Chalice "Productions" refers to each person AS a chalice in development with/ in/ for the flow of that which connects ALL Life - to the artwork symbolizing that, and to "Chalice Bridging" as the Art of Body, Mind, and Spirit working together.

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of the Chalice and it's

Relationship to Sacred Geometry

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"Chalice-Forming 3D (wLt3DPiCh&Orbs)" © Chris Pringer, 2009 - illustrates a perspective of various dynamics on the energetic level(s): Essentially, this "Bridging Chalice" symbolizes the dynamics by which Spirit (or All-connecting force of All Life) flows into the "three lower bodies" (mental, emotional, physical) which compose the "Body-Mind". Thence the medium for balancing & integrating humanity - individually & communally. Here, the symbols for this chalice are drawn essentially from ancient archetypes, and precede anything any religion has to do with it.

Chalice-Forming 3D (wLt3DPiCh&Orbs) artwork by Christopher Pringer

"INTEGRATION" in the wholistic or therapeutic sense, implies that the information or skills (whether of the past, remembered, or forgotten) are re-organized and then learned from, in such a healthfully complete or "Integral" way, that it is understood and used for the highest good (*Love-Wisdom* in application). The process may involve "Synergy" of many systems, and the word "Transformative" is often used to describe it. Other benefits (for which therapies can be specifically geared) include overall preventive maintenance, injury prevention, emotional intelligence-(EQ)-geared neuroplasticity benefits, not to mention more clarity and peace of mind.


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        Some Context
In the perspective of 'balance in the universe,' Male AND Female energies form a bio-electric charge of opposite polarities. And through this it forms a vortex of energies that form "the chalice." Which symbolizes "bridging" any two opposing realms (Male-Female, Yang-Yin, Form-Formlessness, etc). Questions for a "Poly-Psy" or practical world view for 'Pragmatic Balancing": How could current extremisms be related to the pro-active desire for evolving toward balance? What history, symbolism, implications, or vision could possibly support that, let alone that toward creating optimal reality scenarios?!



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"Diversity, and the Gestalt - a Function of Sacred Geometry (...Chaos Theory) ?" (8'10)
"Why the Geometry Thing" Position, Orientation, Communications, & Code (6'07)
"The Bridging Chalice, Religion, & Science" Metaphysical Origins Part II (4'14)
"Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within" (8'09)
"Paradigm Shifts" - A Pragmatic Summary (7'10)
"Spectrum  of  Consciousness"  Chart (7'10)
A  Kind  of  Summary  For  Pragmatic  Balance  & Related  Resource  Links
'The  Lords  of  Culture'  and  Listening  -  a story about  Language,  Relationship,  and
the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context (7'10--9'10)

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Chalice Art Slideshow at ChaliceBridge.Com Artwork © by the author - overall, an eclectic/symbolic mix of multiple layers of brights and subtles, sacred geometry rounded with a balance of grounding touch (IF you are still doing 'Flash' for video)

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Chris Pringer

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As looking out the window (of a friend's house) I noticed this natural chalice in a vase of water - 'vortices of light and water - phenomenons of reflection' - photos by Chris Pringer 10'15
Cell pics taken after looking out the window (of a friend's house), noticing in front of me a natural chalice formed in a vase of water ~ Chris Pringer, Oct'15

Introduction and Author/Artist BIO

          The symbols for the "Chalice" or Holy Grail (that I often use) are drawn essentially from ancient archetypes that, by the way, pre-date any major religion by many centuries or more, although many are found at the core of *many* different religions and philosophies. They all have their own rich meanings as related to the spiritual dilemma or paradox, balancing or synthesis of qualities (such as Yin & Yang, maternal & paternal, left-brain & right, expanded/contracted), and healing transformation. They represent the infrastructure (that we develop through personal growth) providing for the human embodiment of Spirit. Here, the Chalice (symbolizes that which) is essentially a vehicle for the Humanity's balancing and integrating of with the Divine - individually and communally - and co-existing in love.
          Chalice Bridging Art is then a reminder of the infrastructure of alignment, of the relationship between proportion and function as demonstrated through the sacred geometry of our DNA, thence of the balance of nature, thence of the nature of balance. (Much more on this in the sections, "Metaphysical Origins of the Grail" and "The Bridging Chalice ..Religion ..Science")

          The "Chalice-Star" over the three traveling magi is used in my Solstice or Christmas Card design to represent our quest - in this earthly dimension of body, mind, and spirit - for the inner-most Source of one's spirit and faith -- whether that would be the Inner Christ, Inner Buddha, Inner Mohammed, or the Divine Mother's Spirit connecting All Life, etc. And that lends a hint as to how I regard the actual meaning and purpose of the Holy Grail legend. The actual origins of my relationship with the Chalice and related archetypes are noted below with illustrations by yours truly, beginning more personally and continuing with some elaboration on more technical/psycho-spiritual background, related correlations, and practical applications in therapy.
          My use of the word, "Divine": Refers to Whatever or Whomever created all elements of Life, including the highest Yin and Yang aspects (as in Taoism). Although this page represents my more mystic aspect (believing in a "unifying thread" that runs through all the worlds major religions and philosophies), I also try to include the more logical or scientific underpinnings of which there are many to much of what I write about, especially as regards sacred geometry, our DNA, bio-molecular implications... but more on that below!

          "The Chalice" has thus become the main archetype that I resonate with, focus my artistic energies into, employ, and extend my views from. It does not detract from my appreciation of other spiritual systems - it actually makes more sense of them for me, allows greater appreciation of their contributions to Mankind's process, past and current. There are a number of ways to approach the idea or concept of the chalice - historically, metaphysically and/or spiritually, geometrically, and correlations of the perspectives of any two or more of those. In the page sections below, a little of each of those approaches are used. Some you may relate to, others you may not. There are also links to provide more perspectives, background, and balance to the whole rendering of the topic. I confess to trying to make these perspectives understandable to a very wide range of people, while hoping that I won't be either too elementary to some, nor obtuse to others.

          My perspective on the Chalice was born out of a 3+ dimensional form that I "saw" back in the late Spring of 1985. [ Note: I saw it much more in a 3D visual thought-form, than what is generally called a "vision," but more "complete" than has been illustrated here (although I hope my graphic and other capabilities are progressing such that I will be able to present it sufficiently some day). But neither was it conscious or pre-meditated or creative active-visualization. ] And there was an understanding: I recognized conceptually, there were strong relationships among the "Holy Grail", with a deeper (and) pre-Christian meaning, relative to it's usually told legendary meanings, particularly due to the archetypic symbolism of the geometric forms -that composed and was composed by the chalice form. And that of their arrangement. The experience was a composite of new and old information, on visual, mental, and emotional levels of perceptions. It was a pretty awe-striking moment, all effecting the composition of my spiritual beliefs (then and since then), even though I was very aware that the visual and attendant data around this epiphany was very related to, if not inspired by or a culmination of, my previous studies in related topics.
          [Note: A great many references have been included in the special section for the grail legend and sacred geometry ref-links near the end of the page. The history of the grail, and of the legend, relative to the history of "The Church," were drawn from these references and assembled by yours truly in the "Legend or History" sub-section of the "Pragmatic Balance" section further below. A chart was added there for linking related material at other ChaliceBridge.Com pages.]

          A few years prior to that I had found interest in the "Holy Grail" legend as well as in "Sacred Geometry," although these two topics were perceived as more or less separate from each other. Earlier in 1985, Robert March, director at the New Mexico Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts (the school's name has been shortened since then), taught our class various vibrational healing methodologies. I became very interested in the idea of using graphic formats for this purpose. The idea was not original. But I wanted to make art that was not only accurate and useful in this regard, but art that is pleasing to the eye, and possibly something that would eventually inspire as I had been inspired. I hope that future versions of the 3-D art will approach what I saw, as well as strum the strings of one's higher senses.

          In Spring of '86 I drew up the first full color, albeit 1D, version of the "Temple Diamond Chalice" (shown at above right), done in colored pencil and pen. When putting it's design to paper, I used designs drawn up in '85 with pi-ratio proportions obtained from the Matila Ghyka reference. This first rendering has provided the basis for most of my chalice art, and provided the basis for an intensely revealed guidance and empowerment in all realms of my life. I then began looking more into Sacred Geometry, and experimenting with more literal and aesthetically pleasing art forms.

          This lead me to study further into archetypes related to the integration of form & formless, left brain & right, centralized & decentralized, other grail legend elements, and related psychology. This included study into realms of "Sacred Geometry," alchemy and energy dynamics, grail legend and related symbology, various body-mind-spirit correlations, other archetypes and related psychology. The geometric form, known as the "Golden Rectangle" (see figure at right) graphically describes the pi-ratio proportions, which is the basis of Sacred Geometry, DNA function, and the universal constant of all life as we know it. How and why is described in the "Proportion and Function" paragraph in the "Archetypes & Geometry Scenario 1" section. Working with this dynamic form over time has thus brought about many dynamic concepts, which has in turn become a continuous weaving of existing and new theories, along with the ancient archetypes into a purposefully interconnected web. That includes (about) relationships with the mandelbrot form per the section, "Diversity, and the Gestalt - a Function of Sacred Geometry (...Chaos Theory) ?"

Thumnail of
"Chalice-Star with 3 Magi" (6a2) Holiday Card
© Chris Pringer 2002

HolidayCard 9&6 w/8VortexChalice © Chris Pringer 2001,2011
"HolidayCard 9&6 w/8VortexChalice"
© Chris Pringer 2001,2011

Multi-3D-Chalice3(w2A&CntrHBI)' © Chris Pringer 2013, ChaliceBridge.Com

Probably as close to what I saw in 1985 as anything I've put in art form so far (on visual level). "Multi-3D-Chalice3 (w2A&CntrHBI)' © Chris Pringer 2013, ChaliceBridge.Com

Temple Diamond Chalice, Chris Pringer '85
"Temple Diamond Chalice" © Chris Pringer 1985-86
Chalice 5, Chris Pringer '86
"Chalice Five"
Summer '86
'Synthesis', © Chris Pringer '91

Pen & ink, colored pencils, crayon, magic marker; 6 rings around 1, with 1 ring interconnecting centers, plus 2 vertical and 4 horizontal in yin-yang cross arrangement, 13 in all over "Temple Diamond Chalice" with crossed "Golden Rectangles" © Chris Pringer 1991. [Thumbnail of scan of photo of the (very pastel) original, digitally overlaid w/URL]

The Golden Rectangle (Pi-Ratio proportions), the basis of Sacred Geometry. The "Golden Ratio" is (1:1.618), called the "Rule of Thirds" based on the Fibonacci sequence, where after the two initial numbers, each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers; 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34....; (elaboration via reference section)
ChaliceHistoryByIcon-Thumbnail, Chris Pringer
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of "History of the Chalice @ ChaliceBridge.Com", including the images originating the "Chalice Tapestries" and "3D Chalice" components.

3D Chalice Develepment Graphic History-Thm
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of "Development of the 3D Chalice" - a graphic history with brief text description of the process
          This study provided the origins and philosophical basis of my writing, most of which was originated and edited in 1990-93, then further edited over the years since. My hands-on and other therapeutic approaches, has further facilitated integration of the psychological perspectives. For myself, these experiences related both the body and the grail elements to the mind's interface, and did so in a way that makes sense of many otherwise-would-be paradoxes and mysteries. Thence the basis of "Chalice Bridging Arts & Sciences".

         All of the backgrounds, bullets, and bars on the web pages at this site have been developed from a process that began with taking key lines and angles of a golden rectangle (also called a "pi-rectangle") and overlaying them, maintaining the proportions inherent in the form (see figure, "Overlaying..." at right). As I did this, I watched these lines quite naturally and beautifully form chalices - and chalices upon chalices! (1998) Some months later, colors and depths were brought in using graphics program filters, bringing about the background for the "Chalice Bridging" and "Synthesis" prose further below. With more learning in graphics software the tapestry-like formations emerged (such as at below right).
'Over-Laying Angles from the Pi-Rectangle - Chris Pringer

Samples of tapestries developed from this overlaying are just below, as well as having been used to form the "columns" (sides and dividers) in the faceboard and main link sections above, images in other sections of this page, as well as backgrounds and other elements throughout this website.

Chris, Oct'16

Atomic Chalice, Chris Pringer '86

"Atomic Chalice I" in colored pen & magic marker, Chris Pringer, 1986; a digitally watermarked photo (with objects over edges digitally removed).

          The picture at *left* is "Atomic Chalice I" (referring to each of our atoms being a host for the chalice dynamic), was done for the first class I gave on the subject in Fall of 1986 in San Lous Obispo, CA. Or rather, I should say it was for the first class in which I attempted to explain a perspective on "psycho-spiritual integration" using the Chalice/Grail symbology.

          Most of my computer art pieces are born out of direct scans of this piece.

          Before I get on with the more technical Chalice/Grail concepts, I'll close the Introduction section with saying that my past and present roles (therapist, artist, writer, etc) originated with an intense interest in what I would term "multi-dimensional change facilitation" -- based in belief that true change (as in *permanent*) rarely happens on only one level of being. And I've found mandalas to be great vehicles for assisting in integrating the various levels of awareness. In that light, I hope you'll enjoy the pages here, and those linked.

Chalice tapestry StrDeriv-Gr&3-VBG-&Tapstry5, Chris Pringer


"Chalice Tapestry" (Gr3Tp5) Chris Pringer, 2003-'07, with a border formed by a another tapestry variation (the light blue one, actually made into the web-page-coded background behind the first noted image, with a web-coded border around all of it)

ChaliceTapestry Blue VBG by Chris Pringer 2001-2018
"Chalice Tapestry Hearts & Blue" -Chris Pringer 2001-18
"The Body-Mind and The Chalice"

          This page covers the "story" of the web site and it's main branches, as an extension of the concepts that led to its creation. Here, 'the Body-Mind' and 'the Chalice' are considered in different contexts, including how they are conceptually related. The process of integrating the respective ideals is illustrated at right as a logo (created May 2018, the page having been initiated some months before).
          As the Home page, main project,s and other index pages are described in the context of the story (including links), "The Body-Mind & The Chalice" page thus forms an "About Page" for the Chalice Bridge .Com site. As it also mirrors the (original) page by the author at his Facebook Page, "Chalice Bridging Arts & Sciences".
          Whereas the original *About Page* for the site provides the business and bio summaries, related histories, disclosures, etc.
EmBody-Mind Chalice (ChakraYogi In AChaliSyntheToruSphere) Chris Pringer 5'18
"The Body-Mind & The Chalice"
or "Chakra-Yogi In AChali-SyntheToruSphere"
by Chris Pringer 5'18

Examples of "concept charting" include the chart further above (with all the links), a number of charts at this site, and even a few of the prayers.

Chris, 2016

Through 4C-Publishing ("Chalice Creations and Concept Charting") I make and sell various art forms that are, ideally, both practical and aesthetic. The Invocational/ Prayer sheets at the World Healing Prayers page and much writing are freely available for download.

smile The name "Chalice Productions" came about in 1991 when I produced and sold the "Synthesis" mandala shirts (silkscreening done by others). Chalice Productions soon encompassed the desktop publishing entity. Chalice "Productions" refers to to the artwork symbolizing each person AS a chalice in development, to "Chalice Bridging" as the Art of Body, Mind, and Spirit ALL working together optimally.

While all the original "Synthesis" Shirts have been sold or donated, you can still get shirts with "Synthesis" or my other mandalas at my Artist Websites Gallery

Some 'SynthWorks' Abt Daughter & Friends in Synthesis Shirts
My daughter (8 yo) and some friends to my right in 1991 - amidst some of the much later developed work born from "Synthesis" (and at my Artist Websites Gallery



P R E S E N C E . . .     A N   A R T F O R M ...     A F T E R   O N E 'S   O W N   H E A R T        (  o n e 's   e v e r   -   i n c r e a s i n g   c o n n e c t e d n e s s   w i t h   A L L   T H A T   I S,     t h a t   i s       :-)



Atomic Chalice II by Chris Pringer 1996
"Atomic Chalice II" by Chris Pringer, 1996
(Scan & Re-Rendering of "Atomic Chalice I" above)
Chakra Tree Anatomy in Chalice Garden
"Chakra Tree Anatomy in Chalice Garden"
with background created from a rendered "chalice tapestry" overlaying the original Chalice design (1986). Chakras created from Multi-Vortexes arranged in sacred geometric proportions
Chalice Bridging & Synthesis Prose by Chris Pringer 2000-01
"Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" prose over "PiChal-on Sepia"
by Chris Pringer, Prose © 1990, Artwork © 2000

Archetypes & Geometry Scenario 1

        Very generally speaking, The Chalice's key inherent shape(s), the 6-pointed star, is formed by a downward-pointing pyramid, which descends to pass partially through an ascending, upward-pointing pyramid. This traditionally represents a balancing and/or merging of opposites. This balancing represents an event which occurs on all levels of experience and consciousness, and particularly along the "vertical continuum" (as esoterists generally refer to it -- heaven and earth, God and man, formless and form. The "horizontal continuum" would refer to left brain & right brain, yang and yin, male and female, etc.) As such, it represents the conscious balancing of these forces (as appropriate to any given circumstance) as the Path to the God within, as well as the matrix (web) for the well that is filled in the meantime (through life experience). And through all this occurs the transmutation of "the little self" into the SELF that is fully self-realized.
        [Note: From this esoteric perspective, it doesn't matter what religion or philosophy one travels by to accomplish the purpose of moving effectively (spiritually) along the path of self-realization. EG: whatever gets one in/to that Divine space and moment IS what *works* for that purpose. That speaks about process orientation, one personally Spirit-led step at a time, and not about the ends determining the means or a set out activist/manipulative approach AND Context may/needs bear me out. ]

In More Detail:         In every cell of every living being, Father and Mother God (or Alpha and Omega) produce a vortex through the interplay of their complementary archetypic forces. Hence, every cell in the human body, as well as each of the energy centers, is also a chalice for the flow of divine forces. The Chalice is/represents the form that hosts the divine creation of these most Yin and Yang forces -- note the 'S' curves in the circles/spheres. (Please refer to the white on black diagram above). The ascending & descending triangles/pyramids represent the interplay of the two forces -- as mankind is caught in the magnetic/karmic forces of the vortex and the struggle, the paradox of divinity in humanity, of male and female so different and apart yet bound together inseparably, and in all the emotional dilemmas that this creates for building the all consuming fire of transmutation -- and (at one point) the merging of the two forces in the "cauldron of the Tao," as represented by the overlapping/sharing of the pyramids' capstones. Here the ego and spirit combine to burn and fuel the process of evolution/transcendence (The above prose by yours truly, "Chalice Bridging... Synthesis" says it in another way, as does the animated gif at right).
          [NOTE: When I use the term "evolution" at this website, I am referring to the psycho-social evolution of humankind, resulting in lasting change on the physical level (particularly with the brain), and not to the science of evolution and the controversy around that. And usually from the perspective or paradigm that looks at the recent psycho-social trends - in comparison to the overall course of mankind. -cp]
        Proportion and Function: The geometric dimensions in the piece are born out of the sacred pi ratio; There is a key relationship between sacred geometry and to how each bio-organism is actually designed and formed at the atomic and molecular levels, to the DNA and how it serves to relay energy and information from the etheric to the bio-magnetic to the physical within each being and as that being. And the above is due in great part to, yes, the SHAPE of these elements - via micro-electric polarities and charges and thus transfer of energies of various frequencies - via arrangements and GEOMETRIC PROPORTIONS that exist within each atom & molecule, AND exist as formed by groups of atoms & molecules. Another way of saying that, is that the PROPORTIONS, THUS SHAPE, of a molecule critically effect the ionic charge and thus attraction to other molecules, which, along with it's composition of elements (and the nature of their bonding, all of which largely effects the shape and proportion) determines the molecule's function, or how efficiently or even whether it does function. This is why the pi-ratio and "sacred geometry" are so important (essential-to-life). These particular arrangements (in location & proportion) exert primary influence on human bio-magnetic resonance, and this resonance (frequency) is what allows our senses to perceive that anything exists within and around us, not to mention (to perceive) our own selves as existing.

        Back to the symbols, representations, and this "Dynamic Chalice": The Yin-Yang curve is explained above; the heart curves, also in a balanced yin-yang interaction, represent the element of compassion for all life (each cell; each sentient being) in all situations. The mythical story of Camelot -- to the degree it was a myth -- represents each person's process in bringing these forces into balance within him/herself. ["To the degree it was a myth" refers to the "Pragmatic Balance" section of this page. Not said to distract you, or have you go there now, but just to say we can look at these elements in lots of different ways.]
        At the points of their meeting, the polarity between the two primeval forces ceases and the charge is nil - to the degree a true sharing and full interpermeation of energies occur - and is where or when some degree of realization of Self as God/Goddess occurs. The realization may be "just" an insight, a benchmark epiphany, or it may be the completion of the process of self-realization in the plane of time and space. This also represents the merging and repelling - of the many aspects within and without - that is a repetitive, cyclic process, the heart of the creative process essential to all life.
        [That point of meeting is also where there is a geometric balance of the ascending and decending triangles or pyramids - and is where it looks like the symbol that is popularly known as the Star of David. As you might underestand from the above, this energetic arrangement long preceded any conception of any organized arrangement of beliefs brought under what we call religion. And various cultures used variously positioned triangles for representation of concepts and beliefs, including this one, long before the Jewish religion arose, and chose this symbol of balance to represent their path, etc.]
        In the next stage of this cyclic process, the pyramids pull apart (vertically) symbolizing the extension from the androgynous form of God into it's Male and Female polarities. As it takes great force to do this, a magnetic force field of attraction between them is also created, thus forming a vortex of energy. Various harmonic waveforms of the vortex extending into other dimensions, each representing a quality of God, is also formed for each of the male and female polarities, including one for each universal primary energy center (or "chakra") of God.
        From these energy centers are projected the chakras of every living entity, from the angelic level to that of the most basic organism....              

(continued below the note on Geometry, Position, Orientation, & Communications)

'MultiVortex 3D Chalice w/Horizontal Vortexes (small) DkBlGr' © by Chris Pringer 2010,13
"MultiVortex 3D Chalice w/Horizontal Vortexes (small) DkBlGr" © by Chris Pringer 2010,13

Chalice-Forming 3D (wLt3DPiCh&Orbs) artwork by Christopher Pringer
"Chalice Forming 3D w/Subtle 3DPi-Chalice" © Chris Pringer 2009 [Description in Archetypes Section]

StrSetDeriv-BluGr-WebOpt.gif"Chalice StarD Vortex Bridge, BlueGreen" © by Chris Pringer 2003

"Chalice StarD Caduceus 2 Vortex Bridge VBG" © by Chris Pringer 2003



Why the Geometry Thing?
Position, Orientation, Communications, & Code

        One of the first means of communication that mankind recognized was how a person holds his body - how one or more body parts are positioned, relative to all the other body parts. This was one of the first clues about a person's physical health, as well as state of mind or emotion. The next extension of that was how one arranged one's own body in relation to that of another. Many, perhaps all, moral and cultural codes stem primarily from just these two realities.
        The next extension of communication in the physical world was probably how one arranged ones belongings, clothing and bodily ornamentation, and then how one arranges or positions less intimate property items. Eventually, this extends to how one's domain is arranged, internally as well as in relation to the community centers, shops, business centers, and the places set up for those who make major decisions for the community.

        I don't mean to minimize the aspect of verbal language development, but even that is centered around the description of physically situated persons, objects, symbols, arrangements, and thier reltionships, as well as their changes and movements. Art, as a natural extension of communication, becomes all about how one arranges the objects depicted, not to mention works out the colors, tones, connecting elements, and so forth.
        The more definition one is able to communicate about things, the more the attribute of intelligence has come to be naturally associated with, or formally assigned to, the communicator. Thence is developed the labeling, classifying, and organizing of the information that is communicated. Granted, the increase in specificity and use of definition probably developed primarily as a result of verbal communication. But it was still ABOUT things and people, and their positions in space and [etc], of course. Eventually, in any form of communication, there is developed a certain amount of sophistication. The amount/degree of that sophistication also became associated with the amount/degree of ones mental intelligence.

