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Cosmic illumination

Updated: Feb 26

If you ever ask me, which historic personality I would like to meet amongst scholars or scientists, answer would always be Nikola Tesla. However, now I am starting to rethink that answer because of this man – Walter Russell. In such cases as Leonardo Da Vinci & Nikola Tesla, you know for a fact that they were way ahead of their time. Here is what Nikola Tesla said about the works of Walter Russell “Walter’s writing on Cosmogony should be hidden for 1000 years until humanity is ready for it”. One difference between the works of Walter vs Tesla’s or Da Vinci’s is that, they got recognition from scholars, academia & general population. Nonetheless, Walter was always discredited for being a dropout, who didn’t finish middle school, plus some of his statements were too futuristic. Meaning they could not be disproven or proven, therefore he always got outshined.

Here is why, I think Walter was a genius & why I would like to meet him if I go back in time.

Born in 1871, Walter was self taught. At the age of 9 he quit school and pursued his education on his own. Russell deeply believed that every human being is capable of extraordinary things, and can do so by honoring and recognizing man’s cosmic connection with the universe. “I believe that every man can multiply his own ability by almost constant wordless realization of his unity with his source. I have, myself, made that feeling so much a part of me that I actually feel myself to be an extension of the Source; that my works are not my own, but interpretations of this Source.”

Walter Russell was a renowned painter, a sculptor, published many books, as an entepreneur he built 30$ million worth of cooperative apartments, he even worked for IBM as a motivational speaker & in 1927 was elected president of the society of arts and sciences. Annoyingly or astonishingly, he managed to fit many realms and profiles within one lifetime. At the end of this article I will post photos of his works. He was not a jack of one trade, he was not just a scientist or a painter. He was unique in many ways & excelled at many fields.

After several years of public access as a painter, architect, sculptor, and businessman, Russell experienced what can only be described as a “cosmic illumination”(altered state of being) in 1921 – and this altered the course of his life forever. This deeply intellectual and spiritual experience gave him a deep insight into the nature of matter, light, and the working of the universe. Russel found himself in this remarkable state for 39 days and used this opportunity to draw and write down everything he learned to be able to share it with the world. He had multiple illuminations, hallucinations, and according to his writings all his multiple illuminations came to him during his birth month, May. Interestingly he was born on may 19th and died on may 19th as well.

The making of Walter Russell was perhaps not so much of a flowering than a rumbling eruption. His upbringing and learnings were far from the conventional, they were a roller-coaster ride of bizarre events. He had had his first ‘illumination’ experience at the age of 7, an event of personal introspection and out-of-body experience. At 14 years old he was reportedly pronounced ‘dead’ after an of attack of Black Diphtheria, but claimed ‘was asked to return’ during another out-of-body experience. He claimed at some point to have been struck by lightning.

As a result of his profound insight, Russell made a phenomenal discovery – that all matter comes forth from a zero – point field of energy, which is the true essence of the universe. This omniscient field is called the universal source or mind source and is made of electricity. “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration” Nikola Tesla.

In this 39 day illumination he sees a light and within that light he hears ‘’You my son will be my messenger to mankind, if man needs science to know me, I will make u master scientist, if man needs art to know me, I will make you a master artist and so on.” Just because Russell thought his knowledge is God-given, academia rejected most of what he said. As in “he barely passed through 4th grade, why are we reading a book that he wrote?”. Russel claimed that he got his knowledge from “the source”. One of scientists who rejected the credibility of his works, was Albert Einstein. Nonetheless, copies of Walter’s books were found in Alberts desk after he passed away.

I am in no position to discredit Walters works. However, all I can do right now, is to study his works further. I have ordered his book called “the universe one”, & will keep you posted. Who knows this may be the first of many articles about Walter.

At the end of 39 day illumination, the secrets of the universe were revealed to Russell. Allegedly Russell could see a wider spectrum of lights during that state- more than us, for example we can not see infrared or uv lights with a naked eye…

I understand how surreal this all may seem, but bare with me. Walter ain’t done yet. Let me remind you that Walter lived during the same time period along with names like, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison & Einstein.

One of the most incredible breakthroughs by Walter Russel was his discovery of the nature of the atom, which was in direct defiance to the traditional concepts of matter in physics. Russell found that all of the matter in the material universe is formed as a result of two opposing forces of compression(charging) and expansion(discharging) – with each atom having a central point of gravity. 

He then followed this study by creating the most significant consequence of his cosmic illumination – “Russell’s periodic chart of the elements” that he introduced in 1926. We all know Mendeleev’s table, however we have never heard of Russell’s. This periodic table not only offered a lucid and elegant explanation of the composition of atoms and various elements, but also successfully predicted the discovery of radioactive elements such as Deuterium, Tritium, Neptunium, and Plutonium, which were undiscovered at the time.

What is most remarkable about Russell’s periodic table is the completely unconventional approach he takes to explain the ultimate framework of nature and its elements.

As per this concept, there are a total of nine different “octaves” or “pressure states” in nature, and these nine bands are used to group elements together – with varying forces of compression and expansion. Which is linked to his discovery of nature of atom stated above.

The current “standard” periodic table has slowly come into acceptance over a number of years. It has been a kind of Darwinian process where tables that wasted space or made incorrect predictions about the elements gradually fell by the wayside. The simplest, most concise periodic tables, that is, the ones that presented the most useable information in the least amount of space eventually become the accepted periodic tables. However, even today, one can find periodic tables that differ from what is normally presented in freshman chemistry books.

