New Equations History

Being able to relate to other people and to the earth with knowledge from all nine Spiritual Portals creates a new state of being,
new consciousness, and gives us as human beings a way to relate to each other as One.

— Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets

Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets walking and smiling

Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets

The story behind the development of New Equations® is one of human spirituality and the ways in which it is visible and expressed through the body.

In 1994 Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets made the pioneering discoveries of the nine Soultypes®, Soultyping®, and the nine Postures of Strength®. Since then Siska and Alan have worked on developing New Equations and have made their discoveries available to the world.

From their initial discovery came other discoveries and developments, including the Facial Expressions of Strength™, Movement Centers™, the New Equations Frequencies, Professional Spirituality, and two major chakras.

Siska and Alan are the cofounders of New Equations, New Equations Music, and the New Equations Advanced Training Organization. Siska Tovey is the director of the New Equations organization. She and Alan offer programs, practices and music that give you the opportunity to learn how to use the wisdom of your soul and your Soultype so that you may become more deeply aligned with your own spirituality and physicality.

New Equations History outlines Siska and Alan’s research and many of their discoveries.

Background

Siska Tovey doing Aston Patterning for a client

Siska Tovey at Self Care Center

In the late 1980’s, Siska and Alan opened the Self Care Center, a physical therapy clinic in a small town north of San Francisco, California, USA. Siska was certified in Aston-Patterning® and Alan was certified in the Feldenkrais Method®. Their particular focus was to use only gentle and non-invasive treatment approaches, and they found that Aston-Patterning and the Feldenkrais Method worked beautifully together to create healing using no force. At the same time, Siska and Alan were continually exploring ways to further enhance the healing process for their clients. This included bringing into their practice therapists who offered other modalities, such as biofeedback and breathing techniques.

Alan Sheets doing Feldenkrais on a woman's neck

Alan Sheets at Self Care Center

They also looked into psychological and philosophical approaches. In 1990, they read Enneagram – Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life, by Helen Palmer. Her book presented a psychological model of nine personality types developed around a nine-pointed geometric figure inside a circle called the enneagram (see diagram). Each personality type was assigned a number that correlated with a point on the enneagram. Relationships between the types were shaped by the ways in which the lines of the diagram connected. Palmer’s model of nine personality types focused on human weakness and neurotic behavior, and what a person might do to resolve the unique, type-specific problems they faced. The way a person determined their enneagram type was through self-assessment or by working with an enneagram teacher, such as Palmer.

A circle with numbers around the outside and lines connection different numbers

Enneagram symbol with numbers and circle

Siska and Alan were interested and they delved into the history of the enneagram to see if they could find its origins and learn more. They found that Palmer had for many years been a student of Claudio Naranjo, a psychiatrist who had developed a psychological model of personality that identified nine neurotic expressions of behavior correlated with the enneagram diagram. Looking farther back, Siska and Alan learned that Naranjo had been introduced to the enneagram by Oscar Ichazo, founder of the Arica Institute, who had also associated various personality characteristics with the diagram.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff sitting and leaning on his cane

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

They learned that another person, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, a mystic and spiritual teacher, was reported to be the first person to introduce to the Western world a model of human behavior correlated with the enneagram symbol. Gurdjieff traveled the world looking for spiritual truth. He brought back from his travels an understanding of the nature of reality he called the Fourth Way, which he shared with his students. Siska and Alan could not trace the source of Gurdjieff’s information as no one knows with certainty where he learned about it.

Research Begins

Alan Sheets standing in a house teaching people sitting in a circle

Alan Sheets with study group – 1994

By the summer of 1993, Siska and Alan had read most of what they could find about the different enneagram systems that people had developed. They both felt that something was missing. Since they did not know what it was, they decided to hold informal study groups at their home and do their own research. Their groups were open to anyone who was interested, and although there were many people who attended on a regular basis, Siska and Alan never knew in advance who would show up at a gathering.

Their careers as Feldenkrais and Aston-Patterning practitioners had taught Siska and Alan that their clients were more able to heal, change, and grow, when they focused on what was working well. 

They applied this understanding to their research, which made their approach unique and different because they only focused on natural, inherent strengths instead of dysfunctional behaviors. To explore these strengths, Siska and Alan interviewed many people, both privately and in their study groups. They centered their research around helping each person express their positive nature, which was always a way of being that was never forceful. This approach led Siska and Alan to deeper connections and brought forth many new insights about human nature.

A New Typing Paradigm

As a result of their research, Siska and Alan were able to develop a new nine-type paradigm that included a new typing process. Their new paradigm was instrumental in bringing them clarity. Each of the nine types seemed to embody a particular strength that included a special gift for humanity. Their research showed them that an individual’s strengths and creativity would come forward when he or she was supported in a purely positive way. So, when Siska and Alan typed someone, they focused only on that person’s wisdom, strengths, and the ways in which they expressed gentleness and compassion to others. Participants were excited by the nine-type system Siska and Alan had developed, and they brought family and friends to participate, be typed, and engage in the research process. Siska and Alan began to document their findings about these strengths.

Unique Physical Responses

People dancing on a diagram drawn on the floor

Dancing on enneagram diagram – Meetings With Remarkable Men

In August of 1994, Siska and Alan attended the 1st International Enneagram Conference, held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Here they saw several dance scenes taken from Meetings with Remarkable Men, a movie about Gurdjieff and his travels. The complex and beautiful dances captured their attention. In one of them, the performers danced on an enneagram diagram that was painted on the floor. These dances pointed out a possible new direction: Siska and Alan wondered if there might be a correlation between the body, movement, and their new nine-type system.

