Monday, May 28, 2012

Maltese archeological site seems designed to shift brainwaves

Archeologists are beginning to think that certain ancient sites were designed to conduct and manipulate sound in order to shift people’s brainwaves and, thus, their consciousness (; thanks to Institute of Noetic Sciences newsletter for the find).

One fascinating example is the 6,000-year-old Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the only prehistoric underground temple in the world, which is found on Malta.  This World Heritage site was discovered “by accident” in 1902.  Only 80 people a day are allowed entry.  It consists of three subterranean levels.  Some rooms are naturally-occurring caves that have been extended.  Some of the chambers have curved walls.

The temple was “created through the removal of an estimated 2,000 tons of stone carved out with stone hammers and antler picks. Low voices within its walls create eerie, reverberating echoes, and a sound made or words spoken in certain places can be clearly heard throughout all of its three levels”  (

Malta temple expert Linda Eneix of the Old Temples Study Foundation reported that EEGs were done on volunteers listening to different sound frequencies while in the Hypogeum.  "The findings indicated that at 110 Hz the patterns of activity over the prefrontal cortex abruptly shifted, resulting in a relative deactivation of the language center and a temporary shifting from left to right-sided dominance related to emotional processing and creativity. This shifting did not occur at 90 Hz or 130 Hz......In addition to stimulating their more creative sides, it appears that an atmosphere of resonant sound in the frequency of 110 or 111 Hz would have been “switching on” an area of the brain that bio-behavioral scientists believe relates to mood, empathy and social behavior” (

Similar observations have been made at archeological sites in Ireland, Turkey, and Peru.

Sound scientist Prof. Daniel Talma of the University of Malta explains: “At certain frequencies you have standing waves that emphasize each and other waves that de-emphasize each other. The idea that it was used thousands of years ago to create a certain trance – that’s what fascinates me” (

The Mediterranean Institute of Ancient Civilizations is conducting further research in archeoacoustics at the site (

In 1996, Prof. Robert Jahn of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab and colleagues studied six ancient UK sites, and found that “each sustained a strong resonance at a frequency between 95 and 120 Hz, despite major differences in chamber shapes and sizes….Since the resonance frequencies are well within the adult male voice range, one may speculate that some forms of human chanting, enhanced by the cavity resonance, were invoked for ritual purposes” (Jahn et al., 1996).

I found the curved walls in the Hal Saflieni photos a little unsettling, but I am currently hypersensitive from neuro damage.  But, get a flashlight and look at your tonsils and the back of your throat.  It bears an uncanny resemblance to this architecture, which may have been intuitively or analytically shaped to maximize the shaping and projection of sound.

During the research for this essay, Google had a Doodle in honor of the Moog synthesizer, and mentioned subtractive synthesis.  The idea of subtractive synthesis is that a sound that is rich in harmonics can be shaped into a more specific sound by changing the shape of the “filter” (eg the human mouth and throat, or a proscenium), which subtracts some of the harmonics (Wiki).

The evidence that prehistoric temple builders were intentionally trying to control sound is further supported by Jahn et al.’s observation that:  “The resonant modal patterns all featured strong antinodes [the point of maximum amplitude of a sound wave] at the outer walls, with appropriately configured nodes [the point of minimum amplitude of a sound wave] and antinodes interspersed toward the central source. In some cases, interior and exterior rock drawings resembled these acoustical patterns” (Jahn et al., 1996)

In the 1980s, psychologist Howard Gardner argued that the prevailing IQ tests were only capturing a certain style of intelligence, and were missing many different types of intelligence that exist.  He proposed that there were several, relatively independent types of intelligence.  Three of the types he proposed may be particularly relevant to the acoustic discoveries at Hal Saflieni – intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and musical intelligence.

Intrapersonal intelligence is the capacity to access one’s own feeling life, to discriminate among feelings, label them, utilize them in a symbolic way, and make meaning of them (Gardner, p. 239).

Interpersonal intelligence refers to the ability to observe and make distinctions about the moods, temperaments, motivations, and intentions of others (Gardner, p. 239).

Musical intelligence he defines as the ability to discriminate pitch, rhythm, and timbre, as well as skill at recognizing what constitutes a well-structured phrase or section of music (Gardner, pp. 104-105, 107-108)

One of the ways that Gardner defended his model was to collect evidence that there appeared to be faculties that could be destroyed or spared in isolation when there was brain injury.  In other words, these faculties seemed relatively autonomous (Gardner, p. 63).  Since the early 1980s, we have developed our understanding of brain function (less modular, more neural networks), and consciousness (not only in the head or body), but there is still some usefulness to these insights based on localization.

Here’s the interesting thing that may pertain to Hal Saflieni – The study of brain injuries suggested that intrapersonal, interpersonal, and musical intelligence are all strongly localized in the right hemisphere and in the frontal lobes (Gardner, pp. 118, 260-267). 

As Ms. Eneix noted above, the acoustics at Hal Saflieni appear to shift prefrontal cortical activity, deemphasizing language centers, shifting hemispheric dominance to the right, and activating areas associated with emotional processing, creativity, mood, empathy, and social behavior (

So, sound could have been used at Hal Saflieni to increase people’s emotional and social intelligence, as well as to increase their ability to utilize the sound itself.  All these competencies would benefit from a right hemisphere, frontal shift.

