Hallo, my name is Siti Salamah Pope, or Salamah (“sa-LAH-ma”)
I live in Perth, Western Australia, and I’m an anthropologist.
More specifically, I’m a cosmologist – of the traditional
THE MESSAGE (Basically, what this web page is for):
As you know, the world today is in a big mess. Global warming, social
injustices, corrupt governments, toxic soils, contaminated foods, wars,
AIDS and other pandemics, are all moving us towards an unpleasant future.
Yet there are other – good – things happening. As Futurist
Robert Theobald said, “Things are getting worse and worse, and
better and better, faster and faster. And the future is still in
Quite unintentionally I discovered another “good” (meaning
constructive) thing – which is what this web page is about
– a Cosmology fit for Gaia.
The Pattern of the World.
There are several different labels for what I found. For instance,
you can call it a Theory of Everything, a General System, a philosophical
synthesis, a conceptual (or metaphysical) framework, and/or a universal
model. Better still perhaps, a holistic paradigm. Or simply, Grand Theory.
Of them all, the ‘World Pattern of Process’ probably describes
In any case, whatever you want to call it, all these notions can be
attributed to one specific traditional cosmology found in Indonesia.
It is, I think, a Cosmology fit for Gaia.
And – I think – again – that this could change our
perceptions of the world and help us to re-envision it as a whole, with
humans as a necessary and integral part of it. Rather a cancerous part,
today, to be sure – but this is what needs to change.
To learn about this Pattern, this cosmology, have a look at some of
the papers I’ve published. Some of them are being put up on line
now, others will join them soon.
They are listed below:
Since publishing these papers, I have mainly been working on a book
to describe as much as I know of the World Pattern, and the ethical
and human values implications of this as a Cosmology fit for Gaia and
as another – and very different – paradigm for the post-secular
It is called The Pattern of the World
It is now completed and available as a free 3MB download below.
The Metaphysic – an Ancient Indonesian Cosmology - and me.
An idea of Jung’s – that, having experienced it, I really,
really appreciate – comes from his book, Answer to Job.
“One never possesses a metaphysical
belief" he says, "but is possessed by it”,
, with heavy emphasis.
How I became possessed by metaphysic in the first place happened,
when – a defining moment! – the spiritual force of the
Subud spiritual latihan energy got into
my head one day in Vermont, New England, in September 1978..
What, where and how this happened I have written about in detail elsewhere
(in the e-book, FourSight: Re-Envisioning Everything - Including
Us - Holistically) to be found through a link lower down the
page. In short, the Subud experience of a far higher and greater consciousness
showed me that everything evolves according to the same fourfold
pattern of process.
The law of entropy we know about: but the law of
evolution – the upward trend – we don’t. And it
was this that I was given to see, one fine morning
in the green hills of Vermont, due purely to the workings in me of
the spiritual latihan, this divine Energy, found in Subud.
Later I realized that the fourfold pattern of process, as a traditional
cosmology, runs right through plant, animal and human life, as it
does also the old four Empedoclean elements. This, too, is described
If we could change our minds and, instead of seeing everything in
material terms, begin to see things holistically
(in other words spiritually as well as materially), then we would
have the beginnings of a new and far more constructive paradigm.
Then the world we know, hovering today on the brink of disaster, might
not only be brought back to safety but to a far more humane and ethically
As it is, I think we are in danger. All of us. Right now.
If we don’t alter our perceptions, and at the same time change
ourselves inwardly, then I have little hope that human life –
as we know it today – will survive much longer.
If, though, we can alter our thinking, and perceive things differently,
holistically – according
to this simple, ancient, fourfold, cosmological pattern of process
– then I believe there is Hope.
So, for the sake of my children, and my ten grandchildren, no less
than all other human beings alive in this world at this dangerous
time, I pray that these ideas, which I was given in a vision (and
have written up in detail in FourSight), be taken seriously.
I have just written the shortest version of it so far, which is down
at the bottom of the list of my papers, dated 2006, and titled The
World Pattern of Process.
Thank you, for reading this.
1982 Towards Synthesis: The Uses of a Javanese Metaphysic, in A General
Survey of Systems Methodology, Ed. L. R. Troncale.
1983 Towards Synthesis II: The First Four Integers as Mega-Categories
of Systems Models, in The Relation between Major World Problems and Systems
Learning, Ed. George Lasker.
**1984 Conceptual Synthesis: Beating at the Ivory Gate?, in Systems Methodologies
and Isomorphies, Ed. August W. Smith.
