes involving gold-mining extra-terrestrials, as seen in the creation myths of the Sumerians and Babylonians. We base entire economies and monetary standards on gold. We characterize our standards of excellence, metaphorically, as “gold standards” and we lavish our icons of extreme wealth with golden trappings.

Rebellious Israelites worhip the golden calf after the Exodus from Egypt

When Columbus landed in the New World, it is said (anecdotally), that the first priority that obsessed him was to scour the land for gold. The Spanish conquistadors in South America were predominantly motivated by the hunt for Inca gold. The mass migration of more than 300,00 fortune-seekers to California in the mid-nineteenth century was instigated by the gold rush.

Golden statuettes representing the ancient Sun-Bull cult

And yet, gold has no intrinsic value, per se, other than its bright, shiny color and its relative scarcity, and the fact that its value remains relatively stable over time. In the vein of an Einsteinian “thought experiment,” however, let us consider what might happen if the value of gold suddenly crashed.

The idea that the value of gold might, one day, suddenly collapse is not entirely fictional or fantastical. In relative proximity to the earth’s orbit, there are asteroids floating about in space containing more than enough gold and silver ore in them to permanently crash the value of precious metals on earth. Even as we speak, there are startup companies around the world that are making serious plans to explore deep space, beyond the orbit of the moon, and one of the primary ambitions and motivating factors of these space-faring enterprises, launched by Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and others, is to harness and mine these floating gold and silver mines.

Main nave of the Church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador.

But have we seriously considered what such an enterprise, were it successful, would do to human society on earth? What would the collapse in the value of gold mean to centuries, even millenia, of religion, mythology and iconography, all constructed around the value of gold?

Author and scientific visionary Peter Diamandis, in his seminal book Abundance: The Future is Better than you Think, relates, in the first chapter, the fascinating history of another element – the metal aluminum.

He recounts the story of the initial discovery of the remarkable element, described as “a new metal, very light, shiny, almost as bright as silver” (Diamandis, Peter H., and Steven Kotler.  Abundance: the Future Is Better than You Think. Simon & Schuster, 2015., p.3). The metal was, apparently, extracted from clay, using a secret process, by an enterprising goldsmith, during the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius (contemporary to the life of Jesus Christ).

However, the goldsmith was rewarded for his pains by being beheaded by the ruthless monarch. Diamandis notes:

This shiny new metal was aluminum, and that beheading marked its loss to the world for nearly two millennia. It next reappeared during the early 1800s but was still rare enough to be considered the most valuable metal in the world. Napoléon III himself threw a banquet for the King of Siam where the honored guests were given aluminum utensils, while the others had to make do with gold.

(Ibid., p.3)
The capstone of the Washington Monument, in Washington, D.C. is made of aluminum, once considered to be rarer and more precious than gold!

As recently as the early 19th century, therefore, aluminum was considered to be more precious, even, than gold! Diamandis continues:

While bauxite is 52 percent aluminum, separating out the pure metal ore was a complex and difficult task. … In 1854 Henri Sainte-Claire Deville created the first commercial process for extraction, driving down the price by 90 percent. Yet the metal was still costly and in short supply.

It was the creation of a new breakthrough technology known as electrolysis, discovered independently and almost simultaneously in 1886 by American chemist Charles Martin Hall and Frenchman Paul Héroult, that changed everything. The Hall-Héroult process, as it is now known, uses electricity to liberate aluminum from bauxite. Suddenly everyone on the planet had access to ridiculous amounts of cheap, light, pliable metal.

(Ibid., pp.3-4)

For Diamandis, there is a generic lesson to be learned from the story of aluminum:

History’s littered with tales of once-rare resources made plentiful by innovation. The reason is pretty straightforward: scarcity is often contextual. … Technology is a resource-liberating mechanism. It can make the once scarce into the now abundant.

(Ibid., p.4)

Aluminum products are now widely used as kitchen utensils, cooking foil, etc.

