The Key to Transcendence

James Reads
Illustration by James Reads
“We are at a time when knowledge is being renewed. We are being called to turn inward, away from the virtual cyber-world into the vast realm of our own mind – the ultimate supercomputer.”

By José Argüelles/Valum Votan & Stephanie South/Red Queen (GRI)

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Excerpt from

Book of the Transcendence
Cosmic History Chronicles, Volume VI

1. Every living dynamic has ever aspired to surpass itself. In this aspiration lies the key to transcendence. The need to transcend is often the function of a crisis in which we find ourselves, individually or collectively.

2. The planet has a cosmic life program apart from the external chaos and disturbances that affect the world today. At this stage in the evolutionary cycle, the biopsychic field is in a state of maximum turbulence, to such a degree that even the DNA is in a state of agitation.

3. The theater of psychic activity on this planet is interplanetary—beyond the scale of what most of us can presently imagine. The consciousness horizon that we have been operating on has been set at a low frequency and is continually lowering.

4. The average person today is so involved in technological gadgets, sporting events, movies and social networking that it is hard for most to conceive what it is to consciously function as a cosmic impulse receiver and transmitter. We have traded in the keys of higher consciousness and transcendence for online personas that have little to do with our essence.

5. To gain a wider view of cosmos it is important to develop the capacity to withdraw our mind from the chaos of the world and look down on the whole Earth from above. We must leave our conditioned world-view behind and find the thread of light within that connects us to the Divine Source.

6. The divine calls upon the human in order to realize itself. Only a few at this time can penetrate that barrier of consciousness and realize themselves as interplanetary vortex transmitter-receivers within the solar system, and ultimately in other parts of the universe.

7. The urge to transcend is a natural dynamic built into the cosmic principle of the involution and evolution of consciousness. It is the duty of those who hear the call to surrender and merge with the cosmic energies that are currently working for the liberation of the Earth.

Our Enduring Fascination with Synchronicity

Synchronicity, SymposiumWhen I decided to create a documentary built around the theme of synchronicity, I had no idea what that actually meant. Most filmmakers create treatments, even for documentary films. Being a transmedia artist, I decided to go the more experimental route. I wanted to see where synchronicity would take us during the process of shooting scenes and b-roll located in NYC, San Francisco & eventually at the Synchronicity Symposium in Joshua Tree, California. So we started out with a short film which quickly grew into an epic (and at times overly ambitious) feature length film.

The subject matter is so rich and so fascinating and inspiring that we just couldn’t stop coming up with ideas for the film. That has now spilled over to a book version of the film, of the same name. I also wrote a thriller/love story screenplay that is built around one incredible synchronicity. I’m not sure if it will ever be made into a film, but its a testament to just how inspiring the subject matter truly is.

It all started on October 2012 on a flight over the Yucatan on my way to visit the sacred Mayan pyramids in Mexico. I was reading a book called the Mayan Factor by José Argüelles when something clicked. Perhaps the reason we are so lost as a civilization is because we are out of sync with nature, ‘natural time’ (and ultimately the spiritual path).

How could I convey this crucial message in a documentary film? First, I needed to research the mysterious phenomenon of synchronicity and I had no idea how popular the concept was! I also needed to EXPERIENCE synchronicity to truly understand what it felt like. I had to get out of the intellectual headspace and into the feeling heart space.

This year is the 63rd anniversary of Jung’s (1952) concept of synchronicity. “In response to the seemingly growing popularity of this concept, Princeton University Press, in 2010, decided to reissue the seminal publication Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. Although a complete formulation of synchronicity was published only in 1952, Jung had used the term in his lectures as early as 1929 (Cambray, 2009).

carl jung Carl Jung used synchronicity to refer to a meaningful coincidence of an outer event with an individual’s inner state in which there is no apparent causal relationship. The term consists of the Greek words for joined with and in time, suggesting a bond that takes place in temporal correspondence. Synchronicities are also associated with the uncommon and often consist of numinous, life-changing, and deeply spiritual experiences (Main, 2007); these synchronicities can play a critical role in an individual’s growth and personal transformation (e.g., Richo, 1998).” – Dan Hacoy

This year also marks the 32nd anniversary of the Police’s 1983 hit album “Synchronicity”. Early on in the making of our film ‘Time is Art’, I had a pretty wild synchronicity concerning the Police’s album. We were traveling back from the Berkshires in Massachusetts and had stopped at a funky looking restaurant serving questionable Mexican food. I recall the owner mentioned that she was an ex Hollywood makeup artist (or just liked to wear a ton of makeup). She literally looked as if she had come from a 1950’s hollywood set. The tiny place was packed full of a surprising amount of old magazines, art and furniture from the 50, 60’s and 70’s. In that moment I was thinking about the film, as it occupied my mind constantly, since we were still hashing it out through research, conversations and brainstorming sessions. There was a large stack of old Life Magazines and Rolling Stones from the and 70’s and 80’s. I looked through a few and by the third one I was just flipping the pages quickly and came to a page with an advertisement for The Police’s Synchronicity album!

