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Sacred Geometry ~ Treading

Here are all the mandalas that went into the video I posted recently. I welcome you to download them and use them as an aid for meditation. The merkaba is a particularly powerful and simple mandala. The essence of the mandala is the point with the circle around it–the ineffable self. The two intersecting tetrahedron show the play of opposites, yin and yang, the dual aspects of the psyche or any situation. By seeing them in perfect harmony, we invite that harmony into our own psyche, or the situation we may be contemplating. Enjoy!

mandala_n mandala_m mandala_l mandala_k mandala_j mandala_i mandala_h mandala_g mandala_f mandala_e mandala_d mandala_c mandala_b mandala_a

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My Story

Hi, my name is Tom and I’ve lived all over the world. That always seems to be the most interesting thing about me when I introduce myself to people. Everyone wants to know where you’re from. Well, in my mind, I am from many places, and I am not from anywhere. I am a wandering spirit, as are we all.

I was born in Israel, just like Jesus. Not to draw any implicit connection, but you know, just sayin’. It’s not a bad place to be born. This was just before things got really heated over there, but anyway I don’t remember too much about Israel. We moved by the time I was 2 years old. My parents are not Jewish nor military folk. My dad was an adventurous software engineer, and these days he’s an adventurous manager. He wanted to travel, and travel we did.

My parents are both from Belgium. This is how I usually phrase it. I don’t say that I’m from Belgium. Not that I have anything against Belgium. My bloodline is from Belgium. But only for a while. If you trace it back, century after century, it goes on branching and wheeling across the world and eventually, I guess, into the Ocean, and back to the stars. But my spirit is from many places. For my spirit, discovering different cultures is like remembering the many masks I have worn throughout time and space. Does that sound cosmic enough?

I’m a pretty cosmic kind of guy. To me, what is happening nowadays, this whole globalization business, is pretty cosmic. I like to look for the highest potential in everything. There’s a lot that is not perfect about globalization. But to me the hidden gift of globalization is the ability for every individual to remember their universal nature. To realize that every culture, every language, is just a different way of expressing essential human themes. And at the heart of these is the pair of longing and embodiment… longing for home, and embodying love. Because love is our home.

One of the shadows of globalization is that it seems to be creating a world where money rules everything, and we’re all becoming the faceless agents of a system beyond anyone’s control. A system driven only by profit, that is draining the world’s resources and exploits those unfortunate enough to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s like a great virus that covers the richness of humanity in sheathes of materiality. But maybe this virus is a necessary devil, acting as a carrier for a global communication network that can birth a new consciousness: that of all humanity as one global family. That’s my dream. That perhaps we can all awaken to the fact that we are all united and our only real purpose is to serve one another. That everything else is just a distraction.

For the last 14 years I’ve lived in the United States. Before that I lived in Taiwan and Belgium. In the States, I’ve lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Chicago, and California. I loved going to school in Washington DC. I didn’t like school in Virginia. I didn’t like North Carolina either, I was very rebellious and North Carolina felt far too conservative for me. I wanted to leave as soon as possible. Chicago was my relief from North Carolina, my great hub of culture and sophistication, but in Chicago I felt cut off and isolated. The city felt cold and hostile, although it had its moments of beauty.

But looking back, I spent a lot of my life feeling isolated and cut off. I was an introverted kid, I spent a lot of my time in books and in thought. I had a mean narcissistic streak, and felt like others couldn’t relate to me. But I don’t think I tried too hard to communicate my feelings to others. They were too obscured in complex ideas about the world and why, ultimately, it was a meaningless and hopeless place. Deep down, I was probably kind of depressed.

I ended up studying Philosophy in Chicago. I’ve always been fascinated by the big ideas of mankind. The big bang. Quantum theory. Theism vs. atheism. The meaning of life (42, incidentally). Death. And one avenue into many of these contemplations was psychedelic drugs. I loved taking drugs. They put me into an entirely different world that most people didn’t understand. Like the gateway into Narnia! I felt that in one night on mushrooms I had more thoughts than the average person had in a year. I thought about things most people would never care to think about. And it felt so… strange! They were like nothing else I had ever experienced.