From the perspective of the thesis of this meditation, however, the story of aluminum represents a cautionary tale – the parable of a once-precious metal, regarded not so long ago as even more valuable than gold, but which is now “cheap, ubiquitous, and used with a throwaway mind-set” (Ibid., p.3) thanks to a series of technological innovations in the latter half of the nineteenth century!

Can we, nevertheless, even begin to fathom how disruptive it would be to human society if the value of gold suddenly crashed, as a result of technological developments, such as those described above? The difference between aluminum and gold is stark – while aluminum may once have been more valuable than gold, gold has had a deep iconic status in human culture for millennia – going back to the beginnings of recorded history, in fact – a status that aluminum simply never had. Thus, a collapse in the value of gold, or even silver, would not simply be hugely economically disruptive, it would be socially, culturally, and even religiously disruptive to a level that is currently beyond our ability to grasp! The truth is that, when all is said and done, let’s face it – the worship of gold is the real religious principle that underlies and drives human society, not so much the worship of any deity!

The Tragedy of Scientific Materialism

Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. (NASA, ESA/Hubble)

“Modern Science” may claim to be a methodology — a toolkit, as it were, to enable and empower one to separate truth from fiction — but, in actual fact, Scientific Materialism is a belief system rooted in an ideology — no different, in essence, from any other belief system. In this century, Scientific Materialism is the establishment dogma and is responsible for the marginalization and even persecution of competing theories, ideas and belief systems.

When establishment voices speak about the importance and relevance of “Science,” they are not talking about the agnostic scientific method, per se. They are, in fact, referring to the dogma of Scientific Materialism — a dogma that worships at the altar of the big pharmaceutical industry (aka Big Pharma), that denounces alternative medicine and alternative science as heretical, that venerates Darwinism and the doctrine of Climate Change (previously known as “Global Warming”) as its sacred texts, and that heralds the coming of its new messiah — Artificial Intelligence (or AI)!

The tragedy of this misguided dogma is that it is, in fact, a belief system rooted in blind faith, rather than a thought system rooted in critical, rational analysis (as it claims to be), and that dismisses sound evidence that may, in any way, contradict or undermine its core suppositions — namely that human existence is a purely mechanistic phenomenon, that the human organism is an organic machine that evolved purely circumstantially, and that consciousness is purely a product of random electrical activity in the brain. Thus, the high priests of this establishment dogma of scientific materialism feel justified in ridiculing and marginalizing alternative science, alternative medicine and any ideas, propositions, claims or theories that may call their core belief system into question. In so doing, not only do they contradict the very scientific methodology that they claim to uphold (namely, the one that claims to be based on observational evidence and rational analysis), but they are in the process of making themselves irrelevant and obsolete through the process of denial and self-deception.

In actual fact, the cutting-edge claims of the very science that they claim to evangelize and venerate so deeply — the claims of Quantum Mechanics, for example — completely undermine the core suppositions of the materialistic worldview — namely, that the universe can definitely be known as a coherent, solid, material certainty, that human existence is mechanistic and purely organic in its form, and that consciousness is purely a product of the brain’s electrical activity, with no connection to anything beyond or outside itself. The course of scientific research has, ironically, completely undercut and undermined its own core foundation — the scientific materialism that originally arose from Newtonian physics. The cutting-edge physics of Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, and beyond, appears to have more in connection with the pantheistic spirituality and mysticism of ancient times than with more recent Newtonian physics!

Unfortunately, the political establishment of the early 21st Century is still run by people educated in the Newtonian model of reality and have their consciousness immersed in that defunct mode of thinking. It will probably take a generational shift before scientific materialism will finally be dismissed for the obsolete dogma that it, in fact is, and the mainstream world embraces the cutting edge claims of Quantum Mechanics and, with it, the ancient claims of mystical practices and spiritual texts from the remote past that resonate with these new ideas.

Monsters in the Shadows

I recently had the most bizarre and unnerving dream. I dreamt that I was deep-sea diving, and that I was surrounded by inky blackness in the shadowy depths of the ocean. It was completely silent and dark everywhere I turned. Then, I abruptly turned on a flashlight and swung the beam of light around me. The beam of light revealed that I was surrounded by monstrous creatures hidden in the shadowy depths of the ocean – some with gargantuan humanoid-looking features, others, resembling whales or great sharks – all completely silent, immobile, observing, and completely concealed by the inky depths of the ocean.

