Awakening to Zero Point: A Review
By Layli Phillips
Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM
Awakening to Zero
Point: The Collective Initiation (Paperback), by Gregg Braden, Sacred
Spaces/Ancient Wisdom, 1994, Fourth Printing Published by LL Productions, 1996,
“Everyone feels it.
Something has changed – something feels different now, during these
With these words, Gregg Braden
opens his controversial first book,
to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation.
Braden, a one-time geologist, computer systems designer, and technical
operations specialist for such diverse firms as Phillips Petroleum,
Martin-Marietta, and Cisco Systems, whose own personal research on ancient
mystical texts and sacred sites led to the publication of this book, now writes
and speaks full time.
Reflecting an ongoing
interest in the intersections of science, religion, mysticism, ancient
prophecy, and psychology, Braden’s more recent books include
Walking between the Worlds (1997),
The Isaiah Effect (2000),
The God Code (2004),
The Divine Matrix (2006), and
Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer
Yet, the hard-to-find
Awakening to Zero Point is where it all
The “Shifting of the Ages” has been a topic of increasing
popular speculation and interest ever since the song “The Age of Aquarius”
entered the public imagination via the 1960s hit musical “Hair.”
Yet, the “The Shift” as it is sometimes
simply called has longer and deeper roots in the literature and orature of
mysticism, religion, and ancient science.
One part of The Shift relates to the precession of Equinoxes through
astrological signs, a process taking approximately 2,160 years per sign
(roughly 26,000 years to form a Great Year).
This concept is rooted in the idea that the Earth is involved in
spiritually significant energic cycles that originate at the center of the
Another part relates to
another cycle of approximately 200,000 years for which Braden gives no clear
reference, but which may be related to the Mayan calendar (which he discusses)
or scientific estimates of Earth’s base frequency over time.
At the predicted coming point, which Braden
calls “Zero Point,” these two cycles converge and will catapult humanity to a
higher level of consciousness and functioning than it has ever known.
Braden metaphorically refers to this rapid evolution
as both an “awakening” and the “collective initiation.”
What is different about
to Zero Point, in comparison to some other treatments of the “shifting
Ages” topic, is that Braden approaches matters as a scientist intrigued by
ancient prophecy rather than as an enthusiast of ancient prophecy scouting for
Admittedly, much of the
controversy that surrounds this text relates to the accuracy and
appropriateness of Braden’s scientific data.
While most of Braden’s scientific claims are well-documented in
secondary sources, his interpretations are not always based on consensus.
Additionally, even a cursory Google search
will reveal individuals who disagree vehemently with Braden’s science.
Braden’s chief scientific argument is that planet Earth’s
magnetic fields are
intensity at the same time as its base resonant frequency is
He argues that the decrease in magnetic
polarity, related to an already documented gradual slowing of Earth’s rotation,
will cause the magnetic poles to shift.
not necessarily mean
that Earth will become skewed or rotate upside-down, as others have predicted;
however, Earth’s slowing down over time will eventually cause it to stop
spinning for three days before reversing direction.
According to Braden, these geophysical events
will wreak havoc on existing electrical systems and cause alterations in human
life in conjunction with the second variable, Earth’s increasing vibrational
Braden argues that Earth’s base vibrational frequency, which
has hovered around 8Hz for most of human history, has begun an ascent toward
the value of 13Hz, a number significant if one is aware of the famed Fibonacci
This change in vibrational
frequency is causing both psychological and physical changes in human beings,
acclimating the human race to operate within a higher range of frequencies than
they have previously.
it correlates to a collective process of “awakening,” as 8Hz is a frequency
associated with relaxed wakefulness bordering on sleep, while 13Hz is a
frequency associated with the high end of alert wakefulness.
Physically, based on the mathematics of
crystal formation within varying environmental parameters, Braden predicts
changes in the human genome as Earth’s base frequency escalates. Over time,
this last point has proven to be of particular interest to individuals arguing
for the appearance and significance of Indigo, crystal, and rainbow children as
a rapid form of human evolution unfolding now.
The breadth and diversity of informational strands Braden
brings to bear upon his topic cannot be contained within the space of this
Given the current resurgence of
both conservative and fundamentalist Christianity, however, one additional point
A distinguishing feature
Awakening to Zero Point, and,
indeed, Braden’s entire corpus, is his insightful re-working of numerous key
concepts central to Christianity’s understanding of this time.
In this text, the concepts of Resurrection
and rapture take center stage.
a believer, and his resonance with and deep reverence for Christ comes through
in his writing.
Yet, he is a
free-thinking believer – one who is not afraid to recognize the connections
between Christianity, other life systems, esoteric traditions, even indigenous
wisdom – and his views challenge established understandings from a place of
love and faith.
In the end, he suggests
that, even if he is wrong and the shift “never happens,” the principles he has
written about “are not a bad way to live.”
Whether or not one agrees with Braden’s arguments and
Awakening to Zero Point: The
Collective Initiation is a bold, daring text that exemplifies radical
Drawing from widely diverse
areas of thought and information – from spirituality and religion to science
and technology to psychology and autobiography – Braden “connects the dots” in
ways that are both thought-provoking and discussion-generating.
It is, of course, the reader’s responsibility
to follow up, make additional connections, and test the predictions offered,
but we can credit Braden with offering a courageous and cogent vision-statement
about rapidly unfolding world events from a heart-felt place of concern for all