Breaking the Penniston Binary Code

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Synopsis

A purported message from extraterrestrial beings appears to be encrypted as a series of hexagrams from the ancient divinatory classic, the I Ching.  The length of the message and its repeated themes creates a highly condensed language permitting an intelligible and congruent interpretation.

Background

In December, 1980, one of the best-documented cases of UFO contact occurred in Rendlesham Forrest, England, adjacent to Woodbridge Air Force Base.   Among the first on the scene was Sgt Jim Penniston, who claims to have made drawings of the craft and actually touched it—at which point, a light emanated from the craft around his hand.  Later, when he returned to his lodging, he reviewed the drawings in his notebook and spontaneously began writing out a long series of zeros and ones.  It was in 1994 that he recalled under hypnosis having written the binary code the evening of the incident and in 2010 that he made the contents of the first five of those pages public.  There have been efforts to decipher the code using ASCII, which has produced interesting results by translating the binary code into numbers and English letters.

In the 17th Century, Leibnitz recognized the I Ching as a preexisting version of the very binary code he was in the process of discovering.  This was in relation to the Shao Yung arrangement of hexagrams he was sent by the missionary Bouvet.  The I Ching, a set of 64 symbols that arose in mythological time, has no known predecessor or originator.  It appears full-blown, a system of simple solid and broken horizontal lines, used by the Chou Dynasty some 3,500 years ago to legitimize their reign and distinguish it from the Shang Dynasty’s divination via plastromancy.  The 64 symbols of the system are called hexagrams and consist of six lines each, which, in their totality, express all the possible combinations of solid and broken lines.

Translating the Penniston Binary Code

Following are two interlocking translations of the message purportedly transmitted to Jim Penniston by extraterrestrial beings in December, 1980.  These are viewed as complementary versions of the same message, the one political-historical and the other spiritual-cultural.

The first translation, Future History Of Humanity, renders the binary code according to the King Wen sequence of hexagrams as given in the classic Wilhelm/Baynes version of I Ching, or The Book Of Changes.  The nature of the King Wen version is pointedly political, social and historical, with a strong focus on the forces driving change in those arenas.  This translation follows a linear progression for the most part, with the 152 hexagrams falling roughly into thirds:  the first third addresses the changes humanity undergoes before formal contact can be made with peoples of other worlds; the second third describes the political and social changes humanity undergoes in response to that contact; and, the last third records the changes humanity undergoes as it encounters and absorbs the spiritual tradition of the extraterrestrials.  Material placed in quotation marks are direct quotes from the Wilhelm/Baynes version.

The second translation, The Ambassadors’ Message, renders the Penniston binary code in terms of the new sequence of hexagrams as given in The Toltec I Ching.  The nature of this version of the I Ching is primarily spiritual and political-social secondarily, so it renders the spiritual message embedded in the Penniston code much more cogently than the older King Wen.  This translation is not precisely linear, although it does build on principles as it progresses.  It has several major points it makes, using repetition to emphasize its meaning.  Further justification for using The Toltec I Ching in this regard can be found in Technical Note #1 following the translations.

In the translations below, the name and number of each hexagram is followed by a succinct interpretation of its meaning.  Each translation should be viewed as a combination of the hexagram name and its interpretation.

For the sake of readability, these are necessarily simplified charts.  Examples of the more complex charts including the binary numbers and the hexagrams are available for the asking.

Observations and Technical Notes follow the translations below.

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Future History Of Humanity

Part I

49  Revolution

The time comes and people believe: “Changing the form of government brings good fortune”

63  After Completion

At a time of climax, the smallest and least expected change can topple the established order

28  Preponderance of the Great

The weight at the top can no longer be supported from the bottom

13  Fellowship with Men

“It is not private interests but the goals of humanity that create lasting fellowship  among all”

55  Abundance

When great abundance is not shared, dark forces usurp the common good:  injustice must be recognized and punished

9  The Taming Power of the Small

When the wheels stop turning, the wagon cannot proceed:  the powerful depend utterly on those below

8  Holding Together

Do not hold together with wrong people:  “Whoever comes too late meets with misfortune”

30  The Clinging, Fire

Fire rises from the earth, leaders arise from the masses:  a real change of heart spreads like a wildfire

13  Fellowship with Men

Differences still separate some but they can no longer fight among themselves:  slowly, reconciliation becomes the way

63  After Completion

Just as order is being created out of disorder, the powerful re-exert their influence, creating disorder out of order

49  Revolution

When sincere pleas for reform repeatedly go unheeded, people have no recourse but to overturn the status quo

58  The Joyous, Lake

This is cause for celebration, winning people’s hearts with the promise of a more fulfilling time