        HERE is where geometrics, as a sophisticated form of positional arrangement, enters in as a form of communication. Actually, geometry could probably have defined the most early forms of bodily positionings - body language - that communicated to others ones position and direction, stature and status, purpose and intention, confidence and power: virtually any and every attitude and demeanor. And of course, Michalangelo and Galaleo are well known to have incorporated sacred geometry into the design of their art, whether the art was centered around people, buildings, or objects. Or whether anyone recognized the geometry aspect.
        But THAT is the point of this sidebar. What we have found, is that the communications of the more sophisticated people of the early ages (including that of historians, whether by intention or by circumstance), was often done between those who felt they needed to communicate primarily, if not exclusively, to others with a comparable degree of sophistication. And apparently they often felt the need to communicate more or less secretly. Geometry became the way for them to accomplish that purpose. Learning the history of those times (further below), we can understand why they felt a need for secrecy and code (ie: "The Da Vinci Code"). They didn't use computer algorythyms back then. Hence, for those of us who want to understand the most sophisticated communications of those times, geometry becomes the mechanism to do.

        As for creating the presentation here, I owe that not to any skill with the algebra part of geometry, which always intimidated me. But to skills in recognizing pattern and proportionality, transposing and interpolating that (and anything I can reduce to such "media" comparison), and in creating templates as needed for the process of illustration, along with some basic knowledge of geometry... and a great deal of interest in the topics at hand. ( = "Geometry for Artists" ? ) Including as regards the essential-to-life aspects covered under "Proportion and Function" in the above page section (about which, if Galaleo did not know, he probably felt or intuited on some level). All of which filled in to get this across - however well (or poorly) that it does.

"Synthecentered Doublestar Chalice In Blueaurayed Multivortexes On Tapestry" © Chris Pringer Aug 2011. See full size version at my gallery at Fine Art America. (Thematic name per "components": "3DChalice &VortexDblStar w/2AtomicPiChalice OnSynthesisCenter2 w/3MultiChalice2 on3TapestryOvoidCV Bkgr")

ChaliceV&HVtxs3&DstOvrEarth-444px.jpg, © Chris Pringer, Aug'10
"ChaliceV&H Vortex3&DblStar OverEarth", © Chris Pringer, Aug'10



Origins of Man

...from the chakras of every living entity, from the angelic level to that of the most basic organism... [the viewpoint continues...] ...

        ... from and for all this -- the dimensions of time and space, human 'beingness', physicality, and the material world is created -- now dressed upon the matrix of the bridge between Mother & Father God(s). This matrix as bridge is the macrocosmic representation of the Grail or Chalice. It is thus both a vessel and a "vehicle" for the expansion of consciousness to include the Totality of God.
        From the most basic aspect of polarity comes the experience of separate identity (ego), of subjective perception, and the possibility of interrelating events between and among individuals. God loves so unconditionally as to create dimensions where S/He "separates into two and holds SELF apart for the purpose of the creation, mothering, fathering, and maturation of God Being Children.
        Given physicality, God's Children begin a learning process fitting all that consciousness into the bodies of flesh and blood. In this form, the learning experience of consciousness is brand new. There is more than one version of Genesis, and the Adam and Eve experience.

       It is a popular theory in the esoteric teachings that we "Souls" first incarnated on earth as the ideal etheric-to-bio-electric channel, or Divine-to-Human energy transformers of consciousness, or Son or Daughter of God. From there, over many generations, we slid downhill spiritually. That is, we gradually closed our channels somewhat, if not drastically over time. We did this by limiting our perceptions of ourselves as we compared ourselves with others, made judgments about worthiness; eg: about who could or couldn't experience the Love of God or of others, when or how much, etc. Feeling more and more separate from God and thus from others, we began to compete for favor in God's eyes, and in other's eyes, and felt jealousy. The limit-sensing nature of our ego became more specialized at comparitive pursuits, given the state of less energetic balance, and we thus became more and more "fallible" as human beings. It was as if our connection to the Source had become squeezed by our fear of increased separation. This eventually formed a "core belief" that we were unworthy to be unconditionally loved by/as God, and by others.
        If we ever truly were once so directly connected to God, we have obviously forgotten a great deal of that. And in any case, at various points in our evolution (through the process of many, many incarnations, some believe), we have compared ourselves to God-like beings, but have primarily struggled with conflicting beliefs about our inherent worthiness to be whole and happy.
        This belief pattern disharmony manifested in "energy-blocks" -- to divine flow -- in areas of our body-mind that are associated with highly charged belief pattern conflict. (I'll take up the energy block topic again in the section, "Personal Energy Blocks -- And Planetary Significance".)

        As the story goes, given the above process on-going through many generations since our first incarnation here, there was a loss of conscious memory of the true heritage of God's children. Thus it would seem that sooner or later we began our evolution from the ground floor or "1st chakra level" (of primary focus) of consciousness with and within the physical body. But in any case, we have still retained an existential tension, or *divine intention*, drawing us to empathize, to love each other, to our highest aspirations, to try to LOVE ALL Beings. And we have evolved to some degree as a result.


Metaphysical Origins of The Grail
Below this section is "The Bridging Chalice and (it's More Esoteric Relationship to) Religion, as well as to Non-Theist Science" [Apr'14]

        Eventually, most of God's Children rise to the realization (indicated by various religions espousing an afterlife of one sort or another) that separateness from God is 'temporary,' and that *reality* is 'dimensional' and also 'multi-dimensional,' since all the dimensions resonate everywhere in the universe at the same time (whether you call it universal time or nonexistent time). In the West, we eventually initiate the quest for the holy grail. And thus began a true awakening of consciousness, and the increasingly conscious path of return of all souls with/in SELF realization as truly one with/as Mother-Father God Being.
        Note: In the East, the Yin-Yang concept (with attendant complex dynamics of Chi and it's mastery) are very similar to that of the Chalice (as considered here). The greatly increased interface of Eastern and Western religious views resulting from the Chalice Quest, did increase the mutual awareness of the different perspectives, however violently during some periods of time - referring to the Crusades for starters. That topic stream is considered in the section on "Pragmatic Balancing."

       Continuing this "Origins"/Evolution perspective, we eventually learn that the job of the ego is to keep the identity of separate 'beingness' - only to the degree that it is needed, and only until it is no longer needed, by the individual to (learn to) truly appreciate -- by experience, in the dimension of time and space -- all the individual (manifestations of) polarities and qualities of the universe, of the ever expanding Mind of God.
       We find that the quest for the Holy Grail (*the Tao* as the living balance of Yin and Yang, within and without *as above, so below*) is for the sake of experience, learning, and growth (while we are still) in the body -- in time and in space -- but always and essentially one WITH God. And that it (the learning process, however painful at times) is not for/as punishment or reward by a would-be 'separate god,' let alone one who desired or self-designed to be separate or aloof or "superior," or who compared the worthiness of beings to be loved. That Love simply IS, as provided by GOD, and that God awaits and responds to our every increase in the openness of our hearts (or heart chakra), We learn that comparisons are a function of the ego when it is unchecked by a still-developing heart chakra.
       More detail on how this might be so is included in various writings at this site, including via "A 'Purposeful Existence' Theory" in the section "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at the Evolution Trends page. If you are interested in the topics of this section, enough to enjoy a book providing much more sophistication and depth, you may want to read the books, Right Use of Will, and/or Original Cause, the Unseen Role of Denial, by Ceanne DeRohan.


The Bridging Chalice
and it's More Esoteric Relationship to Religion,
as well as to Non-Theist Science

       What I did not include in my bio above, is how this relates to my early life experience or beliefs about the chalice. My first experience with "the chalice," other than with stories about Camelot, was as an altar boy. And I'll get to that part after a bit, but let me begin by saying that, in my perspective, this relationship - of the Chalice and (it's more esoteric relationshp to) religion or spirituality, as well as science - is not as simple as it is usually made out to be. But neither is it "rocket science." And it has relevence to current times. But more on that later too.
       First, let me say that before there were attempts to interprete the creation and creator of Life, & all the rest into what became known as religion, symbols were created to represent events that were perceived as more powerful than Life itself. These symbols came to be very common, perhaps commonly shared, and in any case were prevalent by the time the various spiritual paths & religions were set up. But back to the symbols.
       The interpretations of these symbols as presented at this web site are influenced by my own perceptions & beliefs (of course) and tend to relate mostly to eastern spiritual views (mainly Taoism/Buddhism) laced with western metaphysical & earth-centered spiritual views, all rounded with Gestalt Wholism. Most of that, especially the latter, is spelled out more specifically & pragmatically at various pages here. (And likely would be most easily explored by using those keywords at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page).
       Which brings me to A key point that I want to make here -- and purpose for once again trying to clarify my relationship with these relationships (so to speak): That is, while I respect how the Chalice relates to "the blood of Christ" - both to Catholics (since that is my background) and to Christian mystics (of various faiths), a) I never really 'got' the mystical symbolism as a Catholic youth, however, b) I did want to at the time. c) Now I 'get' it, although I may not believe there is always a "direct connection" between every communion ceremony and Jesus Christ.
       Now, with just that sentence alone, we could take any number of those words or phrases into a myriad of directions and considerations, definitions, interpretations, etc. And, I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that in any case, most adherants to most faiths, save for the fundamentalists of same, would not have a difficult time with my interpretation or use of the symbols composing my artwork of the "bridging chalice," or the dynamic events of the chalice as bridging -- bridging events and/or action-based entities of divine origin, if you will. The emphasis being on "dynamic" (but also implying perpetual, perhaps eternal, as I believe Life is). How the above has current day relevence is covered in some depth in the "Pragmatic Balance" section.
       In any case, if that doesn't work for you because you are non-theist or atheist, there are some very important elements that apply in any case, that is, sufficiently in the scientific case, as well as in the spiritual space. Because here's where the pi-ratio proportions - and the basis of DNA, ionic magnetism, and all related chemistry - "works" as the ground floor infrastructure for all Life in the universe as we know it (per section, "Archetypes & Geometry Scenario 1"). And that is also the mechanics, if not the heart, of sacred geometry. And hopefully, without leaving an absolute myriad of loose ends, I will at least tie up this note for now. [April 28, 2014]

Chalice Waves -wTxtLensFlare2- Chris Pringer 2001
"Chalice Waves w/Lens Flare2 'If Each Person was'" © Chris Pringer 2001

Earth Chalice Vortex Bridging - Chris Pringer 2007
"Chalice Vortex Bridge Earth r4" © Chris Pringer 2007

"3D Chalice VortexTapestry(3), ChaliCells, DoubleStar A1" © Chris Pringer May'12.

SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2016, Thumb by Chris & Ahnna Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
"SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2016"
with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Mar'16- a page-wide version is at the page devoted just to the "Evo-Trends" essay section, "Intuition And Recovering The Holy Grail".

The Artist at Play with Bridges
The Artist at Play with Bridges
(Everything in this picture is a "bridge")
PhotoWork by Chris Pringer 2003

"Red Forest Light Chalice" (Chalice OS-7 over background by unknown)

"Britain - in the time of Gildas" circa 540 (by unknown)

"SyntheSphere Multi3D LightChalice Vortex5 BlueDoubleStar in Flower Of Life On Black" © Chris Pringer Sept'11



Now I'm going to say this (what I said above) in a little different way, skipping some aspects, and adding some others as I go along. The prose on this page says it in still another way.

The C H A L I C E
And Soul Synthesis into the Body-Mind
Part One
© Chris Pringer 1990

        The chalice, as a symbol, represents a number of spiritual and psychological dynamics relating to the role of manifested beings (in physical form on this planet). It is a matrix of symbols with ancient ritual significance, and with particular significance in its own arrangement of these symbols. One of the primary roles of the Chalice is the balance or synthesis of the Yin and Yang qualities, as a symbol and concept. Contemplation of the conceptual meaning of the chalice and its qualities has led me to two acronyms that describe a positive juxtaposition of the Yin and Yang qualities of Divinity. The more Yang aspects of the Chalice are in this acronym for CHALICE: "Courageous Heart Acknowledged --Light Integrated Creative Energy." The more Yin acronym for CHALICE would be as follows: "Centered Heart Allowing Love Integrated Compassionate Evolvement." For purposes practical to this essay I will integrate these two and explain the aspects pertinent to the discussion that follows.
        This combined acronym for C H A L I C E stands for Centered Heart Acknowledged, Light-Integrated, Creative Energy. There are three main statements here delineated by the placement of comma's. The first statement refers to the balance of opposite polarities -- male/female, left/right, light/dark, outer/inner, manifested/unmanifested, positive/negative, expressive/receptive, thinking/feeling, intellect/intuition, etc., and this balance coming about through centering and resonating with the Source of all Creation in the heart. Thus the Light of all created elements is integrated, interrelated, interpermeated, such that all elements are compassionately synergistic in the highest loving will and divine order. Hence the second statement -- "Light-Integrated." "Creative Energy" says what all this is and what it does on the earth plane. I consider the HEART CHAKRA as the "bridging" chakra or chalice-Chakra, between the lower and upper chakras.
        In ancient tradition, the chalice is a vessel used in spiritual ceremonies for changing the form of one element to that of another --transmutation. The common themes are "wine to sacred blood," and "lead to gold," but both are analogous to the higher meaning -- from the profane to the sacred. Another tradition, or a myth, is the loss and never ending search for the Holy Grail. Such myths always relate a high moral or spiritual meaning, involve a quest and also involve great hardship with male and female main roles attempting to become united and balanced, while the surrounding political environment teeters on destruction pending the successful outcome.
        As regards the souls manifestation on the earth plane, the chalice represents the etheric latticework or matrix of electromagnetic energies that bridge the unmanifested Self with the self in matter form. This living, crystalline matrix attracts form to itself in accordance with the particular magnetic qualities that the soul determines appropriate for a particular lifetime. The ego aspect of the Being identifies with the human form and establishes associations with other forms, establishes boundaries (identifies, differentiates), likes and dislikes, and keeps track of such things. The Higher Self (that aspect of our Being most unified with God) maintains the flow of divine energies through the formed self, keeping things moving with continuous integrated pure awareness.
        The Being perceives and responds with divine intention, love, wisdom, etc., while interacting in a formed environment with a formed body in ever new experiences. Most metaphysical schools of thought teach that eventually the form is transmuted or "transcended" and one attains oneness with the Supreme. According to some traditions, such an evolution (or a more or less comparable one) would be only for those Beings who were "good enough" to qualify. Other traditions hold that all Beings continue to evolve eternally after "completing" this earth-form process. Or, the form is eventually fully integrated with the Soul, and the physical body is retained for use at will, while evolving in conscious awareness on or about the earth plane. I say "or..." because in the case of Avatars, or "World Teachers," it depends on a conscious choice that is available at a certain level of evolution. And in the later case the physical body would evolve to a more efficiently functioning and streamlined form.

        Thus, the chalice is a multi-dimensional matrix, serving as a transformer of higher vibration energies to provide for the focus of the personality and ego. The ego, in its ideal state, serves this channel of Divine Energy, of God. It/We can, with its/our free will, however, constrict the flow or expand and allow the flow. In the West, we generally associate the ego only with the action of constriction. And yet, how could one experience learning and growth through "mistakes" or otherwise, if the Self had no free will to direct the "body-mind." Body-mind is the term we use to refer to the complex of mental, emotional and physical bodies.
        The Self experiences life, expands its awareness and understanding of Divine principles or qualities. It does this via the attributes of perception and reflection, of energy manipulation, of creation and manifestation, of thought and feeling, of movement and interaction with creation. In essence, it experiences and transcends the limitations that it creates and/or perceives, in order for itself to experience the (more expanded, more overall self-aware) Self.


[ This reads both horizontally and vertically
(which is part of the whole metaphor it speaks to) ]


Tension sustains the body  
Paradox sustains the mind  
Suspension is the bridge  
Awareness is the crossing  
Letting go the bridge  
of suspension  

 Values yet to be fully lived
 Potentials to be fully realized
 evolving us
 expanding limits
 of cognitive dissonance
 in abeyance
Time is of no consequence  
in Right Brain Logic

--Prose by Christopher Pringer, Dec'95

Note about the term, *Intention*:
From an Eastern philosophical perspective (and as used here), "Intention" pertains more to *Being* than *doing*, to *motivation* than *goal*, and implying that what comes from such *Presence* will naturally accomplish what is most needed. More about that at "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" at the Evolution Trends page (about Mankind's potential for maturity, creativity, health, and enjoyable sustainability), and "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'." Also at "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" at "the Goal Chart page" (Aug'11) is About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

Personal Energy Blocks -- And Planetary Significance

        I mentioned above that belief pattern disharmony manifests in "energy-blocks" -- to divine flow -- in areas of our body-mind that are associated with highly charged belief pattern conflict. Another way of looking at an energy block is to see it as a fixed perception or association that too finely filters and shades the energy flow, and in some cases, conceivably, shuts it off. Hence, healing is a matter of removing any energy blocks and reestablishing full connection with God's unconditional love, and resonation with the original blueprint for the multi-dimensional matrix, the purest extension of the Higher Self. But that is very quick way of stating what is, for most people, a very involved and long-term personal process, and one that could easily be applied to the societal process of evolution as well. (Jesus apparently did it much quicker, but that's only if he was kidding when he spoke about re-incarnation.)

        I elaborate more in the section below on Relationship to the Body-Mind Integrative Process, but to first add a few more words in regard to the social application... We have the choice to self-create (evolve into) a new race of Divine Humans capable of experience that is "multi-dimensional" and unconditionally loving. This race is evolving through learned experience by free will and self-mastery, not by blind obedience and ignorance in a utopian environment. We do have the opportunity to create a more utopian world; however, we as individuals first need to reverse the momentum that threatens the planet as a whole. We must take responsibility for healing our own internal separation and resulting external discord and pollution.

        Love allows. Love is the source of healing, as it is the source of Divine Energy Flow. The "Temple Diamond Chalice" refers to the heart chakra, which "bridges" the lower and upper chakras. This is where body-mind-soul integration bases its action. This is where the ideal becomes real. The mantra for this chakra is "So Hum" or "I Am That I Am."

          [Extended NOTE: When I use the term "evolution" at this website, I am referring to the psycho-social evolution of humankind, resulting in lasting change on the physical level, not the physical as we generally consider it (with the exception of the brain). And usually from the perspective or paradigm that looks at the recent psycho-social trends - in comparison to the overall course of mankind.
          And the above aside about Jesus (and re-incarnation) might be a clue to how we actually evolve - not just by learning from "history" - but also from our own individual soul process (with other souls, of course) over thousands/millions of years. Worst case scenario (?): we are here mainly to learn- the hard way if necessary, to love each other (that's everyone *unconditionally*), and we keep coming back, because in that case our souls are more or less permanent, reincarnating in yet another body, to pick up where our souls' education left off.
          And IF so, we might consider that there will always be "new souls" in class - along with the old souls. Afterall, how boring would it be otherwise? laughing Well, a little meta-chologist's dark humor might be acceptable, if not called for, when considering how /if /whether we may change the course of the planet, given all the souls who are still learning / teaching basic ethics (at 3rd chakra level [3rd of seven chakras]), persisting for all the "right" reasons... Doesn't mean we can't... More about Evolution, Karma, Reincarnation, chopping wood and carrying water (spiritually, politically, etc) ... at "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at the Evolution Trends page. IMO, metaphysi-gestalti-mystically speaking, of course. smile [cp, '09-'13]
Animated gif of selection of my work at Fine Art America, as of Dec'12
Animated gif of a selection of chalice art pieces at my gallery at Artist Websites of Fine Art America as of Dec'12

"8Vortex3D4A, 3DChalice&Vortex, &Chalice5vDoubleStar, w/Flower Of Life E,A4 OnBlack" sig'd © Chris Pringer Sept'11

Chalice by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Rendered in '4StarD Grail' design

"Chalice Vortex &Tree Of Life in Orb 5e" © Chris Pringer 2007

"Chalice Tapestry StarD Vortex Bridge G2a" © Chris Pringer 2003

"Chalice StarD Caduceus Vortex Bridge G2a" © by Chris Pringer © Chris Pringer 2003

"Atomic Chalice, Gold on Black" © Chris Pringer 2001

"Chalice StarD Caduceus Vortex Bridge G3" © by Chris Pringer © by Chris Pringer 2003

"Chalice Tapestry StarD Vortex YG4 YGr" © Chris Pringer 2003

Chalice Over Stonehenge in Flower of Life and Man © Chris Pringer April 2016
"Chalice Over Stonehenge
in Flower of Life and Man"

© Chris Pringer April 2016

        Symbolically, the "Soul Chalice" 'on high' extends itself as a radiant form into the deep green grassy field, as the descending Violet Flame "Tube of Light" or Aura around the chalice is extended into "the plane of Matter" around the "Chalice in Man." Pi-ratio rays reach out symmetrically through a "Tree of Life" symbol and into it's natural and symbolic source, the "Flower of Life," all girded inside a rainbow-gilded dome symmetrically around the chalice, with all suspended over and about the ancient Stonehenge complex.

       The rainbow here is symbolic of the human energy centers, or chakras, which (for one primary function) transduce (convert) spiritual energies (of very high frequency) into that which we can safely use in our physical bodies. The chakras are key components of the human energy body as represented by the chalice, and the capability to transduce such energies increase per our individual spiritual development. The rainbow here is also symbolic of the "Rainbow Bridge" as referenced at the Limbic-Ventricles section of the "Intuition and ...the Grail" page. The whole array of symbols here is about the bridge of transduction of spiritual energy through all Humanity.
       Artistically, the upper chalice is of the 'Synthe-Sphere Chalice Multi-Vortex Horizontal Chalice-Gradient' theme, as is the lower chalice, sans the 'Multi-Vortex' aspect. This image, a pictoral mandala of balance, is the latest of a number of versions initiated in 2006. Originally the theme included a Microsoft background image, until my daughter, Ahnna ('Ahnna Galena' at FAA) took photos of Stonehenge in 2011. The background is actually a composite of two of her photos, one used for the foreground, The other used just for the sky alone. Image available at full resolution in various sizes and frame styles at my gallery at Fine Art America

The C H A L I C E
And Soul Synthesis into the Body-Mind

Part Two

        Part II of "Soul Synthesis" regards the personal/ spiritual growth process, from the hows and whys of initial re-establishment (re-induction) of Karmic patterning during infancy, to the eventual release of the patternings later in life. During the intense processes encountered in integrating the emotional body we may need to remind ourselves of the spiritually healthy relationship between the different levels of self. The relationships among the different aspects of the Body-Mind are an important part of that. (See far right column).
          A number of essays have been written by this author that clarify Part Two of the Chalice process(es). They are listed as annotated links just below. (Most of these are lengthy, and often in-depth. Your browser's 'Back' button will bring you back here, if you like.)

ChBullet    The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Title essay originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/ Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: ¤ "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, completing the context and clarifying, including ¤ "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics, ¤ "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" about adrenal response related to all the above (incl. trauma, long-term conditioning), ¤ "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship".

    "Opening the Bridges & Firing the Cauldrons" -Integrating Energy Work and Self-Healing Instruction into bodywork, is about a "Chalice-Bridging" style chakra balancing, and may include Reiki and/or very basic Qigong instruction. This approach is based in the view that we each are a bridge between Father & Mother GOD/ESSence, & thus form a chalice for the balancing & integrating of Humanity with the Divine. Or at least ideally so, as our systems are *attuned* & our batteries are *charged* & we fulfill our true role as human embodiments of Spirit. And in the belief that the body-mind can be a primary means of access for finding ones Way, developing appropriate and effective relationship among the three "lower bodies" (mental, emotional, and physical, which compose the "Body-Mind". Ref: "Triangle/ Triad Interface" Chart).

ChBullet    "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" - Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path; how the body has habitually responded to experience, as evidenced by the body's holding & movement patterns. Includes "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and 'WHAT I DO' " (New 12/27/09); a system of assessments & mind-body correlations; aspects to be discovered, emotionally cleared, & then employed as mental/ emotional assets & guidance towards determining & accomplishing life goals. Ref: "Triad/ Triangle Interfaces Chart" at top of middle column. Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: emotional trauma, somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.

     "The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul" - Body Memory, Psycho-Emotional Organization and the Body-Mind..."

   "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing." -- A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)

     "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"
Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. Includes short essays, "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction ...Elimination ...Desensitization", "Why Deep Massage/ Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?" (therapy may locate, or bring awareness to, what is already there, but should not add to it), "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles...".

     "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility - Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain,
& 'Easy Answers' (Not)" - (Edited Feb 20, 2012); integrates a more gestalt psychology-based perspective (and practice) as regards the emotional body, which lends to certain modifications of the cosmology [relative to Buddhist or New Thought perspective] (incl. links for radio show w/interviews of "Hurricane" Rubin Carter)

    "The GOAL CHART - A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation - The Role of Inner-Work in Attainment & in Achievement of Goals"; © Chris Pringer, '92, Rev'd 8'02. (on same page, Aug'11) is "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" - About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that, about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again.

