Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Research Behind The Lost Symbol – Part 2

In the first installment of this series, I mentioned the premise of The Lost Symbol and how Dan Brown built a bridge between science and ancient wisdom in just six pages. He also brought to bear the fact that there are multiple ways of knowing that are valid and promote the evolution of human thought.

Five years before the publication of the book, I began an intensive course of study and research to gain an educated state of clarity on the very concepts presented in The Lost Symbol. After three years of study at a pace to rival any graduate student, I finally had enough information to begin to connect the dots between what, on the surface, seemed to be far-flung fields of study. What I discovered was that they were actually the flipside of the same coin. That’s when I knew I had to publish my notes.

Research for The Sage Age coincided with my initiation as a shamanka (feminine for shaman). That rite of passage came after a decade and a half of preparation. Most folks think of shamans as healers. But, the basic definition of a shaman is one who journeys to other realms and anchors the information gathered into this realm for use. Edgar Cayce was a shaman in that sense. He didn’t actually heal anyone. He gathered information to properly diagnose and treat others, among other revelations he brought back from his journeys. That practice directly impacted my ability to sort through mountains of information and hone in on the connections between the rational and noetic sciences. It also gave me a way to gain an experiential knowing of the information that forever changed my life and altered its course in response to the education I received.

Also in that timeframe, I became a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), which helped me find even more resources for study.

In Part 3 of this series, I’ll reveal where to find more information on topics highlighted in The Lost Symbol.

The Sage Age - Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom, was featured in Publishers Weekly shortly after its debut. Visit for more information and to read articles on many of the topics covered in the book.