Furthermore, repeated, ongoing exposure to this effect would go beyond shifting your state for a moment.  It would re-wire you to be a certain way via neuroplasticity.  A comparable effect to what we are hypothesizing for the congregants at Hal Saflieni has been observed in various recent studies of people who have had a prayer or meditation practice of many years duration.  Some studies suggest that, during prayer or meditation, experienced practitioners’ parietal lobes go dark – this lobe processes sensory information – and their frontal lobes light up – signifying focused attention…and perhaps signifying the activation of the personal and musical strengths mentioned above.  Other studies suggest that long-term practice sculpts the brain and creates systematic, enduring changes (Hagerty, NPR, 20 May 09).

“The church was packed to such an extent that the organ did not sound quite so grand as it did when the sanctuary was empty.  People, after all, absorb a great deal of sound.”

                        -- Graham Landrum, The Famous DAR Murder Mystery, p. 102

Thanks to Barbara Croner, MFT, for her contributions to this essay.


Gardner, H.  (1985).  Frames of mind:  The theory of multiple intelligences.  Basic Books.

Hagerty, B.B.  (2009).  Prayer may reshape your brain….and your reality.  All Things Considered, NPR, 20 May 09.

Jahn, R., Devereux, P., & Ibison, M.  (1996).  Acoustical resonances of assorted ancient structures.  J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 99, 649-658.

Landrum, G.  (1992).  The famous DAR murder mystery.  NY:  St. Martin’s Press.


  1. Very interesting! I'm not drawing any direct parallel here or anything, but as soon as I read about "brainwaves", what came to my mind, was TV and what it does to us. According to many studies, soon after turning our TV on, our brainwaves change (alpha/beta), of which state is especially conducive to our becoming an exceptionally easy target for commercials, subliminal messages, etc. Truly, when watching TV, we enter nothing less than a trance state. Have you ever looked into this matter, Sheila and Barbara? Looks like a fascinating stuff (and a very sad state of affairs at the same time - the system is at it to "programme" us big time). By the way, I got rid of my TV two years ago.


    1. Well, if this post makes you think about state-sponsored mind control, I'll chime in that I'm a bit worried about military technologies that we know are being developed, and ones that we don't know are being developed.....No, we haven't looked into the TV issue. If you find a good article, please sling it our way! Meanwhile, let's all get meditating so that we have as much control over our own brainwaves as possible! ;) Every other ad on U.S. TV is for a medication with a thousand side effects. I had to pay a heavy price to become as unswayed by them as I now am. Otherwise, I'm sure I would find them tempting. Thanks for the comment, Luc.

  2. Have you ever heard of the theory postulating that the Great Pyramids are in fact power plants? The more I read about it, the more likely I think it to be. In the mainstream science, it's always been an axiom that the pyramids are the burial sites for pharaohs, but, after having looked into it more thoroughly, it looks like there has not been a single instance of their mummies found in the pyramids. And this piece of data is officially confirmed, so, asked as to why there have been no mummies recovered from the pyramids, the scientists would always say "it's b/c of the grave robbers", etc.

    Here's a very interesting Youtube video;

    Also, the chance is that there might have been much older civilisations around, and they would pre-date (by millennia) all those officially accepted by the text-books.

    There's a pretty compelling scientific data on the real age of the Sphinx, too.

  3. Yes, I've been very interested in the possibility that there have been much older civilizations on Earth than the current theory covers. You know they have found odd artifacts very, very deep in the ground when, say, mining? Recently, it seems like the newspaper reports a new archeological find very few weeks that pushes back the date of the earliest artifacts and structures.

    I did not know that no mummy was ever found in one of the big pyramids in Egypt! I assumed there had been. That was a really interesting video. It hints that maybe sound made in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid might have initiated an EM effect which is then filtered and amplified by the specific architectural decisions of the rest of the pyramid. This jibes beautifully with the Maltese site! So maybe these structures served a dual purpose of entraining the brain and generating some sort of harnessed EM. Fantastic 3D graphics! Thanks!

  4. Those would also be worth looking at; Dwarka, Yonaguni, Yucatan Channel near Cuba (ruins), and the very intriguing map made in 1534 by Oronce Fine (French mathematician and cartographer) of Antarctica...

    As for mining, there have been indeed numerous cases of excavating some really bizzare stuff, especially age-wise, and even at first most of us are skeptical in the light of the current scientific paradigm, I have an irresistible thought that some gargantuan changes may be under way as to the way we see the world...

  5. Those are some fascinating places you mentioned, and the Oronce Fine map is really cool. Thanks! This just stirs my wish to master retrocognition. Even if we don't posit "lost civilizations," we *know* that information, skills, and technology have been lost just from the civilizations we know about. I would like to "go back" and retrieve useful information. For example, surely someone somewhere sometime had some great insights about neurological healing. And maybe the record of it burned in the Library of Alexandria.....

  6. At that point of my life, nothing seems impossible anymore really. And, to a huge degree this growing awakening of mine comes from the traumas I've been through in my life. The traumas led me to seek the answer, and more and more I'm finding the one. Only a year or two ago, my mind would discard most of the thesis put forth in the links below. Well, now I don't rule out anything... The more so as it gets more and more evident that the materialistic matrix we've been born into, then brought up in, may eventually turn out to be the biggest of frauds there have ever been...

    The Library of Alexandria may be in all of us, waiting to be uncovered...

  7. That’s wonderful that you’re turning traumas into critical thinking and an awakening. I liked the Michael Cremo Devolution slideshow subtitles. And, I’m convinced that some people have been reincarnated, but I don’t tend to believe everyone has been. At this point, I think there are many options for what path you can choose after this life. That’s a nice line about the Library of Alexandria being in all of us.