They purchased a copy of the movie and watched the dances before their next study group. Siska and Alan made the decision to show the dances to the group and also experiment with a physical exercise. Alan, who holds a black belt in Aikido, used a martial arts warm-up exercise that encourages a person to use no force to gain strength. They knew it was important to continue to not using force in anything related to their research.

Alan put his hand on each person’s chest and asked them to walk forward while he gave them a small amount of resistance. Because of Alan’s martial arts training, he was able to create resistance using non-forceful energy instead of muscular strength. Every person had to find a way to move forward, and each participant seemed to do this in a different way. When the last person in the study group that evening tried to walk forward, the only part of her body that moved was her lower body. She appeared to be trying to gain strength by moving her abdomen forward – in fact, she moved her lower body so far forward, and arched her back so much, that if she had kept going she would have fallen over backwards.

One other person in the study group had responded in the same way, and she was the same type. This indicated that each of the nine types in Siska and Alan’s strength-based system might have a unique body-based response. Siska and Alan thought over their own life experiences and nothing they had ever read or heard about identified this kind of difference in the way people use their body. The next day, Alan went to the library to see if he could find anything there that described movement differences between people, but found nothing.

Siska and Alan realized then that they might have discovered something new, something no one else knew anything about.

Three weeks later at the next study group, Siska and Alan decided to try a different exercise. Siska and Alan met hand-to-hand while Alan slowly increased the intensity of his push until he was pushing with a lot of energy. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a burst of energy came from Siska that caused Alan to stagger back at least ten feet (three meters). People in the group gasped with surprise. They all knew that Siska had no training in the martial arts, so the energetic response that they saw had to have come from something else. Siska and Alan both felt a deep, pure and powerful connection between them when this happened, as well as peacefulness in their bodies. Their experience was mysterious to them and they were intrigued. They did the exercise together two more times with the same results.

The students in the study group were excited to try. Alan met with each person using the same non-forceful and slow steady push that gradually increased in intensity. As with Siska, a strong burst of energy came from each person. Study group participants felt enlivened and empowered by their experiences. Each person’s energy had a different quality to it, but in every case Alan was propelled backwards.

Siska and Alan were in awe by what appeared to be a powerful energy that is accessible through the human body.

Postures of Strength

During the following study groups, Siska and Alan continued to research this phenomenon. Alan started pushing on each participant’s hands for short periods of time to see how they would respond, while Siska observed their reactions and physical responses. As each person adjusted their body and at the same time allowed their body, instead of their mind, to lead their response, they found a way to get stronger. Each person began finding a way to stay with longer and increasingly intense pushes, and the more they let their body lead, the easier it became. Siska and Alan observed that each type appeared to take a different physical position in response to Alan’s push, and that people who were the same type responded with a similar posture.

Siska and Alan noticed that each person’s energy seemed to become increasingly strong and concentrated in a particular area of their body, and the location varied depending on the person’s type. they found that energy for types 1-7-5 became strong and centralized in the head, whereas for 3-6-9 it was the chest, and for 8-4-2 it was strongest below the ribcage.

Siska and Alan also experienced changes in a person’s spirituality and physicality as they became stronger; their presence became stunningly beautiful.

Over the next few weeks they worked with many people of all nine types. Everyone had recently been typed by Siska and Alan using their new system. They guided and observed the responses and observed different physical postures emerging that seemed to be helping their students become stronger without the use of muscular effort.

By December of 1994, Siska and Alan had found nine distinct and unique postures. They named these Postures of Strength. Except for minor adjustments, the Postures of Strength are the same today as they were then.

Nine different drawings of the same women showing the nine different Postures of Strength

One of the things that stood out about this discovery was that the less people used muscular effort or force, the stronger their physical bodies became.

Their newly developed typing system now advanced to another level. Siska and Alan began to include a physical component in their typing system, which involved finding a person’s Posture of Strength as a way to identify their type. They saw that this approach bypassed the mental process and people would feel within themselves a body-based, non-forceful energy giving them strength. Now, everyone they typed had an opportunity to experience inner peace and calmness, which created a wonderful balance. Adding the Postures of Strength to the typing process gave people an extraordinary opportunity to feel the pure profoundness of themselves. Using the Postures of Strength became Siska and Alan’s main method of typing

people. As you continue to read through the New Equations History, you will see that what Siska and Alan had discovered was so unique and new that it took many years before another person was able to type using the Postures of Strength.

Siska and Alan continued their research to gain greater understanding. To date, they have not found anyone else with knowledge about the Postures of Strength.

Siska and Alan decided to call their work the Enneagram of the Body because of its early connection to the nine numbers associated with the enneagram diagram, and because their discovery showed energetic and physical body-based responses.

In May of 1995, Siska and Alan began to teach and held their first public workshop to share their discoveries. They were also interviewed for articles published in the Enneagram Monthly journal. Siska drew the postures for the articles (see drawing of the nine postures), which introduced their discovery of the Postures of Strength. In September of 1996, Siska and Alan published their first book, The Physical Enneagram and presented their discoveries at the 2nd International Enneagram Conference. 