This was one of the most unnerving dreams I have ever had. I suffered from a panic/anxiety attack that morning, after I woke up. At first, I was unable to determine the cause of the attack, but I was eventually able to pinpoint this nightmare as the underlying cause.

I was at a loss, initially, about how to interpret this dream. Given the almost impersonal, archetypal elements of this dream, I took it to be a “mythical dream” – a term used by Joseph Campbell in a lecture about Jungian dream analysis. But if this was, indeed, a “mythical dream,” then I had no idea what it must represent.

Then, as I was reflecting on the content of this unsettling dream, I recalled what I had recently heard and read about the pervasive cultural phenomenon known, colloquially, as “social media.” It occurred to me that social media was either being used by or was a front for massive corporate and government surveillance operations – that, according to some commentators, social media corporate giants like Facebook, Twitter, etc., are, in fact, fronts for government agencies like the CIA, NSA and others, and are designed to con the public into revealing intimate personal details about themselves for data collection and surveillance purposes – ostensibly to facilitate targeted advertising features on social media platforms but, possibly, associated with more nefarious hidden agendas.

While I don’t deny that intelligence agencies like the CIA, NSA, MI-6, etc., play an important role in policing the world we live in, so as to ensure a safe environment for all, especially for the most vulnerable among us, it is also true that these intelligence agencies have been linked, through rogue operatives, if not systemically, with some extremely ugly, nefarious activities including drug-trafficking, gun-running, sexual blackmail, child abduction and abuse, human-trafficking, mind control, etc. In fact, in recent news, with the arrest of the supposed “pedophile billionaire” Jeffrey Epstein, evidence has emerged of a likely connection with intelligence agencies like MI-6 and Mossad – that, in fact, Epstein was a Mossad operative, possibly working in conjunction with MI-6, on a sophisticated operation to entrap and blackmail politicians, dignitaries and other power brokers over intimate and revealing evidence of illicit and criminal activity, often highly depraved in nature, which was, apparently, secretly recorded at one of Epstein’s numerous facilities.

If these are the kinds of people behind, or lurking in the shadows of, such social media platforms or, should I say, “operations,” as Facebook, Twitter, etc., then we have reason to be deeply concerned and suspicious. I am not one to advocate panic or paranoia, but it behooves us to be aware of the potential risks involved with engaging in social media – the waters may be far from safe – indeed, who knows who or what may be lurking in its shadowy depths, silently observing us?

Social Media Lynch Mobs: A Critical Analysis

Understanding the Phenomenon of Social Media Mob Outrage in terms of Jungian Shadow Projection and Girardian Mimetic Crises.


21st Century social media – Twitter, Facebook, and the like – have essentially brought Wild West-style lynch mobs and rough justice into the Cyber Age subverting, in effect, centuries of human social development into the modern civilized society of law and high ideals. On social media, these days, it is quite common to find situations where a random person somewhere makes a slightly off-color or inappropriate remark, which is immediately pounced upon by a horde of self-righteous social justice warrior-types and turned into a globally trending topic on Twitter or Facebook, in an attempt not only to publicly shame or humiliate the person in question but, indeed, to call for their personal destruction in the most vicious ways imaginable.

Author and journalist Jon Ronson describes the phenomenon in his book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (Picador, 2016), in which he recounts several anecdotes involving random, ordinary people whose lives and reputations were overturned and ruined by mobs of self-righteous SJWs, piling on comment upon comment on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, in denunciation of what was, typically, a relatively minor, insignificant offense, but which, through reiteration and distortion, was blown out of all proportion into an apparently serious crime. These crazed, vindictive SJW mobs seemed to be convinced, nevertheless, that by venting their wrath on random innocents, they were somehow righting the wrongs of civilized society.

