Modern Esoteric: Beyond Our Senses

Modern Esoteric: Beyond Our Senses

by Brad Olsen


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ISBN-13: 9781888729504
Publisher: Ccc Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: Esoteric Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 670,071
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brad Olsen is an award-winning writer who has appeared on various television shows, on nationally syndicated radio programs, and in an array of print publications. He has been interviewed for the hit History Channel series Ancient Aliens, and his commentaries have appeared on CNN, NPR, and more. 

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Natural history, Earth history and human history. With a radical twist. Lifeology is the long and storied alternative narrative of life on this planet.

"You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." – Morpheus, from the film The Matrix

"In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn." – John Naisbitt, author of the Megatrends series

"I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by Man from the cruelty of Man." – Mahatma Gandhi

"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes." – William Gibson, award-winning novelist

"All things share the same breath: the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports ... The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood which connects one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life — he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." –Chief Seattle

"To the travellers who have turned their faces to the Dawn and their Steps toward the Eternal Hills is offered this rich fruit of Wisdom, that, through it, they may achieve the Understanding of Knowledge." – Fabre d'Olivet, Pythagorean mathematician

"The harmony of the world is made manifest in Form and Number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty." – Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist

"You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair." – Swedish proverb


"All the achievements of mankind have value only to the extent that they preserve and improve the quality of life. The human future depends on our ability to combine the knowledge of science with the wisdom of wildness." –Aviator Charles Lindbergh in a 1967 Life magazine article

WHO are we? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? What is our true essence, and what is the human connection to other life? Such is the inquiry of "Lifeology" in this chapter and section, also known as the study of all life. This definition is very broad and includes the seen and unseen realms, and an involved study of our long and storied history on this planet. This inquiry is conducted through the lens of the esoteric, where things are not always as they appear, and may be co-existing "beyond our senses." Lifeology includes a study of the macro level as well as the micro, or as many great teachers have observed: "As above, so below."

Life is mercurial and cannot thrive just anywhere. It requires fundamental ingredients to ensure perpetual survivability. On Earth, life needs three key conditions to survive: (1) atoms made up of chemical elements including carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, (2) water, (3) a source of energy such as sunlight. Nearly all life — from the first single-cell organisms on embryonic Earth to the complex creatures of today — is composed of organic materials. Matter is a general term for the substance of which all physical objects are made. Typically, matter includes atoms and other particles which have mass. Atoms of the four elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen combine with traces of other elements to produce the key molecules that make up the building blocks of our cells, the amino acids. Complex molecules of carbon bond with other elements, such as oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. Carbon is able to bond with all of these because of its four valence electrons. Secondly, life on Earth also needs a liquid like water where the organic elements can interact. The third key ingredient for life is a source of energy. Sunlight contributes photosynthesis and other life-giving properties beneficial to most of the life on this planet.

It is often assumed in astrobiology that if life exists somewhere else in the universe, it will also be carbon-based, but this assumption is referred to by critics as "carbon chauvinism." Astrobiologists propose that asteroids, meteors, and space dust carry simple life forms, and spread them to a host planet upon impact. This dispersion of basic life forms in the universe is called "panspermia." It is offered as an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution, which is still in the working hypothesis stage and has not been proven. Scientists studying the panspermia possibility point out that all life shares much of the same DNA and similar genetics occur between humans and plants as well as between humans and apes. These similarities are evidence of strong connections but not proof of evolutionary descendancy.

Prior to homo sapiens, the majority of extinctions on Earth occurred naturally, since it is estimated that 99.9% of all species that have existed are now extinct. In the present day there are some livestock animal species as well as human beings breeding in abundance, while many others are in decline, and some are on the brink of extinction. Much of the stress on flora and fauna is being impacted by humans, either directly or indirectly, in what today can be called an "animal genocide." The United Nations Development Program reported that "Every year, between 18,000 and 55,000 species become extinct. The cause: human activities." It is clear the manner in which humans currently live on the planet is unbalanced and unsustainable. Even the lives of the majority of humans is out of balance with an increase in cancer and stress-related illnesses. Species extinctions are at an all time high, caused by mismanagement of the planet's ecosystems by humans. As stewards of the planet we have failed the animal kingdom, upset the biological balance and, in the process, are failing ourselves.


