This Cosmic Meditation is an audio-visual journey into the state of tranquility within. It invites you to experience the invisible worlds, energy dynamics, states of consciousness and patterns of creation in order to reconnect to your true Being.

It is an open-eyed meditation designed to take you into the state of inner peace and spaciousness. The music by Void Visuals is enhanced with audio entrainment technology by Javi Otero, which synchronises your brain waves to the meditative alpha state.

Let this 20-min journey take you into a state of deep relaxation and wonder.

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]]>In 2016 I was interviewed for the live video series called Spirit TECHTalks, hosted by iAwake Technologies and Spiritual Technologies 2.0.

This is especially interesting for those who love **topics related to spirituality and technology**. I talked about how I started to create visionary art, what the turning point was for me that dramatically changed my life, and how VOID VISUALS as well as SOURCE ALIGNED came into being.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

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]]>– Nikola Tesla

Sound and Vibration are fundamental principles on which the Universe is build upon and they have a fractal structure.

You might have heard of harmonics or overtones. Every sound is made of a base tone and a pile of harmonics. This pile of harmonics is the information that our brains translate into sound color or timbre.

Watch the 45-min full documentary about Harmonics and Overtones below.

First we have a visual representation of the base tone.

Next we add the second harmonic, which is 1/3 of the base vibration. The result is a fifth.

On it goes with the 3rd harmonic, which is 1/4 of the base tone resulting in the second octave.

Now what would it look like when we only take the octaves – the multitudes of division of 2?

This 45-min documentary “SPACE SOUND VOICE” goes in depth into Harmonics and Overtone Singing.

Available now completely for free.

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]]>– Thoth, the Emerald Tablets

One of those mysteries is the language of creation.

Most people immediately think that it is math, but this would not be correct, because mathematics and numbers as we know is a human created tool to understand nature.

**The language of creation is Geometry.**

The term “Sacred” Geometry implies that it is not man made.

**There are 3 primal principles to creation: Geometry, Vibration and Fractals.**

Those simple principles used in variations create complexity out of the simple. And vice versa the simple essence remains in the complex.

No matter what form of creative expression there is, the moment it includes the language of creation, it will not only become an extension of nature, but will also contain an essential magic.

To begin with, here is a short introduction to what fractals are.

The most simple definition is: “A shape of which a part is similar or identical to the entire shape”.

Let’s see how it looks like, using a simple example with a circle.

We take a circle and place two smaller circles next to each other into it, and then repeat that process with the smaller circles.

The resulting image we get has a fractal structure, as a part of the image is identical to the entire image.

Extending this principle of “self-similarity” we see the property of fractals not only in images, but in systems and structures as observed everywhere in nature.

Two other very known classical fractals are the “Sierpinsik Triangle” and the “Koch Snowflake”.

If you zoom in into a part of the Koch Snowflake, you will see that the level of details is literally infinite.

This attribute gives this kind of mathmatical objects peculiar properties. For example this Koch-snowflake has an infinite scope, but a limited surface.

They do not have classical whole-numbered dimensions, but “broken dimensions”. Here the “Koch snowflake” has a dimension of 1.26186

If you are not already fascinated by fractals, you might wonder why you should even care about them and what you could possibly learn from them.

Maybe this image can help to answer this question.

Why do these patterns on the microscopic level resemble the same structures of galaxy clusters? Why are they found in so many areas and on different scales?

Nikola Tesla once said:

Studying the principles of nature can help us look at the workings behind the manifested shapes. Not only can it draw us nearer to these secrets, but also reminds us of the beauty and wonder that we are made of.

Fractals as we know of today is truly a very young phenomenon.

They were discovered and first visualized in the 1970s when computers emerged. Even the term “fractals” (from Latin, meaning fractured, broken) was defined at that time by the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot.

Up until that time, phenomenons like the classical fractal objects were put off by most mathematicians as curiosities and “mathematical monsters”.

They did not receive much attention as they were thought of having no practical use, until Mandelbrot came with his unique approach.