The truth is that their actions represent anything but civilized society. This kind of lynch-mob rough justice, characteristic of a more barbarous age, such as those of the Wild West or the deep South during the Jim Crow era, really only plays into peoples’ basest instincts – namely, a craving for sensationalism, internet celebrity and instant gratification. It is, ultimately, mean-spirited and self-serving – having little to do with actual justice or truth and everything to do with primal, animalistic drives and urges.


There are a number of academic models that can help one come to a better understanding of such behavioral phenomena. One motif is to be found in the Analytical Psychology of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung describes the concept of the “shadow” which, he suggests, represents the dark side of the human personality and the repository of one’s suppressed urges and anxieties, hidden from the waking, conscious mind. In his work, Jung points out that “the shadow, being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognized as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else” (Wikipedia entry on Shadow (psychology)):

Projection is one of the commonest psychic phenomena…. Everything that is unconscious in ourselves we discover in our neighbor, and we treat him accordingly. (Carl Jung, Archaic Man)

Thus, the phenomenon of “shadow projection”, as described in Jungian Psychology, is not merely hypocrisy, which is a conscious act. Rather, it is the unconscious projection onto others of one’s own deep-seated personal insecurities and sources of guilt and shame. This suggests that the biggest accusers in the social media landscape secretly harbor a personal guilt or shame associated with the very subject of their accusations.

It must be noted, however, that this is not to suggest that all conscientious whistle-blowers are, in fact, acting out of Jungian shadow-projection. In general, nevertheless, this tendency certainly does seem to apply in typical lynch mob-type scenarios, in which the loudest accusers tend to be the most secretly guilt-ridden of the very crimes of which they accuse others. Thus, very frequently, the loudest voices accusing others of racism, antisemitism or prejudice are themselves the most personally flawed in exactly the ways they accuse others of being.

Another academic model that can help us come to grips with the 21st century phenomenon of social media lynch mobs is the concept of “mimesis,” as described, in his works, by philosopher Re Girard. Mimesis, which Girard describes as the unconscious urge to imitate the desires and anxieties of one’s peers and rivals, is seen by him to be a critical governing factor in social behaviors of various kinds. This human tendency is clearly visible in social media trends, fashion crazes, stock market cycles, and so forth. Girard notes that a “mimetic crisis” happens in a society when, as a result of some calamity, people begin to emulate the anxieties of their peers in relation to the perceived cause of the said calamity. Thus, when blame is cast on an individual or group, for some perceived or actual misdeed, the tendency for blame quickly spreads among vast populations as a mimetic “contagion,” resulting in a scenario similar to modern social media shamings or, in the past, to lynch mobs or witch-hunts (as in Salem, Mass. or during the McCarthy trials, both of which represent classic Girardian scenarios of mimetic contagion and crisis). This results, inevitably, in the gang-stalking and scapegoating of random individuals, which often lead to their unjustified ostracizing, public humiliation and even, at times, to violence and blood-letting, all in a whirlwind of self-righteous mob indignation.


The worst part of this phenomenon, as it manifests itself in the social media landscape, is not so much that it is to be found in the human psyche. These aspects of human behavior have long been known and discussed by philosophers and psychologists. Rather, it appears that such behavior is being actively perpetuated and even encouraged and abetted by social media corporations. Instead of policing their platforms to protect the rights of individuals and the average user, it appears that social media companies are really primarily interested in protecting the wealthy, powerful and well-connected. They would, in fact, go so far as to censor any valid criticism of corruption in high places or depravity among the elite. Rather, like the mainstream media in general, they are frequently seen to be quick to jump on the bandwagon of social media mimetic trends in order to exploit them for private enrichment, often at the expense of the random individual. They do little or nothing to police mimetic crises involving, for example, the social-media lynching of random citizens for relatively minor, innocuous offenses, or the scapegoating of minorities, etc.

