Micro-Psi and String Theory: How Occultists Beat Physicists to the Punch
by Brendan D. Murphy, 2011
Credit Where Credit Is Due
In few, if any, science textbooks or records of Nobel laureates will you find the name of a bona fide and publicly acknowledged occultist or clairvoyant.
|This, however, is not because such individuals never contributed anything to the history of science. On the contrary, it is due to a profound hubris and acute myopia within the institution of Science that talented metaphysical pioneers have not been credited with scientific discoveries and insights that were ahead of their time. In this material, excerpted from Chapter 6 of my upcoming book The Grand Illusion, we hone in on the startling work of two such metaphysicists in particular.
Occult Chemistry: Leadbeater and Besant
From 1895 to 1933, Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) and Charles Leadbeater (1847 – 1934), two of the best known theosophists and metaphysicians of the 20th century, conducted clairvoyant investigations into all of the then known elements and certain compounds in order to observe the so-called ‘fundamental building blocks’ that composed them, as well as their general structure. This involved the apprehension of visual information at micro levels (sub-quantum in fact) far beyond the ability of the eyes to perceive. The term for this kind of clairvoyant perception today is micro-psi (Besant and Leadbeater referred to it as ‘magnifying clairvoyance’). The initial investigations were collected and published in the first edition of Occult Chemistry in 1908. A reprint of the 1908 material was issued in 1919 as the second edition of Occult Chemistry. The sum total of Besant and Leadbeater’s clairvoyant observations of the chemical elements were collected and published posthumously in a third edition of Occult Chemistry in 1951.
An article entitled “Occult Chemistry” appeared in Lucifer in 1895 (the year Leadbeater and Besant began their collaboration) and was reprinted as a separate pamphlet in 1905. In it, three chemical elements, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, were clairvoyantly examined and their analyses presented tentatively to the public by Besant and Leadbeater. Hydrogen, the first chemical atom selected for analysis, and possessing the lowest atomic weight, was found to be composed of eighteen smaller entities. Clairvoyantly, it was seen to consist of six small bodies, contained in an egg-like form. According to Leadbeater/Besant, it rotated with great rapidity on its own axis, vibrating at the same time, and the internal bodies performed similar gyrations. “The whole atom spins and quivers, and has to be steadied before exact observation is possible,” they wrote. The six little bodies are arranged in two sets of three, forming two triangles that are not interchangeable. Further, the six bodies are not all alike; they each contain three smaller bodies—each of these being an ultimate physical atom—but in two of them the three atoms are arranged in a line, while in the remaining four they are arranged in a triangle.
Figure 1. The hydrogen ‘micro-psi atom.’
The UPAs are the heart-shaped objects designated a plus or minus sign denoting either an inflow (minus) or outflow (plus) of energy. Phillips argues that each triangle is a single hydrogen nuclei and that the micro-psi observation has somehow bonded two together. The mid-sized circles are therefore quarks, and the heart-shaped entities sub-quarks.
Source: Leadbeater and Besant, Occult Chemistry (1951).
The Ultimate Physical Atom (UPA)
As noted, in 1895—when physical atoms were still thought to be the most basic unit of matter—in the early stages of their investigation, Leadbeater and Besant observed that hydrogen was not a unity but was composed of eighteen smaller units. These smaller units they dubbed an ‘ultimate physical atom’ (UPA), and later took to referring to them as ‘Anu’ (singular and plural)—the Sanskrit term for this new entity. They had no way to determine the exact size of the UPA but they found that it existed in two varieties: positive and negative (or Yin and Yang). The positive and negative aspects wound around each other in opposite directions (somewhat like the snakes on the caduceus, or the helical structure of DNA), forming the UPA. According to Besant and Leadbeater, “the ultimate atom…is an exceedingly complex body, and only its main characteristics are given in the diagram. It is composed entirely of spirals, the spiral being in its turn composed of spirillae, and these again of minuter spirillae.” In addition to this reference to the subatomic fractality of ‘matter,’ they correctly declared that the Anu was definitely not the electron. The spirals composing the UPA, if unwound, would actually be found to be circles or strings—twisted around on themselves many times to create the helical form depicted.