    "A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)

    "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" - "Bridging Prayer & Science" - faith & intuition, Spirit working logic & emotion. Tools, supportive science, concepts and references, essays, ie: "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See; Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk", "Focusing Love-Organized Healing Waters" (based on research by Dr. Masaru Emoto), and charts, ie: "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart".

     "Body-Mind Integration and the Chalice" - A Class Outline of Questions & Considerations

     "The Middle Path Log"
Transcript of an on-line discussion among healing practitioners and students about Integration of Body, Mind, & Spirit     (an intelligent & insightful exchange)

     "The Role Of Intuition Coming Home And Recovering The "Holy Grail" - one of the chapters of "Evolution Trends: The 'Information Age' And Its Evolution Into The 'Holographic Age'" (1995): including about an unprecedented role of intuition in terms both of breadth and of its integration with the more logical approaches... [a perhaps necessary phase (to precede this) is discussed in the essay (on this page), "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening- a story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context" (7'10--9'10) [or "mind-body split"]

     Bringing all this back to the body, for many, includes diet and nutritional considerations. For this, I have written and assembled (repectively) the following pages
a) "Body-Mind Nutrition" - considerations in relating a transition in diet & nutrition to personal and spiritual growth, and the benefits of such transition;
b) "The Transition Diet" & "Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies" (for Weight Management) - Steps & principles telling how to transition -gradually & successfully- to a diet that promotes & sustains optimal health for body, mind, AND the planet, even from the standard American diet. For understanding how and why to incorporate these or other changes as slowly or quickly *as you can maintain them*. The underlying basis for this naturopathic nutritional approach are provided in highly organized layman's language at
c) Principles Of Natural Healing.

     "Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" (NEW, Apr 28-30, 2011) at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" page.)
Chart  of Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces, © Chris Pringer Apr'11
"Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces" sig'd © Chris Pringer Apr'11

Chart of Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context, Thumbnail Oct'11
The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context" Chart
at the Organization Chart Page (New 10/10/11), compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, provides a summary Of connecting points & implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects, as well as links to their respective essays or sections. Addressing all these aspects and their relationships is what make this site unique.

Some images on the "ChaliCell" theme (below)
wherein the deeper background cell-like forms provide a visual for working with one's inner spaces (especially when full size).

Even in the matrix of our cells, the sacred-geometry proportions actually facilitate (ionic) polarities [positive/ negative or yin/ yang] for bio-magnetic interactions and energy exchanges at atomic/ molecular levels - in this "cell matrix chalice." And these "chali-cells," at that atomic level, operate like tiny but ever-powerful nuclear generators, yet with all of a living cell's frequencies/ colors (Rainbow), given all the energy, including all the loving understanding that's been channelled into this "chalice dynamic." This "ChaliCells" description is an understanding of one reality, and it is also an affirmation. We could add "how might I be increasing in the understanding that this is true, and increasingly true in manifested reality each day?"

"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu SDOctA2SDO APiChalice over SSD2Bk A1", sig'd Chris Pringer Aug 2009

"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu SDOctA2SDO APiChalice over SSD2Bk A2 -CloseCrp", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

Chalice Dynamics & ChaliCellulor Vortices Of Light on DkBk-A1' -sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"Chalice Dynamics & ChaliCellulor Vortices Of Light on DkBk-A1" -sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

"Chalice Transformg Cell-Vortex &FlowerOfLife2 Rot&Crpd (CloseUp)", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

"Chalice Transformg OrbsV wChaliCellVortex &FlowerOfLife2 DkBkV2", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

'Chalice Vortices Of Light over ChaliCells, Symmetried', sig'd
Chalice Vortices Of Light over ChaliCells, Symmetried", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

"'Celling Light'", © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu SDOctA2SDO APiChalice over SSD2Bk A1 -Crp", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009

"3D-APi-Multi-ChaliCell VtxBridgeTransfrmg FlowerOfLife 4", sig'd Chris Pringer Nov 2009

"Chalice Dynamics OrbsV &Vtxs Of Light on DkBk-A1 -CenterCrop", sig'd Chris Pringer Oct 2009

The   C H A L I C E   and its Relationship to Body-Mind and Personal Growth

More on the Chalice as Matrix and related philosophical aspects:

        As I mentioned above, my interests in the Chalice quickly led to the view of it as a theory-matrix weaver. I mean that as in a weaver of interconnected theories about the universe that otherwise might not be considered as connected and inter-affecting, let alone related. I include those (theories) that regard infinite capacity for flex and flow but with a plan of sorts (chaos theory ?).
          Questions: Is it conceivable that each living cell is by which the Father aspect of God has joined with the Mother aspect of God in order to create life on earth ? That for the sake of 'balance in the universe,' Male AND Female energies form a bio-electric charge of opposite polarities ? That through this it forms a vortex of energies that form "the chalice" ? That the Chalice not only symbolizes the "bridging" of the two realms (Male-Female, Yang-Yin, Form-Formlessness, etc), but represents an actual mechanism more than hinted at in quantum physics - the depth and breadth of which, could we understand it, would very likely explain our existence? What would make this bridging connection stronger ? What would open further the cell's doors to the Divine ? How about certain kinds of thoughts and feelings of unconditional love (or prayer, meditation, imagery, or some activity that encourages a similar focus) ?
          You can find some ideas on that - and methodologies for application - in "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See, Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk" and "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" at "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" -- Bridging Science and Prayer (full description in left column). As for "Unconditional love" - granted, that may fall into the same basket as "Perfection." Related essays: "More On 'Ideals'" & "Idealism & the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'"]

         One might say that the above just couldn't be seen to have practical application, if one considers genetically related conditions. Yet, these considerations are addressed in depth in the essay, "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers' (Not!)"

        The "chalice," as a dimension of our Being - whether metaphorical or as an actual matrix of bio-magnetic energies of multi-dimensional nature - utilizes the physical body as a vessel for transmutation of our "lower elements" into Light via life's dualistic predicaments. Hence, the body performs this service not just in spite of challenges, but largely by it's very design, storing previously-buried personal memories (and their associated resources), until perceived *safe* and/or *ready* to remember, thence complete the learnings began at an earlier time. Why? For one, our Being is designed for changing focus according to the circumstances or priorities of the moment, or according to a particular stage or period of growth. Our souls are natural multi-taskers, if you will, and utilize a well-designed system of bodies - physical, emotional, mental, bio-etheric - in the process of their integration.

        A primary purpose of the body, then, is to tell us, point-blank and in its own language, what we often have not otherwise perceived.  Learning to listen to this "Body-Mind" is likely the most highly efficient path for preventative health maintenance. It is also a primary means for reclaiming one's original essence and soul-infused Presence and "grounding" that via meaningful action on the earth plane.
        The term "Body-Memory" and relates to how, when, where, and why experience on any and every level of awareness is stored in the body, accessed and expressed - consciously and/or unconsciously. How this correlates functionally to one's anatomy, emotionality, mental routines, psycho-spiritual awareness, path, purpose, and integration, is not only fascinating, but actually describes an individual in a very practical way. [excerpt from "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment"]
        It is generally believed, by those who work with these dynamics, that the body does not store *all* memory, but only that which is perceived by the self as necessary for later completion of experience. [ More technical explanation, physiologically and psychologically, on how the body reacts/responds to this, as well as how we interact with it (both unconsciously and therapeutically) is covered in "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process" - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including the synergistic relationship between IQ, EQ, and Integration. Also, for a pro-active address of body-memory, towards developing the most effective system for diagnostics as well as preventative maintenance application(!), see the Fascia Memory Project. For Candace Pert and Cellular<=>Emotional References, (as well as some that relate that to the spiritual and/or energetic), please see Related References Section of the Fascia Memory Theory page, and the "Links" page for "Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" website. [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]  

[       WHICH APPROACH FOR EMOTIONS? In my opinion, based on discussion with various practitioners, EMDR (incl. EFT the "Emo-Free", "TAP" & related Energy Psychology systems) works very well (and relatively quickly) for many people. And for vets and PTSD, EFT can "put the fire out". But it may not result in more than brief relief in cases where the cause of the trouble is based in, or critically anchored to, deep-seated emotions that were traumatically suppressed in early childhood. Per reasons as indicated at pages by yours truly, and/per those references of my teachers in body-centered psychology. See Extended Addendum at the page, "Approaches & Methodologies for Body-Mind Integration". I address the behavioral aspects more in the essay, "Seven Phases of Growth".]
        Related essay "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'" [added 11'14 at the page, WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial -- Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion"


"The Chalice-Cells (or 'ChaliCells') Metaphor"

        There is a form or metaphor that relates to family and to the body's cells, and it also relates to the Chalice. It serves as an essential part of the Chalice metaphor. In "My Cells - My Children" & other metaphorical prose for the 'Body-Parenting' Approach to Mind-Body Integration This refers to the metaphor of cells as children, the body as a family, and various aspects of our emotional body as Inner Children. [See below reference to an article lending scientific basis to such use of metaphor.] It is about ...ideally and eventually, lasting experience of connectedness with the Eternal Mother and Father - the essential "Bridging" dynamic. It also represents the ways that would most permanently (in the long run) avoid the pain of the separateness (and all our addictions and compulsions - mental, emotional, abuse of substance and material) and thus manifest resolution into awareness of Presence... and here we are being creative in our work and play to remind ourselves of the path, with the writing, art, and therapies that we offer and undertake.

On the Use of METAPHOR

         The article, "A Neuroscientist Explains [the workings and valuable use of] Metaphors," nicely validates the use of metaphor for such purposes as engaged here. It is about how we can transfer the message of a metaphor for accomplishing more effective yoga results in the physical body - since we already do this naturally for many things. AND so it is barely a stretch (so to speak) for us to understand how the focused use of the *Body-Parenting* metaphor can effectively increase circulation and healing capabilities in our cells - certainly to the degree that stress, attitude, beliefs, etc has been a cause of any decrease in the blood, meridian, and/or other energy circulation.
         From article description: "...[for the] creation of a unique neural network in our brains ... [including] the neural circuitries that represent the thoughts and behaviors [since a synapse is] a neural associative bridge between two cerebral stores of information ...This is just one simple example of the power of metaphor to transform, but the possibilities of fusing two or more pools of knowledge to promote our own self-growth are countless. Imagine what synergy you might create for your self."

So how does the above metaphor relate to the Chalice?

        The Chalice metaphor seems to be both open and cohesive enough to easily synthesize most all the main archetypes and spiritual cosmologies. EG: In the chalice metaphor, all of these seem to have a useful place and bonded relationship, like family members, in a single working/playing matrix of the Mother Chalice (or more conceptually consistent with the above, the "Mother-Father Chalice").

        One of the primary values of the Chalice as metaphor is that it not only allows for paradox*, but actually is based on it or in it, as are many other mystical belief systems. E.G.: How can a just and loving God allow for such gross unfairness as exampled by a child who lives for two weeks in constant excruciating pain and then dies? This is a paradox to basic premises of Christianity, is it not? Conventional religions and philosophies can only come vaguely close to this capability (of explaining how or why such can be) via the concept of "mystery" or "miracle": "only God knows..."
        Whereas, the Chalice perspectives (a mix of Western & Eastern metaphysical views, including karma and reincarnation) can provide a pragmatic, and at the same time compassionate, understanding of the how's and why's of the more difficult experiences on the Earth plane, as well as a view of the universe and how it "works;" one that allows hope and a sense of eternal purpose, no matter what the situation is. The masters would say, "Simple, but not easy, some things can be taught, other things can only be learned," and would never encourage or allow more pain and hardship than absolutely necessary for any learning to be achieved. Every experience counts and none is wasted in the evolution through initiation, maturation, and transformation of mankind. (Clarification: it is my understanding that when someone insists on learning the hard way in spite of counsel to the otherwise, that insistence might indicates necessity for learning that way (up to a point, at least), and then a master may allow it until another way will be learned.
        The amount of structure - eg: enforcement of boundaries and rules - that is most effective in the learning process varies from individual to individual, depending on how far along they are on the path of learning. eg: Structure is basic for establishing the mental, emotional, and bio-electric foundation and organization of the individual. This requirement is not about a question of worthiness, considering that God created ALL souls *as Love* and to remain worthy of Love - unconditionally.
        It was man's idea to use the best psychology of the day - religion, to employ shame to bind the mind of the populace, lest they have to bind the body, fearing, essentially, that people would not be able to resist the influence to disrespect others, even violently. But it worked not just for the untrustworthy (if such authorities were actually that discriminating about who did or did not have or exercise sufficient education, ethics, or morals). Hence, religion is a broad brush, trusting all to be untrustworthy.
        Elaboration in the essay, "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" [11/29/09] and "On Structure & Learning" (both at the Evolution Trends page [11/29/09], as well as an analytical treatise on structure as relative to various cosmological viewpoints at "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles and Wars" [11/28/09] (that are best if maintained INternally) -cp). Also for consideration: "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'."


Personal Quotes on Body-Mind Awareness

BODY-MIND AWARENESS, at the core of preventive health awareness, is one of the most simple, efficacious, & cost-effective forms of HEALTH INSURANCE there can be. Hence, massage is far from just "a luxury item," and bodywork therapies can be indispensable for the healing of certain conditions.

MUSCLES RELATE TO ATTACHMENTS - to what we use to take our stance, to hold our place, to perceive and respond to our environment, and to extend who we are and/or want to be. Or used to be (in too many cases, perhaps).
That speaks not only to the body's condition and function, but to how it communicates awareness of where one is along one's path (of becoming who one truly is).

THE BODY IS . . . among other amazing things, a unique communications system -- intimately linked with one's TOTALITY.
Establishing rapport with one's body can be a PATH to self realization.

ONE OF MY DREAMS is a society where/in all children are taught how to feel/see/read their own body-mind communications such that preventive health maintenance eventually becomes second nature. And actually, for the most part, they would be encouraged to re-awaken and build upon what I believe to be a NATURAL INCLINATION - conscious self-healing and continuous expansion of awareness, taking optimal advantage of our capacities for neuroplasticity. That is a primary goal of the Fascia Memory Project.

And the above goes FOR ALL OTHER ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES,to the degree that one utilizes them to improve such awareness and causative/pro-active connection with one's body-mind, and to employ the most effective tools for maintaining/improving one's health under any given condition or circumstance.

And How does "Body-Parenting" relate to that in Body-Mind Integration?

"Chalice Transformg OrbsV&H wChaliCellVortex &FlowerOfLife2 DkBkV2C2 crpd", sig'd © Chris Pringer Aug 2009



'Chalice Scale & Evolution towards Universal Balance', 12'08 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
The "Chalice-Scale"
represents the
bridging and balancing
of polarities within
each conscious Being.
Conceptually, the
bio-electric charge
of opposites
in the universe
forms a dynamic vortex
of tension,
hence the motivation
for humanity to evolve.
(© Chris Pringer Dec'08)


Is there a Relationship
(direct, inverse, or otherwise) between
the  Holy Grail,  Extremism,  (Polarization) and the Desire for Pragmatic Balance?

That is,  between the simultaneous 
and  dramatic  rise  in both the
popularity of the Holy Grail related
the radically  expressed  extremism
and extreme counter-measures
in world politics,
an increased Desire
for Balance in the World?

How about this theory for exploration:
The rise in interest in the grail extends from a "Quest For Understanding" of the rise in such extremism, for the purpose of healing the fear and paranoia built up so high since 9/11, as well as around the Global Warming Crisis, about the prophecies related to 2012, etc.The "Grail Question" then would be "How and why were these events simultaneous?" & "What can we do?" - based on what actually IS the "Holy Grail" (?)

          "Dramatic rise in popularity" refers to the books and movies on the topic, including The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Symbol by Dan Brown, other freshly written novels, as well as renewed interest in the old ones, and of course, Holy Blood, Holy Grail (by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, & Henry Lincoln, 1982), which is and who are greatly appreciated for their essential contribution to the pragmatic understanding of the complex history relating so many of the elements bearing on the topic here, on the questions raised here. Is there a relationship between all this and the current increase in extremisms particularly during the period between 1995 and 2010, but also since then? Could we not call it a relationship even when or where it has been sensed unconsciously? After all, the lack of conscious awareness of a fact (or of an extensive, complex, and historically extended set of elements of a related specific controversy that requires year of focused detective work to unravel) does not determine the degree of it's truthfullness."
          And the "grail question" is a subtle reference to the actual origins of the grail legend, the celtic "Fisher King" (, with emphasis on the archetypes of the wounded warrior, his being carried out with "maidens carrying the hallows of the Grail procession" (, his healing, the sword (knowledge, truth; it's broken state requiring mending), a bloody religious war between the Old Law and the New Law (!), familial relationships in all that, and even a looping pattern (inter-referential connectedness) through the "continuations" (from Chrétien's tales to Gerbert's Continuation and Gerbert de Montreuil's Continuation), and, of course, spiritual tests. Relating or comparing this to the present, and considering meaning and a course of direction, assuming that is called for by such analysis, is the basis of this writing. (More references in the "Reference Links & Books" section near the bottom of page.)
          Any such relationship between the grail and current politics would be unconscious in the average modern mind, or so one would surmise from study of psychology and politics. However, IMHO, this kind of unconsciousness has never gotten in the way of people doing interesting things before (ie: one set doing extreme actions, the other extreme denial) . Here is where I try to make a little more practical worldly sense of the chalice or grail legend, related symbolism, and other aspects presented at this site [Note: Chart at Right]. And how about the grail as related to conflict management on the personal level as well? There are a number of considerations, various "realms" of them if you will, including those representing various solution oriented approaches for developing current realities into those we most want, as well as some resources for consideration.

          Firstly, to summarize the above more esoteric sections on this page as relates to this section: the Holy Grail symbolizes the transmutation of the lower into the Higher, thus forming a bridge between God & Man, divinity and humanity (or increasing same in the case of our evolvement). You might have visualized [or can see one rendering of this in the right column (just above that tall chart)]: the meeting of ascending & descending energy vortexes, as well as the horizontal extension of vortexes crossing left & right (into the plane of matter, on to/as "the cross" of our existence). If you like, add to that your seeing the bodily energy centers (or chakras) as power transformers of divine energy for human use, then considering those energy vortexes forming chalices. (That is also artistically rendered - above the section "Archetypes & Geometry Scenario I"). All of which is all about the nature of the relationship of opposite extremes, and of (our balancing) Life's dynamics between them.
          Esoteric aspects: If you generally find these difficult to grasp or relate to, not to worry. You are probably whom I wrote this section for, and in any case, you may still get the essence of it (as one perspective in consideration) through the following history of Western religion, which is bench-marked as related to the grail legend, and/or some of the paragraphs following that.



          The setting of the grail story was during a critical time of divergence between the philosophers (who also served as the closest thing to psychologists at the time), and were the most powerful religious authorities of that period. The divergence had much to do with the acceptance (or not) of intuitive-based thinking vs analytical-based thinking - what we now call the "Left/Right brain split".

          After Jesus lived and taught (first three to four centuries), (and yes died, although there's some question as to when, where, how, and with whom) many followers emulated His mystical Being and in a very earth-centered, non-linear right-brain intuitive practice and empathic understanding based on the divine feminine principle. This included the various Gnostic communities particularly during the first two centuries (among whom Valentinus was beloved and followed and taught after). While others, particularly the orthodox groups, attempted to center their lives around a more linear interpretation of selected interpretations of gospels and with highly organized rules and laws for a very physically constructed church. EG: a left-brain approach based on the divine masculine principle (over which orthodoxy Irenaeus weilded much authority during the 2nd Century).

          Iranaeus chose a questionably edited version of Apostle John's gospel, making it supreme over the formerly 'first three gospels' of the four formed gospel. "because, John-- and John alone-- proclaims Christ's 'divine' origin..." He also re-interpreted it in such a way to be understood as THE key means to determine what and who is in alignment with THE TRUTH "a guideline for understanding any writing or preaching-- any gospel at all" - including those of the old testament, so as to interpret John to say that it was Jesus Christ that spoke "not only to Abraham, but to all the patriarchs and prophets...," Whereas The Secret Book of John (per Valentinus) "sets forth what theologians call the via negativa, recognizing what 'cannot' be known and discarding misapprehensions about God." -- *Beyond Belief* by Elaine Pagels
          The adherents of these two branches were often in conflict with each other, at times polarized in opposition- eg: analytical vs intuitive, centralized vs decentralized, paternal vs maternal, yang vs yin. Note that while the Gnostics included the orthodox teachings, the orthodox were trying to condemn the Gnostic views, as well as the Gnostics themselves. Irenaeus stated that "'John, the Lord's disciple' wrote this gospel... to expose 'heretics'" -- *Beyond Belief* by Elaine Pagels
          Irenaeus wanted the followers of Valentinus "to abandon their 'heresy' or be cut off from the churches," to come under "the stable authority of the *catholic* consensus of churches... For during the following century and a half, ...many bishops adopted and developed the safeguards Irenaeus had outlined... standardizing basic Christian instruction and excluding those who deviated from the 'one...path of salvation.' During the fourth century, when persecution suddenly gave way to official toleration of Christians under Constantine, and then to the construction of a Christian empire, a coalition of bishops would take up Irenaeus's agenda and attempt to realize his vision of a catholic - that is, universal- orthodox church." -- *Beyond Belief* by Elaine Pagels.

          One of the dividing lines was how to more officially Define "sin" and determine the motivation to avoid it, or the penalty for its commission. And thence was the question of whether the belief in karma and reincarnation was still providing suitable motivation for a life of finding ones way, or would some other system of reward and punishment put and kept in place by an all powerful governing hierarchy bring about the quickest and surest conversion of the ravaging hordes and others to Christianity. It is not out of order - to say at this point in the story - that The legend of the Holy Grail generally, but mainly symbolically , pertained to these early times of strife between those of the maternal vs paternal approaches to the spiritual, and/or their progeny during the Crusades, or between "the Church" and anything it might call pagan or heretical through one or another mix of ages. Which story is best told (albeit with some creative license), IMO, in the book, *The Mists of Avalon*, wherein Merlin sacrificed himself in the attempt to use his magic to bring the two camps together). [- cp, April 2013]

      * As to how soon and to what degree the Gnostics were influencial in the Gaelic realm is not known, but that study might best be found under the term "Celtic_Christianity"). G.R.S. Mead wrote: "Our indirect sources of information, therefore, come through the hands of the most violent opponents... The great 'store-house of Gnosticism' is the Refutation of Irenæus, who wrote at Lyons in Gaul, far away from the real scene of action, in about the penultimate decade of the second century." - "Fragments of a Faith Forgotten" by G.R.S. Mead ( From this I am led to wonder if Irenæus had fears of a much closer threat. Particularly if or to what degree, much earlier, Joseph of Arimathea influenced the Celts, directly or indirectly. [More refs, including for "the Q document", are in references section] -cp

        Note: Before 325 AD, "There was no 'bible', just a lose assemblage of papyrus reed texts, scrolls, sheep skin documents and tablets", according to Gregg Braden... [In the preceding years] The Emperor Constantine ...created 'the Council of Nice' to assemble all the existing biblical materials ..."Twenty-five books were taken out and an additional 20 supporting reference documents to scholars were removed. ...". ] What Constantine did, was all about motivation, IMO - to unite people (those who would form what is now Europe) who could not be united any other way at the time (a strategy taking advantage of the prevalence of the network of Christian clergy throughout the land as the basis for organizing the government). The one-life, Heaven/Hell carrot/stick motivator - for this total re-structuring from the ground up - was about fear, of course...
          And the transition that followed, from a time when many followed their intuition, to a time when much of life and culture was highly structured with rules and laws about which God shall be worshipped how, when, and where... that transition period included, if not necessarily employed, the Dark Ages - so-named due to the most disappointing lack of historical data - very puzzling to scholars for the last many centuries. And I see that lack of documentation as related to the history of the bible - per Constantine's assembly of documents (via "the Church", as they censored parts of them and kept out many other documents) that became the bible. Part of that selection process, at the Council of Carthage in the year 397, is described in detail in the lecture presented by Sir Laurence Gardner, "Bloodline of the Holy Grail" at the "Mystical Jesus - Book Reviews" page (link & description below).

