Welcome to The Hermetic Code - Blog Site of Michael Hayes

Hello, Welcome to my website. This site is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas that have been pre-programmed to replicate inside the mind of every free-thinking soul on this planet. The ideas are not my property, they belong to all of us, and they have been continuously transmitted down through the ages by other human minds for a very long time - for centuries, millennia, and maybe even tens of millennia.
Let me elaborate:
For the past decade and a half I have been pursuing a singular goal: to try to understand in sensible terms the meaning and purpose of our existence.
This is a tall order, of course, and it is a question that millions of other questing minds have been trying to answer for centuries. But as it turns out, I believe that, in my meandering through time, space and human history, I may have hit upon something. After all, people do hit upon good ideas all the time: inventions, innovations, theories, concepts. And we know that, occasionally, there are marked breakthroughs in the cognitive development of our race, when something sparks in the human consciousness and marvellous discoveries are made. Think of the telescope or the laws of gravitation and motion, penicillin or Relativity, the unravelling of the molecular structure of DNA and the genetic code, or quantum mechanics, chromodynamics, superconductivity and so on. All of these ground-breaking discoveries have ultimately shaped virtually every aspect of life in the twenty-first century.

What I have to offer here is not a discovery in the sense of those just mentioned. Rather, it is an acknowledgement, a celebration even, of the remarkable achievements of the pioneers of human thought, not only those of our own civilisation, but also the accomplishments of the denizens of civilisations long gone. This is their story.

Article One: The Hermetic Code

by Michael Hayes.

The Hermetic Code
A General Theory of just about Everything.

Douglas Adams famously quipped that the number 42 was the key to the secret of life, the universe, everything. Denizens of the hitchhiker's quirky world have long delighted in this revelation, so meaningless as to be almost profound. Ironically, however, Adams was unwittingly touching on an idea that does, in fact, have substance: there is indeed a number that embodies a kind of general theory of everything.

Before I expand on this, a little background information will help the reader understand where I'm coming from.

Ever since I can remember, I have always been confounded by the mystery of human existence. This consciousness of ours, which we blindly take for granted, is to me nothing short of a miracle. What it is witness to is equally profound and perplexing, natural happenings that we seldom think about, but which in reality are truly awesome. For example, millions of sentient beings all over the world, hominid and animal, being born only to starve or be slaughtered wholesale, either through natural disasters, or, more perplexingly, through gross aberrations in human behaviour. On the wider scale of evolution, we see the emergence and subsequent extinction of whole races of people and species of animal.

And existence is no less capricious in the greater cosmos, with the continuous formation and cataclysmic destruction of planets, stars, galaxies. Just normal, 'everyday' occurrences - but these inviolable and often disturbingly violent events have persistently dogged my reason. Why, I wondered, would the cleric's omniscient Benefactor - if he exists - create such a myriad of wonderful forms and then turn round and simply annihilate them? These endless cycles of light and darkness, life and death - what kind of devilish game is being played here?

The ongoing debate over the possible existence and modus operandi of a conscious, all-knowing Creator proceeds unabated, with contributors from all disciplines lining up to have their say. However, owing to a remarkable sequence of events which led me on a solitary quest which was to last nearly fifteen years, I believe I have found a way of understanding what might really be going on in and around us.
What is more, in this particular scheme of things, 'God' is tangible, very much alive, and undeniably omnipresent.

And in the end, if I am right, the long-term future of our race, powered by evolutionary forces that are encoded in the very fabric of the universe itself, looks not all bad.

Introducing the Hermetic Code

The Hermetic Code - which I am hereby promoting as 'the General Theory of just about Everything' - centres on a familiar numerical symbol: 22/7. This is 'classical' Pi of course, (as opposed to the ever illusive 'mathematical' version), a unique numerical symmetry whose discovery is generally attributed to the Greeks and which is most commonly known today for its use in maths as an approximate means of squaring the circle. More importantly, however, Pi is, in fact, a symbolic embodiment of the two most fundamental laws of nature, namely: the ubiquitous law of three forces, (active-passive-neutral) and the lesser known but equally all-embracing law of octaves. The law of three forces, as we shall see, is the absolute mainstay of all creative processes; its influence manifests practically everywhere. The second law, the law of octaves, tells us that all phenomena generated by these three primordial forces are essentially musical structures. To sensibly visualise this concept, we need to look at the formula Pi when expressed musically. This may look baffling at first, but in reality, it's as easy as Doh re mi.

This configuration expresses in exact scientific terms everything you need to know to understand the General Theory of just about Everything. But if you are the type who finds this kind of symbolism a little daunting, all you need do is remember these key musical numbers: 3, 4, 7, 8, 22 and 64.

Three, the number of the Trinity, is the number of octaves encoded in Pi. Seven is the number of intervals between the notes of each of these octaves. Four is the number of 'base-notes' (Doh's), in three consecutive octaves. Eight is the number of fundamental notes in a single octave. Twenty-two is the number of notes in three consecutive octaves.

And, according to the law of three forces, the three octaves incorporated in Pi are each sub-divisible into three octaves apiece, giving an inward formula of nine octaves, or 64 'notes'. So eight is the constant and sixty-four...

- is the square of it.

So ends the maths. You really don't need to be an Einstein to venture further. It is worth noting, however, that the most famous scientific equation of all time - e = mc2 - was formulated to verify this great scientist's Special Theory of Relativity, which states that 'e' - the latent nuclear energy contained in any given element, is equal to 'm' - the mass of the thing, multiplied by 'c2' - the square of the constant speed of light. As we shall see, the square of the constant occurs time and again throughout the whole of nature.

I have called this musical pattern of symmetry The Hermetic Code, after the Greek god of wisdom and patron of alchemy, Hermes Trismegistus, known as the god, Thoth, in Old Kingdom Egypt. As I explained in my first book, The Infinite Harmony, it was in ancient Egypt where the Pi symmetry first came to light, both in its most famous piece of architecture - the Great Pyramid of Khufu - and also in extant administrative documents of the Old Kingdom.

The law of three expressed in the Hermetic Code can be discerned by anyone. Nothing in this universe can be created without the combined action of the three forces described by it: active, passive and neutral. The three main constituents of atoms - protons, electrons, neutrons - the triplet-codon templates of the genetic code, the three-pin plug, two opposing teams and a neutral referee, the three primary colours of the rainbow, the tripart social and political arenas, two chemical compounds and an intermediary catalyst - all of these trinities exist and interact as a direct result of the three fundamental forces described by the first law of nature. Whenever and wherever something new is created, these three forces will inevitably be there.

The second law - the law of octaves - also operates throughout the entire universe. For example, the atomic scale of matter described by the periodic table of elements in chemistry conforms to this law precisely. Based on the atomic weight of a given substance, the table begins at its apex with hydrogen, the lightest of all elements, which has just one electron tracing a specific orbit, or 'period', around the nucleus. The heavier the element, the more electrons it houses, and the more periods are needed to accommodate them. The table ends with substances like curium, one of the densest of elements and more radioactive than uranium or even plutonium. The curium atom plays host to ninety-six electrons, which between them trace a total of seven periods around the nucleus - precisely the number of 'periods', or intervals, between the fundamental notes of the major musical scale. The eighth, transcendental 'note' of this atomic scale is of course the whole phenomenon, all atoms combined.

Further, a current method of classification in nuclear physics known as the theory of 'quantum chromodynamics' indicates that, beneath the atomic scale, in the world of sub-atomic particles, there are also distinct musical symmetries. The noted American physicist, Murray Gell-Man, proposed that certain routinely observed 'particle molecules' known as 'baryons', 'mesons' and 'pions', always combine together in families of eight called 'octets' - hence his name for the system: the 'eightfold way'. In addition, each of the eight particles in an octet is itself a triplet made up of three smaller particles, which Gell-Man called 'quarks'. Three quarks to each particle, eight particles to each octet. Sound familiar?

Then we have the hermetic structure of light, with its three primary colours, the seven fundamental colours of the spectrum, and the final, eighth 'note', the product of all seven colours when spun together - white light.

Whilst still on the subject of theoretical physics, it is also interesting to note that the square of the musical constant, the number sixty-four, has surfaced in the somewhat obscure theory of superstrings. This theory describes all particles everywhere in the universe as being the product of the vibrations of infinitesimally small, one dimensional 'strings' of energy which permeate throughout the whole of space. You really can't get more intellectually obscure than superstring theory, involving as it does no less than ten or even eleven different dimensions (three of space, one of time, six of God-knows-what - and maybe one over), and a system of higher mathematics guaranteed to make the layman's eyes glaze over in seconds. But no matter, all we need to know here is that this incredibly complicated system has created a highly resonant 'superstring' of inter-changeable energies that has precisely sixty-four degrees of movement associated with it.

As well as the microcosmic music of the underworld, there is also a 'cosmic' aspect of the Hermetic Code. This is dramatically reflected, not only in the musical vibrations and symmetries of light itself, but also in the movements of the planets in relation to the sun. All of these planetary cycles as I explain in my book, beat out endlessly repeating intervals developing in time which exactly conform to the relative values of the fundamental notes of the major scale. The fabled 'music of the spheres' is not simply legend, but fact.

Perhaps most crucial of all aspects of the Hermetic Code is that this same pattern of symmetry occurs in the digital format of the amino-acid scale of living cells. Amino acids are synthesised from templates, or 'codons', comprising any three of four chemical 'bases'. There are sixty-four possible combinations of these bases, and these in turn code for the synthesis of one or another of exactly twenty-two 'notes' in this fundamental biochemical scale - twenty amino acids and two additional digital signals coding for starting and stopping the process of synthesis.

So we can see that all phenomena - from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic - are, in effect, simply differing 'crystallised' forms of the self-same, universal music, composed by nature from units and sub-units of the constant number eight and its natural multiple, the square of the constant, sixty-four. This same universal harmony is also reflected in the ever present number seven, which again, as we see from the periodic table, is prevalent throughout the whole of nature. There is, of course an eighth note in the scale of the periodic table, the sum of all the previous notes, sounded by all atoms everywhere. Remember, everything, even the apparent cacophony of so-called 'chaos', is music.