55  Abundance

Great minds set out to establish the means of sharing nature’s abundance and human effort

53  Development, Gradual Progress

Private interests and agitation are slowly overcome as the wisdom of this path becomes ever more apparent

45  Gathering Together

Only collective ethical force can unite the world:  inspired action leads to lasting accomplishments

19  Approach

A time of universal renewal is approaching:  high and low become peers via forgiveness and reconciliation

49  Revolution

The old is overturned:  many small daily revolutions lay ahead

53  Development, Gradual Progress

Peace and concord in good fortune:  people share good luck with others

28  Preponderance of the Great

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary cautiousness and planning if unity is not to disintegrate

63  After Completion

Wise people take thought of possible misfortune they might create and arm themselves against it in advance

55  Abundance

Great blessings and long fame draw near, bringing good fortune for all

37  The Family, The Clan

When the whole world is a family, care of the future generations is paramount

5  Waiting, Nourishment

In the midst of change, people take heart in expressions of their inner certainty of reaching the goal

41  Decrease

Stability and ease must not lead to letting one’s guard down:  the forces that would steal from below bide their time

30  The Clinging, Fire

Identify those who care only for themselves:  exile the leaders, pardon the followers

63  After Completion

Recognize the reason for dissent:  do not fall into wrong-doing when correcting wrong-doing

49  Revolution

Otherwise, the revolution itself becomes the target of revolution

17  Following

Factions arise when purpose and goal are not clearly expressed

60  Limitation

Strict rules must be set in place so as to avoid even the appearance of impropriety

18  Work on what has been Spoiled

Avoid future problems by mitigating any extremism taken up in the initial transition

62  Preponderance of the Small

Fine tune the rules guiding the relationships between needs and resources

17  Following

The second generation of change must remain open-minded to the moderating views in the new milieu

33  Retreat

When people take positive change for granted, the opportunity arises for those of ill-will to exert their influence

25  Innocence, The Unexpected

This causes people to return to the ideals and ethics that sparked the revolution in the first place

18 Work on what has been Spoiled

Taking up measures that evoke backlashes creates one’s own opposition

23  Splitting Apart

Polarities arise when inequalities persist

44  Coming to Meet

Those without a sense of history demand immediate satisfaction:  bring them into the decision-making so they understand it

21  Biting Through

Deliberate obstruction does not vanish on its own:  wrong-doing must be rooted out and punished

18  Work on what has been Spoiled

New rules are set up to avoid another insinuation of ulterior motives into the common good

49  Revolution

A more mature and pragmatic form of self-governance is formed without losing any of the original idealism

40  Deliverance

The movement passes out of the sphere of danger:  tensions and complications ease, people return to the reconciliation process

42  Increase

“To rule truly is to serve”:  leaders relinquish authority and become mediators

18  Work on what has been Spoiled

The worldview of equality of all cultures and individuals is extended to all life, land and what sustains it

28  Preponderance of the Great

The center holds although the inclusion of nature’s rights is not accepted by all immediately

57  The Penetrating, Wind

Slow persistent emphasis on the sanctity of all life inevitably brings most into accord

21  Biting Through

Violations of rules protecting animals, plants, land and climate are energetically punished

18  Work on what has been Spoiled

A system of caretakers is set up to address nature’s needs and to monitor both commercial and personal compliance with rules

17  Following

The standard changes:  people join in collaborative unions to create communities in perpetual harmony with nature

57  The Penetrating, Wind

This kind of reform becomes widespread and persists indefinitely, resulting in good fortune for all

46  Pushing Upward

Humanity’s presence begins to be felt beyond Earth

Part II

26  The Taming Power of the Great

The way is open for contact:  communication is tentative at first, trusting that humanity’s transformation is permanent

57  The Joyous, Lake

A time of mutual exuberance:  it is always a joyous moment when a new people are welcomed by the higher union

18 Work on what has been Spoiled

Elements of humanity react fearfully and defensively:  anthropocentric worldviews do not change overnight

25  Innocence, The Unexpected

It is not an illness, so use no medicine:  do not treat natural fears as wrong, let them pass in their own time

18 Work on what has been Spoiled

Seeing the beneficial nature of the alliance, people change their obsolete worldview

17  Following

Humanity willingly adopts the wider perspective of the higher union

50  The Caldron

“All that is visible must grow beyond itself, extend into the realm of the invisible” and take “firm root in the cosmic order”:  intimations of an older spirituality first appear

17  Following

A small minority of humans willingly adopts the spirituality of their elders

26  The Taming Power of the Great

This deepens their appreciation of the uniqueness of Earth and its place in the higher union

