TREE OF LIFE
What is WRONG with this Picture?
Hint: It is Upside Down
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When I began this quest, I was confident that I would find answers. What I
did find has led to even more questions. A synchronistic sequence of events found me
taking another look at the Tree Of Life (TOL). The Tree of Life is a symmetrical
pictograph which forms the basis of the cosmology of Jewish mysticism. Despite
all the interpretations given by Jewish tradition, and that of other cultures who
embrace this symbol, there yet remains an enigmatic mystery. Before I tell you
what I found, and reveal what is yet to be discovered, allow me to return to what
initiated this quest.
On May 9th 1997 I wrote an essay exploring Oneness versus Separation,
because questions regarding the practicality of the Oneness Doctrine kept coming
to my attention.
I shared my essay with people on live chat (Internet Relay Chat), mailing lists,
usenet groups, and on my website. The response from several mailing lists was a
deafening Silence. I received not one public reply and only two private emails
thanking me for sharing a controversial opinion. Nevertheless, on online chat
(IRC), I continued to find opportunities to discuss various aspects of the
Are we all One, or are we, in reality, Separate??
One day someone on IRC said, "Hey, have you seen the latest
Upon viewing the web page photo of this crop circle, my immediate
response was, "This is a Hoax!"
Don't misunderstand my thinking when I first thought this crop circle
was hoaxed. It does not matter to me, in this instance, if
this circle was created by humans, or by whatever unknown agency. No.
What I thought, was, that the photograph on the web page was a hoax.
I thought that there did not exist an actual crop circle that
depicted the Tree Of Life. With that thought, I left the web page, and
considered this cerealogical mystery no more.
The following day, Vega-33 mentioned the Kabbalah while
we were chatting on IRC. Immediately I suggested that he look at
that crop circle web site. Kabbalah is the name of the mystical
Jewish religion that studies the Tree of Life pictogram.
Vega-33's first reaction was that this circle must be a hoax. We reviewed
the web site and became convinced that indeed, at Barbury Castle, in
England, there were crops in a field, pressed down in the form of the
Tree of Life. Again, I am not in the least interested in how
the crop circle was created, nor by whom. If this crop circle is there,
then the important question is, what is the significance of it's depiction
of the Tree of Life? Vega-33 told me about the Daath.
When Vega-33 viewed the photo of the crop circle, he remarked that it included
Daath. Daath is the name for a circle that is customarily NOT drawn
on the Tree of Life (TOL). Initially Vega-33 thought that this Daath circle
was shown in the crops, but he quickly realized that the photograph was
Correct orientation of the tree of life
The tree of life is a symmetrical drawing, just as our bodies are symmetrical
with mirrored attributes on our left and right sides. The TOL would also be
symmetrical as to it's top and bottom, but only if the Daath circle was drawn
Upside Down : Daath appears
Vega-33 corrected his mistake, but the occasion of the photographer
displaying the crop circle upside down with respect to the proper
orientation of the Tree of Life, may have revealed the message intended
by the maker(s) of this crop circle.
Log of discussion on IRC with Vega-33.
I propose that the message of this crop circle is not simply
for everyone to investigate the meaning of the tree of life. The message
is asking humanity to focus on Daath, a specific part of
the tree of life. The interpretations of, and the understandings about,
Daath, have been curiously neglected within an otherwise plethora of study,
over centuries, on all other aspects of this pictograph.
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Have I stumbled onto a Cosmic Conspiracy?
The seed of life and the tree of life superimposed
Do you see something(s) missing?
I am convinced that the "message" of this crop circle is:
"What about Daath?"
The tree of life is a cultural symbol, historically attributed
to Jewish mystery religion. I rejected the notion that the
author of this crop circle would ask the whole of humanity to
pay homage to the religion of a minority ethnic sect. Kabbalah is not
mainstream Judaism! However, Kabbalah has been embraced and adopted by
non-jewish groups, such as the gnostics and rosicrucians, among many
others. Indeed, within recent years Kabbalah has become more popular
among a wide range of spiritualist seekers. For these reasons, I sought
a more universal approach to the reason that this form was selected for
a crop circle.
In the past, crop circles have usually been pressed into unique
geometric patterns. I am aware that in at least one instance, a
previously known form was shown; the mandelbrot set.
The following quote is from Greg Braden, in his book,
"Glyphs in the Crops: Living Codes of Change" (1994):
A Mathematical Constant: order and Chaos Converge
Possibly one of the most astounding glyphs to appear in recent
years is that of the Mandelbrot set. Appearing approximately ten
miles south of Cambridge, England on August 12, 1991 this
formation was the first that could actually be scientifically
substantiated by researchers.