This suggests to me that there is an active agenda at work behind corporations in the social media space – corporations like Twitter, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Apple, Microsoft, etc. There appears to be an agenda cynically to manipulate the public in such a way as to encourage and exploit the scapegoating of random innocents for relatively minor offenses, which are often sensationally blown way out of proportion in terms of their severity or importance. Simultaneously, these corporations actively protect wealthy and well-connected “elites” from any criticism, frequently helping to cover up very real, significant crimes and misdeeds. This is often achieved through mismanaged policing of their platforms and practices like censorship, shadow-banning and the stifling of legitimate discourse, to say nothing of the theft of personal identity and information from social media users.

Whether this is all part of an elaborate, pre-conceived agenda to cover up corporate and elite criminality or just the natural offshoot of corporate PR coupled with pressure from advertisers, remains to be seen. What is unquestionable, though, is the basic corporate greed at work in the exploitation of social trends. The bottom line is that social media corporations have fallen far short of expectations when it comes to enabling or empowering the masses and serving as a means of self-expression or a voice for justice. Rather, they are proving to be part of the systemic repression of the masses and are acting as enablers of some of the very basest of human instincts – for instance, the desires for mob justice, for media sensationalism, and the deep-seated, innate human drives towards cruelty, vindictiveness and violence. Mainstream social media corporations, thus, have a great deal to answer for!

Beyond Religion: Metaphor and Message


Religion appears to be getting to be increasingly relevant to the world we live in — by the day. The news is filled with stories in which religion and religious identity seem to play a crucial role — from stories about religiously motivated violence to those about end-time scenarios. While religion is a vital part of the human experience, the fact that it continues to become increasingly significant in modern, 21st century life, is surely cause for concern and speculation.

My understanding of religion is that it is, essentially, a metaphorical overlay on top of a spiritual experience of some sort. There are two fundamental layers or dimensions to religion — the metaphor and the message. The one — metaphor — is the linguistic or symbolic expression of the other — the message — which is the underlying spiritual experience conveyed by the religion. As I see it, regardless of the linguistic, symbolic or ritualistic trappings of a religion, it is the underlying spiritual dynamics that are really important in any religious tradition. In that respect, every religion is a different language used to describe similar human experiences and spiritual themes.

Cruelty, for example, is cruelty in any religion. Similarly, grace and compassion are the same regardless of the religious or cultural context. The same may be said about corruption, manipulation, deception, etc., which are universal human traits, attributes or experiences. They may be conveyed differently in different religious settings, but the core human experiences remain consistent across all platforms.

Every culture or religion has its share of unseemly institutions and depraved practices. Customs like polygamy, pedophilia, human sacrifice, cannibalism, the marginalization of minorities, the scapegoating of innocents, etc., are, in my estimation, inherently despicable regardless of their religious or cultural context, which may be diverse and wide-ranging. Some specific examples include the ongoing pedophilia scandal in the Catholic church, the historical practice of polygamy in Islam and Mormonism, the underground practice of human sacrifice in Satanism, and the (now illegal) practice of caste discrimination in Hinduism. From a sane, rational perspective, I think, we may be justified in condemning such depravities, regardless of their religious significance, and calling for, or even legislating, religious reform. By the same token, every religious or cultural tradition has its share of inherently positive, spiritually uplifting practices and messages — such as prayer, meditation, choral and instrumental music, chanting, service to humanity, charitable institutions, the arts, etc. From a sane, rational perspective, these are inherently praiseworthy, regardless of the religious or cultural trappings one may find them in.

A terrorist is a terrorist in any religion; an autocrat is an autocrat in any religion. Similarly, basic human decency is what it is in any religion. A saint or a visionary is who they are in any religion.

If religion may be described as a metaphorical/symbolic/linguistic overlay that describes certain fundamental truths about the human condition and spiritual experience, then, I would argue, religious fundamentalism is the result of placing inordinate emphasis on the metaphor, to the exclusion of the message. It arises when the linguistic constructions and symbolism of the religion override the underlying spiritual dynamics and human truths. Fundamentalism happens when the metaphor/symbols/language of religion become supremely relevant while the true meaning of those symbols becomes less important, or even unimportant. This is how you can have a situation where a religion preaching a message of peace, love and compassion can, at the same time, promote acts of hatred, violence, terror, and discrimination — all in the name of that same religion. Thus, in my humble estimation, when religious metaphor overrides the underlying message and spiritual dynamics — that is what ultimately creates divisiveness and violence in society along cultural, ethnic, and other sociological grounds.

