Help! My paradigms are shattered!
Former software engineer and computer systems designer Gregg Braden has cracked the God Code, and now he's ready to take on the Divine Matrix. One of several luminaries currently officiating at the shotgun wedding between science and mysticism (a union that seems ever more urgent to many as the birth of Something Truly Awful approaches), Braden is becoming quite the superstar in New-Wage circles. He's actually been around for years, but his fame is steadily growing, and lately he seems to have eclipsed fellow
New York Times best selling author Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. His ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems led to successful careers as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970’s energy crisis, and in the 1980’s as a Senior Computer Systems Designer for Martin Marietta Aerospace during the last years of the Cold War. In 1991 he became the first Technical Operations Manager for the network innovator, Cisco Systems, where he led the development of the global support team that assures the reliability of today’s internet. Global crises of the late 20th Century inspired him to leave the corporations and begin a full-time quest for the solutions that he believes survive in the oldest records of our past.
For more than 20 years Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. To date, his work has led to such paradigm-shattering books as The Isaiah Effect, The God Code, and his newest, The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles and Belief. Gregg’s work is now published in 13 languages and 25 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that we have the power to reverse disease, re-define aging and even change Reality itself, by embracing the focused power of human emotion as the quantum language of change.
You will see the term "paradigm-shattering" a lot on Gregg's web site and in the publicity material for his personal appearances these days. So be prepared to hear those words until you're nauseated – that is, if you weren't already nauseated from repeated use of the term "paradigm shift" when it first became de rigeur among the New-Wagers and Corporate America nearly twenty years ago. Braden is now doing the publicity rounds and lecture circuit for The Divine Matrix, and next month he's coming to one of the New Thought churches in my area to talk about "Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits" (hey, I warned you). The Braden event is billed as a "life-altering" workshop that will show attendees how to unleash the power of their own Reality Codes. Braden's core message seems to be that "we are limited only by the limits of our beliefs!" According to the promo blurb, some of the topics he'll address in his lecture are:
- The new discoveries and ancient techniques that free us from the "laws" of physics and biology as we know them today!
- The DNA of life and Reality itself is a code that may be changed and "upgraded" by choice!
- Why the miracles that we see in quantum particles are actually the guide to our greatest potential!
- The powerful shift in your beliefs that the world, and your body, can’t ignore!
- Why your prayers are just as powerful on the other side of the world, as they are in your living room!
Exactly what laws of physics and biology do the new discoveries and ancient techniques free us from? That isn't explained in the promo, but I'm certain it will be covered in the workshop, or at least hinted at in an effort to inspire attendees to sign up for more of Braden's workshops and order more of his products. (I am equally certain that if some of the more mentally unbalanced followers actually try to free themselves from certain laws of physics and biology, lives will indeed be altered, and more than paradigms will be shattered.)
But hey, that's negative, and negativity is not what Braden is all about. His market is pretty much the same group of folks who have so eagerly embraced The Secret and What The Bleep Do We Know?!?, and they refuse to entertain anything remotely negative, lest they end up attracting unpleasantries and creating unwanted realities.
Now, in case you're wondering exactly what "the divine matrix" is, it's something we all live in and are a part of, according to Braden. There, does that clear things up?
So far The Divine Matrix has a four-and-a-half-star average on Amazon, though one recent reviewer, Jim Watson of New Haven, CT, described it as "regurgitated philosophy, no real science":
Unfortunately, it is clear to me (a physicist who is an expert on the scientific side of this) that the author does not understand modern physics. This is not in any way a scientific work or argument, and it is filled with problematic reasoning, illogical arguments, and complete fallacies. It does *sound* good, and I can see how someone that was not a scientist could easily fall for this... in fact, psychologically, his theory could be "fun" to believe in, and I can see why people would like to believe that this is true, just as children like to believe in Santa Claus. It is an important work though, if for no other reason that it is being read by so many people.
Most of the comments to Watson's review were from staunch defenders of the faith, including this one (I have not edited it for spelling or anything else):
Your remarks are quite powerful. In fact, they represent an opportunity of a lifetime for you. Before you lies free money and fame. Simply create the book to refute this so that the world can know the truth. Your passion is apparent in your strong use of language, and I look forward to contributing to your wealth and fame when I buy your book refuting this authors hypothesis.
I wish you well, and beg you avoid vagueness that far to often poorly vails fear and doutbt.
That's a pretty typical response (as anyone who's ever criticized The Secret could tell you).
Braden's previous work, The God Code, seems to be a mixture of Star Trek, the Kabbalah, and numerology. Its premise, in a nutshell, is that the Creator of All That Is encoded a message in Hebrew in human DNA...or something like that. Gregg 'splains it all in The God Code, with lots of science, history and cutting-edge research to back his claims. Not everyone bought this premise, of course; here's an interesting critique from a former Braden fan (also follow the link to the site editor's opinion of Braden). Further, The God Code has a lower average rating on Amazon than The Divine Matrix currently does.
Not that Braden is going to let a little thing like criticism – even from real scientists – stop him, now that he's on a roll.
One Amazon reader who attended one of Braden's lectures on The God Code a few years back quoted the author as stating that "only established people on the top of Maslow's Hierarchy" can understand and discuss the concepts Braden writes about. (Can you say "elitist," boys and girls?) In case you're not familiar with the reference, it comes from a 1943 paper, A Theory Of Human Motivation, in which Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of human needs in the form of a pyramid. The wide bottom of the pyramid is devoted to basic physiological necessities such as breathing, food, water, "excretion," and the like, and the top covers the more lofty needs such as morality, creativity, problem solving, acceptance of facts, and the burning desire to attend overpriced workshops.
So I'm thinking that maybe my whole problem – not only with Gregg Braden and Bruce Lipton, but with The Secret and everything else I've blogged about for these past six months – is that I'm slogging around near the bottom of the pyramid. In other words, I'm simply not sufficiently evolved (or self-actualized). Which actually comes as no great revelation, as I've previously been informed that I'm not as psychologically fit and spiritually developed as others around me. No doubt my little blog is simply my way of "vailing" my own "fear and doutbt." In the world of the Secretrons, the Bleepers, and the Braden bunch, there simply couldn't be any other explanation for my constant criticism of the paradigm-shattering "truths" they're hawking.
In my world, however, all of those life-altering revelations about quantum miracles and ancient secrets and cutting-edge pseudoscience generally give rise to another need that surely resides at the bottom of Maslow's pyramid: the overpowering need to regurgitate.
PS – Happy Groundhog Day to everyone. And here's something else to celebrate: on January 27 – three days after my birthday (which we've been celebrating nonstop for nearly two weeks) – Whirled Musings turned six months old!