Facing a few challenges that Mandelbrot had at that time, he came to the conclusion that the shapes in nature cannot be described by classical geometry, such as cubes, cylinders and circles. A new way is needed to understand the language of nature.

He was the first person to visualize complex numbers. Using a very simple formula (Z=z²+C) repeated endlessly on a computer, we get the “Mandelbrot Set” named after the creator.

Hear it with his own words in this very moving clip – the last interview before Mandelbrot passed away in 2010.

I know that math is not everyone’s cup of tea.

But when we go away from dry calculations known from school to exploring the properties of nature through numbers, things can become a lot more fascinating.

Below are some images based on complex and hyper-complex numbers. They are beautiful to watch and can pull us in into foreign worlds…

Here is the classical Mandelbrot Set based on (Z=z²+C)

The so-called “Buddhabrot”, a variation based on the Mandelbrot formula

A “sliced open” Mandelbrot generated with hypercomplex numbers.

And more fractals created through hypercomplex numbers below.

For those of you who want to know more about the underlying math and how these images are created, check out my post where I explain it in details:

*A while ago I had the chance to talk to a math professor and I asked him a question that riddled me: Are the complex and hypercomplex numbers, hence the fractals actually a man-made construction or rather a discovery of something natural or universal that is already there? His answer was really interesting – he said, this is one of the oldest debates in the expert world of math where representatives of both sides argue against each other. So there is no clear answer to that. He himself believes, when looking at the images, that we have truly discovered something beyond concepts of the human.*

Hear in his own words the father of fractals talks about the “art of roughness” at TED in 2010.

It is useful to make a distinction between two main classes of fractals:

1. Fractals generated using algebra

2. Fractals generated using geometry

In the above section are images created algebraically using complex and hypercomplex numbers.

Below are the other class of so called “flame fractals”, generated using geometric operations.

As you can see the images resemble structures that we know from nature. Could these patterns even visualize energetic blueprints into which nature manifests into?

And the type of images that are created through the same geometric operations but are not to be found in nature – could they somehow depict aspects of creation beyond nature as we know?

They certainly spark the imagination and fascination.

The class of flame fractals are my personal favorites. When I came across them for the first time I was mind blown, as I saw in them the possibility to visualize my inner journeys.

At that time I decided to “sacrifice” traditional painting to dedicate myself to the fractals.

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Nature is full of fractals.

The fact that we find similarities in shape and form throughout the different magnitudes in the Universe shows that the fractal principle is a fundamental part of the creation process.

Trying to put some of the natural appearances into categories, I came up with a few categories of often observed fractal structures.

(from Latin: bi = twice; furca = fork)

Tree branches

Lightning

Flame fractal

Flower

Snow Flake

Flame fractal

Spiral Galaxy

Snail shell

Flame fractal

Clouds

Space Nebula

Computer generated clouds

Ocean Waves

Water Surface

Computer generated water

Himalaya from Space

Acrylic Paint Structures

Flame fractal

Amethyst Crystals

Ice Crystals

Flame fractal

Mandelbrot said: “A Fractal is a way of seeing infinity.”

And as you can imagine, there is much more to discover…

Next I want to show you what it means when we say that today, through the fractals, we have a “better understanding” of how nature works.

After the work of Benoit Mandelbrot found its way into nearly all major disciplines in our society, we gained much more understanding of how nature works.

We could say that through the fractals we have “decoded” another part of the lauguage of creation. I find it fascinating to see this through images.

Here are some examples.

As you can imagine, the images are no real photos but are computer generated using fractal algorithms.

Clouds, terrains and water surfaces are all based on fractals.

The credit for these images go to different artists featured on the TERRAGEN website – the software used to create those images.

Today fractal procedures for generating digital landscapes have become an integral part for the film and animation industry. Artists use these tools to create all the landscapes, worlds, smokes and explosions and more that we watch on the big screens.

Sound and Vibration are fundamental principles on which the Universe is build upon.

What if I told you that these very principles have a fractal structure as well?