31  Influence, Wooing

The higher union responds by maintaining a respectful attitude, exhibiting admiration for humanity’s transformation

56  The Wanderer

Ambassadors of the higher union arrive to cultivate relations with human civilization:  they are diplomatic and considerate

29  The Abysmal, Water

Humanity’s first introduction to the way of crossing the vastness of time between peoples

6  Conflict

Elements of humanity demand access to that knowledge in a show of insecurity and impatience

21  Biting Through

Humanity’s reactionary elements are not allowed to sabotage the relationship:  the majority have greater trust in the ambassadors

27  Providing Nourishment

The ambassadors are accessible to people everywhere they go, spurring individuals to seek deeper understanding of their universe

46  Pushing Upward

The ambassadors begin transport of individuals to the other side of the abyss in order to experience the ways of the higher union

38  Opposition

The profundity of the differences between humanity and the elder peoples is both humbling and inspiring

50  The Caldron

The elder civilizations exist to afford every individual every opportunity to realize their full potential

30  The Clinging, Fire

Fire clings to wood until it burns out, spirit clings to form until it leaps clear:  it is the sanctity of life that binds the higher union

37  The Family, The Clan

As humanity is a single family of myriad cultures, the higher union is a single family of myriad worlds

45  Gathering Together, Massing

Informed representatives of humanity are invited to attend an official assembly of the higher union for the first time

63  After Completion

Representatives return to earth with new technologies assuring greater self-sufficiency on a planetary scale

55  Abundance

A period of worldwide well-being begins: civilization is fully integrated with the well-being of the environment and its wildlife

39  Obstruction

A large-scale natural disaster effects a significant portion of humanity:  the continuity of civilization is ensured by global cooperation

63  After Completion

Peoples of the higher union arrive to help rebuild human and wildlife habitats  and repair environmental damage

55  Abundance

A period of worldwide well-being begins anew:  earth is restored to its original lushness

37  The Family, The Clan

The bond between humanity and the higher union is deepened because of this assistance

17  Following

Humanity and the higher union pursue the same vision of universal benevolence

19  Approach

Humanity is formally invited to join the higher union:  this provokes debate about humanity losing its identity

37  The Family, The Clan

Humanity formally accepts the invitation to join the higher union

48  The Well

Humanity receives knowledge of the inexhaustible source of energy making crossing the abyss between peoples possible

43  Breakthrough, Resoluteness

An increasing number of humans begin migrating to other locales in the higher union, profoundly effecting their sense of identity

61  Inner Truth

Close contact with other peoples demonstrates how they maintain their unique identity as a part of the higher union

13  Fellowship with Men

As is typical of new members, humanity begins to form two identities—those who stay on Earth and those who migrate

37  The Family, The Clan

In time, this distinction lessens but dissidents holding onto an isolationist identity form a vocal minority

45  Gathering Together, Massing

The higher union convenes to address a crisis on a member world:  a request for volunteers to assist is made

5  Waiting

Isolationists convince many that they have no responsibility to help:  they claim humanity did not need the help of the higher union

63  After Completion

Humans who migrated among other peoples arrive with others of the higher union to resolve the crisis for the common good

9  The Taming Power of the Small

The great aspirations of human civilization are held in check by a minority with no true historical perspective

5  Waiting

Many humans who helped in the crisis return to earth:  real contention tears at civilization for the first time in generations

30  The Clinging, Fire

Isolationists sow more discord, claiming that the higher union is slowly invading earth by sending migrants from other worlds

22  Grace

The higher union withdraws its ambassadors in a show of benign noninterference

37  The Family, The Clan

Increasing number of humans follow the ambassadors, leaving earth in order to be part of a larger family

5  Waiting

Human civilization turns inward, away from the stars and other peoples:  xenophobia fosters fear, promoting abuses of freedom

9  The Taming Power of the Small

The few are again able to exert their will upon the many:  inferior people come to the fore and discord replaces harmony

63  After Completion

Humanity’s shadow returns after generations of peace, prospering and cooperative acts:  more humans leave earth

57  The Penetrating, Wind

A counter-movement arises:  many humans demand a return to the recent past, requesting help from the higher union

5  Waiting

A peace-keeping force arrives from the higher union, consisting mostly of expatriate humans:  the fears of isolationists come true

41  Increase

A world-wide referendum is held:  a vast majority vote  to reengage the higher union

11  Peace

Complete disaster averted, new global endeavors are taken up:  peaceful cooperation returns but the dissidents go underground

10  Treading, Conduct

It is a time of starting over, a time of simple essential projects that unite and benefit all:  the goal is restoring harmony

57  The Penetrating, Wind

The restored government seeks to analyze what went wrong but discovers that the difficulty is human nature, not its individuals