The study of chaos theory defines a point expressing the boundary
between order and non-order. It may be said that at this point order
breaks down into chaos, or conversely, chaos gives way to a higher
order ( chaos being a degree of order within itself ). The
mathematics to describe this point, known as the Mandelbrot Set, are
complex. Until recently, the mathematics were all that we had to
reference this energetic boundary. With the development of high-
speed computer capabilities, massive computer memory and fractal
output, it is now possible to view the Mandelbrot equations
graphically. The image portraying the point at which order and chaos
converge is shown in Fig. 14 (see graphic below).
As Colin Andrews states in his video, "Undeniable Evidence" (4),
this is a particularly significant image because it portrays
graphically and describes mathematically the precise point that the
indigenous people of the world, as well as the ancient texts,
indicate that Earth is at in this moment of time; the point in which
chaos and order converge. Stated another way, we are experiencing
the chaos of old belief systems and obsolete paradigms, giving way
to a higher order characterized as peace, cooperation and harmony.
In any case, it is the Mandelbrot set that will probably be viewed
as a turning point in the study of crop circles, as this pictogram
was the first to be recognized universally as the graphic portrayal
of a relevant and significant mathematical constant.
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The majority of circles has given us messages obscured in geometry and
mathematics. Although the TOL is a known jewish symbol, it is also obviously
a geometric form. In addition, the location of Barbury Castle was host to a
crop circle in 1991, for which a universal correlation has since been found.
This circle was analyzed by geophysicist Greg Braden, in his book,
"Glyphs in the Crops: Living Codes of Change" (1994).
In his analysis Braden found that the Barbury Castle crop circle
has relevance in the Sacred Geometry Paradigm. Specifically, the
crop circle could be overlaid onto the "six days of Genesis" symbol of
sacred geometry. Together, both of these symbols "fit pefectly"; that is,
that points of interesection on each symbol coincide with one another. In
November 1995, I adopted this combined symbol as a logo for my SearchNet
Six Days Of Genesis
Could this tree of life crop circle, pressed at Barbury Castle, also
fit into the more universal Sacred Geometry Paradigm? Not only does
the tree of life "fit perfectly", but also there is one book in which
the combined form has been drawn already! In the book, "Nothing in
This Book is True, But It's Exactly How Things Are", by Bob Frissell, the
tree of life is overlaid onto the "seed of life". Eureka! The mystery
of the message of this crop circle is solved, not in the narrow perspective
of Jewish mysticism, but in the universal and broad perspective of
What is the specific message? Please look at the
combined form of the tree of life and the seed of life. In an otherwise
perfectly symmetrical form, this combination has a glaring omission:
We have now come full circle in our analysis of the message of the tree
of life, crop circle. By adhering to the universal nature
of the messages of previous crop circles, we have found a perfect match
in Sacred Geometry.
An upside down photograph hints at the presence of a circle that is not even there.
By it's very absence, the Daath circle challenges us to investigate it's secrets.
Drawing by: Peter Sorensen
Crop Circles of 1997
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The Kabbalah is a theology and cosmology that is rich in archetypes and
abstract ideas that seek to enrich our understandin of All That Is. The study
of the tree of life symbol has been ongoing for more than 1000, and perhaps as many
as 2000 years. Among all the various interpretations, runs a common theme. A wealth
of information on the tree of life, exists for your research. Here, I will briefly
summarize the most common threads.
The Ten Sefirot of the Kabbalah
© 1995 by Eliezer Segal
Above the topmost circle exists the totality of the Unknowable, called
the En Soph. From the void of the En Soph, a single point of Creative
Light springs forth. This point of creative potential is represented by the
top most circle on the tree of life, and is called Kether. From Kether
spring forth two aspects of creative potential. The releasings of creativity
depicted on the tree are called "emanations". From Kether emanates Chokmah
and Binah. Each of these two circles release emanations according
to their attributes.
Each circle on the tree of life is called a Sephirah, ("Sephiroth" is the plural),
and represents a state of being. The paths (lines) between the sephiroth
transmit energy back and forth, and represent processes by which entities transmute
from one state of being to another.
Emanations begin with the Unknowable realm at the top, and emanate down the tree to the
bottom circle, Malkuth, which represents our realm of physicality.
The Tree of Life
Qabala for Dummies
The Operating System of the Universe
"The first nine sephirot were grouped in threes, each triad including
a masculine element, a feminine element, and a combining element. The
first three sephirot represented the world of thought; the second, the
world of emotions and morals; the third, the world of nature. The tenth
sephirah, Malkut, existed alone as the harmony of the other nine."
