Galactic Harmonics is a grand discipline occupied with the examination of the underlying patterns and themes present in all levels of material existence. From the subatomic to the cosmic, these recurring patterns can be found in everything from particle interaction to social dynamics to the unfolding of the universe itself. When viewed through the magical filters of physics and mathematics, we can begin to see that the universe – at its most basic level – is nothing more than an immense pattern-generating function. We are just one small part of the universal pattern, but each tiny particle of our being mirrors the vast complexities of the entire universe. When we study without, we also study within. This primer has been compiled to introduce readers to some key universal patterns and some of their primary cross-disciplinary correspondences. By relating key concepts to meditative states, it is my hope that meditation and practice will instill a sense of how integral each of these concepts are to the actual physical process of life. Naturally, we will start at the beginning, but as we move forward each new concept will compliment the last and continue to build until there is no beginning and no end – only patterns and cycles. This introductory list is far from complete, but when you begin to unravel even the basics of galactic structure, you begin to unravel the deeper mysteries of creation and life itself. Each one of these thoughts can fuel hours of ontological musing, and each one is a good starting place for further meditation and exploration. Zero, the Void Zero is a good place to start because we work with zeroes every day. Zero is nothing. It is the absence of all things. It is empty. Nada. Nil. Zero represents a numerical value (the absence of value), but it also represents the void – the vast still emptiness which existed before all of creation and will probably exist long after the death of our universe. The universal symbol for zero is an empty circle. Linear time does not exist in the void, nor do events, actions, matter, or space. It is a stark nothingness without self, ego, or awareness. The void is timeless and eternal. It is the blank canvas awaiting inspiration. It is the uncarved block of the Tao. It is the uncluttered mind ready to receive knowledge. It is the unfertilized ovum. Because the void exists outside of material space, it has no corresponding chakra or body position. The void can only be experienced preceding birth, following death, or through a ‘near death' or ‘out of body' experience where the trappings of physical self and ego are temporarily removed. Singularity, the Seed The singularity is an incomprehensibly small point which contains a near infinite amount of densely packed information. The singularity is a mathematical paradox because it is infinitely massive yet infinitely small. Its gravitational field is so dense that it causes space and time to bend, freeze, and reverse around the edges. Singularities are only found in black holes, subatomic nuclei, and in the first few nanoseconds of our early universe. The symbol for singularity is a single dot or one-dimensional point. Any information entering a singularity instantly collapses under such intense pressure that it becomes encrypted within a mathematical paradox. From our perspective, the singularity is a one-way information valve. Any information entering a singularity is impossible to retrieve. Not even light can escape. Whatever goes in is compressed into ‘not-being' and spit across a no-return hole in spacetime. Some theorists believe this information is just locked into the black hole forever; some say it will eventually evaporate away into particle decay. Einstein and Rosen theorized that singularities could even be wormholes to alternate dimensions of reality. Unfortunately, no one will ever know because the compression makes it impossible to survive the journey. The singularity of the early universe also represents the star seed -- a hard-shelled courier of self-replicating, viral information. From this single seed, an entire universe erupted. Because the singularity contains the infinite within the small, it can only begin to grow in a void that is big enough to hold it. This is true with all seeds. Each seed contains vast potential – but a seed can only germinate in very specific conditions. The seed metaphor also exists in the dimension of pure idea. Any single idea can seed an infinite number of new ideas – but seeds of idea will only germinate in very particular conditions. Like the singularity, the seed of idea seeks a silent, uncluttered place to plant its roots and become fully formed. In many theologies, the initial seed is not a theoretical object, it is simply God's idea to fill the eternal void of loneliness. The chakra which relates to the singularity is located between the navel and the pelvic bone. This point is not only the "essential" center of your being, it is also your center of gravity and the central furnace of your ki -- the life force which flows through you and animates your body. The body position which corresponds to the seed is a tightly held tuck. Pull your knees up to your chin, roll your face down, and curl up into a ball. When you exhale, collapse and let your energy sink deeper and deeper into your central furnace. Conception and Inspiration Out of all the harmonic constants, conception is possibly the most miraculous of all. Conception is the temporal point where the unreleased potential of the seed enters into the empty void and begins to germinate. This is where the process of creation begins. Conception is the dawn. It is the bliss of new life. It is the birth of new ideas. The traditional symbol for conception is a spark, flash of light, or the spiritual breath of God being magically imbued into matter. In terms of thought and idea, the spark metaphor for conception is seen in the modern image of a light bulb going off over someone's head. This metaphor can also be seen throughout history in paintings of saints and prophets who have a halo or circle of divine light shining over their heads. The chakra which corresponds to conception is the crown chakra. You can locate the crown chakra by drawing a line straight over the top of the head from each ear until you hit a small bump where the plates of your skull join together. It is usually through this point that the spark of conception hits the body. This experience is commonly referred to as ‘illumination' or ‘enlightenment.' To experience pure conception in its rawest form is to literally ‘see the light.' It is peace, clarity of thought, fulfillment, and euphoria all rolled into one. Expansion and Exposition Expansion is the operation which defines growth in the spatial and temporal dimensions of our physical universe. Expansion is best described as constant movement away from a central point in all directions at once. The symbol for Expansion is a circle with arrows or vectors pointing out in all directions from the center. These arrows represent the travel of force through space, and the circle represents the wave of force traveling through time. As time marches on, so expands the circle. Any kind of explosion or free energy release within a vacuum will result in a smooth, spherical expansion of force in all directions. The distance this force will travel (unless confined or conflicted by another force) is theoretically infinite, and stops only when and if time stops. The first expansion of our universe is, of course, the Big Bang. The scientific best guess as to how the universe was created is that it spontaneously erupted out of a singularity into a great vacuum of space. Our universe is still growing, and we are still riding the expanding wave of the Big Bang. Theoretically, we will continue to expand until we eventually fizzle out or snap back on ourselves like a giant bungee cord. Expansion is also seen in the causal spread of a single action or event. Each physical action has it's own expansion wave. Simply drop a pebble into a smooth lake to see this principle in action. This may seem like an overly obvious example, but the same pebble, when dropped on hard ground, will still create ripples through the air and through the Earth. Any noise or radiant energy will also travel in a wave away from it's point of origin until it is bound, reflected, or acted on by a conflicting wave. When expanding wave forces overlap, all sorts of interesting interference patterns and harmonic phenomena occur, but those will be discussed in separate lessons. The chakra for expansion is the heart chakra - located in the center of the chest. To activate expansion, stand or lie down with arms and legs spread to all four directions like a compass. Take in a series of smooth deep breaths in rapid succession, then focus the energy building in your chest to radiate in smooth circles outward from your body. This shimmering orb of energy is sometimes referred to as an aura.