Oxygen was found to consist of 290 minor atoms and nitrogen of 261. Now, this is where it gets even more interesting. When Besant and Leadbeater divided the number of UPAs in oxygen by the number of UPAs comprising hydrogen (18), they arrived at 16.11, almost exactly the atomic weight of the oxygen atom (16). This procedure yielded the same precision with nitrogen, an even more complex structure than oxygen, and therefore that much more challenging to apprehend clairvoyantly for the occultists. In fact, this uncanny precision continued right through the entire table of known elements of the time (minor human errors notwithstanding). Although science had not identified such a thing as the ultimate physical atom, Besant and Leadbeater had identified this tiny entity as comprising physical atoms (i.e. it is a subatomic entity). Moreover, by using hydrogen as the standard (being the first element in the periodic table—itself being composed of eighteen UPAs), they were able to ascertain the atomic weight of the elements by dividing the number of UPAs they observed by eighteen. Should Besant and Leadbeater have been merely ‘delusional cranks,’ we should not expect this kind of amazing result. As a matter of fact, this ability to deduce the accepted atomic weights of the elements from the number of UPAs they observed was the only thing Occult Chemistry had in common with the chemistry of 1895.
Noteworthy is the way the UPA was depicted by Leadbeater/Besant as being created by an upwelling of force from a higher-dimensional source—just as in the hyperdimensional physics advocated by Wilcock, Hoagland, and others researching aether physics. (Those readers interested in the notion of an aetheric medium and its false elimination from mainstream science are referred to my article Where Did the Aether Go?) The models of physics on the cutting edge have been left with no choice but to incorporate other dimensions or ‘levels’ of reality to account for today’s scientifically observable phenomena. Furthermore, Leadbeater and Besant’s clairvoyant analysis provides intimate and detailed verification of the hyperdimensional torsion (rotation or spin) forces embedded in the ‘aether,’ which the likes of Wilcock have written on extensively.
How They Arrived at the UPA
Leadbeater and Besant explained:
Any gaseous chemical atom may be dissociated into less complicated bodies; these, again, into still less complicated; these, again, into yet still less complicated. After the third dissociation but one more is possible; the fourth dissociation gives the ultimate physical atom. This may vanish from the physical plane, but it can undergo no further dissociation on it.” 5 (emphasis added)
Note that in their description of the UPA is a hint of multidimensional behaviour (this becomes very relevant shortly). Interestingly, in 1888, the co-founder of Theosophy (it was founded in 1875), Helena P. Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), pre-empting Leadbeater and Besant by at least seven years, wrote in The Secret Doctrine: “Even on the next higher plane, that single element which is defined on our earth by current science, as the ultimate undecomposable constituent of some kind of matter, would be pronounced in the world of a higher spiritual perception as something very complex indeed.”
Thus, as theosophists, Leadbeater and Besant would have expected the composition of the elements they clairvoyantly inspected (having obtained some hard to get samples via Sir William Crookes) to have been much more complex than the scientists of their time believed. They were right. Believe it or not, there appears to have been another clairvoyant ahead of the game. At a time when Newton was arguing that matter was composed of impenetrable atoms given motion by outside forces, Emmanuel Swedenborg taught that matter was made up of a series of particles in ascending order of size, each of which was composed of a closed vortex of energy which spiraled at infinite speeds to give the appearance of solidity.
Two types of UPAs were observed by Besant and Leadbeater, “alike in everything save the direction of their whorls and of the force which pours through them. In the one case force pours in from the ‘outside,’ from fourth-dimensional space, and passing through the atom, pours into the physical world [‘male’]. In the second, it pours in from the physical world, and out through the atom into the ‘outside’ again, i.e., vanishes from the physical world.” (This was the ‘female’ UPA.)
Figure 2. The two forms of the UPA, male and female. Source: Leadbeater and Besant, Occult Chemistry (1951).