Chakra Correlation

Grey painting of a sitting person with colors over the 7 Chakras

The seven Chakras

In the fall of 1995, as the result of a deep spiritual experience, Siska correlated the seven major chakras with the types in their new system. At that time she knew little about the major chakras, although she had heard the word ‘chakra’. While having a bodywork session, she felt energy connect the top of her head to the universe, and she received knowledge and awareness about how the chakras correlated with the energy she and Alan were experiencing coming from people’s bodies. This was Siska’s first conscious connection to beings from other dimensions; over the years, these beings would become more present to help Siska and Alan’s work develop.

A drawing of a woman with the nine energy centers shown

Siska went directly home and began to research the chakras. She read that chakra is a Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel’ or ‘center’, and that there were seven major chakras, or centers of swirling energy, in the body. Even though Siska and Alan found some differences around the world about the location of the seven major chakras, they were able to use knowledge of the chakras to help them pinpoint a location on the body where the energy was strongest for each of the nine types.

Siska and Alan had discovered nine Postures of Strength, so they knew there had to be two additional major chakras beyond the seven already identified in the chakra system. They continued with their research, and by working more closely with their students they discovered a major chakra at the upper sternum and another between the shoulder blades. This increased the number of major chakras of the human body from seven to nine. They began to call these nine locations energy centers.

Siska and Alan found that every time they worked with a student who was in their Posture of Strength, and asked this person to focus on their own type’s energy center, the student instantly became demonstrably stronger.

This was an exciting time for Siska and Alan because they could connect their discoveries to historic knowledge about human beings: their numbering system was related to the enneagram geometric figure, and the locations for the energy centers were related to the major chakras. Research they conducted later revealed that an understanding of these systems could be traced to pre-dynastic and ancient Egypt (more information later in this History).

Two years after Siska experienced receiving knowledge about the chakras, Alan realized that a spiritual being from another dimension was supporting him, as well. Alan named him Light Being and knew that he was available to help them move forward with their research.

Workshops – Leadership Programs – Conferences

Workshops
Leadership Programs
Conferences

Workshops
Leadership Programs
Conferences

Alan Sheets Soultyping a man

Alan Sheets (L) at Co-Active Space Leadership

Siska Tovey talking to two people in South Africa

Siska Tovey(L) South Africa 1999

Siska Tovey Soultyping a woman

Siska Tovey (R) at Co-Active Space Leadership

Alan Sheets and Siska Tovey Soultyping a woman

Alan Sheets, Siska Tovey Soultyping, South Africa

Presenting their discoveries became more important for Siska and Alan and soon, in addition to teaching in the United States, they offered workshops for the public and organizations around the world, including Scottish Power and British Petroleum in the United Kingdom, Telenor in Norway, and Arthur Andersen in Japan.

In June of 1997, Siska and Alan began teaching their work and typing participants for the Coaches Training Institute Co-Active Space Leadership Program. They developed a creative collaboration with the program’s leaders, and together they shared the goal of inspiring leadership trainees to bring the best of themselves to humanity in service of all. This relationship continued through the summer of 2004.

Siska and Alan presented their work to a diverse community. Other organizations and conferences where they presented at this time include: Mendocino County Office of Education; Marin County Psychological Association; Graduate Theological Union; Marin Nature Conservancy; TEMBA Elementary School; Delano Regional Medical Center; John F. Kennedy University Graduate Schools of Management and Psychology; Parliament of the World’s Religions; International Coaching Federation Conferences; and International Enneagram Conferences.

Presenting their discoveries became more important for Siska and Alan and soon, in addition to teaching in the United States, they offered workshops for the public and organizations around the world, including Scottish Power and British Petroleum in the United Kingdom, Telenor in Norway, and Arthur Andersen in Japan.

In June of 1997, Siska and Alan began teaching their work and typing participants for the Coaches Training Institute Co-Active Space Leadership Program. They developed a creative collaboration with the program’s leaders, and together they shared the goal of inspiring leadership trainees to bring the best of themselves to humanity in service of all. This relationship continued through the summer of 2004. 

Siska Tovey Soultyping a woman

Siska Tovey (R) at Co-Active Space Leadership

Alan Sheets Soultyping a man

Alan Sheets (L) at Co-Active Space Leadership

Siska and Alan presented their work to a diverse community. Other organizations and conferences where they presented at this time include: Mendocino County Office of Education; Marin County Psychological Association; Graduate Theological Union; Marin Nature Conservancy; TEMBA Elementary School; Delano Regional Medical Center; John F. Kennedy University Graduate Schools of Management and Psychology; Parliament of the World’s Religions; International Coaching Federation Conferences; and International Enneagram Conferences.

Alan Sheets and Siska Tovey Soultyping a woman

Alan Sheets, Siska Tovey – Soultyping, South Africa

Siska Tovey talking to two people in South Africa

Siska Tovey (L) South Africa 1999

John Anthony West & Rene Adolphe Schwaller De Lubicz 

John Anthony West &
Rene Adolphe Schwaller De Lubicz

John Anthony West
& Rene Adolphe
Schwaller De Lubicz

One afternoon in mid-1997, Siska watched a documentary on television called The Mystery of the Sphinx that featured Egyptologist John Anthony West. He introduced discoveries about the ancient Egyptians that showed they possessed scientific knowledge lost to the modern world. The program pointed out new exciting directions to explore. It also referenced a book by West called Serpent in the Sky – The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, which Siska immediately purchased at a local bookstore so she could read more about the ideas he presented in the documentary.

