Running alongside the acccepted history of western consciousness there is another current which should have pride of place but which has been relegated to a shadowy, inferior position, somewhere underground. In the seventeenth century this other current – known variously as the western esoteric tradition, the western inner tradition, and the Hermetic tradition – fell victim to a coup d’etat enacted by one side of our brain against the other.
Modern astronomical procedures have enabled Hartmut to discover astounding harmonic and musical structures and wonderfully aesthetic movement figures in our solar system. The results of his work are represented with the aid of computer projections that provide a remarkable experience not only for astronomers but for anyone interested. The cosmos breathes mysteriously in the structures which, like archetypes, are revealed. Ancient ideas of a ‘harmony of the spheres’ thus reappear in a new light.
Mystics of various religious and spiritual traditions have, on occasion, described a mystical realization that the entire universe is conscious. In this talk, I will describe some novel parapsychological studies that may shed light on the question of whether consciousness constitutes an irreducible and core constituent of the universe.