In agreement with present-day aether researcher Paul LaViolette, Yurth states in Seeing Past the Edge that these two opposite or mirror image particles constitute what we now refer to as matter and anti-matter states, which makes sense in light of Leadbeater and Besant’s comments that the positive/male UPA flows its creative energy outwards into our reality while the negative/female (anti-matter) counterpart transmutes energy from our reality back into the aether. Leadbeater and Besant said that if the higher-dimensional energy flow was “checked but for an instant, the whole physical world would vanish, as a cloud melts away in the empyrean. It is only the persistence of that flow which maintains the physical basis of the universe.” Present-day physicist and aether researcher Paul LaViolette (among others) has vindicated our two eminent occultists on this point, agreeing that
if this continual activity were to diminish…the subatomic particles and energy waves composing our physical universe would gradually dissipate, disolving [sic] into a state of uniformity. What would remain would be the ever-present, vast, and unfathomable multi-dimensional consciousness, of which we are a part, and whose now featureless calm “surface” had once generated our beautiful physical universe. 10
Physicist Nassim Haramein also supports this view, stating that “without spin, none of reality can come to exist. All things spin!” Haramein agrees that “spin is fundamental to creation and objects that appear to be inanimate exist solely because spinning atoms within allow the objects to radiate, and hence, appear in our reality.”
How did Leadbeater and Besant (and Swedenborg) know with such certainty so far in advance of science that our ‘physical’ world’s source of origin is the dynamic aetheric medium which is only recently making its mark in contemporary science under other names like Zero Point Field and quantum vacuum?
The ultimate physical atom Besant and Leadbeater described as a sphere, slightly flattened, with a depression at the point where the force flows in, causing a ‘heart-like’ form. “Each atom is surrounded by a field,” they wrote, “formed of the atoms of the four higher planes, which surround and interpenetrate it.” If this is accurate, then etheric, astral and mental particles are of increasingly large size (physicists are searching for these ‘super particles’ without realising they have already been ‘discovered’).
Leadbeater and Besant’s depiction of the UPA was fundamentally toroidal and way ahead of their time: “It turns incessantly upon its own axis, spinning like a top; it describes a small circle with its axis, as though the axis of the spinning top moved in a small circle; it has a regular pulsation, a contraction and expansion, like the pulsation of the heart.” 13
Spin was first proposed in physics thirty years later by Goudsmit and Uhlenbeck in 1925 and was confirmed in electrons by Phipps and Taylor in 1927. The circular precessional motion described by the axis of the spinning UPA would later become known in physics as Larmor precession. Though the expansion and contraction (radial pulsation) described by Leadbeater and Besant is still unknown to physicists today, LaViolette points out that this description is quite plausible in the context of the ancient aether physics. 14
The UPA’s spinning motion is common to globules in complex plasmas15, and as we will see in Chapter 9 of The Grand Illusion, many of Leadbeater and other metaphysicists’ clairvoyant observations can be accounted for in light of plasma dynamics. For instance, when exposed to an electric current the UPAs, as depicted by Besant and Leadbeater in 1919, arranged themselves in physical rows of ‘particle chains’—just like globules in complex plasma, as illustrated by A. Piel et al. In this UPA formation the depression of one UPA received the aetheric flow of its neighboring particle and then passed it out through its own apex, and so on.