So the General Theory of just about Everything is described in its entirety by the Hermetic Code, an exact blueprint, not only of the underlying structure of the physical universe, but also of the genetic code, of the DNA molecule, of life itself. This is that.

By now it should be apparent that the Hermetic Code is not merely some crank or arbitrary invention. It is a remarkably resilient evolutionary concept that has been in existence at least since the time of Old Kingdom Egypt. And, remarkably, the symmetry it describes is currently 'resonating' through the entire spectrum of modern scientific discovery.

How strange is that? Well, not quite so strange, for the seeds of science were sown long ago, as we shall see when we go back in time.

It is my contention, from the proportions evident in the Great Pyramid of Giza, that the formula Pi and its derivative number sixty-four was the original blueprint from which the whole edifice was constructed. Everyone agrees that the Great Pyramid's dimensions incorporate the Pi symmetry, its height standing in relation to the circumference of its base in the same proportion as a radius stands in relation to the circumference of its circle. What is not unanimously agreed is that this relationship was intentionally projected into it by its designers. However, this proposed intent is in fact supported by extant administrative documents of the Old Kingdom in which the key numbers of 'classical Pi' - 22 and 7 - appear in a royal decree. This directive appoints the Vizier and High Priest, Shemaj, director of all twenty-two nomes (districts) of Upper or Southern Egypt. The crucial second part of the document appoints the Vizier's son as deputy director of just seven nomes. This symbolism could not be clearer: father over son, twenty-two over seven - music, in action, in time, in OK Egypt.

The fact that the Hermetic Code has been embodied in architecture and myth since the dawn of civilisation indicates that our remotest ancestors were somehow 'in tune' with a symmetry of composition that existed, not only throughout their physical world, but even in their own DNA. So the question arises: did they consciously know this? Or did they sense it, emote it, intuit it? There is no space here to elaborate on these questions, but as I have attempted to show in my book, I believe the answer may be yes on all counts.

Now consider this:

In the symbolism of every major religion and belief-system in history, the key numbers of the Hermetic Code are absolutely paramount. Without exception, these immensely powerful religious doctrines are all exact copies of the original blueprint.

To briefly illustrate this, we need to focus on the two key numbers of the octave: eight (the notes) and seven (the intervals between them).

The Hermopolitan theology of OK Egypt, for example, which arose at Hermopolis, the seat of Thoth himself, embraces a pantheon of eight gods, four male, four female, who are said to have appeared simultaneously on the primeval hillock known as the Island of Flame. Hermopolis itself was called, in Egyptian, 'the (city) of the eight' (Khmoun).
Exactly the same format appears in another major theological system formulated about the time of the III dynasty by Memphite priests. According to the eponimous Shabaka Stone, a slab of basalt carved at the command of the XXV dynasty pharoah, King Shabaka, the Maker of the universe manifested his creativity through the intermediary of eight forms, which 'existed in him'. This was Ptah, the god of Memphis.
The third and last major myth of the Old Kingdon was the Heliopolitan system, which differs from the two already mentioned in that the gods of its pantheon were nine in number. According to it, the god, Atum, alone and unaided, succeeded in fertilising himself to produce four divine couples.

This rather awkward detail of a pantheon on nine gods was at first disconcertingly inconsistent with 'my' musical theory. The obvious anomaly puzzled me at first, but on closer examination of this myth, I came to realise that there was, in fact, no inconsistency whatever. In fact, it actually provides us with the 'key' to to the secrets encoded in the 'sacred constant' - Pi. If we regard the 'gods' of the Great Ennead as 'octaves', we are left with a musical scale of nine consecutive octaves - precisely sixty-four notes.

In China, sometime in the third millenium BC, the legendary sage, Fu Hsi, introduced a belief system, which was later condensed into a book now known as the I Ching, or the Book of Changes, whose chapters were 'numbered' using a mysterious combination of eight three-lined symbols called trigrams. Confucius himself, who much later added commentaries to the book, taught a system of initiation at his school known as the 'eight steps of learning'. Also in ancient China, entirely reminiscent of the mythology of Egypt, a sign that a country had reached the maximum of plenty and fertility was that one woman should bare four pairs of twins.

In the Book of Genesis of Mosaic tradition we are told that God worked for six days and rested on the seventh. Presumably he started over on the eighth.

In Nepal, in the 6th century BC, the Buddha introduced his eightfold path to enlightenment. In Persia, Zoroaster created his mythic pantheon of eight 'Bounteous Immortals'. And in Greece, on the island of Samos, the original philosopher himself - Pythagoras - re-invented his own version of the oldest science on earth by working out the precise mathematics of the octave. About five hundred years later, in Palestine, Jesus Christ enacted the greatest musical performances of all time: the eight days of the Passion, from Palm Sunday to the Sunday of the Resurrection. Later still, Mohammed appeared and impressed millions in Arabia and beyond with the narrative of his famous night journey, from the sacred site of the Dome of the Rock temple in Jerusalem - called in the Koran the 'Furthest Mosque' - up through the 'seven heavens'.

And the number sixty-four:

We have already seen how the I-Ching is overall a composition of sixty-four separate texts. In the time of the Buddha, in Nepal, it was customary on issues of supreme importance for the nobility to consult a council of sixty-four Brahmins. It was such a council that, according to legend, predicted their Avatar's birth. Contemporary Greek thinkers attached great importance to an Egyptian number system known as the 'magic square of Mercury' defined by the number 2080, which is the sum of all the numbers from one to sixty-four. Mercury, incidentally, is a Romanised version of Hermes/Thoth, the Egyptian 'messenger of the gods'. And again, in the Koran, there is a crucial chapter on the 'sacred light of Allah' - chapter sixty-four.

But what does all this mean? It means many things, whose separate strands all lead back to the same hermetic blueprint, the master plan. It means, for example, that the Hermetic Code, the design plan for everything existing - particles, celestial bodies, living cells - is applicable literally everywhere, not only in the wider universe, but also in the ephemeral realms of the collective human psyche. After all, if everything is music, then everything is hermetic, genetic, alive. There is one singular saying attributed to the Egyptian god, Thoth, which sums up this idea perfectly: 'As above, so below'. This message couldn't be clearer: man below and the greater cosmos above, as stated so emphatically in Genesis, are made in the same image. Everyone, quite literally, is a miniature universe.

Care to expand anyone?

If Hermetic is genetic, this means that the universe itself is alive; it is an organism of infinite size. So if you are looking for a 'god', we have here a candidate that outshines all of the abstract deities vaguely alluded to by theologians - an all-powerful and all-encompassing entity that actually does exist.

Assuming, then, that the universe is a living entity, and that we are all copies of it, this would suggest that the more advanced products of an organic brain - ideas, theories, concepts, - are also in some way alive, they are metaphysical genes, as intrinsically organic as the brain from which they originate. The ancients seem to have understood this, which is why they devised a musical mode of existence in the form of prescribed disciplines and rituals, which enabled them to psychologically conform to the laws and forces controlling evolution. This, I believe, is precisely why 'religion' was first invented and why every seventh day was marked out as a 'sabbath', to instil into the consciousness of humankind the necessity to harmonise ones movements and inner faculties according to the principles of the Hermetic Code. The aim was quite straightforward: it was an attempt to complete the natural course of one's evolutionary and psychological development by living-out a harmonious existence and ultimately transcending on to a higher plane, a greater 'scale' above. This greater scale, a scientific concept describing a higher dimension accessible to the trained mind, is the 'heaven' expressed in all religions.

The great innovators of the past mentioned above have, in a sense, already 'transcended' on to a higher dimension, to the next 'scale' of evolutionary development. They have, as is said in scripture, 'immaculately conceived', they have fortuitously caught a glimpse of the greater picture and subsequently impressed all humanity by lucidly translating their experiences into seminal ideas - enduring theories and concepts, which, quite literally, are still alive today, as vivid and meaningful and powerful as they ever were. Think of the works of Hermes and his builders, of Confucius, Zoroaster, the Buddha, Pythagoras, Christ, Mohammed, or great scientists and artists like Einstein or DaVinci, Newton, Michaelangelo, even Darwin - and others too numerous to mention. These unforgettable individuals are, in a sense, already 'out there', communing with the godlike inhabitants of the real world, waiting patiently for us to join them in the party that never ends, a celestial celebration to which, apparently, we have all been cordially invited. Tickets are free, but it seems that the evolutionary journey of the spirit is long and precipitous, and travelling restrictions are such that absolutely no excess baggage can be accommodated.

High Priests, Quantum Genes. Black Spring Press, 2004

Article Two: Hidden Harmonies

by Colin Wilson.

Hidden Harmonies

After all, harmonies and rhythms can be measured in the physicist's laboratory, and described in terms of amplitude and wavelength. Can we not be more precise about them? This is a question which, almost by accident, came to preoccupy an ex-advertising salesman named Michael Hayes. Ever since late childhood - spent in Penzance, Cornwall, where his mother owned a hotel - Hayes had been preoccupied with the question of why we are alive, and what we are supposed to do now we are here. In 1971, at the age of 22, he went to live in Mashad, Iran, where his brother was in the senior management of an international trading company. These were the years before the Shah was deposed, when Iran was still swarming with hippies. During his seven years in Iran, Mike Hayes - as he prefers to be known - took the opportunity to travel to India, Pakistan, Khatmandu and Afghanistan. It was during this time he was introduce by a hippie friend to the ideas of Gurdjieff - via Ouspenksy's In Search of the Miraculous - and began to think more purposefully about the basic problems of human nature. In Mashad he had been deeply impressed by the great mosque of Imam Reza. It was obvious from the sheer number of worshippers, and their devoutness, that for them religion was a living reality, as it had been for the cathedral builders of the Middle Ages. And travelling in India and Pakistan, where he had a chance to come into contact with Hinduism and Buddhism, he again had this sense of the tremendous vitality of the religious tradition. It took him by surprise for, apart from hymns at school and an occasional visit to church, his childhood had not been particularly religious. The sheer size of these religious territories impressed him, and the effect of the religious founders on their followers... "I decided that there was definitely something supernatural about all this. Whoever they were, these 'saviours' of mankind certainly knew how to make their presence felt."

