After a week in Pyramid Valley, Bangalore, my perspective on science, mysticism and spirituality, and their seemingly conflicting relationship with one another has in many ways shifted.
The Pyramid Valley movement is based around meditation and the science of spirituality whilst exploring the untapped power of pyramids on the human mind, body and even on agriculture. Scientists, researchers, meditation practitioners and spiritual teachers are collectively working towards ending the age-old battle between hard science and mysticism. Opening unprecedented avenues of inquiry this community is embarking upon some pretty wild and dome rocking areas of research, with the overarching intention to bridge the gap between the material world and what we are yet to fully understand.
Modern science is the authority and our primary source of for understanding the natural world but mainstream scientific materialism remains unable to explain certain phenomena that occurs- often dismissing theories from mystics, due to the difficulty one faces in using the scientific method to quantify and measure certain occurrences in what could be regarded as the spiritual realm.
In my personal opinion the potential of the human has not yet been fully recognized and properly harnessed. It is what distinguishes us from other animals, we are the hominid who knows it knows. We are conscious of our own consciousness, and the things that are truly important to our existence often exist outside of the material world. In an age where much of our lives are defined by material possessions, and much of our knowledge is based on the data of material science, the ethereal and the intangible are often overlooked.
Some phenomena cannot be measured and tested by numbers or in a strictly quantifiable manner, but it does not mean they are of less or no value. Just because a place cannot be pin pointed on a map with a particular longitude and latitude does not mean it is not worth visiting. Love, a sense of peace or belonging, god, the divine, spirituality, whatever you want to call seems to evade existence in the quantifiable material world. But taking into account the crucial role they play on our lives along with their lack of material existence perhaps is what defines them as far ‘realer’ and more impactful than anything we can see or touch.
Whilst I acknowledge that science is responsible for most of our current understanding and technological advancements it would seem that it has also grown somewhat arrogant, often operating under the notion that what it cannot explain must not exist, at lest not to the same degree that things of a solid quantifiable nature exist.
Whether it be science’s lack of understanding of dreams and visionary states, the observable effects and power of meditation and collectively focused consciousness, the profound impact of psychoactive substances on the human psyche – or the inability to provide sound scientific explanations for things like the placebo effect, ancient cultures and their inexplicable wisdom and construction methods, reoccurring accounts of telepathy, transcendental and supernatural experiences, seemingly impossible feats of human strength and endurance, life after death, or the very purpose of our existence, many of these questions have been dismissed due to the difficulty one encounters when trying to quantify and test these things using the conventional scientific method. No known instrument or unit of measurement exists for these things and for that reason the explanations given by mystics and religions are often neglected in a world where science and repeated experimentation reigns supreme.
To repeat an analogy I recently heard that quite aptly describes modern sciences inability to explain certain phenomena based outside the realm of quantifiable solids:
A man is searching beneath a street light for his keys. Someone asks him what he is doing, to which he replies, ‘I am searching for my keys that I lost on the other side of the road’.
‘Why then are you searching on this side of the road when you believe you lost them over there?’ Asks the other incredulously.
‘Because this is where the light is.’ Says the hopelessly searching man.
In the same way, academics and modern science are bound by their strictly scientific method based in the logic of material and solids and are unwilling or simply unable to modify their method of inquiry, futilely searching for answers to questions based outside their accepted scope of understanding. They are only looking for the answers under the area of light provided by their useful though regimented methods- And this is where the mystic and the believer in the otherworldly comes into play.
With our understanding of both science and spirituality growing it seems these two polar opposites which have opposed each other for centuries are slowly coming full circle and converging in a universal truth which could have incredible implications for the future.
Modern physics now considers the universe to be an inseparable web of dynamic activity and motion where nothing is fixed. All matter is compromised of bundles of energy that permeates and connects every object and every act – everything affecting everything else in a constant state of fluidity.
Much alike everything in the known universe, the powers of the mind are governed by laws, although they have yet to be fully comprehended in the same way the physical world has.
Put simply, science is beginning to confirm much of what mystics and spiritual teachers have been preaching for thousands of years, moving towards the idea that our minds have the power to manifest reality and that we are not separate but part of a whole working as a single giant organism of symbiosis in order to achieve the universes state of equilibrium.
According to many of the professors and researchers I have spoken with at Pyramid Valley, Jayavena Kamaraju in particular; the realms of physics, metaphysics and quantum physics are slowly being merged into a unified field of study. Kamaraju, a truly inspiring researcher and spiritual voyager, has dedicated his life to this cause and is convinced that the untapped powers of pyramids and meditation combined with hard science is the next frontier of human existence and consciousness.