In Occult Chemistry Leadbeater refers to the UPA as having a certain level of apparent consciousness. Wilcock’s model states that the aether is comprised of a “vast sea of [toroidal] energy ‘units’” he refers to as Consciousness Units. They are “not bound by space or time as we know it,” and “they can be tinier than the tiniest subatomic particle or as large as the entire Universe itself.” The UPA, therefore, would be an example of a small-scale consciousness unit, and our best occultists and mystics (and scientists) all seem to agree that the universe is indeed conscious at all levels. It is interesting, as Jay Alfred points out, that David Bohm’s research into plasmas yielded the observation that electrons in a plasma configuration began to act as if they were part of a larger, interconnected whole, so much so that he frequently had the impression that the electron sea was ‘alive.’ Mircea Sanduloviciu and colleagues have even created plasma spheres that can grow, replicate and communicate, fulfilling most traditional requirements for biological/living cells. 18
The links between consciousness and the spiraling energy inherent in the multidimensional fabric of the cosmos are being increasingly elaborated on by modern science, and it is interesting to note some of the parallels between modern toroidal models and the fundamentally toroidal model Besant and Leadbeater described during their clairvoyant investigations. While Wilcock states that the aether’s substance naturally forms itself into a spherical formation because of the near-uniformity of the aetheric pressure on all sides, as well as the fact that it is the most ‘harmonic’ shape, he acknowledges that changing energy densities in the aether can cause these spheres to warp to some extent. For instance, they may stretch and flatten to create a donut-like shape, otherwise known as the torus, a model employed by Wilcock, Haramein and string theory. A UPA’s “whorls” are strings. Phillips suggests, based on comparisons between the occultists’ whorls and the “strings” of string theory, that “[a] whorl is a closed, 26-dimensional, bosonic string (the reported presence of spherical ‘bubbles in koilon’ in 7th-order spirillae imply that whorls extend beyond the sixth, compactified dimension, so that they must be 26-, not 10-, dimensional strings,)” and also that “[t]he UPA is a subquark state of a superstring composed of ten strings, i.e. the superstring is itself a composite object.”20
In the human body, we find the toroidal structures of the chakras (Sanksrit for ‘wheel’) to be nested within one another. The ‘wheel’ effect of a chakra is apparently given by the fact that the seer is looking down the ‘barrel’ of a torus’ central tube—an area of intense energy—which does indeed spin, both sucking in and pushing out energy frequencies, as we will see. It is the torus that appears to transmit wave impulses through the aetheric medium in aether models such as Wilcock’s. (We will look at the irrefutable proof of the human energy field and chakras in Chapter 9.) It is interesting to note briefly at this point that one of the higher-order structures DNA can shape itself into is the toroid. Glen Rein has proposed that this allows it to sense subtle energies in the environment, suggesting that “toroidal DNA acts as a transducer converting subtle [torsion or scalar] energy into conventional EM energy which is then radiated from the DNA to produce a variety of intracellular events at the biochemical level.” 21
Other examples of consciousness units (CUs) within Wilcock’s model include ball lightning, vacuum domains, all subatomic “particles,” planets, and much more.
There is also extensive evidence in ancient shamanic and spiritual literature that people in altered states of consciousness, or participating in shamanic initiatory rites, or having OBEs, or NDEs have experienced these massive CUs in other densities of existence.
Occultists’ Vindication Arrives Via Dr. Phillips
In the late 1970s Stephen Phillips, then a physics graduate student at the University of California, happened across some of the diagrams from Occult Chemistry. Contrary to what we might expect of most physicists, he took a serious interest in the material, and the end result was a major technical validation of the data obtained by Leadbeater and Besant. Dr. Phillips discovered that “Besant and Leadbeater’s clairvoyant descriptions of the chemical elements are completely consistent with the Quark, Quantum Chromodynamic and Super-String theories of modern subatomic physics.”23 This he details in depth in his 1980 book The Extra-Sensory Perception of Quarks, in which Phillips reconciles Occult Chemistry with modern physics. Because of his work, “Occult Chemistry now stands as a glittering testimony to the validity of Besant and Leadbeater’s claims.” 24
So, Stephen Phillips has reinterpreted Besant and Leadbeater’s observation to be not those of atoms, but of subquarks and quarks. The notion of quarks was only introduced into modern physics decades later in 1964 by Gell-Mann and Zweig. Quarks are the building blocks of so-called ‘elementary’ particles, and are generally accepted as existing by the scientific community today.
However, Phillips’ model is actually a subquark (or composite quark) model. In it subquarks make up quarks, quarks make up elementary particles (protons, etc.), elementary particles make up atoms, and so on. Thus, Phillips has identified the UPAs as subquarks, and, as DeGracia reports in Beyond the Physical, he calls his subquarks ‘omegons’ to indicate that they are the final and smallest form of physical matter (omega is the final letter of the Greek alphabet). Thus, Phillips has shown, through rigorous quantitative procedures, that “the sub-quark combinations predicted by his model are almost in exact agreement with the detailed structures presented by Besant and Leadbeater.” He has successfully correlated the structure of the UPA with ‘superstring’ models: the UPA itself is the ‘superstring’ of modern subatomic physics.
