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October 14, 2010


 


Learn above all to separate Head-learning from Soul-Wisdom,

the Eye from the Heart" doctrine. 
But even ignorance is better than Head-learning
with no Soul-wisdom
to illuminate and guide it. ... 
The Doctrine of the Eye is for the crowd,
 the Doctrine of the Heart, for the elect.
  Great Sifter is the name of the Heart Doctrine.

Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence, 1889



Fall 2010 The Esoteric Quarterly, Review of The Heart Doctrine

 

Donna M. Brown, Washington, DC.

Esoteric Quarterly-Fall 2010

http://www.esotericstudies.net/esoteric_quarterly.html.

Book Reviews

 

The Heart Doctrine: Mystical Views of the Origin and Nature of Human Consciousness,

by Christopher P. Holmes. Ontario, Canada: Zero Point Publications, 2010. Paperback,  294 pages.

 

The field of consciousness exploration—“the last great mystery”—is one of the fastest growing fields of scientific inquiry. Theories examining the roots, nature and role of human consciousness abound. At present, there are at least twelve competing theories. Many modern scientific theories rely on the materialist argument that depicts consciousness and mind as an emergent phenomenon or emergent property of the brain. Yet, as Dr. Christopher Holmes points out again and again in this book, no definitive scientific theory on the origin and nature of consciousness exists and any real understanding of consciousness remains elusive. Science rejects the idea of any supernatural or non-physical explanation, but provides “no account of what consciousness is, whether or not it is substantive, or where it originates.”

 

Despite the widespread confusion and misunderstanding regarding the nature of consciousness and the narrow, form-based, technologically driven investigation into the material, neurological and informational processes of the brain, the head doctrine, as Helena Blavatsky once termed it, has become “the most commonly accepted Western scientific and psychological model of consciousness.”

 

Holmes examines the modern “head doctrine” of psychology, philosophy and science. He acknowledges the contributions that modern science has made, particularly in its understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the brain. However, he challenges its assumptive and speculative framework along with the biases of researchers and theorists who “see no way for consciousness to emerge or be generated apart from a functioning brain.” Holmes addresses the multiple questions concerning consciousness in psychology, physics, cosmology, biology and medicine that science has either ignored or left unanswered. His critique reveals a science that generalizes its knowledge of the part as if it were a knowledge of the whole—a science that is ill-informed about other dimensions of reality and cut off from its inner core.

 

With over thirty-five years of study in the area of consciousness, psychology, modern physics and metaphysics to draw upon, Dr. Holmes provides an alternative higher dimensional model of consciousness that is in sharp contrast to the reductionist paradigm. At the center of his research is the enigmatic concept of the “zero point,” a term used by Helena Blavatsky  (and recently documented in physics) to represent “a point source of unfolding wherein the finite Kosmos emerged from the Infinite at the beginning of time.” These zero points or true atoms—which the Gods and other invisible powers use to clothe themselves—occur “at the level of the Planckian unit in physics, beyond the level of material differentiation, but “existent in all living beings—including ourselves.”

 

The author elaborates and expands upon Blavatsky’s initial concept in this important work and throughout the entire Within-Without ZeroPoint Series. In The Heart Doctrine—the first book in the series—we learn that “the zero point is not a ‘thing’ in itself, as much as it is a condition or a place at which certain processes occur”… “The zero point is a ‘point particle’…a monad in hyperspace, or a portal or transitional point between dimensions.” According to Holmes, zero points are present throughout creation. They exist “at the heart of a universe, a galaxy, a sun, a quantum or a human being.” Thus, he concludes, “life within a living being originates within/without out of the higher space dimensions of a multidimensional heart!”

 

Holmes furthers this hypothesis by explaining how the essential point source of individual light consciousness—the God spark or quantum Self—is brought down through the various planes where it is embodied as a Soul and as the electromagnetic center within the physical heart. He describes a process whereby the presence of the Self within the heart initiates the heartbeat and diffuses the light of consciousness, which the mind reflects, to both the psyche and body. “Consciousness,” as the zero

point theory maintains, “does not arise from within the brain… the brain merely mirrors the light from within the spiritual heart and space.”

 

The zero point hypothesis serves as a lens or vehicle through which the author considers a wide range of literature from the sacred wisdom teachings and contemplative traditions. These sacred teachings, which have developed their own rigorous methods for exploring the origins and potential of consciousness, emphasize the heart doctrine and the view that the heart and physical consciousness are inextricably related. A verse from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad illustrates:

 

The self-luminous being who dwells within the lotus of the heart, surrounded by the senses and sense organs, and who is the light of intellect, is that Self.

 

Another verse from the Chandogya Upanishad is placed within the context of heart’s innate ability to reflect the holographic dimensions of the universe:

 

As large as the universe outside, even so large is the universe within the lotus of the heart. Within it are heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, the lightening, and all the stars. What is in the macrocosm is in the microcosm…All things that exist…are in the city of Brahman.

 

Elsewhere, the author draws upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, Saint Francis de Sales, Father Louis Massignon, Father Merton and others to reveal that both the heart doctrine and the zero point teachings are inherent to Christianity. We learn, for example, that many Christian thinkers and mystics view the parable of the mustard seed as a metaphor for the zero point, the virgin point or central point of the

Soul. “Christian literature” also “depicts the heart as the bridal chamber, wherein the soul is healed and wedded to the Lord.” The heart, as one Christian mystic explains, refers to the “interior star,” “the one pearl,” or the “single eye.” These many names represent the different attributes of the Central Point of the Soul within the cave of the heart from which the “Self” or “I” derives.

 

Holmes’ insightful commentaries and inspired treatment of the mystical and esoteric literature found in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, Christian and Theosophical traditions, leads the reader into the enduring, universal currents of truth and beauty regarding life, the heart, consciousness, and the cosmos. His integrated overview of sacred teachings serves to illuminate their inner nexus and expose their deeper significances. Furthermore, the author demonstrates the value of esoteric and occult teachings in a profoundly new relationship to science. “Spiritual teachings,” as The Heart Doctrine states, “do not necessarily contradict the findings of science. They simply provide a new holistic way of interpreting the facts of science itself.” In comparing the unifying teachings on the heart and consciousness with the ground state or zero point of quantum physics, Christopher Holmes makes a central contribution to consciousness research—a contribution with practical applications for awakening the Soul or then Self.

 

Table of Contents
Review by Donna Brown (Fall 2010)

from the online Journal of Esoteric Studies
at www.esotericstudies.net/quarterly.

 

 

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