1. Kether (Crown), also called the Simple Point, because this initial and paramount sephirah was unknown and all-embracing. Kether was known familiar as the Old One, the Ancient of Days (from Daniel 7:9), the White head, or the Long Face.
2. Hochmah (Wisdom) was also known as Aba (Father) and was the masculine outgrowth of the Ancient One.
3. Binah (Understanding or Intelligence), the highest feminine emanation in the order of sephirot, also known as Ima (Mother).
4. Hesed (Kindness) is also called Gedulah (Greatness) and is masculine.
5. Geburah (Power) is also called Din (Justice) and is feminine.
6. Tipheret (Glory or Beauty) is both masculine and feminine because it is a combination of Hesed and Geburah.
7. Netzah (Firmness, Might, Victory) is masculine.
8. Hod (Splendor) is feminine.
9. Yesod (Foundation) combines Netzah and Hod.
10. Malkut (Kingdom) has no special attributes but is a kind of funnel through which the qualities of the upper nine sephirot are transmitted to the physical world. It is therefore also called Shechinah, the Spirit of God."
The Tree of Life
Da'ath: the mysterious knowledge, the great abyss
"Unlike the sephirah which represent states of mind rather than static
placements, and the paths of lessons learned to move from one sephirah
or concept to another, Da'ath is not represented upon the Qabalah
tree. It is placed below the three supernal sephirah - Kether (the
crown), Binah (+) and Chokmah (-). The polarities of positive and
negative alternate up and down the tree and cause the energies to
circulate as the universal input is pulled downward through the tree
supernal sephirah to Da'ath. In this void between the higher and the
lower the hither to formless energy of the universe takes on material
shape by crystallization. Here is the highest point of the human mind:
the home of the brainstorm or creative energy that is brought into
manifestation on the earthly plain. As the sand passes through the
narrow center of the hour glass, so does knowledge incoming from the
universe pass into our consciousness in the machinery of Da'ath. Here
is the ultimate home of intuitive knowledge from which all concepts
"When working with the tree either to call down the greater knowledge
of the superhuman universe and its infinite organization, or to bring
our self up the tree from the lower sephirah for spiritual upliftment
and higher perspective, all energy must pass through Da'ath on its way
into matter or disintegration into the hypertext of the universe. Thus
the term mysterious knowledge is given to Da'ath where wisdom
(Chokmah) is combined with understanding (Binah) and melded to the
material level through the influence of Tiphareth (sixth sephirah:
balanced harmony), which pervades one's soul with the concealed light
of illumination of consciousness."
The Tree of Life
In this overview, we see that the tree of life attempts to show us a reflection
of our reality. From this reflection, certain theologies have been developed,
which are designed to teach us right living. In general, these spiritual
disciplines establish a singular goal for their adherents, to climb the tree from
Malkuth up to Kether.
We are taught to seek union with the Oneness of Kether, by raising our consciousness
through initiations at key points on the tree of life. The First initiation point is
at Tipheret, where we achieve Christ Consciousness. The next obstacle in our journey
to Oneness is to cross the Abyss at Daath. Here we must sacrifice all our illusions
of a separate Self, before we can begin to absord the Divine emanations of Chokmah
and Binah, or the Mother and Father. Lastly, we achieve the goal of all life,
re-union with the One, at Kether.
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Secret of Daath !
The following essay was originally a message which I posted to mailing lists.
This message would be best understood by those who have read the Right
Use of Will Books (RUOW).
Some web references to RUOW:
This is a rough draft of part of an essay that I am working on
regarding the most recent crop circle, depicting the Kabbalah Tree of
Life, in a field near BarBary castle, England.
If you are not familiar with the symbolic and pictorial representation
of the Tree of Life, please see the two web pages above. Here, I will
cut to the chase, but in the upcoming essay, the progression from the
crop circle's appearance to the question about the 'missing Sephira'
will be explained thoroughly. When the Tree of Life is drawn as a
geometric figure, there is one CIRCLE or Sephira that is traditionally
NOT shown. This circle is called Daath, which means knowledge.
A typical description of Daath is shown below:
Non-Sephira: Daath Meaning: Knowledge
Daath has no manifest qualities and cannot be invoked directly.
Keywords: hole, tunnel, gateway, doorway, black hole, vortex.
Another description of Daath:
The Hebrew word for knowledge. It is an existing/non-existing 11th
sephirah on the Tree of Life, the "Gateway to the Other World" (and to
the shadow-side of the tree), thence leading to the 22 qliphotic
tunnels and their demonic sentinels. By the same token, it is the same
doorway through which death, non-existence and Hell come into life.
