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Lost Star of Myth and Time: What Invisible Forces Cause ‘The Cosmic Influence’?


Before venturing into the invisible forces in the cosmos, let’s take inventory of where we are so far in our explorations:

The Dwapara Yuga Dawns

Ancient myth and folklore from around the world speak of a long-ago Golden Age and a vast, inevitable cycle of growth and decay. The archaeological record shows us broad evidence of a slow collapse of civilizations throughout the ancient world, culminating in the near-anarchic period of the deep Dark Ages around 500 AD. Then, almost a thousand years later – as if on cue – the Dwapara Yuga dawns, ushering in an explosion of knowledge and discovery: The Renaissance (rebirth) period.

Now on an upward arc in the cycle, man begins reawakening to an awareness of finer forces that had been almost completely forgotten for nearly two millennia. His interest in both the inner and outer cosmos is expanding at an insatiable rate. Ancient stories and legends from all over the world tell us this grand cycle is locked in sync with the Precession of the Equinox. Some attribute the cause of precession (and hence the rise and fall of civilization itself) to our Sun’s motion around a binary companion star. This notion conflicts with the standard contemporary explanation of precession, yet upon closer examination we have seen that the standard theory has a number of problems, problems that could potentially be solved by a binary model. And finally, we have looked at some possibilities of what and where the binary companion might be.

The Big Question

That leaves us with one big, obvious question: How exactly would the binary motion result in the rise and fall of civilization? Or perhaps more precisely, what is the mechanism that affects man’s consciousness and life on Earth during certain phases of the binary orbit period, resulting in recurring dark and golden ages?

The Explanation and Hypothesis

The explanation, alluded to in myth and ancient scripture, is that as the Sun curves through space in a gigantic elliptical orbit it carries the Earth with it, through some region of space that gradually induces a change in the subtle field of the mind and body. In the Old Testament we read, “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades or loose the bands of Orion?” This powerful rhetorical question implies that there is something beneficial (“sweet influence”) that emanates from a certain region or direction in space. It also conveys the idea that man cannot stop (“Canst thou bind”) the celestial motion (orbit) that takes us away from this source – probably in the descending age.

This leads to the proposition of a simple hypothesis: As our Sun moves in a vast orbit around its companion star, it carries the Earth in and out of a magnetic, electromagnetic, or otherwise subtle energy field that impacts the planet and life on a grand scale.

The Effect on Civilization

Eventually the effect shows outwardly as a positive or negative change in civilization, depending on whether we are getting closer to or farther from the source of influence. As the Earth moves into the field a beneficial change occurs and as the Earth moves out of the field a disruptive or deteriorating effect occurs.

The Forces Around Us

This of course implies that we as human beings are not independent of the invisible forces in the cosmos that constantly surround us. We already know that things as subtle as weak magnetic fields and ionic charges in the air affect the way we think, interact with and perceive the world around us. And as we will discuss, there is much evidence to show that known EM fields here on Earth can dramatically affect life. But can a distant star produce electromagnetic waves or a field or forces that are strong enough to affect life on Earth? Cutting-edge science says “yes.”

Every star produces electrical and magnetic forces in varying degrees and a number of well-documented cases suggest that certain stars can dramatically impact Earth and its processes. To better understand this, let us first look at the example of our closest star, the Sun, and its spectrum of influence.

Invisible forces around us. (rolffimages / Adobe)

Invisible forces around us. (rolffimages / Adobe)

How Does the Sun Affect Us?

The Sun’s EM spectrum is known to be composed of waves that run from the infrared to the ultraviolet, and from radio to x-rays to gamma rays – all different frequencies of light. Actually, the visible portion of light is only a very small part of the total spectrum (see Spectral Photo). It is the invisible portions of the EM spectrum that can often be far more powerful than any of the visible wavelengths. Unfortunately, we usually only read about the harmful effects of the invisible components such as x-rays or ultra-violet rays that can cause cancer or other abnormalities when received in excess. Most people do not realize that subtle amounts of some of these non-visible wavelengths are actually required to maintain healthy life. For example, each year almost half of all newborns become clinically jaundiced (with the telltale yellow skin) and require UV light treatment in their first few weeks of life to heal and avoid potentially serious brain damage. While it is not known if trace amounts of the other wavelengths are also required to maintain balanced health, it would be an understatement to say that the electromagnetic spectrum of the Sun is important to living organisms. Indeed, without the radiation from this nearby star, there would be no life on Earth, at least not in its present form.