The Double Helix

Back in England, he felt that it was time to catch up on his situation, which he could now see had been less than thorough. He signed on for a course in extramural studies at Leicester University, and it was there he attended some classes on DNA and the genetic code. DNA is, of course, a thread-like material in living cells which carries genetic information, such as whether a baby is born with brown or blond hair, blue or brown eyes, and so on. It transmits this information by means of a code, which was finally cracked in the early 1950s by James Watson and Francis Crick. They showed that the DNA molecule had a spiral structure, and looks rather like two spiral ladders held together by rungs made of four chemical 'bases' called adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. These bases are strung together in what looks like a random order - perhaps AGTTCGGAA - but it is the order of these bases that makes the difference between brown and blond hair, etc. When a cell splits into two - which is how it reproduces - the 'ladder' comes apart, and each half attracts itself to various molecules of the bases that are floating free, until there are now two identical ladders. This is how living things reproduce themselves. It was when he learned that sixty-four is the number in which the four bases can form into triplet units called RNA codons that Mike Hayes had a vague sense of deja vu. Sixty-four awoke vague memories. The same things happened when he learned that these codons correspond with the twenty amino acids necessary for the manufacture of protein - but since there are also two coded instructions for 'start' and 'stop', the basic number is twenty-two. This again seemed vaguely familiar.

Significance of Sixty-Four

Then he remembered where he had come across the number sixty-four - in the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes, which is used as an oracle. And the basic unit of the I Ching is, of course, a 'triplet' of lines, either broken or unbroken, corresponding to the principles of Yin and Yang, which might be regarded as darkness and light, or the male and female principles, or the moon and the sun. Hayes recalled that when he had studied the I Ching in his hippie days, he had wondered vaguely why the number of its 'hexagrams' (each one made up of two trigrams) should be sixty-four - eight times eight - and not seven times seven or nine times nine. And now he learned that each of the triplet units of RNA links up with another triplet in the DNA molecule. So the 'double helix' of information in the heart of all reproductive cells is made up from sixty-four hexagrams, as in the I Ching. Could this really be just coincidence? Since his extra-mural course left him with time to kill, he began looking more closely into this 'coincidence'. Of course, it seemed unlikely that Fu Hsi, the legendary creator of the I Ching, had stumbled upon some kind of mystical insight into the 'code of life.' But it seemed worth investigating. If this was not coincidence, then there should be eight trigrams hidden in DNA. And when he had learned that this was so, Mike Hayes began to feel that he had stumbled upon something that could be very important indeed.

Mystical Seven

Then he recalled where he had seen the number twenty-two. This was nothing to do with the I Ching, but with Pythagoras, the Greek "father of mathematics". The Pythagoreans regarded the number twenty-two as sacred because it represented three musical octaves, and the Pythagoreans saw music as one of the basic secrets of the universe. Of course, an ordinary musical scale has seven notes - doh, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti - and a final doh of the next octave completes it and begins the next octave. But three octaves - and the Pythagoreans attached a mystical significance to the number three - begins on doh, and ends on another doh twenty-two notes later. Mike Hayes had played the guitar since his early teens, so he knew a certain amount of musical theory. In the quest that followed, it proved to be of central importance. But at this early stage, in the late '70s, a suspicion was beginning to form in his mind: that these numbers involved in the DNA code might express some basic law of the universe. He was in the position of Edward T. Hall's student who realised that the children in the playground were dancing to some basic rhythm of life, a rhythm that is totally unsuspected by the rest of us. Mike Hayes came to believe that rhythm is basically musical in nature. And this, in turn, meant he was a kind of Pythagorean.

The Third Force

Pythagoreanism is sometimes called 'number mysticism', and Pythagoras attached great importance to the numbers three and seven, and to the laws governing musical notes. Gurdjieff had also spoken of the 'Law of Three' and the 'Law of Seven.' The Law of three states that all creation involves a third force. We are inclined to think in terms of dualities: positive and negative, male and female, good and evil. Gurdjieff - who derived the idea from the Sankhya philosophy of India - stated that instead, we should try to think in terms of three. Positive and negative merely counterbalance one another, but if anything is to come of them, they must be given a push by a third force. An obvious example would be the catalyst in a chemical reaction. Oxygen and sulphur dioxide do not naturally combine; but if passed over hot platinised asbestos, they form sulphur trioxide, from which sulphuric acid is made. The platinised asbestos remains unchanged. Another simple example would be a zip. The left and right side of the zip need the fastener in the middle to make them combine. But perhaps Gurdjieff's most interesting illustration is of someone who wishes to change, to achieve great self-knowledge, and in whom the forces of laziness act as a counterbalance. In this case, the breakthrough can occur through knowledge - a perception of how it can be achieved, which brings a new drive and optimism. In other words, the third force is a kind of kick, an outside force that alters the balance of the situation, breaks a deadlock. The Law of Seven is illustrated by the seven notes of the musical scale; here the final doh somehow draws them together so they can move to a higher octave, just as the seven colours of the spectrum are drawn together into white light. When Mike Hayes began to study the major world religions, he was stuck by how often the numbers three, seven and twenty-two recur. The legendary founder of Hermetic philosophy - identified with the Egyptian god Thoth - is known as Thrice Great Hermes. The number pi - the relation of the diameter of a circle to its circumference - which was supposed to have been discovered by Pythagoras, is twenty-two over seven.

Article Three: An Infinity of Harmonies

by Michael Hayes.

An Infinity of Harmonies

Richard Dawkins evokes a river of digital information flowing through time in the form of DNA, branching and forking on its way, and giving rise to new species in the process. When one species mutates off a daughter species, the river of genes forks into two; and if the two branches diverge for long enough - perhaps through the influence of geographical variables - the two species eventually develop quite distinct and different characteristics. At one stage, in one of these branches, 'Mitochondrial Eve' was born. This is the name given to the most recent ancestor of all modern humans, a member of the species Homo Sapiens, who probably lived in Africa between one hundred and two hundred and fifty thousand years ago.

Mitochondria are actually tiny, vital, energy-producing particles which exist in the thousands in all our cells. They help to convert energy from food molecules and store it for distribution later. The interesting point about mitochondria is that they have their own DNA. Unlike the main, nuclear DNA, which becomes almost totally scrambled in every generation every time a sex-cell is made, mitochondrial DNA is passed on down relatively unchanged through the female line only. It is therefore a very useful tool for long-term geneologists, who can use it for dating common ancestors within species. This is how 'Mitochondrial' or 'African Eve' has been identified and dated.

Dawkins is particularly fond of Mitochondrial Eve, and he contrasts her, as a scientific hypothesis, with the Eve of Eden. He believes his scientific truth to be of greater interest and, 'more poetically moving' than the myth. I myself, however, having read them both, am left wondering.
The crucial event in human history occurred, I believe, in the Old Kingdom, Egypt, around the time of construction of the Great Pyramid. The Hermetic Code itself, the mysterious conceptual equivalent of the Rosetta Stone, is actually the original 'immaculate conception', an ingenious esoteric symbol designed to express the all-embracing principle of perfect symmetry and absolute harmony. The code is more familiarly known today by its shorthand version, and this is the classical formula, Pi or 22/7, the numerical symmetry of which describes, in essentially musical terms, the two most fundamental laws of nature, namely the law of triple-creation and the law of octaves. These two laws, and the unseen forces they describe, are discussed in some detail in my book: The Infinite Harmony (ch.1), but, briefly, they can be understood like this:

The law of triple-creation asserts simply that there are three fundamental creative forces in nature (say, active, passive and neutral), and that all phenomena are products of them.

The law of octaves states that all phenomena also consist of varying 'degrees of resonance', which are always inwardly composed, and transmute one to another, in sevenfold patterns of formation and sequence. This also applies to each of the creative forces themselves; each one is composed within as a fundamental octave of resonance - hence the musical construct of the formula: pi or 22/7
So Pi is a symbolic expression of a fully resonant 'triple-octave'. But it is also a remarkably accurate working blueprint for all evolutionary development, and so its distinctive inner-symmetry can be identified in the biomolecular and physical structures of all forms of life; not only, for example, in the overall physiology of human beings, with their three nerve-complexes responsible for sensation, emotion and perception and their eight endocrine transformers, but also in the sixty-four/twenty-two note amino-acid 'scale of resonance' employed by DNA in the biochemical synthesis of proteins. All human beings, in other words - indeed all living creatures - are in reality musically, or 'hermetically' composed; they are evolutionary 'triple-octaves' with the inherent potential to achieve within a condition of 'optimum resonance'.


Incidentally the concept of the trinity of creation - a fundamental component of all major religious doctrines - implies that every phenomenon, without exception, is a composite triple-octave, and each of the individual octaves embodied therein are in themselves trinities. So we have a major twenty-two note scale which can be further subdivided into three minor twenty-two note scales, which gives, in total, nine interpenetrating octaves of potential optimum resonance - exactly sixty-four notes, or the square of the constant number, eight.
The living cell, by following the genetic 'code of conduct' laid down at the microcosmic level of existence (ie., the digital instructions encoded within DNA), actually attains this highly-desirable condition of optimum resonance and so acquires the supernatural power to self-replicate. Through a rapid series of exponential growth patterns it then combines with its fellow creatures to create, in the most 'immaculate' of ways, a whole new world for itself, a massive, intricate, conscious organism. Such an organism constitutes a higher dimension for the cell, a greater 'scale of being', as it were.
Now the theory at the root of the hermetic code, which I have called the theory of transcendental evolution, asserts that, at the human level of existence, this condition of optimum resonance, which can be attained by following certain tried and tested 'religious' codes of conduct, endows any given individual with the supernatural power to penetrate an infinitely greater, or macrocosmic scale of existence, to a higher dimension - to 'heaven' if you like.