60  Limitation

Human civilization returns to a previous educational model that emphasizes inspired ethical action that benefits all life

26  The Taming Power of the Great

People of benevolent intent drive change forward, amplifying and consolidating goodwill in order to prepare for greater advance

55  Abundance

A time of peace and prospering for all life on earth returns:  it is a time of well-deserved stability following difficult correction

64  Before Completion

Human leaders are still concerned with investigating the cause of isolationism:  they do not let their guard down, knowing it could happen again

64  Before Completion

Victory has been achieved, the test of character has been passed and the realization that a new era has begun takes root

47  Oppression, Exhaustion

The isolationists cannot accede to the referendum or its outcome:  they begin a new movement aimed at migrating to another world

38  Opposition

No inhabited world in the higher union is willing to accept the dissidents:  they feel trapped, disenfranchised and dishonored

50  The Caldron

They are granted asylum on an uninhabited world:  they learn that similar groups of dissidents exist in exile, as well

13  Fellowship with Men

Human dissidents begin building a coalition among the other groups in self-imposed exile:  they are bonded by fundamentalist zeal

28  Preponderance of the Great

The higher union tolerates their sending missionaries to other worlds and sowing discord where they can

47  Oppression, Exhaustion

The dissidents’ movement gains no traction:  fueled by zealotry and paranoia, they resort to acts of targeted violence

35  Progress

The tipping point:  the higher union abandons tolerance and responds to criminal acts with the most severe penalties

27  Providing Nourishment

Most of the punished leaders of the movement are from Earth:  this disgrace takes humans an entire generation to overcome

50  The Caldron

Its will tested by barbarism, the higher union emerges stronger and wiser, its sense of spiritual maturity reaffirmed

58  The Joyous, Lake

A time of reconciliation arrives:  human civilization on Earth formally apologizes for its wrongs and petitions to remain in the higher union

38  Opposition

The higher union overcomes any internal opposition and meets humanity halfway, sending new ambassadors to renew ties

Part III

42  Increase

The ambassadors are all well-respected spiritual teachers, who begin presenting their insights to interested humans

44  Coming to Meet

Disillusioned with the failure of orthodox religions, many humans convert to the ambassadors’ spiritual teachings

64  Before Completion

The transition to a religion based on the marriage of science and spirituality is long but humans are determined to advance

50  The Caldron

Civilization’s old misconceptions about the nature of matter and life and spirit are overturned in a second revolution

38  Opposition

No effort to persuade holdouts is made and most come of their own accord:  arguments are rational, without emotional intolerance

28  Preponderance of the Great

Even the dissident humans exiled from other peoples recognize the tragedy of their past beliefs and begin to convert

47  Oppression, Exhaustion

The sincerity of humanity’s effort to transform its nature is formally recognized by other members of the higher union

35  Progress

A period of greater communion between humans and the universe ensues:  spiritual growth leads to restoration of paradise on earth

42  Increase

The higher union’s capital moves periodically among member worlds:  it is unanimously agreed to move it to Earth

64  Before Completion

The rebirth of humanity:  as the cultural and political center of the higher union, Earth draws all the great ones together

58  The Joyous, Lake

Humans are gratified that the peoples of other worlds are so fascinated with the plants, animals and landscapes of Earth

38  Opposition

Great artists, thinkers and leaders of the higher union wander the Earth, falling in love with its nature and its people

42 Increase

Humans perceive themselves and their world thru the eyes of great people:  their sense of inferiority dissolves

64  Before Completion

A celebratory mood overtakes Earth:  many of the visitors stay in the homes of humans, becoming members of their families

47  Oppression, Exhaustion

The reason for choosing Earth as the present capital becomes clear:  a newly-discovered world needs ambassadors from the higher union

35  Progress

Humans volunteer to establish contact with the new civilization:  it is a laborious process, full of potential pitfalls

6  Conflict

Humans are perceived as a threat and danger wherever they appear to the new civilization, no matter how nonthreatening they act

64  Before Completion

Helping lead a world out of disorder without disrupting their evolution, humans come to care deeply about their charges

64  Before Completion

Despite their enthusiasm, humans follow protocol and advance slowly, appearing briefly to random individuals

47  Oppression, Exhaustion

The difference in knowledge and technology stands as a barrier to contact:  every attempt is misinterpreted as a threat

46  Pushing Upward

A slow approach warms the new civilization to the prospect of other peoples:  humans are their first contact with the higher union

10  Treading, Conduct

Though cautious, the new civilization opens its doors to humans, who act as the first ambassadors of the higher union

51  The Arousing, Shock, Thunder

Contact with the higher union provokes a backlash:  demonstrations and riots demanding return to autonomy disrupt the world