But my experiences weren’t always pleasant. Sometimes I touched a deep hopelessness, a feeling that life was a meaningless charade where we all pretend everything is fine but deep down we all know it is doomed. At other times I would become aware of a presence that seemed so powerful it would overcome me completely, and for it to enter Tom would have to die. That was the most terrifying.

As I continued to experiment with psychedelics, these experiences became more and more frequent. Something wanted to take over, and I struggled to hold onto the reigns, even as the absurdities of my life were highlighted for me. I felt like an actor who refused to read the lines the director handed me, and instead stumbled around on stage foolishly and self-consciously.

This was also accompanied by a feeling that my friends and other people around me weren’t real, they were also just actors playing out their roles. This made me feel crazy, and then I became afraid that I would be seen as crazy and terrible things would happen to me. I was on a bad trip, folks. And it would have kept getting worse if I hadn’t, somehow, found it in myself to surrender.

If there is a message to my story, it is all captured in this word–surrender. I feel that it is perhaps the most profound thing we, as human beings, can do. To give up our need to control life. To trust. To let go of our ideas, our beliefs, our reason, our faith and our doubt. All of these can be ways that our minds go on attempting to control life. To give up our tendency to complain or blame others for our problems. To give up our tendency to judge others and ourselves. Essentially, to give up all the noise in our heads that keeps us from just being in the present moment, and becoming the silent witness of what is happening.

Surrender. I feel that I surrendered to two things simultaneously. I surrendered to a higher power and I surrendered to my physical experience. Before that happened, I never could have understood how deeply connected those two are. Our bodies are always having some physical experience, but we spend most of our time distracting ourselves from how our bodies are feeling. We move around, we go around doing things, we talk to each other, we drink and eat and sleep. But we usually spend very little time just sitting, closing our eyes, and feeling what’s going on with our bodies. It gets uncomfortable very quickly. I think most people realize this when they take psychedelics–it’s pretty uncomfortable to be in a body. Even when your body is perfectly healthy, it’s still liable to have all kinds of aches and pains just from sitting still. And when you’re high, it feels even stranger. You sweat for no reason, it just feels damn weird. You feel like a spirit that’s been thrown in a strange cage of bones and flesh and fluids. The body is weird!

But what does that discomfort have to do with a higher power? Well, as I said, most of our minds’ activity seems to be about distracting us from the present moment. Our minds are very future and past oriented. So much of our time is spent complaining about the past or anticipating the future. We work jobs we don’t like looking forward to when we get out of work. We go on vacation to places where we can go on distracting ourselves, with food and drink and this and that. And if anything happens to snap us out of our distraction, we get frustrated! And along the way, we develop a strong sense of who we are. We identify with our beliefs, with our behavior, with where we’re from, with what we’ve done, with what we like, and so on. But what happens when we start to just sit with the discomfort of the present moment? All that stuff starts getting burned away.

The ego starts getting burned away. When we surrender to the present moment, to just sitting with ourselves and reality as it is, all of our thoughts about the past and future and ourselves start to get burned away. They don’t serve any function anymore. There’s just this moment and the sensations going through the body, which are all impermanent. And there is the consciousness that is witnessing the body, witnessing the present moment. The consciousness that has always been there. The consciousness that was there when Tom was born, when Tom became 12, when Tom became 21, the consciousness that is here right now. But this consciousness has not always been Tom. Tom is an idea that appeared in this consciousness at some point. There is no point in tracing where this idea came from. But there is great value in seeing that it is an illusion. It is a useful illusion. A beautiful illusion, even, at times. But it is still an illusion. And the truth is far greater. The truth is that I am consciousness. I am not my beliefs, not my thoughts, not my deeds, not my past. I am not where I’ve lived, who I’ve known, or what I’ve done. I am consciousness, just as the deer outside my house is consciousness, my girlfriend is consciousness, my parents are consciousness, and you are consciousness. We are all consciousness, and consciousness is all there is. And this is beautiful. This is unifying, harmonizing, and it is peaceful.

