You may have guessed this by now, but Star Wars is one of my favorite films of all time. I wouldn’t pass a Mastermind on it (I am a girl), but I would probably score reasonably. As I look back, I should’ve seen that Star Wars would get a mention in my work – it is mentioned in my first book The Spiritual Teacher’s Handbook, and my guess is will be referenced in every book I write from now on. There is a reason for this. Star Wars is awesome.
By the way, I am talking about the original trilogy here. I can do you a show-down on why they are better than the new ones any day of the week.
In its original form, my second book was called “The 7 Magic Keys”. 7 has always been my favorite number – I was born on a 7 – and as you now know, it is the number of magic. I dig magic.
The number 7, whilst magical, has something missing within it. It isn’t quite perfect; it has a piece missing. An ancient Greek teacher, philosopher, mathematician and genius by the name of Pythagoras, some 2500 years ago, studied the vibration of strings as he plucked them on a musical instrument called a lyre. He identified that, when playing a 7 tone scale, it is possible to create a perfect harmony by adding an extra note – a small half-step after the 4th note. Even though he was going against the accepted wisdom of the ancient Greeks – that the number 7 is sacred – he added this extra note to make an octave. The perfect octave creates harmonia.
The “fifth”, as this special tone is called, is the tone that brings harmony. It also brings with it a new mathematical ratio between the notes that has a value of 1.618. This is the Golden Number, Phi – the expression of creation and the number of Love.
There is something quite spectacular about what the half-step – this 5th in an octave – does. In traditional Eastern philosophies, there are said to be seven chakras – or energy centers that run up the centre of our bodies starting at the base of our spine and emerging through the crown. To add in the extra chakra at the fifth position; the extra half-step at the thymus gland, we create the mathematical and musical octave of chakras that will have the ratio of Phi – the Golden Number of love. This chakra is where our immune system is linked to in the physical body and it is a link to all lifetimes through time. It is said that this chakra also relates to new ways of communicating (from the heart) using social media, the internet and being able to connect with a lot of people at the same time. This fifth chakra in fact is all about connection be it in this time or through time with ourselves, with other aspects of ourselves in other places and times and with other people and in fact all living things. It is the through connection that we experience wholeness.
I have a hunch here. The immune system is a system of communication. Neurotransmitters are little chemical messengers that travel between synapses and they tell both our hormonal and our immune systems what needs to happen. In a healthy body, these neurotransmitters flow in a perfect way. In a body out of balance, they can either flow too much or too little, but not in the same pattern that would happen in a healthy body. Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion, in their book The Magdalene Manuscript describe how Newtonian physics – which is all about the physics of the physical; about all that has a gravitational field – can only be applied to matter that is bigger than 1000th of an inch. If something has a size that is less than a quarter of an inch, it is too small to have a gravitational field – and so becomes governed by the rules of quantum physics. Quantum physics is all about energy that can be in more than one place at any one time; energy that can penetrate seemingly impenetrable barriers. It is about energy that can be everywhere at once. Where am I going here? Neurotransmitters are the point in the body at which we have matter in the body that is smaller than 1000th of an inch – where we move from the physical to the quantum. My hunch is that neurotransmitters communicate not just within the body but outside of it, using its quantum capabilities – through all time and space. In a healthy balanced body, with a strong immune system, we are connected in the Golden Spiral of space and time, in our own Mandelbrot set of perfection. I wonder if the release of neurotransmitters in a balanced healthy body happens following the geometry of the Golden Spiral, or according to the dimensions of Phi. I would suggest that we communicate through neurotransmitters not just within the body but with all of the cosmos, and – as children of the stars – with the stars.
So in order to stay powerless and disconnected, and keep ourselves in this adventure of Life; contained within an illusion that we are limited, and on a journey to rediscovering how infinitely powerful we are, we have to block the connection that would make us whole, the connection to our unfolding Golden Spiral – a spiral that connects us with all of time and the cosmos and that connects us to our infinite love with ourselves and each others, our health and our true power. We have to disconnect from the knowledge of how life works in order to be in the adventure of Life.