      [ Parts of the above paragraph excerpted from footnote -regarding reincarnation & karma- in the section "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at the Evolution Trends page. This section also goes more into the anthropology and psychology of how we got where we are, including the "Left-Right Brain Split", as well as the "body-mind split" or "mind-body split" (very related, but not exactly the same) ]

        'The church' sought & destroyed the Gnostic gospels in the fifth century - aside from those hidden at Nag Hammadi, discovered in 1945. Such censureship was highly motivated by the pluralistic nature of early Christianity and the role of women (including priests, teachers, bishops, and prophets). The Gnostics were a very large part of Christianity during 1st two centuries, facts purposely ignored by much of written history. After which time it became increasingly dangerous to believe in "such heresy." As if birthed out of the Dark Ages that followed these early forms of inquisition, the crusades were commissioned by "the Church" -and not just from Europe to the Middle East, but also within Europe (! ie: against France's Cathars, the underground progeny of the Gnostics, and the Bloodline of Christ, of Mary Magdaline). [Ref: "Holy Blood, Holy Grail"]

        Inquisitions *continued* in various countries over the following centuries. In that changing time in between the actual quest (roughly 500 AD) and the popularity of the grail legend (roughly 1400 AD+), there were many religious challenges to some of the greatest minds we've ever known (ie: Galileo, Michaelangelo, Copernicus, etc)... In his book, No Boundary, Ken Wilber elaborates on the above noted left-vs-right-brain split, the psycho-spiritual significance of history, and the evolution of consciousness during those periods. His chart, "Therapies and Levels of "The Spectrum of Consciousness'" has been included in the below section, " 'The Lords of Culture' - A story about 'Communication, Emotion, and the Body-Mind Split'."
        Which only begins to touch upon the immense complexity of the times when so many tried so sincerely to understand and emulate such a man as Jesus, a prophet who defied so many of the key cultural and religious norms of the day and local, including making women as important as men. The next few quotes hint to the extent of this. And so, isn't it understandable that they tried in so many diverse ways, and yet each with such staunchly dedicated positions - hence all the more threatening to those who came to determine the authority of 'The Church'? Elaine Pagels' covers the how and why of that -and much more in documented detail- in "The Gnostic Gospels" (referenced extensively in Related Philosophy section).

From the Gospel of Thomas:
      "Jesus said, 'I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling stream which I have measured out. ...He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.'"
    - *The Gnostic Gospels* by Elaine Pagels

From the Gospel of Philip:
      "... the companion of the [Saviour is] Mary Magdaline. [But Christ loved] her more than [all] the deciples, and used to kiss her [often] on her [mouth]. The rest of [the deciples were offended]... They said to him, 'Why do you love her more than all of us?' The Saviour answered and said to them, 'Why do I not love you as (I love) her?' "
    - The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

A review of "The Gnostic Gospels":
      "Dr. Pagels raises questions, both profound and fascinating, and she handles them with the sure and graceful touch of a historian who knows her sources."
   - by Kingsley Barrett, Professor of Divinity, Durham University

More Recently...
          Via the more recent of the above noted popular media (particularly by Dan Brown), the grail has been interpreted as the womb or female holder of the (Merovingian) bloodline of Christ. The geneology for this is layed out in the lecture presented by Sir Laurence Gardner, "Bloodline of the Holy Grail" at the "Mystical Jesus - Book Reviews" page (link & description above). While I concur with the related historical aspects regarding the bloodline, I maintain the perspective that the symbolic meaning with regard to the 'balance in the universe' - it requires both Male AND Female energies, and via the charge of these opposite polarities - a vortex is formed, which serves as the vehicle of human-to-divine transformation. And that this vortex, thus shaped like "a chalice", is what is actually referred to by the early mystics, perhaps somewhat in code, but certainly by analogy, as "the grail". Further, and to bring us back to the grail-as-womb perspective, that is also an analogy of the same process, but it is even more than that. Since a critical level of that process does happen in the womb as it is carried forward via the DNA -- the vehicle for sacred geometry in the biology of humanity! In "Archetypes and Geometry" section, the relationship between "Proportion and Function" at the atomic/molecular levels describe how and why the pi-ratio (shape & proportion) are critical, particularly with the DNA. (I'll continue this "bloodline" of thought after some paragraphs fill in more context).

In "The High History Of The Holy Grail" at the SanGraal web site, Vincent Bridges provides enough historical information to give substance not only to a surprising amount, and critical aspects, of the arthurian legend, but also enough to lend important context to the history of western religion and spirituality. He summarizes much with "...The pattern is clear. Around the turn of the thirteenth century, the Grail Romances offered a direct challenge to the authority of Rome, one that Rome could not answer for fear of exposing her own shaky position. ...And if the Celtic heresy could not be brought to the sword directly, then the land of England could be put under interdiction, a terrible form of religious coercion in which the church effectively goes on strike. ...The Celtic Church gradually faded away over the next century. The image of the Grail, though, did not fade away. ...The spiritual current went underground, surfacing in the Renaissance, and then again in the Rosecrucians, and again in the nineteenth century."

More History and refs (new page at this site, Nov'13):
"The Mystical Jesus, Selected Book Reviews", including a lecture by Sir Laurence Gardner on the Bloodline of the Holy Grail - A collection of nine brief & not so brief reviews, comprising a good deal of history that is not popularly known about the life and lineage of Jesus, what He was doing in the near and far East and when, on the lost books of the bible (when, how, & why), the Holy Grail, Templars, and the Golden Thread (mystic link among all religions), how all those relate with each other specifically in the context of history, related references. A good background presentation of the basis for the work in discerning current and future implications of all that as engaged at Chalice Bridge, particularly here on this page. And why there have been "holy wars" - and, more importantly, why there is absolutely no need for them (if there ever was). "The bloodline of Jesus" is actually not a primary focus when comes to the symbolism of the chalice/grail at Chalice Bridge, but more about EVERYONE having that divine connection (and inheritance and potential).

So... Given all the known and lesser known histories,
as both are intimately intertwined and conflicting,
as causal of various threads and current events...
and with implications for modern times
as they entangle, drag, and are at times ensnarred by,
that golden thread - for the better of those implications -
lending the question of which future scenario would *WE* truly like,
and whether we can see it, let alone choose it, let alone extract it,
from all we are presented with...

Interpretation of Legend

          Allow me to propose, if you will, that the grail quest, taken as a metaphor, relates to a search for abilities, those either perceived as lost or as potentials most timely for re-development, capabilities with regard to bridging our Yin and Yang aspects and/or our capacities for integration (ie: the "left-right-brain split" as described above). Which weighed in on the intuitive / empathic / analytical factors for maintaining/ developing overall mental emotional balance sufficiently for spiritual evolvement). All of which resulted in the loss of some critical degree of connection to God - or at least as subjectively felt on a broad, culture-wide level. EG: Consider the feeling you might get after Dad gives you the "perfect" tool, but you take so long to really do something correspondingly "perfect" with it, that you begin feeling you've failed your dad. Now consider that kind of subjectively felt tension as one aspect of 'the divine impetus' to take advantage of God's gifts. Now, finally, consider so much of that drive as being unconscious, not to mention unexamined in it's relative complexity, and therefore all the more frustrating, and yet felt as something one just can't yet put a finger on - by a great many humans, some still trying to puzzle it out of the confusion, and others too confused to try.
          In any case, the implications of the "Holy Grail" story and character roles, purpose and meaning, all changes somewhat from the popular version, and would then relate to courage, love, and spirituality, philosophy, and even politics in a much more useful way. Now, if you will, consider the history of western religion - the dramatic changes of the first 1300 years AD, and thence to more recent events. How about the Dark Ages and related transition period as related to a damaged bridging function. That instead of a that crisis leading to a mediating, balancing, integrating of minds, it damaged many brain-minds for some generations, resulting in the violent split that occurred between science, philosophy, and "The Church" ? Thus producing the long initiation of Christians' into the aspect of *balance* vs *extremism*, its role in the evolution of individual and community, not to mention Love's place in all that.

          In one sense it's all about balancing Eternal Yin with Eternal Yang. Or (the need for the contemplation of) the BALANCE of polarities, this balance occurring via one's rising above the level of polarization, rising by realizing the existential purpose for opposites and duality in the existence of mankind (or at least one of them) - that being *personal and spiritual growth.* How else could we have diversity within any given realm of thought or action? It's said one can't know where the middle (and anywhere else) is without knowing where the extremes are. And so there are those on earth that are so willing to show us. [bad joke]

          In another sense, it's about the understanding between genders. But also within each individual. Which does not imply a resolution via physical androgyny of any sort, or any particular sexual orientation whether man or woman, gay, straight, bi, or natural, creative, or even bionic hybrid. At least not for most of us, IMHO. In Actuality (in this esoteric gestalt writer's view) it has everything to do with emotional health, which implies a sincere desire for understanding within the heart and mind, towards one's appreciation of different perspectives and ways of life, as well as of the opposite gender (or opposite gender dynamics. All of which in ANY case, boils down to some healthy (integrated) mix of male energies working and/or playing with some mix of female energies - whatever the nature of skin covering it all.

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© Chris Pringer Dec'11
In her book, *Waking the Global Heart,* Anodea Judith writes:
"The archetypal Sacred Marriage or hierosgamos is an integration of masculine and feminine, God and Goddess, and in many ways of all polarities within the self. This is not predicated on gender. Both men and women have internal opposites to integrate... Just as this integration occurs within the self as a part of maturation, it needs also to occur within our organizations, families, communities, governments, educational and financial institutions in order to stimulate our social maturation." She also writes, "The balance between masculine and feminine is one of the most basic and necessary social healings we can make at this time." Related References

          Whereas, more esoterically speaking, particularly with regard to the bio-energetics of human organism, and to throw in a bit of paradox with regard to the above) kundalini is composed of yin and yang energies intertwining their way up the spine, working together yet apart, from the most yin base to the most yang crown, and the only healthy way they can get there is to meet and balance in each chakra, 1st to 7th, by way of the most effortfully power-balancing hard inner work within one's self, thence balancing each chakra (wherein horizontal vortexes extend via the processes of each chakra's assigned dynamics of life), thence balancing the whole Being in Spirit, sewing a connection between Mother God and Father God.
          Where did all that come from, you may ask? That design, of parting and returning for balance along the way to an overall balance --which mimics (or is mimicked by) the many and complex feedback systems of the neuro-endocrine system-- also seems inherent in the ebbs and flows in the long-term evolution of mankind. Am speaking of belief systems as well as the transmission, flow, and change of cultural values and overall expression.
          We seem to learn by bumping into each other, breaking things, crossing boundaries, etc. All of which might be significantly corrected by better parenting, or not having children without having first graduated from a school of suitable instruction (and significant habit breaking, perhaps). I would suggest instruction based on Dr. Daniel J. Siegel's publications, including "Parenting From the Inside Out -- How A Deeper Self-understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive" (2014), and "Developing Mind -- How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are" (2nd Ed, 2015).
          In the above "Chalice..Soul Synthesis" section, the "Chalice-Cells (or 'ChaliCells') Metaphor" describes how the chalice-dynamic relates to, perhaps even defines, the mental-emotional-spiritual relationship bridging at the cellular level.
Ok, now transitioning back to the more concrete implications...

          The Chalice, Economics, & Incentive for Good: We could say that the heaven & hell concept is about *motivation* via the buying and selling of salvation. It's also about who's demanding it and who's supplying it (But I digress?) Whereas, IF life is about transition and learning -per law of karma and reincarnation- then Life can be about the INTEGRATION of Father/Mother God/Goddess, and thus we are GIVEN time, space, and material necessity for growth and maturation, evolution as Human/Divine Beings. And who says it can be about the best of both - considering it is said we create our hells and heavens, individually or as groups of souls, whether incarnated in a body or not, and whether one believes in linear or parallel lifetimes (albeit quantum physics would seem to support the later).

          In real life, it is culture that determines the propriety of gender roles. However, given so much diversity in that regard, throughout current times, let alone through history, we can not even agree steadfastly on specific definitions of what caring and empathy is, let alone which gender should serve as the placeholder for most any given attribute that truly matters from a spiritual perspective, let alone just exactly what is a "spiritual" perspective. And yet, most all cultures agree that love, compassion, and some generally similar equivalent of "the Golden Rule" rank at the top of what brings us together in spite of conflict.
          You could also translate all that into the where-fors and means of conflict management, within oneself and among individuals, communities, nations, etc. It takes more time and focused mind and heart to work through decisions than it does to simply declare war. Of course, the amount of time and energy expended on the later approach overall always leads us to regret it. And yet, we always end up with that question, "What is it really, that has allowed or pushed us to go that declaration route, instead of go the resolution route, where we would take the time that it takes to get to know each other?

          Perhaps a bottom line question is, if we actually do desire to know each other and work together, then "What makes us want to avoid or run from each other?", or "Who is it that we are actually running from?" We could also ask, "What's that got to do with addiction or denial?". There is the passive aggressive element of that - which is not at all entirely used, consciously or unconsciously, on just the personal level, but which can be at least as causative of the frustration that leads to violence - and do we include that consideration sufficiently in our anger-management classes? And we could really "digress" sideways into "what's all that got to do with political power trips?" (If one considers that power trips are maintained by manipulating the choice range, or the perception of what's being decided, providing the motive for, as well as the means of, avoidance of resolution; eg: by providing the motive to give ones power away, thus maintaining that manipulated power cycle). [ I think we witnessed incredible expertise in that set of skills in the 2016 presidential election, and would love to think that resulting events will illumine the repeating patterns and so lead us to be so much wiser in the future, that the "threshold effect" has got to happen sometime, afterall. smile ][- cp, April 2013, December 2016]

"It is certainly true that our world has been changing very fast over the last few hundred years,... Rapid technological and economic changes have destabilized not only established habits of work, but long-standing habits of thinking and acting. This has been the source of much dislocation and stress. But ... technological and economic change has also opened the door for questioning much that was once taken for granted... The questioning we see all over the world today of sex roles and relations is thus part of a much larger questioning. It is also part of a much larger movement for change: the global movement toward more democratic and egalitarian relations in both the so-called private and public spheres."
    ~ Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade (see reference section)

More Ideas and Considerations in Pragmatic Application:

          How does/can our innate desire for balance (including the "extreme" of thinking so other-worldly) translate into manifesting *Balance* in daily life, not to mention community life, and that even on the global level? Or do we need another another Dark Age or Crusade of Wars in order to learn how to transition in our structuring process !?! What if the more ecumenical church organizations (both of America and of the world, ideally) challenged political parties to chose a platform based on bringing balance into arenas now beleaguered due to extremism, encouraging a politically balanced approach, both within our borders and without? Including an "Instant Runnoff" style voting system (so ALL parties could offer and support candidates). And promised to serve as highly vocal cheer leaders on the side of any party which did so? The quest for the Holy Grail might just be completed by a sufficient number of embodied souls striving for pragmatic balance manifested on this earth plane. And thus earning a better life for themselves - very likely in "the next life," but maybe in this one, having created greatly reduced suffering, not to mention increased health potential, for many many people for centuries to come. [added/rev'd 3'06, 11'07, 12'09]

          I believe *Peace* does come with a sword - the sword of truth - but which is applied in one's own mind to discern applicable reality from that which is not. *Fairness* is just one of the more basic attributes that determine how people get along - in peace, capable of recognizing "greatness."
[from "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at Evolution Trends Page which includes references to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.]
          Related Note: All things considered, particularly those noted in the PolyPsyArts Home page intro... if GREAT changes do [did] occur *in* year 2012 - compared to the years before and after - it will definitely be a threshold effect (and surprising to most people, including myself.) [Indeed, if they did, it was subtle, inspirational, and perhaps only beginning to manifest effects - ie: in Bernie Sander's building and coalescing of awareness in many of our youth, in the significantly greater applications of climate awareness. -cp 6'16] I do believe 2012 IS [was] a likely time limit upon the *beginning* of earnest changes required for even the later. Have we *earnestly* begun those changes yet? Depends on one's perspective, of course... - cp, June'11, Jan'12] I believe in the "100th Monkey" threshold effect, where, in this case, what we might now call "Miracles" would be (events) described simply by enough of us beginning and/or continuing to do what we know in conscience that we need to do - until that threshold effect makes it relevant to us that we have brought the rest of humanity on board the Earth Steward Ship. [- cp, Dec'11]
Besides, most of the PolyPsy pages provide the basis and context for what needs to happen for us to sustain healthy growth on this planet, let alone any at all. Or so I believe, as well as that 2012 IS a likely time limit upon the *beginning* of earnest changes required for even the later. Have we *earnestly* begun those changes yet? Depends on one's perspective, of course. (Elaborations have been made in various PolyPsy list email postings over the years.) [- cp, June 2011]

More about that "Womb as the Holy Grail":
          If I might go back to gender dynamics and esoteric symbolism one more time... Further above I contrasted the interpretation relating the Merovingian womb to the grail for the bloodline of Christ- with the symbolic perspective of shared male-female energy as contribution to that which became known as the grail, and to what I call the chalice, or chalice vortex dynamic. I would ask the reader to consider that a more common grail-related analogy, at least per the early mystics, was that within the womb of each woman, the grail of transformation is present for carrying forth the bloodline of the Christ Self of each person.
          That view would be in line with the belief (shared by many of those more mystically oriented) that, IF or BECAUSE Jesus was likely one of the greatest spiritual masters, and SINCE he taught that we were all sons and daughters of God, here to learn to become increasingly one with the Father-Mother God --as one of the greatest missions given such a teacher--, THEN it follows that every one of us are equipped (via that chalice dynamic within each of us) to take part, to do our own part, in that transformation. And to eventually realize that transformation as our permanent and perpetual responsibility to process and complete, over the course of many lifetimes of learning, as we each become the masters that Jesus said we would. And yes, per those manuscripts that have been found since 325AD or so, when Emperor Constantine insured they were "Lost", via the popes of that day, and as carried forth during the ensuing Dark Ages, holy wars against the Gnostics, Cathars, etc.
          And speaking of lost documents, I really like the passage from the Greek Gospel of Thomas: "Jesus said, 'If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.'" (More via "The Storytellers" amongst Gnostic Gospel links in "Reference" section further below) [- cp, April 2013]

          I'm not sure if that made a little more practical worldly sense of the chalice or grail legend in all readers' minds, or of  what the "Holy Grail" might actually be, but again I invite you to take note of the chart at upper right. In particular, the "Recovering the Holy Grail" page goes quite direct about what the grail is, or at least could be - if we manage appropriately our above noted 'inner equipment' (our process in "chalice production"). "Recovering the Holy Grail" is one of the original sections of the "Evolution Trends" essay(s) (1995), and more recently within that, has been added "A Summary 'On Point' & some added prognostications", including that "the recovery" is largely about, and would initiate through, the balancing of the left & right brain capacities, of mentality and emotionality, of related systems and capabilities. The how's, when's, where from's and thence where to's, etc are what that page/section is about.

In Sumation: Why all this?
          Largely for clarifying and re-emphasizing the difference and relationship between the *pre-Christian* meanings of the grail legend and the originally intended meanings, and the history that led to that (assembled in context including much that is left out of high school and college history), and which led much of humanity into a false perception about what all that was about, preceding but therefore directly implicating the crusades and lead ups to so much antipathy between the major world religions. The "big deal" being that these distinctions pertain to the basis of *current* major *misunderstandings* about religion - certainly between world religious and political authorities and their followers, if not also among many academic authorities. EG: from a Poly-Psy-Spiritual perspective: It was meant to be easier, there is MUCH common ground, we don't have to learn (how to love each other) via such painfully difficult means as we have been, as we still are now, particularly at a phase of our evolution when we could too easily make it very painful for every person alive on the planet. Thank you. [ ¶ added 10/17/16 ]]


"Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within"
A Long-Term Perspective (only?) [added 8/31/09]

          To paraphrase many teachers I have studied, I could say "Teach the truth, and change will come from within." This means from within the teacher as well as those taught. On the other hand, it seems that most activists, even the more "liberal" among them/us, tend to believe or, in effect, act like they believe, that change will only come a) by capturing & convincing and/or buying the elected representatives, or b) by changing 'the system' by [any] other means. Because these activists do not believe, bottom line, that enough people will learn [a perspective] and act on it, effect equivalent change in the law of the land, thence effect change in the culture of the populace. Or at least within the time frame that they think is reasonable to expend effort and expect support for their efforts. They try "teaching" or informing first, but only for such a short phase and generally so ineffectively, that this pittance of "instruction" serves simply to explain their strategy and approach.
          However, teaching 'the truth of a situation' in an objective way takes time, if it is to lead people to change themselves and thence their culture. It works faster if you can teach the opposing leaders sufficiently well to getting their common agreement. Of course, I acknowledge the difficulty in that approach. Like preventative maintenance approach in health care, this kind of long-term commitment-demanding teaching is just not as "sexy" (glamorous, exciting, heroic, etc) as drugs and the surgical route, Rambo and prison systems, or (violent) political revolution. I could say that "change will happen when learning becomes sexy." (But as a belief, that would propose an epistemological conflict). Perhaps the librarian movie thrillers and their outcrop of children's dolls is actually one way to go (speaking of the genre/theme of books and movies that seemed to be inspired by "The Da Vinci Code").
          Perhaps I should add that, at the very least, I still see great potential in various activist approaches - particularly those that teach pragmatic citizen participation in democracy, or that otherwise -constructively- encourage people to become interested in finding ways to help create a better world. So, should we begin/continue to vote with our feet (in the street, holding signs)? Of course (IMO), IF you believe it will make a difference - in your heart, in others' hearts, or... For a related essay (in a section on the "World Healing Prayers" Page: "Why Politics at all? My Love/Hate Relationship with Politics" (note: that's "with", not "for").
          And then there is leading/action in your own way on your own individual path by your own example (which is certainly not to say that such leading can't often be done in concert with others' activities on similar paths). But I guess that means a lot of people searching for their own spiritual paths. Not the easiest approach either- unless you are a good communicator, hence it can be a great way to feel very misunderstood. Then the task of learning to transcend emotions without denying them - also not easy; generally a lifelong process. Thus conceptually similar (and related in phases) to the near-paradox in transcending the ego - which has it's critical roles, before AND after transcendence, but also it's balance point, particularly beforehand). Related: the "Empathy & Co-Existence" section further below. Including a reference to "'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition"- Clarifying where the definition has come to be re-defined to apply in limited ways and directions (April 2010). I clarify the empathy of the 3rd Chakra from that of 4th or Heart Chakra in "The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul", considering the HEART CHAKRA as the "bridging" chakra or chalice-chakra, between the lower and upper chakras. For more on what my teachers have taught me about change, permanent change vs temporary change, core healing vs symptom treatment, see "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner - and Detouring 'Burn-out'" (Published July'88), with a number of related sections, including "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection"


"Paradigm Shifts" - A Pragmatic Summary
(July, 2010)

          The term "Paradigm shift" refers to an evolvement in consciousness, in perspective of ourselves individually AND socially (micro-culturally and/or macro-culturally). "Paradigm shifts" occur not all at once generally, but over a number of generations as thresholds are reached (illustrated by "the 100th Monkey" effect). Consider that the major resistance to the momentums of change (engaged/maintained toward those thresholds) are mainly related to ignorance and/or survival mechanisms and, of course, to the pain at one level or another (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual/religious) and related stressors and/or fear of same - all as a result of that resistance. And thereby, the resistance is due to the maintenance of ignorance, overly channelled focus, and other limits on awareness - to the degree there is insufficient relief to process pain or changes (possibly including shock) and gain perspective on the learning process.
          That is, basic education (skills-based, cultural, arts, and concept sciences of the given era) has been and still is essential. Of course. But the *relief* from pain & stressors, at least periodic relief, along with the challenges we engage or provide for each other, is essential for humans to process information, to reflect on that process, to derive meaning and long-term implications of same as well as short-term, to process related emotional & spiritual/religious perceptions/beliefs (and related memories), and evolve into more aware human beings. EG: these processes -- required to move through the stages prior to reaching thresholds resulting in "paradigm shifts" -- occur at different rates under different conditions, and require time, space, and myriad individual and group sub-processes, including both stressors and relief from stressors.
          And some of the best resources imaginable for inspiring us to facilitate the most desirable paradigm shift are found at and via The Peace Week Site, including video recordings of those who are likely the most illustrious group of peace pioneers ever assembled on the planet!
          Very Related: Evolutionary Leaders - with many timely world-consciousness-expanding resources: "Evolutionary Leadership Toolkit" and Map for Exploring the Call to Conscious Evolution; "a politically-focused think tank called Institute for Cultural Evolution ...will use the insights of the integral/evolutionary approach to address some of the pressing issues we face today."
Light 3DPi&Multi-Chalice VortexBridge wFlower&TreeOfLife 3a on Drk' sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2011

"John Pettie Knight(sm-adj) w/3D Chalice (2Mlt, 5'12) Over Lt3DPi-Chalice,VBrF &Tree Of Life(3) onDrk2", © Chris Pringer, 2013. Symbolizing "Spiritual Battles Balancing the Chalice Within" - the knight as the archetype (of that part in each of us) that protects our subjective process of experience and those elements that guide us on our paths.