Each and every one of us, therefore, is - potentially at least - a kind of cosmic messenger, a programmable metaphysical 'chromosome' with the inherent capacity to self-replicate, to successfully disseminate original, 'immaculate' ideas out into the greater conceptual world inhabited by the minds and hearts of humankind.


The unravelling of the digital molecular structure of the DNA double helix by Watson and Crick has been hailed by Dawkins as the most revolutionary scientific discovery in history, an achievement for which, he believes, they should be honoured for as many centuries as Plato or Aristotle. Whether or not this will, in the event, turn out to be the case remains to be seen, but it's a tall order. The Athenian adepts, as I have pointed out in my book, were all fully in tune with hermetic philosophy. In fact, Socrates, the first of the great trio and Plato's mentor, received personal instruction from the Pythagorean school on the island of Samos. In addition, all three were known to have respected and familiarised themselves with the traditions of the legendary Persian Magi. After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, Plato quit Greece, visiting Egypt and Italy, and on his return to Athens some years later, he founded the famous Academy as a school for philosophical and scientific research, which he presided over for the rest of his life. Plato's writings, as one might expect, are permeated throughout with clearly identifiable hermetic data.

The Greeks believed the source of all this musical wisdom to have been the Ibis-headed Egyptian god, Thoth. Known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus (thrice-great Hermes), he later became associated with the Roman god, Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Most of the literature relating to Hermes belongs to the post-Christian era and scholars in general doubt that he ever existed. But of course, someone, somewhere, revealed the hermetic code to the human race, so by whatever name he was then known, we can be sure that the Father of Revelation did, at some remote period in time, walk upon this earth.

As we have seen from the esoteric content of this individual's remarkable ideas, his knowledge of the evolutionary processes of nature mirrors perfectly the sixty-four/twenty-two note structure of the genetic code. But there is actually another very intriguing fact about the mysterious Hermes Trismegistus worthy of note; one which, to me at least, is so fitting as to be at least as 'poetic' as Mr Dawkins's 'Mitochondrial Eve'. The rod of Hermes was known as the 'caduceus' and he is depicted holding it in Botticelli's La Primavera. The wand itself, said to have magical properties, was surmounted with two wings and entwined by two serpents - a perfect double helix.

Mitochondrial, or African Eve, would have been the first Homo Sapiens to successfully copulate and produce descendants. She may have lived as recently as a hundred and fifty thousand years ago. Before her there were more primitive hominids, such as Homo Erectus and its even more remote ancestors, Homo Habilis and Australopithecus, the earliest having been dated to around four million years ago.

So a great deal happened in the development of the hominid over the last hundred and fifty thousand years, for Eve was little more than a savage, a successful fighter and breeder, an unwitting, cut-throat product of DNA's relentless bid for immortality.

Now contrast his hungry, flint-wielding creature with the kind of hominid that lived in the Fertile Crescent about five thousand years ago. From Egypt to Mesopotamia, there occurred, quite suddenly, an unprecedented bout of civilised activity. Great cities and cultures, the likes of which had never been seen before on earth, grew and blossomed in the space of a couple of centuries. The hominid had learned to build - not just any old how, but with an expertise and precision that even today's architects and engineers, using the same kind of tools, would find impossible to match, let alone surpass.

The Great Pyramid of Cheops is undeniably the oldest, most massive and intricate building ever to have been fashioned in stone. Each of its two and a half million blocks or limestone averages two and a half tons in weight, and some of the larger granite blocks featured in the interior weigh between thirty and seventy tons. On top of that, the whole edifice was originally sheathed in an eight-foot thick exterior limestone casing set with joints only a fractions of a millimetre wide! Archaeologists tell us that this remarkable building, the base area of which covers a staggering thirteen acres, was erected around 2700 BC. And what was the hominid doing for a living in the Fertile Crescent, say, a half a millennium before this, circa 3200 BC? Well, apparently, nothing much (except surviving, of course). At least, there is no archaeological evidence of it.


One assumes, therefore, that prior to the appearance of the first civilisations, the hominid had barely learned to tame grass, let alone its restless mind. But then, quite suddenly, the natives not only learned to build on an unprecedented scale, to write, and to administrate vast social enterprises, they also, as it were, conjured-up the amazing hermetic code, pulling it out of nowhere, like a rabbit out of a hat,and...well, hallelujah! the hominid finally came of age.

This, I would suggest, is a massive quantum leap. Now, I have a question, one which I am personally still trying to answer, and it is this: Is the hermetic code the chance product of random mutation in the tribal brain of a rather fortunate member of the species Homo Sapiens, or was it purposefully introduced by some universal force, rather like a cosmic kick in the head? (Force, note, not 'God').

Macromutations seldom occur in nature and usually result in chronic deformity and eventual extinction. Yet here we have a true quantum leap in spiritual and cultural activity, a macromutation of the hominid mind that surely breaks one of the most fundamental rules of natural selective evolution.

Scientists now believe that the first biomolecular self-replicators were free-falling bacterial RNA. Exactly what form their self-replicating predecessors had, no one knows. Dawkins has suggested that the precursors to organic self-replicators might have been something like inorganic crystals, growing, say, in clays, constantly being transported every-which-way by ever-changing waterflows.


In fact, crystals do 'grow' in a sense, where the first array of geometrically-aligned atoms and molecules acts as a template for the next. As they grow, crystals also produce, on occasions, flaws (mutations) in their molecular structure, which are then 'copied' by the next developing layer and so on. Crystals also possess right and left-handed properties; that is, two varieties, (two or more kinds being a necessary prerequisite for the phenomenon of heredity, where like begets like). However, as Dawkins himself points out, molecules of crystals only act as templates for the formation of molecules in their mirror-image. So, in this instance, like does not beget like. Chemists have been trying for many years to 'trick' inorganic molecules into 'breeding' other molecules of the same handedness, but the natural forces at work in the inorganic molecular world are seemingly indifferent to such a process. If you start cultivation with a left-hander crystal, you end up with an equal number of left and right-handed molecules. Thus, says the author, "although the function of an earlier, non-organic self-replicator didn't involve 'handedness', a version of this trick was pulled off naturally and spontaneously four thousand million years ago."

Once again, as with the inexplicably swift transition from hunting hominid to civilisation-builder, I personally find the Darwinian notion of a gradual, random mutation from inert matter to evolutionary, self-replicating biomolecules a little hard to swallow. There is another quantum leap involved here, another illogically-successful macromutation.

The analogy Dawkins uses in The Blind Watchmaker is that inorganic crystal growth, producing mutational flaws over billions of years, happened, quite accidentally, to act as a kind of crude scaffolding for the building of a beautifully proportioned and sophisticated biochemical 'arch'. Once the final centre-stone of the arch fell into place (perhaps the last of the four chemical bases), the earlier-formed scaffolding, superseded by its biomolecular successor, involved into extinction. Subsequently the now animated 'arch', the biomolecular descendant of this inorganic cousin, eventually evolved, quite randomly, into entities like Jesus or Einstein, Hermes, Dawkins and you.


According to Dawkins, "the digital revolution at the core of life has dealt the final, killing blow to vitalism" - vitalism being the apparently mistaken notion that living material is deeply distinct from non-living material. This is certainly true in respect of the individual electrons and atoms of which living matter is composed, but when considering the overall symmetrical structure of entire biomolecules, and the harmonious distribution of the electrons and atoms within these beautiful dynamic forms, then the fundamental difference between, for example, a molecule of the protein haemoglobin and a molecule of water is surely glaringly obvious. Ergo, vitalism - my kind at least - is very much alive and kicking.

We thus have two unbelievably propitious macromutations in the otherwise uneventful Darwinian story of the evolution of life on earth; one being the quantum transition from, say, salt crystals or whatever, through something or other, to living, writhing, hermetically-composed bacteria, the other being the incredibly rapid metamorphosis, over a period of time which, by Darwinian standards, is infinitesimally small, of African Eve into Madame Curie, Rosalind Franklin or the Virgin Mary.

Now if, as I suspect is the case, the hermetic code was introduced by a powerful external force into the passive mind of the hominid of the Fertile Crescent, then, perhaps, the first, 'hermetically sealed', biomolecular self-replicators also received, so to speak, an external 'leg-up' to get themselves started. I'm not talking about 'God' here. I'm suggesting that there are very real, unseen forces in nature, undetectable by the crude, subluminal instruments of detection of modern science, which dictate that the creation of DNA-based life-forms must inevitably occur everywhere in the universe, as and when physical conditions permit.

Where this conclusion leaves us, the human race, we can but speculate, but the fact that the genetic code of the microcosmic world of the cell, and the hermetic code in the macrocosmic world of the human mind are absolutely identical is surely significant. It in fact brings to mind the principal dictum of Hermes Trismegistus, which was inscribed on the legendary Emerald Tablet: "As above, so below." The implication one immediately draws from this is that the only difference between the DNA helix and a fully-functional human brain is simply one of scale. And if the human brain is a kind of metaphysical 'helix', then presumably it is also an integral component - a cell-nucleus - in the body of an infinitely greater, multidimensional 'organism' - our own galaxy, perhaps. Remember, "As above..."

And if the galaxy is also a chromosome...

There are limits, of course. And many questions still to be answered. Interested readers may care to delve a little deeper into some of these multidimensional meanderings through 'metaphysical time' by consulting my own, previously mentioned work.

Article Four: The Music of the Passion

by Michael Hayes.