John Anthony West standing on giant stones in Egypt

John Anthony West in the Sphinx enclosure – 2009

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The whole of Egyptian civilization was based upon a complete and precise understanding of universal laws. This profound understanding manifested itself in a consistent, coherent and inter-related system that fused science, art and religion into a single organic Unity. In other words, it was exactly the opposite of what we find in the world today.

— John Anthony West, Serpent in the Sky – The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (1)

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The whole of Egyptian civilization was based upon a complete and precise understanding of universal laws. This profound understanding manifested itself in a consistent, coherent and inter-related system that fused science, art and religion into a single organic Unity. In other words, it was exactly the opposite of what we find in the world today.

— John Anthony West, Serpent in the Sky – The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (1)

John Anthony West standing on giant stones in Egypt

John Anthony West in the Sphinx enclosure – 2009

Information Siska found in West’s book about Sacred Geometry indicated it might correlate with aspects of their own discoveries. West introduced particular meanings the ancient Egyptians attributed to the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, that were surprisingly similar to what she and Alan had discovered to be true about the wisdom of the nine types in their own system.

West also referenced nine Neters that were the “principles of life” in ancient Egypt, responsible for creating and sustaining the universe and everything in it. The Neters served as the foundation for this ancient civilization. The descriptions of the Neters looked like they might also align with the knowledge Siska and Alan were uncovering about the nine types.

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Every aspect of Egyptian knowledge seems to have been complete at the very beginning. The sciences, artistic and architectural techniques and the hieroglyphic system show virtually no signs of a period of ‘development’; indeed, many of the achievements of the earliest dynasties were never surpassed, or even equaled later on. This astonishing fact is readily admitted by orthodox Egyptologists, but the magnitude of the mystery it poses is skillfully understated, while its many implications go unmentioned. Egyptian civilization was not a ‘development’, it was a legacy.

— John Anthony West, Serpent in the Sky – The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (1)

Rene Adolphe Schwaller de Lubicz

René Adolphe Schwaller de Lubicz

West also presented discoveries made by Egyptologist René Adolphe Schwaller de Lubicz. Schwaller de Lubicz re-interpreted the history of ancient Egypt and pre-dynastic Egypt. He moved to Egypt and in 1936 began twelve years of extraordinary breakthrough research at the ancient Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt. He documented his research in a 1,000+ page, two volume Temple of Man.

Schwaller de Lubicz revealed and expanded understanding of the spirituality of ancient Egypt. He made revolutionary discoveries that even now are not fully acknowledged by orthodox scholars. When Temple of Man became available in English in 1998, Siska and Alan began to study what it contained. This documentation became an important resource for understanding their own discoveries and for aligning their new discoveries in the years to follow.

During a phone call to West’s office, Siska was told that he took groups on tours to Egypt to explore the ancient sites. This was wonderful news, and she set an intention that she and Alan would take this trip someday.

A diagram showing the correlation between the Temple of Man and the human body

Luxor Temple structural diagram showing its alignment to human physicality as discovered
by Schwaller de Lubicz

Luxor Temple structural diagram showing its alignment to human physicality as discovered by Schwaller de Lubicz

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True poetry is magic, and magic is identification with form, body with body, Spirit with Spirit. The All in One, Ecce homo, is the symbol above all symbols; and human being is not an image, a condensation of the Universe; a human being is the Universe.

What could I know, that is, what could I feel and experience of the stone, of light, of the animal, of you, if all these forms were not in me? You and I are not two. In the identity of form, in the origin and in the end, we are one.

I am responsible for your evil and your good, for your truth and your falsehood. I can do nothing to change you now, but I can improve you by improving myself.

This is moral magic.

Experience proves the truth, makes it certain, and drives falsehood away.

— René Adolphe Schwaller de Lubicz, Temple of Man (12)

Facial Expressions of Strength

Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets sitting in front of a room teaching

Alan Sheets and Siska Tovey – 1999

Siska identified a singularly beautiful facial expression for each type that would appear on a person’s face when they were in their Posture of Strength. She saw that each type used their facial muscles differently and the unique expression would appear whenever a person was typed and had become strong in their Posture of Strength.

Siska shared her insight about these captivating facial expressions with Alan and they decided to see if they could find photos of people that showed these expressions.

They needed to look through thousands of photographs, bringing book after book back from the local library (no Internet to search!). They focused intently on their project and soon Siska had enough images to create nine display boards (see photo), each showing the Facial Expressions of Strength for all nine types, making them available for everyone to see. This discovery helped make the physical expressions of the soul more recognizable for people, and they published their next book, Enneagram of the Body – Experiencing and Learning to Understand the Human Life Force Energies.

Huston Smith – The World’s Religions

Huston Smith
The World’s Religions

Huston Smith
The World’s Religions

Huston Smith

Huston Smith

In the spring of 1999, during a conversation with one of their students, Alan shared details about the wisdom that each of the nine types seemed to naturally contain within their being. Alan told the student that he and Siska felt that the nature of each type seemed to be rooted in spirituality, and their student responded by sharing knowledge from several of the world’s religions. Several days later Alan heard on Fresh Air Radio an interview of Huston Smith, a renowned religious studies scholar and author of The World’s Religions. This interview made Alan consider the possibility that some of the world’s religions may have a spiritual foundation that originated and grew from the wisdom of the nine types.