I think that the important thing for religious people to keep in mind is to place greater emphasis on the underlying meaning and message of their religious tradition, and not so much on its metaphorical overlay or superficial trappings. I think it is the spiritual dynamics underlying any religious tradition that are of vital significance — for example, messages of grace, compassion, redemption and human upliftment. The language and metaphor, rites and ceremonies, costumes and pageantry, may be splendid to behold, but are, ultimately, far less important. From a sane, rational perspective, that is how one can, I think, get to the truth and restore the integrity of any religious experience or practice.

Sound and Water: Understanding Cymatics


In my last few blog posts, I discussed some ideas presented by the authors Masaru Emoto, Leonard Horowitz and Michael Tyrell. It must be noted that I have barely scratched the surface of the ideas they have discussed in their works. For more details about these and related ideas, I recommend a more in-depth study of their publications, which include books, articles, and audio and video presentations. It is not my intention to go into a detailed discussion of the entire contents of their works. I have discussed here no more than may be found in a book review or, perhaps, an academic dissertation – citing their works under fair use guidelines.

That said, I would like to recapitulate, summarize and elaborate upon some of the ideas previously discussed to enable the reader to come to a better understanding of the deeper significance of the themes being discussed here. These are tough concepts to understand and need to be revisited, chewed and digested before they can truly be appreciated.

Water has structure and memory

One of the basic ideas emerging from these discussions is the revelation that water is not what it appears to be. It is not simply the bland liquid we use to slake our thirst and, for the most part, take for granted, unless one is stranded in a desert with no oasis in sight.

Water, in fact, has a distinct molecular shape – a tetrahedron – that enables water molecules to assume invisible (for the most part) microscopic structures. Structured water behaves like a “liquid crystal superconductor of sound and light” (Horowitz, Leonard G., The Book of 528: Prosperity Key of Love, Tettrahedron, 2011, p. 166). The form of structured water was captured by Masaru Emoto, in his experiments with freezing ice crystals under various conditions. Emoto claims to have established that not only does water have the ability to structure itself, microscopically, it also appears to display one of the primary characteristics of consciousness – response to external stimuli. The hidden structure of water appears to be affected by external circumstances – and even by human actions, words and, it appears, even thoughts. Water appears to have some sort of connection with human consciousness in that its hidden structure and ability to crystallize when frozen are affected by human consciousness. This concept is so mind-blowingly remarkable that it is worth thinking about and discussing extensively as a subject in itself.


If it is true that water has the ability to retain and “remember” various types of information, then the implications of that possibility are profound. Hopefully, such an understanding will inspire a more reverential attitude towards the world’s water supplies, particularly with regard to dealing with issues involving water contamination and pollution. If rivers, lakes and oceans are literally alive at some level, then surely humanity has a great deal to learn from them – if it were possible, somehow, to communicate with water or, at least, interpret its “hidden messages” (Emoto, Masaru, The Hidden Messages in Water, Atria Books, 2005, Prologue).

Water resonates with certain sound frequencies

Owing, in part, at least, to its tetrahedral molecular shape, water appears to be influenced by sound frequencies so that it seems to resonate with certain frequencies in particular – namely, the so-called Solfeggio frequencies and their harmonics. Water appears to demonstrate its resonance with these frequencies by organizing itself, at a molecular level, into “structured water” – liquid crystal – which is visible when the water is frozen under certain conditions, as in the case of fresh snowflakes or Masaru Emoto’s experimental ice droplets. These specific sound frequencies were discovered through mystical/Divine inspiration and a study of the Biblical Book of Numbers by Dr. Joseph Puleo, an associate and collaborator of Dr. Leonard Horowitz. These frequencies are centered around the sound frequency of 528 Hertz (or cycles per second). While each of the Solfeggio frequencies discovered by Dr. Puleo has a characteristic set of traits, the “Miracle tone” of 528 Hz. – the Mi note in the Solfeggio scale – seems to be unique for its miraculous healing and stress-relieving ability.