And in the space of seeing this, something else becomes apparent. What becomes apparent is that there is a force moving through all things. I see, with more and more clarity, that I am not the source of my actions or my deeds, any more than I am the source of the sensations in my body or the things I witness externally. In fact, everything is just happening, and if I can do anything at all, I can surrender to what is happening. I can surrender to the flow of life through me. I can surrender to the sensations I feel. I can surrender to the situations life brings me. And in this surrender, there is a sense of communion. A sense that I am coming into harmony with the source of all of this.

And it’s also a sense that Tom is dying. Not that my body is dying, but that identification with the body is dying. That identification with thoughts is dying, so thought patterns that used to be very strong start to unravel. Thoughts like “this is good” and “that is bad.” When there is just consciousness observing and embracing what it sees, these thought patterns start to unravel. And so the sense of Tom unravels as well. The whole flavor of life changes. And it’s wonderful! It’s liberating, and peaceful, and full of love and beauty.

So when I tell my story of living, I start to tell a story of dying. As one of my spiritual teachers said, “The art of living is also the art of dying.” Because we all die eventually. And they say that the wise are those who, rather than despair, use this realization as the fuel for their desire to find what is deathless. Because saints and sages of all traditions have told us there is a deathless. And it is not a matter of faith, it is a matter of inquiry into your own being and realizing the truth for yourself. As we realize this, on a collective level, all the divisions of religion and creed will drop away.

When I tell my story, I always find myself drawn to what I consider to be the essential. My girlfriend has a different style, she loves to chronicle events and people and use the stories to share her wisdom. I just go straight to being. I don’t think that one is right and the other is wrong. I don’t think it’s wrong to be interested in the every-day realities of material life, to highlight the dramas we all play out. I just know that my spirit just wants to rest in this truth–we are all consciousness. And we don’t need anything else! We can just be consciousness and sip the divine tea of freedom.

This is also why I love tea ceremony. It takes being and turns it into an art. When we sip tea, we sip being. We meet as one and leave as one, and the ceremony reminds us of our unity.


I love my parents, I love Belgium, I love God, I love Jesus and the Buddha and Lao Tzu and Mooji and Goenkaji, I love my brother and my girlfriend. I love the US and Santa Cruz. The more I lose myself, the more I love, because I don’t need anything to be any particular way. I just accept and embrace everything as it is. And if an impulse arises inside me to make an adjustment, to fix something, to change something, to protest something, then I embrace that as well. Because I see how everything is a part of the whole, and the whole goes on changing. And sometimes the changes come through us. It’s a beautiful paradox that cannot be understood, only lived.

Life is a beautiful paradox that cannot be understood, only lived.

When all’s said and done, this isn’t my story, it’s our story. That gives me hope. I look forward to a day when we encourage our kids to meditate, when we hold compassion in greater esteem than knowledge. I pray that my life can be a pure light of illumination for others, and that together we heal the wounds of the world through the depth of our surrender.

OK, I think that’s enough for today. I hope this finds you all well, inspired, peaceful and loving. May all beings be released from suffering. May we all be supported in walking this holy path. May we have fun too!


Gene Keys: an Introduction


Gene Keys Website

What are the Gene Keys?

The Gene Keys are a contemporary spiritual transmission. They are a living wisdom that have the extraordinary capacity to transform your life.

The Gene Keys combine the wisdom of I Ching with our modern understanding of DNA to create a contemplative guide. This exquisite work brings together many divergent spiritual traditions and opens up new dimensions of scientific understanding. However, the Gene Keys are not really intended to deliver a comprehensive, logical understanding of how the world works. In many ways, the Gene Keys are an initiation into the vast mystery of existence.

The Gene Keys are a map of human consciousness. They describe three manifestations of consciousness: the shadow, the gift, and the siddhi. The shadow is made up of disallowed subconscious fears and desires that are either repressed and projected externally. The Gene Keys are an invitation to face our shadows and allow them to reveal their gifts, which is the journey of personal transformation. Through this process, we learn to open our hearts and share our creative genius with the world. This allows us to learn the true meaning of genius, love and prosperity.