However, please note: The only way in which Phillips could get the numbers generated by his theory to match the actual observations of Besant and Leadbeater was to infer that when they were observing the subquark structure of an atom, they were not observing one atom but two atoms that had somehow fused together—as a result of their interference with and observations of these entities—to create a diatomic arrangement. This might have resulted from the spreading of the particles’ wave packets/de Broglie waves caused by the mental stabilization of the particles by the theosophists, removing the uncertainty in their momentum, therefore increasing the uncertainty of their spatial locations. From a slightly different angle, the procedure, in effect, may have ‘teased out’ some of the inherent nonlocality of the particles’ de Broglie waves/wave packets in time-space or ‘Reciprocal space’ so as to influence their locations in space-time:
[E]ach particle would become so delocalized that there would now be just as much chance of finding it near an adjacent atomic nucleus as there was in finding it in the much smaller space occupied by the nucleus prior to its coming under observation…their wave functions would eventually overlap significantly, leading to a non-vanishing probability of their mutual strong interaction.
The clairvoyantly observed structure consisted of two overlapping triangles, with each triangle containing nine UPAs, while the contemporary view of hydrogen is of a lone electron orbiting a nucleus of one proton. However, from the viewpoint of modern quark theory, that lone proton is actually an arrangement consisting of three quarks. Phillips, further claims that each quark is in turn made up of three sub-quarks, meaning the hydrogen atom consists of nine sub-quarks. Because in Besant and Leadbeater’s hydrogen, there were two triangles each of nine UPAs, Phillips’ conclusion is that each triangle must correspond to an atom of hydrogen as understood by modern science, meaning the hydrogen structure observed by Besant and Leadbeater was actually made up of two atoms of hydrogen.
I had wondered to myself if perhaps two atoms offered increased stability for viewing at this tiny scale, so I was pleased to find an article by Gary Pnym, an American engineer with a background in physics and electronics who has studied Occult Chemistry and Phillips’ work on it, in which he states that “most of these elements do not exist stably in an isolated, monatomic state, but quickly disintegrate when forced by the Will to assume that condition, although they are perfectly stable as such when in chemical combinations.”
In the end there are far too many correspondences between what Besant and Leadbeater observed and what is now scientifically known about subatomic behaviour to dismiss their work. “The shapes they described, the fact that they observed isotopes of elements before isotopes were widely recognized in science, the fact that they observed spinning and vibrating motions of these particles, and a host of other relevant observations; all of these are ideas that were completely unknown to the science of their day.” Table 1 below provides a partial overview of Leadbeater and Besant’s clairvoyant observations as compared with subsequent scientific discoveries.
Table 1. “Some micro-psi anticipations of scientific discoveries and ideas.”
Note: My comments in italicised brackets. Source: Stephen M. Phillips, Extrasensory Perception of Subatomic Particles. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 9(4), 489–525, 1995.
As DeGracia points out, Phillips has shown that to comprehend the finer points of Occult Chemistry one requires an advanced understanding of modern physics. Besant and Leadbeater described the quantum nature of physical matter in 1895, exactly as science would thirty years later and more. How did they know about quarks and subquarks so far in advance of their official scientific discovery?
To gain some comprehension of how controversial a terrain we tread here, the existence of sub-quarks was only recently scientifically accepted, and even then not unanimously. Yurth reports that in the 1990s an armada of 450 scientists confirmed the existence of sub-quarks with an ‘unprecedented’ level of scrutiny, and still physicists at the American Physical Society, MIT, Princeton and Columbia University succeeded in suppressing the publication of the research data in such mainstream publications as Scientific American, Physics Letters, Physics Review and Nature. Thank goodness for free scientific enquiry, eh?
Regardless, Besant and Leadbeater were obviously capable of perceiving the fundamental nature of matter using occult means, the siddhis. According to Leadbeater, there is a tube-like structure that protrudes from the Ajna, or third-eye chakra of the etheric body and it is by means of utilizing this tube as an organ of vision that one can exercise micro-psi. As we can see, there is good reason to believe him. This psi faculty/ability is one of the siddhis Patanjali wrote about in his Yoga Sutras circa 400 B.C.
