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A Quest for the Hidden Power of the Planet
By Serge Kahili King
Theosophical Publishing HouseCopyright © 1992 Serge Kahili King
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Clues from the Ancients
Myth, legend, history and archeology are full of clues that the ancients used vril in various ways. There is evidence that it was understood widely in many long-gone cultures. While we can only speculate on the ancients' psychoenergetic ideas and practices, later chapters present more recent practices closer to home that corroborate the existence and influence of this powerful unseen energy. Meanwhile, in discussing psychoenergetics of the past, I also share some personal experiences.
Traditions of India
From Indian philosophy, we get the concept of three kinds of force or energy: prana, akasa and kundalini. Different schools disagree somewhat on exactly what they are. In general, prana is considered a free form of energy in the atmosphere and also the vitalizing energy in living things. It is taken into the body through food and by breathing. By the use of certain techniques an abnormal amount can be ingested and stored in the body and used to improve health, as well as to be directed mentally to help others and to perform such feats as levitation. Kundalini is described as a force stored at the base of the spine which can be induced to rise up the spine to the top of the head and in so doing is said to open chakras or psychic centers and lead either to enlightenment or to physical and psychic damage. Some claim raising kundalini is the only way to enlightenment, but some warn that it should not be attempted unless one is in the extended care of a "master"; otherwise one could literally burn oneself up as the energy tears its way upward. Akasa (or akashia, akasha) is more mysterious than the other two, being variously described as an energy and as an etheric fluid. I return to this concept several times in the book.
Virtually everything written about prana and kundalini comes from yogis, occultists and similar writers. Hardly anything has been written from a purely objective point of view, simply describing effects so that one can understand them.
Out of the Far East
The scientific achievements of ancient China were far ahead of any other civilization of the time except, perhaps, Egypt. Chinese alchemists were trying to change base metals to gold, to discover the secret of immortality and to reach perfection in body, mind and spirit long before the birth of Christ. Their methods and terminology were remarkably similar to those of European alchemists during the Middle Ages.
One Chinese accomplishment was the manufacture of aluminum bronze. Objects of that material have been found dating back to the second century A.D. As far as we know now, the only way to make such an alloy is by electrolysis, so either they knew of that process or used another, unknown to us as yet. Magnetism was known in the same era and was used for orientation by 2 A.D.
More remarkably, a seismograph was invented between 78 and 139 A.D. that, in the words of Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, "implies the application of advanced scientific principles and postulates a knowledge of the earth's structure, of mathematics and even of the propagation of waves, the origin of which is unknown." Such knowledge would have taken centuries to build up by the means we use today.
In Chinese writings of the first millennium B.C. there are many references to "magic mirrors." Some sources state that they were used to capture spirits, though this is not readily accepted today. According to Pauwels and Bergier, they "have extremely complicated high reliefs on the back of the looking glass. When direct sunlight falls on the mirror, the high reliefs, which are separated from the surface by a reflecting glass, become visible. This does not happen in artificial light. The phenomenon is scientifically inexplicable." It is also said that when set up in pairs they transmit images to form a kind of television. Going further back into Chinese legendary history, we find evidence of airplanes, spaceships, terrible weapons of destruction, marvelous healing abilities and men who have mastered the technique of flying.
All technological exploits require energy. What kind of energy concepts do we find among the Chinese? There are two, which turn out to be quite similar to the Hindu ideas of prana and kundalini. First there is li, which means strength, energy or force. The term, with qualifying additions, can be applied to anything from electricity to gravity to mind-force. According to esoteric literature, li alone is used when referring to the energy behind levitation and other supernormal phenomena. In its written form the Chinese language is descended from pictographs, somewhat like hieroglyphics, and individual ideas are formed into what are called "characters." Most characters are composed of two or more basic characters and relatively few are single. The character for li is a single type, indicating that it is an extremely ancient concept.
The other type of energy, called ch'i, is associated mostly with the body. Its root meaning is "breath." According to theory, its operation forms the basis for acupuncture. Ch'i is said to circulate through the body in channels called "meridians." When these meridians get blocked, there is too much ch'i in one part of the body and too little in another. Thus, says the theory, disease and pain develop. The purpose of acupuncture is to balance the flow and restore harmony in the body. There is no doubt that acupuncture works, although modern medicine has no explanation for it within the framework of Western tradition. Ch'i is also prominent in the practice of t'ai ch'i ch'uan and ch'i kung, whose purpose is to cause the ch'i to flow easily throughout the body, as well as in Chinese martial arts where it is concentrated in the extremities for fighting. There are numerous tales from China, often dramatized in modern movies, of martial arts masters using the power of ch'i for such superhuman feats as lifting, breaking, leaping and flying, not to mention dispatching hordes of opponents. Western martial artists tend to discount the ch'i aspects of Chinese tradition and to focus only on the physical skills.
I have practiced t'ai ch'i ch'uan and ch'i kung and have felt the ch'i or vril flow through my body. And I have experienced powerful effects from the practice of martial arts. The famous martial artist Bruce Lee had a technique he called the "one-inch punch" whereby the mental focus of ch'i in his fist enabled him to knock a man across a room with a punch that traveled no farther than one inch. Intrigued by this, I practiced until I could knock one of my pillow-protected sons back several feet with the one-inch punch. When I was in the Marine Corps I lost my temper once and hit a man on the chin, automatically focusing my energy as I did so. He flew off the ground and back five feet before landing. Amazingly, I never actually felt any contact with his chin, and he did not have the slightest bruise.
The Japanese concept of ki is virtually identical to ch'i. Japan also has the ancient tradition of the recently popularized ninja, who were supposedly able to use their ki for superhuman feats and magical abilities. One of their presumed powers was the ability to become invisible. Using techniques of breathing and mental focus I have used this on a number of occasions, although it appears to work by diverting the attention of others rather than causing any physical change. To share another Marine Corps story, it was the policy when I was in, for every Marine, at least in the infantry, to spend thirty days a year on kitchen duty. So every month the troops lined up and the men to go on "K.P." were selected. I felt that I could serve my country better in the field than in the kitchen, so when the troops lined up for selection I just "turned invisible." Strange as it may sound, the fact is that I served three years without any kitchen duty.
Middle Eastern Mysteries
At Baalbek in Lebanon there are enormous stone blocks, quarried, shaped and carried to a temple site by means unknown, not only to the ancients as far as we know, but by means unknown to our present technology. Three of the blocks at the temple site weigh one thousand tons each. There is not a crane in the world that could lift them, even supposing there were a vehicle that could carry them. And one dressed block still at the quarry site weighs two thousand tons, impossible to move by our present standards, but the stones are uncomfortably there. Other sites containing gigantic blocks abound in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean. Egypt contains some of the best known examples. Not only the pyramids, but massive temple foundations and colossal statues demonstrate an unknown technique of transportation. Of course, a number of plausible theories about the construction of the pyramids exist.
In ancient Egypt legend tells of rods of power that could be charged by the mind or energy of priests. They could then be pointed at massive blocks of stone, such as found in the Great Pyramid, causing them to rise in the air and move a few feet before falling. According to legend the stones in the pyramids, in massive temple foundations and in colossal statues were moved in this way to the construction site and into place. Since we have no explanation that satisfies everyone of how these huge stones were moved, we might explore the use of rods of power in ancient Egypt. Their art and literature provide ample evidence that Egyptians used rods of different kinds.
The ankh or crux ansata is a kind of cross with a circle at the top, like the astronomical symbol for Venus. It is found frequently in the hieroglyphics and has been translated as meaning "life." It has long been considered a symbol for occult wisdom, and with the rise in popularity of that field, the ankh has been made into a rather faddish piece of jewelry. But a careful look at Egyptian frescoes and sculpture shows that it was not always worn. Instead it was often large enough to hold in the hand, quite in the manner of a weapon or tool, either with the fingers curled through the circle or with the straight end gripped in the fist. Some legends state that it emitted a bolt of lightning that could destroy one's enemies, and some frescoes seem to show this or something similar happening. Others seem to indicate that it was used in a healing manner.
How was the ankh made and of what materials? On a visit to the Cairo Museum in 1980 I made extensive observations of the oldest ankhs on display. Some were made of mixed materials, either different metals or combinations of metal and wood, and the crossbar was made in the form of a knot tying the circle and shaft together. This is pure speculation, but this construction may be related to positive and negative polarities of energy represented by the obvious male and female symbolism.
Then there are curious rods, four to five inches long, frequently shown in the hands of statues representing gods, kings, queens, princes and overseers. The latter generally hold only one rod, while the others almost always are shown holding two, one in each hand. Egyptologists have no clue as to what they were for. The rods are too small to be symbols of power because they would not be noticeable from a few yards away, and the markings, size and shape are not appropriate for royal seals. For a possible explanation we can turn once again to esoteric tradition. Information received from various mediums over the years indicates that the purpose of the rods was to increase the power of one's body energy field to the point where the energy could be directed at will for both psychic and physical objectives. The small rods were supposedly made of different materials designed to generate a current flow between them. One combination claimed was carbon and magnetic iron, another was copper or bronze and tin. Some were reported to be composed of tubes within tubes.
I have conducted many experiments with several hundred volunteers to demonstrate that some kind of energy flow is stimulated between these different materials, either when placed in the hand or just in close proximity to one. The flow is especially obvious when they are aligned east/west or north/south. Physiologically, subjects report a feeling of warmth, tingling, current or just well-being. Often they report feeling stimulated for several hours after holding the materials for only a few minutes. Some investigators found that galvanometric skin responses are altered after holding the materials. On the other hand, some report depleting effects that seem to depend on the orientation of the rods.
We know that Egyptian statues and paintings show figures holding mysterious rods that must have served some purpose. Psychic sources describe the materials and purpose, and an objective effect has been found when these materials are held. These facts are not proof that Egyptians used a form of energy unknown to us, but the clues are worth considering.
Yet even if the rods did have an effect of increasing the strength of the body energy field, how was that translated into a levitating force to lift rocks, if indeed the rods just described were used for that? There is a "parlor trick" that suggests an answer. If a person lays down on the floor and six others arrange themselves around him or her and try to lift him with their fingertips, it cannot be done without great difficulty. But if those six take a number of rapid, deep breaths and then try, they can lift him or her much more easily. One theory is that by rapid breathing the six have taken extra vril into their systems and expended it in a concentrated beam through their fingers. Since one of the powers of vril is said to be levitation, the ease in raising the person after deep breathing is explained. If the Egyptians were able to accumulate a large enough charge of vril by means of the rods or tubes, they may have been able to discharge this in a beam through another rod or tube and thus levitate a rock, at least until the charge ran out. Then there would be a delay while the priest or whoever built up another charge could cause the rock to be lifted again. In this way the rock could hop toward the site. But of course this is just theory.
In many Egyptian paintings there are mysterious staves held by some of the figures which Egyptologists have difficulty explaining. The staff has an odd top, shaped vaguely like an animal's head, a straight shaft, and a bottom that ends in two points, like a horseshoe. In one example made of wood that I saw in a case in Cairo, the bottom section had been layered over with silver leaf. It may or may not be a coincidence that silver is the best natural electrical conductor and wood is one of the best natural insulators. This combination would produce a capacitor, a device designed to store electrical energy, or maybe vril. In another instance I subjectively felt what seemed to be a static electric field around a case which held a chair of King Tutankhamen. The chair was made of acacia wood covered in gold leaf. We come across the capacitor effect again later.
Finally, I have to mention other frescoes, including one in the tomb of King Tut, in which wavy lines or lightning bolts are emanating directly from the palms of the main figure. This might be a symbol of authority, but it might also symbolize healing power.
It is from the Middle Eastern magi, meaning priests of the Medes and Persians who were supposed to have supernatural powers, that we get the word "magic."
Enigmas in the Americas
The popular image of the early inhabitants of North America is that of a romantic but fairly primitive race of people, yet all across this land are mystifying remnants of one or more great civilizations. There are pyramids in the Midwest that are larger in volume and area than the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Broken-down fortresses, hardly recognizable, are more numerous than most Americans think all throughout the Mississippi Valley. When the Spaniards first arrived, they heard many stories of the Seven Cities of Cibola, not from just one or two tribes, but practically from coast to coast and border to border. Many lives were lost in a search for those cities, but it is probable that the stories had been handed down from a far earlier time. Canadian Indian legends tell of a time when the frozen north was a land of luxuriant forests, and there were great cities to the south. Peter Kolosimo in Timeless Earth quotes a source in which an old Indian member of a secret society says, "Many of us went down there and saw the shining cities and their marvels such as the grand homes and the men who flew into the skies to meet the Thunderbird. Then the demons returned and there was a terrible havoc everywhere. The few of us who had gone down there and managed to get back declared that the cities and all the life there had all gone. There, where once such cities stood, there is nothing but ruins now." The explorer William Walker wrote that the whole region between the St. John and Gila rivers was covered with ruins of cities, full of vitrified rock and craters caused by fires hot enough to liquefy any rock or metal. There was, according to legend, terrible energy available at some time in North America's past. Today all we can see are the actual ruins of ancient cities left by the mysterious Anasazi, or "Ancient Ones," in such places as Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. We may not think of them as cities, but to nomadic tribes they must have been very impressive. No one today can adequately explain why the cities were abandoned or what happened to the people.
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