Spectral Photo - The electromagnetic spectrum, with the visible portion highlighted. (Philip Ronan / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Spectral Photo - The electromagnetic spectrum, with the visible portion highlighted. (Philip Ronan / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Every elementary school student knows that as the Earth goes through its daily motion activity on the sunny side accelerates photosynthesis and growth occurs, man awakens and becomes active. Conversely, when this side of the planet turns away from the Sun, most biological systems start to shut down and become inactive, including man, whose body has adapted to slowly slip off into subconscious sleep to re-energize in sync with this diurnal motion. Thus, even the daily motion affects our consciousness, but we hardly think about it because it’s so common.

The sun. (Kevin Carden / Adobe)

The sun. ( Kevin Carden / Adobe)

Earth’s Orbit

The same principle holds true with the Earth’s annual orbital motion. During the six months when the northern or southern hemispheres move into a position to receive more light (an increase in photons per square inch as we leave the winter solstice) we see a proportionate increase in the activity and growth in that region – and when the hemispheres receive less light during the opposite six months, we see a slowdown and decay. Clearly the radiation from our closest star has a profound influence on life on Earth.

You might be thinking, Yes, but that’s because the amount of sunlight that reaches us changes dramatically each day or each season. Anyone can see that the amount of starlight doesn’t change that much because stars are too far away; therefore, they can’t cause any changes on Earth. Right?
Not according to FirstScience and NASA:

On August 24 th, 1998, there was an explosion on the Sun as powerful as a million hundred-ton hydrogen bombs. Earth-orbiting satellites registered a surge of x-rays. Minutes later they were pelted with fast-moving solar protons. Our planet’s magnetic field recoiled from the onslaught, and ham radio operators experienced a strong shortwave blackout.

Earth Changing Season. (pongpongching / Adobe)

Earth Changing Season. (pongpongching / Adobe)

Solar Flares

None of these things made the headlines. The explosion was an “X-Class” solar flare, and during years around solar maximum, such as 1998, such flares are commonplace. They happen every few days or weeks. The August 24 th event was powerful, yet typical.

A few days later – no surprise – another blast wave swept past Earth. Satellites registered a surge of x-rays and gamma-rays. Hams experienced another blackout. It seemed like another X-class solar flare, except for one thing: This flare didn’t come from the Sun. It came from outer space!

“The source of the blast was SGR 1900+14 - a neutron star about 45,000 light years away,” says NASA astronomer Pete Woods. “It was the strongest burst of cosmic x-rays and gamma rays ever recorded.” When the blast wave of radiation from SGR 1900+14 arrived on August 27th, 1998, it hit the night side of our planet, something flares from the Sun never do, and scorched Earth’s upper atmosphere. The radiation broke apart atoms and molecules into charged ions. Ions interact with radio signals, either absorbing or reflecting them, so radio listeners knew something had happened.
For instance, a registered nurse in Seattle was driving home from work at 2:00 a.m. listening to a local program on her car radio. The station faded – a blackout – and was moments later replaced by country music from Omaha, Nebraska. On the US east coast, where dawn was breaking at the time, hams chatting locally suddenly picked up voice transmissions from distant parts of Canada. Strange. 
It happens more often than most people know. Since 1998, Earth has experienced “about 10 similar ionization events,” says Umran Inan of Stanford University. “Five of them were caused by SGR 1900+14, and the rest from unknown sources.”  Only the strongest few ionize Earth’s atmosphere.
Inan heads up the Very Low Frequency (VLF) Research Group at Stanford University. He and his colleagues operate a network of low-frequency radio stations in North America and Antarctica. When Earth gets hit by ionizing radiation, the network records telltale changes in radio propagation. “We saw the blast from SGR 1900+14 in 1998 - it was very clear,” he says.

Solar Flare. (Kittiphat / Adobe)

Solar Flare. (Kittiphat / Adobe)

Ionization Changes in The Earth’s Atmosphere

“Many things can change the ionization of Earth’s atmosphere,” adds Inan. “Lightning can do it. So, can sudden bursts of auroras at high latitudes.” But these things cause local ionization. Solar flares, on the other hand, have global effects, ionizing the top of Earth’s entire dayside atmosphere. Flares from magnetars (highly magnetized stars) can ionize the nightside too. These signatures – nightside vs. dayside, global vs. local – help Inan identify the source of the ionization.

Imagine, if you can, a measurable change in the Earth’s ion atmosphere (ionosphere) caused by a star over 45,000 light years away. Then connect this ion disturbance and modifications of the atmosphere with man’s extreme sensitivity to negative ions (supported by numerous studies and research papers, as we will discuss) – and you have a compelling model for a change in consciousness.