I am sure you have heard of harmonics or overtones. Every sound is made of a base tone and a pile of harmonics. This pile of harmonics is the information that our brains translate into sound color or timbre.

Let’s have a look at how that looks like.

First we have a visual representation of the base tone.

Next we add the second harmonic, which is 1/3 of the base vibration. The result is a fifth.

On it goes with the 3rd harmonic, which is 1/4 of the base tone resulting in the second octave.

Now what would it look like when we only take the octaves – the multitudes of division of 2?

Remember the image at the top with the circles to demonstrate what a fractal is? The principle of octaves – division by 2 – produces just the same fractal pattern with vibration and sound.

This just scratches the surface and there is much more to say about overtones and harmonics.

Here is an excerpt clip explaining the Hamornic Scale, from a 45-min documentary on this topic that I produced some years back.

Watch the full documentary here

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The idea of “Fractal Time” is based upon the cyclic nature of time and events.

I first came across this term in a magazine article about the Mayan calendar. It is about understanding that there are time qualities that repeat themselves in small, big and huge nested cycles.

Years later Gregg Braden released his book called “Fractal Time” in which he takes the same approach to view civilization and history in a much bigger context and to draw meaningful conclusions from it.

Some of the cycles are quite obvious, such as day and night, moon orbiting around the Earth, and the Earth around the Sun. But what if not only the celestial movements are cyclic, but also the “time qualities” they embody in each part of the cycle?

For us to imagine how these nested cycles of time might look like, let’s watch these little clips. They show that the movement of the celestial bodies are actually spirals.

And of course the trajectory of the sun itself is not straight, but a nested spiral around the centre of the milky way.

Here again we have the fractal principle governing celestial movement trough space and time: spirals within spirals within spirals.

I hope this excursion into the world of fractals was informative and entertaining for you, though it is just a small part of this fascinating and immense topic. There is so much more to discover, explore and to experience through it.

Let me know what you think, feel and want to share in the comments below.

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]]>Since the advent of the modern age we have been riddled by the question of how closely technology and consciousness are related, and how they interact. Various literature and movies explore this question and have taken it to fictional heights of possibilities.

Many publicly available studies have thoroughly investigated the workings of our brain, including how brain activity and states of consciousness are connected. This article will look into how much science has caught up with science fiction on that topic.

In research labs, scientists have monitored monks and Yogis in an attempt to understand the correlations between their brainwave activity and meditative states. Results of this research have enabled us to understand and categorize how certain states of consciousness are directly linked to brainwave frequency ranges.

These results, however, posed the question of whether we can also vice versa influence the state of consciousness by inducing certain brainwave frequencies. And, if so, how can this be done?

The idea behind this is to influence brainwaves using an external stimulus with a certain frequency. If a person receives a stimulus of a frequency within the range of brainwaves, the predominant brainwave frequency is likely to adapt to or at least move towards the frequency of the external stimulus. This process is called entrainment and can be explained by the law of resonance.

Studies have found that certain frequencies are predominant when certain activities, such as being active, relaxed, concentrating or sleeping, are performed. So the idea is to support and create the desired outcome of consciousness states by inducing the according frequencies with external influences.

Electrical charges in the brain are created by billions of neurons. Neurons are electrically charged and they pump positively and negatively charged ions across their membranes to their surrounding neighbor neurons. Ions are constantly being exchanged and, when many ions are released from groups of neurons simultaneously, they trigger their neighbouring groups of neurons to do likewise, creating a wave of so called “volume conduction”.

These waves of electrical activity can be measured by instruments such as a voltmeter or an EEG (Electro Encephalo Gram) device. The rate at which this volume conduction occurs can be measured in cycles per second or Hertz (Hz).

Here is a short story from my first experience with Brainwave Entrainment.

I used to be in a group involved in shamanic trance journeys. Our tool was the shaman drum. We would sit in a circle of seven to eight people each drumming on a handheld drum. After being immersed in that sound for five to ten minutes my consciousness would independently start to slip into a different state. It’s very hard to resist this process for long. It is rather like falling asleep. I had different experiences of varying degrees of emotional and spiritual intensity during these shamanic trance journeys.