The siddhic consciousness is that elusive enlightened state which so many strive for, but which the Gene Keys point to as the true, underlying nature of all states, unchanging and untainted.

The Art of Contemplation

The Gene Keys are also a doorway into the wonderful art of contemplation. Contemplation combines the focused effort and discipline of yoga with the effortless awareness of tantra. In contemplation, we train our minds on a concept or koan, and allow insights to unfold naturally, in their own time.

These insights are not just intellectual, but can be emotional and even deeply physical. These are contemplations that bring us back to the body, to our breath and our bones, and mutate the very quality of our awareness.

The Gene Keys are a slow, patient path of self-illumination. Gene Keys is a book! It is a tome of wisdom that encompasses and unites many disparate spiritual traditions into a golden braid of perennial wisdom. It is for all those who long to hold the keys of understanding, but find that every path they explore seems to leave something out, or feels like a limitation.


The Gene Keys recognize that the human spirit is boundless, and structures and paths are meant to empower us, not limit us with outdated dogma. Love goes on evolving, it goes on breaking its own rules and overstepping its own limitations. This is the playful and joyous journey that the Gene Keys invite us on! We are imbibing a wisdom that is coded into the very structure of reality, and we are making it our own by bringing our own unique spirit to it.

My Personal Journey

My own journey with the Gene Keys has spanned four years and has evolved in stages. At first I only had the book, and I got sucked into its insights, vision of the future and impeccable structure. It was incredible! I couldn’t believe its depth, scope, and also simplicity! Honestly, I was pretty mesmerized. I had always had this longing for a spiritual classic that wasn’t from Ancient China or biblical times, but written in a contemporary style and in plain English. Gene Keys delivered. This book became, very quickly, my “Bible.”

There are 64 separate “keys,” and I must have read each one several times. And slowly, the work faded into the background. Different things came into my life–farming, meditation, but the Gene Keys was always there as a supportive friend smiling on the sidelines.

About a year or two later, I finally found my own personal “hologenetic” profile (read more here). The Gene Keys came alive once again, as it took on a greater personal relevance. Now I knew my life’s work, my purpose, my spiritual intelligence and so on 😉

I was once again sucked into this magical journey of love, light, and laughter.

Another year went by, and the Gene Keys Golden Path was released. Richard Rudd, the creator of the Gene Keys, started a website elucidating the Gene Keys and offering an online program to lead people through their profile to understand the Gene Keys at a deeper level. This program has three components, addressing one’s creative genius, opening the heart, and unlocking prosperity.

There are lots of programs out there that claim to help one do these things, and lots of people are drawn to them based on what they resonate with. Gene Keys always appealed to me based on its succinct clarity. The truths found in the Gene Keys are immediate and apparent, and simple to practice. Many new things seem to have been triggered as I’ve explored this program. I fell in love, and now I am making the first steps to really put myself out there and understand my own personal meaning of prosperity and community.

My whole journey with the Gene Keys has been one of love. Something about it just spoke very deeply to me, and now I find myself devoted to sharing it with others. It brings me such a great joy, and there is a process of “embodiment” that happens as we share this wisdom. We become the wisdom. When we speak the truth, we become the truth. When we see the light in others, we become the light, we see it everywhere. It’s an incredible journey, one that I am immensely grateful for.

In Conclusion…

I hope you appreciate this sharing. The links in this article, in addition to providing further resources should you wish to explore the Gene Keys, are also affiliate links for me so that I can help support myself as I do the work I feel called to do. If you are inclined to purchase anything through the website, I would be immensely grateful if you used one of these links.

I am happy to help you explore this system further, if you are so inclined. If you have any questions or things you’d like to understand in greater depth, I am here for you. If you would like a taste of your profile to see if the Golden Path is something for you, I’d be happy to have a Skype interview with you. Just leave a comment and I’ll be in touch!

