Eternal Knowledge Festival 2014
Speaker biographies and lecture details
Lecture overview – Technology of Ancient Egypt
In Ancient Egypt, 100 ton obelisks and blocks of granite were cut from the bed-rock, and shaped using diorite pounding balls, copper tools and sand: This is the accepted consensus. But these crude methods are so unlikely to have produced the visible results as to be, at best, simply a guess. The elegant and sophisticated artifacts seen across Egypt from Giza to Luxor to Aswan and displayed in the great museums of the world, are testament to whatever techniques were used in their creation.
Today, this technology is a mystery to us. Stylised human/animal statues carved from granite, intricate hieroglyphs cut into granite obelisks and perfectly flat, interlocking blocks of granite are some of the proof for this technology. The rain forests of South America might be the place to start looking for answers. In his illustrated presentation, Marcus will show evidence indicating the skills seemingly in use over 4,000 years ago.
As a long time student in metaphysical, spiritual and esoteric subjects and traditions, Patricia’s eclectic spiritual background serves as a strong foundation to support to her work. She became of student of Khemitology after meeting world renowned, indigenous Wisdom Keeper, Abd’el Hakim Awyan (1926-2008), on her first trip to Egypt in 2005. It was during her third journey to Egypt that she would meet, and fall in love with her husband, Yousef Awyan. Together, she and Yousef created The Khemit School of Ancient Mysticism. Patricia’s focus has been on relating the secrets, symbolism and mysteries of the ancients to the shifting energies of our current reality. She lectures and has created online lessons that speak of our eternal cycling through golden and dark ages, and how the evidence left behind, by the very ancient Khemitians (Egyptians), portrays a civilization that far surpassed our own both technologically and spiritually.
Lecture overview – The Pantheon of Egyptian Neteru (gods and goddesses)
The Pantheon of Egyptian Neteru (gods and goddesses) actually symbolize aspects and/or forces of nature with multi-dimensional meanings and significance– including being representative of the 360 senses that the indigenous say we all once had, in a higher dimensional Golden Age called the “Age of Aten”.
Patricia will discuss how we have been purposely given false interpretations of many of the ancient symbols and mythologies and how many of the original meanings were transformed and retold throughout different time periods, geographical areas and from differing cultural perspectives. Mythologists and symbologists often forget that the myths and symbols have been formed and transformed over thousands, if not, tens of thousands of years of history. And not only this –the secrets were hidden through layers of different interpretations directed toward different groups of people. The most powerful secrets were only entrusted to a select few.
Patricia relates to a heritage that has been passed down through the ages via an oral tradition of indigenous Egyptian (mostly female) wisdom keepers. They speak of a time in “pre-history” –10,000 – 65,000 years ago or more when there was a highly advanced civilization living here during a great Golden Age on the planet. This was a matriarchal civilization that revered the strength and wisdom of the “mother”– who they related to the creation energy of all that is. Everything is vibration; everything exists in waveform—the sin wave. It is the Neter, Hathor (primordial mother energy) that gives this sin wave the spark of “life” through Sound! This is why so many cultures revere the serpent energy which is the basis for all that exists in our three dimensional reality including our very own DNA.
The Egyptian Pantheon of Neteru were not created to be worshiped like the gods of our current “religions”. They were multi-level aspects or forces of Nature—that combined to symbolize all that is, was or ever will be. Patricia will speak about these Neteru and what they represent –as well as the spiraling cycles -and cycles within cycles of our existence. The indigenous here in Egypt concur with the wisdom keepers from around the globe. We are transgressing through the end of a long Dark Age, and moving into the dawning of a new Golden Age that the indigenous here call the Age of Kheper, symbolized by the Winged Scarab.
When we trace the migration of symbols and legends back through the ages we make many fascinating discoveries. The truth of who we are and what we are capable of is beyond our scope of understanding—but the implications are mind boggling! We (not aliens), were the “Gods” and “Goddesses” that built and created the megalithic monuments and pyramid networks as “energy devices”. The abilities we deem to be supernatural or godlike, are perfectly natural gifts that we have all forgotten we once had and can have again!
Tom Bree is a geometer/artist, musician, teacher and writer. He studied geometry at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London, under Professor Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant. Tom teaches for the Prince’s School in the UK and abroad, as well as his own teaching projects. He lives in the City of Wells in Somerset with his wife Helen who is a stained glass conservator.