And of course, the driving mechanism to slowly increase the influential properties from another star over thousands of years, and then slowly decrease the amount of these same properties interacting with the Earth over more thousands of years, is likely the huge binary motion. A local wobble simply does not work.

Ionization of Earth’s atmosphere. (alexkich / Adobe)

Ionization of Earth’s atmosphere. (alexkich / Adobe)

EM Fields

Therefore, if we are in a binary system it is not far-fetched to think that as the Earth moves in or out of an EM or similar field generated by another star, this might have some effect on the cognitive processes of man and life on a grand scale. But it might not just be the EM spectrum as we know it. To understand how other stars’ EM properties, like those of SGR 1900+14, might affect consciousness, consider the degree of EM communication that occurs between our Sun, Earth, and other stars.

Light Therapy and Negative Ions

More recently and in practical application, some doctors have begun using both light therapy and exposure to high-density negative ions in the air to treat a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In a study published in 1998 by Michael Terman of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the author concluded “that light therapy acts as a specific antidepressant in SAD and morning treatment is most effective. High-density negative air ionization also appears to have a specific antidepressant effect. If the latter result is sustained in replications, the method may serve as an alternative or adjunct to light therapy and medications.”

Currently there is a large movement in Japan among consumers toward products that produce negative ions, largely for their health effects. From an article published in the magazine Japan, Inc.:
“Right now, if it doesn’t have the term ‘minus ion’ attached to the appliance, it’s not selling,” laughs Hitachi spokeswoman Setsuko Minamikawa. Minus ions, called negative ions in the West, occur naturally in forests and streams, anywhere the water runs pure and the air is clean…the very presence of minus ions is widely believed to reduce stress and bring about positive feelings of well-being.

In addition to Hitachi, companies like Toshiba and Matsushita have released a multitude of products, from air conditioners to hair dryers, that produce negative ions and the trend shows no hints of slowing down. As science learns more, we see increasing evidence that things once thought to be inert or not deserving of attention (like subtle changes in light and ion concentration) can and do have effects on our sense of well being – witness Dr. Hunt’s research which noted profound effects on test subjects caused by variations in the magnetic field within the Mu Room. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the last few years other researchers from around the world have begun confirming some of these effects in their studies.

Light therapy lamp. (Slllu / Public Domain)

Light therapy lamp. (Slllu / Public Domain)

Small Scale Changes vs. Global Changes

If changes in the magnetic field, amount of radiation, or ionization of the air can affect individuals so profoundly on a small scale in a short period of time, as shown by the work of Hunt, Terman and others, what would happen if these changes were to occur on a global scale over thousands of years? It is only logical to hypothesize that the effects would be significant.

So, what is it about the human brain that could allow us to be affected in such a dramatic way? New research is showing that the way we cognate (process thought) may be much more ethereal than the old idea of rudimentary chemical connections between neurons. The human brain produces its own very weak but very organized magnetic field, one that resonates at a similar frequency to that of the Earth. It is here that a connection may exist, one more profound than we realize.

CEMI Field Theory

Hunt’s reference to an “expansion of consciousness” is interesting because this is the quality one would expect to find if our key hypothesis is correct: that changes in the subtle energy fields affecting Earth (and its inhabitants) are responsible for the long-term rise and fall of civilization. While consciousness is a term that is difficult to define, there is evidence to link it with the EM field of the brain. This EM field is well known and is utilized in many brain-scanning techniques such as EEG that depend on electrical signals.

Pulling together research from areas ranging from biology to neuroscience to philosophy, Dr. Johnjoe McFadden author of Quantum Evolution, has published a theory on the nature of consciousness that, if found to be correct, will surely change the way we perceive ourselves and humanity as a whole.

McFadden says, “there is considerable evidence that neurons do indeed communicate through the EM field (known as field coupling).” 18 The CEMI Field Theory (Conscious Electro Magnetic Information Field Theory), to which he supplies significant supporting evidence, shows that the brain’s weak but complex EM field allows each cell instant access to the information contained in every other cell in the brain. In essence it suggests that consciousness is related to the EM fields that the body produces, especially those produced by the brain. We don’t have to send chemicals back and forth across the brain a zillion times to think a complex thought or process an image; it happens instantly.

EM Fields affect the brain. (Sangoiri / Adobe)

EM Fields affect the brain. (Sangoiri / Adobe)

Top image: Man standing in a high place reaching up in wonder to the galaxy. Source:  James Thew / Adobe.

By Walter Cruttenden

Extract from Chapter 6: The Cosmic Influence in ‘ Lost Star of Myth and Time ’ by Walter Cruttenden.

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