What I never understood, though, was the fast pace of our drumming which I had initially expected to be rather slow. Since it worked well, I didn’t question it any further… until I came across binaural beats and isochronic tones. It took me quite a while to put two and two together. The shaman drumming was at the pace of about 4-5 Hz – which is exactly in the same brainwave frequency band as the so called “Theta State”.

Scientific studies have shown that theta brainwaves are associated with deep relaxation and trance states. This technique has been used by shamanic cultures since time immemorial to induce trance states. The theta state has only recently been discovered and studied in modern technological terms.

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Now, with today’s technology, we can easily create and precisely engineer sinus waves, rhythms and beats according to our needs. There are three common methods of inducing particular frequencies using sound.

When two different tones with a slight difference in frequency are separately introduced to each ear, the difference is perceived in the brain as a third tone or beat. When headphones are used, each ear can only hear one steady sinus tone without the beat. For example a 400Hz tone and a 410Hz tone will produce a subsonic beat of 10Hz in the brain. The “carrier frequency” is then at 405Hz.

This basically means that, when playing binaural beats using two boxes next to each other, the sum of the waveforms interfere with each other and keep oscillating between louder and quieter – becoming monaural beats. The third tone or beat is created in open air before entering the ears.

Shamanic drumming is a good example of isochronic tones. Studies have shown that isochronic tones produce a stronger response in the brain, making them more effective than monaural or binaural beats.

Embedding brainwave entrainment into music has become common practice in meditation tracks in order to make the auditory experience more enjoyable. Background tracks varying from nature ambient sounds to noise to entire symphonies are suitable.

The modulation starts to work by adjusting at least one component in the sound track according to the desired frequency. To avoid too much distortion of the sound track, the modulation can be done on the selected frequency bands only.

**Gamma Waves (25-100 Hz)** Gamma waves are measured when different senses are processed at the same time, implicating the unity of conscious perception. This state is associated with the high neural activity necessary for carrying out cognitive and physical actions.

**Beta Waves (13-25 Hz)** Beta waves are known to be the normal awake state. When we are active, busy, thinking, concentrating or feeling anxious, our brainwaves are in the beta frequency range.

**Alpha Waves (8-12 Hz)** Alpha waves are known to be the state of relaxation or daydreaming. They are also associated with the meditative state including being relaxed or before and after going into deep sleep. This state is very good for working with the sub-consciousness.

**Theta Waves (4-7 Hz)** Theta waves are known as the deep relaxation state or sleep. They can be measured during deep meditation and trance states, and are also associated with states of high creative inspiration. Interestingly, they occur normally in young children, but ongoing theta states in adults could indicate disorders.

**Delta Waves (1-3 Hz)** Delta waves are associated with deep, dreamless sleep or unconsciousness. When this state is reached through deep meditation, it is associated with out-of-body experiences or astral traveling.

**Sub Delta Waves (0.9-0.1 Hz)** Sub Delta waves are associated with a brain state, in which the brain produces more neurochemicals that are beneficial for the regeneration of the body and the psyche.

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iAwake produces Brainwave Entrainment programs of a high standard. Their quality, content, effectiveness and taste are unmatched. This is the only site I know of that offers the “Epsilon” frequencies (that go as low as 0.1 – 0.001 Hz) in their programs. These sub-delta frequencies are unique and especially suitable for mystical experiences.

Another special trait of iAwake is that, next to simple brainwave entrainment, they have included what is called “Biofield Entrainment” where, based on research, other biorhythms of our organism are taken into account.

One of their programs is THE SPARK based on technology called FRACTAL ENTRAINMENT. As you can imagine, I was intrigued the moment I heard about it. This is based on cycles and proportions instead of on fixed frequencies.

Another great advantage of iAwake is that all their products come with user manuals that guide you in the appropriate use of the technology.