5  Waiting

Human ambassadors withdraw:  a review by other members of higher union find no fault in humans’ contact effort

37  The Family, The Clan

After a period of strict autonomy the new civilization tries to reestablish contact and petition for membership in the higher union

5  Waiting

Higher union responds cautiously but optimistically:  human ambassadors return to warmer reception

58  The Joyous, Lake

New civilization celebrates their newfound place in the universe:  humans dedicate themselves to helping them adapt most easily

14  Possession in Great Measure

A real bond develops between humans and the new civilization:  it is a relationship that lasts many generations and benefits both

17  Revolution

New civilization undergoes a methodical, radical change in the form of government to realize peace and prospering for all

37  The Family, The Clan

The higher union accepts new civilization as a member and presents the technology by which to cross the abyss to other peoples

17  Following

Humans are formally recognized by other members for their integrity in bringing no harm to new member

19  Approach

New member requests human ambassadors remain in order to present the higher union’s spiritual teachings to their people

37  The Family, The Clan

Humanity is fully integrated into the higher union, its vitality and creativity rekindling the momentum of the universal civilization

57  The Penetrating, Wind

Humanity is an integral part of the higher union’s Golden Age that perpetuates its quest to bring peace and prospering to all worlds

Nuclear Hexagram

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The final series in the transmission comprises four digits, which translates

into one of the four most structurally important nuclear hexagrams.  That four-

lined figure gives rise to four derived hexagrams, detailed below.

38  Oppression, Exhaustion

Amid all fellowship, an advanced civilization will always retain its individuality:  the whole revels in the eccentricities of its parts

54  The Marrying Maiden

The future is full of hope and belonging:  “Spontaneous affection is the all-inclusive principle of union”

64  Before Completion

Though change is prepared for, the transition from disorder to order is never fully completed:  creation is still unfolding

29  The Abysmal, Water

The Abyss is deeper than it is wide:  “If you are sincere, you have success in your heart, and whatever you do succeeds”

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The Ambassadors’ Message

15   Belonging Together

We belong together

53   Mastering Reason

Set aside doubt, set aside reliance on past experience

7   Compelling Motive

New beginnings cannot be predicted from past events

62   Conceiving Spirit

We see you as spiritual beings like ourselves

33   Accepting Instruction

Be open to learning what we have learned

3   Recognizing Ancestry

Let us begin by acknowledging our common ancestry

61   Strengthening Integrity

This affirms our bond

52   Growing Certainty

We have skeptics on our side, as well

62   Conceiving Spirit

They cannot see your spiritual nature

53   Mastering Reason

We both need to set aside doubt and set aside reliance on past experience

15   Belonging Together

We belong together

2   Sensing Creation

Our foremost concern must be the common good

33   Accepting Instruction

Be open to learning what we have learned

63   Awakening Self-Sufficiency

Take the necessary steps to become a self-sufficient civilization

19   Celebrating Passage

Rejoice in the arrival of this transition

45   Casting Off

Even though it means leaving part of the past behind

15   Belonging Together

We belong together

63   Awakening Self-Sufficiency

Our self-sufficiency depends on your own

7   Compelling Motive

This is of critical importance to us both

53   Mastering Reason

Do not rely on the same reasoning that has created a civilization out of balance

33   Accepting Instruction

Be open to learning what we have learned

39   Reviving Tradition

Return to the lifeway of living in perpetual harmony with nature

42   Interpreting Insight

The way you give expression to that lifeway shapes the coming generations

35   Holding Back

Above all, protect the coming generations

52   Growing Certainty

The further you follow this path, you more certain of it you become

53   Mastering Reason

Do not rely on the same reasoning that has created a civilization out of balance

15   Belonging Together

We belong together

11   Attracting Allies

It is your longing for a meaningful life that has called us

20   Entering Service

We share your longing to be of benefit to all life

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

13   Concentrating Attention

This is the sense of purpose that must be held in mind every moment

11   Attracting Allies

It is your longing to change the course of civilization that has called us

55   Internalizing Purity

Embody the pure intention that all share equally in life’s blessings

34   Evoking Opposite

In this way, others’ shadows can be turned to light

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

38   Dissolving Artifice

This is the blade of truth that cuts through all justification

40   Adapting Experience

You are so resourceful—you can find a new way so that all may thrive

26   Dignifying Ambition

You are so ambitious—you can find higher, more ennobling ambitions

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

15   Belonging Together

We belong together

40   Controlling Confrontation

War, violence and ill will among people must end

5   Restoring Wholeness

The original unity of the human family must be restored

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

7   Compelling Motive

A sudden and overwhelming change of heart is at hand

29   Sustaining Resilience

Time is your ally, change is your ally:  welcome the future

26   Dignifying Ambition

Ennoble your ambitions and they will solve the problems holding you back

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

11   Attracting Allies

It is your longing to safe-guard all life that has called us

29   Sustaining Resilience

Time is your ally, change is your ally:  welcome the future

47   Making Individual

Step out of the flow of history and make this the generation of metamorphosis

21   Cultivating Character

Wear away all that is petty and divisive

2   Sensing Creation

Immerse yourself in the sacredness of everything

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

34   Evoking Opposite

Even others’ lack of conscience can be turned to its opposite

64   Safe-Guarding Life

That which we most cherish cannot be replaced

11   Attracting Allies

It is your weariness of causing suffering that has called us

4   Mirroring Wisdom

The spirit within nature is the same spirit within you

11   Attracting Allies

It is your passion for the land that has called us

21   Cultivating Character

But you must not try to divide and possess the world you all share

36   Stabilizing Communion

A long period of close kinship among all is called for

22   Sharing Memory

It is the memory of your infinite potential for benevolence that we share with you