Lecture overview – The Revelation of Heavenly Forms
Whether we view Revelation as coming ‘down from above’, ‘bubbling up from below’ or moving from ‘within to without’ we are aware that the development of spiritual knowledge requires a movement from ‘another world’ into ‘this world. Geometric patterns are beautiful because they are ‘True’. They reveal to us the mathematical order of the universe. But whereas these laws of number are eternal, their unveiling in this world comes and goes thus acting as a beautiful but transient reminder of the Reality from which we have come and to which we will return.
Research affiliate at the Royal College of Art; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts;
Senior Research Fellow, International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) group,
Princeton; an Honorary Member of the Scientific and Medical Network.
Paul started out as a painter, having a degree in Fine Art. He participated in numerous group exhibitions in Britain such as John Moores, Liverpool, and the Royal Academy Schools, plus travelling shows under the auspices of the Arts Council. He also exhibited in Germany. His painting became increasingly inspired by the geometry and numinosity of ancient monuments and this began to lead him deeper into an interest in archaeology. This resulted in him turning more toward writing and research with the consequence that he slowly shifted from painting and gradually relinquished his formal teaching of painting, drawing and photography.
Paul’s research interests in archaeology focus especially on “cognitive” aspects, trying to “get inside” the prehistoric mind, and this has broadened into the study of anthropological themes, especially what is known as “the anthropology of consciousness”. This in turn led him to become involved more generally in what is loosely termed “consciousness studies”. He has frequently combined these themes – such as writing a prehistory of the use of mind-altering substances, and examining anomalous phenomena of various kinds, especially supposed psi phenomena. This mix of archaeological, anthropological and consciousness studies interests has led him to co-founding and co-editing a new peer-reviewed, academic publication, Time & Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (Berg Publishers: www.bergpublishers.com). For 20 years (1976-1996) he edited and published the legendary The Ley Hunter journal, eventually deconstructing the modern myth of “leylines”, for which he has not been forgiven in some quarters!
He has given a great many presentations on various aspects of his multidisciplinary range of subject matter to specialist, academic and general audiences in Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Holland, Switzerland, Italy and France. Venues have ranged from Glastonbury New Age “fairs” to some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in England and America. His portfolio of written work includes 26 published English-language books (plus numerous foreign-language editions), many articles for popular and specialist magazines (including being archaeology columnist for Fortean Times magazine), plus a range of peer-reviewed academic papers. He has, additionally, conceived, co-produced, or appeared in television documentaries in the UK and the USA. He is currently a research affiliate with the Royal College of Art working on an audio-visual study of Mynydd Preseli, the source area in Wales of the Stonehenge bluestones (see the Landscape & Perception pages on his website).
His website is http://pauldevereux.co.uk/
Lecture overview – coming soon
Brien Foerster (by skype) [**cancelled. Tobias Churton to talk instead]
Very sadly we have decided to cancel Brien’s talk due to uncertainty over the Skype connection. Brien is currently away on his travels in South Africa and we had hoped to be able to hook up with him there to hear the latest on his researches. So it is regrettable that, at the last minute, we have had to change plans.
Fortunately, Tobias Churton, renown author and researcher into the British esoteric tradition, has kindly agreed to talk instead and we are delighted that he can come. Tobias is a scholar of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism and other esoteric movements and has published works on many aspects of the British esoteric tradition, from Freemasonry to John Dee.
He has lectured at Exeter University and is author of Gnostic Philosophy, The Magus of Freemasonry, Freemasonry – The Reality and other enlightening works.
Lecture overview – The Sexual/Spiritual Revolution in William Blake, Andrew Marvell and the British Rosicrucians.
Gary Evans has been investigating earth mysteries for more than twenty years. From studying sound acoustics inside the Great Pyramid to exploring Moray, an ancient site high up in the Andes mountains of Peru, his work has taken him to some of the world’s most fascinating and mysterious places. Gary is working on a new TV show treatment with a working title of, “ Power Places – Unlocking The Mystery Of The Planets Most Sacred Sites”.
When not exploring, Gary helps to promote greater awareness of ancient mysteries by working as a PR agent for a number of best-selling alternative science authors. Since 2010, he has been coordinating and leading tours to Egypt, Malta, Ireland, England, Scotland, India, Peru, and Bolivia. Gary also works to promote conferences in the US and Europe such as CPAK, Awake and Aware, Megalithomania, Paradigm Symposium, and the Eternal Knowledge Festival.
Over the last 5 years Gary has been studying a variety of yoga forms, his favorite form is Yin & Yang yoga, which is a meditative practice with sequences of long held floor poses inspired by Taoist Yoga.