Smith lived nearby in Berkeley, California, so Siska and Alan read his book and contacted him to inquire if he might be willing to meet with them and share more of his knowledge. He readily agreed, and soon afterwards the three of them had a very pleasant lunch at a little cafe. During their visit, Siska and Alan also had the pleasure of typing Smith. Sharing this time together was a special experience for Siska and Alan, for which they were grateful.

The meeting confirmed for Siska and Alan that there are some alignments between the spiritual wisdom of each type and the spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions.

Soultypes and Soultyping

The unexpected finding that each type had a spiritual foundation inspired Siska and Alan to add the word soul to type, so that it became Soul Type. They soon combined the two words to Soultype, and they began to call their typing process Soultyping. It felt important to support the profound nature and spiritual wisdom of humanity’s Soultypes in this way.

Every time Siska and Alan Soultyped a student, the connection felt soul-to-soul. The beautiful energy of this connection was profoundly strong and emanated the wisdom of the student’s soul in a way that was unique and giving. This energy could only be explained as coming forward from the soul, through the spirituality, and then into the physicality, where the soul’s physical expression could be seen and felt.

Siska and Alan were now able to Soultype people by looking at videos, photographs, or by looking at personal characteristices, such as the way in which a person gestured with their hands, walked, focused their eyes, or by the sound of a their voice. Siska and Alan became aware that there are numerous physical expressions that are unique to each Soultype. The physical expressions always needed to be consistent in an individual when Soultyped by Siska and Alan. They often spent hours Soultyping a person they could not meet in person.

Artists

As Siska and Alan Soultyped more and more public figures, they became fascinated with the ways in which composers, singers, and musicians, expressed their soul’s wisdom through their art. It was beautiful to see and experience. They began to research the possibility that listening to music might help their students learn about the Soultypes. Siska and Alan began to use in their workshops music composed and/or performed by people of each of the nine Soultypes. They soon could see that the impact of playing music by the different Soultypes helped their students feel more of the unique creativity of each Soultype. Music became an important part of Siska and Alan’s programs.

A New Name

Inspired by their studies of ancient Egypt and their own discoveries, in September of 1999, Siska and Alan renamed their work New Equations, and later added the byline The Physical Expressions of the Soul. They chose ‘New Equations’ because of the correlations they were finding between their own discoveries and the numbers assigned to the Soultypes by the ancient Egyptians, Sacred Geometry, and the mathematics of the universe. They saw that all of life and its relationships have universal formulas, and that spirituality can be described with numbers. Their work appeared to be bringing to humanity a new way to understand and be aligned with the universe.

New Equations Physical Expression of the Soul logo
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Unity, in taking consciousness of itself, unfolds into a created multiplicity and thereby into the universe.

— John Anthony West, Serpent in the Sky – The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt p. 66

Colors of the Rainbow

Swirling Rainbow of Color

In October of 2000, from her study of West’s and Schwaller de Lubicz’s books, Siska found that nine colors are aligned to the earth, to the human body, to the spirituality of the universe, and to the nine energy centers. Independently, the color for each Soultype has its own beauty, but the energy of the colors aligns in a magnificent way when connected to the nine different Soultypes at the locations of the energy centers: together they create the rainbow.

This information gave Siska and Alan knowledge and wisdom about the gentle ways in which human beings can relate to each other, the magic that every individual soul presents, and knowledge that we all can relate to the universe in the way that the softness of the colors blend in a rainbow. In 2001 they published their third book, Embodying the Soul – New Equations for Humanity.

1-light blue, 2-light yellow, 3-yellow, 4-orange, 5-violet, 6-green, 7-indigo, 8-red, 9-blue

Movement Centers

Children running on grass

By 2002, after years of observation, it crystallized for Siska that people always initiate their movement from their Soultype’s energy center. Because of this, they began calling these the nine Movement Centers.

This discovery added another fascinating dimension to their experience when watching athletes, singers, musicians, dancers, public speakers, and others, move in peak performances. Siska and Alan realized that the joy people feel when physically performing at high levels was because they were more connected with their soul.

There was such beauty in those moments when the people they watched were able to stay in their pure soul alignment. Siska and Alan became even more eager to teach people about New Equations so they could be aware of these possibilities and choose to live life in a more creative state of being.

Siska produced videos showing clips of public figures moving from their energy centers, which she and Alan began presenting at their workshops. These New Equations Movement Videos gave people another way to see the powerful physical expressions of the soul.

Platonic Solids – Elements – Quintessence

Platonic Solids
Elements
Quintessence

Platonic Solids
Elements
Quintessence

3D images of the Platonic Solids

Alan was always looking for anything that would help make the Soultypes more solid and real for his students. As a result of his ongoing study, he came across bits and pieces of information that were to open up a new understanding about the Soultypes, the Platonic Solids, the Elements, and the Quintessence. His process for making these connections will be presented more fully elsewhere, but Alan began bringing together many pieces of a puzzle.

He found tiny but intriguing clues in Temple of Man. At the same time, another line of inquiry was exploring the works of Plato and Pythagoras. He was particularly focused in this direction because it is believed that they obtained much of what they knew from Egyptian priests who held knowledge that dated back to ancient Egypt. Alan knew that knowledge of the Soultypes dated back at least as far as ancient Egypt, so he hoped that studying the work of Plato and Pythagoras would lead him to a greater understanding. 

Alan learned about the five Platonic Solids, which are regular polyhedrons, and are the only perfectly symmetrical solid shapes. Plato taught that nature itself has an infrastructure that is made up of the Platonic Solids. 