At the time, even though I was a huge Police fan, I did not realize that their most popular album was called ‘Synchronicity’.  For some reason I had not connected the dots, so for me this was confirmation that the project warranted more thought and research. (Whats unprecedented is that the album was so massively appealing that millions purchased it as well as the preceding four Police albums in numbers great enough to place all five on the 1983 sales chart simultaneously at year’s end.)

the police, synchronicity

A quick survey of popular books and academic publications indicates that the idea of Synchronicity has never been more popular.

Just in the last year, several large international conferences have been held on synchronicity and related topics, including the Synchronicity: Matter & Psyche Symposium at Joshua Tree National Park where much of the film ‘Time is Art’ takes place. In August there was a  held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY features a plethora of academics and researchers such as Jon Turk, PhD, and Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD.

Synchronicity is clearly a fascinating topic that resonates with people into esoteric philosophy, unexplained phenomenon and those seeking a deeper meaning in their lives. There are many documentaries and films about synchronicity, too and we wanted to make something totally different. In order to make a compelling narrative documentary film, I knew I needed to find the right person. When I came across writer, Jennifer Palmer through her numerous articles about synchronicity, not only was I drawn to her prose, I was also drawn to her story and the fact that she experienced her spiritual awakening through synchronicity. She told us her incredible story which you can watch here in the first episode of the web series “Sync Stories“.

The first film shoot was a DIY trip to San Francisco in which we filmed massive street art murals at Lilac Alley in the Mission District, the famous labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, Dolores Park, Muir Woods National Forest, Oakland and even Silicon Valley. One of the most experimental scenes turned out to depict a very strange synchronicity with a UFO that was captured on our camera without the crew actually seeing it. The complete story is in this article: Synchronicity, Owls & the UFO Rabbit Hole and the montage is below.

Fast forward over three years later and the film is finally complete and ready to premiere worldwide on 11/11 (a very auspicious date for numerologists).

Time is Art’, a narrative documentary that explores synchronicity and the role of art as a tool for healing and expanding consciousness. The film follows writer, Jennifer Palmers’s metaphysical journey through inspiring urban and natural settings in California and New York. Guided by author, Graham Hancock, biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, Carl Jung historian Richard Tarnas, mystic, Toko-pa Turner and many other scientists, artists and activists, we track her experience with synchronicity – the concept that all beings are interconnected and that time is not so much a chronology as it is an infinite cycle.  The transmedia project which also includes a book of the same name, comes at an important moment in new science, quantum physics and consciousness studies.

Besides synchronicity, the film also explores an alternative to the materialistic and exploitative money-driven society we are all expected to live in. Synchronicity shows us that there are other ways of understanding our role in the universe. When you think of someone and then 5 seconds later they call you, its not a coincidence. During our film shoot with Rupert Sheldrake he argued that synchronicity is also a bit like telepathy. In one of his books he talks about why dogs can sense that their owner is coming home. Elephants, horses and other animals flee and hide for cover hours before massive storms hit. How is this possible if all of life is not interconnected and communicating through unseen realms and dimensions of reality?

‘Time is Art’ is meant to fuel and inspire this growing movement. Says ‘Time is Art’ co-director and my husband, Joél Mejia, “We want to contribute to the awakening in global consciousness that we are witnessing right now. To contribute to the increasing number of conversations about our understanding of time, space and interconnectedness that resonate with so many people right now.”

The title, ‘Time is Art’, coined by the visionary author, José Argüelles, whose work is a major inspiration for the film, is a twist on the catch phrase “time is money”. In the world of the film, “time” is unyoked from the relentless pursuit of material and capital gain and the audience is given an alternative framework: ‘What if we lived in a world where time is linked with creative potential and art?’—hence the film’s title, “Time is Art”.

Daniel pinchbeck , sychronicityIn a recent article, Aaron Kase of says of the film, “ultimately, the film is about how to shift from being caught up in an ego and success-driven society into a state of seeking peace and community anywhere we go.”

Rob MacGregor, author of ‘The Synchronicity Highway’ after seeing the film wrote, “This film will do for synchronicity what “What the Bleep Do We Know?” did for law of attraction.

Brent Marchant via Vivid Life, also wrote “Even though many worthwhile films in this genre have been released in recent years, “Time is Art” could well prove to be one of the most important offerings in this vein.”