The Music of the Passion

In order to understand the true meaning of the Passion it is first necessary to realise that all of the major mythological and religious descriptions of the world are actually variations of a single, original musical theme.

Described in its entirety by the formula now known as the Hermetic Code, this theme is rooted in the minds of beings who supposedly lived long before even the simple wheel was invented. And yet, the strange fact is that this ancient code constitutes a genuine scientific description of a resonant symmetry that pervades the whole universe, one which modern science has only recently begun to identify, and which was first symbolised numerically in the form of the pi convention, or 22/7,

In fact, the formula pi, which, paradoxically, has been at the forefront of mankind's intellectual endeavour ever since it was first revealed, is, in my view, none other than the fabled Philosopher's Stone. As I have argued in my latest book, High Priests, Quantum Genes, this could well be the long sought 'universal' formula referred to by alchemists of all ages, which exactly describes the fundamental composition of virtually everything existing, from 'superstrung' subatomic particles to galactic superclusters, from the self-replication of microbes to the musings of messiahs, from time to eternity, from the big bang to the big crunch, from life to death, - quite simply, everything.

The first authentic record of knowledge of the pi relationship appeared in Egyptian Old Kingdom administrative documents, which record that the Grand Vizier had control over the twenty-two nomes (districts) of the land of Upper (southern) Egypt, while his deputy's jurisdiction over the same land extended to only seven nomes. Twenty two over seven, as we have seen, is an expression of the 'triple-octave', a formula embodied in early Egyptian myth in the form of the first recorded 'Holy Trinity': Osiris, Isis, Horus.

To the ancient Egyptians, festivals and religious occasions were of special importance, possibly the most notable of which was the annual re-enactment of the mysteries of Osiris at the sacred city of Abydos. These mysteries were first given publicly under the pharaohs of the XII dynasty, but are believed to date right back to the original Osirian myths of the Old Kingdom. Significantly they were cast in the form of an eight-act drama, an essentially octave format, which many years later was to re-emerge as the model of the most famous Passion Play of all time. The life, death, resurrection and transcendental 'enthronement' of Osiris is identical in every way to the story of Jesus Christ's tumultuous passage across the world stage.

In fact, the symbol of the octave, and the basic assertion that the universe and everything in it is simply 'crystallised music', lay at the root of all the earliest Egyptian myths.

Hermopolitan theology, for example, which arose at Hermopolis, the seat of the god Thoth, was possibly the most influential theological system of the Old Kingdom. The myth embraces a pantheon of eight gods, four male, four female, all of whom were said to have appeared simultaneously on the primeval hillock known as the Island of Flame.

Thoth himself was revered in early Egypt as the founder of the fabled school for the 'sons of kings', scribe of the gods, inventor of 'writing', and patron of all the sacred arts, including medicine, astronomy, magic and alchemy. The Greek name for this mysterious character, 'Hermes the Great, the Great' became the epithet 'Trismegistus' (Thrice-Greatest), and represents a development from the Egyptian 'AA AA', which is found as an epithet of Thoth in late hieroglyphic. The name 'Thrice-Greatest Hermes', is particularly significant in that it is symbolic of the first law of nature embodied within the formula pi - the law of three forces. This indicates that Thoth himself was held to have been a divine embodiment of the 'Holy Trinity', the fully resonant triple-octave, of which, as we have noted, one of the first recorded expressions was the major Egyptian triad, Osiris, Isis and Horus. The Great Pyramid, as all but the most hardened of sceptics now acknowledge, is a massive embodiment in stone of the Hermetic Code, the Pi convention. But it was also associated with the numerological figure known as the Magic Square of Mercury and the number 2080, the sum of all the numbers from one to sixty-four. Mercury was identified with Hermes, and sixty-four is the numerological equivalent of an octave squared. The special relevance of this particular number - 64, the square of the 'sacred constant' - is discussed in some detail in both of my books.

Exactly the same musical format appears in another major theological system in ancient Egypt, formulated about the time of the III dynasty by the Memphite priesthood. According to the Shabaka Stone, a slab of basalt carved at the command of the XXV dynasty pharaoh, King Shabaka, the demiurge or maker of the universe manifested his creativity through the intermediary of eight forms, 'which existed in him'. This was Ptah, the god of Memphis, who by his thought and speech alone created everything that is.

The third and last major myth of the Old Kingdom was the Heliopolitan system. According to it, the head of the pantheon, the god Atum, alone and unaided, succeeded in fertilising himself to produce the first of four divine couples. Thus from Atum, the 'Whole', emerged an octave, a family of eight.

Egypt, of course, is just the beginning, for this esoteric music has been played many times over millennia.

Moses for example, departed Egypt with rather more than just a caravanserai of earthly provisions. He took with him the miracle formula for producing celestial 'manna' - a higher form of consciousness. That is, he left his adopted homeland with full knowledge of the Hermetic Code, of the pi formula. Subsequently, and with supreme artistry, he ensured that the kernel of this sacred knowledge should continuously persist in the subconscious minds of his followers by creating the iconic Jewish menorah, the seven-branched candelabrum festooned with twenty-two cups, which is still to be seen today in synagogues and traditional Jewish households the world over.

Further examples of this sacred art of musical symbolism on both sides of the Atlantic are numerous, and I have detailed them elsewhere. All 'avatars', 'saviours', 'civilizers', have had their seminal moments of 'passion', when they have reputedly 'died', voluntarily relinquished their sensible grip on the earthly world, and then successfully re-entered the metaphysical arena of human consciousness transformed, with new and startling concepts, or revelations.

In the first century AD, a new cover-version of the Passion of Osiris was released with such dramatic effect that its influence is still today being felt by close to a billion people on this planet. This was the final week in the life of Jesus Christ, which began on Palm Sunday, and culminated, seven days later, on the Sunday of the Resurrection. The Passion of Jesus Christ, like that of Osiris, was a musical production enacted over eight individual stages, beginning on Sunday - the first 'note', Doh, of an octave of time - and ending on the following Sunday, on the last 'note' of the octave, again, Doh. The 'sacred' Trinity in all this is, of course, fundamental to the structure of the whole Passion: 'Life'- 'death' - 'resurrection'.

Article Five: A Retrospective

by Michael Hayes.

A Retrospective

When the full extent of the hermetic phenomenon first dawned on me, in the summer of 1984, I had no idea as to what I should do about it. I was very excited at the time, because I knew straight away that I had stumbled across something big, something of vital importance to us all, but I did not, at first, visualise a whole book on the subject, least of all one with my name on the cover.

I must admit that compiling a survey on such a far-reaching theme hasn't been easy. I have had to backtrack many times in order to make sense of it all. But in the end, after many a year spent cutting and pasting ideas in my mind, an overall picture has finally emerged.

In this picture, the evolution of human consciousness is seen as following a prescribed, scientifically determined path mapped out for us by some unknown genius of the distant past.

Indeed it is impossible to conceive of what shape, if any, modern science would be in today had the key to infinity never been cut. The classical convention of 22/7 - the Hemetic Code - is not only a workably close approximation of the true diameter-to-circumference ratio but also - and this is important - from the earliest times it has been instrumental in drawing the attention of the scientist and the mathematician toward the problem of squaring the circle, and so ultimately to the important discovery of the obvious benefits to be derived from the practical applications of the projected value of pi.

Consider also the other 'science' we call religion, all of the major ones having clearly been modelled on the Hermetic Code. I think it true to say that every major religion, without exception, contains elements of the supernatural, particularly with regard to the countless numbers of people who have been so profoundly affected by this or that particular code. Religions exist, and have existed since the dawn of recorded history, guiding man's conscience, inspiring his artistic potentialities, raising his consciousness toward the heavens. But then, if the pi symmetry - the 'signals of Thoth' - had never been so resoundingly struck in time, what other forms of religion would men and women have created for themselves over these millennia?

Without pi, therefore, would there still be such a thing as a cathedral, say, or a particle accelerator, a mosque or an electron microscope, a temple or a space shuttle?

Then there are the arts: painting, sculpture, music. We know the great Renaissance masters had knowledge of the old Egyptian 'canon of proportions' and that they applied it in much of their work. Perhaps it is precisely because of their understanding of certain of the esoteric principles of visual harmony that they were able to achieve such a high degree of artistic expression. As for the world's great composers, is it conceivable that they might have independently found some other artistic means of impressing us all to such dramatic effect had not man's life been so greatly enriched by the knowledge and application of the musical scale?

No. It seems to me, at least, that life on earth without the Hermetic Code would be overwhelmingly animal, aggressive, 'naturally selective'. You may feel that life is like that now, which indeed it is, to some extent, but eradicate every single trace of Thoth's influence from man's race-memory and you would be left with little more than the cosmic equivalent of a cartload of monkeys.

However, the human being is potentially very different from the animal. If he or she were not, then perhaps the Great Architect himself would have elected to pass this planet by. But this was not the case. The father of Revelation landed and reconnoitred here for a considerable period of time, his express intention being to present mankind with an indelible token of its 'coming of age', a metaphysical key to a completely new and infinitely richer existence.

This key, as I have pointed out, has opened countless doors over literally thousands of years. The story of our evolution, however, is far from over, and I personally believe we may, in the future, be able to use the same key to unravel many more mysteries. I mean, quite apart from its original intended purpose - that of facilitating the individual evolution of each and every one of us - the theory of transcendental evolution encoded in pi could well have practical applications in the material world, the world of science in particular.

As an outsider, I can only begin to imagine the enormous difficulties encountered by such as the nuclear physicist and the molecular biologist as they each prepare themselves for a final, electrochemical assault on the very portals of inner space. These intricate pursuits of the mind I have barely skipped over, taking snapshots as I passed. One such simple but very elegant picture which has stuck in my mind happens to be of a biomolecular nature. I will mention it here in the sincere hope that the details it embodies may positively enhance the scientist's ability to understand what is really going on when, for instance, a deadly virus enters a healthy living cell.