The Platonic Solids contain Sacred Geometry, mathematic formulas, and universal shapes, and they connect to all of existence in different ways. Alan saw that these features created the energy of relationship and connection and could be applied to the Soultypes at the most fundamental level.

The correlations between the four Elements, Quintessence, and the Platonic Solids, had already been made by others, but Alan went further by correlating these with the Soultypes (see chart) and he explained in more detail their relationships, connections and functions.

Alan had found what he was looking for in his quest to make the Soultypes more real. His discovery gave him and Siska a greater understanding of the profound interdependence and importance of each of the Soultypes. They could see that, when creative together, the wisdom of all nine Soultypes brings with it relationship, transformation, and growth. They realized that this is what creates oneness for humanity and alignments to the universe.

In September of 2003, Alan built models of the Platonic Solids to use in workshops and presentations. The physical presence of these shapes at workshops helped people take in, and realize in a non-verbal way, that the world is bigger and more interconnected than they may have known.

Chart showing the relationships between platonic solids, elements, and Soultypes

Tao Te Ching

Chinese characters for
“Tao Te Ching”

Siska and Alan were continually looking for information that might help them understand their discoveries. In January of 2004, Alan began to read an English translation of the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese text that was written at least 2,000 years ago (attributed to Lao Tsu, which means “Old Master”). Reading the Tao Te Ching was part of Siska and Alan’s continued exploration into the ways spirituality in the world around them might exhibit Soultype wisdom.

When Alan read the first chapter, he was surprised because it reminded him of what he and Siska had found out about the spiritual nature of people who are Soultype 1. When he read Chapter 2, it reminded him of the spiritual nature of Soultype 2. Alan became intrigued and immediately looked at the last chapter and saw that the Tao Te Ching had 81 chapters. He knew that 81 was nine squared, which meant that the Tao Te Ching might be dedicating nine chapters to each Soultype. After he and Siska read all 81 chapters they were certain that the Tao Te Ching was connected to the wisdom of the nine Soultypes, and that it had been written to help human beings develop from the soul.

Siska and Alan immediately took on the project of translating the Tao Te Ching from the original Chinese so they could pull out the most information possible from this amazing document. Learning more about the Soultypes from the Tao Te Ching was an extraordinary experience – it was the first time they had found a document dedicated to the Soultypes from which they could learn. They were excited about bringing to humanity everything about the Soultypes that the Tao Te Ching had to offer.

In early 2004, Siska and Alan published their first translation of the Tao Te Ching, naming it Way of the Action of the Soul.

In 2005 they published Light With No Shadow, an update of their book Embodying the Soul – New Equations for Humanity. Light With No Shadow included within it Way of the Action of the Soul.

Wesley H. Bateman – Nine Frequencies

Wesley H. Batemen
Nine Frequencies

Wesley H. Bateman
Nine Frequencies

In July of 2007, while Siska and Alan were leading a New Equations program in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, a participant told them that he knew of someone who had identified a group of nine specific frequencies and was adjusting the pitch of music to one of the frequencies. He had heard music played in this frequency and said that it had affected his body in a beautiful way. As soon as Siska heard that there were nine frequencies she wanted to explore further. When they returned home, Siska did an Internet search that led her to research conducted by Wesley H. Bateman, a scientist and mathematician. In 1975, Bateman had begun a lifelong study researching the mathematic formulas of the universe and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt. He was also known for his connection to beings throughout the universe and was a consultant and resource for screenwriter/producer Gene Roddenberry, who incorporated Bateman’s knowledge into the Star Trek television and movie series.

Wesley Bateman

Wesley Bateman

Meeting Bateman was a life changing experience. The brilliance of Bateman’s scientific research gave Siska and Alan a foundation for new discoveries about the nine Soultypes. The three of them formed a special bond because of a mutual desire to help humanity move forward. Their friendship lasted until Bateman passed away in 2009, and he entrusted them with his research documentation.

The mathematics and formulas from the Great Pyramid that Bateman had discovered were remarkable. He not only discovered the mathematics used by the ancient Egyptians to build the Great Pyramid, but he also made calculations that show that the structure of the Great Pyramid is tuned to nine particular frequencies and that these frequencies resonate with the physics of nature and the spirituality of the universe.

Siska and Alan began to research these nine frequencies to see if they might correlate with the nine Soultypes. Alan found two minor mathematical transcription errors and needed to correct two of Bateman’s frequencies. Siska and Alan connected with musicians who were excited about experimenting with playing music in the nine different frequencies. They met at a recording studio where the musicians tuned and played music on keyboards in each of the nine frequencies. Siska and Alan experienced the results and impact in their bodies, which felt peaceful and particularly resonant, and the frequencies seemed to vibrate with their own nine energy centers. After additional research, including double blind studies, they confirmed the correlation between the nine frequencies and the nine energy centers.

The discovery that these frequencies related to the human body and the Soultypes expanded the foundation for the continued development of New Equations. Music converted into these frequencies supported the body through the nine energy centers in such a positive way. Siska and Alan began converting popular music from A = 440 Hz (the tuning for most contemporary music) into the frequencies for the Soultypes of the singers, composers, or musicians, featured in each piece of music, and introduced their discovery by playing the music in their workshops and programs. Siska and Alan began to call these nine frequencies Body Resonant Frequencies and later New Equations Frequencies.