Pyramid valley is part of a unique movement looks to incorporate the mysterious and cosmic power held by pyramids (when constructed with specific angles, alignment and measurements consistent with the ancient pyramids) on things such as meditation, its healing power on the human body and mind, increased accounts of outer body experiences and even its effects on agriculture and the enhancement it appears to have for growing fruits and vegetables and preserving perishables.
Pyramids were central to ancient cultures in Egypt, Mexico, Peru and Indonesia and other countries. These cultures, along with the widespread use of psychoactive plant medicines, all constructed these pyramids independent of one another at different times throughout history (with no known contact with one another). They also shared a truly unbelievable knowledge of astronomy, the annual movement of celestial bodies, and possessed eerily similar folklore and symbolic language. This suggests that perhaps these civilizations all stem from a single, advanced civilization, but I’ll try and stay on track .
After a number of sessions undergoing a specific form of meditation in which the mind is made empty by observation of natural breath, I can say from experience that there really is some untapped power in these meticulously constructed pyramids.
Although I have been practicing meditation for some time, I still consider myself in many ways a novice, but I have never had such striking experiences than when in the kings chamber of the meditation Pyramid. To say these were powerful, life changing encounters would be an over statement as what really struck me was the way in which time seemed to simply dissolve inside the structure. Minutes passed as though they were seconds and I was always left surprised at how much time had gone by and how mentally clear, aware and present I felt afterwards.
I have spoken to some of the researchers who claim to have had transcendental experiences in the pyramid, some of which can only be described as astral travel.
Some spoke of meditation as a slow process to achieving a higher state of consciousness that can be attained instantaneously through certain psychedelics which are seen as a useful, though temporary short cut to these profound altered states of perception, where consensus reality is shattered and thought structures dissolved.
At the quantum energy research center in Pyramid valley, there are diligent researchers exploring the profound power found in pyramids and meditation. Using flotation chambers, resonant field imaging and a variety of new technologies, physicists, researchers and scientists are studying the effects of meditation, in conjunction with pyramids on the overall health and the state of the mind and body.
The effect of pyramids on agriculture are also being experimented with, monitoring the way the cosmic energy stored by carefully aligned pyramids can preserve perishables and enhance the growing process of fruits and vegetables.
Along with witnessing this ground breaking research first hand, I have had the privilege of encountering a couple who run workshops on transformative art. Acknowledging the regimented and often commercially driven educations we receive, Ojas Oneness and his partner Elody endeavor to teach a form of creativity that is solely dependent on the individual, helping many to unlearn their prejudices and preconceptions of art and creativity. They see art in its purest form and creativity as a life force only fully harnessed in the present moment and I am a firm believe in their mission.
“Creativity is a life force and cannot be regarded with a structured, limited mind. It is beyond our mind and through meditation our own body can become a creative masterpiece and eventually lead us to liberation” – Ojas Oneness, founder of the Diviners
Much of this remains inconclusive for now, but from where I’m standing these new and somewhat radical ways of perceiving science, spirituality and the otherworldly seems to make a lot of sense. You may not be convinced but I hope this has been at least thought provoking. And as out there as some of this seems, this experience and this information doesn’t seem to offend my inner sense of reason half as much as the trash coming out of mainstream media, whose agendas are far from subtle.
With the environment, politics and the world in a state that is calling for significant change perhaps spirituality is a key component to inciting a necessary revolution of consciousness. Many ancient peoples connected their spirituality with everything in the natural world seeing nature as alive and integral to their survival. The sun spirit, the moon spirit, the spirit of the trees, earth and water, clouds. Their spirituality was based upon the natural world as opposed to being structured around dogma, institution and rigid texts.
Perhaps if we possessed a sense of spirituality, gratitude and respect for our natural environment that was more aligned with these so called ‘primitive’ societies we wouldn’t be facing a disastrous and unprecedented ecological collapse set to affect everyone, starting with the third world (the least guilty in terms of environmental destruction).
Modern science is a wonderful thing and is undeniably a game changer. The evidence is all around us. But in a world that is becoming increasingly based on the material, maybe a healthy dose of a new, less rigid spirituality, based more on personal experience than anything we can be taught, might add a bit of much needed balance and take some weight off what seems to be a tragically sinking ship.
“God enters by a private door into every individual.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson