Legacy of the Gods: The Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom

Legacy of the Gods: The Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom

by Freddy Silva

Ancient texts throughout the world speak of sacred sites as living entities where people contact the invisible universe to discover the secret wisdom of the ages. Evidence shows that these places of power are built at magnetically sensitive locations and according to an ancient prescription that is capable of altering states of consciousness.

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Ancient texts throughout the world speak of sacred sites as living entities where people contact the invisible universe to discover the secret wisdom of the ages. Evidence shows that these places of power are built at magnetically sensitive locations and according to an ancient prescription that is capable of altering states of consciousness.

In Legacy of the Gods, leading expert on sacred sites, Freddy Silva examines the origins of sacred places and takes readers to the most significant sites of the ancient world---from Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, Kurwah Tahit in New Zealand, and Petra, to the Vatican and Tibet. He offers a wide-ranging exploration of the planning behind temple building, the spiritual technology employed by various groups of adepts, and the secret wisdom contained in these sites that have survived over thousands of years.

Topics include:

• What is sacred space and where does it come from?

• Understanding the power of sacred mountains.

• Sacred centers--why entire cities of veneration grew up around these temples
* The experience of altered states of consciousness at sacred sites.

• Why periods of temple-building preceded climate changes

• The Knights Templar, and other groups who continued to keep the wisdom alive

Legacy of the Gods is an engaging mix of archaeology, mythology, sacred geometry, history, and folklore. It's the ultimate guide to the secret wisdom of sacred sites.

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Freddy Silva is one of the world's leading experts on sacred sites and a leading researcher of the interaction between temples and consciousness. He is the author of Secrets in the Fields. He lectures internationally and has appeared on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and The BBC. Visit him at www.invisibletemple.com

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Legacy of the Gods


By Freddy Silva

Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Freddy Silva
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ISBN: 978-1-57174-667-2


A Long Memory of Places of Power.

The ground near it is not at all touched by the four oceans that become agitated at the close of the Yuga, and that have the extremities of the worlds submerged in them ... All the lores, arts, wealth of scriptures, and the Vedas are truthfully well-arranged there.

~ Skanda Purana, 12; Chapter 2; Verse 52

Touching the untouchable.

One of the rare good things that came out of the Spanish genocide otherwise known as La Conquista was a written account of the creation myth of the Quiche' Maya. Like other distinguished cultures before them, great emphasis was placed on committing to memory the laws, history, astronomy, sacred knowledge, events, and other vital information pertaining to their collective wisdom. As with the ancient Egyptians or the Hopi, valuable knowledge was transmitted orally from generation to generation. It was an art held in great esteem, and a privilege entrusted to a few, responsible individuals. But in 1701 it was the Dominican Friar Francisco Ximénez's turn to hear the oral history of the Quiche' Maya and immortalize it in paper. The timing couldn't have been better, for the tribe had been practically eradicated from this mortal coil either by Spanish swords or the diseases of the savages wielding them.

Of all the interesting things about this corpus named Popul Vuh, two items in particular stand out. First, its depiction of life during a "Golden Age" before a catastrophic global flood swept the Earth sounds remarkably like most gnostic texts compiled by other civilizations with whom the Quiche Maya supposedly had never interacted. Second, it describes how the "First Men" possessed clairvoyant ability: "Endowed with intelligence, they saw and instantly they could see far; they succeeded in seeing, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. The things hidden in the distance they saw without first having to move ... they were formidable men."

It seems that our remote ancestors were highly attuned to nature and applied their ability accordingly. Indeed many cultures who share close contact with the land have always been attributed with the power of natural divination. Celtic cultures – and later the Druids – as well as the Bushmen of the Kalahari, were not just highly intuitive, but also telepathic. This natural-born ability enabled them to see the unseen and touch the untouchable.

Besides being more attuned to their surroundings they also understood the origin of what they felt, and why it was there. The Hopi creation myth describes how life on Earth came into being, and although its symbology is unique to that culture, its metaphors bear an uncanny similarity to other religious texts. In their legend, one of the first people created by the Source is sent to the South Pole with a drum where he hears the heartbeat of the Earth. As he beats a rhythm in sympathetic harmony, a surge of life energy is directed into the center of Gaia, sending streams of life force up to the surface whereupon Earth becomes abundant with life. However, some places became significantly more abundant with this energy. The Hopi called them "the spots of the fawn," and over time they would become sacred places.

Indeed, there has always been a sense among shamanist traditions that certain locations – particularly mountains – are repositories of a vital life force more concentrated than surrounding geographical locations. They are thresholds into a non-ordinary reality, places where the worlds of the material and the spirit convergence and the ancestors offer advice.

The ancients appreciated that human beings are, first and foremost, individuals, and that their journey towards spiritual enlightenment is an individual act where success is based on persistence, patience and perseverance. The hazards along this road are plenty and the distractions immense. Therefore, a little help on the journey has always been sought. And as far back as even the Aborigines can remember, we have sought places on the land where the veil between worlds is thinnest. Ancient traditions describe these as resident places of the spirits – what western scholars interpreted to be 'gods'. They are power places that help enlighten the individual and where the greater good of the community is served. And contrary to our modern perception of power as a monetary or political tool, they are repositories of energy, insofar as they provide a more direct connection with an astral reference library and with the Great Spirit that flows through life.

The ways and roads of the spirit.

Like the force that drives mammals to migrate along invisible roads century after century, the peoples of the land were drawn to specific hotspots, and if they lived far from these special places they utilized a network of hidden highways that led them there. Native tribes of Bolivia and the American southwest refer to them as spirit roads; in Ireland they are the fairy paths, in China the Lung Mei. The compacting of the earth by millions of pilgrim feet walking them over the course of thousands of years has even transformed some of these once occult roads into visible footpaths. In the area around Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, these old straight tracks are described in Navajo lores as tunnels along which the Anasazi could invisibly travel; in Britain you can still walk hundreds of such paths called dod lanes, a term handed down from the early Saxon deada waeg, the "path of the dead." This is also one of the names of the Via Sacra ("sacred way") connecting the pyramid complex at Teotihuacan, which goes by a second name, the "Way of the Stars."

Other celebrated spirit roads are those of the Australian Aboriginal tribes, whose own oral tradition, the altjurunga ("dreamtime") recalls events that took place over a million years ago. Thankfully, Aboriginal tribes are still with us, and it is from them that we get a sense of what it feels like to tune-in to the land. And why.

To say these people live among featureless terrain is an understatement, and yet the hardy inhabitants of the Outback are able to find their way around by sensing invisible lines of force. They call them djalkiri, "footprints of the ancestors." When a tribesman walks across a spirit road, if he or she is attentive, they will hear the resonance imprinted by those who walked before. In a way, the invisible djalkiri behave like strips of magnetic cassette tape, recording the song of every individual. This led them to be described by westerners as songlines, but more accurately the Aborigines describe the spirit roads as dreaming tracks. They are imprinted with lore and ritual beyond living memory, a permanent record of events, enabling the Aborigines to walk hundreds of miles while listening to a data-stream. And just like modern-day cloud computing, the information can be accessed on-demand.

These spirit roads lead to spiritually important places despite the latter being physically separated by hundreds of miles. That makes them all the more important, especially when so many energy hotspots tend to be unobtrusive and possess no redeeming features, at least to the ignorant eye. But there is no doubt that the spirit roads guide the Aborigines to an intended destination. The thing is, when they are used to figure out directions to distant non-sacred places, the margin of error is as high as 67%, but when using sacred sites as destinations the errors are less than 3%. Talk about magnetic attraction!

This implies that the primary use of these pathways is shamanic rather than orientational. Magician-shamans called Karadji – sometimes referred to as "Men of High Degree" – have long used such pathways to locate energy nodes, and to transmit information telepathically and receive it in the form of visions. The same folklore surrounds pre-Bronze Age hill forts in Britain, the flat-topped earthen enclosures erroneously labeled as fortifications, where telepathy and communication with other levels of reality was conducted right up into the era of the Druids. In fact, telepathy is enhanced thousands of times at sacred sites dating to the Neolithic era. And just like the Aboriginal places of power, all such sacred sites are connected by a network of spirit roads.

The energy nodes and their effect on the individual are not restricted to ancient people or modern shaman. Anyone attuned to the environment is able to open a doorway of communication at these focal spots, and that can lead to an intimate experience with the spirit of place. Mountaineers are just such a type. Although the concentration demanded of them requires intense mental clarity and total left-brain engagement, at certain moments a climber's bond with the rock can become a religious experience. One such occasion occurred to Maurice Herzog while climbing the Annapurna in Nepal, a holy mountain named for the Goddess of Fertility: "I had the strangest and most vivid impressions such as I had never before known in the mountains ... all sense of exertion was gone, as though there was no longer any gravity ... I had never seen such complete transparency, and I was living in a world of crystal. Sounds were indistinct. The atmosphere like cotton wool. An astonishing happiness welled up in me, but I could not define it. An enormous gulf was between me and the world. This was a different universe ... we were overstepping a boundary."

That Hertzog experienced this transcendental moment on a mountain deemed sacred by local people is not unusual to those who understand such places and their effects; the fact that such a right-brain revelation occurred in a place with a 40% fatality rate for climbers – making this the most dangerous mountain in the world – is what gives credence to his shamanic experience.

In some cultures, natural power places are marked with petroglyphs, notably in the American southwest, the Sahara and Australia, and particularly where landscape temples have been in continuous use for millennia as hotspots for vision quests, as well as healing. They are often some of the most serene places on Earth, where the sky and the earth seem limitless and in balanced proportion to one another.