Viruses are actually disease-producing 'particles' which are only capable of multiplication within a host cell. The simplest kind consists of a single helical strand of RNA coated with protein molecules. The main active principle of the particle is the RNA component which, sometimes in concert with trace proteins, enters the cell in one of a variety of ways, where it subsequently disrupts the normal processes of genetic development by using the host's activated amino acids and enzymes to reproduce itself.

A typical simple virus used extensively in biological and biochemical studies is TMV - the tobacco mosaic virus. This particle consists of a single helix of RNA containing some 6400 nucleotides, coated with about 2200 molecules of a single protein. Each of the protein molecules comprises a polypeptide chain of 158 amino acids in a known sequence. Clearly the numbers of nucleotides and protein molecules is virtually an exact repetition, on a higher and more complex scale, of the sixty-four combinations of bases and the twenty-two amino acid signals of the genetic code, thus indicating that TMV itself is 'hermetically composed' from the top of its head to the tip of its tiny tail. There are, of course, legions of these 'enlightened' denizens of the microcosm which are much more complex in structure and I personally know very little about them, but, given all the facts uncovered to date, I think there is good reason for supposing that all of them follow the very same basic evolutionary pattern.

Whether such information could ever be used effectively on a practical level remains to be seen. It is something, which would need to be studied in concert by experts in many fields. One would have thought, nonetheless, that the scientific community in general would be greatly assisted in its unswerving quest for a 'theory of everything' - life's purpose included - by a conscious effort on the part of investigators first to attune themselves to the infinite harmony of creation. On a wider scale, of course, we must conclude that a basic grounding in musical theory, both exoteric and esoteric, would do us all the power of good.

Article Six: Hermetic Symmetry is everywhere

by Michael Hayes.

Hermetic symmetry is everywhere:

'This musical symmetry...is precisely what the formula Pi was designed to express; that is, the law of seven and the law of three - the triple-octave, composed of twenty-two notes... the law of three tells us that each of the individual octaves so expressed is also tripart in structure; it is composed of three 'inner' octaves, making nine octaves in total - exactly sixty-four fundamental notes, the square of the constant number, eight. This is the Hermetic Code. M.H. The Infinite Harmony, Pxx


'According to the biochemist, the four nitrogenous bases can combine into precisely sixty-four possible non-overlapping triplet-units, or biochemical codons, which correspond to the twenty amino acids necessary for the synthesis of protein, and also the two coded instructions for 'start' and 'stop' (production, that is).' M.H. Infinite Harmony, p221-2


'And Lamech lived after he begat Noah... And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.' - Gen. 5, 30-31


'the former science... recognises the phenomenon of light as an essentially musical or hermetic manifestation, an octave. More than that, this visible spectrum of seven combined frequencies also has three principal aspects connected with it, which we identify as the three 'primary' colours. So light is, in effect, a 'triple-octave' structure, it is an electromagnetic manifestation of the Pi symmetry, the Hermetic Code.' - M.H. The I.H.


'Whereas the Great Pyramid has a perimeter equal to 2Pi x height, and the perimeter of the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico is equal to 4Pi x height, the Silbury pyramid's perimeter... is equal to 3.5Pi x height.' - M.H. HP,QG


'And he sent forth a raven, which went to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; but the dove found no rest... he put forth his hand and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

And he stayed yet another seven days; and again he sent forth the dove.... And the dove came in to him; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth...

And he stayed yet another seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.' Gen. 9, 7-12


'The curium atom plays host to ninety-six electrons which between them trace a total of seven periods around the nucleus. No element has yet been found which houses eight curcuitary periods.' M.H. IH p 4


'One two three four five six seven, All good children go to heaven.' Nursery verse, Anon.

'From the collar worn by the French knights hung an eight-point cross (the Templar cross) bearing the fleur-de-lis design of three petals or leaves'. - Gooch, Cities of Dreams, Rider, 1989, p 65

'The theory of (quantum) chromodynamics implies the coexistence of eight other particles - 'coloured' gluons - which couple to the three colour charges of the quarks. ...As we see, the pattern is a familiar one, and has been recognised as such by particle physicists, who have called this system of classification the 'eightfold way.' - M.H. The I.H. 209

'And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made... And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.' Gen 2, 2,3

'There are three (n.b.) basic books of kabbalism. In the Sepher Yetzirah we can further read of the 'three Mother Letters' and the 'seven double letters'. - Gooch, Cities of Dreams p180

'And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and they were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats... ' Revelation, 4, 4-5.

'There are seven wonders of the world, seven seas, the seventh son of a seventh son has magical powers, Christ speaks seven times from the cross, there are seven heavens, seven colours of the rainbow, seven days in the week, seven ages of man, and so on and on.' Gooch, Cities of Dreams, p143-4

'Zurvan has seven faces, and on each face three eyes'. - Persian Rivayats, Vol II, 1.10

'one of the most important administrative documents of the Old Kingdom.... appoints the high priest and vizier Shemaj Director of Upper (southern) Egypt. This document officially places all twenty-two nomes (districts) under his authority, enumerating them from first to last. But then comes the most interesting part of this ancient injunction, which states that the son's jurisdiction, as deputy, extends to only seven nomes'. - M.H. The Infinite Harmony, p17

'...the English mile... comprises eight furlongs, each of which consists of ten chains, each chain being a measure of exactly twenty-two yards. Moreover, a square mile encompasses precisely 640 acres.' M.H. The I.H. p155

'In order to account for the four-dimensional structure of classical space-time geometry, the superstring theory is further developed through calculating the free-fermionic formulation of the string in four dimensions, the mathematics of which apparently produces no less than sixty-four specific degrees of movement associated with it.' M.H. The I.H. p 211

'In the Tarot... there are fifty six 'Minor Arcana' cards (the number cards) and twenty-two in the 'Major Arcana' (the picture cards). The Major Arcana is a symbolic representation of the triple-octave, an expression of the formula Pi. And according to the law of octaves, this triple-octave is also, on another scale, a single octave comprising eight fundamental notes. If we subsequently add these eight notes on to the Minor Arcana figure, we are left with the magical sixty-four.' M.H. HPQG p269

'...the Greeks associated the Great Pyramid with another interesting number relating to an 'Egyptian' system known as the Magic Square of Mercury... This is the number 2080, the sum of all the factors from one to sixty-four.' HPQG p83

'In triple form the septenary principle can again be traced directly to ancient Egypt, whose principal god Osiris had his body dissected into seven and twice seven separate parts. Zoroaster later adopted the same format when composing his twenty-one Nasks (books), which in turn were both forerunner and probable inspiration for St John's twenty-two chapters of the Book of Revelation. M.H. The IH p157

Is the universe alive?

'... the universe appears to be as it is because it must be that way; its evolution was written in its beginnings, in its cosmic DNA, if you will.' - Astrophysicist George Smoot, Wrinkles in Time, Little Brown 1993, p272


'... the vast Ordering Principle may be an Entity..' Robert Temple, The Sirius Mystery, Century 1998, p29


' the whole universe, far from being simply an entropic, expanding mass of stars, galaxies, black holes or whatever, is animate, organic, a living, breathing, sentient being.' Hayes, The Infinite Harmony, Weidenfeld 1994 p233


'The universe is a zoon.' - Ancient Greeks


zoon - 'a morphological individual, the total product of a fertilised ovum.' - Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary


'Is the universe a conscious, purposive whole?' - Dr Jacob Needleman, A Sense of the Cosmos, E.P. Dutton 1977


'...and light drops one solitary ray into the mother deep. The ray shoots through the virgin egg. The ray causes the virgin egg to thrill, and drop the non-eternal germ, which condenses into the world-egg.' - H.P. Blavatsky (1888) The Secret Doctrine, Cosmogenesis, Theosophical University Press 1974, p372


...the new view of the universe is light, in all its senses, because what Darwin has given us, and what we may aspire to generalize to the cosmos as a whole, is a way of thinking about the world which is scientific and mechanistic, but in which the occurrence of novelty - indeed the perpetual birth of novelty - can be understood.' - Lee Smolin, Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, The Life of the Cosmos, Pheonix/Orion 1997, p372

Article Seven: Extraterrestrial DNA

by Michael Hayes.

Extraterrestrial DNA

Part 1.


Zoologists assert that life on this planet began with the emergence of free-floating bacteria in primeval waters. Exactly how it kicked off in the first place, however, nobody knows. Professor Richard Dawkins, in his book, River out of Eden, cites a proposal made by the biologist A.G. Cairns-Smith, that the ‘ancestors’ of organic self-replicators might have been something like inorganic crystals, growing, say, in different sorts of clays, constantly stirred by ever changing waterflows.

In fact, crystals do ‘grow’ one into another, the first array of aligned atoms and molecules acting as template for the next. Crystals also produce, on occasions, flaws, ‘mutations’, in their molecular structure, which are then ‘copied’ by the subsequent developing layers. Crystals also possess right and left-handed properties, that is, two varieties – two or more being the necessary prerequisite for the phenomenon of heredity, where ‘like begets like’. However, as Dawkins himself points out, crystal molecules only act as templates for the formation of molecules in their mirror image. So in this instance, like does not beget like. Chemists have tried to ‘trick’ inorganic molecules into breeding molecules of the same ‘handedness’, but it seems the natural forces at work in the inorganic molecular world are indifferent to such deception. If you start cultivation with a left-hander crystal, you end up with an equal number of left and right-handed molecules. Thus, says Dawkins, ‘although the function of an earlier, non-organic self-replicator didn’t involve ‘handedness’, a version of this trick was pulled off naturally and spontaneously four thousand million years ago’. 1

It seems to me that this statement is somewhat lacking in scientific clarity. In fact, the suggestion that some kind of evolutionary ‘trick’ was spontaneously ‘pulled off’ all those years ago has a distinct air of the magician about it, a familiar, sleight-of-hand ‘presto’ quality, which suggests to me that its author is really a creationist at heart, one who believes in some form of ‘immaculate conception’ taking place here on Earth aeons ago.