Chart showing the Frequencies for each Soultype

Phi Growth

Simple Outline showing the Fibonacci Spiral

Fibonacci spiral

By 2007, Siska and Alan had Soultyped thousands of people around the world. They had learned from their experiences that human beings develop from the soul, and that spirituality carries this growth into each person’s physicality.

Siska and Alan could see non-forceful movement, growth and expansion occur when they helped their students become stronger in the different Postures of Strength. This development was not linear, did not have an agenda, was different for each person, and was purely filled with calm creative energy.

A blooming bright yellow sunflower

They soon realized that what they were seeing was aligned with the growth of the universe, that universal growth was also contained within, and it was purely spiritual. This spiritual growth was manifesting in the physical body.

Alan had been introduced by Schwaller de Lubicz to a particular kind of development occurring in nature that follows the mathematical principles of phi, pi, and the Fibonacci Sequence. The development that was occurring for their students had strong similarities to what he had read, so Siska and Alan started to call this particular development phi growth. In September of 2007, Siska and Alan began to include an understanding of this life-giving and life-changing process in their workshops.

Trip to Egypt

Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets standing in front of the Sphinx in Egypt

Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets at the Sphinx 2009

In 2008, Siska and Alan contacted John Anthony West and together they planned a tour of ancient sites in Egypt. Siska, Alan, and many of their students spent the month of January 2009 visiting places such as the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx, Luxor Temple, Saqqara, as well as sailing the Nile River. West enthusiastically shared from his vast store of knowledge.

They were excited about finally experiencing the Luxor Temple, the place where Schwaller de Lubicz had spent years doing his research for the comprehensive Temple of Man that had been such an important resource for Siska and Alan. Schwaller de Lubicz had discovered that the Luxor Temple was built as a physical representation of the human body, aligning human spirituality to the universe. It was equally important to Siska and Alan that they visit the Great Pyramid that Bateman had discovered holds wisdom of ancient Egypt and the nine Body Resonant Frequencies in its physical and spiritual structure. 

Exploring and researching ancient Egypt uncovered for Siska and Alan new wisdom and knowledge about the nine Soultypes.

Photograph of the entrance to the Temple of Man

Luxor Temple

Siska and Alan knew that each human being is born with one of the energy centers active – the one for their own Soultype – and that the other eight energy centers of a person’s body are dormant. During this trip they found a way to begin training their students to receive wisdom from all of the nine energy centers. This brought more spiritual balance and strength to each of the students. In January of 2015, Siska and Alan traveled back to Egypt to continue their research.

Spiritual Portals

As their work developed, Siska and Alan felt that the term ‘energy center’ did not adequately express the profound experience of expansion that occurs when one is in connection with the energy of these centers, so they decided it would be more accurate to call them Spiritual Portals.

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Every person is born with one of the nine Spiritual Portals active, while the other eight are dormant.
The number for your active Spiritual Portal is your Soultype.

Every person is born with one of the nine Spiritual Portals active, while the other eight are dormant. The number for your active Spiritual Portal is your Soultype.

— Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets

New Equations Music

Siv Roland on stage playing four pianos

Siv Roland in concert – Norway – 2016

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New Equations changed my life and expanded my relationship to music in a way I could never have predicted. Meeting the cofounders of New Equations, Siska Tovey and Alan Sheets, and learning about the nine Soultypes, taught me how to receive what enhances us as human beings and supports everyone.

— Siv Roland

New Equations took another unexpected turn in May of 2009 when Siv Roland, a new student, contacted Siska and Alan and asked if they would be interested in hearing her play some music for them that she had composed using one of the New Equations Frequencies. It was very surprising to Siska and Alan that she would want to do this, because she lived in Norway and wanted to travel all the way to California in order to meet with them.

Roland, a conductor, pianist, and choir director, who had trained at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Barratt Due Institute of Music, had conducted numerous live concerts, as well as many for television and radio.

This meeting marked the beginning of an extraordinary partnership. From it arose a way of composing that is in alignment with the universe: Roland plays the solo instruments, choirs and orchestras on keyboards, while she herself vibrates with the music of the universe; Siska aligns the music to the earth and the universe while creating the openness for it to happen; and Alan receives the music and holds it as a foundation for human beings.

The three began to come together frequently to compose and record music. They produced their first CDs for sale in 2010. In 2012, they composed their first full symphonies. By early 2017, they had composed over 100 symphonies for the earth and universe, and had traveled to Japan, Egypt, Norway and Hawaii to compose, as well as throughout the continental United States.

Alan Sheets, Siska Tovey, Siv Roland smiling on the beach

Alan Sheets, Siv Roland, Siska Tovey – 2016

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Using frequencies and tuning that are in harmony with the physical body helps people align with who they are and become more able to give and support the earth, humanity and the universe in a purely gentle way.

Through sound we align you to keys of the universe; our music introduces you to the frequencies and vibrations that are the physical and spiritual building blocks for growth and evolution.

— Siska Tovey

Siska named their music New Equations Music with the byline Evolving the Soul because it incorporates the mathematics, science and spirituality of their many discoveries. New Equations Music has always had a purpose, and each symphony is an evolution that gives people an opportunity to grow and develop.

  • New Equations Music symphonies are composed and played in the moment, recorded in one take, and are never rehearsed.
  • New Equations Music symphonies are played live only once, at the time that they are composed.
  • New Equations Frequencies are always used when music is composed.
  • A supportive and creative connection between your soul and the universe is there for you whenever you listen to New Equations Music.