The Earth's atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding the planet and retained by the gravity of Earth. By content and volume, Earth's atmosphere contains roughly 78.08% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.038% carbon dioxide, trace amounts of other gases, and a variable amount (about 1%) of water vapor. This mixture of gases is commonly known as air. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation and reducing temperature extremes between day and night. Earth's atmosphere is constantly charged with electrical discharges, such as lightning. We also perceive these electrical phenomena as crystalline light pillars of ice and as the aurora borealis northern lights currently being seen in the daytime. Strangely, the atmosphere has become more electrically charged than just a few years ago.

There is no definite boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space. Our atmosphere is slowly becoming thinner until it will simply fade into space. Three quarters of the atmosphere's mass is within 11 kilometers of the planetary surface. People who travel above an altitude of 80.5 kilometers are designated as astronauts. An altitude of 120 kilometers marks the boundary where atmospheric effects become noticeable during re-entry of space crafts. The Kármán line, at 100 kilometers, is also frequently regarded as the boundary between atmosphere and outer space.

Scientific measurements have revealed that the Earth has a measurable pulse, or a "heartbeat," in the atmosphere. It is called the "Schumann Resonance" which pulses between the Earth surface and the bottom of the ionosphere. It vibrates at approximately 7.8 cycles per second. This rate is right between the Alpha and Theta brainwave levels for humans, which has been described as a carrier wave for "consciousness at rest." This is a state of deep but alert relaxation and intuitive attunement. It is the same rate for horses, dogs and cats. The Schumann Resonance has a wavelength so powerful it circles the Earth in a matter of seconds and passes effortlessly through concrete.

To put it all in context, just consider we are currently residing on a 4.5 billion year old spaceship. It is a self-sufficient, organic, and very complex spaceship. We are orbiting a power source that is a million times larger than planet Earth. There are over 200 billion more power sources, quite possibly with habitable planets like our own, within our neighboring group on this side of the galaxy. There are 40 more groups in the singular region of our galaxy. Our neighborhood is moving at two million miles per hour toward an object that is 150 million light years away. In our Milky Way galaxy alone there are over 50 billion planets. If even if 1% of those are in their system's "Goldilocks zone," then there are 500 million planets in our galaxy alone capable of supporting life. In the cosmos, lifeology (the study of all life), takes on many different dimensions.

Life on this blue-green orb seems totally precious and rare. The species diversity on Earth is astonishing. For example, there are estimated to be 10 million to 100 million ant species alone. Astronauts who have left the Earth's atmosphere and gazed upon our planet have almost always come away from the experience with a profound sense of oneness with humanity and all living things. They return with epiphanies such as life-changing breakthroughs in the awareness of their personal connection with a greater consciousness in the universe, a clearer perception of their respective life purposes and an unclouded view of humanity's habitual insanities, such as the utter futility of war. Figure in the superstring physics equation, which describes a universe of at least eleven dimensions, and the mysteries of the cosmos are compounded once again.


Space is not a tranquil place. There are constant massive bursts of energy, and our Milky Way galaxy is continually evolving. Scientists now admit space is full of life, energy waves, and minute particles of dust. Space dust is widely regarded as freeze-dried bacteria. It is almost as if the universe manufactures pre-life in the form of solar dust particles, ready to be unbundled when they arrive on a host planet. This panspermia distribution may also be occurring on lifeless planets, originating in far-away galaxies, and in the process of establishing life everywhere simultaneously. But an entire planet as rich as Earth still seems to us a rare occurrence because life is arbitrary and fickle.

The universe is not a dark place despite all of its mysteries. The spiral arms of galaxies are fragmented and have characteristic spurs, or feathers, that make up Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs). Gamma rays were previously associated with the most extreme environments in the universe, like supernovas. Now scientists believe that about 50 terrestrial gamma ray flashes occur every day on Earth. "Everywhere we look, we're seeing x-rays and gamma rays flying out of thunderstorms and lightning," said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology. "The gamma rays coming out of thunderstorms are so intense we can measure these 600 kilometers away, and so bright that it almost blinds (those viewing from) the spacecraft." Ultraviolet light is now being considered a healing aid, while infrared light appears ideal in the transmitting of data.