57   Defying Uncertainty

We have crossed a vast abyss to be here

32   Controlling Confrontation

Yet our presence must not cause distress or crisis

26   Dignifying Ambition

Our purpose for being here is noble

14   Unlocking Evolution

We seek only to help you bridge the abyss isolating you

47   Making Individual

Step out of the flow of history and make this the generation of metamorphosis

23   Wielding Passion

Dare to replace fear of the future with hope for the future

4   Mirroring Wisdom

The nature of spirit is the nature within you

52   Growing Certainty

What is real is still unfolding

39   Reviving Tradition

Return to a lifeway based on the meaningful relationships between all

19   Celebrating Passage

This ushers in the transition to a golden age of humaneness and justice

53   Mastering Reason

Set aside the false reasoning of those who created this civilization of fear

33   Accepting Instruction

Be open to learning what we have learned

37   Penetrating Confusion

Do not allow others to spin cobwebs over your eyes

53   Mastering Reason

Reason is a noble servant but a tyrannical master

33   Accepting Instruction

Be open to learning what we have learned

39   Reviving Tradition

The original lifeways hold that the world itself is a sacred living being

11   Attracting Allies

It is your longing to belong that has called us

45   Casting Off

Cast off everything but the highest aspirations

39   Reviving Tradition

The old lifeways hold that decisions are made by the whole people, not by rulers

59   Developing Potential

You cannot wait any longer to develop your full potential

24   Revealing Knowledge

We cannot reveal everything we need to until you make peace

8   Harmonizing Duality

The human family must forgive the past and begin anew with trust and affection

62   Conceiving Spirit

The essence of each of you is the same as the essence of all of you

39   Reviving Tradition

The old lifeways make decisions for the good of coming generations

19   Celebrating Passage

The old ways become new again as spring follows winter every year

42   Interpreting Insight

Embody your vision of humaneness and justice

53   Mastering Reason

The past holds no precedent for a joyous civilization

3   Recognizing Ancestry

The human family is part of a much larger family than you have been taught

42   Interpreting Insight

Embody your vision of a creative joyous future for all

52   Growing Certainty

What is real is still unfolding

56   Recapturing Vision

Reawaken your idealism

39   Reviving Tradition

The old lifeways survive because they care for every individual’s well-being

42   Interpreting Insight

Embody your vision of an age of peace and prospering for all

3   Recognizing Ancestry

You are part of a noble race of peaceful creators, not violent destroyers

53   Mastering Reason

Do not let false reasoning blind you to your real heritage

29   Sustaining Resilience

Time is your ally, change is your ally:  welcome the future

42   Interpreting Insight

Embody your vision of the inevitable

35   Holding Back

Protect what is valuable for the future generations

17   Guiding Force

This is the polestar by which to navigate the unknown

16   Renewing Devotion

Unremitting dedication to the well-being of future generations assures your own

29   Sustaining Resilience

Time is your ally, change is your ally:  welcome the future

20   Entering Service

Restore your world to its original paradise

21   Cultivating Character

As you place yourself in service to life, you create your own good fortune

33   Accepting Instruction

Be open to learning what we have learned

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

46   Honoring Contentment

You live in a blessed time:  do not allow it to be ruined

23   Wielding Passion

Violent energies need to be channeled into constructive acts

4   Mirroring Wisdom

The spirit within nature is the spirit within a wise culture

62   Conceiving Spirit

Every atom is spirit:  the universe itself is a spirit

7   Compelling Motive

The leap into the future requires a vision of the landing place

46   Honoring Contentment

You live in a blessed time:  do not allow it to be ruined

41   Feigning Compliance

The time of feigning compliance with corruption comes to an end

14   Unlocking Evolution

The longer a change is held in check, the more sudden and drastic its release

4   Mirroring Wisdom

The spirit within nature is the spirit within cyclic change

2   Sensing Creation

The inevitable time of worldwide reconciliation approaches

23   Wielding Passion

This brings a surge of relief and goodwill

5   Restoring Wholeness

It restores the human family to its original unity

40   Adapting Experience

Everything you have learned until now has been leading to this transformation

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

4   Mirroring Wisdom

The spirit within nature is the spirit within time

23   Wielding Passion

Dare to explore new horizons and make new discoveries

7   Compelling Motive

An utterly new purpose awaits you

46   Honoring Contentment

You live in a blessed time:  do not allow it to be ruined

41   Feigning Compliance

The time of self-governance arrives

5   Restoring Wholeness

Reuniting the human family will not be achieved by governments

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

2   Sensing Creation

Reconcile the present civilization with the future civilization

23   Wielding Passion

Dare to bridge the distance between us

5   Restoring Wholeness

Help us reunite

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

46   Honoring Contentment

You live in a blessed time:  it is the crossroads of our future

41   Feigning Compliance

Horses and cattle and dogs and cats still run free where never domesticated

32   Controlling Confrontation

The time of war and conflict comes to an end

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

23   Wielding Passion

Turn all past energies spent on conflict into acts of global cooperation

47   Making Individual

Step out of the flow of history and make this the generation of metamorphosis

16   Renewing Devotion

Rededicate yourself to the ancient goal of refining the human spirit

1   Provoking Change

This is the pivot of change, where the end gives way to the beginning

42   Interpreting Insight

Seize the opportunity to prevent wider suffering

39   Reviving Tradition

The old lifeway is the collective memory of what produces happiness

42   Interpreting Insight

Give voice to the timeless longings of the human spirit

2   Sensing Creation

Open your hearts to the loving-kindness flowing all around you

27   Trusting Intuition

Trust your feelings that you are part of this living universe that wishes you well

15   Belonging Together

We belong together

39   Reviving Tradition

The old lifeways treat the land and life as heirlooms passed down the generations

11   Attracting Allies

It is your longing to be part of something greater than yourselves that has called us

45   Casting Off

Abandon self-doubt:  believe in the nobility of the human spirit

39   Reviving Tradition

Return to the old lifeways of migrating into new lands

29   Sustaining Resilience

Time is your ally, change is your ally:  welcome the future

Nuclear Hexagram

___  ___

_______

___  ___

_______

The final series in the transmission comprises four digits, which translates

into one of the four most structurally important nuclear hexagrams.  That four-

lined figure gives rise to four derived hexagrams, detailed below.

23   Wielding Passion

Re-channel your energies into a cooperative global endeavor

12   Seeing Ahead

Change direction now while you can still see the consequences of your decisions

18   Resolving Paradox

Things in two different times can occupy the same space

57   Defying Uncertainty

We have crossed a vast abyss to speak to you

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Observations

1.  As it stands, the Penniston code is a long unbroken string of zeros and ones across five pages of a small notebook.  Dividing that unbroken string into units of six each produces a total of 152 series of binary numbers.  Each of these series is translated into one of the 64 hexagrams that are correlated to the decimal numbers 0-63.  The “transmission ends” abruptly with what at first glance appears to be an incomplete series of just four digits but which, upon closer inspection, seems to form a nuclear hexagram of some significance—a closing statement peculiar to the singular language of the I Ching.

Generally speaking, a divinatory statement of the I Ching consists of two hexagrams, one representing the current situation and a second representing the developing situation.  These hexagrams are then analyzed in detail in order to bring to light all the different perspectives on the matter at hand.  In the traditional reading, then, each hexagram is like a complex chapter in a long book, the multiple meanings of which overlap and amplify one another.

Adopting the I Ching hexagrams to the long string of digits in the Penniston code, however, results in a long unbroken succession of 152 hexagrams.  The very nature of this long sequence seems to indicate that it is to be read as “summaries” or particular “aspects” or “essential meanings” of the hexagrams.  In this manner of reading, each hexagram appears more like a sentence, the meaning of which emerges from the sentence before and after it in the sequence of 152.

Because there are 152 series of digits and only 64 hexagrams, some hexagrams must be repeated in the overall sequence.  This tendency toward repetition is reinforced by the fact that not all 64 hexagrams are utilized in the message:  exactly one-quarter of the hexagrams are absent from the Penniston code.  This provides a certain density of meaning to the message, suggesting several repeated imperatives toward action and appeals to receptivity.