I set out to investigate why the Daath circle is not drawn in. Why is
this sephira being DENIED ???? Essentially, the Tree of Life represents
how the creation unfolded from the non-physical at the top of the tree
to the physical at the bottom of the tree. A spiritual seeker is to
climb the tree by raising his awareness, until he reaches
enlightenment in re-union with the One. The first major initiation
happens at a central circle in the lower half of the tree, called
Tipheret, which, in some kaballah paradigms, stands for the Son of
God, or what some would call Christ Consciousness.
The next major initiation occurs when the spiritual aspirant reaches
the realm of Daath. Here you are required to sacrifice the last
vestiges of your 'self', and your reward is the secret 'knowledge'
hidden in Daath, after which you are well on your way to
After my analysis I came to an entirely different conclusion as to
what Daath represents. The Daath Sephira is the Right Place, for the
Father of Manifestation; FORM.
Looking at the Tree of Life, the Father
of Manifestation would be a central circle, surrounded by the Mother,
the Father, and the Son (Heart).
It is the FOM (father of
manifestation) who manifests all the attritbutes of the Trinity in
Also, if Daath is FORM, then FORM is a DIVINE emanation in
creation, in other words, physicality is not lesser than the other
three, Spirit, Will, and Heart, but on equal par in importance to our
All beings, no matter which dimension in which they
express, have some kind of FORM.
Once I felt confident that I solved the riddle of the Tree of Life
Crop Circle, I created another question. Why have the mystics assigned
to Daath, both the quality of Knowledge _and_ the qualities associated
with Lucifer? In some Kabbalistic writings, they even say that Daath
represents the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If Daath is
actually Divine Manifestation, then what and who is Lucifer, and why
was the FOM's place given to Lucifer?
It would seem that we need to know Lucifer's place, in order to
restore the FOM (Father of Manifestation or Metatron) to his Right
Place; thereby effecting a healing in creation. BTW, the Kaballah also
has a kind of Quest within it that is a tradition called 'tikkun'
whereby we in the physical can restore the creation, which is thought
to be in a fallen state. Of course, honoring the physical, such as our
bodies is the primary way to restore the FOM to his Right Place, at
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Who is Lucifer ?
According to RUOW there are two places, that I remember, where
Lucifer's emergence is described or implied. In one, it is said that
Lucifer is a 'piece' of God the Father's Light, which broke off. In
another, Lucifer just appears on the scene with some archangels, and
no one seems to know where (the Hell) he came from. :)
Let's review the first scenario. We had the Father rising in His
consciousness. And we had the Mother awakening to Her consciousness,
and She had both Heart (the Son) and the Father of Manifestation,
within Her. She noticed the Light of the Father, and wanted to _move_
to that Light. The Mother used the power of the Father of
Manifestation to make a movement toward the Father's Light.
Meanwhile, the Father was REVELING in the ecstasy of his glorious
Mind, when suddenly something 'touched' Him. At that moment, a piece
of the Father's Light, His "Pride" in Himself as God, was ANNOYED by
this distracting touch, and pushed back on it. This push was the smack
at the Mother which murdered Heart BEFORE He was born, and gave the
Mother and the FOM their first experience of being DENIED. This
Pride-piece broke off from the Father and became Lucifer. Lucifer IS a
piece of the Light of the Father.
Since the Father's Light is associated with Mind, intellect and
Knowledge, therefore Lucifer is knowledge, which would explain his
having dominion over Daath in the mystics' kaballah paradigm. Notice
how Lucifer is the First Child Born; even before Heart/Jesus. Also
notice that Lucifer is missing THREE parts:
Lucifer is only 25% of what is needed to be a being in this creation!
He is ONLY Light-knowledge. This explains why Lucifer is the father of
all these Mind-centered religions, dogmas, and doctrines, based on his
PRIDE. And this also explains why adherents of these disciplines are
typically arrogant, elitist, and intolerant. Lucifer is set up, at
Daath, as a veritable BLOCK to reaching the Mother and Father, because
so many are deceived into 'thinking' that his light, is the light they
are seeking to merge with.
As I shared in a previous essay, the Mother is the negative polarity,
the one who opens space in the darkness for manifestating creation.
There is no evil. Evil was created by us to explain why we deny the
Mother and her Will polarity, in favor of following Lucifer's RULES.
In this manner, Lucifer usurps, BOTH the Right Place of the Mother,
_and_ the Right Place of the Father of Manifestation. This leaves us
with only the Father's gift of Mind and the Son's gift of Heart.