The two periodic tables proposed by Walter Russell in 1926 show some remarkable insights and some incorrect predictions. The first:

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

predicted a large number of elements before and after hydrogen that simply do not exist. It certainly does appear to predict elements past Uranium, and correctly leaves room for Technetium. Thus, the table had faults and insights. Later tables would avoid the faults while retaining the predictions of then-unknown elements.

His second version of the periodic table,

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

retains the correct and incorrect predictions from the first table. In effect, he took his first periodic table and changed the viewpoint to look down the axis of the spiral. Compared to the Mendeleev-based periodic tables there is a lot of wasted space and it is kind of difficult to read. We now regard the periodic table as a tool and repository of basic elemental knowledge. The functionality of Walter Russell’s periodic table lacks much that we now consider useful in a periodic table. However those inconsistencies with “usefulness” of it are being scratched off with his philosophy. Let me give a hint, with his own words “The electric energy which motivates us is not within our bodies at all. It is a part of the universal supply which flows through us from the Universal Source with an intensity set by our desires and our will.”  


“Meditation transports one from the transient world of matter to the real world of dreamings, visions, and imaginings where idea is and concepts are born.”


“The keystone of the entire structure of the spiritual and physical universe is Rhythmic Balanced Interchange between all opposites. When our knowing exceeds our sensing, we will no longer be deceived by the illusions of our senses.” 

Walter’s artistic ability let him illustrate his three-dimensional universe as a two-dimensionlal graphic, but almost always drawn in his typical confusing style on a single sheet of overlaid diagrams and populated with cryptic notes, so complex that only Walter ever understood what was going on. (If only Walter had had a 3-D drawing programme to build his models). He would go on to produce dozens of these puzzling and artistic graphic representations of his theories of space, time, motion and the cosmos – a mystery to most mortals to this day.

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries
Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

Another impressive thing that Russell did, was warning the mankind about radiation. According to his periodic table, as you progress from one octave to another, the atoms begin to have less of a compression force, and more of an expansion force. This quality makes this class of elements inherently unstable and prone to exploding with extreme pressure. Modern science knows these lements as radioactive elements, and these observations about radioactive particles are correct.

Understanding the inherently dangerous nature of radioactive particles, he tried warning leaders and the scientific community about the dangers of weaponizing these elements. He believed violent use of radiation could damage and destroy all of life on earth as we know it.

Let me remind you Albert Einsteins famous formula E=mc2 served as a cornerstone to building the first atomic bomb. Although he never worked on building the bomb directly. However his equation explains the energy released in an atomic bomb. Einstein influenced the beginning of the Manhattan Project. In collaboration with Leo Szilard, Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in 1939, warning of possible German nuclear weapons research and proposing that the United States begin its own research into atomic energy. Which later became known as the “Manhattan project” which was a research center led by Robert Oppenheimer during WW2. I have to let you know that an amazing movie will be released soon about Oppenheimer, which was created by my favorite filmmaker Chris Nolan. 

That same Manhattan project produced first bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Truman authorized the use of the atom bombs in an effort to bring about Japan’s surrender in the Second World War. In the days following the bombings Japan surrendered. The Manhattan Project was the US government program during World War II that developed and built these first atomic bombs. The rest is history…

Now let’s get back to Walter, I am guessing you are at point where you have understood how important were Walter’s findings.

Over the course of his life Walter Russell authored several insightful books that reveal these paradigm-shifting concepts about the cosmos, matter, reality and nature to a wider audience. Once even, the Pope of Rome would have issued a decree against Russel’s works if he continued to publish his book “Universe one”.

In this 1926 historic volume, Walter Russell first reveals the possibility of transmutation of the elements. This is a universe of Mind, a finite universe, limited as to cause, and to the effect of cause. A finite universe, in which the effects of cause are limited, must also be limited as to cause; so when that measurable cause is known, then can man comprehend and measure all effects. The effects of cause are complex and mystify man, but cause itself is simple.

The universe is a multiplicity of changing effects of but One unchanging cause. All things are universal. Nothing is which is not universal. Nothing is of itself alone. Man and Mind and all creating things are universal. No man can say: ‘I alone am I.’ There is but One universe, One Mind, One force, One substance. When man knows this in measurable exactness then will he have no limitations within those which are universal.” — Walter Russell, from The Prelude to The Universal One.

“Ben Novick had known Alber Einstein intimately and confirmed the reports that, in his last years, the great Einstein had expressed regret that he had not followed through with his study of Walter Russell’s new science. Einstein had been of the first recipients of “Universal one” on its private publication in 1926. Mr. Novick told Walters wife that Einstein had told him personally that even then he intuitively knew that Walter Russell possessed new scientific knowledge so desperately needed by the world”

Since Russell’s revelations were so ahead of his time, they sadly came across as too futuristic and unconventional for most his contemporaries. As a result, his scientifc findings were not widely accepted at the time, as is the case with most futurists.However, as humanity evolves with even deeper knowledge which is in fact a tiny fracture of all the secrets of universe, we will see many occasions when new findings are a parallel continuation of Walter Russell’s initial findings. 

Pura vida!

Note: I have used multiple sources for this article, added some paragraphs as is. Below you may find some photos of him and his works.

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries

Walter Russell's Cosmic Illumination Discoveries


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