PROCEEDINGS Society for General Systems Research International
Conference, New York City, May 28-June 1, 1984 VOLUME I SYSTEMS METHODOLOGIES
AND ISOMORPHIES August William Smith, Editor Published by Intersystems
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1985a 'Four': Using a Model Cosmology, in Systems Enquiry:Theory, Philosophy,
Methodology, Ed. Bela H. Banathy.
l985b Two Types of Duality: Consequences for Other Models, in Systems
Enquiry, ibid. (8 pp., as above.)
1986 The Vision Regained: Reflections on Javanese Ideas of Animality and
the Human Spirit, in What is an Animal?, Ed. Tim Ingold.
1987a Is an Ancient Hierarchy of Forces Related to the Forces of Physics?,
in Problems of Constancy and Change: Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting
of the Int'l Soc. for General Systems Research, Budapest, Hungary. (8
1987b In the Form of Four: Isomorphism in a Javanese Cosmology and General
l988 A Traditional Indonesian Cosmology for the Postmodern World, in Culture,
Philosophy and the Future, Ed. Deliar Noer.Dian Rakyat.
*1988 Antidote: Experience of a Spiritual Energy, (Ed.), Subud
International Publications, Ltd., UK. (90 pp.)
l989 Human Values - and Animal, Vegetal and Material Values, ms. of paper
delivered to the Fifth General Assembly of the World Future Society, Washington
DC, USA. (8 pp.)
l990a The Positions in Process: What Java can add to Whitehead, in Abstracts
of the International Philosophical Congress on "Traditional Cultures,
Philosophy and the Future" held in Jakarta, Indonesia, by FISP,
the Federation des Societes de Philosophie. (Single page Abstract/Outline.)
1990b Towards Conceptual Synthesis: an Ancient Cosmology for Postmodern
Philosophy? In, Abstracts (As l990a, above.)
l991 Humanology: Towards a Science of Human Being, in Journal of Philosophy
for the Future, Vol.II, No.4. Ed. Asikin Arief. Universitas Nasional,
Jakarta, Indonesia. (25 pp.)
2002 The Energies of Being: Towards another Ontology, in the Journal
of the Institute for Human Studies of Ultimate Reality and Meaning, Vol.25
No.4. University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada .Word
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2006 The World Pattern of Process: A Holistic Cosmology
- an eight page compendium of the major points. Word
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Please feel free to contact
me for further discussion.
The book marked * is about Subud, not the Cosmological Pattern.
I was born Jennifer Graham Stewart, Jennie for short,
in suburban Mill Hill, northwest London, in England, the first child
of my Scottish father and Irish mother.
My name was Vivien for several years, when we lived in the USA; it was
given to me by Pak Subuh “to become softer”. Now 73 years
old, my legal name is today Siti Salamah Jennifer Graham Pope –
Salamah for short. The names Siti Salamah are Muslim names, and were
given to me when I embraced (as the saying is) Islam.
My name is not the only thing that has changed. During my lifetime I
have lived in five different countries – six, if you count Scotland
as a different country from England (which it really is)! Some twenty
seven of those years I spent living in Indonesia in an intentional community,
a compound south of Jakarta called the Wisma Subud.
Subud itself, as a spiritual movement, has occupied most of my life.
Even before that, though, I had found “The Work” of Gurdjieff
and Ouspensky, which taught me to examine myself, my reactions and behaviours,
and how to try and change them. After some three years of sitting at
the feet of our teacher, John G. Bennett, I moved on from the Work -
and into Subud.
This all had happened because, as a teenager, I felt an empty ache inside
me that I didn’t understand. Oh, I was popular, outwardly, and
apparently friendly and cheerful. But inside I was miserable, conscious
of terrific feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and emptiness. In short,
I knew I was an utter fraud.
Even earlier, as a child, my parents had said to me,
“There is no God, darling, it’s like Father Christmas. You
grow out of it when you get older.” As a teenager, though, I knew
there was something missing from my life. There seemed to be no meaning,
no purpose even, in my life. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to
do when I left school. I didn’t even know what I liked and what
I didn’t like. I was thoroughly mixed up young woman.
So, I went shopping - for God, or Something to fill
that emptiness inside me - and that started me on to a search, a Quest,
which resulted in my finding the Gurdjieff and Ouspensky system of Work
Which, in turn, led on to Subud.
Which changed everything.
And, eventually, filled up that empty hole inside me, and gave me myself,
If you're not bored with all this stuff, there is more to be found
The Gurdjieff Work,
My family and
Subud, all of which can be
seen by clicking the blue linked text.