BUT... we cannot birth Heart, and typically do not reach the Father's
Mind, due to the SUCKING BLACK HOLE at Daath, where Lucifer's piece of
Pride-Light deceives us into a mind-centered, intellectualized-only
heart of love, that is not real love at all. Another reason we cannot
birth heart-love is that we have denied the emotions of the Mother,
which feeling is a component of Heart-Love. Also notice how these
religious doctrines typically denigrate both the BODY (FORM) and the
EMOTIONS (WILL). Everything falls into place....
Someone here described Lucifer as a vacuum. I submit that lucifer is a
vacuum, literally, and he has no choice at all in what he has been
doing. Lucifer has only the light from the Father, and his being will
naturally seek the other three parts that he is missing. He needs
will, to live, and he needs heart and form to be whole. However, as he
continually seeks these three aspects of being, he cannot assimilate
them into himself, because he has nothing resonant within him, to
which to attach them. Therefore Lucifer is literally a sucking vacuum,
pulling on all of our DENIED heart, will, and form aspects. Lucifer
cannot help that he does this, he is simply trying to survive, since
he has no will essence with which to survive (survival chakra is the
realm of the will polarity, as are the other lower chakras that the
religions have taught us to denigrate and deny). (SHEESH)
To recap, Daath was MEANT to be the emanation of Manifestation in
creation. However, now Daath is currently a sucking black hole of
DENIAL; all aspects of our being that we refuse to believe is a part
of us, is denied into Daath. Lucifer is actually a walking
DEATH-being, because he has only light, and not the WILL needed to
live... he has been trying to save his own life by seeking his missing
three parts. This also explains why Lucifer wants or wanted to take
God the Father's place as God, because Lucifer IS God's Pride in
himself as God. Also, the religions that teach us to seek
enlightenment are actually telling us to UNDO the creation as shown in
the tree of life. The tree of life, UNFOLDS from non-physical to
physical, where we are to LIVE with all our four parts. Lucifer's
teachings, teach us to reject the Body, reject our own will
(emotions), and RETURN up the tree to join with the One; but does
anyone get past Daath? If they go into the 'light'... whose light is
it? The light of the pride of being God... that is the light they go
Look carefully, what are we asked to do? To give up our individual
self-hood, in order to merge with this light. To give up our wills,
form (they preach us to seek the formlessness dont they?), and our
hearts, to merge with this (lucifer's) light. These doctrines of The
Truth teach us to DENY, DENY, DENY, our own beings, even our MINDS, to
go into this light. To go to DEATH. Death of Being... in that light
where lucifer grasps at all our parts that we sacrifice to him, but he
himself cannot even use them to save his own life, only prolong his
state of being death itself.
Because Lucifer was born first, in the manner in which he was, all the
beings born after the Mother and Father did come together, have not
understood what has happened, and have therefore been passing down
their Universal Truths, throughout all the eons. Mind-centered
religions. Denial religions. Death delivering religions. Luciferan
Human beings on earth, we have an opportunity to reclaim and honor all
of our four parts and teach the other beings about this, and heal the
creation. To restore Metatron or the father of manifestation to his
right place at Daath. And to restore the Mother to her Right place as
the negative polarity, will, emotions, and the one who opens up space
in darkness. (Darkness is not evil).
But what about Lucifer?
Its not his fault. He didnt do this on purpose. He is only trying to
live, and doing the BEST he can with what he has, which is ONLY
knowledge, or Mind. As I considered lucifer's plight, the only
solution that I can come up with so far is this:
Ask God the Father to honor and retrieve his Pride in himself as God.
There is nothing wrong with being proud of WHO YOU ACTUALLY ARE.
(notice how we also have this problem????)
Next, ask the Father, the Mother, Heart (the Son) and the Father of
Form, to grant Lucifer his own four pieces, so that Lucifer can be a
child of God, like all of us are, with the four parts he needs to be a
full-fledged being. That way, Lucifer DOES NOT have to be banished or
uncreated, AND he can retain his memories and great intellect, which
is still a boon to creation.
I feel in my heart that this solution will bless all involved, and
actually STOP the sucking action of Daath, which will make it EASIER
for all of us to retrieve those parts of ourselves that we were taught
Our destiny, as the creation unrolled, was to create the NEXT LEVEL,
from the bottom of the tree of life, where you see the physical realm.
We are to create the next level after that, utilizing ALL the
emanations from the upper levels. I do NOT believe we were meant to
UNDO the creation and return back up the tree from whence we came,
denying all our gifts along the way to literally annihilate our own
With all my love,
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