Many things we have been taught about the universe are being challenged by esoteric revisionists. For example, the substance of the universe is not matter at all, but motion, an abstract ratio of change that we call spacetime. Additionally, faster-than-light speeds are commonplace — the rule, not the exception — which goes against Einstein's theory of relativity. Astronomers have everything backwards, for example, stars beginning their life as red giants and ending as blue giants exploding in a supernova. There are two types of supernovas, one based on the thermal limit such as a blue giant explosion, or the age limit, that is, stars of other spectral classes. Galaxies form from globular clusters, to irregulars, to spirals, to giant spheres and also explode, producing quasars. Another revision to popular dogma is that there was no Big Bang, but indeed, with every contraction, there is an expansion.

The universe is very much bigger than we can possibly comprehend. There are over 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone, plus there are an estimated 100 billion to a trillion known galaxies in the universe. Our Milky Way galaxy is a "barred" spiral, and 34 percent of all galaxies in the universe are spirals. It is estimated that there are more stars in the known universe then there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world combined.


Recent discoveries by the Hubble Telescope have opened our eyes to a universe not only far more expansive than we ever imagined but far more intricate and ripe with implications than we can readily process. Trillions of stars equate to billions of possibilities for life, especially with an other recent discovery that illustrates that the majority of stars do indeed harbor their own solar systems with inhabitable planets. Even as recently as the 1920s, orthodox science believed in a static cosmos until Edwin Hubble demonstrated that it was actually expanding and, therefore, must have originated long ago in some titanic "Big Bang." There are now challenges to this widely accepted theory, because with every expansion, most logically, there must be a contraction. Today, what all scientists would firmly agree upon is that the universe is outwardly expanding and is of a finite age, born from a dramatic "phase transition" when the ether, or quantum vacuum, jumped from one energy state to another, sucking matter into physical existence within our universe. We are on the expansion side of the universe, which is what we see from our perspective, while the other side is shrinking.

The universe extends far beyond what astronomers currently envision to be its outer limit. In total, there are six additional belts which are void of any coarse material beyond the stars, planets and all matter. Matter itself is in constant transformation within the Material Belt and is, therefore, subject to a growth and disintegration processes. For this reason, matter can never be, or become, as old as the complete universe. At any given time, therefore, only young matter can be found in the Material Universe. As such, matter in a solid and compact state can only be, at best, a mere 40 or 45 billion years old. The age of the entire universe beyond the Material Belt, however, is approximately 46 trillion years old.

Symmetry may be common in nature, but it usually indicates the presence of some kind of force field or organism. This notion is questioned when we consider the Red Square Nebula. It is one of the most spectacular objects in the universe, and reveals almost perfect symmetry. Photographed in infra-red it looks more like a gemstone than a star, albeit on a cosmic scale. The Red Square is described as resulting from the death agony of a star called MWC 922, that is spewing gas, dust and plasma all over the region. Explosions, though, are not likely to be symmetrical — certainly not like the small ones we create on Earth, much less when nebula-sized. Researchers acknowledge the Red Square's amazing regularity, and realize that some of what we are seeing could be from bands, or concentric ripples, representing periodic releases of energy from the central node. The Red Square is now being labeled the most symmetrical object of comparable complexity ever photographed.

Given the fact that our solar system is on the far fringes of the Milky Way galaxy, our sun is relatively small in linear time. Evolution at the center of the galaxy has had at least a billion years head start, a very long time for a race of extraterrestrial beings to ponder the nature of energy and light. To consider ourselves as the only "intelligent" life in the universe would be naïve and egotistical, and to consider our Earth history free from extraterrestrial influence is globally ethnocentric. Beings from far away, or perhaps right here in another dimension, have had a vested interest in Earth for eons. Our planet is a genetic storehouse of information, which may also be resourceful to another race's own survival — especially those of a synthetic nature. But this treasure-trove of DNA is currently being squeezed out by a single reckless parasite called the human race.


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