The first bio-molecular self-replicators, though primitive, were ‘intelligent’ enough to be aware of their environment, to actively interact with external variables and so ultimately ‘tune in’ to a pre-existent and compatible self-replication program. This whole, on-going life-process has today culminated in the creation of the free thinking, conscious human being, who is also aware of his/her surroundings and is capable of ‘tuning in’ and responding to, environmental variables.

So in one sense, one could say that everything has turned full circle. The first self-replicating bacteria swam around in the primordial sea, struggling to survive at every twist and turn. And today, we conscious human beings are now floundering around in a multidimensional cosmic ocean, struggling to make sense of it all.

Of course there is a huge difference between the sphere of existence of the bacterium or the single cell and that of Homo sapiens. This is essentially one of scale. The entire lifetime of a single rudimentary cell is momentary in respect of the lifetime of the human being. The two existences are literally a dimension apart. There is a world of difference between digitally encoded strands of RNA/DNA and an Einstein. Even if it did take 4 billion years for the latter to evolve from the former, we are still talking about an evolutionary leap, from amoeba-like systems to the minds of visionaries, of immense proportions. Remember also, this miracle now unfolds in its entirety during the course of the lifetime of every one of us, from the chromosomes of our conception to the peak of our individual consciousness. This truly is a quantum leap, and it is the basis of what I call The Theory of Transcendental Evolution.

Part 2.

Music and the Theory of TE

The theory of TE, put quite simply, is based on the knowledge of the structure of the major musical scale. It implies that all life evolves, as the notes in a developing octave evolve, into higher ‘scales’ of being. Going up, in effect, toward the stars. In other words, human consciousness is evolving collectively, and in a pattern that conforms to established musical symmetries, into greater, ever more resonant, ‘scales’ of existence.

This concept is very old. How old, I have no idea, but certainly it was ‘born’ long before Pythagoras. Whatever its age or provenance however, the most important aspect of it is the sheer potency of the concept itself, which is such that it has become woven into the very fabric of cultural traditions the world over. All of the major mythologies, esoteric traditions and religious doctrines in history are in fact musically structured cover-versions of this singular revelation, which I have called The Hermetic Code. This name is chosen for a reason, in that the first recorded take on it appeared in the form of the earliest pantheons of the eight gods of ancient Egypt, whose principle god of wisdom was the enigmatic Thoth, known to the Greeks as Hermes.

Now it so happens that this ‘code of life’ was at some crucial point in history succinctly and ingeniously revealed through the classical pi symmetry of 22/7. This, as I have explained elsewhere, is essentially a musical blueprint of creation, a symbolic representation of the ‘triple-octave’, which describes the two most fundamental laws of nature, namely, the law of the three primordial forces and the law of seven-part formation and sequence. And, incredibly, it seems that ancient peoples, possibly originating sometime in the period we currently call prehistory, somehow intuitively recognised these patterns and symmetries involved in the life process. Not only that, for the benefit, it would seem, of their natural successors - you and me - they then neatly summed-up their entire ‘theory of evolution’ by condensing it all into a single, imperishable musical symbol: pi. These symmetries, I have discovered, are ubiquitous; they constitute a universal pattern to which everything existing conforms, from subatomic quanta to galactic superclusters, from bacteria to the evolutionary consciousness of human beings, and from the exalted religious and spiritual ecstasies of the avatar and the mystic to the most advanced theories of theoretical physics. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is excluded from this all-encompassing vision.

So what I am proposing here is that the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution is unfinished: it explains only the evolution of organic bodies in the local biosphere of the Earth. The theory of transcendental evolution however, presents the whole picture; it tells us that the ongoing development of human thought will continue to evolve at an even higher level, beyond the ‘logical’ confines of the physical brain, into conceptual scales of existence that ultimately encompass the entire universe.

Part 3.

Harmonic scales and rhythms in nature

The ancient Greeks had some rather unusual ideas concerning the nature of ‘matter’. The Pythagoreans in particular believed that all material things are ‘psychic’ – alive – and that they are influenced in some way by music. Today we find that modern scientists have proved them right on both counts. They have discovered ‘mind-like’ qualities in the electron and what looks very much like ‘organic’ traits in plasmas, and they have identified eightfold symmetries in the two principal physical ‘scales’ of the microworld: the atomic and the chromodynamic. Then of course, we have the ‘octave’ of light, the eightfold symmetry of the white ray. All of these physical manifestations are reflections of the musical structure of creation. And remember, the octave is a fundamental component of the Hermetic Code, of pi

Further, crucially, it is evident that similar ‘hermetic’ symmetries are also prevalent in the bio-molecular world and in particular the genetic code, with its sixty-four ‘triplet-codon’ combinations (8x8) and the twenty-two evolutionary signals at the amino-acid scale of development. These twenty-two signals are, in effect, fundamental ‘notes’ in a ‘triple-octave’ of biochemical resonance.

So in reality, the whole of the microworld, from wave/particles to biomolecules, conforms very closely to the Greek view, which is that the entire universe is built, scale superimposed upon scale, on musical foundations.

We therefore have three fundamental harmonies in evidence in the microworld: the chromodynamic, the atomic and the (bio)molecular.

Underlying all of these scales is the all-pervading universal harmony demonstrated by what is known as the ‘twin photon’ phenomenon. Two photons generated from the same impact event spin off in opposite directions at the speed of light. Experimental physicists have shown that, irrespective of how far apart these twin quanta travel, when one of them is stopped in its tracks and measured, both of them will always be seen to have the very same angles of polarisation. That is, at the precise moment of measurement of one or other of these particles, its distant twin somehow ‘knows’ which angle is to be agreed upon. Consequently there must be some sort of instantaneous communication going on between them. These rather spooky ‘actions at a distance’, called by the Cambridge mathematician and physicist Roger Penrose, ‘non-local quantum correlations’, are endemic. The whole universe is perpetually in motion and all wave/particles are continuously interacting and separating, which means that the non-local aspect of quantum systems is a general characteristic of nature. Clearly this represents, in the physical world, a harmony of the highest possible order. It is one thing to say that the universe is a harmonious entity because it is constructed entirely upon the eightfold chromodynamic and atomic matrices, but non-locality suggests that there exists a far deeper interconnecting harmony underlying all physical phenomena, where everything is resonating at the very same subquantum frequency, everything is ‘in tune’ with every other thing.

Part 4

My god it’s alive!

We now come to another very ancient idea, which again seems to have first surfaced in the time of the early Greeks: the notion that the whole universe is itself a living, sentient being.

The Greeks had a name for this cosmos. They called it the Zoon (pronounced ‘zoh-on’), the modern dictionary definition of which is: ‘morphological individual, the total product of a fertilised ovum’. Of course, the originators of this particular concept might not have defined it in such a precise way, but it seems probable that they believed the universe was an animal, alive, hence the notion of zoology, the study of the living.

So the Greeks apparently regarded the cosmos as having somehow been conceived and then born, that it subsequently grew and is still growing, and, presumably, that all systems within it, from the Earth and the planets to the sun and the stars beyond, are vital components in the living body of the whole.

Now this may seem like a tall order, asking us to believe that we all exist in the living body of some mighty creature, some ‘god’ of potentially infinite size. But then, not too long ago ideas about the hermetic symmetries involved in the creation of life, of ‘psychic’ matter and of ‘universal music’ would almost certainly have been regarded by scientists as being simply the fanciful products of primitives’ dreams. And yet, ultimately, time has proved the ancients to be fundamentally correct in these particular aspects of their world view: musical symmetry is indeed everywhere, both inside and outside of us, or ‘above’ and ‘below’, and the basic components of matter continually resonate and even act in concert: they are by no means truly inert or ‘lifeless’.

So now these ancient thinkers once again reach forward through thousands of years of time to confront us with another strange idea - that the whole universe is a living organism.

Part 5.

In search of the living god.

I must admit that when I was initially confronted with this concept of a living cosmos I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. It was difficult to see how the greater components of the universe – such as all-consuming black holes, exploding supernovae, collapsing clouds of interstellar dust and all the other cataclysmic events taking place out there – could ever be construed as ‘life’. On the face of things, the proposition seemed too fantastic. But at the back of my mind I harboured a sneaking suspicion that these ancient peoples, who were so knowledgeable in other respects concerning the nature of reality, were not simply fantasising about their ‘living god’, but had some basis for their belief.

So I began to investigate, to search for evidence of this. And what I found was impressive.

Not surprisingly, what focussed my attention in the right direction was the now familiar dictum of the mysterious Hermes: ‘As above, so below’. This clearly implies that the world above – the greater cosmos – is fundamentally the same as the world below, the world of man. Obviously the ‘scales’ are vastly different, but, according to this ancient master of the sacred arts, their inherent structures are based on the same hermetic blueprint. And remember, the Hermetic Code and the genetic code are also identical in every way, so we can see clearly that, in respect of the world of man and the world of the cell, the dictum, ‘as above, so below’, is directly and exactly applicable. The genetic code operates in the microcosm, the world of cells, and the Hermetic Code operates in the mesocosm, the world of man. And each of them of course, shares a common purpose, which is to facilitate the processes of evolution, of creation.

Now DNA is clearly the prime mover in the bio-molecular world. It is DNA that employs the genetic code to manufacture amino acids, which other organic components (enzymes and such) then assemble into proteins. The purpose of proteins in the biomolecular world is clear; they engineer all the complex chemical processes that go to build a living body. So what happens when the human mind employs the Hermetic Code? Does it, as I have already suggested elsewhere, produce the metaphysical equivalent of amino acids? Possibly. At least it produces ideas, thoughts, concepts, which are born of our conscious ability to sense, emote and perceive.