You can download a free audio package for test drive on their site iawaketechnologies.com

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]]>– Benoit Mandelbrot

This section is for those of you who want to know more about the mathematical and geometrical background of fractals. I am no mathematician, but I am fascinated by the underlying constructions, because they give us a better idea of how these intriguing images are created.

There are many different types and classifications of fractals. After my own studies I came to the conclusion that a simple basic classification is useful of:

**1. fractals based on algebraic iteration (iteration = repetition), meaning formulas and numbers and ****2. fractals based on geometric iteration.**

These two classes produce such different looks that a distinction is useful.

This category of fractals includes all that are based on formulas and numbers. The classifications I would make within this category are the different sets of numbers that are used. Fractals like the mandelbrot set, julia set and the burning ship are made from the set of complex numbers, whereas 3d fractals like the quaternions, tessarines, octonions, better known as the mandelbulb and mandelbox fractals are based on the set of hypercomplex numbers. So what are these sets of numbers?

At the beginning we have the set of natural numbers. That is 1, 2, 3, 4…. and so on. Within this set we can do all kind of mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction. But when we get to this formula “2-3=x” then we cannot solve it within the set of natural numbers. So to solve that we need to extend the boundaries to the set of whole numbers. This set also includes negative whole numbers like -1, -2, -3, -4… and so on.

This is a very simple example, but it illustrates very well the method and concept of expanding the area of operation to a larger set of numbers in order to solve an equation. Now within this set of whole numbers we can solve the formula above where “x=-1”, but still no equation like “3/2=x”. To solve this, we have to further extend the boundaries to the set of rational numbers including non-whole numbers.

This set includes all numbers that can be expressed through fractions, so now the solution is “x=0.5”. Then we still have the set of irrational numbers, that includes all numbers that cannot be expressed as fractions, such as Pi, Phi or other number that do not have repetitions after the comma. All these sets of numbers together make up the set of real numbers, which are basically all numbers between minus infinity and infinity:

Now we have a horizontal axis with all numbers we know – the set of real numbers. And we add a vertical axis that represents the imaginary numbers. The name “imaginary” has developed over time, since it lies outside of the “real” numbers, but there is actually nothing imaginary or mystical about it. Simply put, it is another axis of “real” numbers. A complex number on the 2D-plain has a part real value and and part imaginary value and is written as a pair of values, for example (3,2i) and is hence a pair of two “real” values like on a normal coordinate system.

The only difference is a special multiplication rule that allows “i” to be “i=?-1”. “i” is the so called imaginary unit and is on the vertical axis equivalent to 1 on the horizontal axis. This imaginary value i is not “countable”, but we can use it and do mathematical operations just like any other number or any other variable. Now any number can be put as a dot across this 2-dimensional plain. This is the set of complex numbers which includes all real numbers and the imaginary numbers that lies outside of the set of real numbers.

Now the magic happens, when we put complex numbers into the most simple formula like “z=z²+C”, where of course this is already an iterative function. That means we start out with a value for z and C and whatever comes out is being used in the same formula for z again and so forth. That way we create for every number we start with a chain of values.

Now when iterating a function this way up to infinite times, the numbers have two possibilities: either they tend towards 0 or they tend towards ?. Now when putting all this into a graphic, for those numbers going towards 0 we give them a black color and for those numbers going towards ? we assign them a color. This is how the mandelbrot image is created. Where as the fractal structure is exactly at the border between those numbers going to 0 and those going to infinity.

Now the concept of extending the boundaries or sets of numbers can be continued. One might ask what numbers can be outside of the set of complex numbers? To solve the equation of “x=?i” we need to extend the 2D-plain into a 4-dimensional hypersapce.

This is how sets like the “quaternions” (4 dimensions), “tessarines” or “octonions” (8 dimensions) are made. Now to avoid confusions, we do not talk about the 3 dimensions as space and the 4th as time. We talk about space-dimensions only. So how to imagine what a 4-dimensional space is? The way of operation to go from a 1-dimensional line to a 2 dimensional plain to a 3 dimensional space is simply repeated. A 4th axis is added and the operation is repeated onto the 4th space dimension. This principle can be repeated to create x-dimensional hyperspaces.