'MultiVortex 3D Chalice w/Horizontal Vortexes Over the Earth' (4&5x2) © by Chris Pringer 2013

"MultiVortex 3D Chalice w/Horizontal Vortexes Over the Earth" (4&5x2) © by Chris Pringer 2013. In the text, I refer to "the meeting of ascending & descending energy vortexes, as well as the horizontal extension of vortexes crossing left & right (into the plane of matter, on to/as "the cross" of our existence)"

"The Holy Grail & History of Western Religion
- as relevant to Current Politics and Healing Extremism - in the Context of Chalice Symbolism"

Chart of interlinked essay-sections on noted web pages at ChaliceBridge.Com © Chris Pringer, 2013

Including a summary assembly a of early Christian, Gnostic, Celtic Pagan histories, as well as those of the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, including the inquisitions and crusades - as documented to the degree it was - including Emperor Constantine's deciding part, adding in that of the Templars and "the Bloodline of Jesus." Not a revision of history, but a logical connecting of dots and filling in of blanks where historic documentation left them. Note that there is an emphesis on the issue of *polarization* in the "Evolution Trends" essay(s) (1995) Soul-Mind-Body-Integration Listening & L/R Split Empathy History & Related Refs Spiritual Battles, Structure, Extremism Potential Realities, Ideals... Learning Recovering the Grail- Main Summary on Point... 'Nine Faces of Christ' Gardener 'Bloodline of Jesus' & History Templars Citizen Healing Charts Pg PolyPsyArts Pg Citizen Momentum Pg Healing Disillusionment Pg World Healing Prayers on Sacred Geometry Pg
Early Church History & Related Bible References © by Chris Pringer 2015

SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2013 with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Nov'13 - Thumb

"SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2016" with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Mar'16
(page-wide version at "The Mystical Jesus, Selected Book Reviews" (including a summary of related histories and legends, referred to in "Back to Legend or History" section at left).

PreDawn Chalice Still All One OnLtSeaGr sig'd,Frm&crp © Chris Pringer, May'12

"PreDawn Chalice Still All One" OnLtSeaGr - After the Parting 'Though united with the Eternal Caducus, and before Heaven & Earth formed from the Light out of the still pristine darkness... vortex bridging God & Goddess, yin and yang. Created from symbols of spiritual balance, particularly the Chalice, rendered in deep and subtle blendings of colors, symmetric pi-ratio proportions of Sacred Geometry. © Chris Pringer, May'12. See full size version at my gallery at Fine Art America

Chakra Tree Anatomy in Chalice Garden-FAA-Framed

"3DA Pi Synthe-Sphered Chalice with MultiVortexes On Caduceus-Blzd Tapestries, VioBlGrCdc 3TpOvCv6d" © Chris Pringer June'12. Full Size Here

The above is a smaller sized sample of the kind of framed preview for the artwork at my gallery at Artist Websites of Fine Art America. There, you can choose the art piece you want to check out in your choice of many different styles of frames, matting, paper, and/or other mountings or greeting cards that are available, and the site will display it in that setting (in large view).

       Here at ChaliceBridge.Com, the artwork can be viewed in smaller sizes at the Chalice Art & Holiday Card Slideshow Presentations, with bio, related philosophy, and more
    Thank you! -Chris Pringer

Chakra Tree Anatomy in Chalice Garden-FAA-Framed

"Mirror Healing the Polarities Within" © Chris Pringer June'12. In the progress of artwork along the theme that begot this piece, a corner was turned in development of clarity in the "Atomic Pi-Chalice spheres" on 9/11/11. And then another level of clarity and color rendering came about on 8/10/12. Given the date of that corner turning piece (9/11), as well as the 'self-reflecting' nature of it's blue-lit gold double-spheres and double-stars, the piece's name came rather quickly. © Chris Pringer Full Size Here

Assent from the Womb in the Flower Tree Of Life ('Pi-Chalice Tree Spirit' & Sacred Symbols on &SVGC Tapestry 2A-R1B) © Chris Pringer, 2016

"Assent from the Womb in the Flower Tree Of Life" ('Pi-Chalice Tree Spirit' & Sacred Symbols on &SVGC Tapestry 2A-R1B) © Chris Pringer, 2016 Full Size at the Gallery

PreDawn Chalice Still All One OnLtSeaGr sig'd,Frm&crp © Chris Pringer, May'12

"3DChaliceVortex (1o2), oChalice Myst VTp~R OnLtSeaGr" sig'd,Frm&crp © Chris Pringer, May'12

'New Man Logo, symbolizing (perfect) balance of yin & yang, male and female within the overall spiritual nature of Humanity/Being' © Chris Pringer 1997

Symbolizing (Perfect) Balance of Yin & Yang, Male and Female within the overall spiritual nature of Humanity/Being (Chris Pringer, 1997).

   Note 1: This symbol applies to the potential of our being(s), regardless of sexual preference or where an Individual/ Personality fits into the diversity of society, regardless of the spiritual development of an individual. eg: The multi-dimensional perceptual capacity and even the maturity of the emotional body ...may be challenged by, but need not be so limited by, the shell of a human; eg: by hormones alone. Because there is more to a consciously evolving being that just this, certainly more than can be put into words.¹
   What? Right - there is this notion that the evolved man is androgynous, testosterone depleted, essentially cerebral... apparently a dream of some benign but unconsciously reverse-bigoted gay man or woman (my best educated guess). No. Guys, even the most fierce martial artists know the essential balance of Yin (open and clear in awareness, free flowing, "to be as water", as Bruce Lee put it) and Yang (substantial, extending focused energy). And in no way does that mean that path is easy (of course?), nor do they have to loud and in your face, or even that noticeable- by the average person- unless you're in trouble perhaps.

   Note 2: The point of the above being that "THE SENSITIVE MALE" can indeed be totally straight, comfortable with no need to convince since he's been left no choice to be otherwise, hence not feeling or thinking himself superior or inferior, more or less deserving in any way. But he has done the work, if/as necessary to be sufficiently open and present to those around him. And if enough males do not become so, given our population and position in the world, and our ways in world politics... And even though there is that "Knight in shining armor" archetype - with *armor* being the keyword here..., but more on all that below in "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening...". Including about the IQ/EQ (Emotional Intelligence) discussion going on in various circles of science and philosophy, which has only just begun since the 60's, although some want to hush it or reframe it as a business management tool. I should add that, of course, Universal Law allows the same degree of 'diversity' for "THE BALANCED FEMALE" - to be totally straight, or otherwise, as her soul so designs the current life for her.

'Hearts Fire Chalice'(V1a3SB22) By Chris Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com, 7'18

"Hearts Fire Chalice" By Chris Pringer, 7'18"
The "Temple Fire Chalice" is a sister in the 'Fire Chalice' series, and is at full size at the gallery at Pixels.Com

"About Gender, Sexuality, and Evolution"
is where you can find elaboration on the above and much more ( - a serious section at my Personal Page, which also refers back to the above mentioned "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening..." essay, and other points made in this "Pragmatic Balance" section for much of it's basis.)

   Note 3: The symbol that has commonly become recognized as "The Star of David" actually existed long long BEFORE it was used by those of the Jewish faith. Also, there are many variations on the theme, with the ascending and descending triangles being more or less farther apart, wider or narrower, etc. This variance in some cases has been due to the variance in meaning of the symbology - and it does with my own use of the individual parts composing the overall symbol.

¹   "Spiritual Points" are not given for compliance with dogma (said with tongue half-put in metaphysical cheek), let alone many of Man's laws, except in the early stages of development, wherein structure is required - and to the degree it is required - to establish the mental, emotional, and bio-electric foundation and organization of the individual. [Yes, you may read that more than once.] And yet, we are always subject to the more`s and whims of culture, not to mention societies laws. "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water" ~ not a light statement from the Buddha. Like many on this page, it may already require re-reading for context and in context. Quotes from *Ponder on This* by Alice Bailey, you ask? Yes, her work has provided much when it comes to the basis of my beliefs regarding *Spiritual Law.* Such basis has greatly influenced the development of many of the pages at this site. Which are, admittedly, tempting most people to consider them as "overly dense compilations of means to ideals too rich for human consumption." So... what happened to that "give me a challenge" attitude?)Wink

   ...Ok, in 2016 it seemed time to include a write up examining the weighing out of the concepts of "Ideal" and "Perfection." Those words were put in quotes to indicate the infinite variety of definitions for same, even while I have 'an' understanding of why that may necessarily be. If that sounds like code to you, then it may be an invitation to explore the term cognitive dissonance and how or to what degree it applies to your psycho-spiritual perception and cognitive processes. Or you can skip all that wordishness just read and see what you get out of: "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'." ]

from Islamic Mysticism

"True Heart of the Divine Feminine" - Spiritual Retreats with Nura Laird, M.Ed

The Divine Feminine - or what might be better expressed as Divine Love - and how to truly carry the heart of Divine Love - is a universal teaching, speaks to our deep hearts as human beings, and includes men as well as women. Divine Love is the "true heart" of all faith traditions. This is for women and men of faith and sincere spiritual seekers who want to experience the reality and truth of the holy creation of women and how to be empowered from your heart and soul. For learning: To discover divine love in your heart, To give love in a way that nourishes and sustains your heart, To bring this love out to your world and your relationships, To know your essence, where your divine treasure resides.

Light 3DPi&Multi-Chalice VortexBridge wFlower&TreeOfLife 3a on Drk' sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2011

"Light 3DPi&Multi-Chalice VortexBridge wFlower&TreeOfLife 3a on Drk" sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2011

'Chalice-Tree Spirit In The Forest (3)' Fall'16

"Chalice-Tree Spirit In The Forest (3)"
(ChaliceBridge-Sig'd) (c) Chris Pringer, Fall'16
pre-rendered photography by Kathryn Elmore. Shown here on Canvas. Other print variations at full size at Fine Art America There is also a holiday card version there

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"A Global Climate Healing Fantasy and the Spirit of It All"
on Flower of Life on Earth over Sacred Geometry Background,
(Large THUMBnail pic of 2-page full size version).
Includes at the end a slightly re-worded version of the "The Great Invocation". PDF versions available for Printing

Dove and Chalice Vortex Orbs Over Earth (10DaBlGc on OvalCv BackGr) © Chris Pringer Aug'12

"Dove and Chalice Vortex Orbs Over Earth" (10DaBlGc on OvalCv BackGr) © Chris Pringer Aug'12

Rainbow ChaliCellRing Isphere Matrix 2Mlt5R5 © Chris Pringer 2012

"Rainbow ChaliCellRing Isphere Matrix" 2Mlt5R5
© Chris Pringer 2012
available in full size at my gallery at ArtistWebsites.Com


"3D DblStar Atomic PiChalice1 &Flower &Tree Of Life SphericConnection 1cb &DblHeart Over 2beadwork &StrTapestry 2xMBk", Chris Pringer May'10

'Chalice-Tree Spirit In The Forest', (i-Sigd) Chris Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com, Fall'15

"Chalice-Tree Spirit In The Forest"
(i-Sigd) (c) Chris Pringer, Fall'15
pre-rendered photography
by Melanie Cohen. full size at gallery

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Earth Balancing by Chris Pringer 7'17
Earth Balancing by Chris Pringer 7'17

The Shift Movie

Long Hair Night, Chris-2011
Chris '05 over 3D MultiChalice Vortex Flower &
Tree of Life 3 on Black, 2009

TrendsToWhat(L), Chris Pringer, 6'16
    "Thresholds, Changing Trends, and
Learning from Extremism"

at the page, "New Information & Facilitating Paradigm Shift Potential."

Initiating with a slightly eclectic introduction, the writing provides a fair amount of the scholastics and background research on "Threshold Effect"," and "Classic threshold models - the two most pertinent - as well as a few related uses for this variable that is useful for recognizing, assessing, and predicting key events and trends in processes. Trends being the operant word, since the current times 2015-2016 have been especially remarkable for their unpredictability. Also includes a pertainant review of Granovetter's model in Malcolm Gladwell's article, "Thresholds Of Violence" -- about the "school-shooting epidemic," "The Power of Context" and "The Tipping Point." As well as some implications - but with considerations for practical application, including for how to take all this in - AND references, including an extensive list copied from the Wikipedia page on Conscience. Finishes up with a summary assembly of context usages of "threshold effect" at the site. [New, June 2016]
TrendsToWhat(R), Chris Pringer, 6'16



'The Lords of Culture' and Listening
A story about
Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split

An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context
By Chris Pringer (7/31/2010, ed. 8/3, 8/9, 9/4, 9/28, 3/20/11; with valuable editing assist by M.C. Cohen May 2014)

     It might be said that one of the key cycles of our learning, has to with a key event that occurred during the dark to middle ages. This event was the divergence between the philosophers, who also served as the closest thing to psychologists at the time, and the most powerful religious authorities of that period. This divergence had much to do with the acceptance of intuitive-based thinking vs analytical-based thinking - what we would now call the "Left/Right brain split." In his book, *No Boundary* Ken Wilber elaborates on what we would now call the "Left/Right brain split" and the psycho-spiritual significance of history and the evolution of consciousness during those periods. This is very related to the "body-mind split" or "mind-body split", but not exactly the same, as illustrated in Wilber's chart, "Therapies and Levels of 'The Spectrum of Consciousness' " - included at the end of this section.

          Long ago, the lords of culture became established as the guides of society. And it was these, among all in the kingdom, who came to determined how things should be with people, and how everyone should behave in society. And after a time, they came to be tired of weighing all the many ways of people, their many voices about different perspectives that called for their own means, time, and circumstance. Which often required so much prolonged thought, or asking all manner of considerations of and from each other.
          It came to pass that some people's ideas and ideals were thought to be so troublesome, that those who voiced them must be simply trying to make trouble - at least for those who were trying to be guides for society. And started to say those "trouble-makers" were less worthy of love and respect, and then less worthy of having even their basic needs met. And these troublers would complain. And soon their complaints were called noises of pain and suffering. And only so much of that was going to be tolerated by these lords of judgement.
          The lords began to believe that if everyone expressed everything they felt, then the world would be a din of noise. They thought that the noise of celebration might be tolerated (depending on whose it was in some cases). But the noise of those that seemed to always ask for too much, well, for them something had to be changed. The problem, it was said, was more about the noise, and less about the basic needs being met.
          Because to them, someone always needed to be on top while someone else needed to be on bottom. The lords figured that the ones on bottom were going to be in pain, and therefore wanting to make noise about it. Wherever they ruled and made decisions to solve "the problem", from that point on, emotional talk or action about many things was thus no longer allowed to be straight out, to be genuine. Special ways of communicating, especially about pain, had to be instilled - at least among those who were having less of their basic needs met. Met, that is, in limited ways compared to those lords -who had come more and more to compare people by what they owned. Many crafts became arts, and many arts became crafts. And the lords made themselves the judges of others' worthiness. Thus, they became the judges of who got what - things and coins, punishment and things taken away. And of who could complain, how, and about what.

          Communication of pain eventually became judged as "manipulation" for the purpose of getting something (things wanted, but not "needed"). Soon enough, standards of "toughness" and "courage" became based on how one communicated pain - or rather how one did not. Only among family and intimates could this code be broken, though not in every family or relationship. Parents had begun to admonish their children, "Cry and I'll give you something to cry about." However, within any one given culture, non-intimates could often enough (?) gauge one another's current feelings by what we called "gut feeling," without words or overt gesture.
          But what about those feelings that had come to be increasingly stuffed away, suppressed, sub-conscious?
          As we know, what is supressed and held sub-conscious has its ways of getting out in some form or another - often in very unwanted ways. As it happened, Diseases came about - due to the suppression of emotion, particularly of the communication of pain, and the stresses around that. Adding insult to injury, eventually guilt was actually felt just for feeling pain, and even for the desire to express pain or talk about pain.

          After a time it was noticed here and there, that many diseases could be cured by the rare ones who simply listened more deeply to others. Those people who somehow retained those capabilities became known as shamen, medicine women, or "empathics" - as "healers". It was rare enough when one actually survived to adulthood with such skills intact, let alone to become known and trusted to use such skills for the good of others. Not to mention do so with a sufficient amount of respect from others to not be condemned for witchcraft, and sometimes even executed, by those who acted as lords of culture in their communities.

          But rarely could they tell people HOW they did what they did. That just wasn't understood. Including how to hear the broken inner-communications and reflect them back as whole, confusion-cleared, meaningful and re-assembled. Which often led to dissolving the guilt for the feelings that were totally natural under the circumstances that led to them, to resolving the confusion, to recovering and re-organizing their memories, and to setting things aright. And the people could then be whole again, integrated, so to recover their lives. But rarely could anyone really understand how the healers did what they did - except for those whose healing was thorough and reflected on how it all began, all the changes over time, and what they learned from it and forgave through it.
          And since this happened so rarely, it was a curious mystery to most people. On the one hand, it was as if what one thought didn't have anything to do with what happened in one's body. And on the other hand, if a shaman was there, everything seemed connected. Taking both of these views in mind at the same time could be quite strange. Like two worlds, both together and apart, visible and invisible - it was painful to manage this split perception, this split in understanding of all that one loved or tried to. On the one hand it could be wonderful to behold, and yet also feel dangerous - and thus wise to forget! .
          Because those things that one could not safely talk about (without being/feeling judged) eventually could not be safely felt, then could not be acknowledged as real, and so could not be considered. If it could not be trusted, so neither could the body - physical or emotional - from which they originated. And so, without the rare ones tending, disconnection, disfunction, and disease became more a part of life. And generally, people became less communicative, more armored, more unknown to each other, and more forgetful of the causes of things. (And the armor wasn't always shining, but more about that later.) Routines -and denial of the ways out of them- became more normal. Only the healers and mystics (conscious of consciousness) kept track of the changes and trends that marked and corregated the path of the psyche, and charted the cycles and patterns that signaled likely changes to come. They spoke of the internal world as cause, of the external as effect.

          And so to avoid confusing minds of those who could no longer hear -so to know where and how to appear- these healing listeners usually carried things with them so they could attribute the healings - at least primarily, at least in public - to talismans, herbs, ceremony, "magic cures," etc. Soon enough, however, such tending to others eventually came to be considered by the lords as meddling - the work of evil, and sometimes even a threat to their power. The teaching of inner sight (let alone the idea of different realities) became dangerous, its knowledge and sources hidden, its communication guarded and put into code.

          Down through the generations the nature of such disconnected expression by societies effected the nature of what was culturally allowed to be felt, free of judgement or of violent response. Diseases spread in number and complexity as the stress of suppression of complete and genuine communication had become endemic.
          Further down through the generations the nature of communication among any one given culture became very complex due to these strained bonds between emotion and communication. Between any two different cultures, the strain in communication became sometimes impossible, and the problem of getting basic needs met began to be projected by one culture of people upon another. Their became splits within and among families of a culture, and so now there became splits among different cultures. And this reminded some of the view of the two worlds, both together and apart, the split in understanding of all that one loved or tried to.

          Because, as the judgments within any one culture stacked up, those about other cultures did also. Relations between cultures became more strained. Communication of pain between them had by now become a rarity, being viewed with extreme suspicion; it warned of covert acts - maybe already done(!). Or of plans for deceit, thievery, or worse. It became easy for the lords of judgment within a culture to unite their own people, simply by projecting their most feared demons upon another culture, blamed as the causes of pain and poverty.

          To quiet the complaints of his own citizens, it seemed that all a dictator needed to do was remind them: "To complain, is to whine, is to show disrespect, is to signal impotence" - not only within the culture but "to those people" over there, and that doing so was a threat - not only to the family, "but to the nation!" Basic needs began to be met through battles and wars, instead of trade or sharing. Such means of re-distribution - of resources and wealth as well as punishment and poverty - began to be thus threatened or administered across cultures. These were often called "Holy Wars" - although the shamans said that holy wars actually were those fought inside each conscious person with the sword of truth.
          All this happened thousands of years ago, of course, with some exceptions among a very few indiginous cultures, considered "uncivilized".

... ... A Myth, you say? ... And what about Evolution ? ... ...
of character and creativity, purpose and structure, health and healing, social and cultural healing, and more? [YES, there are links nearby to more positive, uplifting, and pro-active writings about the evolution of mankind (and no references to Creationism). But meanwhile, to finish or evolve the current thought] ...

          At some point in the evolution of man, if we are to evolve, whether on this planet or another, this age or another... When everyone's basic needs are met [per "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs"]... there would be less need *felt* - consciously or unconsciously - for expression of extreme pain. The levels of pain, one culture and sub-culture to another, would be more similar. The chasms of difference in perceived self-worth, as well as the difference in judgment felt from "the Lords of Culture", will be greatly lessened. The pressure felt to withhold genuine feelings would drop considerably, and the armor between people and cultures would begin shedding.

          And what about that armor, shining or not? Rolfers and Integrative Bodywork practitioners might have an answer for you, by the way. However, with far, far-reaching psychological implications. (That eventually goes not only political/economic, but socio-economic, as does the implications of much of the content here, but I digress.) Who puts the armor on, and what does it provide? Who gets to take it off, and what does that provide? Westernized women, for one social subset, know exactly what I'm referring to. Now, as to whether it's perceived as "shining" or not, we could go very Jungian. But as relates to combat, we get very quickly into the motivations and justifications for warfare, including those "Holy Wars". So who should be in charge of that armor, who is aware of it sufficiently to manage it on or off, when and where? (ref: "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles & Wars" - that are best if maintained INternally.)
          At the point of the armor beginning to shed [which I'll call "Paradigm 3"?] the bar begins to be raised on the nature of communications - on it's quality, clarity, and meaningfulness. The devolution process described above begins to reverse. Eventually the expression of pain among the general populace (besides in the therapy room or between intimates) becomes a meaningful part as it takes it's natural place along with all the other meaningful parts of emotional communication (including joy, exuberance, halarity, exasperation, wonderment, etc). Therefore, far less often would it be "felt" as needing to take a leading role in one's expression (consciously or unconsciously), then suppressed, re-suppressed, or otherwise hidden, thus multiplying the stress of past or ongoing painful events. EG: The expression of pain would NOT be at the center of communication, let alone be perceived as a "show-stopper" at the center of perception - either by the one expressing it or the one(s) hearing it.
          Were the above mentioned talismans, herbs, ceremony, and "magic cures" the true origins of the "Placebo Effect"? And "Like two worlds, both together and apart, visible and invisible - it was painful to manage this split understanding of all that one loved or tried to ...could ...feel dangerous ...thus wise to forget!" Because, by this time, the mind and body had become split because feeling and expression are, by human nature, intimately tied. And to disturb that tie, just as within the individual psyche, is to disturb and create splits within the cultural psyche.

          Emotional honesty would be naturally considered whenever we use the words "honest" or "integrity". Instead of being considered as noise to be ignored or muffled by judgement or punishment, or the sign post indicator of less potent [sic] sub-cultures. Standards of "courage" would be based more on completeness and depth of communication as well as action, including vulnerability as well as passion. Winning and losing might determine prizes, but never worthiness for that kind of love which -then- would also be deemed as the mark of a true person.
          Emotions and communications would be understood, diseases would be rare, since most have been due to stress, due to violence or abandonment, or fear of same. All of which has been born out of disconnected *incomplete communications* - and thereby due to someone's being made, or allowed to feel, less worthy of love and respect. ("But what about..." Well, consider that some things likely originated much farther back than you heard about them.) Competition then becomes about creativity and solving the problems related to inequality and injustice. Sports become truly about what we like to proclaim they are about. Distribution of resources and wealth then comes without distribution of punishment and poverty.

          Emotional intelligence - often referred to as "EQ" in complementary reference to "IQ" - can expand other capacities related to "IQ". After therapy or other means of healing, of re-integration of our "stuff", as gestaltists and body-centered therapists might say... Then, as we exercise, develop, expand, and feed those cells related to the completed, reintegrated areas of the brain , those areas previously shut off from the others by their association with those previously suppressed memories and feelings, then the cells there begin waking up and contributing to the brain's productivity, via recovery or replacement of channels of access. Cells in neighboring areas of the brain are effected by the added micro-currents by resonation, and so their contributions are enhanced as well. One's intelligence grows like a garden - to the degree it is allowed/ encouraged to receive nourishment. Enhancement of emotional intelligence thus contributes to intellect and even to analytical capacity.