So on to the obvious question: are these concepts integral parts of a much bigger evolutionary process that takes place somewhere ‘out there’? That is, if the genetic code describes an organic process, is not the Hermetic Code similarly describing an organic process, but one that operates on a much greater and more rarefied scale? If this is the case – and I am, of course, proposing that it could be – then there would probably be in existence other, greater, organic components out there in the macrocosm that could somehow assemble these metaphysical ‘amino acids’ (thoughts, concepts etc.) into the conceptual equivalent of protein chains. This suggests, of course, that human brain is a form of ‘double helix’, a ‘chromosome’ in the nucleus of a living cell in the body of a much greater being.

Let us now follow this lead as we were probably intended to and turn our attention skyward, toward the heavens. If Thoth/Hermes is right, one would expect there to be signs of this ‘extraterrestrial’ life up there in the macrocosm – massive, cosmic, organic structures, not unlike the structure of our chromosomes. And what do we find up there in the greater cosmos? Significantly there are spirals, helices, literally everywhere, in all potential solar systems, in all galaxies. In the case of the solar system, we see the planets encircling the sun, but as the entire system is moving at great velocity through space, the path traced by each planet is, in fact, a spiral. Similarly most galaxies are spiral galaxies, but even so-called ‘elliptical’ and ‘irregular’ galaxies all revolve around a galactic centre – maybe a black hole – and all of them are hurtling across the universe at tremendous speeds, so the trajectory traced through space and time by every star is a true spiral, a helix. Furthermore, we ourselves, as we sit, walk or even sleep on the surface of the spinning Earth, are actually tracing spirals through space.

Of course DNA is a double helix, but in the biomolecular world there are many single helical structures – viruses, bacteria etc. – composed of single strands of DNA’s close cousin, RNA. But anyway, when we think we ‘see’ a single spiral out there in space, we might not necessarily be taking in the whole picture. That is, there may be ‘invisible’ helices that we also need to identify. In a typical galaxy, for example, scientists have discovered that the visible spiral arms, composed of stars, are enveloped by an accompanying magnetic field, which actually spirals around each of the arms. Also binary stars trace a double helix through space and time. Again, in the solar system there are several planets, each one spiralling along its respective trajectory, but if you consider the combined paths of any one of them in relation to another, or in relation to the sun, the result, quite clearly, would be a double-helix configuration. The point is, it is the helix itself, whether single, double or even multiple, which appears to be the basic design for all evolutionary phenomena, above and below.

Is it not highly significant, therefore, that the Egyptians and the Greeks, in whose belief-systems the firmament above was so important, should have a principal god of wisdom whose symbol was a magic wand known as the caduceus, featuring a double helix in the form of two entwined serpents surmounted with wings? Clearly this symbol, like the Great Pyramid, which is aligned so precisely with key stars in the duat (sky), is inducing us to look heavenward. The same can be said of the Amerindian serpent/thunderbolt symbols of Viracocha and the plumed serpent of Quetzelcoatl.

Having thus identified these ‘serpents in the sky’, we can now perhaps understand why the ‘gods’ of the ancients were so pre-occupied with them: they knew instinctively, or perhaps intuitively, that humankind’s evolution was star-bound.

Part 6.

A little alchemy

It would appear that the Great Pyramid of Giza has been intentionally aligned to the cardinal points and to prominent stars. Whatever else it was intended to be, it is undoubtedly a powerful symbolic link between Earth and ‘heaven’. One of the ancient names for the GP –‘Khuti’, ‘The Lights’ – suggests further that light is the cosmic intermediary, the interface, or, rather, the ‘messenger’, between man and god, earth and stars. And light itself, as we have noted, is a musical phenomenon, the most resonant ‘octave’ in existence. Therefore music is the key. But then music is a hermetic phenomenon, and the Hermetic Code describes exactly how the genetic code operates, or how organisms grow.

So now let’s try to envisage how this spiritual growth might develop. By this I mean the process by or through which consciousness can eventually ‘tune in’ to the non-local dimension, or to the metaphysical frequencies characteristic of light quanta.

We have seen how, in the microcosm, the most powerful transmitter of intelligent data is the DNA double helix, which codes for complex biochemical processes with such precision that it can create the brain of a human being. In the molecular world, this evolutionary music played by DNA represents a harmony of the highest order.

The human brain, the ultimate product of DNA’s evolutionary development, is more than just a biological organ like, say, a heart or a liver. It possesses self-awareness and can perform a whole range of extra-biological or metaphysical functions – intellectual, speculative, intuitive or whatever. This is to say that the human brain, like the double-helix from which it originates, can generate transcendental influences. Through literature, artefacts, symbolism, buildings and so on, it can transmit ‘bio-metaphysical’ signals to spheres far removed from the physical body in which it exists. Thus the designers of the Great Pyramid, for example, or of the I-Ching, or the authors of the New Testament, the Upanishads or the Koran, having existed in the remote past in different parts of the world, are still speaking to you now through these and innumerable other contemporary works. These works are, in effect, transcendental phenomena, ‘metaphysical genes’, coded to synthesise, in the mind of the human being, higher, more complex modes of cognition.

As we see, both the DNA double-helix and the human brain function in strikingly similar ways. In the concluding chapter of my first book, The Infinite Harmony, I suggested that the conscious/subconscious aspects of the human brain, with its right and left hemispheres, could be regarded as the metaphysical equivalent of the acid/alkali aspects of the DNA strand, with its ‘right’ and ‘left’ nucleotide chains. Both work with the same hermetic/genetic blueprint, with its four ‘bases’, its sixty-four possibilities and its twenty-two transcendental or evolutionary ‘signals’. Thus the music being played in the microcosmic processes of evolution is being echoed, note for note, in the mesocosmic scale above, in which the human mind is the principal player. So the ancient dictum, ‘As above, so below’ means, quite literally, that the only difference between the DNA double-helix below – the chromosome – and the fully-functioning human brain above is simply one of scale. Both work with exactly the same numbers and combinations of forces and components, but the components themselves are graded accordingly, the bases used by DNA presumably being of a less rarefied form of resonance than the ‘bases’ from which higher frequencies of consciousness are developed.

So what exactly are these ‘bases’ from which consciousness is created? In the Hermetic Code they are symbolised by the four ‘base-notes’ – the four Do’s – of the triple-octave. Now these bases, like the free-floating nitrogenous bases in the living cell, would theoretically be everywhere, all around us, waiting to be ‘scooped up’ by the double helix of the mind, combined into more resonant units, and finally passed on for future synthesis at a higher level of development. These bases, I would suggest, come to us in the form of our impressions, namely our sensations, emotions and perceptions, the trinity, or ‘triple-octave’, within us all. There is a fourth, of course, a crucial, transcendental base, the product of the harmonious interaction of the first three, which, if fully developed, manifests in the form of our concepts.

Part 7.

Metaphysical genes

If the human brain is a form of chromosome, a metaphysical double helix, then presumably it is also an integral component – a ‘cell-nucleus’ – in the greater body of an infinitely more complex, macrocosmic ‘organism’, a creature which, one assumes, is formed from the collective evolutionary consciousness of the entire human race.

The characteristic spiral form of DNA has been photographed in its totality through a process known as X-ray diffraction. It is clearly a double helix, and all DNA molecules in every living plant and animal are structured in exactly the same way. Each DNA molecule does not suddenly appear fully formed: it develops in a linear fashion over a given period of time. As the parent DNA ladder unzips at one end prior to cell division, and free-floating bases link up with the open ends of the split rungs, two identical chromosomes are formed.

It might be argued that the description double helix cannot reasonably be applied to the two hemispheres of the brain, which look more like three-dimensional segments of some weird exotic fruit than the structural features of a chromosome. But of course, like DNA, we must assume that this metaphysical ‘chromosome’ does not suddenly appear ready-made, but requires a given period of time to develop its overall form, and that this unfolds in a linear fashion. Time is the line and its length is a lifetime.

And what exactly happens during the lifetime of an individual brain? Remember that the two hemispheres have a physical existence on the surface of a planet that is spinning endlessly on its axis as it soars through space. Therefore each hemisphere is in fact tracing a spiral, a helix, through space and time. Taken together the overall configuration is, of course, a double helix.

So possibly the human brain is an evolving double helix developing in time, at one end of which lies conception, at the other, death. All that happens in-between, all our experiences in life, both conscious and subconscious, define the particular ‘colour’, or quality, of each evolving mesocosmic ‘chromosome’. The most successful or the most resonant of the ‘genes’ in these chromosomes, like, say, the ‘bright’, enduring concepts of such as the Buddha, Confucius, Pythagoras, Christ or Mohammad, are those which are replicated most, in succeeding generations, by other metaphysical chromosomes, other human brains.

The DNA structure of living cells has two sides to it, two chains made up of sugar, phosphate and nitrogenous bases, each side being a mirror image of the other. The two chains are held together by the bases: adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine. Similarly the human brain, as we have seen, also has two sides to it, the conscious processes of the left hemisphere and the subconscious processes of the right. As with DNA, these different aspects of the two hemispheres are inextricably linked to one another by ‘bases’, by our experiences in life, born of our sensations, emotions, perceptions and conceptions.

This, then, I believe, forms the core of the ancients’ view of mankind’s evolution. Consciousness is an organic phenomenon, it develops according to the dictates of the Hermetic Code, and its natural inclination is to grow upward and outward, toward the stellar scale of existence, the non-local plane of light. So as consciousness evolves, the whole of the human race, like the pyramid builders of the ancient world, will be working together in states of ever increasing harmony to build, in a higher dimension, a vastly more complex, macrocosmic structure. Theoretically such an entity would either possess, or would be evolving, a ‘brain’ of its own, an immense ‘solar’ helix which, in terms of scale and complexity, would be as far removed from the individual mesocosmic double-helix – the human brain – as the mesocosmic double-helix is from microcosmic DNA. If this is true, then we should expect to find the main components of this helical structure in the cosmos above. And as I have already implied, such components are most definitely in evidence…

To be continued.

1. Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden, Orion, London, 1995, p 142