Additionally, through the study of Cymatics – which examines the symmetries of wave formations generated in various media – it is possible to gain some appreciation and understanding of how various sound frequencies influence the media they travel through. The wave formations studied in the discipline of Cymatics can readily be viewed when transmitting sound frequencies through bowls and containers of water. The frequency of 528 Hz., in fact appears to generate a unique shape – a 36 pointed star. It is possible to capture these shapes through photography or other methods, e.g. the cymascope. The images of wave formations obtained by such techniques often manifest as remarkably complex patterns and designs – mandalas – which are a deep-rooted part of many Eastern religions and cultural practices.

The human body is largely made of water

The human body has been described by many as being a glorified sac of water. The human physiology, by varying estimates, is 60-70% water.

It stands to reason, therefore, that if water is deeply affected by various sound frequencies, the human body would also be profoundly affected by those frequencies. Indeed, as posited by Dr. Leonard Horowitz, the Solfeggio frequencies are exactly these biologically resonant sound frequencies. This may be why, it has been suggested, the human body vibes with certain sounds and, especially, musical notes. These particular notes – claimed to be the Solfeggio frequencies or notes – are organically resonant because they  profoundly resonate with the water that makes up 60-70% of human body chemistry.


We human beings “feel” certain musical notes deeply in our beings – resonating with us at a profound cellular and molecular level – because this music resonates with the water in our body chemistry. This water responds to the stimuli of musical notes by organizing its molecular structure into so-called “structured water”, which has a unique set of properties. It stands to reason, therefore, that our health – which includes our physical fitness and well-being as well as our brain function – is profoundly influenced by the resonance of structured water to the Solfeggio sound frequencies. For this reason, among others, it has been suggested that the Solfeggio frequencies may have healing properties.

The Key of David

The musician Michael Tyrell recounts in his book The Sound of Healing that he believes that he has discovered the so-called “Key of David” – an enigmatic icon derived from a mention in the Biblical Book of Isaiah. By following numerological clues and his knowledge of Biblical and musical history, especially regarding how the legendary King David of Israel tuned his lyre (kinnor) to a higher note or frequency than was the common practice, Tyrell surmised that David possibly tuned his lyre to set the key of A to 444 Hz., as opposed to the modern tuning of A=440 Hz. (standard western turning) or the alternative tuning of A=432 Hz. Doing so results in 4 of the 6 Solfeggio frequencies manifesting themselves when playing the instrument, especially C5 manifesting as 528 Hz.


Tyrell came to believe that this secret higher-than-usual system of tuning of A=444 Hz. is the key to the allegedly miraculous powers of King David’s music – its supernatural healing properties and miraculous heavenly sound. Apparently, the secret has to do with the Solfeggio frequencies manifesting in the music, which, as was mentioned earlier, resonates with water at a molecular level and, as such, appears to have profound effects on human health and well-being.

The Rockefeller Foundation, Joseph Goebbels and Standard Western Tuning

Both Dr. Leonard Horowitz and Michael Tyrell provide extensive evidence on the background and historical circumstances leading to the eventual standardization of music tuning in the the 20th and 21st Centuries – standard western tuning, which defines the key of A tuned to 440 Hz. This system of music tuning is currently widely adopted and universally accepted as the standard.

Dr. Horowitz mentions that in the 1930s, prior to WWII, according to citations in their own archives, the Rockefeller Foundation conducted extensive research into the psychological impact of sound frequencies for wartime applications, especially with regard to the ability of certain sound frequencies to trigger negative emotional responses such as unease, fear and even mass hysteria. Dr. Horowitz also mentions that the Rockefellers’ Standard Oil corporation was closely affiliated with Nazi Germany through its association with the IG Farben petrochemical cartel. These circumstances culminated, on the eve of WWII, with the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, holding a conference in London to institute the music tuning system of A=440 Hz. as the international standard. While this arrangement did not last for long, due to the war, subsequent attempts were made to standardize music tuning by the ISO and the EU, presumably at the behest of the Rockefeller Foundation.