The 94 minute documentary film premieres in theaters via on 11/11 and will be available worldwide via VOD.

Time is Art Creators on Liberation Frequency Podcast

Evolve and Ascend is a creative collaboration expanding into the collective consciousness. Providing initiation through the art of conversation, and progression through unlearning. Their Youtube chaneel features interviews from their Liberation Frequency podcast, as well as promotional videos for our upcoming events/webinars, guided meditations, animations, and in-house produced content on all matters relating to our conscious evolution.

Our interview with host, Jennifer Sodini, explores synchronicity, consciousness, and what a new paradigm of society could look like if we followed the “Time is Art” ethos. Please support the film now on Indiegogo!

For those looking to learn more about the film you can check out other Sync Movie crew members on these shows:

Katy Walker & Joel Mejia on Midwest Real podcast with Michael Phillip
Nocturnal Frequency Radio ‘Down the rabbit hole with Katy Walker’
Maia Monasterios discusses synchronicity & Time is Art on Being Community Radio

Awakening to the Synchronic Order

Excerpt from Time, Synchronicity & Calendar Change by Stephanie South via

“Virtual reality shows that we are starved for release into a parallel world, an imaginal realm that is not just a reflection of our worst nightmares, but of our highest most sublime aspirations.” – José Argüelles

“There will come a time when the birds will fall from the trees, the rivers will be poisoned and the wolves will die in the forests. But then the warriors of the rainbow will appear and save the world.” – Prophecy of the Cree Indians

stephanie south

One time is ending, but another is just beginning, an entirely new era in the history of the Earth: the noosphere. This is the message of José Argüelles. We are leaving the world of pure sensory matter, and entering a world of mind and telepathy. In this new world of the noosphere, time is not what a clock measures, but a factor of synchronicity, and the synchronization of our minds into ever expanding consciousness.

C.G. Jung first introduced the idea of synchronicity to the modern mind in 1952, with his famous exposition, Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. This was the same year as the discovery of the tomb of the great Pacal in Chiapas, Mexico. This tomb – the enigma of the man whose body was buried there – was to become a central facet to Jose’s life, especially in his investigation of the Mayan calendar and culture. After years of study and experimentation, Jose discovered that synchronicity is based on an underlying mathematical order akin to the underlying mathematics of the Mayan calendar, though this information is universal, and not strictly “Mayan.” He labeled this the “synchronic order,” the cosmic ordering principle of synchronicity.

José ArgüellesJose discovered that the synchronic order is a matrix of living intelligence; it is a fourth-dimensional order of reality based on the Law of Time. Hence, the Law of Time is the science of synchronicity. In Time and the Technosphere (2002), he states that the future of human evolution is to become a medium of cosmic consciousness traveling back to the stars but through the superior knowledge of the actual laws of time. He believes this is what the Maya foresaw.

His path to this discovery was not ordinary; it was the path of a visionary. In aboriginal society vision is considered one of the highest values to cultivate. In Western culture vision is generally dismissed as not real. The visionaries are those who have had visions and are able to present them to society so the people can become renewed. The visionary sees through and beyond ordinary reality.

Stephanie South is author of Biography of a Time Traveler and Time, Synchronicity and Calendar Change: the Visionary Life and Work of José Argüelles. She is also featured in the upcoming book “Time is Art”. For the past ten years she has been engaged with Arguelles in the Noosphere II project that resulted in the production of the seven-volume Cosmic History Chronicles (2005-2011). She is also featured in Patricia Cori’s book, Beyond the Matrix. She is creative director of the Foundation for the Law of Time. Her blog is


Meditating On the Idea That Time is Art

Meditation is a modality that can sometimes feel as if its being shoved down your throat. You hear about it and read about it all the time. My first exposure was through the filmmaker, David Lynch, some ten years ago. He travels the world doing lengthy presentations on transcendental meditation. It’s a long story, but at the time, my cousin who was also interested in meditation suggested we go to one of his talks at UCLA. It was totally last minute and hundreds of people were in line. At one point I think we finally figured out that it was, of course, completely sold out.

But the universe does it’s thing and somehow I ended up at the stage entrance where people working the event were taking a smoke break. I did the classic “act like you know” thing and walked in with them and sat down at an empty seat. No one blinked an eye, because it was as if I was meant to be there. A minute later with his massive head of hair, there was David Lynch on stage literally blowing my mind. Besides the usual rants about how Hollywood ruins films, he talked about how meditation helps him channel his increasingly risky ideas into his films through a “stream of consciousness” technique. He even had a physician on stage hooking people up to some machine that showed how the brain waves were effected during meditation.

According to the David Lynch Foundation, Transcendental Meditation doesn’t focus on breathing or chanting, like other forms of meditation. Instead, it encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking.

