I feel like I should analyze in some depth the newest guest article published on Graham Hancock’s website. In it, Rory Duff claims to have discovered the real Holy Grail and that it is a vortex created by a network of sound waves that envelops the Earth. These sonic ley lines are somehow both broad enough to form pathways and nodes hundreds of miles across on one of his maps but area also narrow enough that single church can be positioned exactly on the line and not a meter left or right of it in other parts of his work. According to Duff, the Knights Templar learned of these lines beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and spent centuries hunting for the most important vortex that would serve as the true Grail, located somewhere in Spain.
But I just can’t do it.
I suppose it is mildly interesting that Duff’s sonic ley lines don’t match the Earth-energy ley lines or the celestial alignment ley lines previously hypothesized for the same area of Spain. But the idea is just so lacking in scientific evidence to justify it that it hardly seems worth examining point for point. Just for kicks: Assume for a moment that these energy vortices were real. Since they can be “felt” and detected by their effects, why would hundreds of years of undocumented conspiracies be necessary to explain why people living near them would place their sacred sites atop the energy vortices they “felt”? The superstructure of conspiracy is unnecessary if we take Duff’s claims at face value. If we do not, then the conspiracy remains unnecessary since the vortices of energy would not exist.
I admit to be baffled as to how Duff tracked these sonic “vibrations” around the world. He only says:
These sounds appear on the surface as linear, high pressure concentration zones that go right round the world. In doing so, they cross over one another. Some of these crossings are very special intersections. These were ones that have much greater numbers of these linear zones crossing over each other in one place and also ones which have the lowest frequency vibrations.
He says that he maps them by measuring various Earth energies (with what?) but claims that the strength and frequency of the vibrations changes across the year, which must make it hard to keep track of which bits of dirt are part of the energy lines and which are not.
Therefore, it is confusing to hear that Duff claims to be able to follow the lines. He also claims to be able to identify their intersections, though he concedes that due to the plethora of lines, intersections are basically everywhere. Depending on how wide you imagine the line is (according to one of his maps, it is at least two minutes of latitude, or two miles, though his global projection shows clusters of lines hundreds of miles across), you can call almost anything a “hit.”
According to Duff, the Templars sought the “most sacred” place of all, which had the “lowest vibrations.” Why are vibrations sacred? Oh, that is certainly worth mentioning:
Invisible sound shapes are all very well, but what I now found of interest was not these Grail shapes, but the Grail properties that were supposedly associated with it and how these connected with human consciousness. The murals in the Templar chapel at Caravaca, and the now decoded symbols, were all describing what this special place could do for people. Spiritual Healing, incubatory travelling & enlightenment are all indicated. If this was true, this would mean that these spiritual states might all be the result of a resonant interaction between human consciousness and these low frequency sounds, which might further be enhanced if a certain meditative state of mind was achieved.
Yes, apparently the humming of the Earth induces astral projection, healing, and enlightenment. Surprisingly, though, people living on these vortices aren’t spontaneously astral projecting to Templar paradise. Millions live on these lines and thousands around each vortex, without effect.
Before I finish today, I wanted to note an interview I saw this week on an unrelated subject. Country singer Dean Miller released his new single, “1965,” to radio on Monday. The song is a bit of nostalgia for midcentury Americana, but in an interview, Miller described the origins of the song. He explained that has “always” been nostalgic for the period of 1965-1975. Let’s leave aside the fact that he was born in 1965 and is literally nostalgic for being a toddler. He described that period as “simpler” and “pure” and lauded the time in his song as a period when gender roles were firmer and in the interview as a time when one could speak without being “politically correct.”
Who could possibly describe the period of race riots, Vietnam, widespread discrimination and bigotry, and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation as “simple” and “pure”? This is in microcosm everything wrong with America’s sense of history. Miller confuses his happy memories of being a child and of the pop culture of the era with the actual era itself. I think he’s more nostalgic for My Three Sons and Hee-Haw than for the real 1960s and 1970s.
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