Thank you so much for reading, and if you enjoyed this article, please share it with others! Many blessings on your path 🙂


Gene Keys Hologenetic Profile

 The Hologenetic Profile


What is a “hologenetic” profile? It sounds complex, and at first sight it is a strange tangle of numbers, words and lines in some kind of strange geometric figure.

What this profile is, however, is a simple guide to help you understand yourself and your place in the world. It is similar to an astrological profile, except that it is expressed in a different language. The science behind it remains the same.

The profile has many bits and pieces to it, which makes it seem complex. However, after studying it for a while and slowly contemplating every element, you come to see the basic simplicity that is organizing all of this. Your profile is your invitation to live out your own personal archetype, your genius.

Some elements are universal to every profile. Every profile has a life’s work, an evolution, a radiance and a purpose. Every profile can be read at the “shadow” level–the level of unrealized potential, the “gift” level–the level of sharing yourself in creative service with the world, and the “siddhic” level–the level of awakening to the reality of unity, and seeing your own personality as one perfectly integrated fractal expression of the whole, which you are no longer separate from.

Other elements are unique to every profile. We each have different “keys,” which are analogous to the hexagrams of the I Ching or codons of the DNA, that are dominant in our profile. These keys allow us to see our own uniqueness and embody it fully, bringing life and light to those aspects of consciousness we are here to embody. It is a paradox–by fully embodying our individuality we begin to transcend it.


Does it really work?

In my experience, what you get out of any spiritual path is proportionate to what you put in. When I first discovered my profile, it really lit me up. It essentially told me that everything I loved, about life and myself, was my work, my radiance, my purpose. We are here to embody ourselves! It showed me very quickly which inauthentic patterns I was living out of fear, and which aspects of my authentic self I had covered up because I hadn’t accepted them as valid.

It’s another paradox–through the profile, having someone else tell me who I am, I suddenly found the freedom to be myself. So the profile is like any great spiritual path, when you follow it you don’t need it anymore. It’s just a bridge to get you to the other side, once you’ve crossed, you can forget about it. But what a bridge! I can guarantee there are few bridges you’ll enjoy crossing as much as this one 😀

Ultimately though, you’ll have to find out for yourself. You can learn more about the Gene Keys by reading my article, or by visiting the website. And if you’d like to see your profile, you can request it here.

If you would like me to give you a taste of what it all means and look at your profile with you, I would be happy to schedule a Skype session. Just let me know in the comments and I’ll be in touch!

I hope you appreciate this article and find yourself drawn into a new journey of awakening, fulfillment and bliss!


The Sun Hermit ~ Desert Ruminations


And then there was the desert. The desert is a mystical place, where things are put in context. It reminds me of reverb, delay pedals and “The End” by the Doors echoing into the big sky. The desert teaches you the value of water, about survival and surrender.

The Sun Hermit & I have spent many lifetimes together, and I still remember meeting him in the desert. He offered an invitation to me then that I turned down. The desert can be oppressive, overbearing. The desert can be bleak and unforgiving. But there are few things as sweet as a warm desert night as the setting sun paints the big sky red, orange, pink and violet.

I remember walking through the sand and feeling it between my toes, the intoxicating sense of nakedness and intimacy with nature, sun and silence throw you into an altered state where you experience yourself not so much as a person but more as a body–a sweaty, vulnerable body driven by a deep survival instinct that knows to just keep walking.

It’s liberating, for a while at least. Your ordinary cares seem less important when it’s just step, step, step, step. Or I’m reminded of that America song, “Horse With No Name.” The line, “In the desert, you can’t remember your name / cause there ain’t no-one for it to give you no pain.” Or is it shame? I like that sentiment. You lose your social identity, your handle that opens you to praise and blame. In Buddhism they call blame and praise two of the “worldly dharmas.” You practice to transcend them.

And now I feel called back to the desert. The Sun Hermit lived in a little adobe home, way out there on his own. He would sit out in the hot sun and drink tea and play his slide guitar. From lifetime to lifetime, some things do not change. There is always tea, music, and my guru. And my love. She’s always there too.