Stevie Wonder also sang about TM in one of his most popular songs “Jesus Children of America” from his mind blowing 1973 album, Innervisions. The lyric “transcendental meditation speaks of inner preservation” used to loop in my mind for hours after listening to that song. I thought, wow, Stevie was really tapped in to the incredible creative energy of the 70’s and I need to meditate so I can write songs as profound as he did during that time.

I tried TM but soon realized it wasn’t really “hooking me” so I gave it up. I tried chanting with a Buddhist organization and it was a form of mediation to some degree but that didn’t seem to work for me either.

Meditation works differently for everybody. For some people, they need to do 20 Ayahuasca ceremonies and ask for help with their meditation practice. Some people need to do a 2 hour yoga class to relax enough to actually mediate.  I love yoga, and I can typically meditate for a few minutes after a class but in order to really “tap in” I needed to step it up a notch.

One day I discovered a group sound meditation session lead by Alexandre Tannous. He uses gongs and tuning forks to “tune” the body. Not long after a session with Alexandre, I formed my dream project, a band called Dream Circle with my husband Joel. Alexandre was also the inspiration for the first webisode that eventually turned into the feature documentary, Time is Art. Watch the clip below.

Fast forward many years later. My husband Joel and I had been editing Time is Art for months. When it came time for story editing, the most difficult part of the process, the three core collaborators did a private sound meditation at Golden Drum to help smooth out the tension. We are all very opinionated with strong personalities that often talk over each other so it was important to get in sync. We were also told after the session that creating an alter in alignment with the four directions before a major meeting or editing session will help the collaboration process.

Just to relax, I started listening to a particular mantra with tibetan bowls. Not long after the sound bath we started each editing session by creating an alter and listening to this recording which turned out to be the Gayatri Mantra. In the beginning I didn’t know what it meant but felt transformed every time I would meditate to it for even just a few minutes which goes to show you just how powerful it is.

The Gayatri Mantra is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus worldwide and is a Vedic Sanskrit verse from a hymn of the Rigveda.  It is considered to be a supreme vehicle for gaining spiritual enlightenment. The longer form of the mantra activates all seven major Chakras and connects them to the seven great spiritual realms of existence.

A modern translation of the entire mantra says, “I invoke the Earth Plane, The Astral Plane, The Celestial Plane, The Plane of Spiritual Balance, The Plane of Human Spiritual Knowledge, The Plane of Spiritual Austerites, and The Plane of Ultimate Truth. Oh, great Spiritual Light which is the brilliance of all Divinity, we meditate upon You. Please illumine our minds.” By chantjose arguelles, time is arting this mantra, Divine spiritual light and power is infused in each of the seven chakras and connects them to the Spiritual Realms. The last part infuses our minds, hearts and souls with the power of the spiritual light that created the Universe.

After a few months of consistent meditation to this recording I began to live the messages in the film. Time truly became less about rushing and trying to get things done. I’ve learned to slow down and take things as they come. My creative ideas have always been more then I can handle (or anyone else for that matter, just ask my husband). When the time comes I know all the documentary treatments, the screenplays, the events, the workshops, the albums, the trips all over the world will be executed when they are ready. There’s no rush because there’s plenty of time, especially since there is really no time when you live the mantra ‘Time is Art’.

UFO Synchronicity


by Jennifer Palmer

Synchronicity is an experience that’s felt with the heart and body and not a concept to be understood with the mind.  As synchromystic pioneer Jake Kotze points out, it’s not WHAT syncs that’s important—it’s THAT it syncs.  By clinging to what we think a synchronicity means we put blinders on our awareness and risk missing out on a larger experience of the infinite irrationality of universal oneness.

Gary Bobroff writes:

“In synchronicity, the world reveals its nearness to us. It is active and responding to our inner life producing meaning to help us grow, but can we drop our ego’s need to make that meaning fit into a pretty little heart-shaped box for us?”

The philosopher Jose Arguelles believed that an increase in reports of synchronicity was a sign that humanity had entered its next stage of evolution:  the activation of the noosphere and a truly planetary consciousness.  In addition to synchronicity, this stage would also see an increase in psychic phenomenon and channeling:

“…in the Noosphere, as long as all beings attain to cosmic consciousness, all beings are artists, and therefore all beings are cosmic channels.  This is not so different from the pre-noospheric era of the mobile phone, which functions as every person’s channel.  But the mobile phone channel is a closed system limited to the extent of the power and scope of one’s ego.  The artist/beings who attain cosmic consciousness transcend egoic limitations and commune directly with different orders of galactic being and intelligence, informing their modes and forms of expression with a universal appeal.” (Jose Arguelles, Manifesto for the Noosphere, 161)

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