Now if putting a dot anywhere into this 4-dimensional space, we get a number that has 4 values, for example (2,i,j,k), whereas “i,j,k” each represents one value from each of the 4 axis. For mathmatical operations such as mulitplications, matrices are used. The image below shows a 4-dimensional hypercube.

Images creative commons from wikipedia.com

Now one might ask, what this strange math is good for and this is a good question. I am no mathematician, but I know that for example complex numbers are used for calculations in astronomy and for finding patterns in chaos theory. And hypercomplex numbers are used for example in mechanics where dynamics of machines with 3 joints can be predicted.

The most extreme idea that I know of is the E8-model related to quantum physics. This mandala like shape consist of 248 space dimensions. In quantum physics scientists have discovered that sub-atomic particles often appear in groups of 3 which was unexplainable. When the E8 model came out, they found out that by simply spinning it, the intersections would reveal the constellations of 3 in a very natural way, describing the behavior of the sub-atomic particles. So all this shows us that for some solutions the boundaries need to be extended and the solutions can be found in a larger context – outside the box.

And of course hypercomplex numbers are good for art!

A while ago I had the chance to talk to a math professor and I asked him a lot of questions about this topic. He gave me some very interesting insights on how the complex and hypercomplex numbers work. Soon it became clear that the extension to the additional axis was actually a man made definition to solve certain math problems. So at the end I asked him whether the complex and hypercomplex numbers, hence the fractals are actually a man-made construction or rather a discovery of something natural or universal that is already there.

His answer was really intriguing to me – he said, this is one of the oldest debates in the experts world of math where representatives of both sides argue against each other. So there is no clear answer to that. He himself believes, when looking at the images, that we have truly discovered something universal.

This category of fractals includes all that are made based on geometric operations. That means that this kind of fractals can be created without numbers and formulas for example with a pen on a sheet of paper. Of course when generating them on a computer the geometric operations need to be translated into numbers and formulas for the computer to operate. The so called iteration function systems (IFS) is a standard class of software that was developed in the 1970-80s. Some of the most appealing fractal programs for artistic use have emerged out of this development.

Another good example for geometrically iterated fractal would be the “Koch snowflake”. The operation is also very simple and self-explaining.

A specific class are fractals that are dot or pixel iterated. The smallest building block here is a dot. The iteration functions systems and also contemporary software like Apophysis or J-Wildfire are based on that principle. Due to their striking look that is quite different from the formula based fractals these images are categorized into an extra class of the so called “flame fractals” or “fractal flames”. To understand how such complex images can be created, I would like to show it using an analog example with a sheet of paper, a pen and a dice.

Creating the Sierpinski triangle on a sheet of paper using the IFS principle. Everyone can do it!

So first of all we point out the corners of a triangle on a sheet of paper. We give the first point the name “1,2”, the second point “3,4” and the third point “5,6”. Now we start off with placing a dot anywhere between the 3 corner points – that is our starting point.

Now we toss the dice and if for example we get a “2” then measure the distance between our starting point and the corner point named “1,2” and place a new dot at exactly half of the distance. This new dot is our new starting point and we repeat that operation, whereas we always use the corner point that matches the tossed dice. We can also add color by using a different color for every corner point.

Now by slightly changing the operators by adding a rotation to 2 attractors, the Sierpinski triangle transforms and we get organic looking structures.

Besides “linear” there is an increasing amount of non-linear operators. Now an unlimited number of attractors can be added and each can have a free combination of transformers and values. The possibilities are literally infinite, though it takes 2 attractors only to create obvious fractal structures.

The kind of images these flame fractals produce are more dreamy than the ones created using hypcercomplex numbers. In both we find similarities to countless structures known from nature.

Though most of the shapes that these fractals produce are not to be found in nature and we may ask whether they visualize something invisible, but real, existing beyond the manifestations of nature as we know.

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