They are also unique in that they are located at unusual electromagnetic or gravitational hotspots. Every dawn, the Earth is subjected to a rise in the solar wind, which intensifies the planet's geomagnetic field; at night this field weakens, then picks up at dawn and the cycle repeats ad infinitum. But there are places on the land where the geomagnetic field interacts with another force, and the effect intensifies. In physics it is called a telluric current; ancient people call it a spirit road. These subtle lines of force tend to travel better along soil with a high content of metal and water, and possibly quartz. Drier, less metallic ground conducts telluric currents minimally. Where a boundary between these two types of land occurs, the telluric current crossing it either reinforces or weakens the daily fluctuations of the geomagnetic field. This generates a hotspot called a conductivity discontinuity, and even though ancient people did not own magnetometers, they were able to locate them long before science built machines that proved them right.

The Sioux call this energy skan, and when concentrated at power places it is claimed to influence the mind, creativity, as well as elevate personal power in the form of spiritual attuning. In essence, the energy raises one's resonance, and contact with multiple power places builds up a kind of numinous state of mind. Chinese Taoist beliefs agree on this experience, and state that the proper relationship with China's five sacred mountains awakens the "Great Man" within. It is a belief that is culturally shared throughout the world and forms the basis of pilgrimage.

Though the people who originally discovered, used, honored and reinforced the power places are long gone, their tradition lives in the rituals of native cultures around the world, such as the Aborigines and the tribes of North America, and to some extent the latter-day practitioners of Druidism and Hinduism. Regardless of whether they visit sacred caves, mounds or mountains, devotees continue this practice to acquire the numinous energy of place, and in correctly harnessing this power they are able to receive visions. Or they serve others by re-directing the energy into a distant place or person, as a Karuk shaman explains: "A medicine man must go to the mountain or some other power center to pray for his people. I connect with the power and shoot it straight down from the mountaintop into the sacred dance. It is like a beam of light or electricity. It will make the healing more powerful ... and I ask the spirits from the mountain to come down and dance with us in the ceremony as our ancestors originally did in the beginning."

Jesus did precisely the same as a way of strengthening his power to heal people.

Invisible roads leading somewhere.

What the spirit roads share in common, from Britain to Bolivia, is that they all connect hundreds of energy hotspots, a good number of which are sacred mountains.

One has to wonder how and why some mountains ever became sacred. Did some force or entity present itself in a way that was vastly different to the surrounding land? James Swan, a professor of anthropology, explains that "a place becomes sacred ultimately to us when it is perceived as somehow able to energize within us those feelings and concepts we associate with the spiritual dimensions of life." Thus, a perceptual reality commonly experienced and reinforced by people of similar purpose over long spans of time serves to mark the location as sacred.

There is no doubt that some places on Earth are more powerful than others. A large body of scientific evidence shows that energy concentrates and behaves differently at certain geographic locales. And ancient places of veneration, without exception, always reference areas of geomagnetic anomalies, even gravity anomalies. So, if such places strike us as powerful, it is probably because they are. Humans, after all, are sensitive to their surroundings and were undoubtedly more so thousands of years ago when they did not have to contend with a morass of electronic devices, and the signal-to-noise ratio was far stronger. A difference in the local magnetic field of just a few gammas is enough to be sensed by people, and anomalies at sacred sites register far stronger.

Atomically speaking, a mountain is nothing more than a vast accumulation of energy. In all nature, form follows function. And form, or matter, is simply energy made concrete: atoms, molecules and electrons spinning, resonating and bonding together. If we expand this, landforms can be regarded as manifestations of an inherent energy; a mountain range may be the result of a physical collision between tectonic plates, but those plates are the result of the movement of energy within the Earth, which itself is a ball of solidified atoms and molecules. Thus, in a manner of speaking, a mountain is a repository of considerable life force, it is one of the bigger "spots of the fawn."

Sacred mountains, then, can be seen as landscape temples made by nature and later identified as such by human beings.

And if they are a kind of temple, then they may be doorways to an ineffable threshold of awareness, as a shaman of the Tewa people hints: "Whatever life's challenges you may face, remember always to look to the mountaintop; in so doing you look to greatness." Such sage advice is probably an echo of the legendary actions of gods and gurus who in remote times sought out specific locations on specific mountains, often following arduous journeys. Such as the legend of a Tibetan tutelary deity named Padmasambhava, who is said to have flown some 300 miles from Tibet to Bhutan, on the back of a tiger, to consecrate a cave on the side of a mountain. His motivation for the stupendous journey was to "tame a local tiger," an old euphemism for securing or anchoring telluric or earth energies so as to create an energy hotspot or node. Padmasambhava's flight obviously succeeded, for a prominent monastery named Taktsang Dzong (Tiger's Nest), was later built on the edge of the mountain.

Certainly when one looks at some of these monasteries one has to ask what kind of revelation prompted these endeavors that look like architectural experiments in anti-gravity? Delicate structures built on vertiginous cliffs and meandering ridges are found from China to Greece, one of the most wonderous examples being the wooden temple of Hsuan-k'ung Ssu, the "Temple Hanging in Air," built on the side of one of China's most sacred mountains, Heng Shan, where indeed it has defied gravity since 491 AD. From a distance it actually looks as though it is floating in mid-air, overlooking the curiously-named stream, the Brook of the Gods.


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