          Another way to look at it: Metaphorically speaking: if certain compartments of your toolkit (whether for whole tools, or just for some of their attachments), had snakes springing out and biting you whenever you opened them, then you probably became less motivated to open the tool kit over time. That's how emotional baggage effects how much or even whether you use certain/various capacities in your brain. Denial is a mechanism for coping with pain, including emotional pain, of course. Metaphorically countering, you should be happy to know that there are means to go into the toolkit, tame the snakes, and thus recover those avoided compartments. Same goes for any areas of data storage that have been avoided. EG: Per the studies in neuroplasticity, The brain is like a tool kit, as well as a memory access device and memory storage device. With your Heart/Mind in charge of the tool kit, that is, at least from the metaphysical perspective. In any case, maybe our tool kits are far more alike than we believe - maybe it's the details of accessing the tools that differ the most from individual to individual.

Summary Note & Clarifications:
Spacer4LnHt   Emotional Intelligence or EQ does not necessarily imply Emotional Integration
: To apply that distinction in a short summary of the above: The self-management of pain, buttons, issues and related communications, IS one way of describing EQ. However, A good actor can portray perfect EQ, and we can call that "practice", and that -all by itself- might work well in the workplace in the judgement of many. In the long run though, for those with submerged highly charged challenges, that (acting) will work only as good as window dressing and may even better disguise a walking time bomb.
Spacer4LnHt   Whereas emotional integration towards conscious -and LONG-TERM constructive self-management of emotional material- pertains not to the behavioral practice of EQ (such as taught in EQ seminars for businesses), but to actual therapeutic emotional healing and the expressed results of that via therapy, self-applied personal growth work, meditation, etc. Such bottom-up integral development of EQ can thereby expand other capacities related to "IQ", and thereby increase IQ.
Spacer4LnHt   Perhaps far more important than the relationhip to IQ are the results (of integration) of reducing stress on internal organs as well as tension in connective tissue & muscles: internal equilibrium, less tendency to disease and injury, more energy and focus for life enhancement, optimal productivity, and long-term health - the heart of preventative health maintenance. Hopefully more in-depth and socially applicable trainings will stem forth from "Empathy & Co-Existence" - with widespread growing results that make the difference needed.

          And, you may ask, "how to handle 'people who would just go on and on and on and...' "? For one, that is relative. Some folks practically demand well-summarized sound bytes (except from those they consider their own superiors or who pay them, of course). And more than a person type, that is actually about an attitude that is becoming prevalent in dense populations. Secondly, an adequate therapist recognizes when a client uses repetition, elaboration, or performance to avoid the real causes of pain. And guides from there. And "Co-Counseling" or "Re-Evaluation Counseling" teaches the rest of us how to listen effectively, which can often be the beginning of healing.
          And yes, there are highly influencial cultures or sub-cultures that consider most emotional expression (other than anger) as unbecoming of a true man. Well, my response to that perspective is, who needs EQ (emotional intelligence) only in women and gays (to the degree that actually or effectively applies), considering that's been going on for as long as it has with the results being our current state of the world? That is, in spite of that; whereas without that much, we'd have probably lost the planet within a decade after the first nuclear bomb went off. [<= ed. Sept'12] EG: That world wherein, -due to the influence of "Lords of Culture" in the ways noted above- only in the last 60 years are significant numbers of people beginning to feel appalled or guilty about utilizing wars ("holy" or otherwise) and colonization for acquiring resources.

          I believe that when enough straight males come to utilize EQ (to a sufficient degree - they don't all need to be [fill in with name of your favorite most sensitive all-dude stud on TV, etc]), things will change [per "Paradigm 3" noted above; "Paradigm 2" was back when the "Body-Mind Split" - noted further above.] Besides, if needed, I can testify that a totally straight male can not only have EQ, but utilize it. More importantly, as those EQ capabilities began to be allowed and accessed more - my creativity and intellectual capacities expanded as well - yes, my IQ went up. (Please feel free to tell me I'm not alone here.) That is why, when I talk about "diversity", I'm referring to that which makes up the balance in many realms of life, including talent, aspiration, purpose, direction, the physical attributes, and even aspects of awareness and consciousness, and the myriad realms that compose each of those and all the rest.
          Note: Beneath anger is loss or the fear of loss. Loss is essentially about sources of true happiness: love, respect, and/or companionship. Although one common neurosis is about 'things' - projecting supressed feelings onto things. Feelings about persons or other perceived sources of happiness that are no longer present - much like with an addiction; or it can be an addiction. Healing takes time, and denial is a means of postponing the healing until one is ready to deal with the pain - with various factors determining how long a time that may take, related to how benign or destructive that may be to the environment and/or ones psyche. [None of that is to provide "an excuse" for anyone for whatever - those are just some cause-effect basics if/as/when needed to begin with. Sources for elaboration or even instruction are linked to nearby.]

          And what of "the Lords of Culture" - here referring, of course, to the intolerant encouragers of apathy and denial? Well, please understand that 'those people' are not only they who exist at distant heights. But also those who, through their own denial of their own pain, have thus been programmed to pass on their beliefs about change - that is, that no change will ever really happen. And in fact, is it not true that each of us has been handed the opportunity to play that role, at one time or another? And how did we handle it?
          And what happens to all "lords" is that they either continue to have the power we give them, or we realize our own power, and go from there. Or it can be put this way: we either buy into that attitude or energy - whomever it pops out of, to whatever degree - or we don't. Related: Investments and the economy are not just about monetary currencies. AND it's not so much about government styles ("isms") - because what works for a local or culture is what works, and call it what you like - maybe "whatworksism", or maybe just "common sense" which necessarily includes a good dose of compassion. Because people work best when they work together and/or individually cooperatively. [Related writings or links nearby.]

          In recognition that new concepts need to be digested one at a time: Have you ever noticed how sometimes your understanding of something changes when you read it a second time? Maybe again the third time or even again after that? Well, there *is* a lot in this essay, obviously. It seemed I had to keep rewriting it - to reintegrate of all the little branches it increasingly encompassed - as if already a part of some web which was unearthed and rendered as went along. And to make sense out of that to the reader, some of it possibly new material to many (or new perspectives on old material), given the range of concepts, especially when each are related to the other concepts as explored here.


Related References:

Poly-Psy (& Chalice-Bridging)
     * "Empathy & Co-Existence":see section just below this Ken Wilber section, about "The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion" which initiated a discussion in September of 2012, laying the groundwork for much greater things worldwide, now growing on facebook via a number of pages", including reference links as well as my own ideas for that (excerpted from my recent posts at facebook and at the Google Docs page for it).
     * Books, *The Emotional Life of Nations*, by Lloyd deMause and *The Geopolitics of Emotion* by Dominique Moisi - brilliantly demonstrates that we are now in the midst of a "clash of emotions."
           * Book Review - *The Emotional Life of Nations* by Lloyd deMause - Reviewed by John A. Speyrer of Primal-Page.Com: "It is no exaggeration to state that human progress is a functionof the evolving space between mother and infant. . . .It is the baby who is the wild card in human evolution, the flexible template through which culture has the opportunity to slowly improve itself generation by generation." Thanks to Maria Altmann for these resources & kind words for my efforts (Sept'10). At this site, including a section on "The Politics of Pain", is the essay "Overcoming Political Disillusionment."
     * By Anodea Judith: "Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love", 2006 Elite Books; Sacred Centers - Pathways for Personal and Global Transformation, "Exploring The New Story And The Future Of Civilization"
     * Article "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles & Wars" (that are best if maintained INternally) - an eclectic view, by Chris Pringer (Nov'09, ed. Apr'10)
     * Article" 'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition - Clarifying where the definition has come to be re-defined to apply in limited ways and directions" by Chris Pringer (4'10). I clarify the empathy of the 3rd Chakra from that of 4th or Heart Chakra in essay, "The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul", considering the HEART CHAKRA as the "bridging" chakra or chalice-chakra, between the lower and upper chakras.

     * Chart [Just Below], explanatory notes and references, Thanks to Ken Wilber
      NOTE: re "Stew & Salad", Boundaries, *No Boundary*, and Individuality: PLEASE understand (if/as the shoe fits) that the esoterists who have done their psychology homework do NOT confuse tolerance, true listening, true empathy, true understanding (however rarely achieved) with/as a dissolution of personal boundaries, let alone a disrespect of psychic boundaries. The title of Ken Wilber's book, *No Boundary*, is a play on concepts and paradigms. Read and find for yourself. Individuality (IMO, based on my studies and application) is a much more intricately developed capacity than most people conceive. The Self can be forever mined - tho most would consider that selfish. However, the most creative and contributing people though history spent a great deal of time exploring the nature of consciousness. The ego's true role is to maintain an individuality in order for us to fully appreciate the diversity of all Life, to facilitate the challenge and gift of experience of relationship and all the learning that entails. The right brain works with the stew of things, the left with the salad, the whole brain makes what it makes from both. And the "whole mind" integrates that and much more, including "the heart", for practical application from there. Indeed, (esoterically speaking) the brain is one primary tool of the mind, and is subject (ideally, or at least eventually in ones evolution) to the integrated mind and heart (eg: to the inter-developed higher chakras). [ed. 9/20/10]

Emotional Intelligence
     * Book, *Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ for Character, Health and Lifelong Achievement* by Daniel Goleman, PhD
     * Book, *7 Kinds of Smart* by Thomas Armstrong
     * Book, *Betrayal of the Body* by Alexander Lowen, MD
     * Book, "Embracing Your Subconscious, Bringing All Parts of You into Creative Partnership" by Jenny Davidow, M.A., is a Communication Coach in Bellingham, Mt. Vernon and Seattle, WA. (Great reading & resources via Jenny Davidow .Com)
     * Article, "What Makes Us Happy" by Joshua WolfShenk and George Vaillant (The Atlantic Online, June 2009)
     * Research Article, "Mind-Set Matters Exercise and the Placebo Effect" by Alia J. Crum and Ellen J. Langer, Harvard University
     * A talk, "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child" by John Gottman, Aug 7, 2008
     * A talk, "Finding Happiness in a Harvard Classroom" by Tovia Smith, March 22, 2006
     * EQ-i® Test, or Emotional Quotient-Inventory, Reuven Bar-On, Ph.D. - in the "Psychological Assessments and Services" section at MHS, which includes much focus on measuring "emotional and social skills that are consistent with job performance metrics". Specifically: [], Stress Management Strategies [Stress Tolerance, Impulse Control], Adaptability Strategies [Reality Testing, Flexibility, Problem Solving, General Mood Strategies -Optimism, Happiness], IntERpersonal Strategies [Empathy, Interpersonal Relationships, Emotional Self-Awareness, and Social Responsibility], IntrRApersonal Strategies [Self-Regard, Emotional Self-Awareness, Assertiveness, Independence, Self-Actualization]. I also very much appreciate the *context* provided in their (sample) assessment results: "Please remember that this report is only one source of information and is best used in association with other sources of relevant information (e.g., behavioral ratings, performance ratings, or a 360-degree assessment). The process of self-development starts by raising your own level of awareness and determining what actions need to be taken to increase your level of effectiveness."
           According to Talent Smart, another EQ Appraisal firm on line --sponsoring the book, *Emotional Intelligence 2.0*: " • Only 36% of people are able to identify their emotions accurately as they happen. • The biggest EQ gap between Baby Boomers and Generation Y (Millenials) is in their self-management skills. • Women and men have the same average self-awareness score, while men score higher in self-management and women score higher in social awareness and relationship management. • CEOs and other senior executives, on average, have the lowest EQ scores in the workplace." (2009)

     * Related Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Quotient-Inventory, EQ, IntERpersonal Strategies, Body-Mind Integration, Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, Nathaniel Branden
Violet Rainbow Lightning Chalice CellRing - Out o' the 'Myst', © Chris Pringer, Oct 2014
"Violet Rainbow Lightning Chalice CellRing - Out o' the 'Myst', © Chris Pringer, Oct 2014

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"Double AtomicPi Chalice &Vortices OnStrS-MultiRnd1 Back", © Chris Pringer, Oct 2010

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"Chalice Waves RvGA Blue Glass 1A" sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 1996 & 2009"V&H Chalice TransForming CellMatrix Tapestry5bF Vortex & Flower Of Life - Interwoven", sig'd, © Chris Pringer 2010

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Is that Lancelot? Or YOU with your shining armor, lance, and cloak of truth?" ?
What's WRONG with this picture?
(And, yes, what's also right with it?)

What about how we (most folks) relate to the archetype of Knighthood? And how many people (not just guys) relate that archetype (consciously or unconsciously) to our own self-image as related to military service? (And what about that armor, shining or not? Rolfers and Integrative Bodywork practitioners might have an answer for you, by the way smile with far, far-reaching psychological implications, however.) Granted, I could think of far far worse archetypes for someone bent on going to war - ie: those unassociated with such attributes as chivalry. And what does the "Holy Grail" represent? (more about "Pragmatic Balance" than extremism perhaps?). There is a also a story about how a former Marine (guess who Wink ) who came to a have different perspective on this. BIG HINT about that archetype being associated to military service: What if I said Spiritual battles were meant to be fought within? And that the grail legend was / is about recovering balance (and recovering from EXTREMISM) as as essential part of that? (at least eventually through our evolution as humans). [Hence the chalice art at this site, whether for "spiritual" purposes or not.]

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'Synthesis', sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 1991
"Synthesis", original work in ink, magic marker, & colored pencil (photo, gamma-adjusted digitally to be more vivid), sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 1991

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"3D AtomicPi Chalice V&H Vortex9[X] w/ChaliceSphere&Star Flower Of Life3 onTeal" © Chris Pringer, Sept 2012

Chart  of Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces, © Chris Pringer Apr'11
"Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces" sig'd © Chris Pringer Apr'11

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"Chalice5 Vortex Over Chakra Tapestry1v", sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2003&10

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"3DChalice Over ChaliceVortexTpstry5b DblStarAtomicPi1Sphere onBlu, sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2009&10

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'May Your Quest' (shortVers) on PiChaliceB2aEAdj5 &Chalicells on PiScBk158
"May Your Quest" (shortVers) on "PiChaliceB2aEAdj5 &Chalicells on PiScBk158", sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2010

Chalice Vortex Earth Bridge Entwined Hearts, sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2009
"Chalice Vortex Earth Bridge Entwined Hearts", sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2009

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"Multi-VortexChalice-3D, AtomicPi, Tapestry5, 5Vortex, Flower of Life, AChaliSynthesis OnG3&OcvBackgr", sig'd, © Chris Pringer, Aug 2010

Notes on Therapies and Levels of "The Spectrum of Consciousness":
      In Wilber's Chart, the levels shown at the top of the chart are are the more shallow levels of consciousness, and those at the bottom are the deeper or more expanded levels of consciousness.
      As per Wilber: The diagonal line represents the "boundary", or split between that which is conscious, integrated, and accepted as part of "Self" (on the left side of the split), and that which is perceived as separate from Self - at the level shown above it. Each level includes all those levels shown above it; for example, the "Ego Level" includes (within the ego side) the "persona" and "shadow," now integrated; yet the body is still perceived as separate.
      In this version of the chart, I put '+' marks to indicate where where the boundary begins to cease. -- cp]

      Related? Also to let you know where to find more recent resources from Ken Wilber and his more recently developed Integral Life Institute. There you go for many great discussions on video among some of the greatest minds on the leading edges of science and spirit and researching how to integrate the two, forum/blogs, art, etc.

One of the Tapestries from 2002, more recently extended vertically


Empathy & Co-Existence

The Empathy Movement & the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion

In September of 2012, The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion initiated a discussion, laying the groundwork for much greater things worldwide, now growing on facebook via a number of pages, a few links to which are shown below right.

A Summary of Issues & Considerations
per my posting at Facebook and/or Google Docs pages, 9/11 through 9/15, 2012:

I’ll begin with these four questions that Edwin Rutsch posted in his facebook email:
    *   How can be build an empathy movement? What ideas to you have?
    *   What is our mission: to what purpose are we here?
    *   What is our vision: what do we have to offer?
    *   What is our DNA: What are our core values, from which we operate?

There's what one can do from a professional practice position, since generally the focus is on the goals and challenge(s) of the client or patient, as discerned between s/he and the practitioner. But as for a community or sociological approach, the considerations become complex very quickly. On the relatively easy side of it, some very practical approaches to learning are spelled out in publications and seminars on EQ (emotional intelligence as complementary to IQ) -understanding, recognizing, and developing related perceptions, capabilities, good habits in action, etc.

Where it gets complex, however, may be at what we might consider the very basis of empathy, in reference to the definition of *caring*. There are also the many different perspectives, most primarily centered around the various religions, and while there are many similar views, there are many quite different ones. And it doesn't stop with the definition of caring, of course - each creed has it's own set of systems for a) managing ones emotional body in general, and specifically, often particular to ones gender, including how to manage the hormones (roles & rules), b) managing psychic phenomenon (including ignorance/denial) and differentiating that from "gut feelings", and any of that from heart-centered empathy (or not).

In other words, IMO, given the half-dozen or so predominant creeds and another half-dozen others, humanity as a whole, has no real consensus on how to define, structure, or manage the attributes or actions of caring, anger, or hormones, let alone testosterone, let alone ego, all of which bear directly on our capacities for (gut or heart-based) empathy and problem solving. And yet, cultural differences are to be honored, diversity is essential to humanity, no? (How can we not have the utmost respect for whomever can mediate for peace at the UN or on the battlefield!) Nevertheless, there's that big 'O' word, OBJECTIVITY. Considering that is the only "rational" component mentioned above, is objectivity 'the' or at least 'a' goal of empathy???

ACTUALLY, albeit conversely, the “old mystics” of any one of these creeds tend to sound very much alike when it comes to teaching how to get along with each other, where to begin to learn that, etc.

IDEALS: I dream of a day when we can be honest without it being received as emotional manipulation, but as simply for what it is, although sometimes it is a call for compassion and healing. Which shouldn't have to be so threatening. Because "true people", as they say, don't mind being given such an opportunity, considering that part of their own growth and maturation. But I doubt society will get there anytime soon. Is why I write some of the things I do. [11'13]

Thank you for helping to clarify some of these questions & “answers” for me,   - Christopher Pringer

Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
Official Reference Links
            and "In our public work area in google docs" at, where it begins with, "Please Tell us how You can Contribute to building the empathy movement. ...invite all the people you know who are actively engaging in empathic action... Video explanation of how it works:" [- Edwin Rutsch]

"The Co-Existence Set" (March'13)

          The "CoExistence Set" of thumb-linked references at right pull together what might begin with a sign, in the deeper midst of all those in the pic, "At the Rally for World Change". It reads "If you want world change, 1st seek personal change". This set of references end with the "Approaches to Conspiracy" Chart, where it also includes "Extremism as related [to] structure-based fears - Loss of control, of [loss of] purity, thus [loss of] worthiness of Love, [fear] of Diversity as equated to loss of self, self-importance".
          And where at the bottom of the chart it includes, "Critical appreciation of essential diversity Essential to genetic integrity or [its] 'Immune System' ...of the human ecology, just as sustainability of Planetary Eco-System" and "Male-Female Energetics in Relationships as related to... Yin, Yang, & Balance...".
          One of the Thumblinks include the World Healing Prayers page (with over 20 invocations and prayers over sacred geometry backgrounds). Which also includes text and references for the substantiation of the efficacy, the effects of meditation, invocation, & focused prayer upon "real-world" situations, amount of violence in a given local populace, actual statistics thereof, etc.

More REFERENCES for Elaboration
by yours truly at ChaliceBridge.Com:

In various essays I identify certain problem/challenge scenarios (IMHO), and then discuss various considerations for how empathy or caring may enter in, or conversely, be abused. [Included with posting at left]

One set of these ("Set A") is from a self-help point of view, almost universal enough to be sectarian, deals with issues such compassion vs sympathy, cording, boundaries, etc. There are only a few, likely vague, references to discriminating between gut feelings (or solar plexus based empathy) and heart-based empathy (heart-”originated”, heart-oriented, heart-trained). But within the noted references, there are included ref-links to many topics well elaborated on many of the elements that comprise and maintain, extend from heart-based empathy, and/or in some ways protect it (with regard to boundary formation and management, ie: at the solar plexus level):
            "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner - and Detouring 'Burn-out'"
            "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" at the "Goal Chart" page
            "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"

Another set ("Set B") is from a more socio-political viewpoint, is probably even more sectarian, but admittedly may be read as liberal-biased in some treatments, particularly in where or how it may imply or suggest application. [ed.9/15/12]
            "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split" (a section on this page)
            "On Empathy & Healing, Working it through..." or "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'"
            "Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition..."
            "Spotting & Exposing the 'Politics of Pain' "
"The Co-Existence Set"

"Signs for World Change"
with sub-section, "World Change, or World of Addiction" at the PolyPsy Citizen Healing page

"Questions for Invoking for World Change"
at the World Healing Prayers page

John Pettie Knight (Cut&ReTouched) Ovr3DMultiChaliceVtxMistO'VBrF&TOL 3'13
"Spiritual Battles & Wars, Systems of Structure & Learning" (& Balancing the Chalice Within - where such battles are best fought). Also: (in more eclectic, long-term context)

"Approaches to Conspiracy" Chart
& "Roberts Rules of Ordered Conspiracies", & more on "Paradigms of Paradox" & "Composting Paranoia" at the PolyPsy Home Page

"Affirmations for Inner Communications"
at "Notes on Addiction" at the "Goal Chart" page

"Mother Earth Dove, Giving Ourselves to Peace"
in the "Pragmatic Balance" section



Diversity and the Gestalt - a Function of Sacred Geometry (Pi & Chaos Theory) ?

          Pi, Chaos Theory, and... : It occurred to me that the number pi, the almost endless non-repeating series, as a function of the mandelbrot and Chaos Theory, and thus seemingly going EVERYwhere in the universe ... would seem to be correlated to the need to break habits... note the angles and inner structures of the golden rectangle (based on pi and square roots of pi)... they are dynamic, always turning (hence the seashell that is often graphically overlaid with the golden rectangle)... like chaos theory but less(?) repeating than the --seemingly, but ever so not, random-- mandelbrot dynamic - or maybe they are related in that "the line or continuum that they represent" keeps changing direction (at least relative to what we call "straight" in the dimension we normally "see" in) and never covers the exact same ground, but if followed forever...

...then perhaps ALL ground is covered - perhaps every molecule is connected on this line... geometrically proving as it were that every atom has it's own defined place in the gestalt whole of the universe, it's own individuality as far as placement goes, yet ever-totally-connected to every other atom in the universe - thus by design given this mathematical constant that also determines our DNA's effective functioning, thence our very existence as organic life forms, the structure of our universe, and therefore the structure that guides our consciousness so long as we perceive through these corporeal forms... and therefore, some would say the very nature of our consciousness - and in this case - from, by, and back to realization of, the nature of total interconnectedness with all life.

Chakra[8] DNA Multi APiChalice Over PrayerBack 8'10-1, sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2010

Chakra[8] DNA Multi APiChalice Over PrayerBack 8'10-1, sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2010, with '8th Chakra' rendering for the chakra vortex, which is from *The Chakras* by C.W. Leadbeater, Quest Books, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton Ill. 1972 edition.

Pi Rectangle w/Shell, 2 mandelbrot images (sources unknown)

The Pi-Rectangle, or "Golden Rectangle", graphically describes the pi-ratio proportions, which is the basis of Sacred Geometry, DNA function, and the universal constant of all life as we know it. How and why is described in the "Proportion and Function" paragraph in the "Archetypes & Geometry Scenario 1" section.

          From here it occurred to me that, perhaps, part of our completing ourselves is getting in touch with every part of ourselves... one moment of focus on every part of our body... at least sufficient to tie it back into the matrix, especially if it were ever separated by injury. Not speaking of missing parts by amputation (necessarily?), but (at least?) all those still attached or within, that might not be getting full or sufficient circulation to contribute their share of the work for the rest of the body. The point being that, one of our missions as humans, in the process of self-realization over many lifetimes, is to complete the body, one component, organ, or system at a time if/as necessary. And that focus of ones compassionate attention - on those parts that are considered less whole or less connected to the rest of self - is the basic means of accomplishing that. And, come to think of it, I'm pretty sure this is a basic tenant of traditional yoga. [8/14/10]

The thought-stream that inspired the artwork at left:
   Perturbers and change artists, outer focused and inner, working independently, not always consciously so, but together... nevertheless foreverthemore... here acknowledging those who would be... charging wind-devels (and any other element of nature) with benign forces, like pi-spirals elevating... "upwardly mobile"... unidiversally expanding winds of change... uniting like the cosmic DNA catalizing... re-member-ringing resonating inner-communicating every atom...