One more interesting thing about sub-quarks highly pertinent to our occult leitmotif: The sub-quark’s track looks the way it does because in our space-time continuum the particle exists and then does not exist, exists and then does not exist.
With the discovery of the sub-quark, we observed for the very first time a scientifically verified instance of multi-dimensional behavior in a measurable physical component. The behavior of the sub-quark is uniquely profound—in the rarified environment of the particle accelerator, the sub-quark exists-disappears-exists-disappears with a consistent, repeated, predictable frequency pattern… 31
Leadbeater and Besant had stated that the UPA—like the sub-quark today—could vanish from its plane but could undergo no further subdivision. It is truly the most fundamental aspect of physical matter at our density level. The scientific verification of Leadbeater and Besant’s observations clearly indicates the human ability to peer into domains non-existent to our ordinary senses and science’s conventional equipment—domains our most fundamental known ‘particles’ venture rhythmically in and out of. Yurth comments that this brings us “literally to the Edge of creation.” Do pause and let all of that sink in for a moment.
Our occultists have been quantitatively and qualitatively vindicated from almost every conceivable angle (I cover more angles than we have space for here in TGI 1), and if we accept Phillips’ conclusion that ultimate physical atoms (UPAs) are sub-quarks rather than atoms, as Leadbeater/Besant once thought, then it is from dedicated occultists that we have obtained the first and possibly most accurate and detailed depictions of them and the aetheric medium which spawns them. On top of that, we must credit the initial discoveries of several isotopes to Leadbeater and Besant. Overall, the interrelated combination of clairvoyant observations, string theory, and ‘anomalous’ research findings that the Standard Model cannot explain—but which aether models can easily incorporate—is too powerful to ignore.
About the Author
Brendan D. Murphy is an independent researcher and author who has been studying metaphysics, the occult, physics, and related subjects since a profound metaphysical awakening around the age of twenty. Now twenty-eight, Brendan has spent the past four years researching and assembling his forthcoming book series The Grand Illusion on a full-time basis in preparation for release in 2012.
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- Annie Besant, and Charles W. Leadbeater, Occult Chemistry, 1919.
- C. W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant, Occult Chemistry, 1950.
- Besant and Leadbeater, 1919.
- Donald J. DeGracia, Beyond the Physical, 109.
- Besant and Leadbeater, 1919.
- See Victor Zammit, A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife. www.victorzammit.com
- See Besant and Leadbeater, 1919.
- Yurth, 252.
- Besant and Leadbeater, 1950.
- Paul LaViolette, Subquantum Kinetics (a non-technical summary). www.etheric.com/LaVioletteBooks/ether.html
- Nassim Haramein, What is the Origin of Spin? www.theresonanceproject.org/pdf/origin_of_spin.pdf
- Besant and Leadbeater, 1919.
- Paul A. LaViolette, Genesis of the Cosmos, 238-9.
- Jay Alfred, Our Subtle Bodies, 49.
- Ibid, 50.
- Wilcock, Shift of the Ages, Introduction.
- Alfred, 65-8, 133-4.
- See www.theresonanceproject.org/research.html for Haramein’s model.
- Phillips, Extrasensory Perception of Subatomic Particles, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 489-525, 1995.
- Rein, Effect of Conscious Intention on Human DNA.
- See Wilcock, The Science of Oneness, Chapter 15.
- DeGracia, Beyond the Physical, 110.
- Ibid. See also Phillips.
- DeGracia, Beyond the Physical, 110–11.
- Ibid., 111.
- Phillips, 1995.
- Pnym, Recent Paranormal Observations of the Atomic Structure of Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elemental forms of the Transition Metals. www.life-enthusiast.com/education/ormus/ormus_spiritual.htm
- DeGracia, 113-5.
- Yurth, Seeing Past the Edge, 255.
- Ibid, 54-5.
- Ibid, 55.
Copyright 2011 Brendan D. Murphy
- Occult Chemistry
- Man: Whence, How and Whither A RECORD OF CLAIRVOYANT INVESTIGATION
by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, India
Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater
Illustration from Occult-Chemistry by Besant & Leadbeater.