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Author // Joseph Chilton Pearce

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At that period there was a temple there dedicated to the god Kataragama. Eighty to 100 people would volunteer to take part in a fire walk, and they would spend 3 weeks in fasting and prayer in the temple. Every day they were sprinkled with holy water as they prepared to walk the fire. By the end of the three weeks the priests opened the gates of the temple and from the courtyard they went down into a pit 20 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 6 feet deep. It was a bed of coals they had been preparing for days. The fire melted aluminum on contact. Wads of thrown paper burst into flame 5 feet away. Onlookers couldn’t stand closer than 20 feet away without being burnt. For the walkers, however, the fire did not exist. They had reversed that ontological construct. They all wore long cotton togas that dragged across the coals, and even their togas didn’t burst into flame! The women grabbed great handfuls of the whitehot coals and poured them down over their head. Their hair was never singed. And yet for about 3 percent of the walkers, their faith breaks in the middle of the walk. Immediately their togas go up in flame, and in one great big flash they’re done for.

This is similar to people like Michael Sky, who had 40-foot fire walks. People there were going through total metanoia—they were never the same again. They discovered that ontological constructs by which the world formed could be reversed in the human being.

But here’s this extraordinarily jealous god called Science, and it’s going to disprove this at all cost. It’s been trying to ever since.

Another of these interferences with ontological constructs had to do with fasting. Here I found that the body didn’t really have to eat. It has survived for remarkable periods of time without food. Lots of people have been discovering that they can live without food. I talked with Rita Fischer, my friend and neighbor, and she said that “the sense of freedom is so incredible from knowing that you are not subject to the intake of food.” My last little book of mine talked about mitochondria—one of the great mysteries of the world—and the role they play in this. It’s a case in which the mitochondria can be bypassed and not even employed. One of my favorite poets, Dylan Thomas, once wrote, “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower drives my green age.” It is the same force. It is power.

Paul MacLean, one of our greatest neuroscientists, says that the brain doesn’t operate by putting together bits of information. The brain functions by resonance. Things that are resonant with each other gather together. We call that neural structure. Back in the ’70s, Karl Pribram, who called himself a neuropsychologist, said that the brain feeds on fields of information that are frequencies coming from a frequency realm that is not in time or space at all. And I can tell you he’s been proven true, just like Paul MacLean. They’ve gotten lots of scientific evidence now. (Notice how I use the words “scientific evidence” like a stamped approval from God, it must be true!) It really was much more than just scientific evidence—it was the evidence of life itself.

In 1974, when I was finishing up my work on Magical Child and that great force hit me and I had that experience, then I knew. And what I knew could never be gained from anything other than that experience itself. There are knowings that can never be spoken of, and certainly can never be written down and analyzed. These are forces. They are powers. They are the things that drive the universe.

The physicist David Bohm—what a great man—said, “A true dialogue happens when one person addresses another without any agenda at all.” He said this can be practiced in a discussion. You can pick up a certain subject, then at a certain point, if you drop your agenda and give yourself to the other person, a third force comes in. This force is not the sum total of the two intelligences, but it is a third force entirely. It will breathe you and move you, as they say in Zen.

The Zen Buddhists were the ones who understood this probably better than anyone else. Once discovering this, you can play in the world rather than having to fit in, worrying about it, and so on. You can just play. There is the source of pure play. That’s been one of the things I’ve been fascinated with for many years.

The human being, from his spiritual aspect, is capable of anything. Man’s mind is a mirror of a universe that mirrors man’s mind. Each gives rise to the other. People say, “Ahh yes, we create our reality.” And I say nonsense! We don’t create our reality. We enter into the creation of reality. And there’s a huge difference. One is a massive arrogance on the part of the human being, and the other is the recognition that there is this huge universal intelligence.

The heart is the key to the whole thing. We will straighten out the intellectual mess we have made only by a return to the intelligence of the heart—a total, radical, absolute, surrender to the heart. It’s a lot harder than you might think. But there’s been a breakdown between the brain and the heart. And as a result, intellect has now run amok. I even think it enters into the way we’ve destroyed all cultures that represent the immediate connection with the heart.

Robert Wolf, a Dutch psychologist working for the Malaysian government, was born in Malaysia and lived there most of his life. He became totally identified with the Malaysian people. It was his job to get them to agree to let the government chop down all their trees and their jungles and build rubber plantations, and it was also his job to talk them into coming and working the rubber plantations after their whole way of life had been destroyed. In that process Robert Wolf underwent a tremendous metanoia, a conversion of his own, after which he met the very elusive, mysterious Signoi people. They came to him at the edge of the forest and took him up and he would move with them. He found that they operated on an entirely different frame of reference. Their ontology was totally different. Most of the teaching they offered Robert Wolf was silent communication— telepathy. Most of their communication with each other was silent and telepathic. They had incredible power and capacity and lived in those forests in absolute seclusion. You couldn’t find them. They were just a myth to most people.

Robert Wolf, in his old, old age, said to my friend Tom Hartmann, “You have no idea what we have lost.” And everyone has this sense inside them—that we’ve lost something.

As a child I often felt homesick. My older sisters would say, “What do you mean homesick, you goof? You’re in the house where you were born.” But this great longing would come up, and I discovered that by striking a single note in the middle register of our piano and listening for the waves, I would feel that they carried me, that I’d dissolve into them and become one with them. That was what I was homesick about.

I really would like to live long enough to do one more book, and that’s on the spiritual experience of very early life. And I think that the average child, up to the age of 3 or 4, has a great many more spiritual experiences than are recognized, or even allowed.

Dr. Burton White, in his marvelous work, The First Three Years of Life, explains how he and his staff at Harvard had looked at the American child population to see about what percentage of them could be considered brilliant and happy. They came to the conclusion that it was maybe 3 percent of the American population. But the most outstanding feature of these brilliant, happy children was that they spent an unordinary amount of their time in blank, open-eyed stares, doing nothing at all.

And I thought of what would happen today if a child spent a great deal of time in an open-eyed stare, doing nothing at all. We would have every psychiatrist and therapist and social worker and everything else breathing down both the child’s neck and the parents’. “Don’t just stand there, do something!” We all heard that when we were children.

So that is just a little clue about one of the many aspects of how the human mind gets shut down and cut off. I think that’s what happens with our so-called spiritual experience. Without any outlet for it, without any recognition for it, we tend to let those things wither away to a great extent, I believe.

I bet if you start examining and writing about your own early childhood, you will find that you were nothing less than a little mystic running around. If we could just retain that enormous intelligence we had as children, we’d have an entire species of geniuses.


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