         Speaking of charging other elements of nature - if you haven't already checked it out, you might enjoy "Water-Charging -Group-Fired- Healing Technique", based on some very inspiring scientific findings by Masaru Emoto (at the "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" page). Also there are many more tools for self-healing, working with the cells an energetic level. Like "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" (more application of science than prayer in this case, as related to *Cellular Re-Organization* and engaging *neuroplasticity*.). Plus supportive science, concepts, and references.

         The "Gestalt Puzzle" is like the human brain as an example of "the many kinds of smart" (in a slightly expanded if not updating reference to the book, "Seven Kinds of Smart") that necessarily work together, and yet in a myriad of ways, even as that myriad is one essential element in the very definition of individuality, the diversity of all of which implys it's very purpose, even design, is to use the vehicle of opposition and complementarity to work together whatever the degree of conflict, even as learning to make all conflict a non-violent process. More at "Gestalt Psychology as compared to Buddhist Psychology" at the "Gestalt Perspective" page
         Also at that page is "Diversity & Coexistence as Related to the 'Gestalt Puzzle' of ALL LIFE" an illustrated Metaphor (thumbnail at right).

Thumbnail of Chart for 'Diversity, Coexistence, & the Gestalt Puzzle'
"Diversity, Coexistence, & the Gestalt Puzzle"



A Kind of Summary
For Pragmatic Balance:

(Of this section and related articles at this site)

          '...The Eagle recedes, the Dove proceeds, as the Owl see's through the darkness... OUR relationship with the Earth Mother clarifies as our own interconnectedness is realized...' [ from "Believing in Potential «§» Transition" at World Healing Prayer page ]
          ...through (sufficient percentage of the population of) mankind's achieving "paradigm shifts" in our perception of our relationships - within and without, with other beings (human, animal, etc), and *higher* power(s); perception of meaning and purpose related to those relationships, to mankind's past and future as well as our long-term psycho-spiritual evolution; and thus ...
          ...through (sufficient percentage of the population of) mankind's realization of balance between extremes (to a sufficient degree), by internalizing (sufficiently balanced proportion of sufficient amount of) both Masculine & Feminine energies, and due to thus ...
          ... Achieving (sufficient degree of) understanding of and tolerance for the different needs/ preferences for structure (eg: differing amounts/degrees of), why that is; why one's needs/ preferences may not work at all for others, and that forcing one's need for structure on another (aside from those one is parentally responsible for) is usually an act of violence... [ per "On Structure & Learning"" and "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles & Wars" (that are best if maintained INternally) ] and...
          ... Achieving (sufficient degree of) understanding of listening, and tolerance for the different needs/ preferences in communication [ as illustrated in "The Lords of Culture and Listening" ] and clarified in " 'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition and in context with more all-inclusive Empathy & Co-Existence..., and
          ... Achieving (sufficient degree of) inner-communications between the mental, emotional, and physical bodies [ summary ideal goal of "body-parenting" approach due to a history as illustrated in "The Lords of Culture and Listening" ], and
          ...Achieving (sufficient degree of) realization of one's "Synergy of Influence" - range of influences in one's psychological history - both personal & communal, achieving objectivity... [ in reference to Note at "Coalition to promote coexistence, religious tolerance, and peace" at Facebook)] ... understanding self & others, more deeply appreciating...
          ... And thus (sufficient percentage of the population) Achieving meaningful communications with each other, experiencing respect, compassion, tolerance then appreciation of multiple viewpoints, fully appreciating complementary as well as resonant relations, realizing the continuity between extremes within and without, and the paradox of polarity, realising ...
          And All Thus, eventually ...
          God & Goddess join by proxy ... Goddess emanates role of Madonna, and births the Dove of Peace - within the hearts of mankind, due to a (heart-chakra LOVE) threshold having been reached ...
          ' a Divine Energy Vortex through the Vessel of Humanity, Unity through the process of Duality, Even in each atom, cell, and organ Our form and ego provide a Cauldron For the Transformation Flame...' [ from above "Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" over "PiChal-onSepia" above ]

'Madonna Dove Giving Prayer a Chance' Peace Card (LrgThumbPic), Chris Pringer Feb'06

Madonna & Dove of Peace
"...Goddess emanates role of Madonna, and births the Dove of Peace - within the hearts of Mankind ..." (The Chalice, in this rendering, symbolizes the heart chakra of Mankind, or "bridging" chakra between Mankind's lower and upper chakras.) [Chris Pringer, Feb'06]

BridgingHearts-Texted ValenChalice
"Bridging Hearts Texted ValenChalice" Chris Pringer, Feb'10

Related Links (for the "Balance" section):

 Related Philosophy Section (on this page).
 "Coalition to Promote Coexistence, Religious Tolerance, and Peace" at Facebook
[Originated Dec.'09 by Aymen Zaben]
 The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
 National Council of Churches USA
 PeaceWeek has video recordings of those who are likely the most illustrious group of peace pioneers ever assembled on the planet!
 On Science & Consciousness (next section below)
 World Healing Prayers on Sacred Geometric Backgrounds
 [ see just below]

 Co-Counseling or Re-Evaluation Counseling (REC) - because Listening Can be healing
While Harvey Jackins, the originator, has passed on, Re-Evaluation Counseling has continued to develop and mature into a most valuable, while relatively easy to learn, healing methodology). For more information, you might use these KEYWORDS in your search engine:  Co-Counseling, Re-Evaluation Counseling, Harvey Jackins

 Social Fear - Inner Strength by [Donna]
"A synthesis of inspiration from many sources desire for Peace and Unity of all people on this our paradise," defining a utopian thinker as one who seeks to solve personal and universal problems with "a combination of awareness, rational thinking, and emotional thinking," realizing the need to develop emotional problem solving techniques for [ the causative preponderance of ] "essentially emotional problems" in todays world.

Chalice Bridging & CDC Logo3b2
Site Map & Organization Chart
with full-size graphic


"Peace Flag Earth Chalice with Flower of Life and Ecumenical Logo Set", Chris Pringer, June 2010

          Summary From essay,
"A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing
Government, the Economy, and the Global Warming Crisis"

          One could say that medical over-categorization has led people to be bigoted and "extremist" towards their medical conditions. This can apply to political conditions, whether they be *called* capitalistic, socialistic, communistic, right-wing or leftist (especially while the defining or labeling of various political strategies, let alone mentioning "class war," can be so controversial in itself). As in medicine, finding and maintaining the right balance of elements in any governing system requires an unprejudiced and objective analysis. That includes the appreciation of (the diversity of) the proper place and role of almost every type of strategy and mechanism ever used in history, all considered in the context of each their settings (era, place, and circumstance), in order to develop what will work optimally for any current circumstance. And then a "Diet" is prescribed to facilitate transition to and maintenance for the truly workable system. Easy? Of course not, certainly given these requirements for transition: Time for integration of what we've learned mentally, and for healing much of what we've learned emotionally (in the "school of hard knocks") for necessary realizations regarding relationships (with self, others, Higher Power as applies), values, purpose, direction. If these don't apply, then it could only be easier Wink
          Also at the "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing" page: Favorite Alternative Solution Sites and the sidebar essay, "Solutions: Common Means to Efficient Paths, 'Bridging' in the Cross-Discipline Approach" [10/12/07, ed. 3/14/09, 3/28/10, ...]
PeaceFlagEarthChalice5a-cr-Adj2a Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12
"Patriotism Better Defined for 911, v5a" with Ecumenical Logo Set, Balance Scale, Peace Flag, Tree & Flower of Life, Dove & Transition Mandala midground, Intertwined Hearts and Chalice Tapestry 8A1 background", Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12. At My Gallery my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more.

A Different Take on Evolution

    Evolution Trends: The 'Information Age' And Its Evolution Into The 'Holographic Age'
Challenges and Realistic Goals For Survival and Creating A Desirable Future, © Nov'95

NOTE: At this website the term "evolution" refers to that of human consciousness, resulting in lasting change on the physical level.

Evolve Humanity, ChaliceVortex&Planet'evolve-balance', © Chris Pringer PolyPsyArt 2008             We are currently in the "Information Age" of global-scale *collection and organization * of data and data systems. The "Holographic Age" will be marked by "...the integration of data (a precursor and main component of the Holographic age) ...will bring about a tremendous explosion in capabilities of unprecedented scope, magnitude, and depth... The ability to offer/affect pre-designed physiological, emotional, mental, and psychic change on human beings..." Intelligence manages information, but wisdom manages Intelligence. This "adventurous" draft into the future (or potential future scenarios) at many key areas of evolvement of Human Society. Organized web page includes sections: "Getting There From Here - and The Political Maze In Between," "Some Trends and Developments In Health and Environment," "Psycho-Social Transition And Rehabilitation" (in corrections, education, and health), and "The Role Of Intuition Coming Home...". Recent additions include: much improved "Basis of Assessment - with "Seven Phases of Evolution"; "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment"; and "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" (& Purpose, Structure, Religion, Karma), and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.
          ie: [from original August 1995 paper:] "...Our trial and initiation prior to entering the next age is dealing with the issue of 'Polarization.' So much depends on how we manage this issue during the 1995 - 2005 period of time... critical on many levels. The implications may therefore be timely, a balance of warning with hope and direction => ...'Polarization' refers to the two opposing extremes of over-identification and enmeshment. The first extreme, over-identification, relating to hyper-egoism or narcissism, includes misplaced patriotism and competition for the sake of wrong-making and degradation, nationalism that unduly separates people, bigotry, elitism, and related extremes. The 2nd extreme, enmeshment, relating to the blurring of proper boundaries (such as with emotional or energetic enmeshment, sexual abuse, any improper 'dual relationship'), includes that which occurs with [non/]secular/political or political/personal conflicts of interest. Appropriate structure (laws, regulations, professional guidelines, cultural mores, rules of conduct, etc) is the result of healthy personal and societal discrimination of values, and related priorities and goals... ...will develop out of necessity - much due to the aberrations of the info age (psychological manipulation and necessary defense systems practiced by/for/against businesses in competition as well as for military reasons => ...personal data as common knowledge <=> 'Age of Exposure' => ...the decade of the media moguls and the survival of democracy..."
'Geo&Chakra Skull&Chalice' & 'Grail Mind', © Chris Pringer PolyPsyArt 2010
'GeoChakra Skull & Chalice' & "Grail Mind" - PolyPsyArt 2010
        But if we get through all that, one of the many noted benefits include "... We will have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand from the most hi-tech, research data-backed, psychological ...Awareness on/of the various levels & interrelationships between these areas... The application of intuition may find an unprecedented role in terms both of breadth and of its popular integration with the more logical approaches ...As a result, various systems of 'Integrated Diagnostics' will be developed..."
          The original paper was email published in Nov '95 on (Institute of Noetic Sciences) and Spiramed@sjuvm.stjohns.Edu. Yes, *1995* - So I guess the "system" I used was not so bad (based on the "Seven Phases of Evolution," as detailed on that page in Dec'09). Some intuition did enter in between that system and the "if this, then this" logic - scans of original notes with hand-drawn flow-charts included. Yet, I've never called this "a prophecy," but a perceived spiritual challenge with potentially great rewards; an opportunity for taking responsibility. Even so: That 10 year 'prep' period has just passed - wherein so much did indeed determine about how and how soon we begin this next age - or if we do before the planet (otherwise) overhauls itself. But remember "that spaceship" that's going to save us ? Wink Well, IMO, the pilots are none other than ourselves - as our Earth-Steward selves that is. So, IF it happens, not to worry, we won't miss a minute of it -- IMO, God wouldn't deprive us of the realization that we are so capable! (And responsible. Or don't we want to earn our way ?!)

*Something NEW* for Medicine AND Health Insurance

What would actually change our health-care system the most?

          How about a means of diagnosis that takes so many aspects of a person into account, that it creates a capacity for designing a truly healing program for most any patient? Nice dream you say. How could a diagnostic system be that accurate for so many conditions? What would enable our medical system to consider, so surely and comprehensively to so much greater depth and context, the many processes for the many different kinds of individuals, than we do now? Well, of course, such questions indicate a healthy skepticism. But let's dream just a bit more, but this time, from outside the box, as they say:

         What if there were a system of assessment that would bring together the great many disciplines of health-care - particularly including Eastern, Naturopathic, and even the many among the Western - and to a degree of collaboration that was far beyond what we've ever seen before? In case you don't know, such collaboration is currently not a reality to any meaningful extent, certainly for most health conditions. Particularly between those focusing on the body, and those focusing on the mind, not to mention the relative few focusing on the connection between the two.

          Here's where many professors might dawn that wry grin, being so acutely aware of the egos of various medical disciplines locked around their own perspectives about what heals and what doesn't and so on. And they say, "Yeah, that's going to happen soon."
          Understood. There is that multi-varied polarization in the medical fields that you may not have heard about very often, certainly not prior to when such practices as chiropractic and acupuncture began their influx into western societies.

          And yes - I am working towards something that may hold some hope. In fact I've been working on something for some time, and I can understand some degree of skepticism "in high circles" as related to the likelihood of getting a review - by those that can make a difference. However, One of my dreams for a long time now is a society where/in all people, beginning in childhood, are taught how to feel/see/read their own body-mind communications such that preventative health maintenance eventually becomes second nature. That would then be part of our upbringing and public schooling. But that capability depends on a diagnostic capacity which would require a few decades of research and development, per the project described below - but which would also lend many other exciting accomplishments...

          I'm referring to what I call "the Fascia Memory Project." Which I have attempted to develop from basic concept ( first published in 1996 ), into an effective presentation on line (from theory & basis to projected 35 year plan). I suppose I've too often taken the above noted skeptical response too seriously, and then relented to focus on other vocation related projects,* having had generally limited resources, working for a living and so on.

         The Fascia-Memory Project is about research and development into the relationships among connective tissue (fascia), objective/subjective experience, the neuro-physical interface between emotion, and the brain, and "body-Memory." About developing connective tissue scanning devices and diagnostics hardware for discerning and illustrating all that. Goals include developing optimal means for applying that R&D in health care practice, as well as developing enhanced systems for individual development of body-awareness for preventative health maintenance, taking optimal advantage of our capacities for neuroplasticity. A long term project, but the intermediate goals and sub-projects themselves would bring about considerable effective change from the earliest stages and increasingly through project's end. Some, in fact, would help pay for the project (particularly the "Muscle Madness" game show and off-shoots, as described at the project's Goals & Objectives page). The range of application extends from the medical industry to personal home use, to public education, to social and correctional rehabilitation. For context and perspective on this far-reaching multi-faceted proposal, see (page 8) the Fascia-Memory Project Overview Chart.

          The Fascia Memory Project is not an idea for sale. It "only" requires a sizable investment to initiate the project. But one I am sure we would all benefit from. If you are sufficiently connected, financially or otherwise, please take it and make it happen... this or something better. Please see the web pages for more on how and why the investment would return far more than financial benefits - although I have also explained sufficiently there how that would happen as well.

          Hence my note at Facebook and some pages at my web site: I hope/plan to attract some helpful feedback, perhaps about something I need to include to make the presentation better understood or otherwise more effective. Perhaps this will draw something far more. I am hoping to get a good hearing for the system - which I believe will lead to research, that will lead to the system with the capacities I describe above. I have doubts about that happening in the United States. Other countries seem more multi-discipline-capable when it comes to medicine - and it's relationship to other organized interests.
          Enough for the introduction. The project's web site includes pages for Intro & Summary (with a detailed table of contents with links to the pages), Description & Purpose, Goals & Objectives, Research & Development, Theory, References & Links [extensive], Project Overview Chart, Project Flow Chart ( "Pert" style output by 'MS Project' ). The Original Theory published June'96.

Thank you for your consideration,
Chris Pringer

KEYWORDS: fascia, connective tissue, body-memory, diagnostic hardware, scanning device, neural networks, bio-magnetic, neural field, chronic response, somatic-memory recall, Correlation, research, preventative health, corollary systems, fascia memory, somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, neurotransmitter, proprioceptor, Mind-Body awareness integration, Soft tissue, pain, referral, emotional factor, diagnosis, psychoneuro-immunological, PNI, sensor system, Myo-Fascial, Field Arrays, Myo/CT-Fascial, Assessment Device, CAT/MRI equipment, fascia components, preventative maintenance strategy, technique, illustrating, medical application

Fascia Memory Project

Feedback Systems Interfaces (Proprio-Neuro, Motor Management Centers, Adrenal Emotion, Fascia-Muscular) in Psycho-Physiology of Fascia Memory ChartS by Chris Pringer 2'12,12'13- Thumb
"Proprio-Neuro, Motor Management Centers, Adrenal Emotion Fascia-Muscular Feedback Systems Interfaces in Psycho-Physiology of Fascia Memory" Chart at Fascia Memory Theory Page

F.M. Project Overview Chart

F.M. Project (Pert) Flow Chart


(for Balance, of course; May '07, Jan '09)
Love's Chalice from the Tree of Life
"Love's Chalice from the Druid Tree of Life" © Chris Pringer, Aug'12 in full size at my gallery at ArtistWebsites.Com

          I have been (returned to) studying up on some things, thanks to the makers of "What the Bleep Do We Know" (at WhatTheBleep.Com). And more recently (Jan '09) I am reminded of HeartMath.Org with their promotion of the "De-Stress Kit for the Changing Times." Some might say that both 'Bleep' and 'HeartMath' began with what I'll call "The Tao of Physics Clan" of Fritjof Capra (of the 70's-80's era of published studies & thought) as well as "the Bleep Clan" of Fred Alan Wolfe, the academically most esteemed members of which integrated the knowledge for this much needed production. Through these efforts, IMHO, they offer ground breaking implications for mankind, for our victory over the current period of challenge to world community, re-initiating possibilities for survival into the 22nd Century.
          Most any psychologist or naturopath (or most any M.D.) will tell you that the most difficult thing for any human to do is break a habit, whether physical, emotional, or mental. Or as the 'Bleep' folks put it, "Nerve cells that fire together wire together, but Nerve cells that don't fire together -- or loose their long-term relationship by our interuppting that and observing the effect, then we break the automatic response mechanisms it takes, and then are free to be there for us as we are fully present with each experience" [close paraphrase, -cp]. One way of defining any world problem (by cause and effect) is its association with one or more addictions (drugs, violence, denial, etc), relative to it's association with things that create beneficial effect (upon oneself, others, or situations.
          Breaking habits is exactly the potential of what I call the "Bleep Tool Kit": those things (methodologies, practices, attendant devices if/when appropriate) that provide the capability to break habits on every level, whether personal or interpersonal, community or inter-community, and whether just conceived or fully manifested. Creation of our individual and community habit-breaking tool kits depends on the investment of time and application of principle - via the focus of one or more people. IMO, that's the first half of 'World change' - the other half is the personal and communal application of the tools.
          The "De-Stress Kit" provides much for initiating healing on the personal level, with great potential for assisting development of inner stillness and clarity. Such benefits can certainly, even naturally, expand to most every communal context. The HeartMath.Org web site is rich with fun tools for self-assessment and quickly introducing body, mind, and emotional health. It also provides FAQ's and voluminous research reports and related links & references. [Please note: as far as I know, there is no formal relationship between HeartMath.Org and WhatTheBleep.Com; I am associating them by common function - tools for conscious personal & world change. I consider their kit a valuable, perhaps essential, part of the "Bleep Tool Kit" - as I would any system(s) that does the same for an individual, actually. In you want to get really serious about such a tool kit, I would suggest integrating Chi-Gung, yoga, and a well-formed 'power-of-spoken-word' system with all the above. -cp] De-Stress Kit   


          Remember *TM* (Transcendental Meditation) - and it's effectiveness upon whole communities ? Once the media made it all about the person (the guru), and not about the function and capability - for anyone who wanted to invest the time and energy ...well, at that point the potential was neutralized - until 'Bleep' resurrected the offer (with a much more grounded yet far-reaching platform). And I don't mean to imply that 'Bleep' is all about such serious things. It's as fun as it is intellectually stimulating, even as "wondrous," as it pulls together and makes understandable so many realms of knowledge in a practical way, including the quantum physics that backs it all up!

          All that (study, focus, etc) has effected my professional work as well as most every outlook on life. That effect began during my studies into consciousness in the mid 70's, much more in the later 80's. However, that has dramatically increased recently as I've only begun to realize the (far more) integrated picture (with the implied potentials) that I attempt a useful summary of in the above paragraphs. Below are some excerpts from the 'Bleep' website.

          "Following the release of 'What the BLEEP Do We Know!?', in Q&A after Q&A, conference after conference, the filmmakers were besieged by requests for more: More information, more science, more applications to their personal lives. August 1, 2006 marks the response to these requests with the release of What the BLEEP Down the Rabbit Hole, Quantum Edition multi-disc DVD set.

"Multi-Vortex5 &3DSphered Chalice w/DoubleStar2 in Atomic-Pi-Ovoid1B" sig'd © Chris Pringer, May'12
            "The original 'What The Bleep Do We Know' was made for a theatrical experience of under two hours. With these new expanded versions [in 'Down the Rabbit Hole'], the filmmakers were finally able to include all the topics as originally intended. The completed picture presents all the elements that are intrinsic to the worldview put forth in BLEEP. Topics such as Quantum Entanglement, the Double Slit Experiment, Healing and the Cell, the split and re-unification of spirit and science - all are addressed in the detail required to tell the story. Hopefully they stimulate the viewer to seek further explorations. It may be the definitive BLEEP, but it is not the last word its the final beginning." The scientists make up quite the impressive list (click to read about them & what they say).
          "Often dubbed 'the Critic proof movie' due to its ability to weather all sorts of negative reviews, What the BLEEP has an interesting history in the media. Not all are bad, not all are good, but the movie always seems to have extracted a strong reaction in the reviewer. To see what they said in the media, click here."



Reference Links & Books

for the The Holy Grail, Related History,
Sacred Geometry, and Related Philosophy

References For The Grail Legend & Surrounding History

How the following was drawn from and assembled as the history
of the grail, and of the legend, relative to the history of "The Church," is above in the
"Legend or History" sub-section of the "Pragmatic Balance" Section

Gathered April 2013

A VERY RICH source:
The Camelot Project: Holy Grail, Camelot, Etc at Rochester Edu

Closer To The Source Of The Legend:

The Fisher King at the Camelot Project
Fisher King at Wikipedia and Bran the Blessed at Wikipedia

On the Historical Aspect:

The Matter of Britain at Wikipedia

Historia Brittonum at Wikipedia

Celtic Christianity at Wikipedia

Historia Regum Britanniae at Wikipedia

Taliesin at Wikipedia

Celtic Polytheism at Wikipedia

Nikolai Tolstoy
I found most intriguing, in the list of interviews of authors of historical novels at the Camelot Project - in terms of his own quest to be historically accurate about the Dark Ages, Celtic History & Mythology, the psychology of the people, etc: Interview With Nikolai Tolstoy. By Raymond H. Thompson, 14 May, 1989. N. Tolstoy is the author of the novel of the legend of Merlin, "Coming of the King" (fiction), and the *Non Fiction* book, "The Quest for Merlin" "..Through the use of diverse and rare literary sources, he shows Merlin to have been a historical figure--one of the last heirs to druidic tradition..." Nicolai Tolstoy is the same *Count Nikolai Dmitrievich Tolstoy-Miloslavsky*, who has, inspite of such 'birth', obviously earned his credits in the literary field, including deeply researching celtic mythology. Note: He doesn't mind slowing the reader down, costing himself some readership (my opinion), while encouraging one to *think* so as to appreciate the essentially freely given deeper content - the gold mined from his studies (my words and opinion). [ All of which makes me all the more proud of Leo Tolstoy (related) being one of the 1st books of any size I read in high school, although I couldn't get myself to, let alone through, most any other suggested or mandatory item of the English classes - and my 1st and only bust, in clay, done in high school. Wink ]

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Author of The White Raven (New York: Avon, 1988). From her Wikipedia page: "In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over 70 short stories. Her best-known works are the Westria novels, and the later books in the Avalon series, which she first co-wrote with Marion Zimmer Bradley, then took over sole authorship of after Bradley's death..." ; I am also very impressed with Diana Paxson's quest, hoping it is ok for me to quote her from the Interview With Diana Paxson By Raymond H. Thompson (of the Camelot Project), 29 JULY 1989: "I've always been interested in historical accuracy, which is probably why I approach the subject by trying to figure out how legendary events could actually have happened. ...I believe that everybody who wrote about the Grail was trying to find a way of expressing an experience, a relationship with the divine, that is not dependent on any set of historical circumstances or physical objects. What I want to do, thus, is create a story frame in which somebody sends a bunch of people to look for the Grail--this would provide several interlinked stories. And they all find it! Of course, for each of them it appears in a different form. They all have the same essential experience, but it's mediated to them in different ways..."

and of course

The Avalon series

          The series of novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana Paxson "explores the King Arthur story and related legends through a feminist lens, as well as incorporating historical figures and events, elements of Celtic paganism, and contemporary neo-pagan traditions. The ideological conflict of the pagan and Christian characters, as well as the belief that there is wisdom to be found in both traditions, are frequent themes of the series.
          The novels are connected via Avalon itself and the implication (strongly hinted at, though never outright stated) that several pairs of lovers throughout the series are the same two souls reincarnated. Retells the Matter of Britain from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Through a set of stories that spans several centuries, it tells of how the mystic isle of Avalon was created, its history, life in Britain under Roman authority, and how Avalon and its ancient traditions faded from the world because of a new religion, Christianity.
          All stories are told by women who were powerful during their lifetime, such as Eilan, High Priestess of the Forest House, Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, and Morgaine, High Priestess of Avalon (later remembered as the sorceress Morgan le Fay)." -Wikipedia

Grand father of Count Nikolai Dmitrievich Tolstoy-Miloslavsky ?
Endurance-Sculpture by Chris Pringer 1968
My 1st and only bust, in clay, done in high school (1968, I think), intended to portray Leo Tolstoy, but which I named "Endurance" - so named after re-assembling it after it had exploded in the kiln.
Mary Magdaline, Bride in Exile
by Margaret Starbird
      Margaret's theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she first encountered the suggestion that Jesus Christ was married and that his blood-line had survived in Western Europe. Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar and former University instructor set out to refute it, but instead found compelling evidence in support of the forgotten Bride of Jesus.
      Starbird's research traces the origin of the heresy of the Holy Grail,
bride Exile by Margaret Starbird - cover
whose medieval adherents believed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and that his wife and child emigrated to Gaul, fleeing persecutions of the Christian community in first-century Jerusalem.
       Numerous legends, works of art, and artifacts of medieval Europe clearly reflect a widespread "alternative Christian story" brutally suppressed by the Inquisition from the mid-13th Century. The heresy survived in an underground stream of esoteric wisdom guarded and passed down by generations of artists, artisans, poets, and alchemists.
      Starbird's "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar" is credited with having launched Dan Brown on his quest for Mary Magdalene, the "Lost Bride."