When I met the Sun Hermit in the desert I thought I might end up like him, content to my solitary existence, content to my smallness under the big sky, but with a mind as vast and open as any expanse I had ever known. There was an appeal to this lifestyle, but also a fear–what would I miss out on? And I think this fear always exists within the seeker, the fear of ending the quest and losing the seeker. The sage has found everything and has reached the end of the path. But I think sometimes that finality frightens us.

What is the greatest achievement of a lifetime? What is worth striving for, dying for? What vision does not end, leading us right back to where we started?

This great and terrible vision of the wheel of samsara sometimes comes to me. It is an image that was imprinted in my mind at a very early age. I sometimes feel that memories of past lives return to us in childhood through books, video games and movies. Well I can vividly remember walking through that deserted Tibetan monestary and studying the engraving of the “wheel of suffering” on the wall. It was mystifying, but I knew there was something terribly important about it.

And as I got older, I began to have these moments where it felt as though I was rising above the clouds of my life, seeing the big picture of life and all lives, interwoven in inextricable feedback loops. It was all a great circle. I could see my own life rising and falling on the tide of eternity. And I could feel all life breathing and experiencing as one vast organism, in awe of the tremendous fact of being alive. Of being life! Life as life as life, ever one, eternally here and now…

And I began to know, also, my own forgetfulness. How easy it was to slip back into living life as Tom and identifying with a limited perspective. What a strange, funny and tragic game! My own belief is that remembering is not about the desire and effort of the ego, but an impulse born in spirit to remember itself, which then moves through the ego… perhaps as sustained effort, perhaps as deepening effortlessness. This is how I have understood my own experience of attaining without effort, the strange dynamics of forgetting and remembering.

But that’s just how it is with exalted states. There is still a rise and fall. I do not feel that attaining is really about achieving some permanent cosmic state. Even in the simplest, most mundane activities, there is no self. Chop wood and carry water, as they say. There is no Tom when Tom is meditating and there is no Tom when Tom is filling out his taxes. There is no Tom in writing, no Tom in dreaming, no Tom in drinking tea. There is only the wind.

Like a cool breeze in the desert. Everything changes with that cool breeze.

Gene Keys

What are the Gene Keys?

The Gene Keys, to me, are 64 living, breathing friends.

warning: numerological tangent follows

64… what a beautiful number. It’s 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 2. Two raised to the sixth power. Two is about doubling and two is also about dividing. And 6 + 4 = 10 and 1 + 0 is equal to 1. Look at it this way:

2 raised to the 0th power is 1.

2 raised to the 1st power is 2.

2 raised to the 2nd power is 4.

2 raised to the 3rd power is 8.

2 raised to the 4th power is 16, and 1 + 6 = 7.

2 raised to the 5th power is 32, and 3 + 2 = 5.

And 2 raised to the 6th power is 64, and 6 + 4 is 10 and 1 + 0 is 1.


When we double six times we’re back where we started, to 1. So 64 is a very important number, because this pattern of doubling and dividing is at the heart of nature. It’s how living systems grow and multiply.

We can take it the opposite direction too.

0 ) 2 / 2 = 1

1 ) 1 / 2 = .5

2 ) .5 / 2 = .25 and 2 + 5 = 7

3) .25 / 2 = .125 and 1 + 2 + 5 = 8

4) .125 / 2 = .0625 and 6 + 2 + 5 = 13 and 1 + 3 = 4

5) .0625 / 2 = .03125 and 3 + 1 + 2 + 5 = 11 and 1 + 1 = 2

6) .03125 / 2 = .015625 and 1 + 5 + 6 + 2 + 5 = 19 and 1 + 9 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1.

So in both directions when we get to 6 we’ve come back where we started. And let’s look at the two number sequences:

Doubling — 1 2 4 8 7 5 1 …

Dividing — 1 5 7 8 4 2 1 …

Notice that the two sequences are just inversions of one another… which makes sense, because doubling and halving are inverse operations. But why 6? Notice something else interesting: what 3 numbers are missing from the sequence above? There are 6 numbers present and 3 missing, out of 9 total digits. And the numbers that are missing are 3 , 6 , and 9. Actually they’re not missing, they’re just telling the story about the other numbers.