His websites are http://infinite-connections.co.uk/ & www.atlantisevidence.com Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/InfiniteConnectionsPR/
Lecture overview – Altered States of Consciousness in the Pyramids and Temples of Ancient Egypt.
Gary regularly visits ancient sites around the world; based on his travels he proposes some fascinating and potentially controversial explanations for the many megalithic constructions that he has seen in Egypt, Peru, Bolivia, Central America, Ireland and across the UK. This talk will include photographic evidence of the crystal technology and engineering used in Ancient Egypt. He will discuss how ancient sites could have harnessed natural subtle forces including sound. He will look at the effect on our consciousness when visiting these sites today and how these power centers across the Planet can still help our spiritual development. This will include experiences from his numerous visits to the ‘King’s Chamber’ inside the Great Pyramid. This will be a multimedia presentation featuring audio, video and visuals from Gary’s travels. This presentation will take you on a tour of some of the most powerful and enigmatic ancient sites on the planet today and suggest locations to visit to inspire your own personal growth.
Gary will discuss the research being conducted at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, Stanford University and other universities around the world. Stanford is starting to shed light on ancient engineering enigmas related to sound. UCLA have been using an EEG to understand how different sound frequencies impact the mind and body. It appears our distant ancestors were using principles modern science is only just starting to understand.
Adrian Gilbert was born in 1949. From 1968-71 he was at the University of Kent at Canterbury ostensibly reading for an Honours degree in Chemistry. While there, he practised yoga and once, whilst sitting on a beach in Moonlight, he experienced an extraordinary awakening of a type described in the Upanishads. Unexpectedly, he became suddenly aware that the whole universe: the sand beneath him, the air he was breathing, the stars and moon in the sky and above all himself, were all particles of the same great being which we call God.
This mystical experience sharpened his appetite for the ultimate knowledge: to know who we are, where we come from and what is our purpose in life. In quest of the answers to these burning questions, he became more and more interested in philosophy.The period of his twenties was spent living in two worlds: an inner, mystical world and an outer world of travel, jobs and relationships. This career move was done with forethought as he wanted to reconnect with the world of books before launching his own imprint. This he did in 1991 when Solos Press was born, its first title published being his own first work: The Cosmic Wisdom Beyond Astrology.
The intention behind the writing of The Cosmic Wisdom was that it should bring together scientific reasoning and mystical insight. As things have turned out this has continued to be the hallmark of Adrian’s writing and explains why his books have achieved wide recognition. You can follow Adrian on Twitter https://twitter.com/AdrianGGilbert
Lecture overview - Stone of Destiny: the Egyptian connection
Gary Lachman is the author of more than a dozen books on consciousness, culture, and the western inner tradition, including Jung the Mystic, The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus, A Secret History of Consciousness and many others. He writes regularly for journals in the UK, US, and Europe, lectures internationally on his work, and his books have been translated into several languages. In a previous life he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His website is http://garylachman.co.uk/
Lecture overview – Jung, Hermes and the Eternal Mind
The Hermetic myth speaks of a divine revelation given to Hermes Trismegistus at the dawn of time. One way for us to share in this knowledge today is to study the Hermetic texts and interpret them according to modern consciousness. But if this knowledge is eternal, it should still be available to us at its source, unmediated and alive. One modern thinker who believed this was the psychologist Carl Jung, who devised a method of consciously entering the realm of revelation, what he called the archetypes. Did Jung make contact with Nous, the Eternal Mind, who passed on his knowledge to Hermes? Or was his descent into the unconscious merely a psychotic breakdown? My talk will focus on how Jung’s discipline of ‘active imagination’ can possibly allow us today to share in Hermes’ revelation and what this means for the evolution of consciousness.
Christopher McIntosh was born in England in 1943 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and German at London University, later returning to Oxford to take a doctorate in history with a dissertation on the Rosicrucian revival in the context of the German Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. After working in London in journalism and publishing he spent four years in New York as an information officer with the United Nations Development Programme, then moved to Germany to work for UNESCO. In parallel he has pursued a career as a writer and researcher specialising in the esoteric traditions.
His books include The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria (latest edition 2003); and Gardens of the Gods (2005). His fictional work includes the occult novel Return of the Tetrad published in Czech as Navrat Tetradi (1998). He also has a long-standing interest in nature-oriented belief systems. He has lectured widely and is on the faculty of the distance M.A. programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, England.