Technical Notes

1.  The Toltec I Ching is a new version of the I Ching published in 2009 by Larson Publications.  It is the book I co-authored with Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and which I feel resonates best with the content of the spiritual message recorded by Penniston.  The reasons for this are two-fold.

First, because the names of the hexagrams in The Toltec I Ching lend themselves extremely well to encapsulating the essential meaning of each hexagram, whereas those in older versions require specialists to explain them (“Preponderance of the Great”, “Taming Power of the Small”, “The Marrying Maiden”, for example).

Second, because I have found I have a particular affinity for this message.  I attribute this to the fact that I had an experience, similar to Penniston’s, with what I can only assume were extraterrestrials in July, 1978.  This occurred when my wife, daughter and I were living in the Sierra Tarahumara of Mexico’s Barranca del Cobre for two years.   Shortly after returning to our home in Oregon in 1980, I felt compelled to begin work on the restructuring of the I Ching that became, nearly three decades later, The Toltec I Ching.  It was, likewise, at that time that I began taking up the study of binary numbers as they relate to I Ching studies, a project uncharacteristly rational for my nature.  For this reason, I am most comfortable offering the above translation based on my own experience and research.

2.  Those who work from the original binary code to the hexagrams will note that the hexagrams are constructed by transposing zeros into solid lines and ones into broken lines.  Aficionados of the I Ching will protest that tradition has it reversed (zero = broken line, one = solid line), however this is hardly tradition nor is it correct.  It stems from the misreading of Shao Yung’s chart, which Westerners like Bouvet and Leibnitz read from upper left to lower right—the exact opposite in which the Chinese wrote it.  This misreading has been corrected by several experts, including Wilhelm and Birdwhistle.  Furthermore, there can be no misreading the intent of Shao Yung sequence as it moves from creative potential (the hexagram made up of all solid lines) to completed realization (the hexagram made up of all broken lines).

3.  Again, those who work from the original binary code to the hexagrams will note that the hexagrams are constructed from the bottom-up by transcribing the zeros and ones of the code in the left-to-right order in which they are written.  As the code is transmitted as individual lines (zero/solid, one/broken), the hexagrams can only be transcribed in this manner, as they are always written from the bottom-up.

4.  There is no reason to discount the existing translations based on ASCII computer code.  Any beings capable of traversing the stars or conquering time travel would be capable of designing a message wherein the two codes run simultaneously.

5.  It will be noted that there are two instances where a hexagram is repeated:  in both cases, it is hexagram 64 Before Completion in the King Wen version (hexagram 18 Resolving Paradox in The Toltec I Ching version).  In no other case, does the same hexagram follow itself—yet, this hexagram does just that, not once but twice.

6.  Below is the Illustration of the hexagram Belonging Together from The Toltec I Ching.  It shows the natural simplicity of shared emotions around the everyday rituals of family—which is also attended by the invisible presence of the ancestors.  This hexagram, which seems to epitomize the entire message of the Penniston binary code, deserves careful scrutiny.  It seems to imply, at the very least, that everyday life goes on here among us, yet we are always attended, accompanied, by these older beings who are of our own lineage.  Thus, We Belong Together stands as the positive counterpoint to the popular intuition, We are not alone.

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Following are a few excerpts from the commentary on the hexagram Belonging Together:

Taken together, these symbols mean that you actively seek to establish the kind of life in which you can nourish—and can be nourished by—all that is good and genuine dwelling in the past, present, and future.

Those who have been injured react by taking up a defensive posture, adopting the masculine force in order to protect the vulnerable potential in their care.  Necessary and successful as such a strategy may have been, its time is past and its effectiveness coming to an end:  now is the time to break through your distrust, drop your defenses, and reclaim the sense of childlike innocence, openness, and safety that is your indisputable birthright.

If you do not feel grateful for what you have, imagine what your life would be without it.  If you do not feel appreciative for those around you, imagine what your life would be without them.  Keep in mind the impermanence of everything you love, formalizing your heartfelt kinship through rituals by which all that you love might receive ever greater blessings.

The simpler and more basic an activity is, the more essential and indispensable it is:  the present generation must learn from the ancestors what it is that they miss most in order to make decisions that maintain the continuity of benefit running from the distant past to the far future.  The basis of these simple things is the same basis from which all great creations spring:  it is that which sustains life and spirit that brings people together in an ever widening sense of meaningful communion, community, and culture.  All of life, from the distant past to the far future, is bound together by the daily ritual of eating food:  opening our hearts to the ways in which we are not different is both the first and last step in the journey home.

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One Response to Breaking the Penniston Binary Code

  1. Paul Houston says:

    Fascinating and beautiful. Something to be read time and again.

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