In addition to using the New Equations Frequencies, Pythagorean tuning is also used when composing New Equations Music. Pythagorean tuning uses a relationship interval based on the ratio 3:2, also called perfect fifths. It originated from the Mesopotamian Temperament, which can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Pythagoras studied with keepers of ancient Egyptian spiritual knowledge and many believed they gave him the information about the tuning. He was credited for introducing this tuning to the Greeks in the 6th century, BC.

For those in the audience, being in the magic of the energy when the music is composed and played is new, spiritual, and unique. The concert happens in the present moment and the energy of the audience becomes part of the music. The music gently enlivens the Spiritual Portals for everyone. All you need to do is listen and the connection between your soul and the universe becomes available.

Siska named their music New Equations Music with the byline Evolving the Soul because it incorporates the mathematics, science and spirituality of their many discoveries. New Equations Music has always had a purpose, and each symphony is an evolution that gives people an opportunity to grow and develop.

  • New Equations Music symphonies are composed and played in the moment, recorded in one take, and are never rehearsed.
  • New Equations Music symphonies are played live only once, at the time that they are composed.
  • New Equations Frequencies are always used when music is composed.
  • A supportive and creative connection between your soul and the universe is there for you whenever you listen to New Equations Music.

In addition to using the New Equations Frequencies, Pythagorean tuning is also used when composing New Equations Music. Pythagorean tuning uses a relationship interval based on the ratio 3:2, also called perfect fifths. It originated from the Mesopotamian Temperament, which can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Pythagoras studied with keepers of ancient Egyptian spiritual knowledge and many believed they gave him the information about the tuning. He was credited for introducing this tuning to the Greeks in the 6th century, BC.

For those in the audience, being in the magic of the energy when the music is composed and played is new, spiritual, and unique. The concert happens in the present moment and the energy of the audience becomes part of the music. The music gently enlivens the Spiritual Portals for everyone. All you need to do is listen and the connection between your soul and the universe becomes available.

Nine Forces of Nature

Hieroglyphics showing nine flags

Egyptian hieroglyph
of nine flags

The information that Schwaller de Lubicz had presented with such exquisite detail in Temple of Man about the function of the nine Forces of Nature (Neters), and the role they played in ancient Egypt, became more significant to Siska and Alan.

The nine Forces of Nature are spiritual energies that are part of nature and exist throughout the universe. Siska and Alan learned that through light, sound, and color, they support life and evolution. They were numbered 1 through 9, and represented by a hieroglyph of nine flags (see image), to show the natural influence they have, like wind blowing in the wind. A word used by the ancient Egyptians for these energies was Pesdjet, which means Nine.

Each of these energies holds different qualities of human existence. They support spiritual and physical alignment through the soul, and are connected to the Source of Creation through their very existence.

Siska and Alan’s own research findings easily aligned with the research fndings of Schwaller de Lubicz. This helped their discovery about the correlation between the nine Soultypes and Spiritual Portals, with the nine Forces of Nature, fall into place. It explained the source of the non-forceful spiritual energy and strength Siska and Alan experienced in every person when being Soultyped, and it also made clear the reason for the distinct differences between the Soultypes.

Further, the correlation with the Forces of Nature was meaningful because the connection with these universal energies not only linked the numbering system for the Soultypes back to ancient knowledge, it also connected humanity’s spirituality to the energy of the universe, aligned all of their discoveries, and created a profound foundation for humanity to develop together with the universe.

New Equations Advanced Training

Many of Siska and Alan’s students had asked for a way to learn even more about their discoveries, and in April of 2000, Siska and Alan founded a training program. Everyone who joined their training eagerly wanted to learn how to Soultype. The fun and enjoyment during the first gatherings was inspiring and wonderful.

It soon became apparent to Siska and Alan that learning to Soultype was not easy for their students. They could see that it would require a new and different kind of spiritual training. Siska and Alan pulled together knowledge and wisdom from all of their discoveries, and uncovered a teaching process that made it possible for their students to receive knowledge and spiritual growth from the soul. Throughout the following years, both Siska, Alan and their students became more clear about the extraordinary nature of the discoveries in New Equations.

In 2005, they established the New Equations Professional Training Program, and by 2009, it had grown into the New Equations Advanced Training Organization (NEATO). Siska and Alan’s teaching gave their students a deeper understanding of New Equations. Over time, the path for spiritual training developed, and they were excited that in 2015, Siv Roland learned to Soultype and became their first New Equations Soultype Instructor.

Blooming Orange Rose

In addition to New Equations Certified Teacher Training, and New Equations Soultype Instructor Training, Siska and Alan created other programs, expanding the opportunities for people to learn about New Equations and the physical expressions of the soul.

New Equations Organization

After years of research and discoveries, in the autumn of 2015, Siska finished expanding the programs and created a new structure for the organization. New Equations is always changing, and its structure is flexible so it can be aligned with the always-evolving universe.

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New Equations has several ways for you to begin your journey. Our programs give you options for developing
the magic of who you are so you can live in the physical expressions and wisdom of your soul.

New Equations has several ways for you to begin your journey. Our programs give you options for developing the magic of who you are so you can live in the physical expressions and wisdom of your soul.

— Siska Tovey, Director, New Equations Organization

Siska Tovey standing in front of mountains

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