Lecture overview – “A perfect development of all the arts”: Rosicrucianism and the Reform of Knowledge
When the Rosicrucian movement was born in the early 17th century it called for what we would now call a “holistic” form of knowledge, bringing together religion, science and the arts, and informed by the inner esoteric traditions of Hermeticism, alchemy, Kabbalah etc. This talk will argue that that moment was a missed opportunity to bring about a more holistic way of thinking, and that the time has come for a renewed attempt to do so.
Dr. Karen Ralls, medieval historian, Celtic, and world spiritualities scholar, obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She relocated to Oxford, England, where she continues with her specialized research at Oxford University, UCL, and other archives. Noted for her groundbreaking 12th-14th c. medieval research in particular, Dr Ralls is a specialist in the High Middle Ages period.
An international lecturer/conference speaker, noted author, historical sites tour guide, and workshop/events presenter, Dr Ralls’ recent books include Medieval Mysteries: History, Places, and Symbolism. Forthcoming books in 2015/6 are Gothic Wonders: A Guide to the History, Places, Art and Symbolism of Gothic cathedrals and Beyond Gateways: Music and the Otherworld, a healing for our time.
A former Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Dr Ralls serves as professional Historical Consultant and Advisor for film / TV / media projects and documentaries (Discovery, The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, etc), and for travel, charity and heritage-related projects. A medievalist originally from the US and based in Britain for over twenty years, Karen is also on Facebook and Linked In, and her website is
Lecture overview – ‘A fountain of heresy’: The arts, the Inquisition, and late medieval society’
The great variety of heresy-related trials and alleged ‘heretics’ and ‘heresies’ in the late medieval period remains of interest to many today — especially those that clustered in southwestern France in the cultured, civilised area known as the Languedoc. Although more well-known groups such as the Cathars, Knights Templars, or the gifted troubadours of the Languedoc have often been given ‘most of the space’ in history books through the centuries, there was actually much else going on in the High Middle Ages at the time as well. Why was this area in particular – one of the most artistic in all of Western Europe – persistently labelled a ‘hotbed of heresy?’ Why, for example, were certain troubadours, travelling minstrels and skilled guild artisans targeted and/or attacked at times by the Inquisition?
And what happened with the downfall of the courageous Cathars, those who bravely went into the flames rather than forcibly convert or compromise their beliefs, which culminated in the dramatic siege of the famed fortress of Montsegur in 1244? Detailed analysis of a number of the historical records shows a broad variety of factors affecting this tumultous era. The memory of the medieval troubadours and Cathars still remains today, and the civilising effects on medieval Western European society of the music, poetry and arts and crafts in this area in the High Middle Ages is legendary — as is their enduring legacy down into our own time, providing renewed inspiration today for a re-’greening’ of the creative spirit. The seeds of a ‘new Story’ began long ago…
Diana’s interest in Tarot was sparked at the age of 15, when she received a deck as a birthday present from friends. Her interest in esoteric subjects and comparative religion grew over the next decade, following travels in Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines, and living and studying in Europe. Diana’s professional life developed in multinational corporate roles in international relations, luxury goods, software, biofuels, and finance. From 1995 she studied Tarot in London and occasionally read for the public in Covent Garden Market. For the next ten years or so, while carrying out her corporate work life, Diana continued to study intensively, and gradually became an acknowledged expert at the art. Her website is http://www.dianataylortarot.com
Lecture overview – coming soon
Gregory Sams has been bringing novel concepts to the culture since the age of 19, when, in 1967, he and brother Craig introduced organic and natural foods to the UK marketplace. After 15 years of catering, Seed magazine, Ceres Grain Store & Bakery, Harmony & Whole Earth Foods, in 1982 Gregory conceived and christened the original VegeBurger, creating a marketplace for vegetarian food. Leaving food for fractals in 1990, he opened Strange Attractions, the world’s only shop dedicated to chaos theory. This new science underpinned his first book, Uncommon Sense, the State is Out of Date, which is not about politics, but about not politics. His last book, Sun of gOd, Discover the Self-Organizing Principle that Underlies Everything, re-introduces us to our local star, the most revered deity in history.
Gregory’s new book “The State Is Out of Date – We can do it better” will be available from September 2013 as an E-book, the print copy will be publishing in April 2014.
Lecture overview – The State Is Out Of Date
The news media depends upon war and conflict almost as much as do politicians and the arms industry. Sadly, we have come to see organized strife as a natural part of being human – as something traditional and inevitable. But suppose that our natural tendency is to cooperate and live with each other in a state of peace and harmony, unburdened by state bureaucracy, its military establishment and the cost of their support? We have done it, we can do it, and today more than ever before we have the tools with which to effectively govern ourselves from the bottom up.
In addition we will have book and magazine stands.