Both Dr. Horowitz and Tyrell emphatically state that the standard tuning system of A=440 Hz., which is widely deployed by the modern mass media, produces a biologically harmful set of sound frequencies that do not resonate organically with human physiology. While the difference in frequency between standard tuning vs. Solfeggio tuning is barely perceptible to the human ear – a mere 4 cents or approximately 0.16 semitones difference in music pitch – the difference can be felt physiologically and even psychologically. The lack of organic resonance to the standard tuning of A440 results in a devastating physiological and psychological impact after prolonged exposure. This can lead to significant health and psychological problems in the widespread populace – a circumstance aggravated by the exponentially growing deployment of mass media technologies like TVs, cellphones, tablets, etc., all of which apparently transmit media at standard frequencies.

The need for a universal music pitch shift

Underscoring the devastating effects of prolonged exposure to music tuned to the “standard” frequency of A=440 Hz., Dr. Horowitz and Tyrell call for a dramatic shift in universal practices of music tuning. They urge musicians and music producers worldwide to reject the standard system of A440 music tuning and, instead, adopt the much more organically resonant and beneficial Key of David tuning system of A=444 Hz. Doing so, they allege, can bring about a dramatic shift in circumstances for the human race.

This new system of music tuning has the potential, if exponentially deployed and amplified, to raise the collective vibration of the human species and to bring about a paradigm shift in human affairs. We could be witnessing miracles transpiring everywhere and dramatic instances of healing and recovery from deadly diseases.


As Tyrell mentions, when music is played at the correct frequency and with the right intentions, when it is magnified sufficiently to the glory of God, He responds and Heaven comes to earth (Tyrrell, Michael S., The Sound of Healing: Unveiling the Phenomena of Wholetones, Barton Publishing, 2015, p.96). Both Dr. Horowitz and Tyrell firmly believe in the remarkable potential of correctly tuned music to dramatically improve the quality of life for all people worldwide, if deployed at a sufficient scale and with the right intentions at heart.


The evidence provided by the authors I have cited is pretty compelling. If I may add my personal testimony to the mix – although I have not experienced any dramatic instances of healing or recovery resulting from music tuned to A444, I have certainly experienced a profound sense of peace of mind upon listening to A444 music tracks. They are also extremely powerful stress relievers and energizers to listen to. I can also attest to playing some Solfeggio music tracks on headphones for my father when he was gravely ill – while there is no direct evidence that the music had any significant healing properties, I did notice that it gave him a tremendous sense of relief from the illness – an effect that was directly perceptible in his improved heart-rate and breathing patterns.

Is it possible that music played over the Solfeggio frequencies could dramatically transform our lives – healing us from illness and clearing our troubled minds? While the definitive corroborative clinical evidence may be lacking, the possibility certainly holds a great deal of promise. If nothing else, the music is tremendously effective at providing relief from troubles and stress. At best, however, and with further research, it holds the promise of miraculously transforming our lives for the better – but these possibilities still need to be researched and investigated further.


There may be some misconceptions about musical instrument tuning, and I think I should clear them up here. For example, I believe there may be some confusion about the difference between major and minor keys on a keyboard vs. the tuning of the keyboard. These are not the same things. A typical keyboard, like the one I own, has a “Function” button with some enhanced settings. If I press the “Function” button on my keyboard a few times, I arrive at a setting labeled “Tune”. This tuning setting was set, by default, to 440.0 Hz., which is the standard western tuning of A=440Hz., perpetuated by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and the Rockefeller Foundation. What I have done on my keyboard is to modify this setting to 444.0 Hz., which results in A=444Hz. tuning, as suggested by Dr. Leonard Horowitz. As a result, my keyboard now plays in this “Key of David” music tuning system. It still has both major and minor keys, but the entire keyboard plays in this new, more vibrant tuning system, which, supposedly, has health benefits and, in general, is more pleasing to the ear.