Okay, but what does any of this have to do with Gene Keys? Well, the Gene Keys are like life. You can’t just pry them open and expect all the answers to reveal themselves right away. You have to play with them, connect the dots, and once you’re done, start connecting them differently, because there’s a lot of images that can come out of a single series of dots.

6 is a beautiful number. It’s the number of carbon atoms in a carbon ring, which is one of the fundamental lego pieces of all life on this planet. And the DNA, the “God code” of all life, is based on these hexagrammatic rings. Why 6? There is something about the hexagram, its internal structure and the way it can be infinitely tesselated, that makes it ideal for building things. Like beehives.

beehive-picThe I Ching, one of the oldest spiritual texts known to mankind, was also based on this sytem of 64. In the I Ching there are 64 shapes known as hexagrams, made up of a series of six lines.

hexagram01.jpg.pagespeed.ce.YB3tEZ4CP1The lines can be either yang or yin, and in six combinations this leads to the same pattern we were looking at earlier: two possibilities raised to the sixth power.

The ancient Chinese believed that these 64 hexagrams were archetypal patterns that underpinned all of life, and that by understanding these hexagrams, and in particular the flow, the movement that existed between them, a person could come into a harmonious relationship with the rhythms of life–internal and external.

Now our modern science has confirmed that yes, all biological life is in fact governed by a language (DNA) written in 64 letters (codons). And why should this come as any surprise? It’s all about this rhythm of doubling and dividing, doubling and dividing, the simplest movements of life creating the path of least effort to arrange matter in patterns that are so simple in their boggling complexity.


So there is this code that governs all of life. Our modern scientific way of understanding this is based in an old paradigm, of the ‘detached observer.’ This is like the European scientist going into an indigenous tribe with paper, pencil and clipboard and saying, “Oh, don’t mind me, I’m just here to take notes.” And all of a sudden everyone is doing crazy stuff just to get the attention of the white guy with glasses.

So this is kind of how DNA has been understood. We’d like to quantify, codify and categorize the twisting patterns of DNA so we can manipulate and control, and get the world to be a little bit more the way it ought to be. DNA has been studied as something “out there,” that is very interesting and fascinating but doesn’t necessarily have direct existential relevance to how you do the dishes in the morning.

And it’s hard to see how they could! But the first very important point to enter into is that we are this pattern. Or perhaps a better way to put it is that everything that is experienced is an expression of this pattern. Who are we? What are we? In the scientific approach to understanding ourselves and our reality, there is this funny dialectic between “studying” and “controlling.” It’s assumed that to study something, you have to createcontrolled environment. You have to identify all the variables that could effect your experiment and try to control all of them. And then it’s assumed that whatever happens in the experiment is not being effected by you, the observer, because you’ve taken the variables into account. But how is this possible? After all, you’re the one controlling the variables, and you’re the one who has created the parameters of the experiment.

So this notion of the “detached observer” is first based on a division between the experimenter and the experiment and then attempts to erase this division by asserting that the experimenter does not influence the experiment.

hdthYes, so the Gene Keys open up the path to a new sort of science, where you become the primary field of inquiry.  After all, who are you? What are you? How can we answer any other question if we can’t even answer this question, that points closest to home?

And Gene Keys is about the art of contemplation, which also the art of listening. Listening is different from studying, because listening isn’t about creating experiments or controlling variables. Listening happens in the heat of life, in all its sloppy, messy, unpredictable uncontained-ness. Listening is about tuning in to the body. It’s about listening to the breath, to the sensations, to the flux of emotions that runs through our system. Listening is about openness.

You see, when you really listen to someone, you’re not trying to fix them. That’s sort of the scientific paradigm… you listen only as much as you need to to change the situation into what you’d like. That’s the “I hear you but I’m not listening.” But real listening is just about getting to the Truth, it’s about touching what’s real. So when you really listen to someone, it’s not that you’re taking in the information they’re expressing, categorizing and sorting it through the mental systems in your head, and then offering a solution or a True or False reading. You’re not a computer. True listening is just about connecting to what’s true.

