HUMANKIND HAS AN innate “knowledge” that there is something more to our existence than our brief lives on this planet. And we yearn to understand exactly what it is. It is this unquenchable yearning that has led to the creation of religions and myths, and explorations of such concepts as life after death, reincarnation and past lives. We long to truly discover this “otherworld.”
In his fascinating book, Gateways to the Otherworld: The Secrets Beyond the Final Journey, from the Egyptian Underworld to the Gates in the Sky, author Philip Gardiner delves deep in the knowledge of ancient cultures and discovers that they might have had the ability to journey to other realities. He also explains how we can begin to take that journey ourselves.
In this interview, Mr. Gardiner explains some of what he has learned.
Q: Let's start with the title. What is the "otherworld" you refer to?
Gardiner: There are, of course, many definitions and they seem to grow with each year. Today, people often think about the otherworlds of science fiction (or maybe not) such as those of Stargate. However, for the purposes of my book, we are dealing with more ancient concepts that have come down to us today in the Western world, such as Heaven or even Avalon. For as long as there has been consciousness, it seems man has found the desire to overcome the greatest of fears – the loss of self following death. And so we now have myths and religious belief systems built around the concepts man created (or discovered) to overcome this issue.
The other concept of the otherworld seems to have come later (although this may not be so; it is difficult to prove either way historically). This secondary otherworld is the place that our Shaman claims to visit and is, of course, related to the world of the "spirits". The two otherworld concepts are related in most cultures, although some have them slightly differing.
Q: In the first sections of the book, you delve into a lot of history. Is the "secret" information that was known to the ancients and has been lost or forgotten?
Gardiner: I have often had this discussion with other authors in the field and many of us agree that these "secrets" fell out of popular perception over time naturally, but that some were pushed out, especially by a jealous and empire-building church, which wanted its "heaven" to take precedence. Some elements have been kept alive in the undercurrent, and by that I mean the many so-called secret societies that maintained the "wisdom traditions". By piecing their elements together with those from ancient texts, archaeology and even science, we can draw some conclusions and that's what I did for the book.
Q: What is the significance of the great Egyptian pyramids in this context?
Gardiner: Quite apart from the fact that one cannot leave the Great Pyramid at Giza out of any equation regarding "gateways" to otherworlds, I was amazed to see the science of the building and its materials actually meeting with the belief systems of the ancient Egyptians.
Let me explain. The Great Pyramid stands at what was then said to be the centre of the Earth's landmass. It was built from materials well-suited for absorbing energy – specifically, electromagnetic energy. The Kings Chamber is created from granite, which is made up mainly of quartz crystal, which magnifies electromagnetic energy. So the building collects and magnifies energy. This energy is that of the natural world around us – the energy of the Earth (Mother, as our ancestors believed). Place yourself in a meditative state inside the Kings Chamber and you not only bring your brainwaves down to a specific frequency known as the hypnagogic, but you also become one with the frequency of the Earth. Sounds mad, I know, but that's the science, and there is much more to it.
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