So how do we block it? We do things that disrupt our immune system physically – take drugs, eat sugar, food grown with pesticides, surround ourselves with chemical toxins such as chemical toiletries and air fresheners and drink polluted water. Dr Andrew Wakefield’s research into vaccines and autism has proven a link, which scientific research supports – although his clear vindication hasn’t quite made it into mainstream press. Autism is the extreme end of disconnection. Vaccines cause an artificial trigger of the immune system which my guess is not how the immune system is designed to work, so I wonder if that additional artificial pressure on the immune system causes an emotional and energetic disconnection, with autism being the extreme response. Alcohol, which changes the flow of neurotransmitters, helps us to relax and connect more easily if drunk in small amounts. But too much stops our immune system working properly – and as we get more and more incoherent, disconnects us from being able to connect and communicate with other people. Another way we disconnect is through shoot-them-up gaming. The great news is that we can easily change all of this just by changing how we live our lives and how we spend our money – you have already been and can continue to change the world by what you do with the money you have. A vote with your wallet for organic food, chemical free toiletries and cleaning products, natural medicinal products and ethical fairtrade clothes all support us staying connected to ourselves in health, and to each other and the planet in kindness. But there is something quite profound about this “fifth” which is connected with our emotional wellbeing.
The fifth, it turns out, isn’t just where we connect to our physical health – but to our emotional health also. We stuff our deepest darkest fears and emotions into the “fifth” within ourselves, the bits that we really don’t want to see or acknowledge about ourselves. This “fifth” – the extra chakra which through it’s ratio to the other chakras – brings harmony, wholeness and love – is where the Dark Side predominately lives, and acts as a block to our connecting. The Dark Side keeps us separate and disconnected, yet it turns out that for there to be balance in The Force – the harmony created by the octave – the Dark Side is necessary too. It is however only a small part in the octave – a small sharp in the whole journey of the wonderful magic of all of life. But ignoring it keeps us blocked and stops us truly connecting.
You cannot achieve wholeness, harmony and a full connection to your true power without going through the Dark Side, but it can be wonderful and full of love. I too resisted connecting with this – we are good at putting up a resistance, a strong rebellion – and this is what this half-step is all about. The journey through Dark Side may not feel like something you want to do, but through it we journey to connection and being whole. Your dragon – Darth – has much to show you: jealousy, guilt, hatred and shame. If you think you don’t feel these emotions, or that they are not part of your being, think again. We all have them. You will remember that to be the Hero of your journey, there comes a point where you need to slay your dragons – by loving them once you are honest enough with yourself to acknowledge that they are there. Through it you may find a love and a peace you have never known before. And you will remember how easy it is to reconnect. There is an extra special gift that awaits you at the end of this part of this journey.
If you can face these emotions, you will start to accept the stuff you have wished to accept the least. If you realize you are normal in feeling these, like everyone else, you will find it easier to own those feelings when they come up with others – say to people “ooooh I think I feel a bit jealous at the moment”, for example. Staying silent or unaware causes an automatic disconnection. The more we can be present with how we feel, and authentically own that in our relationships with others – be honest about how we feel but owning it and realizing it is our stuff, not the other person’s – then the more easily we can connect with others too. Authenticity is the key to connection – and we cannot be authentic if we cannot safely identify or express how we feel with others.
One final thing. Just as I was finishing this piece for the book it comes from, The 8 Magic Keys to a Wonderful Life, I shared it with one of my closest friends Krishna Surroy, a huge inspiration and an amazing leader. He asked me if I knew about the names of the Sephirot (spiritual principles) in the Tree of Life. I didn’t. I do now. The Tree of Life is an ancient Kabbalistic map of Creation. It follows the most amazing geometry (including Phi), and many teachers including Caroline Myss have shown how the 10 Sephirot, arranged in 3 columns, correspond to the 7 chakras. So guess what. There is a hidden Sephirot, in the position of……(guess) the higher heart chakra. It is the gateway to knowledge, and it unifies all the other Sephirot into One. It is the one that gives us knowledge of Creation – and it is the Sephirot to which all others connect. And guess what it’s name is.
Da’at, or Daath.
Vader, it turns out, might be the missing link.
Are you willing to walk through all that disconnects you, so that you can truly connect?