Gene Keys…

Gene-Keys-book-coverYes, so the Gene Keys! The Gene Keys are a system of self-illumination that have been compiled and pleasantly presented by an English fellow by the name of Richard Rudd. The Gene Keys combine the insights of Human Design, the I Ching, and the weird world of quantum biology to present a “map of human consciousness.”

The Gene Keys also has an astrological component, a personal profile based on your time of birth, the movement of the celestial spheres in harmony with your passage from conception to birth. This profile gives you a compass to immerse yourself in the “map” through identifying with a part of the whole.

The 16th Gene Key, for instance, talks about Mastery, and how we come to acquire skills. At the shadow level, which is a low frequency vibration of our genetics leading to a limited perspective and expression of our life force, we remain indifferent in some way to life, and so we do not have the impetus to really cultivate our gifts.

This 16th Gene Key really reminds me of the parable of the talents, where God gives three men a single talent and asks them to “do me proud.” The first man goes out and spends the talent on a pint of ale. The second man goes way out into the desert and buries the talent where nobody will find it. And the third man uses the talent to buy some art supplies, sells his paintings, makes more talents, invests in some local charities, starts a non-profit, creates a business selling ecologically friendly fertilizer, and so on. The third man got the point.

So that’s what the 16th Gene Key is about. It’s about getting out of the grip of indifference and becoming versatile by just using your gifts. It’s about enthusiasm! It’s about love. But it also requires that you identify with your skills, because that’s what gives you the drive to perfect them. If you’re not identified with painting, you’re probably not going to push that skill to the point of bringing something crazy new and amazing into the world, that’s going to inspire others. And the whole point of developing your talents is that it spreads your natural enthusiasm to others. An enthusiastic world is a happy world! An enthusiastic world is one where people are coming up with creative solutions for problems that affect all of us.

So that’s the deal with the profile and the map. The profile is the identification, that leads you to master the map. And the map is life! It’s a wonderful thing to be a master painter, but to master life! Well, that’s a whole new domain altogether.


And it might sound self-obsessed, but it’s not. In the world of Gene Keys, the personal and transpersonal dimension are intimately woven together. As an awareness of your own genius detonates inside you, it will find its way to pour out of you for the world at large.

So, self-illumination?

Yes, so here we go jumping from maths to DNA to the art of listening and what do these Gene Keys and self-illumination and what?

So the Gene Keys, as they are presented, are a compendium of 64 master keys for life, guiding us through our shadows, into our gifts, into our very essence, which is termed the “siddhi.” This is about understanding life by understanding our own blocks and resistances which keep life from flowing through us in a great tidal wave of knowing.


The shadows are the raw material, the anger and fear that have driven human evolution for such a long time that most of the world just takes them for granted, or participates in them unconsciously. But as we learn to take responsibility for our own emotions and reactions, our shadows naturally begin to transmute into our gifts.

Our gifts are the creative expression of the raw energy of the shadows. Our gifts put us in service to the world, because as soon as we become aware of the energies moving inside us we can either sit with them and allow them to settle or channel them into the world in a way that is awakening and inspiring. The gift level is where we begin to see every shadow as a gift!

And the siddhic level is the level beyond words, where our awareness stops getting sucked into the outside world through our ideas and desires and instead turns on itself, resulting in a sort of nuclear meltdown where we are purged of our sense of separation from life. This is the great journey, the great experiment, the great illumination that the Gene Keys invite you on.


visit: Gene Keys official website for more info and to watch some videos of the author, who does a much better job explaining things.

visit: Gene Keys Amazon

to buy the book on Amazon

and finally, visit: Gene Keys Golden Path

if you’d like to purchase the program and work through your profile. I highly recommend it, I’ve been benefiting immensely from the profile! And if you got turned on by Gene Keys through this blog, I humbly request you use this link because I can make a commission fee! Woot!

Hope this has been useful and enlightening!

Much love,