Chalice and Tree Of Life 1 - Thumb

"3DChalice w/Atomic-Pi/Star & Tree Of Life over SpheriCnxtn1"
sig'd © Chris Pringer 4'10-4'11 (above)

SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2013 with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Nov'13 - Thumb
"SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2013" with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Nov'13
(page-wide version at "The Mystical Jesus, Selected Book Reviews"

"The Mystical Jesus, Selected Book Reviews",
including a lecture by Sir Laurence Gardner on the Bloodline of the Holy Grail - A collection of nine brief & not so brief reviews, comprising a good deal of history that is not popularly known about the life and lineage of Jesus, what He was doing in the near and far East and when, on the lost books of the bible (when, how, & why), the Holy Grail, Templars, and the Golden Thread (mystic link among all religions), how all those relate with each other specifically in the context of history, related references. A good background presentation of the basis for the work in discerning current and future implications of all that as engaged in various page sections at Chalice (Bridge) Integration Arts & Sciences, particularly in the "...Holy Grail, Extremism... Legend or History" section.

Gathered May '02+
Back to "Legend or History" in "Pragmatic Balance" Section

    By Vincent Bridges at the Sangraal Web site:
The High History Of The Holy Grail"
I highly recommend this this article: provides enough historical information to give substance not only to a certain amount of the arthurian legend, but to lend important context to the history of western religion and spirituality.

    "Arthur and the Fall of Rome" PartII: Roman Britain

A highly celebrated reference book by Riane Eisler.

   The Holy Grail by Alfred Lord Tennyson

   Grail Menu at Rochester U

    Legend of the Holy Grail

    Allegories of the Holy Grail

    Mysteries of the Templars

    The Story of Bron, Brother in law to Joseph of Aramethea, who bought the Chalice

    Bloodline of he Holy Grail/Laurence Gardner
Summary: After being given privileged access to royal and aristocratic archives in Europe, Laurence Gardner offers real proof of the survival of the descendants of Jesus throughout the centuries. In conjunction with the Book and Album, a unique collection of fine art prints by Peter Robson are now available, exploring more fascinating new dimensions of allegory and symbolism. A lecture by Sir Laurence Gardner, along with a collection of nine brief & not so brief reviews... and more at "The Mystical Jesus, Selected Book Reviews"

Excellent introduction to the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' mythos, including symposium reviews, the 'Geneset' hypothesis and Poussin's paintings.

    Holy Blood, Holy Grail (the book)
(MUCH more elaborated review at the Mystical Jesus Book Reviews page.)
First published in 1982 with international acclaim and controversy by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. Powerful investigative journalism researching the origins of the Knights Templar, related or counter political secret societies, and elements of an Alternative Christianity. Provocative juxtaposition to the Catholic Church's testament of Judeo-Christian history, revealing in-depth the suppression of early schisms within Christianity. The book's central hypothesis is that Jesus survived the Crucifixion and together with Mary Magdalene founded a bloodline that later became the Merovingians in France (protected by the Knights Templar and later by the Freemasons). Banned in Catholic-dominated countries including the Philippines. "The Messianic Legacy" by the same authors has been described as "...the book that reveals the answers to these intriguing, potentially explosive questions. Utilizing the same meticulous research."

    The Holy Spirit and The Holy Grail/Adrian Wagner
Summary: My research has always been concerned with the characters involved in the 'Quest for the Holy Grail', who are the archetypes which are contained in mankind's innermost spirit. The very day after I had finished reading the book, I received a letter from Laurence Gardner.

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"Rainbow ChaliCell Isphere Matrix" (2Mlt5R5a2) © Chris Pringer 2012
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    Entropic Fine Art Inc - Book
Summary: Granted privileged access to European Sovereign and Noble archives, Laurence Gardner proves for the first time that there is a continuing royal heritage of the Messiah in the West. Laurence Gardner Prior of the Celtic Churches Sacred Kindred of Saint Columbia, is an internationally know sovereign and chivalric genealogist.

    Celtic Twilight
Arthurian and Grail resources with an emphasis on the legends of Charlemagne, Chretian de Troyes and the 'Parsifal' mythos. Useful for understanding the historical strands behind the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' phenomena.

    Rennes-le-Chateau Homepage
A collection of texts, book-ordering information and links for exploring the environs of Rennes-le-Chateau, initial location of the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' hypothesis.

    Mysteries of Rennes-le-Château and the Prieure du Sion
A brief summary of the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' conspiracy, from Abbe Berenger Sauniere and the Knights Templar to a collection of book reviews. Useful for beginning research.

    The Secrets Of Sion
Steve Mizrach's article is an excellent provocative introduction to the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' hypothesis, with intriguing sections on the 'Blue Apples At Noon' cipher, the Merovingians and the interlink between the Prieure du Notre Dame du Sion secret society and modern intelligence agencies.

    The Labyrinth of the Grail
A book that explores New World Grail mysteries, the Holy Bloodline, and the possibility that the Knights Templar ended up in Nova Scotia. Features a chapter excerpt, outline and ordering details.

On the pictures at right:

          In April ‘98, with limited hardware & software, I scanned a photo of a painting, which I'm guessing was cut out of a magazine in the mid-80s. In September 2000 I was trying out some new software still learning to use various graphic tools. It had been damaged by some years of dust (before I laminated it) and occasional falling from the perch that I had given it on the bottom of the frame of the original "Temple Diamond Chalice". After digitally cleaning up the photo some, I just kept going without saving an extra copy (back when disk space was limited) and colored in the photo.

          The bottom picture: In contrast, looking at the scan in 2010 with much better equipment and software, the pillar shapes in the background were more clear, (although not enough to allow accuracy in the rendering) and I stayed with the grayscale tone. Detailing the cape, sword, hair, dagger, cross, and (added) grail art, was easier than clearing and re-texturing the floor. I almost got myself in trouble with the shadows behind the knight, but backing off a bit allowed me to see and work that out. A few years later, an associate led me to the source of the original (next paragraph). At which point I felt I needed to pull my own renderings, as I could no longer say, "by unknown author". I add these here now (July'12), hoping that with this added context, these small pieces will be acceptable by the owners of the original, various publishers, etc. I have to say, I like the color idea AND that rough forest energy taken up with in the first work on this. The grail addition is "Multi-Vortex Grail r.7", sig'd by Chris Pringer, Aug-Nov'10.

          The original painting is "The Vigil" by John Pettie (1839-1893), exhibited in England, 1884, now in the Tate Gallery - an associate informed me Dec'11). The internet gallery is worth visiting to see the *un-cropped* color photo of the striking original painting. Which may require doing a search there (You can try this)
KneelgKnight-wGrail3-ReTouchedPhotoOfPaintg'TheVigil'byJohnPettie(1839-1893), with addition of 'Multi-Vortex Grail r.7', sig'd by Chris Pringer, Aug-Nov'10


Related Philosophical Refs
(including Gnosticism)

Back to "Legend or History" in "Pragmatic Balance" Section

    Gregg Braden on Constantine and the Bible

* In an Interview at Spirit In The Smokies .Com.

* At Gregg Braden .Net

* and at Miracles & Inspiration .Com

    And how about those "Lost Years" - In India ?!?

"The Mystical Jesus, Selected Book Reviews"
includes a lecture by Sir Laurence Gardner on the Bloodline of the Holy Grail, in a collection of brief & not so brief reviews (7 as of Nov'13), comprising a good deal of history that is not popularly known about the life and lineage of Jesus, lost books of the bible (when, how, & why), the Holy Grail, related history, related references, and much more

    from Wikipedia.Org/Gnosticism:
"The ancient Nag Hammadi Library, discovered in Egypt in the 1940s, revealed how varied this [Gnosticism] movement was. The writers of these manuscripts considered themselves ‘Christians’, but owing to their syncretistic beliefs, borrowed heavily from the Greek philosopher Plato. The find included the hotly debated Gospel of Thomas, which parallels some of Jesus’ sayings in the Synoptic Gospels. This may point to the existence of a postulated lost textual source for the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, known as the Q document.[81] Thus, modern debate is split between those who see Gnosticism as a pre-Christian form of ‘theosophy’[82] and those who see it as a post-Christian counter-movement. New Testament scripture was largely unwritten, at least in the form of canon, existing in the practices, customs and teachings of the early Christian community. What largely was communicated generation to generation was an oral tradition passed from the apostles to the Bishops and from Bishops and priests to the faithful through their preaching and way of life.[83] Constantine’s call for unity in the building of the new Roman Church led to his request for Eusebius to produce some 50 copies of manuscripts. These were approved and accepted by the emperor, which later influenced the final stages of canonization."
In related context, Gregg Braden's reference to the Q' document.

    According to Elaine Pagels:
Gnosticism played a strong role in Christian communities during 1st two centuries. In 5th century, the church sought & destroyed the Gnostic gospels ("the hot item of the day" Pagels calls it), but 52 uncovered in 1945 (Nag Hammadi Library, including the "Gospel of Thunder" - probably the most controversial). Gnosticism encouraged self-knowing as well as broad study of all known religions and philosphies. The Gnostic Gospels also reveals the pluralistic nature of early Christianity and the role of women (including bishops and prophets). Mary Magdaline was called "Apostle of Apostles" in the developing Christian movement. Pagels examines claims on the ultimate "truth,", the development of sexual attitudes in Western religions and the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement, Jewish and Christian concepts of evil, Adam, Eve, the Serpent, and the creation myth. In her talks, she uses the term "hearding cats. [NearQuote:] "When you put power & faith together, faith is going to be corrupted."

    An excerpt from the book, The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels (PBS .Org)

A lion-faced deity found on a Gnostic gem in Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures
A lion-faced deity found on a Gnostic gem in Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures
    Books by Elaine Pagels
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (2012); Reading Judas: The Controversial Message of the Ancient Gospel of Judas (2008); Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2004); The Origin of Satan (1996); Adam, Eve, And The Serpent (1988); The Gnostic Gospels (1979); The Johannine Gospel In Gnostic Exegesis: Heracleon's Commentary On John (1973); The Gospel Of Judas And The Shaping Of Christianity (with Karen L. King, 2007); "The Human Condition, Contemplation and Transformation" by Thomas Keating, Elaine H. Pagels (2012); Secrets of Mary Magdalene by Dan Burstein, Elaine H. Pagels (Introduction), Arne de Keijzer (2009); and The Gnostic Gospels: The Sacred Writings of the Nag Hammadi Library, The Berlin Gnostic Codex and the Codex Tchacos by Marvin Meyer (Editor), Elaine H. Pagels (2008)
- Descriptions of Elaine Pagels' Books can be found at Quakerbooks .Org. I also found impressive the reviews at Goodreads.Com, particularly for the book, Beyond Belief. and for Reading Judas. And if you should get to the latter, be sure to read Mark Russell's comment (Jan 08, 2012).

    Various Resources on Gnosticism
There are a number of very good as well as very distracting references on this subject. I've tried to find and put the more useful ones here, but not necessarily in order of importance or usefulness, since that depends on why you may be researching. For a rounded and more mystical view I like Gnosis .Org (see below) or Halexandria .Org; for historical, I like Wikipedia or as noted in the above Gregg Braden reference, or PBS (see section below, but especially on 1st Christians (or a blend of them). The most brief and simplest but possibly still useful description might be found at Early Christianwritings .Com. Deceptively vast site(s) include links to the early gospels and commentaries as on- & offline references- extensive with various language translations, including Gospel-Thomas.Net and Collected Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas - "must see!". Skip "Gnostic Awakenings" unless you like gossip and hype. [cp, 3/11/13]

   "From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians" (PBS Frontline series)

"an intellectual and visual guide to the new and controversial historical evidence which challenges familiar assumptions about the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity" (and His relationships)

     Home Page         Jesus' Many Faces         Jesus' World         Storytellers         First Christians         Women In Ancient Christianity: The New Discoveries; Mary Magdalene   
     Why Did Christianity Succeed?         Maps, archaeology & sources         Discussion  

   The Gnosis Archive    ( Gnosis .Org )

...The Gnosis Archive Index, Meditations, Gnostic Society Library, audio interview with Dr Pagels and Dr. King hosted by NPR's Terry Gross, Essays on Contemporary Gnosticism, a selection of thoughts and writings from the Ecclesia Gnostica, current free Web Lectures by Dr. Stephan Hoeller (available at BC Recordings), and an evolving "online gallery" for art and Gnosis. The Gnosis Archive is maintained in association with The Gnostic Society.

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Related Mythology / Symbolism
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    Joseph Campbell

author of so many seminal works, including *The Masks of God*,
*The Hero With A Thousand Faces*, and *The Power of Myth* with Bill Moyers.
"Joseph Campbell, in his epic study The Masks of God places Wolfram's Parzival squarely on the dividing line between ancient and modern. Emma Jung, whose psychological insights are invaluable, identifies the Grail cycle as the beginning of the imminent spirituality of Christianity, in opposition to the more ancient transcendent view." from the article, "The High History Of The Holy Grail" at the SanGral web site by Vincent Bridges.

    "Supernatural Journey"
Provides an astute introduction to these topics and sources via an instructive overview chart and links (notably the one via "Crossing the Threshold"). Thank you, BlindFish Butler!

    And at "Joseph Campbell - A Scholar's Life" by Jonathan Young Ph.D.:
"Campbell shows why societies must have heroes to incarnate values upon which a nation or world-order thrives or dies. The seeker provides a society with the vitality essential for continued existence. *The The Hero With a Thousand Faces* showed the similarities among the mythological traditions. Campbell followed this with a series of writings on the great differences among the world myths. The four-volume *Masks of God*: *Primitive Mythology* (1959), *Oriental Mythology* (1962), *Occidental Mythology* (1964), and *Creative Mythology* (1968) analyzed the distinctions among the mythologies of various regions and cultures."

Something that I'll call both ancient and current on Joseph Campbell at
    "Sacred Stories We Live By" An Interview with Jonathan Young Ph.D.
by Brian Stocker, Kindred Spirits Magazine (U.K.) Summer 1997
Excerpt from that page (at a site that is decored with sacred works as well as most generously stocked with important resources): Psychologist and author Jonathan Young Ph.D. assisted Joseph Campbell for many years and later became the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library in Santa Barbara. He is now a consultant to international corporations and uses mythic stories to train executives in sensitivity to other cultures. His recent book, SAGA -- Best New Writings on Mythology, is published by White Cloud Press. [at the very end of the interview:]

STOCKER: In The Power of Myth Campbell talked about suffering. There are all of these things happening in the world and what do you do? How do you say Yes to vulgarity and cruelty?

YOUNG: You have to say yes but that doesn't mean being passive. It is accepting life and the world and avoiding the temptation to see in pairs of opposites, to fall into dualistic thinking. This is good, that is bad, this is mine, this isn't mine. This is masculine, this isn't masculine. As Campbell put it, to be between the pairs of opposites is embracing the range of life. Psychotherapy is about that, and wise political leadership is about having a larger vision. What do we do with these seemingly unbridgeable differences that must be bridged? We may have to say yes to the things we find most unacceptable. That is the individual's big challenge, there are things in us that we consider garbage. We say, that's not me. But if you say that it doesn't go away, it just goes unconscious. In stories, many times the magical character wants the garbage. When the Fairy Godmother shows up to help Cinderella, she says O.K. we can get you to the Ball, but I will need some mice, a couple of lizards, a rat, a pumpkin -- she wants garbage. Psychologically, she wants the parts of us we wish we could get rid of and then works with those to do magic. As if to show us, everything in there is made by the sacred energies and they don't make junk.

Sacred Geometry

Some of the references that I initially studied included: *Patterns of Health* 2nd Edition (1973) by Westlake (including about "radiesthesia" or "radionics" via graphic formats, with particular findings about sacred geometry vs lack of), *The Geometry of Art and Life* (1946, 1947) by Matila Ghyka (specifically about sacred geometry), *Healing Through Color* by Theo Gimball (regarding specific geometric shapes, properties, and other relationships), and *Earth Ascending* by Jose Arguelles (regarding most interesting correlations with DNA codes and resonance, the Mayan/Sacred Calendar and other geomantic reference systems, and relationships to evolution of man & culture).

From the (1984-85) "Vibrational Healing" class at New Mexico Academy of Massage & Advanced Healing Arts (actually more about the "subtle sciences", to which sacred geometry is related most importantly [to me] by providing concrete evidence of, with far reaching -albeit ignored- implications for, such sciences): *Vibrations - Healing through Color, Homeopathy, & Radionics* by McIvor & LaFores, *Radionics and Subtle Anatomy of Man* by David Tansley, *Spectro-Chrom-Metry Encyclopedia* by Darius Dinshah, *Windows of Light* by Randall & Vicki Baer, and *Supersensonics* by Christopher Hills. More recently, in the same 'Light', I have found a useful reference for lay-persons in the book, *Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century,* by Richard Gerber.

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Charles Gilchrist
    Sacred Geometry and
the Architecture of the Universe

Charles Gilchrist: Artist - Philosopher - Writer - Teacher
There are some injoyable and instructive UTubes by Charles Gilchrist including Introduction To Sacred Geometry, Sacred Geometry 101A: Seven Pennies, Sacred Geometry 101B: The Vesica Piscis, Sacred Geometry 101C: The Sacred Languages. But the whole list and much much more is at his main page.
Charles Gilchrist

The Fibonacci Sequence

by Ayhan Yavuz
excerpted from his flyer,
"Energy Spiral Workshop"
February 2010

The Fibonacci numbers are a sequence of integers, mathematically defined by F(0) = 0; F(1)=1; F(n) = F(n-1) = F(n-2) for n>1.

So after the two initial numbers, each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers; 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34....

This is the "Rule of Thirds" or the "Golden Ratio" which is (1:1.618). This sequence has appreated many times in popular culture. Fibonacci numbers have been mentioned in novels, films (such as The DaVinci Code), episodes of television shows, the creation of music (by Bartok, Debussey), visual art and architecture (the Parthenon).

Fibonacci sequences also appear in biological settings such as the branching in trees, the arrangment of leaves on s stem, the uncurling fern, the curves of shells, the breeding of rabbits, the curve of waves and the arrangment of a pine cone. Studies have been done to advance the idea that real instances can be in part understood as the expression of certain algebraic constraints on free groups.

A golden spiral gets wider (or further from its origin) by a factor of for every quarter turn it makes.

   Sacred Geometry at Crystalinks .Com
One of the most vast and illustrated sites on the topic - and most any related topic one imagine!

    Endre Balogh Art Gallery
Beautiful works by someone who knows his subject -cp. A favorite

   Da Vinci's sacred geometry of man
and "Geomanatomy" by James L. Fournier

   Autocorrelation of the Letter Symmetry Groups of Genesis
by Stanley Tenen at The Meru Foundation (MERU.Org)

   Buckminster Fuller and Synergetic Crystal Structures

   World Healing Prayers on Sacred Geometry Graphics
with background introduction & suggestions for use.
Includes "The Great Invocation," also on a sacred geometry background
(large graphic link set further above)

   Sacred Geometry Framed Prints
Where you may check out some of my work at Fine Art America (along with others' good works in this venue), all in high resolution, as well as sacred geometry greeting cards. OR go straight to my gallery at Artist Websites of Fine Art America. There, you can choose the art piece you want to check out in large view, your choice of frames, matting, paper, and/or other mountings or greeting cards that are available, and the site will display it in that setting. Thank you!

Recommended Books (Sacred Geometry)
via Amazon.Com/.../Amorologynet:

   Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice
explores sacred geometry leads you through geometric constructions using only a pencil, compass, straight-edge and graph paper. Includes the Vesica Piscis, Golden Section, Squaring the Circle, Geometry and Music, the Platonic Solids and more, along with the philosophy about the meanings and symbolism of sacred geometry

   The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty

   The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art and Architecture

   Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment

    Golden Section

    Fascinating Fibonaccis: Mystery and Magic in Numbers

   Fibonacci Numbers

   Magic Mandala Coloring Book: Sacred Geometry for Awakening and Healing

   Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing

   The Mandala (Sacred Symbols)

   The Mandala: Sacred Circles in Tantric Buddhism

   Peace Labyrinth - Sacred Geometry

   Weaver of Worlds: From Navajo Apprenticeship to Sacred Geometry and Dreams


Art by Unknown artist(s)

    Earth as Crystal and World Grid Theory
"The Science Behind Earth Magic" - Not necessarily about sacred geometry persay, but the relationship is more than hinted at if not fully illustrated in various sections of the voluminous material here and it's sister sites. Names referenced and linked include José Arguelles (The Maya cosmology and calendar according to Jose Arguelles), Donald Beaman (including A geometric analyses of Egypt at, Christopher Bird (of The Planetary Grid [New Age Journal, May, 1975 pages 36-41]), David Childress (Anti-Gravity and the World Grid), Richard Dannelley (including on the significance of '19.5 degrees' Beyond the Vortex), Krsanna Duran (of the "Time Star"), Bethe Hagens (of Earth Star Globe and "Selected Writings on Arts-Based Research and and the Anthropology of Consciousness"), Barbara Hero (of "musical analysis of Chartres" and The Lambdoma Matrix, which "bears a one-to-one relationship to musical intervals in a very specific harmonic series, can be translated into frequencies of audible sound... bears relationships to aromatics, chemistry, crystallography, cybernetics, art, music, geometry, all of which may be explored by those interested in the above disciplines"), Dorothy Leon (who could see the Earth's energy lines), Ivan Sanderson (and antigravity of "The Twelve Devil's Trangles" of the world), Dan Shaw (EarthStar globe and EarthStar North America), David D. Zink (Megalithic Structures and his book, *Ancient Stones Speak: A Journey to the World's Most Mysterious Megalithic Sites*).
And there's a pages on The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral by Louis Charpentier, The Science Behind Earth Magic, as well as "Grid-Workers".


Other Links for the study of Consciousness

(many more at Body-Mind Integration Home Page)

    Jean Houston at the Bighouse

   Association for Humanistic Psych Mag

   Essays on Consciousness: A Biological System - By Duane Lyon

   Transpersonal Psychology Links

   "The Kosmos According to Ken Wilber"

   Conversations With God

   The Bridge Across Consciousness

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